The Day Everything Changed
is the first part of a 3 fanfic Konata and Kagami story arc, and was written by Mr. Fanfic Guy
. It was originally published on February 27, 2011 as a single huge chapter. Between April 14, 2012 and April 16, 2012, the author published a "Revised Edition"
, splitting the story into chapters like all his other fanfics, and adding some extra material.
The story starts out on Thursday June 30, 2005
, the day before classes at Ryouou High School let out for summer break. Konata has a major crush on Kagami, but she has always been too scared to tell her best friend her true feelings. At the same time, another student by the name of Sakura Takahashi, holds a grudge against Kagami for some reason, and she feels that Kagami somehow wronged her. And the next day, Friday July 1, 2005, she makes her move.
That morning, Sakura injects a mixture of Anadrol 50 and Dieselbolan v2.0 (two of the most potent steroids in the world) into herself and later advances on Kagami with a metal pipe in one hand and a pocket knife in the other, and mercilessly and senselessly attacks the poor girl. What makes it worse is that this scene plays out exactly like a nightmare Konata had the previous night. An absolutely furious Konata then fights back against Sakura, even taking a few brutal hits herself. It's an intense fight, but eventually Konata, along with Tsukasa and Miyuki, manage to win the battle.
However, despite Konata's efforts, Kagami is still badly injured and has to be taken to the hospital. Once they are there, Konata finally admits to Kagami that she's in love with her. At first, Kagami doesn't know how to respond, but that night, she accepts and tells Konata that she loves her as well.
This fanfic provides examples of:
- Badass Adorable / Cute Bruiser / Took a Level in Badass: Konata definitely qualifies, as she shows no hesitation in fighting back against Kagami's attacker.
- Berserk Button: DO NOT put Kagami in harm's way, NEVER laugh at her pain, and DON'T EVER make her cry. Konata will be absolutely fucking PISSED if you do any of those things. Sakura did all of them.
- Big Bad: Sakura Takahashi.
- Big Damn Heroine: Konata when she fights back against Sakura.
- The Bully: Sakura is a particularly nasty and realistic example.
- Cue the Rain: Right around the time Sakura moves in on Kagami, it starts to rain.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Sakura against Kagami. Poor Kagami didn't stand a chance.
- Also to a smaller extent, Konata versus Sakura.
- Determinator: Konata when she is fighting against Sakura.
- Dark Fic: Not nearly to the extent of Lonely Kagamin or Falling Stars, but it still counts. It also helps that the weather the day of the attack was overcast and rainy.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Sakura had held a grudge towards Kagami for god knows how long. The moment she can no longer take it is when Kagami scored higher than her on the midterm. What does Sakura do? Beat the living daylights out of Kagami, and injure the poor girl so badly that she had to be rushed to the hospital.
- Gray Rain of Depression: The clouds open up and rain starts to pour right around the time Sakura starts her assault on Kagami.
- Jerk Ass: Sakura, to the extreme.
- Kick the Dog: Sakura does this brutally to Kagami during Chapter 4. The most severe example is when after Kagami pleads with her to stop, she responds by slashing her with her knife.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Sakura is immediately arrested after the attack, and she is soon sentenced to 20 years in prison.
- Laughing Mad: During Chapter 4, after hearing Kagami beg her to stop, Sakura starts laughing in a "borderline maniacal" manner, and then she slashes Kagami with her knife yet again, and to top it off she boasts that no one can save her now.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Sakura gives a brutal one to Kagami in the climax of the fanfic.
- Oh Crap: At least 3 moments.
- Kagami, when she realizes that Sakura is about to attack her.
- Konata, when she figures out that her nightmare has become a reality.
- Sakura, when even after she hits Konata several times with the pipe, she still won't give up fighting.
- Original Characters: Ayaka Suzuki and Nanami Tanaka are introduced in this fanfic right after the attack scene. They would later take up bigger roles in the next two fanfics.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When Konata starts fighting back against Sakura, she has what the author describes as a "bright red glow of rage" in her eyes.