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30th-Nov-2013 02:22 pm Homemaking, by Resonant (Explicit)
This is my last rec as crack_van driver, and now I know that the van is hanging up its wheels and retiring for good I wish I could rec a fic that holds all of due South. But then I couldn't think of one, because I suppose the whole point of fanfic is that everyone picks up different details, and that even though we keep telling the same stories with the same characters, they aren't really the same at all. There isn't just one post CoTW story to tell; there isn't just one version of RayK and Fraser; it isn't necessarily RayK and Fraser at all - shout out to the rest of the due South fleet of ships! I am sorry I haven't managed to rec a RayV story, or a Ray/Ray story, or a Fraser/Inspector Thatcher story.

So I don't think I have one perfect story with everything in it to end with, and probably a story like that doesn't exist and wouldn't make any sense if it did. Every iteration is different and the fandom hasn't run out of stories yet. I'm very sad to see the end of crack_van, but the due South fandom is still here and still creating and I'm sure we'll go on reccing fic somewhere else for many years to come. Fandom moves to different places but it keeps on going.

On which note, here's my rec:

Fandom: due South
Characters: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 2,640 words
Author website: http://www.trickster.org/res/
Author on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/users/Resonant
Why this must be read:

Well. Let's be honest - because Fraser getting tied up presses ALL my buttons. Those of you who know me from Tumblr will be rolling your eyes about now, muttering "she just COULDN'T leave it alone, could she?" because this is maybe a Thing I talk about from time to time a lot. Since there is no one story that has everything great about due South in it, I'm reccing this one because it's a fandom classic and because I still don't understand why submissive!Fraser is such a fascinating thing to me. And believe me, I've thought about it A LOT. I think this fic picks up a lot of why I find the character so interesting: at first glance he's hyper masculine - tall and good looking and physically strong and capable and independent and he throws knives and has a wolf - he's a wilderness survivor and a lone wolf and all those things that scream RUGGED and MANLY. And then, there's how he behaves. He's polite, and restrained and modest and passive aggressive and he has good old-fashioned posture and he doesn't swear and he's uncomfortable with sexual attention and he doesn't flirt or drink and he dips his head and hides behind his hat and somebody else is always driving and has to take him home, and think they need to look after him when actually they probably don't, and he spends a whole episode very convincingly and respectfully in drag and at the beginning of this fic he's cooking and it's called Homemaking - do you see where I'm going with this? Fraser sometimes behaves like a big strong man and sometimes he behaves like a lady (and by that I mean, how we typically see "big strong man" and "lady" presented on screen, not necessarily how the majority of men and women actually DO behave) and all of that adds up to me finding him taking a sexually submissive role within the parameters of a relationship of equals totally fascinating. And let's not examine any more closely than that why this is a Thing I like, in case we don't like the answer.

Homemaking
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29th-Nov-2013 01:28 am As he's in it, by Hth (teen)
Fandom: due South
Characters: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski, past Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio
Length: 1,444 words
Author on LJ: http://hth-the-first.livejournal.com/
Author on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/users/Hth
Why this must be read:

This is everything I look for in fanfic. A detail that takes you right to the heart of a character (two characters, in fact) and builds a whole life of loneliness around a throwaway detail because it's just that well-observed and psychologically convincing. And a bit of a knife in the heart at the same time - I wouldn't call this angst, exactly, but it's not happy, either. I need another word for loneliness so as not to repeat myself, but since there isn't one I'll just say that this bleeds loneliness. From RayK, ("Ray can't tell if the wildness in his voice is anger or sadness or -- or whatever you call that, that thing that you feel when your wife leaves you and you're completely alone and blaming yourself"), from Fraser, just - this picks a thread that illuminates everything important about Fraser and RayK. Need; jealousy; vulnerability; wanting to know somebody and for them to know you. Every word is poignant and perfect and I am once again piling up the adjectives so you should just read the fic and then I'll stop.

As he's in it
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27th-Nov-2013 02:44 pm Five Confessions, by Kindkit (explicit)
Fandom: due South
Characters: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 4,570 words
Author on LJ: http://kindkit.livejournal.com/
Author on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/users/kindkit
Why this must be read:

I love post CoTW fic. I love first time post CoTW fic, I love established relationship post CoTW fic, I love are we actually in a relationship if we are in different countries? post CoTW fic. And while due South is my happy place, I especially love fic that acknowledges that even though they obviously, indisputably, luminously love each other these two people might find it difficult to be in a relationship, even more so if they are doing it long-distance. There are practical obstacles and emotional obstacles for them to cope with, and these are different from the sort of challenges they were so good at facing as cop partners.

So I love this fic because it looks at all that, and steers them through to a convincing happy ending. Warning: it's an infidelity fic, and I know not everybody wants to read that. But this one deals with real, messy, human emotions. Ray is lonely and he makes a mistake and he suffers for it, and this story is how he deals with that and how he tries to make it right. It's nuanced and realistic, and even though we can't (and aren't supposed to) condone what he did, we can understand and empathise with how it came to happen, and the choices he makes later to try to not hurt Fraser.

So yes there's some angst here, but it finishes in a happy place. That's what I love best - fic that acknowledges real world problems, and then solves them convincingly, so that I can whole-heartedly believe that Ray and Fraser are real and they sledded off into that sunrise and lived happily ever after. (I told you, it's a coping strategy, ok?)


Five Confessions
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24th-Nov-2013 03:10 pm Fall, by Kaneko (Mia), (explicit)
Fandom: due South
Characters: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: Medium (no wordcount given)
Author on LJ: http://kaneko.livejournal.com/
Author on AO3:http://archiveofourown.org/users/Kaneko
Why this must be read:

Because it's so subtle and low-key and yet you know all along what Fraser's feeling, why he doesn't go to that store, why he wants a car, why he has a drink. I hope it doesn't sound like faint praise to say it's a beautiful example of show, don't tell - we see what Fraser does, and it's so well observed we don't need to be told why he's doing it. There's a background hum of lonely longing to this fic that fits exactly with the way we see Fraser gazing at Ray, and it gets perfectly resolved in a way we regrettably don't (quite) see in canon.

Plus, immaculately in-character drunk!Fraser! I've really got a terrible weakness for Fraser with his defences down. Of course there are plenty of traumatic life events that can deliver, but what I like best is the mundane, everyday things that might get him to drop his guard and that this fic does so well.

Fall
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21st-Nov-2013 10:43 pm This is a story that I tell myself, by Spuffyduds (explicit)
Fandom: due South
Characters: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 3,147 words
Author on LJ: http://spuffyduds.livejournal.com/
Author on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/users/spuffyduds
Why this must be read: Because you will never read more perfect angst than this.

It was hard to choose which [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds story to rec, but as I personally am incapable of writing anything other than schmaltzy happy endings (look, it's a coping mechanism, ok? I told you this already) I especially admire writers who can lay on the angst this effectively. And plausibly - if it isn't at least a little bit plausible, it doesn't stay with you, but this one? Whoa, is it ever plausible. Horribly, canon-perfectly plausible. I choose not to believe it because then I might cry - Ray and Fraser sled off into that sunrise and live happily ever after GODDAMMIT la la la I can't hear you if you try to tell me otherwise. But it's so heartbreakingly poignant and in character, and perfectly, brilliantly, insightfully, word-perfectly written (you will not find a heinous string of adjectives like THAT in this fic, that's for damn sure) that I had to share it here. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED, OK? DON'T COME CRYING TO ME ABOUT HOW SAD THIS FIC IS.

(oh and I'm only allowed to rec one story but really you should read everything by Spuffyduds. Probably you have done already, but why don't you go and read it again, just to be on the safe side? I mean be honest, were you REALLY going to get anything done this evening anyway if you're here on LJ checking on the crack_van recs? Of course you weren't. And that's what I'm here for, to help you waste time in the best possible way!)

This is a story that I tell myself
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16th-Nov-2013 10:57 pm Dearly beloved, by Estrella30 (Explicit)
Fandom: due South
Characters: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowlaski
Length: medium - no wordcount given
Author on LJ: http://estrella30.livejournal.com/
Author on AO3: no AND WHY NOT I ASK YOU? PLEASE, [livejournal.com profile] estrella30 COME TO AO3 SO YOUR GLORIOUS FIC IS EASIER TO FIND FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE LAME AT LJ
Why this must be read:

Because it's the perfect blend of angst and realistic happy ending, set post CoTW and including RayV and Stella's wedding, where there is poor communication and pining and making each other unhappy and not talking about it. Because sometimes RayK an Fraser manage to talk about things in canon, but then there is everything that goes unsaid that you just know could screw things up when you have to make big decisions about which country to live in and making a commitment to someone and just HOW DO YOU HUMAN. And, appropriately enough for a story about not talking about things, the writing is beautifully subtle and understated and lets you see all this without telling you everything.

Oh and it contains this line: "Scotch, neat, in as big a glass as you can give me without me looking like the jilted ex-husband." which is surely worth the admission price on its own?

Dearly beloved
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14th-Nov-2013 12:44 am Come with me, by Zabira (teen)
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Victoria Metcalfe
Length: 10,524 words
Author on LJ: not that I know of
Author on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/users/zabira
Why this must be read:

Because it is such an insightful look Victoria, and her feelings for Fraser and how the circumstances of their lives meant nothing good could ever come of that meeting at Fortitude Pass. Victoria's Secret gave us his perspective but very little of hers, and this fills in some gaps about her life in a way I find totally convincing. Here they are two people who do love each other, but by the time they meet it's already too late for a happy ending. A police officer and an armed robber? How was that EVER going to end well? So they have this intense connection, and all they can do with it is hurt each other. She's the villain of the episodes (albeit a nuanced one) but here we get a glimpse of Fraser maybe not being his best self with a vulnerable woman - he's so blown away by his reaction to her that he loses sight of where the balance of power lies between them. It reminds me of that thing Paul Haggis said, that they didn't consummate their relationship at Fortitude Pass: "No, I've always believed that their connection was much deeper than that. Which made Fraser's betrayal that much worse -- resulting in his fear of women. He couldn't face what he did, and that shame manifested itself as fear -- which we all took to be comic -- but was, in truth, paralyzing." (It is the subject of another, quite different post, how that also reads as queer, and we needn't all ascribe to Paul Haggis's view, but it casts plenty of scenes in quite a different light, doesn't it?)

I love this glimpse of a darker side of Fraser
through Victoria's eyes. It doesn't change who he fundamentally is, but he CAN make mistakes like anybody else and this fic makes me sympathise with Victoria and love him more both at the same time.

Come with me
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12th-Nov-2013 12:50 am love is just like breathing by Brooklinegirl (Explicit)
Fandom: due South
Characters: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: medium (no wordcount)
Author on LJ:http://brooklinegirl.livejournal.com
Author on AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/users/brooklinegirl
Why this must be read:

Because it's some of the best porn with feelings you're likely to come across (ha ha do you see what I did there? God I'm hilarious) even if you sail the internet for the rest of your life. Which is a thing I totally recommend, but just in case RL gets in the way, start with this fic. It's got that perfect blend of hotness and underlying love, the emotional vulnerability that goes with really letting go with someone and that is so perfectly Ray and Fraser. You know that joke where a PWP is an "erotic character study"? This fic absolutely and unironically deserves that title, because this isn't just sex for the sake of sex (not that that would be a bad thing), it's sex as a way of connecting with one other person and trusting them completely.

Excuse me I'm making myself emotional on the internet about great sex. Just count yourselves lucky I have not been drinking becausee this is when the TMI comes out and nobody wants that.

love is just like breathing
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6th-Nov-2013 12:03 am Spic and span, by arrow (esteefee) (Explicit)
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 2,559 words
Author on LJ: http://arrow00.livejournal.com/
Author website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/esteefee
Why this must be read:

Let me tell you a cautionary tale about Spic and Span.

You know that awkward moment when you're half idly reading some fanfic on your phone, half paying attention to a conversation with your mother in law about the economic crisis in Spain (I have small children, and if nothing else I can multi-task in two languages like a BOSS), when suddenly the fic you are reading turns out to be scorchingly, brain-meltingly hot?

These are the circumstances under which I discovered this fic. Possibly I should have read the description first, which is "It involves a giant, sparkly blue dildo. And Fraser's ass." But I didn't. I just jumped right in there, and once I'd started I could hardly stop reading and wait for a more appropriate moment, could I? Instead I had to take my jumper off and give thanks for being a girl that there was no outward physical sign of what I'd just read.


So. Read wisely. I make these mistakes so you don't have to.

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1st-Nov-2013 08:39 pm You and I Are ______, by Pearl_O (explicit)
Hello, Internet! I'm Deputychairman, your crack_van driver for the month, and slightly overexcited to have been handed the keys to such an illustrious vehicle without a very stern driving test - brace yourselves for drink-driving, damage to the paintwork and too much capslock. I mainly flail hang out on Tumblr where such behaviour is tolerated if not encouraged, so if I breach any LJ etiquette, someone should totally tell me. I've been in love with Fraser since 1995 (yes I AM that old) and those of you who know me from Tumblr know what to expect. To everybody else, I apologise in advance.

Right. Enough foreplay, on with the recs.

Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 7,445 words
Author on LJ: http://pearl-o.livejournal.com/
Author Website: Pearl_o on AO3
Why this must be read: Because it's the most perfect due South story ever written? The Brokeback Mountain of fanfic? That aching blend of angst and hope and not-talking-about-it and hotness. Every time I read it I wish it had a happy ending and at the same time I don't, because every word is right and it would be a different story if the ending was different.

An excerpt )

You and I Are _____
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31st-Oct-2013 04:14 pm Ch-ch-changes by Mizface (Mature)
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Benton Fraser
Length: 26,125 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mizface
Author Website: Author’s work on AO3
Why this must be read:

Today is Halloween, so of course I have to rec a zombie story! I am completely stealing Seascribe’s words here, but she describes exactly how I feel about this fic.
Mizface 's Ch-ch-changes is the MOST ADORABLE zombie story on the face of the internet. ADORABLE. Ray and Ray are zombie buddies and I want to hug them both. And Fraser, is, well, Fraser, and he and RayK do what they do best, which is be weird and fall in love with each other. JUST GO READ IT OKAY, IT WILL MAKE YOU SO HAPPY.

Miz has also written a short fic about V in this 'verse, Just Gonna Have to be a Different Man (he really needs ALL the hugs, okay), so hopefully we'll get more stories about ALL of them!

Ch-ch-changes
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29th-Oct-2013 12:06 pm Not Even Inuit Stories, by AC Chapin (G)
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Ray Vecchio/Angie Vecchio
Length: 9K
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] acchapin, though it’s been inactive for a while.
Author Website: Author’s works on DSA
Why this must be read:

The author’s summary for this fic is, “Ray goes to Ange after Fraser's story telling doesn't save the day.” Something goes wrong during a case and Ray doesn’t know what to do. So he falls back onto the one person who might once have understood. And Ange does and doesn’t understand, but that’s okay. It’s enough. This fic is a great look at what Ange herself calls, “an amicable divorce.”

Not Even Inuit Stories
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25th-Oct-2013 10:25 pm VID REC: DUE SOUTH - Phoenix by Scribe
Vidder: Scribe
Musical artist: “Ashes on your eyes” by Deb Talan
Pairing: Ray Vecchio in Las Vegas
Vidder on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] glass_moment
Vidder's website: Author's works on AO3

Why this vid kicks ass:

Scribe made this vid for this year's DS/C6D Big Bang, so it's brand new. It's an amazingly powerful look at Ray Vecchio in Las Vegas and the dark reality of being undercover as Langoustini; an unvarnished tale that makes me want to hug Ray so badly, especially with the nostalgic interjections of Fraser and Chicago. Be warned: the footage she uses is violent and graphic, but it successfully conveys how this violent life has become his norm. *hugs him some more*

If you need a hope chaser after watching this, make sure to read Sperrywink's complementary fic.

Phoenix
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21st-Oct-2013 11:36 am A winter’s dream dissolves in summer’s night by jadelennox (Explicit)
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski, Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio, Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio
Length: 425 words
Author on LJ: [personal profile] jadelennox
Author Website: Author’s works on AO3
Why this must be read:

Tagged for [livejournal.com profile] stop_drop_porn during Blank Verse Blog Week, jadelennox rose to the challenge and wrote this poem. Porn written in verse is wonderful, wonderful thing.

A winter’s dream dissolves in summer’s night
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18th-Oct-2013 12:00 pm Ray/Ray wingfic series by Exbex (M)
Fandom: Due South
Pairing: Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio
Length: Four ficlets, ~500 words or less
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] exbex
Author Website: Author’s works on AO3
Why this must be read:

It is not a secret that I am an aficionado of wingfic, and it’s always delightful how writers in this fandom take a crack premise and turn out some wonderful stories. Exbex wrote a ficlet called Iridescent, a different and shiny take on the genre. No wonder we all wanted more. There are four ficlets in this series, all of them from Ray Vecchio’s point of view.

Ray/Ray wingfic series
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16th-Oct-2013 10:53 am Due South/Temeraire
Title: Partners In Exile by Luzula (G)
Pairing: None
Length: 20,168 words
Author on LJ: [personal profile] luzula
Author Website: Author's fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

(I'm sneaking this in for Crossover Day because it's still the 15th somewhere. *smiles disarmingly*)

I admit the premise of this story was my idea, and when Luzula expressed an interest in it I badgeredencouraged her to write it. Many of us, I'm sure, are already fans of Luzula's writing, her beautiful descriptions of environs, and the lovely way she balances Fraser's surface reticence and his emotional intensity beneath.

Luzula has done a great job of merging the two canons, with Dief as a half Arctic dragon who was Bob Fraser's partner by choice. He teams up with Benton to find Bob's killers, and they are aided and hindered along the way by dragons and humans. It's filled with delightful characters and loads of heart, as the two of them find a way to work with each other.

Partners In Exile
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15th-Oct-2013 10:26 am Reasons that need exploring at this juncture, by Belmanoir (Teen)
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio
Length: 10,248 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] belmanoir
Author Website: Belmanoir’s fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

There is so much to love about this story. Reason #1, the format. Ray Kowalski is exploring the reasons he’s glad to be home from the wilds of Canada, and these reasons start with Reason #2, his best friend. I adore the way Belmanoir has drawn Ray’s friendship with Fraser. Reason #3, the reasons increasingly become about him coming to terms with his past and where he’s at. And Reason #4, ultimately, more than a few of them turn out to be about Ray Vecchio. And Belmanoir’s Ray Vecchio is one of my favourites.

A brief excerpt )


Reasons that need exploring at this juncture on AO3.
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11th-Oct-2013 02:08 pm Understanding at Last by Nizah (Explicit)
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio
Length: comic strip
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] hm_f
Author Website: Check her LJ for more examples of her work.
Why this must be read:

Okay, so there aren’t any words here apart from the epigraph, but I dare you to tell me you don’t get the story. Beautifully drawn, evocative and steaming hot. Definitely NSFW!

Understanding at Last
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10th-Oct-2013 09:33 am Brushing Shoulders with Vice, by mlyn (Explicit)
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Fraser/Vecchio, pre-Fraser/Vecchio/Kowalski
Length: 2963 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mlyn
Author Website: mlyn’s fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

Benton Fraser and Ray Vecchio have a common interest: Ray Kowalski. Hi! This is a serving of utterly shameless, completely unadulterated porn. Enjoy!

Brushing Shoulders with Vice
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4th-Oct-2013 01:50 pm Ursus Questus by prudence_dearly (G)
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio
Length: 2302 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] prudence_dearly
Author Website: due South Fic on AO3, more can be found on her LJ via her “fic roundup” tags.
Why this must be read:

I seem to have accidently adopted a theme this month of Ray Vecchio’s pursuit of Ray Kowalski. And it’s a good theme! In this story, Fraser takes Ray on a spirit quest. Or Ray’s subconscious imagines Fraser telling him what he should be doing. Fraser is not subtle when he wants you to do the right thing, and this story is about seven different kinds of adorable.

A brief excerpt )

Ursus Questus on AO3.
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3rd-Oct-2013 10:32 am Shot to the Heart, by elementalv (Teen)
Hi, everyone! I'm back for another month. Will try not to drink and drive. *g*

Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio
Length: 5575 words
Author on LJ: Tara Keezer ([livejournal.com profile] elementalv)
Author Website: Elemental Vision
Why this must be read:

Ray Vecchio is avoiding dealing with something. The Universe is not going to let Ray Vecchio keep avoiding this “thing with Kowalski.” Ray Vecchio is just going to have to keep dying horribly on 2nd April 2005 until he deals with this thing. The humour in this piece is delightful. This fic was written for DS Match Team Whimsy.

A brief excerpt )

Shot to the Heart (on AO3)
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30th-Sep-2013 08:42 am Not in Front of the Kid by catwalksalone
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Ray Kowalski/Ray Vecchio
Length: 29,552 words
Author on lj: [livejournal.com profile] catwalksalone
Author Website: http://www.theflawintheplan.co.uk/
Why this must be read: If you are one of the people who thinks Ray/Ray fic often falls down on its characterisation of one or both of the Rays, don't worry, I was once right there with you. This fic is the fic that made me realise just how wonderful V/K can be, when done right: both Rays are following their own believable arcs, as gloriously in-character as they are in love. Adorable curtain/kid fic with a well-thought-out back story and interesting interplay between the past and the present, I couldn't recommend this highly enough.

Not in Front of the Kid
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22nd-Sep-2013 11:21 pm Real Boys by Salieri
 Sorry I'm a bit late in posting--real life happened and things got a little crazy.
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 22,932 words
Author website: http://salieri.bonuspoints.net/index.html
Why this must be read: F/K dystopian sci fi AU shouldn't work, but it really, really, does.

Real Boys
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10th-Sep-2013 10:15 pm Hands On by Seascribe (E)
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 1,510 words
Author on lj:[livejournal.com profile] seascribe
Author website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/Seascribe/pseuds/Seascribe
Why this must be read: In preparation for Canadian Blowjob Day on Sept 14, I offer you all porn. Not just any porn, however, but the smokin' hot kind involving shoulder holsters and a scraped up RayK. Seascribe perfectly encapsulates some of the absurdity (and tendency toward Noodle Incidents) of the show without sacrificing any of the porny goodness. It's hot and short and sweet, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Hands On
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4th-Sep-2013 02:36 pm Contentment by Garonne
Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 3,060 words
Author on lj:[livejournal.com profile] garonne
Author website: http://archiveofourown.org/users/Garonne/pseuds/Garonne
Why this must be read: As soon as I read this, I knew I needed to rec it here. The pairing (as noted above) is F/K, but the real star here is the GTO. If you love cars, or love fic about the ways in which boys love their cars, this is the fic for you. Fraser and RayK are wonderfully in-character, and the connection between how Fraser feels about the GTO and how he feels about Ray is beautifully done.
This is part of the pod_together challenge, so there is an accompanying podfic that's also available at the fic link below, read by Andeincascade. I would highly recommend listening to it if podfics are your thing!

Contentment
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2nd-Sep-2013 08:02 pm O'Leary's Hotel by J Hardin
 Hey, all, I'm [livejournal.com profile] doodlesinsand, aka Mission, and I'll be driving the due South van this month! Like some of you, I'm sure, I vaguely knew due South as a child and have since returned to it and fallen in love with it all over again. I've been reading fic for quite awhile but only recently became anything you would call "active" in the dS fandom (mainly on tumblr).
 I've got some pretty big shoes to fill and I'll try to get a good mix of older and newer fic, but if you have any friendly advice feel free to drop me a message.

Fandom: DUE SOUTH
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 17,266 words
Author Website: http://www.squidge.org/dsa/cgi-bin/search.cgi?Author=J%20Hardin&SortBy=3&SortOrder=1&NumToList=0
Why this must be read: This fic takes the magical realism of due South and runs with it, carefully twisting it into actual fantasy without ever abandoning the Chicago that due South is set in. It fits in wonderfully with the mythology of the show, dialing the fairytale elements of due South up to eleven and yet still somehow staying very true to the characters as they are. I wouldn't technically call this a crossover, but in some ways it feels as though it is one, because the OCs are so well crafted and their backstories are so well thought-out. KellieM has informed me that this is, in fact, a crossover. Sorry for the confusion!

O'Leary's Hotel
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1st-Sep-2013 04:10 pm The Love That Asks No Questions, The Love That Stands The Test, by DesireeArmfeldt
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio
Length: 297 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] desireearmfeldt
Author Website http://archiveofourown.org/users/DesireeArmfeldt/pseuds/DesireeArmfeldt

To finish off my driving of the van, I present you with an achingly sweet snippet - The Love that Asks No Questions, The Love That Stands The Test. For 297 words it packs in a world of emotion. I'll say nothing more about it, since it speaks for itself.

http://archiveofourown.org/works/834776
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26th-Aug-2013 09:57 am Volcanic Geranium, by zelempa

Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Length: 22246 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] zelempa
Author Website http://archiveofourown.org/users/zelempa/pseuds/zelempa


Because it is so funny I laughed till my stomach hurt. Ray in a fetish shop saying, "I want to be pretty Fraser..." The OC's are all brilliant (especially the gang of two) and... just wonderful. That's even before you get to the sex. There is also a link to a podfic by Luzula, which is yet more awesomeness...

Author's Summary:
Fraser raised his eyebrows thoughtfully. "Lipstick colour names can be rather obscure. I assume it's a metaphor to describe something fragile and lovely but also dangerous and potentially capable of raining hot destruction upon an unsuspecting citizenry. On the other hand, it may refer to the fact that this particular coral shade is common to molten lava and geraniums. Don't lick it."

"It tastes like Jujubes," Ray reported.

"Nevertheless, resist the urge."

Volcanic Geranium on AO3

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21st-Aug-2013 07:16 pm The Art of Far and Near, by china_shop
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio
Length: 1692 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] china_shop
Author Website http://china-shop.crocolanthus.com/ Also on AO3


Why this must be read:
Yet more incredibly sweet F/V - anything by china_shop is worth reading and right now I am living with a small cat at the 'curiosity killed' stage. There is something adorable about Vecchio hunting for a kitten, with his wooly hat on, sniping at Fraser, while a world of UST is going on between him and Benny. And Dief, staying home to read Alexander Dumas... Funny, cute and feel good. Made me feel happy to read.

The Art of Far and Near
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20th-Aug-2013 04:16 pm Making the First Move, by Nikki Harrington
Fandom: due South
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio
Length: 500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] nakeisha
Author Website: http://www.partners-forever.co.uk/due_south/fiction/ds_fiction.htm

Why this must be read: Because it is sweet smush, and made me laugh. I'm trying to imagine the same story from Fraser's pov, and it makes me laugh even harder. There is a lot of good stuff on her site for the dedicated Vecchio-phile, and this is a nice taste.

Making the First Move
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