spatz + yuletide   302

moemachina: Building A Home of Hair And Straw
And now, knotted among all his familiar desires, here he found a new one, woven partly out of obligation and partly out of curiosity.

And partly out of loneliness, of course.

Yes, Diaval thought. I am needed.

A wonderfully corvid-y Diaval POV over the years. I like that it really takes time for Maleficent to stop being vicious and wounded, and even longer to be honest about it.
fic  maleficent  het  maleficent/diaval  yuletide  <10K  +2018-09 
6 weeks ago by spatz
galaxysoup: Unification of Forces
Beginnings can be so exciting! Will you make new friends? Get to do a barrel roll in a helicopter? Accidentally become part of the first manned mission to Mars? Who knows?

Just after the beginning it can be a little weird, though. This is the A-Team, in three just-afters.
fic  a-team  gen  teamfic  postcanon  yuletide  <15K  +2015-09 
7 weeks ago by spatz
hollimichele: SMOF
In this fandom, there are things you don’t talk about.
fic  galaxyquest  gen  outsiderpov  yuletide  meta  humor  <5K  +2015-01 
7 weeks ago by spatz
musesfool: The Dual Proficiency Protocol
Wendy's done such a good job of hiding her Middle-job from Lacey and Noser and her mother, especially after that whole doomsday debacle where the Middleman had reset reality (and she'd actually learned his real name), that she's caught by surprise the day aliens invade a nearly-empty Costco while she and Noser are buying snacks for Thursday night drunk.
fic  middleman  gen  postcanon  friendship  humor  yuletide  zombies  action/adventure  <5K  +2015-05 
7 weeks ago by spatz
lc2l: So Leave me Here and Call me Lucky
The average lifespan of a jumper is six and a half years.
fic  jumper  gen  precanon  postcanon  yuletide  <5K  +2011-12 
7 weeks ago by spatz
dorinda: Cloak or Dagger
Now each of them is the fox, as well as the hound.
fic  spygame  slash  tom/nathan  postcanon  angst  espionage  yuletide  <15K  +2013-10 
7 weeks ago by spatz
alethia: The Temptation of the LT
"Does someone need a little physical affection? Because, sir, you could have just said so."
fic  generationkill  slash  brad/nate  smut  yuletide  <10K  +2010-01 
7 weeks ago by spatz
77sparks: On How Sergeant Colbert is Nothing At All Like Winnie the Pooh, and Other Important Lessons
Brad is hiding under the Humvee again.

Brad once described these little episodes as a tactical retreat in order to preserve his sanity. Ray is completely in favor of Brad preserving what remains of his fragile grasp on sanity, but he's not feeling all that charitable right now. This is no tactical retreat. That fucker is hiding.

Ray hates it when Brad does this shit. Everyone freaks the fuck out. It's like being stuck in some 1950s melodrama where mommy has retreated to the bedroom with a valium and a bottle of vodka, and Ray is stuck reassuring all the little brats that it's okay. Mommy is just resting. She'll be fine tomorrow. Fuck this shit.
fic  generationkill  slash  brad/nate  humor  yuletide  outsiderpov  <5K  +2010-07 
7 weeks ago by spatz
marlowe_tops: On the Trouble of Cynics, Mistresses, and the Rain
Grantaire wakes up in Enjolras' bed and annoys him with rambling philosophy and cynicism.
fic  lesmis  slash  enjolras/grantaire  yuletide  <5K  +2016-12 
august 2019 by spatz
dachosmin: Thine Eyes are Mirrored Starlight
While current fashion dictates that elves turn their eyes away from the gods, the same cannot be said of the reverse. Or: three women Cstheio Careizhasan saw.
fic  goblinemperor  gen  yuletide  <5K  +2016-12 
july 2019 by spatz
sour_idealist: can't fight against the youth
Over the course of his first six months as the heir-apparent to the Ethuveraz, Idra learns a great deal of his uncle the Emperor.
fic  goblinemperor  gen  yuletide  <5K  +2017-02 
july 2019 by spatz
bigsunglasses: Peace & Purring
Csethiro and Maia escape the tenth iteration of their wedding rehearsal, and relax a little. Adorable.
fic  goblinemperor  het  maia/csethiro  postcanon  yuletide  <5K  +2015-12 
july 2019 by spatz
sholio: Let's Stop the World
It was supposed to just be a study session. Steve's failing algebra. Jonathan's acing it. And Jonathan could use a little extra money from after-school tutoring. But somehow it turned into more. (Or: AU in which Steve and Jonathan become friends before the start of season 1, and everything is different.)

The only problem with this fic is that it's not an entire alternate season.
fic  strangerthings  het  steve/nancy  preslash  steve/jonathan/nancy  au  yuletide  <10K  +2018-01 
july 2019 by spatz
alessandriana: homesick at space camp
When the producers of The Watney Report had contacted her about doing a final wrap-up show on the one-year anniversary of the Ares 3 mission's return, Annie'd nearly thrown herself off a bridge. She'd thought she was done with this shit.

Or, seven times they lied to the press.
fic  themartian  gen  het  beck/johanssen  mark/mindy  humor  angst  h/c  fivethings  yuletide  <15K  +2017-07 
may 2019 by spatz
tricatular: You Know You Have a Permanent Piece of My Medium-Sized American Heart
“Hey Hermes!” The ambient suspicion level in the Rec ratcheted up significantly. Kapoor was disturbingly cheerful. “We’ve sent you some mission updates in the data dump, but Mitch and I wanted to personally let you know—” Mitch visibly rolled his eyes in the background. “—That thanks to some…strong suggestions from the White House, and on Annie and Director Sanders’ recommendation, we’ve started releasing Watney’s Mars logs to the public.”
fic  themartian  gen  postcanon  fakemedia  yuletide  ptsd&trauma  <10K  +2016-01 
may 2019 by spatz
handhellbasket: You Win Some, You Lose Some
Archie loses a bet, and his virginity. He doesn't much mind though.
fic  thinkofengland  slash  daniel/archie  smut  postcanon  yuletide  <5K  +2018-12 
may 2019 by spatz
lastwingedthing: all flowers in time
The consolations of possession.

Truly excellent Tharkay POV, post-series.
fic  temeraire  slash  laurence/tharkay  postcanon  pining  smut  yuletide  <10K  +2018-01 
december 2018 by spatz
blackeyedgirl: But Nobody’s Counting
Five favours Wally did (or tried to do) for someone, and one someone did for him in return.
fic  dcu  jlu  gen  fivethings  friendship  yuletide  <5K  +2015-01 
december 2018 by spatz
frostfire: new phone who dis
Wolfe: This keyboard is too small.
me: Your fingers are too big.
Wolfe: The problem remains. Use the house phone from now on.
me: You better not be putting that phone back in the drawer.
fic  nerowolfe  gen  epistolary  humor  au  yuletide  <5K  +2018-01 
december 2018 by spatz
bigsunglasses: An Unquiet Beast
She had burned with love. It was a fire that had lasted over twenty years. Well, all fires ran out of fuel in the end.

A study of Hesero Nelaran and Setheris Nelar, in the first spring after their reunion.
fic  goblinemperor  gen  postcanon  angst  marriage  yuletide  <10K  +2017-02 
october 2018 by spatz
syllic: Bahamian-Style Mooring
Five times Red got things in Zihuatanejo (and one time he didn’t need to get anything).

Long, healing post-movie happy ending with gorgeous characterization. <3
fic  shawshankredemption  gen  friendship  postcanon  fivethings  yuletide  <15K  +2016-11 
september 2018 by spatz
linndechir: A Rabbit Hole of Edwardian Pornography
Peter stumbles across some pre-war pornography in the Folly's reading room. He's not entirely sure how he gets from that to Nightingale pontificating about the quality of erotic writing in different languages, conversations about close and not always platonic bonds between wizards and their apprentices, and discovering a whole lot of things Peter hadn't been into before.

And he's been trying so hard not to think about how much he wants to sleep with his boss.
fic  riversoflondon  slash  peter/nightingale  smut  kink  h/c  yuletide  <20K  +2017-04 
september 2018 by spatz
hazel: all our plans are useless indeed
Thomas’s back and knees creak alarmingly when he gets out of bed these days. He’s still an early riser, up with the birds, but it’s getting more and more tempting to stay in bed where it’s warm and comfortable, to perhaps hint to Molly that she could bring him breakfast on a tray and he could rise afterwards, perhaps even start work at a later hour.

He doesn’t. He is the last wizard of London and he doesn’t know what will happen when he dies.

Dense and varied nonlinear character study of Nightingale through the years. Really great Nightingale POV.
fic  riversoflondon  genish  slash  peter/nightingale  precanon  futurefic  angst  yuletide  <10K  +2017-02 
september 2018 by spatz
telarna: Forces Impressed Thereon
Thomas returns to the Folly in the wake of the defeat of Henry Pyke.

Excellent little coda with Nightingale and Molly dealing with some fallout.
fic  riversoflondon  gen  tagscene  yuletide  <5K  +2017-02 
september 2018 by spatz
maple_clef: Posh
A smooth, polished floor is an invitation for kids - of all ages. Guleed reflects on poshness and makes friends whilst waiting for her colleagues.
fic  riversoflondon  gen  humor  friendship  yuletide  <5K  +2017-04 
september 2018 by spatz
sixthlight: three-body problem
“But what if he’s not interested?” Peter asked.

Beverley groaned. “I cannot emphasize enough how that’s not my fucking problem.”
fic  riversoflondon  het  beverley/peter  slash  peter/nightingale  futurefic  yuletide  <20K  +2017-02 
september 2018 by spatz
lovelypoet: A Mile In Their Own Shoes
From there to here, or a look at what happened between the end of the curse and the end of the movie. (Because there are some things you don't want to tell your class of elementary school students about your love life... or your life in general.)
fic  penelope  het  penelope/johnny  tagscene  smut  friendship  pining  yuletide  <5K  +2018-09 
september 2018 by spatz
yuletidefairy: When Pigs Spread Their Wings And Fly
Eventually, in the course of preparing to teach schoolchildren, Penelope read The Three Little Pigs and Charlotte's Web and Winnie the Pooh. Annie introduced her to some cartoon adaptations of the above, as well as the Muppet movies. None of them traumatized or horribly offended Penelope. In fact, she rather thought her mother had been overdoing it. It might have been nice to have a literary or cinematic figure with whom to identify when she was growing up.
fic  penelope  het  penelope/johnny  postcanon  humor  yuletide  <5K  +2011-09 
september 2018 by spatz
kitrinlu: The Dancers
Private detective Marie Slade is landed with a strange case that just keeps getting stranger. Will she be able to solve the mystery before it's too late?

Noir retelling of the 12 Dancing Princesses.
fic  fairytale  gen  dark  casefile  yuletide  <10K  +2012-12 
july 2018 by spatz
medie: With One Eye Open
She's still waiting, but she'll be damned if that's all she's going to do.
fic  aliens  gen  au  postcanon  teamfic  yuletide  <5K  +2012-06 
july 2018 by spatz
abyssinia: Subtle Salvation
Corporations come and go, as do wars, but the monster always lurks under your bed.

Solid 'Ripley & Hicks survive and lead the battle against the xenomorphs' AU with fake book excerpts.
fic  aliens  het  ripley/hicks  au  postcanon  fakemedia  futurefic  yuletide  captive  <5K  +2012-06 
july 2018 by spatz
hariboo: Start At The Edge
She writes down six things.

Dwayne looks down at the chicken scratch that is her handwriting and nods.

By the end of dinner Newt had drawn another nightmare over what Ripley wrote. The words lost in scribbles of sharp black lines.
fic  aliens  het  ripley/hicks  au  postcanon  <5K  yuletide  +2010-09 
july 2018 by spatz
castiron: Gamol-léac
After Beowulf's death, the men of Geatland meet a strange and powerful warrior.

*cracks up* A true Yuletide classic.
fic  oldspiceguy  commercials  beowulf  gen  crack  yuletide  <5K  +2011-05 
july 2018 by spatz
atheilen: Betrothal Negotiations
The Emperor's nohecharei never leave him alone. The Emperor's bride has her own thoughts on the matter.

I love Csethiro so goddamn much in this.
fic  goblinemperor  het  maia/csethiro  postcanon  marriage  yuletide  <5K  +2015-01 
july 2018 by spatz
ideal_girl: we can't live in the present forever
Marty wonders if Doc has the same problem; histories overlapping, memories colliding in the space of a single, shared moment. He hopes not.
fic  backtothefuture  gen  postcanon  yuletide  <5K  +2015-10 
july 2018 by spatz
coricomile: Or Don't
"I have geometry," Brian says as John steers them away from Mrs. Waldorf's classroom window. "We have a test on Thursday."

"Suck it up," John says. His knuckles are starting to ache, but he keeps his hand clenched in the soft cotton of Brian's jacket. If Brian goes back, Bill will probably send him to the hospital just to keep up his bullshit image, and for some reason John doesn't want that to happen.

Ugh, this is just Bender all over: 4K of posturing annoyance and reluctant fondness, and then heartbreaking, barely-hopeful tenderness.
fic  breakfastclub  slash  bender/brian  highschool  yuletide  h/c  <5K  +2017-12 
july 2018 by spatz
shrift: Turn a New Page, Tear the Old One Out
People in Shermer had made up their minds about who John Bender was years ago. All John needed was the chance to prove them wrong.

(the one where Bender joins the Army)
fic  breakfastclub  slash  bender/brian  postcanon  holiday  yuletide  <10K  +2011-12 
july 2018 by spatz
nomad: Excuses, Excuses
Klaus is a difficult man to back into a corner.

Or, Klaus vs fanfic tropes.
fic  fromeroicawithlove  slash  klaus/dorian  humor  meta  yuletide  <5K  +2018-05 
june 2018 by spatz
tequila_mockingbird: all the words that ever were or ever will be
When She picked him up —say rather, snatched him from her Brother’s sulky grasp— at Gotorget, it was more from a sense of maidenly thrift than any urgent need. He had the makings of a saint, carved into the hollowness of him, and that was no mean thing. She had been precious low on saints, in the last century or so, and although his poetry was very bad, he had written some poetry.

In which the Daughter sows her saints, and brings one to fruition. Gorgeous and dreamy.
fic  chalion  gen  yuletide  <5K  +2017-01 
may 2018 by spatz
seren_ccd: Take That, Bembridge Scholars!
The world has been saved and there's really only one thing left to do. Evy writes a strongly worded letter to the Bembridge Scholars. Oh, she gets married, too.

Set immediately after the first movie. The letter snippets didn't do much for me, but the Evie & Rick main story is darling, and the ending is PERFECT.
fic  themummy  het  rick/evie  humor  tagscene  marriage  yuletide  <10K  +2017-05 
may 2018 by spatz
cranialaccessory: Hesitation Waltz
“I hope you don’t take this the wrong way,” Dorian said, “but I’ve been preparing for this role my entire life. You, on the other hand, seem far less capable of convincing anyone that you’re in love with anyone, much less me.”

Klaus and Dorian have to pretend to be married for a case. It goes about as well as can be expected.
fic  fromeroicawithlove  slash  klaus/dorian  fakerelationship  undercover  espionage  yuletide  <25K  +2015-01 
may 2018 by spatz
neery: Out of the Woods
There wasn't any special art to picking a lock. It was a mechanical skill like any other, and anyone determined enough could learn it. Klaus was a man famous for his determination.

The lock pick in his hand slid smoothly behind the first pin, hooked in, rotated, pushed up – jammed. Again.

"Rotate it a little more to the left," someone said behind him. Klaus dropped the lock pick, drew his gun, and whirled around in one smooth motion. Only a lifetime's worth of sharply honed reflexes kept him from blowing Eroica's fool head off.
fic  fromeroicawithlove  slash  klaus/dorian  espionage  h/c  yuletide  smut  <10K  +2015-01 
may 2018 by spatz
torakowalski: All You Have To Do Is Open Your Eyes
“Okay, no,” Pooch says, holding up his hands, “there is no way I’m gambling for money against you and Cougar.”

Jensen frowns, leaning across the table to make wide, concerned eyes at Pooch. “Is it because we’re just that fucking good?” he asks.

“No.” Pooch knocks the edge of the pack once, twice against the table. “It’s because I’m pretty sure you can read each other’s damn minds.”
fic  losers  slash  cougar/jensen  precanon  smut  yuletide  <10K  +2013-01 
march 2018 by spatz
hapakitsune: let's go far away
I hope they didn't tie up your hands as tight as mine.
fic  gaypirates  slash  narrator/sebastian  postcanon  yuletide  <5K  +2013-03 
february 2018 by spatz
movies_michelle: Adornments
Set me as a seal on thine heart, and as a signet upon thine arm.
fic  crusoe  slash  friday/crusoe  yuletide  <5K  +2011-06 
february 2018 by spatz
blackeyedgirl: We'll Strive to Please You Every Day
One of Anna’s duties, as manager of Theatre Sans Argent, is occasionally getting Geoffrey to do things he does not want to do. This is why they have a deal.
fic  slings&arrows  gen  postcanon  friendship  yuletide  <5K  +2015-01 
february 2018 by spatz
brigdh: Learning the Rules
Maia is still adjusting to the ways of Court, but now he has some help.
fic  goblinemperor  gen  postcanon  friendship  yuletide  <5K  +2015-01 
february 2018 by spatz
ladygray99: A Never Ending Bake Sale
“You and I in the Camp of the Dead, Walter. Even if I have to kick in the doors of Methodist heaven to find you.” Henry looked thoughtful. “What is Methodist heaven?”

Walt wasn’t sure. He’d gone to church for the sake of his mother and later Martha but in truth had spent more of his life in sweat lodges with Henry. “Probably a never-ending bake sale.”
fic  longmire  slash  walt/henry  ust  yuletide  <5K  +2017-08 
january 2018 by spatz
bexless: Stand Up
Time passes. The wounds on his face don’t heal. They scar. He asks if the screws have found his uncle, and they look at each other sideways. They say, “Not yet.”
fic  attacktheblock  gen  postcanon  yuletide  <5K  +2011-12 
september 2017 by spatz
wildlives: Murder in Barbarikon
Marcus and Esca travel to Barbarikon (2nd-century Pakistan) as escorts on a trade mission. When a murder is discovered, they must expose the killer in a city where they can trust no one but each other.

A refreshingly different and satisfying postcanon fic, with great UST and a vivid setting outside of Roman territory.
fic  theeagle  slash  marcus/esca  casefile  fakerelationship  yuletide  postcanon  <15K  +2017-01 
august 2017 by spatz
frostfire: Under Fire
Esca is a prisoner on Marcus Flavius Aquila's transport ship. What could go wrong?
fic  theeagle  slash  marcus/esca  au  scifi  pirates  h/c  yuletide  captive  <20K  +2016-06 
august 2017 by spatz
osprey_archer: Thirty-three Kisses and Counting
Bruno bet Cathy he could kiss more MacDonald Hall boys than she could. Boots is not pleased.
fic  macdonaldhall  slash  boots/bruno  humor  yuletide  <5K  +2014-10 
july 2017 by spatz
cimorene: You're the Cream in My Coffee
"Apparently the stories about Rio are true," said Kathy.

"Even if they weren't before you two arrived," Cosmo retorted.
fic  singinintherain  het  slash  threesome  don/kathy/cosmo  yuletide  marriage  <10K  +2014-08 
july 2017 by spatz
brandytook: Triad
The changing social mores of Hollywood force Cosmo, Don, and Kathy to think about the future, and past, of their relationship.

Neatly written story that bounces around in time, centered around the three of them making a decision to stay together in the same house in 1931. I adore the backstory and the future that the author imagines for them.
fic  singinintherain  het  slash  threesome  precanon  postcanon  yuletide  <10K  +2014-07 
july 2017 by spatz
zhiverny6: Lina Lamont's Big Revenge
Miss Lamont recently invited me into her gracious home, which some readers may remember profiled in the August edition. Over tea, I asked Miss Lamont about the affair.

"Of course, it was all arranged in advance," she said, laughing at the gullibility of some reporters. "It was my last film, and the studio wanted to give me a really memorable send-off, something they'll be talking about for years."
fic  singinintherain  gen  postcanon  yuletide  fakemedia  <5K  +2014-06 
july 2017 by spatz
widget285: Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
"Ah, scenic Coyotesville. Why, it's even more scenic than Dead Man Fang's, Arizona!"

The sign hanging from the station post proclaiming "Coyoteville, N.M." in faded letters swung back and forth as if in approval of Cosmo's rather generous assessment.
fic  singinintherain  slash  don/cosmo  precanon  yuletide  <10K  +2014-06 
july 2017 by spatz
justice_turtle: Get Me To the Justice of the Peace On Time
In which Cosmo Brown and Kathy Selden nearly elope together. Because of reasons.
fic  singinintherain  het  slash  threesome  don/kathy/cosmo  marriage  humor  yuletide  <5K  +2014-06 
july 2017 by spatz
seren_ccd: i ain't talking no big deals
So, they go bowling. Well, actually they go to a bowling alley. Sometimes a girl just has to eat two chilli hotdogs and nachos and drink some beer.
fic  lockout  het  snow/emilie  postcanon  humor  yuletide  ust  <5K  +2013-12 
june 2017 by spatz
alessandriana: peace and quiet
In which Ivan averts an unusual attack on Gregor at a flower show. A tensely written plot, a great dollop of h/c, and a fantastic look at a relationship we don't see much.
fic  vorkosigan  gen  h/c  friendship  yuletide  <10K  +2017-01 
june 2017 by spatz
loathlylady: Her Lovely Face Gleaming Like a White Poppy
The paths which Attolia and Eddis take are both paved with loss, but the ways they walk those paths are very different.
fic  thief  het  eugenides/irene  helen/sophos  precanon  marriage  friendship  yuletide  <15K  +2015-01 
may 2017 by spatz
jediseagull: for sins and false alarms
In which Eugenides picks a fight with a powerful priest of the new gods, to his attendants' (and Costis's) general dismay.
fic  thief  genish  slash  hilarion/philologos  outsiderpov  yuletide  capers&cons  <10K  +2016-10 
may 2017 by spatz
anndy: E Manu Capere
It turns out it's not enough to say 'You are free'.

In which Roman customs and names are ridiculous, but Marcus means well.
fic  theeagle  gen  humor  postcanon  yuletide  <5K  +2016-10 
may 2017 by spatz
syllic: By Definition an Unmerited Gift
“You never complain,” Esca said. “When I ask anything of you.”
fic  theeagle  slash  marcus/esca  postcanon  D/s  yuletide  <10K  +2016-06 
may 2017 by spatz
aramley: Peace
Years after the events of the movie, the peace that Marcus and Esca have made for themselves may be about to be disturbed.
fic  theeagle  slash  marcus/esca  postcanon  yuletide  <5K  +2015-01 
may 2017 by spatz
pene: A Poet and a Scholar
It is not every person who has the opportunity to attend an orgy in the company of a notorious rake. (crossover between Venetia and The Grand Sophy)
fic  crossover  heyer  slash  aubrey/augustus  het  venetia/damerel  marriage  postcanon  kink  yuletide  humor  <5K  +2011-12 
may 2017 by spatz
selkit: On The Same Page
Evelyn wants to make sure her adventuring, treasure-hunting fiancé is on board with the quieter, less exciting aspects of a librarian's life. But life, as usual, doesn't exactly go according to plan.
fic  themummy  het  rick/evie  postcanon  action/adventure  yuletide  <5K  +2013-12 
may 2017 by spatz
oliviacirce: The World Well Lost
Or, Five Times Francis Webster Was (Also) Thoroughly Ruined.
fic  societyofgentlemen  slash  francis/ash  smut  kink  fivethings  tagscene  yuletide  <10K  +2017-02 
may 2017 by spatz
voodoochild: Aslan Sutu
Marion Ravenwood wins her first drinking contest. Indy helps.
fic  indianajones  het  indy/marion  precanon  yuletide  <5K  +2015-10 
may 2017 by spatz
jenett: Anagnorisis
Twenty years apart changes people. It takes time to recognise the changes.

I am always impressed by the depth this story has in so few words. Incredible look at their reunion and relationship.
fic  odyssey  het  odysseus/penelope  marriage  postcanon  h/c  yuletide  <5K  +2013-12 
may 2017 by spatz
yahtzee: Look and Listen
Jeff called her Mrs. Lonelyhearts, and called him the Songwriter. But they looked out their windows too ...

This is absolutely wonderful, a lovely elaboration on a great movie.
fic  rearwindow  het  misslonelyhearts/songwriter  outsiderpov  yuletide  <10K  +2013-08 
may 2017 by spatz
brandytook: And So They Did
So they've escaped the mob and revealed some truths about themselves to each other. Now what? Or: Jerry and Osgood figure out a life together.
fic  somelikeithot  slash  het  jerry/osgood  joe/sugar  trans  postcanon  marriage  crossdressing  yuletide  <10K  +2016-11 
may 2017 by spatz
icepixie: The Case of the Missing Martini Olive
An olive goes missing from a drink. Nick and Nora are on the case.

This is just criminally cute (pun entirely intended).
fic  thinman  het  nick/nora  humor  marriage  yuletide  <5K  +2012-12 
may 2017 by spatz
musesfool: What a Swell Party This Is
"I got a surprise for you, sweetheart." The man pulled a gun out of his jacket pocket and pointed it at her. The noise of the party faded to a dull hum as Nora focused on the weapon in his hand, a nervous thrill making her fingers tighten around her glass. Nora was no expert, but it looked like a twenty-two. It was black and malevolent and shone dully in the bright light from the chandelier.

She was going to need all her wits about her for this. And another drink.
fic  thinman  het  nick/nora  casefile  capers&cons  yuletide  <5K  +2010-09 
may 2017 by spatz
volta_arovet: Texts From Cephalopods
It is a well-established fact in marine biology that the octopus is the drunk texter of the cephalopod family.

A classic work of Yuletide ridiculous genius.
fic  octopusstealsmyvideocamera  gen  humor  crack  yuletide  fakemedia  <5K  +2012-04 
may 2017 by spatz
edenfalling: A Woman with Silver Eyes -- Kate Welker, the Rolling Stone Interview
Twenty-five years after the Institute of Psychic Phenomena went public, Rolling Stone interviews Kate Welker, one of the Curtis Pharmaceuticals quartet and a long-time activist for both animal rights and the acceptance of the psychically gifted.
fic  girlwithsilvereyes  gen  postcanon  fakemedia  yuletide  <5K  +2013-01 
may 2017 by spatz
dsudis: Sex on a Frozen River Mayhem
I'm one of the stupidest things you've ever done, and in two hundred years, Captain Jack Harkness, you've done a lot of stupid things. I'm wearing a black three-piece suit to hike along an ice road eleven thousand feet above sea level in the Himalayas. I'm the only person who looks more out of place than you do, with your grey military coat and your movie-star grin.

I catch your eye. You say it's the suit. You say the suit makes you want to do stupid things. I say, hey, I'm Mayhem.
fic  crossover  torchwood  commercials  slash  jack/mayhem  crack  smut  yuletide  <5K  +2011-01 
may 2017 by spatz
belford: Bigger Than You Think
"You descend chasms, you crawl through low chambers. Occasionally you see a discarded scrap or a bootprint in the mud, for these tunnels are not uninhabited, but you leave these signs undisturbed and add few of your own. Companionship on the journey is not what you seek. Silence, the unchanging textures of stone lull you; you push ahead into the dark, but your mind wanders. Did the children of Atalantë explore here as you do? Did they lose themselves, fade into shadow?

You come to yourself at a chimney's precipitous lip. Not so peaceful an end, had you stumbled! Will you climb upwards or downwards?"

An interactive story of exploration -- basically like one of those old text-based adventure games, based on the xkcd comic Click & Drag and a book I don't know but didn't need to. Yuletide magic! \o/
fic  xkcd  gen  yuletide  interactive  <10K  +2013-08 
may 2017 by spatz
pendrecarc: Détente
On the eve of the winter holiday, Isabella Camherst entertains a friend, an unexpected guest, and a peace offering.

Set after the first book, this is a lovely look at the tentative beginnings of Isabella and Tom's friendship, her grief and struggle with being a widowed mother, and her decision to go into the field again.
fic  ladytrent  gen  friendship  tagscene  yuletide  <5K  +2016-12 
may 2017 by spatz
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