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Soccer RPF: What Can I Say, My Dear, To Catch Your Ear by justkisa
Summary: Silva is the cranky Head of Technical Services for the City Public Library, Aguero is the way-too attractive-for-Silva's comfort new Children's Librarian. There's romance in the staff room (or at least awkward flirting and surprisingly emotional moments involving dead goldfish).
Reccer's Notes: justkisa is a librarian and so am I, so I'm very qualified to tell you that every detail of #librarylife in this fic is absolutely spot-on as well as a fantastic translation of the Man City team circa 2012. Silva would so totally be a cataloger! Sergio would be an amazing children's librarian! Patrick Vieira as the extremely dignified president of the Friends group! Perfection. Add to that the delightful slow burn romance as Sergio coaxes Silva out of her shell and you've got a winning formula.
reccer:meretricula  creator:justkisa  fandom:soccer.rpf  length:20.000-40.000.words  pairing:david.silva/sergio.agüero  theme:bring.your.fandom.to.work  theme:genderfuck  theme:alternative.professions  theme:slow.burn 
8 weeks ago by fancake
The X-Files: Four Times Fox Mulder Managed To Keep His Mouth Shut (and One Time He Didn't)...
Summary: He blinks, and says something else entirely.
Reccer's Notes: A canon-compliant short-short by one of my favorite writers. In less than 1000 words, through five episode tags, Amal Nahurriyeh traces the slow transformation of Mulder and Scully's relationship from colleagues to friends to much, much more.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:0-1.000.words  creator:amalnahurriyeh  theme:(five).things  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:slow.burn  reccer:wendelah1 
january 2019 by fancake
The X-Files: The 13th Sign by prufrock's love
Summary: Mulder saw no reason for life, death, sex, Armageddon, or emotional dysfunction to stand in the way of true love.
Reccer's Notes: "The 13th Sign" is neither season eight fic nor is it season nine, but Baby William is there and so is Mulder so I am classifying it as season nine, AU, PG-13. There is an x-file, her version of MSR, and a goodly chunk of myth-arc thrown in for good measure. Sometimes I question why I love this fic as much as I do, given my negative feelings about babyfic, romance, and season nine. The truth is—I don’t know. Maybe it’s because prufrock’s love writes such a lovely, believable Mulder, negotiating his way through fatherhood under the worst possible circumstances. Maybe it's because she is such a great writer. My only reservation about this story was the ending, which left a couple of Big Things unresolved. In 2011, to my delight, prufrock's love returned and posted a terrific sequel, "7 Days in May," which you can read at AO3 (and Gossamer, if you prefer plain text) along with the revised version of "The 13th Sign."

Out of all of her excellent stories, the “The 13th Sign” series remains my favorite. I reread it at least once a year.
fandom:x-files  pairing:dana.scully/fox.mulder  length:80.000&more.words  creator:profrockslove  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  theme:amnesia  theme:slow.burn  theme:comfortfic  reccer:wendelah1 
december 2018 by fancake
The X-Files RPF: when the time comes (we will be as one) by Kindness
Summary: You don't get to choose your co-stars.
Reccer's Notes: This story is a perfect example of why sorting by kudos when you're looking for fic is a poor choice, especially in this fandom. This genre of RPF is the hardest to pull off--a story based on the real lives of the protagonists, grounded in the details which provide the illusion that we can know the inner lives of celebrities. The fic is told from Duchovny's POV, a bold choice since (let's be real) he can be kind of a douche. She manages to keep David's voice recognizably his own, while making him surprisingly sympathetic. Her Gillian Anderson is everything you would expect--quirky, funny, vulnerable and strong. All of the secondary characters are well-drawn, too--I adore Kindness's take on David's ex--the beautiful, talented Téa Leoni. The dialogue is simply terrific. The story begins with the series' pilot and ends in the halcyon period around the 20th anniversary of The X-Files, after Paley Fest and well before the revival filming in Vancouver. Kindness has written a perfect blend of realism and adult romance, which never pushes beyond the possible, while still allowing her readers a non-sappy, open-ended, but nevertheless happy ending. It is the only story ever recced at fuckyeahdavidgillian. It was my gift for Yuletide 2016, which I reread whenever I need a lift, and whenever I need a reminder of why I shipped these two people so hard, for so long. If you ever only read one story for this tiny Yuletide-eligible fandom, it should be this one.

I'm going to go reread it again right now.
fandom:x-files.rpf  pairing:david.duchovny/gillian.anderson  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:kindness  theme:amnesty  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:small.fandoms  theme:comfortfic  theme:slow.burn  theme:gateway.fic  reccer:wendelah1 
december 2018 by fancake
Transformers: Consequence by Zekkass
Summary: Megatron put a bounty on Starscream's head, and Optimus has come to collect.
Reccer's Notes: As a MegOp shipper, I consider myself fortunate there are so many fantastic authors in the fandom writing this pairing - Astolat, Spaceliquid, MlleMusketeer, Kemmasandi, ChaoticWanderer, among many others, but this fic is one I skipped reading for quite some time because I thought the premise would be too outlandish for me to enjoy. I was never so happy to discover I was wrong, and this is another story that doesn't get the attention it deserves.

It helps to be familiar with the TFA series, but the first time I read this, I hadn't watched a single episode and still thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't believe Optimus as a bounty hunter could work given the mech's ideals and temperament, regardless of which series, but Zekkass takes this premise and owns it. Instead of taking Ultra Magnus' offer to command a crew of spacebridge technicians, Optimus becomes a bounty hunter instead. As such, he identifies himself as neither Autobot nor Decepticon, and he manages to be gloriously competent in his escapades even before he acquires the Matrix. This incarnation of Optimus reminds me somewhat of Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan (without the manic-depressive component, lol!) in that he acquires a somewhat befuddled crew, sidetracks potential enemies, and otherwise rides his forward momentum into successfully achieving his lofty goals, even with the rather impressive odds against him.

The plot twists are vastly entertaining, and I'm especially amazed how the author managed to make me like Starscream without ever compromising the mech's most irritating character traits. My only quibble with the story is I wished there'd be more MegOp interaction since it's a very minor part of the story, but then, I'm an admitted MegOp fanatic. Therefore, if you're a fan of gen, you'll likely enjoy this as well. Regardless, it's fast-paced, exciting, exceedingly well written, and long enough to sink your teeth into -- all factors I love in my fanfic.
fandom:transformers  pairing:optimus.prime/starscream  pairing:megatron/optimus.prime  character:prowl  character:bumblebee  character:bulkhead  character:jazz  character:sentinel.prime  character:ultra.magnus  character:blurr  length:80.000&more.words  creator:zekkass  theme:amnesty  theme:robots.androids&ai  theme:competence  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:slow.burn  theme:worldbuilding  reccer:sheila_snow 
december 2018 by fancake
MCU: Winter's Children by Neery
Summary: When their attempts to recreate the super soldier serum failed, Hydra started trying to breed Captain America clones from his genetic samples. Unfortunately, the serum's effects aren't passed down genetically, so instead of an army of tiny Captain Americas, they get a bunch of tow-headed, asthmatic, allergic, immuno-compromised little Steves.

And then the Winter Soldier stumbles across Hydra's failed experiment...
Reccer's Notes: I recommend this fic to literally anyone who mentions having seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will hold still long enough but somehow I've never recced it here??? I'm not sure that's correct but anyway: this fic is THE BEST. If I were stuck on a desert island with only one fic, this is a strong contender for which one I'd pick. It has everything! The cinematic action sequences as Bucky destroys every Hydra agent in his path with icy competence despite the turmoil within. The agonizing slow reveal through the Winter Soldier's limited POV of what his relationship with Steve has been and can become, as he dissociates in varying degrees and eventually gets back some of his memories! THE KIDS THAT BUCKY IMMEDIATELY LOVES AND WILL PROTECT WITH HIS LIFE, HOOOO BOY, IF YOU LIKE KIDFIC YOU SHOULD JUST GO AHEAD AND CLICK ON YOUR NEW FAVORITE FIC. I would seriously read 100k about the kids without even the presence of Steve and Bucky, btw, they are so so so well-characterized and flawed and endearing. Every time you're like, okay, there's no way this fic can ratchet up the tension any further, this is the max, it goes even higher. Every act is better than the last. Just read it, okay, you'll thank me.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:neery  theme:amnesty  theme:action/adventure  theme:slow.burn  reccer:meretricula 
december 2018 by fancake
Hannibal: Two Solitudes by emungere
Summary: After the fall, Will drags Hannibal out of the Atlantic and they find their way north to a remote part of Labrador, where they try to make a life together.
Reccer's Notes: My "canon" post-series fic :D
fandom:hannibal.(tv)  pairing:hannibal.lecter/will.graham  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:emungere  theme:amnesty  theme:road.trips  theme:snowed.in  theme:slow.burn  reccer:imogeneherdman 
december 2018 by fancake
Justified: But a Step Between by togina
Summary: All Harlan knew about Arlo Givens's temper, feared Bo Crowder's revenge. All Harlan knew their sons hadn't lived up to their daddies' alpha dreams, never mind that Raylan had gotten the temper and Boyd had gotten the knot. (Harlan knew all about those boys - of course, the knowing didn't make it true.)
Reccer's Notes: This fic kind of took over my life. It's attached to my brain. The first installment is complete but I need mooar.
fandom:justified  pairing:boyd.crowder/raylan.givens  length:80.000&more.words  creator:togina  theme:amnesty  theme:slow.burn  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:a/b/o  reccer:imogeneherdman 
september 2018 by fancake
Due South: Academic Punk by thehoyden
Summary: "What the hell is this, an Austen novel?"
Reccer's Notes: An oldie but a goodie! I can't believe this hasn't been recced for Academia AUs before -- it's so on-the-nose with all the semi-incestuous politicking that goes on beneath the surface of your average English department. The slow reveal of what Fraser is running from is really well done, and the eventual resolution of the incredibly slow burn romance he has with RayK is just *kisses fingers* perfect.
fandom:due.south  pairing:benton.fraser/ray.kowalski  length:10.000-20.000.words  creator:thehoyden  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:academia  theme:slow.burn  reccer:meretricula 
august 2018 by fancake
Prince of Tennis: The Way to a Man's Heart by lysapadin
Summary: Yuuta's always had a bad habit of wanting what he can't have.
Reccer's Notes: This is part of the Pen and Ink series, which is mainly about Yukimura the unlikely mob boss wooing successful novelist Sanada, but chronologically this comes first so you don't need to read the rest of the series to understand it. I have a soft spot for Fuji Yuuta, beleaguered younger sibling of a genius and a psychic, and find it completely plausible that he would stumble into a restaurant that's a front for the mob and not notice anything except the food. His romance with Saeki is slow to progress (for good reason), but that just gives it a chance to feel solid, even when they're both acting like self-sacrificing heroines in a kdrama. (I'm not going to lie: some of the misunderstandings are truly over the top.) And the family tensions that motivate Yuuta are beautifully handled as well.
fandom:prince.of.tennis  pairing:fuji.yuuta/saeki.koujirou  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:lysapadin  theme:amnesty  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:criminals-mob  theme:slow.burn  reccer:meretricula 
april 2018 by fancake
The Witcher: By Any Other Name by astolat
Summary: Vesemir wasn’t sure what he’d done to deserve any of this.
Reccer's Notes: I swear to you that you don't have to know anything about the Witcher to appreciate this fic. (I have read all of astolat's Witcher fic and that is literally all I know about this fandom, it's okay.) This is such an incredible slow-burn story -- by the time Geralt's pervasive sense of unease is explained and he finally finds out who Duny is, I want to claw my face off. But it's also the most delightful showcase of complementary competencies (if you're into astolat's thing where she has the person with an unswerving moral compass and the person who's really into Machiavelli and THEY FALL IN LOVE OH NO, you're going to love this ship) and I want it to go on forever! I just -- Duny's final confession! Who gave anyone permission to make me feel these feelings! Please come feel them with me, I promise you will enjoy it.
fandom:witcher  pairing:emhyr.var.emreis/geralt.of.rivia  length:20.000-40.000.words  theme:amnesty  theme:secret.identity.reveal  theme:action/adventure  theme:competence  theme:slow.burn  theme:plotty.fic  theme:friends.to.lovers  reccer:meretricula  creator:astolat.(shalott) 
april 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
Emmerdale: The Hardest Science by jentacular
Summary: Robert Sugden has had Aaron Livesy erased from his memory. Please never mention their relationship to him again. Thank you.
Reccer's Notes: This is a breathtaking and truly epic Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fusion.
fandom:emmerdale  fandom:eternal.sunshine.of.the.spotless.mind  pairing:aaron.dingle/robert.sugden  length:80.000&more.words  creator:jentacular  theme:amnesty  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:crossovers&fusions  theme:slow.burn  theme:epic.works  theme:amnesia  theme:canon.lgbtq.characters  theme:bisexual/pansexual.characters  reccer:gekko11 
december 2017 by fancake
Skam: All Stories Are Echoes by sebastianL
Summary: This is about potential--realized or not--memory, bravery, movies, accidents, and the nature of stories. Also love, because what other kind of story could it be?
Reccer's Notes: A beautiful Even-centric fic that focuses on Even dealing with mental health, forgiveness, and allowing himself to be happy.
fandom:skam  pairing:even.bech.næsheim/isak.valtersen  length:80.000&more.words  creator:felix_atticus  theme:amnesty  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:disability  theme:future.fic  theme:bisexual/pansexual.characters  theme:canon.lgbtq.characters  theme:slow.burn  reccer:gekko11 
december 2017 by fancake
Daredevil (TV): In the City of Blinding Lights by Mizzy
Summary: Matt's come up with a long list of lies to cover for his night-time activities. Foggy pretending to be Matt's boyfriend wasn't on that list for a very good reason.
Reccer's Notes: Tropey crime-fighting fun! An entertaining action fic that involves lots of Matt punching things in Foggy's defense and stubbornly missing the totally obvious.
fandom:daredevil.(tv)  pairing:foggy.nelson/matt.murdock  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:mizzy  theme:mutual.pining  theme:pining  theme:superpowers  theme:slow.burn  theme:pretend.couple  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:first.time  theme:disability  theme:action/adventure  reccer:dirty_diana 
july 2017 by fancake
Daredevil (TV): Something Dumb to Do by poisonivory
Summary: If Matt and Foggy get married, Foggy will never be forced to testify against Daredevil. It doesn't mean anything has to change, right?
Reccer's Notes: Two dumb New York lawyers decide to get fake-married, which ends up not being all that fake because of the real feelings they've both been pretending not to have. Engaging, adorable ride.
fandom:daredevil.(tv)  pairing:foggy.nelson/matt.murdock  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:poisonivory  theme:pining  theme:mutual.pining  theme:superpowers  theme:slow.burn  theme:marriage  theme:marriage.of.convenience  theme:friends.to.lovers  theme:first.time  theme:disability  reccer:dirty_diana 
july 2017 by fancake
Rivers of London: Wizardry By Consent
Summary: Fifteen years after a headless body was discovered in Covent Garden, Thomas Nightingale is still the last wizard in Britain, and Peter Grant, newly appointed Commander for Community Engagement in the Metropolitan Police Service, has just learned the truth about the existence of the Folly.

He has one or two questions.
Reccer's Notes: This is a great fic that shows a deep understanding of the two main characters of the books, Peter Grant and Thomas Nightingale. What would have happened if they'd met later in life? What would a Peter be like who wasn't a wizard, and would never be a wizard, and had power and influence through official channels? What would a Nightingale be like who'd had an extra fifteen years alone with only Molly for company? What would have happened to the magical underground without Peter's presence? This is an engaging story that feels very true to the characters, like it could be canon. sixthlight is one of the greats of the RoL fandom, and this fic is one of the reasons why.
fandom:rivers.of.london  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:thomas.nightingale  character:peter.grant  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:sixthlight  theme:fandom.classics  theme:characters.of.color  theme:au  theme:au:complete.au  theme:au:complete.au:other-misc  theme:competence  theme:slow.burn  theme:small.fandoms  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:book.fandoms  reccer:beatrice_otter 
march 2017 by fancake
HP: The Man Who Lived by sebastianL
Summary: Draco breaks a cup, and one thing leads to another. A story of redemption, tattoos, dreams, mistakes, green eyes, long conversations, and copious amounts of coffee.

Set in New York twelve years after the war.
Reccer's Notes: This is a thoughtful and complex fic in which Draco is trying to make up for the past by forging a new life for himself in the muggle world and Harry is having a very hard time believing that Draco's actually changed.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  length:80.000&more.words  creator:sebastianl  theme:enemies.to.friends.(to.lovers)  theme:epic.works  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:plotty.fic  theme:future.fic  theme:slow.burn  theme:forced.proximity  reccer:gekko11 
february 2017 by fancake
Hockey RPF: Ice Ice Baby by uraneia
Summary: A gold medal isn't the only souvenir Claude brings home from Prague.

OR: The one where Claude gets drunk, gets pregnant, and gets convinced to move in with Danny, whom he's been secretly in love with for years. What could possibly go wrong?
Reccer's Notes: I love uraneia, I love mpreg, I love kidfic, I love pining. I... don't really know who these people are, but the rest I love love love.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:claude.giroux/danny.briere  length:40.000-60.000.words  creator:uraneia  theme:pining  theme:slow.burn  theme:families.of.choice  theme:kidfic  theme:kidfic:has/with.kids  theme:amnesty  reccer:jerakeen 
december 2016 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
Teen Wolf: Gravity's Got Nothing on You by zosofi
Summary: “Three weeks,” Derek says.

“Still don’t want to,” Stiles says.

“I’ll pay you,” Derek says, and that… that has Stiles interested. Alf’s Antique’s may be a great job, but it’s not a high-paying job, and half of Stiles’s tuition is coming from financial aid, so…

“How much,” Stiles asks, “are we talking here? Because I know your family, dude. And it’ll be kind of awkward after.“

“My family thinks you’re some sort of fucking gift to the world,” Derek seethes, like he’s jealous, “they’ll probably be pissed at me when we break it off, so don’t worry about that. Five hundred bucks.”

“A thousand,” Stiles says, because screw ethics. Also, the Hale family is loaded. Derek can deal.
Reccer's Notes: I really enjoyed this story! No fire, the Hales are alive, Scott gets bitten regardless, and Stiles becomes a friend of the family. Derek can't really stand his stupid face but has to go to him when he needs a fake boyfriend to get Laura off his back. This probably could be shorter, but I have to say, I loved the slow build and the passion that comes after.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  length:80.000&more.words  creator:zosofi  theme:slow.burn  theme:pretend.couple  theme:family  theme:au  theme:au:fork.in.the.road  theme:novel-length.fic  reccer:jerakeen 
september 2016 by fancake
DC on CW (Flash): ho hey by staysound
Summary: "Barry, you've always had someone to come home to."
Reccer's Notes: A pretty and effective summary of Barry and Iris' friends to lovers experience, anchored around Barry's journey as the Flash.
fandom:flash  pairing:barry.allen/iris.west  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:staysound  theme:slow.burn  theme:pining  theme:characters.of.color  theme:friends.to.lovers  reccer:dirty_diana  length:0-5.minutes 
september 2016 by fancake
CW on DC (Flash): Find My Way Back by SayaxSama
Summary: Barry and Iris through Season 2. Contains some fast cuts.
Reccer's Notes: Usually with slow pairing vids set to slow emo music I get a little impatient? To be perfectly honest. But this vid does a good job of making the tempo work for it and keeping you on the hook all the way through to the emotional payoff at the end.
fandom:flash  pairing:barry.allen/iris.west  non-fic.recs:fanvid  creator:sayaxsama  theme:slow.burn  theme:pining  theme:characters.of.color  theme:friends.to.lovers  reccer:dirty_diana  length:0-5.minutes 
september 2016 by fancake
The Good Wife: in love with a girl by bumcrackmosh182
Summary: Cary and Kalinda through the early seasons. Contains the occasional blinky transition.
Reccer's Notes: If you want to talk slow burn, I'm not sure it gets very much slower than Cary and Kalinda's six seasons of circling each other. This is a lovely look at the earlier seasons, when the underlying intensity was buffered by an adorable work friendship.
fandom:good.wife  pairing:cary.agos/kalinda.sharma  non-fic.recs:fanvid  theme:slow.burn  theme:pining  theme:characters.of.color  reccer:dirty_diana  creator:bumcrackmosh182  length:0-5.minutes 
september 2016 by fancake
Teen Wolf: Seeing Wolves (Where There Are No Wolves) by MellytheHun
Summary: Or otherwise known as "Derek Goes to the Doctor," wherein Derek gets the therapy he so desperately needs and gets healthy. The clearer his head gets, the more room it seems to have for Stiles.
Reccer's Notes: I can never resist a Derek-gets-better fic and this one is really really romantic.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:mellythehun  theme:slow.burn  theme:pining  theme:hurt/comfort  theme:cuddling.snuggling&bed-sharing  theme:novel-length.fic  reccer:jerakeen 
september 2016 by fancake
Hockey RPF: A Gradual Act of Arson by ladyblahblah
Summary: “Are you telling me that you worked a divorce clause into your contracts?”

“It was management's idea, actually,” Sidney nods. “I, uh. I didn't exactly tell my mom about that part, but. Yeah. We just need to get him over here without the KHL trying to pull anything to keep him from leaving. We have to stay together for two years, just to make sure everything’s settled and definite with his citizenship and contract and everything, and then we're in the clear to break up without any of the usual salary penalties.”
Reccer's Notes: 100K words of domesticity, pining, and communication failure. It's slow and very very happymaking.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:evgeni.malkin/sidney.crosby  length:80.000&more.words  creator:ladyblahblah  theme:slow.burn  theme:marriage  theme:marriage.of.convenience  theme:arranged.marriage  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:pining  theme:pretend.couple  reccer:jerakeen 
september 2016 by fancake
Due South: When the Ice Goes out by Kellie Matthews
Reccer's Notes: It is nearly impossible to recommend only one story by Kellie Matthews. She's such a strong writer, with solid characterization of the Canon characters we all came to love so dearly.

I chose this one because in many ways it deals most directly with the question of 'what happened next' after the series ended. Fraser is back in Canada. RayK is in Chicago. Is either man happy? You will want to snuggled in for an evening as you read to find out.

Kellie is especially gifted, too, in the writing of AU stories that feature our current as mechanics, bicycle messengers, and college professors. She has delicious crossover stories featuring the actors in different roles but still interweaving with each other. I used to simply cheer when a new story of hers was posted!
fandom:due.south  pairing:benton.fraser/ray.kowalski  length:20.000-40.000.words  creator:kellie_matthews  theme:slow.burn  reccer:splendidjack 
september 2016 by fancake
Due South:. True North by Chrysothemis
Reccer's Notes:

When I realized the current topic in Fancake was 'slow burn', my thoughts went back to my first real fandom, dueSouth. This is where I was introduced to fan fiction, to slash, and a whole new point of view about life from which I have never been able to retreat.

Fic writers in dueSouth used to joke that it took real work to get Mountie Benton Fraser into bed with anyone at all (!) much less with one of the two Chicago detectives - first Ray Vecchio and then (Stanley) Ray Kowalski.

I liked Vecchio a great deal, but for me RayK and Benton Fraser were simply made for each other. If only they could be brought to see for themselves!

An interesting aspect of much fanfic of the era too was how careful everyone was. Fictional cops RayK and Vecchio would have worried about being thought of as gay. The RCMP was more liberal, but Fraser had other eccentricities that made him something of a pariah at home. Fanfic itself was on the cusp of great change and acceptance, but it wasn't quite there and of course there are still many who dislike the very idea of slash.

I greatly enjoyed 'True North' by Chrysothemis. Although there is certainly some angst, it's also a fine, slow story of how RayK came to accept Fraser's true significance in his life.

I hope that you like it!
fandom:due.south  pairing:benton.fraser/ray.kowalski  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:crysothemis  theme:slow.burn  reccer:splendidjack 
september 2016 by fancake
HP: All Must Draw Near by Saras_Girl
Summary: Harry doesn't have time for rumours; he has a shop to run. Which is just as well, really.
Reccer's Notes: Every story saras_girl writes is like a warm hug to me. She does slow build like nobody's business, and this is an exceptionally good one. It's friends-to-lovers with a slow realization and just enough pining. Highly recommended.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  length:60.000-80.000.words  creator:saras_girl  theme:slow.burn  theme:old.fandoms  theme:comfortfic  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:families.of.choice  theme:friends.to.lovers  reccer:jerakeen 
september 2016 by fancake
Hanson RPF: Stay by Calla and Diamond
Summary: Zac runs away from his own wedding, and after he suffers an accident, Taylor tracks him down and helps him to heal, uncovering new sides to their brotherly relationship along the way.
Reccer's Notes: Stay is the first story in an unfinished series, but it absolutely stands on its own. Although it does contain incest, there isn't much angst over that; there's plenty else to angst about instead. The addition of the two female perspectives actually adds to the story, although I wasn't sure it would at first. And the slow burn? The slowest, hottest one I've ever read--no exaggeration at all.
fandom:hanson.rpf  pairing:taylor.hanson/zac.hanson  length:80.000&more.words  creator:spiritualmachines  creator:starseed  theme:slow.burn  reccer:heartturnsblue 
september 2016 by fancake
Star Trek Reboot: So Wise We Grow by Deastar
Summary: "Commander Spock, we have located your son," the Vulcan lady on the screen says, which would be great, except Jim can tell by the look on Spock's face that he's never heard of this kid before in his life. "If it is expedient, the child will be sent to join you on the Enterprise within the week."
Reccer's Notes: I reread this fic yesterday and god, it's still so good. The way the relationships are built is amazing. Plus, with Jim Kirk parenting a Vulcan kid, you get gems like this:
Appalled, Spock cannot help but hope that he is wrong. "Captain Kirk is teaching you how to cheat at poker?"

Storek frowns slightly, and looks at Spock as if he suspects that Spock possesses some sort of minor mental defect.

"Of course not, Commander. That would be illogical."

Spock enjoys a moment of relief before Storek continues, "The captain will be teaching me to cheat at poker next week. I must first learn to play the game honestly – just as a student of science must learn all of the standard accepted hypotheses and theories before attempting to disprove them through original research."

"Ah. Yes. Most logical," Spock says weakly.
fandom:star.trek.reboot  pairing:james.t.kirk/spock  length:80.000&more.words  creator:captanddeastar  theme:slow.burn  theme:novel-length.fic  theme:families.of.choice  theme:family  theme:comfortfic  reccer:jerakeen 
september 2016 by fancake

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