Pairing: Teresa Lisbon/Patrick Jane
Fic Title: Stolen Kiss
Link: LJ // FFN
Why This Must Be Read: This fic drew me in right from the beginning. It's light and sweet, but not overly so. Fantastic characterization and dialogue, complete with fairy tale narrative that casts Jane as a sorcerer (he may be just that pretty but I think we can all agree that he's no Prince Charming). Also includes a unique -- but still realistic -- Red John resolution. Well-paced and highly enjoyable, I could really hear both characters' voices come through in this. I read a lot of Jane/Lisbon fic; this one is memorable.
Once upon a time, in a land not so very far away, there lived a woman. She was strong and kind and noble. And, of course, she was beautiful.
She was also quick-tempered, and brusque, and stubborn. She guarded her secrets with a will of iron, slow to trust and quick to suspect both friend and foe. She could be teasing and mocking and sarcastic. Or she could be good-humoured and almost playful, with a smile that crept out of her face so slowly it could weave a spell before its target was even aware.
In other words, she was human.
She was also special. She was the heroine after all.
She was fierce and protective and self-sacrificing. Prone to strong feelings, but also afraid of them. Cautious and responsible, unless she was provoked beyond her usual limits. Or unless a rare mood struck her and she took a needless risk.
In a way this is her story.
She certainly starts it at least.