There's not much to ask about a shipping fic with WALL-E and EVE. Their relationship is set up perfectly in the film, so you might wonder what else someone could get out of it without resorting to drastic measures. Flatlander does a brilliant job of it, shedding some new light on the nature of our two heroes as well as what one means to the other and vice-versa.
The story's introduction is a well-detailed clarification of why civilization left Earth and how it returned. The information isn't necessary for the story itself, but it provides some good background as well as talking points for anyone curious in establishing an extended back story to this universe. Before moving on to WALL-E and EVE's current situation, there's some minor recounting of the climactic events of the movie, which aren't all that necessary but they don't take up a lot of space either.
Then we get to the heart of the story; WALL-E's memory is only partially restored
, and EVE must re-teach him a lot of what made him so unique.
This results in a series of heartwarming moments as she presents him with the sights, sounds, and feelings that he loved so much, and later - while he "sleeps" - implants memories from the Axiom's computers
to help repair him. In the process, she discovers that she
has become his directive, which leads to her own revelation.
In a sense, this story could qualify as a Hurt Comfort Fic
; the only difference is that rather than create some new tragedy in WALL-E's life, it lengthens the effects of ones he has already experienced in the source material, which works far better. In the end, this is a story for readers who enjoy seeing a deeper relationship develop between these two characters, and want to see WALL-E, woobie
that he is, get his true reward: recognition, care and love from his Directive.
Five out of five.