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This fic was inspired by a Tumblr anon who asked me to help them create a Guardians of the Galaxy secret for FandomSecrets on Dreamwidth. They had a nonverbal-autistic!Groot headcanon that meshed totally with one I have, so this fic idea needled me until I wrote it. This story is in no way speaking for every single autistic person out there because we're all unique in how it affects us. I really, really, REALLY had fun using my personal experience to help me describe how Groot thinks and processes the world. 

I hope this story makes you think a little differently when you see an autistic person who isn't capable of fluent speech. Not being able to talk does not mean lesser intelligence because communication is more than spoken words. Always presume nonverbal autistic people have normal intellect and competence. Trust me, they will be very grateful even though they may not be able to say so.

Autism awareness isn't enough. There needs to be autism acceptance.

P.S.: I headcanon 'autism' to be the 'neurotypical' neurology of the Flora Colossus species. Groot is aware he sees things differently than his alien friends and thinks their ability to socialize and process things instantly is weird, but he doesn't see himself as 'disabled'. He is also conscious of the fact that his normal behavior is seen as atypical to other species and that it makes some people treat him as unintelligent. (Which he HATES.)

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TITLE: Being
SUMMARY: …different is not less.
FANDOM: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movie)
RATING: T
GENRE: Friendship, hurt/comfort, introspective
***TRIGGER WARNING FOR AUTISTIC READERS: This fic contains descriptions of self-injurious behavior(SIB) and a flashback of treatment resembling abusive Applied Behavioral Analysis(ABA) therapy. 

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FF.net
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ETA: And THIS is how I dork out every time I post a new fic anywhere. I'm saying "I posted a fanfic!" btw. Fellow autistic people on tumblr describe this as the "!!!" feeling because it almost defies description. The closest I can get is it's like having a million volts of euphoric happiness shoot through me. :la: 


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LuanaSpinetti Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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How have you been, sweetie? ^-^
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C-y-n-d-i Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Messed up because of Leonard Nimoy. I'll be better tomorrow. I'm still processing the fact that he's gone. I go through this whenever a celebrity I'm attached to dies.

I dread the day we hear Peter Cullen has gone. You always think they'll live forever...until they don't.

But they achieve immortality in a different way by the memories they leave behind. Peter Cullen makes Optimus Prime the way Leonard Nimoy made Spock.
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luna201269 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Thanks for the llama! Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
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You're welcome! :)
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Thanks for the llama! :la:
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You're welcome. :) :iconlachoirplz:
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Hey Cyndi! Thanks for the fave! :hug:
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You're quite welcome! :)
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Leaving a hug to my beautiful sister. :hug:

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Aww, thank you! :hug:
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Huggle! 
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Thank you for the llama! :hug:
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