October 31st, 2011


rec: paint your palette blue and grey

Okay, it's still Sunday here in L.A., so I'm going to wind up my reccing week and hope the mods will let me slip this one in under the wire so I meet my quota (I do everything in the middle of the night).  I'm winding up the week here with an unusual pairing, but one I fell madly in love with right after their episode showed.

Story: paint your palette blue and grey
Author: VegaOfTheLyre
Word Count:1391
Characters/Pairings: Amy/Vincent Van Gogh
Author's Summary: Even the most uncreative soul cannot be exposed to Vincent van Gogh for prolonged periods of time without having something of his genius rub off on them, and Amy is no exception.
Warnings: None

After "Vincent and the Doctor" I 1) had a massive crush on Tony Curran and the soul with which he portrayed Vincent and 2) instantly wanted to give Vincent his heart's desire.  The possibility of either him or Amy learning to exist in the other's world of course presents itself with this possibility.  Mostly I think the assumption would be that Amy would learn to live in Vincent's world, but here Vega artfully (still no pun intended) puts together a portrait of what it'd be like if Vincent made the move.  It's a lovely look into their easy chemistry and shared understanding.  And if anyone gets bitten by the Amy/Vincent bug, two more fics have caught my attention for this pairing but they weren't on Tsp for me to rec (and our gracious mod is allowing me to toss in some links to them).  Check out Where You Go and Where You've Been by cloudydaise and the brief fic Eyes That Know by seren_ccd.  Both are beautiful. (And another A / V fic is rumored to lurk on my Tsp page, but this is kind of wild speculation has been pooh-poohed by many experts.)

Thanks for the opportunity to rec, and I hope I gave somebody out there something good to read. :)

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Rec: The Glade

It's good to be back, fellow Whofic enthusiasts. As I sit here, barricades erected against the roaming trick-or-treaters, it seems like only yesterday that I was apologising (to myself!) for managing to go a whole week reccing without including any Seven 'n' Ace stories, so this time we kick off with a fine example of the genre. And it's more than that; it's a crossover, as well as providing a nicely chilly little ghost story for this All Hallows Eve...

Story: The Glade
Author: wiccagirl24
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 5,807
Author's Summary: Sapphire and Steel are assigned to investigate a snow covered glade where something has gone wrong with time. The Doctor and Ace are drawn to the same place but for them it's spring and the flowers are in bloom. An angry man, a sobbing woman, a mystery.
Characters/Pairings: The Doctor (7th), Ace, Sapphire and Steel
Warnings: None, but it does have some nicely spooky moments.

Recced because: I genuinely thought this one had already been recced, but it seems it hasn't (I checked the tags twice!), so I thought I'd remedy that oversight forthwith. Plus I thought a ghost story for Hallowe'en was a good way to start the week. Mainly, though, I wanted to rec this because I think it's a very good story indeed and I think other people ought to read it.

I'm not overly familiar with Sapphire & Steel, in spite of my associate lost_spook's LJ posts about it which make me think I really ought to check it out at some point. For those of you even less familiar with it than I, it's a British sf-fantasy series that ran sporadically between 1979 and 1982, starring Joanna Lumley and David McCallum as the titular pair of interdimensional operatives. Sapphire and Steel almost certainly aren't human, although they do a reasonably good job of pretending to be, and their business is time, specifically investigating and fixing problems with it, which from the point of view of us mere humans take the form of all sorts of paranormal and ghostly phenomena. The series is famed for its eerie atmosphere and unsettling storylines, often avoiding giving the audience too  many straight answers, and this story certainly captures something of that, as well as painting an impressively subtle picture of the two characters and their very different yet complimentary personalities (with more than a hint., it has to be said, of the old UST, even if they are aliens/angels/whatevers). I honestly don't think lack of exposure to Sapphire & Steel seriously diminishes one's enjoyment of this story, although I'm sure somebody who was a fan would find even more things to enjoy about the way the characters are portrayed here.

The other half of the story, of course, belongs to Seven and Ace, and it does not disappoint on those grounds either. They're my favourite Doctor-and-companion team, with an impressively nuanced and complicated relationship that can sometimes be hard to capture in fic. This story does very well indeed on that score. This is Seven and Ace in Ghost Light or Curse of Fenric mode, where the Doctor is simultaneously educating and testing his companion while, one suspects, using her as part of his solution to a problem he's pretending to have run across by coincidence. At the same time, their closeness and trust and reliance on each other are more than obvious. Yes, Ace comes out with all of her catchphrases and there's the obligatory Nitro-9 scene, but there's something truer and more delicate shining through here, too. Parts of the Doctor-Ace dialogue here make me smile, and others give me a shiver; it's clear the author has a very fine handle on both these characters.

All this and a nasty, tragic little ghost story too. Read it, I urge you, and express your appreciation in the usual place.

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