December 26th, 2010

all the leaves are brown and the sky is

Two Yuletide Recs

Due to work and family obligations, I've barely begun reading but I already have two terrific stories to rec here.

Edit: this post is being split at the request of the mods. So one now, one whenever I get a chance to do the second one.

Fandom Category: Fringe
Pairing: Olivia Dunham/Peter Bishop
Fic Title: 13 Ways of Looking at a Betrayal
Author: Anonymous until January 1.
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and up. No Archive Warnings Apply
Genre: I have no idea. Great fanfiction. Is that a genre? Wait. How about "short story"?
WIP?: No such thing at Yuletide, theoretically. 5,762 words, if such things matter.

Why This Must Be Read:


Sometimes the crossing isn't as difficult as the arrival. (Spoilers through all aired episodes of Fringe.) Peter/Olivia UST.

I've read all of the Fringe stories posted to Yuletide this year. All are well worth reading if you are a fan of the show. "13 Ways of Looking at a Betrayal" is worth taking a look at even if you're not. It might be the best season three story I've read to date. Oh, heck, it might be the best Fringe story I've ever read. Perfect character voices for everyone, case files deftly woven into the story, humor and angst, cultural references galore to everything from the Wallace Stevens poem the title is taken from to the Alfred Hitchcock film, "The Birds."

Huddling in the house as the waves of angry birds attack, Olivia checks her clip. She's got six shots left, which is as useless as none. The thud thud thud is like the pounding of the surf. "Who takes their animal experimentation cues from Hitchcock?" she wonders as another windowframe splinters and the glass bursts inward. She and Peter scramble across the floor, ending up in a poorly reinforced closet lit only by the light spilling through the cracks at the top and bottom of the doors. Women's suits, smelling of dry cleaning fluid, take up most of the space.

Peter pants, then: "There's also an iPhone app. That might be the reference. Nobody knows the classics these days." As if reminded, he pulls his phone out and checks the signal again, then shakes his head, barely visible in the glow of the screen.

Toward the end of that section, there's a sly reference to "The Pied Piper," too.

But underlying the sophisticated structure and language, it's the story of Olivia's emotion journey as she struggles to come to terms with what happened with Peter and her counterpart while she was trapped on the other side. There's a hopeful ending, oh, and did I mention it's even Christmas fic?

all the leaves are brown and the sky is

Yuletide Rec

Here is the second rec, newly formatted for your reading pleasure.

Fandom Category: The X-Files RPF
Pairing: Gillian Anderson/David Duchovny
Fic Title: the stars seem out of reach
Author: Anonymous until January 1.
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 (language)
Genre: vignette or if you prefer, a short short story. 1,030 words.
WIP?: Not at Yuletide. It's a rule.

Why This Must Be Read:


He's sitting on the hotel bed and she's rooting through his mini-bar and it's just the two of them, without the buffer of Mulder and Scully, and there aren't any cameras or carpets or kids, and even though he's known her for most of his adult life, he's spent so little time with her like this.

The second story is one I had the good fortune to receive as a gift. Although the author expressed some concern, I think this story might be better than what I asked for. It's about Gillian's surprise appearance at opening night of David's off-Broadway play, "The Break of Noon." It's a sensitive, romantic and emotionally resonant portrayal of their complicated professional and personal relationship, and it still fits my idea of the characters pretty damn well. I love it (so much!) and I think you will, too.