Pairing: Frances Houseman/Johnny Castle
Fic Title: A Real Grown-Up Name
Why This Must Be Read: This wonderful one-shot follows Baby into adulthood, through college and beyond. Johnny stays in the picture, which always seemed unlikely to me at the film's end but is believable and nicely rendered here. The author tells her story through the benchmarks of definitive (and progressive) court cases in U.S. history, which jive nicely with Francis and her determination to become a lawyer and change the world. There's also a strong case made for a true partnership between our lead couple, which is no small thing in this fandom or its era.
Special Rec: 15/35