February 20th, 2010

johnny weir 2

Fic rec: Siamese Fighting Fish

Siamese Fighting Fish by tyrannicides
Johnny Weir/Evan Lysacek, figure skating, 4k, NC-17
Summary: Set just after 2007 U.S. Nationals

To be honest, I wasn't sure if I would like figure skating fandom. I knew it'd depend on the quality of the first fic I read (kind of like Sherlock Holmes, which I kind of steered away from after the first fic I read turned me off from the fandom). Luckily, I chose this fic.

This is one of the best stories I've ever come across in any fandom. It's twisted, edgy, and subtly creative. The premise is that Johnny leaves Evan tied up and goes shopping. The rest is technically PWP, but it's so much more than that. The author captures the boys' real life relationship so perfectly. There's the desperate need to one-up each another, but there's also the grudging respect, and all of it comes out in their confusion and anger. I'm usually not a fan of powerplay, but she writes it believably, and I found myself catching my breath more than once. The ending is beautiful -- heartbreaking, for sure, but in all the right ways. I actually found myself tearing up when I read the last few lines (mostly because I didn't want the story to end, though).

If anyone's looking to break into the fandom, this is the perfect fic to ease your passage. But make sure you read this article about Evan and Johnny's rivalry first.