A Moment of Insight
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There was a moment, during the writing of this story, where I seriously debated retitling my DS page: "Speranza's DS Stories, Or 101 Ways To End Up In A Canadian Shack." Cause face it, that seems to be what I'm doing lately. I still may take that on as a challenge, and Resonant, brilliant woman that she is, has been helping me brainstorm:
resonant: Kidnapping ... amnesia ... resonant: A really bad sense of direction ... resonant: Runaway cab driver ... resonant: "It was the only way I could quit smoking ..."
So stay tuned for new Speranza stories with these themes! <g>Anyway, more seriously, this story was written in an attempt to compensate for all the sex I haven't been writing lately. So I wrote a lot of sex, but alas, it still grew into this huge frickin' plot anyway. I can't seem to help myself. It's like a sickness. However, the sex to plot ratio here is better than in most of my recent work, so hey, gimme points for trying. This story owes a lot to Resonant (Sex Pusher), Mia (MVP), Linda (Slayer Of Purple Prose), Merry Lynne (Giver Of The Nuanced Phrase), Anna (Devil's Advocate), Cin (Rabbit Consultant), and Julad, (High Honorable Poker of Plot Holes.) I couldn't function without these women. They rock my world. 
Reactions and Reviews
Mmmm...Speranza. She's written a lovely new story. So you know I had to include it in this update. Felt like I was waiting for something to draw this update to a close. Now I just have to get my ass in gear and write up all these recs. It seemed like for a while there was no really good new stuff coming up the pike. Then it all seemed to flood out onto the net at once and I'm just trying to play catch up. In her story notes, which you can find a link for at the top of the story, Speranza mentioned that there was more sex in this one to make up for the fact that there wasn't much in the last few of her stories. Phhtt! Like I'd complain about that. I'm the kindof girl who likes a good bit of plot with her smut. To me the sex should augment the story, not be what's holding it together. I hardly noticed the lack of sex in the last one. I have an active imagination, and thanks to slash a good knowledge of gay sex, I could supply the details for myself. My only problem with this story was how the FBI acts in this one. I'm not sure that they would do that. I'm not, however, an FBI agent, nor do I know any, and I've never met any either. So how the hell would I know really. So I'll let it slide. It was just a plot contrivance to get the boys locked in a room together for several days where they could have wild, hot, monkey sex anyway. So I'm not going to quibble or complain. The writing is beautiful as always and the crime they were trying to solve came to an interesting conclusion that the natural profiler in me was satisfied with. So I'm of the good. I did like the point she brought up in supposition about how every cop had to have a limit of how much he could stand. How many bodies he could bear to see mutilated and destroyed by another. I could believe that. How much of the darkness of humanity can you witness before you lose all hope? In this story Fraser watches Ray reach his limit, realizes before Ray does that it's going to happen any time now. I thought that was very insightful. C'mon it's Speranza so you just know the story is going to be good. In her story notes she mentioned some story ideas kind little friends have been supplying her with. Many thanks to them. Let's hope we see some of those stories in the future. I'm looking forward to it greatly. Let's all say it again...Mmmm...Speranza. <g> 
The One Where Ray Totally Calls Fraser on His Bullshit. More People Need to Do That! A Moment of Insight, by [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza. Due South, Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski.
Did I really not recommend this before? That hardly seems possible, and yet LJ Archive insists that it is so. In which case, I really have to wonder what the hell was wrong with me. Because this story is so very marvelous, and I re-read it regularly, and yet somehow I failed to mention that fact to you. Maybe I assumed you all knew about it, but if so, I am sure I assumed wrong. (If I've learned one thing on the internet - besides "never click without first seeing where the link goes, especially if the link text is something like HA HA HA" - it's that there is always someone who hasn't seen it, someone staring at the screen thinking, but what's a LOLcat? Often that person is me. Although I do know what LOLcats are, thank god.)
I can't take the risk that there is someone out there who is looking for a good, long story, or a good dS story, or just a story involving hotel rooms in middle America (and if you think there isn't someone looking for that last one, watch a few storyfinders communities - there is always someone looking for a story involving, like, eye infections, or learning to stand on your head, or French-Canadian pastries, things like that.)
So. What we have here is:
1.Ray and Fraser. (A good way to start! Years of happiness started that way for me.)
2.Trapped in a hotel room. (I think we can all agree that this is a fundamentally excellent plot development in virtually all fandoms, and before you argue, consider: Buffy and Ethan Rayne, trapped in a hotel room! Hercules and Iolaus, trapped in a hotel room! Reboot Kirk and Methos, trapped in a hotel room!)
3.Engaged in sex and case-solving, and, really, what could be better? (Fan fiction has changed my definition of "awesome procedural crime story" to the point where I always find myself vaguely disappointed in published if the heroes just catch the bad guys, and don't actually fuck or flirt or have a moment of relationship-defining staring or whatever. This is funny because I love gen fan fiction and almost never have that problem there, but then, fan fiction writers actually know when they're writing slash, most of the time; pro writers often don't.)Basically, this story is everything I love about dS.