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I conceived this fairly light gen piece for the [community profile] fkcommentfic/[livejournal.com profile] fkcommentfic "Bloor Mistletoe Challenge" (open through January 6), but it grew all out of commentfic proportions. I considered bonsai-ing it. However, after very generous betareading from [personal profile] batdina and [livejournal.com profile] pj1228 on New Year's Day itself, I concluded that a short story fit the idea best.

  Available: The AO3 | I'll put it on my fansite soon.
  Length: 2,408 words
  Date: FKFic-L and AO3 01/01/13
  Rating: G
  Characters:  Nick, Schanke, Natalie; cameo by Stonetree; passing mentions of Myra, Jenny, Janette, Lacroix, Norma, Grace, Fleur, Patrice, Dietrich, Lipinski
  Summary: Schanke has Christmas cookies for almost everyone.
  Quotation: "I feel lousy resorting to this for my own partner, but— go on, open it."
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I wrote this story for [livejournal.com profile] pj1228 in the [livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic winter 2011 event.  (This is the one with the Turkish bath, the blood supplier, and the teenage murder victim.)  Thanks to [personal profile] lastscorpion, [personal profile] skieswideopen and [livejournal.com profile] amilyn for beta-reading!  Thanks to [personal profile] celli and [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen for brainstorming!

PJ is a Cousin, Dark Knightie and UFer who prefers "dark," so I found this assignment extremely challenging.  I aimed close to canon, hoping to achieve its openness to being read both ways; the crimes solved in this tale are more disturbing than my usual, and some may find them triggering, though all could have aired as written.

•  Title: "Cuts Deep" (also on AO3)
•  Length: ~11,000 words
•  Date: Oldschoolfic 02/02/11, FKFic-L 05/02/11
•  Rating: PG-13
•  Summary: Nick and Schanke solve a vicious murder that reminds Nick of a miscarriage of justice in 1885 London.
•  Characters:   Nick, Schanke, Natalie, Lacroix, Janette, Stonetree, Norma, Others
•  Quotation: "Schanke was right; Nick did know that feeling.  He took a deep breath of the clear spring night.  'We give the families closure, Schank.  And sometimes, with these high profile cases, the whole community needs that closure, too."

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What's Good?  For March, I'm delighted to get to point out Cindy I.'s "Mortal Ties" (2000, PG).  This pre-"Dark Knight" novella lays a baseline homicide case plot, and then overlaps motifs in a family tragedy for Natalie and a flashback struggle for Nick.
     With a faint sigh, Nick silenced the nagging doubts.  Now was not the time to worry about his own moral dilemmas.  Tonight, Natalie's pain took precedence.  Despite his resolve not to get involved, he'd found he couldn't stand by while she faced this night alone.

What's New on FKFic-L?  In February, the fiction list saw one new story, "The Macedonian Vampire in New Mexico" (8 posts, 344KB) by [livejournal.com profile] dj_clawson.  It isn't online just yet, but I'm guessing it will join its series soon.

Oh! Don't forget!  [livejournal.com profile] fkficfest sign-ups are open through March 18.
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I began posting my [livejournal.com profile] oldschoolfic ficathon story to fkfic-l today.  I'm grateful to [livejournal.com profile] amilyn for the ficathon prompt, and her enthusiastic reception of the story!  And I'm obliged to my generous beta-readers (see the story's end note) as always.  This is the longest piece I've yet written solely from Natalie's perspective.

  •  Title: "A Delicate Balance"
  •   Length: ~9,900 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L July 27-29, 2008
  •   Rating: PG (gen)
  •   Summary: Natalie takes a break from a murder investigation to attend an unusual memorial for her brother, while considering a new approach to Nick's condition.
  •   Setting:   After "1966."  Flashbacks to Natalie's childhood.
  •   Characters:   Natalie, Nick, Schanke, Richard, Sara, Nana, Janette, Grace, Stonetree, Tracy and others.
  •   Quotation: "The mesmerism-enforced lie that had covered Richie's vampirism curdled on Natalie's tongue."

Addendum:  By the way, the fkfic-l "ACK" states that the posts are reaching 279 recipients.  (I presume that is "mail" and "digest," not "nomail," but I don't know for sure.)  Those of you who have FK fanfic you've posted on LJ but not the list, please do consider sharing with the biggest FK audience still assembled.  We miss you.


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Someday, I may write a sequel to this novella, and it may be called "Under a Long Shadow."  Someday.  If I figure out the theme.  I know what happens next, you see, but I'm not sure it matters, because "In the Light of Day" fulfills its whole original purpose.  To write, I must have purpose.

"In the Light of Day" is a parallel-reality tale.  The break with canon comes after "Fever," and the story then progresses through "Dead of Night," "The Games Vampires Play" and "The Human Factor," reworking each episode given Nick's new mortality, until things are so different that the parallel snaps, and the alternate reality floats free.

One tidbit of which I'm fond here is Natalie's on-the-fly psychoanalysis of Lacroix, in which she concludes that no one will ever love another person as much as he has, over eight centuries, convinced himself he loved Fleur.  I also like the garden I built for Feliks Twist (but I really owe him a nice story of his own for his fate here).  And the flashbacks!  I did more research for them than any before or since (so far).  For this story, I became queen of a certain slice of Trivial Pursuit questions.  :-)

  •  Title: "In the Light of Day"
  •   Length: ~53,000 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in October 2003
  •   Rating: PG-13 (m/f)
  •   Summary: Nick regains his humanity, but he's not the only one.  And no one is prepared for all the consequences.
  •   Setting: After "Fever," with flashbacks 1226-1228
  •   Characters:   Natalie, Nick, Norma, Stonetree, Urs, Tracy, Reese, Vachon, Feliks Twist, Lacroix, Myra Schanke, Janette, Others
  •   Quotation: "Nick strolled back to his loft in the crisp morning light, feeling everything was right with his world. Granted, his arm was in a sling, his shoulder throbbed like thunder, he remained on enforced medical leave, his partner might never again pass a police physical, and the Enforcers could well be coming to get him and the woman he loved..."


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My meta-parody "Grievances" is one of those few pieces that have never yet made it to fkfic-l.  I archived it on Bright Knight in 2001, but as far as I knew, no one read it until [livejournal.com profile] tv_elf recommended it on her LJ two years ago, when several people kindly commented on it.

It was my first attempt at comedy (well, since my contributions to the My Parental Units Invaded Earth and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt FK/DS/XF humor zine, anyway).

  •  Title: "Grievances"
  •   Length: ~2,900 words
  •   Date: Summer 2001
  •   Rating: G
  •   Summary: Canonical characters organize to protest the working conditions in fanfiction.
  •   Setting: Where characters await stories
  •   Characters:   Vachon, Fleur, Janette, Lacroix, Schanke, Cohen, Stonetree, Nick, Natalie, Others
  •   Quotation: "Bad day on the fic list?  Let me guess -- you spent an entire shift making love to Tracy Vetter for no emotionally established reason in no logically explained manner, and you need an aspirin and a shower?"

 

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Fluff.  Utter, unremitting fluff.  My first fiction response to "Last Knight" was apparently thoroughgoing denial wrapped in sappiness and sprinkled with humor.  Eeep!  A few years on, this would have been satire, but at the time, I meant it just as it is.

  •   Title: "Happiness Is"
  •   Length: ~1,700 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in June 1996
  •   Rating: G (m/f)
  •   Summary: Natalie and Nick chat about friends and family, happily ever after.
  •   Setting: "Nobody Dies; Nobody Ever Dies"
  •   Characters:   Natalie, Nick, references to everyone else (that's right: everyone!)
  •   Quotation: "How about you, Natalie Lambert Knight, love of my eight hundred and four years?  Are you happy?"


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"At Issue" tied for FK fanfiction poem of the year for 2000, the last year for which those awards were held.  I am grateful to those who voted for it!  That kind recognition has meant a lot to me.

  •   Title: "At Issue"
  •   Length: ~290 words
Ten pentameter quatrains, rhymed
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on July 15, 2000
  •   Summary: While interrogating the suspect in "Dead Issue," Nick identifies his struggle with hers.
  •   Characters:   Nick, Linda Fiori
  •   Quotation: "bound hand and heart to civilized evil"


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