Being Small by arrow (esteefee) (explicit)

  • Aug. 13th, 2015 at 12:13 AM
Title: Being Small

Fandom: due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: casefic, adventure, slash, crack
Length: medium, 6234 words
Warnings: none

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: arrow (esteefee) on AO3

Summary: Being small is a real education.

Review: For reasons that do not need exploring at this juncture, Ray is now tiny. The reasons do not need exploring because Ray does not want to explain to anyone why he's suddenly the size of an action figure, only minus the Kung Fu grip. But let's just say there was a shrink ray involved (there always is) and no puns, thanks, because this is Not Fun.

So this is my second shrunk!fic rec of the day. This one serves added slashiness with the crack!

I mean, to be absolutely up-front about it, this is bonkers. There are no shrinking rays (ha. ha. HA!) in due South and Fraser is keeping Ray in his belt pouch and feeding him Cheetos. But there is action!tinyRay and arming up for battle at Toys-R-Us, with gratuitous vintage action figure references, and who can resist? So freakin' adorable and so much fun.

I should probably add that the smut happens once the size issue is resolved, although who knows, some of us may be disappointed by that...

Being Small

Refugees by china_shop (mature)

  • Jul. 23rd, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Title: Refugees

Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio
Categories: slash, breakup, post-canon, first time
Length: medium, ~12,000 words
Warnings: none

Author on Livejournal: [livejournal.com profile] china_shop
Author Website: china_shop on AO3

Summary: "What? No, Frannie. No! I am not with Kowalski! I am not gay! Jesus, could you concentrate on your own problems? Stella and me called it quits. I needed a place to stay."

Review: Ray looked around at stacks of newspapers and magazines, dirty cups and plates, scattered laundry. There was a half-played game of chess on the coffee table, with a beer bottle sitting in the middle surrounded by pawns. There was a bicycle half-in, half-out the open window, and Christ, there were novelty lights hanging in the kitchen. What was this, Santa's Little Grotto? But more importantly: "Where's Fraser?"

Kowalski threw him a fake careless glance and picked up the beer bottle from the chess board. "He's in Canada. Where do you think he is? What are you doing here, Vecchio?"

Ray stepped over a pair of hiking boots and took the bottle from his hand. "You owe me fifteen hundred dollars. I've been paying your utilities, and I'm here to collect."


So I tend to read these on my e-reader, offline, removed from the fandom response like kudos and comments, and looking this one up now for the links and info, I'm startled to discover how little response this fic seems to have. All I can think is that maybe fics don't so easily win people over if their starting point is the disintegration of canon happy endings. Both Rays' post-Call of the Wild relationships have crashed and burned. Vecchio's split up from Stella, Kowalski's split up from Fraser, and they're back in Chicago and both a mess.

If you can get beyond that concept, I thought this was a delightfully lively, amusing fic that fairly jumped out at me from the many, many Due South fics I'd stuck on aforementioned e-reader to binge read. Ray (Vecchio) discovers that due to the identity confusion hangover from his undercover days, he's been paying for the utility bills of Ray (Kowakski)'s apartment, and figures that as Kowalski owes him the money he'll just move on in and crash there, since he can't face anyone he actually knows and likes or resuming his life in general after the disaster of his marriage.

Inevitably, slowly the enforced company does them each some good and they start to -- somewhat reluctantly -- bond. It's fun.

Refugees
Title: The penny jar theory

Fandom: due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: slash, established relationship, post-canon
Length: medium, ~13,000 words
Warnings: none really

Author on Livejournal: [livejournal.com profile] deputychairman
Author Website: Deputychairman on AO3

Summary: “How - ” Fraser cleared his throat. “How long is the contract?”
“Six months,” Ray told the stew.
“And will you,” he stopped. Ray heard the deep breath he took. Taking it on the chin, attaboy, Ben. “Are you planning to come back here, afterwards?”

Review: The last two weeks I've read nothing but due South, so with due permission--it's someone else's reccing fandom--I'm sneaking in a rec of my favourite so far of the fics that seem to have appeared since last I read dS.

The question that seems to have the strongest pull on me post-series is What does Kowalski do in Canada? and this fic is centred around the practicalities of him trying to find an answer to exactly that, and the ways Fraser and Ray's relationship has to shift around it. The fic exists in a world where the answers aren't perfect and the characters have to make compromises. It's not an unhappy fic, not really, but oddly bittersweet.

I love to bits the central images of the dubious gift of the Penny Jar -- and the time limit/death-knell of a relationship that it starts off by proclaiming -- and Ray Kowalski heading off to work on the isolation of an oil rig without Fraser's approval.

The penny jar theory

American Way by Resonant [NC-17]

  • Feb. 16th, 2015 at 9:30 PM
Title: American Way
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Categories/Genres: First Time, Canon, Romance, Case Fic, Humor
Length: Long [17,989 words]
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] resonant
Author Website: Resonant @ ao3

Summary: When crime victims are afraid of Canadians, Ray and Fraser have to do a little cultural exchange.

Review: When Fraser begins spotting people wearing jewelry from a highly valued missing collection, they're unable to get answers because of Fraser's innate Candian-ness. Rather than give Ray a crash course in the jewely pieces, Ray decides it's easier to just teach Fraser to act more American. The results are...pretty hot. Fraser takes his American lessons to heart and goes after what he wants, too! This fic does have humor - it's hard to think of Due South without thinking about humor. It's just a delightful, quick read.

American Way

With Six You Get Eggroll (PG) by Speranza

  • Mar. 4th, 2014 at 1:15 AM
Title: With Six You Get Eggroll
Fandom: due South
Pairing: RayK/Fraser, RayV/Stella
Categories: Slash, romance, kids, post-series
Length: Long (31,000 words)
Warnings: Kissing. That's as heavy as it gets.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza
Author on AO3: favicon Speranza
Author Website: Speranza's Fiction

Summary:
Ray burst out laughing. "Benny! You've developed a sense of humor!"

"Yes, Ray." Fraser lowered the gun and showed him an amused look. "Six immaculate conceptions will do that to you."

Review:
I'm running late, so you're getting another one of my old favourites. This time it's a Speranza story that is unaccountably not yet listed; unaccountably because it's by far my favourite of hers.

The basic premise is that things happened a little differently at the end of the series finale. If you cast your minds back, you may recall that the Vecchios headed south to run a bowling alley, Huey and Dewey opened a comedy club, Welsh stayed behind his desk, Thatcher became a Canadian intelligence operative, Turnbull ran for public office, Ray and Fraser went off in search of Franklin's Hand, and Francesca had six immaculate conceptions. In this slightly alternate universe, everyone swaps. Now the Duck Boys have the bowling alley, Frannie is Chicago's favourite comedienne, Meg stays at the Consulate, Turnbull of all people becomes the spy, and Welsh is the one running for Mayor. Ray and Stella decide on a Canadian adventure honeymoon, and stop off at a certain log cabin on their way out. Where they find that Fraser and Kowalsky have adopted. Six times, because "With six you get eggroll."

The writing is beautifully lyrical, and puts you at your ease despite the general air of chaos that surrounds any well-grounded due South story. And with six kids of widely varying ages, there is plenty of chaos. The kids all have different problems, some more than others, and Ray and Benton have to act as a team to deal with them. This isn't a perfect family, not by any stretch of the imagination, and the story doesn't try to disguise that. It feels real, in that way that good fiction makes you want to believe in the characters despite, or perhaps because of, their faults.

And that's it. There's no great plot, just a slice of family life. Quirky family, but could a due South family be anything else? It's still one of the most loving and inspiring stories I've read, so it's my pleasure to pass it on to you now.

With Size You Get Eggroll: illustrated version or text only.

Family Portrait by Journey (NC-17)

  • Feb. 25th, 2014 at 2:06 AM
Title: Family Portrait
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski
Categories: Slash, AU, family, kids
Length: Epic (~75,000 words)
Warnings: Minor character death (before the prologue), much sex.

(The author's website has gone the way of all things, but the story is still around on the archives.)

Summary:
"It says, and I quote, Constable, `Give this man something to do before I kill him and cause an international incident," Welsh said in a long-suffering voice.

"Ah." Fraser shuffled his feet. "I was, in essence, correct."

Review:
I seem to be on a historic jag at the moment, digging up all the stories that I dearly loved ten years ago or more. This one is a classic due South story unaccountably missing from [livejournal.com profile] epic_recs, so I get to set that aright too. I love this job :-)

The story re-jigs the set-up of season 3 of dS by changing Ray Kowalski's backstory just a little. In this reality, he and Stella had kids, but Stella died in a car accident. When Ray Vecchio goes undercover, RayK is assigned to take on his caseload and, as the above quote indicates, his Mountie.

Despite the humour inherent in any due South setup that leavens the story, this is far more a romance than a rom-com. Fraser is aware quite quickly of his attraction to Ray, something that his father (still a ghost) has definite opinions on, but can't see any future to it. Journey makes the point several times that Fraser has been left behind in his personal life so often that he doesn't even hope for a permanant relationship. For Ray it's a far slower realisation, something that he never expected; indeed, something that his kids see before he does, and don't so much as bat an eyelid over. And for Ray, for this Ray at least, family and belonging are very important.

The story is dotted with wonderful observations about Ray and Fraser, and that's one of the things that makes it one of my favourites. For example, there's a nice little insight early on into the different ways Ray and Fraser approach detective-work, partly done by discussion between the characters but then played out in a snippet of casework as they combine to identify the culprit and prove it was him. It all adds up to a very nice pair of character studies intertwining in a beautifully gentle romance.

Family Portrait

The Warmth of Spring by Fuzzy Cat (NC-17)

  • Jan. 6th, 2013 at 1:28 AM
First of all a happy and successful new year to everyone. I started 2013 with the best of intentions, but it turns out that I managed to post my first contribution one day late anyway. Sorry!

Title: The Warmth of Spring
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Ray K/Ray V
Categories: romance
Length: epic
Warnings: mild violence, profanity

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] fuzzycat
Author Website: Fuzzy Fic

Summary: When Fraser leaves on a soul-searching solo trip into the North, the two Rays discover they have more (and less) in common than they thought.

Review:
Due South is a fandom that has been with me for a very long time. It's probably one of my first non-anime fandoms and event though I rarely follow current writers and stories in this fandom these days, I enjoy returning to my old favorites from time to time.

The Warmth of Spring and its sequel were one few exceptions to my Fraser/RayK restriction in the fandom. I never imagined that the pairing of the two Rays would work but I found that I love them even better than Fraser with any of the two Rays. Unlike the difference between the polite Canadian guy who can do almost anything and the hot-headed American cop friend, there are remarkably many similarities between the two Rays. Benton Fraser only being one of them.

I greatly enjoyed the development of the stories and the decisions the characters make. Reading this story is an interesting trip to the Due South fandom, that shows you an alternative to the Mountie/cop pairing that we all know and love.

The Warmth of Sping
and the sequel: The Heat of Summer

The Warmth of Spring by Fuzzy Cat (NC-17)

  • Jan. 6th, 2013 at 1:28 AM
First of all a happy and successful new year to everyone. I started 2013 with the best of intentions, but it turns out that I managed to post my first contribution one day late anyway. Sorry!

Title: The Warmth of Spring
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Ray K/Ray V
Categories: romance
Length: epic
Warnings: mild violence, profanity

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] fuzzycat
Author Website: Fuzzy Fic

Summary: When Fraser leaves on a soul-searching solo trip into the North, the two Rays discover they have more (and less) in common than they thought.

Review:
Due South is a fandom that has been with me for a very long time. It's probably one of my first non-anime fandoms and event though I rarely follow current writers and stories in this fandom these days, I enjoy returning to my old favorites from time to time.

The Warmth of Spring and its sequel were one few exceptions to my Fraser/RayK restriction in the fandom. I never imagined that the pairing of the two Rays would work but I found that I love them even better than Fraser with any of the two Rays. Unlike the difference between the polite Canadian guy who can do almost anything and the hot-headed American cop friend, there are remarkably many similarities between the two Rays. Benton Fraser only being one of them.

I greatly enjoyed the development of the stories and the decisions the characters make. Reading this story is an interesting trip to the Due South fandom, that shows you an alternative to the Mountie/cop pairing that we all know and love.

The Warmth of Sping
and the sequel: The Heat of Summer
Title: Don't Drink, Don't Smoke (What Do You Do)
Fandom: due South, Hot Fuzz
Pairing: gen
Categories: Crossover, Case!fic, Humor, Post-Canon
Length: Medium (12,600 words)
Warnings: Spoilers for all of both canons

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] minervacat
Author Website: minervacat.stormwerks.net

Summary:
In which shenanigans are had, passports are stolen, hair is dyed, pints are drunk, and Ray is bitten by the swan.

Review:
This story is told in a pitch-perfect Fraser voice with spot on characterizations, and perfectly captures and meshes the whimsical and quirky worlds of both due South and Hot Fuzz. On the quest for Ray Kowalski's lost passport, he and Fraser wind up in Sanford and working with Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman to recover it. Their efforts end up including many trips to the pub, several run ins with the swan, and various other hilarious hijinks. I particularly liked how parallels were drawn between the two buddy cop partnerships, and how all four of them interact in various combinations. In all, a rollicking good fun fic.

Click here to read an excerpt. )

Don't Drink, Don't Smoke (What Do You Do):
LJ (pt.1) (pt.2)
Author's site
Title: Don't Drink, Don't Smoke (What Do You Do)
Fandom: due South, Hot Fuzz
Pairing: gen
Categories: Crossover, Case!fic, Humor, Post-Canon
Length: Medium (12,600 words)
Warnings: Spoilers for all of both canons

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] minervacat
Author Website: minervacat.stormwerks.net

Summary:
In which shenanigans are had, passports are stolen, hair is dyed, pints are drunk, and Ray is bitten by the swan.

Review:
This story is told in a pitch-perfect Fraser voice with spot on characterizations, and perfectly captures and meshes the whimsical and quirky worlds of both due South and Hot Fuzz. On the quest for Ray Kowalski's lost passport, he and Fraser wind up in Sanford and working with Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman to recover it. Their efforts end up including many trips to the pub, several run ins with the swan, and various other hilarious hijinks. I particularly liked how parallels were drawn between the two buddy cop partnerships, and how all four of them interact in various combinations. In all, a rollicking good fun fic.

Click here to read an excerpt. )

Don't Drink, Don't Smoke (What Do You Do):
LJ (pt.1) (pt.2)
Author's site
Title: Don't Drink, Don't Smoke (What Do You Do)
Fandom: due South, Hot Fuzz
Pairing: gen
Categories: Crossover, Case!fic, Humor, Post-Canon
Length: Medium (12,600 words)
Warnings: Spoilers for all of both canons

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] minervacat
Author Website: minervacat.stormwerks.net

Summary:
In which shenanigans are had, passports are stolen, hair is dyed, pints are drunk, and Ray is bitten by the swan.

Review:
This story is told in a pitch-perfect Fraser voice with spot on characterizations, and perfectly captures and meshes the whimsical and quirky worlds of both due South and Hot Fuzz. On the quest for Ray Kowalski's lost passport, he and Fraser wind up in Sanford and working with Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman to recover it. Their efforts end up including many trips to the pub, several run ins with the swan, and various other hilarious hijinks. I particularly liked how parallels were drawn between the two buddy cop partnerships, and how all four of them interact in various combinations. In all, a rollicking good fun fic.

Click here to read an excerpt. )

Don't Drink, Don't Smoke (What Do You Do):
LJ (pt.1) (pt.2)
Author's site
Title: The Frozen Heart + The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski (with Fraser/Various and Kowalski/Various)
Categories: Fairy Tale, AU, Drama, Romance
Length: Medium (2,169 + 1,370 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred ; [livejournal.com profile] doll_revolution
Author Website: faviconShayheyred

Author's Summaries:
The Frozen Heart: A fable of love, loss and a lifelong quest. Fraser is seeking for the key to unlock his frozen heart.
The Travelling Stable Boy: Sometimes it’s the key who is looking for a lock.

Review:
Recently, I was discussing remixes with my husband. We were discussing how someone can take an idea that's been used before and make it new and original. He was familiar with music remixes, but not in fiction, and wanted some examples. This duo of stories jumped to my mind, and it reminded me of how much I love them.

The first story is a meshing of Due South and The Snow Queen into a story and fable of its own. It has this feeling of being old and new at once, and cleverly it's almost not an AU, but the story of the show told in the verse of a fairytale. The writing has a depth and beauty, one of those stories that seems to expand past its actual size and take on a larger life of it's own. The repetition (with difference) of the wolf's exhortation to keep looking builds into something large and intense, and you ache for the man that's so alone and seeking.

The second fic dovetails perfectly with it, telling the story of a different character. Where The Frozen Heart has a metaphorical lyricism, The Travelling Stableboy is more down-to-earth tone, matching it's first person POV character, Kowalski. The stories don't quite match up in the tiny details of his meeting with Fraser, but that makes it feel more real somehow, with a sort of Rashomon effect, where of course the story would be slightly different from a different perspective. Or maybe it's that The Travelling Stableboy is the concrete tale of a man's life, and The Frozen Heart is that other man's tale told in symbols.

Even if you're not a due South fan, you can enjoy this story duo; they both can be read as original fiction, and knowledge of the canon only enhances the stories as you glimpse story regulars Diefenbaker, Victoria Metcalf, Margaret Thatcher, Stella, etc. Mostly it's the genuine emotion conveyed that get to me, and I find both fics beautiful.

Back to my story about my husband. I read these out loud to him, and he was completely immersed. As the wolf kept saying that Fraser had to continue seeking for the key to his heart, it brought tears to his eyes. And when I read the second story, I didn't inform him of the title, and when he realized who the POV character was (from the first story) he gasped with excitement, saying "It's the stableboy!" We both enjoyed the stories together, and had a great conversation about storytelling.

Click here to read an excerpt. )

The Frozen Heart (AO3) (LJ) (Author's site)
The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)
Title: The Frozen Heart + The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski (with Fraser/Various and Kowalski/Various)
Categories: Fairy Tale, AU, Drama, Romance
Length: Medium (2,169 + 1,370 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred ; [livejournal.com profile] doll_revolution
Author Website: faviconShayheyred

Author's Summaries:
The Frozen Heart: A fable of love, loss and a lifelong quest. Fraser is seeking for the key to unlock his frozen heart.
The Travelling Stable Boy: Sometimes it’s the key who is looking for a lock.

Review:
Recently, I was discussing remixes with my husband. We were discussing how someone can take an idea that's been used before and make it new and original. He was familiar with music remixes, but not in fiction, and wanted some examples. This duo of stories jumped to my mind, and it reminded me of how much I love them.

The first story is a meshing of Due South and The Snow Queen into a story and fable of its own. It has this feeling of being old and new at once, and cleverly it's almost not an AU, but the story of the show told in the verse of a fairytale. The writing has a depth and beauty, one of those stories that seems to expand past its actual size and take on a larger life of it's own. The repetition (with difference) of the wolf's exhortation to keep looking builds into something large and intense, and you ache for the man that's so alone and seeking.

The second fic dovetails perfectly with it, telling the story of a different character. Where The Frozen Heart has a metaphorical lyricism, The Travelling Stableboy is more down-to-earth tone, matching it's first person POV character, Kowalski. The stories don't quite match up in the tiny details of his meeting with Fraser, but that makes it feel more real somehow, with a sort of Rashomon effect, where of course the story would be slightly different from a different perspective. Or maybe it's that The Travelling Stableboy is the concrete tale of a man's life, and The Frozen Heart is that other man's tale told in symbols.

Even if you're not a due South fan, you can enjoy this story duo; they both can be read as original fiction, and knowledge of the canon only enhances the stories as you glimpse story regulars Diefenbaker, Victoria Metcalf, Margaret Thatcher, Stella, etc. Mostly it's the genuine emotion conveyed that get to me, and I find both fics beautiful.

Back to my story about my husband. I read these out loud to him, and he was completely immersed. As the wolf kept saying that Fraser had to continue seeking for the key to his heart, it brought tears to his eyes. And when I read the second story, I didn't inform him of the title, and when he realized who the POV character was (from the first story) he gasped with excitement, saying "It's the stableboy!" We both enjoyed the stories together, and had a great conversation about storytelling.

Click here to read an excerpt. )

The Frozen Heart (AO3) (LJ) (Author's site)
The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)
Title: The Frozen Heart + The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski (with Fraser/Various and Kowalski/Various)
Categories: Fairy Tale, AU, Drama, Romance
Length: Medium (2,169 + 1,370 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred ; [livejournal.com profile] doll_revolution
Author Website: faviconShayheyred

Author's Summaries:
The Frozen Heart: A fable of love, loss and a lifelong quest. Fraser is seeking for the key to unlock his frozen heart.
The Travelling Stable Boy: Sometimes it’s the key who is looking for a lock.

Review:
Recently, I was discussing remixes with my husband. We were discussing how someone can take an idea that's been used before and make it new and original. He was familiar with music remixes, but not in fiction, and wanted some examples. This duo of stories jumped to my mind, and it reminded me of how much I love them.

The first story is a meshing of Due South and The Snow Queen into a story and fable of its own. It has this feeling of being old and new at once, and cleverly it's almost not an AU, but the story of the show told in the verse of a fairytale. The writing has a depth and beauty, one of those stories that seems to expand past its actual size and take on a larger life of it's own. The repetition (with difference) of the wolf's exhortation to keep looking builds into something large and intense, and you ache for the man that's so alone and seeking.

The second fic dovetails perfectly with it, telling the story of a different character. Where The Frozen Heart has a metaphorical lyricism, The Travelling Stableboy is more down-to-earth tone, matching it's first person POV character, Kowalski. The stories don't quite match up in the tiny details of his meeting with Fraser, but that makes it feel more real somehow, with a sort of Rashomon effect, where of course the story would be slightly different from a different perspective. Or maybe it's that The Travelling Stableboy is the concrete tale of a man's life, and The Frozen Heart is that other man's tale told in symbols.

Even if you're not a due South fan, you can enjoy this story duo; they both can be read as original fiction, and knowledge of the canon only enhances the stories as you glimpse story regulars Diefenbaker, Victoria Metcalf, Margaret Thatcher, Stella, etc. Mostly it's the genuine emotion conveyed that get to me, and I find both fics beautiful.

Back to my story about my husband. I read these out loud to him, and he was completely immersed. As the wolf kept saying that Fraser had to continue seeking for the key to his heart, it brought tears to his eyes. And when I read the second story, I didn't inform him of the title, and when he realized who the POV character was (from the first story) he gasped with excitement, saying "It's the stableboy!" We both enjoyed the stories together, and had a great conversation about storytelling.

Click here to read an excerpt. )

The Frozen Heart (AO3) (LJ) (Author's site)
The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)
Title: The Frozen Heart + The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski (with Fraser/Various and Kowalski/Various)
Categories: Fairy Tale, AU, Drama, Romance
Length: Medium (2,169 + 1,370 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred ; [livejournal.com profile] doll_revolution
Author Website: faviconShayheyred

Author's Summaries:
The Frozen Heart: A fable of love, loss and a lifelong quest. Fraser is seeking for the key to unlock his frozen heart.
The Travelling Stable Boy: Sometimes it’s the key who is looking for a lock.

Review:
Recently, I was discussing remixes with my husband. We were discussing how someone can take an idea that's been used before and make it new and original. He was familiar with music remixes, but not in fiction, and wanted some examples. This duo of stories jumped to my mind, and it reminded me of how much I love them.

The first story is a meshing of Due South and The Snow Queen into a story and fable of its own. It has this feeling of being old and new at once, and cleverly it's almost not an AU, but the story of the show told in the verse of a fairytale. The writing has a depth and beauty, one of those stories that seems to expand past its actual size and take on a larger life of it's own. The repetition (with difference) of the wolf's exhortation to keep looking builds into something large and intense, and you ache for the man that's so alone and seeking.

The second fic dovetails perfectly with it, telling the story of a different character. Where The Frozen Heart has a metaphorical lyricism, The Travelling Stableboy is more down-to-earth tone, matching it's first person POV character, Kowalski. The stories don't quite match up in the tiny details of his meeting with Fraser, but that makes it feel more real somehow, with a sort of Rashomon effect, where of course the story would be slightly different from a different perspective. Or maybe it's that The Travelling Stableboy is the concrete tale of a man's life, and The Frozen Heart is that other man's tale told in symbols.

Even if you're not a due South fan, you can enjoy this story duo; they both can be read as original fiction, and knowledge of the canon only enhances the stories as you glimpse story regulars Diefenbaker, Victoria Metcalf, Margaret Thatcher, Stella, etc. Mostly it's the genuine emotion conveyed that get to me, and I find both fics beautiful.

Back to my story about my husband. I read these out loud to him, and he was completely immersed. As the wolf kept saying that Fraser had to continue seeking for the key to his heart, it brought tears to his eyes. And when I read the second story, I didn't inform him of the title, and when he realized who the POV character was (from the first story) he gasped with excitement, saying "It's the stableboy!" We both enjoyed the stories together, and had a great conversation about storytelling.

Click here to read an excerpt. )

The Frozen Heart (AO3) (LJ) (Author's site)
The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)
Title: The Frozen Heart + The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski (with Fraser/Various and Kowalski/Various)
Categories: Fairy Tale, AU, Drama, Romance
Length: Medium (2,169 + 1,370 words)
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] shayheyred ; [livejournal.com profile] doll_revolution
Author Website: faviconShayheyred

Summary:
The Frozen Heart: A fable of love, loss and a lifelong quest. Fraser is seeking for the key to unlock his frozen heart.
The Travelling Stable Boy: Sometimes it’s the key who is looking for a lock.

Review:
Recently, I was discussing remixes with my husband. We were discussing how someone can take an idea that's been used before and make it new and original. He was familiar with music remixes, but not in fiction, and wanted some examples. This duo of stories jumped to my mind, and it reminded me of how much I love them.

The first story is a meshing of Due South and The Snow Queen into a story and fable of its own. It has this feeling of being old and new at once, and cleverly it's almost not an AU, but the story of the show told in the verse of a fairytale. The writing has a depth and beauty, one of those stories that seems to expand past its actual size and take on a larger life of it's own. The repetition (with difference) of the wolf's exhortation to keep looking builds into something large and intense, and you ache for the man that's so alone and seeking.

The second fic dovetails perfectly with it, telling the story of a different character. Where The Frozen Heart has a metaphorical lyricism, The Travelling Stableboy is more down-to-earth tone, matching it's first person POV character, Kowalski. The stories don't quite match up in the tiny details of his meeting with Fraser, but that makes it feel more real somehow, with a sort of Rashomon effect, where of course the story would be slightly different from a different perspective. Or maybe it's that The Travelling Stableboy is the concrete tale of a man's life, and The Frozen Heart is that other man's tale told in symbols.

Even if you're not a due South fan, you can enjoy this story duo; they both can be read as original fiction, and knowledge of the canon only enhances the stories as you glimpse story regulars Diefenbaker, Victoria Metcalf, Margaret Thatcher, Stella, etc. Mostly it's the genuine emotion conveyed that get to me, and I find both fics beautiful.

Back to my story about my husband. I read these out loud to him, and he was completely immersed. As the wolf kept saying that Fraser had to continue seeking for the key to his heart, it brought tears to his eyes. And when I read the second story, I didn't inform him of the title, and when he realized who the POV character was (from the first story) he gasped with excitement, saying "It's the stableboy!" We both enjoyed the stories together, and had a great conversation about storytelling.

Click here to read an excerpt. )

The Frozen Heart (AO3) (LJ) (Author's site)
The Travelling Stable Boy (Melt the Ice Remix)

Academic Punk by The Hoyden (NC-17)

  • Jun. 2nd, 2012 at 3:31 PM
Title: NC-17
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: RayK/Benton
Categories: AU/AR
Length: long (19.093 words)
Warnings: English Lit

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thehoyden
Author Website: AO3 Account

summary: "What the hell is this, an Austen novel?"

Review:
Having taken some English lit classes myself during my stint at university, I love reading about professors and students and TAs. I reminds of the good old days. ;) I especially love the portrayal of Ray and Fraser in this take on an alternative academic setting. The characters are spot on and so endearingly real that it makes you fall in love with them reading this story.

The Hoyden always writes great stories but this one is particularly dear to me. An amazing story from a great writer.

Academic Punk

Academic Punk by The Hoyden (NC-17)

  • Jun. 2nd, 2012 at 3:31 PM
Title: NC-17
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: RayK/Benton
Categories: AU/AR
Length: long (19.093 words)
Warnings: English Lit

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thehoyden
Author Website: AO3 Account

summary: "What the hell is this, an Austen novel?"

Review:
Having taken some English lit classes myself during my stint at university, I love reading about professors and students and TAs. I reminds of the good old days. ;) I especially love the portrayal of Ray and Fraser in this take on an alternative academic setting. The characters are spot on and so endearingly real that it makes you fall in love with them reading this story.

The Hoyden always writes great stories but this one is particularly dear to me. An amazing story from a great writer.

Academic Punk

Academic Punk by The Hoyden (NC-17)

  • Jun. 2nd, 2012 at 3:31 PM
Title: NC-17
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: RayK/Benton
Categories: AU/AR
Length: long (19.093 words)
Warnings: English Lit

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thehoyden
Author Website: AO3 Account

summary: "What the hell is this, an Austen novel?"

Review:
Having taken some English lit classes myself during my stint at university, I love reading about professors and students and TAs. I reminds of the good old days. ;) I especially love the portrayal of Ray and Fraser in this take on an alternative academic setting. The characters are spot on and so endearingly real that it makes you fall in love with them reading this story.

The Hoyden always writes great stories but this one is particularly dear to me. An amazing story from a great writer.

Academic Punk

Academic Punk by The Hoyden (NC-17)

  • Jun. 2nd, 2012 at 3:31 PM
Title: NC-17
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: RayK/Benton
Categories: AU/AR
Length: long (19.093 words)
Warnings: English Lit

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thehoyden
Author Website: AO3 Account

summary: "What the hell is this, an Austen novel?"

Review:
Having taken some English lit classes myself during my stint at university, I love reading about professors and students and TAs. I reminds of the good old days. ;) I especially love the portrayal of Ray and Fraser in this take on an alternative academic setting. The characters are spot on and so endearingly real that it makes you fall in love with them reading this story.

The Hoyden always writes great stories but this one is particularly dear to me. An amazing story from a great writer.

Academic Punk

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