As a doctor, Barbara Lake has learnt to expect everything as it comes. What she doesn't expect is to meet a strange yet charismatic creature being held within a secret government facility- or how captivated she comes to be by him.
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This fanfic provides examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: In the show, Barbara is established to be a doctor while her husband is implied to have been a part of the military. Here, shes a military M.D., which may explain how they met in the first place.
- Alternate Universe Fic: What if Barbara met Strickler in his true form? What if Strickler was found and imprisoned by the US military.
- Beast and Beauty: Barbara is stationed to be Stricklanders medical official. The two get to know one another until they end up falling for each another. Did I mention that this iteration of Barbara already knows that hes a changeling?
- Code Name: Stricklander is referred to as NHT-3 by government staff.
- Everyone Can See It: Nomura could tell that Barbara and Stricklander are in love the moment she saw the two together.
- Great Escape: Nomura sneaks in under the guise of a government official to break out Stricklander. When Barbara finds out, she volunteers to help.
- Hidden Depths: Stricklander is a fan of both Classical Music and classic 80s alternative pop. He relates in particular with David Bowie.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: It turns out that Bular was not as dumb as Stricklander assumed, nearly killing him when he found out that Strickler planned on betraying the gumm-gumms with intentions of conquering the Earth with his fellow changelings.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Barbara tries to argue Stricklanders rights to not be tortured and killed for experimentation because he is as sentient as any other person.
- Whole Plot Reference: Word of God states that the plot is based off of the film The Shape of Water.