Reciprocity, by raucousraven
If you like Numb3rs... no, nevermind. If you have any concept of what Numb3rs is, you really need to check this out. It's long, and plot-filled, and just about the coolest thing going. It will mess with your head, and you will thank it for the priviledge. raucousraven slides a little blame my way for the idea that spawned this, and I'll take whatever piece of it I can claim. I've never been happier to be a little wrong in the head. I had one little thought, and she ran off to construct an entire world, and then breathed such life into it that it speaks. She classifies it as an AU, but it's most wonderful because of the truly scary plausability of it; the universe flipped on it's side without breaking any of the good China.
And that's just the storyline itself. It doesn't even count the fact that the words are perfect and subtle, the tone is breathless and suspended, and the casual details thrown in make me a little afraid to run into this girl in a dark alley somewhere.
Oh, and lest you be among those who do not embrace the incest, be not afraid. There are no pairings herein, brotherly or otherwise.
So go, read! If Numb3rs isn't your thing, bookmark it until someone drags you kicking and screaming into the fandom. It's worth coming back to.
And, while you're over there, tell her how very amazing this fic is, and that she should write like a demon from now on.