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room to grow - Mysecretfanmoments - Haikyuu!! [Archive of Our Own]
“You’re too noisy!” comes a voice from behind. Shouyou doesn’t have to turn to know it’s Kageyama running after him; he continues yelling.

“Stop shouting!”

Something inside of Shouyou releases. It’s been so long since Kageyama has shouted at him like that, chasing him like he’ll literally tackle him if he has to. It’s immature. Not something third years should be doing—but no one else is up yet. Shouyou runs faster, doesn’t shut up.

|| Third year fic is always a dangerous endeavor, but I love this soft ache of this, the sweet edge and nervousness as they try to renegotiate how to relate to each other.
fandom:haikyuu  author:mysecretfanmoments  pairing:hinata/kageyama  type:canonexpansion  type:future  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:characterization  length:5-10k 
june 2016 by blottingtheink
keep you in my focus - cumulus - GOT7 [Archive of Our Own]
Jackson is a variety star with a regular gig and Mark is his longtime VJ.

|| This is feels longer than its 10k: it's soft, and really satisfying. I really liked all the scenes with them being soft and unwound in each other's presence--that seems like what WOULD be the foundation Mark and Jackson's realtionship. The world feels pretty completely built-out; I enjoyed it a lot.
fandom:kpop  fandom:got7  author:cumulus  pairing:jackson/mark  type:alternateuniverse  type:pining!  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:longandsatisfying  length:5-10k 
june 2016 by blottingtheink
Soft Spot - nivo - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Yoongi doesn't particularly care for the well-being of the new trainee. It's just that he doesn't particularly care for prison, either, and leaving the kid to fend for himself would probably constitute criminally negligent homicide.

|| This is so fucking soft and full of promise, I think I remember making a pained noise on the subway when I read it. Nivo is so good at writing fics that speak to tenderness and that cast forward at the hopes one person has for another.

Yoongi watches out for the delicate new kid.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:nivo  pairing:suga/j-hope  type:canonexpansion  type:preslash  type:pre-text  type:characterization  type:softly  type:myheart  type:short  length:1-5k 
april 2016 by blottingtheink
Waking up in Vegas - troubleseason (cats_cradle6766) - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
"Morning," Taehyung says and wow he sounds even more like an angry truck than usual. Impressive.

"Is it actually?" Jimin asks, and sounds raw and terrible and interesting for some reason. Whatever. Jimin squints for a clock. "It's, like, one in the afternoon."

"We just woke up; it's morning," Taehyung says, crawling back into the bed to use Jimin's thigh as a pillow. All of him hurt, so naps. Naps and cuddles. Cuddles make it all better. Always.

|| A woke-up-married in Vegas fic that had me distracted through most of it trying to figure out if they were still in a kpop band (they are; apparently.... very much an alternate universe one, it's fine), but I handwaved it for enjoying the easiness of the vmin in this, and the sweet simmering glow of Taehyung's realization. I love the ending.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:troubleseason  pairing:jimin/v  type:alternateuniverse  type:wokeupmarried  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:softly  type:friendship  type:makesmesmile  length:1-5k 
april 2016 by blottingtheink
look at me, everything looks different - Chapter 1 - elfiepike - CLC (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Finally Sorn looked up, holding her hand palms flat against the frets. Sorn’s face was soft and open but Seunghee knew that Sorn was even better at playing her part than Seunghee was.

|| This fic is tiny but it takes me apart in all the best ways; putting a quiet voice to the small uncertain sadness I've been carrying about CLC and not understanding what is up with them, and how they're doing, and this takes the two softest members and has them help each other back to this hard, hard job they've found themselves in. All in about 500 words, god, I love it so much.
fandom:kpop  fandom:clc  author:elfiepike  pairing:seunghee/sorn  type:gen  type:canonexpansion  type:ouchmyheart  type:softly  type:characterization  type:birdsongsweet  type:myheart  type:surviving  length:<1k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
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
Though Oft We Break - o2doko - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, CLAMP - Works [Archive of Our Own]
They have their revenge, and the constant threat looming over all their lives has finally passed - but both Kurogane and Fai still have a lot of healing left to do. Fortunately, neither of them has to do it alone.

[Set between the final battle and the end of the series, during their convalescence in Clow Country.]

|| I loved this, but just as it captures the way everyone talks sideways at each other, leaving room for the big huge Issues they all carry around, it captures CLAMPs complete disregard for satisfying endings, lol. So--not unexpected, just. Gosh darn it!!
fandom:tsubasa  author:o2doko  pairing:kurogane/fai  type:midtext  type:missingscene  type:surviving  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:whatwedotoeachother  length:5-10k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
Youth - taejinyo - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
The first time he sees Seokjin cry, Jimin is seventeen years old, too old to not notice and too young to let it go.

"Hyung," he calls softly, "what's wrong?"

It's dark in their bedroom, and everyone else is sleeping. Namjoon's snores echo through the room, so loud that Jimin barely recognizes the sound of sniffling beneath it.

Seokjin immediately stops. Jimin peers over the side of his bunk and looks down at where Seokjin sleeps. The only thing he can see in the darkness is the bright glistening of tears in Seokjin's eyes. His breath stutters in his throat.

"Go back to sleep, Jimin."

"Are you okay?"

Jimin blinks, eyes slowly adjusting to the low light. Seokjin looks back up at him, expression gentle.

"Don't worry about me," he smiles. "I'll be fine."

|| The controlling metaphor in this is a bit much, but around it everything is soft and well-observed and a bit achey. My favorite scenes are probably this one (too old not to notice and too young to let it go UGH) and the scene in the car at the end, but again really good cameos from everyone.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:taejinyo  pairing:jimin/jin  type:canonexpansion  type:pining!  type:obliviousness  type:short  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:everyoneelseknows  type:dynamics  length:1-5k 
march 2016 by blottingtheink
Late Night, Early Morning - Chapter 1 - cest_what - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Jungkook just wants somewhere to sleep.

|| This fic is SO SOFT, and I LOVE IT. I particularly love Jungkook's hesitancy but also smart-mouthed-ness, how he is alternately Totally Sure of things and Completely Unsure about them, how even with his back against the wall he'll try to be as cocky as possible--and Jimin, soft, and kind, but also playful and firm. Really really lovely. I've loved it about all seven or eight times I've read it now.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:cestwhat  pairing:jimin/jungkook  type:bedsharing  type:oopsyoufoundout  type:softly  type:criminallyadorable  type:characterization  type:makesmesmile  length:1-5k 
february 2016 by blottingtheink
tell me about the big bang - thebrotherswinchester - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars - All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]
The seventh night, Finn gets back late from physical therapy in the medbay. He’s limping maybe a little less, getting used to the new pull of scar tissue over his back, regaining flexibility in his spine. The medics keep telling him he’s pushing it, he doesn’t need to go so fast. Finn ignores them, because this is a war, and he is a soldier, and the Resistance doesn’t have any use for broken boys. 

The seventh night, he walks into Poe’s room to find his mattress right next to Poe’s bunk. Poe is already in bed, cheek smushed into the pillow, breathing slow and deep. D’Qar’s twin moons shine in from the window, pale silver light falling across Poe’s face, his dark hair. One of his arms is half off the edge of the bed, curving toward the floor.

Finn crawls onto his mattress and slides beneath the blankets.

|| I LOVE FINNNNNNNNNNN. This fic is Finn/Poe, and it's lovely and aching, but gOD I love Finn, traumatized, scared, brave, selfish kid with his entire heart to give.
fandom:starwars  author:thebrotherswinchester  pairing:finn/poe  type:posttext  type:pining!  type:a+formentalhealth  type:ouchmyheart  type:softly  type:surviving  type:heavyheartedandlookingup  length:30-40k 
february 2016 by blottingtheink
the ocean's at rest - vass - Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie [Archive of Our Own]
Skel is all very well. It's comfortingly familiar to most Radchaai, easy to grow and store and prepare, and very cheap. Cheap enough that it's worth Medic's having to treat a few soldiers every year for the consequences of an insufficiently varied or individualized diet. It provides the required energy and macro- and micronutrients, in a standard proportion for an an average adult citizen living in space, adjusted upward to allow for a soldier's activity levels, but no one's requirements are exactly the same, nor are they static, and eventually there are always problems. And that's not good enough for Ship's captain, comfort food or not.

|| I'd love to see more of this, but a nice character sketch in the midst of all the plot that makes up the IR books. Plus, I got actual chills from the song the author says the title comes from--it's PERFECT.
fandom:imperialradch  author:vass  pairing:breq/kalr  type:characterstudy  type:interlude  type:softly  type:short  length:1-5k 
november 2015 by blottingtheink
Nerves - noraebangbang - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Kyungsoo worries about his solo performance at their upcoming dome concert and has no problem bothering Chanyeol about it.

|| Mmm.
fandom:kpop  fandom:exo  author:noraebangbang  pairing:chanyeol/d.o  type:closetocanonau  type:friendship  type:preslash  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:nice  length:<1k 
october 2015 by blottingtheink
stay made of lightning - starwells (trickofthemind) - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
When their manager told them they were going on vacation, everyone was predictably thrilled.

|| More Summer Package fic--before the DVD was released, so some things it gets wrong, but the bit about Namjoon avoiding everyone to lie around it gets right, lolol. Mostly conflict-free slice-of-life, but Namjoon and Seokjin are soft and lovely, it's nice.
fandom:kpop  author:starwells  pairing:jin/rapmonster  type:closetocanonau  type:softly  type:easy  type:justforfun  length:1-5k 
october 2015 by blottingtheink
stranger than you could imagine - Sixthlight - Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch [Archive of Our Own]
If Thomas looked at Peter sometimes and saw a handsome young man – well, that was his business. The moment always passed, a strange sort of visual illusion that vanished when you tilted your head the other way. Except when it didn’t.

|| I liked this a lot--soft and working things out. Nightingale is repressed, but trying to undo it. (Spoilers included for Broken Homes; I'm very pissed at Aaronovitch for this narrative choice, gdi, but the fic is good.)
fandom:riversoflondon  author:sixthlight  pairing:peter/thomas  type:backstory  type:comingout  type:workingitout  type:ust  type:pining!  type:posttext  type:future  type:softly  length:5-10k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
Habits - noraebangbang - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Somehow, nineteen-year-old prostitute Baekhyun finds himself in possession of one teenage boy named Jongin who refuses to leave him alone.

|| This ends up a really cute found-family fic; I really enjoyed everyone's dynamics, even if they're mostly vaguely-EXO shaped, I'm totally down. (I loved them going to his graduation, so good.) Tagged Baekhyun/Kai, but it's actually Baekhyun & Kai--their effect and strengthening of each other. I really really enjoyed it.
fandom:kpop  fandom:exo  author:noraebangbang  pairing:chanyeol/baekhyun  pairing:d.o/kai  type:family  type:alternateuniverse  type:surviving  type:heavyheartedandlookingup  type:softly  type:workingitout  length:5-10k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
Side by Side in this Gentle Descent - frankiewenttohollywood - Nine Muses, K-pop [Archive of Our Own]
The sun is dying and Hyuna's there to save it.

|| A world on the verge of apolcalypse, Hyuna is trying to research how to re-start the sun. Leaving aside all the Not Science in this--and how labs work?--there was something satisfying about Hyuna's focus, as related by the narration.
fandom:kpop  fandom:9muses  author:frankiewenttohollywood  pairing:hyuna/sungah  type:alternateuniverse  type:apocalypse  type:softly  type:workingitout  length:1-5k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
heart keeps on beating - allegrolines - Monsta X (Band), No.MERCY (TV), K-pop [Archive of Our Own]
In which Kihyun is unimpressed, Hyungwon and Changkyun eat ramyun, Hoseok has a cold, Hyunwoo gives good advice, Minhyuk is way too protective, and Jooheon isn't as clueless as everyone seems to believe.

|| I really don't go here--I know next to nothing about Monsta X--but this was cute, there was pining, people were soft and careful, I was sold.
fandom:kpop  fandom:monstax  author:allegrolines  pairing:jooheon/minhyuk  type:pining!  type:canonexpansion  type:everyoneelseknows  type:workingitout  type:criminallyadorable  type:softly  length:5-10k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
Cause We're the Special Two - licornes - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
By the time he collapsed into a chair near the stereo, chest heaving, there was already a dangerous itch growing. Jeongguk recognized the change in himself immediately, that familiar need for something to make him feel the way extra practices are supposed to make him feel--satisfied, grounded, in control.

|| Oh, I thought I saved this already. A VKook I enjoyed--neither of them caricatures, leaning softly on each other and making space, Jungkook a little entitled and demanding, but Tae responding without disappearing, if that makes sense. (I was ... annoyed at the implication that everyone else would be in bed at 3 am, 1. hahahahahaha, 2. excuse you there are bts members everyone says practice too much and kookie is not one of them BUT ANYWAY other than that.) Soft.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:licornes  pairing:jungkook/v  type:softly  type:canonexpansion  type:bedsharing  type:comingdown  type:short  length:1-5k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
um i got one! jundae, after exo | puppycat
joonmyun’s thirty-fifth birthday passes quietly. he only invites a few friends, and together they pass the evening quietly, sipping wine like they’re adults or something, and talking about the economy and idols these days and all sorts of stuff like that, eating finger-sandwiches that jongin had picked up from ‘paris croissant’.

|| I am weirdly invested in Chen/Suho, okay.
fandom:kpop  fandom:exo  author:curledupkitten  pairing:chen/suho  type:future  type:unresolved  type:preslash  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:domestic  type:softly  type:warm  length:<1k 
september 2015 by blottingtheink
Pale As Bone, Pale As Water - dashery - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
KARKAT: WHAT? WAIT, YOU SAID HE WAS FINE
ROSE: Well, yes, he'll be ok.
ROSE: He just needs some rest.
ROSE: I fear he's feeling a little under the weather.
KARKAT: WHAT WEATHER, WE'RE ON A METEOR
ROSE: Dave is sick, Karkat.

|| Claws at my face.
fandom:homestuck  author:dashery  pairing:dave/karkat  type:hurt/comfort  type:characterization  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:softly  type:unspoken  length:5-10k 
june 2015 by blottingtheink
roll out the map and mark it with a pin - elfiepike - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Jimin's bed is still in the way. Clearly it's a sign: he's not meant to go back to sleep. Well, at least he's not meant to go back to his own bed. Why would it be so far away? Why would Jimin's bed be blocking it? Plus, Jimin's bed has Jiminie in it: obviously superior.

Jimin likes to sleep like a little rolled-up poster inside a blanket tube, though. Taehyung can't find the corner when he tugs. "Jiminie," he says, then quieter, "Jimin-ah."

|| I LOVE THIS I LOVE EVERY FIC WITH JIMIN AND TAEHYUNG ROOMING TOGETHER AND BEING SOFT. I love elfiepike's V: looking at everything a little diagonally, easily distracted, full of odd, deliberate actions. And his easy, total affection for Jimin. And I love Jimin's sleepy exasperation and his returned affection. Just a delight of a fic.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:elfiepike  pairing:jimin/v  type:sleepy  type:bedsharing  type:characterization  type:softly  type:kissing  length:<1k 
may 2015 by blottingtheink
Bunny Bunny - resonae - VIXX [Archive of Our Own]
“Woonie, you can’t eat flowers when you’re in your human form, okay?”

|| This one is almost TOO soft for me, and I kept getting thrown out because humans CAN'T eat a lot of flower petals, a bunch are poisonous, and why wouldn't Hakyeon look that up before 8 years had passed BUT there are some parts that still work--really really well. Leo makes a great rabbit, for all that fandom usually calls him a cat. Constantly nibbling, extremely wary, likes affection but only as he deigns to it.
fandom:vixx  fandom:kpop  author:resonae  pairing:n/leo  type:alternateuniverse  type:animaltransformation  type:hybrid  type:florist  type:softly  length:1-5k 
may 2015 by blottingtheink
The Color of Home - nachtegael - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Fan wears loneliness like a pair of silver earrings and everything Tao is, is golden.

|| I was thrown by that the author referred to Bing Bing as Fan (which is her family name), and that, inexplicably, Tao is a balladeer (???????? ????), and the ending (????) but like. Fan Bing Bing and Tao. I honestly was ready to forgive this fic a lot for just putting that idea in my head.
fandom:kpop  fandom:exo  fandom:chineseactorrpf  author:nachtegael  pairing:fanbingbing/tao  type:alternateuniverse  type:takeanideaandrun  type:justforfun  type:softly  type:becausecharacterlove  length:1-5k 
march 2015 by blottingtheink
objects in motion - mediest - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Jimin gets a little handsy (on accident!) (he's not a pervert!).

|| Ohhhhhh boyyyyyy--this fic is one long building OH SHIT moment, and I LOVED it. In addition to that, I really love that Jimin is unsure of Suga--and that Suga is ALSO unsure, and we see that in flashes and bits. The ending is great, and I want the follow-up so badly, but as-is, a really great revving up.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:mediest  pairing:suga/jimin  type:canon  type:ohshitmoment  type:softly  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:hottt  type:unresolved  type:characterization  length:1-5k 
march 2015 by blottingtheink
take the unknown road now.
"You’re tense," Taekwoon mutters as he lets his fingertips run down the either side of Hakyeon’s neck before resting his thumbs on the nape of his neck, rubbing gentle circles over it. Hakyeon sighs, shifting a little in the bathtub, settling more comfortably between Taekwoon’s legs.

|| Really soft and loving. Slight breathplay. N very much wants to be overwhelmed.
fandom:kpop  fandom:vixx  author:bijyu  pairing:n/leo  type:domestic  type:breathplay  type:smmmmmmmut  type:softly  length:1-5k 
february 2015 by blottingtheink
Precious Things - almostblue (fictionalaspect) - K-pop, B.A.P [Archive of Our Own]
"We all know what the word pretty means. It just means that something is nice. It's attractive."

"Maybe that's not what it means to me," Jongup says.

Jongup thinks that pretty is girls on the street with laughing eyes and wide smiles. He thinks it's pebbles in the ocean but also the way Junhong looks after they've put all of his makeup on him, like a living doll. He thinks pretty is the glow of a cigarette at night and a perfect dance practice where everyone is in line, everyone is in sync. Pretty is improvisation. Pretty is the girls on variety shows.

Jongup can't say all of these things to Himchan, because each of them would become a battle.But if pretty is just a lesser level of beautiful, then Jongup really doesn't understand why everyone always says it about Himchan.

|| A great, warm-hearted fic, about definitions and deciding for your own, and support. I really really liked this. It's like a cup of tea and a hug. I don't know if either of these characterizations are accurate, but they're distinct, and interesting, and complex, and I really really liked.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bap  author:almostblue  pairing:himchan/jongup  type:workingitout  type:friendship  type:softly  type:crossdressing  type:kinknegotiation  type:characterization  length:5-10k 
february 2015 by blottingtheink
A Most Precious Thing - Dream_edge - Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle [Archive of Our Own]
There is a name on your back, for all children of Valeria are born with the name of their intended upon their skin. Yours is in a language you cannot read and do not recognize. It makes you dream of far away places, where no one has ever heard of cursed twins.

|| Every time I read a TRC fic I remember that I will never, ever, ever, remember all of the plot twists in this story. But this is soft and knife-edged and haunting, gets at Fai's lightness while being most interested in his tragedy. Most of a tone-match with the end of the series than the romp of the first half.
fandom:tsubasa  author:dream_edge  pairing:kurogane/fai  type:canonexpansion  type:alternateuniverse  type:soulmatemarks  type:softly  type:backstory  type:ouchmyheart  type:heavyheartedandlookingup  length:5-10k 
february 2015 by blottingtheink
yoongi | Up All Night
Yoongi would love to be an asshole right now and kick Jimin off, but it’s Jimin. Yoongi can never be the asshole he wants to be when Jimin is around. He has this weird muting effect on Yoongi’s personality and Yoongi thinks Jimin knows he has this power over Yoongi and he’s using it right now. He’s evil in a puppy-who-has-gotten-into-toilet-paper kind of way.

“It doesn’t work,” Jimin pouts. “I even tried to count Mario Namjoon hyung leapfrogging Princess Peach Seokjin hyung, but even that didn’t work.”

|| One, that is an amazing image. Two, I really love the ending, and three, some really great bits of soft reluctant pining from the angry cloud.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:yoongi  pairing:suga/jimin  type:canonexpansion  type:unresolved  type:dayinthelife  type:bedsharing  type:softly  length:1-5k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
everything is safe and sound - delightings - EXO (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
“Your face looks like it’s going to break. Are you actually going to cry now?”

“Your face looks like it’s going to break,” Jongin retorts. Ooh, burn.

Kyungsoo looks distinctly unimpressed, which, hey, Jongin just nearly fell to his death. She should cut him some slack. Before he can say anything else though, Kyungsoo starts walking in the opposite direction of the manhwa store.

|| AAG!Kyungsoo, which is kind of mystifying, except that Kyungsoo is just as nurturing and as combative and zero-shit-taking as in the real life, and I absolutely see the appeal of making those character traits a girl's. Kai is oblivious and dumb and a puppy, which I also liked quite a lot. Honestly a lovely HS au.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:delightings  pairing:d.o/kai  type:alternateuniverse  type:alwaysagirl  type:highschoolau  type:sillysillyboys  type:obliviousness  type:characterization  type:friendship  type:backstory  type:softly  type:lovely  length:5-10k 
january 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
Web of Gold - cest_what - Kamen Rider OOO, Tokusatsu [Archive of Our Own]
The bunk bed frame shifts and squeaks beneath him, and Ankh jerks his head up. A moment later Eiji pulls himself over the end of the top bunk, tumbling in a sleep-heavy tangle of limbs onto the mattress.

|| A really great post-series and post-movie take on Ankh and Eiji, and part of what might happen as Ankh figures out his new, more human experience. Includes hair scritches, physical and emotional closeness, although it never TECHNICALLY gets more shippy than the show. (Still mad.) (Not actually mad.) (Kinda mad.) OOOs spoilers.
fandom:toku  fandom:ooos  author:cestwhat  pairing:ankh/eiji  type:gen  type:posttext  type:workingitout  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:bedsharing  type:softly  type:ouchmyheart  type:ust  length:1-5k 
january 2015 by blottingtheink
placeholder come and take mine - shikae (39smooth) - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Jimin doesn’t walk in. Jimin doesn’t announce his presence with a loud call. Jimin stands there in the doorway, clutching at his snapback absently. He stands there, almost frozen in place, and sees Hoseok run his mouth down the side of Yoongi’s neck, both their backs facing him, one hand sneaking up the front of Yoongi’s worn-out white shirt that he always wears at home.

|| Companion to "and you did it for me," a romance from the outside. The maknae sections are the best--it gets a little heavy handed in the other ones, but still. *drags hands down my face*
fandom:bts  fandom:kpop  author:shikae  pairing:suga/j-hope  type:canonexpansion  type:ouchmyheart  type:outsidepov  type:friendship  type:workingitout  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  length:1-5k 
december 2014 by blottingtheink
sometimes i think that i know - shikae (39smooth) - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
The alcohol in his veins is beginning to sift the languor back into his bones. He allows himself to lean in closer, just for the leverage, and their shoulders meet easily, steadily.

Hoseok’s fingers fold gently around Yoongi’s other shoulder.

|| softly chants: i don't ship this i don't ship this i don't ship this OH NO

A really good version of the "oh fuck" moment.
fandom:bts  fandom:kpop  author:shikae  pairing:suga/j-hope  type:oopsi'minlovewithyou  type:short  type:softly  type:ust  type:birdsongsweet  length:1-5k 
december 2014 by blottingtheink
idolkiller: BTS || PAUSE, STOP (Rap Monster/Suga)
Yoongi and Namjoon are high-schoolers trying to make it in Seoul's hip hop scene.

|| This one's a lot softer and moodier that the seven-minutes fic I just saved, but I liked it nonetheless. I particularly liked Namjoon, to be honest, and that this was based, in a lot of ways, on actual canon. It seems like the major change really just is the idea the Suga and Rapmon knew each other.
fandom:kpop  fandom:bts  author:idolkiller  pairing:suga/rapmonster  type:pre-text  type:friendship  type:takeanideaandrun  type:alternateuniverse  type:softly  type:growingup  length:5-10k 
december 2014 by blottingtheink
and you did it for me - shikae (39smooth) - 방탄소년단 | Bangtan Boys | BTS [Archive of Our Own]
Hoseok shifts back up, and stretches languidly. “Come on, hyung,” he says, “ramyun break.”

“It’s two,” says Yoongi, snorting, “and it’s snowing.”

“Come on,” says Hoseok, a little more insistently, “we barely get any time to ourselves. Namjoon’s out cold, and everyone’s at home, and I’m sure we’ll be back under an hour flat.” His voice drops, a little lower, a little quieter than before. “Please?”

|| I really liked this. The softness and stylization of the narration is off-set by the boys sounding like themselves, and it's angstiness is honestly edged by their kind of... determined hope. I don't ship this in particular, but I liked it a lot. (I think.... this made me ship.... rapper line..... actually..... working around the production tables oh no /o\)
fandom:bts  fandom:kpop  author:shikae  pairing:suga/j-hope  type:softly  type:short  type:stolen.moments  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:workingitout  type:surviving  length:1-5k 
december 2014 by blottingtheink
colorfunk: i'm gonna be
baekhyun and zitao hook up across asia.

|| Awwwwww. I still don't really know any of the EXO members well enough to have favorite dynamics, but I'm fond of both Tao and Baekhyun, and I like this particular vision of them, and the whole group, quietly supportive.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:colorfunk  pairing:baekhyun/tao  type:canonexpansion  type:secretrelationship  type:sleepingtogetherfirst  type:everyoneelseknows  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:friendship  length:1-5k 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
nacseo | [FIC]: interlude.
Kyungsoo comes into the bathroom while Jongin is showering and takes a seat on the counter.

|| Everyone keeps mentioning Mama-Kyungsoo, and I have yet to see it in canon, but I will just wait patiently, I suppose. Regardless, this was lovely: Kai is supportive, and loving, and totally unaware of how bad he's got it. I am of course into this.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:nacseo  pairing:d.o./kai  type:friendship  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:obliviousness  length:notspecified 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
colorfunk: old haunts and new
What Jongin has is years of being SM's whittled golden child, learning discipline, learning to turn parts of himself off and on--anger, confidence, sex appeal, disillusionment and a growing sense of being stuck, except this never came up. For all the PR and interview training, no one ever sat him down and said, Here's what you should do if you want to suck face with your bandmate but there are surveillance cameras in your room. Godspeed.

|| Ugh. Not REALLY resolved, but nearly; soft and funny, both, one of the first fics I read in this fandom, which, yes, often means unsaved. I think this is the reason I feel funny when idols have to use their stage names on reality shows. Really sympathetic Kai.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:colorfunk  pairing:kai/kyungsoo  type:canon  type:feeeeeeeelings  type:workingitout  type:dayinthelife  type:softly  length:1-5k 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
pinkbit: seoul seeking
chanyeol tries to find himself in the bits and pieces of seoul's community.

A/N: humans of new york//humans of seoul au (both of which you should check out!) that features the exo members! mainly chanyeol-centric with hints of other pairings.

|| I liked this way more than I expected to! The side-effect of making all the people Chanyeol photographs his band is that--because of the distance--it's even clearer than normal that there aren't any women, and that's disorienting and distracting. But I genuinely liked this a lot; it's kind of saccharine, but like a pancake breakfast.
fandom:exo  fandom:kpop  author:astrou  pairing:chanyeol/baekhyun  type:alternateuniverse  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:ust  type:gen  length:notspecified 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
吹一樣的風 - 5 leon drabbles
When Taekwoon first met Hakyeon, he felt unsettled. Sure, growing up he had always been forced to handle these kinds of people, but Hakyeon was something else than just another person who came a little too close a little too fast. Definitely something else, he thought to himself as Hakyeon cuddled up closer next to him on the train ride home that night.

|| What it says on the tin.
fandom:vixx  fandom:kpop  author:chulminator  pairing:n/leo  type:drabble  type:vignettes  type:short  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:ust  length:<1k 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
it's time (look how far we've come) - tascioni - VIXX [Archive of Our Own]
“So! Fearless leader,” says Wonshik, grinning widely. “Ready for the first unofficial scrimmage of the season?”

Taekwoon grimaces and elbows them, rather hard. “Don’t slack off,” he says, impatient.

“Yah,” says Jaehwan with a pout as he rubs his stomach. “Don’t worry, leadernim. We won’t make you look bad in front of your boyfriend!”

Taekwoon kicks at him. Jaehwan ducks out of the way with a laugh.

|| I swear to god I've saved this. Maybe on LJ? The football au.
fandom:vixx  fandom:kpop  author:tascioni  pairing:n/leo  type:alternateuniverse  type:cute  type:workingitout  type:softly  length:10k-15k 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
gdgdbaby: [oneshot] from the back of my broken hand
So they win a triple crown on Inkigayo, which is always nice.

|| Soft, sweet, established relationship, TOP telling GD to slow the fuck down.
fandom:bigbang  fandom:kpop  author:gdgdbaby  pairing:gdragon/top  type:softly  type:friendship  type:established-relationship  type:hurt/comfort  length:1-5k 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
rain sound - i wish you
Hongbin laughs. Somehow, at some point, he'd picked up this whole emotional, artsy flower boy thing as part of his image. He doesn't mind — it works for him and the company likes it a lot, plus it's an excuse for him to bring his DSLR along everywhere — but while Hongbin does like art, is certainly handsome, and definitely has emotions, the truth is he's not much of a romantic.

|| I really like this author's sense of character and possibility.
fandom:kpop  fandom:vixx  author:a-dead-koala  pairing:ravi/hongbin  type:short  type:characterstudy  type:softly  type:canonexpansion  length:<1k 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
rain sound - glasses / close the door
Hongbin looks up from his camera's display screen as Taekwoon reenters the waiting room.

"So what'd the doctor say? Is it migraines?"

and

"It's four in the fucking morning." Wonshik doesn't actually know what time it is, but he does know that he went to bed at three, they have a schedule at seven, and that he wants to get every possible second of unconsciousness he can before they have to wake up. "Why are you like this."
fandom:kpop  fandom:vixx  author:a-dead-koala  pairing:leo/hongbin  pairing:ravi/ken  type:vignettes  type:short  type:softly  type:sillysillyboys  type:preslash  type:criminallyadorable  length:<1k 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
rain sound - craving
They all have their weird habits, even when it comes to sleeping -- Hakyeon likes to cuddle, Hongbin drools, Jaehwan talks (and laughs and occasionally sings) in his sleep, and Wonshik snores so damn loud that despite being exiled to the closet long ago, they can still hear him faintly through the walls on most nights. Taekwoon, for the most part, is the same: quiet and occasionally absent, although when a nosy maknae line plus Jaehwan had once asked where he disappears to -- </span>practice room? gym? secret girlfriend's house?? -- Hakyeon had waved them off, answering for Taekwoon as he so often did that their shy main vocal just needed his "me time," now everybody shush and get in the van, we're going to be late.
fandom:vixx  fandom:kpop  author:a-dead-koala  pairing:leo/hyuk  type:softly  type:canonexpansion  type:pining!  type:ust  length:1-5k 
november 2014 by blottingtheink
feiling: the game is on
As Taekwoon tugs on his plain red shirt with FC SEOUL emblazoned across the back, he catches sight of Hakyeon doing last-minute stretches as he talks animatedly to the rest of the midfielders. He seems to realize he’s being watched because he turns his head and catches sight of Taekwoon. He grins and winks. Taekwoon swallows.

|| Professional footballer AU, sweet as anything.
fandom:kpop  fandom:vixx  author:feiling  pairing:n/leo  type:alternateuniverse  type:adorable  type:birdsongsweet  type:softly  type:makesmesmile  length:10k-15k 
october 2014 by blottingtheink
Big Bang: BANG*S by whetstone (T.O.P/G-Dragon)
Seunghyun gets a box of BB merchandise.

|| I loved this, short as it is. It feels like a natural progression of TOP's love of collectibles, and I like fic that makes their relationship feel natural and easy.
fandom:bigbang  fandom:kpop  author:whetstone  pairing:gdragon/top  type:birdsongsweet  type:canonexpansion  type:softly  type:short  length:1-5k  via:cestwhat 
october 2014 by blottingtheink
gdgdbaby: [oneshot] and a self esteem to match (what a catch) (1/2)
weekend au. seunghyun meets jiyong at a gay bar in itaewon and things spiral out from there.

|| I loved this. The first parts are so soft and sweet and wonderful. The ending is--LOL--on par, but hey, it could be worse? No but seriously, I loved this.
fandom:bigbang  fandom:kpop  author:gdgdbaby  pairing:gdragon/top  type:alternateuniverse  type:contemporaryau  type:comingout  type:softly  type:heavyheartedandlookingup  type:criminallyadorable  length:10k-15k 
october 2014 by blottingtheink
Sleight of Hand - Fahye - Naruto [Archive of Our Own]
Love is the hardest thing you will ever do in your life.

|| Graver and happier than the series, both, and so, close enough to what I want for them, always. I will never not forgive the manga for fucking up their storyline irredeemably.

The tone is a little weighted, sometimes distracting.
fandom:naruto  author:fahye  pairing:naruto/sasuke  type:posttext  type:surviving  type:softly  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:lovely  length:1-5k 
september 2014 by blottingtheink
Lucky Pennies - IamShadow21 - The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV), Marvel Cinematic Universe [Archive of Our Own]
In Clint Barton's official SHIELD file, there is a supplemental form with a string of letters and numbers indicating a superhuman ability. On it, there are two pieces of information. The first is 'Asset-Reported Ability (unverified)'. The second is 'Combat/Field Applicable Ability Y/N'. 'N' is circled.

|| Oh my god, I LOVED this. People learning each other--and, of course, Clint unlearning his past, but not really--more like. He and Phil leaning into each other and finding support. Ugh. Plus super abilities that are silly and not weapons, and I love that stuff.
fandom:avengers  author:iamshadow21  pairing:coulson/clint  type:gen  type:takeanideaandrun  type:superpowers  type:learningeachother  type:softly  type:makesmesmile  length:5-10k 
march 2014 by blottingtheink
Virtue Needs Some Cheaper Thrills - roachpatrol - Calvin & Hobbes [Archive of Our Own]
The thing is: Hobbes would go, if they told him to.

|| I so rarely feel unfulfilled by a good character or what-if piece, but oh--I want 10,000 more words of this, you'd just introduced the CONFLICT, oh, it's a silver teaspoon, and I would like a trough, please.
fandom:calvinandhobbes  author:roachpatrol  type:gen  type:posttext  type:takeanideaandrun  type:softly  type:ouchmyheart  type:short  length:<1k 
february 2014 by blottingtheink
What friends have I who know my heart - Miaou Jones (miaoujones) - Chihayafuru [Archive of Our Own]
When Arata and Chihaya play karuta, it's like they're connected not just to the cards but to each other, and when you watch them you're connected too. At least that's how it feels to Taichi. So he reads for them every chance he gets, like right now, and every time he does he knows there's no way for him ever to quit.

"No, we—" Still standing, Arata cuts himself off with an inhale. Taichi looks up at him but he doesn't continue.

It's Chihaya who says, "We have something to talk to you about."

|| Omg. This is lovely and slow and turned in on itself, and Taichi is EXACTLY the right narrator for it. Burns a little, warms a lot.
fandom:chihayafuru  author:miaoujones  pairing:chihaya/taichi/arata  type:threesome  type:workingitout  type:growingup  type:softly  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:future  length:5-10k 
january 2014 by blottingtheink
Isaura's Gods - Anonymous - Le città invisibili | Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino [Archive of Our Own]
The girl worships the gods of the high places. She is waiting not for rain—the city moves upwards, always upwards, she has known the song-chant since the days her mother crooned it to her in the cradle—but for the absence of rain. The affirmation that the lake is ever in the process of funneling up the chains of heat and sun and evaporative devotion into the arc of sky.

|| Omg. A vignette both pitch-perfect and more human than the book itself--or rather, more carefully, more SPECIFICALLY human. This feels like the world of Marco Polo and Kublai Khan, but extended to three women of Isaura, GOD, I love Invisible Cities and I love this--I had chills the whole time reading it. If you're a fan, I think you'll like it.
fandom:invisiblecities  fandom:calvino  fandom:rare  fandomgroup:yuletide  author:anon  type:characterization  type:voice  type:softly  type:worldbuilding  length:1-5k 
december 2013 by blottingtheink
Re-designation - Anonymous - WALL-E (2008) [Archive of Our Own]
WALL-E is still one of a kind. That hasn't changed.

Of new work, new names, and a few first faltering steps back on Earth.

|| Noooooooooooo, sad robotsssssssss.

(I still want the story where robots don't act like humans, but this is still a wonderful collision of robot directives + human emotions.)
fandom:wall-e  fandom:pixar  fandomgroup:yuletide  author:anon  type:gen  type:posttext  type:softly  type:ouchmyheart  type:identity  type:robots!  length:1-5k 
december 2013 by blottingtheink
Sticky Fingers - smoochfestmod - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
8th year is going just fine until Malfoy starts practising his sticking charms.

|| Oh my god this IS ADORABLE. Excellent, evocative art, sweet as fuck storytelling, and forced proximity without it being dub or non-conny. But seriously the art is so good.
fandom:harrypotter  author:dustmouth  pairing:harry/draco  type:comic  type:awesome  type:softly  type:eigthyear  type:art  type:sillysillyboys  type:birdsongsweet  length:notspecified 
november 2013 by blottingtheink
Elegance of Honesty (an Utsutsu fic) - This is not my real hair.
She flips from one page to the next, back again, holding the high-gloss pages delicately between two fingers, studying the far away expressions, the sharp angles, the silk and lace that the figures fade away behind.

She is fading away, she thinks. In soft cotton dresses she may be swallowed up.

These girls are small. They are fragile. They are also, she thinks, probably dangerous.

|| Utsutsu, and clothing, and Hajime. More of a character study than anything, and I'd love to see it DEAL with what Utsutsu and Hajime would be together--something with mistakes, and plot, and laughing--but that isn't what this fic is about. This is about backstory, and self-representation.
fandom:gatchamancrowds  author:jalules  pairing:utsutsu/hajime  type:femmeslash  type:backstory  type:characterstudy  type:softly  type:workingitout  length:1-5k 
october 2013 by blottingtheink
you're my apocalypse - epistolic - Pacific Rim (2013) [Archive of Our Own]
The entire world believes they are in love, but this is not true.

|| Honestly, I think very close to the fic--the aftermath--that I've been waiting for. For all the dark tags, and the slow burn of grief/depression/addiction-analogy, it's more grounded, more solid than you'd think--skating just at the edge of wallowing or sharp pain and never quite falling in, softening that cliff's edge. Very much surviving.
fandom:pacificrim  author:epistolic  pairing:mako/raleigh  type:softly  type:surviving  type:posttext  type:knifeslidesin  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:whatmustbedone  type:grief  length:1-5k 
september 2013 by blottingtheink
conundrum cordis - keptein - Welcome to Night Vale [Archive of Our Own]
The first time Carlos notices it, they’re in bed, enjoying a Saturday night in. Cecil lies back, a satisfied sigh falling from his lips, and Carlos lays his head on Cecil’s chest, fingers intertwining over his stomach. He’s lying on Cecil’s left side, and he settles, snuggles closer, expecting to hear that faint rhythm, but –

Nothing. Carlos frowns and listens harder, pressing his ear more fully against Cecil’s chest. “What are you doing?” Cecil asks, laughing a little.

|| Very sweet. I really like how Carlos and Cecil are with each other, here, and the ending is not whoa in a painful way, but in a glowy (literally) way. Very worth it.
fandom:nightvale  author:keptein  pairing:cecil/carlos  type:birdsongsweet  type:voice  type:takeanideaandrun  type:nightvalianbiology  type:softly  type:endingiswhoa  length:1-5k 
september 2013 by blottingtheink
inspired by your laugh to wait for things - gyzym - Welcome to Night Vale [Archive of Our Own]
"I was just," Carlos says, and it comes out fucked up and shattered and pleading -- which is horrifying -- because he doesn't know what he'll do if Night Vale is a dream, he really doesn't. "I missed the show, could you -- or, no, I mean, I can't ask you to -- I just, uh, I wanted to -- Cecil, I --"

And then Cecil makes this little sound, the sound he always makes when Carlos says his name, and puts on his radio voice. He says, "Hang a map of a place you'll never go on your living room wall. Draw new streets. Tear off bodies of water. Wait for news crews to arrive. Welcome to Night Vale," and Carlos thinks he understands something, maybe, about Cecil, the way Cecil knows when and just how to comfort this town.

|| Cecil and Carlos, and how they fit together. Gyzym adds wonderful things to the town, and to the backstory--something about it sits a bit wrong, I can't help imagining Carlos as more *informative* than this--and I miss the humor of the show like a second skin. But beautifully rendered, and the moment, quoted above, made me choke up--what a gift to give.
fandom:nightvale  author:gyzym  pairing:cecil/carlos  type:fivethings  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:stylisticappreciation  type:backstory  length:1-5k 
august 2013 by blottingtheink
Reconstruction Site - disco_vendetta (brinn) - Pacific Rim (2013) [Archive of Our Own]
PACIFIC RIM SPOILERS

The vast majority of Jaeger pilots can drift with each other, it’s just a matter of fit. If someone gave you a pair of running shoes that were three sizes too big, technically you could still use them - stuff the toes, tighten the laces, adjust your gait - but a co-pilot, a partner, is custom-made for you, molded to the shape of you. Try running with the real thing after a lifetime of knock-offs. You might as well have wings.

|| Okay! This gives an explanation for why Raleigh is so set on Mako from the very beginning--as a trained pilot, he's aware of her mind from the get go, and knows she's a perfect fit. I like. However--I was trying to figure out why I actually, kinda, really hated this as I read it--and it's because it's absolutely worshipful. There's nothing wrong with either of them, there's nothing wrong with their relationship, and there are no edges, nearly, anywhere.

HOWEVER. There's a moment, near the end, that is absolutely wonderful, and I'm saving it for that. You'll know it. It's about Easter.
fandom:pacificrim  author:disco_vendetta  pairing:mako/raleigh  type:domestic  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:posttext  type:happilyeverafter  type:family  length:5-10k 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
Pearls That Were Her Eyes - ophelietta - xxxHoLic [Archive of Our Own]
A cranky spider monarch. The chick who ate the Little Mermaid. Definitely not a match made in any Shintoist idea of heaven. Featuring haiku, witty servants, baby-eating priests, ornamental fish ponds, and fluffy angst.

Really though, it's a love story.

|| This is super excellent, and you should read it.
fandom:xxxholic  author:ophelietta  pairing:jorougumo/yaobikuni  type:longandsatisfying  type:backstory  type:workingitout  type:ouchmyheart  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:softly  type:heavyheartedandlookingup  length:10k-15k 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
eijentu | Looking Out From Underneath
‘I made these,’ he says, gesturing to the one still on the counter, and some dim part of Kurogane’s brain suggests it’d probably fit Fai, ‘according to measurements I was given a long time ago. You see, there was something I wanted, something impossible,’ and here a faint smile plays at the man’s mouth, ‘but there was only one person who could help grant my wish.’ He trails off for a moment, lost, perhaps, in his memory of that time, but then he stirs, meets Kurogane’s eye once more. ‘That person told me that in return for her help, I had to make these rings, just like this, and keep them here until the right people came to claim them.’

Kurogane’s first thought is fucking meddlesome witch.

|| Kurogane and Fai get married. Soft, sweet, very good. Refrain a little over-used, but that's being picky.
fandom:tsubasa  author:eijentu  pairing:kurogane/fai  type:posttext  type:future  type:letsgetmarried  type:softly  type:characterization  type:domestic  length:notspecified 
june 2013 by blottingtheink
Locked Room Puzzle - Speranza - due South [Archive of Our Own]
"Aileen," Musky said finally, with the air of someone imparting great wisdom, "if you ever have a case gives you the stinkeye, one of the finest policemen in all the world lives not twenty miles past Miller's Hill."

|| NEW DUE SOUTH FIC. OFC POV, but she is DELIGHTFUL, just like this whole fic. It's Speranza, so. I happily slot this into one of the many happy endings which I have imagined for Ray and Fraser.
fandom:duesouth  author:speranza  pairing:fraser/rayk  type:posttext  type:future  type:jobfic  type:domestic  type:makesmesmile  type:characterization  type:stylisticappreciation  type:outsidepov  type:softly  length:1-5k 
may 2013 by blottingtheink
Be wise as thou art cruel - evil_whimsey - xxxHoLic [Archive of Our Own]
Doumeki and Watanuki and Sonnet 140 (Shakespeare).

|| Augh. This doesn't even follow xxxHolic Rou, or the ending of holic proper, and it still carries a weight with it like the ending of those. Softly, sharply beautiful. The ending is--unclear, in a way I think would hurt even more with clarity--but is still terrible. In the --good way? The good way.
fandom:xxxholic  author:evil_whimsey  pairing:doumeki/watanuki  type:ouchmyheart  type:closetocanonau  type:posttext  type:whatwedotoeachother  type:softly  type:knifeslidesin  type:stylisticappreciation  length:1-5k 
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
so you were never a saint. - paperclipbitch - Skyfall (2012), James Bond (Movies) [Archive of Our Own]
“I think Bond’s trying to be your friend,” Eve tells him.

“…well,” Q says slowly, “this is a new and disturbing development.”

|| Yessssss. I haven't even seen the movie, and I loved this; Q is panromantic asexual, bffs with Eve Moneypenny, and "probably not a sociopath." Long and delightful.
fandom:bond  author:paperclipbitch  type:gen  type:characterstudy  type:posttext  type:workingitout  type:becausecharacterlove  type:softly  type:friendship  length:10k-15k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
Tempest in a Beanpot - hauntologie - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
The cart looks a bit better now, full of various colorful elements to give the turkey context and life. There’s gatorade, because he’s always buying gatorade, and paper towels, but it’s mostly a list of things that you need for Thanksgiving. Sidney likes grocery shopping usually, likes filling his house with things he needs and deciding seriously between different brands of toilet paper, but this is even better than usual. This is giving life to a series of traditions that remind him of family and of warmth. Looking into his cart is a little like sinking into a spa after practice, muscles relaxing all at once.
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:hauntologie  pairing:sidney/geno  type:softly  type:preslash  type:holidays  type:makesmesmile  length:1-5k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
Mingling - astolat - Hollow Crown (2012), Henry V - Shakespeare, 15th Century CE RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Six months later, after summer was over, after Harfleur, she was by the window of her favorite sitting room, looking out at the last leaves and the grey-brown earth, when abruptly the wind crept around the glazing and into her ears, whispering of mud and death and screaming horses.

|| Yes yes yes, good. Catherine, who sees.
fandom:history  author:astolat  challenge:yuletide2012  type:historical  type:magicau  type:backstory  type:characterstudy  type:takeanideaandrun  type:softly  type:ouchmyheart  length:1-5k 
january 2013 by blottingtheink
The Emissary - Beth Winter - Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi | Spirited Away [Archive of Our Own]
"I need a guide." The inspector looked younger when she smiled, like a university student. "I live in Tokyo, but I grew up in a small town like this. You look like someone who knows every path on the mountain, Hiromi."

"Yes, Inspector Ogino."

"Chihiro."

"Huh?"

"My name is Chihiro."

|| KEENS. This is perfect--Chihiro is no-nonsense and practical and OLDER, and the integration of folklore into the story is exquisite, and their antagonistic relationship to humans is beautiful, and the easy, easy, EASY way this Chihiro breathes a history beyond this moment--SO GOOD FOR ME. Not to mention the narrator, Hiromi.
fandom:spiritedaway  author:bethwinter  challenge:yuletide2012  pairing:chihiro/haku  type:gen  type:future  type:birdsongsweet  type:softly  type:beautiful  type:mythology  type:outsidepov  type:myheart  length:1-5k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
Prakriti - recrudescence - A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett, Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett [Archive of Our Own]
The work is backbreaking, monotonous drudgery and there are too many girls to name. Every last one of them blends together into a kerchief-coiffed, coverall-clad monolith.

“There’s the story of the milk ocean,” one of them is saying. Her hair is caught back at her nape, but a few dark strands of it have slipped free around her ears. “Long ago, there was an ocean that demons and angels churned together for a thousand years.”

You don’t have an inkling what she’s on about, but it scarcely matters. Your afternoon is measured out in the number of turnips you pull from the ground and toss into the basket over your shoulder. In the mornings, the cold sinks straight into your bones here, but the milking and the mucking aren’t quite so terrible. Yesterday, you bribed one of the other Derbyshire girls with your ration of coffee in order to steal a spare morning indoors and pretended not to notice when she looked at you with pity.

“I know this story,” another of the girls says crossly, the one who speaks often and authoritatively and has an accent too posh to mark her as a typical volunteer. “Haven’t you another?”

|| Sara and Mary as members of the Land Army, WWI.
fandom:rare  author:recrudescence  challenge:yuletide2012  type:gen  type:friendship  type:becausecharacterlove  type:alternateuniverse  type:softly  type:ouchmyheart  type:lovely  length:1-5k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
you'll never have to wonder - nebulia - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
[He's gotten good at not touching people, and he knows that his methods are considered weird by the internet and most of the world, but they keep him sane and focused on hockey. It's not so bad on the ice, when hockey's the only thing, and there are inches of pads and cloth between skin and skin. Off ice, he developed a habit of shoving his hands as far into his pockets as they could go, until a PR agent told him in high school that it made him look sullen and untouchable. After that, he took to just barely sticking his fingers in his pockets, a more subtle "don't touch me" that doesn't make him slouch too badly. He's beginning to realize that that the action is possibly more awkward than just sticking his hands all the way into his pockets, but it's habit now, and hard to break.]

Or, Sidney is telepathic, which explains 95% of his idiosyncrasies.

|| Really enjoyed--Sidney's idiosyncratic here, not socially incompetent, and it's a soft build. Seemed more about settling into skin than the romance, but that was nice too.
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:nebulia  pairing:sidney/geno  type:telepathymeansiloveyou  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  length:5-10k 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
The Wolves of Brooklyn by Catherynne M. Valente | Fantasy Magazine
It was snowing when the wolves first came, loping down Flatbush Ave., lithe and fast, panting clouds, their paws landing with a soft, heavy sound like bombs falling somewhere far away. Everyone saw them. Everyone will tell you about it, even if they were in Pittsburgh that weekend. Even if they slept through it. Even if their mothers called up on Monday and asked what in the world was going on out there in that Babylon they chose to live in. No, the collective everyone looked out of their walk-up windows the moment they came and saw those long shapes, their fur frosted and tinkling, streaming up the sidewalks like a flood, like a wave, and the foam had teeth.
fandom:not!  author:cat.valente  type:originalfiction  type:alternateuniverse  type:awesome  type:everybadassladyever  type:apocalypse  type:softly  length:1-5k 
november 2012 by blottingtheink
You and I (Will Be Young Forever) - Chapter 1 - ChibiRHM - Hockey RPF [Archive of Our Own]
“Sleep is the best,” Ebs groans. “Sleep is like, better than sex.”

Taylor considers this very seriously. “Maybe, like, as good as sex,” he decides finally. “It depends. Like, what kind of sex are we comparing this to, on a scale from one to a threesome with Kate Upton and Sloane from Entourage?”

Ebs hums thoughtfully around a mouthful before going, “It’s lesbian porn, dude. It’s like, yeah, that threesome sounds super awesome, but imagine you’re the only dick in there, that’s a lot of pressure, you know? Sleep is like girl on girl porn, it shouldn’t be as good as the real thing, except it totally is.”

“That’s, like, the smartest thing I’ve ever heard.” Taylor says. “Since when are you smart?”

|| D'AWWWWWWWW. The definition of fluff, basically: Taylor and Jordan are hockey puppies, and even their love is too fluffy for plot. (Also they're kinda dumb. About your MOM)
fandom:hockeyrpffml  author:chibirhm  pairing:hallsy/ebs  type:criminallyadorable  type:thefluffmaykillyounorly  type:softly  type:makesmesmile  type:sillysillyboys  length:5-10k 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
Timestamp Meme: "i will by the flowershop and you will never be lonely," four days later
You find him in the nutrition block, up to his brown arms in dirty dishes. He startles, when he notices you hanging around like a sorry lump in the doorway, and then he smiles. It’s a cracked thing, mechanical and halting. A flash of flat teeth. He’s got his own damage to be dealing with, and it catches at you. You don’t know if you should let him alone. You don’t know if—

“Dave and Jade literally do not know how to wash dishes,” he says, gesturing with a sponge. “And I think Rose is just a slob.”

|| Not as good as the original, obviously, but, OH, it is good to see these two again. John is tactless, and manipulative, and kind, and well-meaning, and Karkat is desparing, and needy, and angry, and they are so in love. And gonna work it out. They'll probably fight. But they're gonna work it out.
fandom:homestuck  author:roachpatrol  pairing:john/karkat(moirail)  type:sequel  type:ouchmyheart  type:characterization  type:softly  type:birdsongsweet  type:likeglass  type:workingitout  length:notspecified 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
hso2012_collabs1 | Fic/Art: The Shadiest of Bars (Alpha!Dave<3Alpha!Rose)
Opening weekend of SBaHJ: Behidn the Scenes. Ten minutes into the first screening the Internet was already decoding it, as piranhas decode a capybara. An hour after the credits reached the key grip there came the first flash mob. Twenty-nine teenage girls had all linked hands on a subway platform and begun murmuring the opening lines one after another, a beat delayed, as though singing in a round. They had kept it up nearly four minutes. Someone had sent him a badly oscillating clip: red sweatshirts in the dimness, a felt-tip maze drawn on a plump arm, the blue sudden brightening of a screen through a pocket. The overlaid harmony in their recitation, unintelligible, implacable, a conduit carrying the world’s long current of voices of girls who warn rightly, and aren’t believed. At the margins he had seen passers-by shut up and stop. A chill had passed over his own shoulders, as they all drew out the last note. Attagirls.

|| Oh. Oh, oh, oh. Really picks up steam in the second section, where the politics mirroring life nearly took me apart (quoted above), and then just--the ending is phenomenal. All much, much sadder and more beautiful than I can really imagine the Homestuck world ever being--but how sad. How stunningly, gut-clenchingly wrought.
fandom:homestuck  author:lionpyh  author:cloudymew  author:madseason  pairing:alpha!derse  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:illustrated  type:beautiful  type:softly  type:justthisedgeofpainful  type:characterization  type:insightful  type:endingiswhoa  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
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