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This story is an alternative version of Circle's End.
"This story was originally published in Uncharted Waters. This story is closer to the version of Circle's End the author had originally written. However, comments she received on the original Circle's End made her decide to rewrite that story and its published version appears here on the Archive as it appeared in Code 7 #4. Several years later, she went back to her original story, rewrote it, and had it published in Uncharted Waters." 
Regarding the Two Endings
I believe it is critically important for a writer to write only for herself, to ignore the voice that says to her, as mine does constantly, "They're not going to like that!" Writers who write specifically to please an audience will invariably be disappointed since the audience is incredibly fickle and what they like and dislike changes with the wind and from individual to individual. Writers who yield to editorial demands to have a specific kind of ending only betray their own abilities and prevent their creativity from expanding. I'm referring to people who already had one kind of an ending in mind, but in order to be published changed it radically because the zine only accepts certain kinds of endings, or a specific editor thinks it's a downer or whatever.Sometimes we do this when no one has asked us to change things, simply because we're afraid they *might*. On the slash archive are two stories, one of which has a certain ending, not the original ending the author intended, because a friend told her "no one will publish it with that ending" so she changed it before sending it to the editor. She had no way of knowing if the editor might've accepted it or not, but the editor's track record indicated she probably would have. It's interesting because I was only familiar with the published version and she offered me the original version -- never published -- so I was able to post both on the Archives. The fun of Archiving! ;-) We edit ourselves unnecessary all the time, sometimes just because we're women and have had it pounded into us what we should or should not say, act, or do, so of course, it's going to affect how we write. 
Starsky and Hutch were lovers but Hutch left him and disappeared. Finally, Starsky tracks him down and tries to find out what went wrong.
Reactions and Reviews
This is very similar to "Circle's End" except for the opening couple of paragraphs and the last paragraphs of the story. It's not the happy ending version but I love this just as much, although for different reasons, than "Circle's End". This one has a bitttersweet ending, the sort I really like if it's done as well as this. Highly recommended. 
- from Starsky and Hutch Archive, accessed May 20, 2013
- June 21, 2001 comments by Flamingo, the archivist who posted this story online, comments were posted at VenicePlace and used on Fanlore with Flamingo's permission
- from Madrigal's Starsky & Hutch Recs, posted January 1, 2004, accessed May 20, 2013