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REC: The Final Game 
25th-May-2010 12:42 am
Blackletter
While we're voting on Three Era episodes, I might as well drop this off here. My next rec, representing Three/Delgado!Master and darkfic. (For the record, I love darkfic and the Doctor/Master pairing has a lot of great darkfic to choose from, but it's mostly in the form of Simm or Ainley. Delgado!Master, genteel adversary that he is, usually doesn't come with darkfic.)

Pairing: Three/Delgado!Master
Length: Three chapters, middle to longish. At a guess, maybe 35K?
Warnings: character death
Author on LJ: x_losfic
Author website: N/A
Why this must be read: This is another story that taps into my love of long, plotty, and well structured fics. It was also one of the first Three/Delgado!Master fics that I read; the fic that made me love the pairing. (And why are there not more Three/Delgado!Master fics in the world?) This darkfic is a lovely, bitter-sweet dark, like chocolate. Delgado!Master is appropriately wicked in the way every incarnation of the Master is wicked, but even through the darkness, there are scenes that are adorable in the way that Delgado!Master is adorable. Add to that an overarching theme of language and communication, and I’m sold. (And there’s some Gallifreyan linguistic details, too. Proclitics make me hot and bothered and possessive proclitics are the sexiest thing on earth.)



I wonder,” the Master continued, still taking in the crown molding, “Every hour, if this will be the one. If this is when you fall. If you’re going to give in because you want to, or because you can see how much your refusal pains me, and how childishly stupid it is to deny me, and yourself. Either would do. I’d prefer both, naturally, but then I so rarely get what I want with you.”

The Doctor curled his fingers down over the Master’s knuckles, silently sympathetic, but firm. Unwavering.

“Not tonight then,” the Master conceded. “Well. Goodnight then, Doctor.”

They had a million tomorrows between them, and sometimes he could see them, stretched out before them like infinity. And on those nights he was patient.



The Final Game Part I

The Final Game Part II

The Final Game Part III
Comments 
25th-May-2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
I had just finished this yesterday and it is definitely a must-read. It fucked my shit up, but in a good way.

I can't remember the last fandom in which the fics made me bawl like a baby.
25th-May-2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
Liking the name and the icon. And thanks! Glad to have emotionally car-jacked you?
25th-May-2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
The great thing about having a ridiculous and unique name is that, most likely, you won't have to think of something silly and with numbers for a screen name. The bad thing is, my grandmother could probably find me online, and she's computer illiterate.

You're welcome! I just need to learn to interpret 'darkfic' as 'HERE THAR BE ANGST.' And buy tissues. And chunky monkey.
25th-May-2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Awwwwwwwh, bless. Thanks so much!

(and vast picky moment: the link does go to the header of the last part, though, so people might be a bit confused?)
25th-May-2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! The fic well deserves the rec.

(Yes, part 2 didn't have a link to part 3 and I remembered freaking out the first time I read it. Lots of "Nooo! Where's the next bit!" until I remembered the wonder of tags. So I decided to link to the tag so all three parts would show up. But I can definitely change the link if you want.)
25th-May-2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, your call!
25th-May-2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Changed it to a link to each part. That should keep it tidy and not confusing.
25th-May-2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Awh, so dedicated! Thanks!
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