The original is about 2,000 words. Oy.
Also, the original's REALLY REALLY different from what I'm mixing up, and I've been a bit creative with the concept of "necessary and irreducible plot points," so I wonder if I'll be allowed back next year. We shall see. It's been fun writing this, a little blast from the past in a way, so it'll be worth it anyhow.
Driving around yesterday, thinking about stuff, and I realized that it doesn't surprise me that JC calls people "mama" and "mami." Actually, it surprises me more that none of the other guys do, too. Everybody calls everybody "mama" in Orlando. The manager at the Burger King drivethru called me "mama" the other day. Everybody at work calls each other that, too. Well, mostly the women. And "mami," I believe that to be a Cuban thing. It seems to be appropriate to call any woman "mami," at any age or station in life. My charge nurse spoke to an 80 year old patient the other day, and called her "mami," and the patient called me that in turn later on when I was clumsily asking her about her pain. "Tienes, um. Dollar? Dolor? Heh." "No, mami," she said, and patted me on the hand. I think I'm going to be taking a Spanish class soon, so I'll let y'all know what I find out about this important issue.
Fun conversation here about things that squicked you in the beginning days of your fandom love, but don't anymore. The overwhelming favorite seems to be slash. I know I thought it was just bizarre, back in the day. Now I think het is bizarre, and I keep waiting for Krycek or whoever to show up and save the day.