Crab Sandwiches

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Title: Crab Sandwiches
Author(s): Dawnwind
Date(s): 12-2003, 9-2005
Length: 410K
Genre: slash
Fandom: Starsky & Hutch
External Links: part one online here/WebCite
part two online here/WebCite
part one; part two

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Crab Sandwiches is a slash Starsky and Hutch story by Dawnwind. It is a deathfic.

Summary: Starsky and Hutch deal with Starsky's devastating terminal cancer diagnosis.

This story won a 2006 SlaSHies.


"He still expected to see Starsky every moment, would turn his head to respond to something his lover said that was unheard by anyone else. When watching TV or reading the newspaper, he kept wanting to point out a beautiful actress or an interesting article to Starsky, and would be surprised not to find him sitting at the table eating a slice of disreputable day-old pizza. At night, he was afraid to move in the bed because then the true realization that Starsky wasn't there would sink in. He half wanted to sell the house to get away from the ghosts, and yet was afraid he'd forget some aspect of their lives if he did."

Reactions and Reviews

They are in a relationship and their love is going to be tested in the most drastic way. One wrong move opens up a year of pain and sorrow. It was just a lump, just a broken leg, just a minor problem. It wasn't supposed to be like this, but it is. Starsky has cancer and nothing will ever be the same again. This isn't some thug on the streets that they can track down and put away, this is an invisible enemy that's taking away everything they love. How can you fight what you can't see? [1]
Acceptional [sic] well written story!My compliments to this talented author!!!

It's indeed a story full of pain and sorrow and even days after reading it I felt strangely really touched my very soul.

It's a "death story",yes,but don't let that stop you from reading "Crab Sandwiches"cause it's also very much a story about LIFE and LOVE! [2]
I've only had one story that I really, really didn't want to read, and that was "Crab Sandwiches" by Dawnwind. I knew it was a death fic, but after the sudden and accidental passing of a friend, I needed a release. I read it, wept, and thanked Dawn for helping me get out some of my pain. It was intense, and really well written. [3]
Crab Sandwiches was one that took me a long time to read as well. I talked to Dawn about it first, and had some idea what to expect when I started reading. I was so wrong. The cancer Starsky had was the same type that my cousin had when she was twelve--in the leg. She survived it, but twenty three years later, a few months before I read CS, she died of a failed heart transplant. I suspect her young heart was damaged with the cancer treatment, so I guess it still got her in the end. She left four young children. That aside, the story helped me immensely. I think writing and reading can help with grief, pain, etc. We all need an outlet, and sometimes crying just isn't enough. It's the same when you find another person who is suffering in the same way. That feeling of not being alone is the best remedy ever. [4]


  1. a 2004 comment at Crack Van
  2. a 2004 comment at Crack Van
  3. comment by duluthgirl at V-con 2014: Saturday panel - Comfort Zones, October 18, 2014
  4. comment by wightfaerie at V-con 2014: Saturday panel - Comfort Zones, October 18, 2014