The Best Years of our Lives meets Magnificent Obsession Mulder and Scully style. An alternative universe story, set in the 1940s.
This includes the sequel, An Unchanged Soul, which actually brings the word count up to 203,000 words. This second story is unfinished, so it's up to you whether you embark on the extra 130,000 words knowing that there will be no ultimate resolution.
I don't usually read alternate universe stories, but I started this one without realising and had to keep reading.
This one had enough tension to keep me hooked the whole way. I've included the incomplete sequel. Mish tended to write a lot of stories at the same time, and consequently there are quite a few of hers that were never completed. I was tossing up whether to include this story here due to the disappointment when I found the sequel wasn't complete, but the original story is worthwhile. You can decide for yourself whether to keep reading.