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18 March 2009 @ 01:28 am
Story: All's Fair
Author: Lurky McLurklurk/ionlylurkhere
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2521
Author's Summary: Martha and the Doctor, years down the line. Things are more complicated than they once were, but that's not a bad thing.
Characters/Pairings: Tom/Martha, Ten/Martha
Warnings: Sex

Recced because: Being a polyamorous woman myself, I must admit up front that I love (and have a bit of a bias for) reading about mature open relationships between consenting adult characters. Sadly, that's often not the norm in many portrayals of relationships in fic, but in this wonderful story by ionlylurkhere*, it is definitely a case of Responsible Nonmonogamy done right. In many ways this story is about Ten and Martha, as they are somewhat the focus of the narrative, but to me, at the heart of the story, is the relationship between Tom and Martha (which is why I listed their pairing first). ionlylurkhere shows us the beautiful trust of the foundation/primary relationship of Tom/Martha, through the scope of a very sweet and fluffy date she has with the Ten. She quite adeptly and skillfully entwines both romantic relationships in Martha's life without giving too much favor to either, but showing instead how they organically feed off one another. As a bonus, there's some lovely smut thrown in, but I love the sweetness of the deep love and trust most of all. And perhaps Humphrey, the cuddly toy -- I love him lots as well.

[*Yes, she was just recced yesterday, but I had this all typed up and ready to go, so I went ahead and posted it today. I can't help that she just rocks!]

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18 March 2009 @ 09:02 pm
Story: Drumbeat
Author: atraphoenix
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2191
Author's Summary: “Yes, but you are biased when it comes to the subject of the Master, are you not, Madam President?”
Characters/Pairings: Romana/Master
Warnings: A bit of sex,

Recced because:  I love stories set during the Time War -- good people sacrificing principles and lives to save the unsavable.  This story captures it well, as Romana is driven to resurrect the Master.  Their interplay is dark and hot -- Jacobi!Master doesn't get nearly enough play.  This leaves me wanting more, but also a bit fearful of seeing what comes next.