I loved this!!! No reason at all for you to not have published it earlier. It is a great story. It brings out how strong their friendship is and how it helps hold them together even when at the end of the rope. I am more Starsky H/C. But I really loved how you brought out all that makes up their friendship through this story.
Thank you for sharing this story! I'm so glad I ignored the warning. Yes, there are emotions galore, but they are written just right. Plus, there is so much more.
The way you expressed the moments of Hutch falling with complete trust into Starsky's care were so beautiful. I liked the way the story builds brilliantly from the physical reactions to the more profound ones. I especially loved the way you gave Hutch that feeling of trust toward the end ("pure, dogged trust, without informed cause"). Your description of Hutch's knowledge that he is not alone despite his physical situation was very moving.
Kudos! And gratitude.