Date: 17 May 2016 08:25 PM Title: Failsafe
So I was studiously, intently re-reading all the Max/Alec DA fic and then I saw this one, I missed it, somehow.
Amazing really, the basis being something I haven't read before and then Alec's love as Thorne with memory loss, the one who feels betrayed. This is gold!
Date: 21 Mar 2015 01:52 PM Title: Failsafe
Really liked this one. I thought about the concept too and think I have only seen one other story summary for the concept. It is really plausible that it could just be Max because she has cat and shark DNA which both go into heat cycles. And then if she has no junk DNA it means all her DNA is switched on, which means that maybe some of that defunct primate DNA that switched off and morphed into human menstruation cycles has been switched back on. Hence hell for Maxie. I wish you'd write a sequel though.
Date: 01 Jun 2014 07:07 PM Title: Failsafe
Nice concept! I honestly would have never thought of the idea of Max being the only one with that particular anomaly. Like most of us, we believe all X5's would have been aware of heat due to the cat DNA in all of them.
Makes me think that it could be possible Manticore did spot it early on and do something about it regarding the X's that were still at Manticore. Anyway, it's all food for thought! Great job!!
Author's Response: Thank you! I'm not sure, anymore, how the idea occured to me. All I know, is that after years of reading Dark Angel/Max & Alec/Heat fics, I'd never seen it written. Once the thought was there, though, it just would not go away, and searching and researching fics brought me no satisfaction--I could not find a single one with the possibility of Max's heat being an anomoly within the female X5s. I needed to write it to clear out my head and make way for other things. I am, mostly, happy with the outcome.
Date: 09 Apr 2014 04:38 AM Title: Failsafe
I'm glad you posted it. This was great! Very nicely done. And I would love to see a sequel.
Author's Response: Thank you for reading! I'm very glad you enjoyed it. I wrote this story, I believe, in 2010, finished it and immediately started the sequel. The setting was a few weeks later, in the Command Room at TC with Alec and Dix then, later, Max. I had intended to iron out a few of the questions that had popped up at the conclusion of Failsafe, but couldn't make it work. It was much too peppy and cheerful, something I've never done well and something I didn't quite like for the tale. So, years later, the story sits unfinished in a subfile with everything else I've ever thrown on the rubbish heap. Maybe, someday, it'll get finished.
Date: 29 Mar 2014 08:34 PM Title: Failsafe
Okay, so articulate? Not at the moment. I think you left me tongue-tied and stupefied! *composes self* Right, ahem.
This was exceptionally well done. I love the journey through recall. The uncertainty and unfamiliar situation and Alec's thought processes and reactions were great. Max's vulnerability and fears are clear and understandable.
It's an interesting take on the idea; heat being something specific to Max's DNA cocktail is something I don't think I've ever seen done before. Kudos on that.
I quite enjoyed how Alec came around in his acceptance. There was the initial (and quite understandable) anger at being used, worry over their relationship and how this would affect the future and then the realization that none of it mattered. That everything faded away because whatever instincts were awakened between them had taken care of any potential issues.Wonderful work. Thanks so much for sharing this.
The idea, when writing this, was simple 'What if Max's heat was particular to her?' I'd never seen this route taken and I had to play it out in my head, which resulted in this story. At no point did I think it would be an instant 'Happily Ever After,' but I knew that instinct and need and circumstance would smooth out the details. I don't remember how many rewrites I accomplished before I was satisfied with Alec's emotional journey, but, when finished, I truly liked how it played out: I got my happy ending but only through a natural--to me--progression of angst
I am very pleased that you enjoyed my storytelling, thank you so much for letting me know! -- Robyn