Unidentified Friendship Objective
Unidentified Friendship Objective is a story written by Ogiwara Saki and illustrated by olukemi. It ran in Issue 33 at http://s2b2.livejournal.com/192597.html, and is mirrored at http://www.shousetsubangbang.com/mirror/unidentified-friendship-objective/.
From the author: "In which being in love with your best friend is complicated enough without aliens."
From the Slash Pile: "Four days after the photo of the chupacabra turned out to be nothing more than a rabid coyote with mange, Felix began talking about UFOs. A story in which being in love with your best friend is complicated enough without aliens..."
I'm no good at writing reviews but let me assure you that this story is wonderful! It's a tender and bittersweet tale of two friends becoming more, after one of them has survived cancer (happening prior to the story). I couldn't help but fall in love with the main characters Lysander and Felix, who are both complex and believable. My review doesn't do it justice, but this story has it all: emotions, attention to detail, plot... Go read it!
- shadow-birds.tumblr.com: "they are BEST FRIENDS WHO FALL IN LOVE DO I HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING MORE"
- fail-fandomanon.dreamwidth.org: "It's about two best friends since childhood, who run into some unusual alien-related trouble and realize they've been in love the whole time. It's really cute. There's some pining, there's some hot sex, there's some slow burn- not in that order."
Felix is convinced that aliens have landed in High Park, but his best friend Lysandros remains disbelieving... <3 This is partially a comfort-read for the soul-warming love, and partially for all the incredible descriptions of food *_* It's so beautifully told - so many details of their lives and personalities that make them so easy to love, as though I know them. It's a perfect blend of humour and poignancy and misunderstandings and happiness. And the piiiiining ahhhhh.
- pinboard.in/u:jedusaur: "Oh jeez. This is a great friends-to-lovers story, sweet and cute with some striking threads of grief. Kinda like real life."