Pairing: Lisa Reisert/Jackson Rippner
Blurb: I’d like to start off by saying that this is not what one might call a healthy pairing. Jackson Rippner is methodical in his cruelty and condescension to Lisa. However, the fact remains that Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy acted the heck out of these two and managed to infuse an undeniable chemistry into these characters.
I don’t want to give the plot away, but the basic premise is that Jackson is a ‘manager’ and his mark is Lisa Reisert. He holds her hostage on a red eye flight to Miami. She must comply with his orders or her father will be killed.
Now, it must be said, that in this day and age, to have a film that centers around two people in an enclosed space is quite extraordinary. Jackson and Lisa banter, snark, and tear each other to pieces, both physically and psychologically and it is thrilling to watch.
While Jackson may become extremely fed up with Lisa always disobeying him, I truly believe he ends up respecting the hell out of this woman, his mark. Lisa is resourceful, smart, and is not against fighting dirty to get out of a terrible situation.
As he himself puts it:
Pretty clear thinking given the circumstances. Wait, let me guess, some stress management courses? They're really paying off. When we get out of this, I may have to steal you.
And with this line and a scene in the airplane bathroom, this ship was launched.
Again, I’d like to reiterate that this is not a fluffy relationship. They are enemies. They do their darnedest to try to incapacitate and kill each other. But, there is a kind of understanding between them. Lisa, who had a traumatic experience years prior, finds a strength in herself that she’d forgotten about and uses that strength to take Jackson down.
The majority of fic for this pairing was written right after the movie was released and there hasn’t been anything new written in a while. (Something that must be rectified, get on it, fandom!)
I’m reccing stories that are intelligent, well-written and filled to the brim with banter and not once losing sight of the fact that Jackson Rippner is a man who kills for a living. Lisa is tough and yet, still vulnerable. Together, they simply tear the house down.
Fic Rec #1: Red Eyes and it’s epilogue, Bagels
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2938708/1/Red_Eyes and http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3260634/1/Bagels
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: Lisa and Jackson meet again. Hey, don't they always? Creepiness ensues when Mr. Rippner buys Miss Reisert a drink on yet another stormy evening flight. If it's not all about her this time, then who...?
This is my absolute favorite Red Eye fic and author. The stories continue (DOA, Underground, Lux, and Mad Jack, Madder Rose) and are absolutely brilliant. It has the best explanation for why Rippner picked Lisa as his mark in the first place and the world you are drawn into is amazing. Read everything in this series. It has action, humor, amazing settings, romance, banter, and is so very well-written.
(Btw, this author is also my go-to author for anything Cillian Murphy related. There is a 28 Days Later fic that is absolutely stunning!)
Fic Rec #2 Travelogue
Author: First Noelle
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: Jackson is dead and Lisa is moving on with her life. She is strong, optimistic, and full of plans. Life, however, has a different plan for Lisa, and she learns that reality isn't always what it appears to be. POV.
This story is intriguing, well-written and does a fantastic job with the characters. It has mystery, romance, action, everything you need for a good, long satisfying read.
Fic Rec #3: From Bottom to Surface
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: One year after the event, Lisa is a lot better, but far from completely well. And of course, things start to turn ...
This is more UST than actual ‘romance’, but it is long, plotty and filled to the brim with action and Jackson and Lisa being amazing, together and on their own.
Fic Rec #4: Male-Driven Fact-Based Logic
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, violence
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: Jackson comes back into Lisa’s life and wreaks his usual havoc. But, as always, she fights back.
This is a fun read. Lots of action and running around, with Jackson being a marvelous bastard. It’s got some fantastic UST and the payoff is worth it.
Fic Rec #5: Bejerot’s Diagnosis
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, violence
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: Love can come from very unexpected places. After the events of the movie, Jackson begins a new life with his former target, but he quickly finds out that civilian life isn't possible for an assassin and that your enemies will always be out for revenge.
This is a tough one. It does not shy away from the fact that Jackson Rippner has some very serious and deadly issues. It is extremely well-written and a fascinating read. There are some lovely descriptions and at least four other stories in the series.
Fic Rec #6: Middle of Nowhere
Author: Bunnies Made Me Do It
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: A wrong turn led them down a dusty, unpaved road between wheat fields one golden, late afternoon in Kansas. Deeanna Carter's Strawberry Wine playing on the radio led Lisa to smile and begin crooning along.
This was a response to a challenge in which Lisa and Jackson are on the run. It’s lyrical, sexy and still manages to keep both Jackson and Lisa in fantastic character.
Fic Rec #7: Dream Unwanted
Author: Solain Rhyo
Rating/Warning(s): R, sex
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: She may have hated him, but that didn't mean that some small part of her didn't want him.
This is exactly what we all wanted to see in the infamous bathroom scene. Apparently, it’s what Lisa wanted too.
Fic Rec #8: In the Kitchen with a Killer
Author: a certain slant of light
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: Post-movie. Every so often, Lisa caught glimpses of Jackson Rippner. So one night, she left her door unlocked.
A fun one-shot filled with angsty-UST and soo many possibilities. They’re both so wonderfully co-dependent.
Fic Rec #9: Evolution
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: After the Red Eye flight, Lisa Reisert's life just isn't the same anymore.
This is just a deliciously indulgent one-shot. Of course, they meet again.
Fic Rec #10: Fridays
Why This Must Be Read: Four times Lisa Reisert drank a Sea Breeze, and one time she didn’t. [pre-red eye]
While this is pre-movie, it’s still manages to be filled with a UST that might be a bit one-sided. It’s during Jackson’s observation of Lisa prior to the flight. He’s insightful and she’s actually just waiting for someone to shake her world up a little. Very well-written and wonderfully in character.
Fic Rec #11: Uncertain
Author: Random Battlecry
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: Takes place after the movie's end, and is heavier in content and intent.
Another what-if after the film. Both Jackson and Lisa are so in character and hating themselves a little for being so caught up in each other.
The following are WIPs, but are so worth the read.
Fic Rec #12: Visitation Rights
Author: it takes a village
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: All Lisa Reisert wants is to get her life back in order. All Jackson Rippner wants is her.
This is so very good. Filled with UST that resolves itself fantastically. They are so very aware how messed up they are and they can’t help themselves.
Fic Rec #13: The Real Deal
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: A psychological thriller sequel to Red Eye which follows Lisa's emotional journey after that fateful flight. Lisa wants to learn the truth behind what happened to her, and the truth about Jackson. Her quest leads to some shocking discoveries.
Long, plotty and very well-written. Lisa is the one after Jackson this time. Once again, there is no getting away from how troubled they both are and it’s a marvelous read.
Fic Rec #14: Gravity Pulls You Down
Author: Chocobo Goddess
Why This Must Be Read: Summary: A father's death is the catalyst for two bitter enemies to work together while the world closes in on every side. Did either of them honestly think they'd never see the other again? Not your typical LisaJackson story.
One of my all-time favorites. Well-plotted, lots of action, fantastic UST and very in character. It also have one of the best cameos in a fic ever!