Jonathan Unruh is a teenager in a conservative Mennonite community that practices plain dress (Amish-y clothes), simple living, separation from the world, and radical pacifism. He's also in love with his best friend. He's trying to figure out how being gay fits in with his religion and culture, in which he is expected to marry a member of the opposite sex, have kids, and pass along the faith.
When his school choir goes to sing at a competition in Lima, Ohio, he becomes friends with some of the members and starts exploring the small city and its gay bar, Scandals. For the first time, he has friends who are openly gay. As he enters adulthood, he explores the possibility of leaving his community so he can have romantic relationships as a gay man. But he can't quite leave his Mennonite-i-ness behind.
Based on a rough draft also on AO3 that's described as "A Glee WIP about a gay guy from the Mennonite group that competed against the New Directions at the 2012 Sectionals. In which Lima is some people’s Hell and other people’s Salvation."Warnings:
various forms of bigotry consistent with conservative/plain Mennonite culture; passing mentions of hunting for food, underage drinking, brief mention of suicidal thoughtsCharacters:
Original Male Character(s), Original Female Character(s), Sebastian Smythe, David Karofsky,Blaine Anderson (minor character), Unique Adams (minor character)Pairings:
Original Male Character/Original Male Character, Sebastian Smythe/Original Male Character(s), David Karofsky/Original Male Character(s)When I Started**:
Dec. 1, 2013How I Lost My Shit**:
I got distracted by other plot bunnies and worked on those instead—mostly because I knew this fic was going to get long and be time-consuming to writeHow I Finished My Shit**:
I signed up for the WIP Big Bang, and had fabulous betas (jazzypizzazz, snarkyhag and nadiacreek) and an amazing artist (mypopculturesum
) who kept telling me it was a story worth telling. Their feedback (and the deadline) encouraged me to keep going.