I Was Not Born to Drown

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Title: I Was Not Born to Drown
Creator: WonderWheelzier
Date(s): 19 January 2019 (Fanmix) & 20 January 2019 (Fanfiction)
Medium: Fanfiction & Fanmix
Fandom: IT
External Links: AO3, Archived version & Tumblr, Archived version
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I Was Not Born to Drown is the title of WonderWheelzier's Reddie fanfic and accompanying fanmix.


Summary: "For this request I got on tumblr (@bi-beverie): Here’s a prompt for you( sorry it’s so long😅) kind of a lumineers song fic: Part 1: sleep on the floor Reddie have been boyfriends since forever, duh. But graduation is looming and Richie is all set to go to Cali. Eds is supposed to come too but Sonia tightens her clutches and puts a stop to it somehow. Eddie breaks up with Richie, breaking both their hearts. Richie leaves before graduation. I hc they both listen to this song and imagine what could have been Part 2: Ophelia Eddie finally Breaks free from his mom but to NYU. He meets Myra and they start dating. I picture him listening to this song and it makes him regret breaking up withRichie. His life is empty and a lie and he hates it Part3: gale song Richie's in Cali, doing okay in school but doesn’t want to date or make friends. He knows Eddie is dating a woman and it hurts him so much. He starts to self harm to handle the pain Part 4: stubborn love. Neither boy can let go of the other one, and they find each Other again. What happens then? It’s up to you but I’m a sucker for a happy ending."[1]

The fic is 8,829 words. Warnings include Abusive parenting and relationships, Alcohol abuse, Blood, Break Up, Forgetting to eat/Self-neglect, Glorifying/Romanticizing pain, Internalized homophobia, Resolved angst


- it’s making my throat close because feels. They’re so precious and I adore the ending...

Said by reddie_loves, Archived version in a comment on Archive of Our Own.

#DAMN GIRL #the feels in this #oof

Said by TinyArmedTRex in their Tumblr reblog tags.


It has 24 songs. The mix was posted on Spotify but due to the inability to private one's list of friends, Cami has chosen to remove the link to the fanmix until such a time as she can transfer it to PlayMoss.

The songs are:

  1. Sleep On The Floor - The Lumineers
  2. SUBURBIA - Troye Sivan
  3. Sherman Oaks - EXES
  4. West Coast - Coconut Records
  5. Ride - Lana Del Rey
  6. Carolina in My Mind - James Taylor
  7. Ophelia - The Lumineers
  8. Someday When I Stop Loving You - Carrie Underwood
  9. Everywhere - Michelle Branch
  10. I Wish You Would - Taylor Swift
  11. Do You Think About Me - Carrie Underwood
  12. Gale Song - The Lumineers
  13. The One That Got Away - Katy Perry
  14. She's Got A Boyfriend Now - Boys Like Girls
  15. Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer
  16. If This Was A Movie - Taylor Swift
  17. What Can I Say - Carrie Underwood
  18. Stubborn Love - The Lumineers
  19. Neighbor Song - Aunt Martha
  20. Find Me - Sigma, Birdy
  21. Just Ask - Lake Street Dive
  22. You Found Me - The Fray
  23. I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab for Cutie
  24. Quiet - EXES


  1. ^ chucknovak. AO3 Summary. 20 January 2019.