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I've spent many a holiday reading fanfiction; I posted this new piece to FKFic-L on US Thanksgiving Day for anyone in that position this year.  "Heart's Ease" is a tidied-up take on the commentfic I gave [livejournal.com profile] hearts_blood in late September; she requested Natalie, Lacroix and "human!Nick" with his first cold in eight centuries.  Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen for beta-reading!

My previous post poked fun at the usual characteristics of my fanfic, so there's irony that this light little story runs off those rails.  If I didn't know, I wouldn't guess it was me.  (Would you?)

  •   Title: "Heart's Ease" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: ~1,200 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on November 25, 2010
  •   Rating: G
  •   Summary: Soon after achieving a cure, Nick finds himself at the hospital.
  •   Characters:   Nick, Tracy, Lacroix, Natalie
  •   Quotation: "You aren't going to spend a sick day on a little cold, are you?"

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What's Good?  As we head into summer, I recommend [personal profile] james's "In the Beginning, James Created..." (1995, rated R), the first complete-AU fanfiction I ever read.  This story makes Natalie the vampire cop, and shuffles all the other characters by matching rarely-observed affinities.  But while different characters fill the roles, the relationships stay with the roles.  I see a serious interpretive argument underneath the funhouse ride of this AU; I enjoy that.

I don't want to spoil the story's biggest mind-bender, but I'll hazard that no one but [personal profile] james could have imagined it for us.  It's weird.  And it's worth a thought.

What's New on FKFic-L?  The fiction email list did not see a single new story in May.  But nine have dropped in June to date!  So there will be a list here next month.
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This is the Angel / Buffy the Vampire Slayer story that I contributed to the 2009 Genficathon event.  Thanks to Tielan for her prompt ("Faith and Wesley.  Once, they were one Slayer too many and one Watcher too new.  That was then; this is now.")  Thanks also to Elisabeth and Shelley for beta-reading.

  •   Title: "From Now On" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: ~6,000 words
  •   Date: July 2009
  •   Rating: PG (gen)
  •   Summary: Nightmares and visions drive Faith and Wesley back to Sunnydale to fight an imminent wave of darkness.
  •   Setting:   The summer after Buffy died.  Divergent reality.
  •   Characters:   Starring Faith and Wesley.  Also with Cordelia, Gunn, Dawn, Giles, Willow, Tara, Anya, Xander, Others.
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[Back-posted]

This is the Buffy the Vampire Slayer story that I contributed to the 2009 [livejournal.com profile] femme_fic event.  Thanks to Havoc for her prompt ("An alternate timeline look at the series that gives Jenny and Giles their happily-ever-after.")  Thanks also to Amilyn, Wiliqueen, Much-madness and Batdina for beta-reading.

  •   Title: "Fortune Prove" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: ~14,000 words
  •   Date: May 2009
  •   Rating: G (gen plot, m/f subplot)
  •   Summary: A software presentation to the faculty and a Hellmouthy glitch.
  •   Setting:   Spring of their senior year of high-school.  Divergent reality.
  •   Characters:   Starring Willow.  Also with Buffy, Jenny, Giles, Tara, Snyder, Xander, Oz and Others.
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What's good?  Enthused about alternate universes, coming off the new Star Trek movie?  For May, I'm excited to get to recommend a story set in FK's one canonical AU.  "Perchance to Dream: Ghost Song" (2009, rated R) by [livejournal.com profile] abby82 plunges beautifully, wretchedly into the "Curiouser & Curiouser" inversion.

Slowly, Janette's perfume surrounds him like a comfortable blanket and for a few precious moments Nick pretends this is exactly what he wants--the trappings of domestic bliss. ... Nick sneaks a look at his watch. If he leaves now, he can make it.

Happy tenth anniversary to the recommendation-of-the-month project!  In May 1999, the very first recommendation was of [livejournal.com profile] susanmgarrett's "Peerless Pressure."

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What's new?  In April, fkfic-l saw three stories by three authors.  List )
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This set of three flashbacks was my submission to the "Claire Rankin Characters Mini-Ficathon."  They're set in my "Fireweed" AU, in which Janette brought Fleur across, accelerating Nick's rejection of vampirism.  (No need to read the original. That's all the context.)

I have a soft spot for Nick's sister.  My 1998 "Fireweed" vampire Fleur differs from my 2008 "Starwort" human Fleur, I noticed as I revisited her.  Different lives made different women from the same origin.  Yoked to Lacroix, "Fireweed" Fleur's development was constrained.  "Starwort" Fleur grew further faster, living human.  One of these days, I will finish "Amaranth" Fleur, who goes farthest of all.


  •   Title: "Three Fireweed Seeds"
  •   Length: ~3,300 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L March 5, 2009
  •   Rating: PG-13 (gen, f/f, m/f)
  •   Summary: "Reconnection:" Nick watches over Fleur.  "Responses:" Fleur tries to comfort Erica.  "Recoil:" Lacroix  has driven Fleur away.
  •   Setting:   1229 Paris, 1700 London, 1966 Bonn
  •   Characters:   Fleur, Nick, Erica, Lacroix
  •   Quotation: "So then why, why, why had he burned the Abbarratt without letting her read it first?"

"Responses," the second of the three ficlets, replied to an f/f prompt.  It is my first try at such, and I suspect I failed the prompt's intention.  One lesson I'm taking is that a fully successful run at that prompt would require its own custom AU.


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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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"Fireweed" is my longest story to date.  (To my surprise, "In the Light of Day" falls short by 11,000 words!)

This alternate universe diverges during the "Be My Valentine" flashbacks with Janette bringing Fleur across, and then parallels canon, asking what would have been different had Fleur been there.  I named the story for Epilobium angustifolium, a particular flower species [Fleur] that thrives in the aftermath of wildfires ["Ashes to Ashes"] in northern climates [Toronto].

  •  Title: "Fireweed"
  •   Length: ~64,600 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in December 1998
  •   Rating: PG-13 (m/f)
  •   Summary: As Natalie strives to derive a cure for vampirism from Divia's lethal venom, Fleur returns to her family.
  •   Setting: After "Ashes to Ashes," with flashbacks to 1229
  •   Characters:   Nick, Natalie, Janette, Lacroix, Fleur, Grace, Tracy, Others
  •   Quotation: "I hope, Doctor Lambert, that you will tell my brother of my attempt last night to dissuade you.  He will be looking for a scapegoat, and I'm not eager to take on the role again so soon."

And Another Thing 10:39 PM:  I almost forgot to mention that "Fireweed" was a nominee in the 1998 FK Fanfiction Awards!  My sincere thanks to those who nominated it and voted for it.  Your kindness still matters.

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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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