A year into the making, and I'm putting this story to an official close. I hope that you enjoyed it, though the theme was dark and tragic. In its legacy, Broken Reflections (once named Broken Hope, Shattered Dreams) reached a total of 5,974 views, tallied on July 28, 2012. It's been featured in one community, called "The BEST Titanic Fanfiction Stories of 2011," with twenty favorites and ten alerts.
Besides the Titanic (1997) plot and script, and the books and movies I've read and seen on cancer patients, I used two living sources (not the Internet!) for information. One person is a good friend of mine, who had a pet Dalmatian that developed cancer in the leg. She said that the tumor grew to the point that it broke skin and they had to constantly sew it close, but eventually the dog was put to sleep and ended its suffering. I later asked a medical doctor if it was possible for a human, if not treated, to have the same effect with a tumor. Thus, Broken Reflections was born.
Originally I wanted Rose's character to reflect Victor Hugo's character Fantine from Les Misérables, which was unsurprisingly mentioned in the story, and I think it worked out pretty well. Fantine's story began as a young woman in love, but her boyfriend ditched her one day, leaving her pregnant with his child. After getting fired from her job, she sold her hair, her teeth, and eventually her body in prostitution to pay for her daughter. And as for Jack, he was like Jean Valjean in a way, helping Rose and eventually taking custody of her daughter after she had passed. Valjean's character realizes Fantine's dilemma and takes her to a hospital because she was suffering from tuberculosis. Later on, she dies and leaves him with her daughter.
In fact, "Rose's Theme," as I call it, is a song from the Broadway version of Les Mis. The lyrics are as shown:
"I Dreamed a Dream" (from Les Misérables)
There was a time when men were kind
When their voices were soft
And their words inviting
There was a time when love was blind
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time
Then it all went wrong
I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high, and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted
But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
As they turn your dream to shame
He slept a summer by my side
He filled my days with endless wonder
He took my childhood in his stride
But he was gone when autumn came
And still I dream he'll come to me
That we will live the years together
But there are dreams that cannot be
And there are storms we cannot weather
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I'm living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed
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For now, I'll be working on finishing my other Titanic stories. Hopefully I'll be able to get more in soon.
Thanks for reading!
~Lady Elena Dawson