Next up in the retrospective is "Kindred Spirits," which falls into the "post tag scene" genre as a direct response to that twitching toe at the end of "Hearts of Darkness." It received a nomination in the 2001 FK Fanfiction Awards, and I'm grateful to those who put it forward! To this day, I believe it ranks among my best fanfiction stories. I'm really rather proud of it; I hope that's not misplaced.
At the time, a few thoughtful readers explicitly praised the choice to not stray from canon into a Nick/Urs romance. They were certainly correct, and a romance had not even occurred to me at the time! But rereading the story today, I must admit that I wondered whether a sequel taking such a non-canonical turn might pre-empt "Ashes to Ashes" and "Last Knight" in a worthwhile way, for a happier, healthier ending all around. Something to think about...
|•||Date:||Posted to FKFic-L in January 2001|
|•||Summary:||Jacqueline turns to Urs and Nick for help.|
|•||Setting:||After "Hearts of Darkness"|
|•||Characters:||Nick, Urs, Ellen/Monika/Jacqueline, Erica, Sofia, Natalie, Lacroix, Enforcers|
|•||Quotation:||"Either one would help me, I guess. Lucien for a price. Javier, because he always does, eventually. And there are others. But unlike them, you'll help her, just because she needs help."|