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Stately Homes of Wiltshire - Chapter 1 - waspabi - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
Malfoy Manor has mould, dry rot and an infestation of unusually historical poltergeists. Harry Potter is on the case.

|| This is a new classic HP H/D fic that's everything you could want from that: repressed posh folks, a healthy dose of humor, and warmth seeping through it like sitting next to a fireplace. It also explicitly makes Harry and Hermione not-white, and references terrible 2000s fashion on the regular--really wonderful worldbuilding.
fandom:harrypotter  author:waspabi  pairing:harry/draco  type:ewe  type:workingitout  type:takeanideaandrun  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:characterization  type:humor  type:worldbuilding  type:longandsatisfying  type:makesmesmile  length:50-60k 
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
relief - countingpaths - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
His bones feel like they're being pulled forward, like he has to fight them from curling into the curve of Jimin's body.

There's only so much he can do– His body leans in anyway. They giggle all the way up to their room, half pressed against each other. Holding each other up. Trailing behind the rest of their group and tripping over their own feet, cushioned by the safety nets they find in each other's arms.

“Lost in their own little world ,” he thinks he hears Seokjin mutter.

|| This fic is ostensibly about the first-time that happens in the second half, but it's mostly about BUILD--and what really makes it work for me is the way it weaves this backstory of a 95line who have been circling each other for ages, laughing and semi-breathless every time their gazes catch for too long--and this is the story of them FINALLY giving into that. It hits like you've been reading the gleeful pining for 10 or 20k already; you're that certain these kids are crazy about each other. The Tae has synesthesia thing is almost a little too played up for me in places, but I also really like it, so.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:countingpaths  pairing:jimin/v  type:canonexpansion  type:firsttime  type:friendship  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:fallforyouhotfast  type:thisishowwedevelop  length:5-10k 
april 2016 by blottingtheink
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding - Chapter 1 - buddenbrooks - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
“Seokjin, this is my son,” he says, “Yoongi.” There’s silence from the hillocks of cream-coloured duvet peaked on the enormous bed. The magazine lies face-down on the carpet; Seokjin recognizes a young film star on the front cover, pressed close to a shadowy male figure with pixels blurring his face. “Yoongi,” the older man says again, with the carefully diplomatic tone of a parent who lost patience about ten minutes after the birth of his child and has never quite regained it. “Sit up and meet your new gua - companion.”

“My new babysitter,” someone drawls from the centre of the bed.

|| I don't believe an irresponsible and disrespectful Yoongi, not really, not even for a second, but I WAS really interested in this, and was totally willing to handwave to find out how it would all be managed. Pretty well, turned out. There's a POV switch in the middle, but I think it's actually pretty necessary for making the developments believable and Yoongi sympathetic at all. Liked the ending--feels right--but I simultaneously very much want the epilogue where things are a tad bit sunnier even and people kiss on the mouth. (Should be said, I believed this CHARACTER, by and large, just. Yoongi-wise...mostly a passing resemblance.)
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:buddenbrooks  pairing:jin/suga  type:alternateuniverse  type:bodyguard  type:takeanideaandrun  type:workingitout  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:longandsatisfying  length:20-25k 
october 2015 by blottingtheink
not funny - applecrumbledore - Check Please! (Webcomic) [Archive of Our Own]
This whole thing feels so weird, like they're betraying some clause of the homosocial bro code that says it's only for fun, you can't actually be gay, like they're letting someone down. But on the other hand, being with each other is the most natural thing they've ever done.

|| Oh, this was great, and kind of achey, surrounding a meet the parents kind of thing. CW for implied racism against Ransom. The build is tense and done well, for a pairing that's basically got no boundaries or distance by the time the series even starts.
fandom:checkplease  author:applecrumbledore  pairing:holster/ransom  type:backstory  type:family  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:friendship  type:wewerealwaysinlove  type:thisishowwedevelop  length:5-10k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
right wrist, left ankle, heart [1/2] [for yummyda]: got2015
A month before GOTSTAR's first tour, Mark has to step down as the band's drummer. Turns out that this is the least of Jaebum's problems.

|| Oh, I liked this, the twisty-tangled nature of JB's feelings and worries and insecurities, all the members' personalities--particularly Mark and Jackson, feeling very themselves, operating with their own motivations and reactions. Lots of obliviousness and pining.
fandom:kpop  fandom:got7  author:anon  pairing:jb/mark  type:alternateuniverse  type:bandau  type:workingitout  type:obliviousness  type:pining!  type:characterization  type:thisishowwedevelop  length:10k-15k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
The Wildly Reinterpreted Chapter 700 Naruto Fic (CHAPTER 1 - Bolt)
He knelt on the linoleum floor of his not-quite-prison and realized he not only needed to have a baby, he kind of wanted one. He wanted to have something, what, innocent? He wanted something to protect and fight for, something to lead the future with. And not just that. He wanted that…parent thing. The thing where you look at a baby and think, holy shit, I made that. He wanted the tiny fragile baby that grows into an inconsolable shrieking nightmare that grows into a loud demanding beast of curiosity and then a laughing ball of energy that would make gross faces at Sasuke and say, ugh, Dad.

|| Someone rewrites Naruto to make the ending make more sense, and explains where all those babies came from, when clearly those particular people were not making babies together.

At least, not in the traditional way. In which Sasuke is a nerd, and an asshole, and an asexual who wants babies, so he makes up a new jutsu for it. Comes with both plot and really wonderful dealing with their combined traumas without sinking under the weight of it. WIP. (God, the author must have an actual name that is not the tumblr name. What is it. /o\)

Some tense shifts in the earlier chapters (very odd, the writing is otherwise really strong) but it works itself out, thankfully.
fandom:naruto  author:babymakingnojutsu  pairing:naruto/sasuke  type:future  type:alternateuniverse  type:kidfic  type:ewe  type:a+forsexuality  type:acecharacter  type:characterization  type:plotty  type:takeanideaandrun  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:worldbuilding  type:longandsatisfying  type:workinprogress  length:notspecified 
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
Summer Fling, Don't Mean A Thing - Chapter 1 - fridaysblues (taemin) - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Snapshots from a summer on the road. Kyungsoo keeps kissing Chanyeol and Chanyeol's not sure what that means, but he knows he likes it. A lot.

|| Reaaaaally liked this--the verse is fleshed out, the characters seem full-fledged and interesting and recognizably themselves, and lots of fic-worthy stupidity regarding feelings. Satisfyingly long.
fandom:kpop  fandom:exo  author:fridaysblues  pairing:chanyeol/d.o  type:alternateuniverse  type:bandau  type:pining!  type:obliviousness  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:workingitout  type:takeanideaandrun  type:thisishowwedevelop  length:20-25k 
march 2015 by blottingtheink
yoongi | Gotta Be You
The next morning, it’s Jimin’s turn to wake up Yoongi. “Good luck,” says Jeongguk, patting him on the shoulder.

“We’re only doing this because we trust you, soldier,” Taehyung salutes him around a mouthful of toothpaste. Foam drips down onto his night shirt. He hasn’t noticed yet.

Still dressed in an undershirt and sweatpants, Jimin sighs, rubs his eyes, and walks into the room Yoongi shares with Namjoon and Seokjin.

|| For a fic that like, is ACTIVELY AVOIDING RESOLVING, I really enjoy the development in this fic, the slow dawning, and the way the author more or less avoids spelling it out in neon letters, even though there's a pretty firm declaration there at the end. Also as evidenced here, the rest of the band is aces, too, and I'm a sucker for that.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:yoongi  pairing:suga/jimin  type:canonexpansion  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:ust  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:dynamics  type:domestic  type:criminallyadorable  type:cute  length:1-5k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
to be first, to be best - kittebasu (chanyeol) - Haikyuu!! [Archive of Our Own]
Hajime is apparently something of a masochist, and as he stares down at the tie-dyed AREA51 T-shirt in his hands, he thinks “I’m totally in love with this asshole, aren't I?”

|| I LOVED this, and I didn't expect to care about an Oikawa fic nearly this much. Post-high school, Oikawa announces that he's moving in with Hajime.

Not only is it living-together-first + everybody else knows, it's all the slow development and fun insights into dynamics that makes those tropes worth it. Plus Oikawa is a trash mess and the dynamic is so good for me.
fandom:haikyuu  author:kittebasu  pairing:hajime/oikawa  type:posttext  type:college  type:livingtogetherfirst  type:everyoneelseknows  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:sillysillyboys  type:pining!  type:dynamics  type:thisishowwedevelop  length:25-30k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
white balance - sasireun - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Yoongi brings his camera along to the event without thinking much about it, but Jimin really is too cute to resist photographing.

(Alternate-reality where Yoongi becomes a Jimin fansite master.)

|| This is actually just gen, for all that Suga has a raging crush on Jimin and Jimin is adorable back, but I liked it actually really a lot. (Even though the idea of BTS debuting without Suga kind of boggles my mind; he has written not only a third of their rap parts but SEVERAL OF THEIR SONGS--and then without Jin too? Okay whatever whatever it's fine.) Part of the fun, I think, is to see the mirror of the slide into OOPS I'M REALLY INVESTED IN THIS BAND, but Suga's very cute about it, and also has a side life. I still don't understand this pairing, but they are both adorable rabbits so okay.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:sasireun  pairing:suga/jimin  type:gen  type:alternateuniverse  type:fandomau  type:takeanideaandrun  type:criminallyadorable  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:birdsongsweet  length:5-10k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
maayacola - KPop: Favors the Bold (Kris/Lay, NC-17) [1/3]
Hands come to rest on his shoulders, and Wu Fan knows it’s Yixing not just by process of elimination, but by the scent of eucalyptus that seems to cling to him. “You’d have to lie less if you took off the jacket.”

“I said it’s fine,” Wu Fan says, shrugging the hands off and ignoring the flush that climbs up his neck at the way Yixing’s fingers drag down his shoulders as they fall.

|| Enjoying this fic required, for me, a kind of mental handwaving that Yixing's actions could really, REALLY, r e a l l y be that persistently opaque, but I eventually came round to it being like boiling a frog: if you have a friend who's really flirty or really unpredictable, at what stage are you sure--REALLY SURE--that they're not just messing with you? Kris attempts to find out; suffers a lot. (Also a lot of handwaving for Kris enjoying being in EXO, but given his propensity to refer back to it even now, I assume it probably wasn't his bandmates that were the problem.)
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:maayacola  pairing:kris/lay  type:canonexpansion  type:pining!  type:obliviousness  type:sillysillyboys  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:chinhands  length:20-25k 
december 2014 by blottingtheink
In a Quiet World - whetstone - Big Bang (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Word quarantines, rebels, protests. Dystopian AU based on The Quiet World by Jeffrey McDaniel.

|| I liked this WAY more than I expected--I normally don't care for dystopias at all. But a dystopia arranged around words and the rationing thereof seems especially apt for people known for their lyrics and lyricism. These characters aren't G-Dragon and TOP--not really--but they are interesting echoes, and I liked that their relationship to each other and to the resistance was complicated and not easy. (If, like me, you need these things from your dystopias, SPOILER: there is a happy-ish ending.)
fandom:kpop  fandom:bigbang  author:whetstone  pairing:gdragon/top  type:alternateuniverse  type:dystopia  type:takeanideaandrun  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:interesting  length:1-5k 
december 2014 by blottingtheink
Never Knew What a Good Time Was 'Til I Had a Good Time With You - riots - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
“I brought a friend,” Sehun tells him, his arm sliding free. He gestures towards someone sitting at the bar. The guy looks younger than Sehun and completely out of place, with his neat, blue and white striped shirt and his thick-framed glasses. He's not as tall as Sehun is, but he's close. It's a good thing Minseok doesn't have a complex about his short height, because all his friends seem to tower over him “Hyung, this is Lu Han.”

|| Band AU, set in Korea. riots does sympathetic but emotionally distant narrators really well, in a way I find very personally satisfying. It's not super surprising she seems to gravitate towards the more introverted members of EXO. I like the development a lot.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:riots  pairing:xiumin/luhan  type:alternateuniverse  type:bandau  type:friendship  type:workingitout  type:stupidmistakes  type:thisishowwedevelop  length:10k-15k 
december 2014 by blottingtheink
in the territory of the dragon king - Chapter 1 - curledupkitten (chanyeol) - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
there are so many ghosts on this island. maybe that's why do kyungsoo has come: so his personal ghosts can get lost among them.

|| I am personally so, so confused by this summary, because this isn't a D.O. fic, it's a Baekhyun fic, and that's KEY to the story. Which is 121k, and doesn't miss a BEAT. Not much happens, but, as c'estwhat said, it never drags or feels like time's being marked: it takes time because it HAS time. The relationship development is so, so satisfying, and there were a couple of places where I worried curledupkitten was going to go in a melodramatic, easy direction, and they never did. Really, really satisfying.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:curledupkitten  pairing:baekhyun/d.o.  type:alternateuniverse  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:stylisticappreciation  type:longandsatisfying  type:makesmesmile  length:100k+ 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
Notorious - Chapter 1 - bob_fish - Fullmetal Alchemist [Archive of Our Own]
Twenty-five years ago ... Chris Mustang is having a very bad month. The censors killed her show, she's in debt to a couple of very dubious businessmen, and she's working as a hostess in the worst bar in town. As if that wasn't enough, her estranged big brother seems to have gotten himself in an auto accident, and some nut decided to make her guardian of his four year old brat.

|| This fic is so absolutely rewarding. I got completely swept up in Chris, in her revelations and her faults, her worries and plans, and the slow-building trust she finds with Grumman and the love for baby Roy. Fantastic, fantastic fantastic.
fandom:fullmetalalchemist  author:bob_fish  type:gen  type:pre-text  type:characterization  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:awesome  type:takeanideaandrun  type:backstory  length:15-20k 
august 2014 by blottingtheink
Allons-y - sandwichtree - Shingeki no Kyojin | Attack on Titan [Archive of Our Own]
Jean becomes progressively more protective of the worst possible candidate.

|| Oh my god, this is delightful. I like Jean so much--I've always liked Jean so much, I think including him in the cast of main characters is a stroke of genius, an outside, selfishly, goodly human character who is frustrated and befuddled and drawn to the crazy three--but anyway. Yes. J'accepte.

The ending kills me.
fandom:snk  author:sandwichtree  pairing:jean/eren  type:longandsatisfying  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:ouchmyheart  type:characterization  type:sillysillyboys  type:endingiswhoa  warningtype:bodyhorror  warningtype:violence  warningtype:graphicinjury  length:5-10k 
january 2014 by blottingtheink
Touch Shy - cest_what - Ookiku Furikabutte | Big Windup! [Archive of Our Own]
It took Abe longer than it should have to realise that when he touched Mihashi now, Mihashi shivered and stuttered and just about fell apart.

|| THIS IS SO GREAT oh my god TEENAGERS BBS omg. My favorite thing is the deep, deep undercurrent of trust--Abe's SURETY that it's there, even when he's sick and cold with worry--and the characterization--Abe's methodical nature, his inability to really talk to anyone, the way that the two of them communicate best through touch, even when touch is the problem, and Mihashi's trembliness/increasing comfort on the team/incredible focus. Short, but best.
fandom:oofuri  author:cestwhat  pairing:abe/mihashi  type:short  type:characterization  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:criminallyadorable  length:1-5k 
january 2014 by blottingtheink

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