Fic Title: Make a Deal with God
Rating/Warning(s): T, spoilers for season 2 finale, Over There.
Why This Must Be Read: Because this is the best Post-Season Two fic I've read to date. Man, the sheer skill that the author weaves this story is impressive. Over There, if you'll excuse the pun, opened up a world of possibilities. This fic is a wonderful exploration of that, and though everyone is showcased, it's Peter and alt!Olivia's voices that especially tug me in. Subtle, brilliant moments had by all. Definitely a read if you're a fan of this show.
This world is disconcerting.
She misses her mom and Charlie and Frank. She doesn't know how to talk to Rachel, and it's obvious that this unsettles her sister, because the other Olivia and Rachel clearly have a close relationship. She finds ways to cope. This is her assignment, and she won't fail. She's always been good at her job.
She passes off her awkward interactions with her sister as stress from work, and Rachel accepts this warily. Ella is easily fooled into believing this Olivia is her beloved Aunt Liv. Walter, an old, doddering fool, finds no reason to doubt her either. Even the Broyles of this world isn't too hard to trick. Of course, Peter is the easiest of all.
She quickly realises that his relationship with the other Olivia is one of easy friendship and fierce loyalty and close trust, and romance is something new for them — or it was, before she intervened. And she knows how to be his friend. That's not remotely difficult. She knows how to act as if he's another Charlie, she knows how to laugh at his jokes and how to trust his judgments.
When he finally confronts her, however, about their romantic standing, she decides not to take the easy way out: she doesn't tell him she wants to put the brakes on their relationship. She has no idea how long she'll be in this universe, and she needs him too infatuated with her to realise the truth. Besides, it's easy to take things at a slow pace with him — every time she's hesitant, every time she breaks a kiss, he only smiles, so clearly falling in love with her.
This world might be disconcerting, but this job is easy.