Strings Attached

by Beshter [Reviews - 87]

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1. Chapter 1 [Reviews - 6] (2952 words)
Pete has always fascinated me as a character, perhaps because I too am a Daddy's girl, and have always empathized with this storyline. It should be pretty obvious from the start that the Pete we are talking about is the one from Pete's world, but in case that isn't clear, might as well throw it out there. This is all a "what if", how do we get that Pete and who is he? I'm having fun playing with it. Enjoy! BA

2. Chapter 2 [Reviews - 2] (4609 words)

3. Chapter 3 [Reviews - 2] (4402 words)

4. Chapter 4 [Reviews - 2] (3556 words)

5. Chapter 5 [Reviews - 2] (2824 words)

6. Chapter 6 [Reviews - 3] (5921 words)

7. Chapter 7 [Reviews - 2] (4095 words)

8. Chapter 8 [Reviews - 4] (5983 words)

9. Chapter 9 [Reviews - 2] (5036 words)

10. Chapter 10 [Reviews - 2] (5365 words)

11. Chapter 11 [Reviews - 2] (2405 words)

12. Chapter 12 [Reviews - 2] (1543 words)

13. Chapter 13 [Reviews - 2] (1482 words)

14. Chapter 14 [Reviews - 4] (4435 words)

15. Chapter 15 [Reviews - 2] (2827 words)

16. Chapter 16 [Reviews - 2] (3372 words)

17. Chapter 17 [Reviews - 3] (1695 words)

18. Chapter 18 [Reviews - 5] (3994 words)
AN: I post this story weekly, and usually I leave the story to itself. I don't like to post personal notes, because that's not what this story is about. However, this week I post it with a heavy heart. I began this story because I was always drawn to the relationship of Rose and Pete. It's a father and daughter story. I was a girl who had a strong relationship with her father, too. He was my first teacher, my first pastor, my first cheerleader, and my biggest fan. He taught me how to be a historian, how to be a theologian, and was the one who was brave enough to first get behind the wheel of a car with me and attempt to teach me to drive. No one could sing more beautifully than his daughter, in his humble opinion. He hated every man I ever dated because they weren't good enough for me...and usually, he was right. In short, my father was my Pete Tyler.

Today, my father passed away.

I'm not into the idea of dedications of chapters or stories. Besides, one day I hope to dedicate my dissertation to him, as it's all his fault I'm in a Ph.D. program anyway. But in posting this chapter today of all days, I think of fathers and children and the bond between them, even across space and time, and how much we love them even when they leave us. It was my Dad who, many years ago, more than I care to think about, introduced me to my first Doctor, (that would be Four), and who attempted to explain how a phone booth could travel through time. Thank you, Daddy, for making me a giant nerd. You were the best father a girl could ask for.

19. Chapter 19 [Reviews - 3] (4138 words)
I wanted to add a not thanking all of you for your warm support last week. Especially A Who in Whoville, your encouragement mean the world. It's a hard thing, losing a father, and harder still to be so far away. But it was wonderful to have so many prayers and such an outpouring from people. With that in mind, please forgive any errors in this chapter, as you can guess, it's been a hard week. But I wanted to keep my schedule. Thank you again for your support.

20. Chapter 20 [Reviews - 3] (2290 words)
Apologies for being a day late, I was ill yesterday. I didn't forget, however, and here we are at the sadness.

21. Chapter 21 [Reviews - 2] (3180 words)

22. Chapter 22 [Reviews - 4] (4814 words)
AN: As a word of warning I am hitting finals time here in the next few weeks. I am considering holding off any new posting until the week of Christmas, when I have a bit more time to relax and refocus. Sorry you shall be without Rose's response for a whole month, but I promise after finals I shall return. Wish me luck on Tertullian and why North African Christianity wasn't a heresy, ('cause we all know that topic is sexy).

23. Chapter 23 [Reviews - 2] (3159 words)

24. Chapter 24 [Reviews - 2] (1564 words)

25. Chapter 25 [Reviews - 2] (3066 words)

26. Chapter 26 [Reviews - 2] (2122 words)

27. Chapter 27 [Reviews - 4] (3171 words)
Corrections and Retractions: Pete's house is not brick, like I remembered it in my head. It is, in fact, either stone or stucco and white. So that is a correction from last week. I watched the episode over the weekend and sighed. Sometimes the memory is tricky.

28. Chapter 28 [Reviews - 3] (3474 words)

29. Chapter 29 [Reviews - 2] (2629 words)

30. Chapter 30 [Reviews - 2] (4785 words)

31. Chapter 31 [Reviews - 4] (2399 words)

32. Chapter 32 [Reviews - 3] (1905 words)
Much to my surprise, we have come to the end of Strings Attached. I had planned this as a single story, and was a bit stunned when it occurred to me I had actually a series of three going on. Wish the muse had warned me of that! For now, we've come to the end of Pete's journey to find that thing which he lost. Next week I will start on the follow up, Tangled Strings and we'll see what happens once the warm fuzzies have worn off. Thank you to everyone who have bothered to follow this story along from its beginning and hope to see you on the next leg of the journey. I've found I'm rather fond of writing for gingers like me, and guess Pete is here to stay as a muse, (and Miles too).