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6/14/2022 c1 bama1965
This would have been a great addition to the series finale. Well done and well written.
8/23/2015 c1 Chanda
Love this. I really enjoy stories that dig into their relationship. Nicely done.
4/29/2015 c1 chanda
Good follow up and nicely done!
3/25/2008 c1 41e-pony
Well, G., you couldn’t have a better guide through H&McC fanfic-land than Deb, if she is the Deb I am familiar with.

It’s always a challenge to face our insecurities, and here you have McCormick addressing one of my own: the need for control/self-determination. Although I suspect life only ever offers us the illusion of control (or, at most, limited control) over our destinies, I believe we all reach out from time to time to try to find either a sense of self-determination or something that seems a fixed point in our ever-changing reality. Lucky Mark! In your story, he appears to have both, even if he needs that spelled out to see it. (“The same way we do everything … together.”)

Thank you for looking at a challenging theme and for writing a story that resonates with what my favorite fandoms are all about: extraordinary friendship!

3/16/2008 c1 15DixieDavenport
That was a cute story and a great move on Hardcastles part. I am buying but feel like I've been given a chance to look after an 'estate' (well for this county) that I loved growing up. I was able after 20 years to buy my best friends parents home. I am (most of the time) pleased to be sharing it with an extended group of 'family' because I consider myself lucky to be here.
3/16/2008 c1 58dcat8888
I liked it a lot...very nice! I like the sort of quiet desperation you have in Mark...with the 'can i just be done?' line...something very realistic for his character, especially after a near-fatal shooting. Hope you keep them coming!
3/16/2008 c1 358owlcroft
Welcome to being an author! Yes. it's been done before, but I'll echo the sentiment that there can be more than one way of looking at a situation or an episode or an epilogue and it's very seldom that I'll pass up the chance to read a different "take" on one.

My favorite part in this comes right toward the end, when the judge says, "Control". A telling answer, and one that says a lot in just that one word.

Glad to have you on board as both reader and writer and I look forward to more stories. Soon, I hope!
3/16/2008 c1 17JeanneZ84
Hey There,

I just wanna say I loved this.I can not believe this is you first fan fic.

You did a wonderful job on the Characters.

I can definantly tell you are a HUGE Fan of Harcastle and McCormick.

I could picture everything in this story and hear them talking.It's a great story when you can be able to do that.

I'm looking forward to reading more from you.

Oh one other thing.That was a much needed conversation between Milt and Mark.Way overdue actually.Lots of emotion in this story.

3/16/2008 c1 12JudyH
I really liked this. I can see Hardcastle coming to terms with his mortality a lot easier than Mark would. Just because he tried once to make sure Mark had a secure future, didn't mean he would give up on that just because Mark refused it in an emotional moment. I can also see how Mark's eyes were opened at how dangerous their chosen "hobby" could be.

I do hope this is only the first of many more tales to come from you!

Judy H.
3/16/2008 c1 221L.M.Lewis
Welcome aboard! And ffnet let you post right away. Very good. Like I say, there can't be too many epilogues for an episode and everyone has their own perspective to bring to the issues.

Control (or lack of it) is a very interesting way of looking at it. Mark's shading of his questions is intriguing: 'can I' rather than 'may I'. A subtle distinction, sure, but turning it into a theoretical idea, rather than an actual request. And having him say less, especially at the outset, forces H to say more, producing an almost unprecedented amount of insight from the judge. It builds on 'She Ain't Deep...'. Oh, my, you even sneaked the L word in there with both guys fully conscious and nobody bleeding or nothin'.

Congratulations on the first of many!

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