January 24th, 2016

to be a king beside you by sarcasticfishes (NC-17)

Title: to be a king beside you
Fandom: Check Please!
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Categories/Genres: Friendship, Romance, Slice of life, Fluff, First time, Humor
Length: Medium (7564 words)
Warnings: Non-consensual drug use (a minor oc drugs a character's drink but no further harm comes to the character)

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: sarcasticfishes

Summary:

It was a picture of a toddler with fat cheeks and unmistakably blue eyes. He was dressed in a duffle coat so puffy that his arms remained stationary in the air, unable to put them down at his sides. The coat was hideously patterned, red and yellow stars on a green background.

Suddenly, Eric was struggling to contain his laughter.

“Oh my god, Jack!”

Review:

If there's something I appreciate in Check Please! fanfiction, it's when authors include the setting as a major aspect of the story. Samwell is a university, and the Haus is definitely a frat house, so by their very nature they create a background to the Check Please! comic and the fanworks that is distinctly collegiate.

sarcasticfishes superbly balances the college atmosphere and the developing romance between Jack and Bitty. Even when it's very clearly the 'friends' portion of the 'friends to lovers' plotline, there's a subtle blush of romance in every scene. Oftentimes it's gentle, sometimes it's humorous or even difficult. But it's always sincere.

to be a king beside you