January 31st, 2016

clarity by skylights (PG-13)

Title: clarity
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Alternate Universe, Romance, Friendship, Fluff,
Length: Long (21866 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: baby_skies
Author Website: skylights


“Well as a general rule, one person usually wants to spend time with another because he or she would like to know more about that person in question.” Bond shrugs, nonchalant in the face of Q’s eyeroll. “Also, most people would consider it to be enjoyable as well, to have food in the process.”

“A very succinct and completely unnecessary introduction to Social Interactions 101, thank you, but you know damn well what I mean.”

“As a matter of fact, I don’t. Which is another reason why this upcoming dinner is so important.”

(Or, the one with mirrors, meals, and an attempted romance. It's just a coincidence that Q has loved Bond in almost every life he's lived.)


If you spend the first half of this story confused about the interludes, then worry not, because that's right where the author wants you.

As I've gotten older, I've found that I have less and less time for fanfiction. Responsibilities, social events, family, chores—I'm sure you've caught the theme. As a direct consequence, my appetite for long fics has gone down. If it takes more than an hour to read, I'm definitely going to hesitate before clicking. clarity is an exception to that. It's already a decently sized fic, but the glimpses of the previous 'lives' that Q lives only whet my appetite for them, raising more questions than skylights deigns to answer. Give me another twenty, thirty thousand, and I might just be satisfied.

It certainly doesn't hurt that skylights' prose is well-paced and neatly crafted. Settings come alive with flavorful descriptions; from Malaysia to Prague, the world is fleshed out and substantial in a way that few authors bother with. I'm not sure if the author has been to these places or researched them meticulously, but the detail skylights incorporates steals the damn show every time.