June 6th, 2008

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Belles Lettres by Journey and Denise Raymond (NC-17)

Remember back when fredericks took over DS and I said I'd finished posting all of the recs I'd previously written? Well, I missed one. *facepalm*

Title: Belles Lettres
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: epistolary fic, AU, drama
Length: epic
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: n/a
Journey's Website: http://www.mrks.org/~journey

Review:
After the events of Mutany on the Bounty (and due to especially flagrant miscommunication, Ray) Fraser takes that transfer to Ottowa. Over the next few months, he and Ray exchange letters. Since written correspondence not only requires more thought than conversation, but also allows more time to consider what is being said, the letters serve to improve Ray and Fraser's relationship. That is, until a note in strange handwriting that may or may not be Ray's sends Fraser into a spiral of confusion and hope mere days before they are supposed to see each other again for the first time since Fraser's departure.

I'm a sucker for long DS fic, miscommunication fic, and AUs, so really this is the perfect story for me. Fraser and Ray are wonderfully in character, their letters are amusing and yet meaningful, and Dief rocks like Dief should rock. My favorite aspect of this fic is the way Ray and Fraser slowly rebuild their friendship through the medium of letters, long before they consider any other possible developments in their relationship. It's certainly more believable than canon (physical violence = love!), and far more satisfying. A long, lovely story.

Belles Lettres