Story: Naked People
Rating: All Ages
Word count: 4,956
Summary: Tosh finds confidence in the shape of a little rust-colored dress, and sees a side of herself that she'd like to keep. Slight AU (confident Tosh).
Recced because: Tosh doesn't get enough love. The summary calls this story a slight AU, but it's that kind of AU that is so close to reality you can see it, and far enough that you feel its loss when you finish reading. Tosh is gorgeous and smart, and here she starts to realize it. The structure is excellent, composed of Tosh's interactions with not just her co-workers but also some very well-drawn OCs. Tosh's inner-doubts and struggles ring painfully true, as she explains to a girl much like herself just how she feels sitting in a bar: "You came here because it was better than going home and staring at the television and now you just wish you were home watching anything at all, because at least you wouldn't be paying seven quid a drink for the privilege."
The story is about self-confidence, self-doubt, and self-esteem. It's heart-warming and just a little bit tragic.
Jack pops his head out of his office. "Tosh," he says, "You're a genius!"
"Just a bug-hunter," she says, modestly.
"A genius," he insists. And suddenly she believes him--she believes that he really thinks that much of her.