These stories were written for a "fairy tale challenge" proposed by Preys
Guardian on the Prey for Us message board. As soon as I heard about this
challenge I was a-brim with ideas, each one sounding better than the last.
So I ended up with four of them, though one may stretch the boundaries of
the idea a bit; I beg forgiveness. Many thanks to Antha and Karen, who did
some last-minute proofreading for me and who don't even watch the show.
The first story is about Sloan and Tom; the second about Ed; the third
about Tom; and the fourth about Lewis.
Tom leaned against the counter, eyes narrowed a bit in thought. "So the
bay's transportation service is subsidized?"
Sloan nodded and took a sip of tea from the mug she held. "They're hoping
that the commuter system will become popular enough to be profitable, but
at the moment the city has to pay for it."
"And the councilwoman was the one responsible for the project?" Tom folded
his arms, watching her.
"Yeah." Sloan set down the mug. "Why are you so interested in a bunch of
"Just trying to get it straight." The faintest hint of a smile played over
his face. "So what you're saying is..."
Sloan looked up. "Is what?"
"The councilwoman is the ferry godmother?" He grinned; he couldn't help it.
Her jaw dropped. "Tom!!"
He started to laugh, and Sloan had to join in.