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nokomis: this has been a public service announcement
In which Peter tells the Avengers about Cap's PSAs by way of distraction, and comes to regret it. HILARIOUS.
fic  avengers  spiderman  marvel  gen  humor  prankwars  friendship  teamfic  <20K  *comfortread  +2017-12 
may 2018 by spatz
esama: Mother May I
In which Newt can recognize an Obscurial by sight, and everything goes very differently.

Best best best fix-it, for *everyone*. Newt is particularly lovely: awkward and brave and heartbreakingly caring.
fic  hp  fantasticbeasts  gen  au  h/c  friendship  torture  abuse  <50K  +2017-02  *comfortread  *summerreading 
october 2017 by spatz
earlgreytea68: The One Where They're Stars on HGTV
Have you ever seen "Love It or List It"? In which Arthur is the real estate agent and Eames is the designer.

As reliable and cozy as a reality show with excellent banter, this is a personal favorite comfort-read. The 9K origin story is a cute stand-alone AU with pining and serves as a good litmus test to decide if you want to dive into the 280K sequel, wherein Arthur & Eames do a run as celebrity judges on a design show and shenanigans ensue.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  normallife  humor  *comfortread  >100K  +2015-08  *summerreading 
september 2017 by spatz
gyzym: I've Got Nothing To Do Today But Smile
Arthur's a corporate lawyer, Eames owns the coffee shop across the street, and all good love stories start with a quadruple shot latte.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  bakeries&baristas  angst  h/c  *comfortread  <20K  +2010-11 
september 2017 by spatz
anonymous: Conferencing
If Marcus is going to call it - this thing he has for E.C. MacCunoval - anything at all, then he'll call it an academic crush. A really small academic crush.

I always somehow forget how adorable and funny this is until I come around to re-read it again, and then I grin the whole way through. <3
fic  theeagle  slash  marcus/esca  au  college  identityporn  humor  epistolary  *comfortread  <10K  +2014-07 
may 2017 by spatz
avoliot: The Course of Honour
When Jainan arrived on Iskat to represent his home planet in a diplomatic marriage to Imperial Prince Taam, he was naïve enough to hope the match would work. Taam knew better. Five years later, his confidence shattered, Jainan is released when Taam dies in an accident, only to be faced with another marriage to help salvage his treaty. Jainan understands how the real world works now; but Prince Kiem - the cheerful, scandal-prone darling of the Iskat celebrity magazines - keeps breaking all the rules he's learned.

Definitely the best romance novel I've read all year (and considering the binge I went on this winter, that's A LOT of competition): smartly plotted and emotionally tense, great scifi and social worldbuilding, with a lovely slow burn and plenty of humor to leaven the serious trauma that Jainan has to work through.
origfic  slash  kiem/jainan  scifi  pining  espionage  h/c  trustissues  *favorite  *comfortread  >100K  +2017-05  abuse  marriage 
may 2017 by spatz
sholio: Run On
Rodney gets a migraine and Teyla helps. Short and sweet.
fic  stargate  sga  gen  h/c  friendship  *comfortread  <5K  +2015-08 
november 2016 by spatz
thehoyden: Academic Punk
In which Ray is a tenured professor in Chicago and Fraser is the new professor in town from Canada. Sweet, and I like the way Victoria's betrayal is reworked for the AU.
fic  duesouth  slash  fraser/rayk  au  college  *comfortread  <20K  +2006 
october 2016 by spatz
sixthlight: A Few Years Later
Great series set about a decade post-canon (post-Foxglove Summer) with a perfectly aged-up Peter and a charming set of OCs plus Abigail as apprentices. Good Grammar sets up the universe, then there's two alternate-get-together shorts, followed by the rest of the series.
fic  riversoflondon  slash  peter/nightingale  ensemble  futurefic  smut  outsiderpov  fivethings  holiday  *comfortread  <75K  +2015-03  *summerreading 
july 2016 by spatz
rosepetalfall & inmyriadbits: this ocean is yours, and mine
It’s a new year, a new semester. Looking out across the classroom, taking in the bright-eyed students in their winter gear, the crowded desks, the aisles choked with backpacks and bags, Luke can’t help but feel that it’s going to be a good year.

“Welcome to Transformative Journeys: Pilgrimage and Practice in Global Buddhisms,” he says, with a smile. “I’m Professor Amidala-Lars."

THIS STORY. It's a really lovely academia AU, lyrical and romantic but also funny and full to the brim with Luke's family and friendships and passion for his work. Highly recommended, especially if you have anything to do with academia and/or love footnotes.
fic  starwars  slash  luke/poe  au  college  smut  friendship  epistolary  *comfortread  <75K  +2016-05 
may 2016 by spatz
dsudis: The One Who Knows
"You probably don't remember me," the guy said with an apologetic smile, "but my name is--"

"Stevie," TJ said as it dawned on him. It literally felt like the sun coming up, like waking up out of a long sleep, and TJ surged to his feet without thinking. "Oh my God, Stevie, I missed you so much."

It figures that it would take transplanting Steve Rogers into another universe to make a suitably happy ending for TJ. So, so lovely.
fic  crossover  fusion  politicalanimals  avengers  marvel  slash  tj/steve  smut  artist!steve  *comfortread  <30K  +2014-10 
may 2016 by spatz
thebrotherswinchester: you were standing there
Bucky accidentally breaks into the wrong house while drunk. The wrong house happens to belong to Steve Rogers.

Hits right in the sweet spot of 'Bucky thinks he's worthless' and 'Steve is quietly fucked up' for me. Plus, the writing is vivid and atmospheric without being out of character for Bucky.
fic  avengers  marvel  slash  steve/bucky  au  normallife  h/c  *comfortread  <15K  +2014-06  ptsd&trauma  brokenlink 
march 2016 by spatz
poisonivory: Knock Three Times (On the Ceiling If You Want Me)
Matt's downstairs neighbor sings showtunes (badly) at all hours, eats weird-smelling food, and never stops talking.

Matt falls in love long before they actually meet.
fic  daredevil  marvel  slash  matt/foggy  au  identityporn  *comfortread  <20K  +2015-10 
march 2016 by spatz
lady_ragnell & knight_tracer: We Just Lost the Beat
Matt hears a lot in the city at night, sirens and crime--and the late-night radio show Foggy With a Chance, which sometimes runs a Daredevil Watch if he's been particularly active, but which mostly plays music. He probably shouldn't call in and request a song, but he does it anyway.
fic  daredevil  marvel  slash  matt/foggy  au  identityporn  h/c  *comfortread  <20K  +2015-08  phone&radio 
march 2016 by spatz
yahtzee: Xmas in Connecticut
A fusion with the 1940s movie Christmas in Connecticut, wherein Charles and Raven have been secretly co-writing a home advice column by 'Rebecca Lawrence', and their publisher Emma volunteers them to host war hero Erik for Christmas at their nonexistence farmhouse. Funny and sweet, fluffy to the max, with hardly any of the rom-com wince moments I was expecting from all the secret-keeping.
fic  x-men  xmfc  marvel  slash  erik/charles  het  hank/raven  holiday  au  historical  fusion  undercover  *comfortread  <20K  +2013-12 
march 2016 by spatz
sparkledark: Late Night Phone Call
Eames is a difficult caller right from the start, from that very first night.

"I can't sleep," he growls at Arthur, sounding angry and vaguely accusatory and like he's just inhaled three packs of Marlboro Reds.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  normallife  *comfortread  <15K  +2012-04  phone&radio 
november 2015 by spatz
gyzym: Wherever You Will Be (That's Where I'll Call Home)
AKA the DomesticVerse, where Arthur and Eames build a relationship and a home together in their inimitable way, featuring two of the best meet-the-family scenarios I've had the pleasure to read.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  h/c  *comfortread  <75K  +2010-09  *summerreading 
july 2015 by spatz
starlingthefool: Lions and Tigers
"What were you like as a kid?" Eames asks him.
“Quiet,” Arthur says. “I lived in my head a lot. You?”
“I did too,” Eames replies. “Only I was never quiet about it.”

In which Eames is who Calvin grew up to be, Hobbes is still running around in his subconscious, and Arthur attempts to have a not-relationship with Eames. This story works implausibly well, and is lovely, sweet, and funny to boot.
fic  crossover  fusion  inception  calvin&hobbes  slash  arthur/eames  *comfortread  +2010-01  <10K 
june 2015 by spatz
thehoyden: Incipit
Arthur has been his editor from the beginning. Eames says he won't work with anyone else, and what Arthur will never tell him is that he would cut anyone who tried.

Man, I'd forgotten how much beautifully rendered pining there was in this. So lovely. <3
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  normallife  pining  *comfortread  +2010-09  <10K 
june 2015 by spatz
thehoyden: Waiting On
"French toast, pancakes, steak and eggs -- I could make you anything in the world, pet, but no. Egg-white omelette, morning after morning. It shows a distinct lack of imagination."
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  normallife  <5K  +2010-09  *comfortread 
june 2015 by spatz
luciazephyr: The Stars and Scones Bakery and Coffee Shop
In which Harry is the best baker in Chicago, but still ends up starting a few fires along the way.
fic  dresdenfiles  slash  harry/marcone  au  bakeries&baristas  ptsd&trauma  +2011-12  <50K  *comfortread 
may 2015 by spatz
smilebackwards: Humane Society
Basically, mutant supremacist Erik gets transfigured into a kitten, human professor Charles takes him in, and Erik really can't help falling in love. This is so delightful.
fic  x-men  xmfc  slash  erik/charles  au  transformation  *comfortread  +2011-08  marvel  <15K 
january 2015 by spatz
frea_o: Pink Drinks and Pick-Up Lines
Reeling from being stood up on a blind date, Felicity sort of accidentally hits on the brooding guy on the barstool next to hers and adventures ensue. Grade A pure adorable banter.
fic  arrow  het  oliver/felicity  au  normallife  humor  *comfortread  +2014-06  <10K 
december 2014 by spatz
infiniteeight: Relief
Being dumped is nothing new to Clint. Sure, this one was bad, but it's pretty much in line with his life lately. He knows what comes next: drown his sorrows, pick himself up, meet someone new, repeat. Except someone interrupts the "drown his sorrows" step.

Adorable AU from the end of Hawkeye #10, where Clint meets Phil in a bar and they become friends.
fic  marvel  avengers  hawkeye  slash  clint/coulson  friendship  humor  long  *comfortread  +2013-06  <25K 
september 2014 by spatz
jeyhawk: The Giraffe Notes
In which Jesse wrote Andrew a bunch of anonymous notes in high school featuring himself as a mouse and Andrew as a giraffe, and they reconnect years later. So adorably sappy it might be illegal.

Most of the additional art and snippets are included in Ch. 2 on AO3, but there's a couple that aren't:
The First Note:
And The Winner Is:
fic  socialnetwork  rpf  au  slash  jesse/andrew  epistolary  highschool  *comfortread  +2013-12  fanart  <20K 
september 2014 by spatz
helenish: Theft of Assets, Destruction of Property
Lucius breaks Draco's arm in two places when he catches him kissing Matthew in the barn over Christmas break in fifth year.

In which Lucius is an abusive bastard who blackmails Neville into marrying Draco, based on their relationship before leaving school. It's one of those premises that sounds ridiculous, but Helenish makes work with her usual magic and an interesting pseudo-fifties conservative take on wizarding culture and marriage. (AO3:
fic  hp  slash  draco/neville  futurefic  marriage  harlequin  au  bakeries&baristas  magic  fakerelationship  long  pining  *comfortread  +2010-06  <25K 
july 2014 by spatz
james: The Influenza Job
In the middle of a job, Eliot gets the flu. He copes about as well as you'd expect.

D'aww. A definite re-read next time I get sick.
fic  leverage  gen  h/c  teamfic  *comfortread  <5K 
june 2014 by spatz
thingswithwings: strange, how we are changed
Eliot, Parker and Hardison get high and make out. Cozy and sensual, with a delicate touch regarding Eliot's trust issues.
fic  leverage  het  slash  threesome  parker/hardison/eliot  trustissues  *comfortread  <5K 
june 2014 by spatz
speranza: The People’s Servants
It's Big Block of Cheese Day in the Santos White House.

Everything about this makes me happy. Absolutely everything.
fic  westwing  gen  humor  josh/donna  teamfic  *comfortread  postcanon  *favorite  <5K 
december 2013 by spatz
torakowalski: And There Are No Words For That
If this is what the middle of the night is usually like, Clint is prepared to visit it way more often.

Ugh, this story is painfully sweet and gorgeously intimate. A go-to comfort read.
fic  avengers  slash  clint/coulson  pining  *comfortread  marvel  <5K 
december 2013 by spatz
marinarusalka: Comfortably Numb
Deeply sweet story set in the MA:A comics where Steve needs dental surgery but anesthetic doesn't work on him. Naturally, Tony figures something out. An old favorite of mine.
fic  avengers  gen  h/c  friendship  *comfortread  marvel  <5K 
october 2013 by spatz
gyzym: The Only John Wayne Left in This Town
The one where Clint has a secret identity as a banjo prodigy and country music star. Soooo fucking cracky, and so adorable.
fic  avengers  het  clint/darcy  crack  au  *comfortread  identityporn  marvel  <15K 
october 2013 by spatz
onyourmark: Con Dance
By the end of the week June couldn't imagine not having Neal in her house. He was candid, which she appreciated; he was pretty, which she liked; he was a little dangerous, which she enjoyed. And if he perhaps underestimated her, well. Youth could excuse that, and it gave her a decent upper-hand.

In which their meeting was no accident. June is utterly fabulous in this.
fic  whitecollar  gen  capers&cons  firstmeetings  friendship  *comfortread  <5K 
october 2013 by spatz
arsenicjade: The Goat's Back
An AU where Steve's essentially a failed experiment, corporal punishment is the predominant form of discipline and team leaders take the punishments for those under them.
fic  avengers  au  gen  h/c  torture  teamfic  *comfortread  marvel  <25K 
may 2013 by spatz
philomytha: The Prodigal Sons
Cordelia waits for her sons to come back to her at the end of The Warrior's Apprentice.

ALL the tears, every damn time I read this. In the best way.
fic  vorkosigan  gen  h/c  *comfortread  tagscene 
april 2013 by spatz
philomytha: Silver Lining
Lady Alys and the terrible, horrible, no-good very bad day.
fic  vorkosigan  friendship  ust  het  alys/simon  h/c  *comfortread 
april 2013 by spatz
philomytha: Sunset
Aral and Cordelia have lunch. (Cryoburn fic)

While this is not everyone's idea of comfort fic, I imagine, I always find it so.
fic  vorkosigan  het  aral/cordelia  *comfortread 
october 2012 by spatz
closer: The New Deal
Harvey Specter, second year law student at Harvard, was walking home one night when he found a teenaged runaway named Mike freezing to death on his doorstep.
fic  suits  gen  au  fostercare  h/c  precanon  long  *comfortread 
august 2012 by spatz
closer: Pizza And A Movie
Harvey's still a lawyer but Mike's not a pot runner -- he's a deliveryman for Rollo's Pizza and Ribs, which happens to be Harvey's favorite pizza place. Once Harvey finds out his pizza guy is a genius, Mike's life takes a few turns he would not have expected...

LOVE this series, written as a trilogy that retells and extends the story from Mike, Donna, and Harvey's POVs.
fic  suits  au  slash  harvey/mike  humor  long  *comfortread 
august 2012 by spatz
copperbadge: A Partial Dictionary Of The 21st Century
Gorgeous, detailed exploration of Steve dealing with culture shock and his new relationships. I love how he adapts in some ways, and creates his own rituals and areas of comfort in others. STEEEEVE.
fic  avengers  teamfic  friendship  slash  steve/tony  marvel  smut  *comfortread  fakemedia  <15K 
may 2012 by spatz
musesfool: 64 Colors
TEAM BONDING VIA CRAYON (and Darcy). There is nothing about this I do not love.
fic  avengers  gen  teamfic  humor  marvel  *comfortread  artist!steve  <5K 
may 2012 by spatz
marag: World's Finest (1/4)
When Tim leaves the superhero life behind, Kon and the other Teen Titans decide to find him. Comfort re-read adorableness.
fic  dcu  teentitans  tim/kon  slash  teamfic  *comfortread  <10K 
february 2011 by spatz
astolat: A Beautiful Lifetime Event
In which John and Rodney touch an Ancient device, end up with an accidental child, and then fall in love in the most backwards way imaginable. Hilarious and wonderful.
fic  stargate  sga  au  long  kidfic  slash  mckay/sheppard  mpreg  futurefic  marriage  *summerreading  *comfortread  <30K 
august 2010 by spatz
minnow1212: Weevil/Teyla ficlet
After declassification, the competition for even menial jobs in the Atlantis colony is huge, and Weevil mostly fills out the application for a custodial position on a whim. It’s not like he’s got a chance.
fic  crossover  vmars  stargate  sga  het  weevil/teyla  futurefic  commentfic  *comfortread  <5K 
july 2010 by spatz
reni-days: Hand Me Down (1/2)
Brendon is living in San Francisco, barely making ends meet. Spencer and Ryan are living under a bridge. Brendon adopts them. (oh, my hearteyes, let me show you them...)
(post is now locked, also at AO3 here:
fic  bandom  patd  au  normallife  homeless  preslash  brendon/spencer  angst  h/c  gen  pining  *comfortread  brokenlink  <20K 
july 2010 by spatz
arsenicjade & untappedbeauty: Like the Tide (1/12)
Ryan and Spencer meet as children in the foster care system. Despite instances of separation, somehow they always seem to find their way back to each other. Long, indulgent (in a good way), and poignant - good read for a rainy day.
fic  bandom  patd  au  school  fostercare  slash  ryan/spencer  brendon/jon  angst  epistolary  h/c  highschool  friendship  long  *comfortread  >100K 
july 2010 by spatz
neonhummingbird & butterflykiki: Little Girl Lost
Jarod is called back to the Centre to rescue a new prodigy -- a four-year-old girl whose existence will change not only his world, but Miss Parker's. Long, plotty, and does a great job of tying up some of the show's loose ends and bringing back tertiary characters.
fic  pretender  long  het  jarod/parker  casefile  kidfic  genish  *summerreading  *comfortread  <75K 
june 2010 by spatz
alittleoddish: Foam (1/2)
Utter (but quality) fluff - a normal-life AU where David is a barista who keeps trying to make Alice smile when she comes in.
fic  alice  het  alice/hatter  au  normallife  bakeries&baristas  *comfortread  <5K 
march 2010 by spatz
katheryne: Just a Face On a Train
Based on the train scene in Spider-Man 2 - one of the passengers recognizes Peter at the diner where she works, and tries to anonymously give something back. If the concept doesn't win your heart right off the bat, the waitress OC, perfect balance of humor, sweetness, & h/c, and adorable dialogue will make you fall in love. One of my favorite outsider POVs ever. (AO3:
fic  marvel  spiderman  gen  outsiderpov  friendship  h/c  identityporn  *favorite  *cortue  *comfortread  <15K 
february 2010 by spatz
torch: About A Lamp
Sheppard's Ancient lamp keeps showing up in Rodney's room, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. Unique premise (both plot- and romance-wise) and warm ensemble dynamic make this a great rainy-day read.
fic  stargate  sga  slash  mckay/sheppard  long  casefile  *comfortread  ensemble  <25K 
february 2010 by spatz
maisierita: Forget Me Not (1/5)
Rodney and John are in an offworld prison with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Really innovative, rich with detail, and well-characterized.
fic  stargate  sga  slash  mckay/sheppard  long  amnesia  h/c  captive  *summerreading  *comfortread  <50K 
february 2010 by spatz
passe_simple: Star Shaped (1/5)
Brendon’s not having the best holiday season ever. || I LOVE THIS STORY. It is singlehandedly responsible for getting me addicted to bandom, but so worth it. (don't miss the codas!)
fic  bandom  patd  mcr  slash  kidfic  brendon/ryan  frank/gerard  jon/spencer  college  angst  pining  long  kidverse  au  fostercare  *comfortread  holiday  <75K 
december 2009 by spatz
passe_simple: Forever, Now (1/11)
The epic MCR-as-kids fic, where the Way brothers are runaway orphans and Brian is a reluctant marshmallow who takes them in and gives them a home. (AO3:
fic  bandom  mcr  long  au  gen  h/c  kidfic  angst  patd  kidverse  fostercare  homeless  *summerreading  *comfortread  >100K 
december 2009 by spatz
torch: The Quiet Padawan
Genius fusion where Obi-Wan is the unsuitable ingenue padawan and Qui-Gon is the cranky-but-respectable master. Crazy premise carried out with great characterization and impeccable imitation of Georgette Heyer's writing. I love how the padawan relationship is coded as marriage to fit into the Heyer style.
fic  fusion  starwars  harlequin  heyer  gen  crossover  <15K  *comfortread 
december 2009 by spatz
alloy: Cycle and Circuit
Zohn is a Fire Nation deserter, Mer is a waterbender who hates the cold, and they meet at an isolated monastery and find some peace. Lovely fusion that plays with the Avatar world in an interesting way.
fic  fusion  stargate  sga  avatar  slash  mckay/sheppard  crossover  atla  *comfortread  <10K 
september 2009 by spatz
jjtaylor: Buy Handmade (1/2)
"He knows something else is going to happen; his life isn't always going to be this. He just doesn't know what has to happen for that change to come, for him to wake up and become an artist with an Etsy page and a home studio, and to never have to see a cubicle again." || Hopeful and sweet.
fic  bandom  mcr  au  slash  frank/gerard  normallife  epistolary  smut  bakeries&baristas  *cortue  *comfortread  <20K 
august 2009 by spatz
calathea: A Very Long Summer
Mike and Rudy go back to Camp Algonkian Island... as counsellors! The slashy IWTGH! sequel of my heart. (AO3:
fic  slash  ust  iwanttogohome  mike/rudy  korman  long  *summerreading  *cortue  *comfortread  *favorite  <50K 
may 2007 by spatz
geminigrl11: Everyday Heroes
What is the measure of a man? Sometimes, it's found in the midst of epic struggle. Sometimes, it's in the spaces in-between.
fic  supernatural  gen  *comfortread  <5K 
february 2007 by spatz

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