Title: A Meeting of Equals
Fandom: The Sentinel
Pairing: Jim/Blair
Categories: canon divergence, angst, epistolary, favorite
Length: ~30,000 words
Warnings: Some of the formatting isn't quite right, which can make some of the e-mails hard to read.

After a nasty fight with Jim, Blair decides that it's time to learn how to stand on his own two feet.

I'm a total sucker for Blair Runs Away From Home fics, and this one is quite possibly my favorite of the entire genre. I love the fact that Blair isn't just running away to punish Jim, I love the fact that Blair and Jim correspond throughout the story, and I love the fact that the entire story is more about Blair growing as a person than it is about potential romance between Jim and Blair (though that's there, too). If you're a fan of epistolary fics or just are in the mood to follow along as two characters work out their issues over a long distance, you should find this a very satisfying read.

A Meeting of Equals
Title: Visiting Alex by Lady Ra
Fandom: The Sentinel
Pairing: Jim/Blair
Categories: angst, angst, angst, favorite
Length: 15,300 words
Warnings: n/a

At some point after Sentinel Too, Alex wakes up, and Jim decides that he wants to visit her. Blair does not take this well.

This is, far and away, the Sentinel fic that I reread most often, which is odd, because the fic as a whole mostly consists of a massive argument and the resulting fallout. I think the appeal for me is the fact that this is a rare instance of Jim and Blair actually communicating (even if that communication is in the form of shouting) about Alex. The author says in her notes that she has "Alex issues" and I have to admit I have them as well, which means that finally having Blair call Jim out on his atrocious behavior throughout the whole Alex incident is deeply cathartic and extremely satisfying. That they manage to work through some of their other issues in the process is just icing on the cake.

If you're one of the 99% of Sentinel fans who have Alex issues or just like reading stories where a relationship (friendship or romantic) is severely strained, only to have it come back stronger than ever, this is the fic for you.

Visiting Alex


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