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30 June 2011 @ 05:53 pm
FK Recommendation June 2011  

What's Good?  "Happy Anniversary" (1996, ~4K words, PG) by butterflykiki is June's installment in the recommendation-of-the-month project.  In this sharp confrontation, written while third season was still in progress, Natalie drops all her defenses in a bid to save Nick from Lacroix... and himself.  On this side of "Last Knight," the story combines the energy of live canon with a shivery consciousness of last chances.

"Forgive me, doctor."  A smile tugged at the edges of Lacroix's mouth.  "Many women have desired Nicholas.  Some have even cared about him.  Quite a few thought they loved him... but I can't recall the last one who was willing to take such risks for him, knowing all that he is.  No, wait— I do remember.  What a long time ago that was..."

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What's New on FKFic-L?  One new story, "Cuts Deep" (~11K words, PG-13), and one new poem, "Solace" (~300 words, PG), posted to the list in May.  (Both were by me, sorry.)  No new fanfiction has yet posted to the list in June.

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PJ1228pj1228 on July 1st, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for recommending this. I hadn't read this before and enjoyed it greatly. Nat and Lacroix always make for a sparkling confrontation.
Amy R.: Readsbrightknightie on July 1st, 2011 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for reading and replying.
Christina K  (jackelope hunter!): Donnasqueecoatbutterflykiki on July 1st, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!
Melissa: forever knight (nick/nat) - true lovegnosticdiva on July 1st, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely rec! I'd never read that one before, and it was quite satisfying. Then again, I enjoy pieces where Natalie shows her backbone and stands up to LaCroix. Her strongest weapons are her loving heart and honest tongue.

I look at Natalie and LaCroix as somewhat similar to the archetypal angel and devil perched on each shoulder, only the lines between what's "good" and what's "evil" are much more blurred. (Understandable, as Natalie's not the image of perfection and LaCroix's not the soulless, guilt-free, large-and-in-charge monster he oft professes to be.)

I just wish the resolution Natalie made in this fic had popped up in LK. :(
Christina K  (jackelope hunter!): Amused & Bemusedbutterflykiki on July 1st, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Dude. So do I. *sigh* I wrote this going, "If they were half as intelligent as they're supposed to be...."
Amy R.: Nick Solemnbrightknightie on July 5th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the rec! Thanks for replying.

>"I just wish the resolution Natalie made in this fic had popped up in LK."

I quite like this story just as it is as fanfiction! I think that if I were to transfer it to canon — use it to override "Last Knight" — I would personally prefer to have Nick be the one orchestrating the summit between Lacroix and Natalie and extracting their agreement, rather than allowing Natalie and Lacroix such active agency over his passive fate. I would like to see third-season Nick recover at least to that point of self-awareness... That would be a satisfying place to leave things, perhaps.

Yet... too satisfying, possibly? Would we still care this much, all these years later, if they had not messed up so very deeply and thoroughly? ;-)
greerwatsongreerwatson on July 2nd, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
(Sigh.) You know, it's all your fault that I haven't worked on my fkficfest story yet, even though it's a looooong weekend.

You see, I read this post yesterday, and then read the story. (And enjoyed it, thanks.)

Then I got thinking about the lack of stories this month...saving yours, of course. And the fact that it's Canada Day today. So I looked in the wiki to see if we had any Canada Day stories listed, thinking I might post about them on FORKNI-L.

Only there weren't any. So I googled, and found two. Naturally, that meant I had to read them, and then make wiki pages for them. One is by Bonnie Rutledge. The other's by meredevachon. It's on her website—and I'd no idea she had one. So, of course, I had to add it to the list of websites, and make a page for her, as well as one for her story. In addition, given the fact that the DarkNN site just vanished, I copied the site itself—or, at least, the FK section.

Absurdly, after all that wiki-work, I never did post about the stories to FORKNI-L: Bonnie's story was set at the Schankes' Canada Day barbecue, but was mostly about Sydney; and the other story was a mere drabble. Sweet, but short.

So, feeling very tired, I headed for the shower. I was soaping up when an idea struck. By the time I'd washed my hair, I had a ficlet writing itself in my head. I had to go back to the computer and do the thing, right then and there—when I was really, really tired—writing it directly into Outlook Express for simplicity's sake. After which I posted it. Unbeta'd, poor thing.

I've been proofing and revising it today, and just put it on my website. (It had to be done today, of course, since it's a Canada Day story.)

Well, there are a couple of days left to the weekend. And a couple of weeks left till the deadline.
Amy R.: Castbrightknightie on July 5th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the recommended story; thank you for replying.

Holiday stories have been a fkfic-l fad at least twice that I recall. How odd that Canada Day didn't accumulate more tributes over the years! I think I remember a short Feliks Twist Canada Day story, but I don't recall the author; it could be that very Bonnie R. one, so I'll have to take a look. Thank you for the information.

I saw your "Flying Sparks" when it hit fkfic-l; I have not yet read it. Thank you very much for the link to it on your website.

Good luck with your FKFicFest story! We do want to help anyone who is having trouble. Would you want to post to your journal or the email list for someone to chat with about it? Can Amilyn or I answer any questions for you?