The story that I wrote for the 2016 hlh_shortcuts released (appropriately) on December 21: the winter solstice, Duncan MacLeod's birthday. The fest authors revealed (even more appropriately) on January 6: Epiphany.
This is the first time that I've participated in this fest. I was all over anxious that I'd blow it. As long and deep as I've loved HL, my HL love doesn't usually seem to fit in HL fandom. Many, many thanks to argentum_ls and skieswideopen for each helping me brainstorm toward the story. When it came, the idea warranted a novella, but the time allowed a short. (Thanks also to skieswideopen, celli, and sholio for beta-reading at the last minute, catching typos and confusions!)
|On the AO3:||"Ships in the Night"|
|Setting:||Winter 2017, Oakland, CA; divergent reality; branched from canon in early fifth season|
|Summary:||A hundred times since he’d tried to lay down his sword, Richie had walked away without a confrontation. Didn’t look like this was gonna be one of those times.|
If you read it, please consider letting me know what I should learn from this to improve the next? (And check out the other fest stories!)
I'm often canon-bound. This "Clan Denial" request cracked that shell. I discovered that I very much like the man Richie might have grown to be, given the example and support of those he respects and loves.