Wow, the hugeness of the pain just hits you over and over, the same way it keeps hitting Hutch. I think you did a wonderful job of conveying what he was going through, and how he was able to finally make the choice to live with the pain. One of the coolest things about fanfic is getting to see how different authors handle similar themes. This was really well done. So glad I got to read it.
Thank you so much, Rae, for reading and commenting! I appreciate it. I felt that SR was so very, very close to bringing an end to S&H as we knew them. This is a tough theme to write about, but very rewarding in its own way. I wanted to convey true pain, as would be present in that situation, yet show that life has to go on. I love your thoughts! Thanks!
The first story I read that had Starsky dying at the end of the series. Very hard to read, but also very moving. You really put the feelings of what Hutch was going though out there in the story. It was touching and I enjoyed reading it!
Thank you so much. It was a tough one to write, as well, but knowing how likely it was that Starsky wouldn't have survived those injuries, I felt the need to get Hutch through it. I appreciate you reading and commenting!
This is an excellent story! It's a well developed, fully realized exploration of the worst thing that could possibly happen to Hutch. It goes far beyond the typical death-story theme, which can be summed up as, "Someone died; how sad." A fully realized story needs more. Ideally, a story needs to show growth and change in the characters. Duluthgirl has done that. She's taken a well-worn idea and made it fresh, and more importantly, she's followed her theme all the way through without shortcuts or quick fixes. She brings the reader into Hutch's world, making them BECOME Hutch, hurt the way he hurts, yet giving us glimmers of hope at the bleakest moments. Hutch most definitely grows and changes through his painful experience. Duluthgirl is developing a powerful sense of story and theme for moments that examine pivotal moments fraught with drama and emotional response.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Flamingo. I'm learning so much as I write, and have many great people to thank for that. This was a tough story to write, and even though I know death fictions aren't popular, I felt I had something to say. Writing can be extremely rewarding, and I am finding the more honest I am with what I write, the better the outcome. Thanks again!