Pairing: Eva Green/James Purefoy
Fic Title: i left you behind in that holy city
Rating/Warning(s): unrated; minor violent imagery
Genre: fusion with The Borgias; angst, romance, horror
WIP?: No; 5,401 words.
Why this must be read: This is one of the most original fan fictions I have read in a very long time, even among other RPF AU. The story is only about 5,000 words yet it seems much longer due to the intricate layers and tight narrative structure. The chemistry and history between Eva and James is convoluted but not confusing, as the reader is shown exactly who they are — as individuals and as a part of a familial unit. The writing style is subtle and evocative; I found myself reading more than a few passages several times.
The Church is well involved in the affairs of the living and the dead; it takes a perfect construction of acceptance and the cunning to understand how to navigate between both worlds – for those of them that exist among the living and the dead. Eva, however ageless, does not agree or participate. There is something to be said about watching with patience.
James leans into her, pressing her against the man, against him, his free hand coming to rest against her hip. He pulls at the fabric of her dress. "I love you," he says, and kisses her. This will be slow and thoughtful for her; he doesn't have to say it. She laughs though and he swallows the sound, biting her lip hard.
And that's just a taste; do not miss this story.
Special Recs: 23/25