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idiopathicsmile: World Ain't Ready
Enjolras presses his lips together. He already looks pained, and Grantaire hasn't even opened his mouth yet. That's got to be a record, even for them.

"I need a favor," he says at last.

In which there is fake dating for great (social) justice! A truly amazing high school AU with an incredible Grantaire voice, an awesome Eponine storyline, and great use of the ensemble.
fic  lesmis  slash  enjolras/grantaire  au  highschool  fakerelationship  pining  angst  friendship  ensemble  >100K  *favorite  +2016-12  *summerreading 
may 2018 by spatz
linelen: An Eye For Quality
Fíli lived his life by an old dwarven proverb: when a fool drops a treasure, a wise man picks it up (it sounded better in the original khuzdul).

Bella Baggins never quite fit in the Shire. Perhaps she was made for the mountains, instead.
fic  thehobbit  lotr  het  bilbo/thorin  au  genderswap  ensemble  marriage  <100K  +2014-01 
february 2018 by spatz
island_of_reil: The Winter Emperor
The Princess Sheveän does not heed Maia’s demand to bring Idra to him, but instead has Maia rendered unconscious and taken to the monastery in the north. He has no way of knowing that Csevet is coming to break him out of it. Neither of them have any way of knowing the rigors and dangers and griefs — and joys and pleasures — that lie ahead of them as they, and the allies they find and those they re-encounter, struggle to restore him to the throne of the Ethuveraz.
fic  goblinemperor  slash  csevet/maia  au  h/c  epic  magic  trustissues  ust  pining  ensemble  >100K  +2018-01 
february 2018 by spatz
kathar: Washed Ashore
Phil Coulson has been the Keeper of North Bar, and about half hermit, for fifteen years by the time he finds the wounded man lying on the beach in the wake of a storm. (Actually-- it was the dog that found him; blame the dog.)

Clint Barton has been a circus act, a mercenary, a spy, and a superhero-- now he’s a wanted man, and a half-drowned one to boot.

When they start trying to clear Clint's name, events spiral out of control in ways they can't imagine. Their lives will never be the same -- and neither will the Avengers, SHIELD, and the entirety of Long Beach Island, NJ.
fic  avengers  hawkeye  youngavengers  marvel  slash  clint/coulson  kate/america  au  h/c  espionage  casefile  action/adventure  ensemble  presumeddead  >100K  +2015-08 
february 2018 by spatz
crookedlystacked: A New Empire In Rags
Written for the prompt: Most of the population will be incapable of developing photos after the apocalypse. They simply won't know how, and it's too risky to run around gathering so many supplies for it in an apocalypse, but a Polaroid is simple enough for anyone to use.

Glenn finds a Polaroid camera.
fic  walkingdead  het  maggie/glenn  fakemedia  ensemble  postapocalypse  <5K  +2015-11 
october 2017 by spatz
jedibuttercup: here we come a-wandering
There were no stockings to hang this year, nor Sophia to hang them for; no presents to wrap, and nothing to wrap with even if they did.

Gentle and hopeful Carol POV.
fic  walkingdead  gen  holiday  ensemble  angst  <5K  +2014-12 
october 2017 by spatz
vegarin: Friction Match
"It's the end of the world. You can be anyone you choose to be." Daryl Dixon, at the end of the world.

AU from the end of S1, with a really excellent Daryl POV.
fic  walkingdead  gen  au  friendship  ensemble  <25K  +2014-12 
october 2017 by spatz
skinwalkerskiddo: Home Sweet Home
AU in which Rick's group stays on the farm after the night the barn burned and work on building a life there.

This is not terribly well written, but it IS a terribly sweet fix-it and satisfies my childhood Swiss Family Robinson obsession.
fic  walkingdead  slash  daryl/glenn  andrea/michonne  au  h/c  ensemble  <35K  +2014-12 
october 2017 by spatz
a_t_rain: A Bit Too Much Good Work
Behind the scenes of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, Byerly grapples with bomb threats, Council of Counts politics, fallout from a previous case, and the difficulty of maintaining a romance when one's profession blurs the lines between lovers, colleagues, witnesses, and suspects.

A fun and twisty romp (what else, with By?) neatly woven into the background of CVA. The author's written a number of shorts around this version of By and his history at ImpSec but sadly hasn't put them in any kind of order, so my favorites (in chronological order for my own reference; some of these I've recced separately as standalones)--

Lessons in Self-Defense:
[ImpSec recruitment + training]
A Brief History of Pornography in ImpSec:
Give My Regards to Brodsky:
Protective Coloration:
The Fast-Penta Test:
We're All Mad Here (Olivia/Dono):
Cold Case:
Dirty Angel:
[CVA + Jackson's Whole]
A Bit Too Much Good Work:
On A Cold Planet:
Hostage Negotiation is the Family Business:
Acknowledged Bastards:
Burying Baron Burr:
Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's...:
fic  vorkosigan  het  byerly/rish  espionage  truthserum  casefile  byerlyverse  friendship  ensemble  <100K  +2016-09 
june 2017 by spatz
desiderii: Candle, Cup, and Casket
In some far distant future, Arthur heir Pendragon, Captain of the galley-class Kilgharrah and Prince of the Camelot, answers a distress call from the alien-besieged Ealdor. There, he finds Merlin, a plausibly-deniable sorcerer with an irresistible grin. This is the story of how the terraformation of planet Albion was threatened by the prejudices of the past, of finding solid ground and taking a stand, and of giving yourself reasons to trust.
fic  merlin  slash  merlin/arthur  au  scifi  epic  ensemble  >100K  +2013-09 
february 2017 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
lady_ragnell: As Long As We Have We
Arthur thinks he's going to have to spend Christmas alone--at least until he somehow acquires a whole house full of strays.
fic  merlin  slash  merlin/arthur  au  normallife  holiday  ensemble  friendship  <20K  +2013-10 
june 2016 by spatz
lady_ragnell: But It's a Good Refrain
Arthur doesn't care much about the popular radio program Dragon's Lonely Hearts until his ex-girlfriend calls in to slag him off and get advice. When he calls in and has an on-air argument with the host, it starts off more than he expected, including meddling friends, overinvolved fans, and maybe love.
fic  merlin  slash  merlin/arthur  au  normallife  epistolary  ensemble  friendship  <25K  +2012-03  phone&radio 
june 2016 by spatz
leupagus: Qui Audet Adipiscitur
"JANE - -
- - DOT"
fic  missfisher  gen  ensemble  capers&cons  futurefic  <5K  +2015-12 
may 2016 by spatz
elfinblue: When Worlds Collide
When a kidnapped Tony DiNozzo is rescued by legendary - and supposedly dead - serial killers Dean and Sam Winchester, the NCIS team takes over the Winchester investigation. What they find is a file filled with contradictions and impossibilities.

A solid old-school crossover casefile. Some of the character voices aren't as consistent as I'd like, but there's tons of fun, clever investigative plot that I adore.
fic  crossover  supernatural  ncis  gen  casefile  action/adventure  humor  ensemble  >100K  +2013-08 
april 2016 by spatz
kaydeefalls: Boden's Mate
XMFC/Inception fusion AU. Erik is an extractor, Alex is his point man. They're assembling a team to go after the most dangerous mind in dreamsharing: Sebastian Shaw. But unless Alex and the team can keep him in check, Erik's desire for vengeance might just rip the whole job apart around them -- and then there's the shade that haunts his dreams...
fic  fusion  crossover  x-men  xmfc  inception  dreams&nightmares  capers&cons  captive  <100K  +2011-07  ensemble  marvel  slash  erik/charles 
march 2016 by spatz
shiplizard: The Dresden Omens
In which Crowley, the poor bastard, is assigned to tempt one Harry Dresden of Chicago. As you might expect with Harry, things go badly sideways on him -- and then explode. Hilariously funny.
fic  goodomens  dresdenfiles  crossover  slash  aziraphale/crowley  harry/marcone  humor  ensemble  <20K  +2011-05 
may 2015 by spatz
starlingthefool: 5 Ways Logan Fixed Everything (Like a Boss)
What would have happened if Charles and Erik had managed to recruit Logan?

(In which Logan solves everyone's problems through snark and BAMFery.)
fic  x-men  xmfc  marvel  au  genish  slash  erik/charles  alex/hank  fivethings  humor  ensemble  +2011-11  <5K 
january 2015 by spatz
yahtzee: Father Charles series
It's still the early 1960s. Charles grew up devoutly religious, went to seminary and took orders. And then he meets Erik Lehnsherr, the devout Jew and Holocaust survivor who runs a charity, who is so fiercely protective of his charges that it moves Charles' heart -- and the first time their eyes meet, Charles has to confront the greatest temptation he'll ever know, and the church's teachings about what love is.

I'm not religious at all, but I still loved this series. Very thoughtful and in-character and sprawling, and the way their powers play out differently in this AU is fascinating.
fic  x-men  xmfc  marvel  au  historical  kidfic  angst  epistolary  ensemble  epic  +2012-01  <100K 
january 2015 by spatz
etharei: A Curious Carriage of Crystal and Cold
Charles, a miner from a poor village in the countryside, saves the life of Erik Lehnsherr, scion of a successful business family and the richest man on the planet Eisen. Charles is a telepath and somewhat anxious about it, while Erik abstains from relationships because the lights flicker and doors open and electronics vibrate when he gets too excited. Also featuring a long-suffering sister, a foul-mouthed bodyguard, and a best friend with a heart that is definitely not gold.
fic  x-men  xmfc  slash  erik/charles  au  scifi  fairytale  epic  marvel  ironman  action/adventure  ensemble  >100K  +2011-12 
january 2015 by spatz
_seven_crows: Leave (1/3)
Two years after embarking on her maiden voyage, the Enterprise returns to Earth for some holiday-season shore leave after a typical mission-gone-wrong. Then things go wronger. Features an awesome Winona Kirk, Jim not dealing with his trauma, and a fun ensemble made up of the secondary crew who aren't on leave. (AO3:
fic  startrek  gen  action/adventure  long  h/c  ensemble  aos  <25K 
december 2013 by spatz
scifigrl47: In Which Tony Stark Builds Himself Some Friends
The one with the flying Roombas. I'm pretty sure everyone's read this by now, but hey, I'm still working through my bookmarks from 2012. This author has a real talent for mixing plotty action with humor and just the right amount of sincere emotion, and juggles the increasingly large ensemble with ease. Occasionally cracky and her Thor is frustratingly cartoonish, but a consistently enjoyable series. (side series Phil Coulson's Casefiles here:
fic  avengers  slash  clint/coulson  steve/tony  humor  action/adventure  long  teamfic  captive  robots  crack  marvel  ensemble  >100K 
november 2013 by spatz
seanchai & elspethdixon: When The Lights Go On Again (1/21)
Aliens have invaded earth, and the Avengers are scattered. While Steve leads the resistance, Tony once again finds himself playing captive scientist. In the midst of a violent alien regime, separated by seemingly insurmountable boundaries, Steve and Tony have nothing to keep themselves going but each other.

Amazing, gripping comics-verse aliens-invade epic with a complex alien race and a great side helping of Clint and ensemble.
fic  avengers  slash  steve/tony  long  angst  undercover  captive  au  hank/jan  carol/wanda  pining  h/c  _reread  marvel  ensemble  epic  alienrace  >100K 
july 2012 by spatz
qwi-xux: Guide Me Home (1/32)
Long, sweet Ursa/Hakoda story that parallels the events of the show. A bit roughly written in places, but the romance and all the OCs are lovely.
fic  avatar  atla  het  ursa/hakoda  long  ensemble  >100K 
july 2012 by spatz
out_there: Not Homophobic
Casey's not homophobic; he's just indecisive. Oh, and the Olympics happen, too. Epic and AMAZING; potentially the Dan/Casey epic to end all Dan/Casey epics, with perfect banter and everyone's issues and the whole ensemble playing a role.
fic  sportsnight  slash  dan/casey  smut  long  friendship  ensemble  *summerreading  postcanon  <100K 
february 2011 by spatz
The residents of Sunnydale and L.A. join forces to research prophecies, fight demons, defeat evil... and tackle Cordelia's dry cleaning. Fun (albeit somewhat dated) casefile told in emails, set during AtS S1.
fic  buffy  angel  humor  epistolary  casefile  ensemble  <10K 
december 2010 by spatz
butterflykiki: Disneyland
Immediately post-Chosen reaction fic. Indulgent like whoa, but very comforting, with great attention to the ensemble.
fic  buffy  gen  h/c  postapocalypse  postcanon  ensemble  tagscene  <20K 
december 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
ltlj: Retrograde
The Atlantis expedition has been lost for three years. SG-1 goes to find them, and arrives just a little too late. || Justifiably one of the most famous AUs in the fandom, and one of the best. The longer stories are fast-paced action-adventure gen, with tons of tension between the two sides and my favorite Jack O'Neill ever. The shorts range from hilarious supply shenanigans to cozy teamfic to some extremely hot porn. (AO3:
fic  stargate  sga  sg1  gen  slash  het  long  au  angst  teamfic  h/c  retrograde  fivethings  captive  torture  trustissues  ensemble  action/adventure  *favorite  *summerreading  >100K 
january 2010 by spatz
nimori: Macdonald Hall is Fabulous
In which a committee is formed to find Bruno a girlfriend, and things get hilarious. Nice use of the ensemble.
fic  korman  macdonaldhall  slash  humor  boots/bruno  yuletide  ensemble  <15K 
september 2009 by spatz
peroxide_fic: Back to Nature
"And so here they were. Decidedly not camping. Not doing anything like camping." || The club goes "camping" and Haruhi is wry. Adorable.
fic  gen  ouran  humor  ensemble  <5K 
january 2008 by spatz
celli: Fireball
"Ladies and gentlemen, your driver of the Number 21 Air Force Ford Fusion, John Sheppard." || Celli wins ALL the points for this one. (broken link, AO3:
fic  stargate  sga  au  slash  teamfic  mckay/sheppard  long  smut  <30K  ensemble 
may 2007 by spatz
ltlj & researchgrrrl: When Hellmouths Collide
Buffy and the Scoobies get sucked into another dimension - that of Hercules and Iolaus. Chaos gods, Bacchae, and Autolycus, oh my! Possibly the best crossover in existence.
fic  crossover  buffy  xena  hercules  het  buffy/iolaus  long  teamfic  *favorite  action/adventure  ensemble  *summerreading  >100K 
march 2007 by spatz

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