October 8th, 2009

tea time

Wasurenai by Empatheia

Fandom Category: Bleach
Pairing: Yachiru Kusajishi/Byakuya Kuchiki
Fic Title: Wasurenai
Author: Empatheia
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/3731458/1/Wasurenai
Rating/Warning(s): G
Genre: Humour/Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read:
One of the best fics for this unfortunately rare pairing, it's a good look at both characters and their rather odd relationship dynamic. The humour is also very well-done.
joanne

My Back Pages by Delightfully Eccentric; The Rarest Faith by Marguetite

Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: CJ/Toby
Fic Title: My Back Pages
Author: Delightfully Eccentric
Link: My Back Pages
Rating/Warning(s): Not Rated - Probably around PG13
Genre: Post-Admin
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: I think I first read this story in 2003ish, and I still think about it. The prose is evocative and beautiful, and the author captures the rhythm of Sorkin's dialogue. The story revolves around Toby's book, a novel, and the message it contains. It is a romance centered around words and friendship; exactly the type of romance I see Toby and CJ having.

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Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: CJ/Toby, Donna/Josh, Abbey/Jed, Sam/OFC, and some others along the way
Fic Title: The Rarest Faith
Author: Marguerite
Link: I: Spirit of Great Events, II: A Mighty Thing, III: Healthy Irreverence, IV: The Surest Wisdom, V: Beginning to Believe, VI: The Triumph of Principles
Rating/Warning(s): PG13/R depending on the part
Genre: Post-Admin
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: This is another story that has stayed with me for six years. Be warned, this story is epic; it has six parts which average 15,000 words each. Don't start it right before finals week. However, don't discount this gem because of its length. The Rarest Faith spans five years - 2006-2011. It follows all of the main characters from The West Wing as they leave the White House and try to make their way in the world again. I can't say too much about what happens without giving it all away, but I love this story and hope you will give it a chance. Read it for the realistic feeling relationships, the political drama, and the bits of humour throughout.

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