''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6130841/1/Freefall Freefall]]'', a ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fanfic by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1194522/UnexpectedInspiration FarenMaddox]], is a [[AlternateUniverseFic Real-world AU]] massive crossover fic, focusing mainly on the plot and characters from ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''XxxHOLiC'', but featuring a fair few other characters and Creator/{{CLAMP}} references from series such as ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'', ''{{Kobato}}'' and ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''.

Although it has shades of HighSchoolAU for a few characters due to their ages, this is ''not'' your average ensemble cast in the real world story, and major plot events are directly derived from the various canon works that make up ''Freefall''. The result? An epic, sprawling story that takes place in the city of San Francisco and its surrounds and reinterprets the incredible events of the ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''XxxHoLic'' timeline through the lens of modern-day America.

There is no magic in ''Freefall'', no monsters or vampires. Time travel and destiny don’t come into play and [[BigBad Fei Wang Reed]] is nowhere to be found. Instead, the story focuses on the lives of the characters and their loved ones as they struggle to survive the hand they've been dealt— [[TrueCompanions together]].

This fic is complete and there is a sequel in the making.

'''A note on the author’s name choices:''' Because ''Freefall'' is set in modern-day America, the characters have been renamed accordingly. As such, it might be useful to read the author’s [[http://faren-maddox.livejournal.com/32740.html livejournal post]] explaining the rationale behind the new names, and to make sure you have an idea of who is who before reading. That said, the characterisation in ''Freefall'' is spot-on and it should be very easy for new readers to pick out which character is which within moments of them appearing.

(Not to be confused with the FurryWebcomic ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''.)

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* AbusiveParents: Karen's mother. [[spoiler: Finn also suffered through a few sets of these being shunted from foster family to foster family as a child.]]
* AdaptationDyeJob: literally for Molly, with her obviously-dyed platinum blonde hair, as the counterpart to the white Mokona from TsubasaReservoirChronicle.
* AlternateUniverseFic
* AmbiguouslyGay: Finn, though he can be quite [[FlamboyantGay flamboyant]] when he wants to piss off Caleb.
** Lampshaded at one point:
-->'''Caleb''': I mean, are you even gay?
-->'''Finn''': I have no idea!
* [[spoiler: BatterUp: Arthur goes on a rampage with Caleb's baseball bat in chapter 25.]]
* BadDreams: [[spoiler: Finn.]] And how.
* BareYourMidriff: Finn has a tendency to wear shirts that are a little too short for him. [[spoiler: Makes it easier to see his bandages from being shot later on.]]
* BearHug / CooldownHug: the desperate hug [[spoiler:Caleb]] gives [[spoiler:Finn]] to try and stop them leaving in chapter twenty-four is a mix of these, with a hint of PleaseDontLeaveMe for good measure.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Averil and Zack have a lot of this, as much as Averil [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend denies it]].
* BigBrotherInstinct: [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Tom]]. [[{{Kobato}} Ian]] is definitely an example of this too.
* BigEater: Zack, and he's picky about what he eats too. Caleb and Lee are mentioned to have their moments of this too.
* [[spoiler: BittersweetEnding: Sara is recovering, but she's moving away; Caleb and Finn's relationship is stronger than ever, and Finn has been reunited with his twin, but Finn has many issues to work through and Caleb is still badly hurt; Averil and Zack are finally together and seem to be moving towards a life as a couple, but Averil is still recovering from his injuries; Ian and Gray are moving into a new phase in their relationship, but the latter still has doubts over his future; and the arrival of Clarence Reed and the return of Sara and Tom's DisappearedDad promises trouble in the sequel.]]
* BrokenBird: A male version in Gray, though this applies to Averil as well.
* [[CantLiveWithoutYou Can’t Sleep Without You]]: Happens to [[spoiler: Caleb and Finn]] when the latter’s nightmares start to take their toll.
* ChastityCouple: Lee and Sara are like this. They’re definitely in love, but they rarely touch each other. There are [[JustifiedTrope reasons]] for this, particularly [[BigBrotherInstinct Tom]] [[spoiler: and Sara’s illness making her very fragile]]. As such, when they ''do'' hug, it’s all the more [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming sweeter]].
* ChekhovsSkill: [[spoiler: Caleb is mentioned to have been a champion marksman in his teenage years, [[JustifiedTrope justifying]] his ImprobableAimingSkills later on.]]
* ChickMagnet: [[spoiler: Sebastian, who mentions a string of past romances when he's introduced.]] Caleb thinks it would be more impressive if he could ''keep'' a girlfriend.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: Subverted. [[spoiler: When Finn gets shot, Caleb breaks his ribs trying to keep him breathing, gets covered in blood, and remembers to check if his airways are clear of blood and vomit before starting CPR.]]
* CoolBike: Caleb has [[http://www.tradenote.net/images/users/000/103/462/products_images/Suzuki_GSXR_1000_Brand_New_2006_0_Miles_Red_Black.jpg one]]. When [[spoiler: Sebastian]] shows up, he has one too.
* CoolCar: Subverted by Finn’s [[http://www.jamilowery.com/wp-content/gallery/cars/1960_volkswagen_beetle.jpg powder-blue Beetle]]- or at least, Caleb seems to think so.
* CoolOldGuy: Zack’s grandfather, Harold.
* CoolOldLady: Ruth, Karen's grandmother.
* ContinuityCameo / {{Expy}}: ''Everywhere''. Almost every single named character is derived from various Creator/{{CLAMP}} works, even the minor characters that show up in the background.
* CovertPervert: [[{{Chobits}} Claire.]] Sweet, kind-hearted blonde teacher's assistant that helps Lee find his voice in english class... that is studying to be a sex therapist and has a few opinions on various character's sexualities.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: All over the place, but especially when [[spoiler: Lee finds out his bone marrow is compatible with Sara’s, and can stop her from dying.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: ''Everyone'', some more than most. [[spoiler: Gray and Finn especially.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Zack, towards Averil. He really can’t stop himself.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Zack’s attitude towards Averil is a lot like this. Lee also plays it straight with Sara, [[spoiler: especially when Arthur takes her hostage in chapter 25.]]
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide / InterruptedSuicide: Sebastian. He doesn’t go through with it, but it was a close call.]]
* DespairEventHorizon: [[spoiler: Finn approaches the line a few times during the fic, and nearly tumbles over it when Arthur almost kills Caleb. He gets better, though.]]
* DestinationDefenestration: [[spoiler: Averil tumbles out a window in a shower of glass in a nod to [[XxxHolic canon]] continuity- and is very, very badly hurt in the process.]]
* DisappearedDad: Sara and Tom's father, though his whereabouts are partially known.
* DramaBomb: dropped on the main characters every few chapters or so.
* DramaticStutter: Zack occasionally slips into this when having a [[NotSoStoic moment]], usually caused by Averil's presence. It only seems to bother him when he has something important to say.
* EmancipatedChild: They're in their teens, but Lee and Averil are this.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Happens for all of the main couples in some way or another.
* EveryoneIsGay: Not quite, but getting there. Also [[LampshadedTrope lampshaded]] by Lee a few times where he wonders if ''everyone'' he knows is gay.
** [[FridgeBrilliance He does live in San Francisco]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Sara acquires the nickname “princess” early on in the fic, and is treated by one by most main male characters.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: played for laughs a few times, with various characters having "mancrushes" on one another.
* EyeScream: Wouldn’t be a Creator/{{CLAMP}} fic without it. [[spoiler: Oh, ''Averil''...]]
* FallingIntoHisArms: [[spoiler: After being released from hospital with a gunshot wound and broken ribs]], Finn nearly faints and falls backwards down the stairs to be caught by Caleb, who then carries him into their apartment with no difficulty and in a [[ShipTease rather possessive manner.]]
* FanArt: ''Freefall'' has two short ''doujinshi'' drawn by the artist Konnichipuu, for [[http://konnichipuu.deviantart.com/art/Snowball-Fight-1-of-3-195776013 chapter one]] and [[http://konnichipuu.deviantart.com/art/TRC-Freefall-Doujin-p01-195099148 chapter twenty-four]], as well as a [[http://konnichipuu.deviantart.com/art/A-Cure-for-Nightmares-207491893 piece]] that was based off a sneak-peak of the upcoming sequel. '''Warning!''' The latter two are spoileriffic.
* FanFic: ''Freefall'' is adored to pieces by author Zelinxia so much that they wrote a [[http://zelinxia.dreamwidth.org/20070.html fanfic]] for a fanfic! '''Warning:''' Spoilers for Caleb's past and the ending!
* GenerationXerox: Zack closely resembles his grandfather, Harold, and quite a bit of Averil’s angst comes from the fact that while his [[NonIdenticalTwins brother Lee]] is the spitting image of their father, he himself looks nothing like his parents.
* GrayEyes: Gray. More the colour than the personality traits though.
* GrumpyBear: Caleb.
* GuiltComplex: Averil,by the bucketload. [[spoiler: Finn as well, but he’s a bit better at hiding it.]]
* HappilyMarried: [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Tom and Yuri]]. Not so much on the married part, but the two of them are very much in love and together. [[RGVeda Amy and Susan]] have shades of this too.
* HarassingPhoneCall: [[spoiler: Finn]] gets these all through the fic, acting as in-universe NightmareFuel.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Yvonne.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Averil, a few times, usually when asked about how he feels about Zack. [[TransparentCloset Fails utterly]].
* HeIsNotMyBoyfriend: Averil, about Zack. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt No one believes him.]] [[spoiler: Caleb has this regarding Finn later on, and eventually stops denying it since it's easier than trying to explain.]]
* HeadbuttOfLove: Lee and Sara in chapter 17. It's [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming adorable]].
* HeartwarmingOrphan: [[spoiler: All four]] of the main male characters.
* [[spoiler: HeroicBSOD: Happens to Finn when Caleb saves him from Arthur’s rampage and almost dies in the process. Takes a while for him to come out of it, even with Sara and Tanya’s help.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Caleb]] takes a blow that would have killed [[spoiler: Finn]] and nearly dies in the process.
* [[OverTheShoulderCarry Hip Carry]]: After nearly falling down the stairs, Finn gets carried up them by Caleb, who grabs him with one arm and holds him against his hip.
* HoYay: ''Everywhere.'' Between [[TsubasaReservoirChronicle Caleb and Finn]], [[{{Kobato}} Ian and Gray]], [[XxxHolic Zack and Averil]] [[spoiler: with the latter [[RelationshipUpgrade finally becoming a couple at the conclusion of the fic.]]]]
* HumanShield: Happens to [[spoiler: Sara, when Arthur takes her [[HostageSituation hostage]] in chapter 25]]. It doesn’t work.
* IdenticalGrandson: Zack, to Harold.
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: chapter 18, when [[spoiler: Caleb accidentally brushes his hand over the surgery scar from Finn's gunshot wound, making him shiver and moan. Doesn't help that they were spooning together in bed, or that they were practically [[UnresolvedSexualTension drowning in sexual tension]] from the get go.]]
* IfItsYouItsOkay / SingleTargetSexuality: [[spoiler: Zack, regarding Averil. Zack even muses to himself that he's letting Averil decide his sexuality for him.]]
* IllGirl: [[spoiler: Sara]], and played realistically too.
* ImpossiblyLowNeckline: Yvonne has a penchant for this, noted by Averil in their first meeting.
* InSeriesNickname: Caleb, with Hot Shot, Papa Bear, Big Daddy and Cal-Baby just to name a few. Sara also gets one, being called “princess” on many occasions.
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Averil, and ''how''. Finn has his moments of this when he's playing "Mommy".
* [[spoiler: InstantDeathBullet: Subverted and played straight respectively the two times it appears. Finn takes a few moments to realise he’s been wounded when Seth shoots him in the stomach, and is able to talk for a little while before passing out. Later, when Arthur is shot by Caleb he dies instantly, though probably justified through the [[ChunkySalsaRule three-shots-to-the-head thing]].]]
* InstantWakingSkills: Caleb. [[spoiler: Especially once he starts sleeping in the same bed as Finn.]]
* InsultOfEndearment: By the end of the fic, it's pretty clear that Caleb calling Finn "dumbass" is this.
** Actually, it's already pretty obvious by chapter 8:
---> ''"What are you going to do about it? I've got the gun, dumbass."''
---> ''Hey. That was '''Caleb's''' nickname for Finn. He couldn't use Caleb's nickname.''
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: '''Caleb'''.
* LapPillow: Finn "going to bed" in chapter 24, much to Caleb's mortification. Even Lee thinks it's kinda cute.
* [[spoiler: LifeOrLimbDecision: Caleb, in chapter 25, [[HeroicSacrifice to save Finn]]. He doesn’t lose his arm, but the damage he takes renders it useless.]]
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Ian is this for Gray, and [[spoiler: Caleb]] becomes this for Finn.
* LuminescentBlush: Pops up a few times, but especially [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]] when it’s ''Caleb'' doing it.
* MartyrWithoutACause: Much like in canon continuity, Averil needs to learn his lesson about how his self-sacrificing streak hurts those around him.
* MeaningfulName: “Averil” means “April”, much like the meaning of Kimihiro. It's also noted that Zack's last name, "Williams", means "stout protector" and is used as some explanation behind his motivations re: Averil. On a more humorous note, due to a [[ItsAllThereInTheManual mistranslation]], “Caleb” means “dog”.
* MessyHair: Finn. Doesn't stop Sara from thinking it's gorgeous though.
* [[spoiler: MiscarriageOfJustice: One of the contributing factors to Finn ending up in jail when he was younger.]]
* [[spoiler: NearDeathExperience: Sebastian had one when he tried to commit suicide, imagining his brother and calling an ambulance because of it.]]
* NiceGuy: Lee, definitely.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Finn tries to pull this on Caleb with a lot of things, [[spoiler: especially about how much he cares about Lee, Averil and Sara, and why he keeps having nightmares.]] Doesn't work.
* PerpetualFrowner: Caleb. It's remarked that him not scowling is the same as a ear-to-ear grin on anyone else.
* PrematurelyBald: [[spoiler: Sara, after the chemotherapy kicks in. Results in a heart-melting scene where Finn combs her hair-out for her, and a refusal to be seen without a hat or headscarf afterwards.]]
* [[spoiler: PrisonRape: One of the [[BreakTheCutie many]], [[DarkAndTroubledPast many]] reasons Finn is so messed up.]]
* {{Protectorate}}: Takes him a while to figure it out, but [[spoiler: Caleb]] eventually realises [[spoiler: Finn]] is this for him. Zack is far more open about what he’d do to keep Averil safe, and the same for Ian regarding Gray, and Sara has been this for Lee right from the beginning.
* [[spoiler: RapeAsBackstory / RapeAsDrama: Finn. ''Not'' played for comedic effect, or exploited for cheap drama.]]
* RelationshipUpgrade: Happens late in the fic for [[spoiler: Averil and Zack]], much to the latter's relief.
* ScarsAreForever: When [[spoiler: Finn gets shot]], their scar remains for the rest of the fic. [[spoiler: Abuse at Arthur’s hands also resulted in Sebastian having a prominently visible scar trailing from the corner of his mouth and up his cheek, immediately distinguishing him from his twin.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: pops up a few times, with various Creator/{{CLAMP}} pairings, but none of the characters here are shallow enough to be defined by his alone.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Lee, about Sara. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt No one believes him either.]]
* ShesGotLegs: Sunny, according to Averil. Also, Yvonne gets to show hers off once or twice as part of her "sex pot" act.
* ShipperOnDeck: Quite a few examples, for various pairings throughout the fic:
** Sunny, for Zack and Averil, much to Averil’s dismay. Harold joins in as well, [[spoiler: and makes clear his [[SoProudOfYou approval]] when Zack announces that they are a couple]].
** Lee, for [[spoiler: Finn and Caleb]], especially towards the end of the fic. Claire Elda has shipped them for quite some time, and [[spoiler: Tanya joins in on the fun as well once she arrives.]]
*** [[spoiler: Sebastian also becomes this within a few hours of seeing Finn and Caleb interacting together.]]
** ''Everyone'' for Sara and Lee. Yes, even [[BigBrotherInstinct Tom]], as much as he would hate to admit it.
* ShownTheirWork: On behalf of the author herself. The amount of research that has gone into ''Freefall'' is staggering, and a lot of links for supplementary material can be found on her [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1194522/UnexpectedInspiration profile]], such as an apartment floor plan, information about the schools where characters study, and images of vehicles that the character’s drive. Other elements of the plot, [[spoiler: such as Sara’s leukaemia]], have also been exhaustively researched.
* SnowballFight: Happens in chapter one, and it's hilarious.
* SpeechImpediment: Zack has worked to overcome a stutter. He's not at all embarrassed by it, much to Averil's chagrin.
* StepfordSmiler: Finn, just as much as his canon counterpart. [[spoiler: His smiling mask starts to crack in much the same way as the plot progresses.]]
* StraightGay: Claire insists that[[spoiler: Caleb]] is this. Her boyfriend refuses to believe it when she tells him.
** [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Tom]].
* StutterStop: Inverted. Zack only stutters when his emotions [[NotSoStoic get the best of him.]]
* SurvivorsGuilt: Quite a few characters have this, particularly [[spoiler: Finn]].
* [[spoiler: [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Swing]]: Caleb performs a diving save for Finn when Arthur takes a swing at his head with a baseball bat.]]
* TallDarkAndHandsome: A lot of the CLAMP bishies featured in ''Freefall'' qualify, but definitely Caleb, with an emphasis on the "tall" part. It's also implied Zack will grow into this when he gets older.
* TeamDad: Caleb gets roped into this role as the story progresses, much like he did in canon. Gets called Papa Bear and Big Daddy by [[TheNicknamer Finn]] quite a lot also.
* TeamMom: Finn. No surprises there.
* {{Tearjerker}}: Lots of ‘em. [[spoiler: Finn breaking down when he is reunited with Sebastian is a good example that manages to double as CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming, and Finn's utter devastation in the wake of Arthur's attack is a literal in-universe example as well as one for the readers.]]
* TheAlcoholic: Finn. He has good [[DrowningMySorrows reason to be.]] [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Yvonne]] is implied to be this too.
* TheCharmer: Although it makes him a little uncomfortable, Finn has no problem turning up the charm to get what he wants.
* TheKlutz: [[XxxHoLic Sunny]], as a reference to her canon-counterpart’s DoomMagnet tendencies. [[spoiler: Nearly kills Averil when her clumsiness results in him falling out a third-storey window in a shower of glass.]]
* TheNicknamer: Finn, mostly directed towards Caleb, although Sara becomes known as “princess” early on in the story and the moniker sticks. [[spoiler: And just like in canon, when he does call Caleb by his real name, it’s a sign things have gone horribly wrong between them.]]
* TheStoic: Zack. Kid’s got a serious poker-face going on. Does have his [[NotSoStoic moments]], though.
* TheWoobie: Averil. Things just don’t go right for him, no matter how hard he tries.
* TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason: Finn. Oh so very much ''Finn''. [[spoiler: All of his secrets come to light in the final arc, after Arthur exposes his [[DarkAndTroubledPast traumatic childhood]], and he explains a lot of what has happened to him to Caleb when the latter is recovering in chapter 26.]]
* ThroughHisStomach: Averil's got skills when it comes to cooking, and they're good enough to cover his share of the rent. Later, when he starts living with Zack and Harold, it's one of the [[HoYay many]] [[SingleTargetSexuality reasons]] Zack is insistent he stay.
* {{Tsundere}}: Averil, and ''how''. No prizes for guessing who bears the brunt of his tsun-tsun tendencies... [[spoiler: and later becomes the focus of his dere-dere side as well.]]
* TrueCompanions: The main cast ends up like this.
* UnbrokenVigil: Occurs a few times with various characters. Notably with [[spoiler: Caleb when Finn gets shot and has to have a kidney removed, only to break the moment Finn wakes up]] and with Zack and Averil, due to the latter’s tendency to get himself into life-threatening situations. [[spoiler: Tom also does this for Sara when she’s first in hospital]].
* UnresolvedSexualTension:
** Between Caleb and Finn in a big way, [[spoiler: especially once they start sleeping in the same bed]], but played very subtly.
*** Lampshaded by Lee when he remarks that their relationship must be complicated, or they would've gotten it over with and had sex already.
** Averil and Zack have their fair share of this too, though more on the BelligerentSexualTension side of things.
** Ian and Gray; as Dovie remarks, they've built up enough between them for it to start oozing out their ears.
* VitriolicBestBuds: As much as they snipe at each other, Caleb and Finn are close friends, and only get closer as the series progresses.
* WakeUpFighting: Finn takes a swing at Caleb a few times after being woken suddenly from a nightmare. [[spoiler: Implied to be because of the sexual abuse he suffered in prison.]]
* WhamEpisode: Every few chapters or so.
* WhenHeSmiles: Finn, on the rare occasions he actually means it.