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Sentinel Fanfiction
Title: Lucidity
Author(s): Kitty Woldow
Date(s): 1998
Genre: gen
Fandom: The Sentinel
External Links: online here

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Lucidity is a gen Sentinel story by Kitty Woldow.

It was originally published in Observations on the Function of a Modern Sentinel and is online.


"In the woods, trapped by a psychotic killer, with your partner dying...."

Reactions and Reviews

Jim is attacked and dying. Blair stays to guard and defend him against a deranged killer, refusing to leave Jim’s side and save himself, despite Jim’s assurance that he is going to die.

I love the writing; the emotion, the angst – especially Blair’s as he watches Jim slowly slipping away from him; intense and beautifully done, as is the description of the unexpressed depth of feeling each has for the other, and the regret each has that there's so much that they'll never get to say and do...

OK, be warned, the smarm rating is high! So much so, if this were my story, I’d class it as pre-slash, because if ever a story screamed out for a hot slash epilogue, it’s this one! [1]

This story was recommended on one of the TS lists I'm on, a while back, and I made note of it, but never read it until now. Thanks, whoever you were, I would have missed out if not for you.

This story reaches the depths of angst and the heights of smarm, without being over the top. I felt wrung out like a wet rag after reading it. I'd classify it as slightly AU simply because you can't have gone through an ordeal like that without being changed, but the depth of commitment we see here in this story isn't seen in the show. But, ah, it's lovely. I like my angst leavened with smarm, and my smarm leavened with angst, and this definitely does the trick. Because I probably wouldn't have believed the smarm, if it hadn't been mixed with the angst. Half of the fun of this was that it wasn't the tired old kidnapping routine, and that there wasn't any torture or cackling psychopaths (thought there was a psychopath, just not a very talkative one) and that the senses stuff was essential to the plot. I prefer angst to hurt, I'm not really into h/c.

Blair here looks up to and admires Jim, a Jim who is compassionate and protective and just, but not an Uber-Jim. There's some good introspection from Blair's point of view, casting a look on his previous carefree and uncommitted existence, and his differing present... Addendum: nominated for favourite angst story in the 2001 Cascade Times Awards. [2]


  1. ^ 2007 comments at Crack Van
  2. ^ 2000 comments at Katspace