Title: Running to Glacier Point
Fandom: due South
Pairing(s): Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Rating: Teen & Up
Warnings: Injured Ray
Genres: Angst, First Time, Romance, Hurt/Comfort
Word Count: 18,403
Summary: After being injured in the line of duty, RayK heads to Canada to get away from the pity of his friends and family and to find something more with Fraser. Post-CotW. Slash.
Why You Should Read This: I’m not normally a hurt/comfort type person, though this fic will fit the bill nicely for some of you out there that are into the genre. The thing about this particular fic is that it is, in a word, haunting. Why? Because there is something about it that just clicks, and you can’t get it out of your head. Okay, well maybe it’s just me. I first read this on November 20th, 2016, and have since re-read it four more times in the six weeks since.
Fraser and Kowalski separate after their adventure, though it comes out that neither wanted to go their separate ways. And when Ray is shot, then further injured on the job – because Fraser isn’t there to cover his ass – he goes into a coma, and comes out of it with a bit of brain damage. And when nobody – not his parents, Ma Vecchio and Frannie, nor Stella and Ray Vecchio – listens to him or his wants, he decides to skip town and go up to Canada to see what Fraser (who he figures was never told about Ray’s accident) is doing, and if they can maybe live together.
The thing about this fic that I love is how you watch Ray progress from his “Can function on his own, but has trouble” through to “almost completely healed.” Not only that, but as he heals, his relationship with Fraser grows – and it’s just a thing of beauty.
One word of caution – stay out of the comments. Now I was not around for the “Ray Wars”, but it is there in the comments. To me, Stella and Ray Vecchio are portrayed exactly how I think their characters are on the show. However, I understand that there are some people who detest how Ray Vecchio and Stella are treated by Fraser/Kowalski people. This fic does a good job of broaching the issue, and I think handles it wonderfully. However, I know not everyone will agree with me on that.
In all, this is a completely wonderful fic, and deserves a read for those who like Fraser/Kowalski.