Just in case you wanted to read the whole thing in chronological order. Obviously, it hasn’t been written in order, so hear and there details will slip (and there’s an egregious mistake in Chapter Four, where I have Amy realising about the text message screw-up much later than she did in canon… but I think it still rings true emotionally). Sometimes the stories overlap in time, but I’ve tried to stick with what I think is the most sensible reading order. I will try to keep this updated with new chapters, as and when I write them.
Instead of driving home on that fateful evening, Buddy takes a taxi, and events unfold rather differently. (It’s a sign of how poorly used Amy’s character was in season 6 that lifting her out of the back half doesn’t actually change how events unfolded in any substantial way).
“She’s knocked up with Dan Egan’s baby. What the fuck is she going to do now?“
The next pretty.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I don’t particularly like writing sex scenes, but, for whatever reason, the two in Best Laid Plans were the easiest I’ve ever written.
In the first instance because I kind of loved the idea of writing a scene for them that was entirely without dialogue – they’re both so hyper verbal that taking away that particular crutch seemed like it would do something interesting. The second one was interesting to write because…well, I liked thinking through just how calculated Dan would be about sex, and how much thought he would put into each action to make sure that Amy would relax and actually enjoy herself.
I completed this JUST before season six started to air, which is hilarious in hindsight.
Alcohol – the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.
(Or, a relationship evolves while under the influence).
(Or, how Dan learned to stop worrying and love… no one, do you hear?)
This fic was the first time I really tried to write from Dan’s point of view, and it was an interesting (and fun) challenge.
While I would like to be very, VERY clear that there is not even the least resemblance in terms of personality…apparently there’s a part of me that really enjoys writing someone who’s male and an asshole of, oh, colossal proportions.
In the strangely accurate predictions column, Mutually Exclusive had Dan and Amy working together as political consultants, Best Laid Plans had an unplanned pregnancy…and Lightweight has alcohol-fuelled encounters be a key driver of their getting together. (Maybe I AM a psychic).
Word of warning, I’ve got to focus on some real world writing stuff for the next week or two, so the next chapter may be somewhat delayed. Not enormously, but I don’t think I’ll manage to stick to my usual approximately once a week schedule. (Also, my mother just leant me her new biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I have to finish reading it before I go back to London – it looks SUPER dishy) .
Still, I hope this chapter will be just as enjoyable all the same.