Homeland Fan Fiction: Dear Dana

Damianista’s note: What if Carrie wrote a letter to Dana about her father? NotLinda is giving us a brilliant Homeland Fan Fiction today. ENJOY!

Dana –

I’m sorry for the deceptive formation of this message. I’m afraid when you know this is from me, Carrie, Carrie Mathison, you’ll hit delete. Please – just don’t.

I know you asked to never see me again but there is a shit storm headed your way and you deserve to be warned. Those same crowds who cheered a hero, who yelled traitor and shoved mics and cameras in your face? You’ll see them again soon.

Maybe you’ve heard the rumors about a defector from highest levels of the Iranian regime. It’s about to go fucking viral and it’s true. There’ll be experts and panels and talking heads yapping about the “truth”. You need to be armed with other truths.

Your dad has a role in this story but not in the way you might think. He is the real hero of this story. He died a hero’s death in a public square in Tehran for his role. I swear it’s the truth. I was there. I had to be there.

Well, soon this will be a matter of public record and you’ll have all the details. I’ve worked hard over the years to get his story told but in this work sometimes events move the narrative more than efforts.

Please let me tell you the other facts.

Some said – Brody is a man who changes his mind. Dana, that is a fucking understatement. Eight years of torture and manipulation or an offer to save his family and himself in exchange for cooperation. That’s called changing his mind? Really. Or they say he’s a man who put on The Vest. Well, only you really know what drew him back from detonating that vest. Love. Love for you, Dana. When he had a choice he chose you.

Your father was not damaged goods, ever. He said it – Used, played, lied to, but, Dana, he was fully capable of and deserving of redemption. And, though you may not want to hear it from me – great love and great tenderness. If love includes self-sacrifice, then he gave more than he ever received. Maybe even from me.

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I had my part in your tragedy. Living in gray areas makes a real light hard to see. I have regrets but knowing Nick Brody isn’t one and not trying to telling you about him will not be one either

What I hope you can understand is how desperate we all were. Everyone had so much to lose. Then in the end we all lost him. Husband, father. Brody. After all this time I have to suddenly cover my face and say his name. Oh Brody. You know that feeling, Dana. I know you do.

There is a ceremony at Langley. They’re finally putting the star he earned on the wall. You’ll all be formally informed, invited. If you want to give your mother and Chris a heads-up I leave it up to you but I will be there. My daughter will be there. Yes, our daughter.

My regrets? Your dad called it – keeping my distance. Yeah, I regret that. I’d like to spare you that regret, Dana.

You’ll know what’s best, you are your father’s daughter.


17 thoughts on “Homeland Fan Fiction: Dear Dana”

  1. Hi NotLinda, thank you for this wonderful fan fiction. I know it is a bit strange to miss a fictional character as if he was someone that I knew but I miss Brody SO MUCH. Your fan fiction has brought tears to my eyes. In contrast to many viewers that liked the show but hated Dana, I loved her. True, she was annoying at times, but she was just a teenager that had to go through a lot of extremely complicated stuff that she had no control over. She was as much a victim as Brody was. And her relationship with Brody was so special. I know also because I am a sucker for loving dad – daughter relationships, I am fascinated by their relationship. But I still think, next to Carrie, Dana was the only person that understood Brody. I could not have put it in better words: “You are your father’s daughter.” YES. I have been intending to write an essay about Brody and Dana for a long, long time… you inspire me to work on it as soon as possible. Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful story and I hope Brody really gets his star on the wall one day before Homeland does its series finale and that Dana and Chris get to meet their little sister.

      1. I cannot agree more with you, Monique! Lina is one of our most wonderful readers like you and her story brought tears to my eyes. I miss Brody!

  2. I am so pleased with your gracious comments, my dears! I, too, loved Dana, Damianista. Morgan Saylor gave an accurate yet compassionate performance of a regular teen in exactly the situation you describe.
    To be with women (mostly) who understand the phenomenon of loving a man who exists only in the artists rendition, our imagination and Damian’s performance is a real pleasure. Thank you so much for allowing me to express that love. Vous ête trop gentil!

    1. It’s taken me too long to reply, Eli, but I so appreciate your comment! Achieving Carrie’s voice was one of me primary concerns. I’m so glad I’ve been in any measure successful and thank you for saying so! <3

  3. Thank you, JaniaJania. I find it so interesting to see the current character on Homeland and our early Carrie. She seems, I can’t find the right word, almost naive in the early days. I must admit I have enjoyed the return of crazy Carrie. Not suffering but jazzy.

  4. Hallo liebe Damianista, hallo liebe NotLinda,
    sorry für die lange Abwesenheit, bin ganz ehrlich, konnte mit Billions von Anfang an nicht unbedingt soooo viel Anfangen und irgendwann hab ich mich dann wirklich ausgeklingt. Seit kurzer Zeit bin ich wieder auf Deiner Seite liebe Damianista.
    Heute hast Du mich in die guten alten Zeiten von Brody zurückgeholt. Ich hatte jetzt Gänsehaut pur.
    Genau das hätte ich mir damals auch gewünscht, nämlich, das jemand das Mädel einmal richtig über die Handlungen Ihres Vaters aufgeklärt. Und zwar aufklärt mit den Augen der Liebe. Einfach fantastisch und zu Herzen gehend. Vielen Dank dafür Notlinda. Meinen Respekt. Ganz Toll.
    Herzlichste Grüße aus Deutschland.

    Google – translate:
    Hello dear Damianista, hello dear NotLinda,
    sorry for the long absence, I’m honest, could not really start with Billions from the beginning soooo much and then I finally really ausklingt. For a short time I am back on your side dear Damianista.
    Today you brought me back to the good old days of Brody. I had goose bumps now.
    That’s exactly what I would have wished for at that time, namely, that somebody enlightens the girl once correctly about the actions of her father. And enlightened with the eyes of love. Simply fantastic and heartfelt. Thank you for that Notlinda. My respect. Really great.
    Best regards from Germany.

    1. Thank you, Lucky Fellow! I was so pleased to open the website and see Damianista had published my story again. Very sweet. I’m glad you enjoyed reading it, the good old days of Brody indeed!

      1. It’s a pleasure to re-post the letter! Like Lucky Fellow, I wish Carrie had written an letter to Dana or the family to tell them about Brody. She did not need to give details. And being the rebel that she is in the CIA, I think it would have suited her to do that. Brody deserved it. But thanks to your brilliant imagination, NotLinda, we have that letter. THANK YOU!

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