Balance Due (Starsky & Hutch story)

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Title: Balance Due
Author(s): Rosemary C
Date(s): 1990
Length: 11,652 words
Genre: slash
Fandom: Starsky & Hutch
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Balance Due is an explicit Starsky/Hutch story by Rosemary C.

It is a sequel to A Bargain at Any Price.

The stories were originally published in The Fix #7 and #8, respectively, and were later posted online.

Reactions and Reviews


Recently, I borrowed an S/H zine from someone. The zine as a whole was only so-so, but it had one story in it that I absolutely adored. [1]


Don't fear, Rosemary doesn't leave the reader hanging in A Bargain at Any Price, there is a sequel. The sequel to me is better then the first story, but that's because I like a Jealous!Starsky. The story, Balance Due is set years later, Hutch and Starsky have never mentioned that night again and they are still friends. However, Huggy shows up to Starsky's place one night with some risque photos -- Huggy thinks it's Hutch and Starsky in the photos, making love on the beach in front of Hutch's Venice Place apartment -- but what Huggy doesn't realize is the man in the photo with Hutch isn't Starsky! No, it's just someone who looks like him.

The next scene is Starsky waiting for Hutch to come home from a date, seething with jealously and rage that Hutch let another man touch him, when all these years Starsky has been longing for another night with his blond. The confrontation scene is hot, hot, hot and all gets worked out in the end. What else can you ask for?

Both stories are truly a satisfying read, created by an author whose talents have graced many other fandoms such as: Star Trek, Professionals, Man From Uncle, Harry Potter, and Due South. [2]


The basic premise [of the two stories]: Starsky, who is secretly in love with Hutch, and has sex with Hutch one night. In the sequel some years later, things finally get resolved. Rosemary writes some of the best relationship angst - heartbreaking enough to really tug at your emotions but not so overwhelming that you lose the satisfaction and credibility of a fluffy happy ending. Bargain at Any Price and Balance Due are classic pining stories, gorgeous and deft in their execution. Told from Starsky's point of view, the stories do a marvelous job of demonstrating his longing but simultaneously leave you in little doubt that Hutch is in much the same position. Starsky does go through some mental rationalizations that make you want to smack him (and Hutch) upside the head but while it's clear to the reader what's going on, Starsky's obliviousness is not unbelievable either. Rosemary walks a fine balance in that regard but pulls it off with graceful ease. Angsty, sweet, and plenty schmoopy at the end. A favorite of mine in the pining genre." [3]


  1. ^ comment at Virgule-L, quoted anonymously (September 23, 1994)
  2. ^ a 2004 comment at Crack Van
  3. ^ from Epic Recs, posted August 27, 2009, accessed March 21, 2012