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Laurie: A Fan-Fiction Tribute to Laurie from The Partridge Family

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Notes: Back in the early 70s, The Partridge Family was a big deal. The series may seem completely hokey now, but then it was quite radical. A single mother (gasp!) raising five kids. Not only that, but five kids who played rock n' roll music with her! (Double-gasp!) Traveling around the country with their semi-hippie-ish hairdos in their definitely-hippie bus, their frilly get-ups and bell bottoms, their rainbow-lighted stages, and their easygoing, hip attitudes, the show truly did break some stale social mores that needed to be broken.

David Cassidy, who played Keith Partridge, took center stage after his mega-hit "I Think I Love You" ( was released the year the series began--1970. I remember that my older sisters had huge posters of him on their bedroom walls; and I remember the nastiness directed towards him and the show in general from conservatives, who declared that he and the series were clear indicators of Western Civilization in decline, even though the show itself features very tame stories for the most part, though it did occasionally delve into such issues as women's rights, peace, teen issues, and war. The stories glance those topics, and glance only, just enough to give the impression of being edgy, which, to be fair, and for the time, they were. You've got to remember: the show aired half a century ago. America was mired in Vietnam; it had a criminal president in Richard Nixon (don't his crimes seem totally quaint compared to those that were committed daily by Trump?), race, anti-war, and student riots were erupting all over the country; we'd just landed on the moon; and the Beatles had just broken up. In many ways, it was night and day compared to now. In many ways, we're still there.

Cassidy was front and center, and the reason the show did so well, admittedly; but it was Laurie, played by Susan Dey, who captured my attention. She was, in all seriousness, my very first crush, even though I was eight in 1970 and had no idea why every time she was on screen I couldn't focus on anything else.

Laurie was portrayed as an All-American girl, but you could sense something just beneath, something simmering, something potent, even sometimes quite dark. As I became more and more versed with fan fiction, an age-old dream pushed me to begin my own story about her. What follows is it.

She isn't named Partridge here, but Meadowlark; and her family consists of herself, her mom, and her brother Terry. It's a much edgier story, much grittier, with many details of her life not too dissimilar from my own. It's the modern day, not 1970; and she lives like a modern-day teenager. She's seventeen and trying to figure out what to do with her life in a world absolutely devoted not to peace and love, but to violence, fascism, me-firstism, consumption, and destruction.

Despite this being a fan fiction, it's a very important project to me, one I anticipate working on for many years to come.

Please enjoy; and please remember: this is roughly edited, moreso as you get deeper into the story.

Thank you!


Blurb: As a young girl, Laurie Meadowlark taught herself how to play the drums, keyboards, and guitar. She's good at all three; when she plays gigs with her mom and Terry, her brother, she's on keyboards. Two others are in Meadowlark: Aaron, the bassist, and Knox, the drummer.

But trouble is simmering in the group; and Laurie, just seventeen and the youngest, is feeling increasingly unwanted by some of the others. On the verge of adulthood, she is wondering: Can she play the game of life too? Read on!


Please note: absolutely no AI was utilized in the creation of this content.
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