December 31, 2001
Smallville

Basingstoke, Snow Day

Snow falls in Smallville, the boys horse around, and Clark finally spills the beans. Again, a sweet story, but believable and natural. There's a real sense of beauty and wonder in this story that makes it my pick for this year's Christmas story.

Posted by Sarah T. at 02:42 PM
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Meredith Lynne, The Road Home

The conflict in this one is resolved just a little too easily for my taste, and though there is a plot (thank you, Merry), it sort of...sputters. Still, this story is studded with charming bits--mutant cows, Clark's Oreo crunching, and bare feet--and Clark here is believably adolescent, possessing that strange mixture of innocence and assurance they seem to be going for on the show but which is hard to recreate in the fic.

Posted by Sarah T. at 02:41 PM
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Te, See This

Incest fic, strange and terrible. I'm not entirely persuaded of the characterizations, but as a baroque riff on the characters, the least likely possibility brought to grim and riveting life, it works. I wish I could write darkfic the way Te does--with total conviction and honesty and the absolute minimum of posing. This is really the only Lionel/Lex fic the fandom needs; too bad it won't be the only one it gets.

Posted by Sarah T. at 02:40 PM
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LaT, Reveal

Excellent use of a voyeurism scenario to bring out truths about both the couple observed and the observer himself. Another vote in the "Lionel loves his son" category, and a convincing one. Oddly sweet, in a weird sort of way and despite the foreboding at the end.

Posted by Sarah T. at 02:40 PM
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Debchan, Antigen

I forgot to include this one first time through. Subtle, disquieting, terribly sad.

Posted by Sarah T. at 02:39 PM