March 11th, 2011

NG. Jess. he thinks my name is katie

Be Here Now by blackmamba_esq

Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Cassie Robinson/John Winchester
Fic Title: Be Here Now
Author: blackmamba_esq
Link: http://blackmamba-esq.livejournal.com/61361.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 (Sex, Character Death, Graphic Language)
Genre: Dark Fic
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read:

It doesn’t take John long to figure out why someone who could barely sit still long enough to get a hair cut would steal a picture of Cassie Robinson to keep. She’s brave for one thing. When John tells her she’s somewhere between heaven and hell, that it’s his between, not her own, she takes it stride, asking questions instead of breaking down like others do.

This fic is so effortlessly inventive and moving it blows my mind. The pairing is an unusual one on the surface, but the moment John and Cassie meet it seems like the most natural thing in the world. Cassie has so much strength and curiosity here and her connection with John is palpable. I'll warn you though, the ending will break your heart. You know, in a delightfully, twisted kind of way.
Purple flowers and heart

We Have No Rodeo Clowns in Yell County by saraht (PG-13)

Fandom Category: True Grit (2010)
Pairing: Mattie Ross/LaBoeuf
Fic Title: We Have No Rodeo Clowns in Yell County
Author: saraht (harriet_spy
Link: http://saraht.dreamwidth.org/754499.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Future fic. Character study.
WIP?: N.

Why This Must Be Read:

"As I grew into a young lady, I was not much troubled with suitors."

This nails Mattie's voice, her way of telling it like she sees it, but, a few years after she came home, that vision may be blighted a little by the realistically limited opportunities for her to make use of her talents (grr). And then LaBoeuf pays a visit...

Deftly and thoughtfully written, it gets the tone (which is vital considering the source) and characterisations right.