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The Bar AU by Starfish (NC-17)

Title: The Bar AU
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: AU, angst, h/c
Length: Epic (as a series)
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: the_star_fish
Author Website: http://starfish.mrks.org/ 

While writing these reviews, I've discovered a new kink: dark!Fraser. Amazing that I hadn't figured it out before; apparently self-enlightenment is a bonus to writing recs.

Fraser is dark indeed in this AU: torn with guilt and throwing himself into destructive sexual behavior, he wanders into a bar after being fired from his latest job (working on a fishing boat) and propositions the bar's owner, Ray Kowalski. As AUs go, this one is particularly clever: most of Fraser and Ray's backstory is identical to canon, but the two changes Starfish made have significant impact on the characters lives. Fraser, having killed Gerrard (his father's killer) in the episode Bird in Hand rather than injuring him as he did in canon, resigned from the RCMP and hit the road. Ray, seriously injured in the line of duty, started a PI business and also runs a bar. He's a lot calmer than in canon, and Fraser's a lot more desperate and the two of them have a dynamic that is very different from typical DS fic and yet, at the same time, is perfectly in character. It's a fine line and Starfish does an admirable job of telling the tale of two men who click instantly, but who still take the time to get to know each other before running headlong into a romantic relationship. A beautiful trilogy.

The Way That We Used to Be
On My Feet Again
What You See


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 14th, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I just read the first one and I actually loved it! First new author in DS after speranza! Great! But, seriously, you call *this* dark? Bwahahaha! ;-))) Oh well, dark pink perhaps... ;-)
Jul. 14th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Remember, most of my readers like fluff, so this is dark for them. Besides, I've found my own dark tolerance has gone *waaay* down. I used to read some of the darker Smallville stuff for fun; now I get about two paragraphs in and have to stop. I'm glad you like Starfish -- all of her fics are worth checking out (actually, I think I might have already recced one of her other stories earlier -- check the memories).
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