|Closer to the Renaissance|
|Date||28 July 2013|
|Where posted||FK Fic Fest|
|Genres||Ficathons, drama, historical fiction|
Thirty years before the "Partners of the Month" flashbacks, Nick arrives home from a long journey to find Janette in danger. Which of her intrigues has come home to roost?
Written to the prompt: "a moment from that century in Italy of which we saw a brief taste at the end of 'Partners of the Month.'"
The story's title is a quotation from the episode, "Partners of the Month".
- "One by one, [Nicholas] dismissed his external senses and searched within for the tether spanning the bloodline of Lacroix. Somewhere near the warm, clear spring that had not, after all, dried up when he was brought across; somewhere close to the fount of music, art and love, where, puzzlingly, the words of the Maid of Orléans yet echoed; somewhere almost … and there it drifted, slack across the void. Nicholas pulled himself to Janette by that tether."
- "This piece begins with Batdina’s FKFicFest 2013 request for a “moment” from the century (c.1403-1519) preceding the “Partners of the Month” flashbacks (c.1500-1519), with the portrait the script prop notes call the “Mona Janette” attributed to a “Leonardo,” and Janette’s observation that she and Nick had by then been building “longer than the Medicis; ninety-seven years is longer than any mortal marriage.” This story’s title quotes that episode: “I know when! In college, right?”/“Actually, it was closer to the Renaissance.” Skieswideopen, Chelseagirl and my sister helped me brainstorm. I found a novel-sized concept! Which I then had to miniaturize to fit the ficathon time available. (I hope the shrink-ray worked as described.)."
- " Seeking ideas, I rewatched all the FK episodes with flashbacks c.1403-1519 (and assorted other episodes, of course). I watched the PBS documentary Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance and the first two seasons of Showtime’s The Borgias (which is too late for the period in question, but never mind). I read The Renaissance by Will and Ariel Durant, Street Life in Renaissance Rome by Randolph Bell, Daily Life in Renaissance Italy by Elizabeth and Thomas Cohen, and a forest of Wikipedia entries."