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Human For A While
Author's summary: Written for this anonymous prompt on sherlockbbcfic:
John/Selkie!Sherlock
John comes home from a trip to the seaside with a pale-eyed young man in tow. Sherlock is tall, brilliant, and strangely sad, and seems incapable of leaving John's side. One day John brings a seal skin to Harry's house and makes her promise to hide it, and that she will never, ever tell Sherlock where it is.
Reccer's comments: This seems to be magical realism month in my brain. Anyway, this fic. I hardly even know what to say about it. Sherlock's a selkie, a seal-being who can shed his skin and live on land, among people, for a while. He's the love of John's lonely, heartsick post-Afghanistan life, and of course John betrays him, stealing and hiding his seal!skin -- which is not much of a spoiler, as it happens in the first chapter.
It transpires that great love can heal betrayal. And we know how huge Sherlock's heart is, right? Poignant, sexy, beautifully written, this is one of my favorite fics by a brilliant writer.
author:fengirl88  rating:r  fic_rec  character:harry_watson  character:john_watson  character:inspector_lestrade  character:sherlock_holmes  content:animal_transformation  content:magic  genre:angst  genre:au  genre:romance  genre:slash_m/m  pairing:sh/jw  verse:sherlock_bbc 
july 2016 by 221B_Recs
Chanson Triste (Sleeping Beauty series)
Series: http://archiveofourown.org/series/68175
Author's summary: Anthea's love of French is one of the things Ella can't share.
Reccer's comments: I admire Ella and Anthea's relationship in the series Sleeping Beauty, but have highlighted this particular ficlet because of the musical references. Clearly fengirl88 is quite knowledgeable about classical music, including the vocal repertoire! She's selected a chanson [French art song] that fits one aspect of Ella and Anthea's relationship: both women work long hours in highly stressful, important jobs. To have a someone in whom, according to that chanson, "moonlight lies dormant,/A gentle moonlight of summer", someone full of "brightness" who can soothe and support their lover through sorrow and pain is priceless. There's also a little meditation on perfection vs. "good enough" in life and work that illuminates the nature of their love.
I heartily recommend listening to the recording linked at the bottom of the page. If you do not speak French, I'd also use the lyrics and their translation listed here: http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/get_text.html?TextId=34985
author:fengirl88  rating:g  fic_rec  character:anthea  character:ella  content:music  genre:established_relationship  genre:slash_f/f  pairing:anthea/ella  theme:female_characters  verse:sherlock_bbc 
december 2015 by 221B_Recs
The Sleeping Beauty series
Author's summary: In which John's therapist meets Mycroft's assistant.
Reccer's comments: This series has been mentioned before, in relation to another Ella/Anthea fic, but I've always thought that it deserved a rec of its own.

A series of meetings, short and long, between Ella and Anthea. Fengirl88's prose is in turn thoughtful, humorous, wistful, hopeful as the two women's acquaintance develop into an adult romance during which they learn to know each other and negotiate the potential pitfalls in their moments together (ah, that BlackBerry!). I began to read this series because I've always been attracted to Fengirl's delicate prose and and deep insights, and I've continued to read it when the romance engaged my attention and the girls warmed my reader's heart.

(Also, there's a night at the opera.)
author:fengirl88  rating:r  fic_rec  character:anthea  character:ella  content:music  genre:humor  genre:romance  genre:slash_f/f  pairing:anthea/ella  theme:female_characters  verse:sherlock_bbc 
october 2014 by 221B_Recs
Suddenly, A Familiar Song
LJ: http://fengirl88.livejournal.com/144817.html
Author's summary: Lestrade’s seen a lot of romcoms, for his sins. Never thought he’d find himself in the middle of one, though.

Reccer's comments: This is another charming conclusion to The Sign of Three, this time one with strong Sherlock/Lestrade overtones and delightful popcultural references. Considering that in this episode Lestrade was at best presented as nothing more than a pining, lonely old man and at worst served as a laughing stock, I'm so pleased that this story sets out to do a little more justice to the DI and gives him the romcom happy ending he deserves. Written from Lestrade's POV, we experience the arrest of the Waters gang which (thanks to Sherlock) doesn't go quite to plan, the Watsons' marriage with Sherlock's chaotic best-man speech, and finally a spot of dancing.

I really love how Lestrade is portrayed here - he's down-to-earth, humorous, self-deprecating and kind, though that sometimes disappears a little beneath his exasperation and weariness. Without it being explicitely stated, you get the impression that he's not at the best point of his life - he's no longer young, he lives on his own, and while he's moderately successful in his job, he has no illusions that his abilities bear any comparison with those of his favourite consulting detective. Naturally, having to attend a happy wedding drives home to him all the things that he isn't - or that he doesn't have.
His frustration with Sherlock and his own life are palpable, but you can also sense how much he likes and respects Sherlock and how he can't possibly imagine a different lifestyle for himself. The parallels between Sherlock and Lestrade, the two outsiders at the merry wedding festivities, are done with beautiful subtlety.

A must-read for all fans of the film My Best Friend's Wedding.
author:fengirl88  rating:pg-13  fic_rec  character:inspector_lestrade  character:sherlock_holmes  content:marriage  genre:gen  genre:humor  verse:sherlock_bbc 
october 2014 by 221B_Recs
Like Music At Night
Charles Xavier, handsome, clever, rich and a telepath, seems to have everything going for him. He's eighteen years old and just graduated from college, with a brilliant future ahead of him. But his curiosity about Emma Frost's escort agency, La Reine Blanche, leads to an encounter that turns his life upside down.
au_hooker_fic  contains:angst  au  contains:first-time  pairing:erik/charles  Over_20k  author:fengirl88  On_Delicious 
december 2013 by fallsslowly
Winter Afternoon
Prequel: http://archiveofourown.org/works/166797
Author's summary: He didn't know then how indelible that impression would be; that he wouldn't be able to delete John Watson from his hard drive even if he wanted to.
Reccer's comments: "Signs for the Distant and Disconsolate Heart" is such a delicate story, an internal dialog, really, as John tries so hard to understand what happened between him and his best friend Sherlock. The story begins in media res and we quickly discover that John has fled to Aldeburgh, England, and is on the beach, in February. He is as cold inside as out as he struggles to comes to terms with his feelings about Sherlock, and what his feelings will mean to both of them. There are subtle parallels between his situation and the hostility of the town to the sculpture John studies, to the words cut into the sculpture, and to the people the sculpture honors. I like this John very much. He's thoughtful and honest with himself, and strong before societal expectations. I also love his solution.
A year later, Fengirl88 posted Winter Afternoon, the same story but told from Sherlock's POV and which takes place the day after "Signs." My heart aches for this Sherlock, who is -- as we saw in the show -- not very good at understanding the subtle nuances of the human heart, but who is trying, very hard, to get better at it. Privy to his innermost thoughts, we discover that he is simultaneously frightened and courageous, but without John, he never quite makes the leap he needs to.
Two poignant stories of two men over two stressful days.
author:fengirl88  rating:pg-13  fic_rec  character:john_watson  character:sherlock_holmes  genre:angst  genre:romance  genre:slash_m/m  pairing:sh/jw  verse:sherlock_bbc 
october 2013 by 221B_Recs
Signs For The Distant And Disconsolate Heart
Sequel: http://archiveofourown.org/works/364505
Author's summary: He supposes he is Sherlock's best friend. If you can be the best in a class of one.
Or he'd thought he was, until the row.
Reccer's comments: "Signs for the Distant and Disconsolate Heart" is such a delicate story, an internal dialog, really, as John tries so hard to understand what happened between him and his best friend Sherlock. The story begins in media res and we quickly discover that John has fled to Aldeburgh, England, and is on the beach, in February. He is as cold inside as out as he struggles to comes to terms with his feelings about Sherlock, and what his feelings will mean to both of them. There are subtle parallels between his situation and the hostility of the town to the sculpture John studies, to the words cut into the sculpture, and to the people the sculpture honors. I like this John very much. He's thoughtful and honest with himself, and strong before societal expectations. I also love his solution.
A year later, Fengirl88 posted Winter Afternoon, the same story but told from Sherlock's POV and which takes place the day after "Signs." My heart aches for this Sherlock, who is -- as we saw in the show -- not very good at understanding the subtle nuances of the human heart, but who is trying, very hard, to get better at it. Privy to his innermost thoughts, we discover that he is simultaneously frightened and courageous, but without John, he never quite makes the leap he needs to.
Two poignant stories of two men over two stressful days.
author:fengirl88  rating:pg-13  fic_rec  character:angelo  character:clara  character:john_watson  character:mrs_hudson  character:sherlock_holmes  genre:angst  genre:romance  genre:slash_m/m  pairing:sh/jw  verse:sherlock_bbc 
october 2013 by 221B_Recs
Big Blue Shoes
"CLOWN WANTED, the notice said. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY."
au  crossover  fandom:xmen  fandom:sherlock  author:fengirl88  pairing:charles/erik 
march 2013 by sapphirebombe
Every Song I Know [by Fengirl88, Erik/Charles]
“Erik,” Janos says wearily, “you had amazing sex with this guy. He obviously really likes you. You have, what, a month, six weeks left? You can spend it moping and hiding and worrying you're going to run into him. Or you can call him, have a good time, and figure out where you go from there.”

Erik groans. It's what he wants to do, so much it scares him.
type:fanfic  fandom:xmen  genre:slash  author:fengirl88  wc:20001-40000  genre:au 
february 2013 by siria
Every Song I Know - fengirl88 - X-Men: First Class (2011), A Single Man (2009) [Archive of Our Own]
“Erik,” Janos says wearily, “you had amazing sex with this guy. He obviously really likes you. You have, what, a month, six weeks left? You can spend it moping and hiding and worrying you're going to run into him. Or you can call him, have a good time, and figure out where you go from there.”

They meet in England.
And then they meet 7 years later in America.
Erik groans. It's what he wants to do, so much it scares him.
fandom:x-men  pairing:charles/erik  au  human!au  !_sweet  author:fengirl88  ao3  university!au  romance  angst 
february 2013 by Harpijka
Every Song I Know
“Erik,” Janos says wearily, “you had amazing sex with this guy. He obviously really likes you. You have, what, a month, six weeks left? You can spend it moping and hiding and worrying you're going to run into him. Or you can call him, have a good time, and figure out where you go from there.”

Erik groans. It's what he wants to do, so much it scares him.
fandom:xmfc  author:fengirl88  rating:nc-17  relationship:charles/erik  wordcount:10k-30k 
february 2013 by chandri
The Chapter In Your Life Entitled San Francisco
Charles and Erik's recruiting trip leads them to San Francisco and the counter-culture of the Beat Generation. But who is the mysterious mutant they've come to find, and why is it proving so hard to track him down? The answer will change their relationship in ways neither of them had anticipated.
author:fengirl88  canon-compliant  ao3  romance  nc-17  ust  first-time  charles/erik  xmfc  from delicious
september 2012 by kianspo
Iolaus
He calls Erik my friend and the words resonate with a meaning only Charles can hear. There's a dangerous pleasure in it, that hidden meaning he longs to be able to share with Erik. Maybe one day, or one night, he'll find a way to tell him. But time is running out and he hasn't done it yet.

//"When did you happen to me?" Charles wonders. "How long has this been going on?"
fandom:x-men_first_class  pairing:charles/erik  fanfiction  rating:NC-17  author:fengirl88  length:5000-10.000  mytag:simply_beautiful 
september 2012 by Wordflake
Iolaus
He calls Erik my friend and the words resonate with a meaning only Charles can hear. There's a dangerous pleasure in it, that hidden meaning he longs to be able to share with Erik. Maybe one day, or one night, he'll find a way to tell him. But time is running out and he hasn't done it yet.

(The one with a wonderful OMC, quotes, and Charles tugging at my heart strings like nobody's business.)
author:fengirl88  angst  nc-17  ao3  first-time  charles/erik  xmfc  from delicious
september 2012 by kianspo
Human For A While - Chapter 1 - fengirl88 - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
John comes home from a trip to the seaside with a pale-eyed young man in tow. Sherlock is tall, brilliant, and strangely sad, and seems incapable of leaving John's side. One day John brings a seal skin to Harry's house and makes her promise to hide it, and that she will never, ever tell Sherlock where it is.
au  au:someone'saselkie  character:harry_watson  length:midlength  author:fengirl88  fic  canon:sherlock  pairing:sherlock/john 
june 2012 by innocentsmith
Thrown
“The Greeks used to wrestle naked,” Hank says helpfully. “That's where the word gymnasium comes from – ”

“Yes, thank you, Hank,” Charles says hastily. “I don't think we need to make this any more embarrassing than it already is.”
author:fengirl88  fandom:xmen  pairing:charles/erik 
may 2012 by sapphirebombe
Human For A While - Chapter 1 - fengirl88 - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
John comes home from a trip to the seaside with a pale-eyed young man in tow. Sherlock is tall, brilliant, and strangely sad, and seems incapable of leaving John's side. One day John brings a seal skin to Harry's house and makes her promise to hide it, and that she will never, ever tell Sherlock where it is.
rec  john/sherlock  bbcsherlock  merfic  selkies  au  sherlockholmes  sherlock  author:fengirl88  sherlock/john 
may 2012 by kadorienne
Iolaus
"He calls Erik my friend and the words resonate with a meaning only Charles can hear. There's a dangerous pleasure in it, that hidden meaning he longs to be able to share with Erik. Maybe one day, or one night, he'll find a way to tell him. But time is running out and he hasn't done it yet."
author:fengirl88  fandom:xmen  pairing:charles/erik 
april 2012 by sapphirebombe

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