|Monday rec: The Good Friend, from ozsaur
||[Nov. 29th, 2004|06:34 am]
Title: The Good Friend|
Author: Jack Reuben Darcy
Pairing: Jim/Blair, Blair/m
Summary: Jim suffers in silence as Blair's heart is broken
Direct Link: http://www.squidge.org/archive/archive/firsts2/goodfriend.html
Author's Page: http://internetdump.com/users/angiet/guest.html
NOTE: This webpage has some questionable pop-up ads. Also, not all of JRD's stories are on this webpage, more of his stories can be found at 852 Prospect.
Reason for Recommending: Make sure you have a big chunk of time set aside before you start reading this story, not just because it's long but because it's very intense. JRD's story Prison is recommended most often, but The Good Friend is totally on the money in the way he explores the characters. He peels away the layers of who Jim and Blair are. The author doesn't flinch from showing every aspect of their characters, the good points as well as the flaws. There is nothing tidy or neat about Jim and Blair's relationship, and JRD shows that in all its complexity. Prepare for the angst.
Jim shrugged, pulling into Prospect with a quick glance for police cars. "I think you had him scared for a while, yes. But it was his suggestion that Joel ... help me out - so I guess that means he knows you're innocent." He parked and went to open his door but Blair put a hand on his arm.
"Jim? How did you know?"
And that was too close. Too close to what had happened between them tonight. Too close to the hurt and the accusations he'd thrown at himself. He couldn't look at Blair - even though he wanted to, even though, if he'd been a stronger man, he would have turned and told him the truth, all of it. So he kept his gaze on the steering wheel and shook his head, "I know you, Chief. I trust you."