Firstly, a disclaimer – I’ve never watched Oz, and I’ve never watched Law & Order: SVU and if you’re in the same boat as me, don’t let it deter you from reading one of the best fics I’ve read in a very long time.Someone Like You
by the incomparable drsquidlove
is set after Oz finishes, so imagines what happens when one of the series’ main protagonists, Tobias Beecher tries to settle back into normal life – or at least what might pass as one for someone with addiction issues after 8 years in a maximum security prison. Then one night, he sees Detective Elliot Stabler a crime scene and his world comes tumbling down because Elliot looks just like Toby’s lover from prison, Chris Keller. (Actor Christopher Meloni played both Chris Keller and Elliot Stabler in their respective series)
If you haven’t seen the series, do what I did and treat the characters as OC’s, and if you have seen one or both of the series, you’ll appreciate drsquid’s take on them. Oh and because we find out about what happened to Toby in prison at the same time as Elliot does, again, the lack of series knowledge is never an issue.
So why should you read this story? Apart from the truly excellent writing, the great plotting and the well thought out pacing and rhythm, this is a story where I really cared what happened to the characters. And not just the major ones. All the characters are well drawn and each has their breathing space within the story, so no-one feels superfluous to the tale.
But the main point of this story is Toby and Elliot. These two men are drowning emotionally and slowly start to find some common ground in the oddest friendship that is built on ever shifting sands of need, denial, lies and unexpected moments of tenderness. I shouted at them, I cheered for them, I sighed for them, and once or twice I even cried for them.
If you’re looking for something meaty and wonderful to get your teeth into, then I can thoroughly recommend this story. It’s by drsquidlove, so really, what other recommendation do you need?
There are the many reading options:Someone Like You
– at LJ (so you can view other people’s comments as the good doctor was first posting this story)Smeone Like You
– at Dr Squid’s websiteSomeone Like You
– at A03.
See, I’ve done the hard work, so there’s no excuse not to go read, if you haven't already, and go back and reread if this is a road already travelled. Seriously, if you only read one more story between now and the end of the year, make sure it's this one - just my opinion, of course! *g*