Title: So Far (Series)
Author: Jilly James
Fandom: 9-1-1, 9-1-1: Lone Star
Genre: Crossover, Drama, Episode Related, Family, First Time, Romance, Slash
Relationship(s): Evan Buckley/Eddie Diaz, TK Strand/Carlos Reyes, Grace Ryder/Judd Ryder, Other Canon Pairings, Other Non-canon pairings
Content Rating: NC-17
Warnings: COVID, Explicit Sex, Canon-level violence and situations, Discussion of homophobia
Author Notes: Canon divergent in early season 4 of 9-1-1, season 2 of Lone Star. This means COVID exists in this world, but I try to keep it in the background. The stories take place in 2021, so most of the characters are vaccinated. The story was written after Buck Begins aired and likely isn’t compliant with the most recent episodes of either show. Please read notes tab.
Word Count: 2 Novels in series
Summary: After Evan Buckley finds out the truth about his birth—that he was conceived for the sole purpose of saving his brother’s life—he decides to give himself time and space to come to terms with the secrets his family has kept from him for twenty-nine years. In Austin, Buck finds the support he needs to gain perspective on his life and relationships. Most notably, his relationship with his best friend. When he returns home to California, his entire life will change.
I used the song that played at the end of Buck Begins as inspiration for the series. Series title and both story titles come from the lyrics.
I tried to write this such that you don’t need a strong canon foundation to understand it, but it is canon divergent and may have some references to past events that are not explained well. However, most of the story should not require canon knowledge.
My Spanish comes straight from Google translate. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. Life goes on. Any Spanish phrases should have translation if you hover over them. Except for Dios. Eddie uses it a lot, and I figure most people get it.
Season 4 of 9-1-1 and Season 2 of Lone Star happen in a setting where COVID is a whole big thing. I handled it mostly at the level of show accuracy about COVID, which means some things are off of reality. Canon-divergent after Buck Begins, so it was impossible to avoid COVID. I tried to keep it as minimal as possible. I don’t delve into the pain of what COVID did to all of us.
I fiddled with the timeline of events in Season 1 of Lone Star a bit, but the timeline is pretty vague and inconsistent anyway.
I’d like to note that I do like Maddie Buckley as a character. I like all the characters. I like that they’re flawed and fuck up sometimes, but they get it together and move on. However, I was not satisfied with how things were resolved around the whole “Daniel” situation in canon. That means there are some issues between Maddie and Buck that persist for a while. This is not character bashing. It’s exploring some things the show chose to gloss over or ignore.
The first two episodes of 9-1-1 Season 4 and the first episode of Season 2 of Lone Star take place in the fall of 2020, but then there’s a big time jump in canon to late January of 2021. So my placement of this story in the spring of 2021 is accurate to canon.
Though I was able to account for some events that occur after Buck Begins, this series will not generally be compliant with later episodes. And it’s certainly not compliant with the season finale of either show.
I have mixed feelings about Taylor Kelly. I really disliked her until very late in Season 4. Some of my change of opinion about her will come through in the second book, but in the first book, Buck’s perspective on Taylor is based on his last interactions with her—which weren’t good.
Thank you so, so much to Halestrom for the incredible art that perfectly captured the vibe of this series. I was blown away.
Big thanks to my alpha readers for the first book: starlitenite and herselight. Keira and desertpoet were also early alpha readers before the first draft was even done.
Desertpoet has been my rock in getting this series done and did an amazing job with beta. You’re wonderful. Thank you so much.
And, finally, thanks to all the terrible enablers in fandom-brouhaha. You guys give me life.
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