Pairing: Bonnie Bennett/Damon Salvatore
Fic Title: Adverse Effect
Author: Farie Insignias
Why This Must Be Read: This takes place pre-Plan B. When Bonnie finds a spell in Emily’s Grimoire, meant to turn back the time, she thinks it’s her chance to correct everything wrong in her life. She can return to before Damon found out Katherine was not in the tomb, tell him the truth and therefore prevent her grandmother from dying. Predictably, something goes awry and Bonnie ends up in 1864’s Mystic Falls, when the brothers are still human and Katherine is just to sink her claws in both of them. With Emily’s help she tries to fit in this time, by working in the Salvatore household, and attempting to imitate the l800’s language and customs, until she and her ancestor have figured out how to send her back. Bonnie’s main objectives are surviving not to drawing too much attention to herself. But one Salvatore in particular definitely notices her: Damon, who has never felt like he fit anywhere, thinks he has finally found in her someone of his same ilk, and he is determined to be her friend, regardless of risks and social conventions. The funny thing is, despite her initial resistance, Bonnie finds herself warming up to him and the blossoming friendship between the friendship between Human Damon and Present!Bonnie, along with the constant unpredictability of the storyline makes any reader very addicted very quickly.
Whole the story is told through Bonnie’s POV, and her inner voice is absolutely captivating- the right mix of innocence and sarcasm. Also, the way her modern behavior throws completely off 1864’s Damon in several instances is pricelessly hilarious. A silent, humble bow of admiration to the portrayal of pre-Katherine Damon as well.