( Collapse )Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?Dani Reese/Charlie Crews - Life
Hate is a strong word. I just never paid close attention to this aspect of the show. Very rarely do I change my mind about things once all the options have been weighed. I make a decision and stick to it. I can enumerate how many times this phenomenon has be thwarted on one prehensile multi-phalange'd body part. Being converted from a Reese,Crews (or alternately Reese&Crews) state to a Reese/Crews state bowled me over. At first I was all YAY! Partnership-ship and AWESOMELY different people being alternately broken and fixed yet complimentary. GREAT PARTNERSHIP IN THE MAKING! Much like Scully and Mulder, whom I didn't ship-ship until much much later. But back to Life, I never saw them as ship-ship, yes I know, contradictory seeing as how partner!ship is one of my biggest and fave kinks but they never read that way to me. Never had a hint of 'romance' or 'lurve' or any of those mushy feeling things because A) Dani is so... DANI and prickly and 'leave me alone or I will shoot you in the foot cos I AM DAMAGE'. B) Charlie comes from a similar broken place but can still see the healing and the benefit from learning to let go. They're both in two very different places on the spectrum of recovery yet both still so very broken. Retrospectively, there were many things predisposing me to shipping them; that totally AWESOME scene of partnership and trust in Merit Badge (FUCKING PILOT EPISODE DUDES), the AA meetings and badass pwnage in Powerless, the fruit, the confrontation of 'Dad, did you put an innocent man in prison?', the potential of untangling the conspiracy with
Dani which would undoubtedly produce EPIC partner!love, the 'Detective New Money', the exasperation of patience, the faith talk in The Fallen Woman, the half-assed attempt on Dani's part to heal herself, the you are each others last hope of surviving in the LAPD (a la Lynley/Havers), it was all there. I guess I was overwhelmed by the brilliant magnitude of the individual characters that ship was the last thing on my mind. It wasn't until the axe dropped on the season two (which I didn't pay much attention to because, what?!) finale I went: 'OH! I can see the ship-ship starting...', buuut then it ended up being the series finale and I was bummed because just when I could see them being EPIC PARTNERSHIP-SHIP + SHIP-SHIP OF EPICNESS, there would never be no more. *sad* Then, as always, the soothing balm of fanfic took away the sting. A fic that so brilliantly illustrated the 'where do we go from here' factor can be found in Seven Veils
. Let ye be warned, 'tis a WIP and it's left hanging at the Dani chapter but OMG!ITSSOGOODYOUHAVETOREADIT!
Most awesomest vid that captures everything that you could possibly
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