Teresa Lisbon/Patrick JaneFic Title:
Lost At SeaAuthor:
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I LOVE this fic. It addresses what could happen if Minelli informed Lisbon that he had given Jane that list of suspects - SPOILERS for most of season 3 but takes a left turn well before "Redacted". It is complex and long - complete at 19 chapters. Not only does it feature excellent characterizations of Jane and Lisbon, but also makes LaRoche a decent leader, and introduces one of my favorite Original Characters ever (but I'll leave that for the reader to discover).
Here are bits of the reviews I left for it at FFN:
"This story captures one of the relatively small handful of ways that the essential conflict between Jane and Lisbon could be resolved - if the writers do not take the easy way out, and foolishly romanticize Jane's relative morality."
"This author has a propensity for forcing these two to confront the painful realities (um, yeah, ironic isn't it? reality in a work of fiction based on a work of fiction in a different medium) inherent in their situation - those painful realities that so many fic writers ignore, make light of, or mis-handle entirely, in favor of going straight to the fluff of a happy ending (double entendre intended). LittleMender pushes the hot buttons, and she does it well - weaving the pain and angst into something that leaves the relationship between Jane and Lisbon on a stronger foundation. This fic certainly shows how well she gets the job done."