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Ghostbusters (2016): don't know what a slide rule is for, by aomame (heart_nouveau)
Summary:

Holtzmann offered casually, “You know, I could build you some new bookshelves if you wanted. For your place.”

Patty frowned. “I’m not some kind of fixer upper project.”

“No no, I… I was interested in branching out. Practicing some literal physics.” Holtzmann winked. “Help you feather your nest, so to speak."

“Well, okay.” Patty was dubious, but what was the worst that could happen?

Reccer's Notes: This is such a sweet fic, and Patty and Jillian are so delightfully themselves. I love it.
reccer:beatrice_otter  fandom:ghostbusters.(2016)  pairing:jillian.holtzmann/patty.tolan  length:01.000-5.000.words  theme:characters.of.color  theme:domestic  theme:courtship  theme:female.characters  theme:femslash  theme:friends.to.lovers  creator:aomame.(heart_nouveau) 
9 days ago by fancake
Hannibal: Every Day a Dying Day by lovetincture
Summary: Will Graham is a professional mourner. He attends strangers' funerals and grieves their loss, for a fee.

Hannibal is a serial killer. He visits the funerals of people he's killed.

They notice each other immediately. Like recognizes like, and neither of them truly belong at the funerals they attend. Hannibal is fascinated by Will's terrible empathy, and Will knows immediately that Hannibal is a serial killer. None of that stops them from wanting to get closer.
Reccer's Notes: The alternative professions here is very imaginative and yet totally fitting with Will's brand of fucked-up empathy, and Hannibal's fascinated POV is as much a delight as his frustration at finding himself so drawn toward an other human being.
fandom:hannibal.(tv)  pairing:hannibal.lecter/will.graham  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:lovetincture  theme:alternative.professions  theme:courtship  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  reccer:jainas 
july 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: Hardball, by Missy Pennington
Summary: Uh."Withheld at author's request." Here's amyhit's summary from xf_book_club: "There’s formal wear, there’s dancing, there’s UST, there’s miscommunication, there’s jealousy, there may or may not be intoxication (I can’t remember, but there probably is), the lone gunmen get involved, heck, even Phoebe Green makes an appearance! C’mon, try it. You might like it."
Reccer's Notes: Back in 2012 when amyhit posted "Hardball" to xf_book_club, I wrote a 500 word essay, in comments, complete with illustrations, defending Special Agent Dana Scully's right to wear a sexy dress without being slut-shamed, and purchase a pair of $500 red Manolo Blahniks without being labeled an out-of-character spendthrift. The shopping trip is the best part of this cute MSR fic.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:missy_pennington  theme:courtship  theme:female.characters  reccer:wendelah1  theme:pre-ao3.works 
march 2019 by fancake
White Collar: Figure It Out by lightgetsin
Summary: "You, upstairs," El said to Neal. He beamed, twirled on one foot, and trotted out. "And you need to stop making it so fun to mess with you," she added to Peter.

She surprised a look of such melting fondness on his face as he looked after Neal that her breath caught. "No," he said quietly. "I really don't."
Reccer's Notes: This fic is such an absolute delight... The characterisation, plot and character developpement are pitch perfect, and I love the depiction of how the relationship between the three of them could come to be, the dynamics of how it would work, the playfullness of Neal and Peter half-courting/half-outmatching each other dance, El's involvement... And the sex is perfectly written as well, this is a pleasure to (re)read.
fandom:white.collar  pairing:elizabeth.burke/neal.caffrey/peter.burke  character:mozzie.(white.collar)  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:lightgetsin  theme:(five).things  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:bdsm  theme:competence  theme:cops&crime  theme:casefic  theme:courtship  theme:m/m/f.threesomes  theme:marriage  theme:polyamory  theme:threesome  reccer:jainas 
january 2019 by fancake
Venom: that blessed arrangement by pepperfield
Summary: Venom is well aware that they live in a romantic comedy. Eddie isn’t, but he’ll get the picture eventually.
Reccer's Notes: Look, I know we're all shameless monsterfuckers in the Venom fandom and something rated merely Teen is bush league by comparison, but this is the cutest thing I have ever read. The symbiote gets some ideas about romance from movies and sets out to woo Eddie by doing things like telling him how squishy his body is and taking over his hands to pull out his chair for him: tell me that isn't adorable. Also, Annie and Dan give their blessing to the symbiote taking over the care and feeding of everyone's favorite trainwreck of a journalist, and my heart grew three sizes in a single scene. Bet you never thought you'd hear someone describe the Venom romance as wholesome, but that's exactly what it is, and it's great.
fandom:venom  pairing:eddie.brock/venom.symbiote  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:pepperfield  theme:amnesty  theme:courtship  theme:interspecies.pairings  theme:interspecies.stories  reccer:meretricula 
december 2018 by fancake
Hannibal: La Maison Rouge, by Randstad
Summary: Hannibal starts to show up at Will's house at the crack of dawn to make him breakfast, killing two birds with one stone: cooking is one of his many passions, and, honestly, Will Graham is climbing up the list.
Reccer's Notes: This is a wonderful S1 fic, atmospheric and evocative, a seduction through breakfasts from Hannibal's point of view, with gorgeous writing and a rich imagery made all the more striking by the casuals reminders of Hannibal true nature, and the fact that there is no reveal.
fandom:hannibal.(tv)  pairing:hannibal.lecter/will.graham  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:randstad  theme:secret.identities  theme:courtship  theme:friends.to.lovers  reccer:jainas 
september 2018 by fancake
Jupiter Ascending: Something Borrowed by miss_pryss
Summary: Jupiter discovers that the one thing Caine Wise wants most in life is to be a pretty pretty bride on his wedding day. And she sets out to make that happen.
Reccer's Notes: A story about cute hipster dates, cross-cultural expectations, and Jupiter doing everything in her power to make sure Caine has the wedding of his dreams. (There are some perks to being queen of the entire planet.) There is such a wonderful gentle sense of humor to this story -- yes, the joke is that Caine is the one who wants the perfect white wedding instead of Jupiter, but it's never a mean joke. Caine wants a perfect wedding and Jupiter wants to give it to him and that's it, that's the fic. (Also every scene involving the wedding planner is a gift straight from the hands of the almighty and I wish I could see the Ocean's franchise-level shenanigans that were going on in the background.) A beautiful confection of a story.
fandom:jupiter.ascending  pairing:caine.wise/jupiter.jones  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:miss_pryss  theme:amnesty  theme:courtship  theme:marriage  theme:interspecies.pairings  theme:interspecies.stories  theme:humor  reccer:meretricula 
august 2018 by fancake
Hockey RPF: Thou and You by twentysomething
Summary: There's no way to tell just by looking at someone whether or not they are a magician. Some are more obvious than others, but Evgeni has been introduced to thousands of people since coming to London and he has never been absolutely certain before.

But when Lady Everly says, "Oh, Your Highness, this is Mr. Crosby," Evgeni knows the man in front of him is a magician.
Reccer's Notes: Sometimes you just want to read sixty thousand words of wish fulfillment fic in which Geno Malkin is a Russian prince who falls in love at first spell with a Canadian wizard named Sidney Crosby and proceeds to woo him with flowers, expensive desserts, and a ton of magic, okay? Sometimes you don't want conflict or "plot" or any of that good for you stuff, you just want a toothrottingly sweet tale of ludicrous mutual pining in which Geno -- who is, I repeat, A LEGIT PRINCE IN LINE TO INHERIT THE THRONE OF RUSSIA -- sits around sighing to all of his friends about how sweet and handsome and wonderful Mr Crosby is and thinks dark thoughts about everyone who has ever said a mean word about Sid and worries that he is ruining Sid's reputation because he just wants to be around him all the time and he has -- gasp! Been in Sid's room, unchaperoned!!! Also I love Regency-but-magic settings with a deep abiding passion and have since I read Sorcery & Cecelia as an impressionable young girl, so I'm very into this AU concept. Mainly, though, I gotta stress how very much this is the fic equivalent of cotton candy. You know when you're in the mood for it -- save this story for that moment.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:evgeni.malkin/sidney.crosby  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:twentysomething  theme:spells&curses  theme:courtship  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:fantasy-magic  theme:au:complete.au:regency  theme:au:complete.au:royalty  theme:pining  reccer:meretricula 
june 2018 by fancake
Harry Potter: Slithering by astolat
Summary: Draco found the nest down in the Manor’s cellars, while he was clearing them out.
Reccer's Notes: In b4 the deluge of Harry Potter recs for the Spells & Curses theme because I wanted to make sure my favorite went first! Oh my god, this fic. It's a hellish frankensteining together of a bunch of disparate tropes (postwar cleanup as the most extreme possible variant on curtainfic, redemption through the pure love of a pet, FASHUN, forced proximity/enemies working together, extended sidetrip into worldbuilding marriage and courtship rituals in the wizarding world???, seduction shenanigans, the further redemptive power of familial love... and they all lived happily ever after) but IT WORKS SO WELL. Every time this fic took a sharp right turn it got even better than before. Also some of the lines in this story are so funny that they are permanently inscribed on my memory in letters of fire. Put "I am something out fairy tales! I'm a fucking wizard!" on my tombstone please and thank you.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:spells&curses  theme:enemies.to.lovers  theme:enemies.working.together  theme:book.fandoms  theme:courtship  theme:forced.proximity  theme:family  reccer:meretricula  creator:astolat.(shalott) 
june 2018 by fancake
Devil's Cub: a thing with feathers by hazel
Summary:

It’s 8am on a Sunday morning and Mary Challoner is desperately afraid her sister is going to make a fool of herself.

Meanwhile, Dominic Alastair doesn’t believe that the social hierarchy defines anyone, which is why he’s always careful to smile and say thanks whenever someone does anything for him.
Reccer's Notes: If you've ever read Devil's Cub, you'll know that the scene where Dominic finally grovels to Mary and apologizes for ever being a less than ideal boyfriend and begs her to allow him to marry her, he swears he'll be a perfect husband (that is a STEAMING PILE OF HORSESHIT, Mary responds, you wouldn't stop making jealous scenes for a single day; yes, okay, but I would try, he pleads) is one of the most satisfying in all of Western literature. So when I say that this fic doesn't quite match that, but it comes pretty damn close, you'll understand that I mean it as a tremendous compliment. I would never have imagined that Heyer could be transposed to a modern setting, but it works -- on some level I understand Mary's anxiety about being dragged off to France better when she's upset that it'll ruin her career than when it'll ruin her reputation.
fandom:georgette.heyer.(works)  pairing:dominic.alastair/mary.challoner  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:hazel  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:modern  theme:book.fandoms  theme:courtship  reccer:meretricula 
april 2018 by fancake
Transformers: By Nature Winged by zuzeca
Summary: A most peculiar courtship occurs aboard the Nemesis.
Reccer's Notes: Sliding in under the wire with one more fic about these dumb fictional robots that I am way too invested in! I went looking for more Transformers fic after I finished running through Astolat's stuff and while on the whole I was somewhat disappointed, I really enjoyed discovering zuzeca! I'm not familiar at all with this form of canon but it's a really sweet courtship fic that also features... uh, some interesting sexual exploration between an evil robot whose body is modeled on a car and another evil robot whose body is modeled on a bug. So if you're not ready for that jelly perhaps this is a good one to skip. If you're still down, it's super cute!
fandom:transformers  pairing:original.character/original.character  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:zuzeca  theme:robots.androids&ai  theme:courtship  theme:first.time  theme:interspecies.pairings  theme:interspecies.stories  reccer:meretricula 
april 2018 by fancake
Star Trek Voyager: Forward Momentum, by sixbeforelunch
Summary: After Voyager's return, Janeway and Tuvok build a future together.
Reccer's Notes: disclaimer, I betaed this fic, but there really wasn't anything to improve on because it's so well done. Janeway is frustrated on Earth as an Admiral, and Tuvok's wife remarried while everyone thought Voyager was destroyed. Both are adrift, recovering from the accumulated stresses of the Delta Quadrant, and trying to figure out what comes next in their lives, both professionally and personally. And they find it together, in a very sweet way.
fandom:star.trek:voyager  pairing:kathryn.janeway/tuvok  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:sixbeforelunch  theme:interspecies.pairings  theme:interspecies.stories  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:rare.pairings  theme:old.fandoms  theme:older.characters  theme:first.time  theme:female.characters  theme:courtship  theme:characters.of.color  reccer:beatrice_otter 
february 2018 by fancake
Supernatural: Cinderwings by bendingsignpost
Summary: Under the cover of a masquerade ball, Castiel has five nights to recover the key to his people's freedom. The world has changed greatly in the six centuries since their banishment into the void, but the task isn't impossible. Unfortunately for Castiel, this is going to involve talking to people - especially the Knight Prince who has taken an interest in Castiel and his "costume" wings.
Reccer's Notes: The whole month I have been dying to rec this delight of a monster fic and couldn't because it was still in progress... But no more, and just in time before the end of the theme!
From the Cinderella AU premise, this fic build an incredible slow burn romance laced with growing tension, intricate worldbuilding and wonderful characterization.
I loved the way the story unfold, all the things it does: an angel undercover as an human at the masquerade, with a crucial mission and almost no idea of what he is doing, but also how who he shines through for Dean to see, the growing attraction and falling in love for both of them and the great identity porn it implies, the way Bendingsignpost handled the looming reveal of Castiel's true nature as the five nights come to a close; all the details of the cultural differences both before and after.
The story has some incredibly tense chapters and the plot had me at the edge of my seat more than once! A must-read! :)
fandom:supernatural  pairing:castiel/dean.winchester  length:80.000&more.words  creator:bendingsignpost  theme:epic.works  theme:interspecies.pairings  theme:interspecies.stories  theme:action/adventure  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:fairytales  theme:courtship  theme:identity.porn  theme:mutual.pining  theme:mythical.creatures  theme:mythical.creatures:angels&demons  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:plotty.fic  theme:secret.identity.reveal  theme:slow.burn  theme:worldbuilding  reccer:jainas 
february 2018 by fancake
The Lord of the Rings: The Secrets of the Lonely Mountain by Lisafer
Summary: Legolas is sent to Erebor after the War of the Ring, where he's given the chance to meet up with Gimli again.
Predominantly book-verse.
Reccer's Notes: Does it show I'm on a LotR roll?^^ I liked the slow burn and the care this fic has for the characters and the setting: Legolas seeing his friend after so long, all the details of the dwarvish life in Erebor, the image of the bare-chested dwarves singing at the forge, the discussions and uneasiness... Very nice fic!
fandom:lord.of.the.rings  pairing:gimli/legolas  character:gloin  character:dwalin  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:lisafer  theme:interspecies.pairings  theme:interspecies.stories  theme:courtship  theme:in.vino.veritas  theme:mutual.pining  theme:pining  theme:slow.burn  reccer:jainas 
february 2018 by fancake
Spirited Away: White Wedding by canis_m
Summary: If Chihiro's family had never moved, and Haku had never lost his river.
Reccer's Notes: A nice, sweet, slightly creepy courted-by-a-god fic. Who doesn't love those?
fandom:spirited.away  pairing:haku/ogino.chihiro  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:canis_m  theme:dragons  theme:mythical.creatures  theme:mythical.creatures:dragons  theme:small.fandoms  theme:courtship  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  reccer:imogeneherdman 
november 2017 by fancake
Hobbit: Made and Remade the Necklace of Songs by pibroch (littleblackdog)
Summary: In a Middle Earth where dwarves dream of Heartsongs and hobbits carry the name of their fated partner as private Mark, Bilbo Baggins had never been able to properly translate the strange rows of runes inscribed on his wrist.

And likewise, Thorin Oakenshield had never imagined he would hear the voice of his Heartsong from a fussy little gentlehobbit.
Reccer's Notes: Adorable courtship fic. But I mean, like, ADORABLE. (I haven't read the sequels, but just fyi, it has two.)
fandom:hobbit  pairing:bilbo.baggins/thorin.oakenshield  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:littleblackdog.(pibroch)  theme:soulmate-identifying.marks  theme:soulbonding  theme:courtship  reccer:jerakeen 
july 2017 by fancake
Peter Wimsey: Gentle Antidote, by x_los
Summary: At twenty-one, Harriet Vane gets her Name. It's rather longer than she expected.
Reccer's Notes: This is a delightful gem of a soulmark AU. Given the whole idea of soulmarks, obviously Harriet would never set up with that jerk she was with in Strong Poison. While the name "Harriet Vane" is rather normal, Peter's name is rather more unusual and thus he is easy to find, once she gets her mark. So there's none of the angst and soul-searching and recovery required in canon before they get together, and on the whole it's a fairly light story. But x_los captures all of the characters perfectly, and especially Harriet's self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and deals a bit more specifically with the issues of class difference and age that kind of got swept underfoot by the drama of their canonical meeting.
fandom:lord.peter.wimsey  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:harriet.vane  character:the.dowager.duches  character:peter.wimsey  character:mary.wimsey  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:x_los  theme:soulmate-identifying.marks  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:other-misc  theme:book.fandoms  theme:courtship  theme:female.characters  theme:old.fandoms  reccer:beatrice_otter 
july 2017 by fancake
Riverd of London/Great British Bake Off: Four and twenty lovebirds (baked in a pie) by stardust_r
Summary: Peter Grant is a contestant on The Great British Bake Off 2016, Thomas Nightingale is its famously stoic, poker-faced judge. The nation’s running commentary is their background soundtrack as they flirt onscreen. It’s gonna be a very long ten weeks.
Reccer's Notes: I have never watched one episode of the Great British Bake-Off, and reality TV fics aren't usually my thing, but it didn't stop me for enjoying this fic immensely. The fusion works very well, and the media recounting of the season is fascinating. The focus is on Peter and Nightingale slowly growing tension and pining and the ensuing scandal and media storm, but all the other characters get plenty of screentime and time in the spotlight as well and are very well written.
I actually think this is a fic one could enjoy without knowing any of the fandoms, even if of course all the clever bits of characterization would be lost.
fandom:rivers.of.london  fandom:great.british.bake.off  pairing:peter.grant/thomas.nightingale  character:lesley.may  character:beverley.brook  character:abigail.kamara  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:stardust_rain  theme:pining  theme:mutual.pining  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:celebrities-fame  theme:au:complete.au:reality.tv  theme:au:complete.au:modern  theme:characters.of.color  theme:courtship  theme:crossovers&fusions  reccer:jainas 
july 2017 by fancake
Yuri on Ice: Maelstrom, by Feelslikefire
Summary: Victor Nikiforov is poised to win gold in his fifth consecutive Grand Prix Final. He has the world at his feet, is unparalleled in the sport--right up until a snowstorm blows into Sochi, and he finds himself repeating the same day over and over and over. He stumbles over Yuuri Katsuki, and everything changes.
Reccer's Notes: A nice take on the tropes, where Victor is each day seduced anew and fall more and more in love with Yuuri... but also learns not to be so selfish and that he can help people.
fandom:yuri!!!on.ice  pairing:katsuki.yuuri/victor.nikiforov  character:yuri.plisetsky  character:mila.babicheva  character:christophe.giacometti  character:yakov.feltsman  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:feelslikefire  theme:time.loops  theme:time.travel  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:courtship  reccer:jainas 
april 2017 by fancake
The Hobbit: My Fair Hobbit, by Erinye.
Summary: Take a dragon and get rid of it, take a Kingdom under the Mountain and let it thrive under Thráin’s rule, take the King’s eldest son - as proud and arrogant as you can picture him - and then send him to the Shire in order to refine his diplomatic skills. Or, as his sister puts it: to grow them at last. Now, throw in the Master of Bag End playing host for the dwarf prince: you’ll get a clash of cultures, an ill-advised bet about educating a certain hobbit in the dwarf-lore, and all the pride and prejudice business you could hope for, plus Khuzdul.
A retelling inspired by My Fair Lady.
Reccer's Notes: I've read this story when it was still a WiP, and I cheered every time a new chapter was put up. I like the emotional tension in this story, and how the characters grow and learn.
fandom:hobbit  pairing:bilbo.baggins/thorin.oakenshield  length:80.000&more.words  creator:erinye  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:courtship  theme:first.time  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:pining  theme:plotty.fic  theme:slow.burn  theme:worldbuilding  reccer:thady 
december 2016 by fancake
Harry Potter: Slithering by astolat
Summary: Draco found the nest down in the Manor’s cellars, while he was clearing them out.
Reccer's Notes: Everything about this is soooo good. Seriously. Draco's characterization, the house, the snake, the mystery, the relationship... read it! It'll make you feel things!
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:amnesty  theme:courtship  theme:friends.with.benefits  theme:marriage  reccer:jerakeen  creator:astolat.(shalott) 
december 2016 by fancake
Teen Wolf: Solitary Animals by Molly
Summary: In which the Alpha pack wants to take something important away from the Hale pack, and there's only one sure way to keep Stiles safe. Negotiations of a personal nature ensue.
Reccer's Notes: Stiles needs to be screwed into the pack. Except somehow it turns into dating.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:mollyamory.(merryish)  theme:(something).made.them.do.it  theme:courtship  reccer:jerakeen 
april 2016 by fancake
HP: Little Talks by Femme & noeon
Summary: Draco's been shagging the Head Auror for months now, and he's sure it's just a fling. Until Harry asks him to a Quidditch match, that is, and things go horribly wrong.
Reccer's Notes: Precious and fluffy.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:femmequixotic  creator:noe  theme:friends.with.benefits  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  theme:courtship  reccer:jerakeen 
march 2016 by fancake
Jupiter Ascending: all that is earth by novembersmith
Summary: Jupiter’s trying not to take it personally, but being inexplicably flinched away from is getting really, really old.
Reccer's Notes: Perfect porny epilogue!
fandom:jupiter.ascending  pairing:caine.wise/jupiter.jones  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:novembersmith  theme:amnesty  theme:courtship  theme:small.fandoms  reccer:jerakeen 
august 2015 by fancake
Star Trek AOS: A Logical Match by walkandtalk
Summary: The elders of New Vulcan decide to resurrect an ancient custom, and suddenly Jim must help find his First Officer an honorable Vulcan husband.
Reccer's Notes: In which the courtship isn't actually between Jim and Spock, that's just how things end up. Of course. Fun ride and Jim is the most endearing intergalactic wingman ever.
Bones’s eyebrows shot up. “Jim Kirk, trying not to accidentally die,” he said amazed, reaching for a PADD to bring up the terraquad of data he gathered on Jim's allergies. “Thought I’d never see the day. I heard a rumor that you were enlisted to help the hobgoblin get hitched on New Vulcan."

Jim smiled sheepishly. "Trying to, anyway. I have had all this reading homework, and Mnah has all these tradition foods that are served, and with my luck I would ruin Spock's first date with an allergic reaction."
fandom:star.trek.reboot  pairing:james.t.kirk/spock  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:walkandtalk  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:first.time  theme:courtship  reccer:dirty_diana 
march 2015 by fancake
Harry Potter: Of Muggles and Magic, by Aurette
Summary: A witch struggles to conform in a society that restricts her. A wizard thinks he has nothing to offer anyone but his duty and, ultimately, his life. An SS/HG Regency Tale. As AU as you get. M for later chapters.
Reccer's Notes: Sometimes, it is painfully obvious that the author of a Regency AU knows nothing about the Regency period in general and nothing about Regency Romance conventions in particular. This is not that fic. The author knows how to adapt both Hermione and Severus' backgrounds to their Regency equivalents, and how to use Regency romance tropes to their best effect. (Penniless ladies dependent on evil relations! Governesses! Scandal! Unexpected inheritances!) At the same time, Aurette also knows the Harry Potter universe, and has done an excellent job of extrapolating a late-Regency version of them. Aurette describes the fic as "an amalgamation of Jane Austen, Anne Bronte, Charles Dickens, and Elizabeth Gaskell, with a smidgeon of Wm. M Thackeray and a very healthy dose of J.K. Rowling." All in all, a wonderful fic that is one of the very best Regency AUs that I know.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:severus.snape  character:hermione.granger  length:80.000&more.words  creator:aurette  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:historical  theme:au:complete.au:regency  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:historical.aus  theme:courtship  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  reccer:beatrice_otter 
february 2015 by fancake
K-pop: This is My "Ken-Fession" by gunwoo
Summary: A love confession, Ken-style.
Reccer's Notes: Essentially, in which Ken is prowling around N like he thinks he's a lion cornering its prey, and Ken doing weird things is nothing new but this has been going on for a week. The title is terrible but also exactly a joke that Ken would make and therefore perfect. The whole fic is completely delightful and makes me really happy.
fandom:k-pop  fandom:vixx  pairing:cha.hakyeon.(n)/lee.jaehwan.(ken)  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:gunwoo  theme:courtship  theme:amnesty  reccer:cest_what 
december 2014 by fancake
Labyrinth: Drunk Dial by startraveller776
Summary: Five times Sarah drunk-called Jareth. One time he sobered her up.
Reccer's Notes: I can't overstate the charm of this story. The premise seems crack-ish but is made to feel totally feasible in-universe. Sarah's disastrous post-Labyrinth love life leads to an unexpected, slow and somehow endearing courtship by Jareth.
fandom:labyrinth  pairing:jareth/sarah.williams  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:startraveller776  theme:future.fic  theme:humor  theme:courtship  theme:female.characters  theme:hurt/comfort  theme:small.fandoms  reccer:eevilalice 
october 2014 by fancake
The Sentinel: My Beautiful Love by Stacy LA Stronach
Summary: The guys are secretly pining for each other but both keep mum for the same reason: each thinks the other is straight and admitting their feelings would ruin their good friendship. While Blair is away, Jim finds a letter to a friend that reveals Blair's secret. Jim decides to take the first step.
Reccer's Notes: Something a bit shorter and lighter than the last one. Stacy wrote this originally for a print zine. Enjoy.
fandom:sentinel  pairing:blair.sandburg/jim.ellison  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:slashgirl.(stacy_la_stronach)  theme:pining  theme:courtship  theme:first.time  reccer:magician113 
september 2014 by fancake
Dangerous Liaisons: Deuxieme Appendice by Amanuensis
Summary: An additional collection of letters reveals that the conquests of the Vicomte de Valmont were not confined to the ladies of the controversy.
Reccer's Notes: This fic seamlessly integrates the possibility that Danceny and Valmont had their own liaisons. It offers the perspective of a male friend of Danceny's as he secretly courts Cecile--and is taught to in turn, along with other lessons--and learns of others' treachery.
fandom:dangerous.liaisons  pairing:cecile.volanges/the.chevalier.danceny  pairing:marquise.de.merteuil/the.chevalier.danceny  pairing:the.chevalier.danceny/vicomte.de.valmont  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:amanuensis  theme:epistolary  theme:courtship  theme:small.fandoms  theme:outsider.pov  reccer:eevilalice 
august 2014 by fancake
Bandom: Twin High Maintenance Machines by graceoftheworld
Summary: Bob is a cop, when he's put on desk duty after busting his wrist he meets Gerard.
Reccer's Notes: This is written in a very bare-bones style but one that really works. It has a great Bob voice and I love the warm everyday-ness of their relationship and how important it quickly becomes to both of them. I also love everything about the way the after-effects of Gerard getting involved in a holdup is written. Their inability to talk, the explosion, the slow re-growth of the trust and love between them. It's quiet and understated and totally wonderful.
fandom:bandom  pairing:bob.bryar/gerard.way  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:graceoftheworld  theme:cops&crime  theme:first.time  theme:courtship  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:law.enforcement  theme:hurt/comfort  reccer:turlough 
august 2014 by fancake
Bandom: Art for tabula_x_rasa's 'Public Enemy' by theopteryx [art]
Description: Bankrobber!Gerard and DoI analyst!Frank getting close.
Reccer's Notes: This is such a cool work. I love the composition, how close they are, it makes the scene feel so intimate. Gerard's smirk and Frank's angry glare are just perfect for their relationship at that point. I also love the colouring. It's so rich and vibrant.
fandom:bandom  pairing:frank.iero/gerard.way  non-fic.recs:fanart  creator:theopteryx  theme:cops&crime  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:historical  theme:au:complete.au:law.enforcement  theme:au:complete.au:criminals-mob  theme:courtship  reccer:turlough 
august 2014 by fancake
MCU: a girl worth fighting for by beardsley
Summary: Darcy vs inexplicable courting rituals of Asgard.
Reccer's Notes: Over the top and very silly, but Sif's chivalry and the inter-cultural missed communication is hilarious, and I love Darcy's reactions, plus they have great chemistry, and there's some lovely moments with Sharon and Jane.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:darcy.lewis/sif  character:jane.foster  character:sharon.carter  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:beardsley  theme:femslash  theme:female.characters  theme:humor  theme:courtship  reccer:muccamukk 
june 2014 by fancake
Sherlock BBC: Artifice by Saathi1013
Summary:
Mycroft must get information on Sherlock from somewhere... and that's how Molly meets "Anthea."
Reccer's Notes:
The romance in this fic is beautiful, slow to build, and understated.
fandom:sherlock.(bbc)  pairing:anthea/molly.hooper  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:saathi1013  theme:femslash  theme:female.characters  theme:rare.pairings  theme:courtship  reccer:makoyi 
june 2014 by fancake
Sherlock (BBC): What He Wrote by fitofpique
Summary: "Sherlock isn't sure if John's flirting or just an exceedingly inept typist."
Reccer's Notes: The useful plausible deniability of autocorrect OR John knows very well how to push Sherlock's buttons OR stumbling toward intimacy with typos. A delightfully hilarious and sweet take on John flirting with a confused Sherlock via text message.
fandom:sherlock.(bbc)  pairing:john.watson/sherlock.holmes  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:fitofpique  theme:humor  theme:first.time  theme:courtship  reccer:monksandbones 
may 2014 by fancake
Teen Wolf: our lives are changing lanes by grimm
Summary: There's a lot of screaming going on inside the first house Stiles visits. He isn't really worried, because it sounds like kids, but then the door opens and hi, says his dick, because the dude in front of him is gorgeous, built like a god with a face like thunder. Stiles wants to lick that solid jaw line. Hold the fuck on, says his cop brain, because the dude's got kids hanging all over him; one's on his back, skinny legs looped around his waist, and another two hanging off one arm, toes barely brushing the ground. There's a tubby toddler clinging to his leg like a koala, and he's got a baby tucked into the crook of the one arm that doesn’t have kids hanging off it. Stiles' mouth drops open.

"How many of those kids did you kidnap?" he asks before he can wrangle his brain into submission.

The man gives him a look that says what the fuck is wrong with you and snaps, "You think I'd subject myself to this on purpose?"

"Oooh," says one of the kids hanging off his arm. "I'm telling Mom."
Reccer's Notes: Single dad Derek and Deputy Stiles. So very enjoyable.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:grimm  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:law.enforcement  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  theme:courtship  theme:casefic  theme:hurt/comfort  reccer:jerakeen 
april 2014 by fancake
Teen Wolf: the lunch table configuration by thepsychicclam
Summary: When Isaac makes Derek switch lunch tables, the last thing Derek expected was to fall for Stiles.
Reccer's Notes: Adorable AU where the Hales are alive and Derek is in high school with the guys.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:thepsychicclam  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:high.school  theme:courtship  reccer:jerakeen 
april 2014 by fancake
Adventure Time: Nothing Was Real (Until I Met You) by elfiepike
Summary: "A treehouse this size and you don't have a guest room or something?" Ice Queen complained.
Reccer's Notes: One of the most delightful things about the original genderbent 'Fionna and Cake' episode of Adventure Time was that Fionna's nemesis Ice Queen's nefarious plot essentially consisted of taking Fionna on a super-romantic date, in disguise. This is the most beautiful follow-up to that, with wonderful voices - Ice Queen and her terrible awkward feelings, ugh - and the most hilariously in-character declaration scene.
fandom:adventure.time  pairing:fionna.the.human/ice.queen  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:elfiepike  theme:amnesty  theme:courtship  theme:canon.alternate.realities  theme:female.characters  reccer:cest_what 
april 2014 by fancake
Shingeki no Kyojin: Playing Favorites by Ketita
Summary: In which Levi seems determined to spoil Eren rotten, whether he likes it or not.

(For the record, Eren hadn't expected his confession to lead to this sort of thing at all).
Reccer's Notes: This is hilarious and delightful. I'm mostly reccing it for Courtship, because Levi's gift-giving campaign is excellent - but I've also tagged it Gateway Fic because if you wanted to check out Shingeki no Kyojin fandom without watching the anime or reading the manga (which are very good but also very full of body horror and trauma and bleakness, whereas the fandom is full of those things but also ridiculous high school AUs and wingfic), this fic would be an excellent place to start. Especially as Eren/Levi is the biggest ship in the fandom, and if you're going to imprint on a pairing, it's nice to land on a popular one. (The Competence tag is because, well, it's Levi.)
Excerpt:

Hanji pounced. Eren had managed to forget that beneath her goofy exterior was a skilled member of the Recon Corps; the crack of his head against the floor when she threw him was a sharp reminder. He found himself pinned by the wrists, Hanji looming over him.

"Our Levi," she hissed, "is like a kitten. Innocent and sweet. If you break his heart, I will cut out yours."

There was absolutely nothing to do against such blind insanity but agree. "Yes sir!" Eren managed. It was the same thing with the titans, he thought. The more dangerous it was, the cuter Hanji found it. Apparently. "No breaking hearts, sir!"

"Lovely!" Before he could blink, Hanji was halfway across the room, leaning nonchalantly against her desk, all smiles. Eren got his feet under him unsteadily.

"I'll just go and… shine his shoes," he said, backing away towards the door.

"Great idea."
fandom:attack.on.titan  pairing:eren.jaeger/levi  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:ketita  theme:courtship  theme:competence  theme:gateway.fic  theme:amnesty  reccer:cest_what 
april 2014 by fancake
The Avengers/MCU: A Marriage of Convenience by enigmaticblue
Summary: Scenes from two lives, intertwining. Also, what the title says.
Reccer's Notes: Tony decides that the best way to protect Bruce from General Ross is to make him TMZ famous. Complications ensue. A lot of Science Bros fic is either pretty fluffy (science! kissing!) or pretty angsty (PTSD! lots of it!). Not that both of those things aren't awesome, but this story strikes a refreshing balance. It's a slow build type of story, one that will put a smile on your face as we see how the pair adjusts to marriage, fame, and love.
Bruce hesitates. “I don’t want to be in the way.”

Tony rolls his eyes. “You’re not in the way.”

“Bruce, you’re married to Tony, which means you’re contractually obligated to show up most places he is,” Pepper reminds him, with a smile that takes the sting out of her words.

Bruce ducks his head. “Do I need to change?”
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:bruce.banner/tony.stark  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:enigmaticblue  theme:marriage  theme:marriage.of.convenience  theme:pretend.couple  theme:courtship  theme:first.time  reccer:dirty_diana 
april 2014 by fancake
HP: Rentboy by MizSphinx
Summary: In his latest scheme to get Hermione's attention, Draco pretends to be a rentboy. Why he thinks this is a good idea is anybody's guess. Likelihood of this plan failing: 100%. Written for the Deflower Draco fest.
Reccer's Notes: This fic plays with and subverts the rentboy trope in a few different ways, at least one of which is left better as a surprise. It also works with another trope common in Draco het ships, especially Draco/Hermione, where Draco is depicted as the "Slytherin Sex God." Here he's still a virgin, bumbling his way through a hilarious courtship of Hermione.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/hermione.granger  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:mizsphinx  theme:trope.subversion&inversion  reccer:eevilalice  theme:courtship 
march 2014 by fancake
Actor RPF: he makes my heart a cinemascope screen by mardia
Summary:

“Hi, I’m Andrew, I’m really excited to be working with you on this movie.”

Michael laughs. “I don’t have the part yet, but thanks.”

Andrew dismisses this with a wave of his free hand—he still hasn’t stopped shaking Michael’s—and says, “Oh, please, you’re perfect, I’ve been telling Marc that for ages now.”
Reccer's Notes: Andrew Garfield ships it hard, guys. You know you want to give it a shot! (I know I would kill for mardia to actually write the alternative Spider-Man film she has them filming in the fic...)
pairing:andrew.garfield/michael.b.jordan  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:mardia  theme:characters.of.color  theme:courtship  theme:first.time  reccer:meretricula  fandom:actor.rpf 
november 2013 by fancake
Soccer RPF: Settling In by nahco3
Summary: Ji-Sung gets a job in Manchester.
Reccer's Notes: I have a huge soft spot for Patrice Evra and Park Ji-Sung, separately and as an adorable multilingual bro conglomerate, and this story does a great job of showing that even when they're ordinary working stiffs instead of superstar footballers, they're still them. The bits and pieces of their workplace that are described are a perfect transposition of Manchester United to an unspecified corporate environment, and I love the way food is used both as a courtship gesture and as a way to say something about where a character is from. 100% adorable failboat romance!
fandom:soccer.rpf  pairing:park.ji-sung/patrick.evra  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:nahco3  theme:characters.of.color  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:corporate  theme:courtship  theme:first.time  reccer:meretricula 
november 2013 by fancake
Hockey RPF: Five Days In Toronto by cominginside
Summary: P.K. finally gets Carey to come hang out over the summer.
Reccer's Notes: One of the things I like best about this fic (besides the whole IT'S PK/CAREY DUH part) is how strong all the background to the romance is. I've never been to Toronto but there's a real sense of place, whether it's accurate or not, and PK's family is wonderfully drawn. Plus, PK woos Carey with ponies and a stuffed unicorn, you can't tell me that's not awesome.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:carey.price/p.k.subban  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:cominginside  theme:characters.of.color  theme:first.time  theme:courtship  reccer:meretricula 
november 2013 by fancake
Psych: Serenade by trascendenza
Summary: Gus is having some communication issues. "Oh, really?" He could hear Joy rolling her eyes right back at him. "And what's that? Pretend he's your boyfriend until he figures it out on his own?"
Reccer's Notes: This is seriously so delightful, with a smile-making ending that is exactly what it ought to be, for this show and these characters.
fandom:psych  pairing:burton.guster/shawn.spencer  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:trascendenza  theme:characters.of.color  theme:courtship  reccer:cest_what 
october 2013 by fancake
Pet Shop of Horrors: Sadie, Sadie by Telanu
Summary: When Leon Orcot gets an idea in his head, there's no stopping him. DxLeon yaoi. Now Complete!
Reccer's Notes: An offhand comment made by Jill gets Leon thinking about getting married. Specifically, getting married to Count D. This fic is ridiculously fun; Leon's perspective is really well done and the misunderstandings between Count D and Leon are hilarious.
fandom:pet.shop.of.horrors  pairing:count.d/leon.orcot  length:40.000-60.000.words  theme:small.fandoms  theme:courtship  reccer:john_egbert  creator:telanu 
june 2013 by fancake
Super High School Level Cockblock by Mithrigil & Puella Nerdii
Summary: No one at Hope's Peak Academy ever gets laid.
Reccer's Notes: It starts out simple, and just gets more and more absurd from there on out, in the best way possible. Really, the summary says it all. (Spoilers for the whole first game.)
fandom:dangan.ronpa  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:mithrigil  creator:puella_nerdii  theme:small.fandoms  theme:courtship  reccer:john_egbert 
june 2013 by fancake
Korra: make me your radio by Rikku
Summary: In which Iroh becomes a rabid pro-bending fan, and Bolin learns to dance.
Reccer's Notes: Taking advantage of the invitation to make one last-minute Courtship rec! (I actually thought this would qualify for Small Fandoms too, but turns out LoK is super popular at ff.net, who knew.)

This story delights me. Iroh's courtship is a wonderful mixture of dashing and inept, and there's such an incredible feeling of fondness for all of the characters and their world that infuses the story.
fandom:legend.of.korra  pairing:bolin/iroh.ii  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:rikku  theme:courtship  reccer:cest_what 
june 2013 by fancake
Sherlock (BBC): At Least There's The Football by sheffiesharpe
Summary: Lestrade arrives at the pool after the explosion and finds someone else is already there.
Reccer's Notes: This series does getting-to-know-you really well - it starts with two people hardly knowing each other and sees them completely fall for each other and become integral parts of each other's lives. Lestrade and Mycroft are brought together by their mutual concern for Sherlock following the explosion Moriarity set off at the pool. As things gradually return to normal, they decide to try a date... and then another... and 178k words later, they're all cute and domestic. I love this series for so many reasons. For one, their dates - Mycroft in a fedora, Lestrade singing punk karaoke, Mycroft as a closet football fan - you can really imagine them and its awesome. And it does it without making the relationship seem like the only thing happening in the whole world - they have full lives going on and families, they're fully developed characters; it's not just a story about the relationship milestones of two characters. Anthea and Lestrade's nieces are fantastic characters too. This series is just so adorable, I absolutely recommend it.
fandom:sherlock.(bbc)  pairing:greg.lestrade/mycroft.holmes  length:80.000&more.words  creator:sheffiesharpe  theme:courtship  reccer:makoyi 
june 2013 by fancake
Fake News: Bringing the Holiday Spirit by themistoklis
Summary: "Stephen" just can't take Jon's lack of holiday sparkle anymore.
Reccer's Notes: Wonderfully fluffy. Stephen puts a whole lot of effort into trying to bring Jon an OTT Hanukkah celebration. It takes Jon a while to come around and appreciate why.
fandom:fake.news  pairing:jon.stewart/"stephen.colbert"  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:themistoklis  theme:courtship  reccer:sailorptah 
june 2013 by fancake
Harry Potter: And Then There Were Three by Amy
Summary: Snape asks Draco and Harry to participate in the first round of his Petitioner's Courtship as a favour, and they both allow themselves to consider his suit more seriously than anyone expected.
Reccer's Notes: The combination of old wizarding traditions and magic make for some great courtship fics in the Harry Potter fandom. This one is a favorite. The thoughtfulness that Snape puts into each phase of the courtship ritual that he is going through—well, small wonder that Harry comes to see him as more than he would have ever imagined he could.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter/severus.snape  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:swtalmnd.(amy)  theme:courtship  reccer:green_grrl 
june 2013 by fancake
due South : Oblivious by arrow (esteefee) - Rec by ride_4ever
Summary: "I'm sorry if my attempts at flirtation didn't meet your exacting standards," Fraser mutters.

Warm hands suddenly rest on his shoulders. He resists the pull, but they turn him in place until he is once again facing Ray. Ray, whose eyes are now glinting with warmth.

"You want me to show you how I flirt, Frase?"
Reccer's Notes: (by [personal profile] ride_4ever) Great story-telling, spot-on Fraser and RayK voices, and chockfull of the charms and frustrations and ultimate joy of "courtship Mountie-style".
fandom:due.south  pairing:benton.fraser/ray.kowalski  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:esteefee.(arrow)  theme:courtship  reccer:ride_4ever 
june 2013 by fancake
Supernatural: The (Mostly Accidental) Courtship of Dean Winchester by tuesday
Summary: Angelic marriage rites were never intended to go quite like this.
Reccer's Notes: Apparently, angels really like bizarre, convoluted rules and rituals where a small fraction of a large number of possible seals have to be broken for something big to happen and they use them for everything from releasing Lucifer from his cage to getting married. Too bad Dean and Castiel were on 180 out of 200 in the angelic marriage rites before Dean found out. And they just can't seem to stop. Fortunately, he soon warms to the idea. It's not an established relationship fic, except that it sort of is in the "I've been watching canon with my ship glasses on again" way but it works. The characterizations are good too, but a little exaggerated, sometimes for humor and sometimes just because the change in medium allows for more of what a character is thinking. I also like that while this fic does capture some of the irreverence and sarcasm and, of course, the angst of canon, it's also pretty funny.
fandom:supernatural  pairing:castiel/dean.winchester  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:tuesday.(everysecondtuesday)  theme:courtship  reccer:makoyi 
june 2013 by fancake
Teen Wolf: Ain't Nothing so Good as the Cake and Eating it by sofonisba_found
Summary: Derek thinks he's doing alright in life, with his family at his side and a job he loves. Despite his family's concerns he remains adamant that he doesn't need a mate, afraid to take the risk of letting anyone close enough to try to hurt his family again. That is until he realizes that his true mate has been right under his nose for years, and that now through his inaction he may lose him.
Reccer's Notes: I'm a sucker for long fics with miscommunication and Derek trying so hard. All the Hales are alive and they, along with the Sheriff, are a great background as Derek and Stiles dance around each other.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:sofonisba_found  theme:courtship  reccer:bridgetmkennitt 
june 2013 by fancake
Teen Wolf: Filthy Perfect by theaeblackthorn
Summary: Powerless. That's how Lydia feels when the dust finally settles.
Reccer's Notes: Things are going fine for Lydia, but she doesn't realize that along the way the boys think the three of them are building towards something special in their strange courtship dance. She refuses to see what they see. It's not until the end that Lydia realizes the truth.
It's not what she can get her boys to do or feel that makes Lydia feel powerful. It's the way she feels about them that makes her powerful. She loves them, and she'd do anything for them... just like they would for her. That's real power.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/lydia.martin/stiles.stilinski  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:theablackthorn  theme:courtship  reccer:bridgetmkennitt 
june 2013 by fancake
Mouretsu Pirates: Conditions Met by cureelliott
Summary: Chiaki wants to be completely honest with Marika, but will she ever find the words let alone the time?
Reccer's Notes: This story isn't a true courtship story, in that Character A tries to woo Character B with steps XYZ, but I like to think of this as a pre-courtship fic. Chiaki loves Marika, loves her so much that she stays at the academy at the end of the anime and stays by her side. She loves Marika, but that doesn't know how to show it or tell her, and tries to get advice from her father and friends. The entire thing stresses Chiaki because she doesn't want to be just the friend forever when Marika does something that's pure Marika and solves Chiaki's issue. There's a little fail here, in that Chiaki fails to court Marika, and I love me some fail. ;)
fandom:mouretsu.pirates  pairing:katou.marika/kurihara.chiaki  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:cureelliott  theme:courtship  reccer:bridgetmkennitt 
june 2013 by fancake
Crossover: Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Evil Dead Trilogy; Dinner Dates and Idle Hands, by Koohii Cafe
Summary: There are some things you just can’t rush. One of those things is getting rid of a runaway Deadite hand inside your pants.
Reccer's Notes: This is also part of usakoneko's Stakes and Shotguns series, about Buffy and Ash's relationship as it builds and changes, but any individual chapter can be read as a one-shot. A hilarious and rather adorable description of their first date, which does not go smoothly.
fandom:buffy.the.vampire.slayer  fandom:evil.dead.movies  pairing:ash.williams/buffy.summers  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:usakoneko.(koohii_cafe)  theme:courtship  reccer:bring_me_sugar 
may 2013 by fancake
Teen Wolf: no time to wallow in the mire by Nokomis
Summary: Derek Hale fails at everything.
Reccer's Notes: I adore fail!fics and in this story, Derek fails at courting Stiles in a big way. Fails so hard that Stiles doesn't even realize Derek is courting him, just thinks Derek is being weird. They figure it out in the end, after they fail in their mission, and it's adorable.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  length:01.000-5.000.words  theme:courtship  reccer:bridgetmkennitt  creator:nokomis 
may 2013 by fancake
The Lord of the Rings: Playing with Magic by Elycia
Summary: Sam tries to use a magical dwarvish recipe to get a Lover's Day kiss, but playing with magic can be dangerous!
Reccer's Notes: Frodo tries to help Sam with his courting, and of course it turns out the one Sam wants to court is Frodo. This story is charming, fun and wonderfully written, with terrific characterizations, abundant hobbity details, and a smidgen of angst. IOW, the recipe for a perfect Frodo/Sam fic. :))
fandom:lord.of.the.rings  pairing:frodo.baggins/sam.gamgee  length:10.000-20.000.words  theme:courtship  creator:elycia  reccer:lbilover  fandom:j.r.r.tolkien.(works) 
may 2013 by fancake
The Lord of the Rings: Merry Wanderers of the Night by Igraine
Summary: A mythical creature has his eye on two unsuspecting hobbits and sends them some dreams they will not forget.
Reccer's Notes: Not quite your traditional Frodo/Sam fic, with an unusual matchmaker bringing them together. Igraine is one of the most gorgeous writers in the Frodo/Sam fandom. Her prose is lush, evocative, and filled with magic and sensual imagery. Here is one small sample: Now the other, he captures my attention, but I am wary of him. He sees deeper, he knows my name, it is written somewhere in one of those snap-shut books on the library shelf, gathering dust. I dance inside, carved in wood and printed in ink, stamped onto a page and shuttered, confined, I rattle the binding to be free.
fandom:lord.of.the.rings  pairing:frodo.baggins/sam.gamgee  length:05.000-10.000.words  creator:igraine  theme:courtship  reccer:lbilover  fandom:j.r.r.tolkien.(works) 
may 2013 by fancake
Hockey RPF: Twist in my Sobriety by jezziejay
Summary: “We should have sober sex,” Patrick says, rolling his neck until it pops loudly. He really should be thinking about getting up off of the floor.

“Why would we do that?” Jonny asks, twisting to look down at Patrick like he just suggested that they throw puppies into traffic.
Reccer's Notes: I recommended this at bestthingever when I first read it, which I basically only do with brilliant fics, so, yeah, this is pretty exceptional. It's friends with benefits done just right. The guys are dating, like seriously adorably dating, and they have no idea. I don't know anything about this fandom, so don't worry if you don't either.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:jonathan.toews/patrick.kane  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:jezziejay  theme:courtship  theme:hurt/comfort  reccer:jerakeen 
may 2013 by fancake
Teen Wolf: The Boy and the Beast by Dira Sudis
Summary: In which events in Beacon Hills go rather differently from the start, and a Beauty and the Beast (ish) story ensues. (Scott is not a teacup and no one sings about their feelings.)
Reccer's Notes: This story is the definition of slow build. It's more about the journey than the resolution, and it makes you want the journey, you don't rush to read the end. The courtship is long and beautiful and full of *feels* (Also a little strange since one of the guys is stuck in wolf form, but that only makes it better IMO.)

Re: the other themes: The hurt/comfort is absolutely amazing. It starts off with Stiles getting hurt and wolf!Derek taking care of him, so: epic. The fork in the road comes before the pilot, which is my favorite kind and I think works really well for this particular fic. Lastly, the fusion is seamless and you don't have to worry about any of the icky parts of the fairytale. It's just your basic he looks like a monster but he's really really not plotline.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  length:80.000&more.words  creator:dira_sudis  theme:courtship  theme:hurt/comfort  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:crossovers&fusions  reccer:jerakeen 
may 2013 by fancake
Harry Potter: The Waters of March by Duinn Fionn
Summary: Voldemort's final victim resides with the other spell-damaged wizards in St. Mungo's Hospital. Harry suffers survivor's guilt and finds an unusual beta. Cream-colored knee-high leather boots make a brief appearance.
Reccer's Notes: This is a brilliant H/C fic, so that's what I originally recommended it for. But looking through my bookmarks it occurred to me that it's also about a very odd courtship. Draco is at St. Mungo's, awake but completely unresponsive. Harry starts visiting him and can't stop.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:duinn_fionn.(geoviki)  theme:courtship  reccer:jerakeen 
may 2013 by fancake
Downton Abbey and The Sentinel: "Thomas and the Society of Sentinels" by Alex51324
Summary: After being arrested for gross indecency with another male person, Thomas Barrow learns that he has a natural gift which will plunge him into a startlingly different society which exists in parallel with the one in which he has lived his life until now. He’s not entirely sure whether or not that’s a good thing…. Downton Abbey/Sentinel fusion. (If you are not familiar with the Sentinel, fear not: the note at the beginning of chapter 1 will fill you in on everything you need to know.) Diverges from canon toward the end of series 3 (3x07 UK or 3x06 US)
Reccer's Notes: This fic is so well-written that I tried my hardest to read all 133k words in one sitting (didn't manage it, but really wanted to). The cast is mostly original characters, but they're fantastic and the fusion of the two storyverses is really successful. This fic is easily among the best I've read. It's not a soppy romance (actually, you might want a tissue just in case - Thomas spends some of the story so deeply unhappy that its hard not to feel for him), it doesn't have many scenes that could really be called dates, but it is about Thomas and the OMC, Gerald, being matched up on the basis of their ability to bond as Sentinel and Guide with the implication that this relationship will inevitably lead to some sort of loving relationship and most likely romance. But Thomas in particular has just been thrown into this essentially arranged marriage with someone he doesn't even know so the story is about these two characters getting to know each other, negotiating what their relationship is going to be, and working through their own baggage.
fandom:downton.abbey  fandom:sentinel  pairing:thomas.barrow/omc  length:80.000&more.words  creator:alex51324  theme:courtship  reccer:makoyi 
may 2013 by fancake
Avengers: Everybody Talks, by fade_like_starlight
Summary: The story of Darcy Lewis and Steve Rogers, as seen by everyone else.
Reccer's Notes: Sweet short romantic story, told in conversations between everyone but the two people concerned. As much fun for the illustration of all the observers as for the courtship itself.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:darcy.lewis/steve.rogers  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:fade_like_starlight  theme:courtship  reccer:rmc28 
may 2013 by fancake
The Social Network RPF: Don't Carry It All by harriet_vane
Summary: A The Truth About Cats and Dogs AU. Sort of.

It started because Justin decided to set up a dating profile for Jesse against his will. “Dude,” said Justin, “you have cats. You’re a single twenty-something dude with cats. We have got to get you a date.”
Reccer's Notes: This is my favoritest online dating fic. It's touching and romantic and hilarious and just absolutely amazing. I don't care what you know or don't know about the fandom, this is a must read.
fandom:social.network.rpf  pairing:andrew.garfield/jesse.eisenberg  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:harriet_vane  theme:courtship  reccer:jerakeen 
may 2013 by fancake
Person of Interest: Ring by Speranza
Summary: A phone rang. Finch stilled, head tilted, listening. The pay phone was housed on top of a low grey metal stand in front of the corner deli. Instinctively, Reese glanced up and saw the red glowing eye of the camera. Finch had already started for the phone, but Reese put a hand on his shoulder.

"It's for me," Reese said.
Reccer's Notes: Reese tries to ignore it but the machine is a meddling meddler. (Matchmaking, Person of Interest style. Adorable.)
fandom:person.of.interest  pairing:harold.finch/john.reese  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:speranza  theme:courtship  reccer:jerakeen 
may 2013 by fancake
Teen Wolf: Milkshakes and Matchsticks by entanglednow
Summary: This is like the pre-credits sequence of every horror movie, he's probably going to be eaten before the main character is even introduced.
Reccer's Notes: One of the many many reasons I love the Teen Wolf fandom so much is that it generates gems like this: stories full of awkward dating and developing relationships. This is long and brilliant. I highly recommend it.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  length:40.000-60.000.words  theme:courtship  reccer:jerakeen  creator:entanglednow 
may 2013 by fancake
The Sentinel: What Happens in Peru by Spikedluv
Summary: In Peru with the Chopec to further their skills, Blair is wooed by one of the tribe with various courting rituals. Blair resists, the suitor persists and Jim finally gets pissed.
Reccer's Notes: Written for a batpack challenge on LJ, this is short but absolutely hilarious.
fandom:sentinel  pairing:blair.sandburg/jim.ellison  length:01.000-5.000.words  creator:spikedluv  theme:courtship  theme:first.time  reccer:magician113 
may 2013 by fancake

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