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Joined 04-20-11, id: 2860685, Profile Updated: 01-05-15
Author has written 57 stories for In a Savage Land, and Misc. Movies.

I've been a huge fan of the handsome and talented Rufus Sewell since "The Pillars of the Earth" and have loved as good as everything he's done so far, but the character that absolutely won my heart is the lovely and somewhat mysterious Mick Carpenter, the pearl trader from Bill Bennett's beautiful and sadly little-known 1999 movie "In a Savage Land", co-starring the equally lovely Maya Stange. Thanks to Bill and Jennifer Bennett for thinking up Mick and Evelyn, and thanks to Rufus and Maya for bringing them to on-screen life so wonderfully.

This film never left my thoughts for long ever since I watched it for the first time, wondering both about Mick's backstory and whatever might have happened after the bittersweet ending ... and suddenly there I was, writing fanfic and actually publishing here (not least because of the very kind and helpful support of the wonderful ladies of the Rooftop message board - thank y'all for encouraging me).

I have listed the chronology of the stories below. When I began writing about Mick and Evelyn, I just wanted to continue their story from the end of the movie that left so many questions open, but at some point I found myself thinking more and more about that fascinating and enigmatic man's backstory, feeling this had to be written first to lay a foundation for what would happen later.

Here's the timeline of my stories so far:

A small introductory piece (set post-IASL)

My Miracle (set around 1952)

Mick's backstory

The Telegram (1918)
A Surprise Gift (1921)
Leaving Home (1923)
A Solitary Stranger (1923)
A Walk with Grandpa (1924)
Rage and Reputation (1929)
Runaway (1929)
Departure (1930)
Stormy Sunday (1930)
To the Lighthouse (1930)
All I Want For Christmas Is You (1930)
Christmas Day (1930)
Moonlight on the Snow (1930/31)
The Storm (1933)
A Hard Night's Morning (1933)
This House Is Not A Home (1934)
Piano Man (1934)
A Little Of That Human Touch (1934)
A Matter of Trust (1934)
Everything Changes (1934)
Over the Ocean (1935)
Among the Ruins (1935)
Family Ties (1935)
The Moment of Truth (1935)
Mixed Blessings (1936)
Choppy Waters (1937)
Freedom Is Just Another Word (1938)
Discovery (1941)

The missing years
Mick's life between Evelyn's leaving the island and their reunion

Decisions (1943/44)
Enlisted Man (1945)
Changed, Changed Utterly (1945)
Crossroads (1945)
Travellers (1945)

post-IASL

Sink Or Swim (1945)
A New Life (1946)
Step By Step (1946)
Academic Business (1947)
Suffer the Little Children (1948)
Turning Points (1950/51)
Storm Clouds (1951)
Arrival (1951)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (1953)
Letters and Phone Calls (1953)
The Stars That Were There Before (1954)

Some little detours, based on minor characters

Moonlight Sonata (1960 - something of an epilogue to "Everything Changes" from Rosie's point of view)
Gone But Not Forgotten (2004 - a story told through the eyes of Nell's brother)
Trait and Trace (2013 - told by Mick's granddaughter)

Early work

When I started writing about Mick, "My Miracle" was the first story and I thought I'd be done after a few little sketches of what happened after the movie's end, plus something about Mick's wartime experience. Project Carpenter then turned out to be far more epic than expected, as you can see.

Meanwhile, I have re-written some events from the period right after the movie, so these old stories don't actually match the plot or timeline of my big overarching narrative any more. I have taken them out of the listed chronology, but I don't have the heart to discard them completely either, so it's up to my readers to decide if they want to read them or not. These are the titles I'm talking about:

Early Days (1946)
Golden Autumn (1946)
Full Circle (1946)

A Long Way Home (1943-45, 1952)


... and now for something completely different: I wrote a contemporary Christmas story based on the movie "Uncorked" (aka "At Sachem Farm" aka "Higher Love). I've always loved darling Ross and his music - so perhaps this will be the beginning of another batch of stories. We'll see.

So far, there's only "Season's Madness".

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Desafinado by Roofran411 reviews
Alys Fitzgerald checks into a Rio hotel. Her firm intent is to pick up another guest. He seems to be interested. But is everything what it appears to be?
All Things to All Men - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,389 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/28/2014 - Complete
The Making Of A King by Roofran411 reviews
Marke, the young son of the Duke of Kernow goes at the King's request to Camelot and finds his life is to change in ways he cannot yet fully comprehend.
Tristan + Isolde - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,238 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/4/2012
There Are More Ways Of by Roofran411 reviews
Kate and Petruchio want to have their children's portrait painted, Lexi objects. Why? Who knows?
Shakespeare - Rated: M - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,489 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 6/12/2012
Boys Only by Roofran411 reviews
A long slow summer with Kate piers and their boys.
Shakespeare - Rated: M - English - Family/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,806 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 2 - Published: 1/9/2012 - Complete
A Crickety Christmas by Brit-bound reviews
Triplets make Christmas truly magical — or they should. But sometimes, even more than the excitement of children is called for. Sometimes, the child in each of us needs to be addressed, as well. Merry Christmas to each of you - and Piers and Kate, as well
Shakespeare - Rated: M - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,611 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 12/5/2011
Sticking It to Him by Brit-bound reviews
Empathy is a two-way street - but sometimes that thoroughfare gets clogged in the place where Piers and Kate reside. This one is just for fun. Hope you'll laugh as much reading it as I did writing it.
Shakespeare - Rated: M - English - Humor/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,725 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/5/2011
Sahara to London by anyother reviews
Frank's not feeling very well, and Daniel gets in his way one more time.
Very Thought of You - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,389 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/22/2011 - Frank, Laurence - Complete
The Gold ring by Roofran411 reviews
This is the companion piece to "Beginnings". Evelyn goes to the South Pacific Islands and meets a man, not her husband, another man. Mick.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,267 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/14/2011 - Complete
O Little Town of Bethlehem by EHfan reviews
An outbreak of food poisoning brings Jacob and Rachel to Bethlehem right before Christmas. They have some trouble at the inn and Felix's temporary replacement discovers their secret.
Eleventh Hour - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 3 - Words: 17,700 - Reviews: 10 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 3 - Published: 1/13/2011 - Complete
A Warm Weekend by Numbatstuff reviews
Rachel discovers the hidden side of Jacob Hood over the course of one, very warm, July weekend. Warnings for language and sex in later chapters, but all in the context of the overall story - I think! .
Eleventh Hour - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 10 - Words: 19,552 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 8 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 3/12/2010 - Published: 3/6/2010 - Complete
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The Stars That Were There Before reviews
A big event brings various challenges, surprises and encounters for Mick. A story in three chapters.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,133 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/5 - Complete
Moments IV reviews
The Shuffle Challenge again.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,191 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 9/29/2014 - Complete
Letters and Phone Calls reviews
Jess continues to look for her long-lost brother, writing and phoning anyone she thinks could help her.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 4 - Words: 9,349 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 8/14/2014 - Complete
O Brother, Where Art Thou? reviews
A young doctor in training is still missing the brother she last saw when she was a child.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 4 - Words: 11,635 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/14/2014 - Complete
Moments III reviews
The "Shuffle Challenge" reloaded.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,343 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 4/15/2014 - Complete
Arrival reviews
A great change is about to happen in Mick and Evelyn's life.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,127 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 4/14/2014 - Complete
Storm Clouds reviews
As Mick and Evelyn are eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child, some dark storm clouds are brewing on the horizon.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 2 - Words: 9,974 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 3/7/2014 - Complete
A Surprise Gift reviews
Mick's mother is struggling to make Christmas as beautiful as she can for her young son when an unexpected gift makes things unexpectedly complicated.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,646 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 12/23/2013 - Complete
Turning Points reviews
Mick is in for some surprises with far-reaching consequences. A story in two chapters.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 6,737 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 11/12/2013 - Complete
Trait and Trace reviews
Mick's family gathers for a special celebration.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,368 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 10/29/2013 - Complete
Suffer the Little Children reviews
Mick makes some new friends and rediscovers a long-hidden side of himself.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,328 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 10/2/2013
Moments II reviews
The "Shuffle Challenge" continued - another ten moments from the life of Mick Carpenter.
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,407 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/23/2013 - Complete
Academic Business reviews
A jealous colleague is trying to make Evelyn's life unpleasant while Mick is still haunted by his past. A story in four chapters, rated M for a bit of bad language.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 8,445 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/14/2013 - Complete
Step By Step reviews
Mick encounters some ups and downs as he takes some important steps on his way into a normal life.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 3 - Words: 8,504 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 7/31/2013 - Complete
Gone But Not Forgotten reviews
A long time after her departure, Mick's Nell is still remembered very fondly.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Family/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,588 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/9/2013 - Complete
A New Life reviews
A look at Mick and Evelyn as they are settling into their life as a couple.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 9,365 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/5/2013
Sink Or Swim reviews
Mick is taking his first hesitant steps back towards a life beyond the war and the hospital.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,256 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 5/11/2013 - Complete
Moments reviews
Ten very small scenes from the life of Mick Carpenter. (Rated M solely for one four-letter word.)
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,343 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 4/19/2013 - Complete
Travellers reviews
After the war, both Mick and Evelyn have found their lives taking a very different path from what they had hoped or expected and carry on rather disillusioned and lonely, until one rainy day in a small town brings the surprise of her life for Evelyn.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Romance - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,213 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 4/6/2013 - Complete
Crossroads reviews
As he recovers slowly, Mick is facing both a haunting past and an equally troubling future. A story in four chapters, rated M for the usual bits of bad language.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 4 - Words: 10,535 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 3/9/2013 - Complete
Changed, Changed Utterly reviews
Absolutely nothing is the way it used to be when Mick comes to at the hospital.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,697 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/5/2013 - Complete
Enlisted Man reviews
Mick has been in the army for over a year and has yet to fight his most decisive battle. A story of war and friendship (in three chapters).
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 3 - Words: 9,839 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 1/6/2013 - Complete
Decisions reviews
As the war is coming closer to the island, Mick has to take some difficult decisions and keeps wondering if he has done the right thing this time.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,892 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 12/27/2012
Season's Madness reviews
Don't we all know this pre-Christmas madness?
Misc. Movies - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,157 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 12/2/2012 - Complete
Discovery reviews
Mick makes an unexpected, life-changing discovery.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,002 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 11/16/2012
Freedom Is Just Another Word reviews
Mick is trying to escape the aftermath of his most recent loss but finds you can't run from your own past forever. (Rated M for some moderate violence and a lot of swearing.)
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 11,452 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 10/27/2012 - Complete
Choppy Waters reviews
Mick's long overseas journey is nearing its end, but waters aren't as smooth for him and Nell as they had hoped.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 4 - Words: 14,395 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 10/7/2012 - Complete
Mixed Blessings reviews
Mick is about to take a large step towards the realization of his and Nell's dreams, but as these things go, it comes at a certain cost. A story in two chapters.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 8,328 - Reviews: 7 - Published: 8/25/2012
The Moment of Truth reviews
Nell and Mick are anxiously awaiting the return of Nell's father ... A story in three chapters, rated M solely for a bit of bad language.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Romance/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 3 - Words: 6,341 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 8/1/2012 - Complete
Family Ties reviews
Nell's parents are not yet aware of Mick's existence, but this is about to change.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,309 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/24/2012 - Complete
Among the Ruins reviews
Mick's stopover in France develops in unexpected ways ...
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 7,068 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 7/12/2012 - Complete
Over the Ocean reviews
A new arrival brings trouble to the crew of the 'Victory', the ship Mick is working on.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Friendship/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,014 - Reviews: 2 - Follows: 1 - Published: 7/1/2012 - Complete
Moonlight Sonata reviews
A little epilogue to Mick and Rosie's story. Rated M for the occasional bit of bad language and some suggestive allusions.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,955 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 6/20/2012 - Complete
Everything Changes reviews
Mick and Rosie are trying to repair their relationship. Will they ever be able to trust each other as they used to?
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 5,942 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 6/17/2012 - Complete
A Matter of Trust reviews
Mick makes a fateful discovery about Rosie's disappearance ...
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Drama/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,357 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/5/2012 - Complete
A Little Of That Human Touch reviews
This is Mick's perspective of the first weeks in his "new" life. He is settling in alright but there are some complications on the horizon.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,876 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/21/2012 - Complete
Piano Man reviews
A young waitress is fascinated when she meets the good-looking and somewhat mysterious new piano player at her workplace ...
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,154 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 4/12/2012 - Complete
This House Is Not A Home reviews
Mick is forced to make some difficult decisions about his future.
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,355 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 3/24/2012 - Complete
A Hard Night's Morning reviews
It's one of those absolutely dispensable mornings for Mick as he wakes up feeling dreadful and confused ...
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,837 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 3/6/2012 - Complete
The Storm reviews
A bad storm is forecast in late summer of 1933.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 3 - Words: 7,185 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/28/2012 - Complete
Moonlight on the Snow reviews
New Year's Eve of 1930 is one that will not quickly be forgotten in Mick's family.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 2 - Words: 5,703 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 12/29/2011
Christmas Day reviews
Continued from "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - family Christmas at the Cleavers' brings a few surprises this year ...
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,936 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 12/18/2011 - Complete
All I Want For Christmas Is You reviews
Mick takes a journey back west to spend Christmas with his family - at the request of two very young ladies.
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,753 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 12/4/2011 - Complete
To the Lighthouse reviews
Mick is very much in love and spends a seemingly endless week waiting to see his beloved again ...
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Romance/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,694 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 10/27/2011
Stormy Sunday reviews
Young fisherman Mick has always been fond of the elements, be it sun or wind or rain, but what he encounters this fine Sunday afternoon is yet another force of nature ...
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,665 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/21/2011 - Complete
Departure reviews
Just a little piece about Mick starting out into his adult life.
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,714 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 10/15/2011 - Complete
Runaway reviews
This is the sequel of "Rage and Reputation". Mick is on his way to Maine - or is he? - and Alice is, of course, desperate to find her son.
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 4 - Words: 7,385 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/11/2011 - Complete
Rage and Reputation reviews
Things have turned out very well for Alice Cleaver, Mick's mother, after remarrying - only her relationship with Mick remains problematic and hits a low point when he gets into trouble at school.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,298 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 9/21/2011 - Complete
A Walk with Grandpa reviews
Mick finally sees his beloved grandparents again ...
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,202 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/25/2011 - Complete
A Solitary Stranger reviews
A look at young Mick as he is grappling with the new circumstances of living imposed on him.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,096 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 8/19/2011 - Complete
Leaving Home reviews
At the age of nine, Mick is facing another unexpected major change in life, which he finds very hard to deal with.
In a Savage Land - Rated: K+ - English - Family/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 2 - Words: 3,427 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 8/18/2011 - Complete
The Telegram reviews
A telegram on a sunny August morning marks one of the first decisive events in Mick Carpenter's young life.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Family/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,905 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 7/22/2011 - Complete
A Long Way Home reviews
After several stories from Evelyn's POV I wanted to give Mick a voice, too. This is his story of the war and its aftermath.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Friendship - Chapters: 5 - Words: 6,168 - Reviews: 3 - Updated: 7/3/2011 - Published: 7/1/2011 - Complete
Full Circle reviews
The immediate sequel of "Golden Autumn".
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,118 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 6/21/2011 - Complete
Golden Autumn reviews
This is the sequel to "Early Days", exploring further how Mick and Evelyn try to find their way into a "normal" life.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Romance - Chapters: 2 - Words: 2,170 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 5/19/2011 - Complete
Early Days reviews
Having moved in with Evelyn, Mick is still reeling from his wartime experience and has a hard time settling into his new life. A look back at the early days, way before "My Miracle" takes place.
In a Savage Land - Rated: M - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,698 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 5/13/2011 - Complete
My Miracle reviews
My take at what happened after the end of the wonderful movie "In a Savage Land" - dedicated to the lovely ladies of the Rooftop forum who introduced me to this film in the first place.
In a Savage Land - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,622 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 5/13/2011 - Complete