This was definitely a great story!
It's always nice to read additional stories that are set during a tv series, but I definitely prefer stories that are set after the tv series ends. Because that's when you can really let your imagination run free. I love this whole set-up of Purdey and Gambit being in a conversation, and as you go along you find out more and more about what happened in the past. And the idea of Gambit following in Steed's footsteps, that's probably something many people have thought about, but that he doesn't want to do it all by himself, but rather wants to share his top position with Purdey. And that's exactly what's so different and incredibly sweet about this story
Thank you! I have a couple more set post-series, and a few of my later arc stories are also set then as well (after "Brazil," in fact, there's only one more that takes place during the series' timeline). I tend to like to write stuff that takes place before, during, and after the series, which is really what my arc is about, tying everything together. But some of these are farther in the future than the arc ever gets. It's pretty obvious Steed means for Gambit to carry on in his stead, but I don't think he ever meant for him to do it on his own. That's why he brought Purdey in, and really, Purdey and Gambit are so wrapped up in each others' lives, I can see Gambit wanting her there to tell him when he's about to make a mistake (and Purdey needs Gambit to temper some of her more, uh, reckless moments as well). Besides, who wouldn't want to see Mr. & Mrs. Gambit sharing a double office and haggling over everything from national security to what colour to repaint the bedroom?
Maartje wrote:Great stories, especially the second, set after the TV show era.. It's exactly as I had imaged Purdey and Mike would finally end - happily ever after, with a couple of kiddies but still working for the Ministry. I completely agree with Phil that the idea of the Gambit talking over Steed's role is something a lot of people might have thought about, but adding the conversation between the two of them about sharing his position with her, was really a great add.
I'm looking forward to read more of your unpublished stories..
Yep, I can see Purdey and Gambit settling in together quite nicely, actually, complete with kiddies (in my little world they have five, btw. Purdey mentioned "five scruffy children" in "Target" and I just couldn't resist.
Besides, I think Purdey'd be the most awesome--and lethal--pregnant woman on the planet
). I'm glad you guys enjoyed the fics, and the idea of them doubling up. It just seemed to make sense.
There will be more, I promise you.