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Turning by Kellie Matthews (NC-17)

Title: Turning 
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: Angst, Post-CotW
Length: Really Epic (~110,000 words)
Warnings: none

Author on LJ:[info]kelliem
Website: http://kellie.mrks.org/

Review:
Kellie's longest story and one of her best. Near the end of the series a (just before Ray Vecchio comes back), Fraser starts having recurring nightmares about his mother's death. At the same time, Ray Kowalski starts acting a little more distant. And then, on top of all of that, the whole Muldoon fiasco hits, Ray Vecchio is shot, and Ray Kowalski nearly freezes to death on the side of a mountain. It all gets to be too much, and Fraser has a bit of a nervous breakdown while looking for the hand of Franklin with Ray post-series.

Fraser's gradual collapse as he gets more and more irrationally protective of Ray K is very well done here, but I like Ray's response even more as he does everything he knows how to help Fraser, all the while knowing that Fraser needs a professional therapist (and you can imagine how much Fraser likes *that* idea). It all culminates in one of the most intriguing approaches to healing that I've seen in fanfic as Fraser goes back to his roots (in more ways than one).

The writing is excellent, the characterization is believable, and even the bits of dialogue from the series are well integrated (which is a lot harder to pull off than you'd think and something that even great writers often stumble over). A beautiful story of love and healing.

Turning

Comments

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kelliem
Aug. 23rd, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hee! "Really epic." I can't tell you what a kick I got out of seeing that description. ;D You think it's epic to read, you ought to have seen me writing that sucker. First-person present. I must have been insane.
jane_elliot
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know the feeling -- my last two stories have been between 60,000 and 70,000 words and I'm still suffering from brain burnout.

Of course then, because I'm an idiot, I decided to try writing Due South and thus I am totally in awe of your ability to write 650+ KB from *Fraser's POV*. I managed a single part before I had to switch to Ray K.
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jane_elliot
Dec. 2nd, 2014 11:10 pm (UTC)
These personal attacks are extremely inappropriate. You are now banned from this community.
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