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31 December 2016 @ 05:03 pm
Multifandom, 3 recs, various pairings  
Happy New Year!

Fandom: Life with Derek
Pairing: Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi
Title: then you come crashing in
Author: WhenLighteningStrikes
Link: fanfiction.net
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 23324, complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: zantedesha
Special Rec: 29/31

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is my absolute favourite in this fandom. It's Casey being Casey and therefore unable to see what's right in front of her face; it's sad and desperate in places; it's written beautifully and it feels real.

So, here's the division:

Before Derek. During Derek. After Derek.

It's no Gregorian calender, but she finds it divides her era perefctly. And honestly, she's Casey MacDonald; she's nothing if not practical and if her life requires another dating system, then she's damn well going to get another dating system. An anyway, she needed another system as it is, because hers isn't linear, it's cyclical.

This is how the cycle turns: one step forward, five hundred and sevnty two backwards.
That's an exact calculation if someone asks.


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Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Pairing: Rey/Kylo Ren
Title: the wilderness is calling our names
Author: merimut
Link: AO3
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 7607, complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: zantedesha
Special Rec: 30/31

Why This Must Be Read: Like poetry, this story flows. Finding something something like this in this paticular fandom was like the perfect Christmas gift.

It is the way of all things to die and to come new again: sometimes it is simply too gradual, too incremental for the naked eye to see.

(Maybe coming back is just a matter of wanting to live more than to die, and maybe it's only the second hardest thing he'll ever do.)


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Fandom: The West Wing
Pairing: CJ Cregg/Toby Ziegler
Title: Retina Burn
Author: august_the_real, pene
Link: AO3
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 9121, complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: zantedesha
Special Rec: 31/31

Why This Must Be Read: My final rec is also my favourite. Nothing burns as bright as CJ Cregg and this story is blinding. There's a pensiveness to the story; a sense that every word has been carefully selected, like Toby selects his words. It is quite simply lovely.

That summer, the beaches washed up dead starfish and he pressed the first letter into her palm. That summer, this thing, this unending catastrophic thing, began.
 
 
Current Mood: accomplished
 
 
 
blithersblithers on December 31st, 2016 09:14 pm (UTC)
Casey and Derek! I'm not sure if I've read that fic before or not - either way, I can't wait to check it out.