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room to grow - Mysecretfanmoments - Haikyuu!! [Archive of Our Own]
“You’re too noisy!” comes a voice from behind. Shouyou doesn’t have to turn to know it’s Kageyama running after him; he continues yelling.

“Stop shouting!”

Something inside of Shouyou releases. It’s been so long since Kageyama has shouted at him like that, chasing him like he’ll literally tackle him if he has to. It’s immature. Not something third years should be doing—but no one else is up yet. Shouyou runs faster, doesn’t shut up.

|| Third year fic is always a dangerous endeavor, but I love this soft ache of this, the sweet edge and nervousness as they try to renegotiate how to relate to each other.
fandom:haikyuu  author:mysecretfanmoments  pairing:hinata/kageyama  type:canonexpansion  type:future  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:characterization  length:5-10k 
june 2016 by blottingtheink
keep you in my focus - cumulus - GOT7 [Archive of Our Own]
Jackson is a variety star with a regular gig and Mark is his longtime VJ.

|| This is feels longer than its 10k: it's soft, and really satisfying. I really liked all the scenes with them being soft and unwound in each other's presence--that seems like what WOULD be the foundation Mark and Jackson's realtionship. The world feels pretty completely built-out; I enjoyed it a lot.
fandom:kpop  fandom:got7  author:cumulus  pairing:jackson/mark  type:alternateuniverse  type:pining!  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:longandsatisfying  length:5-10k 
june 2016 by blottingtheink
Soft Spot - nivo - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Yoongi doesn't particularly care for the well-being of the new trainee. It's just that he doesn't particularly care for prison, either, and leaving the kid to fend for himself would probably constitute criminally negligent homicide.

|| This is so fucking soft and full of promise, I think I remember making a pained noise on the subway when I read it. Nivo is so good at writing fics that speak to tenderness and that cast forward at the hopes one person has for another.

Yoongi watches out for the delicate new kid.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:nivo  pairing:suga/j-hope  type:canonexpansion  type:preslash  type:pre-text  type:characterization  type:softly  type:myheart  type:short  length:1-5k 
april 2016 by blottingtheink
Waking up in Vegas - troubleseason (cats_cradle6766) - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
"Morning," Taehyung says and wow he sounds even more like an angry truck than usual. Impressive.

"Is it actually?" Jimin asks, and sounds raw and terrible and interesting for some reason. Whatever. Jimin squints for a clock. "It's, like, one in the afternoon."

"We just woke up; it's morning," Taehyung says, crawling back into the bed to use Jimin's thigh as a pillow. All of him hurt, so naps. Naps and cuddles. Cuddles make it all better. Always.

|| A woke-up-married in Vegas fic that had me distracted through most of it trying to figure out if they were still in a kpop band (they are; apparently.... very much an alternate universe one, it's fine), but I handwaved it for enjoying the easiness of the vmin in this, and the sweet simmering glow of Taehyung's realization. I love the ending.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:troubleseason  pairing:jimin/v  type:alternateuniverse  type:wokeupmarried  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:softly  type:friendship  type:makesmesmile  length:1-5k 
april 2016 by blottingtheink
look at me, everything looks different - Chapter 1 - elfiepike - CLC (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Finally Sorn looked up, holding her hand palms flat against the frets. Sorn’s face was soft and open but Seunghee knew that Sorn was even better at playing her part than Seunghee was.

|| This fic is tiny but it takes me apart in all the best ways; putting a quiet voice to the small uncertain sadness I've been carrying about CLC and not understanding what is up with them, and how they're doing, and this takes the two softest members and has them help each other back to this hard, hard job they've found themselves in. All in about 500 words, god, I love it so much.
fandom:kpop  fandom:clc  author:elfiepike  pairing:seunghee/sorn  type:gen  type:canonexpansion  type:ouchmyheart  type:softly  type:characterization  type:birdsongsweet  type:myheart  type:surviving  length:<1k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
Social Animals - nivo - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
But the next time Hoseok falls asleep in yet another uncomfortable dressing room chair with his head held carefully to protect his already styled hair – Jeongguk can't help but think he would've made one fine court lady back in the day – Jeongguk is there, alert and ready. Hoseok must realize what he's up to – he always does, usually before Jeongguk himself could even make sense of his own actions – but he doesn't comment on it; doesn't tease Jeongguk the way Jimin and Yoongi do whenever they catch him 'playing hyung,' as Jimin once put it with a sappy grin, messing up Jeongguk's hair just to be annoying.

It's not like that, anyway.

|| Goddddddd, this is the fic that convinced me Junghope was something I loved--it packs an emotional wallop for something so short (barely 1k!). All about protectiveness and growing up and knowing something is waiting for you, even if all it is right now is your hand in someone's hair.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:nivo  pairing:j-hope/jungkook  type:canonexpansion  type:softly  type:preslash  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:growingup  type:myheart  type:characterization  type:backstory  length:1-5k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
Though Oft We Break - o2doko - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, CLAMP - Works [Archive of Our Own]
They have their revenge, and the constant threat looming over all their lives has finally passed - but both Kurogane and Fai still have a lot of healing left to do. Fortunately, neither of them has to do it alone.

[Set between the final battle and the end of the series, during their convalescence in Clow Country.]

|| I loved this, but just as it captures the way everyone talks sideways at each other, leaving room for the big huge Issues they all carry around, it captures CLAMPs complete disregard for satisfying endings, lol. So--not unexpected, just. Gosh darn it!!
fandom:tsubasa  author:o2doko  pairing:kurogane/fai  type:midtext  type:missingscene  type:surviving  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:whatwedotoeachother  length:5-10k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
Youth - taejinyo - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
The first time he sees Seokjin cry, Jimin is seventeen years old, too old to not notice and too young to let it go.

"Hyung," he calls softly, "what's wrong?"

It's dark in their bedroom, and everyone else is sleeping. Namjoon's snores echo through the room, so loud that Jimin barely recognizes the sound of sniffling beneath it.

Seokjin immediately stops. Jimin peers over the side of his bunk and looks down at where Seokjin sleeps. The only thing he can see in the darkness is the bright glistening of tears in Seokjin's eyes. His breath stutters in his throat.

"Go back to sleep, Jimin."

"Are you okay?"

Jimin blinks, eyes slowly adjusting to the low light. Seokjin looks back up at him, expression gentle.

"Don't worry about me," he smiles. "I'll be fine."

|| The controlling metaphor in this is a bit much, but around it everything is soft and well-observed and a bit achey. My favorite scenes are probably this one (too old not to notice and too young to let it go UGH) and the scene in the car at the end, but again really good cameos from everyone.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:taejinyo  pairing:jimin/jin  type:canonexpansion  type:pining!  type:obliviousness  type:short  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:everyoneelseknows  type:dynamics  length:1-5k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
Late Night, Early Morning - Chapter 1 - cest_what - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Jungkook just wants somewhere to sleep.

|| This fic is SO SOFT, and I LOVE IT. I particularly love Jungkook's hesitancy but also smart-mouthed-ness, how he is alternately Totally Sure of things and Completely Unsure about them, how even with his back against the wall he'll try to be as cocky as possible--and Jimin, soft, and kind, but also playful and firm. Really really lovely. I've loved it about all seven or eight times I've read it now.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:cestwhat  pairing:jimin/jungkook  type:bedsharing  type:oopsyoufoundout  type:softly  type:criminallyadorable  type:characterization  type:makesmesmile  length:1-5k 
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
the ocean's at rest - vass - Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie [Archive of Our Own]
Skel is all very well. It's comfortingly familiar to most Radchaai, easy to grow and store and prepare, and very cheap. Cheap enough that it's worth Medic's having to treat a few soldiers every year for the consequences of an insufficiently varied or individualized diet. It provides the required energy and macro- and micronutrients, in a standard proportion for an an average adult citizen living in space, adjusted upward to allow for a soldier's activity levels, but no one's requirements are exactly the same, nor are they static, and eventually there are always problems. And that's not good enough for Ship's captain, comfort food or not.

|| I'd love to see more of this, but a nice character sketch in the midst of all the plot that makes up the IR books. Plus, I got actual chills from the song the author says the title comes from--it's PERFECT.
fandom:imperialradch  author:vass  pairing:breq/kalr  type:characterstudy  type:interlude  type:softly  type:short  length:1-5k 
november 2015 by blottingtheink
Nerves - noraebangbang - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Kyungsoo worries about his solo performance at their upcoming dome concert and has no problem bothering Chanyeol about it.

|| Mmm.
fandom:kpop  fandom:exo  author:noraebangbang  pairing:chanyeol/d.o  type:closetocanonau  type:friendship  type:preslash  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:nice  length:<1k 
october 2015 by blottingtheink
stay made of lightning - starwells (trickofthemind) - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
When their manager told them they were going on vacation, everyone was predictably thrilled.

|| More Summer Package fic--before the DVD was released, so some things it gets wrong, but the bit about Namjoon avoiding everyone to lie around it gets right, lolol. Mostly conflict-free slice-of-life, but Namjoon and Seokjin are soft and lovely, it's nice.
fandom:kpop  author:starwells  pairing:jin/rapmonster  type:closetocanonau  type:softly  type:easy  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
Habits - noraebangbang - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Somehow, nineteen-year-old prostitute Baekhyun finds himself in possession of one teenage boy named Jongin who refuses to leave him alone.

|| This ends up a really cute found-family fic; I really enjoyed everyone's dynamics, even if they're mostly vaguely-EXO shaped, I'm totally down. (I loved them going to his graduation, so good.) Tagged Baekhyun/Kai, but it's actually Baekhyun & Kai--their effect and strengthening of each other. I really really enjoyed it.
fandom:kpop  fandom:exo  author:noraebangbang  pairing:chanyeol/baekhyun  pairing:d.o/kai  type:family  type:alternateuniverse  type:surviving  type:heavyheartedandlookingup  type:softly  type:workingitout  length:5-10k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
Side by Side in this Gentle Descent - frankiewenttohollywood - Nine Muses, K-pop [Archive of Our Own]
The sun is dying and Hyuna's there to save it.

|| A world on the verge of apolcalypse, Hyuna is trying to research how to re-start the sun. Leaving aside all the Not Science in this--and how labs work?--there was something satisfying about Hyuna's focus, as related by the narration.
fandom:kpop  fandom:9muses  author:frankiewenttohollywood  pairing:hyuna/sungah  type:alternateuniverse  type:apocalypse  type:softly  type:workingitout  length:1-5k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
heart keeps on beating - allegrolines - Monsta X (Band), No.MERCY (TV), K-pop [Archive of Our Own]
In which Kihyun is unimpressed, Hyungwon and Changkyun eat ramyun, Hoseok has a cold, Hyunwoo gives good advice, Minhyuk is way too protective, and Jooheon isn't as clueless as everyone seems to believe.

|| I really don't go here--I know next to nothing about Monsta X--but this was cute, there was pining, people were soft and careful, I was sold.
fandom:kpop  fandom:monstax  author:allegrolines  pairing:jooheon/minhyuk  type:pining!  type:canonexpansion  type:everyoneelseknows  type:workingitout  type:criminallyadorable  type:softly  length:5-10k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
Cause We're the Special Two - licornes - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
By the time he collapsed into a chair near the stereo, chest heaving, there was already a dangerous itch growing. Jeongguk recognized the change in himself immediately, that familiar need for something to make him feel the way extra practices are supposed to make him feel--satisfied, grounded, in control.

|| Oh, I thought I saved this already. A VKook I enjoyed--neither of them caricatures, leaning softly on each other and making space, Jungkook a little entitled and demanding, but Tae responding without disappearing, if that makes sense. (I was ... annoyed at the implication that everyone else would be in bed at 3 am, 1. hahahahahaha, 2. excuse you there are bts members everyone says practice too much and kookie is not one of them BUT ANYWAY other than that.) Soft.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:licornes  pairing:jungkook/v  type:softly  type:canonexpansion  type:bedsharing  type:comingdown  type:short  length:1-5k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink

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