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

Legacy is a What If? story by Gideoncrawle, set in the Total Drama 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 (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 commemorate the anniversary of a tragedy that disrupted the season and nearly killed the show. The two former rivals reminisce over the tragedy and its fallout, setting the stage for Heather to make a gesture of reconciliation to a former enemy.

Sum This Up In One Trope: Butterfly of Doom.

Interested parties can read the story here or here.

Other troped works by this author include:

Not to be confused with the similarly-named, but far more lighthearted, Total Drama Legacy.

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

Legacy provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder: 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.
  • All There in the Manual: The story page includes hyperlinks to supplemental information on ancillary topics, including the song that became the basis of Trent's tribute song.
  • Amicable Exes: Duncan and Courtney drift apart a bit after the show concludes, but have fond memories of each other and still maintain regular contact.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Heather's relationship with her campmates could charitably be described as "tempestuous", and the deceased camper is her Arch-Enemy. Despite this, Heather is just as shocked and mournful about the death as anyone.
  • Anti-Climax: 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.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Courtney rants about her unfair elimination and thoughtlessly says that she should have been kept on instead of the recently murdered Gwen, Noah shuts her up by saying, "She would be here. Alive. And you?"
  • As You Know: Heather invokes this trope when she explains to a fellow show alumnus how she happened to be near enough to the camp to drop by on a whim.
    Heather: Muskoka is a major summer colony, you know.
  • Author Catch Phrase: Beginning narrative sentences with "So it was", usually in the form, "So it was that X".
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Heather, the most hostile and vicious member of the Total Drama Island cast, is the one to bring home the $100,000.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Heather's climactic gesture of remembrance gives the dénouement this quality.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: The insane Izzy doesn't grieve for her dead campmate because her diseased mind isn’t capable of grief or sadness, although she does understand the concept of loss.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Courtney is brought back into the competition after Owen is declared unfit to continue, settling her lawsuit in the process. She goes on to place second.
    • Once Chef Hatchet becomes host of Total Drama Island, he begins bringing back show alumni as guest assistants several times per season. Katie and Sadie's return in Season 8 is so well-received that they are brought back again in Seasons 9 and 10 and then hired as full-time staff members in Season 11, and rumors abound that they are being groomed for the throne once Hatchet decides to retire.
  • Butterfly of Doom: A delay of a few seconds leads to the psycho killer murdering Gwen, which has consequences that reverberate throughout the competition and for years afterward.
    • The "look at the losers" episode and the safari episode are swapped. The former is turned into an impromptu memorial for Gwen and the "losers vote off someone" element is scrapped.
    • When the castaway scenario occurs, Owen's isolation combined with him being previously unbalanced by Gwen's murder drives him completely off the deep end, forcing Chris to declare him medically unfit to continue. This leads to Chris bringing back Courtney, settling her lawsuit in the process.
    • Leshawna isn't voted off and places third, having lost the will to continue and losing early in the dare challenge.
    • Heather defeats Courtney in the final challenge to win the competition.
    • When Chris pulls the post-final challenge out, Heather refuses to partake. Only Owen, having recovered from his Sanity Slippage, participates, but his heart isn't in it and he fails to find the briefcase.
    • The show is forced to make major improvements to safety due to new regulations in the wake of Gwen's murder. Chris is laid off of the program due to an inability to meet his salary requirements, the show is completely retooled for Season 2, and only Chef Hatchet remains, ultimately becoming the new host after Season 5.
  • But We Used a Condom!: Lindsay had an unexpected pregnancy with a longtime boyfriend despite presumably using some form of contraception on a regular basis.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: 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.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Heather's pregnancy is mentioned thrice in the first chapter, but doesn't become important until near the end.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Chef Hatchet isn't happy about having to leave a murderous psychopath under the guard of two traumatized teenagers, but reasons that since Chris is needed at his own side in the infirmary, he has no better options than the two who stood up to him during the challenge. Chris himself qualifies for being the only adult on hand who can assist him in trying to save Gwen, but it's noted that he has no medical training and can only help at Chef's direction.
  • Creator Breakdown: In-universe, Trent has one after the competition ends. It's noted his music sounds far more melancholy than before.
  • Creator Thumbprint: All of the author’s stories, except for short vignettes, include at least one reference to a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. The author's pen name is also a G&S reference.
  • Dark Fic: The story is based on violent death, from comedic source material.
  • Dark Horse Victory: Heather stages an upset victory over the heavily favored Courtney to win Total Drama Island.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Heather’s baby is to be named after her mother's late campmate.
  • Death by Adaptation: Gwen is murdered by the killer instead of disarming him.
  • Death by Genre Savviness: 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 diverges from the canon moments later.
  • Death Fic: The story is all about the repercussions of a contestant's death. Said repercussions are still being felt a decade later.
  • Dénouement: The last chapter is entirely dénouement. The climax comes at the end of the preceding chapter as Heather reveals her gesture of remembrance.
  • Description Porn: This is a basic element of 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 “dragon lady” she had once been.
  • Despair Event Horizon:
    • One participant withdraws from the competition, unable to cope with Gwen's murder.
    • Leshawna begins showing signs of clinical depression and pretty much folds in the dare challenge.
  • Determinator: Downplayed. It's noted that the victim has a quiet perseverance that allows them to persist for several minutes after their injury should have killed a normal human being, but ultimately it's not enough to make up for inadequate medical care.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Chris and the producers of Total Drama cut costs at every opportunity, including using remote cameras instead of live camera crews. It's a matter of time until tragedy ensues, and once it does they find themselves staring down the legal gun barrel.
  • The Dividual: It's noted by a reminiscing Heather and Duncan that they still can't remember which girl is Katie and which is Sadie.
  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: 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.
  • Dragon Lady: Invoked for Heather, who is described as having once been a "teenaged 'dragon lady'". This is a reference to both the ethnicity and personality of her canon counterpart. Indeed, the author describes Heather thusly, with minor variants, in every one of his stories in which she appears.
  • Dramatic Ellipsis: 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.
  • Due to the Dead: Being all about the repercussions of a death, the story naturally has several examples:
    • The black-draped seat at the bonfire site.
    • Two of the surviving contestants keep a space between them during the finale.
    • The contestant’s death is partly blamed on the 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.
  • Empty Chair Memorial: 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 Shakespeare play, Richard II.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Everyone is horrified and heartbroken over Gwen's death, including the more selfish and cruel members of the cast. Heather privately admits to herself that she didn't want the victim murdered, Chef Hatchet does everything he can to save them, and even Chris memorializes the victim and gives the contestants some much-needed breathing room so they can process and grieve.
  • Faint in Shock: DJ collapses on the spot upon witnessing the tragedy.
  • Fatal Flaw: As far as the competition is concerned, Courtney's is her inability to face her fear. She chickened out of the cliff dive and the phobia challenge previously, and the gorge crossing stops her cold and wins Heather the whole shebang.
  • Fatal Method Acting: In-universe, one contestant ends up genuinely murdered while the cameras are still rolling.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: It's indicated that Trent never really gets over Gwen's death, and closes off each of his performances with a song in her memory.
  • 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.
  • 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 description of Chef Hatchet’s attempts to save his mortally wounded patient foreshadow that he will fail.
  • Framing Device: Heather and Duncan at Camp Wawanakwa comprise the frame story, and their reminiscences comprise the inner story.
  • Grief-Induced Split: Lindsay and Tyler's marriage collapses, "irretrievably stricken", after their 7-week-old son dies of SIDS.
  • Grief Song: Trent writes a song in tribute to his late girlfriend and first love. In the following years, he sings it at most of his gigs, usually as the closing number.
  • Heel Realization: Heather reached out to Lindsay after the latter lost her baby, but Lindsay 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.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Gender flipped with the bereaved Trent. He started out in deep mourning after the death of his first love and continues to make annual gestures of remembrance, but he otherwise went on to live a normal life.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • When the other contestants see 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 his campmate murdered, leading to his withdrawal from the game.
  • Holy Backlight: 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.
  • In Medias Res: The opening chapter is set years later than most of the next two chapters.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • DJ still leaves the competition after the psycho killer episode, although this time it's a mental health withdrawal out of grief for his murdered campmate.
    • Geoff and Izzy are still eliminated in the same respective challenges they were in canon, although since they were swapped in order Izzy lasts a bit longer than Geoff this time around.
    • Duncan still loses the orienteering challenge and is voted off, placing fourth.
  • Irony: Heather is planning to 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 comments on it.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em:
    • The psycho killer surrenders to the cast rather than take his chances with Chef Hatchet and his chainsaw, especially since Hatchet is blocking the only avenue of escape.
    • Chef Hatchet puts up a herculean effort to save Gwen, but ultimately is forced to accept that he lacks the skills and resources to do anything other than prolong the inevitable.
    • Once the inevitable wrongful death lawsuit hits them, the producers elect to settle generously rather than roll the dice in court.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Heather comments on the seeming absurdity of her decision to name her baby after a former enemy.
  • Lampshaded the Obscure Reference: Trent identifies Utopia, Limited—one of the least known of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas—only as "some old musical". The narrative expressly notes that the song from Utopia, Limited that became the basis for Trent’s tribute song is quite obscure.
  • Last Kiss: Chef Hatchet kisses the dying contestant on her forehead, "as a father might kiss a favorite daughter."
  • Let No Crisis Go to Waste: Chris is described as "making a virtue of necessity" when the losers are unable to focus on anything other than the tragedy, and turns the episode into a memorial for the deceased camper.
  • Literary Allusion Title: Chapter 4, which marks the end of the flashbacks, is titled, "Back To the Present".
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Chef Hatchet refuses to report on Gwen's passing until the psycho is out of the camp entirely, likely to deny him the satisfaction of knowing he's won.
  • MacGyvering: Subverted by Chef Hatchet's heroic but futile efforts to save Gwen. It's noted that between him only having basic medical training instead of being a critical care paramedic and the camp infirmary lacking the supplies to treat them, there's simply nothing he can do no matter how resourceful he is.
  • Mr. Exposition: Duncan is the one to explain the fates of the other campers, mostly through information he got from Courtney.
  • Mythology Gag: Duncan notes he would have loved to see Heather face Gwen in the dare challenge during his recollections. Such was the actual outcome in canon, but the altered events result in her facing Leshawna and Courtney instead.
  • Narrative Filigree: Evident in the first and last chapters, which have a "Slice of Life" feel. The first chapter goes into considerable detail about the condition of the camp to create an autumnal mood, and the final scene deals at some length with the dramatically pivotal subject of what Heather and Duncan had for lunch.
  • Nested Story: In addition to the nesting inherent in using a frame story, the main story contains Heather's story of how she came to choose her expected daughter's name.
  • Never Found the Body: 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: The would-be rescuers burst into the lodge at exactly the wrong moment. Tragedy ensues.
  • No Name Given: The psycho killer is never identified by name.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Three contestants are eliminated by means other than the normal vote:
    • The first is slain, and it's noted that even if she had survived she almost certainly would have been declared unfit to continue;
    • The second quits because he can't cope with the trauma of 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.
  • No OSHA Compliance: 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.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Zigzagged in-universe. Chris correctly presumes that a contestant's actual death will be "ratings manna", but that it will also turn out to be a case of "winning the battle but losing the war". The surviving contestants are quite naturally traumatized, and Chris realizes this will negatively effect ratings. Then the show comes under fire for her death in the first place and the season comes to an end "amid a worrisome ratings drop".
  • Obvious Pregnancy: Heather is almost eight months pregnant. This causes her some trouble in getting out from behind the steering wheel of her car.
  • One Drink Will Kill the Baby: 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.
  • Only Friend: Harold is the closest thing Heather has to a friend on Total Drama Island. He supports her in the final challenge because he can't bring himself to root for Duncan's girlfriend, and it's noted he's the only camper to maintain regular contact with Heather after the show.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's noted that Chef Hatchet is still popularly known as such and will likely be known as such until the day he dies.
  • Outliving One's Offspring:
  • Paper Cutting: 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.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: Most of the surviving contestants must deal with nightmares in the wake of their campmate's death.
  • Plea Bargain: Fearing that the psycho's claim that he only meant to injure the victim rather than kill them might allow him to beat a murder charge, prosecutors allow him to plead down to manslaughter in exchange for dropping various related charges. It's noted that the point is moot considering he's already serving a life sentence for unrelated offenses.
  • Plot Bunny: The author has related an anecdote about how the story idea spontaneously fleshed itself out in his mind and became so distracting that the project which inspired it had to be set aside for a couple of weeks so that Legacy could be written.
  • The Pollyanna: Geoff manages to keep his spirits up and not suffer from nightmares despite witnessing the tragedy, and even does his best to cheer up Owen and Leshawna.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: In-universe, plans for the show are forced to be scrapped or changed to accommodate for the murder of a contestant and the ensuing fallout.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • After the initial tragedy, Chef Hatchet immediately takes charge of the situation and proves to be an incredibly effective commander. Within a few minutes, he's managed to subdue the psycho, ensure the safety of the remaining contestants to the best of his ability, and bring the mortally injured camper to the medical tent for treatment. When said camper dies anyway, it's certainly not for lack of trying on Hatchet's part.
    • Chris is forced to become this as a result of the tragedy, taking more care to monitor the campers' mental health and even ejecting one as medically unfit to continue.
  • The Reveal: Heather revealing her planned gesture of remembrance is the story's dramatic climax.
  • Sanity Slippage: Owen begins to Go Mad from the Isolation during the castaway challenge, his mind already distressed by what happened to his fellow campmate. After he attempts to attack Heather, Chris and the producers eventually eject him from the game, and by the time the show ends he's of relatively sound mind again.
  • Scare 'Em Straight: Unintentionally, but Owen being incorrectly diagnosed with diabetes at 21 causes him to start losing weight.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: One contestant enters a period of mental decline after seeing a fellow contestant murdered before his eyes.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Lindsay and Tyler had begun to discuss marriage when an unplanned pregnancy forced the issue.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Show Must Go On: Chris' attitude after the tragedy is that the competition must continue. He's unusually restrained about it, though, and does make allowances and some structure changes so the campers can grieve properly.
  • Shown Their Work: This is a standard feature of the author's style. In this story, it's most notable in the details related to the victim's wound.
  • Signature Style: 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 explain things in detail, whether in the story or in notes, and to use "death and renewal" themes.
  • Sleeper Hit: In-universe, Katie and Sadie's "guest alumnae" appearance is an unexpected hit with the contestants and the viewing audience alike. Over the next few seasons, this unlooked for success nets them multiple guest appearances on the show, then full-time salaried positions on the show's staff, and finally speculation that they are being groomed to take over the show as the new hosts.
  • Slice of Life: The story begins and ends this way, hence the lengthy discourse on the riveting subject of what Heather and Duncan had for lunch.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Chapter 3 includes brief descriptions of how the remaining episodes played out after the tragedy.
  • Stay with Me Until I Die: 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 die alone.
  • Stunned Silence: The other campers (but not Chris or Hatchet) react this way when the killer slashes his victim.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: In-universe, Trent tweaks an obscure Gilbert and Sullivan song note  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.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: When Courtney comes back for the orienteering challenge, Heather realizes that her previously overhyped CIT experience is finally going to come in handy. The two proceed to win immunity.
  • Title Drop Chapter: The final chapter is titled "Legacy". This chapter elaborates on the titular legacy, revealed in the previous chapter's closing Wham Line.
  • To Absent Friends: The final chapter has this mood after Heather reveals her gesture of remembrance.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: 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. It's also idly noted that Eva's anger issues had a physical cause and she has responded well to medication, bringing her legendary temper under control.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The brief Introduction suggests pretty strongly that the story's "Butterfly of Doom" premise will end badly for a certain character. Sure enough, it does.
  • Trauma Button: A downplayed example when Duncan finds the chainsaw he did in "Wawanakwa Gone Wild!". In canon, he used it to try to trap a raccoon and came in second, but this time it simply proves too much of a reminder of the tragedy and he trades it in for a net.
  • Trophy Wife: Duncan jokingly suggests that Heather's current job description is "trophy wife" because she's a beautiful woman who does not work outside the house, and because her husband is a successful businessman nearly ten years older than she. Heather allows that Duncan's assessment is not unreasonable, although her age difference to her husband is less than is typical for trophy wives.
  • Vigilante Execution: Discussed and defied. When Duncan and Leshawna are assigned the task of restraining the psycho killer, Chef Hatchet warns them not to take the law into their own hands.
  • Wham Line: Two near the end of the first chapter which firmly establish the tone of the fanfic (after it was hinted at previously):
    Heather: How long has it been? Ten years?
    Duncan: Ten years ago today, may she rest in peace.
    Heather: That wasn’t really what I meant, but... But, yeah. Poor Gwen.
  • What If?: 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.
  • "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue: While not actually an epilogue, Chapter 4 contains thumbnail sketches of what everyone is currently up to.
    • While they have fond, if conlicting feelings for each other, Courtney and Duncan's relationship doesn't last longer than a summer fling. Duncan finds a legitimate outlet for his thieving instincts as a repo man. Courtney is currently working at a prestigious law firm in Vancouver, and has begun dabbling in politics, mainly just as a campaign worker for various candidates, so she can learn the science of a proper political campaign when she's old enough to be taken seriously.
    • Heather majored in business administration, and is currently a Trophy Wife, planning to study online for her MBA once her up-coming child is out of infancy, and thus re-enter the workforce by the time they enter school.
    • After returning to Germany with her parents, Eva persued a career in track and field, becoming a wealthy heptathalete, and has managed to get her anger under control with medication. After being plagued by injuries of the last couple of years, she is currently contemplating retirement.
    • DJ went ot college on a football scholarship, and was good enough to be drafted by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. After failing to make the team, he returned to school, where he is currently completing his studies in vetinary medicine.
    • After the competition, Geoff doubled down on his partying lifestyle, to the point that it was threatening his grades and his relationship with Bridgette, the latter of which was enough to get him to learn moderation. Like DJ, Geoff was drafted into the CFL, and is currently the backup quarterback for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
    • Bridgette is currently making a living as a swim instructor. She and Geoff are the only one of the couples that originally hooked up on Wawanakwa to stay together; they're currently living together, though with no plans for marriage or kids.
    • Justin went on to become a model, earning national prominence in the field.
    • While Trent was able to more or less move past Gwen's death, those who knew him from before note how his music gained a melancholic edge. Now a professional singer/songwriter, he makes a modest living on the nightclub circuit, even releasing an album with a indie record company that, while expected to go gold, has promising sales. Said album contains a memorial song for Gwen (though they're never referred to by name), which he also sings as a closing number at his gigs. He currently lives a days travel from Wawanakwa, and every year, on the anniversary of the death, arrives to leave a bouquet of flowers.
    • Following the passing of 'Gwen's Law', which ensures the rights and safety of reality show contestants, the studio execs find that they could no longer afford to pay for Chris' extravagant lifestyle, so they sacked him and replaced him with Chef, who is the host up the current day. Starting around the sixth season, Chef started a tradition of bringing in past TDI alumni as assistants and guest hosts. When Katie and Sadie were brought on, they proved popular enough that they were eventually hired on in a more permanent position. Rumor is going around that Chef is planning on retiring from the show after the current season, and that Katie and Sadie are being groomed as his replacements.
    • Lindsay and Tyler became professional reality show contestants. They got married to each other due to an unplanned pregnancy, but said marriage dissolved after their 7-week-old son died of SIDS. Lindsay made a tenative attempt at an acting career, but her inability to remeber her lines limited her to nonspeaking roles, so she gave up an went to the reality show circuit.
    • After a diabetes scare, Owen entered a weight loss reality show and placed third. No word on how well he's kept that weight off.
    • Izzy's whereabouts are unknown. She was last reported as having died in an ferryboat accident, but given that her body was never recovered, Duncan and Courtney aren't so sure they've seen the last of her.
    • Noah is currently living in New York, working as an anaslyst for a Wall Street investment firm. Despite being in the States to stay, he has no plans to apply for U.S. citizenship.
    • Harold is applying his 'mad skills' by going into business for himslef, selling mrtial arts equipment and teaching novice-level classes in several disciplines.
    • Leshawna is employed at a Toronto nonprofit, working with underpriveleged children. While she was married, her deadbeat husband abandoned her and their son without so much as a legal seperation. Fortunately, she has the support of her extended family, both blood and in-law, to lean on.
    • Beth and Ezekial bumped into each other two years after Wawanakwa, which sparked something. They're currently married with a growing family, with Ezekial making an enviable living servicing farm equipment, though there are no plans to homeschool their kids.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Chapters 2 and 3 recount the diverging incident in the fic's backstory and the remainder of the competition as affected by said divergence.
  • Worthy Opponent: 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.
  • You Are Too Late: The air ambulance doesn't make it to Camp Wawanakwa until three minutes after the victim has succumbed to their injury.