Don't Turn Me Home Again
|Title:||Don't Turn Me Home Again|
|Date(s):||18 February 2011|
|External Links:||Don't Turn Me Home Again (LJ)|
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Summary: After a rough day of island living, Danny wakes up in New Jersey and learns the hard way to be careful what he wishes for.
The story is listed at "Taka's McDanno Rec List" under "Angst".
Recs and Reviews
Why we love it: We love the idea of Danny seeing what his life would have been like if he had stayed in New Jersey and stayed with Rachel. The way the alternate universe characters are painted is ingenius. We see the pain in Rachel, the hurt in Grace, and most poignantly how empty and broken Steve is. This fic has it all from tears to laughs with just a hint of magic. This is definitely a can’t miss.
Because Danny wakes up in New Jersey. Okay, it takes a terrible day of hating his life and bickering with everyone in Hawaii before it happens, but the fact remains that he wakes up in New Jersey, with Rachel, and his life in Hawaii, his relationship with Steve - all gone in an instant.
Yes, it's about "what would have happened to the people you care about without you there?" but since we know that's a tried and true technique, let's not knock it. It works. Danny still meets Steve, who has come to NJ on the trail of Victor Hesse, but this Steve is thinner, harder, and keeping the world at bay. Danny hates it and can't help but try to do something about it.I think the thing I like most about this story is that it isn't so much "Danny realizes how much the others need him" as it is "Danny realizes what it means to lose those people who've meant so much to him in Hawaii." It's a subtle difference, but it feels important because Danny has to come to terms with the mistakes he's made. He doesn't know if he's going to be able to get back to his life, so he tries to make the best of the hand he's been dealt, all the while coming face-to-face with the reality of what happens to people when they lose what they've loved. It's an engaging story, with a nice balance of humor and drama, and definitely one of my favourites.