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These are edited versions of stories that were originally in zines. The original version of these stories can be found at http://www.852prospect.org/archive/ (over 18s only). or http://asr3.slashzone.org/archive/

A Break from Cascade - Jim and Blair go on a camping holiday. (Word count 6110)

A Guide's Job - Jim has been getting increasingly bad-tempered... and Blair knows he has to do something about it. (Word count 834) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

A Hidden Skill - Despite his dislike of guns, Blair is an excellent shot and is forced to prove it. Written for the Give and Take remix challenge. (Word count 5516)

A Legal Headache - A murdered man had been leading a double life... First printed in Howl of the Wolf 3. (Word count 13668)

A Letter from Naomi - Naomi sends Blair a letter. (Word count 772)

A Long Weekend - Jim goes off for a weekend's skiing. - First printed in Come to Your Senses 19 (Word count 4450)

A Mountain Out of a Molehill - Blair is correcting essays. (Word count 590)

A Reason to Kill - There's been a murder... but the killer believed there was a good reason to kill. First published in Sensual World 3. (Word count 13976)

A Safe Harbor - In a world where sentinels are known, feared and ostracised, Jim finds one man who is sympathetic. First printed in Howl of the Wolf 3. (Word count 38045)

A Shaman's Power - Blair inherits a problem class (Word count 817) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

A Slice of Life - Blair's life as he was growing up wasn't all it might have been. References to Cold Case. Involves some child abuse. First printed in Howl of the Wolf 3. (Word count 12987)

A Suspicious Death - A young girl has died, and the insurance company is suspicious because she's the second child in the family to die (Word count 3837)

A Taste of Honey - A child has died. Who and what killed her? (Word count 7943)

A Typical Washington Spring - Blair is trapped by an unexpected blizzard. - A slightly different version can be found at www.squidge.org/5senses  (Word count 5000)

A Year's Sabbatical - Blair takes a year away from studying (Word count 5640) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

And the World Was Changed - Set in the future. Sentinels are quite well known but, in a hundred years, only two natural-born guides have ever been found. Art by FlitterFly. (Word count 18950)

Another Chance - AU. Jim and Blair meet under slightly different circumstances after Blair already has his PhD. (Word count 26300)

Another Life - After Jim dies, Blair leaves Cascade. An AU story, spinning off some time after Reminiscences but before Sentinel Too. - First printed in Come to Your Senses 20. (Word count 30300)

As it Was Meant to Be - William Ellison is a powerful man who threatens anyone with whom Jim gets friendly. But when he takes on Blair, he discovers he's bitten off rather more than he can chew. This is a rewrite of the first part of a story that was first published in Come to Your Senses 19 (Word count 19590) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Bad Luck... Good Luck - When Jim is badly injured, Blair has to go for help. (Word count 3700)

Bank Robbery - Blair is in the bank when it is robbed. (Word count 1310) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Bones... A pile of human bones has been found in a clearing in the forest. (Word count 4130)

Challenge - Blair challenges a bigoted cop... (Word count 1345)

Cold Case, The - After dealing with a very upsetting case, Jim and Blair are given a sixteen-year-old cold case. First posted as part of Five Senses virtual season 3. (Word count 12565) Although not a direct sequel, A Slice of Life does answer some of the questions raised in this.

Cold is Blair's World - A tip-off takes Jim and Blair into Cascade National Forest (Word count 4834) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Collateral Damage - After Blair is killed, his ghost returns to continue working with Jim. (Word count 5584)

Collector, The - Jim and Blair investigate a murder. (Word count 1160)

Con Man, The - A Rafe's-eye view of Blair. First published in Come to Your Senses 25. (Word count 4891)

Correction... - Blair is writing... (Word count 465)

Do What the Panther Dare Not - Written for the prompt 'Jim'd been killed during the chase and nothing could've brought him back, what Blair didn't know was that Jim gave his body for transplantation and now his heart is in the unknown person's chest'. But remember - Bluewolf doesn't *do* death stories. (Word count 13100)

Do You Know Who My Father Is? - Blair has been kidnapped by a student who expects to be given good marks because of who his father is. (Word count 6060) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Dock Street East - In the episode Brother's Keeper, Jim is telling Blair about his life as a child. Their exchange goes - Blair: So, he got to go on the trip? Jim: Yeah, and I got to go on one of my own. Blair: Right. Join the army, see the world. Jim: Something like that. So what did Jim actually do? (Word count 11626) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Drive Home, The - On his final drive home from Rainier, Blair gets introspective. (Word count 936)

Empty Room, The - Does a room have consciouness? (Word count 3698)

End of a Perfect Weekend, The - After a weekend away, Jim and Blair run into a problem. (Word count 1305)

Even at Rainier - Blair has been shot... (Word count 2236) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Expedition, The - Eli Stoddard asks Blair - and Jim - to accompany him on an expedition. First published in Howl of the Wolf. (Word count 23936)

Field Trip The - Set post TSbyBS, Blair is back at Rainier working on a new dissertation; and Eli Stoddard asks him to join him in taking a group of students to an archaeological dig. - A slightly different version can be found at www.squidge.org/5senses  (Word count 13000). This is the first of a trilogy, and is followed by Stoddard's Protege and The Spirit of Evil.

Fire! - There is a serial arsonist in Cascade. (Word count 10730)

Force of Nature - A spring hike goes badly wrong. First printed in Senses Awry. (Word count 12036)

Fox and the Eagle, The - Blair's spirit guide calls on him to help someone. - First printed in Come to Your Senses 22.(Word count 14400)

Fresh Start, A - Set post TSbyBS, Blair decides he has to make a fresh start. Jim has other ideas. (Word count 20810)

Full Circle - AU. Blair starts to research for his dissertation by riding along with members of the various emergency services. When he comes to Major Crime, he is assigned to ride with Jim. Sequel to Ten Leagues Beyond the Wide World's End. (Word count 20810)

Fugitives - Someone in a position to do something about it hadn't believed Blair's press conference... and so the two men became fugitives, fleeing from the Men in Black. (Word count 14120)

Gift, The - Crossover with Stargate SG1, but is mostly a Sentinel story set in the Stargate universe. SG1 needs Jim's special abilities. First printed in Howl of the Wolf 3. (Word count 21761)

Green by Name - Blair's opinion of the competence of a new lecturer. (Word count 1410)

Hearing, The - A missing scene for Prisoner X. First published in Come to Your Senses 25. (Word count 2663)

Hearing the Call - After the press conference, a threat to Jim's life forces Blair to leave. (Word count 15500)

Hidden Protector - Blair's spirit guide is identified. Done for a writing weekend, the theme being to start with the opening sentence from a published story. I chose The Jungle Book. (Word count 1264)

History - The foreword to Blair's account of present-day sentinels. (Word count 925)

Honor Killing - Set in the same universe as Once Bitten, the sentinel-guide team of Jim and Blair is given a case that appears to involve a serial killer. Warning - although not explicit, it does refer to under-age sexual abuse. Art by Cluesby4 (Word count 10900)

How Blair Saved the World - 'How did Blair save the world with a bunny slipper, a chopstick and a toilet brush?' (Word count 4680)

How to Get From A to B - Jim and Blair have a discussion. (Word count 890)

I Found a Sentinel - A Blair'e-eye view of his life. Dialogue in part of it leans somewhat on a transcript of the final episode. (Word count 8280)

In Our Dreams - AU version of Sentinel Too. Blair meets Alex first, and marries her... and then discovers what she really is. First published in Howl of the Wolf 2. (Word count 21800)

In the Name of Love - Jim is landed with the investigation of the theft of a purse holding $8. First published in Howl of the Wolf 2. (Word count 14270)

Incacha - Told by Incacha - Jim's time in Peru, then following his career until the end of the TV series. First printed in Howl of the Wolf 3. (Word count 16567)

Introductory Chapter - A sort-of retelling of Night Shift. Jim reads Blair's introductory chapter and reacts badly. First printed in Howl of the Wolf 3. (Word count 3239)

Island of Apples, The - Jim is alone on a strange island. - First printed in Come to Your Senses 19. (Word count 2600) Its sequel is Leaving the Island.

Karma - A reincarnation story. After an incarnation in the Scottish Highlands, the story moves to a retelling, with slightly different development, of Sentinel Too. (Word count 27890)

Kidnap - An army officer doesn't believe Blair's press conference, and kidnaps Jim - who has no intention of letting the army use him. First printed in Howl of the Wolf 3. (Word count 12821)

Legend of Buffalo Creek, The - Blair gets a frantic call for help from Eli Stoddard. First published in Howl of the Wolf 2. (Word count 10780)

Leaving the Island - Sequel to Island of Apples. It is time for Jim and Blair to be born again. (Word count 1345)

Life Between, The - Jim and Blair are between incarnations. Written for Sentinel Thursday. (Word count 1945)

Long and Unwinding Road, The - Blair is somewhere strange (Word count 1651)

Long Dawn, The - Jim gives a young man a lift. (Word count 3453) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Mistaken Identity - AU. Blair is kidnapped to try to force Jim into doing something... First published in Howl of the Wolf 2. (Word count 18780)

Moonrise - Two freshmen get a fright. (Word count 494)

Moving On - After giving his press conference, Blair leaves to ensure Jim's safety. A slightly different version was first published in Come to Your Senses 24 (Word count 12200)

Never Be Forsaken - AU. After a sighting of a 'big hairy man' in Cascade National Forest, Dr Blair Sandburg decides to spend time there to see what he can find... (Word count 48575)

New Broom, The - Major Crime gets a new Captain. I don't say this is a death story; I don't say it isn't. You decide. - First printed in Come to Your Senses 22. (Word count 2800)

Nobody Messes With the Bears - Jim and Blair investigate the disappearance of one of the top men in one of Cascade's gangs - the Bears. (Word count 7490) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Observer, The - AU. Dr Blair Sandburg, assigned to write a book on the work of Cascade PD, ends up riding with the unpopular Detective Ellison. First published in Howl of the Wolf. (Word count 28485)

Once Bitten - AU. In a world where sentinels are known, Blair is a lecturer in the sentinel-guide unit at Rainier, knowing how a guide works with a sentinel but convinced that he himself is unable to use that knowledge. (Word count 30000) Although not a direct sequel, Honor Killing is set in the same universe.

One True Guide - 'Sentinels are known. Jim is in Search & Rescue with his guide. Then a new helicopter pilot, Blair, arrives.' (Word Count 12900)

Panther's Tale, The (aka The Jim Ellison Story) - Jim's spirit guide spills the beans about Jim's life. Companion story to The Wolf's Tale. First published in Howl of the Wolf. (Word count 5948)

Prisoner, The - Blair has been kidnapped. (Word count 2781) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Persistent, Isn't She? - A retelling of some episodes, ending with Sentinel Too. First published in Howl of the Wolf. (Word count 14298)

Psychology of Apathy - Blair has a class that doesn't seem interested in anything. (Word count 648)

Real Cops - A patrol cop objects to Jim's being declared 'cop of the year'. (Word count 948)

Reminiscences - Jim and Blair discuss their childhood. - First printed in Come to Your Senses 16. (Word count 2100)

Reparation - Blair sort of puts right something he'd done as a child. (Word count 738)

Repercussions - After Blair claims to have made up the facts about Jim's senses, he - and Jim - are offered a job with Stargate Command. Crossover with Stargate-SG1. (Word count 9500)

Rising Water - When the weather changes a camp site is flooded. (Word count 2220)

Road to Hell, The - Post TSbyBS, Blair goes off to have a holiday with Naomi (Word count 22550) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Rogue's Report - Crossover with Viper. The story of Rogue from Brackett's POV. (Word count 1861)

Rumor - Jim is seconded to work a case with Vice. First published in Howl of the Wolf 2. (Word count 21175)

Secrets - Naomi finally tells Blair who his father was. - First printed in Come to Your Senses 21. (Word count 4400)

Six Weeks to Live - Blair and Daryl are kidnapped. A slightly different version can be found at www.squidge.org/5senses  (Word count 21100)

Sky - Jim agrees to dogsit a retired police dog. A slightly different version can be found at www.squidge.org/5senses  (Word count 14230)

Something Told the Wild Geese... - Naomi's life, and then Blair's. First published in Howl of the Wolf. (Word count 17237)

Spirit of Evil, The - The theft of a carved ivory figure leads Jim and Blair into danger. Sequel to Stoddard's Protege, third in the trilogy begun by The Field Trip. First posted as part of Five Senses virtual season 3. (Word count 16065)

Spirit Walk - Jim and Blair have lived many lives. - First printed in Come to Your Senses 18. (Word count 6200)

Stoddard's Protege - The father of problem student Bob Gemmell is found murdered. A slightly different version can be found at www.squidge.org/5senses  (Word Count 26800) Sequel to The Field Trip, and is followed by The Spirit of Evil

Storyteller's Tale, The - Set in the future, a storyteller is entertaining a village. (Word count 1531)

Survivors, The - AU. There has never been an accident involving a passenger-carrying spaceship... until now. (Word count 33160)

Ten Leagues Beyond the Wide World's End. AU. How did Blair first develop an interest in sentinels? (Word count 17230) Its sequel is Full Circle

Time to Say Goodbye - An extortionist is putting pressure on a businessman in Cascade. - First printed in Come to Your Senses 21. (Word count 12000)

To Make Life Easier - William wondering what is the best thing to do about Jim's senses. (Word count 604)

To Serve a Sentinel. When a fourteen-year-old boy accidentally causes the death of a sentinel rather than become a guide, he is set on an impossibly long journey to find another sentinel to serve. (Word count 21100)

True Road, The - AU. Fired from Rainier, Blair applies for a new job with the police. (Word count 12815)

Valley of Ghosts, The - Strange things happen to Jim and Blair while they're on holiday. - First published in Jim and Blair Do the World. (Word count 6300)

Vendetta 101 - AU version of Murder 101. After being fired by Rainier, Blair goes to work with Eli Stoddard, who is studying people with enhanced senses. First published in Howl of the Wolf 2. (Word count 32920)

Vertically Challenged - Blair has a problem when he goes to the cinema. (Word count 700)

Where There's Smoke... - A cop has been killed. First published in Come to Your Senses 25. (Word count 6588)

Who Am I? - AU. A routine check on Blair reveals that 'Blair Sandburg' doesn't actually exist... Written for a Give & Take prompt. (Word count 2070)

Who Sups With the Devil - A Rainier professor has been murdered (Word count 13105) * Uploaded 30/03/2016

Wolf's Tale, The (aka The Blair Sandburg Story) - Blair's spirit guide spills the beans about his life. Companion story to The Panther's Tale. First published in Howl of the Wolf. (Word count 4080)

Wolves of Cascade Forest, The - AU. Master Blair Sandburg, consultant to the Cascade Watch, is summoned by his grandfather, the Chief Warden of Cascade Forest, because there is a problem there. First published in Howl of the Wolf. (Word count 17124)

World Between, The - Incacha passed the way of the Shaman on to Blair - who is very aware that he has no training in what that involves. Written for the Sentinel Reverse Bang, art by Banbury. (Word count 4738)

You Needed Me - AU. Jim wakens one morning to discover that Blair has disappeared. Then Simon tells him that three months previously, he had thrown Blair out. A slightly different version was first published in Come to Your Senses 23 (Word count 12800)

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