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This week we are reading:
Title: In Our Line of Work
Author: Espoir
Rating: Teen and Up (PG-13)
Author's Summary: “That’s not fair Eames, we’re not breaking up, you know it’s just-“

“A safety precaution, yeah yeah.”

Because he knows. They both do. ‘In our line of work...’ is one of Eames’ absolute least favourite phrases, but it’s also usually prelude to his least favourite truths. Truths like the fact that really, they both know they’re a disaster waiting to happen, that someday, probably not too far in the future, one of them will be used as leverage against the other and it’s going to fucking work, because they’re too far gone now, too invested, too emotionally attached and too stupidly in love-

This is a great newer short fic! Please check it out and post any comments or discussion questions you have! I'll start us off with a few of my questions in the comments. 

Re: Dating in the Dangerous world of Dreamshare

Date: 2016-11-03 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyprydian.livejournal.com
I love this trope as well because there is always the "oh screw it" moment where the two characters stop caring about what others think and focus more on relating to the other.

It's certainly easy to fall into a pattern with this trope, but that's what a good trope and good writing does. I don't care how many times I've read the same premise. I'll read it 100 times more.

Re: Dating in the Dangerous world of Dreamshare

Date: 2016-11-04 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] earlgreytea68.livejournal.com
All tropes can get to be too much, but also all tropes, if done well, can be amazing. I agree with you, I'd read this trope 100 times.

And I wait so eagerly for that "oh screw it" moment.

Re: Dating in the Dangerous world of Dreamshare

Date: 2016-11-03 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amalthea0109.livejournal.com
I really like this trope, and I feel this fic utilises it well. I particularly like how Arthur's "oh screw it" moment is the real declaration of his affections - if he's willing to discard the rules, it must be true love...

Speaking of tropes, I always enjoy rubbish-in-the-kitchen Arthur, burning everything he touches. Fond memories of gyzym's domesticverse, I suppose :) But I really like how this fic inverts some of the standard characterisations of A and E - here, Arthur is definitely not a morning person (I feel like I've read a lot of fic where he is a super-organised, up at the crack of dawn for a run type of person) and he, not Eames, is the one picking up different accents from the people around him, and being a little bit more malleable in how he presents himself, albeit unconsciously.

Re: Dating in the Dangerous world of Dreamshare

Date: 2016-11-04 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] earlgreytea68.livejournal.com
YES. Love all of that.

I think Arthur picks up some of Eames's Britishisms in Domesticverse, too. (I only remember that because I loved that detail enough that I have unabashedly stolen it myself.)

I loved the thing about Eames not remembering his own birthday. For some reason that really stands out for me as a great character moment.
From: [identity profile] amalthea0109.livejournal.com
Yes! I love that he has forgotten his own birthday - and it seems like he hasn't just kept it a secret, but legitimately not remembered. Luckily Arthur knows all...

Re: Dating in the Dangerous world of Dreamshare

Date: 2016-11-04 01:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] earlgreytea68.livejournal.com
This is one of my favorite tropes, too, and I actually love what this fic does in exposing how incredibly ridiculous that idea is at heart, because it's clear to all of us how obvious it is to Brandon that they're together. Like, he doesn't quite get how it all works--Arthur being immediately gone--but he does get that there's something there. I mean, it only gets exposed to the degree it does because of how horrible the circumstances are, but it makes me think of that other fic where Eames starts being incredibly protective of Arthur because they're together now. Like, there are going to be little differences in the way they treat each other, especially the deeper they get, as Eames acknowledges in the fic.

From: [identity profile] amalthea0109.livejournal.com
Ha, you're right - it's so obvious. I kind of like the idea that, although Arthur and Eames expect kidnappings and blackmail, Brandon's reaction of vague embarrassment/confusion might actually be the more common reaction among their dreamsharing colleagues :D
Edited Date: 2016-11-04 02:49 pm (UTC)

Re: A story in two parts

Date: 2016-11-03 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amalthea0109.livejournal.com
I enjoy how their badassery follows though into the domestic setting - Eames "rifling through his mental catalogue of various dangerous scents and gases he encountered with the SAS" when he encounters Arthur's terrible cooking smells. Arthur leaping for the window while Eames disconnects the fire alarm - what a team!

The two pieces work really well together for me - I didn't even realise they were originally separate drabbles until I read this question!

Re: A story in two parts

Date: 2016-11-04 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] earlgreytea68.livejournal.com
Oooh, great point at how much they function like a team even in the domestic scene. Like, Arthur is multitasking like crazy in the first drabble *and* the second. (If slightly more successfully in the first.)

Re: A story in two parts

Date: 2016-11-04 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] earlgreytea68.livejournal.com
I *love* that Arthur is so difficult to romance in all situations. Like, Eames is presumably saying all sorts of romantic things when he's babbling while he's bleeding out and Arthur's reactions are basically as brusque as they are later in the domesticity scene.

I also love how much Eames *thinks* about touching Arthur in the bullet scene, and how he actually gets to in the domesticity scene.

RE: Re: A story in two parts

Date: 2016-11-04 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amalthea0109.livejournal.com
I love the wistfulness of that line about how Arthur is so difficult to romance.

Date: 2016-11-04 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] earlgreytea68.livejournal.com
This story exists in the hurt/comfort genre, and one of the things I love about it is how vividly you get in Eames's pain-dazzled headspace at the beginning. What do you think of Eames's POV in this fic? How do you think it influences our view of the story? Do you wish we had Arthur's POV, too? (Or instead?)

Date: 2016-11-04 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amalthea0109.livejournal.com
Yes! I love an Eames POV. Especially because I enjoy his somewhat snarky asides about Brandon's accent, Eastern European healthcare, the Brussels flat won in a bet, etc... But I also love seeing his affection for Arthur laid bare. The double hurt! Oh Eames.
In this fic we get Arthur's typical brusqueness and attempts at deflecting Eames' romantic ways, but I love how we can see the depth of Arthur's feelings even without the explicit confirmation of his POV. Actually, I feel like this fic gives us quite a lot of Arthur's responses and emotional reactions - naturally, Eames being hurt makes Arthur express more than he would otherwise - but I really love catching glimpses and clues of the non-POV character's feelings through the POV character. I always enjoy reading both sides of the story, but I also really like getting only one POV and having to fill in the rest. "Eames thinks Arthur might be crying" really gets me, and I feel like the emotional heft is greater because it comes from Eames' POV.
Edited Date: 2016-11-04 09:36 pm (UTC)

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