Pairing: Jack Carter/Tess Fontana
Fic Title: A Hand to Hold
Genre: Missing Scene for "Ship Happens" (3.14)
Why This Must Be Read: Jack/Tess is my favorite 'ship from Eureka, but there's a dearth of fanfic for it. I wish there were more! So, I'm particularly pleased when I find a story as good as this one, for a rare pairing in a small fandom.
What makes this story work so well for me is that it understands what Tess meant to Jack, while still acknowledging his affinity with Allison. It captures the dynamic of both relationships, circa the end Season Three, beautifully:
He'd always care for Allison, but somehow, these few weeks of getting to know Tess Fontana--the part of him that had been bound up in the slightest gesture from Stark's once-and-future-wife for what felt like forever was letting go, little by little. Which, paradoxically, was making it easier to be there for Allison, be the supportive friend she really needed right now.