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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
An Avalanche Of Detour Signs - gyzym - Sherlock (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life, runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn't know she was looking for--not necessarily in that order.
fandom:bbcsherlock  author:gyzym  pairing:molly/lestrade  type:backstory  type:epic  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:workingitout  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:a+formentalhealth  type:stylisticappreciation  length:50-60k 
february 2012 by blottingtheink
If You Liked The Book, You'll Hate The Movie - Chapter 1 - paperclipbitch - X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
Modern-Day High School AU. It’s not until Hank realises half the class are glancing towards the back of the classroom with something like nerves and something like schadenfreude that he finds out Alex Summers is back.

Basically everyone’s got mental health problems in this and I think at least 20k of it was produced under antidepressant-induced mania last summer. Experimenting with writing styles so five different POVs. I’ve deliberately fucked with ages and friendships and familial relationships for both the movies and the comics. Other than that... this is stupidly long, and a bit ridiculous, and I’m really sorry (all I wanted was to write a cracky fic where Emma and Hank were BFFs. Whyyyyy etc).

I don't even know how to express all my feelings for this. paperclipbitch moves the story effortlessly between points of view, everyone is broken and surviving and not romanticized, every time I thought "oh, whoops, I guess the kids are being back-burned?" I was proven wrong, and basically I read it in one sitting while I should have been doing other things, despite my lack-of-need for X-Men right now.

(That's something I wish English had a word for, lack-of-need.)
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:paperclipbitch  pairing:erik/charles  pairing:hank/alex  pairing:raven/sean  pairing:armando/angel  type:highschoolau  type:alternateuniverse  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:longandsatisfying  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:surviving  type:workingitout  type:a+formentalhealth  warningtype:mentalhealthissues  warningtype:depression  warningtype:rape(discussed)  warningtype:alcohol  length:50-60k 
february 2012 by blottingtheink
Hemostuck - roachpatrol, urbanAnchorite (t_ZM) - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
The Troll-centric AU where the troll blood-defined caste system is reversed: Aradia is Her Imperial Luminescence, and Feferi is a rag-wearing crazypants of delight, and everyone loves Karkat. Also the kids are gods. IT IS AMAZING.

Currently two stories long, and PAINFULLY delightful; the tumblr has extra info, and promises of more stories.

I am loathe to devote myself to something this sprawling and this unfinished, but it crawled into my ribspace and it is STAYING THERE.

Pairings are many and various, but Firmly Established pairings within canon include (although many of these go through developments, switches, and painful side-trips):

Vriska<3Tavros
Tavros<>Aradia
Aradia<3Equius
Equius<>Nepeta
Nepeta<3<Tavros
Feferi<>Eridian
Eridian<3<Sollux
Gamzee<3Feferi
Vriska<3<Aradia

While Karkat, Terezi, Kanaya, are floating around fucking shit up. I know where these kids are going based on reading ALL THE APOCRYPHA (srsly, this includes amazing bg, no lie), um, they're not in the story yet, and I kind of ship Karkat<3Eridian, even though it will NEVER HAPPEN, and doesn't really belong at all in the real world ACK
fandom:homestuck  author:urbanAnchorite  author:roachpatrol  pairing:everyoneallthetime  type:epic  type:characterization  type:alternateuniverse  type:worldbuilding  type:awesome  type:ohwownorly  type:illustrated  type:series  type:fandomclassic  length:50-60k 
december 2011 by blottingtheink
Limited Release - rageprufrock - X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
When Alex Summers broke out of supermax to rescue his stupid kid brother, he had no idea it was going to be so fucking complicated

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

OH MY GOD I was following this on the kinkmeme forever, and now it is DONE and also PRU

repeat: yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:rageprufrock  pairing:erik/charles  pairing:hank/alex  type:awesome  type:alternateuniverse  type:copau  type:contemporaryau  type:longandsatisfying  type:crackiscrazysauce  type:ohwownorly  type:characterization  type:plotty  length:50-60k 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
The Professor's Wife - Chapter 1 - foolish_mortal - xxxHoLic [Archive of Our Own]
The students all said that Professor Doumeki had a wife who made him lunches and impeccably pressed his shirts. Watanuki found this hilarious. For the wtfholic fest prompt: "The only people who can see Watanuki are customers with wishes."

|| Somehow, I'd convinced myself I hadn't read this, because, re-starting it, nothing seemed familiar. It's that character-driven. Nevertheless, this is perfect: it's soft and sad and hopeful in all the best ways the manga was, and I absolutely have slotted it into canon. That's done, and finally, I am at peace with the ending of xxxholic.
fandom:xxxholic  author:foolish_mortal  pairing:doumeki/watanuki  type:posttext  type:closetocanonau  type:somethingperfect  type:characterization  type:beautiful  type:myheart  length:50-60k  from delicious
may 2011 by blottingtheink

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