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When I Try to Speak by Suzan_Lovett
Homicide, Tim/Frank (main). "Frank kept looking at his partner who wasn't looking back at him, who was facing away, into the open air. He watched as Bayliss lifted and spread his arms, hooked his fingertips onto the fence, raised his downcast head, and like that, at full extension and wind-blown, he looked like he was about to take flight -- Where are you going, baby?" // 60K. Frank, Tim varying POV. Pre-S5, post-stroke, with a few fixits, expansions, and an wild veer into mutual obsession and sex. Not sure how I feel about it given the married with kids situation, but it's well done for what it is, taking off from their weird, fraught, and way too intense canon relationship. Tho might rely a bit too much on at least some preexisting knowledge of the show for a walk-in. (Old skool zine fic.)
fanfic  HLOTS  slash  het  pair:TimBayliss/FrankPemberton  pair:FrankPemberton/MaryPemberton  pair:TimBayliss/ChrisRawls  ref:canonish  ref:miscommunication  ref:UST  ref:pining  ref:infidelity  ref:oldschool  au:Suzan_Lovett  fandom:HLOTS 
november 2018 by zhena
Catching Bullets in Our Teeth by anothercover
Avengers, Clint/Laura, Clint/Natasha, Natasha/Bucky. "Retirement, it turns out, is not a thing that Clint is adjusting to very well. Or, you know, at all. It didn't occur to him that when he dropped the team, it would mean he'd lose Natasha, too." // 77.6K. Natasha/Clint alternating POVs. It's readable? Most Hawkeye fics are still running with the Fraction version; this one tackles all the WTF AoU family issues head on, wallows in them, then works them out to a divorce conclusion. Pretty obvious in reading that it began before a lot of more recent MCU; the later coverage of those movies is a bit clumsy, but not too bad. 100% het herein. With strict AoU canon, there's simply no way Clint comes off as anything but an asshole, imho; that's doubly the case here, imho again. But I like Natasha fics...
fanfic  Avengers  het  pair:ClintBarton/NatashaRomanoff  pair:ClintBarton/LauraBarton  pair:NatashaRomanova/BuckyBarnes  ref:AoU  ref:established  ref:first-time  ref:angst  ref:infidelity  ref:H/C  ref:families  au:anothercover  fandom:Avengers 
june 2018 by zhena
Impediments by Cord Smithee
Man from Uncle, Napoleon/Illya, Illya/OFM, Napoleon/OFC. Sequel to "Leather." Illya is seeing a married guy on the side, and Napoleon is slowly losing his cool over it. // 17K. Casefic, after a fashion. Also porny comme tout, including fisting and a riff on the "Last Tango" butter thing, oddly enough.
fanfic  ManFromUNCLE  slash  pair:Napoleon/Illya  ref:casefic  ref:spies  ref:established  ref:infidelity  ref:honeypot  ref:mindcontrol  ref:jealousy  ref:fisting  au:CordSmithee  fandom:MUNCLE 
april 2018 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 
january 2018 by zhena
Single Use Weapon by Fahye
Kings, David/Michelle, David/Jack. ""The king is dead,' says Samuels. 'Long live the king.' A story about fealty and destiny, spies and secrets, and the things we do to hold onto power." After Silas's assassination, Jack immediately steps aside in favor of David, who's then both crowned and more-or-less shotgun married to Michelle. Then they all navigate the intricacies, dangers, and conspiracies that come with David's precarious reign in Gilboa -- and pull a long con on their enemies. // 67K. Fork AU, alternating POVs. Long and thoroughly engrossing, even if you haven't seen the show. Marrying Old Testament to modern setting results in periodic omens and blood oaths and moments with a whiff of supernatural horror to them. (There are reminders that the characters are always being watched and weighed by something that's terrifying and real but has unknown, inscrutable standards.) At one point Michelle's forced to atone for someone else's mistake. I guess David persuading her to renounce her first choice is a big crack in their partnership; it's the only way the fic's resolution sits with me, tbh. (I'd think in an OT AU, adultery would still be a Top Ten Shalt Not.)
fandom:kings  pairing:jack/david  slash  au  via:as_lld_again  fanfic  Kings  het  pair:DavidShepherd/MichelleBenjamin  pair:DavidShepherd/JackBenjamin  ref:postcanon  ref:plot  ref:royalty  ref:fantasy  ref:UST  ref:first-time  ref:pining  ref:conspiracy  ref:spies  ref:politics  ref:infidelity  au:Fahye  fandom:MiscTV 
september 2016 by zhena
Get Up, and Go Forth by Frostfire
Kings, Jack/David. When Jack is finally visited by literal divine intervention, the end result is an improbable escape from his father's captivity and camping in the wilderness of Grath with a perplexed David Shepherd.
Of all the things David was not anticipating, Jack freaking Benjamin showing up on his doorstep--his metaphorical doorstep--might top the list. Silas Benjamin, he's been half-expecting, and he was ready for guns or gifts or speeches, any and all. Michelle would have been both unsurprising and incredibly welcome. Even Rose--well, if Rose showed up here, he would know that he was screwed, but he probably wouldn't be surprised; he learned during his time at the palace that Rose is everywhere and knows everything.

And yet, here Jack is. It reminds him of the first time he came home and found a princess in his apartment, right down to not knowing what the hell to say.

"What are you doing here?" he says finally. Not very intelligent, but it's what he wants to know.

Jack raises an eyebrow. "God didn't tell you I was coming? How inconsiderate." He steps forward again, until he's come right up to David. David looks over his shoulder, wondering if there's a strike squad, or perhaps an army, coming behind him. He doesn't see anybody. "I couldn't tell you," Jack continues, "since I didn't know where I was going or who I was meeting until I got here. Led by butterflies and sunshine; it's so poetic I could vomit."
//15K. Jack (the main POV) is twisted and conflicted and angry and arch and all sorts of bitter, and David (secondary) is much more straightforward but ultimately perhaps not as Lawful Good as he seems. I've never seen this show; this fanfic felt a lot, initially, like dropping into the midst of a situation furiously in progress, but it levels out and eventually provides sufficient detail that canon knowledge isn't essential for a pretty satisfying foe-yay outing. It cuts off too soon tho--I need to know how all these relationships get sorted past this point. :(
fanfic  Kings  slash  pair:DavidShepherd/JackBenjamin  yuletide  yuletide2013  ref:enemyslash  ref:UST  ref:angst  ref:postcanon  ref:fixit  ref:infidelity  au:frostfire  fandom:MiscTV 
april 2014 by zhena
The (Grimm and Blutbad) Book Club (for the Eager and the Doomed) by laceymcbain
Grimm, Nick/Monroe. "Well, it's true that 'the first rule of book club is you don't talk about book club.'" When his partner Hank assumes that Nick's having an illicit affair with Monroe, Nick tells him that the reason he spends so much time at Monroe's house is their book club. Things go downhill from there. // Preslash. On the show, Nick's lies really *are* as lame as in this fanfic. See episode with Nick fumbling and flailing to explain to Juliette why he and Monroe are ~such great friends.~ It was exactly this lame. (And I still cannot figure out why she wouldn't instantly leap to the conclusion they were screwing.)
fanfic  Grimm  slash  pair:NickBurkhardt/Monroe  ref:preslash  ref:fumbling  ref:UST  ref:infidelity  au:laceymcbain  fandom:Grimm 
may 2013 by zhena
Learning Curve by persepolis130
X-Factor, Rictor/Shatterstar. As Shatterstar (POV) happily screws his way through the population, Rictor is the ultimate of patient Griseldas with their one-sided "open relationship" -- until he's finally had enough.

// (7 parts, LJ only, complete.) This fic is so uncomfortable to read: the ruthless extrapolation of canon characterization points gets disturbing. Plus it mashes many, many embarrassment and/or infidelity squick buttons. However! it also pays off in spades, and it rewards you so amply for sticking it out. Plus some excellent plot-related use of Layla Miller. Such a good fic.

[2013 Reread notes: Still the best Rictor/Shatterstar fic I've ever read -- in fact, better on reread because knowing there's a nifty HEA in the offing blunts some of the infidelity/embarrasment squick. (You get to be Layla Miller for a few hours, hee.) Intricate, messy relationship plot with uncommunicative Rictor who is trying so hard to be supportive of Star's fumblings with emotion but ultimately failing because he still can't talk things out; and Star slowly, painfully figuring out his own emotional reactions as he goes along and makes his own mistakes. Huge background supporting cast, and ALL the characterizations are on the money. This was written before the fiasco with Rayne's baby in canon and posits a different outcome.) ETA 2015: Reading again. I still love this fic. I just made my own file combining the parts and fixing the occasional typos.

* Joining Together, Falling Apart,
Rictor/Shatterstar. In Mexico, Rictor (POV) and Shatterstar wind up having sex, and Rictor freaks out. // 5K. Prequel to Learning Curve (above), a shorter, frustrating first-time fic.

[Note: All fics for this pairing (X-Force, X-Men, X-Factor) are filed under X-Factor.]
fanfic  X-Factor  slash  pair:Shatterstar/Rictor  pair:JulioRichter/Gaveedra7  ref:first-time  ref:established  ref:angst  ref:awkward  ref:unreliable-narrator  ref:infidelity  ref:miscommunication  ref:canonish  ref:best-of-rec  au:persepolis130  fandom:X-Factor 
february 2013 by zhena
They Came, You Know, and Told Me You Were Dead by antisoppist
Lord Peter series, Harriet/Bunter. After Peter is dead, Helen reaches a new peak of annoying. Harriet and Bunter approach the problem in their own fashion. // Rarest of the rare pairs, I think. But it makes perfect sense in this context, and the ending was rather unexpected. Uh. (There's a ton of ending discussion in comments under the LJ posting.)
On AO3:
fanfic  Lord-Peter  het  pair:HarrietVane/MervynBunter  ref:ouch  ref:infidelity  ref:WWII  au:antisoppist  fandom:LordPeter 
january 2013 by zhena
Take A Sad Song (And Make It Better) by femmequixotic
Harry Potter, Harry/Ginny, Harry/Draco. Harry and Ginny are in the throes of a nasty divorce after Harry's several affairs with dudes, dividing their friends and family and property and public opinion, but the main point of contention is custody of their three children. In the meantime, Harry's job as an Auror becomes more fraught as Azkaban parole hearings begin, with accompanying death threats via post. // 45+K. Long and plotty and readable. It starts off rather melodramatic, but settles down quickly to about 2/3 domestic woe, 1/3 mystery.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:divorce  ref:infidelity  ref:kidfic  ref:postcanon  au:femmequixotic  ref:denial  fandom:HarryPotter 
march 2012 by zhena
An Ideal Husband by Irene Adler
Sherlock Holmes, Irene/Violet (Holmes/Watson). Governess Violet Hunter (from Copper Beeches) is sent out by her latest employer to spy on her husband, whom she suspects of having an affair. In the meantime, Irene Adler (Scandal in Bohemia) has returned to the London stage in a controversial role that's drawn the attention of Holmes and Watson. // H&W are background established; this is primarily a casefic, switching btwn Watson and Violet POVs. Rompish.
Sequel to Absurdly Simple (
fanfic  SherlockHolmes  slash  femslash  Holmes/Watson  VioletHunter/IreneAdler  ref:infidelity  ref:crossdressing  ref:established  ref:first-time  ref:casefic  au:IreneAdler 
february 2012 by zhena
Golah by elementalv
The Chosen (Potok), Danny/Reuven. Danny, now a father of two, is in the throes of a divorce and finds a new home as a community center rabbi, recommended by Danny. // Sweet, readable get-together fic, no smut.
fanfic  Chosen  Potok  slash  pair:DannySaunders/RuevenMalter  bookfic  yuletide  yuletide2011  ref:postcanon  ref:judaism  ref:infidelity  au:elementalv  fandom:MiscYA 
december 2011 by zhena
The Progress of Sherlock Holmes by ivyblossom
Sherlock, Sherlock/John. Sherlock POV (1st person). Sherlock comes to understand that he's attracted to John; in the meantime, John gets married to Mary Morstan. Their marriage turns out to be rather fraught, and Mycroft manipulating everyone doesn't really help matters. // +62K, the Epic of Massive Psychological Problems. Rather readable if overlooking the smarmy aspects initially and the schoompy aspects later. (Lestrade, Donovan, and Anderson are mainly background decoration.)
fanfic  Sherlock  slash  ref:infidelity  ref:crazylong  au:ivyblossom  fandom:Sherlock  pair:Sherlock/John 
november 2011 by zhena

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