Pairing: Lilly Rush/Scotty Valens
Fic Title: 'T'is the Season
Rating/Warning(s): T (language, particularly chapter 9)
Genre: case fic, UST/romance
Why This Must Be Read: My favourite fics are long, plotty case!fics (or A/A, depending on the fandom) with a side order of UST leading to romance. And this fic? Delivers in spades. Lilly and Scotty are drawn into a two-year-old murder of a homeless man known only as Nicholas/Santa Claus, who, despite having been known by those around him for only three weeks, had the ability to change lives for the better. The case is detailed and well planned out, the UST is delicious, and the original characters are so wonderfully written you can picture each and every one of them. Seriously, one of my favourite lines comes from a nameless OC who's only present for a handful of paragraphs. Oh, and there's mistletoe. Lots 'n' lots of mistletoe, enough to push Lilly over the edge. *g* (That being said, it's not really a Christmas fic, given the case and the fact that each chapter is the title of a Christmas carol.) Just over 70K words.