This is the sequel to Living the Normal Life
, or, more accurately, the continuation of it.
The first half, which can be found in it's entirety here
, was one of the first stories I ever wrote, in those first heady months after the series ended. But I never quite finished it until this spring. It had a few gaps, a few bumpy spots and had been waiting all these years for that little bit more work smoothing and shaping to call it done.Balance Requires Motion
is, in contrast, entirely new work. Oh - the story has been in my head the whole time. Living there, taking up space, but I never got the words out into text and instead it was just images and lines of dialogue and a strong sense of the elements that the story required, all strung more or less on a single narrative thread. So in this time I currently have to write without interruption - I was able to pull this story out of my head and get it down in words for others to read.
It is not, as a result, exactly what I would have written 9 years ago -- and I feel certain, the better for it. I'm older, and in a different place, and my skills are different (I like to think improved) now as well. Some things would undoubtedly have changed just in the process of converting images to words, others, because I see the world differently now, with more years of living behind me, and still others, well, as you know, stories sometimes tell themselves in ways you don't anticipate when you first lift your fingers over the keyboard -- so as always, in the end, the story told itself in ways that surprised and pleased me.
It is, I warn you, an HR post series fic. That was always the story this story was telling. My love note to my favorite pairing, giving them the life they sometimes seemed to dream of but probably could never have. It is also, however, my reaction to many of the first flush of Michael raising Adam stories -- most of which drew, one way or another, a fairly awkward and unrealistic picture of parenthood -- or at least I thought they were. So, in the best fanfic traditions I decided to see if I could do better. I had NO idea when I started that it would take so flipping long (!), but here it is. Complete at last.Title:
Balance Requires MotionFandom:
La Femme NikitaPairing:
Michael Samuelle/Nikita WirthCharacters:
Michael Samuelle, Adam Samuelle, Nikita Wirth, OCsRating:
PG-13, I thinkGenre:
Post Series Fic Length:
40,300 words Chapter:
"When Michael first saw Nikita standing on his front porch, his whole world splintered and then, between one step and the next, remade itself."For sk, the best beta reader and long time fandom friend a writer could have. This story would be much poorer if not for your keen eye and ear, and your willingness to always answer long rambling email questions about motivation and plot.( Read more... )