Stories in Chronological Order
Father has misgivings when 7 year old Vincent forms an instantaneous bond with a traumatized little girl, whom he and Devin have found Above and brought Below.
This was the original version, conceived in response to a batbland.com challenge called After Arabesque: “what was going through Lisa’s mind after she left the tunnels that night?” (Shorter, less personal background on Lisa than version below)
Inseparable, Lisa and Vincent share an extraordinary bond not understood by anyone around them. When the teens begin to come of age, Father’s mistrust of Lisa combines with his well-intentioned protectiveness toward Vincent to destroy their love.
Once again an orphan, banished from the only home and only family she has ever known, and unable to conceive of life without her soulmate, a shattered Lisa makes a desperate, fateful decision. [author working to finish parts 3, 4, 5, and 6]
25 years after bringing child Lisa to the Tunnels, once again Vincent alarms Father by bringing home a beautiful wounded creature whose life he holds in his hands. (Original version; ends on different slant than CABB micro-fic version below.)
Vincent never told Catherine that the night he found her dying in the park, her heart stopped while still some distance from Father’s healing hands. But Death and Vincent understand one another. (CABB 1,000 word micro-fiction version.)
[author has taken this down overnight to proofread— it’s a mess, my apologies!]
Takes place April 14 1987, two nights after Vincent has found Catherine in the park and brought her below, but must accept a terrible bargain with Death. First conceived in response to a batbland.com challenge (a photo of an anxious little girl, w/no accompanying text), I used the prompt as an opportunity to take another run at my permanently ongoing series of interlocking stories that explore the period of time skipped over in the pilot– that (72 hours? week?) after Father did his best to address her injuries, and before Catherine regained consciousness– especially in terms of the ripple effects on the Tunnel community.
Conceived in response to batbland.com’s June 2016 challenge. Rules: story had to begin on a line from opening sentence of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; had to end on “Not exactly…” and somewhere in between had to feature the line “Vincent rolled his eyes.”
Vincent’s first love, Lisa, briefly in New York for a role and deeply troubled, is surprised backstage by a visit from Catherine on Vincent’s behalf.
*This is a continuation of my series of deep dives into the Arabesque episode. When I came across the very first version of the script I was stunned to discover my instincts were dead-on, re: what the original writer (an actress as it turned out) had originally intended this episode to reveal. The version of the script that ended up on the screen reduced Lisa to a stereotype, and her visibly profound relationship with Vincent to a lifeless and harmful cliche which it’s my intent to rectify.
(Vincent/Catherine/new character Helena, 1988)
Originally written as Ch. 4 of WFOL2014 Classic round-robin. Though she and her son remain unaware of one another in this chapter, I introduce Vincent’s mother (more about her and the love of her life, Vincent’s father, in Solace: Part 1 below.)
[3-1-2017 Author’s Note: have taken story down while reworking to novel-length] Moving between World War II Poland and 21st century New York City– and between Heaven and earth– Vincent’s parents’ tragic history unfolds, as does the mystical Bond between them, a bond that transcends even death– and one that they share with their extraordinary son; it is this Bond between the three that will allow Vincent’s mother to at last, near the end of her life, set the necessary events in motion to find her son. (author working hard on multi-part completion)
(S3) (Vincent, new character Ynadin)
[3-1-2017 Author’s Note: have taken story down while reworking to novel-length] Now in middle age, Vincent takes a leap of faith to embrace an entirely new chapter in his life when a mysterious aristocrat– who seems to know everything about him– sends an unusual ship to bring him across the world so that he might– in her words– at last meet ‘another of his kind.’