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22 December 2010 @ 09:25 pm
HL Fanfic: "Comes but Once a Year"  

This little Highlander Christmas story is not for any fest or ficathon.  It's just because.  My thanks to [personal profile] batdina for beta-reading, and to [personal profile] celli for Chicago-checking.  As always, constructive criticism is welcome.

  •   Title: "Comes but Once a Year" (also on AO3)
  •   Length: ~1,400 words
  •   Date: December 2010
  •   Rating: G
 •  Characters:   Starring Joe Dawson.  Also with Lynn Horton and other relatives.
  •   Summary: Joe babysits his sleepy niece on Christmas Eve 1978.
 •   Quotation: "For ten years, Joe had gotten fairly sedate, settled assignments, and it wasn’t like he didn’t know why.  But that was about to change, he told himself."

Posted in the oldschoolfic community.

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Valerie - Postmodern Pollyannawiliqueen on December 23rd, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Lovely and insightful, as ever. My favorite line:

Nearly as pricey as a new car and a hundred times harder to learn to drive, but he’d made it happen.
Amy R.: Other Fandom Highlander Againbrightknightie on December 23rd, 2010 05:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you for reading -- and so quickly -- and for letting me know you did! Thank you also for your kind words.

I tried to research the science and economics of prosthetics in the late '70s but came up disappointingly empty. There's a great deal of contemporary information available on the experience of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, though, so I extrapolated backwards, figuring that as difficult and expensive as it is now, it was even more so then.