Fandom: Game of Thrones
Pairing: Brienne of Tarth/Jaime Lannister
Title: Pretty When You Cry
Rating/Warning(s): Mature/This is dark and tragic, so don't read it if you're not in the mindset to be ready for that. There's no rape or non-consensual sex, but it's still unpleasant.
Word Count/WIP?: 1324/No.
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 4/20
Why This Must Be Read: Game of Thrones is filled with destruction and pain, so I hope for eventual happiness for Brienne and Jaime, though, knowing GRRM, I don't expect it. While I very much want a happy ending for those two, I do not regret reading Pretty When You Cry. This story is totally in-character for Jaime Lannister, especially the one who would do just about anything for love. The Jaime in this is broken, filled with self-loathing, and also deeply in love with Brienne. He is also all too aware of her devotion to him, but he doesn't believe he deserves it.
Jaime decides it's his job to free Brienne from her feelings for him -- in a devastatingly cruel way. The sex in this story is painful and not at all sensual. Reading this felt like getting punched in the gut -- repeatedly -- but I'm recommending it because it's a brilliant character study and answers one of those "What if?" questions that fanfiction tackles so beautifully. The author knew exactly what she was doing, and it was a pleasure to see a master at work. Brace yourself!