OMG, how much do I love my Yuletide gift? SOOOO much.
It's called The Sum of Educated People, and it is full of hilarious win. Oh, and it's Community fic, specifically Jeff/Britta, which I was in the throes of when I requested it (though, hilariously, now I'm all Jeff/Annie, but not whilst reading this fic, I assure you).
It starts: Because life isn't a TV show, Jeff doesn't get to be a lawyer again right after he graduates from Greendale.
And what I asked for--what I wanted--was The Maturation of Jeff Winger, and I knew as soon as I read the first sentence I was in good hands. The Jeff voice is SO PERFECT, but the little nods to the rest of the characters are spot on as well, like this little piece of synergistic bliss:
He measures time by whatever Ryan Seacrest is reporting on and doesn't realize until a sparkly, puffy bear trap shows up in his mail masquerading as an invitation that school's been over for a year. There's glitter on his hands for three days, like Lady Macbeth or something, until he finally calls Shirley to RSVP.
He sees Troy and Annie and Abed at improv, which, OK, could he BE any more gay? Or whatever word isn't offensive but means whatever gay meant the second time around? (He's growing, he's grown, he's -- still kind of an asshole.)
<3 <3 <3
Because that's the Jeff Winger I love. "He's growing, he's grown, he's -- still kind of an asshole." Aren't we all?
And. He's in a goddamn Sandra Bullock movie and it doesn't even matter.
Yes. YES! That is the fate and future that Jeff Winger deserves. I so want all of this to happen.
And the ending is just freaking brilliant. "They never do." Seriously. I'm not a crier. But I had a little tear in my eye and my throat closed up. SNIFFLES. GOD DAMNED SNIFFLES, SECRET SANTA. My love knows no bounds here.
*runs away from this rec--the emotion is too much*