Story notes for "A Fine and Private Place"
First posted to the Due South archive on April 7, 2001
I'm accustomed to writing Fraser and Ray as close friends; it was an interesting challenge to write them as near-strangers. Plus this is the first episode-related story that I ever wrote, and it's harder than it looks.
This story goes to show what happens when you shoot your mouth off. In chat one night, anne said, "I basically believe that Ray was clueless until 'Call of the Wild.' " I said, "Really? Good lord, I can get them together as early as 'Eclipse.' "
So then I actually had to do it.
Thanks to Ces for beta (including handing me the best joke in the piece); to anne and Livia, for early comments and suggestions; and to Cin for knowing from direct experience how long it takes to tan a deerskin.
The title, of course, comes from Andrew Marvell's "To His Coy Mistress:"
The grave's a fine and private place,
But none, I think, do there embrace.
Television that makes you think of Andrew Marvell is fine, fine television, don't you think?
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