May 5th, 2010

Rory

The Pieces of My Life by helsinkibaby (PG)

Fandom Category: CSI x The West Wing
Pairing: Ellie Bartlet/Greg Sanders
Fic Title: The Pieces of My Life
Author: helsinskibaby
Link: http://helsinkibaby.ahkay.net/csi/pieces_page.htm
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No, but she could decide to write more.

Why This Must Be Read:

If I was asked to name the best romantic story I've read in fandom, this would be a strong contender - despite the fact that the main couple are actually just friends for the vast majority of the story. It's the story of the lives of Ellie Bartlet (the President's daughter) and Greg Sanders (CSI) from 1994 to 2005.

Ellie is a character who didn't often appear in The West Wing. We know that she's never liked being in the public eye, that she doesn't care much for politics, and that she and her father have never really understood each other. In this story, we learn all about her life away from the White House, and we see how events from the show impact her, especially at times when her family is hurt or in danger. It is more Ellie's story than Greg's, but then maybe that's understandable, because unlike her, Greg's story is told in canon.

The story is told in a series of individual fics, of varying lengths. Often when authors write in this way, it annoys me because it can feel disjointed. I won't say this story flows completely right, but I love it enough that I can overlook it.

One important note: the author has fairly recently posted another piece in the story, but as yet has only put it on her LJ. I assume that at some point she will be adding it to her website, but in the meantime you can find it here.
Emily

Stolen Moments by helsinkibaby (PG)

Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Ainsley Hayes/Leo McGarry
Fic Title: Stolen Moments, and sequel Inside the Tornado
Author: helsinkibaby
Link: http://helsinkibaby.ahkay.net/ww/momentspage.htm and http://helsinkibaby.ahkay.net/ww/tornadopage.htm
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read:

Ainsley Hayes has always been one of my favourite characters from The West Wing, and when I realised that there were Leo/Ainsley stories on the internet, I was really excited. Thankfully, not only are these stories really good, they're also very long.

Well, actually, they are each a series of stories, of varying lengths, often relating to specific episodes from the show. "Stolen Moments" covers the events of season 2, while "Inside the Tornado" takes place over season 3. It is a shame that the author didn't continue the series beyond this, but what there is is brilliant. Leo and Ainsley seem to fit perfectly with each other.

(And if you grow to love the pairing, the same author has written a number of unrelated short fics featuring the pairing. My personal favourite is "Just a Picture".)
Rory

The Essential Light of Need by TashaLaw (PG)

Fandom Category: Gilmore Girls
Pairing: Lorelai Gilmore/Luke Danes
Fic Title: The Essential Light of Need
Author: TashaLaw
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3034201/1/The_Essential_Light_of_Need
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Angst
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read:

This is an AU from the end of season 6, in which April is in an accident. Her hospitalisation brings Luke and Lorelai together again - but it's not smooth sailing for them.

I've found that I'm very picky about Gilmore Girls fanfic; of all the many I've tried, there's only been a handful that I've really liked. This is one of those few. It's definitely angsty, even tear-jerking at times, but it also has some lovely relationship moments.

There is also a sequel, named "The Long Road Ahead"; while I don't think it's as good as the first story, it's still well worth checking out.