Something new is inside the forum, a fan fiction novel, set in a rebooted Dead Like Me Universe that provides a few answers (and of course more questions) as to what happened after George walked away from Reggie in the cemetery. I’ve posted all 88 chapters.
In the original series Kyle Lowerdeck died tragically on stage at his first live TV concert. George was there to reap his soul. Mason was also there and had a lasting impact on two people who walked away that night. One was Fred Swirsky, who left obsessed with finding Death, and the other was Desiree, who was equally intent upon avoiding the Same. Death never lost track of either. In 2013 Mason reaps Fred and meets Desiree again thus setting in motion a sequence of events that motivates Reggie to pick up the trail of her undead sister, George. But Reggie is not the only member of the living looking for George. George will find that using her former name in the same city where she lived and died is sloppy, and when a Seattle detective under pressure to find a serial killer stumbles upon her frequent associations with those who soon end up dead, he can’t let go of her trail either.
Before I direct you to the specific thread, a few words of caution are in order. One concerns the time lag. And this does not concern the almost 10 year gap in story from the time the series ended in the grave yard with Reggie watching George walk away in the morning sun. I assume in writing out the story that the reader is familiar with the series. Unless you have an extraordinary memory I recommend rewatching the DLM series on DVD’s. No mercy or quarter is shown on this. If you don’t remember Fred and Desiree, then you should stop here and save your time and avoid frustration. Who needs more stress? If you remember them then please continue.
Also, over the years of reading forums one fact is clear and that is there is a wide interpretation for much of what happened in the series over those two seasons. I have my own interpretations of what happened and of the rules within the DLM Universe, so you can expect that to be reflected here. Also I continue, as best I can muster, the story telling style started by Fuller and continued by Godchaux and Masius, which is to leave behind at least two questions for each one answered. So while I hope you find closure on certain questions left hanging in the last episodes be aware that those first two seasons were only the beginning.
The DLM Movie and its events are not part of the background for this novel, or least not directly. I was and am surprised at how the Movie screwed up the key Fuller foundation theme or rule regarding memory and reapers attempting to communicate to the living they once knew. After reading something in a forum about that I decided to attempt to write a scene in which George and Reggie get around that rule. I found it surprisingly easy, which only deepens the original mystery as to how that got so screwed up in the Movie, but… One thing led to another and I started considering what would have come before that scene and then after. However, I soon ran into a problem. And it was deeply embedded within the DLM rules from the series. Those rules didn’t work outside those stories. Not the memory rule, but much of the rest. So I reworked those, which brings us to the second word of caution. Now that the first word of caution has reduced those reading to purest few I warn those remaining that the DLM reimagined Universe you find here is not the one from the series. I had to make radical (as in major, drastic, sweeping) changes. The original characters are the same. I’ve given backstory to several, all of them evolve, and they are set in motion within this very different Universe.
Now, the remaining few of you will find the story in the Forum under ‘Dead Like Me Talk’. Click thru to the thread: ‘Dead Like Me Episode Notes and Discussion’ and then continue well into the thread to May 1st, 2014. First chapter is titled ‘The Beginning at the End’.