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14th-Feb-2011 11:21 am As Time Goes By by Yahtzee (PG-13)
Pairing: Buffy/Angel, Angel/Cordelia
Length: Eight chapters of 3K+ words
Author on LJ: [ profile] yahtzee63 
Author Website: yahtzee!

Why this must be read: I always debate whether or not to rec this piece. It's a crossover of the insert-these-characters-into-that-setting variety, which I normally avoid, and it's as much Angel/Cordelia, which squicks me, as it is Buffy/Angel. But here it is. The overall premise--the story of "Casablanca" set in the Hyperion Hotel--works seamlessly in the Angel universe, and the characterizations are spot-on. I still don't agree with the Angel/Cordelia foundations, but I appreciate the treatment here. As for the Buffy/Angel relationship, it's darker and more pragmatic than it might otherwise be, but then, the world built here may demand that. Yahtzee doesn't diminish the importance of the relationship, though, and instead hones in on their connection as warriors and on their mutual reliance in something like that capacity.
The Hyperion Hotel is again accepting guests.  )
As Time Goes By
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15th-Jan-2004 02:38 pm Letters of Transit by Loch Ness (NC-17)
Fandom: X-FILES/Casablanca
Pairing: Mulder/Scully, Pendrell/Scully
Author on LJ: N/A
Author's website: here

Why this must be read:

The movie Casablanca has become part of the cultural pool in which all ficwriters swim, and it strikes a chord for many of us, with its tragic romantic triangle, the desperate wartime circumstances, and the shifting loyalties of the characters. So it's no surprise that an ambitious X-Files ficwriter would take on the challenge of marrying the Casablanca structure to the X-Files characters, particularly given the common themes of love, trust, and loyalty that run through both works.

Loch Ness' 1997 novel Letters of Transit posits a world in which colonization happened, Mulder and Scully were separated, and both went on to function as best they could in a changed universe. It's dark and tragic and sweeping, with familiar X-Files characters filling out roles you may or may not remember from the movie. It's a great story.

(For those who don't remember Pendrell or who never watched the first few seasons, Pendrell was a cute lab technician at the FBI who had a crush on Scully in the early seasons. In canon, he was shot and died during season 4.)

"Your boy Mulder has an appreciation of history," the smoker said.

"He's not 'my boy' anymore. And the Casablanca Club is about money, not history. He's making a mint, and technically, it's all legal. Nobody can touch him."

"Have you ever seen *Casablanca*, Mr. Skinner?"

He shrugged. "Not in years. I don't really remember much of it."

The smoking man nodded. "Mulder does."

He dropped his cigarette butt on the ground and crushed it out with his foot. "As long as he's still legal, you might tell him for me that it's a dangerous fantasy."

Skinner had no idea what he was talking about. The smoking man got in the car, then looked up at Skinner just before he shut the door.

"Mulder's got more lives than a fucking cat," the smoking man said. "But he's about used them up. And *Casablanca*--that fantasy's liable to get him killed."

Letters of Transit, Part 1
Letters of Transit, Part 2
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