Benediction, by fifteenways
(Without a Trace -slash)
A while back I opened my inbox to find an email from a girl I didn't really know all that well. She asked me if I'd be interested in beta'ing a story. I said sure, expecting the usual stories people tend to send me. A few hours later, this story appeared in my inbox. I was, quite literally, blown away, so much so I'm fairly certain my corrections contained mostly praise, fangirling and possibly even a marriage proposal.
Set in an alternative universe, Benediction is quite possible one of the most incredible stories I've ever read. It follows Martin and moves through this almost despair like apathy into a chance meeting and then the fragile, confusing beginnings of a relationship. It's one of those stories you want to read over and over again just so you can feel that newfound euphoria of finding love. Fifteenways has this amazing insight into the characters and quite a talent for painting these incredibly vivid images. But more than that, she has this incredible ability to blend angst, depression, romance and humour. It's absolutely delightful.Today has not been a good day, and he was maybe hoping for some solitude tonight. Danny is abrasive enough to not give it to him, and cute enough to get away with it. Martin thinks he would be really pissed if he wasn’t kind-of in love with him. Still, Danny looking like walking sex doesn’t make Martin’s bad mood go away.
See what I mean?