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His Grin by EightofSwords (PG-13)

Title: His Grin.
Fandom: Sailor Moon.
Pairing: Mamoru/Usagi.
Categories: Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Romance.
Length: Long (~14,000 words).
Warnings: None.

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: EightofSwords @ Fanfiction.net

Author's Summary:
"A stupid, lazy crybaby…that's all I'll ever be. And he deserves better." Sailor Moon struggles to accept herself for who she is.

Review:
An injure in battle makes Sailor Moon see an unexpected side of Tuxedo Mask, but that doesn't get her closer to figuring out what drives her mysterious savior. The only thing that confuses her more than the masked superhero are her feelings for him and for Darien, who is supposed to be her worst enemy. Before Sailor can focus on her love life, however, she has to face feelings that are even scarier - the ones she has about herself.

Sailor Moon was the first fandom I got involved with. Looking back on some of my favorite fics then, I cringe - the overall quality of the fandom reflects the fact that many of the fans are young girls writing for a similar audience. As my taste got more discerning, the harder it got to find fics that I could read more than a few sentences of.

"His Grin" is one of the select few on the fandom that has managed to withstand the passage of time. What I really like about it is that it managed to really capture some of the things that attracted me to the show in the first place: the characters struggle with their secret identities, there's romance and a little action and you can feel the connection between Usagi and Mamoru - and it has nothing to do with past lives.

I do have a couple of nitpicks: a few minor grammar issues, the way Rei is handled and the fact that the author uses the name "Bunny" instead of either Serena or Usagi (though to her credit that *is* the official manga name in the US for the character). In the end, however, it's easy to ignore such small details in what overall is a rather delightful fic.

His Grin

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