Pairing: Sydney Sage/Adrian Ivashkov
Fic Title: First and Last
Author: kaze karter
Link: First and Last
Genre: Character Study
Why This Must Be Read: Six times Adrian Ivashkov fell in love. Five times he had his heart broken.
I've recc'd this story around the place before, and for a good reason. It's so sharply accurate, with so much punch in each of its six short sections, and slips into Adrian's mind like the author herself wrote it. Easily one of the best stories in the fandom.
The third time Adrian fell in love it wasn't with a Moroi, or a Dhamphir or even a Human, it was with a lake.
A beautiful lake.
His parents had a holiday home in the east of Alaska, during the winter, in what little light there was, you could still feel the chill in the air, the lake was just a few minutes away, hidden by a wall of trees and completely isolated, he'd sit at its edge and listen to the sounds around him, in the quiet he could feel the beginnings of Spirit all the more. It wrapped around him like a blanket and he'd feel only his own soul pushing in on him. He loved that place.
When they returned one year later to find a mini-mall in its place his mother was delighted not to have to travel for her shopping needs. Adrian merely stared at the concrete, where once there was pristine water and he swallowed the darkness that Spirit surged in him. With a defeated sigh he accepted heartbreaks familiar presence once more.