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Devotion, Threefold - anticyclone - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
"You know," Aatenel said, lowering his voice, "most people who are graced with my physical form tend to say something in response."

There had been a ritual greeting he was supposed to use, Pando abruptly remembered. It was like having water dumped on his head. He had fucked this up entirely.

An unnatural fire threatened Pando's kingdom. The people of Vrae and his Expanse had never before demanded things from each other, so Pando had begged. He agreed to marry a fire god, sight unseen - only the wedding day has come, and the fire god does seem to enjoy what he's seeing now.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  s:OCpairing  marriage:arranged  explicit  'ao3 
7 days ago by esther_a
All NSFW Chapters The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love | Novel Updates Forum
Hi guys, so it's like this: The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love (TRAP for short) is normally published on However, R18 content can't be published on that website so chapters with that type of content are published in Ainushi or Bursting Chrysanthemums.

That shouldn't be a problem since all of the chapters are on the NU project page anyway. Unfortunately, it seems some readers are still confused and can't find the NSFW chapters so here are the direct links.
fic  f:WebNovels  slash  explicit  story-index  f:OriginalFiction 
4 weeks ago by esther_a
The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love - Novel Updates
An internet troll who wanted attention, the reader criticized his favorite web novel, saying: “The protagonist is dumb and the author is stupid.”

Author: “… Got it.”

Unfortunately for him, the author actually listened to his (troll) feedback. The formerly lighthearted tale of a cute harem master suddenly became super dark and edgy. The reader could only helplessly look on as the the protagonist was abused and betrayed, finally embarking on the road to becoming completely evil. Everything was a mess!

After that the reader transmigrated into a strange world. How come the person in front of him looks like the protagonist (evil undead version)? Just what is going on?!
fic  f:WebNovels  slash  f:OriginalFiction 
4 weeks ago by esther_a
Reborn As My Love Rival’s Wife – Snowy Codex
here once was a very popular question on the internet:

If one morning, you woke up and realized that your gender had changed, what would be your first reaction?

And someone on the internet had famously responded:

First, give your bros a good time!

Su Jian remembered that when he saw this reply, he had slapped the table to express his admiration. What a good bro! Such loyalty!

But now that he actually encountered this strange situation himself, he could only feel an extremely ball-breaking alarm, shocked grief, and frightened anger. Fúck your mom! Ah, fúck! Fúck it!

Oh, a correction. The above is grammatically incorrect. After all, poor Classmate Su Jian doesn’t have balls anymore.

Tags: Genderbend, Romance, Comedy
fic  f:WebNovels  fluff  getting-together  f:OriginalFiction 
6 weeks ago by esther_a
Don’t Pick Up Boyfriends From the Trash Bin - Novel Updates
Chi Xiaochi: fourth-rate citizen at birth, three-time award-winning film emperor, second-rate temper, first-class looks. He crawled his way out of hell on hard mode to become a winner at life.

Then, he was smashed into a vegetative state by a chandelier.

061: Hello, here’s a brief rundown on the scum gong reconditioning system. This system measures the regret level of the scum gong. Every time their regret level reaches one hundred points, you will be able to leave the current world. A friendly tip, usually, through dedication and self-sacrifice, our employees slowly foster a sense of dependency in the scum gongs, gradually making it so the scum gongs can’t live without them.

Chi Xiaochi: How many regret points is a complete loss of reputation and standing worth? How about a fall from grace? Or wanting something but never being able to obtain it?

061: ……
fic  check_later  slash  WIP  f:WebNovels  f:OriginalFiction 
6 weeks ago by esther_a
My Wangfei is a Man | Scribble Hub
After a heavy illness, King Dong Fang Hao Ye wakes up with a memory lost. When he meets the king’s consort Bei Tang Yao Yue afterwards, one word came to his mind: beauty. Even though he no longer remembers Bei Tang Yao Yue, his manly instinct remains the same. But what is going on, why is his wangfei a man? The beauty who made his heart restless is actually a man. What surprise the king even more is that he actually has no position in his own house! Not only that, he also did not have a ‘good relationship’ with his beloved consort. How can this be? To save face, he the King, must toughen up!
fic  slash  mpreg  f:WebNovels  f:OriginalFiction 
7 weeks ago by esther_a
Counterfeit Bride - Novel Updates
A young man is being forced to cross-dress as a bride to replace his young lady who refused to marry since she already had her own lover.
And the groom had prepared a surprise for the supposed bride, yet he was the one who got the surprise for the bride he had imagined was not as his imagined before, —personality wise.
So, the life of the counterfeit bride and ‘her’ groom began.
With both party having their own secret, how would their life like?
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  marriage:arranged  f:WebNovels 
7 weeks ago by esther_a
Safe Harbor - hearteating - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Once a month, the selkies shed their skins to dance and sing in the moonlight.

Once a month, Margo picks her way down the beach, looking for any skins left behind, to keep them safe until their owner's return.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  f:Fairytales  femslash  getting-together  short  'ao3 
10 weeks ago by esther_a
writing-prompt-s: Some time ago, you sold your...
There’s really no good time to open your front door and find a demon standing on your doormat, but five minutes before you’re supposed to leave for work is an especially bad time.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  short  gen  'tumblr 
12 weeks ago by esther_a
the only cat who knows where it's at - lady_ragnell - Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms [Archive of Our Own]
There are cats who are content to spend their lives dozing by the fire, but Puss has never been one of those cats.
fic  id:lady_ragnell  f:OriginalFiction  f:Fairytales  het  short  'ao3 
12 weeks ago by esther_a
keep me searching for a heart of gold - lady_ragnell - Rumpelstilzchen | Rumpelstiltskin (Fairy Tale) [Archive of Our Own]
Some of them, the wish-granters, the kindly folk, the godparents, are summoned by desire, or hard work, or anger. It calls them, tugs them, until they can go to help, to see the desire fulfilled, the wish granted. Some of them receive in trade only the sense that they're balancing the scales of the world. Some of them amass favors owed. Some of them make bargains.

Rumpelstiltskin has always found himself called to tears, the quiet ones of despair, the ones that are silent because it never occurs to the one weeping that someone might hear and come to comfort them. It might be better, if he could simply help them without asking anything in return, but his magic always asks for a bargain.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  f:Fairytales  f:Rumplstiltskin  gen  short  'ao3  id:lady_ragnell 
12 weeks ago by esther_a
Life in the Vacuum - Marie_L - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Ximena Altitarn, space technician, volunteers to interface with a new alien biosuit. They end up with a deeper partnership than she originally imagined.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  explicit  xeno  SF  short  'ao3  robots 
april 2019 by esther_a
Hardwired - HostisHumaniGeneris - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Sergeant Singh was planning on staying in her bunk for most of shore leave. With the rest of her squad cleared out, she'd have some alone time with her computer and some dubious quality entertainment. The ship's new AI has no complaints with the Sergeant's plans, but she wants to watch.

And maybe participate.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  femslash  SF  robots  explicit  'ao3  short 
april 2019 by esther_a
your blessings - Burning_Nightingale - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Loyal knight and sorcerer Valin needs to cast his most powerful protective enchantments over the King if he's to survive the upcoming battle.

But that means using Susencryni, the ancient magic of his people. And the only way it'll work is if he has sex with the King.

Sometimes, Valin really questions his ancestors' choices.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  pwp  explicit  short  'ao3 
april 2019 by esther_a
An Unexpected Alliance - sheeon - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Aether was determined to make this union one that benefited both of their kingdoms in equal measure.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  marriage:arranged  explicit  short  'ao3 
april 2019 by esther_a
Pure Heart - heeroluva - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Ari seeks out the Great One to save his people. He finds more than he ever imagined possible.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  xeno  short  'ao3 
april 2019 by esther_a
hunting for pearls - doxian - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
"Javi... You don't have to do this if you don't want to."

It sounds as though it's painful for Prince Telitheu to speak. Javi can feel his gaze roving over his now naked chest, hungry, even as he gives Javi an out.

"I can see that you're desperate, even when you're so graciously offering to send me away," Javi points out. "You asked for me. You want me."


An attendant sees to his prince.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  slash  explicit  xeno  'ao3 
april 2019 by esther_a
To Catch A Countess - Devin Cage (shiny_silver_socks) - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Without striking beauty or an aristocratic bloodline, Miss Prudence Copeland is hardly the talk of London, but her substantial dowry means her debut Season will likely be her last.

Lady Charlotte, Countess of Ashbridge, is just fine with that outcome--as long as the suitor Prudence agrees to wed is her.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  femslash  explicit  'ao3 
april 2019 by esther_a
Take One for the Team - allyoops - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
It's the homecoming game and Kate just wants it all to go well. So of course this is the weekend Maddy, their otherwise infallible head cheerleader, goes off her blockers and into full heat.

But that's all right! Kate's team always has her back. And her front. And . . . well, all the other parts of her, since they've decided it falls to Kate to take the edge off Maddy's heat in order to get on with the game.

Kate's not exactly sure about this, but she's a team player, so she's willing to give it a shot.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  a/b/o  femslash  pwp  explicit  'ao3 
april 2019 by esther_a
Seduced in Chancebury Gardens: Or, Lord Farthingham is a Cad! - Rivine - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
When Lord Farthingham plans to seduce a gentleman, scales and a lack of limbs won't deter him. Lord Brassleworsey's hemipenes, however, may prove a little more challenging.

Regency Rake/3 Snakes In A Frockcoat Inexplicably Passing As A Rich Human Fop
fic  f:OriginalFiction  explicit  pwp  o_0  'ao3  xeno  crack 
april 2019 by esther_a
caught in your tangles - somehowunbroken - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Owen goes out hoping for a nice, relaxing night. Maybe he'll even get laid; who knows.

He is not expecting to run into Hot Chad from his macro class. He's expecting what follows even less.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  slash  explicit  'ao3 
april 2019 by esther_a
The King's Honor - The_Plaid_Slytherin - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
King Elfred has a proposition for Sir Hugh - one that is not at all disagreeable.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  slash  first-time  explicit  'ao3 
april 2019 by esther_a
Tentacular Investigations (How to Bury a Gentile)
I wrote a short vaguely historical vaguely spooky ghost story about Jews and burial rites and I have to justify it existing so here it is.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  historical  fantasy  'tumblr  id:seiberwing 
april 2019 by esther_a
The Thing About Ghost Stories - Uncanny Magazine
The most interesting thing about ghost stories is that almost everyone has one.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  f:Naomi_Kritzer  fantasy 
april 2019 by esther_a
By the author of "Laura's Dilemma" - El Staplador (elstaplador) - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
There was always a fire in the schoolroom grate, even when she came home long after midnight. And Miss Cole was always there. Sometimes she would be turning over the pages of a novel (Maria was almost sure it was a novel); sometimes writing a letter; sometimes she would be dozing in the high-backed chair that had been Mamma's favourite when they lived in the country; but she would always be there when Maria looked in.

And Maria always looked in.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  femslash  historical  getting-together  'ao3 
march 2019 by esther_a
The Mummer's Mask - Azzandra - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
What do you do when you are but a poor government worker, arriving into a town taken over by a monster?

The practical thing.
fic  id:Azzandra  f:OriginalFiction  creepy  short  'ao3 
february 2019 by esther_a
To Join This Song - Oko (tucuxi) - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Isabelle Larsson is delighted when she's cast in the fall production of The Marriage of Figaro with her best friend in the opera program. That delight sours after things go sideways the cast party. When she turns to a non-musician friend for comfort, their conversations lead to something more.
fic  id:tucuxi  f:OriginalFiction  femslash  getting-together  'ao3 
february 2019 by esther_a
After the End - Azzandra - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
So it's after the Epic Fantasy War Against An Evil Lord has ended and been won, and all the exciting stuff has died down. And as people are coming home and rebuilding, one human woman finds herself in the position of having to marry one of the defectors from the Evil Overlord's army, and live with him in his castle full of monsters.

This is fine, probably. It can't hurt, at least. It won't be too strange, maybe.

Everybody will just have to make adjustments.
fic  id:Azzandra  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  het  marriage:arranged  WIP  'ao3 
january 2019 by esther_a
Darling and the Cinderella Club - emilyenrose - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Jack was still not quite sure how Darling had managed to swing them a shared staircase with no one else on it for their final year. "Interlopers, my dear Jonathan," Darling had said, "are not to be borne in this, our collegiate idyll."
fic  id:emilyenrose  f:OriginalFiction  historical  slash  getting-together  'ao3 
january 2019 by esther_a
When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis, a short story by Annalee Newitz.
A new short story about a disease surveillance robot whose social programming gets put to the test.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  SF  gen  short  robots 
january 2019 by esther_a
Black Moon Blood - icarus_chained - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
In which a researcher and her vampiric companion tackle moon slugs and enforced partnership in the mountains.
fic  id:icarus_chained  f:OriginalFiction  gen  short  'ao3  vampires 
january 2019 by esther_a
An Interview With Santa’s Lawyer – Whatever
There have been unfounded rumors of unfair employment and labor practices at NicolasNorth LLC by some of Santa’s business rivals.

Business rivals?

Let’s just say that someone whose name rhymes with “Leff Gezos” is going to be getting coal in his stocking until the end of time. And not, like, the good kind of coal. We’re talking the crappiest sort of lignite that’s out there.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  humor  fictional-bureaucracy  short 
december 2018 by esther_a
In a Single Shot - Measured_Words - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Helena has heard troubling news that her cousin Reggie is to be involved in a duel with a villain who wronged her closest friend, Claudia. The truth is nothing she could have expected.
fic  id:Measured_Words  f:OriginalFiction  femslash  historical  getting-together  crossdressing  explicit  'ao3 
december 2018 by esther_a
Kilo India Tango Tango Echo November - Edonohana - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
When the Marines are sent to protect Springfield, MT from an alien invasion, a grizzled staff sergeant finds a whole lot of kittens in need of tender loving care.
fic  id:rachelmanija  f:OriginalFiction  SF  animals  short  'ao3 
november 2018 by esther_a
The Rose MacGregor Drinking and Admiration Society - Uncanny Magazine
There was a land of elven halls and hollows, of fairy mounds and great cathedrals underground. Hapless mortals went in and danced until their feet gave out, and sometimes they came out again.

But far beyond the merriment and the music and the trapped mortals, there was a campfire, and around it sat a half-dozen men, and a great bull selkie, and a horse the color of night.

The men were faerie boys, first to last, tall and sharp-boned, with cheekbones like swords. The selkie was a great hulking brute with his sealskin draped around him, muscle smoothed with a layer of fat, and a gleam in his eye like the last light on the sea.

The horse was a horse, except when he wanted more beer, and then he was a man with a mane of black hair and eyes that glowed like rubies in his face.

They sat around the fire, far from the fae court, and stared into the flames. Fire is older than faerie-kind and even they can be hypnotized by its dance.

“What gets me,” said one of the men finally, “what really gets me is that she went and married the blacksmith.”
fic  f:OriginalFiction  f:Ursula_Vernon  humor  'other  trope-subversion 
november 2018 by esther_a
Field Biology of the Wee Fairies | Apex Magazine
When Amelia turned fourteen, everyone assured her that she’d find her fairy soon. Almost all girls did. You’d find a fairy, a beautiful little fairy, and catch her. And she’d give you a gift to let her go, and that gift was always beauty or charm or perfect hair or something else that made boys notice you. The neighbor girl, Betty, had caught her fairy when she was just nine, and so she’d never even had to go through an awkward adolescent stage; she’d been perfect and beautiful all along.

Not all fairies were equal, of course. Some of them would do a much better job for you. The First Lady Jackie Kennedy, for example, had caught the fairy queen. Or so almost everyone said. “So keep your eyes open,” Amelia’s mother told her.

“I don’t want to catch a fairy,” Amelia said. “If I did catch a fairy, I’d keep her in a jar like my mice and study her.”
fic  f:Naomi_Kritzer  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  short 
september 2018 by esther_a
A Green Moon Problem - Lightspeed Magazine
No one had ever seen Tatter D’MaLeon’s face. Even those who thought she was just a legend agreed that she was always masked. That was about all anyone agreed upon. Although the female pronoun was usually applied to “her,” even Tatter’s sex was in doubt, as was her humanity, her age, and whether or not she existed.
fic  f:Jane_Lindskold  f:OriginalFiction  SF  creepy 
september 2018 by esther_a
The Thing In the Walls Wants Your Small Change | Luna Station Quarterly
The penny was gone again.

Caro huffed and dropped her grocery bags in the hall. She reached in, took a penny from the change bowl by the door, and rubbed it between her thumb and forefinger, said Nana’s charm for the house spirits, to keep them happy and home.

She blew on the penny and tucked it down by the threshold.

Five days she’d lived here, and seven times the penny had been gone, either in the morning or after she returned from an errand. The apartment didn’t set off her Spooky Senses, but the penny thing was weird.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  gen  short  'other  cute 
september 2018 by esther_a
Dear Patron - Selden - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
The following items have not been returned despite previous reminders and this may affect your borrowing privileges. Fines may be accruing. Please return or renew them as soon as possible. You can renew items and view your potential or actual fines (if applicable) by signing on to ECHOLAND (accessible via internet, Summoning circle, or blood ritual) and selecting My Account.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  femslash  epistolary/document-fic  'ao3 
september 2018 by esther_a
A Wild Call and a Clear Call - Oko (tucuxi) - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Hiram Kalloway joined the naval service at the late age of thirteen, his mother having insisted on him remaining home until that age in order to gain some additional polish.

Over the years, Hiram gained a reputation for being an odd, bookish sort, but a fair enough captain who fought like a devil and read the sea like a lover, and kept to himself for the most part. Hiram knew he had a good reputation, as these things went, but also rather a peculiar one. He swam, because he liked it, which was considered very odd, and he did not eat jellied desserts, because he did not like them. He detested any number of naval practices that were standard on other ships, and turned a blind eye to others, and as a result he had been called an odd duck more than once.

And that was all fine, until he met Isaac Upton, a ship's master with a sharp tongue and a sharper temper, a man who seemed willing to castigate any and all members of the Admiralty who were inclined to cheat his captain, regardless of their power or influence.
fic  id:tucuxi  f:OriginalFiction  slash  historical  'ao3  getting-together 
september 2018 by esther_a
Guardian (English Version BL novel) - RainbowSe7en - Wattpad
The Special Investigations Unit is a covert organisation that no-one in the city knows about, dedicated to investigating bizarre occurrences beyond the comprehension of the living. The Chief Zhao Yunlan isn't a simple guy either, being the inheritor of the Guardian Order, he has always been a righteous conformist, excelling between realms of the living and the dead. While investigating a school suicide case, Zhao is attracted to the calm and reserved Professor Shen Wei, but the Professor seems to be rather fickle towards him...
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  WIP  f:WebNovels  check_later  f:Guardian 
september 2018 by esther_a
The Founder of Diabolism - Novel Updates ch 65/113
As the grandmaster who founded demonic cultivation, Wei WuXian roamed the world in his wanton ways, hated by millions for the chaos he created. In the end, he was backstabbed by his dearest shidi and killed by powerful clans that combined to overpower him.

He incarnates into the body of a lunatic who was abandoned by his clan and is later, unwillingly, taken away by a famous cultivator among the sects—Lan WangJi, his archenemy.

This marks the start of a thrilling yet hilarious journey of attacking monsters, solving mysteries, and raising children. From the mutual flirtation along the way, Wei WuXian slowly realizes that Lan WangJi, a seemingly haughty and indifferent poker-face, holds more feelings for Wei WuXian than he is letting on…
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  f:WebNovels  f:MDZS 
september 2018 by esther_a
The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System (ongoing) – Cnovel <3
The story of a guy who transmigrates into the scum villain of one of those harem xuanhuan/xianxia novels. The scum villain, Shen Qingqiu, is one of those looks-noble-but-is-actually-a-hypocrite types. Shen Qingqiu’s disciple is the ‘main character’ of the novel (Luo Binghe) who gradually turns blacker the more tragic things happen to him.

With the help of a very troll system, the new Shen Qingqiu tries to stay alive by staying on Luo Binghe’s good side (the original Shen Qingqiu was very mean to Luo Binghe, hence his terrible ending). However, heroes grow through adversity and Luo Binghe… definitely has a lot more tragedy in his future. And Shen Qingqiu’s system limits his actions.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  check_later  f:ScumVillain  f:WebNovels 
september 2018 by esther_a
Female Impersonators of Distinction | Shousetsu Bang*Bang
In the growing dark, he saw the place shimmer like an oasis against the last pink-orange light of day. A series of exposed bulbs lit the tall sign by the turnoff from the main road that labeled the short, boxy building as The Golden Spoke. Bud didn’t have to look at the matchbook in his hand to confirm it; he’d looked at it plenty already, at least a dozen times a day every day since he’d had it passed to him by another sailor in another port. On the front flap was the establishment’s name and cross-street address. On the back were four words: FEMALE IMPERSONATORS OF DISTINCTION
via:partypaprika  fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  historical  crossdressing 
august 2018 by esther_a
Witchmouth General
A medical comedy/drama about demons, aliens, monsters, superpowers, and, of course, doctors.
fic  'tumblr  id:xenosaurus  f:OriginalFiction 
july 2018 by esther_a
The Scrimshaw Priest - icarus_chained - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
The crew of the Whitestone Trader are in Thindisfal, a tiny smugglers shithole, looking for a new purser after their old one has died. Then an elf walks in with a wooden leg and a scrimshaw medallion to the god of storms on his belt. This might be more than they've bargained for.
fic  id:icarus_chained  f:OriginalFiction  short  gen  'ao3 
june 2018 by esther_a
A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies | Apex Magazine
I sat at the circulation desk, running returns beneath the blinky red scanner light, and breathed him in. I was expecting something like generic Arthurian retelling or maybe teen romance with sword-fighting, but instead I found a howling, clamoring mess of need.

He smelled of a thousand secret worlds, of rabbit-holes and hidden doorways and platforms nine-and-three-quarters, of Wonderland and Oz and Narnia, of anyplace-but-here. He smelled of yearning.

God save me from the yearners. The insatiable, the inconsolable, the ones who chafe and claw against the edges of the world. No book can save them.

(That’s a lie. There are Books potent enough to save any mortal soul: books of witchery, augury, alchemy; books with wand-wood in their spines and moon-dust on their pages; books older than stones and wily as dragons. We give people the books they need most, except when we don’t.)

I sent him a ’70s sword-and-sorcery series because it was total junk food and he needed fattening up, and because I hoped sixteen volumes might act as a sort of ballast and keep his keening soul from rising away into the ether. I let Le Guin shimmer at him, too, because he reminded me a bit of Ged (feral; full of longing).

I ignored The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, jostling importantly on its shelf; this was a kid who wanted to go through the wardrobe and never, ever come back.
via:thatspotonthe_t  fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  short 
june 2018 by esther_a
50 Ways to Leave Your Fairy Lover
Dear Mia,

Are there really fifty ways to break up with a fae, you ask? I suppose you wrote to your grandmother because you’ve heard that back in the day I was a heartbreaker. Human or fae, any gender—they adored me, and I adored them (your late grandfather most of all).
fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  short 
may 2018 by esther_a
Blessings - Uncanny Magazine
“Grace,” the drunk fairy said, “is by far the best of the blessings.”
fic  f:Naomi_Novik  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  short  f:Fairytales 
may 2018 by esther_a
H(a)unter - Measured_Words - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Ehyr is a vampire hunter, but she didn't really mean to be. She has someone to protect.
fic  id:Measured_Words  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  short  'ao3 
february 2018 by esther_a
Placebo - Nary - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
When you advertised yourself as a demon hunter, you got all sorts. People whose cats were talking to them, people who had bought a creepy doll off eBay and now wanted it exorcised, people who claimed they were pregnant with Bigfoot's baby... it was like a steady parade of National Enquirer headlines. Most of them were easy to deal with, and enough of them were willing to pay for her services that she was able to get by. Still, she never quite gave up hope that someday, one of them would actually be the real deal.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  femslash  short  'ao3 
february 2018 by esther_a
Worth Dying For - Sandrine Shaw (Sandrine) - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Alex runs his hand through his sleep-rumpled hair and grimaces. "I know reading social clues is not your kind of thing, Donoff, but in general when you kill someone, it means you want to see less of them, not more."
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  superheros  'ao3  getting-together  via:partypaprika 
february 2018 by esther_a
Angel of the Blockade |
Nata spends her time zipping through the black in her ugly yet bad-ass spaceship, taking pride in being the best smuggler the Imperial regime has never caught. When she takes on an expensive mystery cargo, however, the risk reaches far beyond her pride.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  SF  'other 
january 2018 by esther_a
The Spy Who Never Grew Up - Uncanny Magazine
There is a magic shore where children used to beach their coracles every night.

The children have stopped coming now, and their little boats are tipped over on the sides, like the abandoned shells of nuts eaten long ago. The dark sea rushes up to the pale beach and just touches the crafts, making them rattle together with a sound like bones.

You and I cannot reach that shore again. We’ve forgotten everything. Even the sound of the waves and the mermaids singing.

But the men in her Majesty’s Secret Service can go anywhere.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  f:Sarah_R_Brennan  gen  'other 
january 2018 by esther_a
Clarkesworld Magazine : Waiting Out the End of the World in Patty’s Place Cafe by Naomi Kritzer
I ran out of gas in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, just two hundred miles short of Pierre, my goal. Pierre, South Dakota, I mean, I wasn’t trying to get to someone named Pierre. I was trying to get to my parents, and Pierre was where they lived. I thought maybe, given that the world was probably ending in the next twenty-four hours, they’d want to talk to me.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  f:Naomi_Kritzer  SF  apocafic  short  'other 
january 2018 by esther_a
Romeo, Revisited · aliterate
Wherefore art thou, Romeo?
New York Magazine
March 13, 2045

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: yes, in Broadway’s latest iteration of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is an alien. And no, that doesn’t necessarily make it worth the ticket price.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  id:bookelfe_(ryfkah)  SF  metafic  epistolary/document-fic 
january 2018 by esther_a
Cursed Blessings - icarus_chained - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
The last thing Rohn and Falael had expected of their recent partner Lira was for her to hear of some idiot prince being taken by a witch and haring off to rescue him in a roaring temper. They hadn't expected her relation to said prince either. After that, the revelations of fairy gifts gone wrong got taken more or less in stride.
fic  id:icarus_chained  f:OriginalFiction  gen  short  'ao3 
november 2017 by esther_a
Silver in the Wood
“Folklore,” said Silver. “Studying - investigating. Of course I’m not a real scholar.” He said this as if Tobias might have challenged him on it. “But so much of our country’s heritage is disappearing in this day and age. The costs of progress. I’m interested in preserving what I can.” “Get boys and girls from the village in the woods sometimes,” said Tobias. “Running about with nets. Catching butterflies.” “That’s exactly it,” said Silver, breaking out in a big grin. “I’m catching butterflies. In any case Redhallow Wood has a fascinating set of local legends swirling around it. The Wild Man story is a case in point."
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  fantasy  'ao3 
november 2017 by esther_a
Dead Devotion - coyotesuspect - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Bloodfang Bonebreaker is seeking an honorable death.

Instead, he finds a ship.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  long  'ao3 
november 2017 by esther_a
Long Nights And Lord Save Us - icarus_chained - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
When another team of hunters makes a mistake and blunders into a powerful witch, Rachel and her team are called in to try and fix it. They're not happy about it, and things don't go quite the way anyone planned. Except possibly Amos.
fic  id:icarus_chained  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  gen  'ao3 
october 2017 by esther_a
The False Prince and the True - shukyou
The throne room looked different from this angle: an inch or so off the floor, with a guardsman’s shiny leather boot pressed against the back of his neck. It was a fine angle from whence to observe the delicate work and mother-of-pearl inlay. It was a terrible angle from whence to face the king. Unfortunately for him, Marcelo was not there to appreciate the architecture.

The truth was, he could barely even see the king, given the way he was being forced to bow. But he wasn’t there to look at the king; he was here to be looked at. Alas that he hadn’t known he’d be making a court appearance today. He might have worn more flattering trousers.
via:sophia_sol  fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  het  poly  fantasy 
october 2017 by esther_a
Dragon Brides - Lightspeed Magazine
Dragon brides are notoriously difficult women. We have lived with dragons, after all, those strange and terrible animals with their curiously human eyes, and some of us come back down from the broken mountains with their hisses still in our ears.
fic  f:OriginalFiction  fantasy  gen  'other 
september 2017 by esther_a
Wild Raspberries - JaneDavitt - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Another previously published book offered for free. I'll post the sequel Wintergreen soon.

When runaway Daniel Seaton inadvertently trespasses on Tyler Edward's land, Tyler nearly shoots him on sight.

Tyler's got a lot of years under his belt, and his past doesn't let him accept strangers easily. Dan's situation is dire enough that Tyler takes him home, at least for a little while, and that turns out to be a good decision when Tyler's injured and needs Dan's help.

Tyler's learning to trust, and Dan's settling in to a new life, but things aren't always what they seem. Between interfering friends, injuries, and their attraction to each other, Tyler and Dan have plenty of to deal with even before Tyler's previous career returns to haunt them. Can they overcome what lies in the past to have a future with each other?
fic  f:OriginalFiction  slash  s:OCpairing  explicit  'ao3  long 
september 2017 by esther_a
Passing Through - icarus_chained - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
While on her way through the haunted greywoods after escaping a rather angry lordling, mercenary Halethe Longstrider stumbles across a gaunt, frightened runaway in an old ruin. He's not the worst thing she could have stumbled across, though. At least he isn't a haunt.
fic  id:icarus_chained  f:OriginalFiction  gen  short  'ao3 
august 2017 by esther_a
Night Shift - icarus_chained - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
They were supposed to go quiet, leave the heroing to people better suited to it. They left too many bodies behind them. They needed to stop before some cop or some daylight hero started taking proper interest. But one night Ellie Lime comes up to Mona Rambeau with a missing friend and a bloodstained necklace in her hand. There's been murders lately. There's been bodies. Maybe there's still some work left for the Night Shift to do.

Dark urban fantasy/superhero noir.
fic  id:icarus_chained  f:OriginalFiction  gen  'ao3 
august 2017 by esther_a
The Rose Knight - icarus_chained - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Sir Alain-Michel d'Estrées has come to the capital in search of the legendary Rose Knight, the country's premiere magician, spiritualist and champion, in the hopes that she will aid his family. First introductions, however, do not go particularly well. Though they don't go that badly either.
fic  id:icarus_chained  f:OriginalFiction  gen  short  'ao3 
august 2017 by esther_a
Welcome to Carogne - icarus_chained - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
In Carogne, the City of Rats, freedom, safety and friendship are very tenuous things, especially for blind rat doctors living on the edges of the various power blocks. Sebastien, who has been playing a game of favours for most of his life, knows that better than most. But still, in the past few weeks life has become more tenuous than even he is used to.
fic  id:icarus_chained  f:OriginalFiction  gen  'ao3 
august 2017 by esther_a
Communication Strategies - Asuka Kureru (Askerian) - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
Between finding another heir and hosting an additional dozen golems for the holidays, Sevan and Mikhail were kind of expecting the end of the year to be... busy. This is busier than they were anticipating.
fic  id:askerian  f:OriginalFiction  WIP  'ao3  holidays 
august 2017 by esther_a
Lessons in Invocation - icarus_chained - Original Work [Archive of Our Own]
In the library of a magical college, a student makes a small mistake and is invited to remember why the rules of libraries, especially magical ones, exist.
fic  id:icarus_chained  f:OriginalFiction  gen  short  fantasy  'ao3 
august 2017 by esther_a
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