Goodnight, Morgendorffer

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A short ficlet by Angelinhel written in first person, then switching to omniscient at the end.

Winner of the 2007 Bootie for "Favorite School-Centered (Lawndale High)"

Nominated for the 2007 Bootie for "Favorite Overall" and "Favorite Drama".

Plot Summary[edit]

Warning: The following may contain plot or ending details.


The first-person thoughts of the narrator reveal the worry that the Morgendorffer family will never be close. It is assumed it is one of the daughters, either Daria or Quinn. With college quickly approaching for both, and a slew of failed attempts at bonding in their past, the dark silence of night allows these anxious thoughts to hold sway. However, the narrator feels that at least in the calm of the late hours, when all the family is home and together, there is still hope.

The conclusion, told in omniscient voice, reveals the first-person narrative to have been an essay written by one of the Morgendorffer girls, but mistakenly handed back to the other. Touched by the writing, it is silently passed to each family member, but never discussed among them. The simple knowledge they love one another seems too fragile to speak of and so they remain quietly happy with the tenuous new bond.

Trivia[edit]

  • It is never revealed which daughter wrote the initial essay and is intentionally left up to the reader to decide.

External Links[edit]

Goodnight, Morgendorffer on fanfiction.net