->''A few seconds more or less can have profound and far-reaching effects.''
-->—from the Introduction


''Legacy'' is a “[[WhatIf what if]]” story by [[http://totaldramaislandfanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/User:Gideoncrawle Gideoncrawle]], set in the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' universe. The author calls it a {{short story}}, although its length of about 10,000 words and multi-chapter layout qualify it as a {{novelette}} or even a {{novella}} by some definitions.

Ten years after the [[AlternateHistory (altered)]] events of ''Total Drama Island'', Heather stops by Camp Wawanakwa on a whim. There she encounters Duncan, who has come to the camp to [[DueToTheDead commemorate the anniversary]] of a tragedy that disrupted the season and nearly killed the show. The two former rivals [[ToAbsentFriends reminisce over the tragedy]] and [[DeathFic its fallout]], setting the stage for Heather to make a [[TookALevelInKindness gesture of reconciliation]] to a [[WorthyOpponent former enemy]].

'''JustForFun/SumThisUpInOneTrope:''' ForWantOfANail

''Legacy'' is on [[FanficRecs/TotalDrama TV Tropes’ list of recommended fanfics]] for ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. Interested parties can read the story [[http://totaldramaislandfanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/Legacy here]].

!!This story is a DeathFic, so you may encounter unmarked spoilers. You have been warned.

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!!''Legacy'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: Ten years after the show, most of the couples are no longer together because they had come from all over Canada, so most lived too far apart to see each other regularly.
* AllThereInTheManual: The story page includes hyperlinks to supplemental information on ancillary topics, including the song that became the basis of Trent's tribute song.
* AntiClimax: The show's producers scrap the final episode's scheduled jury vote in an attempt to avert a major anti-climax, as they can see that one finalist has only token support at best. A winner-take-all final challenge is substituted.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Courtney rants about her unfair elimination and thoughtlessly says that she should have been kept on instead of [[spoiler: the recently murdered Gwen]], Noah shuts her up by saying, "She would be here. Alive. And you?"
* AsYouKnow: Heather does this when she points out that the Muskoka District is a major summer colony, that being how she happened to be near enough to the camp to drop by on a whim.
* AuthorCatchPhrase: Beginning narrative sentences with "So it was", usually in the form, "So it was that X"
* BadDreams: Most of the surviving contestants must deal with nightmares in the wake of their campmate's death.
* BittersweetEnding: Heather's climactic gesture of remembrance gives the dénouement this quality.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The insane Izzy doesn't grieve for her dead campmate because her diseased mind isn’t capable of grief or sadness.
* ButWeUsedACondom: Lindsay had an unexpected pregnancy with a longtime boyfriend, despite presumably using some form of contraception on a regular basis.
* CellPhonesAreUseless: There is a reference to cell phone coverage in the vicinity of the camp being "spotty". This is presumably why the show's staff used two-way radios.
* ChekhovsGun: Heather's pregnancy is mentioned [[RuleOfThree thrice]] in the first chapter, but doesn't become important until near the end.
* CreatorThumbprint: All of the author’s stories, except for short vignettes, include at least one reference to a Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta. The author's pen name is also a G&S reference.
* DarkFic: The story is based on violent death, from comedic source material.
* DeadGuyJunior: [[spoiler:Heather’s baby]] is to be named after her mother's late [[spoiler:campmate]].
* DeathByGenreSavviness: A certain contestant, who happens to be a slasher flick buff, is convinced that the serial killer is just an actor hired for the challenge, so she doesn't try to defend herself. Tragedy ensues as the story [[WhatIf diverges from the canon]] moments later.
* DeathFic: The story is all about the repercussions of a contestant's death. Said repercussions are still being felt a decade later.
* {{Denouement}}: The last chapter is entirely dénouement, with the climax coming at the end of the preceding chapter as Heather reveals her gesture of remembrance.
* DescriptionPorn: This is a basic element of [[SignatureStyle the author's style]]. An excerpt from the description of Heather provides a non-spoilery example:
-->Her short, raven-black hair was styled in a businesswoman’s cut. Her belly was distended to accommodate her daughter-to-be; her breasts were engorged in preparation for their purpose; and her skin, beneath a hint of sunburn and a generous dose of skillfully applied makeup, was suffused in the characteristic glow of advanced pregnancy. All in all, while still a beautiful woman, she bore little resemblance to the teenaged “[[DragonLady dragon lady]]” she had once been.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: When Chef Hatchet leaves Duncan and [=LeShawna=] to guard the (currently unarmed and docile) serial killer, he sternly warns them to not taunt the prisoner.
* DragonLady: Invoked for Heather, who is described as having once been a "teenaged 'dragon lady'". This is a reference to both the ethnicity and [[AlphaBitch personality]] of her canon counterpart. Indeed, the author describes Heather [[AuthorCatchphrase thusly]], with minor variants, in every one of his stories in which she appears.
* DramaticEllipsis: Used twice, in different ways:
** In the first chapter, Heather’s voice trails off into a dramatic pause.
** In the second chapter, Heather’s thoughts trail off when she gets too close to something she really doesn’t want to think about. The reader is given enough information to figure out just what that something is, and is unlikely to blame her.
* DueToTheDead: Being all about the [[DeathFic repercussions of a death]], the story naturally has several examples:
** The [[EmptyChairMemorial black-draped seat]] at the bonfire site.
** Two of the surviving contestants [[EmptyChairMemorial keep a space between them]] during the finale.
** The contestant’s death is partly blamed on the [[NoOshaCompliance unsafe conditions]] at the camp, which leads to the enactment of a new law named after her. This new law improves safety for reality show contestants.
* EmptyChairMemorial: The deceased is twice honored in this way:
** One of the seats at the elimination ceremony venue is draped in the dead girl's nightgown and is not used for the rest of the competition.
** When the previously eliminated contestants return for the final challenge, two of the surviving contestants keep an empty space between them when they approach the bleachers and when they take their seats.
* {{Epigraph}}: Chapter 2 begins with a quote from the [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespeare]] play, ''Theatre/RichardII''.
* {{Flashback}}: Chapter 2 and most of chapter 3 cover events from years before the main setting, but are told as if they were set in the same time frame.
* ForWantOfANail: A delay of a few seconds has consequences that reverberate for years.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Several examples:
** The reference to 19 (instead of 20) spectators in the Peanut Gallery during the final challenge and the flowers on the table hint at the nature of the tragedy that drives the story.
** The [[DescriptionPorn description]] of [[JackOfAllTrades Chef Hatchet’s]] attempts to [[spoiler:save his mortally wounded patient]] foreshadow that he will fail.
* FramingDevice: Heather and Duncan at Camp Wawanakwa comprise the frame story, and their reminiscences comprise the inner story.
* GriefSong: Trent writes a song in tribute to [[spoiler: his late girlfriend and first love]]. In the following years, he sings it at most of his gigs, usually as the closing number.
* HeelRealization: Heather reached out to Lindsay after the latter [[spoiler: lost her baby]], but Lindsay [[ReformedButRejected did not acknowledge the gesture]]. Lindsay did respond to condolences from Courtney, among others, so Heather assumed that old resentments still lingered. The incident left Heather questioning, for the first time, the wisdom of her game strategy.
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Gender flipped with [[spoiler:the bereaved Trent]]. He started out in deep mourning after the death of [[spoiler: his first love]] and continues to make annual gestures of remembrance, but he otherwise went on to live a normal life.
* HeroicBSOD: When the other contestants see [[spoiler:one of their own violently struck down]], they just stand there and seem to have no idea of what to do.
** One contestant is completely unable to cope with seeing [[spoiler:his campmate murdered]], leading to his [[NonGameplayElimination withdrawal from the game]].
* HolyBacklight: When Heather comes out of the kitchen and sees Duncan standing in the doorway to the lodge, she can't make out much detail at first because he is backlit. When he comes into the lodge and is no longer backlit, she recognizes him.
* InMediasRes: The opening chapter is set years later than most of the next two chapters.
* {{Irony}}: Heather is planning to [[spoiler:name her baby after]] her late colleague, whom she couldn't stand when the latter was alive. Heather appreciates the irony of her decision, and [[LampshadeHanging comments on it]].
* LampshadeHanging: Heather comments on the seeming absurdity of her decision to [[spoiler:name her baby after]] a former enemy.
* LampshadedTheObscureReference: Trent identifies ''[[Theatre/UtopiaLimited Utopia, Limited]]''--one of the least known of the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operettas--only as "some old musical". The narrative expressly notes that [[http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/utopia/webop/ul021.html the song]] from ''Utopia, Limited'' that became the basis for Trent’s [[GriefSong tribute song]] is quite obscure.
* LastKiss: Chef Hatchet kisses the dying contestant on her forehead, "as a father might kiss a favorite daughter."
* LiteraryAllusionTitle: Chapter 4, which marks the end of the [[{{Flashback}} flashbacks]], is titled, "[[Film/BackToTheFuture Back To the Present]]".
* NarrativeFiligree: Evident in the first and last chapters, which have a "[[SliceOfLife slice of life]]" feel. The first chapter goes into [[DescriptionPorn considerable detail]] about the condition of the camp to create an autumnal mood, and the final scene deals at some length with the [[SarcasmMode dramatically pivotal]] subject of what Heather and Duncan had for lunch.
* NestedStory: In addition to the nesting inherent in using a [[FramingDevice frame story]], the main story contains Heather's story of how she came to [[spoiler:choose her expected daughter's name]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: Izzy was reported to have been killed in the sinking of a ferryboat, but her body was never recovered. This is part of the reason why neither Duncan nor Courtney believes that she is really dead.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The would-be rescuers burst into the lodge at exactly the wrong moment. Tragedy ensues.
* NoOSHACompliance: Played with and ultimately defied. It takes a contestant's death and the enactment of a "memorial" law to clearly establish that reality show contestants are to be considered employees for the purpose of applying workplace safety regulations.
* NonGameplayElimination: Three contestants are eliminated thusly:
** The first [[spoiler:is slain]];
** The second quits because he [[HeroicBSOD can't cope with the trauma]] of [[spoiler:having a friend die violently]] before his eyes; and
** Chris declares the third unfit to continue after said contestant enters a period of severe mental instability.
* {{Novelette}}: Technically, although the author considers it a [[ShortStory short story]].
* ObviousPregnancy: Heather is almost eight months pregnant. This causes her some trouble in getting out from behind the steering wheel of her car.
* OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby: When Duncan offers to share his lunch with Heather, she has to find her own beverage because all Duncan has is beer. For the sake of her 8-month fetus, Heather is unwilling to drink anything alcoholic.
* PaperCutting: Subverted in that the chainsaw psycho tries to do this, but is interrupted at precisely the wrong moment and so inflicts a serious wound instead, more or less by accident.
* PlotBunny: The author has [[http://totaldramaislandfanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Gideoncrawle/Why_am_I_here%3F related an anecdote]] about how the story idea spontaneously fleshed itself out in his mind and became so distracting that [[FanFic/TotalDramaIslandByGilbertAndSullivan the project which inspired it]] had to be set aside for a couple of weeks so that ''Legacy'' could be written.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Chef Hatchet as time goes on, eventually [[RedemptionPromotion becoming the show's host in Season 6.]]
* ShellShockedVeteran: One contestant enters a period of mental decline after seeing [[spoiler:a fellow contestant murdered before his eyes]].
* ShotgunWedding: Lindsay and Tyler had begun to discuss marriage when an [[ButWeUsedACondom unplanned pregnancy]] forced the issue.
* ShoutOut: Chapter 4 contains references to the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta, ''[[Theatre/UtopiaLimited Utopia, Limited]]''.
** ShoutOut/ToShakespeare: Chapter 2 [[{{Epigraph}} starts with a quote]] from ''Theatre/RichardII''.
* ShownTheirWork: This is a [[SignatureStyle standard feature]] of the author's style. In this story, it's most notable in the [[DescriptionPorn details related to]] the victim's wound.
* SignatureStyle: [[DescriptionPorn Description-rich]] and dialogue-light, with a flavor that readers have described as “19th Century”, “elegant”, “nearly poetic”, and so on. The author is also inclined to [[ShownTheirWork explain things in detail]], whether in the story or in notes, and to use "death and renewal" themes.
* SliceOfLife: The story begins and ends this way, hence the lengthy discourse on the [[SarcasmMode riveting]] subject of what Heather and Duncan had for lunch.
* TheStationsOfTheCanon: Chapter 3 includes brief descriptions of how the remaining episodes played out after the tragedy.
* StayWithMeUntilIDie: Inverted in that the dying person is unconscious and so can't ask, but Chef Hatchet stays with her of his own accord because he thinks it important that she not [[DyingAlone die alone]].
* StunnedSilence: The other campers (but not Chris or Hatchet) react this way when [[spoiler:the killer slashes his victim]].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSong: In-universe, Trent tweaks an obscure Creator/GilbertAndSullivan song ([[http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/utopia/webop/ul021.html "A Wonderful Joy Our Eyes To Bless"]] from ''Utopia, Limited'') for his tribute song, albeit not to get around copyright because the song was already in the public domain. He writes his own verses but makes only minor changes to the refrain and the tune.
* ToAbsentFriends: The final chapter has this mood after Heather reveals her gesture of remembrance.
* TookALevelInKindness: Both Heather and Duncan have grown up, figuratively as well as literally, in the ten years since they were on the show. Duncan has even learned basic precepts of chivalry.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The brief Introduction suggests pretty strongly that the story's "[[ForWantOfANail for want of a nail]]" premise will end badly for a certain character. Sure enough, it does.
* WhamLine: Two near the end of the first chapter which firmly establish the tone of the fanfic (after it was [[{{Foreshadowing}} hinted at]] previously):
--->'''Heather:''' How long has it been? Ten years?
--->'''Duncan:''' Ten years ago today, [[spoiler:may she rest in peace.]]
--->'''Heather:''' That wasn’t really what I meant, but... But, yeah. [[spoiler:Poor Gwen.]]
* WhatIf: The climactic encounter with the chainsaw psycho (Episode #19, "Hook, Line and Screamer") turns out differently than the canon version. That single change drives the entire story, with consequences that are still felt a decade later.
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: While not actually an epilogue, the reminiscence portion of the story ends with thumbnail sketches of what everyone is currently up to.
* WorthyOpponent: After ten years, Heather is ready to admit that a certain despised campmate was a valuable teammate before the merge and a formidable opponent after.
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