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Swordsmen by L. Mouse (PG-13)

From caduceus03 (who is still on the road; we miss you!):

Title
: Swordsmen
Author: L. Mouse
Fandoms: Rurouni Kenshin, Highlander
Pairing: Kenshin/OC, Macleod/Tessa, past Kenshin/Kaoru
Categories: Crossover, Action, Drama
Length: Epic
Warnings: Drug use

Author on LJ:
ljmouse
Author Website: http://www.fanfiction.net/u/168062/L_Mouse

Author's Summary: This is a crossover with Highlander. It's a story about love, and loss, and moving on, with Kenshin as an Immortal. And you get one guess what Kenshin's opinion of The Game is!


Review:
As the author puts it in her notes, the story was originally conceived because of the similarities between Kenshin and Macleod. From the very first scene when Kenshin "meets" Macleod by stealing his car and breaks his neck in the getaway, the dynamic between the characters just clicks. That is not to say they are instant best friends – rather, they respect each other and go from there, trying to gain an understanding of the other. Mouse's examination of their ethical codes, swordsmanship, and way of navigating an evolving world is fabulous.

Kenshin is wonderful here – pretty much back to the wandering rurouni lifestyle but far more settled and at peace with himself. Granted there is the concomitant drama of being an immortal, but Mouse definitely accounts for the character growth he went through in the series proper and then adds on a few decades for a very believable immortal Kenshin. Given the nature of the crossover, it is inevitable that there be OCs, and Mouse's strong characterizations hold true even here. Her OCs are believably flesh and blood and fit seamlessly into the story.

Note that there are other stories set in this 'verse as well (a prequel and two sequels) if you're interested.
 

Swordsmen

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
jane_elliot
Jul. 12th, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
I loved this fic! If only L. Mouse would finish that second sequel...

Thanks for the rec!
meishali
Jul. 12th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
Hey, I have a question. I assumed this story isn't relationship focused and set the pairing as 'gen'. Um, is that correct?
jane_elliot
Jul. 12th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
There's a tiny bit of romance at the end, but considering you have 25+ chapters of gen first, I think that's a better a better label for it. Good call:)
jane_elliot
Jul. 12th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Though, now that I'm looking at this more closely, can you put a (ff.net) behind the link? I've been trying to do that so folks know when fanfiction downloader would be useful.

Thanks!
meishali
Jul. 12th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Fixed! :)
jane_elliot
Jul. 12th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
stellawind
Jul. 13th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Author is on LJ as ljmouse. She has the sequels completed on her LJ, for those interested. It's a wonderful crossover, and everything blends very realistically.
meishali
Jul. 13th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I've added the LJ link. :)
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