roach (roachpatrol) wrote in calufrax,

Win/Win, by Versaphile

Okay, number two! Versaphile hasn't been recced lately, and that is a crime.

Story: Win/Win, (the second installment of the series Game Theory, though it works perfectly well on its own.)
Author: Versaphile
Rating: teen, though I'd have rated it explicitly adult.
Word Count: 15686
Author's Summary: Every plan has to start somewhere. Warning: Amazing amount of wrongness, mad science, mind games, and a side of horror. Oh, and the Doctor is pregnant. Sequel to Game Over. Proceed at your own risk.
Characters/Pairings: the Tenth Doctor / John Simm's Master.
Warnings: well, see the author's summary. Torture, consent issues, and mpreg.

Recced because: Sometimes, you just need to sink your teeth into a nice long descent into madness, and Versaphile serves that up in spades. The Master defeats the Doctor's gambit with the Archangel network, and breaks his spirit. Dissatisfied with a Doctor that won't fight back, he impregnates the Doctor to give him something new to care about. It's kind of a mobius strip of a hurt/comfort fic, and makes for a gorgeous case study of how love doesn't necessarily make you a better person, it gives you an excuse to be any kind of person you want to be. And the Doctor and the Master really do love each other in this story, that's what makes it beautiful and terrible all at once: they are crazy about each other, and they're also just plain crazy.

"I won't leave you," the Master said, knowing what the Doctor needed to hear. "I'm not leaving. I'll keep you safe."

"Master," the Doctor said, as much a plea as a sob, and oh, there was his reward, his hit of pleasure amidst the pain. "Master," he said again, and moaned softly as the Master obligingly toyed with his mind.

His body was falling apart, but oh, the Master held his mind together.

Tags: author: versaphile, character: simm!master, doctor:10, pairing:10/simm!master, rating: teen, reccer: roachpatrol, type: slash

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