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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: But She Meant To Do It
Author: merripestin
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 100
Author's Summary: Accident challenge drabble for lj:dw100. Ace understands why now.
Characters/Pairings: Ace McShane
Warnings: None.

Recced because: It’s one of those drabbles that show off exactly what the format can do: one hundred words comprising a painfully perfect character sketch by an author who’s got a genuine knack for this sort of thing. Oh, Ace.
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Well then - this has been my recs week. I hope that despite the somewhat sporadic posting, I've managed to provide a good reading experience. Two more left... and I actually like to think I saved the best for last.


Story: With Enemies Like These
Honourable Jester
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 16,492
Author's Summary: A question of Martha's sets the Tenth Doctor off down memory lane, back to his sixth incarnation, and a disturbing encounter with the Rani and the Master.
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Martha, Six, Ainley!Master, the Rani.
Warnings: Non-con, graphic sex, swearing, violence.

Recced because: Due warning - when I say non-con, I mean a serious, powerful look at rape as a concept, crime and weapon. This highly disturbing, highly effective story probes the ragged edges of the Doctor/Master/Rani dynamic while providing a fantastic portrayal of all three. The Master here is at his most indestructible, mesmerising and wretched self, nor does the author shy away from the Rani's clinical evil. Caught between the two, the sixth Doctor shines in his strength and his vulnerability. And somehow the whole ordeal manages to be - I wouldn't call it sexy, but it's quite a sensory experience that manages to balance captivating and repulsive almost magically. Longer than my other recs, but reads with bated breath.

The story is incomplete. I'm not sure if the author plans to take it up again. I'm rather hoping this would help.


Story: "Yeah, I Know What an Allegory Is," Said Ace
Author: merripestin
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 100
Author's Summary: There once was a man who married goldfish.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (Seventh, presumably)
Warnings: None

Recced because: It is possibly the best drabble ever written in the fandom. A solid knife to the gut. Indescribable in its perfection. 100 words and the Doctor's life with his companions is summarized in awe and love.

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Story: Crumble Cake
Author: merripestin
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 1,049
Author's Summary: Ace/Benny; it's time they learned to share. [NA continuity somewhere between Deceit and TLHH]
Characters/Pairings: Benny/Ace, Seven
Warnings: graphic sex

Recced because: It's not always pleasant, but it is always visceral.

I admit I'm missing huge chunks of NA lore, most of my exposure to these two coming from audio for Benny and TV/audio for Ace, but stick these two in a trench, as Merripestin's done—especially if it's the umpteenth trench—and, oh, yes, this is an extrapolation I can see.

There's sex, and at 1,049 words, you wouldn't think there'd be room for much more, but the author makes this micro war into a quick, skewering little character study and ensures we're never bored. "Crumble Cake" runs on all the tensions cropping up between companions learning about the unglamorous side of travel: constant danger, constant inconstancy, and all in constant proximity to the inscrutable, inhuman figure of the Doctor. Call it a candid capture.

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Our current reccer is [personal profile] clocketpatch.

May 2017