zhena + au:alphacygni   1

Proof by AlphaCygni
Deep Space Nine, Garak/Bashir, Garak/Parmak. "Enabran Tain has retired, and Garak has been second-in-command of the Obsidian Order for over three years. His next assignment is the interrogation of Cardassia’s newest detainee, a Federation doctor charged with espionage." // 81K, fork AU. Yeah, all right. It's well written, a cool premise, and is entirely set on Cardassia. Bashir is a house-bound captive throughout, forced to work on a disease cure (i.e., "arrest" here = kidnapping). It's intricate and culturally dense with really intense relationships, loads of Garak backstory, some vaguely Stockholm-y stuff.

But. I don't read the licensed mass-market novels (and don't plan to), and I felt uneasy the whole time about not being to discern what was this writer's own take on canon versus what got lifted whole-cloth from some book or other. Fuck it, spoilers: Bait-and-switch fic. The *TV series* pairing you chug through 80+K for is not the author's end game. It's some licensed novel rando (per Google). When I spotted this fic sitting in an old tab from last month, I got ticked off all over again. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
fanfic  DS9  slash  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  pair:Garak/SomeOtherDude  AU  ref:fork  ref:backstory  ref:kidnapping  ref:domestic  ref:first-time  au:alphacygni  fandom:DS9 
october 2018 by zhena

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