Running Home




144 pages

color cover and b/w interior art by Geli


Zine Information
 

Available From: Lionheart Distribution

Contents/Description: Two men meet on a wagon train heading to a brand new land. This is the story of their struggle to survive as they face danger, loss, joy and finally love.

 

Price: $20.00 (US) * $25.00 (Other)

Observations of a Slash Slut:

Once I started this 144 page 'zine I read straight through with only one short break. I was totally enthralled. Not only is this a first-time story, but it is a virgin, virgin Blair story. What can I say? I'm a sap for that theme!

The story is set in 1845. Blair has escaped his evil step- father and brother, but not without serious owies! Blair is found, nearly dead, by a woman who is with a wagon train which is traveling to Cascade. The woman, Megan, takes Blair in and begins nursing him back to health. Shortly after Blair joins the travelers a woman dies giving birth, leaving behind a distraught husband, Jim, and newborn child. (Don't worry, the Jim being married part is harmless and his wife is dispatched promptly. I don't mean to sound cold, but... well, she's in the way!) Jim isn't too happy to have Blair in his presence, but must accept him so that his child has a chance at life.

The whole story, except the last page and a half (an epilogue) takes place as the wagon train heads toward Cascade. Many of the people traveling with the train have a past they are trying to forget or escape from.

There are lots of owies as Simon, Rafe, Henri, Jim, Blair and others fight against the baddies from both Jim's and Blair's past who are determined to make our guys suffer.

I love how VampyrAlex brings in all the bullpen guys and gals. We even get Cassie and Lash! I was especially endeared to VampyrAlex' Megan! If you like AU's I highly recommend this one. VampyrAlex writes a wonderful blend of innocent, yet tough-when-he-needs-to-be Blair. And I have a soft spot for mean!Jim who quickly sees the error of his ways and, though he tries to fight the attraction, finally gives in with devoted passion. Yum!

The art, by Geli, is a wonderful addition to this 'zine. There are two interior full-page b/w drawings. Her sad!Blair piece is very touching! The other is a very sweet, nude Jim 'n Blair lying together.

Just a small warning, there is death of a supporting canon character. If ya wanna know who, I'm not telling. Kidding....just to to the bottom of this review to find out. This story also contains death of original characters.

Due to a printers error, page 49 in the first run editions of this 'zine was inadvertently left out.

I have included the missing text, but if you prefer, AWP is happy to send anyone who asks the printed page to insert into their copy *or* the MS Word file of that page, if that's preferred for people. They merely need to contact Bast.

Here is the missing text:

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Realizing what she was feeling, Blair squeezed her hand gently. “In that case, I’d love it if you would made me a crown of flowers. In fact, if we can find any flowers, what about you make me one for tonight’s dinner? There’s going to be a celebration over the crossing of the river, and I want to look good,” he joked.

“Oh, okay! Anna, what do you say? Can we do it in time?”

“Of course we can! We’ll start looking around for flowers the moment we get to the other side. That should do it!”

Blair laughed softly. “And here we are!”

They’d reached the bank just as Anna finished talking. The young man stopped the horse by the side of the few wagons already there, just as Anna’s parents wagon reached the bank followed by Beth’s. He dismounted and helped the girls down.

“Thanks, Blair!” The two girls hugged him tightly.

“Don’t mention it.” He gave them a mock-glare. “But I expect a beautiful flower crown in return.”

“We’ll do it right now!” Beth bounced happily on her feet. She looked at her best friend, and then the two girls ran off laughing in search of the right flowers.

After watching to make sure both Blair and the kids were fine, the others began to move out as well. Rafe climbed into Jim’s front seat wagon to take care of the driving; Megan went to hers while Henri and Simon mounted their horses, the later carrying little Gracie safely tucked in his arms.

Minutes of strenuous effort later, they were reaching the other side when it happened. Inches away from the bank Henri’s horse saw a thin wooden stick floating in the water. Thinking it was a snake, the poor animal got frightened and panicked. He suddenly raised his front legs with a loud whine, catching Henri off-guard. He didn’t have to time to react and fell into the river’s cold water.

“Oh, my God! He can’t swim!” Simon shouted as he saw Henri disappear.

Before anyone could even breathe, Blair jumped into the fierce river. He swam in the direction they’d last seen Henri. The others saw him dive a couple of times, take deep breaths as he surfaced, then go back down again. When he finally resurfaced he had Henri with him, but the current was doing its best to pull them under.

Anna’s father didn’t waste any time either. He grabbed the reins of Henri’s horse, now calmly grazing on the bank. He mounted the animal and galloped to where Blair was fighting the pull.

“Catch!” The man shouted, as he threw a rope. Blair caught it and let the combined forces of man and beast drag him to the bank.

The two soaked men stayed down on the grass, panting weakly, too exhausted to do much. Finally Henri sat up with some difficulty.

“Thank you. Thank you both.”

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CHARACTER DEATH SPOILER:
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Miscellany:

First-times.

Death of canon supporting character.



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