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crazybutsound asked her flist for story recs (she has a long transatlantic flight ahead of her, and what better way to pass the time than reading slash?).  So, here are three Due South suggestions:

cesperanza's "Scrabble" (Fraser/RayK):  http://www.trickster.org/speranza/Scrabblesp.html

dsudis's "Hawks and Hands" (AU; Fraser/RayK):  http://www.dira.ficlaundering.com/ds/hockey/index.html

katallison's "The End of the Road" and the follow-up "Solstice" (post-CotW; Fraser/RayK):  http://www.katallison.com/eotr_main.html; http://www.katallison.com/solstice.html

Now, each one of these stories lets the reader see the Fraser/RayK friendship deepening and changing into something more than friendship.  We're there for that first, tentative, butterflies-in-the-stomach, heart-in-the-mouth kiss between them, and we're there for the physical passion that follows.

"Scrabble" is written as parallel stories; one column Ray's POV, the other Fraser's, and scanning back and forth across the columns lets the reader see each incident simultaneously from the two POVs.  Fraser is the tortured soul in this story, and it's Ray (with a little help from Fraser's father) who finally helps him put Victoria behind him once and for all.

"Hawks and Hands" was the second DS fic I read (thank you again, alinewrites); it's a long, long, long AU set in the world of professional hockey, with Fraser and RayK starting as teammates and growing into something more.  The hardest thing about this story for me is Dief's part in it; anyone who cries easily might not want to read this fic in public.

"Scrabble" and "Hawks and Hands" both ultimately have happy endings.  "The End of the Road," on the other hand, is likely to break your heart (it did mine).  This isn't a post-CotW story where Fraser and Ray live happily ever after, either in Canada or in Chicago.  They want "happily ever after", they try desperately to make it work, but, like in real life, good intentions just aren't enough.  "Solstice" is a coda of sorts; we're given the chance to eavesdrop on Fraser's thoughts, and while the pain isn't as raw as it was in "End of the Road," it's just as deeply-felt.  Another fic that demands a box of tissues be kept nearby.

Ummm, Jem?  Maybe you'd better leave all but "Scrabble" at home (or hope for an empty row of seats on the plane).


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Jun. 23rd, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
To my utter surprise, I seem to be a in dS kick lately, so thanks for the recs *g*
Jun. 23rd, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
I laugh a little every time Aline asks me if I've started reading Blakes7 fic yet and I tell her No, I'm still reading dueSouth; after all, she's the one who got me started with dS to begin with.

Oh! And while the S1 and S2 DVDs of dueSouth are still proving elusive, I did manage to get my hands on the Canadian S3 DVDs. Since I'm Fraser/RayK all the way, this is where I really want to start. :-)
Jun. 23rd, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
I know, I paid a little visit to amazon.uk [the price at amazon.com was ridiculously high even with the Euro being in my favour] to try and get the first season on DVD but I couldn't find it. I mean, no, I could order a boxset but only an used one, it seems, which wouldn't have been to bad, I mean, I already got some of those without any problem but when I tried to order one, I was told they shipped to England but not the rest of Europe. Meanie! But I can be patient... I suppose *g*
Jun. 23rd, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
Did you check amazon.ca? I just looked there, and according to the site they ship to France. Too expensive?
Jun. 23rd, 2005 02:16 pm (UTC)
Shouldn't be. It's actually incredibly cheap compared to other places, including amazon.co.uk or amazon.fr. It's where I got all my DVDs and it was so cheap at the time that I even got them sent priority express and it was still cheaper than anything else anywhere else. I don't know if the prices have changed much but I'd definitely suggest amazon.ca
Jun. 23rd, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
When I did the converting thing? I actually checked twice cause I couldn't believe my eyes lol Shipping included, it's still cheaper than anything I've seen anywhere else... wow!
Jun. 23rd, 2005 03:28 pm (UTC)
Oh.My.God! It's so fucking cheap I can't believe it! Thank you! Now if you excuse me, I'm off to order the First season eeeek! *kisses*
Jun. 24th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
I wonder if they ship to South Africa? I've been delaying buying the Oz DVDs because the exchange rate really isn't in my favor and if I could get them cheaper somewhere, it'd be great! Also, with Amazon.com I'd have to wait up to three months for them to arrive!! I'm going to check it out.
Jun. 24th, 2005 01:13 am (UTC)
Is the Blakes7 stuff related to the Admin stuff? Is there any more Admin stuff? *pant pant*
Jun. 24th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
No, Blakes 7 was a 1970s (1980s?) British television series. I think Warrick was based on a character in B7 called Keir Avon. You should go over and ask Aline (alinewrites); she can tell you all you want to know about the show.

Sadly, as far as I know, there's no more "Administration" fic apart from what's out posted on Manna's site. I've read everything except the WIPs, which aren't about the same characters. I'll get to those when I can.
Jun. 25th, 2005 12:24 pm (UTC)
I'll visit alinewrites when I get back and ask her. I've read all the Admin stuff at least once and have been rereading some. it's really something. Thannks for introducing me to it! <3
Jun. 23rd, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
Well, thank you! :-) I've added "Hawks and Hands" to my saved fics to bring on the trip, but I've already read "Scrabble" and will NOT read the other one if it's going to break my heart. I'll save it for a less public place, when I come home. :-) Now, I'm off again to continue packing. *frets* I'm so not going to be ready haaaaaaaa!
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