Please tell me I’m not the only one who imagines doing things with my moots like walking to get coffee, going shopping, getting your nails done, and having sleepovers then proceed to cry cause you don't know if thats ever going to be possible. No just me?
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Not 100% sure if you meant Jack from the real sabers or Jack from the fake Falconers, so feel free to ignore this is it's the former lol
I did mean Jack Eichel but I love this fic and actually know the answer to this one so I will definitely answer!! (Is there dramz in the Check Please fandom atm? I am almost entirely removed from it at this point. Re: actual Jack at some point I might need to write some shit out to work through the last stage of grief but at this point I don’t feel like I’m quite there yet).
Okay, so! “What was my inspiration for this fic? How did it come to me?”
Basically, all my Tumblr mutuals were really into Check Please around 2015/2016, which got me intrigued. That in turn got me into following real hockey around that same time. Kent had long been my fave character, in no small part because as I learned more about the real NHL he was the character who really jived best with the real hockey world, so it made it easier for me to write him without jumping through Samwell hoops as I was trying to keep it feeling authentic to actual hockey (especially as Kent was written to be actually in the league and not playing for a college team).
So around this same time I had the World’s Most Boring Job in which I basically scanned documents and did not see other humans for 40 hours a week. I burned through a LOT of audio content that summer. A LOT. Among which were a bunch of hockey podcasts because I was a fairly new fan and trying to look into getting up to speed on knowing the league and players and rules and so forth (fun fact: the whole reason I basically imprinted on Jack Eichel is bc when I started listening to hockey content in the summer of 2016, I went back in time about a year on all the archived content so I could feel like I was learning some backstory on current stuff, and all of that content covered his draft year).
Anyway, long story short (it’s still really long sorry) the more I listened to real hockey players talk and tell stories about each other and about their playing years, I felt more and more like I wanted to incorporate those voices into a story of my own, and since Kent was A. Fictional and B. Very one-sided in the original comic (no shade, just knowing everything from Bitty/Jack’s POV) he was the perfect “player” to experiment with in building a sort of Greek Chorus of opinions around. Some of the vignettes were adapted from the stories I heard of real players (like the Czech bar fight) and some were totally made up.
It’s still one of my favorite stories. It was super fun to write in a very different style and try to slip into those different voices of all the speakers (and super fun to figure out how people OUTSIDE the Samwell crew might reasonably feel about a high-profile player like that).
Tl;dr: I was learning about real hockey and listening to those voices and was inspired to apply that to the Check Please universe.