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I swear, I remember the first time I read this story, getting to the end of it and immediately scrolling back to the top to reread it over and over again. It's Fraser dealing with the fact that he's in love with Ray, and all the little everyday things in life that persist in reminding of this fact. It's a man wearing a bracelet that reminds him of Ray. A bar with the word "turtle" in it. A Champion logo coaster. Subtleties that say so much more than saying something flat out... The other thing about this story that gets me every time is the actual writing in it. The way Mia fits words together. The stark, bare simplicity in which she states something. It's all the more erotic for what she doesn't say, than what she does, and that, as someone who tries to write herself, just blows me away every time. Fall is beautiful and lyrical and poetic. It's sad and funny and hot. It's a wonderful, perfect Due South story, and you must go read it (or reread it if that's the case,) right now. 
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.