Title: “13 Ways of Looking at a Betrayal”
Characters: Olivia/Peter (UST), Walter, Astrid
Rating/Warnings: PG-13, spoilers through “Marionette” (3x09)
Summary: Sometimes the crossing isn’t as difficult as the arrival. Olivia struggles to reintegrate herself into her old life after her return from the Other Side.
Why This Must Be Read: The tone of this fic is restrained, sardonic, and utterly heartbreaking, just like Peter and Olivia. It’s by no means a case!fic, but the bits and pieces of cases that pepper the narrative feel authentic enough that it almost could be. This story lives in the details —like Olivia’s struggle to style her new bangs—which are superbly rendered. Not only does it feel like watching scenes from the show, but it’s one of those fics that subtly imprints itself in your memory, so that the line between what you’ve seen on the screen and what you’ve read on the page becomes blurred.
These are words that she would not say out loud, even if she had anyone to whom to say them: Olivia hates that fucking tattoo...