Fandom Category: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Pairing: Ema Skye/Klavier Gavin
Fic Title: Heartburn
Author: yamikinoko / yamikinoko
Rating/Warning(s): K+. Spoilers through Apollo Justice
Why This Must Be Read: She doesn't have much talent but of what she does have, she has an abundance, more than enough to share.
Ema/Klavier is one of the more popular het pairings in this fandom, but this is the first story I've read where I understood why one of them had feelings for the other, and gives it actual development. It is also one of the few stories where Klavier's professional side isn't shafted in order to play up the playboy image that's so omnipresent in fandom, but rather, he gets some very insightful character work. It's a quick read -- check it out if AA is familiar to you!
If there is anything Klavier Gavin respects, it's another professional, with the confidence and proficiency to match. He likes nothing more than seeing someone excel at their chosen art, just as he perfects his, but—
If there is one thing that Klavier Gavin respects – and likes even more – is the passion to meet profession. The enthusiasm one holds for their job is more important to him than the expertise they possess—the heart is infinitely more important than proficiency in his eyes because, while a person can make up for lost practice with renewed efforts, heart, once lost, is lost forever.
And even though a wise man once told him to remember "where the heart lies", he thinks that even though he'll never forget – even if he tried – he may lose some of it, irrevocably, irretrievably.
He doesn't think that he will ever misplace his talent for music, or even courtroom debate. Klavier knows that what he stands to lose is the heart behind his very being, and that realization is what suffers him most.