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Old Dog, New Tricks - nivo - Yuri!!! on Ice (Anime) [Archive of Our Own]
There is no pathos in real pain.

Real pain is a damp, slimy, graceless thing that tastes of sweat and tears and bile. Real pain is lying sleepless in the dark, counting your own carefully measured breaths in a weak attempt to distract your own exhausted brain from the monster gnashing its teeth on your bones.

There's not much pathos in infomercials and Yuuri's giggles, either, slurred as the day catches up to him and he melts into cushions which could really use a wash to get rid of the ever-present smell of dog and convalescence.

|| I LOVE this, nivo's combination of: bad things happen to good people, but people live through them, love through them, and make good lives anyway, and this take on Viktor's reaction to being injured-out of the sport he loves is so, so him, all delight and bullheaded and love of Yuuri and storytelling and in always, always, doing what he wants for his own story. God. Really really good.

(And Yurio's cameo! And the implied ending of that particular plot! Ugh! Yes! Viktor, you giant, giant TROLL. With a heart of gold. Ugh. Ugh! I LOVE THIS)
fandom:yurionice  author:nivo  pairing:viktor/yuuri  type:posttext  type:takeanideaandrun  type:characterization  type:makesmesmile  type:somethingperfect  type:personalcanon  length:1-5k 
december 2016 by blottingtheink
Imaginary Friend - mousapelli - Haikyuu!! [Archive of Our Own]
It's just a weird coincidence, probably, that Kenma had made a wish on his birthday candles that if being in a Sentai was too much to ask, that he could have least one best friend kind of like that. And then the next day Kuroo Tetsurou was strolling into Kenma's backyard and banging on the screen door like he owned the place. That sense of unreality had never quite worn the whole way off.

"You're like…a real person, right?" Kenma had finally got up the nerve to ask a few days after that. Kuroo had laughed so hard that Kenma hadn't brought it up again, plus Kuroo had put him in a headlock and wanted to know whether hallucinations could do that.

|| Oh my gosh, I love this SO MUCH. It's a little slip of a thing, but Kenma--prickly, and quiet, and mostly settled in it--is perfect: it draws him a little unsure of the luck he has in making a friend who likes him as he is, and it draws it in a couple of brushstrokes. Perfect.
fandom:haikyuu  author:mousapelli  type:gen  type:friendship  type:somethingperfect  type:makesmesmile  type:backstory  type:personalcanon  length:<1k 
august 2016 by blottingtheink
stultiloquentia | who you callin' cactus?
I was in the middle of telling Lis I needed Bitty to mentor a trans frog when the tadpole comics came out. When Lis said, "Trans Whiskey?" I said, "Whiskey is shaped like a Dorito; how has he been on T for less than a year?" but we decided this was insufficient reason to stop me. We'll just lampshade it instead, right? Dorito was his nickname when he played with the Pacific Steelers in the Junior Women's Hockey League. Yeah, yeah, just call him Captain Canada. At 5'10", he was tall. Commentators used to call him a "gritty power forward."

Those were the days.

|| I am not caught up on CP, but oh my god, this. Oh my god. My heart. This is now forever true in my heart, my GUY.
fandom:checkplease  author:stultiloquentia  type:gen  type:genderidentity  type:transcharacter  type:takeanideaandrun  type:personalcanon  length:notspecified 
april 2016 by blottingtheink
first - novembersmith - Uprooted - Naomi Novik [Archive of Our Own]
“If it’s the first time that is the worst, and it gets better after that, then I won’t—won’t you—I don’t want him to be your first,” Agnieszka is saying, hotly. She gnaws at her lower lip, staring down at Kasia, still clutching their hands together. Her face is blotchy and pale all at once. “Let me. I’ll—with you. Let me do this for you, with you.”

|| Lovely and bittersweet--my heartstrings are still tugging. I don't have a tag for "I'd do anything for you," and the burning that comes with it, but that's the two of them in this. I love it. (I am also pretending this is an AU where somehow they manage to end up together, a+ job, girls.)
fandom:rare  fandom:uprooted  author:novembersmith  pairing:agnieszka/kasia  type:femmeslash  type:pre-text  type:firsttime  type:workingitout  type:friendship  type:characterization  type:personalcanon  length:1-5k 
january 2016 by blottingtheink
see me now - seventhswan - Big Hero 6 (2014) [Archive of Our Own]
“Hey, it’s Science Barbie!” some guy in a baseball cap and a tank called, loud enough to carry over the excited hum of three hundred little girls packed into the auditorium.

[Ten moments in the life of Honey Lemon]

|| *HIGH-PITCHED WHINING NOISE* This is perfecttttttt. I got teary.
fandom:bighero6  author:seventhswan  pairing:gogo/honey  type:backstory  type:awesome  type:fivethings  type:characterization  type:bamf  type:myheart  type:personalcanon  length:5-10k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
A Flag That Bears the Name - Chash - Attack the Block (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
It doesn't feel right, going back to the stuff they were doing before. He can remember the person he was when he decided to mug Sam, but now he knows Sam, and he saved everyone here. He might have saved everyone.

When he closes his eyes, he hears them chanting his name, and he can't go back. They know him now. People say hello to him when they see him. They thank him.

This is his block.

|| FUCK. I'm crying. Fuck. This is exactly what I needed, post-that movie--this is a PHENOM Moses: quiet and semi-sure, but DEEPLY sure of his home, and figuring it out as he goes, both literally and figuratively. And everyone else is great, too. This is everything I want for this universe, post-canon, damn. Damn. My heart.
fandom:rare  fandom:attacktheblock  author:chash  type:gen  type:posttext  type:superheros  type:characterization  type:takeanideaandrun  type:somethingperfect  type:personalcanon  length:1-5k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
At Tilde - copperbadge - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
Matilda turns hacker, impresses Tony Stark, and fails to be swayed by Charles Xavier.

|| I LOVED THIS. "Her hacker name was @~. She thought it looked like a flower." Matilda is just as no-nonsense, discerning, and capable as in the book; Tony is perhaps a bit more sensible, but everything else is spot-on, and oh, soooooo delightful.
fandom:matilda  fandom:ironman  fandom:x-men  author:copperbadge  type:gen  type:crossover  type:growingup  type:hilarifying  type:characterization  type:takeanideaandrun  type:somethingperfect  type:personalcanon  length:1-5k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
you shoot the clown I play the elevator music • some kanaya and dave for sunsmasher, who guessed...
yo notorious k.a.n. its that time of the week

im so psyched for clownhunt oclock you dont even know

all ready to get my angela lansbury on

you at my side like

shit whats a crime solving sidekick

lassie

did lassie solve crimes

dog crimes probably but they still count

wishbone as his dog m all pulling the dog strings from dog mi6

I Dont Know What Youre Talking About But Whatever It Is It Should Probably Be The Other Way Around

|| SCREEEEEEEEEEECH. Flawless Kanaya and Dave voices, being, as the author calls them "comfortable in-laws," with some wonderful digs at all kinds of alien puberty.
fandom:homestuck  author:vintar  character:davestrider  character:kanayamaryam  type:friendship  type:short  type:pesterlogs  type:asteroidbound  type:hilarifying  type:voice  type:characterization  type:personalcanon  length:notspecified 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
abvj: Fic - in order to mend (Lizzie, Lizzie/Darcy) r, 1/1
It takes Charlotte literally eighty-six seconds to figure it out.

|| The best LBD fic I've read so far. I could actually HEAR all of the characters speaking, their voices are so spot-on, and the development exquisitely follows the type of behavior and rationalization you'd expect from Lizzie. Also it's fucking hot, and sweet as hell.
fandom:lizziebennetdiaries  author:abvj  pairing:lizzie/darcy  type:midtext  type:characterization  type:voice  type:hottt  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:somethingperfect  type:personalcanon  length:1-5k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
Magic Beans - Morbane - Sunshine - Robin McKinley [Archive of Our Own]
"Yes, there is yet something missing," Yolande admitted, to version number four. "The beans."

I must have looked skeptical. I didn't think the possibility of an uncooked bean secreted in a different part of the pastry could change your impression of the part you were actually biting into. Maybe thrill needed to go with galette des rois the way that nostalgia went with madeleines or unbearable sadness went with lemon cake.

Yolande persuades Sunshine to employ her magic in her baking. Sunshine has her doubts.

|| Oh my GOD, this Sunshine voice is PERFECT, and it takes on her lingering concerns from the novel--the oncoming apocalypse, her place in the world, her relationship to magic and her own self--and it does it while playing on every goddamn heartstring I have about families and teenagers and grief, without once getting overblown. Fantastic.
fandom:rare  fandom:sunshine  author:morbane  challenge:yuletide2012  type:gen  type:family  type:posttext  type:characterization  type:voice  type:workingitout  type:becausecharacterlove  type:personalcanon  type:somethingperfect  length:5-10k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
Paper Bag Diplomacy - galaxysoup - The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch [Archive of Our Own]
“I had just finished recataloging the history section,” the Chief Librarian moaned. “All that work!”

“Our training ground was state of the art,” the Captain of the Guard said mournfully. “Now all of our weapons have been melted!”

That wasn’t the only bad news, unfortunately.

“I have a cousin in the Northern Kingdom,” the Captain of the Guard said. “He says the King wants to take over your kingdom now that it’s been burnt up.”

“Most of it is still fine,” Elizabeth said, annoyed.

|| !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's the aftermath of The Paperbag Princess, and it is tonally PERFECT, what are you waiting for, GO--
fandom:rare  fandom:children'slit  author:galaxysoup  type:posttext  type:illustrated  type:voice  type:future  type:bamf  type:somethingperfect  type:personalcanon  length:1-5k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
The Balance of Affection - RecessiveJean - Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede [Archive of Our Own]
The King and Queen of the Enchanted Forest haven't shared a bed in more than a decade. Not that it's any of your business, really.

“Only think how lucky we are,” Queen Cimorene had moralized the first night they were reunited. “Why, I have one cousin who was cursed to sleep for a hundred years. Her own fault, of course—she knew it was going to be a spindle, everybody knew it was going to be a spindle, they put it in all the textbooks for over a decade, and would you believe the silly chit touched the thing anyway—but I do still feel badly for her. I don’t imagine her husband will even be around for her to sleep with when she wakes. We got off very lightly, all things considered.”

|| God help me, this is PERFECT, and I want to read everything this author's ever written. Cimorene and Mendanbar are practical and hilarious and in love, Daystar is timid and excited and wonderful, and Willin is a busybody. It also weaves in, slightly and oh so perfectly, the sadness that would attend the family's separation. So. Good.
fandom:theenchantedforest  author:recessivejean  challenge:yuletide2012  pairing:cimorene/mendanbar  type:family  type:posttext  type:criminallyadorable  type:somethingperfect  type:voice  type:hilarifying  type:makesmesmile  type:myheart  type:personalcanon  length:5-10k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Some Time Before - neveralarch - Discworld - Terry Pratchett [Archive of Our Own]
The thing about being young is that it happens to most everyone.

"It's not something you can solve," Sybil says, into the dark. "Children grow up in their own little world, and it's real enough to them. My childhood was the realest thing that's ever happened to me."

|| GOD BLESS US EVERYONE. There's something about the Discworld that allows for the best of the absurd, and the most plainly spoken wisdom and compassion, all at once, and this author captures it--and the differing practicalities of all these characters--effortlessly. Highly, highly recommended.

Sam, Sibyl, Moist, and Adora, growing up, becoming, and loving. And canon, as far as I'm concerned. Goddamn, I want to read everything this author's ever written.
fandom:discworld  author:neveralarch  challenge:yuletide2012  pairing:sam/sibyl  pairing:moist/adora  type:characterization  type:somethingperfect  type:growingup  type:workingitout  type:backstory  type:personalcanon  type:awesome  length:5-10k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Past John: Pester Rose for the first time - Chapter 1 - cest_what - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
TT: That's what I mean.
TT: I am not a good friend.
GT: i bet that's not true.
TT: That would be a singularly ill-conceived bet.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously. This hits both their voices IM-FUCKING-PECCABLY, and as the author says in the comments, the idea that Rose would be even more prickly and ridiculous pre-friendships rings so, so, so true. UGH. This gives me all the feelings.
fandom:homestuck  author:c'estwhat  pairing:john/rose  type:gen  type:friendship  type:voice  type:pesterlogs  type:characterization  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:workingitout  type:somethingperfect  type:personalcanon  length:<1k 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
With Petals Like Ashes - Homestuck_Anon, Rebbe - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
Rejected. Re-jec-ted. If she'd been anyone lesser, anyone weaker, the weight of such a word might well have been enough to make her cry.

Instead she straightens up up up and tosses her hair back with a snap, adjusting the set of her shoulders to lie along more confident lines. Because she'll just have to try harder, won't she? Yes. She'll just earn Aradia's hate. That's all.

And already she has the first key that she needs: Tavros. If tonight's display were any good indication, Aradia does not take kindly to seeing him hurt. So if Vriska keeps daring and pushing and daring--

Tavros is easy. She can work with that.

OH MY GOD???????????????????? God bless The Athenaeum, I would never have found this. Okay, there are some instances of irregular punctuation--but the voice and conceit is SO. SPOT. ON that I couldn't find it in myself to care, really? Like. This is canon, so so so canon. Vriska you're the worst.
fandom:homestuck  author:homestuck_anon  author:rebbe  pairing:aradia/vriska(kismesis)  pairing:terezi/vriska  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:serialkiller  type:blackromance  type:voice  type:ohwownorly  type:personalcanon  length:1-5k 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
sam_storyteller: Avengers: Epilogue
After the fighting is over, then come the hot baths, ice packs, resurrection from the dead, political maneuvering, and happy endings (not like that, Tony).

A fix-it epilogue with SPOILERS, and also written by sam. Read it already.
fandom:avengers  author:sam_storyteller  type:posttext  type:gen  type:fixit  type:characterization  type:family  type:personalcanon  type:pickingupthepieces  type:bamf  type:backfromthedead  length:notspecified 
may 2012 by blottingtheink
thou with dark eyelids - paraTactician - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
Concerning us there are no fables
No brilliant poems, airily discarded
Just liquid circles on Formica tables
A silence perhaps too closely guarded

or: Sollux And Terezi Talk About Life.

Oh. I knew this was going to ruin me from the first three paragraphs, and then I straight-up KEENED through about half of it, including the part where it Made Me Cry. (I cry at movies like a baby; at books? Not so much. This is unusual.) This is actually The Best Eulogy I Have Ever Read, and the best Sollux<>Terezi ever to grace my screen. I just. Holy, holy, holy shit. (And it's just over 5k.)

Seriously. I just want everyone in the world to read this, and realize what a great fandom this is, that we get this. Fuck. FUCK.
fandom:homestuck  author:paratactician  pairing:sollux/terezi(moirail)  pairing:terezi/dave  pairing:rose/sollux  pairing:rose/terezi(kismesis)  type:characterization  type:ouchmyheart  type:grief  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:alternateuniverse  type:somethingperfect  type:personalcanon  series:veilstuck  length:5-10k 
march 2012 by blottingtheink
stitching up the circuitboards - dellaluce - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
She sits, and she waits for her story to start.

This is FLAWLESS. I wanted to use a pull-quote from this, but, honestly, I couldn't possibly choose, the whole 7000 words is a pull quote--mothergodgoddamn. This explores what we know about Jade's childhood: alone, extraordinarily gifted at making things work, awake on Prospit--again alone, and convinced she knows what's happening--and says: Well. And if you were all those things, how do you become Jade Harley, wunderkid of fierce and and get-shit-done and boiling frustration? UGH AND IT IS PERFECT.
fandom:homestuck  author:dellaluce  pairing:dave/jade  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:becausecharacterlove  type:personalcanon  type:somethingperfect  type:stylisticappreciation  type:backstory  type:canonexpansion  type:gen  length:5-10k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink

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