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Shades of Ray (Miriam Heddy's Little Corner of the Universe)
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Shades of Ray is a Fraser/Kowalski story by Miriam Heddy.
Summary: How do you know when to stop looking? Ray figures out the who, what, when, and where of his life, post-CotW.
Reactions and Reviews
Because Dira Sudis reminded me of it. And because this: Fraser opens his mouth, then shuts it again. Bingo. He's got it. Either he's in shock because he's overcome with happiness that I love him and Canada enough to take the pledge, or he's thinking to himself, "Dear lord, I have a stalker." Both of which are true, actually. 
The adventure is over and it's time for Ray to make some decisions about his life. He's pretty sure he doesn't want to go back to Chicago. He's is pretty sure that he wants to stay in Canada and be with Fraser. Even though Fraser is being a little cold to him. He realizes it's just Ben's protective instincts. Not knowing if Ray feels the same for him, if he wants to pursue a relationship, and the fact that he's been a loner for so long. All those things are shutting Fraser down and Ray realizes the root of them, he gets Fraser. So he has to ask himself, would he want to stay in Canada even if he and Fraser don't get together. So he goes about getting a job, checking out what becoming a citizen entails. He's serious about this so he takes some times away from Ben to see if this is right for him. Not telling Frase about this. He's at sort of a crossroads, facing a mid-life crisis thing. Trying to figure out who he is now. He never did take the time to sort himself out after the divorce from The Stella, he avoided that by jumping right into becoming Ray Vecchio. So he's figured out what he wants (Canada) and who he wants (Fraser), now he just has to work on getting them. This is really a Ray figuring himself out and going after what he wants story. I liked that, I would think Ray would need that time to work everything out in his head, this made sense to me. He also realizes that Fraser would have a hard time with someone under foot constantly. Fraser needs time to adjust to being with someone too, also time to decide if Ray was what he wanted. So he gives them both the time to figure it out before he goes to him and makes the proposition. Very mature of him, even if he did it more instinctually while having a mid-life freak out. He knew what he had to do and did it. I loved that, was so Ray to me. Great story that I really like. Love Ray with an earring too, read the story you'll figure out why he gets that. <g>