When I wrote this synopsis over two years ago, I did not realize it was the beginning of an addiction. Since then, these little HL fixes have gotten longer, partly because I did not want to leave anything out, but mostly because the stories became more complex.
Therefore, I am revisiting this primitive effort to introduce the players as I did in later “Fixes”.
DUNCAN MACLEOD, THE HIGHLANDER — our noble hero, Immortal, born over 400 years ago in the Highlands of Scotland, raised as a warrior to lead his clan, ‘killed’ in battle, then reborn to banishment by his father, the clan chieftain. Despite the banishment, he has remained, in his innermost core, “Duncan MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod”.
He has been out of the Immortal Game (swordfighting, head taking, Quickenings that transfer power from the conquered to the conqueror) for twelve years, leading a quiet life as an antique dealer, happily in love with his soul mate, Tessa Noel. He does not wish to return to the killing that he abhors.
However, the time of the Gathering has come. There are evil Immortals coming to contend for the Prize. “In the end, there can be only one!” Duncan must make sure the “one” will not be evil.
TESSA NOEL — beautiful mortal lover, confidante, best friend and soul mate to Duncan. She is a talented sculptress, smart, passionate, and totally devoted to the Highlander. She knows all about his immortality and most of his other secrets, as well.
CONNOR MACLEOD — Duncan’s distant cousin and teacher. He became Immortal years before Duncan, found the Highlander and taught him the rules of the Game, how to fight and survive. He has now returned, trying to convince Duncan that he cannot stay out of the Game.
RICHIE RYAN — a street kid, no family, good-hearted but forced to live by his wits. Petty theft, con games, anything to make a buck without actually hurting anyone. We later find out that he is pre-Immortal. Tonight though, he’s only after a few antiques, stumbling into the middle of an Immortal duel.
SLAN — The first of the evil Immortals that we meet in this series. He has come to challenge Duncan in this episode but Connor is seeking him, in turn. It all converges as the series opener brings Duncan MacLeod back into the Game.
Duncan and Tessa romancin’ in bed,
Duncan is startled by sensing a “buzz”,
All comes together, with a crash and a crack,
Richie departs, leaving Duncan and Connor,
Duncan and Tess share a brief interlude,
The clansmen tell Tessa the rules they must follow,
Slan attacks Tessa; Duncan’s too slow.
Slan calls — “Soldier’s Bridge, be there tonight!”
Slan makes good his threat, he is waiting for Connor,
Duncan revives, and races to Slan
And Richie, who hid in the trunk of the car,
Tessa begs Connor, she wants Duncan found,