March 23rd, 2012

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AU challenge rec: Frozen Moonlight by JaneDrew

Fandom Category: Rurouni Kenshin
Pairing: Kaoru Kamiya/Himura Kenshin (...I hope. I had to google to find out his full name)
Fic Title: Frozen Moonlight
Author: JaneDrew
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2247580/1/
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Supernatural/Romance
WIP?: Looks to be abandoned, unfortunately.

Why This Must Be Read: I haven't seen the source material PLUS it's a high school AU, so take this with a pinch of salt since I can't vouch for characterization, but this fic is delightful. Yes, it's a shame it's not complete, but at 200,000+ words, there's a lot here to enjoy.

I just love the fact that Kaoru is so capable and resourceful- she's not a damsel in distress; when she's put in danger, she uses her brain and fights back. And even though she's attracted to Kenshin, the fact she witnesses him having (apparently?) killed a whole bunch of students is a major problem for her. None of this wishy-washy 'but he's hot, so it's okay' business, she's constantly scheming to try and thwart him (even as she finds him annoyingly charming, the jerk).

It's everything I've ever wanted from an ordinary girl/dangerous supernatural dude pairing; so many of them pay lip service to the fact that the guy is bad news and has the girl handwave whatever crimes he commits around her, and it makes me keel over with joy that Kaoru stubbornly refuses to justify away his actions because he's flirting with her. While she does warm up to him gradually, it's reluctantly and while keeping in mind what she knows of him.

Also, the story is HILARIOUS. I'm frequently laughing out loud at her snarky comments and witty perspective on things, it's just so much fun to read!

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