At the start of the new century, Powerglide finds it difficult to embrace the transition to an era where the cost of the war is increasing by the day and life is no longer quite the game he once found it to be. But, as an unexpected message will soon make very clear, the past is not content to stay in the past.
Toward the end of 2005, while I was working on profiles for THE CHARACTER COMPENDIUM, one of the features of THE CARTOON DOSSIER, I found myself seeing one of the more memorable guest characters in a new light. Upon revisiting Astoria Carlton Ritz, who somewhat bothered but also endeared herself to Powerglide in David Wise's very appealing THE GIRL WHO LOVED POWERGLIDE, I realized there was a wistful air about her. I felt what few details they showed of her concealed the potential for a follow-up story that might, if not exactly provide a definitive ending, at least bring these unlikely soulmates into the twenty-first century in as realistic a fashion as possible.
I wrote the original draft of ONE LAST DANCE over a couple of days and finished it just in time for New Year's Day 2006. It is to date the last story I have made available on the internet -- on newsgroups alt.toys.transformers and alt.toys.transformers.fanfic -- before featuring it on deviantART and here. Having unearthed it, I realized the story could do with a few enhancements to serve flow and genuineness and added elements that gave me the confidence to make it more widely available.
For Linda Gary, the most talented voice actress who breathed life into Astoria Carlton Ritz in the episode that inspired this tale, but passed away too soon. With this, I will remember you and your gift.