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The Mirror Wheel Eye by pentapus
Naruto, Iruka/Kakashi. Assistant teacher Iruka gets menaced by a local legend, Kakashi, and winds up inadvertently sucked into deadly political machinations. He discovers two sides have been secretly vying for control of Konoha, and both view Kakashi as key to winning. // 31.5K. Fork AU, in which Konoha never fully recovered from the fox attack, and Kakashi was more or less disabled by the new eye. I followed the plot slightly better on this reread, but it's definitely not an easy read -- far too much gets elided (so no surprise that the responses in the fic comments contain lengthy clarifications of plot points). In spite of that, it's a rather atmospheric, dystopian-flavored take on/departure from canon. (And here, Iruka makes a terrible Mata Hari, and an even worse princess in need of rescue.) Smut-free, tho.
fanfic  Naruto  slash  gen  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  AU  ref:fork  ref:plot  ref:pricklypair  ref:politics  ref:H/C  ref:molasses  ref:paranoia  au:pentapus  fandom:Naruto 
october 2018 by zhena
Victory Condition by astolat
Transformers, Optimus Prime/Megatron. "'Do you want me to tell you a story?' Megatron said mockingly. 'You won’t like it, Prime. It's not a very nice one.'" After OP and M are trapped together by a cave-in with no hope of rescue, it's time to get to get better acquainted! // 37K. Wow. Cyber enemy-slash with tragic backstory oversharing, political philosophical maneuvering, and impromptu poetry slamming. Also deeply porny: first time I've read a character talked into non-coning himself. I don't know (or want to know) anything about this fandom; even so, this fic turned out to be astonishingly readable.
[via reccer(s)] Jfc, this story is unreasonably good. Like, this is a fandom where I have no idea if it bears much resemblance to canon but *who cares*.// Yup.
Kept seeing Pinboard peeps linking to latest astolat Transformer weirdness, and had no plans (NONE) to read any of it. You guys. O_o;;;
fanfic  Transformers  slash  pair:OptimusPrime/Megatron  ref:robots  ref:enemyslash  ref:enemysex  ref:tenacles  ref:dubcon  ref:politics  ref:first-time  ref:angst  ref:backstory  via:spatz  via:Harpijka  au:astolat  fandom:Transformers 
september 2018 by zhena
Breaking and Entering by pentapus, tucuxi
Naruto, Kakashi/Iruka. "Kakashi notices an intruder in Iruka's apartment, and finds rather more than he bargained for." // 16.6K. Casefic, after a fashion. Subtle, rather neat fic that focuses on Konoha's uncertain relationship with the new Mizukage's administration in Mist; the pairing is in the background. (I'm also not entirely persuaded in this context that they're after the wrong person, given one of the anime eps; I like that sort of ambiguity.) Pentapus art up top.
fanfic  Naruto  gen  slash  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  ref:casefic  ref:politics  ref:spies  ref:established  au:tucuxi  au:pentapus  fandom:Naruto 
august 2018 by zhena
Post-Canon Cardassia by bmouse
Deep Space Nine, Garak/Bashir. Unconnected fics, but I've connected them! And arranged them in a (tentative) reading order. Set in postwar Cardassia, with multiple POVs, covering the reconstruction period of Garak's rising influence and Julian's hopeful immigration and eventual clearance as a medical professional -- and a gradual courtship of diffident roommates. They're all low-drama, smut-free explorations a distinctive reptilian culture where stealth, indirectness, and subtlety are prized. (And I keep thinking about that image of Cardassians at the beach, lol.)

* Hail, Old Comrade, "Kira visits Garak on Cardassia." // <1K, gen. Garak winning over the masses, one delinquent at a time...

* The Harvest Season, "On Cardassia even the flowers have secrets." // <1K. Garak POV, Bashir POV. Garak surviving post-war, Julian finding him.

* Not Quite Boston, "Julian Bashir's post-war platonic 'Boston marriage' plan has a bit of a flaw." // 1K. Now Julian's moved in with his BFF! However.

* A Long-Term Plot, "How long do people live? In your family?" Julian asks. // <1K. An actual relationship conversation...

* Equivalent Exchange, "So apparently to become a Cardassian citizen, one must have a molar extracted. Julian's not looking forward to it..." // 1.3K. No dental horror per se. A pretty, gentle fic about Julian earning his way into the medical establishment (with a tiny, quiet aside highlighting the diff. btwn ordinary kid Julian and his augmented afters).

* The Inconsequential Matter of the Feet, "He had never once seen Garak wear open-toed shoes while on the station, which in hindsight was clearly deliberate." // 1.4K, Julian's meditations on foot claws, society, and reconstruction.

* Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, // <1K. Sunning Cardassians make excellent lounges, Julian finds.

* Another Line of Work Presents Itself, "While wandering around a sun-warmed small town in central Cardassia Julian Bashir finds exactly what he was looking for. And a refreshing drink." // 3K. Julian POV. Spies gonna spy, official and nonofficial both. Part of this one is an outside POV, and it's hilarious.

* Little White Lies, //9K. A series of laid-back ficlets, many set in the post-canon universe. These are lovely, and several are outside POV.

* Nine Years On, "Elim Garak never imagined a future where he'd have to shave his husband for summer. Luckily, that's the one he's got. A glimpse into a little ritual between an old married couple." // 1.6K of co-grooming, Garak POV.
fanfic  DS9  gen  slash  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  ref:postcanon  ref:domestic  ref:curtainfic  ref:molasses  ref:pining  ref:bffs-to-lovers  ref:established  ref:politics  ref:spies  ref:outsiderPOV  ref:amnesia  ref:vignettes  via:the_electriclady  au:bmouse  fandom:DS9  ref:xeno 
may 2018 by zhena
Defector by Garonne
Man from UNCLE, gen. "On a rainy night in Belgrade, a Soviet scientist knocks on Napoleon and Illya's hotel room door and announces that he wants to defect." // 2K, yikes, short glance at that stuff no one wants to talk about...
fanfic  ManFromUNCLE  gen  ref:angst  ref:politics  au:garonne  fandom:MUNCLE 
april 2018 by zhena
Sanctuary by greenkangaroo
Naruto, Sand Siblings, gen. "Temari would not have chosen the Red Sands Playhouse to make their stand. Or, the inevitable aftermath of a parent's death, a failed mission, and an uncertain future." // 5K. Temari POV. Starts directly after the failed chuuin exam invasion where most of Suna regards Gaara's state as a prime opportunity to dispose of him, and proceeds through ensuing events. It's a world-expansion type fic that focuses on the puppeteer faction, and on the siblings realigning their relationships to encompass Gaara and his tentative attempts to be human. It's pretty amazing and touching.
via:theodosia21  fanfic  Naruto  gen  pair:SandSiblings  ref:ep-related  ref:angst  ref:conspiracy  ref:families  ref:politics  fandom:Naruto 
april 2018 by zhena
Shadow of the Panther by manic_intent
Black Panther, T'Challa/M'Baku.

* "Shadow of the Panther," T'Challa drops in on M'Baku to thank him for the help from the Jabari. M'Baku, not really into it. Initially. // 2K, followup fic. Not quite enemy slash, but definitely prickly pair. I'm into it.

* "All the Stars," M'Baku and T'Challa wrestle with their respective communities and the other tribes, navigating the uncertain ground after the aborted civil war and tentative international relations, even while an underground radical faction in Wakanda steps up to murders, bombings, and assorted terrorist plots. // 39K. Wow. Apparently previous fic was just an intro to really ambitious, cool, complicated, plotty expansion on canon that touches on all the tribes and their backgrounds, with particular focus on the Jabari. Detective procedural with politics, factions, conspiracies, ancestors, mysticism, technology, and periodic smut. Possibly the one-true-fanfic. (Note: comment response at goes over some of the plot developments in more detail.)
fanfic  BlackPanther  slash  gen  pair:T'Challa/M'Baku  ref:plot  ref:conspiracy  ref:pricklypair  ref:politics  au:manic_intent  fandom:BlackPanther  ref:best-of-rec 
march 2018 by zhena
A Ghost in the Garden by thistle_verse
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. Draco, now an auror, is assigned a case of politically motivated vandalism and to work with Hermione Granger from MLE and another auror, Harry Potter in disguise. A dragon sanctuary, posh house parties, and pure-blood scheming ensue. // 27K. Slow, pensive, sad(ish) fic with a detecting-type plot and some eventual smut, including the hiding-in-a-closet variety.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:plot  ref:Auror  ref:angst  ref:politics  ref:undercover  ref:first-time  au:thistle_verse  fandom:HarryPotter 
january 2017 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
Wizardry by Consent by Sixthlight
Rivers of London, Thomas/Peter, AU. "Fifteen years after a headless body was discovered in Covent Garden, Thomas Nightingale is still the last wizard in Britain, and Peter Grant, newly appointed Commander for Community Engagement in the Metropolitan Police Service, has just learned the truth about the existence of the Folly. He has one or two questions." // 62K. Wow. Holy cow, this is cool. Nightingale (POV), who never met Peter, had to tackle most of the canon incidents on his own; the results were decidedly mixed. So Nightingale spends most of the fic angry and bitter while he's being politically undermined by Tyburn and the Met. Commander Grant not only outranks him by a lot, but refuses to be shaken off; he becomes one of the more serious obstacles Thomas faces, along with four apprentices Grant imposes upon him. Very close to an air of enemy-slash at points, as Peter perseveres in hauling an old dog into a new era. HEA. (The apprentices are OCs imported from her other fics; I'd hoped they'd show up, and they did. :) There's also a very stealth "Lewis" xover in here, which brought me joy.

* "The Road Not Taken," Peter/Nightingale. AU, xover with the other series. Commander Grant and DC Grant accidentally switch universes. Everyone is confused, and neither of them are pleased.

* Glass of Water, gen. Abigail just wanted a late-night glass of water but runs into someone furtively headed out the back door.
via:sumeria  fanfic  Rivers-of-London  slash  gen  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  AU  ref:fork  ref:miscommunication  ref:plot  ref:conspiracy  ref:competence  ref:politics  ref:age-difference  ref:first-time  au:sixthlight  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
september 2016 by zhena
If Heaven Thou Canst Not Bend by concernedlily
Kingsman, Harry/Eggsy. Harry's desperate to return to the field, even as Eggsy's slowly being eaten alive by the role of Arthur as he faces overwork, reforms, staff shortages, agent resentment, interagency politics, and a homegrown conspiracy underfoot. // 20K. Not a happy fic but an absorbing one. Harry's detached POV makes for unreliable narrator here -- his refusing to acknowledge that he shouldn't be back in the field and that everyone's walking on eggshells about it. He's also deliberately obtuse about how much power he wields in the agency and just how much of a problem that and his attitude are creating for Eggsy, who's trying his best to wrangle a job he never wanted. Also unlike most fics does try to address, in a roundabout way, the whole decimating the populace thing. HEA tho. And a lot of smut farther on.
fanfic  Kingsman  slash  pair:HarryHart/EggsyUnwin  ref:postcanon  ref:fixit  ref:miscommunication  ref:angst  ref:politics  ref:spies  ref:first-time  au:concernedlily  fandom:Kingsman  via:whatifisaidno 
august 2016 by zhena
Opening the Roads by thehoyden
Naruto, Kakashi/Iruka. After the previous emmissary was assasinated, Iruka is drafted to be Konoha's next envoy to Kumogakure for a new treaty because he speaks their language. But he and his assigned bodyguard have different ideas about how the mission will proceed. // Set while Naruto is off with Jiraiya. Fun, and gives Iruka an interesting backstory. I think I've read this one before?
fanfic  Naruto  slash  ref:backstory  ref:politics  ref:ninjas  ref:undercover  ref:spies  ref:clash  ref:bodyguard  au:Hoyden  fandom:Naruto  ref:first-time  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino 
june 2015 by zhena
For the Public Good by blamebrampton
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. "Harry is loaned to the Muggle government to assist relations between the two governments after the London bombings. When his counterpart in the Communications team comes to him with evidence of a plot to expose wizarding Britain, he is all ears. And only in part because the messenger has such a familiar voice." // Harry as security to the prime minister, and Draco as a PR toff and amateur writer of newspaper screeds. As for eggsotik UK politics, google is helpful. Entertaining.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:postcanon  ref:plot  ref:banter  ref:politics  ref:mystery  au:blamebrampton  fandom:HarryPotter 
march 2015 by zhena
And My Glory Shall Be Love by Lake (beyond_belief)
Generation Kill, Brad/Nate, AU. When Vice President Nate receives escallating, specific death threats, Wynne calls on a highly skilled career marine to join his protection detail as his personal bodyguard. Brad's prepared for anything but how attractive he finds VP up close and personal. // Long, plotty, and readable, tho the denoument of the threat felt rather perfunctory (understandable, I guess, in that it's mainly intended to be a romance).
fanfic  GenerationKill  slash  pair:Brad/Nate  AU  ref:politics  ref:plot  ref:bodyguard  au:lake  au:beyond_belief  fandom:GenerationKill 
november 2012 by zhena
The F**cking Movie Never Motherf**cking Ends by kel
@MayorEmanuel. Twitter feed of Rahm Motherfucking Emanuel as he is thrown into alternate fucking dimensions with dick in hand. // Even if you have no clue who some of the public figures are in this fanfic, the twitter posts build a head of hilarious (fucking) steam.
fanfic  RPF  gen  @MayorEmanuel  RahmEmanuel  AU  yuletide  yuletide2011  ref:politics  ref:Chicago  ref:alt-universes  ref:bad-fucking-language  ref:twitter  ref:humor  au:kel 
december 2011 by zhena
Little Red Courgette by blamebrampton
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. Draco is the beleaguered Junior Assistant to the Undersecretary for Agricultural Standards and Harry is the Head Auror, when the European Secretary, on a visit to London, discovers undersized corgettes are being sold at regular prices in a produce market and demands legal enforcement. Rampaging puns and political machinations result. ^___^ I don't like all her fics, but I've read this one many times.
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fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:humor  ref:plot  ref:politics  ref:first-time  au:blamebrampton  fandom:HarryPotter 
july 2010 by zhena
Corridors of Power by byblythe
Harry Potter, Draco/Harry. Both are dumped out unto the muggle world to give magicians representation. As a result, Harry is in a liberal dem in Commons representing North Southwark and Bermondsey and Draco is a not-very-Tory in the House of Lords as Viscount Northallerton (with Blaise Zabini as his secretary), and they politic with and foil each other over various footnoted, clever chapters ending in bed (geebus, finally). I wish there were more backstory on the rationale for them winding up in these positions, frankly. Much is hinted at, little explained. eta: 04/15, just read it again. I'm still puzzled over what's happening in a few places, but it's readable nevertheless.
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fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  AU  au:byblythe  fandom:HarryPotter  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:politics  ref:postcanon 
may 2010 by zhena
Talking Points by winterlive
Supernatural RPS, Jared/Jensen. Jensen Ackles is the impossibly Democratic lt. gov. of Texas, Jared is an LA Times reporter who gets himself hired as his press secretary to get a big scoop. The scoop turns out to be unexpected (and smutty). Seriously cool AU.
fanfic  Supernatural  RPS  slash  ref:politics  AU  au:winterlive  fandom:J2  pair:Jared/Jensen 
june 2009 by zhena
He's Not Kinky, He's Your Governor by phaballa
CW RPS, Jared/Jensen. Jensen is a dishwasher, Jared is an angsty political activist, various others in friend positions. It's an entertaining read in 3 parts plus coda. (Skip all the other stuff there though.)
fanfic  Supernatural  RPS  slash  ref:politics  ref:activists  ref:bluecollar  au:phaballa  fandom:J2  pair:Jared/Jensen 
may 2008 by zhena

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