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Story: The Worst Doctor Who Story Ever
Author: Astrid
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 608
Author's Summary: For April Fools Day, I present something I wrote last year as a parody of all the bad Doctor Who fics (well, bad fics in general). I'm very sorry about this, I really am.
Characters/Pairings: Eighth Doctor, The Master, Adric, Ace, Peri, Mel, Romana II, Sarah Jane (and more)
Warnings: none

Recced because: I laughed non-stop at this absurd yet accurate send up of badfic. We've all seen them- probably lurking in the dark corners of fics written as one endless paragraph, riddled with misspelled words, oblivious to punctuation or grammar. They usually feature a Mary Sue and some character bashing for good measure. This one ticks all those boxes perfectly, and I couldn't stop giggling as it hit every cliched trope in Doctor Who fandom over the head with a mallet. This fic is short, so the (intentionally) terrible formatting shouldn't be an obstacle to enjoying this hilarious parody. (And honestly the misspellings just make it funnier- I nearly lost it at 'Parry' and 'Ramona' LOL)
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Story: Gothic Romance
Author: vvj5
Rating: teen
Word Count: 7513
Author's Summary: It is a fact universally acknowledged that any beings splintered in time will inevitably run into each other. No law says it has to end well, though…
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswin Oswald, Scaroth
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an entertaining and atmospheric short story that's part gothic novel parody, part heist fic, part timey-wimey sci-fi story, and combines characters from many different eras of Doctor Who in a very clever way. It's probably best read after you've seen 'City of Death' and know who Scaroth is, but the central concept of characters who are displaced in time and thrown together in unusual circumstances is probably easy for any Whovian to catch on to. You wouldn't think 'fake relationship' trope fic featuring a time-stream Clara & a classic Who monster could be so amusing, but you'd be wrong. With it's crisp dialogue, well-realized setting, and unexpected pathos toward the end, I could easily picture this making a very fine Big Finish audio. I thoroughly enjoyed this one the whole way through, and hope lots of others will too.
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Hi, I'm [personal profile] newmoonstar (Meadowlark on Teaspoon) and I'm finally squeaking in before my reccing period is over with a few great stories for you all! First up:

Story: Genius Loci (The Evidence of Things Unseen Remix)
Author: AstroGirl
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 685
Characters: Leela, Fourth Doctor, the TARDIS
Author's Summary: Leela does not believe in spirits. But she knows there is something here with them.
Warnings: none

Recced because: It's an interesting look at how Leela views the TARDIS, and how her supposedly primitive upbringing none the less gave her the ability to understand and connect with it without the Doctor having to explain it to her. A very lovely and insightful vignette.
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It's been fun reccing again and I hope everyone has enjoyed these stories as much as I have. (And if you did, don't forget to thank the authors with a nice review!) One more little drabble to rec before my stint is over:

Story: I Can't Stand
Author: merripestin
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 117
Characters: Third Doctor, Jo Grant
Author's summary: Without Jo to make the tea. (hate challenge drabble for lj:dw100)
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a poignant vignette of a moment from an ordinary day for the Third Doctor after Jo has left. In a just a few simple sentences, it beautifully paints a picture of how much he misses her. A top notch, heartbreaking little piece.
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Story: The Silent Land
Author: AJK
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 33,156
Characters/pairings: First Doctor, Barbara Wright, Ian Chesterton
Author's summary: A lost tomb, an archaeological dig, a near death experience and reality starts to slip.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is an exciting and suspenseful adventure story that kept me completely absorbed through all five chapters. Set in the interval between Susan's departure and Vicki's arrival, it features the First Doctor, Ian, and Barbara joining an archaeological dig on Earth in the year 1999, and encountering some seemingly supernatural phenomena from Ancient Egypt. Featuring a fascinating dose of Egyptian mythology, using Classic Who's penchant for characters who are physical doubles of our regulars to good effect, and including a good deal of playful and charming banter from our TARDIS team (and a good amount of Barbara/Ian shippiness), this is an entertaining and satisfying story that I'm glad to have stumbled across.
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Story: Fondness
Author: LizBee
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 738
Characters/pairings: Fourth Doctor/Romana I
Author's summary: "I am rather fond of you," the Doctor said, in an unexpected fit of post-coital affection.
Warnings: none

Recced because: I don't even ship Four/Romana, but this fic was so funny I was willing to go with it. The Doctor and Romana's pillow talk in this is hilariously droll and full of witty jabs at both Time Lord society and their own relationship, and perfectly in character. I could hear both their voices clearly in this dialogue, which is no small feat considering how the banter between Four and Romana I was some of the best of any Doctor & companion team, IMO. It was lovely to hear the flavor of that recreated here. A delightful (if mildly NSFW) read.
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Story: Afterward, Clear the Table
Author: Styrofoam monster
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 1795
Characters: Jo Grant, The Master (Simm)
Author's summary: AU. Jo Grant has a visitor.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This is a sad but interesting AU in which an older Jo converses with an oddly familiar visitor who shows up on her doorstep bearing grave news. The ensuing conversation alternates between measured wariness and stark candidness as old wounds and new are brought up, with the passage of time and the burden of grief poignantly leveling the playing field between them for one brief moment. A fascinating character study.
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Story: Tactile
Author: TigerKat
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 106
Characters/pairings: Barbara Wright/Ian Chesterton
Author's summary: Barbara Wright is a sensible woman. Drabble.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This little drabble highlights Barbara's perspective on the evolution of her relationship with Ian in a subtle yet beguiling way. Cue the shipper feels!
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Hello all! I'm [ profile] newmoonstar, (aka Meadowlark on Teaspoon), and I'm glad to be back reccing for the next two weeks! I'm going to start with a fic I recently found which has immediately become one of my faves:

Story: See Ye Not That Bonny Road
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 12,195
Characters: Jamie McCrimmon, Eighth Doctor
Author's summary: Jamie McCrimmon is wounded, exhausted, and feels like a stranger in his own head.
Warnings: explicit violence (also spoilers for 'The War Games')

Recced because: Do you ever come across a fic that you read for the first time and immediately say to yourself 'omg, this is perfect'? This is one of those fics. I can't believe it hasn't been recced before, but I'm all too happy to do the honors!

Fresh off my first read of it, I'm still in flail mode, but I'll try to highlight it's strengths with a modicum of clarity:

First of all: Post-War Games Jamie. What happens to companions after they leave is a great subject for fic, and Jamie is a particularly interesting case, seeing as his memory is supposedly erased- but how can all the memories be truly gone after all the ways he's learned and changed? How can he forget the best friend he's ever had? In this story, he hasn't quite forgotten, and the memories come to him in snatches of ideas- and he makes sense of them in the context of his own time and culture. The references to Scottish faerie lore are perfectly fitting, and the attention the author has paid to all the little details made me, as someone who once considered getting a degree in folklore, absolutely delighted.

Second: The Eighth Doctor. The scenes between Eight and Jamie are spot on. Sensitively written, thoughtful, and a little bit heartbreaking, but in a good way. This fic does a beautiful job of highlighting the strength of the Doctor & companion bond regardless of which face he wears.

Third: Kirstie McLaren gets a featured role, in a way that makes her more than just an ancillary love interest to Jamie's story. (And hints at interesting possibilities for the future.)

Basically, this is a beautifully written, touching story, with a great mix of action/adventure and insightful character-based scenes. I could hear all the characters voices perfectly while reading it, and I'm accepting the whole thing as my new headcanon now. If you love Jamie and wish his fate had been different, reading this might be a tonic for some of those War Games blues. (Though I would advise having some tissues handy while reading it- the feels will sneak up on you!) Go forth and read: this fic is the kind of fic that ficcing is all about.
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Squeezing in one last rec before my reccing period ends tonight! Hope you've had as much fun reading all these great fics as I have!

Title: Auntie Jo's Cosmic Jumble Sale (and Guide to Civil Disobedience)
Author: MinervaFan
Rating: all ages
Word count: 740
Characters: Jo Grant (with mentions of many more)
Author's summary: Jo Grant Jones has been grounded, but that's not going to slow her down. Explore her wacky view of the universe on her brand new blog.
Warnings: none

Recced because: I recently watched Jo's last TV serial, and the feels hit me hard. So, like many fans, I turned to Teaspoon to help me over the hump, and this delightful little ficlet put a smile on my face right away. I love the idea of Jo cheerfully embracing the digital age in her later years, and maintaining her indomitable optimism, energy, and caring, while crusading for the cause of the planet she calls home, with the help of many friends and family along the way. This one had me cheering: "Shine on forever, Jo!!!"
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Title: Love in a Mist
Author: thefadingsoldier
Rating: teen
Word count: 660
Characters/Pairings: Lieutenant Carstairs/Lady Jennifer
Author's summary: Lieutenant Carstairs and Lady Jennifer meet in the Time Mist before the Time Lords send them back to Earth in their own era.
Warnings: none

Recced because: The Second Doctor's era had many great one-off characters, and Lieutenant Carstairs & Lady Jennifer from 'The War Games' are two of my favorites. Over the course of ten episodes we really got to know them, & I'm probably not the only one who hoped they'd get together at the end. (In fact, I know I'm not the only one, since they show up in the BBC novel 'Players' by Terrance Dicks, which I also recommend...) I never expected to see a fic for minor characters like them, so I was awfully glad to find this beautiful little vignette depicting the reunion between them that we didn't get to see on TV. As soon as I read it, I said to myself: "Headcanon accepted!!" :)
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Title: Head Over Heels
Author: Glinda
Rating: all ages
Word count: 1773
Characters/pairings: Clyde Langer/Dodo Chaplet
Author's summary: Holding hands, skipping stones and fighting aliens, who says romance is dead?
Warnings: none

Recced because: The random pairing generator can give us some truly cracky ideas that make for deliciously ridiculous crack!fic, but sometimes it also gives us cracky ideas that actually end up being weirdly plausible. This is just such a one. While it would never have occurred to me (or probably anyone) that Clyde Langer & Dodo Chaplet could make a good couple, in the infinite possibility of the vast timey-wimey Whoniverse, who’s to say that if Clyde travelled back in time & got stuck there for a while, he might not have met & hit it off with a nice young lady who knew as much about aliens as he did? This is a clever, breezy, yet truly touching story that makes this random pairing make sense, and bestows on Dodo the happier fate that she deserves as well. Go read it, and then you can win bets with your friends when you tell them, “yes, there is Dodo/Clyde fic, and it’s not even crack! Yes, for real! Bet you a fiver I’m telling the truth…” ;D
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Title: Sweet Sorrow
Author: Alienist
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 912
Characters: Peri Brown, Fifth Doctor
Author's Summary: Peri stumbles across a box of memories.
Warnings: none

Recced because: The idea of the Doctor writing letters to his departed companions, saying things he wanted to say, but never to be sent, is an interesting one, and this little fic manages to pack a lot of emotion into it's short length. The letters presented here for Five's former companions are right on the nose, bittersweet though they may be, and it makes me wish I could read one for every companion.
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Title: Lovesick
Author: Pendragon
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1402
Characters/Pairings: Ian Chesterton/Barbara Wright
Authors's summary: Ian had planned a wonderful date for Barbara. There's just one problem- it's on a boat and Ian gets seasick.
Warnings: none

Recced because: Since the last fic I recced was a sad one, this rec is the opposite- a very happy moment of two companions living happily ever after, post-Doctor. This is an adorable piece of shippy Ian/Barbara fluff that captures their playful and loving relationship wonderfully. If you love Ian & Barbara, (and if you've seen any of their episodes you probably do!) then this fic is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and leave you feeling all warm & fuzzy! :D
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Title: In the Kirkyard
Author: Penny
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 2034
Characters: Polly, Ben, Jamie
Author's summary: He flew to the moon and back. He liked the Beatles. He was one of the bravest people I ever knew. I miss him. On holiday in Inverness, Polly stumbles upon Jamie's grave.
Warnings: none except massive feels

Recced because: It's one of the sadder stories I'll probably ever rec, but it rings true all the same. It's heartbreaking to realize that companions who come from different times may never see each other again once they leave the Doctor- one may well have died before the other was even born, and how do we humans make peace with a paradox like that? This glimpse of Polly being confronted with the fact that she'll never see Jamie again makes your heart ache for her, but Polly has the advantage of having someone else around who understands. The hope that maybe Polly & Ben can help each other through gives a small uplifting note to this meditative, elegiac, beautifully written piece. You'll need to get out a box of tissues for this one, but trust me, it's worth it.
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Title: Echoes
Author: helluin
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2696
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor/Nyssa
Author's summary: After a trying day dealing with prats wearing pasta on their foreheads (Mawdryn Undead), our Totally Just Friends duo goes exploring deep in the TARDIS to clear their minds and talk nerdy at one another. Smut ensues.
Warnings: Explicit sex

Recced because: Though it may technically be labelled as 'smut', this is also a rather lovely character piece for Five & Nyssa. I've always enjoyed the 'kindred space nerds' relationship between them, and this fic does a believable job of showing what could have happened had they gone beyond just friendship. Their science-y banter & heart to heart about the events of 'Mawdryn Undead' in the beginning capture their voices excellently, highlighting their affection for one another as the source of their attraction, and they retain their endearingly earnest and sweet interaction even when things start to get hot and heavy. The timey-wimey sex is gorgeously written, with the clever concept of 'time echoes' heightening the sensuousness. If you ship Five/Nyssa, you have to read this, and even if you don't, you might change your mind after this one!
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Hi, I'm [ profile] newmoonstar ( Meadowlark on Teaspoon) & I'm glad to be back reccing for the next two weeks! Let's get started with:

Title: Alone and Palely Loitering
Author: IrishVampire13
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 669
Characters: Eleventh Doctor, The Master (Ainley)
Author's summary: Sick at hearts, he'd said.
Warnings: none

Recced because: This short fic is a moving vignette of a rare moment of genuine sympathy from the Master toward the Doctor. Their simple dialogue, and the Master's thought process behind it, are perfectly balanced to show the conflicting claims of the old friendship & the long estrangement between the two of them. The moment of almost connection being made possible only when both feel they have nothing left makes it all the more heartbreaking & poignant. A beautifully understated examination of the Doctor & the Master's 'best enemies' relationship. :)
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My reccing period comes to an end today, and I've had so much fun re-reading all these favorites and pointing more readers to them. I look forward to doing it again someday! For my last day, here's a little gem that I can't believe hasn't been recced here before:

Story: When the Boat Comes In
Author: vvj5
Rating: all ages
word count: 515
Characters/pairings: Ben Jackson/Polly Wright
Author's summary: Ben and Polly, coming home again.

Recced because: There's not a great deal of fic for Ben & Polly, so when you find a good one, you treasure it all the more. This is a short but excellent look at their relationship after they came home, and their voices are captured perfectly. It's sweet but not syrupy, and will definitely put a smile on the face of anyone who's always rooted for our duchess and sailor to find happiness together. Guaranteed to make you go 'aww'!

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Rec: Roots

Dec. 27th, 2014 06:21 am
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Story: Roots
Author: Inkfire
Rating: all ages
Word count: 701
Characters/pairings: Susan Foreman/David Campbell
Author's summary: In which Susan builds a life made of little things and moments- learning to stand still. Classic!Who character insight piece, set after The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Susan/David

Recced because: I'm one of the rather small group of people who really loves Susan, and this little fic managed to encapsulate what I pictured her life being like after she leaves. I sincerely believe Susan would be able to make a happy life for herself without the Doctor, on Earth with David, and this piece has a hopeful slant, in a quiet, measured, yet lyrical way. It rings true for the Susan we know from the show, and that's good enough for me. An introspective, insightful, lovely piece, well worth the read.

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Story: The Devil's Harvest
Author: vvj5
Rating: teen
Word count: 3395
Characters/parings: Sixth Doctor, Clara Oswin Oswald
Author's summary: Clara's alone in a wood in the middle of the night, but there's something else out there...

Recced because: The concept of what it must be like for Clara in the Doctor's time-stream, to be all those Claras, different yet the same, over and over, is an intriguing idea only just touched on in the show. This fic is a very well-done take on that concept. You can hear the voice of the Clara we know perfectly in this fragment of her, and her brief meeting with the Sixth Doctor here works very well, as he's equally well-written. This is an eerie story with some mentions of gore, and obviously, because it's a time-stream Clara, this version of her does die, but it's fascinating to hear her thought process as she realizes what's happening, and heartbreakingly poignant too, especially at the end. This story would be perfect reading for Halloween, but I had to rec it today, because I want everyone else to go read it too.

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Story: Christmas Cutaway
Author: Calapine
Rating: all ages
Word Count: 1232
Characters/pairings: Eighth Doctor, Grace Holloway
Author's summary: Too much sugar in your tea: the Doctor and Grace at Christmas

Recced because: We could all use some Christmas-themed fluff at Christmas. This one is actually as thoughtful as it is cozy, being a conversation over Christmas dinner between Eight and Grace. (The author lists it as romance, and there's a small kiss, but there's nothing especially shippy about it, and it could easily be read as platonic too.) They talk about silly things and serious things, and the third-person present tense gives us Grace's down-to-earth POV, but with a somewhat dreamy quality, which works well for a story featuring the dreamy, enigmatic Eighth Doctor. A nice stand-alone vignette to warm a winter evening.

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Story: Jamie Learns Something About Vegetables...And So Do Ben And Polly
Author: RobotRollCall
Rating: all ages
Word count: 846
Characters/pairings: Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon, Polly Wright, Ben Jackson
Author's summary: In which the TARDIS crew discovers the origins of broccoli.

Recced because: This is pure fluff of the best kind. It's lovely to imagine what those ordinary moments between adventures are like, and I bet there were plenty like this for this wonderful team. (It's also a brilliant idea; I'm sure many children would accept this explanation of broccoli easily, though it would probably make them want to eat it more, not less!) So have some warm and fuzzy cuteness as Team Two settles in for dinner. (And even though it's not Christmas themed, the happy family dinner atmosphere makes it perfect reading for Christmas Eve!)

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Story: Encounters with an Opera Ghost
Author: Suzanne
Rating: all ages
Word count: 2423
Characters/pairings: Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond
Author's summary: Crossover with the stage version of Phantom of the Opera. The Doctor and Amy have ended up in Erik's lair, and the Doctor has been here before.

Recced because: It's a Doctor Who/Phantom of the Opera crossover, what more do you need?? There's few things better than a good mash-up of two of your favorite fictional characters, and as a huge Phantom fan I enjoyed this one immensely! Even if you're only passingly familiar with Phantom of the Opera, there's fun to be had here in the clash of personalities between the goofy, happy-go-lucky Eleventh Doctor, no-nonsense Amy, and the angsty, melodramatic Phantom. (The Doctor and Amy have some good banter between them, especially.) It starts out spooky, then gets silly, and I laughed quite a bit through this, but it actually is kind of sweet to imagine the Doctor and Amy dropping in on poor old Erik and possibly helping him get over that nasty business with a certain soprano!

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Story: The Gift
Author: Kittenmommy
Rating: all ages
Word count: 106
Characters/pairings: Eighth Doctor, Grace Holloway
Author's summary: Grace gives the Doctor a gift that he doesn't really want.

Recced because: Drabbles are as hard to get right as longer stories, and this one is a clever idea that manages to be funny and capture the essence of Eight and Grace's interactions in just a few sentences. It left me with a smile on my face, so go read it and you'll smile too. :)
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Story: Flight
Author: Astellya
Rating: all ages
Word count: 904
Characters/pairings: Sixth Doctor, Peri Brown
Author's summary: Peri and the Doctor have a heart to hearts about life, freedom, and what happened on Varos.

Recced because: This is a story I keep coming back to again and again. The Doctor and Peri had many unresolved issues in their relationship, and because of the brevity of Colin Baker's run as the Doctor, we didn't get a whole lot of time to explore it on screen. This fic offers a quiet, introspective moment between them, of the kind I always wished we'd have more of on the show. In relatively few words, the author manages to convey a whole world of understanding passing between them. Both the characters and the reader somehow can fill in the blanks of what goes unsaid, and when they do open up and voice their affection for one another, it feels direct and authentic. It has a melancholy to it, but also beauty in the ambiance of dusk and summer beside a lake, where two wandering souls find comfort in their friendship. If you love Six & Peri this is a must-read, and if you don't, you might just like them better after reading it.

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Story: Adventures in Scientific Babysitting
Author: Lyricwritesprose
Rating: all ages
Word count: 200
Characters/pairings: Liz Shaw [and Kate Stewart]
Author's summary: When Liz Shaw babysits, the science is going to get done right.

Recced because: This is an adorable little drabble that I absolutely think must have canonically happened. I love the idea of companions remaining in each other's lives after they leave the Doctor, and it just fits perfectly to imagine that the Brigadier would ask his former colleague to look after his daughter, since in 'The Power of Three' she did say someone had taught her that 'science leads'.

Not going to bother with an excerpt because it's so short. Just go read it and smile.
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Hi! I'm [ profile] newmoonstar (Meadowlark on Teaspoon) and I'll be your reccer for the next two weeks! Most of these recs will be on the shorter, more lighthearted end of the spectrum, since we could all use some relief from the stresses of the holidays. :)

Story: We Found Jesus In a Junkyard
Author: Lissy Strata
Rating: all ages
Word count: 1282
Characters/pairings: Ian Chesterton, Barbara Wright
Author's summary: How did Ian and Barbara explain their disappearance anyway?

Recced because: This is possibly the funniest fic I've ever read. I laughed so hard through the whole thing! Ian & Barbara explaining away two years of absence is the missing scene we all wish we could see, and I think this is my favorite, because it's completely absurd, yet still oddly plausible. Anyone who's ever had dealings with actual evangelical types will recognize the dialogue as utterly spot-on, and the deadpan delivery is just hilarious. Ian & Babs were characters who could use their wits to get out of any sticky situation, and I could totally see this happening. The bonus cameo appearance of another favorite character at the end is the cherry on top of a delicious treat. Go forth and read, but don't do it in a library, your laughter will disturb the other patrons. ;D

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