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13 March 2011 @ 06:16 pm
FK Fanfic: "Method in Her Madness"  

I wrote this for odditycollector in the 2010/2011 fandom_stocking event.  My thanks to natmerc for beta-reading.

The idea for this vignette came when Odditycollector's observation that Natalie is "a mad scientist at heart" overlapped the brief history of the science of chirality in The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean, which I was reading at the time.

  •  Title: "Method in Her Madness" (also on AO3)
  •  Length: ~850 words
  •  Date: Fandom Stocking 01/06/11, FKFic-L 03/08/11
  •  Rating: G
  •  Summary: Natalie has a new theory of Nick's condition, but she needs his help.
  •  Characters:   Natalie, Nick
  •  Quotation: "'Well, it turns out you were right all along.' Natalie took a deep breath. 'You're dead.'"

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Amy R.: Thanksbrightknightie on March 14th, 2011 10:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for reading "Method in Her Madness," and for letting me know that you did! Thank you also for your kind words and applause. I appreciate it.

>"...but never seems to make good use of it."

"Never"? :-) I imagine that you would concede that Nick makes good use of his brains and experience in his job, protecting and serving by drawing on his understanding of human nature and precedents to solve the crimes and apprehend the criminals. Am I right? :-)

So then yes, I agree that Nick does not choose to bring that wit and wisdom to bear on the scientific approach to his quest for humanity, and I find that intriguing! I speculate that some of the factors involved may be:

  1. A habit of deference to authority, something common in most cultures in which Nick has lived through the centuries, and reinforced by Lacroix in various brutal long-term ways.

  2. A habit of regarding his condition as metaphysical, which leads him to instinctively react in a context of sin/penance/redemption rather than the scientific method, and which also continually leads him to "magical" approaches like the black Buddha statuette and Marian's abilities.

  3. Deference to Natalie not as an authority in her specialty (as above), but rather as his friend and guide in humanity. That is, Nick seems to trust Natalie to map that route to humanity and to doubt that he has anything to contribute to that work -- to suspect that his contribution, as a vampire, would be inherently skewed and lead them astray, as if he dares not speak up or put in his oar in their project. This goes back to his position as stated in the OtLonely flashbacks, when he seemed resigned to his very bleakest appraisal of his condition; and that is the moment of Natalie's appearance on his horizon.

For her part, Natalie often seems to want to do it all herself, if she can, to be the "magician" who will present Nick with that tidy cure. She never does ask him to step up to the science.

I was thinking, if only they could really work together on their project...

Again, thanks!