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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
E-9 - 100demons - Ookiku Furikabutte | Big Windup! [Archive of Our Own]
This is it, he thinks, a hot sticky humid summer night at a baseball field, dressed in shorts and his sleep shirt, listening to the sound of Tajima’s laughter echo in the night for the last time.

It’s always comes down to this, in the end.

|| I love love Hanai/Tajima, and this gets all the things about them I love right--Tajima being all arrogance and easy acceptance of his own anxieties, insightful and joyfully insistent on it, almost so much so that his insights sound like simplifications; Hanai, overthinking and worried and just-that-bit-jealous just-that-bit-awed but so so in love with Nishiura and with baseball and easily embarassed but fundamentally, when it comes down to it, as brave as anything. Ugh. Clutches chest, etc.
fandom:oofuri  author:100demons  pairing:tajima/hanai  type:posttext  type:midtext  type:short  type:characterization  type:workingitout  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:myheart  length:1-5k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
We all defend the role we play - holograms - Hamilton - Miranda [Archive of Our Own]
The first time Hamilton appears, it's only a little over a month since he's died.

au where Hamilton is a ghost and haunts Burr after the duel

|| hahahahahhahahaha this is fine

I really like the way this builds itself around historical events--also, how fiery and asshole-y and smart Hamilton is, as Burr is desperate and melancholy and making do. (Warning for mentioned self-harm in fic and in the next sentence.

Burr set himself on fire. Damn.)
fandom:hamilton  author:holograms  pairing:hamilton/burr  type:posttext  type:ghosts  type:grief  type:workingitout  type:surviving  type:whatwedotoeachother  length:5-10k  warningtype:selfharm 
february 2016 by blottingtheink
Everyone who loves me has died - belmanoir - Hamilton - Miranda [Archive of Our Own]
Burr is haunted by Hamilton's ghost. Alexander has been talking for eight solid days about the importance of an independent judiciary. He doesn't have to stop for breath anymore.

|| ahhhhhhhhhhh

This is heartbreaking, and funny, and heartbreaking.
fandom:hamilton  author:belmanoir  pairing:hamilton/burr  pairing:hamilton/eliza  pairing:burr/theodosia  type:posttext  type:ghosts  type:ouchmyheart  type:surviving  warningtype:characterdeath  length:1-5k 
february 2016 by blottingtheink
The First Day of My Life - Chapter 1 - MadgirlSBA - Check Please! (Webcomic) [Archive of Our Own]
Terry likes Jack.

This seems to mystify the sad bastard. And Terry can't figure out why.

OR

A Guide to Being an Emotionally Stable, Independent Young Man: By Terry Beaumont, Jedi Master, for Jack Zimmerman, Padawan

|| This was really satisfying: people being people and trying their best, and sometimes messing up. The main and POV character is an OC, but he's really likeable, his perspective brings both insight and tension to the story, and I laughed a lot because his version of being an adult at 27 is really hashtag relatable.
fandom:checkplease  author:madgirlsba  pairing:bitty/jack  type:posttext  type:comingout  type:a+forsexuality  type:friendship  type:growingup  type:workingitout  type:longandsatisfying  length:25-30k 
february 2016 by blottingtheink
tell me about the big bang - thebrotherswinchester - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
The seventh night, Finn gets back late from physical therapy in the medbay. He’s limping maybe a little less, getting used to the new pull of scar tissue over his back, regaining flexibility in his spine. The medics keep telling him he’s pushing it, he doesn’t need to go so fast. Finn ignores them, because this is a war, and he is a soldier, and the Resistance doesn’t have any use for broken boys. 

The seventh night, he walks into Poe’s room to find his mattress right next to Poe’s bunk. Poe is already in bed, cheek smushed into the pillow, breathing slow and deep. D’Qar’s twin moons shine in from the window, pale silver light falling across Poe’s face, his dark hair. One of his arms is half off the edge of the bed, curving toward the floor.

Finn crawls onto his mattress and slides beneath the blankets.

|| I LOVE FINNNNNNNNNNN. This fic is Finn/Poe, and it's lovely and aching, but gOD I love Finn, traumatized, scared, brave, selfish kid with his entire heart to give.
fandom:starwars  author:thebrotherswinchester  pairing:finn/poe  type:posttext  type:pining!  type:a+formentalhealth  type:ouchmyheart  type:softly  type:surviving  type:heavyheartedandlookingup  length:30-40k 
february 2016 by blottingtheink
Man of Honor - esterbrook - Check Please! (Webcomic) [Archive of Our Own]
Bitty has to live the rest of his life with the knowledge that yes, Jack Zimmermann cries at weddings, and looks good doing it.

|| This was really charming. Good use of the other characters, and of parallels between families and stories. Manages to feel longer and fuller than it technically is.
fandom:checkplease  author:esterbrook  pairing:lardo/shitty  pairing:bitty/jack  type:posttext  type:weddings  type:pining!  type:workingitout  type:lovely  length:5-10k 
february 2016 by blottingtheink
have you heard - Chapter 1 - peradi - Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
"Was FN-2187 a Stormtrooper? I heard he was. Is he?"

It's a woman's voice, trembling and very young. 

Finn pulls the transmitter to his mouth. His lips brush it as he speaks. "Yes. I was. I was, and I'm not anymore. My name is Finn. What's yours?"

The rush of static is a sigh of relief. "They call me Fiver."

|| I started crying here, and still haven't stopped. Finn sparks a revolution.

Currently the first part of 3, but works as a standalone. Good gOD, fuck me up. I would read a million of these the-stormtroopers-rebel fics. A million.
fandom:starwars  author:peradi  type:gen  type:posttext  type:heavyheartedandlookingup  type:surviving  type:ouchmyheart  type:hope  length:1-5k 
january 2016 by blottingtheink
An Account of an Evening Aboard a Train, in which Certain Truths are Revealed - Wildgoosery - The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison [Archive of Our Own]
For a time, Echelo and I would joke with affection that His Serenity only brought me along because he hated to manage his schedule slightly more than he dreaded my insistence on formalities. Yet even in those early years, before certain...dynamics evolved, I knew that in truth His Serenity preferred to have me at his side, and for reasons that went beyond my service.

|| Although I don't ship this, I am very extremely fond of these characters, and I like this vision into what they might be doing, or up to. Has a good amount of politicking and Maia being obstinate about it, just like the novel.
fandom:rare  fandom:thegoblinemperor  author:wildgoosery  pairing:csevet/maia  type:posttext  type:takeanideaandrun  type:workingitout  type:confessions  type:firsttime  length:5-10k 
january 2016 by blottingtheink
Tomorrow (there'll be more of us) - dimircharmer - Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
“FN-2187 was real, right?” She sounds very young again. “Please tell me he was real."

"I'm real,” said Finn, who was on his first patrol since his back healed. “And my name’s Finn now.”

Her eyes widened. “You have a name?
*

Or: The resistance is starting to get stormtrooper defectors. Finn helps them out.

|| For all that I don't really feel shippy about this movie at all, the gen keeps making me cry like a baby. (Some punctuation errors.) I think because they're all about hope, and horizons expanding.
fandom:starwars  author:dimircharmer  type:gen  type:posttext  type:family  type:fivethings  type:surviving  type:workingitout  type:ouchmyheart  type:criminallyadorable  length:1-5k 
january 2016 by blottingtheink
if the boughs are a'rockin' - novembersmith - Uprooted - Naomi Novik [Archive of Our Own]
Sarkan and Agnieszka are probably banging in a tree house and scandalizing all in earshot again.

|| They are 100% doing that. Competitive and delighted; really fun to read.
fandom:rare  fandom:uprooted  author:novembersmith  pairing:agnieszka/sarkan  type:posttext  type:smmmmmmmut  type:characterization  length: 
january 2016 by blottingtheink
Your Highnessness - shadydave - Jupiter Ascending (2015), Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far a—

Yeah, I know that’s not when it happened, but that’s how you start this kind of—

I don’t know, do I look like George Lucas?

No, he made the movie. No, it doesn’t have Kevin Bacon. Not everything has Kevin Bacon!

Of course it’s still good!

Fine, you dicks. If you think you know better than one of the greatest stories of the human race:

A short time ago, in this galaxy...
fandom:gotg  fandom:jupiterascending  author:shadydave  pairing:jupiter/caine  type:gen  type:posttext  type:crossover  type:takeanideaandrun  type:justforfun  length:1-5k 
october 2015 by blottingtheink
stranger than you could imagine - Sixthlight - Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch [Archive of Our Own]
If Thomas looked at Peter sometimes and saw a handsome young man – well, that was his business. The moment always passed, a strange sort of visual illusion that vanished when you tilted your head the other way. Except when it didn’t.

|| I liked this a lot--soft and working things out. Nightingale is repressed, but trying to undo it. (Spoilers included for Broken Homes; I'm very pissed at Aaronovitch for this narrative choice, gdi, but the fic is good.)
fandom:riversoflondon  author:sixthlight  pairing:peter/thomas  type:backstory  type:comingout  type:workingitout  type:ust  type:pining!  type:posttext  type:future  type:softly  length:5-10k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
you're gonna give your love to me - irnan - Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
“Oh my god,” says Natasha. “Please don’t hit on me, please.” She falls into a chair despairingly and puts her head in her hands. Such a bad idea, Jesus Christ, if they do hit on her, if they both hit on her, if the words you don’t have to choose cross anybody’s lips –

Such a bad idea.

She hears Steve put the newspaper on the table; the kettle boils; then there’s silence. Finally James says solemnly, “Nobody’s going to hit on you in this house. By my Aunt Ida’s grave I swear it.”

“Everybody hated your Aunt Ida,” says Steve.

 

In which Natasha Romanov gets dosed with sex pollen, pines self-indulgently for her best friends, dreams a lot, and has to deal with being dated.

|| I love this. I haven't seen AoU, and I likely never will, but this deals with that love plot and lays it gently to rest, all while giving us back Natasha fucked-up for her Actual Reasons and also Steve and Bucky being great. No non or dub con, Natasha rides the sex pollen out.
fandom:marvel  fandom:avengers  author:irnan  pairing:steve/bucky/natasha  type:posttext  type:sexpollen  type:pining!  type:backstory  type:dating  type:workingitout  type:friendship  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  type:threesome  length:10k-15k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
The penny jar theory - Deputychairman - due South [Archive of Our Own]
“How - ” Fraser cleared his throat. “How long is the contract?”

“Six months,” Ray told the stew.

“And will you,” he stopped. Ray heard the deep breath he took. Taking it on the chin, attaboy, Ben. “Are you planning to come back here, afterwards?”

|| Ooof. I read this whole thing with my heart in my throat, not sure it was going to stick the landing on the emotional resolution, and then it DID, even better than I anticipated.
fandom:duesouth  author:deputychairman  pairing:fraser/rayk  type:posttext  type:workingitout  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:ouchmyheart  type:endingiswhoa  type:thisishowwedevelop  length:10k-15k 
july 2015 by blottingtheink
Map and Track - primetime - She's the Man (2006) [Archive of Our Own]
Viola ends up transferring to Illyria under her real name.

|| Twelfth night is SO GAY and so genderqueer and then the ending ruins it all and I'm always SO DISAPPOINTED but this does some of the work of making it better, which I am basically always down for.
fandom:shakespeare  author:primetime  pairing:olivia/viola  type:femmeslash  type:posttext  type:fixit  type:pining!  type:workingitout  type:kissing  length:1-5k 
june 2015 by blottingtheink
maybe tomorrow (maybe next year) - Sandrine Shaw (Sandrine) - Generation Kill [Archive of Our Own]
Iraq did a number on both of them, no matter how much they pretended they were fine afterwards; it ate them up alive and spat out their mangled remains. It takes Nate years to acknowledge that. Takes Brad even longer. Sure, OIF was a clusterfuck of epic proportions, but they're fucking Marines – they make do, they deal with whatever shit gets thrown at them and don't let it get to them. Except when they do.

But that's just the thing: you can't take in the bigger picture when you're too close, even less when you're part of it. You inevitably get lost in the details, and you need to take a step back or ten to see the whole thing.

|| GK fic: always good for feeling like you've been kicked in the sternum and then helped up by someone who won't stop calling you a bunch of rude names.
fandom:generationkill  author:sandrine.shaw  pairing:brad/nate  type:posttext  type:workingitout  type:everyoneelseknows  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:wewerealwaysinlove  length:5-10k 
may 2015 by blottingtheink
What Spring Does - thrace - Avatar: Legend of Korra [Archive of Our Own]
Korra and Asami three years after the series finale, continuing to have their happy ending.

|| Cute!!!!! I liked the introduction of Asami being unsure about SPOILER, but I did think that it was smoothed out a little quickly. Other than that, really really enjoyed. These birdlings deserve the absolute absolute best.
fandom:legendofkorra  author:thrace  pairing:korra/asami  type:posttext  type:future  type:happilyeverafter  type:domestic  type:family  type:friendship  type:birdsongsweet  type:makesmesmile  length:5-10k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink

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