It was only recently that I saw the episode ‘Lady Killers’ for the first time, and I felt there were a few loose ends that needed to be tied up, explained and maybe expanded upon. As my ‘missing scene’ piece concerns different combinations of characters, I’ve decided to present the work as a series of three, consecutive short stories. The first part, ‘The Best Laid Plans’, picks up close to the end of the episode, immediately after Del Spivak’s gang come back into town to retrieve the stolen money that Kate Stokes has allegedly hidden. I didn’t like, or believe, Chris’ almost indifferent attitude when Vin got hurt in the episode, and I really wanted to redress the (fanon) balance. So I gave a certain blue-eyed Texan another injury …. and this time, his closest friend would react! The second piece, ‘Setting Things Right’, revolves around Vin, Chris, Buck and Kate Stokes, dealing with their feelings, guilt and regrets. Finally, I felt there could be some tension and awkwardness between Vin and Casey, particularly after their ‘sowing wild oats’ confrontation in the barn. The third section, ‘Clearing the Air’, concerns that incident, and also resolves other outstanding issues.
Character focus: Vin, Chris, Buck, JD, Nathan, Ezra, Casey Wells, Kate Stokes.