A Star Fell In Alabama

It’s been a long day in Lower Alabama. The den at Chez Lady Writer may be quiet but if you peer into the room at twilight you can make out the ChaRActers right where she left them: John Porter and NotLucas on the sofa, Guy of Gisborne in the LazyBoy, and Harry Kennedy standing at the window looking at the sky, right where he was the on the night a star fell.

They knew in their bones what it meant but none of them could bring themselves to speak and make it real.

Finally, Harry Kennedy cleared his throat. “Cup of tea, anyone?”

Guy grunted a negative but the other two just shook their heads.

“Are you sure you should go out there? We don’t want to intrude, yeah?” Porter asked. Harry shrugged.

“I suppose you’re right. Leave the family to it.”

Guy grunted again. NotLucas sighed heavily. “Something to add, Sir Guy?”

“We’re family. I mean, aren’t we? We’ve lived in her den for a decade, don’t we matter?”

“In the grand scheme no we don’t matter. You know that,” Porter said.

Harry chuckled softly. “We mattered to her.” His smile widened.

“Do you remember when we tried to take care of Mr. Lady Writer when he hurt his ankle?”

Porter smirked. “I’m amazed the poor man survived Guy’s tender care.”

Guy narrowed his eyes at him.

“Or the time her cats nearly castrated him?” NotLucas laughed.

Guy sniffed a manly sniff. “Or the time we all wore even more black than usual to right your ridiculous plot.”

NotLucas laughed out loud. “She said the writing drove her crazy, she just couldn’t bear it –“

“She loved you,” Guy interrupted. “She loved all of us.”

The shadows lengthened into dusk. Porter cleared his throat. “One of us should say something.”

Harry spoke up. “I don’t trust myself to speak extemporaneously but a few lines from a poem I read on her shelves seem fitting.” He took a deep breath.

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”

The ChaRActers stood together at the window and watched as the stars came out. A new one was glowing softly near the horizon. Guy turned to the others and found he was alone.

“Thank you for loving me into being,” he whispered and closed his eyes. In the next moment he stepped into a shadow, and joined the evening breeze.

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Though a newspaper obituary has not yet been published a notice has appeared. There is a Guestbook if you want to leave condolences for her husband and family.

https://www.dunklinfh.com/obituary/angela-long

43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. judiang
    Aug 02, 2021 @ 20:17:05

    That’s beautiful.

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  3. Servetus
    Aug 02, 2021 @ 20:29:14

    And now I’m crying. Guy really meant a lot to her (right after Benny).

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  4. SHeRA
    Aug 02, 2021 @ 20:34:31

    Love this so much

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  5. zeesmuse
    Aug 02, 2021 @ 20:51:16

    Beautiful.

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  6. obscura
    Aug 02, 2021 @ 21:27:37

    So lovely – you really captured the essence ❤️

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  7. Fatima
    Aug 02, 2021 @ 21:30:46

    This is a beautiful tribute.

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  8. Suse
    Aug 02, 2021 @ 21:53:08

    Beautifully written. Angie would have loved it too 💔❤️

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  9. Kathryn Dobson
    Aug 02, 2021 @ 22:02:28

    This is so lovely!

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  10. zan
    Aug 03, 2021 @ 00:19:00

    It’s beautiful, and such a perfect capture of what Guy and the rest of the ChaRActers meant to Angie. And her to them … 😥💔 Thank you.

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  11. bec
    Aug 03, 2021 @ 00:50:10

    I wasn’t aware that she had passed away. I’m so very sad to hear this. She was one of the first people to reach out to me when I fell for Thorin. She was a lovely lady.

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  12. Mezz
    Aug 03, 2021 @ 01:48:12

    Reading this through tears – such a beautiful and fitting tribute, thankyou Jazzbaby 🌟💔

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  13. Hariclea
    Aug 03, 2021 @ 02:27:16

    😥💞

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    • jazzbaby1
      Aug 03, 2021 @ 06:40:57

      Exactly.

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      • Hariclea
        Aug 03, 2021 @ 07:24:54

        sorry, i wish i had more words, but feels just so sad and speechless… you put it wonderfully i think. Wish she’d been able to experience RA donating Guy’s jacket.. and so many more things, she brought so so much joy to fans, i never new her, but loved reading her so much. It’s heart -breaking 😦 Giving how wonderful it was to read her, can’t even begin to imagine how much people who knew her in rl will miss her. Stars in the sky…. Thank you so much for the lovely dedication to her, ❤

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  14. Herba
    Aug 03, 2021 @ 03:33:36

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute!!!

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  15. Guylty
    Aug 03, 2021 @ 05:48:12

    Jazzbaby, thank you for this gorgeous post. It is perfect. I am so sorry about these news. Angie was a bright star – and will be forever.

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  16. Esther
    Aug 03, 2021 @ 07:11:23

    What a touching tribute!

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  18. Violet
    Aug 03, 2021 @ 07:23:46

    Oh, no! Our fandom’s loss is great. She was a special person, and I am sad her pen has been silenced on this Earth…but her stories will live on. Thank you for writing this lovely and well-deserved eulogy. I’m sorry she’ll miss out on all the birthday auction fun, especially now that Richard has donated Guy’s leather jacket. Still, I like to think she’ll watch from the other side of the veil, and rejoice. Farewell, kind lady! May you rest in peace.

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  19. Gratiana Lovelace
    Aug 03, 2021 @ 22:31:07

    Thank you for sharing, Jazzy. A lovely heartfelt tribute to Angie. Angie was such a sweet, joyous, and wicked witty lady who will be very dearly missed by us all.

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  21. Perry
    Aug 05, 2021 @ 17:31:47

    Thank you for this. I think Angie would have been “chuffed” ( she loved those Britishisms) that she provoked a few of to dust off our blogs off for her. And yes, Guy was special, and the timing of the jacket reveal donation seems that much more special.

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  22. Perry
    Aug 05, 2021 @ 17:46:46

    Reblogged this on Armitage Agonistes and commented:
    Don’t miss this.

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  23. armitagebesotted
    Aug 11, 2021 @ 18:42:47

    Wow, this is beautiful. An informed, accurate (well observed) homage like this is the ultimate compliment that you loved her.

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