Overheard by winged_mammal (PG-15)

  • Mar. 1st, 2015 at 12:18 AM
Title: Overheard
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw
Categories/Genres: Crack, Established Relationship, Romance, Humor, Outsider POV
Length: Medium (3584 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: winged_mammal


Root and Shaw have a tendency to forget the commlink is open. John really wishes they wouldn't.


winged_mammal used Outsider POV! It was super effective!

One of the common themes I've observed in Finch/Reese fic is the earwig connection that stays open at all times. Not unprecedented, given that it's been underscored more than once in the show. But as ever when you've got more than two people using the same network, sometimes you accidentally drop a few eaves that were probably best left alone.

Namely, Root and Shaw's very active sex life and all the flirting between them that alludes to it.

Finch and Reese are such champs about the whole thing, which I'm incredibly bemused by. Never once do they complain about the rampant flirting and naked innuendo, nor do they so much as bring it up to either of the women. Rather, they cut off their own ends of the connection when things get a little too.... heated. It's not just a source of titillation and embarrassment, though. Listening in on Root and Shaw through Reese's perspective, we also get a sense of the depth of their relationship.


Fix You by Zurik 23M (PG)

  • Feb. 21st, 2015 at 10:55 PM
Title: Fix You
Musical Artist: Coldplay
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw, Joss Carter/Cal Beecher, Joss Carter/John Reese, Grace Hendricks/Harold Finch
Categories/Genres: Drama, Action/Adventure, Angst, Friendship, Romance
Warnings: Canonical Character Deaths

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] exampleusername
Author Website: Zurik 23M


So the other day, I was looking at the tvtropes page for Person of Interest, namely the Analysis page, and I was struck by how Zurik 23M's video characterizes almost all the major themes of the show. The vid showcases the cameraderie that forms between the members, witting and unwitting alike, of Team Machine. But while it demonstrates how the Machine's mission has healed and/or empowered the characters, it doesn't hesitate on the theme of loss, and how even as they've done so much good, they have all lost people important to them both in the past and along the way. Zurik 23M also captures the tone of the show with the choice of song, the lyrics hitting home without fail.

If you don't already watch Person of Interest, and you don't mind some pretty serious spoilers, I would definitely recommend this as an introduction to what the show is about and the remarkable cast of characters you'll get to know.

Fix You
Title: 99.607% Match Compatibility
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw
Categories/Genres: Soulmates, Future Fic, Alternate Universe, Romance, Established Relationship, Drama, Angst
Length: Medium (12944 words)
Warnings: N/A

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


She doesn’t wait for Root to reply, doesn’t let Root get in a word edgewise. “Because it told you that you and Hanna are supposed to end up together, but it told me that you and I are supposed to end up together. You were my so-called soulmate, okay? It spit your name out at me.”

The Machine is just casually being a matchmaker on the downlow again, but nothing ever really comes easily, does it?

(Soulmate trope meets what-if-the-Machine-has-a-virtual-baby-and-it's-OKCupid)


The grand theme of Soulmate fics is that there's something inherently indefinable about love. That two people match at every point, on every level, two halves of a whole that was broken apart by a frightened deity. They're connected, through marks or what have you, that have no scientific explanation beyond 'idk, magic?'.

99.607% Match Compatibility is a soulmate fic that is not about soulmates. ionizable implements a soulmate matching system that is not based in magic, but an “algorithm that calculates relationship compatibility,” according to Finch, compiled by The Machine and put into use by first Shaw, then Root, as their individual curiosities overpower their better judgment. The results are... complex.

I really admire ionizable for the way they tackle the age-old fandom trope of 'young love will last forever' that's so incredibly prevalent in basically any fandom where any of the main characters are under 20. I understand it, of course. Writing out a couple's entire lifetime is incredibly tedious, so there has to be an end point somewhere, with the couple in question presumably living out their 'happily ever after'. But the moment we pull our heads out of fandom, the idea that a teenage couple can live out the rest of their adult lives in romantic bliss becomes anathema. People grow, people change. So too do relationships and what partners value in each other. Young adults marry in the rosy blush of love and divorce days, months, years later for innumerably myriad reasons. That ionizable acknowledges this reality within the fic makes Root's feelings for Shaw so much richer and recognizable than two people commanded by destiny to be together because, idk, magic.

99.607% Match Compatibility
Title: Estimated Time Remaining
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw
Categories/Genres: Episode Tag, Fix-It, Established Relationship, Drama, Action/Adventure
Length: Medium (2885 words)
Warnings: Offstage (Villain) Character Death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: paigemccullers


“Asset safe.”
That’s all she ever gets.
But for now, it’s enough.


Although I hesitate to rec this, it's mostly because I can't seem to think of anything to say in its favor without wholly and utterly spoiling not only the show's 4th season up through its most recent episode, being the midseason finale, but also the best parts of the fic itself. How do I express my love of Root's enduring feelings for Shaw, even as a year passes without so much as a glimpse of her? Or Shaw's spot-on snark after entering the narrative? How can I impress upon you the importance of Finch putting aside his own fiercely guarded principles? What will make you understand the awesomeness of Root and Reese kicking ass and taking names? Is there a way for me to portray the team's single-minded devotion to their goals even as time passes and success seems ever more like a fading dream?

Oh, I know! You can read the fic and find out all about it.

Estimated Time Remaining

And You Are Not Me by kesdax (PG)

  • Jan. 17th, 2015 at 10:12 PM
Title: And You Are Not Me
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw, Samantha Groves/Hannah Frey
Categories/Genres: Flashbacks, Established Relationship, Romance, Action/Adventure, Drama
Length: Medium (10821 words)
Warnings: Canonical Character Death

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


She feels her humanity like a knife in her chest. It stings and bleeds and hurts and sometimes she can’t remember how to breathe.


It's always struck me as rather incongruous that the most private character on Person of Interest is the character whose past we see the most of. For every other character, we only catch the occasional glimpse, those turning points in their lives that led them to that one place at that specific time for that important purpose.

Atypically, Root's backstory does not appear in brief plot-relevant flashbacks, but as an episode all its own, the number begrudgingly given in the face of Reese's obstinate refusal to continue on his mission while Root absconds with Finch. From there, we learn about Hannah Frey and the origin of the young hacker who later became the Machine's analog interface.

And You Are Not Me is a remarkable character piece that delves more thoroughly into Root's past. kesdax takes the bits and pieces of information from that episode and fleshes them out, introducing a young Root, her sick mother, and the girl who was her first friend and first shy love. Woven into the narrative of her past are moments from the present: conversations with Shaw about God and religion, a mission from the Machine that reveals the limits of Root's obedience to its commands, the contemplative aftermath.

And You Are Not Me

Symbolic Constant by LithiumDoll (PG-15)

  • Jan. 10th, 2015 at 10:53 PM
Title: Symbolic Constant
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw, very faint Harold Finch/John Reese if you're inclined
Categories/Genres: Post-Canon, Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Alternate Universe, Future, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Angst, Romance, Established Relationship, Dark, Drama, Time Travel (from the characters' perspectives)
Length: Long (18078 words)
Warnings: Previous (Temporary?) Repeated Major Character Deaths (because clones)

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: LithiumDoll


Here's the thing about constants: their value never changes.


In celebration of Person of Interest taking that ultimate step of making their subtexty lesbians officially and irrefutably canon, I'm gonna do my damned best to rec Root/Shaw every Saturday through the end of January.

To be honest, I've never been very fond of the apocalypse and dystopia genres. But my distaste stems from childhood trauma, and probably nobody wants to hear about that, so let me just say, Symbolic Constant is the apocalypse/dystopia fic for people who can push through the painful parts of a fic to reach the happy ending. And by painful, I mean repeated major character death. But it's okay, because they come back, thanks to clones and science and all the best cheat codes that are part and parcel of any decent sci-fi fic. And by happy ending, I mean the next generation of clones wakes up in the post-post-apocalyptic future without having to deal with any of the crap that came before.

So, y'know, don't let the warning scare you off. Please.

If nothing else, read for the lesbians. Shaw and Root's relationship is, as ever, complex at the best of times, a spicy simmer that gives the narrative delicious flavor. An older iteration of Root adds another layer of complexity that the author takes advantage of to portray a version of their relationship where their sizzling sexual tension for once isn't the backbone of their interactions.

LithiumDoll's portrayal of Finch and Reese are such perfect recreations of canon that it brings a tear to my fannish eye. The understated devotion that pervades their every interaction is just as prevalent here, allowing the reader the same freedom to interpret their relationship as the show's writers have taken such pains to cultivate. My favorite scene of the fic, even though it's really, really damn sad, involves a heartbreaking display of their bond to each other, particularly Reese's to Finch.

Basically, I freaking love this fic. I'm gonna go lay down and cry tears of joy now.

Symbolic Constant
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


Harold tells John to find a hobby.

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


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


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


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
Title: God's Gonna Cut You Down
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: Drama, Action/Adventure
Length: 2:17
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] astolat
Author Website: astolat shalott


Everyone gets cut down in the end.


I've loved this vid for a long time, watched it repeatedly and intently, each time struck by the relevance of the lyrics and tone to the show's canonical story arcs. But I've never thought it more relevant than now, what with the changes that Season 3's finale have wrought on Season 4.

What makes the vid so memorable is the way it cuts to the heart of Person of Interest, to that Newtonian idea that what goes up must eventually come down. Like Icarus, villains small and large have risen up and been struck down by Team Machine, who in turn have been brought low from their height by a frightening new entity. As it bares its teeth in the early episodes of this new season, we can only hope that it isn't immune to the same cycle.

God's Gonna Cut You Down
Title: A Perpendicular Expression
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: Humor
Length: Short (950 words)
Warnings: N/A

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


Pissing Finch off never actually ends well; usually it ends like this, with John scaring the shit out of her at two in the morning.


If there's anything I love in a Person of Interest fic, it's an outside POV, especially one that looks in on the ambiguously gay codependent duo of Finch and Reese. A Perpendicular Expression perfectly balances Carter's exasperation with subtle and nuanced impressions of Finch and Reese's partnership. It throws into sharp relief just how un-normal both men are, both in their actions and reactions towards the people they care about, something that often gets lost in the narrative when you're experiencing their relationship from the inside. But considering how serious the show is, it's nice to see a lighter take on it, and for the usually unflappable Carter to be stuck playing the straight man to Finch and Reese's well-intentioned hijinks.

A Perpendicular Expression

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


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.


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


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.


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


Root returns to claim what's hers.


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

A Really Private Person by Astolat (R)

  • Apr. 24th, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Title: A Really Private Person
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories: AU, Action/Adventure, Hurt/Comfort,
Length: Medium (19k)

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] astolat
Website: Astolat

Summary:The end of the world started on a Wednesday in March.

Review: This is a great case-story. The number that comes up is that of a asteroid that is headed towards earth. Which in turn brings Finch and Reese into the light of day.

I loved the premise and the feel of inevitability that the premise gave this story, but even more than that I liked seeing how Reese and Finch acted when they were brought out into the light. And I really liked how the Machine outsmarted all of them, in order to protect its creator.

A Really Private Person
(A day late (again), but not a dollar short! (Minus the dollars spent on the booze that resulted in a truly epic hangover.))

Title: With One Eye Open
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Samantha Shaw/Root
Categories/Genres: Bondage, Smut
Length: Short (1052 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author/Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] livenudebigfoot
Author/Artist Website: livenudebigfoot


Her name is not Veronica.


(To be honest, one of my prime reasons for reccing this fic is the fact that it's femslash. Now, don't get me wrong, I like my fair share of dicks, but I think we can all recognize the fact that [livejournal.com profile] epic_recs' collection is a bit of a sausage fest. So here I am, bringing the pretty ladies.

The pretty, crazy ladies.)

Root, in her long habit of assuming identities, is going by Veronica in this particular instance. But a rose by any other name would still have thorns as sharp. Good thing Shaw has a thick skin.

What fascinates me about this pairing is how sharply they contrast with their male counterparts. Root is bold and ruthless where Finch is perpetually reining himself in. Shaw is no bleeding heart like Reese. Yet still they're birds of a feather; birds of prey or “high-functioning sociopaths,” pick your poison.

This is no soft Finch/Reese romance, with the Sencha green tea and the tailoring and the washing the dog together. This is two women with power and agency and no remorse, with guns and handcuffs and cigarettes.

With One Eye Open
Title: Truth is in the Eye of the Beholder
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories/Genres: Outside POV, Romance, Fluff
Length: Short (1894 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author/Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] infiniteeight
Author/Artist Website: infiniteeight


Dee Dee has been working at this diner for three years, and she likes to make up little stories about her regulars.

Alternately, The progression of Reese and Finch's relationship from the perspective of a waitress at the diner where they meet in "Judgment" (1x05).


You know, as much as I enjoy reccing for relatively small fandoms, it sometimes makes finding themed recs just a touch difficult. So in the spirit of efficiency, I decided to outsource finding an adequate rec to a waitress in a New York Diner named Danielle. Or rather, Dee Dee, as her friends call her.

What she found for me was a story about a man who frequents the diner where she works. A quiet man, usually alone, who prefers a booth and a book. But then, one day, another man with salt and pepper hair stops in to see the quiet man, and what unfolds from there, at least from Dee Dee's perspective, is a tentative romance that flourishes and ripens with all the grace (and speed) of a good wine.

I love this story for how natural it feels, watching the progression of Finch and Reese's relationship through the lens of a thoroughly outside perspective. Through Dee Dee's eyes, infiniteeight captures a progression of growing closeness that is sometimes lost in the intense action and complex plotlines of the show itself, more highlighting the protagonists' canonical potential and carrying it through than creating a romance unique to the story itself. What's more, infiniteeight's simple prose and Dee Dee's fertile imagination inspire the reader to spin their own creative interpretation of the two men's interactions, making the story feel much vaster than its mere 1900 words.

Truth is in the Eye of the Beholder
Title: The Great Friendship Caper
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Gen
Categories: Friendship, Humor, Crack
Length: Medium (3609 words)
Warnings: N/A

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

Author's Summary:

Finch comes up with a way to curb Leon’s tendency to wind up in trouble. Unfortunately for Reese, the NYPD, and several (mostly) innocent bystanders, it involves socializing.


Leon Tao is the single most troublesome 'victim' out of Person of Interest's varied cast of irrelevants, constantly stumbling into trouble of his own creation and, more than once, relying on the show's protagonists to get him back out of it. Tired of always having to come to his rescue, Finch decides that an ounce of prevention might be more efficiently spent than a pound of cure.

The way to enact this prevention? Occupying Leon Tao with a diversion that isn't getting himself into life threatening situations. Like playing pool, or bowling, or even going to a strip joint. Anything.

Unfortunately, any plan is only as good as its execution, and with a man like John Reese at the helm, well. I hope you have your popcorn ready.

The Great Friendship Caper

Better Luck This Time by Lisztful (PG-13)

  • Nov. 2nd, 2013 at 5:56 PM
Title: Better Luck This Time
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories: Romance, Pining, Matchmaking, Obliviousness, Humor, Fluff
Length: Medium (4683 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lisztful
Author Website: Lisztful

Author's Summary:

Carter definitely doesn’t have time for a dangerous free agent and a ridiculously powerful hacker to be pining.


Joss Carter: detective, single mother, part-time vigilante. Not a matchmaker. Except when the two idiots responsible for getting her tangled up in the aforementioned 'part-time vigilante' business are too thick-headed to notice that they're ridiculously, head-over-heels in love with each other...

One of my favorite parts of watching Person of Interest is seeing how the various characters interact and grow over time. The primary relationship between Finch and Reese is, of course, fascinating to watch for the subtle, nuanced devotion that flourishes between them, but at times it is their relationship with the side protagonists that stand out.

Better Luck This Time is written mostly from Carter's point of view, capturing her long-suffering bemusement and half-hearted irritation at being dragged into yet another one of Finch and Reese's little puzzles. That puzzle being, how to jump start these two knuckleheads' romantic relationship. Carter takes to it with her usual diligence: caustic yet supportive, and always beleaguered. But with a little persistence and a lot of unappreciated patience, love triumphs in the end, complete with a 'Thank You' card.

Better Luck This Time

Outsider Perspective by Neery (NC-17)

  • Sep. 28th, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Title: Outsider Perspective
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories: Amnesia, Action/Adventure, Romance, First Time, Mistaken Identities, Misunderstandings, Pining
Length: Medium (13095 words)
Warnings: Canon-typical violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] neery
Author Website: Neery

Author's Summary:

John and Harold lose their memories


There's a very special place in my heart for fics where a character suffers amnesia, and Outsider Perspective inflicts amnesia on both lead characters, so I was pretty much a lost cause from the start. But what hits me even harder in my fannish heart than my love of amnesia is how Neery explores what I love so much about the trope in the first place: the issue of 'who are you when you're not anyone?' In my mind, the answer to that question has always revolved around the balance and conflict of nature versus nurture.

Lacking 'nurture', Finch and Reese immediately fall back on nature, depending upon what their lives have ingrained into their bodies to guide them in their search for identity. Reese turns predictably to the gut feelings and instincts his past has trained him to listen to. Finch falls immediately into the familiar patterns of code and data and analysis. Yet in spite of everything, they still gravitate toward each other, like the trust and affection they've come to share has been carved into their very bodies just as surely as their respective careers.

But my favorite part of all is when the amnesia fades and the two men come to realize that what is natural and what is nurtured are two deeply interconnected parts of the whole of who they are.

Outsider Perspective
Title: why don't we get together and call ourselves an institute
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Categories: Humor, Romance, Pre-slash, Fluff, Domestic, Epistolary, Outside POV, Office, Undercover
Length: Medium (4282 words)
Warnings: N/A

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

Author's Summary:
“It’s perfectly logical. We’re bound to be caught at some point together, and as far as I can see there’s no downside to connecting Mr. Warren to Mr. Wren socially. We’ll have an easier time explaining ourselves being together if we’re observed being together, and since you’ve vetoed all of my suggestions for activities that you could take up—“

“I’m not joining a bowling league, Harold,” John says firmly.

One of my (many) pet peeves is trying to explain shipping to “non-shippers,” because they all seem to operate under this one mistaken assumption: that there is such a thing as a “non-shipper” and that they are one of them. But the truth is, all people are shippers, though it may not take a form that is popularly recognized as shipping. why don't we get together and call ourselves an institute is a Person of Interest fic by shippers, for shippers, about shippers, which takes us through the alias-maintenance of our intrepid heroes Finch and Reese, mingled with the perspectives of their respective assistants and coworkers, who promptly form wild (though occasionally perceptive) ideas about the nature of their relationship.

And sure, this is a story about Finch and Reese and how donuts and nosy assistants brought them together, but more importantly, it's a story about the shipper in all of us.

why don't we get together and call ourselves an institute


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