As my hopes rise that the season of "crunching" through 16-hour workdays may be ending for at least a little while, I've begun thinking again of that Nick/Urs story idea that occurred to me shortly before the FKFicFest matching.
It would be a "just because" story in the old-fashioned way, written not for any fest, ficathon or game, but just because it appeals to me, and apparently I appeal to it, as it seems to have hung on in my imagination this long, gently suggesting that I write it after all. I have no idea how long it will take with no deadline pressure on — I don't even have a proper plot outline yet, just two indelible scenes in my mind — so it could be years. And I have no idea whether anyone but me will even be willing to read a Nick/Urs story these days. Would you?
(I know of only a handful of Nick/Urs stories ever written. I despise the incident in Ophelia5's famous "With Flowers
" series, as much as I admire Ophelia5. I adore Leela_cat's "Theory of Lost Things
," which she wrote for me in the first FKFicFest. And Hearts_blood wrote "Warmth
" for me! I wrote "Chante à Nouveau
" and "Kindred Spirits
," myself, although they're so unrequited they don't really count.)
For me, personally, anyway, the unrealized, unexplored possibilities of Nick/Urs appeal massively
. I hope that the characters could be stronger together, each giving the other something missing while also having much in common, that Nick's instincts engaged on Urs's behalf could manifest healthily instead of unhealthily, that Urs's longings drawing on Nick's instincts could become growth instead of diminishment. I hope that their coming together could re-route third season — or any earlier time one wanted to set a story — restoring the brilliance of first season in themes, striving and hope, and avoiding the end we received.