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Rivers/Prior - The Tarnished Mirror of the World

deadharborJul. 28th, 2008 10:12 pm Rivers/Prior

I'm only at the 2nd book but for me this is the most obvious pairing and the one which is sexiest and with the most chemistry. I'm really surprised there aren't anyone who writes them. I just love the way Prior seems to flirt with Rivers.

My favorite moment so far has to be near the end of the 2nd book. Maybe it's just my slash-tinted glasses but after the alternate "violent" Prior first appeared to Rivers, and then our Billy said "maybe you just aren't his type," I was going "oh but he's definitely your type isn't he?".

So does anyone else like them together? Any fic recs if there are any?

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Date:July 28th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
Prior/Rivers is absolute love. There's not a lot of fic for them--yet!--and in fact all I can think of right now is this one over on Yuletide, which doesn't have any actual interaction between them, but is still wonderful.

I love that scene with Prior in the fugue state--"And now you can have your little blue-eyed boy back,"--and oh god what's the other one that sends me a bit special, I'm pretty sure it's in the second book, oh yes: where Prior won't let up on interrogating Rivers to the degree that he lets them swap places, and they have their little "I can't think of a single rule we're not breaking."/"I can," exchange, asdlkjhaajd.
Date:July 29th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I can't ship them in the traditional sense because I see Rivers as unshakably asexual whether by nature, circumstance, or (un)conscious choice, but I love the moments where Prior flirts with him or refuses to share with another doctor anything he's told Rivers. The indefinable nature of their relationship is one of the things that makes it so interesting to me.

strangeumbrella is right on with the "I can't think of a single rule we're not breaking"/"I can" business. I can picture the gleam in Prior's eyes as he says that and *GUH*.
Date:November 26th, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry for the random reply (especially since you posted your comment so long ago) but, as Rivers's biographer, I can promise you that he was not asexual. Yes, he was extremely repressed for most of his life but he wasn't in the slightest bit disinterested in sex. He was a homosexual and not particularly good at hiding it in certain circumstances (particularly with those who were also of that ilk- 'takes one to know one' I suppose). Layard- who was madly in love with him- descibed Rivers as 'fire' and was more inclinded to suspect the married A.C Haddon (who had two children!) of sexlessness than he was to suggest that Rivers was. Rivers himself also admitted to thinking of sex- and of dreaming of it- but, as he wrote in 'Conflict and Dreams', his 'natural reticence' would not permit him to write up the details (damn).
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
I have a slight problem actually - I moved journals and lost all my fics. I have no idea where half my favourite Prior/Rivers stuff is. In fact, right now I can only track down anotherusedpage's Prior/Sarah(/Rivers-if-you-squint) which is very good and made me very mniserable indeed. But, no more...
Date:September 6th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
....which would be here. I got so distracted rereading it I forgot to add the link. Sorry!