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Paths Less Traveled By is probably the one of the most heart-wrenching stories in TFA that includes Beachcomber. It was written as a response to Derrick J. Wyatt revealing that they were planning on killing off Beachcomber early on in Season 3 of TFA, but cut him out for time. As a result, the author decided to take four of the most plausible reasons for Beachcomber to die and wrote it. She also threw in a toddler Cosmos for seemingly no reason, other than to add a child figure into the works and make it even more heart-wrenching by making Beachcomber his father-figure.

Basically, Cosmos has psychic powers, tries to share Beachcomber's dreams for the night, and ends up going through scene after scene of ways he could have died in his lifetime. He has no way of interfering though, as there's always some sort of barrier keeping him from interacting with the scenario except in the fourth scene.

It can be read here.


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