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Look and Listen by Yahtzee (PG)

Title: Look and Listen
Fandom: Rear Window
Pairing: Miss Lonelyhearts/the Songwriter, Lisa Fremont/Jeff Jeffries
Categories: Missing scene, movie from alternate POV, drama, Yuletide 2011
Length: Medium (6,764 words)
Warnings: Suicidal thoughts and attempted rape, canon pet death

Author on LJ: yahtzee63
Author Website: Yahtzee’s Website

Summary:
Jeff called her Mrs. Lonelyhearts, and called him the Songwriter. But they looked out their windows too ...

Review:
I grew up watching classic movies, including Rear Window, which has long been a favorite of mine, so I was absolutely delighted to come across a fic written as a missing scene excerpt from the movie. The fic itself went beyond my expectations because the story the author wrote dovetails so perfectly with the movie, it could easily be considered a part of canon.

The background the author imagines for Miss Lonelyhearts is so plausible and helps develop her into a fully realized character that is relatable and sympathetic. The idea that the Songwriter would become inspired by observing Lonelyhearts after the incident with the dog and in turn it’s his music which helps her when she’s at her lowest was so wonderfully symmetrical. I truly enjoyed the outsider POV into Jeff and Lisa and the flaws in their relationship visible to the very neighbors they themselves enjoyed observing.

I loved the ending salvo between Evelyn and Lisa, the acknowledgement of one another hinting at a deeper understanding of similar circumstances and recent differences in their lives, yet also a change in behavior from strangers to neighbors.

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