Barracudas (Malevolent Persecution) is a fanfic written by SPEEDCOREIDOLATER. It was first published on Archive Of Our Own on January 13, 2022.
|“||"Monkey want a 'nana?" Trent cooed, waving a banana over her head.
As she reached her head up to snap at the banana, Trent snatched it away and laughed. He never got tired of this game.
And that made Daria cry.
Because he did it to her hour after hour, day after day, every single day since she'd had her arms, legs and tongue bitten off by baracudas five years ago.
But still, the banana game wasn't half as humiliating as what he did everytime he changed her diaper.
The scene has been recontextualised into a short story (that would later become a painting) by Jane Lane.
The story takes place in the middle of Dye! Dye! My Darling, where Jane's grief over Daria's actions leaves her in a creative slump. Despite her initial resentment that writing is "Daria's thing," she comes up with a piece of short prose in which Daria is dismembered by barracudas and teased by Trent. Fuelled by wrath, she adapts the prose into a painting. However, when all is said and done, she finds herself aghast at her depiction of the people she loves most.
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