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a thing with feathers - hazel - Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer [Archive of Our Own]
It’s 8am on a Sunday morning and Mary Challoner is desperately afraid her sister is going to make a fool of herself.

Meanwhile, Dominic Alastair doesn’t believe that the social hierarchy defines anyone, which is why he’s always careful to smile and say thanks whenever someone does anything for him.
heyer  devilscub  dominic/mary  AU-contemporary  character-focus  humour  developing-relationship  author:hazel  rating:nc-17 
march 2016 by nyx
Rules of the Forest - fadeaccompli (Little Red Riding Hood)
Red, the Wolf, and the Huntsman - a retelling of the fairytale in a lovely matter-of-fact voice.

"There's a wolf in the parlor, and he's so damn polite. Smiling with all those enormous teeth, standing up so straight, tail curled politely down at his back. He's wearing his Sunday best, and while she's never seen a wolf in a suit before, she has to admit, this one's pulling it off. Starched and pressed, with a flower tucked behind one big furry ear."
fanfiction  fairytales  gen  het  rec  au-contemporary 
february 2016 by littlerhymes
I Thank You, No
Modern P&P - Elizabeth Bennet, New Yorker, gallery director at her mother's Chelsea contemporary art gallery, Manhattan.

Fitzwilliam Darcy, British, sole patron of the Darcy Trust, a UK charitable trust advancing education and research in the Arts, Heritage, & Education.

|| Plotty modern AU with lots of twists. Have to admire the fic, but the dialogue is occasionally too quick and becomes too obscure for true visceral enjoyment. The subtlety of many elements can be easily missed and although I appreciate the author's masterful storytelling in the epilogue, it frustrated rather than satisfied. Lots of highly intelligent banter and lots of Latin, quotations of English lit and poetry, and citations of famous art, but again, sometimes too obscure for the average reader who did not specialize in English lit in uni. The emotional push-pull of Darcy and Elizabeth is really perfect however and I do have to commend the author for this ambitious fic.

Non-con warning. It lands somewhere in the middle and becomes a plot point, so you may want to avoid this fic if rape is a trigger.
austen  prideandprejudice  darcy/elizabeth  AU-contemporary  romance  plotty  drama  angst  dub/non-con  character-focus  banter  pining  author:devon  rating:pg-13 
april 2015 by nyx
Nailed It - aggybird - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Deputy Derek Hale bought a fixer-upper, but he's pretty bad at fixing, so he hires a snarky carpenter to help him out.
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-contemporary  AU-different-jobs  humour  author:aggybird  rating:pg-13 
march 2014 by nyx
I See Your Face Before Me - jezziejay - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
While Stiles was studying in New York, Scott moved to LA and found a new co-bestie. Stiles can't wait to meet him. The feeling, however, is far from mutual.

AU piece, based somewhat around one of the stories in the movie Love Actually. The end especially.

|| Loved the pining bits.
teenwolf  loveactually  derek/stiles  AU-fusion  AU-contemporary  pining  misunderstandings  first-time  author:jezziejay  rating:pg-13 
march 2014 by nyx
As You Wish by runswithwolves (ConstantComment) (Teen Wolf, Derek/Stiles, 4700 words)
Woah. Stiles had a massage next. She’d agreed to it because her mom said it would be nice, but shit, now there’d be someone touching on her. Shit. What if it was a scary Brunhilda type? What if it was a hot lady? Oh god, oh god, oh god—

“Stilinski?” Stiles pulled her robe more snugly around herself and looked over at the doorway to the rest of the spa, in which stood a dude. A dude. Who was like, chiseled as fuck. Oh god, oh god. Even worse.

Stiles swallowed. “Uh, yes—yeah. That’s me.”
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-contemporary  first-time  pwp  author:runswithwolves  rating:nc-17  sexswap 
february 2014 by nyx
Shutterbug - Chapter 1 - Yiichi - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Derek Hale is the photographer for the family-run magazine 'NECKZ 'n THROATS', a periodical aimed solely at the werewolf demographic. When the model for their monthly bails out, the staff are hard-pressed to find someone else to photograph at the last minute.

Stiles Stilinski is a college student, scraping by on odd jobs to pay for his education fees. When his long-time friend Lydia finds him a one-off gig at a photo-shoot, he figures it couldn't hurt.

As contrary as their natures appear to be, Derek finds the most fascinating piece of art at the end of his lens.
author:yiichi  rating:nc-17  teenwolf  derek/stiles  developing-relationship  humour  pining  first-time  AU-contemporary  AU-university  jealousy 
january 2014 by nyx
swingsetindecember: the hales always have a...
Really adorable, short fic about how Derek's pies and jams brings all the boys (just Stiles) to the yard (actually the Beacon Hills Winter Craft Fair).
author:giantteenwolforgy  rating:pg-13  teenwolf  derek/stiles  humour  cute  pining  first-time  AU-contemporary  fluff 
january 2014 by nyx
Knot the Average Alpha - blacktofade - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Stiles’ favourite porn star, Derek Hale, moves into his apartment block and there are inappropriate facial jokes, broken bones, and a staggering amount of threats in a tiny elevator.

|| Great execution of this trope.
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-different-jobs  AU-contemporary  first-time  humour  pining  banter  smut  knotting  author:blacktofade  rating:nc-17  thingsilike 
january 2014 by nyx
Winter's Tail - otter - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Monday was the actual best. Stiles had a good hour before he would be officially working, his hands were warm despite the weather because he had them wrapped around two wonderful-smelling hot coffee beverages, and he was leaning on the paddock fence, watching Derek Hale catch his horse for him. Mondays were made out of rainbows and magic, and nobody would ever convince Stiles otherwise.
author:otter  rating:g  teenwolf  derek/stiles  humour  cute  AU-different-jobs  AU-contemporary 
december 2013 by nyx
Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training - Anonymous - Disney Princesses [Archive of Our Own]
This is awesome. The premise of the fic is what if most of the Disney heroines ended up in a dorm together and Mulan was their RA. It deals with their problems in a contemporary way and is funny to boot.
disney  character-focus  gen  friendship  humour  AU-contemporary  AU-university  ensemble  author:naomik  rating:g  thingsilove 
december 2013 by nyx
Welcoming Committee - Trelkez - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"I miss the days when I thought Derek was the strangest person on this block," Stiles says.

A sequel of sorts to A Blossoming Romance. Won't make sense unless you've read the first one.
author:trelkez  rating:pg-13  teenwolf  derek/stiles  humour  cute  AU-contemporary  domestic  slice-of-life 
december 2013 by nyx
A Blossoming Romance - Trelkez - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Utterly delightful! Stiles moves into a rented house and one of his new neighbours is a surly, hairy Sasquatch who gardens in the dark. And he might not even be Stiles' most mysterious neighbour.
author:trelkez  rating:pg  teenwolf  derek/stiles  cute  pining  first-time  AU-contemporary 
december 2013 by nyx
Here, There Be Dragons - Chapter 1 - bendingsignpost - The Hobbit - All Media Types, The Hobbit (2012), The Lord of the Rings (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
The day before, Thorin was everything Bilbo had wanted in a boyfriend. The day after, he's anything but. Discovering your boyfriend torturing a man in the basement tends to have that effect. Bagginshield Mafia AU.

|| Seriously dark fic, but well-done. Read only if you want your heart torn out. Also, some suspension of disbelief, depending on how you interpret Thorin's character and whether or not his character could bend in a less noble, darker way.
author:bendingsignpost  rating:nc-17  developing-relationship  character-focus  romance  first-time  dub/non-con  angst  AU-contemporary  character-death  D/s  hobbit  bilbo/thorin  drama 
december 2013 by nyx
Deputy Derek Hale, Alpha - eldee - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Deputy Derek Hale has recently become an alpha, and that changes things for him. Now that he's back after a leave of absence, he's hoping to get what he and Stiles had almost-started back on track. The thing is, it seems Stiles is going through some changes of his own and Derek's not sure how he fits.

|| AU where supernatural beings are out in the open.
author:eldee  rating:nc-17  teenwolf  derek/stiles  pining  first-time  AU-contemporary  smut  heat 
december 2013 by nyx
A Strong Heart and a Nerve of Steel - lupinus, uraneia - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Stiles and Derek wake up married in Vegas. Well, they would have if it was legal.

In which Stiles is the president's son, Derek is his bodyguard, and Papa President orders them to pretend to be in love for the sake of gay rights.

Or in which uraniea and lupinus combine meeting the Hales, President Papa, waking up married, fake/pretend relationship, First Boy Stiles, and bodyguard Derek into one fic.

|| Super cute fake/pretend relationship fic.
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-contemporary  fake/pretend-relationship  fluff  cute  romance  first-time  author:lupinus  author:uraneia  rating:nc-17 
december 2013 by nyx
Disconnect - grimm - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Derek can’t think about Stiles. Every time he tries, worry and fear swell in his head and everything goes blank. Stiles is going to be okay. He tells himself this over and over even though he has no idea, hasn’t seen him since he left that morning, since he stood over the bed and didn’t say I love you even though they both wanted to. Derek wishes Laura was alive, because she knew the pain of loss just as well as he does, and she would have had the right things to say.

Sequel to Last Call.
author:grimm  rating:nc-17  teenwolf  derek/stiles  sweet  established-relationship  angst  AU-contemporary 
december 2013 by nyx

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