When I posted "Puzzles," someone enthusiastically requested a sequel. I've never forgotten the kind request, but I was never able to decide just what happens next.
In retrospect, this was the first of my "Natalie's Life Goes On" genre. Like "Send My Love," "Better Late" and "Last Minutes," "Puzzles" picks up years past "Last Knight" without being a post-LK story, and sketches a life for Natalie that does not stop with canon. Curiously, they all share that prelude-like construction. I don't mean to leave things hanging! But I speculate that it's defying the finality of LK. "Forever means forever," and all. Without end.
|•||Date:||Posted to FKFic-L July 20, 2002|
|•||Summary:||In an alternate future, Natalie's past never really lets her go.|
|•||Setting:||c.2017 New York|
|•||Quotation:||"And if he had died -- in a freak accident, or at the hands of what she now thought of as the dark underworld he had first escaped and then battled -- she would never know."|