Pairing: Sydney Bristow/Will Tippin
Fic Title: What Julia Knew
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 for violence, sex and mentions of sexual abuse
Genre: Drama, Angst
Why This Must Be Read:
This is an AU in which instead of Will going into witness protection, he chooses to become a full agent. Sydney, who is pretending to be Julia Thorne, sees him on a mission - and this changes the course of events completely as she gets back in touch with him and with her father.
Sydney in this story is very, very screwed up. The false memories given to her as part of her conditioning include alternative identities for her parents and many of her friends - portraying them as villians so that if she ever saw them she would kill them. While she knows these memories are false, she has trouble coping with them. The only person untainted by these memories is Will, and he becomes her main support.
The story can be quite dark and upsetting, but it's also gripping, well-written, and the pairing works really perfectly. Around 40,000 words in length, it's one of the most memorable Alias stories I have read.