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Life With Derek, 6 recs, Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi

I fell into the Life With Derek fandom ass-backwards: I was intrigued enough by a gifset that randomly came across my dash a while back to look up a ship manifesto for the show, which led to me idly reading some fic, which led to me reading fanfic for the show REALLY REALLY INTENSELY, which led to me actually watching the show. And it's been amazing.

Fandom Category: Life With Derek
Pairing: Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi
Fic Title: a fragment is defined by what it lacks
Author: unoriginal_liz
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5649738/1/a-fragment-is-defined-by-what-it-lacks
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: A key component of the Casey/Derek relationship is just how tangled up and obsessed with each other's romantic lives they are - they can't seem to help themselves, and this fic is a perfect look at that. The Derek voice here is amazing, sharp and funny and dripping blatant denial, and I adore how this story lets the two of them mature a little in themselves and their relationship with each other while at college. It's just a fantastic look of how their (step)sibling tension bleeds over into UST, and then maybe something more.

Fandom Category: Life With Derek
Pairing: Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi
Fic Title: Ain't no thing
Author: VictoriaPyrrhi
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9097818/1/Ain-t-no-thing
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Smut, Romance
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: This is Derek and Casey hooking up in college, and trying to suppress any freaking out about what they're doing. It's really, REALLY hot, unexpectedly sweet, and all wrapped up with this perfect layer of this-is-so-wrong uneasiness/denial.

Fandom Category: Life With Derek
Pairing: Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi
Fic Title: Not Listening
Author: TheBucketWoman
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4121406/1/Not-Listening
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Deaf!AU, Romance, Sitcom Shenanigans
WIP?: yes

Why This Must Be Read: Oh man, I got totally sucked into this fic and read it for days - it's long (~260k), sprawling, and feels just like the show. This is an AU universe where everything is basically the same except for one major difference: Derek is deaf, and any differences from canon spin out from that. I love how this change impacts the Derek and Casey relationship. There are a ton of little side plots and the entire ensemble gets a chance to shine and oh my god do I love this take on Derek. Sadly unfinished, but still 100% worth it.

Fandom Category: Life With Derek
Pairing: Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi
Fic Title: A Study In Desire
Author: youcallitwinter
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/816121
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Angst, Romance
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: This is a story that focuses on the inevitability of Derek and Casey getting together - they're so messed up in each other's lives, how was it not going to end up like this? This fic is short, evocative, and sexy.

Fandom Category: Life With Derek
Pairing: Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi
Fic Title: University Steps
Author: Phoenix Satori
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/4956537/1/University-Steps
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Humor, College Life, UST
WIP?: yes

Why This Must Be Read: This is a rambling, hilarious, stream-of-consciousness-style story about Derek and Casey in college together that focuses more on the college part of the equation, combined with a hefty dose of sibling rivalry and intense fighting and this telling little strain of something else underneath. It's basically a series of lightly connected one shots (i.e. Derek and Casey eat lunch together! Derek and Casey study for midterms together and get drunk together!) so even though the story as a whole is unfinished and ends on a wee bit of a cliffhanger, it totally works to read it as is.

Fandom Category: Life With Derek
Pairing: Casey McDonald/Derek Venturi
Fic Title: pressure system (a story in seven parts)
Author: moirariordan
Link: http://theborogoves.livejournal.com/31046.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Angst, Romance
WIP?: no

Why This Must Be Read: Wonderfully written, this is a series of moments in Derek's life, and how he feels about Casey. This story is aching and gorgeous and full of these wonderful character notes and details; just beautiful.
Tags: !remembered, fandom: life with derek, ship: casey mcdonald/derek venturi
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