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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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I began posting my [ profile] oldschoolfic ficathon story to fkfic-l today.  I'm grateful to [ 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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Putting this fanfiction retrospective back on chronological track, the next story up is "England's Rose."  It seems peculiar now, over a decade later, on this side of 9/11 and war and all the rest, the volume of grief lavished on Princess Diana's loss.  But at that time, much of a generation saw a mirror crack, and felt their reflection shatter.  Natalie is part of that generation.

FK's timeline warps to accommodate this story.  "Nobody dies, nobody ever dies," so that the entire cast can register reactions.

  •  Title: "England's Rose"
  •   Length: ~5,572 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in September 1997
  •   Rating: PG
  •   Summary: Princess Diana's death distresses Natalie and reminds Nick of Queen Caroline.
  •   Setting: August 31 and September 6, 1997; Flashbacks 1981 and 1783
  •   Characters:   Natalie, Sara, Grace, Schanke, Nick, Janette, Lacroix, Urs, Vachon, Screed, Tracy, Cohen
  •   Quotation: "Natalie had turned nineteen the summer of the royal wedding, and there had been something inescapably exciting about watching this girl, her own age, walk onto the world stage."


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Again prompted by the season, I'm going to tweak this rolling retrospective out of chronology to bring up my one New Year's fanfiction, "An Appointment Unkept," which is also my one true crossover to date.  In this case, the cross is Forever Knight/Highlander.  The story is less about those lost than those who miss them.

  •  Title: "An Appointment Unkept"
  •   Length: ~2,982 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L December 31, 2005
  •   Rating: PG
  •   Summary: Nick and Darius have a longstanding appointment, but neither of them make it.
  •   Setting: Paris, New Year's Eve 1999
  •   Characters:   Original HL Immortal, Janette
  •   Quotation: "She met his eyes, her own again a rich blue.  The depth of the sorrow there shocked him.  Carefully controlled, it nevertheless went down, and down, and down, perhaps without end."

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The next installment in this rolling fanfiction retrospective is the most popular thing I've ever written.  I wish I understood precisely why -- I wouldn't mind writing something else popular! :-) -- but I suspect it just happened to strike a chord at that particular moment, almost one year past cancellation.  My sincere and enduring thanks go out to the generous readers who voted it the best vignette of 1997 in that year's FK Fanfiction Awards.

  •  Title: "As We Forgive"
  •   Length: ~1,800 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L for Easter 1997
  •   Rating: PG
  •   Summary: Nick made the wrong choices for all the right reasons.
  •   Setting: During Lacroix's "Last Knight" speech
  •   Characters:   Nick, Lacroix
  •   Quotation: "I placed my faith in hers, and she gave it back to me in myself.  Now, it leads me after her, to the reckoning that is the price for having a soul."

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This LJ retrospective on my FK fanfiction now comes to "Billets Doux," which is one of my few stories that have never yet appeared on FKFic-L, and one of a handful to which no one has ever responded.  I wrote it in the winter of 1996, and a friend kindly recruited it for the zine Tojours Lacroix, which came out in 1999.

There isn't much to "Billets Doux," beyond a neglected line of "Fallen Idol" -- Nick says Fleur wrote to him -- but while I'm inclined to make light of it, eleven years out, and supposedly long recovered from my LC phase, well . . . re-reading the story tonight brought tears to my eyes.  If it never pleases anyone else, I'm still I'm glad I wrote it.

  •   Title: "Billets Doux"
  •   Length: ~1,200 words
  •   Date: Published in the charity fanzine Tojours Lacroix (1999)
  •   Rating: G
  •   Summary: Lacroix muses on his loss of Fleur and how it led to his loss of Nick.
  •   Setting: Indeterminate, looking back at 1229-1247 from many centuries later
  •   Characters:   Lacroix, Nick, Fleur
  •   Quotation: "He is what is left to me of her, and his hatred is what is left to me of himself."

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I wrote "Guitars and Roses" in the week between "Ashes to Ashes" and "Last Knight," and posted it to fkfic-l a few hours before I saw LK.  I had a Hamlet quotation in my signature line at the time, and with all the fannish grief in the air -- the story was written with someone mourning Vachon in mind -- many people naturally read the "sweet prince" as a reference to their own characters (well, the factions with male leads, anyway).  In rereading this piece, I was interested to rediscover that the story's Lacroix is convinced that Tracy was in love with Vachon; I've personally since been swayed to the position that she was not, or, at any rate, was doing her best to choose not to be.  Not that that makes her loss any less.  Or changes what Lacroix would have seen.

  •   Title: "Guitars and Roses"
  •   Length: ~1,100 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in May 1996
  •   Rating: G
  •   Summary: Lacroix approaches Tracy at the Raven after Vachon's death and Nick's request.
  •   Setting: After "Ashes to Ashes," before "Last Knight"
  •   Characters:   Lacroix, Tracy
  •   Quotation: "He had promised Nicholas, after all.  But when he had promised, he had not known she was in love."

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And the Way Back Machine dials early spring of 1996.  "Quid Pro Quo, Doctor Lambert" was the first fanfiction I wrote, and it remains my third most popular.  I'm afraid it shows all the embarrassing characteristics of a first fanfiction -- it's a bird! it's a plane! it's a Mary Sue? and "cool aunt" Janette? -- and I hope I would do better today, but the story will always be distinguished for me by having reached fkfic-l before "the final four" episodes aired.  Writing in FK as a live fandom was . . . unforgettable.

  •   Title: "Quid Pro Quo, Doctor Lambert"
  •   Length: ~2,800 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L in April 1996
  •   Rating: PG
  •   Summary: A debt is collected before the eyes of Nick and Natalie's grieving daughter.
  •   Setting: Alternate Future, 2035, Toronto
  •   Characters:   Natalie, Lacroix, Janette, Others
  •   Quotation: "And you bargained well, for someone with a table leg through his chest."

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  •   Title: "Mai's Little Boy"
  •    Length: ~660 words
Seventeen pentameter quintains, rhymed
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on December 29, 2005
  •   Summary: His mother's murder has shadowed Doctor Chung's entire life.
  •   Characters:   Doctor Chung, Nick, Janette
  •   Quotation: "a heart can miss what it never possessed"

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I wrote this Sailor Moon story a few weeks before September 11, 2001.  The timing meant that it never went anywhere.

  •   Title: "End of the World as We Knew It" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: ~1,500 words
  •   Date: August 2001
  •   Rating: PG
  •   Summary: A Crystal Tokyo dystopia.
  •   Setting:   After the apocalypse, before Crystal Tokyo.
  •   Characters:   Starring Darien and Lita.


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Amy R.

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