Fraser/RayK

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Pairing
Pairing: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Alternative name(s): Fraser/RayK, F/K
Gender category: m/m
Fandom: due South
Canonical?: no
Prevalence: perhaps the most popular slash pairing
Archives: DSA
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F/K Fandom

F/K emerged very rapidly in 1997, with the broadcast of the third-season premiere episode, "Burning Down The House", since Due South was already an established fandom.

Once the Ray Wars broke out, which is to say, almost immediately, F/K fen retreated to a number of pairing specific mailing lists. Not until after the fandom had begun to move to LJ did the ice begin to thaw, and communities began to be formed that allowed both RayV and RayK fic, as well as het and V/K and F/V/K. However, because the move to LJ came about when F/K was much more popular than F/V, there was a resentment about the domination of the pairing even in these open communities. Much of the due South fanfic on LJ was F/K centric, at least until the rise of V/K and threesome fic changed that balance somewhat.

F/K Mailing Lists

F/K Fanfiction

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Episode-Related stories

Episodes with a high concentration of subtext (or just Ray being awesome) inspired much fanfiction.

  • Asylum, in which Ray must trust Fraser:

COTW:

The Quest/COTW and Post-Quest Stories

The last episode of the show has Fraser and RayK going off together on a quest to find the Hand of Franklin. Many writers have written the story of what happens on that quest. Notable quest stories include:

  • TBA

A number of stories start with RayK returning from the Quest, either unable to admit his feelings, or having consummated their relationship, RayK couldn't take the North, and Fraser wouldn't come south again.

Canadian Shack

Fraser and RayK seem about a thousand times more likely in fanfiction to end up living in a remote part of Canada than Fraser and Ray V; in Ray V stories, the pair are as likely to end up staying in Chicago. (This was part of the impetus for the Canadian Shack fanfiction challenge: the idea that it would be fun to put other characters into this situation so familiar to F/K fans of Due South.)

Standing out in this genre is Kat Allison's The End of the Road, a notable fandom tearjerker in which Fraser and Ray try, and fail, to build a life together in Canada.

AUs or Alternate Realities

While DS never had the wild diversity of AUs prevalent in a fandom like SGA, there's still a fair number of notable F/K AUs.

In the epic novel Hawks and Hands by Dira Sudis, Fraser and Ray are hockey players; in Academic Punk by The Hoyden, Fraser and Ray are English professors; in The Chicago 1947 AU, the characters are in a hardboiled detective story; in Genesis by Kalena, Fraser is a geologist, and he meets Ray in Hawaii; in Pas de Deux by Sihaya Black, Ray is a dance instructor; in Somewhere Else to Be by Kellie Matthews, Ray is a mechanic, and Fraser is an archeologist; in They Eat Pizza, Don't They? also known as "The Pizza AU" by Brooklinegirl, Ray K owns a pizzeria. Real Boys by Salieri is a cyberpunk AU in which Fraser is an android.

See also Viciouscats's AU masterlist.

Genderfuck

In the second season episode "Some like it Red", Fraser goes undercover as a woman at a Catholic school. Although "Some like it Red" was a RayV episode, Ray K writers have embraced the premise of a cross-dressing Fraser--or Ray--with a vengeance. Stories include Double Vision/Single Truth by Crysothemis, A Dare's a Dare by Speranza, Lipstick Vogue by Brooklinegirl, and Woman Like a Man by Lalejandra.

DS_flashfiction also hosted a Genderfuck challenge, which produced many good stories.

See also Viciouscat's crossdressing masterlist.

Kidfic

Other reccurring themes in F/K stories

  • Stories that spend a lot of time on Stella, and compare and contrast RayK's overwhelming love for Stella with his love for Fraser
  • TBA

F/K Art

F/K Vids

F/K Zines

Podfics

Resources

Online Fic

Meta/Further Reading

References

  1. http://www.dueslash.com/archive/581.html