Defender by Kalliopeia (Teen)

  • Oct. 7th, 2015 at 6:45 PM
Title: Defender
Fandom: Haven
Pairing: gen
Categories: friendship, kids, bittersweet, pre-canon, child pov
Length: Medium, 2,820 words
Warnings: Bullying (perpetrated by a teacher, no less) and prejudice, cruelty to animals, implied childhood abuse (physical or psychological) and implied neglect (pretty much canonical). Some blood.

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: Kalliopeia on fanfiction.net

Summary: Nathan and Duke, age seven, shave their second grade teacher's cat. Come for the shenanigans, stay for the implications. Not intended as a fluff piece.

Review: Again I bring a fic that to all intents and purposes should be fluffy, and comedic, and cute, and in actuality definitely isn't. The adorable moments and the funny moments (there are a few) are far outweighed by the depths of Haven's history and vast divisions lurking in the background underneath. From a seven year old perspective of innocence, nothing is spelled out, so this fic rewards canon knowledge for what exactly is going on between the adult characters. There are some downright disturbing implications between the lines, to be honest. We know what happened to this relationship next, but not exactly what happened to degenerate things to the level of the Tacks Incident.

But everything is so simple and innocent here, in this snapshot of a childhood event between two friends supposed to be on opposite sides of the town's divide. The basic idea, of seven year old Duke deciding to be the defender of Nathan, is just too heartbreaking in context.

You may get another bonus Haven rec from me today or tomorrow, if I have chance, to celebrate this week's return of the show's (probable) final season.

Defender
Title: Confusion and Consequences
Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey Parker/Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: casefile, threesome, genderswap (sort of), polyamory, established relationship (het), first time (threesome)
Length: Long, 20,765 words
Warnings: I'm... not sure how to warn. Duke and Nathan end up with some girl parts, but not completely genderswapped, and the fic revolves around the issues of masculinity and sexuality that come out of that. If that's likely to be a problem or potentially triggery in some way, don't go there? There's also a warning for mild mind control, but it doesn't go too far with anything happening consent issues-wise in terms of the main trio. There are maybe a few potentially triggery things happening in the background with the other people affected by the gendermixing Trouble.

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: guiltyreasons on AO3

Summary: Nathan thought he had seen everything until a half naked woman walks up to him claiming to be Duke Crocker....

Review: “It’s Haven. Trans hate is the least of our worries...”

Oh, I enjoyed the hell out of this one. Last week I was emailing the link to friends after I read it, so it's still pretty hot off the presses. Yes, there is the odd typo and grammar hiccup, but really, with all the other goodies on offer here, I find myself disinclined to care about those.

I love the stuff that really digs into the questions of sexuality and masculinity and sexual dysfunction and this goes there and then some, as this particular Trouble turns Haven upside-down and Duke and Nathan end up kind of not their usual manly selves. The fic is told from Nathan's point of view, and I love the POV -- getting to watch him angst in his low-key way about all these things, weird sexual situations and hangups and shame, is entirely wonderful. I also love how his senses are used in interesting ways in the smut. :)

The fic is established Audrey/Nathan leading into an Audrey/Duke/Nathan threesome, and while usually I'm more partial to the latter and the Duke/Nathan dynamic, I've seldom loved Audrey and Nathan's relationship more than the way it's presented here. They are so understanding of each other, and such good friends as well as lovers, who talk about all the knotty things and work through the changes that have happened to Nathan's body and how those effect their sexual relationship. And how they make the decision together when it comes to taking Duke on... they are so sweet and down to earth in this.

Anyway, this is just so hot and odd and interesting, with such a good POV, and the issues of gender and questioning sexuality I felt were nicely dealt with.

Confusion and Consequences
Title: Trouble shared is Trouble halved

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: gen
Categories: casefic, adventure, crack
Length: short...ah, dammit, it's just into medium, wasted opportunity for a size gag. 2247 words
Warnings: none

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

Summary: When Nathan finds himself in trouble as the result of a Trouble, Audrey and Duke ride to the rescue. But, of course, this is Haven and things are never that straightforward..

Review: Duke tried to look like he hadn't been thinking it would be fun to gently push Nathan around with his finger once Audrey's back was turned. Maybe even pick Nathan up by the scruff of his jacket and dangle him from a great height. He didn't intend to do him any serious harm, just have a bit of fun....

So today's recs come as a result of a conversation yesterday about how I love shrinking fics (or shrunk!fic, depending on your preferred grammar). As a trope it is adorable crack and there should be more of it out there. Feel free to point me toward more in comments.

This cute lil' fic is an abbreviated casefile wherein Duke and Nathan find themselves on the short end of a Trouble, while Audrey basks in her customary immunity. It's freakin' adorable.

It's listed gen but the trio relationship reads as pretty fond and there manage to be a few Nathan and Duke moments packed into this mini adventure.

Trouble shared is Trouble halved
Title: Regression

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: gen-ish, early seasons canon-level Audrey Parker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: casefile!, adventure, angst, friendship, amnesia (sort of), hurt/comfort (sort of)
Length: medium, 14,717 words
Warnings: Implied past childhood abuse (heavily hinted in canon), and it's rated mature for a catalogue of dark themes but nothing heavily described.

Author on Livejournal: n/a
Author Website: author unrevealed (author link will be added when the challenge is revealed).

Summary: In the beginning it was almost funny. Audrey figured the photo of Duke clutching the teddy bear should be worth free coffee-the good stuff-at least once a week. If only it hadn't brought up the past quite so viscerally.

Review: The crying stopped and Duke stiffened. "Uh, Nathan? Care to fill me in on why I am half naked and crying into your chest?"

It's a Haven casefic! Here's a Trouble that regresses people, psychologically, back to the worst times of their lives. From Duke's initial somewhat amusing/simultaneously embarrassing/even horrifying re-experience of childhood, to the awfulness of poor, poor Dwight under the influence, to Nathan's struggle at the climax, that's a Trouble which paves the way for some truly interesting things to be explored.

The Troubled Person is an interesting original character in his own right, with history and motives that feel human and true. The story isn't afraid to look into a few dark corners. But it's got a vein of humour and acknowledgement of the ridiculous of the Troubles and Haven in general running through it, that never lets it get *too* dark. (Plus, bonus appearance by Dr. Lucassi, who has to be one of my favourite understated minor characters of the show.)

It's labelled Audrey/Nathan plus Duke & Nathan and reads in line with a gen-ish season 2 type canon piece, and ends with a sleepover on the Cape Rouge, so really how you want to interpret the relationships in it is up for grabs.

This fic is a product of the recent Troubled Tales fic exchange, so it is currently author anonymous.

Regression

Burn it Back by anonymous (PG13ish)

  • Jul. 29th, 2015 at 11:47 PM
Title: Burn it Back

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Jordan McKee/Mara
Categories: femslash, villain POV, AU/canon divergence, dark (ish)
Length: medium, ~11,000 words
Warnings: for general Evil! with a glad cry

Author on Livejournal: n/a
Author Website: author unrevealed (author link will be added when the challenge is revealed).

Summary: There's nothing quite like fury to bring people together. Jordan and Mara have been burned by the world - together, they just might burn it back.

Review: “So, you’ve ruined lives, you’ve ruined people, you-” Jordan stopped, lifted her chin, and steadied her aim. “So I’m going to kill you, I’m going to do what someone should’ve done as soon as they found out what you are.”

“You don’t actually want to do that,” Mara said, unconcerned.

“I really do,” Jordan replied, teeth bared.


Haven is pretty infamous for having a lot of different, interesting female characters who get to actually do key things and who invariably come to a bad end. In this fic, Jordan McKee gets resurrected as a Fury courtesy of one of Mara's Greatest Hits from back in the old days, and the two of them form an unholy alliance to make Audrey and Nathan and co. pay and get the hell out of Haven. And it kinda feels weird to tag this as darkfic when it's based around resurrecting a character that I really, really like, but I guess that's the tag it's closest to fitting...

Then again, Mara's voice is saturated with manipulation and confidence and evil!plots! Really, considering Jordan's Trouble, there should be more fic out there shipping her with x incarnation of Audrey, and here the relationship evolves with perfect logic for a Mara who uses sex as part of her arsenal, who knows Jordan's weakness for touch through Audrey's memories, and knows how best to woo her to turn her into a weapon that Mara can best use.

It also holds that strange and perverse fascination of letting you see the heroes get kicked around while the villains take centre stage for a while. Mara and Jordan's thoughts on Nathan, Duke and Audrey aren't complimentary, but they do get some interesting moments between the lines. I think I spy some OT3 hints in there.

This fic is a product of the recent Troubled Tales fic exchange, so it is currently author anonymous. You might get a second rec this week courtesy of this exchange.

Burn it Back

points on a map by templemarker (explicit)

  • Jul. 15th, 2015 at 10:54 PM
Title: points on a map

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey Parker/Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: threesome, domestic, post-canon, non-specific future fic
Length: medium, 4,388 words
Warnings: none

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

Summary: The one thing they realized early on, about this relationship they figured out between all three of them, is that there was no way they could live together.

Review: This is just a lovely look at the Audrey/Duke/Nathan relationship examined through the lens of their living spaces, and the living practicalities of a three way relationship outside of the sex. I love that it's dealing with them as three different relationships between two people as well a relationship between three people. The acceptance in general here that people need space, even people who love each other, and particularly accepting Nathan still needing his own space and not having his quieter and less-social tendencies magically 'fixed' by being in a relationship with two more outgoing partners. How the character of the spaces they choose for their own illuminates the characters, and how the ways they collectively choose to spend their time in each defines the relationship(s).

Also, this fic may manage to lay out my ideal Haven future and conclusion to the series. No perfect endings and answers, but a continuation of their adventures while moving and changing at the same time.

points on a map

Farther Along [FANVID] by Ant3ka (unrated)

  • May. 6th, 2015 at 9:38 PM
Title: Farther Along

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey/Duke/Nathan
Categories: OT3, friendship, romance, angst
Length: media: vid, 2mins 49
Warnings: none standard; covers seasons 1-3 only, religious imagery in lyrics.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ant3ka
Author Website: Ant3ka on YouTube

Summary: Farther along // we'll know all about it // farther along // we'll understand why. Nathan, Duke and Audrey realize that they're stronger together.

Review: A while back I did propose to occasionally rec media, and since I posted earlier than usual, I figured I'd post a media rec, too.

We’re all cast-aways in need of ropes
Hangin’ on by the last threads of our hope
In a house of mirrors full of smoke
Confusing illusions I have seen...


Vidded to a beautiful song by Josh Garrels, this vid begins slowly showing Audrey alone with her personal mysteries, but soon opens out into exploring her relationships with Duke and Nathan, separately and together, their own t(T)roubles and mysteries, and the connection between the three of them... And how very important they are to each other, together through thick and thin, arrayed against the backdrop of the Troubles and the other less supernatural tensions of the town of Haven.

It's a couple of years old now so it doesn't cover the recent seasons 4 and 5(a). In fact, I think it makes quite the taster for the show, skirting the mysteries without too many concrete spoilers (just confusing/unreliable ones), and yes, these people are beautiful together and, yes, this show has one of the most convincing potential OT3s on television. Definitely a favourite.

Farther Along

Laid Out by Frostfire (Explicit)

  • Apr. 30th, 2015 at 1:19 AM
Title: Laid Out

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey Parker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: smut, kink, het, sensation play
Length: medium, 2198 words
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: n/a?
Author Website: Frostfire on AO3

Summary: So they're drinking.

Review: ...she’s made herself...several martinis, and Nathan has had...many beers, and they’re talking about the Troubles, and he has his serious brooding face on, which doesn’t fit with how the official night off was supposed to go. She decided herself, that morning when they made plans, that tonight they would not work and they would still somehow enjoy themselves.

So she reaches out and pokes him in the side.

The noise he makes is so very, very entertaining—sort of like a cut-off hiccup—that she has to do it again. And he makes another, even more entertaining noise, so she does it again. And again.


This is written for the kink prompt "sensation play", and, well, there couldn't be a better kink match-up for this particular pairing -- with Nathan, who can't feel, except for Audrey with her immunity to the Troubles. So here is a fic about Audrey getting drunk and touching Nathan. A lot. Touching which Leads Places.

It's basically partner sex, back in season 2 when they're friends who are so very comfortable with one another, with the joking and teasing and frank discussions. It's genuinely fun and sweet rather than saccharine romance, deals with Nathan's unique situation with frankness and directness, and the end result is raw and real and really damn hot. I wish there was more Naudrey like this around on the internets, because damn.

Laid Out

Cheekbones [fanmix] by quinel (unrated)

  • Mar. 18th, 2015 at 7:32 PM
Title: Cheekbones - a Haven/Nathan Wuornos fanmix

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: gen, Nathan/Audrey
Categories: fanmix, character study
Length: media: fanmix: 10 songs, approx 40 minutes
Warnings: bad language?

Author on LJ: n/a?
Author Website: quinel on 8tracks | on Tumblr

Summary: A man who feels nothing and everything.

Review: Winter came as a load / Frozen down to the bone / I lived here half asleep

I played this fanmix over sufficient number of times last week to a) download most of the songs on it anyway at my own expense, and b) start seriously thinking about making some media recs every so often. So here is the first epic fanmix rec.

The lively variety of moods and musical styles here is something that I long to see more of in fanmixes generally. It's almost half instrumental, half indie, little bit pop and techno, throw in a folk-rock lilt and a touch of I-don't-even-know-what-you'd-call-that. As is the way of fanmixes, there is the odd song where I'm struggling to see the connection, and others where I'm not sure that the connections I'm making are the ones the compiler intended, interpretation of lyrics being so personal. 'Winter Song' is a gutpunch recall of the season 3-4 timeskip, long lyric segments of the almost-spoken-word 'You said okay' shout out the most churned and conflicted parts of the Nathan/Audrey relationship, and 'Dark Doo Wop' pretty much nails the season 4-5 couple with the world ranged against them. And there are threads of desperation, obsession, loneliness, containment and gentleness that thrum through the whole of this, that so fittingly captures the man who can't feel anything, as well as his need for Audrey Parker.

and it was then i realized you were not my world / you were my universe
...
and i wonder if that’s what it feels like to die and / if i’ll ever understand god in my lifespan / because i want to see god / i want to know what god feels like


I was trying to figure out how, as someone not-a-musical-expert, to best critically recommend a fanmix. But some of the lyrics speak for themselves.

Cheekbones - a Haven/Nathan Wuornos fanmix (Tumblr post with accurate tracklist and summary.)
Title: We're Made Out Of Blood And Rust

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Duke Crocker/ Nathan Wuornos
Categories: angst, slash, smut
Length: medium, 3,373 words
Warnings: season 3 bitterness? threat and gloom?

Author on LJ: n/a?
Author Website: Skyline on AO3

Summary: “Look, you’ve been really, uh. Supportive. I guess. In your own way. But can you maybe stow the condescension for the night? Disdain doesn’t mix well with anything I serve here.”

Review: And even if their history wasn’t half-written in blood, Nathan is numb to hands and knives; to Duke, who is somewhere in between.

Featuring numb-but-still-willing-to-sex!Nathan, a fantastic Duke voice, and a general aura of threat and gloom...

Nathan pays Duke a very ambiguous night time visit sometime after the revelation of Duke's Trouble has come out. It's staggeringly well written. Some awesome twists of language in the descriptions.

We're treated to Duke's snarky opinion on Nathan and snarky opinion on himself, as well as hints of their shared backstory. Did I mention the bitterness? There's lots of that, albeit interspersed with the lines that still draw a laugh... Which is why I like this fic, in particular for these two, because it captures all the shades of anger and violence, snarky banter, love and concern, within the bluntness of its alcohol- and threat-fuelled smut.

In a startling show of restraint, Nathan does not pull a gun on him, which oh, goody, means death won’t come knocking today. Nor is Wuornos wearing his Serious Detective Face. No doubt that means Nathan is here in an unofficial capacity to lord his moral superiority all over Duke’s nice clean bar.

Joy. The floors will get all sticky with condescension and virtue.


We're Made Out Of Blood And Rust

a bird in a gilded cage by othiara (G)

  • Feb. 11th, 2015 at 10:01 PM
Title: a bird in a gilded cage

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Veronica (Audrey Parker)/original female character
Categories: drama, historical, pre-canon, femslash
Length: medium, 12,100 words
Warnings: None really, although I'd up the author's G rating to a PG13 for mentions of violence and minor character death. Downbeat ending.

Author on LJ: n/a?
Author Website: Othiara on AO3

Summary: "How many secrets can one town have?" The story of Veronica, Audrey's 1901 incarnation.

Review: This is an interesting one, and as far as fanfiction goes, it's probably not going to be the most-read story ever, not having any of the major characters in it as such, but I thought it was worth drawing a little attention to for being something rather different from anything else to be found in the fandom.

It's the tale of one past incarnation out of Audrey Parker's many lives fighting the Troubles: the canonically bisexual Veronica. And with the ancestor of Vicki Dutton (with the drawing Trouble), and a female Crocker heir, Veronica's time helping to fix Troubles in this story carves out a particularly female space in Haven's mythology.

It's sparsely detailed but well told, with many parallels drawn along the way to how things have clearly played out, over and over again, across the centuries, with Haven's guarded secrets and cagey townsfolk and Troubled cycle.

a bird in a gilded cage

Aches by Jadzibelle (PG-13)

  • Jan. 21st, 2015 at 9:50 PM
Title: Aches

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: angst, slash, romance
Length: epic, 74,196 words
Warnings: canon level violence, death-seeking/suicidal thoughts

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: Jadzibelle on AO3

Summary: Nathan realized he’d made a mistake about half a breath after he sent Duke into the Barn after Audrey. In the moment, the idea of losing her, of losing the one person in the world he could feel, was overwhelming; he couldn’t think of anything else, and the only person he could trust, the only person he could rely on to try and get her back, was Duke. He didn’t think, when he begged him to go after her, didn’t consider the consequences until it was too late.

Until the Barn was gone, and Duke and Audrey with it, and Nathan was suddenly, terribly alone.

Review: I've been hanging on tenterhooks for a while watching the updates on this one, and it was finally finished in December.

Aches is a canon-divergent look at Duke and Nathan's return to Haven with Jennifer in season 4, for those times when what the TV screen gives does not suffice and 70+k of Duke/Nathan angst is absolutely required. To redress the balance by dealing with everything that went unmentioned, or barely mentioned, in canon: the consequences to Nathan of spending six months on the run thinking he destroyed everything important to him, and a Duke who skipped those six months in a single day, and the changing nature of their relationship when Duke returns and Nathan accepts him.

And, of course, the impact upon Nathan that he's contemplating his own death to set right his actions at the end of season 3, something I've certainly felt should have been explored much more on-screen.

With the requisite Duke/Nathan banter, arguments and fights -- with each other more than their various antagonists, obviously -- and revelations about their shared past, this fic is full of warmth and friendship gradually building up to something more.

A sequel is already in progress and the author is up-front that the ultimate goal may be to incorporate the return of Audrey as a third to the relationship, making later entries to the series OT3 Audrey/Duke/Nathan, but at present, this first story is a complete 70k of Duke/Nathan slash.

Aches

Aches by Jadzibelle (PG-13)

  • Jan. 21st, 2015 at 9:46 PM
Title: Aches

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: angst, slash, romance
Length: epic, 74,196 words
Warnings: canon level violence, death-seeking/suicidal thoughts

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: Jadzibelle on AO3

Summary: Nathan realized he’d made a mistake about half a breath after he sent Duke into the Barn after Audrey. In the moment, the idea of losing her, of losing the one person in the world he could feel, was overwhelming; he couldn’t think of anything else, and the only person he could trust, the only person he could rely on to try and get her back, was Duke. He didn’t think, when he begged him to go after her, didn’t consider the consequences until it was too late.

Until the Barn was gone, and Duke and Audrey with it, and Nathan was suddenly, terribly alone.

Review: I've been hanging on tenterhooks for a while watching the updates on this one, and it was finally finished in December.

Aches is a canon-divergent look at Duke and Nathan's return to Haven with Jennifer in season 4, for those times when what the TV screen gives does not suffice and 70+k of Duke/Nathan angst is absolutely required. To redress the balance by dealing with everything that went unmentioned, or barely mentioned, in canon: the consequences to Nathan of spending six months on the run thinking he destroyed everything important to him, and a Duke who skipped those six months in a single day, and the changing nature of their relationship when Duke returns and Nathan accepts him.

And, of course, the impact upon Nathan that he's contemplating his own death to set right his actions at the end of season 3, something I've certainly felt should have been explored much more on-screen.

With the requisite Duke/Nathan banter, arguments and fights -- with each other more than their various antagonists, obviously -- and revelations about their shared past, this fic is full of warmth and friendship gradually building up to something more.

A sequel is already in progress and the author is up-front that the ultimate goal may be to incorporate the return of Audrey as a third to the relationship, making later entries to the series OT3 Audrey/Duke/Nathan, but at present, this first story is a complete 70k of Duke/Nathan slash.

Aches

Wish You Were Here by Tassos (PG13)

  • Jan. 14th, 2015 at 10:13 PM
Title: Wish You Were Here

Fandom: Haven/Criminal Minds
Pairing: gen with background Audrey/Nathan
Categories: drama, casefile, crime, crossover, outsider POV
Length: Long, 36,894 words
Warnings: canon level violence

Author on LJ: [personal profile] tassosss
Author Website: Tassos on AO3, Vast Universes

Summary: When the FBI's BAU follow a serial killer to Haven, Maine, they find that murder and mystery are a lot more complicated in the unassuming sea-side town. The local cops don't want them there, the crime scenes don't make sense, and it doesn't take long for them to get in over their heads.

Review: This is a gen/casefile crossover set in season 4 of Haven and season 7 of Criminal Minds. It's basically channelling both shows, and juggling their sizeable casts so everyone gets their moments in the bargain. This collision could happen on screen and I would believe it.

It's told from the perspective of the members of the BAU team as they follow a case to the strange town of Haven and have to deal with prickly, secretive law enforcement and hostile, secretive townsfolk and alarming and occasionally violent town factions as well as their UnSub of the week. The outsider POV on Haven and its troubled detectives is a treat if you're familiar with the show and I should imagine it works if you're only familiar with Criminal Minds as well. Much (enjoyable) build-up is given to the revelation of Haven's town secrets and enabling Prentiss, Morgan, Hotch, and co. to accept and adjust to the somewhat unusual conditions under which murders might occur in this particular little seaside town. The casefile itself and the manner the mystery ties in with the troubles is also interesting.

I have no capacity to be intelligent about this one, only to glee fannishly, because the BAU comes to Haven and everyone is so exactly themselves. It's a perfect in-character intersection of the two shows.

Wish You Were Here
Alternative link to Wish You Were Here on Dreamwidth as AO3 appears to be down tonight

Wish You Were Here by Tassos (PG13)

  • Jan. 14th, 2015 at 10:08 PM
Title: Wish You Were Here

Fandom: Haven/Criminal Minds
Pairing: gen with background Audrey/Nathan
Categories: drama, casefile, crime, crossover, outsider POV
Length: Long, 36,894 words
Warnings: canon level violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] tassosss
Author Website: Tassos on AO3, Vast Universes

Summary: When the FBI's BAU follow a serial killer to Haven, Maine, they find that murder and mystery are a lot more complicated in the unassuming sea-side town. The local cops don't want them there, the crime scenes don't make sense, and it doesn't take long for them to get in over their heads.

Review: This is a gen/casefile crossover set in season 4 of Haven and season 7 of Criminal Minds. It's basically channelling both shows, and juggling their sizeable casts so everyone gets their moments in the bargain. This collision could happen on screen and I would believe it.

It's told from the perspective of the members of the BAU team as they follow a case to the strange town of Haven and have to deal with prickly, secretive law enforcement and hostile, secretive townsfolk and alarming and occasionally violent town factions as well as their UnSub of the week. The outsider POV on Haven and its troubled detectives is a treat if you're familiar with the show and I should imagine it works if you're only familiar with Criminal Minds as well. Much (enjoyable) build-up is given to the revelation of Haven's town secrets and enabling Prentiss, Morgan, Hotch, and co. to accept and adjust to the somewhat unusual conditions under which murders might occur in this particular little seaside town. The casefile itself and the manner the mystery ties in with the troubles is also interesting.

I have no capacity to be intelligent about this one, only to glee fannishly, because the BAU comes to Haven and everyone is so exactly themselves. It's a perfect in-character intersection of the two shows.

Wish You Were Here
Title: Five Times People Were Utterly Oblivious to Their Relationship and One Time It Was Too Obvious to Ignore

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey Parker/Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: humor, romance, threesome
Length: medium, 14,835 words
Warnings: Authors warn for homophobia and biphobia.

Author on LJ: Rabbitt on Dreamwidth
Author Website: Lovesrogue36 on AO3, Rabbitt on AO3

Summary:

“And I just thought you should hear it from a trusted source first, before it gets all over town.”
Nathan pauses with his cup halfway to his mouth. “What do you mean you saw Duke and Audrey… together?"
“Together.” As if that clarifies everything. He must still look mystified because she lowers her voice and elaborates: “Kissing.”
He chokes on the cookie, coughing and grinning as she slaps him on the back.

Review:

This one was hot off the presses last weekend and I wanted to rec it before I'd even finished it. And for this reason I am reccing Haven again this week instead of introducing more variety.

Explaining to a town full of busybodies that you're in a polyamorous relationship? Not easy. Explaining it to a woman who's been like a grandmother to you most of your life? Nathan finds that's next to impossible.

This is a wonderfully lively five-things format story, which humorously covers the misadventures of sustaining an unconventional relationship in Haven under the misunderstanding eyes of the well-meaning, helpful, nosy, or occasionally just plain offensive residents of the rest of the town. The stories are all quite different, exploring the relationships between the central trio in a variety of combinations and situations as all and sundry completely and utterly fail to grasp the right end of the stick as to the nature of the Audrey/Duke/Nathan relationship. There's a bit of danger and a bit of smut thrown in at points along the way. Duke gets kidnapped by thugs in one story. Epic car sex occurs in another. And Nathan Wuornos faced with trying to explain his threesome relationship to nosy old ladies will never not be hilarious.

There is a slightly darker side to this one, where the part that's often glossed over in Haven OT3 fic, that not everyone is going to take this style of relationship well, is portrayed here, and the trio don't exist in a world where their lifestyle is comfortable and acceptable to everyone else and the issues are addressed head-on.

NC-17 for the last part(ficlet) only. Set in a vague future where the current season's issues are resolved.

Five Times People Were Utterly Oblivious to Their Relationship and One Time It Was Too Obvious to Ignore

Moira(i) by Franzeska (NC-17)

  • Nov. 12th, 2014 at 6:21 PM
Title: Moira(i)

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey/Duke/Nathan
Categories: angst, action/adventure, case file
Length: medium: 14,944 words (so only just medium)
Warnings: violence, 'temporary' character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] franzeska
Author Website: Franzeska on A03

Summary: No one cheats fate in Haven.

Review:
My summary: Nathan and Duke kill each other.

That's not as much a spoiler as you might think. There are 'temporary character death' sorts of notes in the tags, and the presence of sisters Moira (played on the show by Claudia Black, incidentally) and Noelle, also noted in the tags, is a big giveaway to anyone who remembers the season 3 two parter 'Magic Hour' that the rules on consequences might be... slightly different in the course of this fic. And Nathan's death is predicted in chapter 1. 'Moirai' is another name for the fates, and the other key Trouble featured in this fic is a future-prediction one. It's how events play out between these two rule-breakers and the twisting decisions and motivations and reactions of the characters that makes this fic.

This is a complex high-stakes adventure with Troubled people going missing and a return of the old anti-Troubled factions from season 2, and so tightly written it feels longer than it is. It's also a resolution to the end of season 3 cliffhanger (so canon divergent now), and an OT3 fic with romantic angst and some smut sprinkled on top at the end. There's a ton of goodness absolutely packed in here. Go read.

Moira(i)

Dana (AU season 3) by audreythree (~NC-17)

  • Oct. 29th, 2014 at 10:49 PM
Title: Dana (AU season 3)

Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Audrey Parker/Duke Crocker, Audrey Parker/Nathan Wuornos
Categories: AU
Length: Epic, 71,970
Warnings: Violence, touches of dubious consent due to the complexities of Audrey's changing identities.

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: audreythree on AO3

Summary: Two years after Audrey Parker disappeared... Dana Bellamy rides into town.

Review:
This is my first rec here and I feel like I'm starting with a bit of a cheat, because this epic rec is actually three stories. But I find it very hard to separate out parts #1 Dana and #3 Audrey from each other: one picks up exactly where the other ends, and really it's two parts of one long fic to me, and #2 Ricochet is a delightful little fill-in for the backstory of this particular canon divergence.

This is one of the 'Audrey comes back to Haven with a new name (and new hair) and no memory of Duke and Nathan' fics that abounded after the finales to seasons 2 and 3 (this one season 2), so it's thoroughly Jossed now, with a different interpretation of the working of Duke's curse, among other things, but still so worth the read. (It has a few things in common with season 4, in fact: I think this is one fic that called the show on a few things.) It's also highly overlooked in this fandom, perhaps because it simply doesn't categorise well: isn't Audrey/Nathan or Audrey/Duke but both, when so many fans are all for one or the other, and isn't the popular Audrey/Duke/Nathan OT3 either but approaches more of a V relationship with a solid friendship between the two men.

The story follows Dana, the newcomer to Haven, rediscovering the Troubles and her abilities to help stop the Troubles, and rediscovering Duke and Nathan at the same time, wrapping up with its own conclusions and revelations about Haven's secrets.

The main reason for reading, the characterisation in this is gorgeous, complex and human, and the interactions between the three leads. I like the touches with Nathan, in particular -- in part 1, from an outsider point of view that doesn't like him -- his portrayal subtle and heartbreaking. This is a darker, different Duke than in canon, changed by circumstances, but not changed so very much. The new face of Audrey, Dana, is a strong and convincing personality in her own right. The relationship between the two men isn't portrayed as sexual (yet, although as a fan of the pairing I'm always thinking, hey, it can go there) but the links between them are so obviously strong, that they can continue to find a connection and not a source of friction in their love for the same woman.

Dana (AU season 3)

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