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Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski (Or gen, actually)
Rating: PG-13
Length: 400 words
Disclaimer: These characters belong to Alliance/Atlantis. I just feed them when they follow me home.
Author's Notes: This is a remix of luzula's fabulous werewolf AU, Shifting, created for remixthedrabble. Thanks to my beta elementalv.

( Full Moon Over Chicago (The Heterozygous Gene Remix) )

I wanted to try something a bit different as a remix strategy this time. So rather than a straight POV switch, I used the model of reflection symmetry. I was fascinated by this this thought of Fraser's in luzula's original - no one knew whether or not I would inherit the lycanthropy—it's governed by a complex combination of recessive genes. My line of symmetry was my question - what if someone had almost, but not quite, the right genes to express lycanthropy? My goal was to take points in the original fic and reflect them across this line, see where I ended up.

I started with the main character - would it be Fraser? No, it would be Ray. So what about that first scene where Ray and Fraser are together, during a full moon, in a stake-out. Does that still happen? Yes, but Fraser's not there. Just Ray, in the car. Puberty for Ray, when his mother worries for him, rather than Benton's grandmother. Fraser's nights in the Depot become Ray's nights with Stella. Even the locations in the city where Ray loses himself to the full moon - back alleys, dark-shadowed parks - are reflections of Fraser's run as a wolf. Fraser is recalled to human duty by something to do with papers - for Ray, it's the fear of his picture in the papaers, getting Vechio killed. Sadly, that sense of balance that Quinn helped Fraser find isn't something Ray has ever experienced.

Ther are a dozen other points of symmetry between the fics. Okay, enough geometry, now on with the genetics geekery!

One thing that drove me nuts was the title. I really wanted to call it (The Epistatic Gene Complex Remix), but I figured that would be meaningless to all but a handful of potential readers. (Heterozygous Gene Remix) is a compromise - it gets across some of what I'm saying, and hopefully most people know what it means. I'm not sure about that, actually. Do YOU know what heterozygous means? I should probably make a poll.

All in all, it was great to get the chance to remix such a rich story. And for you marvelous folks who left comments on the fic - I'll respond when I get home tonight.


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Oct. 29th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
As you probably noticed, I loved this story. The concept is so cool! My first guess was that akamine_chan wrote it, but you were my second alternative.

And I hadn't thought of the details in how Ray's life mirrored Fraser's. Cool.

I think you hit the right note with the title. I mean, I know what 'heterozygous' means, but not 'epistatic gene complex'. *g*
Oct. 30th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
*laughs* I figured epistatic was a bit too obscure. But mal and aka would have been all over it!
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Oct. 31st, 2009 12:36 am (UTC)
*nods* I figured every reader would know the term 'heterosexual', and be able to take a stab at it from there. Thanks for letting me know, jessE!
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