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Softly Comes the Storm is a canon-divergent Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them fanfiction, in which Grindelwald hands over Credence to a follower of his. Credence is then used as a sex slave alongside Newt Scamander. More plot than expected ensues.

A completed fic by twitchtipthegnawer on Archive of Our Own.

Softly Comes the Storm contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: A foregone conclusion where the Barebones are concerned.
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  • Adaptational Badass: Debatable, but Graves is this. At the very least, he actually gets to show up and do cool things, unlike in canon.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Tina gets this, if you subscribe to the school of thought that she was a secondary antagonist in the movie. Or Credence gets this, if you subscribe to the school of thought that his (seemingly) remorseless killing made him villainous.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Tina gets to be this twice. Once for Graves, and once for Newt and Credence. Both times she's shown fighting a hell of a lot more than in canon.
  • Bi the Way: Newt gets a coming-out scene to Credence. He's very casual about it.
  • Blessed with Suck: Obscurus powers in the fic are largely unchanged from the movie. This is completely unhelpful for Credence.
  • Bottle Episode: The first two chapters (and indeed, almost all of the Credence POV portions) are this. Not for budget saving reasons, but because the characters are locked in a house.
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  • Chained to a Bed: Happens to Credence, both willingly and unwillingly.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: As a character with no canon personality, the wandmaker Quintana got assigned this. It makes sense, given that nearly all we know about him was that he knew the secret to hunting rare, magical fish, and that he was paranoid about others finding out that secret.
  • Continuity Drift: Evident when comparing the beginning and ending outlines.
  • Conveniently Common Kink: Averted... more or less. At least the author attempted aversion, with such scenes as Newt being stymied by Credence's submissive tendencies, Newt being squicked by CGL themes, and Graves having to extensively negotiate what kinks to include in his first scene with Credence.
  • Darkest Hour: Ironically, it comes in chapter six. Unable to take the abuse anymore, Credence finally snaps. Much the same follows as did in the movie.
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  • Dark Fic: Barely qualifies, since the original material was perfectly capable of dipping into darkness in the first place. The extreme degrees of violence and rape definitely push it over the edge, however.
  • The Dead Have Names: Linda Bogsworth in chapter nine. Credence learns the name of the first person he knowingly killed at her funeral. He handles it as well as could be reasonably expected.
  • Dented Iron: Surprisingly, Newt is this. Or perhaps less surprisingly, since he's also this in canon. Or perhaps perhaps, still surprisingly, since the scene intended to showcase this didn't make it into canon. Fandom is weird sometimes.
  • Depending on the Writer: YMMV on how in character the various canon characters are. In particular, Graves has quite a few popular fanon interpretations.
  • Dominatrix: Shows up in chapter 6. Her profession doesn't work out too well for her.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: The protagonists certainly go through more than enough pain to justify the ending they're given.
  • Evil Matriarch: Mary Lou Barebone is the dramatic version of this. Or the comedic version, if you think the author did a poor job.
  • For Want of a Nail: What begins as a seemingly small change quickly snowballs. See What If below.
  • The Four Loves: Credence runs the gamut! Storge with Modesty, philia with Queenie and Tina, eros with Graves, and agape with Newt.
  • Gratuitous Rape: Arguably. Word of god is that the author tried to avoid it, but the early chapters could still be considered this.
  • Hemo Erotic: Chapter 10. The extensive knifeplay scene involves quite a bit of Credence getting bloody, but no one drinks that blood.
  • Intimate Psychotherapy: Both chapters 8 and 10 have shades of this. Makes sense in context, as Credence is finally receiving sexual attention in a positive, loving way, for the very first time.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Credence is this in universe. He has a BDSM scene with Grindelwald, falls in love with Newt, sets up a triad with Graves, and even has sex with nearly all the original characters who show up.
  • Matricide: As in canon, Credence can only endure Mary Lou's abuse so long before he snaps.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The whole plot could have been avoided if Grindelwald had just stayed on track with canon. Whether or not canon worked out better for him is debatable, however.
  • Not Safe for Work: Like woah. This fic might not be porn without plot, but it certainly has its fair share of explicit scenes.
  • Original Character: Several, though most are one-off appearances and aren't important to the plot.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: The obscurus can certainly pack quite a punch.
  • Plot Tumor: Depending on who you ask, the fic may evolve into this. The earlier chapters are much lighter on plot than the later ones. However, the writer did always plan to have the story develop much the way it ended up doing.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: As a fanfiction made in the author's spare time, some degree of distillation was unavoidable. A notable example of this is that most of the titular fantastic beasts don't make an appearance.
  • Precision F-Strike: Queenie in chapter 11. "That's bullshit."
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: This fic does not shy away from the ugly reality of Credence and Newt's situation. If you include sexual assault stopping short of rape, then Grindelwald gets knocked even further down the Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness.
  • The Roaring 20's: Takes place during these, same as canon.
  • Safe, Sane, and Consensual: Averted for the most part, except in chapter 10. By that point the kink negotiation is long overdue.
  • Sex Slave: Newt and Credence begin the story as this. They escape eventually.
  • Slash Fic: Very much so. Just look at the OT3 it centers on! Even most of the clients Newt and Credence are forced to service are men.
  • Talking to the Dead: Credence does this briefly in chapter nine.
  • There Is Only One Bed: Credence and Newt have to share a bed while being held captive. It isn't hot.
  • They Do: As of chapter eight for Credence and Newt, and chapter ten for the addition of Graves.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Averted 100% with Credence. He may be kinky, but he doesn't enjoy his treatment at the beginning of the fic.
  • The Unfavorite: Credence is this to Mary Lou Barebone.
  • What If?: The differences at the beginning of the fic are slight; Grindelwald lost patience with Credence a bit earlier than in canon, and Newt fell into a trap in an attempt to rescue a magical creature in New York. By the end of the fic, Newt has the Elder Wand, Grindelwald is free from prison, and Graves is rescued by Tina.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: As in canon, Credence is this. It doesn't last as long this time, however.


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