Fanfic / Reflections
is a Tales of the Abyss
fanfic written by darkangel_mya
on fanfiction.net, telling the story of how things could have turned out if someone else had been present in Luke's life growing up.
It has four Side Stories; "Doctor's Appointment
", "Luke's First Christmas
", "What Do You Get Jade For Christmas?
" and "Double Date
This Page is in Desperate need of tropes.
Reflections has the following tropes:
- Alternate Universe Fic: Of course.
- Ascended Extra: Ginji and Noelle get a lot more characterization than in the games, as does Asch who goes from being a Guest Star Party Member to a fully fledged protagonist.
- Backup Twin: What Van created Luke for in the first place, though he turns out to be a Spanner in the Works to his plans by accident.
- Big Brother Instinct: When Luke gets warped half-way around the world, Asch immediately sets off to find him. The distance between Kimlasca-Lavender and Malkuth is a few days by coach. Asch meets up with him at Cheagle Woods in two.
- Breakout Character: Cantabile didn't actually appear in the game, and was only mentioned in Tales of Fandom.
- Character Development: Asch's original stagnation was graced away the moment Luke first met him as a kid.
- Cruel Mercy: Sync's final encounter is this. Even when left with a dagger, he couldn't bring himself to commit suicide.
- Enemy Mine: Guy gets kidnapped by Cantabile and the group goes after him. Where do they find him? Drinking tea with her in a cafe, having a civil discussion. To be fair at this point Guy wasn't aware of the extent of Cantabile's plans and was simply happy to see her alive. However, considering Guy's loyalties were already in question at this point, it's needless to say that the group is a tad miffed.
- Luke enlists Arietta's help in order to get his group out of yet another dungeon. All she asks is that the group leaves Ion with her, and since Ion is already Secretly Dying, he volunteers to stay.
- Foregone Conclusion: Though Asch's presence changes many of the events in the story, several major events were required to happen in order to keep the plot moving along, such as Luke destroying Akzeriuth.
- For Want of a Nail: Essentially what would happen if Luke reunited with his family... after they mistake his replica for him.
- Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Luke post-Akzeriuth.
- Asch as well, After Luke beats him in a duel, and is chosen to go to the Tower of Rem instead of Asch.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Well, Tear and Natalia certainly do. Noelle also comments on Luke's attractiveness.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Asch and Luke fight each other over who gets to make one at the Tower of Rem. Luke has apparently made another one as of Chapter 81.
- Ion sacrifices his life to cure Tear of the miasma contamination, and dies slowly over the course of weeks.
- Identical Twin ID Tag: Since Luke skips his Important Haircut in this story, the only way the party, or anybody for that matter, can differentiate Asch and Luke are their clothes. Played with when the two use this to their advantage to switch places without anybody being the wiser except Jade, of course.
- Playing this more straight, Asch has a scar that's hidden by his hair that he got trying to escape from Choral Castle. Luke has no such scar. This is how the villains can tell them apart.
- Insult Friendly Fire: Tear has a very unhappy history with fomicry, and repeatedly says she hates it and that nothing good ever comes from it. While traveling with Luke, whom she loves and doesn't realize is a replica until later.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Guy and Cantabile.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The characters make several comments throughout the story that poke fun at various aspects of the game it's based on, such as Luke commenting that he hates Daath, since nothing good ever happens there, and Asch commenting that had he joined Van, he'd probably have done something stupid like joined the Oracle Knights.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Legretta, even more then in the game.
- Morality Chain: Luke's very innocence and acceptance of him is the reason why Asch hasn't fallen.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Natalia, after trying to turn Luke over to the God Generals, and she finds out that not only were the God Generals not going to keep their word of returning him to Batical, but that it was actually Asch, who had switched with Luke.
- Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Happens frequently whenever Luke and Asch are keeping secrets from the group, particularly during events shortly before and after the Tower of Rem. Anytime Tear or Natalia bring up the idea of having a happy future with them, they're both reminded that their fonons are dispersing.
- Plot Detour: Averted. In the original game, the gang has to pass through Fubras River since the bridge to Akzeriuth was down. There was no such problems here and they got to see what the town had to offer before the subsequent miasma outbreak and destruction.
- Spanner in the Works: The story is based on Luke become on to Van: convincing Asch to stay with his family instead of joining Van. This leads to Van showing a much greater degree of open contempt for Luke, since he serves as the primary anchor for Asch. It also makes Luke a much bigger target, since Van knows that if he dies, he can blame it on the score and have Asch join him.
- Asch also manages to be this for Mohs by rooting out Anise as his spy ahead of time. Ion dismisses Anise from the Fon Master Guardians, and finds her parents a place to live outside of Daath (while Anise remains unaware and rejoins the group out of lack of any other options).
- Spared by the Adaptation: God-Generals Legretta and Sync, as well as both Luke and Asch—though the last two depend on your interpretation of the original game's ending.
- Token Evil Teammate: At first, Asch shows a mutual annoyance to everyone but Luke, and he holds contempt especially towards Tear and Guy.
- Twin Switch: Apparently, this is Luke and Asch's favorite game.
- At the very end, in one of the most heartwarming moments of the fic, Asch and Luke try it one last time, and fool absolutely no one.
- Twin Telepathy: Asch and Luke learn how to use it seamlessly shortly after returning to Baticul for the first time. They don't reveal it to the rest of the party until much later, leaving them baffled as to how the hell they seem to get into fights or make up without even speaking to one another. They also use it to greater effect against Van, coordinating their attacks to create an opening.