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21 January 2012 @ 06:10 pm
Seeking N&Ner Happy Endings Fanfiction  
honor_reid has asked for recommendations of high-quality Nick/Natalie stories with endings that grant the characters, if not a happy-ever-after, at least an "ordinary-ever-after."  So many FK stories conclude sadly, bittersweetly, suddenly, or tucked back into canon that she'd appreciate directions to some more definitively hopeful endgames for her favorite couple.

I can think of some stories (listed below), but I bet that you all can think of many more!  After all, I'm a gen fan at heart; most of you are romance fans.  And where I lean IB and Les Mis, many of you are N&Ners!  So please pitch in, if you can.  And yes, please mention your own work, if it matches.

(I may harvest stories mentioned in comments for future recommendation-of-the-month use, so you know.)

Note: The Nick&NatPack Faction Site is still available, with members' G, PG and PG-13 and R and NC-17 fanfiction in separate archives.

Some Good N&Ner "Ever-After" Stories
(Achieving or Promising Nick/Natalie a Happy or Ordinary Future Together)

Some Good N&Ner "Interlude" Stories
(Nick/Natalie's Moment Together is Happy; Their Future is Unknown)

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honor_reid: Nataliehonor_reid on January 22nd, 2012 05:02 pm (UTC)
I am so very excited by this! Thank you for the recs I so appreciate it, can't wait to start reading!

Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: natpackerwiliqueen on January 22nd, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC)
Well, this is one way to discover I inadvertently missed one when putting what I thought was everything on AO3...

Amy R.: N&Nbrightknightie on January 22nd, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Your FK Fanfic "Reverie"
Thank you for sharing a link to your "Reverie," Wiliqueen! I know that I've read it before, likely more than once, but I had not thought of it in a long time, and it wasn't in my "potential recommendations" file (now it is).

(March 1996 vintage? Really? Wow! Almost two months after "The Human Factor" first aired, almost two months before "Last Knight"... what a moment. I think it shows interestingly in the piece's emphases and choices.)

A few favorite lines:
  • However LaCroix might have
    estimated her ability to actually make good on the threat, he
    had been wise enough not to laugh at it.
  • and an insufferable smirk for his own cleverness--LaCroix had claimed that it was actually what she hadn't said that prompted him to honor her "request."
  • "Nick is a grownup," she'd said, "and if I try to force him to make the choices I want, it's just going to blow up in both our faces. But I hardly think I need to tell you that...do I?"

I also really appreciate the fruitless effort to find the baby a name completely without baggage, and the settling on "Miranda" instead.

~grin~ Not that you don't know this, but: Write more FK any time, and I will be so happy to get to read it! ~hug~
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: natpackerwiliqueen on January 22nd, 2012 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Your FK Fanfic "Reverie"
Thank you! Obviously I hadn't thought about it myself in quite a while, or I might have noticed sooner that I missed it in my cross-archiving spree.

It still feels strange, almost like it doesn't belong to me at all, but that's not to say I dislike it or don't want people to read it. And there's more of me than I remember flavoring the central premise that is... not exactly typical of my FK preoccupations. :-)
Amy R.: N&Nbrightknightie on January 22nd, 2012 09:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Your FK Fanfic "Reverie"
>"not exactly typical of my FK preoccupations. :-)"

No vampire-parent miracle babies!!! ~laughter~ Except, you know, where canon conspicuously proffers them...

(In retrospect, it's surprising that more people don't interpret Janette's cure as Serena's, given the way that bizarre little "The Human Factor" dream sequence resonates with "Baby, Baby." "Extraordinary circumstances...")

Yes, I notice that the most vibrant part of "Reverie" -- crafted as it was as a gift -- may be your off-stage confrontations, especially between Natalie and Lacroix. The on-stage reflections are sweet and welcome, but I think that the off-stage elements are more characteristic of your FK approach.
Amy R.: Computerbrightknightie on January 22nd, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Your FK Fanfic on the AO3
>"when putting what I thought was everything on AO3..."

All your FK fanfic should be up on the AO3 now? Good to know!

Back when I was redesigning the recommendations project page on my fansite, I tried to redirect story links to the AO3 where possible, and I recall finding that a couple of your stories were not yet there. When I get a chance, I will check again and redirect any affected story links. (Not that your site isn't a fine resource! It's just that the AO3 nets you more eyes and feedback and so on. And you've said several times that you mean to redesign your site, so...)
Amy R.: N&Nbrightknightie on January 22nd, 2012 09:07 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I hope you find that some of these suit you.

"Seduction of the Diligent" by Susan G. is really a gen story with just some N&N moments, but it's one of my absolute favorites, so I included it. Mary Co. is your go-to author for N&Ner happy endings. "The Bargain" by Chris H. is a grand FK novel that deserves to be read more widely; I would have featured it in my official recommendations project long ago, but that requires the author's permission, and she's one of the authors from whom I've been so far unable to obtain permission.

(By the way: A few of the stories I listed seem to begin with the tragic death of one of the characters, but later it is revealed that they are actually still alive, or, in one case, the deceased character gets reincarnated.)

Edited to correct the spelling of an author's name.

Edited at 2012-01-22 09:29 pm (UTC)