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(For an alphabetical list of Last Knight stories see Category:Last Knight stories.)

The term Last Knight story (or LK story) applies to a subgenre of Forever Knight fan fiction which is defined in relation to the series finale, "Last Knight". Forever Knight fans have probably written more Last Knight stories than any other single genre.

From a fan perspective, the episode was controversial because it concluded with the apparent death of three of the main characters, including the protagonist. Furthermore, the immediately preceding episode by air date, "Ashes to Ashes", had killed off two additional characters. In all, therefore, five characters died—or, at least, appeared to die—in the last two episodes of Forever Knight.

Fan reaction to the finale was almost uniformly negative. Almost inevitably, there came an outpouring of fan fiction.

Why fans write Last Knight storiesEdit

In response to the trauma of the series finale, fans found writing to be cathartic. Indeed, many Last Knight stories are first fic attempts (often an author's only fiction). Other writers produced multiple works with a variety of different revisions of canon, recurrently driven by the need to negate the ending of the series.

Fans who write/read LK stories are not unaware of their own motivation, and often include introductions like these:

  • "I wrote this this morning after "Last Knight" aired. I cried throughout the entire episode...however I feel that it was a very powerful way of ending the series. (sob, sob, it can't be over...it just can't! :-( . [ ... ] Anyway, this is my final farewell to Forever Knight...now please excuse me while I go rewatch "Last Knight" and bawl my eyes out again."
    — excerpted from the introduction to Kim Sefcik's "Final Farewell"[1]
  • "I'm a relative newbie at Fanfic, so please, remember that and try to be kind. It was inspired by my hatred of the ending of "Last Knight". I hate it, hate it, hate it! So in a complete state of denial, I offer you this."
    — excerpted from the introduction to Arletta Asbury's "The Apartment and What Happens Next"[2]
  • "This is my attempt at a better ending to Last Knight. I wrote this in an effort to get rid of the bad taste it left. It's been lurking on my hard drive since then (Feb.'97) and hasn't been beta-read. It's been revised once and spell checked so it should be readable. This is my first fanfic so please don't flame."
    — excerpted from the introduction to Emma Lighton's "Next Evening"[3]
  • ":-((( This is just how I think it might end, in some alternate universe in which Last Knight wasn't just a nightmare. ;-)"
    — excerpted from the introduction to Michelle David's "And After..."[4]
  • "Forgive me, all. I've just watched LK for the first time since the first time. I had to write something. Well, maybe I didn't have to but I did anyway."
    — excerpted from the introduction to S. Clark's "Last Knight and Then Some"[5]
  • "Okay, I evidently, still haven't worked through all my Last Knight issues. So here we go again."
    — excerpted from the introduction to Val Wirth's "The More Things Change"[6]
  • "Yeah, it's yet another story to correct that silly thing TPTB tried to feed us..."
    — excerpted from the introduction to Lynne Levine's "Afterlife, a Last Knight Continuation"[7]
  • "Yet another take on Last Knight, if y'all can stomach it...."
    — excerpted from the introduction to Caroline LaRoche's "Last Knight/First Night"[8]

Types of Last Knight storiesEdit

Some fan writers simply ignore the series finale entirely, and write stories set after the events of the other episodes of Season Three as if "Last Knight" had never been made. Other fan writers accept the events of the episode, but contrive ways to write sequels. However, the most common response of fan writers is revision: they write stories that alter the conclusion of the series.

Revisionist Last Knight stories take various forms, depending on which apparent death or deaths the author wishes to deny. Typically in such stories, LaCroix refuses to stake Nick Knight in the final scene. In some versions, Natalie Lambert is taken to hospital, either by Nick or by LaCroix, where her life is saved by medical intervention. In other stories, one or the other of them deliberately brings her over when she is at the point of death by giving her some of their blood. Alternatively, she wakes alone in the loft, having inadvertently been brought across simply by Nick's bite.

In addition to "saving" Nick and/or Natalie, authors of Last Knight stories may also contrive ways to alter the fate of one or more of the other characters who died at the end of the series: Tracy Vetter, Javier Vachon, and Urs.

All stories based on Last Knight are equally considered to be Last Knight stories, whether they take a revisionist approach or are straightforward sequels that accept the events of the episode.

List of Last Knight StoriesEdit

The stories listed here are subdivided by type. Note that this is not a comprehensive list, by any means.

LK Never HappenedEdit

In one way or another, these stories avoid the events of "Last Knight".

SequelsEdit

The following stories either continue after the canonical events of "Last Knight", or provide an inner perspective justifying the characters' behaviour.

RevisionsEdit

The following fan fiction contrives one or another way to revise canon in order to continue the characters' stories.

Natalie survives as a humanEdit

Natalie becomes a vampireEdit

Both MortalEdit

Natalie dies/Nick livesEdit

MiscellaneousEdit

ParodiesEdit

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