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And We'll Talk in Present Tenses by lamardeuse
Lewis, Lewis/Hathaway. Lewis has been helping on weekends with his daughter's house reno; then she recruits Hathaway as well. When the two arrive in Manchester, they discover that Lyn and her SO believe they're a couple. // 16K, Lewis POV. Read this before! Details have been jossed, but overall it's a sweet, likable pretend-couple outing with the usual progression and HEA. (I need to tag the DIY fics. I love this stuff...)

* Cause for Celebration," http://archiveofourown.org/works/289503 // 2K, Robbie's birthday, and special plans.

* "In the Family," http://archiveofourown.org/works/336063 // <1K. The granddaughter's birthday.
fanfic  Lewis  slash  pair:RobbieLewis/JamesHathaway  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:first-time  ref:established  ref:domestic  ref:DIY  au:lamardeuse  fandom:Lewis 
7 days ago by zhena
Another Thing to Fall by Suzan_Lovett
Lewis, Lewis/Hathaway. A disruptive film crew invades the town to film a TV documentary about religious antiquities, along with an old seminary crush of Hathaway's. The latest bodies and disappearances may or may not be related. // 120K. Novel-length tour de force, multi-casefic with alternating POVs. Hathaway as the tallest of pine trees, loads of interesting OCs, plus Monty the Cat. Had an excellent time reading this, with lots of pleasant (and less pleasant) surprises.
fanfic  Lewis  slash  pair:RobbieLewis/JamesHathaway  ref:casefic  ref:pining  ref:religion  ref:first-time  ref:best-of-rec  au:Suzan_Lovett  fandom:Lewis  via:helenthesecond 
11 days ago by zhena
Cinderella by verity
Yuri on Ice, Yurio/Otabek. When Yurio is hanging with Otabek in Almaty, he tells him what he wants for his birthday: sex. With someone else. Specifically Otabek. However, Otabek's dick of doom presents a problem. // 7K. Yuri POV. Here, Otabek is a) a slob and b) a grower, not a shower, and c) both are of epic proportions. (Ergo, funny title.) This is set a few years after canon with an uncomfortably accurate depiction of the fug and pigsty of dudes living on their own. Mildly angst-y and introspection-y, lots of fumbly porn. Missed it when first posted.
fanfic  Yuri-on-Ice  slash  pair:YuriPlisetsky/OtabekAltin  ref:postcanon  ref:PWP  ref:virginity  ref:first-time  ref:bffs-to-lovers  ref:size  ref:fumbling  via:sophia_sol  au:verity  fandom:Yuri_on_Ice 
13 days ago by zhena
cascades. by orange_crushed
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. Steve, who'd been thought to be blown up in the Arctic, was discovered to be alive in the 1950s when he began to make ghostly manifestations on beaches along the East Coast. After Steve's coaxed back into our dimension, Peggy and Howard are working on how to make his stay permanent when a foiled assassination attempt on Peggy reveals a conspiracy and offers a new piece toward solving Steve's puzzle. // 152K (!). Odd premise of Steve being, basically, Dr. Manhattan (sans time travel) and drifting about like a lost soul until the problem of Bucky restores purpose to his life. Also features return of some Howlies, and comics version of Bucky's memory cure. Was legit worried how some of the problems in this fic were going to be solved, but author manages! Pretty engrossing, imho.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:fork  ref:ancient-device  ref:PTSD  ref:amnesia  ref:first-time  au:orange_crushed  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
20 days ago by zhena
The Unlocking and the Lift Away by Lake (beyond_belief)
Generation Kill, Brad/Ray. Ray steals a cat, ditches a boyfriend, and winds up in Georgia living in Brad's spare room while taking an MBA course. // 59K. Read this one before and didn't save it because, despite being well written in all other respects, neither one sounds much like their characters; they're Generic Nice Fanfic Dudes on whom you could search/replace for any fandom. OTOH, it's peak curtainfic, right down to buying towels at Target (I am weak for all that). So I found myself reading it again, wallowing in the domesticity and sighing a bit over the blandness of the characterizations. And doubtless I will again in future, as there is insufficient Brad/Ray to get picky about it. So, here we are: in a world where Brad and Ray aren't foul-mouthed assholes with more baggage than a transcontinental Amtrack run. /shrug
fanfic  GenerationKill  slash  pair:Brad/Ray  ref:postcanon  ref:college  ref:curtainfic  ref:domestic  ref:UST  ref:bffs-to-lovers  ref:first-time  au:beyond_belief  fandom:GenerationKill 
22 days ago by zhena
By Any Other Name by astolat
Witcher, Geralt/Emhyr. Vesemir takes in Duny, a stray he'd found in the woods, for witcher training in payment for removing his curse. Vesemir doesn't trust him, but over time fellow trainee Geralt becomes more and more fascinated with him. // 25K, multi-POV. Long, plotty training fic culminating in a conspiracy (that's always fun).

* "Demands of the Dead," https://archiveofourown.org/works/13039464 Duny lights remembrance candles. // <1K, gen. Extra midfic scene.
fanfic  Witcher  slash  gen  pair:Geralt/Emhyr  AU  ref:fork  ref:UST  ref:teenagers  ref:conspiracy  ref:first-time  au:astolat  au:shallot  fandom:Witcher 
24 days ago by zhena
Thirty-Nine Years by sevenfists
Hockey RPS (Penguins), Sid/Geno. Now living in Halifax, retired Sidney flies off to Moscow to reconnect with retired Geno and sound him out on the possibility of LTR action. // 20.6K, Bi!Sid POV. Slow-motion fic of ~feelings and touristy activity. Did occur to me often that learning even some hello-where's-the-john?-level Russian would have been a demonstration of good faith on Sid's part. Eh, wadda I know. It's readable, some smut, minor mutterings re: hair-loss and middle-age spread.
fanfic  HockeyRPS  slash  pair:SidneyCrosby/EvgenyMalkin  ref:Penguins  ref:postcanon  ref:futurefic  ref:retirement  ref:pining  ref:miscommunication  ref:first-time  via:sophia_sol  au:sevenfists  fandom:HockeyRPS 
24 days ago by zhena
Heartlines by shiftylinguini
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. For auror training, Harry is partnered with Malfoy, and both are sent -- wandless, safety bonded, and kitted up as Muggles -- to hike their way through backwoods Sweden as their final exercise. Tents, rain, ravens, and UST ensue. // 73K. Woah, long. Harry POV. I'm wondering why I was more suspicious of everything than they were -- they're meant to be the cops in training, not me. But pretty readable for all that (granted, I am always ready to read about camping...), with an awful lot of smut.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:Auror  ref:bond  ref:camping  ref:UST  ref:first-time  ref:virginity  ref:banter  au:shiftylinguini  fandom:HarryPotter 
4 weeks ago by zhena
Column B by marginaliana
Rivers of London, Peter/Thomas. One close shave later, Peter realizes that Nightingale is, in fact, DTF. If Peter can figure out how to talk him into it. // 3K of mostly uncomplicated PWP.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  slash  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  ref:PWP  ref:bffs-to-lovers  ref:first-time  au:marginaliana  fandom:RiversOfLondon  via:shadowkeeper 
5 weeks ago by zhena
The End of the Road by Kat Allison (katallison)
Due South, RayK/Fraser. Despite nearly killing themselves, Ray and Fraser do manage to survive their quest. Ray moves on Fraser, then both move into Inuvik Detachment housing where Ray settles into a friendless fish-out-of-water lifestyle. It doesn't end well. // 109K, post-CotW, Fraser POV all. Infamous Fic of Doom. The problem is that it's exceptionally well written, the voices are good, and it all seems terribly plausible. If dS were set in the real world where the RCMP murders protestors and, say, all the Delmars from Grade 4 are bigots rather than cheerful lunatics who drop in for random rescues and exposition. No HEA. Very good for masochistic reality slaps, angst wallows, and serious downers, as sometimes one wants. (LJ bookmark.)
fanfic  Due-South  slash  pair:Fraser/Kowalski  ref:post-cotw  ref:first-time  ref:angst  ref:bffs-to-lovers  ref:homophobia  ref:infidelity  au:katallison  fandom:DueSouth 
6 weeks ago by zhena
Heavy Bag by Kat Allison (katallison)
Due South, RayK/Fraser. Ray sorts out his feelings via working over the heavy bag at the gym. // 9K. Minor casefic, mostly grim introspection wallow (with HEA more or less). Olde skool dS. LJ bookmark.
fanfic  Due-South  slash  pair:Fraser/Kowalski  ref:first-time  ref:dubcon  ref:angst  au:katallison  fandom:DueSouth 
6 weeks ago by zhena
Beneath The Coming Frost by astolat
Witcher, Geralt/Avallac'h. Geralt and Avallac'h roadtrip the portals, peer at the White Frost, then hang chez Ge’els -- and resolve an argument about bloodlines. // 4K. Complexicated little fic filled with worldbuilding backstory. Then sudden sex pollen! Evidently elf logic = fanfic logic: all dilemmas solved with a sex scene. ^___^
fanfic  Witcher  slash  pair:Geralt/Avallac'h  yuletide  yuletide2017  ref:backstory  ref:curse  ref:dubcon  ref:sexpollen  ref:first-time  ref:frenemies  au:astolat  fandom:Witcher 
7 weeks ago by zhena
Rites of Passage by Tangerine
X-Force, Rictor/Shatterstar. While everyone's hanging around the mansion with nothing to do for a week,* Star binges on teen TV/movies. They inspire him to create a regime of Typical Teenage Experiences, which he tackles with grim tenacity. Julio's just along for the ride, or so he thinks. // 45K PWP, basically. Julio (POV), who's as obliviously obsessed with Star as vice versa, works on himself to get over his gay panic (and his virginity) and his moody angst about all things everywhere. If this were Breakfast Club, he'd be Bender? (And Star would be a bizarro combo of Andrew and Brian. IDK.) "Takes place sometime around X-Force (Vol. 1) #66, but definitely before #67," per author. Tho it's X-Force, I'm tagging it as X-Factor to keepeth the pair-fics together.

(*Always wondered where everyone in the X books got their money. Hardly any of them appeared to be employed. Is Being A Mutant a job description? Who pays for that? Nagging thoughts that came back to mind while reading this fic ... persistent poor-person pondering.)
fanfic  X-Factor  slash  pair:Shatterstar/Rictor  ref:first-time  ref:virginity  ref:alien-wtf  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:teenagers  au:tangerine  fandom:X-Factor 
7 weeks ago by zhena
The Honourable Thing by Persiflager
Jeeves & Wooster. "I burst into the flat and, before I could yell out to Jeeves to explain the sitch, was hit whang in the beak with the most scrumptious smell that had ever tickled my nostrils." // 1.6K. Woah, missed this one. It's an honest-to-ghod Wodehouse A/B/O fic. And it's ... uh, pretty funny, and just elides all the tedious mechanics.
fanfic  Jeeves-and-Wooster  slash  pair:Jeeves/Wooster  yuletide  yuletide2014  ref:a/b/o  ref:first-time  ref:humor  ref:pastiche  au:Persiflager  fandom:PGWodehouse 
7 weeks ago by zhena
Down Goes the Mist by mardia
Rivers of London, Peter/Thomas. An old trunk, an antique bottle of perfume, and an inconvenient crush on the boss coincide. // 3K, Peter POV, wow smut.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  slash  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  yuletide  yuletide2017  ref:PWP  ref:sexpollen  ref:curse  ref:pining  ref:first-time  au:mardia  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
8 weeks ago by zhena
Animal Spirits by MildredMost
Psmith, Psmith/Jackson. "With a match against the Eton first eleven looming, Psmith is behaving strangely, and Mike wants to get to the bottom of it." // 13K. Wow, comrades! Kitchen sink fic: banter, industrial-strength mutual pining, punishment whipping, sex pollen (literal), underhanded public school plotting, convoluted vengeance, hella cricket, and hella porn. Even tackles Psmith's mysterious departure from Eton. Nothing else comparable for this fandom, woo.
fandom  Psmith  slash  pair:RupertPsmith/MikeJackson  yuletide  yuletide2017  ref:pastiche  ref:sexpollen  ref:caning  ref:pining  ref:backstory  ref:plot  ref:teenagers  ref:first-time  ref:angst  ref:humor  ref:banter  au:MildredMost  fandom:Psmith  fandom:PGWodehouse 
8 weeks ago by zhena
The Bingo Book by flailinginlove
Naruto, Iruka/Kakashi. "Kakashi avoided relationships. He didn't want to put others in danger. So he couldn't understand why there was a face staring back at him, as a sub-entry to his own, in this Bingo Book. 'Umino Iruka (lover)' the caption read. It didn't matter that it wasn't true. The Book was fact, and to Kakashi's enemies, Iruka had just become a weakness they could exploit." // 65K. Naruto-free, alternating (mainly Iruka) POV, getting-to-know-you fic, with a mystery/case plot foundation. Basically, when lots of people think you're conducting a secret affair with someone you barely know, it leads to obvious problems when you're suddenly plonked into someone's revenge scheme. Fic-logic solution: Pretend to be in that relationship to catch the villain! That's always good times. (But I figured out who the mole was immediately. /sigh)

Enjoyable read, tho I'm mildly irked by practice of inventing Special Princess Powers for unpowered charas to make them Worthy of Interest; normal people are sufficiently interesting w/o upgrades imho. At least this example actually had a bit of thought go into the choice. In general, fic = some humor, some angst, some (eventual) porn. Dunno why I didn't have a bodyguard tag yet.
fanfic  Naruto  slash  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  ref:casefic  ref:mystery  ref:pretendcouple  ref:bodyguard  ref:molasses  ref:first-time  ref:ninjas  ref:undercover  ref:spies  ref:paranoia  au:flailinginlove  fandom:Naruto 
august 2017 by zhena
Why I Lied to You by Garonne
Due South, RayK/Fraser. Ray, a low-level hood in Capone's Chicago mob, runs whiskey over the river from Windsor to Detroit. That's how he gets to know a peculiar Canadian Customs officer on the take. The last thing Ray wants is for Fraser to figure out he's an undercover agent for the Bureau of Prohibition. // 20K, alternating POVs. Well-written period piece with lots of sneaking around, and doodlehums, and sexy tiems, and angst. HEA.
fanfic  Due-South  slash  pair:Fraser/Kowalski  AU  ref:historical  ref:undercover  ref:mobsters  ref:prohibition  ref:first-time  au:garonne  fandom:DueSouth 
august 2017 by zhena
Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat by ctimene
Daredevil, Matt/Foggy. Angry teenager Matt gets boner during a salon hairwashing, in front of nuns and his classmates. Later angry law student Matt recalls that incident while Foggy's washing booze from his hair after a party incident. // 6K. Basically a setup for teenage aaaangst and hardcore USTing, culminating in a frottage scene. Misc. Briticisms throughout, but they're ignorable.
fanfic  Daredevil  slash  pair:MattMurdock/FoggyNelson  ref:UST  ref:angst  ref:backstory  ref:teenagers  ref:college  ref:first-time  ref:bffs-to-lovers  ref:grooming  via:sansets  au:ctimene  fandom:Daredevil 
may 2017 by zhena
Changes of Perspective by Sixthlight
Rivers of London, Peter/Thomas. AU. "In 1945, the prison camp of Ettersberg is bombed from altitude. In 2009, Peter Grant graduates university with a bachelor's degree in architecture. It's a magical new world." Peter and his roommate Jaget live in a tidy block of converted council flats where his neighbors include former and current cops, potential goddesses next-door, and mysterious benign lurkers of various types. But he's most intrigued by the out-of-place poshness of retiree(?) Thomas, who's living a tech-free life on the ground floor with his dog Toby. // 91K(!) AU where the Folly became a publicly known wizarding affiliate of Oxford; no one except Thomas has any relationship with it, and they all live in a block of council flats (because: why not?). So it's not really a fork AU, but it is very fun. I put off reading this for a long time because it didn't sound that interesting, so I was a bit stupid. Several canon corpses get HEAs here; in fact, everyone (except Seawol :) generally seems happy with life. (Including Molly, who's settled into a cross btwn Twiggy and Sadako, lol.) So it's like a super-curtain-fic with a side order of plotty murder mystery.
On Common Ground, http://archiveofourown.org/works/11356215 // <1K, gen. Sahra confronts Lady Caroline. Peter is no help at all.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  slash  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  AU  ref:domestic  ref:architect  ref:council-flat  ref:humor  ref:UST  ref:pining  ref:plot  ref:mystery  ref:first-time  au:sixthlight  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
april 2017 by zhena

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