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23 November 2015 @ 11:10 pm
November Special Recs: five recs, Longmire, plus mini-manifesto  
My view of Longmire is informed by both the series and the books. I watched the series first, then started reading the books, and each enhances my appreciation of the other. I picture the series cast when reading. I love the relationships on the show and in the book series, and am definitely rooting for the Vic/Walt romance for the long haul.

Mini-manifesto

What do I like about this ship?

They've got mutual respect coming out the gate. Though Walt is the sheriff and as such is Vic's superior, he values her experience as a former Philly police officer and she treats him more as an equal than anybody else does. He sees her as a potential replacement for him when he's ready to retire. This isn't as evident on the show as it is in the books, but the subtext is still there. Walt doesn't condescend to Vic, even while he's teaching her techniques more useful in a rural environment than in the urban/suburban atmosphere of Philly.

They're complicated. They like each other as people. They also like each other romantically, but both are almost completely in denial about it for much of the first two seasons, despite references other people make to their relationship. Basically, everybody sees it but them. Walt still labels himself in love with his dead wife, and Vic is married, to a man who doesn't get her at all, in my opinion. Walt does still love Martha, but they were married for a long time and they had a child together. He's never going to not love her. And Vic does love her husband, though I don't see much respect between them on either side.

Vic and Walt are professionals. They work well together. They put aside whatever they might be feeling toward each other when they're on the job. Vic compartmentalizes a bit less efficiently than Walt does, but he has more experience with it, I'd imagine, as the longtime sheriff in a more-rural-than-not county where he knows just about every damn body.

It's a mature, second-chance, friends-to-lovers romance, which hits more than a few of my romance trope kinks. And it doesn't hurt that Katee Sackhoff and Robert Taylor have great chemistry.

And obviously, I have a thing for first times. lol


Recs

Special Rec: 31
Fandom: Longmire
Pairing: Victoria Moretti/Walt Longmire
Title: Moving Day
Author: rebelxxwaltz
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2351582
Rating: Mature
Word Count: 12756 complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: lanalucy

Why This Must Be Read:
It's a season three tag, with Walt helping Vic move after Sean leaves for good. It's not compliant with season four, but it's more satisfying. There's a sizzle between them, hinting at something more.

Special Rec: 32
Fandom: Longmire
Pairing: Victoria Moretti/Walt Longmire
Title: Pillow Talk
Author: rebelxxwaltz
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2285292
Rating: Mature
Word Count: 1207 complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: lanalucy

Why This Must Be Read:
Walt's perspective of one of his first times with Vic. It's smoking hot, and still in-character for stodgy-on-the-surface Walt.

Special Rec: 33
Fandom: Longmire
Pairing: Victoria Moretti/Walt Longmire
Title: Counting Stars
Author: joss80
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1344442
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1856 complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: lanalucy

Why This Must Be Read:
It has a wonderful first-kiss vibe, complete with Walt's dry humor and Vic's sass.

Special Rec: 34
Fandom: Longmire
Pairing: Victoria Moretti/Walt Longmire
Title: Heat
Author: rebelxxwaltz
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3838243
Rating: Mature
Word Count: 6060 complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: lanalucy

Why This Must Be Read:
It's a really great first-time fic, with longing and slow burn sexytimes.

Special Rec: 35
Fandom: Longmire
Pairing: Victoria Moretti/Walt Longmire
Title: Not Tonight
Author: rebelxxwaltz
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5192735
Rating/Warnings: Teen
Word Count: 3212 complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: lanalucy

Why This Must Be Read:
It's a completely non-canon-compliant piece where Walt gets toasted and Vic has to come get him. Only neither of them are in Absaroka County tonight. It's a bit schmoopy, but still great hurt/comfort.


fandom: longmire
ship: victoria moretti/walt longmire

Thus ends my inaugural run as a special reccer. Hope you found something good to read!