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I wrote "Malicious Mischief" for [personal profile] sholio's prompt in FKFicFest 2011.  This is the one in which a murder at the Raven defies Janette's cover-up skills, Nick is away pursuing the Abarrat, and Schanke and Janette are both quitting smoking.

Thanks to [personal profile] batdina and [personal profile] lastscorpion for beta-reading!  Thanks to [ profile] wiliqueen and [personal profile] leela_cat for brainstorming!

  Available: The Ficathon | My Fansite | The AO3
  Length: ~9,100 words
  Date: FKFicFest 07/16/11
  Rating: PG
  Summary: While Nick is out of town, Schanke and Janette must cooperate to solve a crime at the Raven.
  Characters:   Schanke, Janette, Nick, Natalie, Miklos, Alma, Grace
  Quotation: "The woman herself was ebony-and-ivory gorgeous as always, pale skin revealed by a black evening dress in all the right places as she leaned back in her chair, shining dark hair twisted up behind her head. But her eyes were tight, and her fingers twitched toward the crystal ashtray that was no longer there."

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What's Good?  For March, I'd like to recommend Susan G.'s "Where There's No Smoking" (1994, ~2K words), in which a shrewdly observant Miklos keeps the Raven running as Janette attempts to walk away from her cigarettes. Primarily a vehicle for light character sketches from the bartender's perspective, the piece builds up a charge from brushing across canon surfaces including addiction and survival.
     Why he was bothering to warn Nick away was beyond him--the entertainment value alone... But Janette seemed to care about this demented vampire who wanted to return to mortality. And Janette was the boss. Again, it was a matter of self-preservation. Besides, he felt some sympathy for Nick. Anyone who'd spent that many years in Janette's company and hadn't walked into the sun deserved more than a little consideration.
What's New on FKFic-L?  Four stories by three authors posted to the list in February, and two stories by one author have posted in March so far. list with links )
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The original idea-flash for this vignette came in the form of a comic-book storyboard with no speech balloons -- no words at all except the message on the answering machine and the date on the newspaper, something very like the silent "The Phoenix and the Carpet" interlude in the back of that issue of Classic X-Men -- you know the one, right? ;-)  But I don't have the drawing skills to execute that vision, so I wrestled the inspiration into prose instead.

The piece includes my best use of Miklos to date.  Re-reading it, I felt I should try to do more with his character.

  •  Title: "By Expectation Beguiled"
  •   Length: ~1,900 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on July 28, 2006
  •   Rating: G (m/f)
  •   Summary: A shift at the Raven hinges on personal intangibles that have nothing to do with work.
  •   Setting: Second season
  •   Characters:   Janette, Alma, Brianna, Miklos, Nick, Other
  •   Quotation: "At first, she looked up each time the door opened.  But Janette soon shook her head and settled down to her paperwork.  ...  This was one of the nights when she felt how very good she was at what she did, and how much it was worth the doing."

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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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I wrote the next story in this ongoing retrospective as a gift for someone who was a good friend back then and who has become a dear friend through the years since.  She wrote some striking "Center Stage Challenge" stories, featuring secondary characters like Miklos ("Revenge") and guest stars like Feliks Twist ("Red Dreams"), and she once chose Alyce Hunter's view for a round-robin story.  So thinking about what might amuse her led me to this piece starring Alma.  (The story is also an overt nod to her "The Charade," which explains the "Lacroix Lite" phenomenon of early third season.)

  •   Title: "Renovations"
  •   Length: ~4,200 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in February 1997
  •   Rating: PG-13
  •   Summary: Alma redecorated the Raven for Janette in "Love You to Death." After Janette left him her club, Lacroix required someone to perform the same service.
  •   Setting: Before "Black Buddha," after the flashbacks of "The Human Factor"
  •   Characters:   Alma, Lacroix, Urs
  •   Quotation: "Alma shivered at the thought of what it would mean to be a vampire in Toronto with this strange, new Lacroix in charge of this strange, new Raven."

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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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