Word Count: 3,964
Word Count: 3,964
Word Count: 990
( Eyes Wide Shut )
Here are two lovely finale fics - an original and a remix - that made me cry but gave me the resolution I so badly craved. And they're beautifully written. Go read them.
Song of the Open Road by elly427
This is one of the most moving and powerful fics I've ever read and it literally made my heart hurt. It picks up immediately after the finale and follows canon, so don't expect any happy endings here. I am all about Lee and his POV and this is a carefully crafted, intimate look at his life on NewEarth. Add in one of my favorite poems by Walt Whitman (and a nod to my not-so-secret Lee wanking kink, how she made THAT poignant is truly an art form) and it is one post-finale fic you simply must read.
The Reality and Immortality of Things by wisteria_
Wisteria_ takes the basic premise of Song of the Open Road and masterfully remixes it to be AU after Papadama's raptor takes off - and gives us Kara to keep Lee company this time. It's a quiet and compelling look at their lives on NewEarth, exploring the new terrain and their new relationship. It's written from Kara's POV and has lovely insight into her head - I love her realizations about Lee and herself in chapter 2. But ahhhhh...the ending. Pure heartbreak. You've been warned.
There are two other fabulous post-finale fics that are WIPs but almost...almost...finished (you know who you are, ladies) so I'll pimp those just as soon as they're done.
Author's Summary: This story is about the repercussions of a one night stand between Lee and Kara. Guilt and desire consume them as they meet again years later, though this time Zak is in the picture.
Why I like this fic: I'm a sucker for pre-mini fics where there is more to the L/K backstory than meets the eye...especially if it includes a pre-Zak fling. Latte sets up a very plausible scenario with a great hot!pre-pilot one-night stand followed by the requisite amount of UST and tons of angst. The story gives us an interesting insight into the days leading up to Zak's death, and is a fabulous short read.
Author's Summary: The past can be a curse or a blessing; it just depends on how you look at it.
Why I like this fic: Sigh. Secret married pilot!fic with a twist, what's not to like? The premise is unique and latte gets extra bonus points for well-meaning interference by A/R and for rubbing Dee and Sam's noses in evolving pilot love!
Author's Summary: Kara wished he would lie, but then he wouldn’t be Lee.
Why I like this fic: On the other end of the spectrum from Guilty Hearts, this is a post-Earth arrival fic that chronicles the (mis)adventures of our favorite pilots as they come to terms with life after Galactica. As you might suspect, it's not all Bright Shiny Futures, since Kara and Lee take turns disappearing on each other and breaking each other's hearts...what else is new with our dynamic duo? But for those who wait, the story does have all kinds of hot, and who knows...maybe our pilots get their happy ending after all?!
Summary: Lee wagers a favor in Triad when he runs out of cubits, and Kara collects in a very interesting way.
Why I like this fic: OMG. Kara may be a pervert, but this fic made me realize that I am too. It started my obsession with finding fics where Lee is, um, "pleasuring himself", with or without an audience (preferably with). It's hotter than dirt but Lee and Kara are perfectly in character throughout. Widget writes smut unbelievably well, and I'm a sucker for Lee's POV in NC-17 scenes. When he licks his palm...squeee! This one delivers on all counts.
The Sound of One Hand Clapping
Author: Creative Jedi
Why I like this fic: This is an 11-chapter fic that fills in the missing story line of Kara's rehabilitation from the Raptor crash on the algae planet in "Rapture". It's a great character study of Kara, who struggles to maintain her Starbuck persona while she is totally helpless and dependent on Lee for the most basic of needs. She can't stand being out of control or accepting help but she has no choice, which leads to some interesting internal struggles. Even with this deep story line, there's humor and most importantly, pilot!sex! An added bonus is a scene with Lee getting himself off in the bunk with Kara, a favored theme (see above). But you have to wait until Chapter 10 for it..
Author's summary: He had no idea how he ended up locked in an equipment closet stark naked with a still-clothed Kara, but Lee had a hunch that she was at least partially behind it.
Why I like this fic: Sigh...one of many wonderful PWP ficklets from hackaddict, what's not to love? Kara mouths off about the CAG's supposed sexual prowess at a triad game, and then suddenly she and Lee are trapped together in an equipment closet by someone(s?) hoping the pair will provide tangible proof. Of course they do, but with hackaddict's wonderful writing, humor, and character style.
Why I like this fic: It begins with Kara pregnant and then giving birth to a daughter, Clea. Everyone thinks it's Sam's child until a routine blood test reveals that Clea has a rare blood condition passed on genetically, and the only one on board with the same condition is of course...Lee. It would have been enough to simply follow that story to its logical conclusion, but the author also weaves in another whole plot dynamic in the search for Earth, which connects to Kara's "destiny" and that of her daughter. Add in another story line with the gods watching humanity's progression towards Earth, and you end up with a very compelling read. I was very invested in the plot but loved the attention to the L/K ship, and it was nice to see A/R and even Sam get a little action too. A great longer fic.
Author's Summary: In a different past, there was no Zak to bring Apollo and Starbuck together, so when pure chance affects their meeting, what kind of future do they make? And what rules get broken?
Why I like this fic: In a world where Kara wasn't Zak's flight instructor, Kara and Lee meet in a bar on Picon when both are on leave and looking for a little escapism from the military. They have an amazing one-night stand which ends up meaning more to both of them than they had originally expected. Things turn a bit awkward when they realize they are both Colonial Fleet and have to return to their regularly scheduled lives. The author does a lovely job of building a very believable L/K relationship in a very different context that ends with them meeting again on the deck of the Galactica after the destruction of the worlds. I really enjoy the fact that all but the last chapter are pre-mini, which gives the author a lot of room to explore. It's very well written and has something for everyone, whether you like plot, character development, a little bit of L/K angst, and of course, smut!
Summary: Bill Adama never married Lee's mother, so Lee has a different last name (Berner) and neither of them knows the other one knows Lee is his son.
Why I like this fic: This is a waaay A/U fic that I really enjoy. It picks up right where the mini begins and includes bits of canon, but with the major exception that Lee is Captain Lee Berner, not Lee Adama. No one knows that he is Bill Adama's son - well, Commander Adama and Lee both know, but for different reasons and neither one of them knows the other knows too. Kara doesn't know either. Bill never wanted Lee, he knocked up his mother on a one night stand and urged her not to keep the baby. Good thing she did!
It's a great story with good character development. The anger that Lee has for his father is still there, but comes from a very different place now. Some of the key actions in canon are reversed (like Lee is stranded on the moon and uses the raider to escape, not Kara) for dramatic effect. The author also does a great job of exploring the L/K dynamic, especially since only Lee knew that Zak was his half-brother. When Kara and Laura both figure out what the real story is and start taking matters into their own hands to bring father and son together, things go from bad to worse. All in all, it's a great read and has an original take on the Lee/Bill relationship that I find very refreshing.