Summary: Gordon makes a New Year’s resolution. Will his family let him keep it?
Fandom: Thunderbirds TV-verse
Characters: Gordon Tracy, Grandma Tracy, Tin-Tin Kyrano, Jeff Tracy, Alan Tracy, John Tracy, Virgil Tracy, Scott Tracy
Original publication date: December 27, 2004
Notes and disclaimer: I wrote this story for a challenge on the long-defunct fanfics.org. The challenge was dealing with the New Year’s resolutions that the Thunderbirds characters might make. To me, the most obvious one was Gordon promising to stop pranking his family, so I used this as my challenge prompt. Though a penchant for pulling pranks is found in both Thunderbirds Are Go! (Marriott, John. Boxtree, London, 1992. Print.) and The Complete Book of Thunderbirds (Bentley, Chris. Carlton, London, 2001. Print), it’s never really shown in canon. It has, however, become a fanon staple. My goal was to post a chapter a day up to, and including, New Years day–a goal I reached. At one point, the characters took the plot out of my hands and took it in a direction I had not originally intended and the narrative was the better for it.
My thanks to FrankieCTB2, Amanda Tracy, and MathGirl for their advice. Jeff’s early adventures on Tracy Island are taken from “The Complete Thunderbirds Story” in Thunderbirds the Comic, Issue No. 45, June 26-July 9, 1993, pp. 11-14.
I didn’t create them; Gerry and Sylvia Anderson did. I don’t own them, ITV/Granada does. I’m just writing about them.