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Title: Knowing the Place
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: Angst, Post-CotW
Length: Epic
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: kelliem
Website: http://kellie.mrks.org/

Review
Post-CotW fic, about what happens after Muldoon and before the adventure.

Miscommunication and misunderstandings are the bread and butter of fanfic, but I don't know that I've ever read a story that had as many misunderstandings as this one. And they aren't contrived by making the main characters dense as lead either, which is pretty amazing (and a nice change of pace). Instead, these misunderstandings are more of the 'God, fate, karma, and even the damn carpet hate me' variety (and if you don't get that reference, then you clearly haven't read Jude the Obscure, which is probably for the best, because I'm pretty sure that's the one where life is so miserable that the mother hangs her two young sons from coathooks till they're dead for their own good). All of which leads to a wonderfully achy, beautifully written story about two men who freaking need to learn to talk to each other, already.

Ray and Fraser are good in this, of course, but I'm most impressed with Welsh. His part isn't big, but this may be the best characterization of Welsh I've ever seen, and I love him even more for cutting through Fraser and Ray's crap and forging some much-needed lines of communication. Plus, you have excellent Vecchio characterization -- i.e., he's much less of a jerk and much more like canon!Vecchio than you usually find in F/K fic, even while he's coming to grips with the fact that Fraser is gay (because, as much as fanfic authors like to forget the fact, Vecchio *is* Catholic). A lovely, touching post-CotW story.

Knowing the Place 

Comments

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gingergal2
Nov. 21st, 2014 07:47 pm (UTC)
You're making assumptions. Ray Vecchio may have been **raised** Catholic, but nothing on the show indicates that he's still a practicing Catholic, or follows the church's teachings on homosexuality. And fanfic authors also forget that, with the last name of Kowalski, RayK may be have raised Catholic as well. But it's always RayV (and I wish you'd call him that instead of saying "Ray" to mean Kowalski; that's more considerate) who is singled out as being homophobic in a F/K story. I have never found a homophobic!RayK story. And that's why I dislike the "Near Wild Heaven" stories, even though I agree that the author does treat RayV is treated more fairly and less like a jerk. I still think the author was unfair in making RayV as homophobic as he is, and it really looks like the author is spewing her hatred of Catholics. Fraser also acts very, very immature by not telling RayV about Kowalski right away, instead of leaving poor RayV to accidentially find out.
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