March 2nd, 2016

Shadows where I stand by Skarlatha (NC-17)

Title: Shadows where I stand
Fandom: The Walking Dead
Pairing: Rick Grimes/Daryl Dixon
Categories/Genres: No Zombies!AU
Length: 126990

Author/Artist on AO3: Skarlatha

After the events of "This Sorrowful Life," Rick wakes up in the hospital with the name of the man he can't live without forgotten on his lips and a doctor telling him that the last two years have been a dream. He then begins the long, arduous process of readjusting to life in the real world, but he can't get the image of the beautiful archer out of his head and soon signs start to appear that the dream may actually be real. Could Rick actually find his hunter? Could they actually have a shot at a happy ending? And will Rick finally be able to tell Daryl that he is the love of his life?

Review: A fic answering my desire to see Rick time travel back to the coma and see how he’d act differently with everything he’d learned. Plus seeing Daryl getting the love he so majorly deserves. I think it’s cute how Rick can remember his other life but can’t remember his friends names so he gives them all cute nicknames.

Though this fic was written around season 3 (so Rick was still level headed) it would be interesting to see if another fic could show Rick coming back to civilisation from the insane intelligent caveman place he is in now.

Shadows where I stand
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Capsize: to turn upside down by Lise (thissugarcane) (Teen)

Title: Capsize: to turn upside down
Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey/Duke/Nathan
Categories: casefic, angst, character study (Duke)
Length: medium, 12,427 words
Warnings: There's something of a urge-to-self-destruction/suicide aspect to the Trouble portrayed in this.

Author on Livejournal: thissugarcane
Author Website: Lise (thissugarcane) on AO3

Summary: The snow is thick, but the blowing wind will scour the shore soon enough, Duke knows. This cold snap will break too, though this afternoon his boat is going to be freezing, freezing and damp with all the snow drifts. Maybe he should have covered the boat more carefully.
The disappearing-pot-of-gold-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow Trouble.

Review: Despite everything, all the shit that Duke was thinking and all the reasons he was drinking-- okay, not quite before noon, but close -- being presented with Audrey in the flesh, huddled cold on his boat just to talk to him, thaws him out some. He abandons the idea of tea, sits across from her, plunks a bottle of scotch down with a tumbler. Offers the bottle to her, but at the shake of her head, Duke shrugs. "It's the only warmth here right now," he explains, and pours himself a decent drink. "Unless you want to cuddle."

A beat, and Audrey replies, dry, "it's not so bad anymore. I think you got the heat going."

Agent Parker wouldn't be a cuddler, this he knows.

Have no doubt that I would be reccing this whether it happened to be written for me for the particular exchange that generated it or not. This one is subtle and finely drawn in the details of the background of Duke's life and emotional landscape, with a Trouble that taunts the victim with their unattainable desires unto death, as Duke is emotionally worn-down after the season 1 aging-to-death Trouble and refuses to help Audrey and Nathan, and then ends up pulled in anyway and heading straight into danger.

The atmosphere is gorgeous and chilling, between the ambiguity of the central concept, Duke's relationship with his boat and the sea, and the backdrop of the cold snap of Haven's weather and the aftermath of Duke's near-death and Audrey's non-show for their date. Particularly in light of what we learn in later seasons about Duke, Audrey's abandonment there has more resonance now, the way other things from later seasons also have resonance here. The details of Duke's life and attention to the actual practicalities of running the boat make this feel very real, and it's interesting to see the work-focused Audrey Parker -- an entity that tends to be rarer in the fanfiction of the show -- disorganised and hopeless about anything that is not work. The distanced, brusque and plain-spoken portrayal of Nathan is also a joy.

Capsize: to turn upside down