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PostPosted: September 18th, 2018, 8:23 am 
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While reading this episode, I particularly enjoyed thinking again about what a wonderful bonding experience (in more ways than one!) this trip is for Kylie and Eduardo, and revisiting the intriguing issue of "still waters run deep" when it comes to what's going on in Eduardo's mind/soul - clearly the waters are no longer completely still at this stage, but there remains plenty going on beneath the surface, and Kylie proves here that she can be just as good as Eduardo himself at peering into the depths.

I was also pleased that they were talking about their feelings in relation to the conversation I helped them have in the Christmas episode of the main series, as this was the first time I really enjoyed writing an exchange between Kylie and Eduardo, which is not something that I've done nearly so much as Rosey has, but it's sometimes seemed like the right thing for me to do and I'm very glad that it's all come together rather well, like most (if not all!) of the Collinsverse.

Ugh, the drying room - the most inaptly named place in the Lake District, at least in my own experience! And I didn't even have the doubtless highly titillating sight of Kylie's bras and knickers hanging on the pipes to entertain me when I was in there!

When Kylie mentioned Kevin, I couldn't help comparing certain things about the state of affairs here to where we're at in the timeline of my own current releases, which is just over six years later. While we can be sure that Kevin and Eduardo still love each other enormously, although their relationship may have evolved slightly, and reflect on the fact that Kevin is now fluent in Spanish and he's planning his own trip-with-a-soulmate, it does rather appear that he's grown out of Harry Potter. And just to prove that this is the franchise's fault rather than a general move away from childhood interests, Kevin is still pretty keen on Buffy, as we'll soon learn in no uncertain terms!

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PostPosted: October 7th, 2018, 5:02 am 
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Kevin and Oscar: Snapshots, Episode 3 - Halloween Havoc, by me.

October/November 2004: When Kevin and the gang dress up and get together for Halloween, emotional walls come down and unexpected tensions come up. An eventful night looks set to play a pivotal role in the group's collective future.

I very much enjoyed writing and tweaking this story, but thankfully for the sake of variety, it's the last predominantly "Kevin-and-the-Gang-y" one. Fans of Collinsverse trivia may be interested to note that 'Kevin and the Gang' was originally a possible title I came up with for this very series, but I realised that it was time to move on to some other stuff not involving the gang, and it would be silly to try to force them in for the sake of it.

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PostPosted: October 7th, 2018, 7:01 pm 
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Just to help the mood, I had Micheal Jackson's "Thriller" playing as I read this story.

Lol...Oscar going as Vigo. I'd have to wonder if it freaked out Dana and/or Peter any.

The pheromones coming out of this story were so strong I'm worried about the bots that crawl the site starting to multiply. :lol:

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PostPosted: October 8th, 2018, 4:13 pm 
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Of course, it's pure coincidence that the release of this Halloween-themed story fell in October. :lol:

I think Michael may have taken such shows as Buffy and Dawson's Creek to heart, as their characters considered themselves successful if they went to college and a failure otherwise. Luckily, Mikey has much more supportive friends than the likes of Xander and Pacey ever did.

It's amazing some of the stupid things boys get up to. :roll: Still, Michael and Kevin's wrestling match was much more enjoyable than The Incredible Hulk Returns (as I'm sure Lucy quickly realised), and successfully captured the feelings of fun and friendship.

Despite the lack of any supernatural activity, this story follows some similar themes to my Halloween episode of our EGB Virtual Season, specifically to do with what happens when you dress up and hang around people you'd like to go to bed with. Funnily enough, there's another such Halloweeny story to come, but that's a way off yet...

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PostPosted: October 9th, 2018, 7:22 am 
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Hopefully Michael's now completely over his crippling self-doubt - I'm pretty sure he is. I wanted to bring the gang closer together than ever before (both emotionally and physically!) by the end of this story, before they're forced spend quite a bit of time apart, and perhaps Michael is the one who's benefited the most from that closeness in some ways.

Thinking about Oscar's costume, I expect he wore a coat with a hood on his way out of the house in an attempt to avoid any discussion about who he was going as. Oscar really feels at ease with the whole Vigo situation now, having played a pivotal role in getting him into the containment unit at the end of the virtual season, but it's probably still something that isn't dwelled on in the Venkman household.

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