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27 November 2010 @ 03:00 pm
FK Fanfic: "Heart's Ease"  

I've spent many a holiday reading fanfiction; I posted this new piece to FKFic-L on US Thanksgiving Day for anyone in that position this year.  "Heart's Ease" is a tidied-up take on the commentfic I gave hearts_blood in late September; she requested Natalie, Lacroix and "human!Nick" with his first cold in eight centuries.  Thanks to wiliqueen for beta-reading!

My previous post poked fun at the usual characteristics of my fanfic, so there's irony that this light little story runs off those rails.  If I didn't know, I wouldn't guess it was me.  (Would you?)

  •   Title: "Heart's Ease" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: ~1,200 words
  •   Date: Posted to FKFic-L on November 25, 2010
  •   Rating: G
  •   Summary: Soon after achieving a cure, Nick finds himself at the hospital.
  •   Characters:   Nick, Tracy, Lacroix, Natalie
  •   Quotation: "You aren't going to spend a sick day on a little cold, are you?"

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hearts_blood on November 28th, 2010 12:03 am (UTC)
I know I've told you at least once before, but I just adore this story so very much. :)
Amy R.: Thanksbrightknightie on November 28th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the praise, and thank you again for the original prompt! It isn't the sort of thing I would have imagined on my own, and I hadn't managed to really write anything wholly, so to speak, in months. I should play more informal fic games for jumpstarts, perhaps...
greerwatsongreerwatson on November 28th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
This is really a very funny little story: poor Nick, so miserable with his cold. Not that I enjoy colds myself, of course. I had one this fall that was far less amusing than your story. Natalie's bedside manner is very bracing. Very bracing indeed.

Indeed, I almost say poor LaCroix, too. Almost. I'm sure it must be most frustrating for him that Nick'a ailment is so..."common".
hearts_blood on November 28th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
*snicker*
"Really, Nicholas, couldn't you have contracted something more elegant?"
Amy R.: Lacroixbrightknightie on November 28th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: *snicker*
Can't you just imagine what will happen to the first old acquaintance, post-mortality, who dares to ask Lacroix how Nick is?
Amy R.: Thanksbrightknightie on November 28th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
>"Natalie's bedside manner is very bracing. Very bracing indeed."

:-) As she says, most of her patients are dead. :-)

Thank you for reading! And thank you for sharing your kind reflections.
Valerie - Postmodern Pollyanna: natpackerwiliqueen on November 28th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
Still lovely, still very much worth reading, and even more polished and delightful than it already was.
Amy R.: Thanksbrightknightie on November 28th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! For beta-reading, for re-reading, and for the kind words. (I haven't tried something short and light in over a decade, and I was very unsure.)
PJ1228pj1228 on November 28th, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
I had read this in your original post, but I'm not sure if I commented on it. In case I did not, I'm doing it now:

Although I usually don't like when Nick becomes mortal, I enjoyed reading this. I love the humour and the lightness. I love the Lacroix scene in particular. He must be on the brink of a nervous breakdown (although he's probably immune to that), constantly worrying that his precious son gets himself killed while being mortal. It's endearing to see him monitoring Nick's steps via police radio instead of their former bond.

Thanks for sharing.
Amy R.: Thanksbrightknightie on November 29th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
Thank you! No, you hadn't replied by email; thank you very much for replying here, and thank you for reading in either venue.

>"It's endearing to see him monitoring Nick's steps via police radio instead of their former bond."

I'm delighted that this line worked for you. It may be my favorite tidbit in this little story.

I wouldn't have tried something quite like this without hearts_blood's prompt; I'm thinking that I should play commentfic games like that more often, at least when I'm feeling stuck in writing.