May 2nd, 2008

epic_recs

Crossroads by Alyjude (NC-17)

Title: Crossroads
Fandom: The Sentinel
Pairing: Jim/Blair
Categories: angst
Length: long
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: alyburns
Author Website: http://www.skeeter63.org/~k9kennel/Alyjude.htm

Review:
Okay, I admit it. One of my guilty pleasures is martyr!fic, i.e., I get a perverse thrill out of watching someone get the crap kicked out of him till someone else realizes the poor abused guy is a saint and showers him in puppies and rainbows (preferably with most of the crap kicking taking place pre-story). Fortunately I'm not alone, as evidenced by the Sentinel fandom -- how else can you explain the fact that 75% of all Sentinel fic is martyr!Blair!fic?

Crossroads is just such a story. After the events of Crossroads, Jim is a dick (seriously, is he really such a jerk in canon?) and sends Simon and Blair packing. Of course, Simon and Blair promptly run their car off of a cliff, because no Sentinel fic is complete without Blair getting into *some* sort of trouble. Now he's stuck at the bottom of the cliff with an injured Simon and no way to call for help. Meanwhile, Jim has reached the guilty stage of martyr!fic, realized he is an asshole, and is off to find Blair. But is it too late?

All of the aspects of martyr!fic are here: asshole!Jim, martyered!Blair, sympathetic!Simon, but the fic rises above the rest in that Blair totally kicks ass. This Blair doesn't need to be rescued, he can damn well rescue himself. And Simon! And sing jaunty tunes in the process! A fantastic guilty pleasure fic from one of my favorite guilty pleasure authors.

Crossroads