"Dropping Farther" (Sentinel)
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 5th August 2000 (9)
A "Dead Drop" epilogue. This was good. Good character stuff, not unadulterated smarm. I liked the way that Jim & Blair were human, that their expectations caused crossed wires, that they both needed support, but were imperfect enough not to realize that at first.
"Home for the Holidays" (Sentinel)
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 5th August 2000 (14)
Nice. Ironic trouble. Smarm, h/c. I liked the opening part best, actually - the picture of the snowstorm, and "what could go wrong six blocks from home?". I liked the cat, too.
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 30th July 2000 (4)
That was really good! Everything I wanted to know about that chunk of time, the burning question of "how did a week turn into something open-ended" answered satisfactorily (without actually having to bring in any Sentinel/Guide hocus-pocus to explain Jim's change of mind); seeing the characters grow together, topped off by a dose of angst and smarm. I love it.
This story was nominated in the 2000 & 2001 Cascade Times Awards in the "best missing scene" category.
"Nor Bid The Stars" (Sentinel)
Reviewed by Kathryn A on 26th August 2000 (7)
This is an epilogue to "Prisoner X". This was very good. Rather than being too soppy, too sentimental, too easy, this shows Jim's thoughts, his despair, his pain, his hopelessness (but not over the top either!) just bleak. And wanting to get away from it all, and finding that being alone is not enough. Things aren't simply mended, things don't come magically all right, and words are not enough. But sometimes someone just being there, unjudging, a shoulder to cry on, is the first step back to the light; and the stars still shine, eternally pure.
Addendum: nominated for favourite epilogue in the 2001 Cascade Times Awards.