Adventure (Starsky & Hutch story)
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It was printed in Heart and Soul and later online.
"It's a year after "Sweet Revenge" and Starsky is recovering from a nearly fatal illness. While he and Hutch travel to the east coast to relax an contemplate their future, the depth of their love and beliefs are challenged after something happens on a lonely Virginia road."
The Author Comments
A story I’m partial to. For one reason, because it was the last novella I published (in my zines), and I never felt it got the recognition it deserved; and also because it ended up meaning a lot to me on a personal/spiritual level.
I was rather taken aback by the dubious feedback I got on this story. One person said that, because HAS 6 was my final zine, she thought I was going to kill the guys off (she thought the physical symptoms meant the guys had AIDS); another said the story bothered her, because of religious reasons; yet another said they whole thing gave her a very “uneasy” feeling.
For my part, I had been wanting to do a UFO story for years. Once I finally figured out how to go about it, I was very into it. I thought it was a really unique plot twist. Unfortunately, I had never seen the X-Files TV series, though I knew about it. I just didn’t take into account how, for so many readers, the theme of this story made it “ an X-Files story” to them, even though it obviously wasn’t a crossover.
I sometimes think that those under the age of 30 have no idea that the idea of UFOs existed for centuries before the X-Files TV series came along.
Anyway, while I freely admit that this story is pretty weak as a slash relationship story, I’ve been frustrated that few readers seemed to find much value in the plot. Though some did; I mean, I have gotten some enthusiastic feedback on it. This just ended up being one of those situations where you think “Oh, goodie, I came up with something really clever” – and three people agree with you. The rest are going “ick”. (Or “tsk, tsk, X-Files strikes again.”)
One person who did like the story was one of my editors, and she was very helpful in coming up with realistic details for the medical situation.
I had never been to North Carolina (other than a brief stint on Kittihawk Beach as a child) when I wrote story. I felt to a pull to go, but I couldn’t wait until then to write the story. Turns out, in the fall (after HAS 6 was published), I decided I wanted to go on a vision quest, and a beach in North Carolina was where I settled on a destination. I flew into the Raleigh/Durham airport, just like Starsky and Hutch. From there, the parallels to the story were magical, to the point of being impossible to call “mere” coincidence. I ended up driving up to Virginia, and found the road where I’d imagined the UFO encounter taking place (I had been there ten years prior, while getting lost with boyfriend).I even had the experience, while driving in Virginia at night, of having blue lights appear behind my car. Turns out, it was a police car, pulling me over for speeding. ;-)