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Social Animals - nivo - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
But the next time Hoseok falls asleep in yet another uncomfortable dressing room chair with his head held carefully to protect his already styled hair – Jeongguk can't help but think he would've made one fine court lady back in the day – Jeongguk is there, alert and ready. Hoseok must realize what he's up to – he always does, usually before Jeongguk himself could even make sense of his own actions – but he doesn't comment on it; doesn't tease Jeongguk the way Jimin and Yoongi do whenever they catch him 'playing hyung,' as Jimin once put it with a sappy grin, messing up Jeongguk's hair just to be annoying.

It's not like that, anyway.

|| Goddddddd, this is the fic that convinced me Junghope was something I loved--it packs an emotional wallop for something so short (barely 1k!). All about protectiveness and growing up and knowing something is waiting for you, even if all it is right now is your hand in someone's hair.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:nivo  pairing:j-hope/jungkook  type:canonexpansion  type:softly  type:preslash  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:growingup  type:myheart  type:characterization  type:backstory  length:1-5k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
Be There - taejinyo - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Seokjin smiles, his eyes crinkling up into slits. "Don't worry about it, Jungkookie. This happens all the time," he says and brings his hand up to rest on Jungkook's shoulder and oh, he thinks, oh. He stares dumbly at where his hand meets the curve of a solid, tall shoulder for a moment before he recovers. "Ah, our Jungkookie's really grown. Already taller than me?" He laughs and looks up, and isn't that strange, to think that now to look into Jungkook's eyes, he has to actually look up.

Jungkook tears his eyes away from where they're gazing at Seokjin's hand on him and now he's looking right at Seokjin. "Yeah," he says after a long pause, the look in his eyes unreadable, "I guess I am."

|| Oh, this is nice. I like the way it builds in prior history and casts forward at the same time; I like Seokjin's worries and hesitances and willingness to take risks and the way he thinks about growing up--it feels very Seokjin, and very realistic for being the oldest; I like Jungkook's quiet nervous surety and I love every member cameo. Really good across the board.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:taejinyo  pairing:jin/jungkook  type:canonexpansion  type:pining!  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:workingitout  type:growingup  type:everyoneelseknows  type:characterization  length:1-5k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
youth in revolt - mediest - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Four times Jimin takes the blame and one time Jungkook steps up.

|| I liked this--the way their relationship is slightly uneven, and they're both young and doing shit they shouldn't, although in different ways. The ending was really satisfying, the way it felt like a step towards both of them being more honest and taking more responsibility.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:mediest  pairing:jimin/jungkook  type:fivethings  type:takeanideaandrun  type:characterization  type:sillysillyboys  type:mistakes  type:workingitout  type:growingup  length:1-5k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
the places we call home - jan - Natsume Yuujinchou [Archive of Our Own]
As it turns out, moving in was the easy part. The difficulty was in moving away: in the instant that the train pulled out of the station and the platform began to recede, and in the sudden shock of distance carried down a crackling phone line, and through the moments and moments since, at breakfast or dinner or half-asleep in a room whose shadows he had yet to learn. But he learns those, eventually, as he learns many other things -- things that, years ago, he would have lacked even the vocabulary for. For instance: forming a new home does not mean abandoning an old one. Many things can endure across distances. To be apart from someone does not mean you have lost them.

|| Oh, I loved this. Quiet and meditative in exactly the way the series is, with a fantastic grasp on both Natsume and Madara's voices. Has a couple of brief cameos of Madara in human form that were unexpectedly really compelling for me.
fandom:natsume  author:jan  type:gen  type:future  type:growingup  type:findingyourway  type:friendship  type:dynamics  type:voice  type:characterization  type:softly  type:somethingperfect  length:1-5k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
Spring, Summer, Fall - longleggedgit - Big Bang (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Some relationships take longer to figure out than others.

|| Oh, I liked this. I don't have enough of a handle on Taeyang's personality--on or off-stage to really know how this hit me, in that respect--but I really enjoy this GD: settled and knows what he wants in so many respects, kind of a wild person in others. Loved the ending.
fandom:bigbang  fandom:kpop  author:longleggedgit  pairing:gdragon/taeyang  type:workingitout  type:growingup  type:everyoneelseknows  type:characterization  type:endingiswhoa  length:5-10k 
october 2014 by blottingtheink
At Tilde - copperbadge - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
Matilda turns hacker, impresses Tony Stark, and fails to be swayed by Charles Xavier.

|| I LOVED THIS. "Her hacker name was @~. She thought it looked like a flower." Matilda is just as no-nonsense, discerning, and capable as in the book; Tony is perhaps a bit more sensible, but everything else is spot-on, and oh, soooooo delightful.
fandom:matilda  fandom:ironman  fandom:x-men  author:copperbadge  type:gen  type:crossover  type:growingup  type:hilarifying  type:characterization  type:takeanideaandrun  type:somethingperfect  type:personalcanon  length:1-5k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
Most Tourists Suck, But I Guess You Don’t - Margo_Kim - Lilo & Stitch (2002), Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi | Spirited Away [Archive of Our Own]
It was a normal enough day at Nani’s cafe, except for the part where one girl nearly ripped the place apart looking for her mouse. That got Lilo’s attention.

|| I AM SO PLEASED. A great, cute little pre-slash piece; Chihiro and Lilo are both awkward and teenaged and totally, immediately smitten. I love this. I particularly love that this Chihiro is both competent AND a child, not the completely in-control person that shows up in a lot of fic. Chihiro yells a lot in the show, is all I'm saying. Anyway! Delightful. Totally worth reading.
fandom:spiritedaway  fandom:disney  author:margo_kim  pairing:lilo/chihiro  type:posttext  type:preslash  type:femmeslash  type:criminallyadorable  type:characterization  type:takeanideaandrun  type:growingup  type:birdsongsweet  length:1-5k 
march 2013 by blottingtheink
Course History - iamtheenemy - Community [Archive of Our Own]
“Damn it!” Troy shouted. He pushed out of his chair and slammed the mouse down on the desk, attracting the attention of the rest of the class. “I don’t even know what ‘dysentery’ is!”

Some of the classes that Annie, Abed and Troy have taken together at Greendale over the years.
fandom:community  author:iamtheenemy  challenge:yuletide2012  type:gen  type:friendship  type:list  type:growingup  type:hilarifying  type:birdsongsweet  type:characterization  length:1-5k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Hopes and Fears and Fidgets - HopefulNebula - Matilda - Roald Dahl [Archive of Our Own]
Four things Matilda wanted to be when she grew up, and one thing she became.

|| AUGH. The ending is too good to ruin, but suffice it to say that this Matilda is just as practical and insightful as the books, and I'm a bit teary-eyed.
fandom:rare  fandom:matilda  author:hopefulnebula  challenge:yuletide2012  type:gen  type:growingup  type:fivethings  type:characterization  type:voice  type:ouchmyheart  type:endingiswhoa  length:1-5k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Some Time Before - neveralarch - Discworld - Terry Pratchett [Archive of Our Own]
The thing about being young is that it happens to most everyone.

"It's not something you can solve," Sybil says, into the dark. "Children grow up in their own little world, and it's real enough to them. My childhood was the realest thing that's ever happened to me."

|| GOD BLESS US EVERYONE. There's something about the Discworld that allows for the best of the absurd, and the most plainly spoken wisdom and compassion, all at once, and this author captures it--and the differing practicalities of all these characters--effortlessly. Highly, highly recommended.

Sam, Sibyl, Moist, and Adora, growing up, becoming, and loving. And canon, as far as I'm concerned. Goddamn, I want to read everything this author's ever written.
fandom:discworld  author:neveralarch  challenge:yuletide2012  pairing:sam/sibyl  pairing:moist/adora  type:characterization  type:somethingperfect  type:growingup  type:workingitout  type:backstory  type:personalcanon  type:awesome  length:5-10k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Harry thinks "Why is Malfoy working in a coffee shop in muggle London?" is a much simpler question than, "Are you going to accept that auror offer and, if you don't, what will you do?"

|| A post-war fic in the long-standing tradition of post-war fics: Harry doesn't know what to do with his life, Malfoy is reformed, love blossoms. But MORE THAN THAT, it's a lovely piece about growing up, about realizing that "both" is often the more accurate descriptor of the world than "either", and Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Narcissa are all believable people, without being horrible for the sake of Creating Drama. It's really, really lovely, and good in the way H/D is good, now, like hot chocolate. (Not epilogue-compliant.)
fandom:harrypotter  author:anon  pairing:harry/draco  type:characterization  type:longandsatisfying  type:posttext  type:growingup  type:workingitout  type:lovely  length:40-50k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Disentanglement - rageprufrock - Social Network (2010) [Archive of Our Own]
After the abject shitshow of Palo Alto, Eduardo's plans are to stop proving his father right about all his life decisions, shut up, graduate, and keep abusing the slow-healing wound from Mark's knife in the back until all the scar tissue is numb from dead nerve endings.

|| Yes. This is probably the last TSN fic I think I will ever need--not about Mark and Eduardo, but Eduardo, about losing and growing up around it, into it. This is the most glorious gen--not free of relationships, because who is--but not, narratively, the point. (The NYC porn didn't hurt either.)
fandom:thesocialnetwork  author:rageprufrock  type:gen  type:surviving  type:characterization  type:characterstudy  type:growingup  type:ohwownorly  type:somethingperfect  type:scratchesanitch  length:15-20k 
october 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
Crawled Out Of The Sea - gatty - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
The weight of killing is a many-splendoured thing. It is a game, a task, a burden. All things to all people. To two young trolls, it is these things.

...Vriska and Feferi, and the harm their guardians did them.
fandom:homestuck  author:gatty  character:vriskaserket  character:feferipiexes  type:characterization  type:backstory  type:growingup  type:goddamnwearefuckedup  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
Technical Debt - thedeadparrot - The Social Network [Archive of Our Own]
Mark is trying, and he thinks Eduardo is trying, but their resentments go so deep it feels like their friendship can't go anywhere at all, like there's this huge architectural flaw in their code that they're trying to hack around when they should be trying to go back and rethink everything, like they need to tear it all down so that they can rebuild it all from scratch.
fandom:thesocialnetwork  author:thedeadparrot  pairing:mark/eduardo  type:characterization  type:posttext  type:workingitout  type:growingup  type:livingtogetherfirst  from delicious
june 2011 by blottingtheink

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