Title: The Reese-Finch Home for Wayward Boys
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories/Genres: Alternate Universe, Family, Parenthood, Humor, Established Relationship, Domestic
Length: Short (1869 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: the_wordbutler

Summary:

Harold tells John to find a hobby.

John does, just not the kind of hobby Harold'd hoped for.

Review:

John is an ex-special forces, ex-CIA clandestine agent. Harold is a reclusive billionaire programmer who singlehandedly created a nationwide surveillance system and genuine artificial intelligence. Neither subscribes to the socially dictated idea of privacy and the boundaries that go with it. So of course any sort of family they end up creating would be... unconventional.

The Reese-Finch Home for Wayward Boys is an AU fic, but with the feel of canon, as though it might take place in a hypothetical post-canon, or even simultaneous with future canon, if you can suspend your disbelief far enough. Even though their attention isn't focused on saving New York City one victim or perpetrator at a time, there's still a palpable sense of their devotion to the cause of helping these stray kids however they can. Carter and Fusco are inevitably dragged into it, and of course have their own two cents to share. Even Zoe Morgan and Will Ingram, oft ignored in fanfiction, lend their own talents to the odd, (likely illegal), group home. As a result, there's very much a 'it takes a village' vibe to the fic, a group of unlikely co-conspirators working together to help make New York a little better, one runaway at a time.

The Reese-Finch Home for Wayward Boys

Art: No. 8 by きやま (G)

  • Oct. 12th, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Title: No. 8
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories/Genres: Fanart
Length: N/A
Warnings: N/A

Artist on LJ: N/A (I think?)
Artist Website: きやま

Summary:

N/A (If there is one, it's in Japanese and I can't read it.)

Review:

It will never cease being amazing to me that so much of Person of Interest's fanart is drawn by fans of the show who live outside of the U.S. Of course, it's not a criticism in any way of the show or the fans or even of Warner Bros., but rather a minor epiphany that the issues that the show tackles, the relationships that the characters form, are powerful enough to resonate with viewers around the world.

Like two voices resonating on the same pitch, what I see in きやま's art is the visual representation of how I imagine Finch and Reese's relationship. Finch, focused ever on his duty, on the tasks that need doing and the decisions that need making. Reese, hovering protectively, the faithful hound, devoted to Finch, and through Finch, to the cause.

It's amazing to me, and quietly mind blowing, that two fans from wholly different cultures, who speak languages so utterly different, can share a perspective so completely. And it speaks to the show itself that it can communicate such subtlety and depth across a range of diverse perspectives.

But still, you guys. Fandom. What an incredible thing.

No. 8

Original Sins by manic_intent (NC-17)

  • Sep. 14th, 2014 at 12:46 AM
Title: Original Sins
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories/Genres: Canon Divergence, Drama, Romance, Action, First Time
Length: Medium (9211 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] manic_intent
Author Website: manic_intent

Summary:

The Machine had been born to commit the first original sin, of knowledge... and now, in its evolution, it had committed the second, of murder.

Review:

With Season 4 of Person of Interest looming in the near future, I figured it was high time I recced this gem of a fic.

Original Sins is a canon divergent fic, splitting off from the original at a pivotal point in Season 3's major plot arc, where Team Machine is forced to choose between killing a potential major threat or letting them live to fulfill that potential. Without giving away huge spoilers, I can't say what they choose, either in the canon or the fic, but manic_intent extrapolates the consequences of this different path, mainly with respect to Finch and his beliefs about the Machine and the course of its evolution. The story eventually loops back around to the canon storyline's events, but events proceed differently in the wake of this altered set of consequences.

manic_intent has essentially written out what I wished had happened in Person of Interest, with Team Machine triumphing over its antithetical foe with teamwork and snarky banter, and Finch accepting that the Machine, which he has stubbornly perceived in canon as merely zeroes and ones, is as alive and dynamic as any flesh and blood child might be. This Finch embraces his role as the Machine's teacher, however reluctantly, and in doing so becomes better able to protect those dear to him.

Original Sins

The Rest Is Silence by hedda62 (NC-17)

  • May. 10th, 2014 at 11:32 PM
Title: The Rest Is Silence
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories/Genres: Voice kink
Length: Medium (2148 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] hedda62
Author Website: hedda62

Summary:

Finch was in the Library multitasking, feeding Bear and forging a research grant while making puns about computer bugs and (Reese was pretty sure) Hamlet; Reese was in the bathroom in his loft dressing abrasions and thinking vaguely about Finch's voice as antibiotic ointment. Or possibly lubricant.

Review:

The Rest Is Silence is a quick little jaunt into a seldom explored aspect of Person of Interest: the earpiece. Though not particularly stressed during the episodes, Finch is forever the voice murmuring into Reese's ear, with actual face time between the characters being somewhat limited. hedda explores this particular medium of communication and the ways in which their evolving relationships has affected Reese's reactions to the sound of his partner's voice.

Interestingly, hedda also draws specific boundaries around Reese's attraction. It isn't the all-encompassing attachment one typically finds in Finch/Reese fics, but rather more narrowly defined; Reese's affection stems from reverence and devotion, but is rooted in the aural as opposed to the visual. In fact, Reese seems utterly disinterested in Finch's appearance and what secrets might lie under the ubiquitous three-piece suits. Finch's voice is all he needs.

The Rest Is Silence

Point of a Pistol by Giddygeek (R)

  • Apr. 26th, 2014 at 9:13 PM
Title: Point of a Pistol
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories/Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama, Pre-Slash, Romance,
Length: Long (25422 words)
Warnings: Character Death: (Root)

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] giddygeek
Author Website: Giddygeek

Summary:

Root returns to claim what's hers.

Review:

One of the aspects of Person of Interest that I dearly love is the slowly evolving relationship between Finch and Reese. They begin as absolute strangers, dependent upon but untrusting of each other. Slowly, ever so slowly, trust and friendship begin to form between them, growing into an unswerving and unbreakable devotion.

Point of a Pistol subtly explores that devotion through Reese's perspective. The reader can see the care that Reese takes with Finch, the bone-deep need to keep Finch safe from danger, exposure, Finch's own workaholic habits, and occasionally even from Reese himself. In return, Finch grants Reese little peeks at those things about himself that he goes well out of his way to hide from the world.

This isn't your standard action/adventure fic. No, it follows more along the lines of the canon itself, moving slowly but deliberately toward moments of frenetic action. It's thoughtful, and thought provoking, and just like canon, deeply invested in the bond of trust and care between the two leads.

Point of a Pistol

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