Happy Retcon Day

Once upon a time, there was a guy who was interested in a girl. He’d been interested in her for a month or two, and they had recently gone out to dinner on (theoretically) non-romantic grounds, so he was intending to ask her out.

He faced a choice, though. The aforementioned dinner had been on February 12th. Should he ask her out on Valentine’s Day? No, he decided; that would be (his choice of words) “cheesy.” He baked her cookies on the 14th, though, and ultimately asked her out on the 16th.

The two of them dated for many years, and eventually got married. But along the way, a small problem developed.

You see, this guy — sometimes known to the internet as [profile] kniedzw — decided, in direct contradiction of his own reasoning before, to declare Valentine’s Day their anniversary. The girl — sometimes known to the internet as [personal profile] swan_tower — is perfectly happy to celebrate the fourteenth of February as Valentine’s Day and also their Cookie Anniversary (a very important occasion!), but she objects strenuously to this blatant ret-conning of their past.

(She attempted to settle this matter more firmly by proposing to him on the sixteenth of February seven years after they started dating, in the hopes that it would give that date greater historical weight. No dice.)

At this point, of course, she suspects he’s sticking to the point simply because arguing over it has become tradition. But in the meantime, she is celebrating her Cookie Anniversary (nom nom nom), and wishes you all a very happy Retcon Day.

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0 Responses to “Happy Retcon Day”

  1. desperance

    Would it be cynical of me to suggest that the weight of his determination in this regard has less to do with historicity and more to do with the reliable reminders that pervade our culture, to let us know that the 14th is approaching once again? It’s always useful when all the media team up to nudge you into remembering that your pivotal anniversary is on its way…

    • Marie Brennan

      If our anniversary were in August or something — some time that would be more difficult to remember — I might buy that. But I think he’s just being contrary. 🙂

  2. mrissa

    Cookies are important.

  3. kurayami_hime

    Your husband being contrary? I am shocked! Shocked, I say!

    Actually, I’m not shocked in the slightest.

    [omitting comment involving actual shock and warm, delicious brownies because that would be making this about me, and this is decidedly not about me]

    Happy Cookie Anniversary!

  4. Marie Brennan

    I agree wholeheartedly.

  5. Anonymous

    (In theory someone could write a truly postmodern epic fantasy, where the entire thing is designed to be a pointillist mosaic whose through-line is thematic rather than character-based — but no one has done it yet that I know of.)

    I would argue that, although it’s not an epic fantasy, World War Z meets the mosaic-requirement. It really isn’t a character-based story at all (which is, btw, why it was a terrible idea to make a traditional Hollywood movie out of it).

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