Believe You Me

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Fraser/Kowalski Fanfiction
Title: Believe You Me
Author(s): Speranza
Date(s): 2003-09-05
Length: 1981 words
Genre: slash
Fandom: due South
External Links: at Speranza's site
on AO3

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Believe You Me is a Fraser/Kowalski story by Speranza.

It was podficced by Zabira in 2007.

Author's Notes

"Note: Inspired by, but too late for, the DS Flashfiction Mendacity Challenge. Offered with love to that ungrateful wench Julad whose birthday it is, and who can't focus to stay in a fandom for more than five minutes, damn her eyes. Thanks to Mia for beta!"

Reactions and Reviews


In Speranza's "Believe You Me," the 27th's folks and Fraser go out to fraternize at a bar. Their sarcasm about the joys of their jobs inspires an unexpected and vocal reaction in Fraser.... Fortunately, Ray is there for him.[1]


In the midst of my own personal job-related crisis, this fic filled a gap I didn't even realise was there. Kowalski, Fraser and a few others are in a bar when - all of a sudden - Fraser comes out with this fantastic, horrible speech about how this wasn't how he wanted to live his life. The whole dialogue style in this is just perfect - they both say no when they mean yes, they say things with their bodies and with their hands that they can't say with words, and I wish that I had this sort of culmination when I have bar-related soliliquies about my own lack of job satisfaction.[2]
This is my last rec (*sniff*), so I decided to pick one of my old favorites, one that I’ve returned to many times.

Narrowing it down to 12 recs has been…a bitch, to put it plainly. There are so many wonderful authors and stories in this fandom, and for every fic I’ve recced there’s been another one I really really really wanted to do but couldn’t fit in. My list has undergone sooo many changes over the course of this month.

This story has been on there- and stayed there- since day one.

I know, by now it’s pretty redundant to rec Speranza (blah blah blah amazing, blah blah blah brilliant, blah blah blah so talented it makes it makes the rest of us lesser mortals weep…), but Believe You Me is one of her shorter flashfiction stories, so it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. The set up: Ray and Fraser are out at a bar with most of the ensemble cast of the show. At first, it seems like it's going to be just another of Speranza’s lighter pieces. (Of course, it’s Speranza, so by “just another” I mean deft and hilarious.) [3]


  1. ^ Viridian5 Fiction: The Green Room version 3.0 Fanfic Recommendations 2002-2009, Archived version, February 2008
  2. ^ Mog Recs - Due South: Fic Recs, Archived version
  3. ^ 2005 rec at Crack Van