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The X-Files RPF: when the time comes (we will be as one) by Kindness
Summary: You don't get to choose your co-stars.
Reccer's Notes: This story is a perfect example of why sorting by kudos when you're looking for fic is a poor choice, especially in this fandom. This genre of RPF is the hardest to pull off--a story based on the real lives of the protagonists, grounded in the details which provide the illusion that we can know the inner lives of celebrities. The fic is told from Duchovny's POV, a bold choice since (let's be real) he can be kind of a douche. She manages to keep David's voice recognizably his own, while making him surprisingly sympathetic. Her Gillian Anderson is everything you would expect--quirky, funny, vulnerable and strong. All of the secondary characters are well-drawn, too--I adore Kindness's take on David's ex--the beautiful, talented Téa Leoni. The dialogue is simply terrific. The story begins with the series' pilot and ends in the halcyon period around the 20th anniversary of The X-Files, after Paley Fest and well before the revival filming in Vancouver. Kindness has written a perfect blend of realism and adult romance, which never pushes beyond the possible, while still allowing her readers a non-sappy, open-ended, but nevertheless happy ending. It is the only story ever recced at fuckyeahdavidgillian. It was my gift for Yuletide 2016, which I reread whenever I need a lift, and whenever I need a reminder of why I shipped these two people so hard, for so long. If you ever only read one story for this tiny Yuletide-eligible fandom, it should be this one.

I'm going to go reread it again right now.
fandom:x-files.rpf  pairing:david.duchovny/gillian.anderson  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:kindness  theme:amnesty  theme:small.fandoms  theme:comfortfic  theme:slow.burn  theme:gateway.fic  reccer:wendelah1 
december 2018 by fancake

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