gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 17/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 6,860
Wordcount (total): 75,100
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: Done! Done, done, done! I think the only person who’s happier than I am is my beta of awesomesauce. (Seriously, gang, she did a little happy dance in her comments on the last chapter: “la, la, la,” I was told. But she still re-read this chapter about six times to fix all the things that were nagging at her.) So here it is, complete and DONE. Now I can concentrate on my Big Bang fic. Oy!

Oh, and a little warning: there’s an image in this file that may not be friendly to dial-up users. My undying gratitude to etakyma for the use of her digital camera. Please don’t overanalyze the handwriting! It’s not very good.

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Then

Now: Dean waited up for Sam so they could compare notes, but after Dad left, Sam asked so many questions that Dean had been tempted to duct tape his mouth shut. )


~*Fin*~
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 16/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 5,740
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: Sorry for the delay on this, but between travel and life…it just took a little longer than I hoped. However, Chapter 17 should be right behind this one to wrap up all the loose ends. This chapter has a little something for everyone, I think: a little angst, a little action, and a few moments you’ve been waiting for. My beta is amazing and patient, because she even re-read this after I'd made all her revisions....

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Then

Now: Dean opened up a couple cans of ravioli, the easiest thing he could think of, and heated the contents on the stove. )


Continue to the Conclusion in Chapter 17
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 15/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 3,645
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: So, if there were any doubt about this week’s “Monday Meta” over at wee_chesters, I hope that this chapter settles it: April Fool’s, gang. Not about this chapter—about that meta. No, I don’t really hate John. I try to portray him in a fair and balanced way. He’s far from perfect, but he did love Dean and Sam and he tried to bring them up the best way he could think to do. Which included some decidedly weird decisions. ;^D Also, I’ll be representing the anti-John side of the debate at EyeCon this weekend, so I have been needing to let my “John Hate” come out a little more than usual. But no, I really do generally like John, I just want to smack him occasionally. Luckily, I’m not alone, as Ellen and Bobby will prove during this chapter. Oh, and by the way? If the previous chapter was sparse before the beta got it? This one? Was almost pure dialogue. Yay for the beta, because she reminds me that in fictional narrative, stage directions and line readings are Good Things ™. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] etakyma!

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Then

Now: John turned the corner, out of sight of the apartment door, and slammed the heel of his hand against the steering wheel. )
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 14/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 4,905
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: This week has been a doozy, and I have SO MUCH to do before the end of the next week, but hey, I have my priorities straight! [livejournal.com profile] etakyma keeps reminding me that this is not a dialogue-fic and therefore I do need to include physical descriptions during those long stretches of conversation. I'm not sure about the EyeCon finish line, with so much to do, but I'll try to keep it moving. The next chapter is short, though (well, it is currently, but I haven't got it back from the awesome beta of awesomeness, yet), so I may even be able to post it tomorrow. No promises, sorry!

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Then

Now: “Dean! Dean!” Sammy’s high voice cut through all the electronic clamor of the arcade. )


Continue to Chapter Fifteen
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 13/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 4,605
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: Four chapters to go! I hope to get at least two more out for y’all this weekend and then post the last couple early next week. What a ride!

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Then

Now: John wasn’t supposed to wear his wristwatch, but he did anyway, and checked it about a hundred times during the shift. )


Continue to Chapter Fourteen
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 12/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 4,285
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: I'm kicking my beta's cute little ass to get comments on the rest of the fic so that I can finish posting before EyeCon. But she loves me, so she's sitting here reading the end as we speak. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] etakyma: you're the bestest. I should be able to keep up the posting now that my show's over. Only a week and a half before Florida! YAY.

OH - I want to ask now, while I'm thinking about it and there's a little time: Does anyone know how to get a handwriting font to show up in LJ? Clue me.


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Then

Now: Dean rooted through his jeans pockets for his Secret Santa slip. )


Continue to Chapter Thirteen
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 11/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 4,550
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: No, really, I do plan to finish posting this before Eyecon. As some of you know, I’m also an actor, and I’m in a production that opened this weekend. We had tech week all last week and four shows in three days. So it’s been a little hectic. Thanks to everyone who responded to the poll – it helps to know that overall the fic seems to work and that most of you are pleasantly in the dark about what’s really going on. This chapter ought to shed some light on things for you. Enjoy!

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Then

Now: Lyle Olohan would be working late tonight. )


Continue to Chapter 12
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 10/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 4,220
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: First off, please help satisfy my self-stroking curiosity and answer this poll about this monster of a fic and your thoughts so far. You can answer the poll whether or not you’re reading, and before or after reading chapter 10, but I’m really very interested to know in a general sense where y’all are on various aspects of the fic (or whether you’re interested at all). Second, I hope to have the rest of this posted before going to EyeCon in April. Finally and forever, thanks to my invaluable [livejournal.com profile] etakyma who keeps me honest.

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Halfway Point Poll

Then

Now: Sam was happy that Dean could go back to school on Friday, but even happier that Dad still drove them and they didn’t have to walk like usual. )


Continue to Chapter Eleven
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 9/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 3,440
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: Trucking along now, I know! Two posts in one week. Possibly a third if I get my act together this weekend. Thanks to everyone who keeps reviewing - it lets me know you're there! And as always, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] etakyma, without whom, etc.

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Then

Now: Dad drove them to school Friday morning, like he told Sammy he would. )

Continue to Chapter Ten
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 8/17)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 2,990
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: So, this chapter grew a lot and then, thanks to my trusty and awesome beta [livejournal.com profile] etakyma, shrank back down so that you all didn’t have to slog through 5 pages of John gazing at his navel. Consequently it’s one of the shorter chapters. On the other hand, after so confidently stating in the notes for chapter seven that this would be 16 chapters…um…points up. Yeah. That’s the difference between where I hear the chapter breaks in my head and put them in on the paper and where they actually come out when I type in the long-hand draft. However, the good news is that the whole thing’s done, typed, and being shared with the betas as they have time, so nine and ten shouldn’t been so long a wait.

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Then

Now: John was relieved to see Dean looking—and feeling—more like himself, but he refused to order pizza. )

Continue to Chapter Nine
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 7/16)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 4,240
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: As you may have guessed from the definitive /16 up there, the rough draft is complete and it’s just a matter of typing in the last two chapters, cleaning it up, and getting it to (and back from) the betas. Speaking of which, [livejournal.com profile] etakyma gets the nod for this chapter. Sorry it took so long, but she is the bestest beta anyone could have and I had to wait for her. She won’t let me post anything too embarrassing.

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Then

Now: Dean assured him he’d be fine alone, and since he hadn’t lost his breakfast like his last three meals, John acquiesced and rushed to make his Macy’s shift at 9:00. )

Continue to Chapter 8
gwendolyngrace: (Badass Dean)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 6/at least 15)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 4,060
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: It’s a twofer special, in honor of Dean’s 29th Birthday! Thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] etakyma for the perceptive and helpful beta.

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Then

Now: After leaving Sam to his homework before dinner, John took Dean’s temperature again. )

Continue to Chapter 7
gwendolyngrace: (Adorable Dean)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 5/at least 15)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 3,885
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: So obviously, this will not be completely posted by January 31. But I’ll keep going until it’s done, if y’all will keep reading! Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] etakyma the most insightful beta, who after leaving me hanging for so long on the last chapter, got forced to read 5 and 6 this weekend while I had her in my evil clutches…. And thus the continuity between this chapter and chapter 6 is much better than it was when it was just me. So you get them both at once! And even though there's more Sam in this chapter, and more Dean in the next one, we'll just dedicate them both to our birthday boy, 29 years young today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAN!

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Then

Now: It took a little finessing to convince Gina Tupelo, office manager for the Holiday Happenings regional office, that he was not hunting around on behalf of a lawsuit. )


Continue to Chapter 6
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 4/at least 15)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 3,080
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] spn_thur_nights exchange. OMG, this was the chapter I thought I’d never get posted! Sorry about the delay—my betas and I all had attacks of LIFE over the past week or so. But here ’tis. Five and possibly six should be up later this week.


Then

Now: John drove through snow flurries back to the apartment, exhausted, and let himself in quietly. )


Continue to Chapter 5
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 3/?)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 4,770
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: I'm thinking this will probably wind up being about 12-14 chapters altogether. Thanks as always to [livejournal.com profile] etakyma, beta extraordinaire.

Then

Now: Dean sulked through the rest of the morning. )

Continue to Chapter 4
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 2/at least 8)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 4,215
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: As luck would have it, 1990’s Thanksgiving and Christmas fell on the same dates – and days of the week – as this year’s. Helpful! This fic started as a small casefile and it’s grown like whoa, so look for additional chapters between now and the January 31 deadline. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] etakyma who took time from her busy Christmas schedule to beta.

THEN

Now: The next morning, John stumbled to the kitchen to set up his coffee. )


Continue to Chapter 3
gwendolyngrace: (Christmas)
Title: Trost und Freude (Comfort and Joy) (Chapter 1/17)
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gwendolyngrace
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie
Request terms: Sam and Dean of course, and I love John: Lots of John! A Pre-series Christmas Story! Familial bonding, maybe a holiday-themed hunt?
Summary: Saginaw, Michigan, 1990: Going holiday shopping may hold more hazards than just the insane crowds and parents hell-bent on the buying the latest toy. John goes undercover to look into a series of accidents at the local mall. Meanwhile, Dean and Sam respond to Christmas-season festivities at school with unexpected results.
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Wordcount (this chapter): about 5,140
Spoilers: All three seasons through 3x08, may or may not be Origins-compliant
Disclaimer: No copyright infringement intended, not mine, just my fantasy.
Author’s Notes: As luck would have it, 1990’s Thanksgiving and Christmas fell on the same dates – and days of the week – as this year’s. Helpful! This fic started as a small casefile and it’s grown like whoa, so look for additional chapters between now and the January 31 deadline. But I wanted to at least *begin* posting in time for the holiday. So:

Happy Christmas, [livejournal.com profile] celtic_cookie!

Wade Ellis’s boot treads squeaked slightly with every step he took down the wide, central mall corridor. )

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