Fandom Category: Fringe
Pairing: Olivia Dunham/Peter Bishop
Fic Title: The 9mm Parabellum
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up
Genre: Romance, Drama
Why This Must Be Read: I pretty much swear by anything rainer76 writes, but this is one of my favorite S5 fics. Season 5 showed a very different Peter/Olivia for me (naturally given that they were parents now), and rainer76 captures the complexity and maturity of their relationship during that season just brilliantly. This is a beautiful, angsty episode tag for 5.08.
Walter gave her the bullet; he gave it to Olivia with a tumultuous smile, this mangled token; a macabre reminder of how inhuman Olivia was. Olivia hid it in a matchbox and tried not to think upon it; she couldn’t bring herself to throw away Walter’s keepsake; she couldn’t look at it without feeling nauseated. The first time Olivia touched the 9mm she found herself looking for brain matter, blood; even though Walter had scoured the evidence away. It sat by her dressing room drawer, unwanted, until the invasion. Olivia left it there – and there the bullet sat, unremarked - until the day Etta found it; for her daughter it was never a token of inhumanity or alienation; it was the only possession she held of her parents. She kept it close to her heart.
Olivia had listened to Etta’s story: the tenacity of her search, the connection Etta found in the casing, and thought she preferred Etta’s perception over her own. Olivia rolled the bullet between her fingertips, thoughtfully, then returned it to her child. It was Etta’s. It belonged to Olivia for three brief years but Etta carried it on her person - every second, every minute - for over a decade. She infused it with a different kind of meaning.
Olivia, nostalgic, had offered a third perspective, too, her smile soft: “Your father used to call it the bullet that saved the world.”