Miracle Child is a Homestuck fanfiction by Bramble-Patch. Originally written for the Homestuck Kink Meme, it centers around Gamzee.
The basic set-up is that post-Sgrub Gamzee goes out to the conscription ships, fully expecting to be culled for his sopor slime habit. Thanks to the influence of the Grand Highblood, he is sent to undergo Subjugglator training instead. The fanfic is about how he adapts to sobriety and the violent life of a novitiate. Add in a rebellion in the works led by Karkat, the terrifying personality that is the Grand Highblood, a cast of beautifully written OC classmates, and a truckload of world-building backstory available on the work's Tumblr, and you have the formula for a very good fic.
This fanfiction provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual: There is a lot of world building on that Tumblr. It's not necessary to understand the story, though.
- Alternate Universe Fic: Where the trolls were put back on Alternia post-game, some with their in-game powers and all with their memories intact.
- Archnemesis Dad: The Grand Highblood toward Gamzee, in a way.
- Circus of Fear: Carnival, where the occasional death or bloody merriment is considered normal.
- Eyepatch of Power: Sollux has one to cover his one dead eye.
- Living Emotional Crutch: As his moirail, Karkat is this to Gamzee; after weeks of Sanity Slippage due to his sobriety and stressful new life, one long conversation with Karkat calms him right down.
- Kick the Dog: The Grand Highblood really didn't need to have Jormun culled, much less order Lazapi to do it.
- Mistaken for an Imposter: A digital version. Though considering that Terezi and Karkat thought Gamzee was dead at the time, who can blame them?
- Nailed to the Wagon: Gamzee, who is banned from Sopor on pain of being culled.
- Original Character: Surprisingly popular ones at that.
- Power Incontinence: Gamzee's lack of control over the chucklevoodoos does not endear him to the other trolls.
- Psychic Powers: Gamzee and the other indigobloods can inflict fear on other trolls.
- Reluctant Psycho: Gamzee has become one of these, now that he's kept sober.
- Sanity Slippage: Gamzee has this from time to time, usually indicated by his Sober!Gamzee typing quirk, or by alternating between speaking normally and shouting.
- Shoot the Dog: Jormun's death.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: The Subjugglator uniform.
- The Pen Is Mightier: Lazapi's main strife specibus.
- Trust Password: Gamzee uses these when he first contacts Terezi and Karkat and neither believe it's really him. With Karkat he uses the tried-and-true "what I got you for your last 12th Perigee present"; with Terezi, he references their Sgrub titles.