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OT3 in Canon
Jack. Kate. Sawyer. Clearly the love triangle of Lost. Hero and bad boy fight over the girl -- only she ends up being badder than both of them -- a scenario custom-made from JJ Abrams (or Joss Whedeon or James Cameron).

I've heard that JJ Abrams didn't plan on throwing Sawyer and Kate together until he saw the chemistry had together in the "I know your kind" scene. Well, I buy unexpected chemistry as the reason there's a Shannon/Sayid romance but really -- every JJ Abrams show is built around a triangle: Noel/Felicity/Ben in Felicity, Vaughn/Sydney/Will and later Sydney/Vaughn/Lauren in Alias. The man just loves triangles!

I think we all know how the triangle works in canon. Kate pursues Jack, he pulls away. Sawyer pursues Kate, she head butts him. An oversimplification, yes, as are their archetypes: Jack is the noble leader who cares too much, Sawyer the brooding man with a secret and Kate the mystery woman with a past.

A prime example for me of the shifting dynamic is how Kate tries to play them both in "Whatever the Case May Be" until it looks like Jack and Sawyer might start trusting each other more than they trust her. Sadly, that scenario didn't play out due to Jack's shocking inability to hold a grudge against anyone but Locke.


OT3 in Fanon
But let me get to the gist of my post: the OT3 in fanon. (Spoilers for several fics below - I'm going to assume you've read all of these before.) I'm not going to touch on every JKS fic, just the ones that are the most typical or marked a shift in the way I saw them and their dynamic. I'm addressing these more or less in chronological order.

The first OT3 fic I read was Only Natural by cmere (and join me in lamenting that she hardly ever writes Lost fic. Sigh.) It's told from Jack's POV and Kate and Jack are finally going to have sex when Sawyer shows up and Kate wants to include him. And Jack, surprisingly agrees. And is even more surprised to find that Sawyer is just as interested in him as he is in Kate. When it's all over, Jack can't let go. For me, this set up a lot of other OT3 fics where Jack is the most vulnerable of the three. The other two are adept at letting go (something we all know Jack isn't good at) and letting sex just be sex.

Another OT3 fic with similar characterization is Rewind by meltyoudown and also from Jack's POV is, where he hates himself for being part of the threesome and gives Kate an ultimatum: Him or Sawyer. Here he's not willing to admit there's an attraction between himself and Sawyer, to his own loss. He does come off as a bit of a prude -- or they're completely degenerate, depending on how you want to look at it.

Then foxxcub went and changed the whole game by writing Ballsy!Jack in Quid Pro Quo (Sawyer POV). He was forceful, dynamic and fucking bossy and damn if that didn't turn my whole Lostverse upside down! Up until then whenever I wrote Jack/Sawyer, Jack had a big ol' bleeding heart but her fic made me see him in a whole new light. But now Jack could be calling the shots and ... wow! (It also brings us Voyeur!Kate, which isn't a bad thing either. ;-D)

Because of that fic -- and how we saw a new, maniacally driven side of Jack in "Do No Harm," I wrote Possession and Blackout (both Kate POV) in which Jack is very, very dark and holding Sawyer and Kate in kind of sexual thrall. So by default, Sawyer and Kate become much more vulnerable. I was also interested in exploring Jack and Sawyer as the main couple, with Kate as the outsider.

desire_of_mind wrote The Devil Only Smiles, in which Sawyer is concerned that Kate is using Jack and that Jack is going to be hurt. It's interesting for a number of reasons. One being that Sawyer seems to be the only one to see how manipulative Kate is and also that Sawyer's sympathies lie with Jack, making this pre-slash. Again, Jack here is the innocent who's going to get hurt by tangling with either of them, it seems.

eponine119 wrote Jack Hates (Jack POV), a future fic in which Jack and Kate are married and he's an alcoholic and things have deteriorated completely because Jack can't get over his jealousy of her previous relationship with Sawyer. So he leaves to confront Sawyer but realizes that this whole time they were both just using Kate when they really wanted each other. And this fic kills me because here Jack is facing the truth for the first time and he can't handle it. I guess I always see Sawyer or Kate as the ones with the walls that can't be torn down and the inability to love or trust but when it's Jack that's so much more devastating, to me. It's absolutely still true to who he is and so credible, but still completely heartbreaking for Jack to be the one to pull away.

For a fic where Sawyer's left out in the cold, by his own choice, see Shake It Off by foxxcub, in which Sawyer dares Kate to go after Jack, much as he dared her to kiss him in foxxcub's earlier Sawyer/Kate fic, Gin and Gemini. And since the J/S OTP had also claimed foxxcub by then, Sawyer finds himself more turned on by the idea of Jack, then of Kate.

(And speaking of J/S shipping, here's a few fics that are basically J/S with a side of Voyeur!Kate, I Never Until Now by kho and two drabbles by lillyjk: Here and here.)

As a request, I wrote Turn My Way (Sawyer POV) for uberaeryn where Jack and Kate are the main couple (which seems to be where the show's creators are headed, eventually, or so they tell us), and Sawyer is jealous of them. But she wanted both Jack and Kate to have feelings for Sawyer. In that, I really wanted to deal with Sawyer's guilt over taking up his role as homewrecker again - something he'd given up prior to the island. That ended up becoming a more minor aspect of the whole fic because it was getting rather OOC.

uberaeryn wrote from Kate's POV in Walls. And it's fucking brilliant, even more so in that it's her first stab at writing Kate at all. In it, she is tired of being the buffer between Jack and Sawyer, the only thing that keeps them from beating each other to a pulp. So one night she just strips off her clothes and everything happens wordlessly and inevitably. She realizes they both need her and that through her they're also making love to each other. I'm not really doing it justice by paring it down to plot basics, but you must read it. (I'm gushing a bit more on this one because it's still so new and shiny, where as the others are old, beloved favorites.)

So, anyway, I don't have a conclusion, just that I've enjoyed seeing how this OT3 has evolved, both on the show, where Jack and Sawyer have become much closer and more similar, and in fandom, where new fics can put a whole new perspective on the characters of Jack, Kate, and Sawyer and how they interact. Obviously some of those seismic shifts are happening in J/S or S/K or even J/K fics too, but I'll save that for a different post. ;-D

Comments

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foxxcub
Jul. 8th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
Where I don't necessarily agree anymore that J/K is where canon is headed (because, IMO, the Skate has become much more pronounced as of late), I totally agree with everything said ;D Your comment about how it's ten times more devastating when Jack is unable to trust is SO true, just like it's ten times more devastating when Sawyer is open and vulnerable (like in "Fire"). But you know, when it comes down to it, the biggest reason teh OT3 gets me is how, in the end, it all boils down to Jack and Sawyer and the tension/sex/snark/jealousy :D Kate's just a nice afterthought, hee.
halfdutch
Jul. 9th, 2005 05:54 am (UTC)
Yes, vulnerable Sawyer slays me and reduces me to tears, just as surely as closed-off Jack does. And combined - like eponine119 often does, well then I'm in a wee little puddle.

Kate has become rather unnecessary to my enjoyment of Jack/Sawyer, too true, and I think that's the same for so many people. I do love to see how they play off one another and to see different dynamics at work. But Jack/Sawyer is quite enough to keep me entertained. ;-D
foxxcub
Oct. 5th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
BWAHA, how come *I* still saw it and commented? Is that because you orginially posted it just for me to go over?
halfdutch
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:30 am (UTC)
Right. And I probably sent you the link at the time and twisted your arm and stuff. ;-D
lillyjk
Oct. 5th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
oooh, fic recs sneakily buried in here. *tries to resist urge to read het-like fic*

see I totally get the OT3 concept, but I think that Kate has lost her chance with Jack...and I'm sort of convinced that Kate is pretty happy just playing the boys off each other.

*goes to ponder*
halfdutch
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:32 am (UTC)
Well, I did put this together before Kate officially joined the Locke camp. I'm more about the J/S these days. I totally go back and forth on Kate. Sometimes I have to completely ignore canon to make her work for me. Like that shocks anyone, LOL.

Some of these don't have *much* Kate in them. ;)


alliecat8
Oct. 5th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
Okay, you evil temptress, I'll bite. I'm gonna go back and read every one of those again, and I'm not even an OT3 fan! But it's Lost Day, and who can concentrate on anything but Lost? Hee...hubby's at work surfing the Net for Lost stuff, too. I know this because he keeps emailing me links. The madness is spreading....
halfdutch
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:33 am (UTC)
Enjoy! ;-D These are all really good. And hot! Cuz who doesn't love smut? And angst? Angsty smut! Smutty angst!
meredith44
Oct. 5th, 2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you linked to this. I have to say, I started out as a Sawyer/Kate fan, and a few of these fics are what made me think that Jack/Sawyer might be interesting to read. And I have already credited you with fully converting me to the Jack/Sawyer love. (I used to be such an innocent! *grin*) While I'm still hoping for Sawyer/Kate on the show (because I'm not a Kate/Jack fan and I doubt a mainstream US show will ever go for a relationship between two guys; I mean, look how long it took to get a male/male kiss on "Will and Grace"!), I now fully appreciate all of the nuances between the two wonderfully flawed guys. Anyway, that was a longwinded way to say thanks for this because there are a few fics I missed and want to go read now. (Or when I have a bit more free time. Yeah, that's more realistic. Memoried!)
halfdutch
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:35 am (UTC)
I think I went that route too. Started off as a Skater and then cmere helped turn me onto the slash. I had been reading some Sawyer/Sayid I actually liked but Sawyer and Jack are just so much better suited for each other.

Yay for converts! *grins happily*

Kate can bug me so much sometimes. I swear they don't keep her consistent from one minute to the next. But if there's another kiss like that first one? Yeah, I'll be very OK with that!

Enjoy teh fics!
arabella_hope
Oct. 5th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
So glad you linked back to this...*clicks heart for memories*

I think 'Quid Pro Quo' was the first OT3 I read, actually...how I ended up involved in your LJ and ended up sucked into the slash, for that matter. The whole thing has def. evolved, that's damned sure...it's as if it's true for all of us, so the natural progression just takes place.

Thanks sweetie!
halfdutch
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm happy people to share some of my favorite fics. I think OT3 helped seduce a lot of people into slash. Hee. Just like in the fics themselves. After a while, who needs Kate? ;-D

Enjoy!
arabella_hope
Oct. 8th, 2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
Kate who? XD
spikeyboots
Oct. 6th, 2005 01:01 am (UTC)
I think I am so drawn to this OT3 in particular is the fact that the dynamic is always a little off between all three of them. While it is clear at the start of S1 that the producers were going for J/K -- I love that it only gets more and more screwed up and then Saywer gets added to the mix in an even more screwed sort of way. (Oh dear, I am ever being eloquent today!)

One of my favourite things is the way that J & S both have Kate pegged, that Kate *thinks* she has Sawyer pegged but always underestimates him, and the way Jack teeters on the edge of what exactly he can expect from S & K.

(I'm an Aussie so I'm limited to first season here)

Charlie and Claire are obvious. Shannon and Sayid...bore me more than a little - they went *there* so fast. I love that J/S/K is constantly straining, changing, fucking itself over (so to speak) in a million variations. It is one of the best relationships on tv to watch because of constant powerplay between all three of them.
halfdutch
Oct. 8th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
J/K was fine at first and then it just got really dull really soon. They just forced it down our throats too much. Sawyer and Kate always had a lot more chemistry (thank you Josh!) but then the J/S snuck up on me, clubbed me, dragged me off to a cave and had its way with me and has been doing so ever since.

I love the shifting dynamics too - especially when Kate's the outsider or Jack's the dominant one. So fun to see it go through different variations in fanon, were we can obsess at length about them. ;-D

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