GRAIL: a novel of resurrection
Summary: At Alkali Lake, Jean Grey gave her life to save her fellows.
But if so, what's risen from the water? A little bit ghost story, a
little bit love story; a little bit mystery, a little bit suspense.
Characters: emsemble cast (everyone from X2 and then some)
Warning: adult audiences
Because I am a lazy soul and this novel is loooong, I kinda gave up
on posting individual chapters. I beg forgiveness and indulgence.
The idea of specially formatting something like 60,000 words for
these final chapters just made me swoon. <g> Since it's the ending
of a long project (over 2 years), many of you have seen me post parts
of it before, and have some sense if you like my writing style (or
Those of you new to the group, or who have been dubious, some
additional information that might help you decide if the novel would
be of interest to you:
GRAIL *is* a full-scale novel, and in print, would run about 600
pages. While I sometimes call it 'my' X3, the basic plot was
conceived very shortly after X2 was released ... I just didn't have
time, then, to write it. So it's not intended to be a response to
the dubious rumors that have surfaced about X3; it's not a
'replacement' to the film. It's a book, and narratives do different
things from movies. This is just what I'd do with X3 if it were
handed to me (and I didn't have to worry about pesky things like
The novel is a true ensemble piece, and if the main character is,
indeed, Jean (and Scott and Warren, too), a number of other
significant characters play substantial and pivotal roles, including
several of the kids. Among the other point-of-view characters are
Logan, Mystique, Storm, Rogue, Kitty (Pryde), and even Artie (little
snake-tongue). Hank McCoy (Beast) is also present, although both he
and Warren Worthington (Angel) were included long before they were
known to be in X3. They're different characters here (for one thing,
Hank is his pre-blue self), and different ages -- but they're
present. Also, my inclusion of the Legacy subplot long predated
rumors about the Cure-virus in X3.
Please be aware that Grail IS an adult novel. That means it may
include events and imagery not suitable for younger readers. Take
the 'swim at your own risk' seriously.
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