Pairing: Alex Eames/Bobby Goren
Fic Title: Quietly
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13; violence, mental illness (minor character), spoilers for LO:CI season 4.
Genre: Casefile, introspection, action/adventure, and romance.
Why This Must Be Read: There are a handful of stories I'd consider the ultimate creme de la creme of Law and Order: Criminal Intent stories. This is the best of them. Not only do we have a decent case - which ends up rather epic in scope - but it's built on an unbelievably strong character sketch of Alex. It's also beautifully realistic in its realism when it comes to the romance between Alex and Bobby. There is no pretty white-wash on these people. They're both damaged in very different ways, but they do love each other; and that absolutely shines on the page. Moreover, reading prose by netherfield is like walking into and through a painting. The words evoke such a visceral image but deliver it gently, and with such grace that by the end of it, you wish it was bound as a book so you could set it carefully on your bookcase to reread on another rainy day.