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08 January 2015 @ 06:50 pm
"Gentle Antidote" by x_los (PG-13)  
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey
Pairing: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Title: Gentle Antidote
Author: x_los
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2802470
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 11k, complete
Recced By: blithers

Why This Must Be Read: The fic for the Lord Peter books was excellent as a whole this Yuletide, and this story was by far my favorite of the bunch: it places Harriet and Peter in a universe where a person’s soulmate appears on their arm when they turn twenty-one, which means that the two end up meeting in much different circumstances (just after the events of Strong Poison) and at very, very different (younger) times in both of their lives.

And it is SO. VERY. GOOD. I would never have thought an AU of these two characters without their entire messy, canonical history behind them could be so fascinating but it is - reading this was like discovering a new facet of much-beloved characters to ship, which made my heart do summersaults. And the worldbuilding is amazing - expansive, wiggling its way into all the corners of the post-WWI time period, and affecting Peter’s cases. I only wish there was more to read in this AU 'verse.
Shivshiv5468 on January 9th, 2015 05:51 am (UTC)
I second this. It's wonderful.
blithersblithers on January 9th, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
Agreed - it really, truly is.
in_omnia: fangirlingin_omnia on January 11th, 2015 05:29 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for recommending this. I never would've seen it on my own, as I'm not quite so familiar with the Lord Peter Wimsey books as to venture into fanfic, and what a loss that would've been. Such a delightful read! Thank you again.
blithersblithers on January 14th, 2015 03:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy you enjoyed it! :D Man, I really hope the author writes more in this universe - I am crossing my fingers.
in_omnia: ladyin_omnia on January 14th, 2015 11:28 pm (UTC)
Me too! Thoughts of it keep nagging at me, as if it's a book I'm in the middle of reading; maybe if there were more to read in that 'verse, my brain would finally calm down a bit. :)