I arrived at the Hilton around 2pm on Friday after a two and a half hour drive. I met sasha_dragon in the bar, and while she very kindly went and got the drinks in, I availed myself of the little girls room.
As I was walking back from said room, I heard a man's voice say 'Hi Jane'. When I looked up, it was Adam Fergus sittng at a table with David Haydn-Jones and Kim Rhodes having a drink and a spot of lunch!
I had a brief friendly exchange, then I left them alone to have their lunch in peace.
Shortly afterward, we were joined by chellexxx and then the fun began.
There was nothing going on until the opening ceremony at 7.30pm, so we checked into the room and grabbed some dinner. This gave us a great opportunity to catch up, and the conversation mainly revolved around life in general, Supernatural (well, duh), and ideas for fangirl verse stories.
And here we are, the three Amigos ...
Friday night, waiting for the opening ceremony
Saturday night, walking across the NEC grounds from the restaurants back to the hotel.
The Crossroads event is run by an organisation called Starfury. There is a feel of the old Rogue Asylum conventions about them except that they are smaller, more civilised and WAY better organised. There is a comfortable familiarity because there are so many familiar faces, people I remember seeing way back when I cut my convention teeth on Asylum cons, and that's nice, really really nice.
The queues were miniscule compared to asylum and controlled brilliantly. I didn't feel as if I was in a Black Friday scrum, I felt I was in a nice British queue, where everyone smiles, chats and says 'excuse me'!
And the guests, as always, were charming. Mark did his usual routine of acting like a grumpy, taciturn git, then made everyone cry with a truly beautiful speech of tribbute to fans and the Supernatural family. Kim Rhodes was her usual fabulous, sweary, sparkling, motivational self. Honestly, if anyone wanted a female role model, you could do a hell of a lot worse.
The British Men of Letters were hilarious and adorably risque; apparently in the UK they feel like they have more freedom to 'plumb the depths' than they feel they have at some other cons they do. Jensen's musk was mentioned, in reverent tones, more than once, as was a Ketch/Dean ship. Apparently David is not only aware of AO3, he's familiar with it!!!! Yikes!
So yes, all in all, a lovely weekend to round off my Supernatural cons for 2019!
As promised, here are the mugshots...
In the end, I decided not to go with the signing sheets I'd made and got my photos signed for a change!
Mr Ketch is rocking that biker jacket!
Love my British Men of Letters
Adam looking very dapper!
I never miss the opportunity to cosy up to Crowley!
And gorgeous Kim Rhodes - a truly magnificent woman!
I did get Ruth to sign my artwork and she really liked it - she was asking about the medium and the process, and that's bad news for the person behind me in tthe queue because I can yak for hours about it!!!