I went to see "The Phantom Menace" with the same anticipation so many of us felt; I walked out with much the same sense of disappointment. The one flicker of imagination the movie inspired came during Qui-Gon's final scene; when he ran his finger down Obi-Wan's cheek, I thought, "Hmm. Bet the slashers have a field day with this."
I had already made plans to see the movie again, and the next time, I paid a little more attention to Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan. Then I went back again just to see them. Though I resisted it for a couple of weeks, the change in my brain became undeniable -- I was becoming one of "the slashers." And yes, actually, I WAS going to have a field day with this.
Those of you who already read and enjoyed the "Surfacing" series will notice that it remains unfinished. Will I ever return to it? I don't know. I'd like to. But please rest assured that each story is complete, in and of itself; I think the series stands up even without its final chapters, and I hope you'll feel the same way.
If you are violently offended by slash (a term for fic that shows a sexual relationship between two people of the same gender), under the age of 17 or given to dangerous heart palpitations at the thought of Ewan McGregor unclothed, you should read no further...