#Rating: Susceptible to Change
#Content: Gore | Adult Themes | Romance | Sci-Fi | Angst | Macabre | Psychology
For if you are a senior reader, you will know that TDoHS once gave me the impetus to revise this hit-or-miss after losing my appetite for TMoHS. That motivation departed quickly, so I entertained the intention of eventually deleting the entire story. On the night of, I had my cursor ready to click the delete button, but I couldn't proceed. I have, rather belatedly, chosen to let the fic be, thus I will republish the chapters I erased from the fic's archive, only editing structure, pace, and minor scenes to give the story a face-lift. This surgical process will be painfully slow.
To humbly echo what I confessed prior:
I can not make the story more than it already was by tearing down the entire foundation. I can only add equilibrium and realism. Authoring this at age sixteen, I remember not being very serious about TMoHS. I stumbled on one fic, came out inspired, and wrote the first episode of "Unmasked" without discretion. I also didn't have a bond with the TMoHS novels, so my drama relied on the dubbed anime's first season.
The dub moved me enough to experiment with painting a dark portrait of Itsuki Koizumi's internal destruction. After doing so, I sort of "came up with the plot as I went along" and did some character-mining late in the game. In spite of these flaws, the fact that I was emotionally invested into Unmasked was the best thing about writing it; I can't shun that. When you reconsider it, having that kind of attachment would probably be the most important factor. I learned a lot about my own subconscious mind.
I have been on a Frozen/Tangled (Disney) crusade lately, so a conclusion to Unmasked is not in the wind, but a revision of the raw content will soothe my conscience so that I won't be tempted to remove it again. The explicit MA version will be placed on Archives of Our Own under Jazzy_B_Real (Otherwise_Unbroken) while the tame material stays here.
I do not declare ownership of the characters that are used in this non-profit work of fiction. The symbol (*) will indicate that an event or quote is from canon textiles. Happy reading!