February 23rd, 2008

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FK Fanfic: "By Expectation Beguiled"

The original idea-flash for this vignette came in the form of a comic-book storyboard with no speech balloons -- no words at all except the message on the answering machine and the date on the newspaper, something very like the silent "The Phoenix and the Carpet" interlude in the back of that issue of Classic X-Men -- you know the one, right? ;-)  But I don't have the drawing skills to execute that vision, so I wrestled the inspiration into prose instead.

The piece includes my best use of Miklos to date.  Re-reading it, I felt I should try to do more with his character.

  •  Title: "By Expectation Beguiled"
  •   Length: ~1,900 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on July 28, 2006
  •   Rating: G (m/f)
  •   Summary: A shift at the Raven hinges on personal intangibles that have nothing to do with work.
  •   Setting: Second season
  •   Characters:   Janette, Alma, Brianna, Miklos, Nick, Other
  •   Quotation: "At first, she looked up each time the door opened.  But Janette soon shook her head and settled down to her paperwork.  ...  This was one of the nights when she felt how very good she was at what she did, and how much it was worth the doing."


Second Soundtrack CD, Final Track

[Crossposted from forkni-l.]

I know this was asked and answered back when the second soundtrack CD first came out in '99, but I'm afraid I've forgotten.  Remind me?  You know that final, unlisted, almost-hidden spoken-word bit at the very, very, very end of the second FK soundtrack?  It's part of the final track (suite from "Last Knight," movement "End of an Era"), not separate, but you don't hear it until you wait through a period of silence.

A male voice says:
"Well, here we are.  We're coming up to a new millennium, going into our next eight-hundred years together.  What's gonna happen?  I don't know.  I don't know.  Just hope we can do it together.  Hope we all make it through.  Stay friends.  Maybe find some new ones.  Should be fun.  Just keep a smile on, huh?  Yeah, keep a smile on."

Is that Geraint Wyn Davies's voice?  Or is it Fred Mollin's voice?  (I recently listened to it on a better sound system for the first time, and it sounded different to me, making me doubt what I thought I knew.  Perhaps it's just time passing.)