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you're gonna give your love to me - irnan - Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
“Oh my god,” says Natasha. “Please don’t hit on me, please.” She falls into a chair despairingly and puts her head in her hands. Such a bad idea, Jesus Christ, if they do hit on her, if they both hit on her, if the words you don’t have to choose cross anybody’s lips –

Such a bad idea.

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

“Everybody hated your Aunt Ida,” says Steve.

 

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

|| I love this. I haven't seen AoU, and I likely never will, but this deals with that love plot and lays it gently to rest, all while giving us back Natasha fucked-up for her Actual Reasons and also Steve and Bucky being great. No non or dub con, Natasha rides the sex pollen out.
fandom:marvel  fandom:avengers  author:irnan  pairing:steve/bucky/natasha  type:posttext  type:sexpollen  type:pining!  type:backstory  type:dating  type:workingitout  type:friendship  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  type:threesome  length:10k-15k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
Second Time Lucky - labellementeuse - Howl Series - Diana Wynne Jones [Archive of Our Own]
Sophie, was in fact quite sure that she’d rather be Pendragon than Jenkins; if she wanted a plain, unmagical name, she had Hatter to be going on with. “Well, all right then, you can be Howl Pendragon, and we can invite the king; but we’ll have it in Market Chipping, if you please.”

“Not in the hall,” said Howl. “My complexion will look awful against that stone.”

“But mine looks quite nice against it,” Sophie said. “And it’s the biggest building in the village. If you’re inviting the king we’d better make sure we have space for him.”

|| I was right, this is the right amount of Sophie. Well done.
fandom:howl'smovingcastle  fandom:rare  author:labellementeuse  pairing:howl/sophie  type:weddingfic  type:hijinks  type:becausecharacterlove  type:characterization  type:makesmesmile  length:5-10k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
Let Me Grow Young - Vera (Vera_DragonMuse) - Guardians of the Galaxy - All Media Types, Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
Between heroic deeds and misadventures, Gamora accidentally does the things she missed out on in childhood.

|| I loved this--particularly the Gamora and Rocket, but there is a fantastic moment with each of the others as well. Loved loved loved the Groot moment, particularly.
fandom:gotg  author:vera  type:gen  type:posttext  type:teamfic  type:characterization  type:friendship  type:becausecharacterlove  length:5-10k 
august 2014 by blottingtheink
Rootsong - Chapter 1 - inlovewithnight - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [Archive of Our Own]
*GOTG SPOILERS*



Groot needs more room to grow.

|| This Gamora is pitch-perfect, from her first exclamation to her relationship to Peter to her coping-mechanisms. Loved loved loved.
fandom:gotg  author:inlovewithnight  type:gen  type:posttext  type:friendship  type:family  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
august 2014 by blottingtheink
Best Kept Secret - AlchemyAlice - Marvel (Movies), The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
In which there is a secret friendship, and Tony can’t deal with feelings, so Natasha has to do it for him. These two features may or may not be related.

|| Oh my god, I looove this Natasha. I'm not a fan of the way Pepper and Tony's relationship just--disappeared--but Pepper is never maligned, and it's clear it was in the past. Somehow. Anyway, the best part of this is that while it's outside POV on Tony/Steve, the most important relationship is Tony & Natasha's friendship, and Natasha's relationship with the team AND that through it all, Natasha's POV voice is calm, collected, but not unfeeling--she has wants, and quirks, and none of it feels flashy. Loved it. And it made me want the Black Widow movie SO BADLY.
fandom:avengers  author:alchemyalice  pairing:tony/steve  character:natasha.romanov  type:characterization  type:gen  type:friendship  type:workingitout  type:makesmesmile  type:becausecharacterlove  type:posttext  length:10k-15k 
january 2014 by blottingtheink
babel, babel, look at me now - jumpfall - Iron Man (Movies), The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Iron Man 3 Spoilers.

Fixing Extremis doesn't mean removing it. Tony Stark may in fact be dating a superhero. (There's a line in the budget for it.)

|| The story Pepper Potts deserves. (And, probably, the one she'll never get. Goddammit, comics movies. Catch up, already.)
fandom:ironman  fandom:avengers  author:jumpfall  pairing:tony/pepper  type:becausecharacterlove  type:feminism  type:awesome  type:characterization  type:posttext  type:somethingperfect  type:stylisticappreciation  type:ohwownorly  length:5-10k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
I Don't Think You're Ready - siegeofangels - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Sydney Crosby's sophomore year as the only woman in the NHL. No pressure or anything.

|| Wow, okay, I thought I'd already saved this! God bless current hockey fandom, please continue with the aag, a+. This is Sydney Crosby gen--Sydney who is unfailingly polite and doesn't date, but who is a rageful assehole on the ice, who respects her PR Katie, even if she wishes she didn't have to wear makeup, ever, and is unfailingly devoted to hard work, a Sydney Crosby who is still working through how she feels about her body in relation to how the world feels about her body, and how it tells her she should, and a Sydney who's mostly friendly with all the men in her life, but who, unsurprisingly, is sometimes let down by them, and who can't wait to play with and against more women in the NHL.

It's really great. Really, really great.
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:siegeofangels  type:gen  character:sidney.crosby  type:alwaysagirl  type:characterization  type:a+forbodyissues  type:somethingperfect  type:becausecharacterlove  type:whatmustbedone  length:5-10k 
april 2013 by blottingtheink
something good can work (and it can work for you) - queenklu - Leverage [Archive of Our Own]
“When you say ‘we’re making dinner,'” Eliot finally says, “do you really mean ‘Hey you should come over and cook dinner for us so we don’t burn down the apartment?’”

|| HEYOOO. So, the beginning is all Parker and Hardison and everything I love about them, and how deeply I love Parker oh my GOD, and then the second half is hot, hot porn. So. If you like Parker terribly and threesomes (as I do). Well. The reveal is perhaps a bit rushed, but I don't really mind.
fandom:leverage  author:queenklu  pairing:eliot/parker/hardison  type:episoderelated  type:threesome  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  type:softly  type:smmmmmmmut  length:5-10k 
march 2013 by blottingtheink
Magic Beans - Morbane - Sunshine - Robin McKinley [Archive of Our Own]
"Yes, there is yet something missing," Yolande admitted, to version number four. "The beans."

I must have looked skeptical. I didn't think the possibility of an uncooked bean secreted in a different part of the pastry could change your impression of the part you were actually biting into. Maybe thrill needed to go with galette des rois the way that nostalgia went with madeleines or unbearable sadness went with lemon cake.

Yolande persuades Sunshine to employ her magic in her baking. Sunshine has her doubts.

|| Oh my GOD, this Sunshine voice is PERFECT, and it takes on her lingering concerns from the novel--the oncoming apocalypse, her place in the world, her relationship to magic and her own self--and it does it while playing on every goddamn heartstring I have about families and teenagers and grief, without once getting overblown. Fantastic.
fandom:rare  fandom:sunshine  author:morbane  challenge:yuletide2012  type:gen  type:family  type:posttext  type:characterization  type:voice  type:workingitout  type:becausecharacterlove  type:personalcanon  type:somethingperfect  length:5-10k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
EGGS?! - lalaietha - How to Train Your Dragon (2010) [Archive of Our Own]
Hiccup shouts back, "I mean, he hasn't been eating properly for a while and then tonight he dragged my mattress in front of the fire and he's curled up on it and won't move and he keeps growling at me whenever I try to come near, but I can see that he's, like, trembling and shaking like something's really wrong. I came to get you because I figured you might be smarter enough than me to see something I'm missing."

Astrid glances at him; his face is set and grim and it doesn't sound like that last bit is a self-deprecating joke. Which is inexplicably warming: she gets "pretty" a lot and "deadly" occasionally, but not a lot of people go out of their way to tell her she's smart. "I'll look, but I dunno, Hiccup."

"It's times like this I wish we had elder dragon experts to go ask about stuff," Hiccup says and Astrid laughs a little bitterly.

|| Perfect.
fandom:howtotrainyourdragon  author:lalaietha  challenge:yuletide2012  pairing:hiccup/astrid  type:gen  type:family  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  type:posttext  type:somethingperfect  length:1-5k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
All Happy Families - ChibiRHM - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

|| Taylor Crosby is, objectively speaking, the best. (It's Sid/Geno, but really it's about Taylor and Sid, with Taylor and her family, Geno, and hockey in the background. And how much do I want Taylor to be drafted? So much.)
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:chibirhm  pairing:sidney/geno  character:taylorcrosby  type:family  type:birdsongsweet  type:characterization  type:outsidepov  type:becausecharacterlove  length:5-10k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
Going It Alone - Chapter 1 - Nomad - Discworld - Terry Pratchett [Archive of Our Own]
Some walked the path to a witch's door with fearful desperation; some walked it with false bravado, and some with foolish daydreams. Esme walked it with a tent, and set it up on the lawn.

|| You know how sometimes, you read something, and you have to take a deep, bracing breath, and let it out slowly?

Yeah. Granny Weatherwax, before Granny.
fandom:discworld  author:nomad  challenge:yuletide2012  character:grannyweatherwax  type:backstory  type:gen  type:becausecharacterlove  type:characterization  type:somethingperfect  length:1-5k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
let's not get sloppy just because we're singing -
Kyoko deals with the challenges of playing roles in a number of different adaptations.
Note: Warnings for the fact that fandom will ship anything, including incest, teacher/student, and human/killer artificial intelligence. Management would like to state for the record that this fic is not meant as endorsement of any of the things that fandom and/or the entertainment industry do within it.

OMG SKIP BEAT FIC???? WHAT???? Okay, so this is revealing my truly horrendous weakness to Skip Beat, but I think this fic does a FANTASTIC job reveling in the spastic wonder that is Kyoko, and also the best thing about it, which is that Kyoko learning to act--is actually all about Kyoko. <333333333

(Kyoko gets roles in Utena, Harry Potter, Portal, Labyrinth, and Princess Tutu. Really brilliant development.)
fandom:skipbeat  author:bookelfe  pairing:kyoko/ren  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:characterization  type:fivethings  type:crossover  type:becausecharacterlove  type:friendship  type:growingup  type:makesmesmile  type:forsaddays  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
red, red, gold - pprfaith - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Her armor is the exact same shade of red as the lipstick she’s worn since she was sixteen.

You don’t actually believe that’s coincidence, do you?

I really haven't saved this already? Exquisite character study--very interested in symbolism and parallels, aggression and need--and how they would play out for Tasha Stark. I love, love, love always-a-girl fic where the differences in power dynamics and behavior expectation become part of the character's relationships--so this, I love endlessly.
fandom:avengers  author:pprfaith  pairing:tony/steve  pairing:tony/pepper  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:alwaysagirl  type:backstory  type:workingitout  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
may 2012 by blottingtheink
And You Wonder Why We Ain't Got Nothing to Say - jukeboxhound - Marvel (Movies), The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
It figures that during the week Pepper is gone to the West Coast for some business thing, and both Tony and Bruce are missing from a formally-arranged Avengers meeting in SHIELD, it's because they're getting stoned on the floor in Tony's lab. DUM-E and U are hovering nearby and there's a holographic tic-tac-toe board lit up in yellow with green Xs and little red penises occupying some of the squares. Steve doesn't need to ask to know who's playing which color.

Flawless. (Ok, not enough Natasha. Common flaw. This Tony and Bruce are perfect, and Steve is gorgeous.)

Spoilers for the movie.
fandom:avengers  author:jukeboxhound  type:gen  type:posttext  type:friendship  type:wesohigh  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  type:short  length:1-5k 
may 2012 by blottingtheink
Superpowers - websandwhiskers - The Avengers (2012), Thor (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
Darcy's not sure how that all translates into the life of a reformed Bond villain, but she's a hundred and twelve percent certain that she's right about all of it, because this is her superpower.

Okay, maybe it's not a superpower, but Darcy's really good at reading people – also, at seeing patterns. This is how she ended up playing PA to not only Jane, but also Dr. Banner and, on occasion, Tony freakin' Stark. She doesn't really know a proton from a protein, it took her about three weeks working for Jane to figure out that it wasn't “rosenbridge” but Einstein, Rosen, bridge, three words despite how Jane pronounces them, and she takes a certain sick joy in declaring all Tony's gadgets “shiny” in her best unimpressed voice (even if the unreleased and unnamed device that has replaced her iPod is pretty sweet.)
fandom:avengers  author:websandwhiskers  pairing:bruce/natasha  type:becausecharacterlove  type:outsidepov  type:awesome  type:characterization  length:1-5k 
may 2012 by blottingtheink
No Quiet Sleeper - cest_what - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
CEB: i wish you didn't look so sad.
PCG: I. WHAT.
PCG: I DO NOT LOOK SAD, WHAT THE FUCK.
PCG: I AM FUCKING UNCONSCIOUS.
CEB: you do. you look really sad, dude.

Guys! Guys! It's timey-wimey locked-in-a-room hurt-comfort and it's John and Karkat being ridiculous and Dave being ridiculous, and also John is a jerk, and also it is adorable, and every time I read it, I just want to read fluff for hours, and I am lucky enough to have read it a lot. (eheheheheheheh.)
fandom:homestuck  author:c'estwhat  pairing:john/karkat  type:fluff  type:criminallyadorable  type:characterization  type:hurt/comfort  type:timeshenanigananans  type:hilarifying  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
february 2012 by blottingtheink
the career of his humour - paraTactician - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
He counts all of Time as his personal fiefdom.

She is feared by things that don't have a word for fear.

Neither of them has ever had a girlfriend before.

a;ldkjfa;lkjdlakjfa;lkjfds;ljda;slkdjsa;lkjasd;lk Yes, oh my god, yes. More than Terezi/Dave and Rose/Kanaya (although that's in here, and oh, they are both so in love with them), this is Rose and Dave and the way they need each other--and how funny they BOTH are--and oh, man, the ending is PERFECT.
fandom:homestuck  author:paratactician  pairing:rose/kanaya  pairing:terezi/dave  type:pesterlogs  type:fluff  type:makesmesmile  type:characterization  type:hilarifying  type:voice  type:becausecharacterlove  type:endingiswhoa  length:1-5k 
february 2012 by blottingtheink
stitching up the circuitboards - dellaluce - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
She sits, and she waits for her story to start.

This is FLAWLESS. I wanted to use a pull-quote from this, but, honestly, I couldn't possibly choose, the whole 7000 words is a pull quote--mothergodgoddamn. This explores what we know about Jade's childhood: alone, extraordinarily gifted at making things work, awake on Prospit--again alone, and convinced she knows what's happening--and says: Well. And if you were all those things, how do you become Jade Harley, wunderkid of fierce and and get-shit-done and boiling frustration? UGH AND IT IS PERFECT.
fandom:homestuck  author:dellaluce  pairing:dave/jade  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:becausecharacterlove  type:personalcanon  type:somethingperfect  type:stylisticappreciation  type:backstory  type:canonexpansion  type:gen  length:5-10k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
A Hymn Of Empire - urbanAnchorite (t_ZM) - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
And you started to wonder why books like The Alternian Pageant described the rebellion of the Summoner as a lowblood’s rebellion when it all talked so much about treasonous highbloods, and why books that didn’t have culled authors described the Summoner as a madman and books that did have culled authors described the Summoner as a virtuous soldier who loved his ideals. The culled trolls had written you much more interesting letters through time than the other ones. Before you started, you used to think that you had somehow invented the idea of troll society not being all it could be, like you were the only troll ever to think that maybe this all wasn’t a good idea. Other people had thought this long before the thought of you was a whisper in a bucket of slurry.

Oh. This absolutely ruined me.

Feferi Piexes teaches herself about her Empire, poor girl.
fandom:homestuck  author:urbanAnchorite  type:gen  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  character:feferipiexes  type:growingup  type:ouchmyheart  type:personalcanon  length:5-10k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
BL4CK HOL3, green 2un - schellibie, urbanAnchorite (t_ZM) - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
You'll get there, he interrupts. He is very calm! That is the worst part. There is not one spark of fear or pain, not one whiff of resistance. He is not afraid. It would be easier if he was afraid. Sit back, amateurs.

...I'd been avoiding this, because of character death, but it helps, knowing that this 'verse also has Scarlet and Bible Black in it. Still. Ouch. This is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful people.
fandom:homestuck  author:urbanAnchorite  author:schellibie  character:terezipyrope  character:solluxcaptor  type:gen  type:friendship  type:ouchmyheart  type:howling  type:whatmustbedone  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  type:series  length:1-5k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
The Second Verse - Anonymous - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
You’ve all been speeding and bouncing through the stars for more than a perigree and the patch on the roof still hasn’t stopped filling your nose with berry-blue. The coolkid said a while ago that the stain had faded, but you suspect he is fucking with you! He is not a quick learner. On the other hand, sometimes smells linger longer than the actual colors, especially when there is dust. It doesn’t do to filter evidence to reach a conclusion. It doesn’t.

A perigree later, Terezi mourns. In very Terezi fashion.

This is SO GREAT. I'm loving Ladystuck for giving me this (type of) Terezi, in particular; she's so wonderful, but so easily flattened. These are works interested in her self-deceit as much as her deception, and what it's like to see with one's nose as much as her licking. LOVE IT.
fandom:homestuck  author:sour_idealist  character:terezipyrope  character:vriskaserket  type:gen  type:becausecharacterlove  type:characterization  type:grief  type:workingitout  type:posttext  length:1-5k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
We Defy Augury - LindenSphinx - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
Everything about Miss Spidersilk Deceit hurts you in places you didn't know you had, an awful ache in the muscles around the chordstrings in your throat. She lies and bends and there is nothing to her but advantages and leveraged luck. You are an excellent team!

(Vriska slides off the end of your sword in a discarded heap of blueberry and creamsicle, not breathing even a bit.)

aaaaaauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

All the Scourge Sisters, gimme gimme gimme. (Also, the title is perfect for this; that is exactly its point. This Terezi is, ugh, flawed and angry and desperate, and she is flawless.)
fandom:homestuck  author:lindensphinx  challenge:ladystuck2011  pairing:terezi/vriska  pairing:mindfang/redglare(kismesis)  type:midtext  type:characterization  type:grief  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
Thicker Water - pprfaith - Inception (2010), The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
Arthur and Natasha rarely make it to their Gamma's birthday, but business keeps them in touch.

I can't believe how much I love this.

Arthur has been at the orphanage for almost as long as he can remember. He was three when he came, Gamma, who isn’t really anyone’s grandmother, tells him. He remembers only flashes, bright, brief moments. Blood, noise, pain. They never tell him that his mother died, but he’s not a baby and he knows. He thinks he may have seen it.

...

Arthur finds her on her first day with the strange women in the strange old house. She doesn’t even know his name before she decides she likes him. He has dark hair and dark eyes and he looks sharp, like the knives of the men that made her daddy so afraid and then set the house on fire when he didn’t want to play anymore.
fandom:inception  fandom:avengers  author:pprfaith  type:gen  type:becausecharacterlove  type:backstory  type:crossover  type:awesome  type:characterization  type:broken  type:bamf  length:1-5k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
Johbisai - Katarik - Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi | Spirited Away [Archive of Our Own]
Chihiro, making meals for the soul.

Yup, yup, weak to Chihiro for life. Girl is a hero. Not to imply that there is anything in this lovely snippet that is weak. To wit:

"I would have helped you, but you didn't need it."

Chihiro blinks, then smiles a little. "I didn't," she admits.

Perfection.
fandom:spiritedaway  author:katarik  character:chihiro  type:gen  type:characterization  type:midtext  type:posttext  type:stylisticappreciation  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
Scarlet and Bible Black - paraTactician - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
TT: One is not easily shaken from the broodfester tongues, John.
TT: They are stubborn throes.

You know how, when you're reading a story, and you get to a part--a line of dialogue, a piece of imagery, a choice--that encapsulates the way the character thinks, and yet still surprises, and you think:

Yes.

And you are sold, heart and soul? This fic is like that. I will never think about Rose in the same way--or Sollux, either--and you should have that.

I was avoiding this because of the body horror warning tags, but 1. it may help (if somehow you haven't read it already!) to know that the horror is imagined, and more or less not actually perpetrated by the main protagonist, and that 2. this is extraordinary. This is Rose Lalonde in all of her glory, hard and cold as a diamond, smart as a whip, and, fundamentally, twice as loyal. This is a girl who knows her weaknesses and still has them, who sees them in others, and still loves them, a girl with rage and a girl who laughs at it--and I may, in fact, be a little in love with her now.
fandom:homestuck  author:paratactician  pairing:rose/sollux  type:characterization  type:takeanideaandrun  type:somethingperfect  type:ohwownorly  type:becausecharacterlove  type:fandomclassic  type:personalcanon  warningtype:violence  warningtype:bodyhorror  length:10k-15k 
december 2011 by blottingtheink
If We Can Land A Man On The Moon, Surely I Can Win Your Heart (Jade/Sollux, by SORD)
Sollux is going to come visit Jade!

GG: and i havent been up in his grill :(
GG: thats means mouth, right?
GG: how could i get in his mouth over the internet, dave!
GG: RIDDLE ME THAT, FUCKASS!!!!
TG: ok sorry troll messiah ill get right on that
GG: im sorry, i didnt mean go all karkat at you

im sorry, i didnt mean to go all karkat at you

IM SORRY, I DIDNT MEAN TO GO ALL KARKAT AT YOU

A-MA-ZING

(Also, wtf, Ship Jade With Everyone, and this fic is bloody adorable, and they WOULD be beautiful together.)
fandom:homestuck  author:SORD  pairing:jade/sollux  type:characterization  type:voice  type:hilarifying  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
december 2011 by blottingtheink
==>Karkat: Flail Your Sickles Around Like A Tool - vikki - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
Things you are capable of doing that nobody knows about:

* An acrobatic fucking pirouette off the handle, and not out of rage.
* flipping yourself, not just your shit.
* pas de poisson.

aka The Fic Where Karkat Does Combat Via Ballet (with the work-inspiring art by elanorpam).

This is lovely. Partly because Karkat? Hard to say; but I will love anything and everything with that art in it. <3
fandom:homestuck  author:vikki  author:elanorpam  type:illustrated  type:becausecharacterlove  type:midtext  type:characterization  length:1-5k 
december 2011 by blottingtheink
Construction (The Girl in the Machine) - Chapter 1 - everlit (Ink), helyorin - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
When you're five sweeps old, yet too young for proper quadrants, a failed alliance is almost the bitterest thing you can imagine. It doesn't matter that you'd never desired or pacified Vriska, or she you; she was your sister, yours. And then she wasn't.

Five people whose stories Terezi Pyrope helped write: a tale of games momentuous and trivial, of kingmaking, and of post-Sburb malaise.

I literally hit myself in the face after I finished this, it is that good. (Also, internetspeak is bad for real life dramatics, take note.) UGH. This is AMAZING: a character study that takes all the underlying sweetness and tragedy inherent in Homestuck and lets them breathe. Plus, the art is fantastic.
fandom:homestuck  author:Ink  author:helyorin  pairing:terezi/karkat  pairing:terezi/dave  type:awesome  type:art  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:becausecharacterlove  type:somethingperfect  length:10k-15k 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
Terezi Pyrope Bends Karkat Vantas Over A Table (Sexily) - gogollescent - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
“What the fuck are you doing,” said Karkat, his voice crackly with doubt; he twisted in her grip, and she caught a panic-piquant whiff of his face, how it cut pale across the licorice memory of the back of his head. (To breath the world through the nostrils was to mix moment with moment and to see every side of a motion at once, a kind of olfactory cubism. Terezi would have loved Troll Picasso, had Troll Picasso not been culled at six sweeps for an unduly innovative approach to representative media.)

feelsfeelsfeelsijustwanteveryonetobehappyandlessdeadinsomecases

Also this is a brilliant Terezi voice.
fandom:homestuck  author:gogollescent  pairing:terezi/karkat  type:characterization  type:voice  type:short  type:ouchmyheart  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
Two, Side by Side
Mei curled her tail around her hind legs and flexed her claws. "I forget that you do not know anything about history," she said, kindly. "Hua Mu Lan was the first woman lung-zi, in the dawning days of the Tang Dynasty, when our forces were as barbaric as yours in such matters and only men were allowed to fight." Temeraire bridled a bit at this, the spines of his ruff flaring, but subsided as Mei continued. "Her story is one of our most famous poems. I will sing it to you, if you like."

|| OH MY GOD ALL MY FEELS. I cannot exactly express why, but this almost made me cry. God, women who want things and give things up.

On a more coherent note: this MuLan is epically believable as a person, and the rewrite of Mulan into the Temeraire universe is impeccable.
fandom:temeraire  fandom:disney  author:makesmewannadie  type:gen  type:fusion  type:becausecharacterlove  type:characterization  type:worldbuilding  type:somethingperfect  type:fairytale  type:feminism  type:brilliant  type:lovely  type:myheart 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
Just Temporary, Ma'am - sutlers - Thor (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
In which Darcy procures a fake boyfriend in order to get Jane off her tits about this "Darcy doesn't have any friends" thing. Which is ridiculous, Darcy has over 300 friends.

THIS DARCY. So much more loveable, even, than the one in the film. I don't blame you, Clint.
fandom:avengers  fandom:thor  author:sutlers  type:characterization  type:takeanideaandrun  type:posttext  type:silliness  type:pretendbfs  type:criminallyadorable  type:voice  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
The Sound Of Clay And The Colour of Coffee - ArwenLune - Firefly [Archive of Our Own]
Two insomniacs on a ship:

Bare feet soundless on the metal grates, she drifts about the ship, like debris in the deep blackness of space. Can't sleep - won't sleep, not while the pressure behind her eyes makes her dream of sharpness and heat.

Hands come up, stop in front of her face, fingers curled with powerless frustration. She flexes and lowers them again.

LOOK AT THAT. LOOK. I--oh my god--it is So. Damn. River, the way that the hands are NOT HERS, but then she struggles (SUBTLY) for control, and brings them back to herself. The rest of the fic delivers on the promise of that characterization, as well as fitting her cadence, conversation patterns, and physicality. Just. Stunning. Mal is awesome too--distinctly his own vocal patterns. UGH BEAUTIFUL
fandom:firefly  author:arwenlune  type:gen  character:river.tam  character:mal.reynolds  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:short  type:stylisticappreciation  type:voice  type:beautiful  type:becausecharacterlove 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
Space is like hard pure night - A Hundred Thousand Miles
Sally Donovan didn’t daydream of being a police officer when she was young.

|| WAHHHHHHH. There are some warnings on this, but oh man, it is worth it for the PERSON in it, and for the ending.
fandom:bbcsherlock  author:what-alchemy  type:gen  character:sally.donovan  type:backstory  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  type:important  type:ouchmyheart  type:somethingperfect  type:endingiswhoa  warningtype:characterdeath  warningtype:disorderedeating  from delicious
september 2011 by blottingtheink
honey_wheeler: common threads
Set during and after the Battle for Hogwarts, Deathly Hallows.

Side-characters: sadly, softly, broken families. Beautiful, and made me put my fist to my mouth a couple of times. Tonks, Andromeda, Fleur and George are probably my favorites, but they're all great (except, maybe, for a moment with the silly brave Slytherins-must-actually-be-Gryffindors trope, but it's in characterfor the speakers, so). Excellent.
fandom:harrypotter  author:honey_wheeler  pairing:bill/fleur  pairing:remus/tonks  type:gen  type:drabble  type:posttext  type:becausecharacterlove  type:family  type:grief  type:softly  type:ouchmyheart  type:characterization  type:personalcanon  from delicious
september 2011 by blottingtheink
Another One Bites The Dust - gogollescent - Good Omens - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett, X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
Erik isn't a fan of the twentieth century.

|| OH MY GOD. READ THIS NOW. Beautiful, beautiful XMFC/Good Omens crossover. I love everything about Erik-Crowley in this: the way he is distinctly Erik--full of rage and hurt and fury--and I love the way it extends, of course, as a demon, to ineffability, to this world that he is done with--BECAUSE HE CARES GOD I LOVE THIS READ IT
fandom:goodomens  fandom:x-men(firstclass)  author:gogollescent  type:gen  type:fusion  type:crossover  type:beautiful  type:becausecharacterlove  type:characterization  type:awesome  type:somethingperfect  from delicious
september 2011 by blottingtheink
jumpfall: Suits Fic: going the distance (G, Gen)
Donna runs a quarter marathon, Mike bonds, and all Harvey really wants is a hug.<br />
<br />
I love Donna, I love Donna all the time. This is wonderful. 
fandom:suits  author:jumpfall  type:gen  type:friendship  type:backstory  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  type:short  from delicious
august 2011 by blottingtheink
Writing is Purdy - Fic: I've Forgotten the Punchline
The joke has to end some time. Finale to Two Doctors, a Nurse, a Detective and a Scot arc.

|| WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I am so, so, so misty-eyed. God, I love this incarnation of all of them and their big, big, beautiful hearts.
fandom:bbcsherlock  fandom:doctorwho  pairing:sherlock/john  pairing:amy/rory  character:john.watson  character:doctor(11)  type:sequel  type:ouchmyheart  type:grief  type:characterization  type:beautiful  type:becausecharacterlove  type:somethingperfect  from delicious
june 2011 by blottingtheink
Half-Way Gone - the_moonmoth - Inception (2010) [Archive of Our Own]
"This was inspired by a mental image of Eames, with all the same traits that fandom loves, but just happening to be a woman," says moonmoth--and oh, she follows through. This Eames. This one. I fell a little in love with her too.
fandom:inception  author:the_moonmoth  pairing:arthur/eames  type:characterization  type:alternateuniverse  type:genderfuck  type:awesome  type:becausecharacterlove 
october 2010 by blottingtheink
In Which Parker Bastions
"Parker doesn't enjoy being a fake office worker." Okay, I should just own this. CRUSH ON PARKER. I would read anything. I recognize this. But this--IS HILARIOUS. If an author can get her--it's like--pure golden slit-eyed psychotic comedy GOLD.
fandom:leverage  author:libraryofsol  character:parker  type:gen  type:giggles  type:becausecharacterlove  type:characterization 
june 2010 by blottingtheink
Seeing Strength
Hinata is immeasurably cooler than all the other girls. End of story.
character:hinata  fandom:naruto  author:sadieko  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove 
june 2007 by blottingtheink

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