He told me violence, or violins, or violence with violins.
We know each other from the Homestuck fandom on Tumblr, and then through talking on Skype. In Homestuck, the character Rose plays the violin, and the character Dave is associated with swords and is the ‘Knight’ class in the game they play, meaning that to me he is associated with violence. He also has time-travel powers and deejays, to explain some of the other references.
Rose is a passive class in the game they play, which is why I left her up on the tower. She is also associated with light, and with communing with things that live beyond the stars, which is how that symbolism sneaked in there.
The story itself takes place between events shown in the comic, and is meant to be one of the possibilities that could fill that gap.
The whole tone is somewhat ethereal, which was what I felt compelled to write at the time, but might not be the tone I’d use if I were to make it longer. The tone fits well with Rose, except that her writing is a lot more verbose. The exception is the metaphor about drunk surfers, which is more in Dave’s voice. He’s fairly verbose, too, though.
I think I caught the tone I wanted, even though it wouldn’t be quite the same tone as the comic. It got the writing bug out for the evening, and my friend enjoyed it.
I probably could have done more in depth characterization, but that’s one of the joys of fanfiction: Homestuck fans would already immediately recognize them.