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To Ship or Not To Ship — Fansplaining
To Ship or Not To Ship
An explainer about the words “ship” and “slash”
by Flourish Klink
meta  fandom  fanfic  to_keep 
8 weeks ago by a_phasia
With Hands In His Pockets - Anonymous - Highlander: The Series [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: The lure of Immortal presence teased at Duncan’s senses as he carried his two bags of groceries down the Rue de St. Germain.
“Don’t you have a party or something to go to?” asked Duncan, blowing on a spoonful of sauce, then holding it out for Methos to taste. Methos covered Duncan’s hand to keep the spoon steady while he met Duncan’s eyes and swallowed. Duncan ignored the twang on his nerves, like a plucked harp string.

Right, thought Duncan, taking note of Methos’s expression that said the sauce tasted perfect, and the little smirk on Methos’s lips afterwards. He began to suspect he was in way over his head with this one. “And miss a free meal?” said Methos. “It can wait. I’ll arrive fashionably late.”

They plated their food, and then spent the next half hour in satisfied silence as they ate. “I’m definitely making a habit of this,” said Methos.
fic  highlander  slash  duncan/methos  to_keep 
january 2019 by a_phasia
Orbital Resonance Frequency - sequence_fairy - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: When a star's orbital speed around the galactic centre is greater than that of the part of the spiral arm through which it is passing, then an inner Lindblad resonance occurs. At an inner resonance, a star's orbital speed is increased, moving the star outwards.
“Keith, I–”

“Don’t,” Keith says, putting up a hand to stave off whatever apology he knows Shiro is going to try. “There’s nothing I want you to apologize for–”

“I wasn’t going to apologize,” Shiro says, and Keith blinks at him, briefly stunned. “I mean, well, I am not apologizing for falling in love,” Shiro amends, and Keith feels his face tighten as he grits his teeth. Shiro barrels on, “you left, not me.”

“I had to,” Keith retorts, “would you have wanted to stay where you were so obviously not wanted?”

“Of course you were wanted,” Shiro says, like it’s an acknowledged truth of the universe. Instead of being the bolster Shiro probably thinks it is, all it sounds like to Keith is rehearsed.
fic  voltron  season08  post-canon  keith/shiro  to_keep  slash 
december 2018 by a_phasia
In This Galaxy, Nothing Can Be Said To Be Certain - norah - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Arthur put his head in his hands. He'd been traveling with Ford for the better part of a decade now, and this sort of thing still never failed to raise his blood pressure.
Ford stared at him. "You...you saved my life."

"Yes, well..." Arthur coughed.

The words "It was nothing, really," floated up in his throat and he swallowed them down.

The phrase "No need for thanks" suggested itself and was rejected.

"All in a day's work," "Think no more of it," and "Happy to do it, dear chap" were similarly suppressed, and an alternative response arose in their place. It was a new response, an alien response, a response born of long years spent wandering the galaxy with Ford Prefect and his disreputable friends. Arthur stuttered, and stopped again as his mouth refused to conform to this new intruder.
fic  hitchhikers_guide_to_the_galaxy  slash  ford/arthur  to_keep 
december 2018 by a_phasia
A Pretty Enough Story - hunters_retreat - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Description:

Not everyone gets a soulmark. Two members of the Voltron team have them but no one has ever seen their marks. The problem? Everyone believes one has lost his soulmate to the Galra occupation and the other is in love with someone who isn't his soulmark.

But not everything is what it seems.
fic  series  to_keep  voltron  au  slash  keith/shiro 
december 2018 by a_phasia
of pink curtains and spilled tea - Die_Melodie - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Keith’s first kiss happens when he is: 23 years old, drunk, and crying. In separation, none of these things are exactly surprising: he’d imagined them all, in those moments when he allowed himself to imagine it at all. What he never imagined was that this first kiss would be with Lance, or that it would happen after they’d just watched Shiro marry someone else.
The curtains and tablecloths and bedsheets in Lance’s house are pink. Keith doesn’t know how to ask if it’s a simple homage to Allura or if it’s because pink is the Altean color of mourning. Most probably, he thinks, it’s both.

They talk about her, sometimes. Always as a close friend they lost touch with, never as someone who is dead, gone from this world. During those conversations, Lance doesn’t sound sad, only wistful and still so very, very loving.

They don’t talk about Shiro at all, like he’s the one whose name cannot be brought up for fear of opening floodgates of grief.

Pink curtains notwithstanding, getting over it seems to be the one race between them that Lance is winning.
fic  voltron  season08  post-canon  slash  keith/shiro  keith/lance  to_keep 
december 2018 by a_phasia
The Long Weekend - Chapter 9 - Devereauxs_Disease - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary:

Feed your dogs, leave a note for Alana.

It had been such a tempting offer, one that buzzed around in Will's mind. He responded on instinct, pressing his mouth to Hannibal's. Then, he ran for all he was worth...

When Hannibal finally finds him, he makes a proposal: Spend one weekend together, and make a decision once and for all about his and Hannibal's fate. Can Will still play Hannibal to get the evidence he and Jack need? Or is he playing a new game now?
“I’m not going to thank you for killing her nicely.”

“I wouldn't ask you to,” Hannibal said. “Just as I hope you won’t expect an apology for her slaughter.”

He didn’t. He hadn’t. Will had known the type of beast he was dealing with the second it peered at him through the bars of Chilton’s cage. One couldn’t expect a lion to apologize to a zebra.

Something roiled in Will’s gut. He knew this was wrong. He knew understanding Hannibal wasn’t a symptom of his own desires, but of his empathy disorder. He had clung to that idea for weeks. The dreams, the fantasies, the secret hopes – they were all just a quirk of his broken mind, nothing more. He was crazy, he’d have to be to see the beauty in that terrible mind.
fic  hannibal  to_keep  slash  season02  au  will/hannibal 
december 2018 by a_phasia
A Short History of Ford Prefect in Five Drinks - Thursday_Next - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: How Ford Prefect went from a drunken student on Betelgeuse, to an even more drunken field reporter for the Hitchhiker's Guide, to mostly-accidental exile on Earth where he unexpectedly found the best real ale in the galaxy and even more unexpectedly fell in love.
After an unfortunate incident on the planet Jasperox involving three bikini models, a spotted snurg, a yard of pink gin and a highly illegal drinking game, he was summarily demoted, and shortly afterwards sent to a rather unremarkable planet, where his job as a Guide writer came to an end, and his life as Ford Prefect began.

Of course Ford was unaware that he had effectively been (mostly-accidentally) abandoned on Earth, and set about sampling as many of the local beverages as possible. Had he, in fact, known that he had been effectively (mostly-accidentally) abandoned, his immediate response would probably have been to set about sampling as many of the local beverages as possible. The only difference being that he might have been a little more maudlin whilst doing so.
hitchhikers_guide_to_the_galaxy  pre-canon  ford/arthur  to_keep  gen-ish  fic 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Embers Upon Hearth - takadainmate - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: After the last battle, Barnaby tries to find a place for himself in a world where he is no longer a hero and Kotetsu is no longer his partner.

Post end of series.
This was another thing he wouldn't admit; Barnaby didn't know what he was doing. He didn't know what he would do once Kotetsu was well again and no longer needed a keeper. Once Barnaby had outstayed his welcome. There was nothing for him in Sternbild.

"My mother makes mean dumplings though," Kotetsu was saying. "She never cooks fried rice for me. Hey, you should show me how good your fried rice is. You said you'd been practising."

Barnaby's hands tightened around the steering wheel. He checked the mirror. Kaede was still asleep, completely unaware. "I thought you were dying," he frowned, unhappy at the reminder. "I thought fried rice might make you not die."
fic  tiger&bunny  barnaby/kotetsu  gen-ish  post-canon  to_keep 
december 2018 by a_phasia
love songs, drug songs - Chapter 1 - thehandsingsweapon - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Keith is willing to die, and die, and die again if it means Shiro will live.
Eventually he learns that love means more than just that.
(an examination of Keith, and the way his heart changes, season 4 - season 6.)
You miss them too, but you won’t admit it. You can’t. You’ve made it this far by not looking too hard at the way Shiro, who once promised you he’d never ask you to choose, made you choose, and the only reason you’re still walking forward is because you don’t let yourself look back.

“I’ll do my best,” you promise, but you’re thinking about math again.

Like the black lion: it’s you or Shiro.

And the math is simple.
fic  voltron  to_keep  keith/shiro  season06  slash 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Déjà Voodoo - lustmordred - Lost Souls - Poppy Z. Brite [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: A seedy motel by the railroad tracks, goose-bumps and a radio with only one working station that plays 50’s rock n’ roll.
“What’s wrong?” Steve asked.

“Nothing. It’s just… so many people have been in this room,” Ghost said.

“Well, it’s a motel room,” Steve said.

“Ann,” Ghost said softly.

Steve gave him a sharp look. “She wasn’t here.”

“She’s here now,” Ghost said. He let out a deep breath and closed his eyes for a minute.

“She’s dead,” Steve said, his voice hard. “Ann’s dead.”

“I know,” Ghost said.
fic  lost_souls  to_keep  steve/ghost  slash 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Love is Like... - Chapter 1 - pantswarrior - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Even if it's killing Kotetsu to live a lie, he just wants to give Barnaby some happiness for once in his life. He's Barnaby's partner, he'll stick with him no matter what... so if Barnaby thinks they're in love, no harm done, right?
Barnaby was supposed to laugh, or be annoyed. Collapsing wasn't one of the outcomes Kotetsu had expected, and he probably looked really uncool as he panicked, kneeling down again and gathering Barnaby into his arms, trying to get a response. After the initial shock wore off, though, it looked like Barnaby had just passed out. Hardly a surprise, given the night he'd had and the strain he was under.

More surprising was the way Kotetsu felt, looking down at Barnaby unconscious in his lap. How protective he felt, how he thought he would have done anything to take this burden from Barnaby. How seeing Barnaby like this just made him want to hold onto Barnaby forever, hold him until all the tears were gone, kiss away the trails they'd left on his face.

...This... wasn't good.
fic  tiger&bunny  to_keep  barnaby/kotetsu  slash 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Extreme Solution - Chapter 1 - TelWoman - Eroica Yori Ai o Komete | From Eroica with Love [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Klaus goes under deep cover on a mission in Africa.
Atkins came and stood beside him. He was quiet for a while and then, in a voice that suggested he was quoting from something he’d read, he said, “The stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention.”

“What?”

“Joseph Conrad. The Heart of Darkness. Did you ever read it?”

“When I was a student. Years ago.”

“Remember how Conrad wrote about the African wilderness as if it’s some kind of all-knowing force that conspires to shut the white men out? When you look out over that forest, you can see what he meant.”

Klaus looked at him quizzically. “Can you?”

“Come on, Berendt. When you look at that endless green blankness, even a prosaic bastard like you must feel something. What does it make you think of?”

Klaus gazed for a few moments, assessing. “Broccoli.” He ground his cigarette out under his boot.
fic  from_eroica_with_love  dorian/klaus  to_keep  slash  casefic 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Flesh & Electricity - Chapter 1 - arcadenemesis - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: “Back at the Garrison when we were learning about warfare medical aid, the officers taught us battlefield amputations. I never thought it would be useful information. The idea just seemed so bizarre. I was going to explore the stars. Not fight wars.”
“There's something you're not telling me,” he states, and watches Shiro go rigid in front of him.
“I see the way you grit your teeth and look at your arm. Your voice goes strange sometimes and you come to breakfast looking like you haven't slept in days. What's going on?”

He expects Shiro to fight his prying questions and insist he’s fine. He’s always built himself up as the pillar of strength, even before Kerberos. Keith suspects a small part of is as much pride as it is selflessness. He braces himself for the denial. So when Shiro’s shoulders slump, it throws Keith off completely.


Shiro isn't the same. Keith can tell he's hiding something from him. He's determined to find out what.
voltron  fic  to_keep  slash  keith/shiro  season07 
december 2018 by a_phasia
the five unmistakable marks - magdaliny - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Dr. Herbert Rush didn't much like the look of the sergeant.
A glance at Barnes confirmed several of Rush's suspicions.

Barnes was looking at Rogers with an unmistakable mixture of terror and bewildered devotion; a look altogether too honest, and too lovely, and too clean to exist in this, the Year of Our Lord nineteen-forty-three, crouched as they were in the basement of civilization, gear-bellied Moloch scratching at the door. Rush couldn't imagine that Barnes would have let the expression live if he'd known he was wearing it, and Rush wanted desperately to put his hand over Barnes's face to protect it, as though it were the fontanelle of an infant or a fatal wound.
fic  slash  captain_america  movieverse  steve/bucky  to_keep  outsider-pov 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Last to Know - Chapter 1 - paintedrecs - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary:

It took a while for Keith to identify the feeling that rushed through his chest every time he saw Shiro: when Shiro caught his eye from the opposite end of the mess hall, when Keith saw him smiling in groups of other junior officers, when any of the cadets spoke Shiro’s name with a reverence that proved they didn’t know anything beyond the poster boy’s glowing reputation.

Happiness.

If this was what friendship felt like, Keith was finally starting to understand why everyone made such a big deal out of it.

***

When Keith first met Shiro, he had no idea how dramatically his life was about to change—or how crucial Shiro would become to every aspect of it.

...Shiro, who wouldn't stop dying.
Adam shifted on his feet again, then lowered himself to the ground, brushing ineffectually at the dirt first as though he could scrub it free of sand. “It’s a nice spot,” he said. “Is this somewhere you came with him?”

“No,” Keith said. Another petal, following the inevitable pull of gravity.

They must’ve lost contact long before telling us; it was an important mission for the Garrison, too. Their search came up empty.

“He cared a lot about you,” Adam said. “I know...” He stopped, his voice suddenly thick. He touched the stalk of the wide-branching plant next to him, then jerked his fingers away, seemingly deterred by the bristly texture. Wildflowers had their defense mechanisms, too, the kind of resilience you needed to survive out here.
fic  voltron  keith/shiro  to_keep  slash  season07 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Overture - Chapter 1 - confettiinmyhair - Tron (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Four years in the life, and figuring out that sometimes, there is no single bright light in anyone's cosmos.
Kevin snapped his fingers and winked at her.

“Hitting all those goals after all. Steady boyfriend, though? Tell me about him.”

“Why, are you jealous?” she grinned back. He tossed out a laugh and shook his head.

“Call it professional curiosity. Anyone good enough to merit a mention in your achievements has to be some kind of catch.”

She laughed back, caught up in the old easiness of it all.

“His name is Alan. He heads up System Security at work.”

Something shifted slightly in Kevin’s expression, but he nodded.

“What, Bradley? Yeah, I knew him! Nice guy. Goofy glasses, though.”

“Be nice, Kev. It’s the longest relationship I’ve ever been in.”

“Categorically not true. We made it, what, two and a half years?”

Lora’s laughter was half-scoffed.
tron  fic  poly  to_keep 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Infinity Road - aphelion_orion - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
Summary:
Bunny is fighting demons, Kotetsu tries to help, and runs into a couple of roadblocks of his own. Like how he didn't know he'd really like to kiss Bunny.
Kotetsu blinks, rubs at his stubble, and figures he should start applying for the cosmically stupid guy of the day award because this isn't Bunny being comfortable, this is Bunny so far out of his comfort zone that he's resorting to his impeccable manners, and while he spent the first couple of weeks wishing Bunny would at least give him a modicum of courtesy, he really doesn't want him to start now.

"Hey," he says, just as Bunny is about to vanish round the corner, "you doing any better?" and has the distinct pleasure of watching Bunny go wide-eyed and faintly pink.

"I... yes. Yes, I think so." A smile, and this time it's the genuine article because it doesn't look the least bit like any of the others, small and tentative and real.
fic  to_keep  tiger&bunny  barnaby/kotetsu  slash  season01 
october 2018 by a_phasia
5 times Barnaby fails to confess + 1 time he succeeds - MemeKonTB (MemeKonYA) - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
Summary:
When they’re facing off against Maverick, he tells the man, “you took away my parents, and aunt Samantha… and now you’ve taken Kotetsu”.
It’s the cruelty of fate that it’s in that moment, with you’ve taken everything away from me clinging to his throat and wanting to get out, when Barnaby comes to accept what he’s known for months. He’s in love with Kotetsu.
Kotetsu lies, broken and lifeless and nothing like himself, on the grimy floor of this godforsaken place, while they all go to war, and Barnaby’s mind is a medley of sorrow and all the ways he loves this old man, all the ways he’ll miss him, all the ways he’s lost him.
Barnaby is on the brink of death, and all he can get himself to do is face Kotetsu’s way.

He’s about to close his eyes, Kotetsu as the last thing he’ll ever see, as the one thing he wishes he could carry with him on to death, but then nothing happens. The androids come to a halt as one, and death doesn’t come.

Just like that, the battle’s over.
barnaby/kotetsu  fic  slash  tiger&bunny  to_keep  season02  5_things 
october 2018 by a_phasia
A Traditional Family Road Trip - Kantayra - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: How Kaede spent her summer vacation on a road trip with her dad and Barnaby Brooks, Jr., who were both hopeless, oblivious dorks the whole time. Just like any other family's summer road trip.
So Kaede didn’t know what she thought. She was happy for her dad that he’d found himself the hottest potential boyfriend ever, and she was mad at Barnaby for replacing her mom, and she was mad at Barnaby for not replacing her mom, and she wasn’t mad at Barnaby at all at the same time because none of this was his fault at all. (Plus, Kaede thought that maybe she still had the tiniest bit of a crush on him.)
fic  tiger&bunny  slash  to_keep  barnaby/kotetsu 
october 2018 by a_phasia

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