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Ever/Was (R)

Ever/Was  is a compilation of stories (and a great video!) that is a "virtual season" set during and after the events of Season 4 Episode 13 (Journey's End). There are currently 5 episodes and an interlude triptych. I'll list each episode separately. I've been obsessed with post Journey's End stories and have read no small number of them. I was delighted to see some of my absolute favorites brought together and reconfigured in this collection to make a seamless whole. Most of the stories can also be found on Teaspoon in their pre-edited form.

Story: Coincidence Makes Sense Only With You by treblebeth, onlylyin, and ljg-fanfic [PG]
Summary: This is the story of the year Rose spent crossing universes.
Characters/Pairing: Ten/Rose, Jack, Donna, Mickey
Category: alternate universe, angst, character study, multi-part.
Warning: Hardcore Journey's End and basically the entire series. Sidenote: JE compliant, and all that entails, work in progress.

Reason for recommendation: This story is Episode 1 of Ever/Was. It ties up loose ends and provides the background and missing scenes for much of Season 4. There is a lot here about Rose and what she goes through to get back to her Doctor. The author does an excellent job of showing us a mature Rose who has to make difficult choices. The title is from the Björk song "Joga."

Story: To Find the Journey's End in Every Step of the Road by treblebeth, onlylyin, and ljg-fanfic [PG]
Summary: The continuing story of Rose crossing universes to get to her Doctor - and what happens when she succeeds.
Characters/Pairing: Ten/Rose, Jack, Donna, Mickey
Category: alternate universe, angst, character study, humor, romance, multi-part.
Warning: Hardcore Journey's End and basically the entire series. Sidenote: JE compliant, and all that entails, work in progress.

Reason for recommendation: This story is Episode 2 of Ever/Was. It contains brilliant missing scenes from  Season 4. As with the first episode, I highly recommend this story because it ties up loose ends and provides background and missing scenes for the end of Season 4.

Story: Same As It Ever Was by  onlylyin [PG]
Summary: Only the Doctor could leave her and stay with her forever in the same second.
Characters/Pairing: Ten/Rose, Jackie
Category: alternate universe, hurt/comfort, humor, romance, multi-part.
Warning: Hardcore Journey's End and basically the entire series. Sidenote: JE compliant, and all that entails, work in progress.

Reason for recommendation: This story is Episode 3 of Ever/Was.  It takes us slightly beyond the end of , beginning with a "missing scene" conversation Rose and the (Duplicate10th) Doctor have on the TARDIS and ending on that infamous beach in Norway.  There are a lot of post JE fics out there. This one stands out because it plausibly shows Rose having a choice in getting "left behind" on the beach. And it leaves me feeling very hopeful for a happy ending for the Doctor and Rose. It is well written, with good characterizations and believable dialog. There's acknowledgment of the difficulty of their situation without getting bogged down in angst. In fact, there's just the right mix of hurt, hope and humor to make an excellent read. 

Story: His Days Like Crazy Paving by ljg-fanfic [R]
Summary: She thought of it as a holiday. A sabbatical. Seeing a bit of the world. Well, seeing a lot of the world in little bitty chaotic never-stay-in-one-place pieces. And it was wonderful. It was.
Characters/Pairing: Doctor/Rose
Category: alternate universe, hurt/comfort, humor, romance, multi-part.
Warning: Post Journey's End with the (Duplicate 10th) Doctor and Rose. Sidenote: JE compliant, and all that entails, work in progress (although it could also stand alone), R for some sexual content.

Reason for recommendation: This story is Episode 4 of Ever/Was. I've never read a better characterization of the Doctor than this. It is brilliant. Without having to get ever-so-explicit, the sex between the Doctor and Rose is hot. I love how in love they are. There are smatterings of angst but the after taste is yummy and funny.

Story: Interlude Triptych by ljg-fanfic [PG-13]
Summary: Three lovely panels from the lives of Rose and the Doctor.
Characters/Pairing: Doctor/Rose
Category: alternate universe, hurt/comfort, humor, romance, fluff,  multi-part.
Warning: Post Journey's End with the (Duplicate 10th) Doctor and Rose. Sidenote: JE compliant, and all that entails, work in progress.
Reason for recommendation: This little interlude follows on the heels of Episode 4 of Ever/Was. Good characterizations and witty dialog, with Rose and the Doctor finding their way together. This is a bit sweeter, lighter and fluffier than previous episodes.

Comments

Thanks so much for this rec post! I spent, like, an hour and a half reading these today when I should have been studying. XD These are awesome, thank you~
You're welcome, and I think they're awesome, too. By the way, I do that all the time, too, find a good fic and can't stop myself from reading it right then and there. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to post a comment.
How the heck did I miss this series?? Thank you so much for this rec, or I may have never found it. I certainly hope she keeps writing in it. The first three episodes, especially, are breathtakingly brilliant. I stayed up far too late last night reading, then got through my morning to-do list as quickly as possible to read the rest. I hope she continues with it ... I would really love to see more from her.
I know, isn't it fabulous? And that's why I wanted to recommended it, because it seemed to me that not enough people knew it was there, which was a shame because its so good. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
dw; ten, rose & tardis

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