A Jericho Fan Fiction Archive
Penny Lane, what a nice installment! I have to admit for a second there with Stanley calling Mimi to come downstairs, I envisioned the grown up Mimi. Nice job on with that! Of course, when you then described Mimi as giggling, running, and holding out her arms for Stanley to pick her up, I knew differently . I really liked your description of how she did those chlid-like things, like patting each post on the porch and the little game they were playing about who Mimi loved. It struck a chord within me because it reminded me so much of when I was a child.
So Stanley and Darcy? Yes, that would be complicated! I've always liked both characters very much. I can see the appeal on both their parts. They're both inherently good people with a strong sense of family. Both possess mettle in abundance and are in a similar situation as single-parents, albeit for different reasons. Even though Darcy turned down his dinner invitation, one could never argue that Stanley is out of the picture entirely with her idea of stopping by Bailey's and hanging out with him.
And I really liked the way you ended it. Though their lives weren't what they'd imagined and had been filled with tragedy, Stanley still had things he looked forward to.
Little Mimi sprung into my mind when I first thought of how I would write this one, almost fully formed. I guess she is a little bit of a reminder of Mimi's one time presence in this universe (you can probably guess how sad I was to let Mimi die) but also a reminder of how things are different, and how characters are adapting to the world they live in. I'm glad her actions worked here. Her games and behaviour are inspired by a few of the children I know, and memories from my own childhood too.
I think you've summarized Stanley and Darcy's similarities perfectly. You're right that Darcy has not entirely put the possibility out of her mind, and Stanley may just be right to hold out hope.
Thanks for reading and commenting!
Ah, Penny, you have no idea how glad I am that I suggested this pairing. Of course it seems a little odd at first glance (and I really only did it because it's an alternate D/S) but you have given us such a lovely, hopeful and bittersweet friendship between Stanley and Darcy.
I positively ache for them and just want to shout at Darcy to take the chance. I really think they would be good for one another.... and then she could look after little Mimi and Stanley could have man-to-man talks with Sam, and they could all ressurect some goodness in this little world you have created.
I have hope for Darcy and Stanley though. They both seem to have a steady, quiet longing in them, and they have a very real, very deep friendship. It just jumps off the page. I think Darcy might just get daring enough to jump at some point. I'm keeping my fingers crossed anyway.
I did enjoy writing this pairing. I know I say this a lot, but the relationship that came up was a pleasant surprise. I agree with you, they would be good for one another, and could really find some hope in this so often tragic world they find themselves inhabiting. And you're right, there may be some hope still, that given more time, Darcy may just take that chance. It's a friendship that means a lot to her, and she is nervous of messing that up, but there is something else there too, and she may very well decide to find out just what it is one day.
Thanks again, for reading and commenting!