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To Us May Grace Be Given - LS Johnson
When I finally went in she had cleared the table and pulled the carpetbag out from under the bed. It was grey with dust; even before Da died Mam and I weren’t supposed to touch it, though I used to open it when no one was looking. It’s the past, Da would say when I asked him about it. From when we thought we knew better than God. We came here to get away from that.

The way Mam was laying things out, I knew I wasn’t the only one who had peeked inside. She didn’t even have to look, just put out the candles and the fancy drawings, and even the vials that I liked best. In your hand the stuff inside looked black, but when you held them up to the light you saw that it was really a dark, sweet red.

Beside these Mam put a knife I had never seen before, with a thick handle and two round blades folded up like a flower.

“I’ll show him,” she said. “I’ll show him my god-damned claim.”

awful and ouchy and well-written and intense
'fiction  -profic  ^good  ^ouchy  @lsjohnson  $gen  :10k-20k 
june 2018 by sophia_sol
When Stars Are Scattered - Spencer Ellsworth
Ahmed is a doctor working in a far flung outpost of humanity. His way was paid for by the leaders of his faith and his atheism is a guarded secret. His encounters with the “kite people” will cause him to doubt his whole worldview however when the aliens start dying and escalating tensions between religious extremists threatens to destroy the colony’s peace. “When Stars Are Scattered” is a moving story about alien contact, religious intolerance, and the redemptive power of the divine channeled through the spirit. Whether that spirit is human or alien.
'fiction  -profic  :10k-20k  ^ouchy  "religion  @spencerellsworth  $het 
may 2017 by sophia_sol
A Marvelous Deal by Kate Dollarhyde
When Sylvie was eight years old, she became very sick. Her parents, too, became very sick. And while Sylvie burned in fever dreams, her parents died.

When she could move again, when she had stopped crying and wiping her dripping nose, Sylvie dragged her parents to the back of their small wooden home and laid them out on the ground. She found a trowel in the dried-grass basket near the hearth, and with that trowel she buried her parents. On her ninth birthday, Sylvie was alone.

the one with the carnivorous magic carrot
'fiction  ^ouchy  -profic  :2k-10k  @katedollarhyde  $gen 
may 2017 by sophia_sol
Seven Permutations of My Daughter - Lina Rather
a woman tries to search for alternate universes where her daughter is happy
'fiction  -profic  ^ouchy  ^interesting  "family  :2k-10k  @linarather  $gen  $femslash 
april 2017 by sophia_sol
Who Will Greet You at Home - Lesley Nneka Arimah
The yarn baby lasted a good month, emitting dry, cotton-soft gurgles and pooping little balls of lint, before Ogechi snagged its thigh on a nail and it unravelled as she continued walking, mistaking its little huffs for the beginnings of hunger, not the cries of an infant being undone. By the time she noticed, it was too late, the leg a tangle of fibre, and she pulled the string the rest of the way to end it, rather than have the infant grow up maimed. If she was to mother a child, to mute and subdue and fold away parts of herself, the child had to be perfect.
'fiction  -profic  $gen  "kids  :2k-10k  @lesleynnekaarimah  ^interesting  ^feelings  ^ouchy 
april 2017 by sophia_sol
You Too Shall Be Psyche - Rich Larson
Barely a sliver of skin was left exposed to the sun’s glare, but there was a whisper in the back of her mind that it didn’t really matter anymore. It didn’t matter if she had soft and beautiful skin, because the God in the Pit had made his decision and never unmade them.
Yet, Reva kept reminding herself, he hadn’t unmade one yet.
The God in the Pit was different from the spirits who swirled through the sands or pulled the sun along its groove in the sky. He was more like a man. He needed wives, and Reva knew that meant he had a body. She and Brete and the other girls had discussed it often enough in the night.
'fiction  -profic  ^creepy  ^interesting  ^ouchy  $gen  @richlarson  :2k-10k 
february 2017 by sophia_sol
The Dark Birds - Ursula Vernon
My mother had daughters year after year, and one by one, my father devoured us.

There were only three names allowed in the family, and only three children. There was the oldest, who was always Ruth, and the middle child, who was always Susan. The youngest was “the baby” or simply Baby.

When a new daughter was born, she became the baby. The former baby became Susan, and Susan became Ruth—and Ruth vanished.

Telling the story like this, it sounds as if we knew what was happening. We did not. I am telling you this so that it will not be a shock to you, the way that it was to me.
gosh. wow. this is really good.
'fiction  -profic  ^excellent  ^ouchy  @ursulav  $gen  :2k-10k 
january 2017 by sophia_sol
Dearest William - WerewolvesAreReal
Napoleon sends a letter to the upstart sea-captain who stole his dragon, Laurence sends one back, and a correspondence begins under the uneasy eye of the admiralty.

------When Laurence had admitted the matter to Granby his lieutenant exclaimed, “God, does Boney want you drawn and quartered as a traitor?” which seems perfectly possible.
the main plot turns out to be the dragon plague which means auuugh (the laurence/napoleon is not any kind of endgame relationship in this particular fic ftr)
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^ouchy  "au  "epistolary  -temeraire  +laurence/napoleon  :20k-30k  $gen  $dudeslash  @werewolvesarereal 
december 2016 by sophia_sol
A lynching in Georgia: the living memorial to America’s history of racist violence | World news | The Guardian
There are still no national monuments to the thousands of black Americans killed during a century of lynchings. But for 12 years, activists in Georgia have been re-enacting the infamous 1946 murders of two black men and their wives.
'article  -reallife  "racism  ^interesting  ^ouchy 
november 2016 by sophia_sol
Beautiful - WerewolvesAreReal
Lien would like to return to her egg now.
Lien's hatching and childhood
'fanfic  ^yeah  ^ouchy  ^feelings  -temeraire  *lien  *yongxing  :500-2k  $gen  @werewolvesarereal 
september 2016 by sophia_sol
Twelve - IAmRightHere
Miko remembered all of it for everyone, even if she didn't tell them so.
Miko has to kill flawed copies of Rodney that come through the gate on every loop of time
'fanfic  ^interesting  ^ouchy  "timeloop  *miko  *rodney  :20k-30k  $gen  @iamrighthere  -sga 
september 2016 by sophia_sol
hollow feast - Wildehack (Tyleet)
“What is taquitos,” she asks her house, carefully, in its tongue.
this is SO GOOD
'fanfic  ^yeah  ^feelings  ^ouchy  -startrek_aos  *jaylah  "food  :500-2k  @wildehack  $gen 
august 2016 by sophia_sol
Scatterpoint - WerewolvesAreReal
Sometimes the effects of head-injuries are not always readily apparent.
okay I think this one might be worse than the one where Temeraire died
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^teary  ^ouchy  ^bittersweet  -temeraire  "amnesia  :2k-10k  *laurence  $gen  @werewolvesarereal 
may 2016 by sophia_sol
This is Your Requiem - WerewolvesAreReal
Temeraire is dead. The entire country knows his name after the Battle of Dover, and now Temeraire is dead.
“Well,” says Admiral Croft, “At least you can join the navy again, eh, Captain?”
gaaaaah this is so heartbreaking but also I am really mad that the author killed Tharkay off too
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^ouchy  -temeraire  "au  +laurence/tharkay  *temeraire  $gen  $dudeslash  :10k-20k  @werewolvesarereal  "death 
may 2016 by sophia_sol
Thirteen Views of a Labyrinth - raspberryhunter
They are not so very different, Ariadne and Pasiphaë, Icarus and Daedalus, Ariadne and Icarus.
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^ouchy  -mythology  *ariadne  *icarus  *pasiphae  *daedalus  *minotaur  :2k-10k  @raspberryhunter  ^excellent 
april 2016 by sophia_sol
A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers - Alyssa Wong
Hannah and Melanie: sisters, apart and together. Weather workers. Time benders. When two people so determined have opposing desires, it’s hard to say who will win—or even what victory might look like. This stunning, haunting short story from rising star Alyssa Wong explores the depth and fierceness of love and the trauma of family.
Timeloop, basically, though it doesn't follow fandom's rules about how they're supposed to go. Which is fine, just disconcerting at first because I've had genre expectations trained into me! Also: Melanie is super definitely trans, and I love the deft way it's shown without ever saying the word or making a huge deal out of it.
'fiction  ^feelings  ^ouchy  -profic  "timeloop  $gen  "trans  :2k-10k  @alyssawong 
march 2016 by sophia_sol
Hunting Monsters by S.L. Huang
Ever since she was a small girl, she has learned to be careful on the hunt, to recognize the signs that separate regular animals from human-cursed grundwirgen. To harm a grundwirgen is a crime punishable by death by the King’s decree – a fatal mistake that her Auntie Rosa and mother have carefully prepared her to avoid.

On her fifteenth birthday, when her mother is arrested and made to stand trial for grundwirgen murder, everything she thought she knew about her family and her past comes crashing down.
'fiction  ^ouchy  ^feelings  -profic  -fairytales  :2k-10k  @slhuang  via:sophia_sol 
february 2016 by sentientcitizen
the forfeit of the peace - Carmarthen
“I have decided: whoever once again violates the peace will die.”

The Prince of Verona keeps his word.
'fanfic  ^ouchy  -romeoesjulia  *escalus  :500-2k  @carmarthen  $gen 
february 2016 by sophia_sol
Song for a fifth child - Deputychairman
The Force isn't the only kind of power
Leia-centric, post-movie. This fic leaves me wanting to swear at it, in the most complimentary kind of way. HDU give me all these feels, fic!
'fanfic  ^feelings  ^yeah  ^ouchy  -starwars  +han/leia  +finn/poe  :2k-10k  @deputychairman  $gen 
january 2016 by sophia_sol

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