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healing (isn't) linear by CinderScoria is a 'Escape the Night'' Fan Fic where the events of the show have actually taken place and the surviors of each season recover through their shared trauma together.

Official Summary: They're all kind of broken, in a jagged edges sort of way, but that doesn't mean they can't fit with each other. The road to recovery is long and arduous - but if they travel it together, they can fill the cracks with gold.

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  • Action Girl: Nikita and Eva.
  • Ascended Extra: Myling. Also Gabriel Zamora, by Word of God standards - the author didn't intend for him to play as big a part as he ended up playing.
    • Also, from the original TV series itself, Daniel Preda and Jetpack Girl count
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Nikita and Matt and their "I hate you/I know" back and forth banter
  • Beach Episode: Chapter sixteen, "Five Senses," where we learn through a series of unfortunate events that Eva has fish powers (aka, can breathe underwater)
  • Berserk Button: Maybe don't lie to Eva and most definitely do not mess with Matt in front of Nikita...
  • Big Bad: Iridessa.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The girls rescuing the boys in chapter twenty-seven, "Emotion Mind"
  • Break Them by Talking: Iridessa is very good at this.
  • Broken Bird: All of them, but Eva in particular.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Matt's entire character arc after he discovers the Society Against Evil was evil the whole time and his friends may be at the center of a prophecy that'll doom the world to the return of the Cursed God.
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  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Despite the author's best efforts, quite a few people guessed that Matt would become the Leywalker of life by the end of the book.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Eva and, ironically, Nikita.
  • Dies Wide Open: Jetpack Girl. She gets better.
  • Distressed Dude: Matt gets captured by the Society towards the end of the book and the others have to go rescue him
  • Dream Land: Matt gets a multitude of this.
  • Doomed Protagonist: Played with in that the Leywalkers gaining their magic accelerates the return of the Cursed God, or so the prophecy goes...
  • Foreshadowing: Several, especially regarding the survivors' magical elements. If you look closely, each of them have their element scattered throughout their point of view chapters:
    • It's always raining in Eva's chapter.
    • Tyler's house is always cold.
    • Oli feels most comfortable around nature.
    • Nikita is associated a lot with fire.
  • Great Offscreen War: The entire Society Against Evil backstory, as in canon.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: every survivor pair (despite some of them Not Actually Being Straight), but especially Nikita and Matt.
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  • Home Base: The Living Room, especially after the Society begins attacking the survivors.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each chapter is titled after a DBT skill that's featured in the story.
  • Insufferable Genius: Matt.
  • Immortality Begins at 20: Iridessa looks no older than 25
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Tyler and Oli.
  • Light Is Not Good: The SAE. You'd think with a name like the Society Against Evil, they wouldn't be actually evil, and yet...
  • The Mentor: Myling. Matt, too, though YMMV on that one considering...
  • Mood Whiplash: The cliffhanger at the end of chapter 20 when Stephanie interrupts a beautiful character development moment to deliver some very bad news...
  • Mooks: The Society members who are so mookish they don't even get names.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Literally the premise of the story.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The survivors discover they have magic and utilize it appropriately when Matt is kidnapped by the Society Against Evil.
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