aralias (aralias) wrote in calufrax,

rec: The Amazon

Story: The Amazon
Author: neveralarch
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 9417
Author's Summary: Jo made a poor choice in husbands, the Master made a poor choice in building materials, and the Doctor's gone off in a scarf.
Characters/Pairings: Jo, Delgado!Master/Four
Warnings: Alternate Universe

Recced because: So many wonderful Neverlarch fics to choose from, and really I recommend you read all of them (particularly 'On Her Lady President's Secret Service'), but 'The Amazon' is my most favourite.

More so than any other Master and Companion, Delgado and Jo had an almost amicable relationship. Some of my favourite scenes from the third Doctor's era are between these two characters, but there's far too little (except in the glorious 'Frontier in Space'), but now there's this fic, and it's so joyful and joy-inspiring. The fic's conceit is that Jo ends up as the Master's companion some time post 'Green Death'. They don't get on all that badly, as he's always quite liked her. She's really competent in all the ways Jo was competent in the show (escapology! getting information!) while still being ditzy and Jo-like, but she does keep trying to tell him that he should sort out his relationship with the Doctor (in much the same way that she tried to tell the Doctor this in 'Frontier'), which the Master does not appreciate at all, because he doesn't have a relationship with the Doctor - what's more, doesn't want one! (Jo eye rolls.)

It then proceeds through the events of 'Deadly Assassin' (another v good serial), but because the Master has Jo there to point out his mistakes and irritate him, things take a different turn. This is a very clever, very funny story (the Master's POV, often in direct opposition to his dialouge) about an unlikely friendship, the difficulties of being Jo Grant, and what happens when the Doctor and the Master finally listen to her advice.

"You!" said the Doctor once he was close enough to be heard without shouting. "I should have known."

"Yes, my dear Doctor, me." The Master threw his cloak off altogether and swung the staser pistol concealed under it to point at Jo. "And I've got one of your abandoned companions with me as well."

"Jo? Jo, what are you doing with him?" The Doctor stepped forward into the sudden chaos of people running away from the gun, but the Master stopped him with a shake of the head.

"No, keep back. I'm a little over-tired, and you wouldn't want to make me act rashly."

"So this was your plan all along," said Jo. "Master, I thought we were friends! You took me shopping!"
Tags: author: neveralarch, character: delgado!master, companion: jo, doctor: 4, pairing: 4/delgado!master, rating: teen, reccer: aralias, type: slash

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