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Begin the Begin, Over and Over by beethechange
Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ryan/Shane. "Shane only agrees to be handcuffed to Ryan for a video because he can put up with anything for twenty-four hours. That’s the funny thing about time loops, though—they don’t always adhere to the parameters set by clickbait videos." // 33K. In this one, Shane's puddling along in the office while Ryan's off independent contracting until he's hauled in to participate in one of those "handcuffed together" videos. At which point, for Shane, time begins looping a la Groundhog's Day. Fic skips past the utter tedium of most fics with this trope (it doesn't get bogged down in repetitive details) and manages to stay an interesting pine-a-thon.
fanfic  BuzzfeedUnsolved  slash  pair:RyanBergara/ShaneMadej  AU  ref:postcanon  ref:angst  ref:groundhogday  ref:timetravel  ref:pining  ref:oblivious  ref:handcuffs  ref:amnesia  ref:fixit  ref:first-time  au:beethechange  fandom:Buzzfeed 
23 days ago by zhena
When in Rome by reserve
Good Omens, Crowley/Aziraphale. "'Well.' Crowley stood and stretched, looking rather more serpentine than usual. 'See you at the orgy then. I’ll look for you by the buffet.'" Too many oysters and too much wine later, to his dismay Aziraphale finds he's agreed to a collaboration of sorts... // 3.2K. Aziraphale POV, wherein he inadvertently invents the "Quick! Kiss me!" maneuver. LOL. Excellent fanfic.
fanfic  GoodOmens  slash  pair:Aziraphale/Crowley  ref:historical  ref:precanon  ref:first-time  ref:publicsex  ref:oblivious  ref:humor  ref:angst  via:zimaya  au:reserve  fandom:GoodOmens 
6 weeks ago by zhena
The Inevitable by Toft
Good Omens, Crowley/Aziraphale. "That night at Crowley's flat." // 2K. Crowley POV. Wherein, as it turns out, Aziraphale is DTF, but all Crowley can take is "a bit of a cuddle."
fanfic  GoodOmens  slash  pair:Aziraphale/Crowley  ref:missing-scene  ref:angst  ref:pining  ref:bedsharing  ref:huddling-for-warmth  ref:first-kiss  au:Toft  fandom:GoodOmens 
6 weeks ago by zhena
The Gift by rfsmiley
Good Omens, Crowley/Aziraphale. "Crowley is stunned when, out of the blue, Aziraphale has a proposal. Yes, that kind." // 1.3K. Crowley POV, and a new area for them to be failcakes. Short, touching fic (better than it sounds like it'd be).
fanfic  GoodOmens  slash  pair:Aziraphale/Crowley  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:courting  ref:established  au:rfsmiley  fandom:GoodOmens 
6 weeks ago by zhena
Adventures in Attempting to Purchase a Book from That Weird Old Soho Bookshop, A. Z. Fell & Co. by Quandtuniverse
Good Omens, gen. "A rare book collector posting on a niche internet forum is dismayed to learn that the final missing book he needs from a series is only available at the best worst bookshop in London." // 1.3K. Fun, and not long! It's a series of posts to an Internet forum, wherein everyone shares despair and advice about the best approach to a notoriously peculiar bookshop. (And it's not clear why the mods have not banned their "DangerNoodle666" troll.) I do love stuff like this.

* "So You Need To Get Into A.Z. Fell & Co.; Now What? (A Guide For Unfortunate Bookworms)" by arkhamcycle, // Followup fic in the form of the FAQ mentioned to in the previous fanfic.
via:sophia_sol  fanfic  GoodOmens  gen  ref:meta  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:epistolary  ref:outsiderPOV  ref:Internet  ref:in-world  au:quandtuniverse  au:arkhamcycle  fandom:GoodOmens 
7 weeks ago by zhena
A Road Bright and Swift by Dorinda
Lord of the Rings, Legolas/Gimli. The two travel back via Fangorn to their respective peoples: Gimli learns to swim, a parlous side quest is undertaken, and Legolas frets like a porpentine. // 15.6K, Legolas POV.
Gimli, freshly-wakened, was lying with his head propped on one hand, his blanket at his waist. And he said, his voice morning-hoarse, "If my memory doesn't fail me, we'll be reaching the River Limlight soon. I'd dearly love a wash."
Legolas's heart seized and tightened. The Limlight was in the very north of the forest, and once across it, they would emerge from their easy wandering, cracking out of the chrysalis to the pain of the open air. No more Fangorn, no more careless peace, no more Gimli at dawn stretching his muscles limber and grumbling about the wear of a bootsole.
And all the future losses lined themselves up.
fanfic  LotR  slash  pair:Gimli/Legolas  ref:postcanon  ref:camping  ref:pining  ref:angst  ref:H/C  ref:huddling-for-warmth  au:Dorinda  fandom:LotR 
11 weeks ago by zhena
Flyboys by aerialiste
SGA/Captain America, John/Sam. "John Sheppard is on convalescent leave--or at least that’s what he keeps telling himself, though it looks a lot more like hiding in a crappy apartment in Houston, never leaving except for physical therapy and more alcohol. So he’s not sure why he turns up at a kink club, much less why he starts hanging out with Sam Wilson, probably the only other guy on the planet with a tighter security clearance than his--not that either of them much wants to talk about work.
Two airmen, both with troubled pasts, find solace in each other one humid Gulf Coast summer. And the strength of the pull John feels toward Sam surprises him more than the odds of their meeting at all." // 100K(!), AU crossover. Post-CA:WS fork on the Marvel side; might also fork on SGA side (never watched last season, so dunno). Alternating POV. LONG, ~angst and unrequited pining galore, military jargon, lots of convoluted BDSM junk that's lost on me (John wants his ass kicked; Sam wants to kick it, I guess), background character death, pretty necessary glossary squirreled away in a side fic. But, all that aside, it's weirdly readable, generally well written with a good effort to sync the canons, and I wasn't bored.

* Timestamp + Glossary, A kinda ehhh prefic threesome (John/Teyla/Kanaan); tagged on the bottom is the main fic's glossary. Wish I'd known it was there when I was reading the other fic. I'm sure this arrangement made sense to someone.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  SGA  slash  pair:JohnSheppard/SamWilson  AU  ref:xover  ref:fork  ref:angst  ref:ouch  ref:pining  ref:bdsm  ref:D/s  ref:H/C  via:sophia_sol  au:aerialiste  fandom:SGA  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
may 2019 by zhena
Phoenix by forgetme
Naruto, Kakashi/Guy. "Kakashi comes back to life. It takes a while. (takes place after chapter 450)" // 8K. Kakashi wandering around Konoha Crater, aaaangsting about how he never told Guy he was into him before he died (and generally being kinda useless), but now he can't seem to corner Guy to tell him anything ('cause he's busy being kinda useful).
fanfic  Naruto  slash  pair:KakashiHatake/GuyMighto  ref:pining  ref:angst  au:forgetme  fandom:Naruto 
may 2019 by zhena
Laid Bare by sixbeforelunch
Star Trek TNG, gen. "Deanna Troi unravels a psychological mystery." While the Enterprise explores an uncharted, seemly empty sector, the Vulcans on board begin to lose their chill in bad ways. // 37K. Troi POV. Case fic to solve basically, regulars and OCs. Interesting, some fairly cool ruminations on alien/cultural differences as well as shipboard culture; could definitely use a stiff beta in parts.
fanfic  StarTrek  gen  ref:casefic  ref:angst  ref:alien-wtf  via:fancake  au:sixbeforelunch  fandom:StarTrek 
april 2019 by zhena
Able to Succeed by Betty
Batman (DC), gen. "'Assume success,' says Bruce unencouragingly. 'Describe how it's achieved.'" Bruce sets a series of problems for Tim and expects answers. In essay format. // 1K. Wow. Good fanfic.
via:zhena  fanfic  Batman  gen  pair:BruceWayne|TimDrake  ref:backstory  ref:angst  via:Fancake  au:Betty  au:brownbetty  fandom:Batman 
april 2019 by templemarker
Able to Succeed by Betty
Batman (DC), gen. "'Assume success,' says Bruce unencouragingly. 'Describe how it's achieved.'" Bruce sets a series of problems for Tim and expects answers. In essay format. // 1K. Wow. Good fanfic.
fanfic  Batman  gen  pair:BruceWayne|TimDrake  ref:backstory  ref:angst  via:Fancake  au:Betty  au:brownbetty  fandom:Batman 
march 2019 by zhena
A Road Leading Home to You by emlof
Naruto, Kakashi/Iruka. Iruka waits at the village gate for Naruto to spirit him off for his ramen reward, which morphs into a reward for Team 7. After Naruto and Sakura have both moved on, these welcome-back restaurant hops are down to just Iruka and Kakashi. // 13K. Kakashi POV. Not an exciting or innovative take, but its pretty readable. The slowest of slow meanders up to a relationship. (No smut.)
fanfic  Naruto  slash  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  ref:miscommunication  ref:H/C  ref:molasses  ref:first-time  ref:angst  via:anandarres  au:emlof  fandom:Naruto 
march 2019 by zhena
The Yellow Dressing Gown by Sarah Monette
Bone Key, gen. One of Booth's rival curators at the Parrington, in charge of textiles and decorative arts, is obsessed with locating a famous artist's dressing gown. His eventual success in obtaining it has unpleasant consequences.
profic  BoneKey  gen  ref:horror  ref:angst  au:sarahmonette  fandom:BoneKey 
march 2019 by zhena
To Die for Moonlight by Sarah Monette
Bone Key, gen. Starkweather sends Booth off to evaluate another family library. But this time Booth himself was specifically requested for the task. The family is famously reclusive, and their estate, Belle Lune, oddly inaccessible.
profic  BoneKey  gen  ref:curse  ref:werewolf  ref:angst  au:sarahmonette  fandom:BoneKey 
march 2019 by zhena
He's Been Dead for Years by cassowarykisses
Guardians of the Galaxy, gen. "In 1988, 8-year-old Peter Quill vanished from the hospital where his mother lay dying. Despite a massive manhunt through the surrounding woods, no trace of him was ever found. ... or, r/UnresolvedMysteries discusses the Quill cold case." // 2K. Exacting, perfect take on what a Reddit thread about the case would look like.
fanfic  GotG  gen  ref:socialmedia  ref:Internet  ref:reddit  ref:epistolary  ref:outsiderPOV  ref:humor  ref:angst  via:esther_a  au:cassowarykisses  fandom:GotG 
march 2019 by zhena
That First, Initial Feeling by varnes
Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ryan/Shane, AU. Shane mistakes a crystals shop for a sex shop, and is offended by the whole idea of a crystals shop while finding himself intrigued by the biceps of its hippie owner. Eventually this leads to them doing a Buzzfeed pro/con show about woo-woo New Age/alternative stuff while not admitting they're attracted to each other. // 21K, alternating POV. The same general setup only with Ryan as a contractor and Shane as an employee in search of a recurring series. It's mildly amusing, complete with an onsen episode.
fanfic  BuzzfeedUnsolved  slash  pair:RyanBergara/ShaneMadej  AU  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:banter  ref:pining  ref:bedsharing  ref:first-time  au:varnes  fandom:Buzzfeed 
march 2019 by zhena
The Gift We Cannot Destroy by susiecarter
DS9, Garak/Bashir. "Julian has no soulmark. He knows what that must mean, and he's learned to accept it. Meeting Garak, getting to know him, is almost enough to make him think--but it's not possible. Garak must have a soulmate, and there's simply no way it could be Julian. Right?" // 5.7K. So. Two things I dislike: soulbonds and "5 things" fics. Yet this one has such good interactions btwn the two that I periodically wind up rereading it anyway. Ah, whatever.
fanfic  DS9  slash  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  ref:soulbond  ref:oblivious  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:angst  au:susiecarter  fandom:DS9 
march 2019 by zhena
The Copy Ninja by JBMcDragon
Naruto, Kakashi/Iruka. (tl;dr:) Kakashi accidentally creates a seemingly permanent clone, and neither of them can tell who was the original. Meanwhile, one of them slept with Iruka then was an asshole about it; so Iruka is less than thrilled at having to serve as one of the Kakashi's temporary guardians while the investigation is underway.
Never has the term 'Copy Ninja' been so appropriate. Wandering home from a mission to copy a jutsu that makes other jutsu go wrong, Kakashi is pretty sure the world is out to get him. Imagine his surprise when he learns he's already been home for a full twenty-four hours. Except it's not him--it's a clone gone wrong. But when it doesn't vanish at injury, thinks of things even before he does, and not even Pakkun can tell the difference... Well, who's to say which is a clone, and which is the real thing?
Finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, Iruka is saddled with a ninja that might be a clone. Mind you, an earlier drunken mistake led to great sex and an awful morning after; being a clone would be Kakashi's just desserts, in his opinion. But as they spend time in each other's company, he realizes that he'd be sorry to see this Kakashi go--and certain the man is going to. How do you fight the facts when they're stacked against you? Not even a genius is sure of that answer.
// ~20K? Shifting POV btwn Kakashi and Iruka. Fairly long, interesting plot with a twisty who's-the-clone business, same olde skool epithet writing style as in the other fics. (All the actual smut is in the epilogue chapter, so it's skippable for a more ~gen experience.) I do like that there's less mental illness and a certain consistency in this one (e.g., Anko gets the same treatment Iruka likely got). Gai and the rest of the hounds really get short shrift in these...
Practical notes: Couldn't find this fic posted elsewhere, and some of the individual chapters have no links and/or tags; so URL is for epilogue, which has a complete link list for all chapters. (Also it's on the Wayback Machine if the LJ gets deleted.) Exclamations, thanks so much for pointing to the rest of the fics; I didn't know there were more.
fanfic  Naruto  slash  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  ref:plot  ref:casefic  ref:pricklypair  ref:molasses  ref:H/C  ref:angst  ref:amnesia  ref:doppelganger  ref:oldschool  au:JBMcDragon  fandom:Naruto 
march 2019 by zhena
The Parent Trap by astolat
Transformers, Megatron/Optimus. "'Oh my God, are you saying that Megatron had Optimus’s baby?' Miko shrieked piercingly." So Megatron has a kid, and evidently the other parent was Orion Pax ... from back when Optimus, during a bout of amnesia, was hanging around with the Decepticons. // 18K, and it's not too hard to guess the eventual plotline, given the title.
fanfic  Transformers  slash  pair:OptimusPrime/Megatron  ref:robots  ref:kidfic  ref:amnesia  ref:enemyslash  ref:angst  ref:humor  ref:kidnapping  via:Harpijka  au:astolat  fandom:Transformers 
february 2019 by zhena
And Our Souls They Play by Tangerine
X-Factor, Julio/Star. "In his senior year of undergrad, Julio Richter just wants to make it through college, so he can live in a nice shack somewhere in the middle of nowhere, alone and away from everyone and their functioning soul-marks. But then he meets Shatterstar, a deeply reluctant incubus, and all his best laid plans crumble to dust." // 40K. With a few exceptions, I dislike soulmark AUs, but this one's presented more as a mystery, with small bits of information about Julio's malfunctioning mark and the system in general doled out over time, which made it slightly more interesting. And, of course, the incubus in question turns out to be even more messed up about life than Julio, so it's a mutual sorting out process. Also with Rahne as the Roommate Who Knits Too Much.
fanfic  X-Factor  slash  pair:Shatterstar/Rictor  AU  ref:soulbond  ref:demons  ref:angst  ref:molasses  ref:UST  ref:first-time  via:sineala  au:Tangerine  fandom:X-Factor 
february 2019 by zhena

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