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02 March 2008 @ 08:10 am
FK Fanfic: "Better Late"  

This retrospective is rapidly catching up with me, as we come to "Better Late," written just last summer.  I have only three more stories from then to now to list.  Good thing I have a new one underway!

In fact, "Better Late" is not, in all ways, quite as new as last summer.  I first drafted a version of it in 2002; it was from Nick's perspective, shorter, and more conventional.  My perceptive beta-readers didn't like it.  So I set it aside, and did not seriously pick it up again until spring 2007.  In addition to being from Natalie's perspective, the final version has flashbacks, and a presence by Lacroix, that were nowhere in the original.  I believe it's stronger for the changes.  I'm bemused that it took me so long to grow into a capacity for those improvements.

  •  Title: "Better Late"
  •   Length: ~6,100 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on July 30, 2007
  •   Rating: PG (m/f)
  •   Summary: Natalie suspects more behind a change in their daughter's custody arrangements than her ex-husband Nick has said.
  •   Setting: 2012 Toronto
  •   Characters:   Natalie, Nick, Lacroix, Others
  •   Quotation: "One reason of many for not telling Joanie had been to keep her innocent by the Enforcers' code if they ever came for Natalie and Nick.  Silence was safety."