Fandom Category: The Middleman
Pairing: Wendy Watson/The Middleman
Fic Title: The Intermittent Kissing Solution
Link: Part One and Part Two.
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, noncon, dubious consent, explicit sex.
Genre: Action, Romance.
Special Rec: 4 of 21.
Why This Must Be Read: What I love best about the aliens made them do it/mate or die (or, in this case, sex-inducing ray gun) trope is not the trope itself but the aftermath. After they've been forced to have sex, how is the characters' relationship affected? How do they move past it (or do they)? The Intermittent Kissing Solution is a perfect aftermath fic that keeps the humor and topsy-turvy timekeeping of the source material. In addition, the slow reveal of exactly what happened (both in regards to the characters and the reader) ratchets the tension up and keeps it high.
She figures it's better if she doesn't tell him. He'll just get all weird about it; he's that kind of guy, as far as she can tell. Ida agrees. Ida supplies a believable cover story and for two whole days, it works. But the problem is, he's too smart.
He's that kind of guy: too smart.
"Get out," he begs her from the floor.
"Tell me what's wrong," she says, kneeling beside him. "Tell me what I need to do."
"Just," he seizes again, clutches at his head, "Please, I can't-- shoot me. Shoot me." He grabs for his thigh holster.
She manages to get his gun first and toss it out of reach. "Nobody's shooting anybody. Just talk to me."
Oh God. If she doesn't get out in the next twenty seconds, "Run," he gets out. "Please, run."
"I'm not leaving you. Don't be stupid. You're hurt."
"Please. Please." He feels the last of his control slip. He feels her cool hand on his forehead. He manages to look her in the eye and say, "I'm sorry," just before it hits him.