a_phasia + fic   1893

Ten Immortals You Never Guessed! You Won't Believe Number Four! - Anonymous - Highlander: The Series [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: The internet never forgets. Except when it does.
It was well into the next morning when Joe called. Methos had been expecting it, but he hadn't been certain how long it would take. That was entirely dependant on who in the Watchers knew Duncan MacLeod's face on sight and how much time, if any, those Watchers wasted online.

"It's what?" Duncan asked as Methos finished his coffee. "What do you mean 'viral'?"

"He means it's contagious," Methos muttered. "And it's spread. Like the Plague. Except that was bacterial, but still."
fic  highlander  gen-ish  duncan/methos  post-canon 
january 2019 by a_phasia
With Hands In His Pockets - Anonymous - Highlander: The Series [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: The lure of Immortal presence teased at Duncan’s senses as he carried his two bags of groceries down the Rue de St. Germain.
“Don’t you have a party or something to go to?” asked Duncan, blowing on a spoonful of sauce, then holding it out for Methos to taste. Methos covered Duncan’s hand to keep the spoon steady while he met Duncan’s eyes and swallowed. Duncan ignored the twang on his nerves, like a plucked harp string.

Right, thought Duncan, taking note of Methos’s expression that said the sauce tasted perfect, and the little smirk on Methos’s lips afterwards. He began to suspect he was in way over his head with this one. “And miss a free meal?” said Methos. “It can wait. I’ll arrive fashionably late.”

They plated their food, and then spent the next half hour in satisfied silence as they ate. “I’m definitely making a habit of this,” said Methos.
fic  highlander  slash  duncan/methos  to_keep 
january 2019 by a_phasia
Orbital Resonance Frequency - sequence_fairy - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: When a star's orbital speed around the galactic centre is greater than that of the part of the spiral arm through which it is passing, then an inner Lindblad resonance occurs. At an inner resonance, a star's orbital speed is increased, moving the star outwards.
“Keith, I–”

“Don’t,” Keith says, putting up a hand to stave off whatever apology he knows Shiro is going to try. “There’s nothing I want you to apologize for–”

“I wasn’t going to apologize,” Shiro says, and Keith blinks at him, briefly stunned. “I mean, well, I am not apologizing for falling in love,” Shiro amends, and Keith feels his face tighten as he grits his teeth. Shiro barrels on, “you left, not me.”

“I had to,” Keith retorts, “would you have wanted to stay where you were so obviously not wanted?”

“Of course you were wanted,” Shiro says, like it’s an acknowledged truth of the universe. Instead of being the bolster Shiro probably thinks it is, all it sounds like to Keith is rehearsed.
fic  voltron  season08  post-canon  keith/shiro  to_keep  slash 
december 2018 by a_phasia
In This Galaxy, Nothing Can Be Said To Be Certain - norah - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Arthur put his head in his hands. He'd been traveling with Ford for the better part of a decade now, and this sort of thing still never failed to raise his blood pressure.
Ford stared at him. "You...you saved my life."

"Yes, well..." Arthur coughed.

The words "It was nothing, really," floated up in his throat and he swallowed them down.

The phrase "No need for thanks" suggested itself and was rejected.

"All in a day's work," "Think no more of it," and "Happy to do it, dear chap" were similarly suppressed, and an alternative response arose in their place. It was a new response, an alien response, a response born of long years spent wandering the galaxy with Ford Prefect and his disreputable friends. Arthur stuttered, and stopped again as his mouth refused to conform to this new intruder.
fic  hitchhikers_guide_to_the_galaxy  slash  ford/arthur  to_keep 
december 2018 by a_phasia
A Pretty Enough Story - hunters_retreat - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]

Not everyone gets a soulmark. Two members of the Voltron team have them but no one has ever seen their marks. The problem? Everyone believes one has lost his soulmate to the Galra occupation and the other is in love with someone who isn't his soulmark.

But not everything is what it seems.
fic  series  to_keep  voltron  au  slash  keith/shiro 
december 2018 by a_phasia
of pink curtains and spilled tea - Die_Melodie - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Keith’s first kiss happens when he is: 23 years old, drunk, and crying. In separation, none of these things are exactly surprising: he’d imagined them all, in those moments when he allowed himself to imagine it at all. What he never imagined was that this first kiss would be with Lance, or that it would happen after they’d just watched Shiro marry someone else.
The curtains and tablecloths and bedsheets in Lance’s house are pink. Keith doesn’t know how to ask if it’s a simple homage to Allura or if it’s because pink is the Altean color of mourning. Most probably, he thinks, it’s both.

They talk about her, sometimes. Always as a close friend they lost touch with, never as someone who is dead, gone from this world. During those conversations, Lance doesn’t sound sad, only wistful and still so very, very loving.

They don’t talk about Shiro at all, like he’s the one whose name cannot be brought up for fear of opening floodgates of grief.

Pink curtains notwithstanding, getting over it seems to be the one race between them that Lance is winning.
fic  voltron  season08  post-canon  slash  keith/shiro  keith/lance  to_keep 
december 2018 by a_phasia
The Long Weekend - Chapter 9 - Devereauxs_Disease - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]

Feed your dogs, leave a note for Alana.

It had been such a tempting offer, one that buzzed around in Will's mind. He responded on instinct, pressing his mouth to Hannibal's. Then, he ran for all he was worth...

When Hannibal finally finds him, he makes a proposal: Spend one weekend together, and make a decision once and for all about his and Hannibal's fate. Can Will still play Hannibal to get the evidence he and Jack need? Or is he playing a new game now?
“I’m not going to thank you for killing her nicely.”

“I wouldn't ask you to,” Hannibal said. “Just as I hope you won’t expect an apology for her slaughter.”

He didn’t. He hadn’t. Will had known the type of beast he was dealing with the second it peered at him through the bars of Chilton’s cage. One couldn’t expect a lion to apologize to a zebra.

Something roiled in Will’s gut. He knew this was wrong. He knew understanding Hannibal wasn’t a symptom of his own desires, but of his empathy disorder. He had clung to that idea for weeks. The dreams, the fantasies, the secret hopes – they were all just a quirk of his broken mind, nothing more. He was crazy, he’d have to be to see the beauty in that terrible mind.
fic  hannibal  to_keep  slash  season02  au  will/hannibal 
december 2018 by a_phasia
A Short History of Ford Prefect in Five Drinks - Thursday_Next - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: How Ford Prefect went from a drunken student on Betelgeuse, to an even more drunken field reporter for the Hitchhiker's Guide, to mostly-accidental exile on Earth where he unexpectedly found the best real ale in the galaxy and even more unexpectedly fell in love.
After an unfortunate incident on the planet Jasperox involving three bikini models, a spotted snurg, a yard of pink gin and a highly illegal drinking game, he was summarily demoted, and shortly afterwards sent to a rather unremarkable planet, where his job as a Guide writer came to an end, and his life as Ford Prefect began.

Of course Ford was unaware that he had effectively been (mostly-accidentally) abandoned on Earth, and set about sampling as many of the local beverages as possible. Had he, in fact, known that he had been effectively (mostly-accidentally) abandoned, his immediate response would probably have been to set about sampling as many of the local beverages as possible. The only difference being that he might have been a little more maudlin whilst doing so.
hitchhikers_guide_to_the_galaxy  pre-canon  ford/arthur  to_keep  gen-ish  fic 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Embers Upon Hearth - takadainmate - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: After the last battle, Barnaby tries to find a place for himself in a world where he is no longer a hero and Kotetsu is no longer his partner.

Post end of series.
This was another thing he wouldn't admit; Barnaby didn't know what he was doing. He didn't know what he would do once Kotetsu was well again and no longer needed a keeper. Once Barnaby had outstayed his welcome. There was nothing for him in Sternbild.

"My mother makes mean dumplings though," Kotetsu was saying. "She never cooks fried rice for me. Hey, you should show me how good your fried rice is. You said you'd been practising."

Barnaby's hands tightened around the steering wheel. He checked the mirror. Kaede was still asleep, completely unaware. "I thought you were dying," he frowned, unhappy at the reminder. "I thought fried rice might make you not die."
fic  tiger&bunny  barnaby/kotetsu  gen-ish  post-canon  to_keep 
december 2018 by a_phasia
love songs, drug songs - Chapter 1 - thehandsingsweapon - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Keith is willing to die, and die, and die again if it means Shiro will live.
Eventually he learns that love means more than just that.
(an examination of Keith, and the way his heart changes, season 4 - season 6.)
You miss them too, but you won’t admit it. You can’t. You’ve made it this far by not looking too hard at the way Shiro, who once promised you he’d never ask you to choose, made you choose, and the only reason you’re still walking forward is because you don’t let yourself look back.

“I’ll do my best,” you promise, but you’re thinking about math again.

Like the black lion: it’s you or Shiro.

And the math is simple.
fic  voltron  to_keep  keith/shiro  season06  slash 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Déjà Voodoo - lustmordred - Lost Souls - Poppy Z. Brite [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: A seedy motel by the railroad tracks, goose-bumps and a radio with only one working station that plays 50’s rock n’ roll.
“What’s wrong?” Steve asked.

“Nothing. It’s just… so many people have been in this room,” Ghost said.

“Well, it’s a motel room,” Steve said.

“Ann,” Ghost said softly.

Steve gave him a sharp look. “She wasn’t here.”

“She’s here now,” Ghost said. He let out a deep breath and closed his eyes for a minute.

“She’s dead,” Steve said, his voice hard. “Ann’s dead.”

“I know,” Ghost said.
fic  lost_souls  to_keep  steve/ghost  slash 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Love is Like... - Chapter 1 - pantswarrior - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Even if it's killing Kotetsu to live a lie, he just wants to give Barnaby some happiness for once in his life. He's Barnaby's partner, he'll stick with him no matter what... so if Barnaby thinks they're in love, no harm done, right?
Barnaby was supposed to laugh, or be annoyed. Collapsing wasn't one of the outcomes Kotetsu had expected, and he probably looked really uncool as he panicked, kneeling down again and gathering Barnaby into his arms, trying to get a response. After the initial shock wore off, though, it looked like Barnaby had just passed out. Hardly a surprise, given the night he'd had and the strain he was under.

More surprising was the way Kotetsu felt, looking down at Barnaby unconscious in his lap. How protective he felt, how he thought he would have done anything to take this burden from Barnaby. How seeing Barnaby like this just made him want to hold onto Barnaby forever, hold him until all the tears were gone, kiss away the trails they'd left on his face.

...This... wasn't good.
fic  tiger&bunny  to_keep  barnaby/kotetsu  slash 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Extreme Solution - Chapter 1 - TelWoman - Eroica Yori Ai o Komete | From Eroica with Love [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Klaus goes under deep cover on a mission in Africa.
Atkins came and stood beside him. He was quiet for a while and then, in a voice that suggested he was quoting from something he’d read, he said, “The stillness of an implacable force brooding over an inscrutable intention.”


“Joseph Conrad. The Heart of Darkness. Did you ever read it?”

“When I was a student. Years ago.”

“Remember how Conrad wrote about the African wilderness as if it’s some kind of all-knowing force that conspires to shut the white men out? When you look out over that forest, you can see what he meant.”

Klaus looked at him quizzically. “Can you?”

“Come on, Berendt. When you look at that endless green blankness, even a prosaic bastard like you must feel something. What does it make you think of?”

Klaus gazed for a few moments, assessing. “Broccoli.” He ground his cigarette out under his boot.
fic  from_eroica_with_love  dorian/klaus  to_keep  slash  casefic 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Flesh & Electricity - Chapter 1 - arcadenemesis - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: “Back at the Garrison when we were learning about warfare medical aid, the officers taught us battlefield amputations. I never thought it would be useful information. The idea just seemed so bizarre. I was going to explore the stars. Not fight wars.”
“There's something you're not telling me,” he states, and watches Shiro go rigid in front of him.
“I see the way you grit your teeth and look at your arm. Your voice goes strange sometimes and you come to breakfast looking like you haven't slept in days. What's going on?”

He expects Shiro to fight his prying questions and insist he’s fine. He’s always built himself up as the pillar of strength, even before Kerberos. Keith suspects a small part of is as much pride as it is selflessness. He braces himself for the denial. So when Shiro’s shoulders slump, it throws Keith off completely.

Shiro isn't the same. Keith can tell he's hiding something from him. He's determined to find out what.
voltron  fic  to_keep  slash  keith/shiro  season07 
december 2018 by a_phasia
the five unmistakable marks - magdaliny - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Dr. Herbert Rush didn't much like the look of the sergeant.
A glance at Barnes confirmed several of Rush's suspicions.

Barnes was looking at Rogers with an unmistakable mixture of terror and bewildered devotion; a look altogether too honest, and too lovely, and too clean to exist in this, the Year of Our Lord nineteen-forty-three, crouched as they were in the basement of civilization, gear-bellied Moloch scratching at the door. Rush couldn't imagine that Barnes would have let the expression live if he'd known he was wearing it, and Rush wanted desperately to put his hand over Barnes's face to protect it, as though it were the fontanelle of an infant or a fatal wound.
fic  slash  captain_america  movieverse  steve/bucky  to_keep  outsider-pov 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Last to Know - Chapter 1 - paintedrecs - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]

It took a while for Keith to identify the feeling that rushed through his chest every time he saw Shiro: when Shiro caught his eye from the opposite end of the mess hall, when Keith saw him smiling in groups of other junior officers, when any of the cadets spoke Shiro’s name with a reverence that proved they didn’t know anything beyond the poster boy’s glowing reputation.


If this was what friendship felt like, Keith was finally starting to understand why everyone made such a big deal out of it.


When Keith first met Shiro, he had no idea how dramatically his life was about to change—or how crucial Shiro would become to every aspect of it.

...Shiro, who wouldn't stop dying.
Adam shifted on his feet again, then lowered himself to the ground, brushing ineffectually at the dirt first as though he could scrub it free of sand. “It’s a nice spot,” he said. “Is this somewhere you came with him?”

“No,” Keith said. Another petal, following the inevitable pull of gravity.

They must’ve lost contact long before telling us; it was an important mission for the Garrison, too. Their search came up empty.

“He cared a lot about you,” Adam said. “I know...” He stopped, his voice suddenly thick. He touched the stalk of the wide-branching plant next to him, then jerked his fingers away, seemingly deterred by the bristly texture. Wildflowers had their defense mechanisms, too, the kind of resilience you needed to survive out here.
fic  voltron  keith/shiro  to_keep  slash  season07 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Overture - Chapter 1 - confettiinmyhair - Tron (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Four years in the life, and figuring out that sometimes, there is no single bright light in anyone's cosmos.
Kevin snapped his fingers and winked at her.

“Hitting all those goals after all. Steady boyfriend, though? Tell me about him.”

“Why, are you jealous?” she grinned back. He tossed out a laugh and shook his head.

“Call it professional curiosity. Anyone good enough to merit a mention in your achievements has to be some kind of catch.”

She laughed back, caught up in the old easiness of it all.

“His name is Alan. He heads up System Security at work.”

Something shifted slightly in Kevin’s expression, but he nodded.

“What, Bradley? Yeah, I knew him! Nice guy. Goofy glasses, though.”

“Be nice, Kev. It’s the longest relationship I’ve ever been in.”

“Categorically not true. We made it, what, two and a half years?”

Lora’s laughter was half-scoffed.
tron  fic  poly  to_keep 
december 2018 by a_phasia
Infinity Road - aphelion_orion - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
Bunny is fighting demons, Kotetsu tries to help, and runs into a couple of roadblocks of his own. Like how he didn't know he'd really like to kiss Bunny.
Kotetsu blinks, rubs at his stubble, and figures he should start applying for the cosmically stupid guy of the day award because this isn't Bunny being comfortable, this is Bunny so far out of his comfort zone that he's resorting to his impeccable manners, and while he spent the first couple of weeks wishing Bunny would at least give him a modicum of courtesy, he really doesn't want him to start now.

"Hey," he says, just as Bunny is about to vanish round the corner, "you doing any better?" and has the distinct pleasure of watching Bunny go wide-eyed and faintly pink.

"I... yes. Yes, I think so." A smile, and this time it's the genuine article because it doesn't look the least bit like any of the others, small and tentative and real.
fic  to_keep  tiger&bunny  barnaby/kotetsu  slash  season01 
october 2018 by a_phasia
5 times Barnaby fails to confess + 1 time he succeeds - MemeKonTB (MemeKonYA) - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
When they’re facing off against Maverick, he tells the man, “you took away my parents, and aunt Samantha… and now you’ve taken Kotetsu”.
It’s the cruelty of fate that it’s in that moment, with you’ve taken everything away from me clinging to his throat and wanting to get out, when Barnaby comes to accept what he’s known for months. He’s in love with Kotetsu.
Kotetsu lies, broken and lifeless and nothing like himself, on the grimy floor of this godforsaken place, while they all go to war, and Barnaby’s mind is a medley of sorrow and all the ways he loves this old man, all the ways he’ll miss him, all the ways he’s lost him.
Barnaby is on the brink of death, and all he can get himself to do is face Kotetsu’s way.

He’s about to close his eyes, Kotetsu as the last thing he’ll ever see, as the one thing he wishes he could carry with him on to death, but then nothing happens. The androids come to a halt as one, and death doesn’t come.

Just like that, the battle’s over.
barnaby/kotetsu  fic  slash  tiger&bunny  to_keep  season02  5_things 
october 2018 by a_phasia
A Traditional Family Road Trip - Kantayra - Tiger & Bunny [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: How Kaede spent her summer vacation on a road trip with her dad and Barnaby Brooks, Jr., who were both hopeless, oblivious dorks the whole time. Just like any other family's summer road trip.
So Kaede didn’t know what she thought. She was happy for her dad that he’d found himself the hottest potential boyfriend ever, and she was mad at Barnaby for replacing her mom, and she was mad at Barnaby for not replacing her mom, and she wasn’t mad at Barnaby at all at the same time because none of this was his fault at all. (Plus, Kaede thought that maybe she still had the tiniest bit of a crush on him.)
fic  tiger&bunny  slash  to_keep  barnaby/kotetsu 
october 2018 by a_phasia
Coming Up for Air - kisahawklin - Stranger Things - Fandom [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: A couple of days after the climax of the second season; set before the epilogue (school dance). Nancy and Jonathan and Steve figure stuff out.
There's some jostling that shifts things at some point; Steve turns over and has a vague impression of staring at Nancy, both their eyes open. He's super tired, though, and it isn't until he's being forcibly pushed into the middle of the bed that he realizes their sleeping arrangements have become a Steve sandwich, and Jonathan has slung an arm over his chest.

He's not awake enough to have any coherent thoughts about it except "I'm kinda warm" and the throws his arm over Nancy, too, because it's just more comfortable that way.
fic  stranger_things  poly  jonathan/steve/nancy  to_keep  season02 
october 2018 by a_phasia
I'll Be Here - wallmakerrelict - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: The robot explodes. The lions fall. Shiro struggles with leadership in the face of personal attachment. And when his decisions have terrible repercussions for Keith, he is forced to contend with his own guilt and grief.
Luckily, someone once reminded Keith not to give up on himself.
“Captain,” said Coran softly, though his mustache was quivering with pent-up tension. “What do we do?”

Get to Keith.

The answer sprang unbidden into Shiro’s head. For a moment, it was the only thing that he could think. Nothing else mattered. Get to Keith. Make sure he was safe. Then worry about the rest.

But that was only the answer that Shiro, the man, wanted to give. It wasn’t an answer worthy of Shiro, leader of Voltron. It certainly wasn’t worthy of Captain Shirogane, of the Atlas. He looked at Veronica’s and Coran’s faces turned up towards him hopefully, and Sam’s still on the monitor. All of them wishing just as hard as Shiro that they could disregard everyone else and help the one they loved. And Shiro thought of Hunk, who had no one on the Atlas to speak for him.
fic  voltron  season07  to_keep  slash  keith/shiro 
october 2018 by a_phasia
bitter, bitter - zjofierose - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
In the desert
I saw a creature, naked, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the ground,
Held his heart in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is bitter—bitter,” he answered;
“But I like it
“Because it is bitter,
“And because it is my heart.”

(it's just there's a lot going on with Shiro, and Keith could feel free to wake up at any moment, that would be just fine...)
“Sam said that it’s what the public needs, to see something going right, and I get it. I do. Just…” he reaches over, and picks up Keith’s hand, brings it over and sets it on the crown of his head. It doesn’t help, not really, but he leaves it there, stroking Keith’s forearm as he talks. “Just, why me? It doesn’t make sense. I don’t want to be a figurehead. I’m afraid they’re going to try to shunt me into some mascot role where Atlas flies around, gets its picture taken with me and Allura cutting ribbons or holding babies, but never actually does anything. What if… what if they keep me from going to space again? We know Haggar’s still out there, we know this isn’t over. Voltron has to go fight, you’re going to have to go fight, and if the Garrison tries to keep me here…”

He lets his voice trail off. “I’ve already lasted longer than I was supposed to,” he says, and then snorts ruefully against the mattress, “or not. I guess that body expired right around when it was supposed to, though I’ll give myself credit for not needing hospice care. This one… god, who knows? Sam says my disease is gone, which is great, but…”
fic  voltron  to_keep  slash  season07  keith/shiro 
october 2018 by a_phasia
i repay my gods by never dying how i'm told - futuredescending - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: They’re not Shiro, Shiro thinks, and then, half hysterically, considers the possibility that maybe there never was a Shiro at all.
“We’re not expendable, even if we were intended to be.”

“We’re not even unique,” he says. “We think the same things. We act the same way.”

“Do we?” he asks, looking at him pointedly.

“We were the spares. And when whatever operation that was supposed to happen was over, we would have been disposed of. Maybe we should have been. We’re a mistake either way you look at it.”

“So that’s your theory.”

“You can’t tell me you didn’t consider the same.”

He tilts his head in concession, because of course he did. Nothing is ever a surprise among them. The only variation is what gets expressed out loud and what does not.

Their conversations are so fucking boring.
fic  voltron  season07  to_keep  slash  keith/shiro 
october 2018 by a_phasia
To Know - Chapter 1 - Basingstoke - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: History twitches slightly to the left. The teacup does not shatter. Will runs off with Hannibal and Abigail.
"You don't know what love is."

"Don't I?"

"You fed me Abigail's ear," Will said. Hannibal's heartbeat didn't shift. His hand was warm over Will's eyes.

"Out of love for her, I think. You're catching your breath."

"I know what to do with fear. I know the taste and smell and shape of it. Looking in your brain is like looking off the top of a skyscraper with no ledge holding you back. I've fallen before. Maybe I'm still falling now."

Hannibal pressed Will in his arms and legs like a snake. Will felt his breath slowing to meet Hannibal's, his heart rate lowering, though still quick as a rabbit compared to Hannibal's steadiness.

Hannibal kissed his throat. "I was going to gut you," he said. "Not kill you, but gut you. I thought you had betrayed me, and I wanted you to suffer."

"Suffer but not die," Will echoed.
fic  hannibal  au  season02  will/hannibal  slash  to_keep 
october 2018 by a_phasia
tezeta (nostalgia) - vowelinthug - Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Steve Rogers is a terrible tourist, and a lousy house guest.
Bucky Barnes waters his plants and tries his best.
set in that sweet spot between Black Panther and Infinity War, in a little valley in Wakanda
“You have him isolated?” Steve asks, and then reminds himself to watch his damn tone, as Okoye’s grip tightens imperceptibly on her spear.

Shuri doesn’t seem to notice. “He asked for it. He said he’s spent enough time being looked at under a microscope.”

Steve closes his eyes, taking a deep breath. Despite everything that he’s learned, despite everything that happened the last few times he was with Bucky, in his mind he still refuses to reconcile it. When he thinks Bucky , it takes him a moment to remember the long hair, the metal arm, the dead eyes, the lab rat in a glass box, the assassin on a bridge. He first thinks of the crooked smile, the terrible jokes, the bruised knuckles, the sweat smell under his arm Steve didn’t hate every time Bucky reeled him in by the shoulders. Sam told him it’s only going to make things worse for the both of them if he doesn’t stop remembering that guy first. Steve’s trying.
avengers  captain_america  movieverse  slash  steve/bucky  fic  to_keep 
october 2018 by a_phasia
Violets, Violins, Violence - Chapter 1 - harleygirl2648 - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Saw the darkest hearts of man
And I saw myself starin' back again
And I saw myself starin' back again
-Bartholemew, The Silent Comedy

Let's say a hypothetical season 4 or 5.

Clarice Starling is the next to inherit the curse of Jack Crawford's profiling position, but she's not going to go down quietly. She's going to save the day, damn the consequences. But it's harder than it seems.
The monster in the maze is a gentleman, the wolf in sheep's clothing is hidden deep in the woods in a clearing, and they're both chained up with muzzles across their mouths.
Never, ever keep mad dogs chained up.
“And you spoke with her?”

“She was apprehensive on her dealings with Hannibal, and she’s heard all the stories. You know how they … spread, after all.”

Alllll over the goddamn FBI, and the tabloids, getting to the mainstream media. One slip and the FBI’s flat on its ass again. Will smiles to himself and continues his point.

“But I’m - glad that you called, Prurnell. For once. Because - because-” he lets his voice hitch, lets it waver, lets it become that unsure version of himself that existed a lifetime ago - “Because she’s getting t - too c - close. I mean, there was Miriam Lass, and then there was me, and - and now her. Sh - she can’t go down that road well traveled. There is no path back.”

“Why do you care?”

Bedelia’s annoyingly lofty tone enters his mind and he uses her words. “I guess it’s an instinct of mine. When there’s a lost bird in the grass, it’s vulnerable. I want to help it. Isn’t that what Agent Starling is, Prurnell? A little lost bird that needs to learn to fly away before her wings are clipped?”

“What do you propose, then?”
fic  hannibal  post-canon  to_keep  slash  will/hannibal 
october 2018 by a_phasia
Wayland Wood - Orockthro - Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Peter knew his calling from an early age. It wasn't to be a fireman or a police officer... it was to be an architect. So he studied hard, finally figured out how to draw properly, and went to school. Being an office gopher in a big firm wasn't what he had in mind, but it's a stepping stone. He'll get there. Now if only he can figure out the weird permitting issue with the project their client, Lady Ty, wants to build over at Russell Square...

(Or, an AU where Peter isn't a cop, but paths still cross.)
At this point a very possible hypothesis would have been that D.C.I. Nightingale of the Metropolitan Police had cracked. He'd fallen down a hole and was jabbering about magic trees and fairy tales and was dangerously dehydrated, causing hallucinations. Except the tree grabbed me. I saw it grab me-- it wasn't an animal or a rope, it was a massive people eating oak tree, and until now I'd never questioned my grip on reality. So if unless I question that grip on reality more strongly, I have to accept that the massive people eating oak tree is real. And if that's real, then maybe D.C.I. Nightingale hasn't cracked. And if he hasn't cracked, maybe-- just maybe-- what he's doing is real, honest to god magic.
fic  au  rivers_of_london  gen  to_keep 
october 2018 by a_phasia
Half Moon - Chapter 1 - undecimber - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Post-fall cohabitation.
Instead Will was met with coolness that seemed rather defensive.

For the first time it occurred to him that perhaps Hannibal too needed something with which to ground himself. That the absolute way with which he dedicated himself to the kitchen, cleaning it, keeping it in order, was his means of exerting control, a pillar of stability.

Will had seen Hannibal's vulnerability, yet he always thought of it in isolation from Hannibal. A habit after all these years, after everything, to view him as rather superhuman, still. Always assured, confident, not lost like Will, not aimless, surely.
fic  hannibal  post-canon  to_keep  slash  will/hannibal 
october 2018 by a_phasia
The Stars They Sewed On Us - Khaleesi_onthemoon, Speranza - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: "Do you remember the time I was only Steve and you were only Bucky? Do you remember when we were only two boys from Brooklyn?"
“Well at least somebody’s got their priorities straight,” Steve said, rolling his eyes.

“I do, I really do! Fighting—I don’t need fighting, I’ve had enough fighting, I’ve been fighting for—” The world swam a little; the riot of colors blurring like the world seen through a rainstorm. “I don’t see what you’re so eager to fight for,” Bucky said shakily. “We’ve got it good here, you and me: a beautiful day and frankfurters coming. It’s like a dream,” he said, and then, unnerved, “Is this a dream?”

Steve looked at him curiously; he had a cut Bucky hadn’t noticed, high on his right cheek. “Is this your idea of a dream?”

“It is, yeah. It is,” and then the national anthem started, and they stood up.
fic  avengers  captain_america  movieverse  slash  steve/bucky  to_keep 
october 2018 by a_phasia
All In - emilyenrose - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
"Want to talk about it?" said Keith eventually, without looking round.
"Not really," Shiro said.
He’d missed the day. He’d missed it by nearly a full week, and then he’d glanced at his schedule that morning and realised: four years. It had been four years since Sendak had launched his assault on Earth. Four years since the best of the best of the Garrison's senior pilots had scrambled to the defence and been blown out of the sky in under ten minutes by Galra fighters. What was there to say? Shiro had missed the day. He’d had one serious relationship in his adult life and he'd crashed it off a cliff on purpose and never looked back. He didn't have the right.

"What would help?" said Keith.

"I guess about ten years of therapy," Shiro said. "Whenever I have the time." Funny how one strand of self-pity led into another. He was ashamed of how little of this was the grief it should have been. He'd been thinking about himself more than Adam by the time Keith sat down.
fic  voltron  keith/shiro  slash  season07  to_keep 
september 2018 by a_phasia
i fall to pieces (when i'm with you) - kybelles - Voltron: Legendary Defender [Archive of Our Own]
“Shiro and Adam, Adam and Shiro…” the first girl singsongs and Keith is tempted to plug his ears so he doesn’t have to listen her anymore. “I can't even think of them separately anymore. How long have they been dating anyway?”
“For a long time, that’s for sure.” the other girl replies. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they get married one day.”
Keith listens without making a sound. He swallows the lump in his throat alongside his soup.
Shiro is his own person, a part of him wants to scream at the girls. You know Shiro belongs to him, another part of him whispers.

“It’s not a terminal illness.” he quietly says, smiling a little when he sees Keith’s suspicious glare. “It’s really not. But it is going to seriously damage my ability to control my muscles one day. Don’t know when.”

Keith's lower lip wobbles again, but he waits for Shiro to continue.

“And if I go to space, where everything is so much different, it—“ Shiro lets out a shaky breath. “I—“

“You may die.” Keith finishes, tears dripping again. “Shiro…”

Shiro doesn’t say anything this time, doesn’t try comfort Keith again. They sit side by side, only soft crying noises heard between them.

“You’re going, aren’t you?” Keith asks quietly.

Shiro nods a little, his eyes nervously examining Keith’s face. “Are you mad at me?”

Keith sniffs a little. “I am happy for you, I’m proud of you. But I don’t want anything to happen to you.” His voice cracks at the last sentence.

Shiro gives him a slight smile. “I know Keith, trust me I know. But I can’t let this…thing keep me from achieving my dreams.”

Keith doesn’t have an answer for this.
fic  voltron  keith/shiro  adam/shiro  season07  to_keep  slash 
september 2018 by a_phasia
Variation on Persephone - dornfelder - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: When they speak of Kore, they never talk about how she had, in truth, been Persephone all along.
"Why did you decide to save my life, Will?"

WIll had intended to let him die; he had almost convinced himself that he would go through with it. "As it turns out, I prefer the world with you in it," Will says. "God knows why."

"Such charming things you say to me," Hannibal says softly. He smiles, and Will finds himself smiling in return. "But then you threw us off a cliff," Hannibal says. "An ambiguous message, wouldn't you agree?"

"Well," Will says, not intending to be anything but honest. "I guess I still believed that the world would be a better place without the both of us."

They keep sitting on the couch while the fire slowly dies down and the room descends into darkness. Will hears Hannibal breathe, senses his presence. Occasionally, one of them takes another sip of wine.
fic  hannibal  will/hannibal  post-canon  slash  to_keep 
august 2018 by a_phasia
three two one BOOM - feroxargentea - due South [Archive of Our Own]
"It's just a soup anecdote, Ray."
The thing that got me—well, okay, there were a lot of things that got me, but the main thing was, he wasn’t even pretty, y’know? Not ripped, either, not like the ’roid-heads down at the gym. He was kinda…stringy, I guess. Took up a bunch of space, but only ’cause he never kept still. I would have thought Benny’d go for more of a—I dunno, but if it was gonna be a guy, then maybe a lantern-jawed Iditarod champion or something, not some scruffy loser that probably never landed a prom date in his life.

And I wasn’t even mad about it, not really, not anymore. Not when the skinny-assed Polack wasn’t right there in front of me, yanking my chain, and not so much even when he was. The stuff with Benny was kinda like when Frannie told me she’d gotten knocked up: news, but also not-news. But him picking Kowalski, that just didn’t make sense, like I’d skipped a page in the briefing pack and missed where Kowalski was worth him even noticing.
fic  due_south  casefic  fraser/rayk  post-canon  to_keep  slash 
august 2018 by a_phasia
Road Trip - Asunder - Chapter 1 - Sekiei - Final Fantasy XV [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: They'd fought a war, had won and survived. Things were finally looking up. Or they should have been... But Ignis was starting to realise that peace brought its own challenges. Some of which he was wholly unprepared for.
(N.B. This is a post game alternative ending. Canon up to Gralea. There are no spoilers in there as long as you know what happened in Altissia.)
In another life, he’d enjoyed being the sole focus of Gladio’s attention when they were alone. Now, it felt like a curse.
Functioning around sighted people forced him to stay in a state of constant hyper-vigilance, figuring out what they could see and what image he presented. It was exhausting, and frankly unsustainable for long periods of time, particularly in front of someone who knew him all too well. Ignis's worn-out mind would falter at some point and betray him. He couldn’t let this happen. But already, control was slipping through his fingers like overflowing water. Already Gladiolus could feel something wasn’t quite right. A hand closed on Ignis's arm, turning him around gently. Ignis could only imagine how Gladiolus looked. Concerned, frowning, yet still ridiculously handsome.

‘You’re okay?’
‘Of course,’ Ignis replied automatically before kissing him.
fic  final_fantasy_xv  gladio/ignis  post-canon  au  to_keep 
august 2018 by a_phasia
First Bloom - Sekiei - Final Fantasy XV [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: In the aftermath of the war, surviving in devastated Eos is no easy task. But for Gladiolus and Ignis, living may prove a more arduous challenge still.
The frost disappears. The first spring thunderstorms come and pass, violent, illuminating the cabin in flashes so bright Gladio startles awake. He sits up, watches Ignis sleep for a while. They’ve abandoned the sleeping bags, got more blankets. Sleeping in front of the open fire is nice, like a never-ending holiday trip. Gladiolus knows they’re running away. They’ve been running away from the moment Noct said goodbye. But he doesn’t care. If that’s what they want to do from here on, he’d like to see someone tell them they haven’t earned that right.
fic  to_keep  post-canon  final_fantasy_xv  slash  gladio/ignis 
june 2018 by a_phasia
Reaching Out for You - sordes - Final Fantasy XV [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: The one where Gladio tries to rekindle something lost with Ignis. Written for the lovely Sauronix for the inaugural TBL Exchange.
With the tent as still as it is, full to the brim with sleeping bodies, Gladio anticipates Ignis gently wriggling out of his hold. Maybe he’ll offer a sympathetic pat, a gentle instruction for Gladio to go to sleep, to stop while he’s ahead. But instead Ignis sighs lightly. He gives Gladio’s arm a gentle squeeze as if to ask, ‘are you alright?’

Gladio kisses his neck again, lips lingering on the spot, pressing a silent affirmation there. Yep.

What Gladio would’ve given to have been able to hold Ignis like this in his arms when it was just them and two others in their motley crew sharing a tent. It feels ridiculous now, the lengths they went to for privacy, how every encounter, no matter how innocent, was charged with that nervous energy, both parties terrified of getting caught.
fic  to_keep  final_fantasy_xv  slash  gladio/ignis 
june 2018 by a_phasia
Road Trip - Shattered - Sekiei - Final Fantasy XV [Archive of Our Own]
Summary:(N.B. *Spoiler heavy up to the end of chapter 10 (the mine dungeon in Cartanica, after the events in Altissia)* I really wouldn't recommend reading this unless you've played the game to that point.)

Altissia had left them with more than physical wounds. And more than anything else, this insidious pain was what threatened their ability to go on.

Ignis didn’t move, but his face turned hard, closed.

‘Oh don’t let me stop you. What about me? Go ahead, if we’re letting it out, you might as well tell me.’
‘No, fuck you, you don’t get a pass on that one. What am I, Gladio? Damaged? Broken? A liability? Come on, have some guts or have you lost those back in Altissia too?’

Gladiolus’ hands closed on the lapel of Ignis’ jacket, dragging him forward. He stumbled but managed to stay upright. The silence lasted a few seconds, only interrupted by Gladiolus’ rough breathing as he tried to pull himself together with little success.
fic  final_fantasy_xv  slash  to_keep  gladio/ignis 
june 2018 by a_phasia
The Vices of Old Men - Gileonnen - Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Victory and defeat shadow one another--in Damascus, and in Deraa. (Slight film-AU, attempt at historical canon.)
When at last Lawrence brings himself to look away from the window, he finds Ali regarding him with that peculiar restless tranquility which is characteristic of the man. His eyes are indeed bloodshot, and his face smudged with ash. He wears a simple gutra and cord agal, as the British do when they wish to appear more like Arabs. "You are not writing," he observes, leaning forward just an inch.

If this were some Oriental romance, Lawrence thinks, he would find himself transfixed by the intensity of Ali's dark eyes as he regards Lawrence through his lashes. Perhaps he would raise his hand to brush Ali's cheek, smoothing away ash and sweat, and perhaps Ali would lean into his touch and close his eyes.

It is only a mad fantasy. He breathes out. "I'm not," he answers, without the guilt of an admission. "I'd been watching the lights."
fic  lawrence_of_arabia  to_keep  gen 
june 2018 by a_phasia
Let There Be Spaces - lferion - Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: A moment of stillness in the midst of the desert revolt.
I know I have him for but a little while: he is a storm, a wind, a djinn caught and pressed into a man's form, a spirit too bright for mere flesh to hold constrained, and thus he puts stern bonds on his own self, that he not shatter into pieces. I will hold him as I can, as he allows, in my arms. I will hold him always, willed or not, in my heart. It is flesh that is the shadow, not the spirit; neither the pain, nor the love is masquerade.
fic  lawrence_of_arabia  ali/lawrence  to_keep  slash 
june 2018 by a_phasia
forty-one (one last time) - numinousnumbat - The Magicians (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Quentin is sent back for one final try of the time loop. He's going to need to convince his friends that he's not crazy and they're all going to need to work together to kill the Beast. For the 2018 Welters Challenge, Theme 3: “Time Loops.”
“So new plan,” Margo said, standing. “Everyone study your discipline like the AP test is tomorrow. Julia and Alice, you guys hit the books. Eliot and I will talk to the professors and see what they know. Penny, figure your shit out, go get Josh as soon as you can. Kady, you’ll work with us for some basic battle magic, I’ve always wanted to learn that. And Quentin, if I find out this is some sort of a big joke, I will blow Eliot in front of you and not let you touch.”

“That’s not really a turn off for me,” Quentin mumbled.

Margo lit up. “Eliot, the time-traveling super nerd might be your soulmate.”
fic  the_magicians  season03  slash  au  theme:time_travel  eliot/quentin 
june 2018 by a_phasia
An English Rose Garden - misura - Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Ali told himself that he had not come here expecting to be embraced and kissed like a brother. He had not come here expecting to find Lawrence full of joy, or apologetic for not having sought to contact Ali himself. He had not come here expecting to find Lawrence sane.
In these regards, he was not disappointed.
Not laziness, Ali judged. Lawrence had never been unwilling to exert himself, even when common sense had dictated he should. "I am not English."

"I would never hold that against you. In fact, I might even consider it one of your good points."

"One of my good points," Ali said.

Lawrence kept smiling. "You have several."

"You are making me blush." Ali kept his tone flat, not inviting elaboration.

"No," Lawrence said. "I considered trying, a few times. It never seemed worth the risk."

"What risk?" Ali scoffed. "That I would get angry? That I would leave you, the way you left me?"
fic  to_keep  lawrence_of_arabia  ali/lawrence  slash 
june 2018 by a_phasia
A Work of Shadow and Light - aronnaxs - Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: He was but a creation - a broken creation. In their parting, he had not fixed. Post-Lawrence of Arabia
‘’Feisal may as well not be here, Aurens. I have heard about what you’re doing. How many of his words are yours? If I stay, will I have to pretend for you as well? A sherif cannot speak English if a prince cannot.’’

‘’Ali –‘’

‘’You have a talented habit of using us, Aurens.’’

An illusion from the firelight caused Aurens’ eyes to darken momentarily before he turned from Ali to indulge in his own private hideaway. Knowing the futility of this state of mind, Ali rose to leave. Maybe this had been a mistake. He doubted anything – anything between him and Aurens, anything for his superficial Arab delegation – would change. He reached the door before a small voice spoke up behind him.

‘’I have a talented habit of being used myself.’’
fic  lawrence_of_arabia  slash  ali/lawrence  to_keep 
june 2018 by a_phasia
Mean Happenings, Little People - Chapter 1 - derryderrydown - Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [Archive of Our Own]
Lawrence was reaching towards him and Ali had to turn away. "Yes! Things change!" he snapped. "I have changed. Our friendship has changed. I cannot-" He stopped, suddenly aware of the fact that Lawrence was frozen. "I cannot," he repeated quietly.

"Cannot what?" Lawrence's tone was conversational but his face was blank.

Ali struggled for the words. "I cannot go back to the person I was."

"I don't expect you to. I don't want you to."

"You do. You expect me to care for you still, despite everything."

Lawrence studied him for a moment, then turned away with a sigh. "I don't expect anybody to care for me."

"Yet they still do. Even when they don't want to."

Lawrence didn't say anything but he picked up a pen and played with it.

"I think that caring for you will destroy me, one day," Ali said.
fic  abandoned?  lawrence_of_arabia  ali/lawrence  to_keep  slash 
june 2018 by a_phasia
That Your Eyes Might Be Shining For Me - yuletide_archivist - Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [Archive of Our Own]
The tent was too crowded, too humid, too noisy. He longed for the silence of the desert and its dry, burning heat. It would never be hot enough to burn him entirely clean but maybe it would be enough for now.

Ali caught his gaze and paused.

For a moment, the noise of the tent faded away and it was just the two of them. Then the moment passed but Lawrence knew he had seen trust in Ali's eyes, even if it was for no time at all.
lawrence_of_arabia  to_keep  fic  slash  ali/lawrence 
june 2018 by a_phasia
Welding Souls and Spirits - derryderrydown - Lawrence of Arabia (1962) [Archive of Our Own]
Notes: Although I've relied heavily on The Seven Pillars of Wisdom and various biographies of Lawrence for background information, this is based on the film Lawrence of Arabia and not historical fact. Where film canon and history clash, I have gone with film canon. Otherwise, I have tried to stick with history, although there are many, many inaccuracies for which I should be shot. The railway at Mudawara was blown because it was a convenient place to test out some new explosives, not because of any Great Tactical Diversion. There was never, as far as I know, any threat of the Turks retaking Akaba. There was, however, a little old man at Rumm who said what the little old man at Rumm says.
"The prisoners should be left here?"

Lawrence tucked the pistol back at Ali's waist and his hand rested on the grip as he spoke quietly. "With water. As you know."

"Foolish." The were standing so close that Lawrence could feel the rush of breath on his cheek, though he didn't recall moving closer. His hand was still at Ali's waist and he could feel the heat of the man, burning through his clothing.

"Oh yes," Lawrence agreed, looking up to lock his gaze with Ali's. "Foolish indeed."

They stayed in place, the only stillness in the constantly shifting desert.

"Foolishness has its place," Ali finally whispered.

"And its time."

"And neither is here."

"No," Lawrence agreed but still his hand rested at Ali's waist and he couldn't pull away from the fire of the other man.
lawrence_of_arabia  to_keep  slash  ali/lawrence  fic 
june 2018 by a_phasia
keep following the heartlines on your hands - invoked_duplicity - Critical Role (Web Series) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Five times Molly tries to set up Fjord and Caleb with each other and one time Molly gets set up with them.
Molly wants to hit himself for the wave of happiness that bubbles inside his chest. His heart feels as if it might swell and swell because those two idiots are the most terrible men Molly has ever met and he catches himself smiling uncontrollably.


This is the worst. He never wants to stop.
critical_role  poly  fic  to_keep 
april 2018 by a_phasia
After-Death Cuddles - kmfillz - Dragon Age II [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Hawke has an easier time escaping the Fade than Varric has pretending everything is normal afterward.
Cassandra sighed. "Ah, I'd hoped... but I am glad you returned to us. We need you in the Inquisition."

Hawke raised his eyebrows, and they remained raised after Cassandra had risen from the couch and left. "Did I just get recruited into the Inquisition without being asked?" he asked Varric incredulously. He shifted on the couch to face his friend, relinquishing what he could secretly admit to himself had been a cuddle.

"Sounded like it to me. Don't feel bad; it happens to the best of us." Varric smiled at Hawke, a twinkle in his eyes. Hawke smiled back, grateful that Varric seemed to be himself again.

"You mean me, of course," he teased.

"I mean you," agreed Varric, deadly serious. His mask of jocularity fell away, and Hawke could see the grief lingering in his eyes.

Hawke swallowed, unsure of what to say.
fic  dragon_age  hawke/varric  slash  to_keep 
april 2018 by a_phasia
In the Bleak Midwinter - x_los - Blake's 7 [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: A year after their encounter on Gauda Prime, Blake and Avon are engaged in a war of attrition.
Things that would have touched him—he used to be easy to touch—he now brushed off as insincere or inconsequential.

You used to want that, Avon reminded himself. Blake’s susceptibility had used to drive him mad. Perhaps, in hindsight, it had largely been Blake’s susceptibility to things that weren’t him that had bothered him—he’d wanted Blake’s full, undivided attention since roughly the moment they’d first spoken to one another. And every moment since. You thought you wanted this, Avon chastised himself. Well, here it is. Having fun? Why are you so very stupid?
post-canon  fic  blakes7  au  slash  blake/avon  to_keep 
march 2018 by a_phasia
Roj Blake, and Other Phobias - aralias - Blake's 7 [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Avon is not gay, and he’s not attracted to Blake. He’s just confused. And drunk. He’s very drunk.
A highly rational counter argument to the one I’d made earlier. The fact that Blake had consulted me about his plans for a base on Horizon did factor into my decision, but it was a minor factor at best. As Blake would have said, I played the percentages. This time they were in his favour. I resigned myself to staying, and to—

No. I’m sorry. I just—

I wanted—

None of that rational explanation is true. None of it.
fic  to_keep  blakes7  season02  blake/avon  slash  episode_related 
march 2018 by a_phasia
Principles of Avoidance - Elenothar - Lewis (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: It comes up during a case (of course it does) and Lewis, true to form, refuses to let it go (of course he doesn’t).
“Monday,” James replies. “Even Robert and I should manage to survive on our own till then.”

Laura’s smile dimples her cheeks and makes her look utterly lovely. “I’ll take your word for it.”

“Oi!” Lewis finally puts in, though his grin belies any real offence.

When he reaches down to give Laura a smack on the lips, James politely averts his gaze. They probably wouldn’t mind him watching them kiss, it’s a fairly normal thing to do in public after all, but he always feels even more like an intruder when he does catch them being so demonstrative with each other. Never mind that kissing in general is just a bit of an awkward activity from where he’s standing.
fic  lewis  poly  asexuality  to_keep  lewis/laura/hathaway  season09 
march 2018 by a_phasia
Lot in Life - Chapter 1 - Vadianna - Eroica Yori Ai o Komete | From Eroica with Love [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Dorian/Klaus. One of those long, sprawling, relationship stories where the two get together that has been written a hundred times before. Several unforgivable cliches appear. You know the drill.
He stopped cold. On his nightstand was a single English rose. This wasn't entirely unremarkable, since it was the type of thing that one of his men could have left while he was sleeping, though it would be rather bold of anyone but James to come into his bedroom.

This rose was wrapped in a steel wire. With it was an envelope with the Eberbach seal on the back. The Earl broke the seal and read the letter.

"I decided to try something you yourself often do. I have told my chef to expect a guest for dinner tonight. Do not expect more than I can give. Herzlichen Gluckwunsch zum Geburtstag. - KHVDE"
fic  from_eroica_with_love  dorian/klaus  slash  asexuality  to_keep 
march 2018 by a_phasia
Roj Blake, and Other Phobias - aralias - Blake's 7 [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Avon is not gay, and he’s not attracted to Blake. He’s just confused. And drunk. He’s very drunk.
The fact that Blake had consulted me about his plans for a base on Horizon did factor into my decision, but it was a minor factor at best. As Blake would have said, I played the percentages. This time they were in his favour. I resigned myself to staying, and to—

No. I’m sorry. I just—

I wanted—

None of that rational explanation is true. None of it.
blakes7  blake/avon  slash  to_keep  season02  fic 
february 2018 by a_phasia
In the Bleak Midwinter - x_los - Blake's 7 [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: A year after their encounter on Gauda Prime, Blake and Avon are engaged in a war of attrition.
“Are you interested?” Avon pressed, mirroring Blake’s question, asked years ago, now. Not sure if Blake remembered the scene as clearly as he did.

“Yes,” Blake said after a moment. “Or as you’d put it, why not?”

Avon laughed, slightly, relieved that Blake was making a joke—a joke predicated on knowing him well, no less. He wondered if he had it in him to be the Avon of two years ago—the version of himself Blake had been ‘emotionally involved’ with. Perhaps they’d get on fine as they were, and who was to say Blake hadn’t changed? (Though in substantial ways, Blake never changed.) But he wanted to be that Avon, for Blake. He’d liked that Avon rather better than he liked the present version.
fic  blakes7  blake/avon  au  post-canon  to_keep  slash 
february 2018 by a_phasia
Make and Mend - littlerhymes - My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Moving in together is Omar’s idea.
"The carwash. The laundrette." Mr Ali sighs. "I ask you what you're doing with your life, and you talk to me about my brother's muck. What about your education, Omar? Your future? You said you were going to go back to college."

Johnny waits for Omar to deny it, and with a chill hears him say instead, "Papa. I only said I was thinking about it."

"Then think faster, you stupid boy," Mr Ali says, sounding more like his old self for a moment. His voice softens. "I'm old, Omar. I want to see you settled before my insides turn to pickles. Stop playing at your bastard uncle's game and go back to school. Marry a nice girl and give me some grandchildren. You want that, don't you?"

Johnny finds himself holding his breath. Even the traffic noise from the road seems to fade away.
fic  my_beautiful_laundrette  omar/johnny  to_keep  slash 
february 2018 by a_phasia
I'm Going, You Can Come - Devilc - My Beautiful Laundrette [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: How did Tania end up on that train platform?
But, if Tania goes along with it now? Why she'd just be living off of a man, and, like she said to Rachel, she doesn't like women who live off men.

(Women like Rachel, Cherry, her aunties, her mum, her sisters ... herself.)

(Because, damn her, Rachel got that right.)
fic  gen  my_beautiful_laundrette  to_keep 
february 2018 by a_phasia
Full Circle - irisbleufic - My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: It's better that you learn to recognize your motives for what they are, even if barely in the nick of time.
He'd recognized the driver even before the car had come to a stop, perhaps in the very same instant that Omar had recognized him. And now, there they were, and oh, how Johnny shivered—glad, for once, of all the ratty layers he was wearing.

"Call me?" repeated Omar, hopefully.

And those dark eyes wouldn't budge from Johnny, not till they'd got an answer.

He nodded, biting back a smile, and hoped Omar would make it back to the car alive.
fic  my_beautiful_laundrette  slash  to_keep  omar/johnny 
february 2018 by a_phasia
The Guy Who Caught Him - aralias - Blake's 7 [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Back on the London, Blake wondered aloud how good Avon really was. That question has been bothering Avon ever since.
“You didn’t sleep either,” Avon observed as he stepped backwards into the bay.

“No,” Blake said briefly. “Ready?”

“Worried about the result, presumably,” Avon said

“No,” Blake said, making final adjustments to the teleport. “I trust you.” He looked up, his expression unchanged, as though he hadn’t just made a sweeping, important statement that was very probably false. “Ready?”

Rather than reply, Avon nodded. Was it true? Unlikely, given the events of the previous day. That meant it was a lie, but Blake wanted him to feel better. Consideration, Avon supposed. That was something.
fic  to_keep  blakes7  blake/avon  season02  slash 
january 2018 by a_phasia
ask and ye shall receive - peradi - Star Wars - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Rey attempts to shoulder the burden of her Force-bond with Kylo Ren alone. It goes as well as you might think.
(Or: Rey gets by with a little help from her friends.)
The lizard-dog and the girl faded away. Rey turned back to Kylo Ren. He had his head quirked on one side, regarding her like a hawk might watch an overly confident mouse: curious, perturbed, and hungry .

“Are you showing me why I should redeem myself?”

“I was raised by the desert. My parents sold me for scrap. You had all the love in the world so hang your excuses. You weren’t a monster because they made you, you were one because you chose.”
fic  star_wars  to_keep  poly  poe/finn/rey/rose 
january 2018 by a_phasia
Take my Hand and I’ll Hold You to What’s Written There - Chapter 1 - Prismabird - The Nice Guys (2016) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: When Holland leaves town for a case, Jackson and Holly end up having a rough night in the hospital. Takes place just less than a year after the events of the first movie, in the early Fall of 1978.
He ran his hands through his hair. ‘Stop putting your bad feelings on the kid,’ he though to himself. ‘The thirteen year old girl out there is not responsible for your feelings.’

He thought, ‘I didn’t think like this when I was sober. I didn’t.’

He thought, ‘I was sober before I met Holland. Alone and sober and unhappy.’
fic  nice_guys  slash  to_keep  post-canon 
january 2018 by a_phasia
Ready Heart - aaliona - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Rey tried to give Finn space as he fretted over Rose's medical condition, but it was not a big ship. Poe must have recognized something on her face because he sat her down to consider how Finn's heart might be swayed.
Without meaning to, Rey glanced back over at Rose’s sickbay. Poe’s story had been animated enough to draw Finn’s attention. When they made eye contact, he smiled at Rey with as much warmth as she’d ever seen from him, but it didn’t hold the same relief as their hug on Crait. He was obviously worried that Rose hadn’t woken up yet. Why concern himself with her?

“He looks familiar over there,” Poe said. “Reminds me of a certain jedi-in-training waiting by his bed.”

Rey looked up sharply. She didn’t respond, not sure what to say or even if she wanted to continue the conversation.

“And someone else too,” Poe continued. “I took up your vigil after you left.”

“You started before actually.”

With a mix of surprise and delight on his face, Poe said, “You noticed!”
fic  star_wars  to_keep  gen-ish  poe/finn/rey/rose 
january 2018 by a_phasia
Human Nature - aralias - Blake's 7 [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Vila's head has just never stayed adjusted. Not everyone is so fortunate.
I should have said that was exactly how I saw Blake (unstable, inconsistent, not what we needed), but I was rather busy – keeping myself from throwing up. Orac talked of Blake's mind as though it was a computer database, like Orac's own, which I had idly considered reprogramming only minutes ago. Of course, that’s exactly what it is, and I know that. More to the point that's exactly what my brain is too. Human beings are machines, driven by electrical signals, just like Orac is. They're badly performing machines in most cases. They rarely do what they are supposed to. Blake never does. But that didn't mean that I ... That I thought Blake should ... That I condoned ...

I have never asked Blake about the period of time he was conditioned, though presumably it affected his life and the decisions he made aboard the Liberator considerably. I have never wanted to.
fic  blakes7  season02  episode_related  blake/avon  slash  to_keep 
january 2018 by a_phasia
If you press me to say - Philipa_Moss - My Beautiful Laundrette (1985) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Omar is sleeping on the sofa again. By choice. He’s a martyr, really, giving up a soft mattress when he’s the one with a head cold.
Out in the street there’s some ruckus. The pub closing up, probably. Kicking out stragglers. Omar half wants to go to the window and look down and see what’s what, but he’s not sure he wants to be the kind of neighbor who twitches at curtains. The neighborhood’s already changing. There are white families with prams who cross the street when they see Johnny coming. Omar, they smile at, overcompensating for something their aunties said over mince pie, most likely. Johnny thinks it’s hilarious that they’re still scared of him, because half the time now he just looks like someone’s dad, worn jeans and trainers and shirts to get dirty.
fic  yuletide  my_beautiful_laundrette  slash  to_keep  post-canon  omar/johnny 
january 2018 by a_phasia
what we talk about when we talk about family - theonlytwin - The Nice Guys (2016) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: He wasn’t expecting to just - adopt a guy and his kid.
He’s real glad that March did the vulnerable thing by coming to him, by making the offer, because it saves Healy trying to figure out how to ask to work together without coming off like an asshole or desperate or something. Because

It’s fine for March to do it, who’s both an asshole and desperate. But he’s kind of - that’s part of the appeal, Healy figures. Standing next to March makes him feel like he has his shit together. He’s basically a well intentioned catastrophe. He’s the dog at the pound with dubious pedigree and a lethal injection scheduled for next week. He needs someone to take care of him, and if Healy doesn’t help out, that’s all going to fall on Holly.
fic  nice_guys  yuletide  gen  to_keep 
january 2018 by a_phasia
who we've always been - persiflet - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: When Will was twelve his neighbors called the cops on him.
Twenty-six years later, there are handcuffs on his wrists again, a severed ear in his kitchen sink, and he thinks that maybe this is where it was all leading, the whole time.
The wendigo makes no comment.
“I don't know who I am,” he tells Alana Bloom, and maybe that's always been true, maybe he's only ever known what he doesn't want to be.

“I know exactly who I am,” he says to Hannibal Lecter, and flinches from Hannibal's indulgent smile.

Maybe it would have served him better to stay poor and ragged, fix boats like his father, hear the ocean every day and never look at a totem pole of body parts through the eyes of the monster he's always looked for in the mirror. He might have died from the encephalitis or been bankrupted by medical costs but maybe hunger and disease are the toll he should have payed to avoid the attention of the wendigo.
fic  hannibal  to_keep  gen-ish 
december 2017 by a_phasia
Also Built on Ruins - coyotesuspect - Thor (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Gods marry their siblings all the time, right?
At least, that's what Thor tells himself after it's suggested the cleanest solution to the Loki Problem is to marry him.
He knows Loki won’t be able to keep the promise, even if were to make it. It’s against his nature.

“But?” says Loki, and he looks braced for a blow.

“But I won’t make you promise anything,” says Thor heavily. “I wouldn’t trust you anyway.”

Loki flinches, and Thor grabs his arm instinctively, stopping him before he can move away.

“It’s not that I don’t love you,” says Thor wildly. The conversation has skidded out of his control. “But how can I trust you? I couldn’t trust you as my brother. How can I trust you as my…”

“Your husband,” says Loki bitterly.

“Yes,” says Thor. He takes a deep breath. “My husband. It’s going to take time. We both have things we need to apologize for.”

Loki’s eyebrows pitch incredibly.
fic  thor  thor/loki  slash  movieverse  to_keep 
december 2017 by a_phasia
A Slow Thaw in Winter - Chapter 1 - lordnelson100 - The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]

Post-war blues, homecomings, culture clash, sex, epic family fights, Durin family history, shut up about about Thorin, nice Elven in-laws, Woodland Realm aesthetics, Dwarven gifts, horses, brigands, tempers are lost, Thranduil: No! Thranduil: Yes!
Legolas crossed the distance between us in a moment. He clasped my shoulders, and I clasped his, and we smiled at each other.

He turned to my father. He held out his hands and took both of Thranduil’s, whether my lord would or no. And then he brought them to his lips, and looked up into his face. “My father and my King!” he said, with love all in his countenance.

He had faced the Black Gate of Mordor. Of course he could not be awed by a mere wrathful parent.

Then Thranduil dropped his dignity and all his stored-up angry words, like you might toss aside a handful of emptied walnut shells. He threw his arms around my brother and let himself be happy for the moment.

He was after all a wise King, if not a perfect man. And so for the moment, peril was averted.
fic  lord_of_the_rings  slash  legolas/gimli  to_keep 
december 2017 by a_phasia
Sharp Dressed Man - OneHandedBooks - Hannibal (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: A response to the very important prompt- what if Mr. Nancy were Hannibal's tailor?
A very VERY late entry for FullerFeast
Mr. Nancy entered at the far end of the workroom a wizened old man, stooped and wrinkled, his outrageous purple checked suit hanging loose on his shrunken frame. There was the faintest hint of the unnatural about him- a sense of too many eyes and too many limbs. As he crossed the long, long room, he changed- shimmering and shifting and standing taller with every step until he reached Hannibal as a fine man of 40.

“Showy,” Hannibal commented dryly.
fic  crossover  hannibal  american_gods  season03  gen  to_keep 
december 2017 by a_phasia
Someone Kneeling
Summary: Waiting for the man, a bag of nothing.
Out on the street a bus lumbered by and the light shot down the alley and collided with the men like a wave against a breakwater, turning them blank and lighting them around the edges. The lean one had blond hair, glowing around darkness; the other one was curly-headed. They flickered together against the passing windows of the bus, caught in the poses of a fight, the blond one knifing the air between them with his finger, the other, his arms spread, waiting for the shiv like he didn't care if it hurt. Then the bus was gone and they were three-dimensional again and their voices were shreds left behind by the roar of the bus's engine.
fic  starsky_and_hutch  outsider-pov  to_keep  starsky/hutch  slash 
december 2017 by a_phasia
Starsky and Hutch vs the World - Garonne - Starsky & Hutch [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: The first time they noticed that spark between them, they were still at the Academy. A decade later, they finally talk about it. And that's just the beginning.
"I never even thought about it," Starsky said slowly.

"Never?" said Hutch. He could hear his skepticism coming through plainly in his voice. He knew damned well Starsky had been looking. At him, and even at a few other guys from time to time over the years. Looking in that not-actually-checking-out kind of way.

"About doing anything about it, I mean."

Now Hutch understood.
fic  starsky_and_hutch  slash  starsky/hutch  to_keep  post-canon 
december 2017 by a_phasia
Mutual Ground - Diane_C - Starsky & Hutch [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Starsky pays Vanessa a visit, and they have a little chat about Hutch.
Vanessa watched him in silence, then said, “Wait here. I have a completely overdone chateaubriand with your name on it.” She disappeared into the kitchen.

“Hey. Hey, wait. Vanessa?” Starsky called after her. “Don’t— I really can’t— aw, man, look at all this. You don’t hafta…”

“Shut up. I have fifty dollars worth of ruined food here, and if Ken won’t show up to eat it, then you’re going to. I’m told you’ll eat anything.”

“You’re told that, huh?”

“Yes. Ken says you’re like a circus freak.”

“Huh. Ken’s a jerk sometimes.”

“He most certainly is.” Vanessa set down the laden platter, clinked her glass to Starsky’s and drank. Starsky pointedly set his glass aside.

“Ah,” said Vanessa shrewdly, picking up the serving spoon. “It’s like that, is it? You can criticize him, but no one else can. A little possessive, don’t you think?”
fic  gen-ish  pre-canon  starsky_and_hutch  to_keep 
november 2017 by a_phasia
Immigrant Song - Chapter 1 - Skrá (WennyT) - Thor (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: We come from the land of the ice and snow / We are your overlords / Our only goal will be the western shore.
The aftermath of Ragnarök, and how Earth's inhabitants perceive it, through the lens of social media.
Erna Solberg | @erna_solberg | 50m

#Norway welcomes Thor and his people to seek asylum on Earth, and are proud to acknowledge our shared ties that harken back to the folklore of the deep past.

Kjell | @kjellberger1 | 58m

@erna_solberg That’s not what you said when you and your coalitions pushed for tighter immigrant control
fic  gen  thor  movieverse  to_keep 
november 2017 by a_phasia
and into what it will be changed - sea_changed (foxlives) - Black Sails [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: His own heart, so often obscure to him, has become clear.
He doesn't know what any of it means, caught up entirely in their tempest; but more than the confusion, more than the fear it creates in him, he has began to lean into it, let himself try to understand this, all of this, beyond logic or convention or what he used to understand to be true. To say that he feels somehow safe would be ridiculous: Thomas and Miranda scare him more than anyone he has ever met, and being with them has always felt like walking along the edge of a cliff, exhilarating but so close to disaster. And still, nonetheless, that is the best way he can find to describe it: he feels safe with them.
fic  black_sails  to_keep  flint/miranda/thomas  poly 
september 2017 by a_phasia
Wizardry By Consent - Chapter 1 - Sixthlight - Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Fifteen years after a headless body was discovered in Covent Garden, Thomas Nightingale is still the last wizard in Britain, and Peter Grant, newly appointed Commander for Community Engagement in the Metropolitan Police Service, has just learned the truth about the existence of the Folly.
He has one or two questions.
It becomes rapidly obvious that the only two things which have been standing between Thomas and Grant’s endless supply of questions – not all of which Thomas knows the answers to –– are DCI Lesley May and the grace of God. May and Grant, it transpires, were at Hendon at the same time and have a longstanding friendship. May was Alexander Seawoll’s golden girl, when she was a constable, and is about as suspicious of Thomas as her mentor ever has been. (He’s mellowed slightly since moving out of the direct line of fire; slightly.)

“I can’t believe you knew about magic all this time and never told me,” Grant says to May in tones of deepest injury. They’re standing huddled together in the street, out of sight of the public, next to a highly inconvenient and inconveniently magical crime scene. It’s May’s case, Thomas’s responsibility, and Grant who has an advisory group meeting later that day and needs a good explanation for what’s happened.
fic  au  rivers_of_london  slash  to_keep  peter/nightingale 
august 2017 by a_phasia
The Big Wheel Affair - Garonne - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Napoleon has a one-night stand with one of the Soviet agents at the UNCLE office in Vienna. Next morning he learns he's to be partnered with the man...
"How long have you been living in Vienna?"

Kuryakin looked up, clearly surprised by the interruption, but he answered readily enough all the same.

"Three months. Before that I was in Berlin. As I'm sure you know from my personnel file."

Napoleon's eyebrows shot up.

"Ah -- "

Kuryakin snorted.

"You're not going to try to tell me you haven't sneaked a look at it, are you? Because I've certainly managed to take a look at yours, Mr Two New Suits a Month."

Napoleon felt his eyes widen.

"That's in my file?"
fic  man_from_uncle  slash  illya/napoleon  to_keep  au  casefic 
august 2017 by a_phasia
Seaside Towns - AconitumNapellus - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Napoleon and Illya are on holiday together in Wales, but the surroundings bring back memories for Illya of a past, lost, love.
The sun sparkled on the water. He could see a ferry pressing out from behind the headland, making for Dublin, no doubt. Little figures of people thronged the rails. It was beautiful here but he was struck with a nomadic urge to swim out to that ferry and be hauled aboard and travel onwards, onwards, to another place.

But Napoleon was still on the beach. He couldn’t run from him. He was running from memories and grief, and there was nowhere to go to lose them. They were like his skin, always with him.

Damn Philip. How was it that he was still there, still at his shoulder, still affecting his life? How could he be making this ache in him, making it ache so fiercely, when he hadn’t even set eyes on him in years? It would be better if one could excise past lovers like a tumour; but then, tumours spread, tumours grew back, tumours took apart people’s lives.
fic  man_from_uncle  slash  illya/napoleon  to_keep 
august 2017 by a_phasia
Introduction to Federal Investigation - scioscribe - Community (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: The ATF has questions about how some explosions on Greendale's campus tie into the local rumors of a cult led by Troy Barnes. The study group has answers.
Sort of.
Q: So, wait, Troy Barnes was a knowing participant in the cult’s activities during the period leading up to—

A: I didn’t say that.

Q: But you said—

A: No, you’re over-interpreting. It was just a typical flash-forward. A cheap device used by authors who don’t trust their stories to gather narrative momentum on their own. All you know is that two months after Troy got his class schedule, he woke me up in the middle of the night with urgent, unspecified news of some kind of epiphany. It didn’t really give you any useful information, flash-forwards never do. That’s why they’re unrealistic and trite. Who wants to keep checking in on a future where people are never exactly talking about whatever’s just happened?

Q: Then why offer to do it?

A: I’m always vulnerable to formal experimentation. Remind me to tell you about the time I made a film about the life of Jesus.
fic  community  slash  troy/abed  season03  to_keep 
august 2017 by a_phasia
In the Carcass of the World - Speranza - Captain America (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Based on art by Puckboum for the Captain America Reverse Big Bang. The prompt: "Post-apocalyptic AU. The idea I had while drawing was that the end of the world happens some time after WS or CW, Steve and Bucky are looking for Tony so he can make a new arm for Bucky, and Natasha, Clint and Sam are looking for them so they can stop Hydra from taking control of what's left of society. That or quiet slice of life, except in a post-apo world."
On the day the world ends, Steve Rogers is in an impregnable cell seventeen stories below Washington, DC. He doesn’t even know the world’s ended, only that the lights of his cell have flickered and gone out. And nobody brings him food that day, or the next. His cell has running water, which is something, but after three days without food Steve’s unease becomes a quiet, lurching terror, because it becomes all too easy to believe that he’s been abandoned down here; that he’s going to die down here, again: alone in a box of steel instead of ice.
fic  captain_america  movieverse  theme:apocalypse  to_keep  slash  steve/bucky 
july 2017 by a_phasia
katabasis - csoru - Black Sails [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Flint discovers Thomas is a passenger aboard the Maria Aleyne alongside his father, and events proceed from there.
He knelt barefoot on the deck, and wore the undyed, colourless linen of prison or asylum garments. For a precarious second Flint could only think that his hands had had nary a mark upon them, five years ago, and now were as scarred as those of a gamekeeper or veneur. He looked nothing like the man whose presence haunted Flint’s dreams, always at the corner of the vision, always cold to the touch and bleeding from the eyes and mouth.

In all his careful planning, and all his mirthless revenge, Flint had never thought to anticipate a variable in place of a set value. The presence of other men about was like an anchor at his feet, dragging him underwater, but it was Alfred Hamilton’s blood on his hands that kept him immobile.

“Will you kill me?” said Thomas Hamilton, in a voice harsh from paregoric. His tone had a note of morbid, queer hope.
fic  black_sails  au  to_keep  slash  flint/thomas 
july 2017 by a_phasia
The Art of Asymmetry - AstronautSquid - Black Sails [Archive of Our Own]
Summary: Her sketches of people tended to veer into caricature with their lively emphasis of all things out of the ordinary - a large nose, a double chin, a foppish gesture -, and had thus quickly been ruled unfit for display among polite company.

Thomas encouraged her to keep a rotating selection framed on a dresser in the chamber connecting their rooms.

It was a week into their affair that Miranda first sketched James.
Thomas trailed off as he noticed the sketchbook in Miranda's hands. He went quiet all over as he realised the situation he had walked in on. Miranda wasn't sure whose mortification she felt more keenly - James in his compromising position, or Thomas, whose eyes were so terribly afraid to move anywhere at all, for fear of trespassing. They fixed upon hers in an effort to scramble towards stability.

"May I look?" Thomas asked finally. "James?"

Miranda could see James swallow heavily and bring his arms in front of his body, before he said with admirable firmness, "Yes."

And Thomas' gaze dropped down to Miranda's drawings.
fic  black_sails  pre-canon  flint/miranda/thomas  to_keep  slash  het  poly 
july 2017 by a_phasia
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