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We Both Pull the Tricks Out of Our Sleeves - frightening_fauna - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
but i'll believe in anything
and you'll believe in anything

|| My best girls. I don't quite believe in a universe where they work out okay, but god, I would love it. And personally, I believe this of them, pre-revenge cycle. ...Really, really pre, tbh. But oh, scourge sisters.
fandom:homestuck  author:frightening_fauna  challenge:ladystuck2012  pairing:terezi/vriska  type:art  type:friendship  type:pretext  type:ouchmyheart  type:beautiful  type:becausecharacterlove 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
All Our Friends - Anonymous - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
"So where'd you learn to shoot like that," Dave asks. There's blood still on his shirt, dried dark into the cotton. He moves to help her with the needle but she waves him off.

"Old friend of mine taught me," she says, and pulls the thread tight.

|| Oh shit.
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  challenge:ladystuck2012  type:comic  type:alphasession  type:backstory  type:ouchmyheart  type:beautiful  length:<1k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
Long Live the Queen - Anonymous - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
The Black Queen.

|| This is beautiful. I love the repetition, the colors, the simplicity. And of course, partly I'm just weak for Snowman.
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  challenge:ladystuck2012  character:snowman  type:characterstudy  type:beautiful  type:colors 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
An animal, too. - ferrrox - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
and yes, there are things that i'm still so afraid of
but my courage is roaring like the sound of the sun
and it's vain about its mane and will reveal them to no one
i'm an animal; you're an animal, too

My scourge sister problem, let me show you it. Spinneret and Redglare, though. God, I love the dynamics of this picture, and the way their weapons sneak outside its edges.
fandom:homestuck  author:ferrrox  challenge:ladystuck2012  pairing:mindfang/redglare(kismesis)  type:art  type:beautiful  type:knifeslidesin  type:unholyjoy 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
The Light Always Burning - Raven (singlecrow) - Nation - Terry Pratchett [Archive of Our Own]
We, the People: a thirty-year retrospective and an examination of the role of the Nation in world history, for Earth Atlantic, 7 December 2035, excerpt.

|| There are nearly not words for how perfect this is--Mau's voice, and Daphne's, and their effect on the ages that followed them. Presented as a collection of ephemera, and so lovingly, beautifully, polyphonic. Hopeful and extraordinary.

I put off reading this, even though I've read Nation, and oh, that was a mistake. If you've read Nation, read this. If you haven't, go find a copy, read it, and then read this. I mean that.
fandom:nation  fandom:rare  author:raven  challenge:yuletide2012  pairing:daphne/mau  type:future  type:epistolary  type:article  type:posttext  type:ouchmyheart  type:beautiful  type:soaring  type:somethingperfect  length:5-10k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
this obsessive idea - kangeiko - Literary RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Who among us has not dreamt, in moments of ambition, of the miracle of a poetic prose, musical without rhythm and rhyme, supple and staccato enough to adapt to the lyrical stirrings of the soul, the undulations of dreams, and sudden leaps of consciousness. This obsessive idea is above all a child of giant cities, of the intersecting of their myriad relations.

—Dedication of Le Spleen de Paris

|| OH MY GOOD GOD IT'S PERFECT. Baudelaire, Manet, Olympia, cities, the Salon, and, of course, the gargoyle living in Baudelaire's room--best if you're passing familiar with both Manet and Baudelaire, but if you look up any of the Fleurs de mal and Olympia (the painting), you're set, go read this, it's INCREDIBLE, and everyone should read it and love it.
fandom:literaryrpf  author:kangeiko  challenge:yuletide2012  type:voice  type:dreamingfucksyouup  type:beautiful  type:knifeslidesin  type:stylisticappreciation  type:insightful  type:somethingperfect  length:1-5k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
the princess and the prisoner - betony - Greek and Roman Mythology [Archive of Our Own]
The boy locked in the workshop was the one who told her about the boy locked in the labyrinth.

|| Fuck. Cruel and proudhearted, Ariadne and Icarus, and so foolish with it--although they don't know, of course. Oh, oh, oh.
fandom:mythology  author:betony  challenge:yuletide2012  type:ouchmyheart  type:characterization  type:midtext  type:beautiful  type:endingiswhoa  length:1-5k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
still frames in your mind - quintenttsy - 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) [Archive of Our Own]
She still does things properly, of course, picks up the dress she fell in love with months ago with Cameron so he'll know what colour corsage to get her, gets her hair and nails done at the salon, even lets her dad take picture after picture of her and Cameron and weep over how much his baby girl has grown without rolling her eyes. Much.

|| :D :D :D :D :D Bianca.
fandom:10thingsihateaboutyou  author:quintenttsy  challenge:yuletide2012  type:characterstudy  type:future  type:growingup  type:soaring  type:beautiful  type:bamf  length:1-5k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
The Emissary - Beth Winter - Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi | Spirited Away [Archive of Our Own]
"I need a guide." The inspector looked younger when she smiled, like a university student. "I live in Tokyo, but I grew up in a small town like this. You look like someone who knows every path on the mountain, Hiromi."

"Yes, Inspector Ogino."



"My name is Chihiro."

|| KEENS. This is perfect--Chihiro is no-nonsense and practical and OLDER, and the integration of folklore into the story is exquisite, and their antagonistic relationship to humans is beautiful, and the easy, easy, EASY way this Chihiro breathes a history beyond this moment--SO GOOD FOR ME. Not to mention the narrator, Hiromi.
fandom:spiritedaway  author:bethwinter  challenge:yuletide2012  pairing:chihiro/haku  type:gen  type:future  type:birdsongsweet  type:softly  type:beautiful  type:mythology  type:outsidepov  type:myheart  length:1-5k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Bigger Than You Think - belford - xkcd 1110 (Click and Drag), Le città invisibili | Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino [Archive of Our Own]
(Marco Polo begins the story again...)

After descending into the Earth (said Marco Polo to the Khan) you seek through long, silent passages of stone. Your helmet's dim illumination presses back the dark, but does not break it; darkness follows in your footsteps and obliterates them.

You descend chasms, you crawl through low chambers. Occasionally you see a discarded scrap or a bootprint in the mud, for these tunnels are not uninhabited, but you leave these signs undisturbed and add few of your own. Companionship on the journey is not what you seek. Silence, the unchanging textures of stone lull you; you push ahead into the dark, but your mind wanders. Did the children of Atalantë explore here as you do? Did they lose themselves, fade into shadow?

|| THIS IS INCREDIBLE. A fusion of Calvino's Invisible Cities and the amazing xkcd Click and Drag map of the world, into an INTERACTIVE GAME. It's like a choose-your-own adventure, with side-trips into philosophy and journeys and storytelling--good god, amazing, amazing, AMAZING. And the ending, bless it, is perfect.
fandom:rare  author:belford  challenge:yuletide2012  type:ohwownorly  type:somethingperfect  type:game  type:beautiful  type:takeanideaandrun  type:endingiswhoa  length:5-10k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Blessings - Asuka Kureru (Askerian) - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
There's a gleep! and then the thing unrolls, and he finds out the end he thought was the butt was the head.

There's tiny, mostly-red horns emerging from a mop of moss-green hair, and tiny little kitten-clawed sausage fingers scrabbling in the dust, and the hugest eyes he's ever seen, set in a round-cheeked, gaping little face.

He's found a baby.


|| Oh my god. I love the whole Sunlight-verse, obviously, and the one just prior to this is aching and totally worth reading, but I ESPECIALLY love this one for 3 reasons: 1. BABY, 2. the way the world just UNROLLED, ugh, beautiful worldbuilding, 3. John Egbert, you WOULD. I won't give away what he DOES, but it's pretty obvious and nonetheless really exciting. I read it twice.
fandom:homestuck  author:asukakureru  character:john.egbert  type:gen  type:alternateuniverse  type:postsburb  type:kidfic  type:worldbuilding  type:beautiful  type:soaring  type:series  length:1-5k 
october 2012 by blottingtheink
hso2012_collabs1 | Fic/Art: The Shadiest of Bars (Alpha!Dave<3Alpha!Rose)
Opening weekend of SBaHJ: Behidn the Scenes. Ten minutes into the first screening the Internet was already decoding it, as piranhas decode a capybara. An hour after the credits reached the key grip there came the first flash mob. Twenty-nine teenage girls had all linked hands on a subway platform and begun murmuring the opening lines one after another, a beat delayed, as though singing in a round. They had kept it up nearly four minutes. Someone had sent him a badly oscillating clip: red sweatshirts in the dimness, a felt-tip maze drawn on a plump arm, the blue sudden brightening of a screen through a pocket. The overlaid harmony in their recitation, unintelligible, implacable, a conduit carrying the world’s long current of voices of girls who warn rightly, and aren’t believed. At the margins he had seen passers-by shut up and stop. A chill had passed over his own shoulders, as they all drew out the last note. Attagirls.

|| Oh. Oh, oh, oh. Really picks up steam in the second section, where the politics mirroring life nearly took me apart (quoted above), and then just--the ending is phenomenal. All much, much sadder and more beautiful than I can really imagine the Homestuck world ever being--but how sad. How stunningly, gut-clenchingly wrought.
fandom:homestuck  author:lionpyh  author:cloudymew  author:madseason  pairing:alpha!derse  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:illustrated  type:beautiful  type:softly  type:justthisedgeofpainful  type:characterization  type:insightful  type:endingiswhoa  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Celestina Warbeck Ultimate Mixtape - cest_what - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
"You're pretty much blotto, aren't you?" Dirk observed.

Roxy lifted her chin. "Hey, that is my preroga – gatory. Or something. I turned seventeen last year." She leaned forward, resting her elbow on Dirk's shoulder and giving him an earnest look. "This girl is one hundred percents of lawful. Awful. Legal." It was difficult to focus on him from this close.

|| Part two of the majyyks series. Roxy & Dirk, and the end of Seventh Year.
fandom:homestuck  author:c'estwhat  pairing:dirk/roxy(moirail)  type:gen  type:alternateuniverse  type:hogwartsau  type:series  type:characterization  type:softly  type:makesmesmile  type:beautiful  length:1-5k 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
hso2012_collabs1 | [Art/Comic]: Spacewatching (Terezi<3Vriska)
Space babies in space. That's all there really is to say on the matter!

A gorgeous, GORGEOUS, gorgeous comic, and very, very cute. (Humanstuck, which...okay, lol, FINE.)
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  pairing:terezi/vriska  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:comic  type:beautiful  type:criminallyadorable  type:alternateuniverse  type:humanstuck  type:friendship  type:gen  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
when she was - Chapter 1 - vulturer - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
When she was two and a half sweeps old, when she was two and three quarters, when she was three and a half, when she was five, five and three-quarters, eight, eleven, thirteen, thirteen, thirteen.

|| Fuck. Fuck. FUCK. I'm crying like a little baby--this is greatness, but Terezi's pesterlog at the end is. Oh my god.
fandom:homestuck  author:vulturer  pairing:nepeta/terezi  type:alternateuniverse  type:nosburb  type:revolution  type:backstory  type:pesterlogs  type:grief  type:surviving  type:beautiful  length:1-5k  warningtype:characterdeath 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Homestuck H/C and sickfic on demand, market price.: this part wasn't in the books: kanaya and karkat
The fourth night you go without feeding Karkat finds you in one of the deep labs and demands to be told what the fuck you think you’re doing.

|| OH. If I claim that I still don't ship this, will it be true?
fandom:homestuck  author:anon  pairing:karkat/kanaya(moirail)  type:hurt/comfort  type:moirallegiance  type:ouchmyheart  type:beautiful  type:birdsongsweet  type:short  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
By Any Other Name - ChibiRHM - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
The one about Sid calling Geno "Zhenya," only, really it's about how in love with him Geno is, and about BEING in love. Check this:

"So much love in you," she sighs, standing on her tiptoes and kissing his forehead. It makes Geno remember when he was seven, and how he'd plucked flowers from every garden on his way home from school so his mother would have something pretty for her birthday. She'd said the same thing and kissed him the same way, arranging all the wilted blooms in a vase like they were the finest roses from the best florist in town. He still feels just as small and clumsy as he did then, just as unsure of how to deal with that feeling of caring about someone so much that any gesture he makes barely relieves the suffocating need to do anything to make them happy. He still wonders if he is special, like his mother says, or if this is how everyone is, if everyone walks around only looking calm on the surface while inside they're screaming with feelings that they don't know how to voice in any language.

YEAH. Hot damn.
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:chibirhm  pairing:sidney/geno  type:stylisticappreciation  type:beautiful  type:birdsongsweet  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:makesmesmile  type:short  length:1-5k 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
they're all blood, you see - there are many names in history (and all of them are ours) . Avengers . Tony/Natasha . One-Shot .
Natalia Alianovna Romanova is born in the depth of winter, with eyes as stormy as a pre-blizzard sky.

Baba Yaga whispers magic in one ear and Rasputin murmurs in the other. Ivan’s war cry echoes in her first scream, and Princess Anastasia’s defiance rattles from her tiny fists. King Frost kisses her brow and her mother weeps.

Long live Russia.

--The author calls these "weird fucking metaphors," and...I suppose they are. They're also really fucking delightful. Damn, I love the choosing of characters in this, and the way in which it informs relationships. Mmm.
fandom:avengers  author:pprfaith  pairing:tony/natasha  type:gen  type:takeanideaandrun  type:stylisticappreciation  type:beautiful  type:abouttheexecution  type:poetry  length:1-5k 
june 2012 by blottingtheink

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