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31 January 2016 @ 12:35 pm
Chess, 4 recs, Florence/Anatoly and Florence/Freddie  
Yuletide is one of the few (though not the only) corners of the Internet where you can find some serious love for this awesome and intelligent rock musical about the Cold War, a board game, and a love triangle, but oh, what a treasure trove it is.

Fandom: Chess
Pairing: Florence Vassy/Freddie Trumper, Florence Vassey/Anatoly Sergievsky
Title: Together and Apart
Author: allfireburns
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/44850
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 262 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: There's something long-term and abiding in Florence and Freddie's relationship. It's pretty clear by "Nobody's Side" why she would want to leave him, but you don't end up having "taken shit for seven years" without a reason. In almost no space, this fic gets right to that contradiction, as well as the fundamental differences in the way the two champions treat her. There's not necessarily a better or worse, just a quiet respect for what Florence and Freddie had.

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Fandom: Chess
Pairing: Florence Vassy/Freddie Trumper, Florence Vassey/Anatoly Sergievsky
Title: In the Blue Light of the Flame
Author: allfireburns
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/44849
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 734 words (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: As with my first rec, this fic deals with the ongoing magnetism between Freddie and Florence even as she pulls away. An old favorite of mine, this one considers how Florence deals with the aftermath of Anatoly's departure and what comes next for her. It's a short entry but a headcanon-worthy one, and the author absolutely nails the characters.

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Fandom: Chess
Pairing: Florence Vassy/Freddie Trumper, Florence Vassey/Anatoly Sergievsky
Title: I Adjust
Author: Mardy
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/34903
Rating/Warning(s): G
Word Count/WIP?: 1,505 words (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: "I Adjust" is a sharp-eyed character study of Florence, her flaws and successes, and the way she adapts to restarting her life over and over. Come for the rendering of her relationships with Anatoly and Freddie—each layered and distinct—and stay for the brutally honest look into Florence Vassy. Mardy has a clear understanding of these characters, and it shows.

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Fandom: Chess
Pairing: Florence Vassy/Freddie Trumper
Title: Chekov (King to G3)
Author: chicafrom3
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5520938
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 1,826 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: A grown-up Freddie is a sight to behold, especially in this story, where the tables are turned and it's Florence's turn (for once) to shine and win at the game she loves. You'll smile, even as you'll understand a bit more about what drew these two together—and why they've never stayed apart for long.
 
 
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Current Music: "Nobody's Side" from Chess