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The Boys from Berlin Affair by Cord Smithee
Man from UNCLE, Napoleon/Illya. In the aftermath of Illya successfully infiltrating a Neo-Nazi group by impersonating one of its dead leaders, Nexor (who he remarkably, conveniently, but worryingly resembled), he and Napoleon continue their investigation, deal with the implications, and slide their working relationship into the bedroom as well.
// 25.7K. Extended ep-tag for S4E11 "The Gurnius Affair." It's really well done, with excellent writing, mild angst, and features a first time on a creaky Soviet sofabed.
"Born November 10th," Napoleon said, staring him in the eye. "1938. Blood type O, Rhesus factor negative. Allergic to penicillin. Farsighted, moderate astigmatism in the right eye requiring glasses for reading, should not impair field performance except in extreme circumstances. Notable that subject has never developed upper third molars; lower third molars removed surgically due to impaction. Aptitudes include exceptional ambidextrous eye-hand co-ordination and balance, as well as talents in mathematics, languages, music, and science which may be described as those of a prodigy. Subject is notable for a certain hastiness of temper and for potentially sadistic tendencies, which are adequately compensated by intense demonstrated personal and ideological loyalty."

Illya's brow furrowed. "You know all those things," he said, moving toward the left-hand of the two twin beds to collect his shoulder holster from the headboard, forcing his hunched shoulders to smooth. Given what Napoleon had endured at his hands, so recently, he had to admit he probably deserved the thrashing. "You've known them all for years. Shall I quote your file at you? The bit about thrill-seeking and overcompensation for perceived masculine inadequacies and unexpressed homosexual tendencies is particularly good lunchtime reading. Field agents are rarely entirely sane, my friend."

"Except I just provided you with the vital statistics for Colonel Maximilian Nexor. Both of them," Napoleon continued, mercilessly, as Illya turned toward him, feeling his jaw drop, his face go slack, his eyes go wide. "Except for the birth date, which only applies to the younger of the two. So what is it that you are not telling me, Illya Nickovetch?"

Illya meant to sit down on the edge of his bed. Ten years later, he still could not have explained how it was that he found himself on the floor.
fanfic  ManFromUNCLE  slash  pair:NapoleonSolo/IllyaKuryakin  ref:ep-tag  ref:casefic  ref:backstory  ref:angst  ref:first-time  ref:roadtrip  au:CordSmithee  fandom:MUNCLE 
22 days ago by zhena
Science Triptych by Fahye
Doctor Who, Doctor/Master. The Doctor and the Master, traveling in the TARDIS. // 8K total, Master POV. Set of three fics, presumably 10 and an alt outcome of "Last of the Time Lords" (but would work for any version, really). Weird, artsy, freeform stream of consciousness working out/on/with/against a complex and v.v. alien relationship of two mad scientists, spanning time and multiple dimensions. Neat.
* Mendelian Inheritance, https://archiveofourown.org/works/517157 "They are what they become, which is the spontaneous dispersal of energy."
* Resonance Structures, https://archiveofourown.org/works/517158 "As a general rule, the way humans think about the universe is incorrect by a magnitude of a single dimension."
* Uncertainty Principles, https://archiveofourown.org/works/517161 "Every time he doesn't leave, every time he makes a choice, he feels the universe splintering under his hands."
fanfic  DoctorWho  slash  pair:Doctor/Master  ref:futurefic  ref:backstory  ref:roadtrip  ref:enemyslash  ref:enemysex  ref:bffs-to-lovers  au:fahye  fandom:DoctorWho 
5 weeks ago by zhena
The King and M'Baku by tehtarik
Black Panther, T'Challa/M'Baku. So the Great Gorilla rescued the King of the Cats. Per Hanuman, M'Baku owes him three lives, so this is a good start. // 5K. ~Literary-type world building. Vaguely folktale structure, with lots of grumbling. :)
fanfic  BlackPanther  slash  pair:T'Challa/M'Baku  ref:postcanon  ref:backstory  ref:enemyslash  ref:pricklypair  via:stickmarionette  au:tehtarik  fandom:BlackPanther 
10 weeks ago by zhena
The History Bros by jedusaur
Check Please, gen(ish). After Jack walks in on Holster and Ransom trying to educate Bittle on hockey history, Jack must ensure this task is performed properly.
“Oh, hey, Jack!” Bitty’s sitting on the couch, carefully protected from the stained upholstery by a meticulously arranged pink-and-white quilt. “Ransom and Holster are teaching me about the history of the NHL.”
“He didn’t know what a Gordie Howe hat trick was.” Holster spreads his hands. “How this kid made an NCAA team...”
“By playing hockey,” Bitty grumps cheerfully.
Ransom shakes his head in despair. “We had to educate him right from the top.”
“So.” Jack folds his arms. “Instead of working on skills that might actually make you useful to our team right now, you’re dwelling on irrelevant things that happened a century ago..."
Bitty’s happy eyebrows start to wilt.
“...and you didn’t invite the history major?”
// 4K, Jack POV, filled with lulzy anxiety: "He silently resolves to try harder to relax." Bits of Jack's background, and sort of pre-slash, and gently amusing.
fanfic  CheckPlease  gen  pair:EricBittle/JackZimmermann  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:backstory  via:sophia_sol  au:jedusaur  fandom:CheckPlease 
11 weeks ago by zhena
A Quite Unlosable Game by some_stars
Dark Angel, Alec/OFCs,OMCs, Alec/Max. "It's different when it's for the job. (Or, Alec and sex: a history.)" // 10K, backstory of Alec growing up in Manticore, receiving sex-ed in the creepy-ass laboratory, assassination training way. Unsettling, full of noncon/dubcon, and Max going into heat in Terminal City an afterthought (and not esp. sexy for either).
fanfic  DarkAngel  het  pair:MaxGuevara/AlecMcDowell  ref:precanon  ref:postcanon  ref:backstory  ref:dubcon  ref:noncon  via:templemarker  au:some_stars  fandom:DarkAngel 
12 weeks ago by zhena
World Enough and Time by nomeancity
Chanur series, Pyanfar/Khym. "Khym Mahn lived the life his world expected of him. He would like another one for himself." // 7.5K, canon backstory. Khym's life within the myriad constraints of Hani culture, leading up to marrying Pyanfar and after. I'd have liked to read more about the ruckus surrounding Kara's takeover from Khym's POV, but what's here is great. I never really knew what to make of Khym; I'll take this unrequited-nerd version of him as headcanon.
fanfic  Chanur  CJC  gen  het  pair:PfyanfarChanur/KhymMahn  yuletide  yuletide2017  ref:Chanur  ref:backstory  ref:pastiche  au:nomeancity  fandom:CJCherryh 
january 2018 by zhena
Beneath The Coming Frost by astolat
Witcher, Geralt/Avallac'h. Geralt and Avallac'h roadtrip the portals, peer at the White Frost, then hang chez Ge’els -- and resolve an argument about bloodlines. // 4K. Complexicated little fic filled with worldbuilding backstory. Then sudden sex pollen! Evidently elf logic = fanfic logic: all dilemmas solved with a sex scene. ^___^
fanfic  Witcher  slash  pair:Geralt/Avallac'h  yuletide  yuletide2017  ref:backstory  ref:curse  ref:dubcon  ref:sexpollen  ref:first-time  ref:frenemies  au:astolat  fandom:Witcher 
january 2018 by zhena
Animal Spirits by MildredMost
Psmith, Psmith/Jackson. "With a match against the Eton first eleven looming, Psmith is behaving strangely, and Mike wants to get to the bottom of it." // 13K. Wow, comrades! Kitchen sink fic: banter, industrial-strength mutual pining, punishment whipping, sex pollen (literal), underhanded public school plotting, convoluted vengeance, hella cricket, and hella porn. Even tackles Psmith's mysterious departure from Eton. Nothing else comparable for this fandom, woo.
fandom  Psmith  slash  pair:RupertPsmith/MikeJackson  yuletide  yuletide2017  ref:pastiche  ref:sexpollen  ref:caning  ref:pining  ref:backstory  ref:plot  ref:teenagers  ref:first-time  ref:angst  ref:humor  ref:banter  au:MildredMost  fandom:Psmith  fandom:PGWodehouse 
december 2017 by zhena
Put Yourself First by Sharksdontsleep
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, WJosh/Darryl. After Darryl's party, Josh has an unknown, unfinished tune stuck in his head. Not even meticulous attention to personal fitness goals can shake it. // 2K of Whijo introspection = mainly fitness but a few glints of self-awareness. Sweet rather than mean humor here. (Maybe he'll get a song in S3...)
He's an easy-going guy. California boy and all that. He's laid-back, relaxed, whatever; he works really hard at being chill. The chillest. (So he’s maybe not so chill about coasters. Whatever.)
The point is, he doesn't do these types of mental exercises. He has an eight-pack, a personal record in pull-ups, and a roster of people who all want him to share the secrets of his success. 'Work your ass off and don't eat that,' isn't what people want to hear, so he doesn't say it.
Being the chill guy with great abs involves not saying a lot.
via:shadowkeeper  fanfic  Crazy-Exgirlfriend  slash  pair:DarrylWhitefeather/JoshWilson  ref:backstory  ref:introspection  ref:fitness  au:sharksdontsleep  fandom:CrazyExGirlfriend 
november 2017 by zhena
A Candle for the Hollow City by lordnelson100
LotR, Gimli/Legolas, gen. "About the Nauglamír and the other side of the story. Of culture clash, betrayal, and lost art." Elrond asks to hear the Dwarf version of the First Age fallout over a cursed artifact. Gimli puts the request to his people, and they agree. // 14K. The frame story is a dinner party with Elrond, Thranduil, Gimli, and various hangers-on leading to the main story, a Dwarf-POV Silmarillion backstory fic, explaining why elves and dwarves hate each other lots. (L/G content = just rationale for the overall setup.)
There was a snort from the high end of the board, where Thranduil lounged back in his great chair and said, "And here we see that when a dwarf says I am not learned of a thing, he means, Oi! I have stored up a great deal of opinions about this, prepare to be argued with."
fanfic  LotR  gen  pair:Gimli/Legolas  ref:Silmarillion  ref:FirstAge  ref:backstory  ref:angst  via:as_lld_again  au:lordnelson100  fandom:LotR 
october 2017 by zhena
Police and Thieves by sisterofdream
Due South, RayK/OMC, RayK/Fraser. Ray, briefly loan to another precinct, wades back into the punk scene to gather info on drug distribution. Fraser is frustrated at being left out. // Longish, plotty casefic featuring Competent!Ray, jealous Fraser in the background, and a friendly, much younger dude Ray hits it off with as he wrestles with nostalgia and comes to terms with some unenjoyable aspects of his past.
fanfic  Due-South  slash  pair:Fraser/Kowalski  pair:Kowalski/OMC  ref:casefic  ref:plot  ref:backstory  ref:jealousy  ref:fuckbuddies  au:sisterofdream  fandom:DueSouth 
august 2017 by zhena
Mirror's Depth by foxinthestars
Natsume's Book of Friends, gen. "The Matoba clan had a long-standing tradition of how its leaders were chosen, but this time it took an unexpected turn." // 3K. So-o, extrapolating how a nine-year-old ends up as the clan head. Works for me.
fanfic  NatsumeYuujinchou  gen  ref:backstory  ref:fantasy  ref:horror  ref:supernatural  au:foxinthestars  fandom:NatsumeYuujinchou 
july 2017 by zhena
Seven Year Promise by foxinthestars
Natsume's Book of Friends, gen. "Natsume is haunted by a recurring nightmare that he's drowning. Nyanko-sensei sets out to investigate, then a strange youkai appears: one who knows that the answer lies in Natsume's past — and needs Tanuma's help to put things right before it's too late." // 30K. Long, twisty plot with time travel, complications, and interesting solutions. (Eh. Not sold on the preslash stuff, but it's only stuck in the extras.)
fanfic  NatsumeYuujinchou  gen  ref:timetravel  ref:supernatural  ref:amnesia  ref:backstory  ref:fantasy  au:foxinthestars  fandom:NatsumeYuujinchou 
july 2017 by zhena
Three for Family by NightsMistress
Natsume's Book of Friends, gen. "The more Touko hears about Natsume Takashi, the more confused she becomes. The stories she hears are of a selfish child acting out for attention, or worse, but all she can see is a sad, lost child in need of a place to put down roots so that he can settle his mind." Touko meets future foster child Natsume for the first time. // 4K, outside POV (after a fashion). Really sweet fic if the background implications are grim.
fanfic  NatsumeYuujinchou  gen  yuletide  yuletide2014  ref:backstory  ref:outsiderPOV  ref:families  ref:fantasy  au:nightsmistress  fandom:NatsumeYuujinchou 
july 2017 by zhena
Unaccommodated Man by kvikindi
Black Sails, Thomas/James. "It is at this point that, for the first time, Thomas Hamilton begins to consider that he has gone mad." Thomas, confined to a genteel asylum in England by his father, slowly loses his mind under confinement and drugs. He is later transported to Oglethorpe's enlightened prison colony in Georgia. Where he is eventually joined by another prisoner, a restive pirate he'd known back when he was still sane. // 27K. I know zilch about this series, but I like the fanfic author in general, so I gave it a shot. Series knowledge not needed -- it's still a fairly engrossing 18c colonialism RPF xover: a peculiar experiment in humanism in the early South and the people who lived in it. I imagine that in the event I ever do watch this series, this will come in handy...
fanfic  BlackSails  gen  slash  pair:CaptainFlint/ThomasHamilton  ref:backstory  ref:postcanon  ref:historical  ref:ageofsail  ref:pirates  via:sunrayravine  au:kvikindi  fandom:MiscTV 
july 2017 by zhena
Shampoo, Rinse, Repeat by ctimene
Daredevil, Matt/Foggy. Angry teenager Matt gets boner during a salon hairwashing, in front of nuns and his classmates. Later angry law student Matt recalls that incident while Foggy's washing booze from his hair after a party incident. // 6K. Basically a setup for teenage aaaangst and hardcore USTing, culminating in a frottage scene. Misc. Briticisms throughout, but they're ignorable.
fanfic  Daredevil  slash  pair:MattMurdock/FoggyNelson  ref:UST  ref:angst  ref:backstory  ref:teenagers  ref:college  ref:first-time  ref:bffs-to-lovers  ref:grooming  via:sansets  au:ctimene  fandom:Daredevil 
may 2017 by zhena
I'll Be There for You by Halrloprillalar (prillalar)
Yuri on Ice, Yuri/Phichit. "'Ciao Ciao said we should relax more.' Phichit took his plate over to the the couch and fired up Netflix." Phichit takes Yuri out dancing, instead of watching old "Friends" episodes which had been the sum total of Yuri's plans. // 2K. So Yuri learns to be slightly more social, to dance like a drunken fool, and to care slightly more about Phichit's welfare. Minor friends-with-benefits.
fanfic  Yuri-on-Ice  slash  pair:YuriKatsuki/PhitchitChulanont  ref:backstory  ref:fuckbuddies  ref:college  via:templemarker  au:Halrloprillalar  fandom:Yuri_on_Ice 
april 2017 by zhena
Divination by a_sparrows_fall
616 Avengers, gen. "Can the future be predicted based on signs in the present? Ten stories told in the hours leading up to the Stamford tragedy." // 6.5K of various vignettes of ordinary life that become sadness in light of what follows (i.e., 616 Civil War). The portions with Speedball and Sharon Carter particularly stand out. There's a strong undercurrent of Steve/Tony, but it never rises to the surface, thus gen. Would have liked a Nitro one as well, tbh (or anyone else inside the house, arguing about taking out the trash).
via:sineala  fanfic  gen  Avengers  ref:616  ref:vignettes  ref:backstory  au:a_sparrows_fall  fandom:Avengers 
march 2017 by zhena
Marker in the Sand by faelicy
Yuri on Ice, Yuri/Victor. "Victor has always been with Yuuri. No one understands the consequences better than Yuuri himself." // 10K. A tour through Yuri's friends and how they work to protect him -- basically by propping up his self-imposed walls. Another not esp. pleasant fic.
fanfic  Yuri-on-Ice  slash  pair:YuriKatsuki/VictorNikiforov  ref:precanon  ref:postcanon  ref:backstory  ref:angst  au:faelicy  fandom:Yuri_on_Ice 
march 2017 by zhena
All Your Doors Flung Wide by radialarch
Yuri on Ice, gen(ish). "Upending a life to move to a small town in Japan turns out to be the easy part. (A somewhat history of an exhibition skate for two.)" // 6.5K. Victor POV (all). An amble through the highlights from Victor's perspective. Or, as the tag says, "The Victor Nikiforov guide to finding love amidst a torrent of confusion." There are a lot of fics that tackle this, but I thought this was the one that succeeded best. Gen tag because it is 100% smut and smooch free, but it's still the one I liked best.
fanfic  Yuri-on-Ice  slash  gen  pair:YuriKatsuki/VictorNikiforov  ref:backstory  ref:pining  ref:missing-scene  ref:miscommunication  via:shadowkeeper  au:radialarch  fandom:Yuri_on_Ice 
january 2017 by zhena
On the Way Back to the Hotel by trixiechick
Yuri on Ice, gen. "A question arises on the way back to the hotel in ep 10 (after ditching JJ)." // <1K. Phichito-kun breaks a sacred pact and tells all. :D
fanfic  Yuri-on-Ice  gen  ref:humor  ref:missing-scene  ref:backstory  via:shadowkeeper  au:trixiechick  fandom:Yuri_on_Ice 
january 2017 by zhena
The Hero's Journey by Naraht
Yuri on Ice, gen. "Yakov attempts to prepare Yuri for his transition to Seniors. Yuri is exhausted." // <1K. Yakov (POV) attempts a postyear review before Yurio's senior debut but has an inattentive audience.
fanfic  Yuri-on-Ice  gen  pair:YuriPlisetsky|YakovFeltsman  ref:teenagers  ref:backstory  ref:missing-scene  ref:vignette  via:sophia_sol  au:naraht  fandom:Yuri_on_Ice 
january 2017 by zhena
No Sleep till Sochi by Naraht
Yuri on Ice, gen. "Forced to share a bed with Victor at the Sochi Grand Prix Final, Yakov learns more than he wants to know." // 3.6K. Cranky Yakov POV, dealing with skater drama from too close quarters. Really is a good fic. Obliquely banquet.
fanfic  Yuri-on-Ice  gen  pair:VictorNikiforov|YakovFeltsman  ref:backstory  ref:humor  via:shadowkeeper  au:naraht  fandom:Yuri_on_Ice 
january 2017 by zhena
Historical Reenactment for Beginners by radialarch
Captain America, Steve/Peggy, Steve/Bucky. "This is probably not what Steve had meant by 'shared life experience.'" Bucky inadvertently learns an interesting detail of Steve's history. // 1.5K. :D CW compliant, sort of.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/PeggyCarter  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:first-time  ref:backstory  ref:humor  ref:dirtytalk  ref:pegging  au:radialarch  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
july 2016 by zhena
Black Work by osprey_archer
Captain America, gen. "You don't develop a fully functioning metal limb on the first try. The Soldier is only the latest and most successful of a long line of failed experiments. Grigorii Mikhailovich decides to recruit him before the lab pushes this success into failure, too." // More fun in Soviet Russia, medical horror edition.
* "The Thaw," http://archiveofourown.org/works/7427119 (gen) Grisha, returned from the gulag, encounters Zola and learns they have a mutual interest. // Soviet content! But I'm not clear on how she's planning to get a Paperclip scientist into Russia during the Cold War.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  ref:backstory  ref:historical  ref:madscience  au:osprey_archer  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
july 2016 by zhena
Now, Here, and in England by kvikindi
Lewis/DWJ, gen. "The envelope arrives by courier the next day. James has to sign to receive it, so he can’t just pretend that it doesn’t exist. He finds himself unable, then, to set it on the table unopened. As if it’s an armed explosive or an animal in a cage. He breaks the wax seal, with its Mortmaigne crest, and unfolds a single sheet of paper." // 20K of utter awesomeness. Hathaway POV, fusionfic of the DWJ novel "Fire & Hemlock" with the Lewis episode "Dead of Winter," and she's fit them together perfectly. Other characters appearing include Briony and Zoe! (It's not slash tho. ;_;)
fanfic  DWJ  Lewis  gen  ref:fusionfic  ref:xover  ref:plot  ref:mystery  ref:horror  ref:backstory  ref:ep-related  au:kvikindi  fandom:DianaWynneJones  fandom:Lewis 
june 2016 by zhena
Ready for Flight by kvikindi
Star Wars, Poe/others. "Poe guesses he’s a little fucked-up now, more than before. He certainly has a lot of nightmares. He tries to take it in stride. It doesn’t really surprise him. What had he expected? (Dead, he thinks. You expected to be dead.)" Poe, grounded, brooding it out, working through the trauma of his life, waiting for Finn to wake up. // Oddly pretty fic, various force musings.
fanfic  StarWars  pair:PoeDameron/Finn  ref:angst  ref:backstory  ref:H/C  ref:PTSD  via:SomebodyOwens  au:kvikindi  fandom:StarWars 
march 2016 by zhena
Distance Between by thingswithwings
Captain America, Steve/Sam. "Sam's doing paperwork when aliens come through a rift in space and start attacking New York." Sam imagines what Captain America might be like. Then he meets Steve Rogers ... who might be hitting on him. // Sam POV, introspective fic with Sam (and his therapist) tackling his issues about himself and his hero complex, then ramping up the issues via Steve. It starts with Avengers timeline, then skips around in the CA2 film with in-between-the-scenes (which is a bit too bad as I'd also have liked to read a Sam POV on the actual scenes). More to the gen side than the slash side overall. Good OCs.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/SamWilson  ref:backstory  ref:missing-scene  ref:banter  ref:molasses  au:thingswithwings  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
january 2016 by zhena
The Needle and the Killing Done by spitandvinegar
Captain America, Steve/Bucky, Bucky/OCs. Bucky slips his leash in 70s NYC, makes a friend, becomes a junky, screws dudes for money, eventually gets recollected. // Rather depressing, ~experimental type fic, past relationship with Steve.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  pair:BuckyBarnes/OCs  ref:backstory  ref:precanon  ref:ptsd  ref:amnesia  ref:sexworker  ref:drugs  ref:noncon  au:spitandvinegar  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
january 2016 by zhena
Annie Sawyer, This is Your Afterlife by waspabi
Being Human, gen. "Annie still feels like a person. Her hands feel like hands. Her hair feels like hair. But Annie’s hair doesn’t grow; and her nails don’t break; and no one has looked at her in one year and nine months, ever since she fell down the stairs and split her head open on the black and white tile of her new house." // Annie POV, backstory. Annie's bored but haunting away when the new tenants show up. And object.
fanfic  BeingHuman  gen  yuletide  yuletide2015  ref:backstory  ref:humor  au:waspabi  fandom:BeingHuman 
december 2015 by zhena
Rearranging the Backroom Closet by karanguni
Breakfast with Scot, Eric/Sam. "'How do you not know anything about the Leafs?' Eric blinks, shocked straight back into justified incredulity. 'You live in Toronto! You're actually Canadian!'" / LOL. 9K. Backstory fic (pre-Scot) about Eric's hockey career, how he met Sam, and his career thereafter. It's funny, mildly angsty at points, but overall pretty sweet. The scene where Sam first asks Eric out is hilarious.
fanfic  Breakfast-with-Scot  slash  pair:EricMcNally/SamMiller  yuletide  yuletide2015  ref:hockey  ref:meet-cute  ref:closet  ref:angst  ref:humor  ref:backstory  au:karanguni  fandom:MiscFilms  fandom:6Degrees 
december 2015 by zhena
Notes from the In-between by radialarch
Captain America RPS, Steve/Bucky, Sebastian/Chris. "Sebastian Stan: 'Bucky Barnes,' 2011 — present (At some point, he thinks, he's stopped acting.)" Sebastian starts to wonder if he's being typecast. // Character-bleed fic. Possibly a visit to the land of tinhattiness, but not a bad fic otherwise.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  RPS  slash  gen  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  pair:ChrisEvans/SebastianStan  yuletide  yuletide2015  ref:chara-bleed  ref:angst  ref:UST  ref:pining  ref:backstory  au:radialarch  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
december 2015 by zhena
The Apprentice by eyebrowofdoom
Hobbit, Thorin/OMC. "Thorin has taken work in a town of Men in a stony river valley, and must make do with local talent. He did not expect to be quite so popular." Thorin, who is short, hairy, gruff, and unimpressed with everyone, is incredibly competent with a hammer. Not a few find this attractive. He's only in it for the money, so the rest of it puzzles him a great deal. // "Bitter Smithing" tag. Thorin POV. I'd not read this before. It's super interesting and detailed and filled with detailed smithing and smut and the OCs are all really well done.
fanfic  Hobbit  slash  pair:ThorinOakenshield/OMC  ref:backstory  ref:first-time  ref:virginity  ref:competence  ref:interspecies  au:eyebrowofdoom  fandom:LotR 
november 2015 by zhena
On the Uses and Disadvantages of Living Among Spectres by kvikindi
Rivers of London, gen. "Nightingale and his ghosts." // Nightingale POV, a stream of conscious type fic with Thomas reflecting on his continuing existence with occasional ghostly encounters. Pretty but rather sad.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  gen  ref:backstory  ref:PTSD  ref:angst  au:kvikindi  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
november 2015 by zhena
J'attendrai by Quasar
Rivers of London, Peter/Nightingale. "Probationary Constable Peter Grant met me for the first time when I walked up to him by the portico of the Actors' Church on a freezing winter night and said, "Hello. What are you up to?" However, I first met Detective Sergeant Peter Grant when he jogged up to my doorstep on a mild autumn afternoon in 1940 and said, 'There you are, sir. It is you, isn't it?'" // 60K. Nightingale POV, one of those plotty, complexicated deals that extrapolates from what's provided in canon. Peter's caught in a trap and winds up traveling backward in time, drawn to points when Nightingale's in mortal peril and hauling him out of the soup. Really readable as well.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  slash  gen  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  ref:precanon  ref:postcanon  ref:timetravel  ref:first-time  ref:ouch  au:quasar  fandom:RiversOfLondon  ref:backstory 
october 2015 by zhena
They Say He Was a Soldier, from the Great Patriotic War by Alex51324
Captain America/Man From UNCLE, gen. Baby KGB spy Illya gets stuck babysitting a very creepy fellow operative. So he feeds him. // Not much happens beyond food. I just like the idea of this crossover and the minor Russian period details.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  ManFromUNCLE  gen  pair:IllyaKuryakin|BuckyBarnes  ref:xover  ref:backstory  ref:h/c  ref:amnesia  au:alex51324  fandom:CaptainAmerica  fandom:MUNCLE 
august 2015 by zhena
Opening the Roads by thehoyden
Naruto, Kakashi/Iruka. After the previous emmissary was assasinated, Iruka is drafted to be Konoha's next envoy to Kumogakure for a new treaty because he speaks their language. But he and his assigned bodyguard have different ideas about how the mission will proceed. // Set while Naruto is off with Jiraiya. Fun, and gives Iruka an interesting backstory. I think I've read this one before?
fanfic  Naruto  slash  ref:backstory  ref:politics  ref:ninjas  ref:undercover  ref:spies  ref:clash  ref:bodyguard  au:Hoyden  fandom:Naruto  ref:first-time  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino 
june 2015 by zhena
Love Is All You Need to Destroy Your Enemies by shadydave
Dresden Files/Night Vale, Cecil/Carlos. Carlos is the White Council Warden tasked with maintaining the wards imprisoning Outsiders underneath a town in the Southwest. The locals hate him as a Menacing Hooded Figure, and an irate member of the City Council even hits him with a death curse at one point -- which takes the form of 24/7 Night Vale Community Radio broadcasts. So Carlos is already a noncon listener when the new announcer takes over; Carlos not only becomes a fan but also jealous of the dude he's always pining over. Later, Carlos gets swept up by time displacement during the Sandstorm, and he rescues a research group who were moving to town. The primary investigator dragoons Carlos onto their team as native guide, protection, and PR guy. Then he meets Cecil for the first time.

// 129K! so far. LOL. This is an incredibly long WIP, but it's also pretty entertaining and twisty and complicated (tho smut-free). It has fun scientist OCs and provides their alt-view on the strange goings-on as they learn to accommodate the weirdness and take it in stride. After Carlos starts hopping in and out of town, it began to get more disconnected, and I started to lose the plot; generally managed to pick it up again later.

I was hoping for wild-dog vandalism and floating cats, but they haven't come up. I'd also expected the Glow Cloud to be one of the storm wards, but not a glow in sight. Dresden and Mouse are in the tags, but neither one appears in this fic. Mystery!

* " Mano Dura, Cabeza, y Corazón," http://archiveofourown.org/works/3179483 2K. Backstory side story: Carlos, Susan, et al. on the run from the Red Court in Guatemala.

12/19, last update 02-18-2015
fanfic  NightVale  DresdenFiles  gen  pair:CecilPalmer/CarlosTheScientist  pair:CecilPalmer/CarlosRamirez  ref:xover  ref:WIP  ref:backstory  ref:timetravel  ref:pining  ref:alien-wtf  ref:magic  ref:schoomp  ref:h/c  ref:amnesia  ref:dating  au:shadydave  fandom:NightVale  fandom:DresdenFiles 
april 2015 by zhena
As in Animal Life by kvikindi
Avengers, Bruce Banner. "The thing is: people think it must be unpleasant. Because that's what they think that anger is. And maybe it is, for them. Bruce can't know what normal life's like. Is it a physical discomfort, like nausea or a headache, like an ache in the joints, an unscratchable itch? For him it's— not. But then, he's always been different." // An extended Bruce internal POV on life, physics, and his own processes. And on Tony, who keeps pushing, and on Erskine, who kept orchids, and on Natasha, who keeps showing up to eat his apples. Introspection, no action, no shipping per se (despite the pairing tag). One of those very quiet yet interesting fics.
fanfic  Avengers  gen  pair:BruceBanner|TonyStark  pair:BruceBanner|NatashaRomanova  ref:char-study  ref:backstory  au:kvikindi  fandom:Avengers 
april 2015 by zhena
The Sin in Your Grin (and the Shape of Your Mouth) by xylodemon
Harry Potter, Sirius/Remus, Sirius/Snape, Sirius/Everybody. "The Order needed Sirius, but he doubted they'd mourn him long when he finally disappeared." // Aaangst. Sirius (POV) and his relationships with everyone OotP the first time around, then it all goes to hell. In which he's kind of an asshole and a dedicated bicycle.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  het  pair:SiriusBlack/RemusLupin  pair:SiriusBlack/SeverusSnape  ref:precanon  ref:backstory  ref:marauders  ref:angst  ref:bicycleSirius  au:xylodemon  fandom:HarryPotter 
march 2015 by zhena
A Goblin or a Trickster or a Warrior by Awdures
Doctor Who, gen. "'There was a goblin, or a trickster or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos.' That's not the real start of the story of course. This is the rest of the fairytale." // Short, neat. Mostly 11, but smatterings of all of them, 1/2/3/9 in particular.
fanfic  DoctorWho  gen  ref:backstory  ref:outsiderPOV  ref:fairytale  ref:11thDoctor  via:endeniem  au:awdures  fandom:DoctorWho 
march 2015 by zhena
The Joke About the Dog by nimmieamee
Captain America, gen. Bucky, now left to his own devices and squatting in Brooklyn, researches himself and reflects on past lives with a Hydra that resembled nothing so much as normal government at work. // First person narrative that verges on outside POV. Some parts are approx. early '90s w/ Rumlow, some earlier, some present. Whew, grim stuff, tho not bad per se. I kinda like it because it gives him some form of after-the-fact agency.
I’m on the Internet, in leaked documents and shaky camera footage. Conspiracy theorists are trying to reconstruct my history. And ordinary people seem to be picking the history they like best. Some think I’m a committed Nazi. Some like that I’m a committed Nazi. Some say I’m like a serial killer – Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy or something. Give a gun to a white guy, cross-reference with a sense of entitlement, and there you go: this is what our country produces. And some people think I’m a federal employee. This is obviously the natural result of the government seizing power: look what they can unleash on the average person; first it’s the IRS, then it’s this guy.
LOL.
Original version: http://ninnieamee.tumblr.com/post/106183446026/doing-some-fic-spring-winter-cleaning-because-i
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  ref:backstory  ref:historical  ref:first-person  ref:humor-noir  au:nimmieamee  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
march 2015 by zhena
Shangri-La by nimmieamee
Captain America, Steve, Bucky. Bucky lives at home, Steve's in a boarding house, both have steady work, yet somehow neither of them is precisely happy. Steve becomes convinced that a radio will be his key to a better life. // Precanon, alternating POV, Steve and Bucky. Sequel-ish to her other period fics.

Here, Bucky has become a trainee refrigeration technician (an author addicted to irony :P), and Steve's art is now paying his bills more or less. Bucky's impatient with Steve's political activities and his other friends taking all his attention, not to mention Steve's persistent attempts to enlist. Steve's consumed with war reports and is quietly resigned to Bucky eventually finding a girl and better things to do with his life. So they both silently piiiine at each other w/o even being aware that this is what they're doing.
In Bucky’s mind there had always been a kind of ticking clock, an uncomfortable pinprick Steve aroused. Steve – the skinny frame under his left arm, as much a part of Bucky as the arm itself was – wouldn’t be with him forever. His mother had told him this once, very plainly.
Ow.

The Barnes's kitchen radio: http://www.decophobia.com/catalin+au-190+emerson+radio+green/
So. Steve Steve seizes upon the idea of a radio as a cure for his winter of discontent, but turns out to be the route to more of his usual self-immolation. These fics are painful in the best ways.

("Steve gets money, still won't move in with Bucky, and somehow totally misses that Queer Brooklyn is an option." Snarky author is snarky. But I loled.)

I'm still going all acafan over here. She has them (frequently) comparing each other to seasons, which reinforces the idea that each provides the half the other lacks. Specifically, Bucky,
If Bucky were to believe that Steve didn’t much care about him, it would be beside the point. Steve — Steve was in his head already. Not Steve the way Steve was, contrary and irritable and terrifying, with that vanishing habit he had. Steve out in the sun with his blue sweater, his voice firm like the crack of the first hit at Ebbets Field when the weather got warm. Steve might leave at any moment; Steve was a nut. It didn’t matter. Bucky liked being with him, with his own skinny summer killjoy.
and Steve,
He did have fun. He did good work. He read. He had — well. Bucky himself was fun, wasn’t he? Even if Steve didn’t admit it to himself, the trick Bucky had – the indefinable urgency he inspired – was to step in with his hair neat, eyes bright, suit immaculate, laughter hidden inside him, all smelling of brylcreem, brought in on the winter breeze, like Shangri-La had come to the boarding house.
So, Steve and Bucky, spring/summer and fall/winter respectively, with an added layer. Not just the association of Bucky and Christmas but Shangri-la as well, which may be a utopia but an inaccessible one, hidden in snowy mountains. Author is once again slapping down the foreshadowing.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:backstory  ref:historical  au:nimmieamee  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
march 2015 by zhena
Prince of the Apple Towns by kvikindi
Captain America, gen. Howard Stark (POV) in the war and afterward, through the founding of SHIELD. An inexorable tragedy. // 73K, and only mildly jossed by the Carter series in terms of backstory. Wow. Super depressing fic -- but you know going in that it must be, if you've seen IM2 and the two CA movies and/or know anything at all about the Cold War. Stark's science bro fascination with Vanko has exceedingly slashy undertones (that get commented on in the fic), and his dependency on Carter amounts to something akin to work-spouse. Other background pairings include Peggy/Steve, Peggy/Falsworth, Morita/Dugan, and Jones/OFC.

Fic spoilers. Howard latches onto Carter as his muse for living and manchilds his way through WWII; Rogers is peripheral to the fic, mainly because Howard comes to view him less as a person, more as a symbol: Erskine's gift to the world, like a beacon the way life and people should and ought to be. So when Rogers dies, Howard is set adrift (literally, in the Arctic), with a feeling that finding Rogers again will magically sort out his own issues with life and Carter. Then his drifting lands him at Alamogordo, and even he has to acknowledge that his ideas have actual, real world, deadly impact. Which in turns leads to him sitting passively on the sidelines and surrounding himself with strangers as his friends* are hounded and threatened. When the attention inevitably turns to him, he tosses the sole person who has ever truly appreciated and understood how he thinks to the wolves to save his own hide and SHIELD -- even while it's obvious (with the benefit of movie-viewer hindsight) that the calls are coming from inside the house. He's protecting the very thing that's destroying him.

*Acquaintances, who for anyone not Howard would be friends. Characters drop off Howard's radar easily -- Pigeon, for instance, disappears as soon as Howard leaves him behind in the Arctic and is never heard from again. Howard's out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach to his relationships is unsettling to read. Regardless of how much time he spends with people in this fic, he always qualifies it with "he didn't really know him/her very well" or "he hardly knew him/her" when thinking about them.

The only real exceptions are Carter and Vanko. "He couldn't have been more designed for you if they'd actually grown him in a vat!" But in his universe, the outcome isn't soulmate romance but paranoia and an ultimate betrayal. Vanko made it clear what would happen if he got deported back into the Soviet gulag system; Howard sat back and let it happen anyway. Would explain so much about Howard's relationship with his eventual family. (Gah, I hated how IM2 settled for comicbook villainy for Ivan Vanko even while blithely hinting that there was a hideous backstory that they couldn't be bothered to delve into, in favor of peeing in the armor.)
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  pair:HowardStark|AntonVanko  pair:HowardStark|PeggyCarter  ref:backstory  ref:historical  ref:WWII  ref:ColdWar  via:epaulettes  au:kvikindi  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
february 2015 by zhena
Day of Atonement by Copperbadge
Captain America, gen. "Bucky thinks he's got a lot to atone for. Fortunately, there's a holy day for that." // Vignette mainly with some backstory. It's sweet. I think this is the only the third(?) Jewish!Bucky I've read--still liking the idea. (Not on ao3 yet.)
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  ref:WS  ref:backstory  ref:precanon  ref:postcanon  ref:religion  ref:judaism  ref:angst  au:copperbadge  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
january 2015 by zhena
The Walls of Where by Philomytha
Rivers of London, gen. "The Nightingale at Ettersberg." // Thomas's POV of Ettersberg while most of the British wizarding community is wiped out. I'd been avoiding this one because I didn't want to read Really Horrible Things for yuletide, but it's a good fic. (Just full of really horrible things.) Foxglove Summer spoilers of a sort.
fanfic  via:epaulettes  Rivers-of-London  gen  yuletide  yuletide2014  ref:precanon  ref:backstory  ref:angst  ref:WWII  au:Philomytha  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
january 2015 by zhena
Of Wishes and Swords by sprl1199
Rivers of London, Seawoll, Nightingale, gen. "It started at one thirty on a wet Thursday morning in March when Alvin Reimer, musician and, in his own words, intermediate level kung fu master tripped over a body in the alley behind Ludwig’s Pawn." 1970s casefic, Seawoll (POV) as a constable who gets caught up in DCI Nightingale's investigation of a missing magical artifact. // Cool backstory fic about the basis of Seawoll and Nightingale's less-than-cordial relationship.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  gen  pair:ThomasNightingale|AlexanderSeawoll  yuletide  yuletide2014  ref:backstory  ref:precanon  ref:casefic  au:sprl1199  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
january 2015 by zhena
The Empty Name by Island_of_Reil
Hyakujitsu no Bara (Maiden Rose), Katsuragi/Ashley. Backstory: Katsuragi's boyhood relationship with the Eurotean tutor who became his knight, the backstabbing house intrigues that led to Ashley's death, and the result of Katsuragi becoming his scary-ass self with a hate-on for House Reizen. // Set in canon's alt-world WWII. Holy cow, tour-de-force fanfic time. Professional-grade writing skillz. I left off Maiden Rose at volume 2 because life stuff got in the way but had no trouble following the plot here.
fanfic  MaidenRose  slash  pair:Katsuragi/Ashley  yuletide  yuletide2014  ref:backstory  ref:angst  ref:underage  ref:ouch  ref:altuniverse  ref:WWII  au:island-of-reil  fandom:MiscAnimanga 
january 2015 by zhena
In Clear Terrain by Petronia
Young Avengers, Kate, gen. "Once loosed, an arrow only flew one way. Kate Bishop was a superhero, and that was never going back to the shop." // A series of events in the past, present, and future of Kate, radiating from a California trailer. Not exciting, but interesting.
fanfic  YoungAvengers  gen  char:KateBishop  yuletide  yuletide2014  ref:vingettes  ref:backstory  ref:postcanon  au:Petronia  fandom:YoungAvengers  Hawkeye  ref:616  fandom:MiscMarvel 
december 2014 by zhena
The Librarian by Philomytha
Rivers of London, gen. Peter discusses with Thomas those conversations with Hugh. // Foxglove Summer spoilers galore. So the book ended with a truckload of loose ends, and this addresses one (1) of them. Really, do not read until the damn book comes out here (or just BT it...).
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  gen  pair:PeterGrant|ThomasNightingale  ref:backstory  ref:postcanon  au:Philomytha  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
november 2014 by zhena
Repetition of Position by acaramelmacchiato
Captain America, gen. "The Winter Soldier and the Black Widow go undercover at a Soviet chess competition and those are the facts you need." // Set in the 1980s, black humor. General sadness has kept me from bookmarking this one, but have reread it a number of times.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  pair:NatashaRomanova|BuckyBarnes  ref:backstory  ref:precanon  ref:humor  ref:historical  au:acaramelmacchiato  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
november 2014 by zhena
Pure as the Driven Slush by Odsbodkins
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. Bucky's been waiting for the 'right girl' but discovers that Steve's had his own solution for his dating unpopularity -- he's been stepping out with men all along. Once he finds out, Bucky can't stop thinking about it, and eventually pushes himself into Steve's extra curricular activities. // 11K. Not bad, inversion of the usual tho teetering on the edge of WNGWJLEO.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:precanon  ref:backstory  ref:virginity  ref:denial  ref:pining  au:odsbodkins  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
november 2014 by zhena
Cleave by trinityofone
Captain America/Dark Materials, AU. Natasha had warned them, but Steve (and Alva) and Sam (and Shani) are astonished when they finally catch up with the Winter Soldier and discover that he really doesn't have a daemon -- and that now he has only one goal: relocate Bucky Barnes's daemon, which hasn't been seen since WWII. // 14K, fusion fic. Pretty readable (though it's been making me nuts that fandom seems to believe there's an "e" in "smooths"), doable with fanfic-AU-only knowledge of HDM. Struck me as an interesting variation on the theme, unlike the previous MCU/HDMs I've breezed through. Also unlike other WS fics, doesn't dwell on amnesia issues. (Prev. SGA and SPN au.)
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  HisDarkMaterials  slash  gen  ref:WS  ref:postcanon  ref:ptsd  ref:plot  ref:established  ref:backstory  ref:angst  ref:fusionfic  ref:xover  au:trinityofone  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica  fandom:HisDarkMaterials 
november 2014 by zhena
Rate of Recidivism by alcibiades
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. Bucky shows up at Steve's door, and they live in Brooklyn while Bucky learns how to be a person again. Later there are Avengers and press difficulties and a dire Hydra plot to be foiled. // ~93K! in 19 chapters. Second-person Bucky POV. In most respects, more of the same (typical 'recovery' type fic), but with lots of porn, a few noncon flashbacks, HEA. It's long, involved, sometimes mildly gory, and has better SPAG than usual, but a few O_o; fumbles (e.g., au evidently doesn't know what "indiscriminate" means). The Dire Plot is rather iffy; it's never made clear whether they're messily bumping off random victims of said plot or active agents. Also not sure whence all the northern Africa stuff when the base turns out to be right outside the city. (In other words, a fic this long needs to reward your patience with a more critical beta.) Otherwise, pretty readable.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:WS  ref:2nd-person  ref:postcanon  ref:amnesia  ref:PTSD  ref:curtainfic  ref:domestic  ref:first-time  ref:plot  ref:noncon  ref:backstory  au:alcibiades  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
november 2014 by zhena
Ghost Town by roseveare
Haven, Audrey/Nathan/Duke. "A horror Trouble hits Haven. Duke's undead and Audrey's neck looks far too tempting. Nathan's dead (again) and has his hands full with former residents of Haven who want a piece of him. Audrey's hoping to solve this Trouble before the fake body count turns into a real one, but it's going to be tricky considering her new status as the one viable human victim left in town..." // Duke becomes a vampire ... and Audrey unfortunately has a kinda sorta vampire kink, while neither realizes that Nathan's running around as a temporary ghost but encounters a few of the Real Thing with axes to grind. Even so, it's a fairly low-key, fun-type adventure.
fanfic  Haven  slash  het  pair:DukeCrocker/NathanWuornos/AudreyParker  ref:OT3  ref:threesome  ref:established  ref:trouble  ref:plot  ref:backstory  au:roseveare  fandom:Haven 
november 2014 by zhena
Black Snow by AuthorAuthor
Captain America, gen. "Natalia Alianovna Romanova is nine years old when Department X sends her on her first mission. The Winter Soldier goes with her." Little Comrade Natalia is assigned her own weapon and a chance to blow up a factory, so she's very excited. // Skewed POV of a pint-sized assassin/saboteur doing it for the Motherland, making it very close to outside POV. Mildly disturbing.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  pair:NatashaRomanova|BuckyBarnes  ref:precanon  ref:backstory  char:BlackWidow  ref:creepy  via:shadowkeeper  au:AuthorAuthor  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
november 2014 by zhena
When I Put Away Childish Things by hansbekhart
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. Bucky and Steve, hanging out in their place and with the Barnes family in the year or so before Pearl Harbor, with a few furtive handjobs here and there. // Genish, historical, a lot about Bucky (POV) wrestling with this thing he's got going on with Steve that persists during his leaves and his family's expectations.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:backstory  ref:precanon  ref:established  ref:domestic  ref:closet  au:hansbekhart  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
september 2014 by zhena
Goblin Babe by dear_tiger
SPN/Labyrinth, gen. Sarah Blake (girl-of-the-week from S1 "Provenance") scarcely remembers a weird fever dream she once had as a girl; both the bank-robbing Winchester brothers on the news and a garbage truck that seems to be haunting her street have been nudging her memory. // Odd, sort of neat xover/fusionfic.
fanfic  Labyrinth  Supernatural  gen  ref:xover  ref:amnesia  ref:backstory  ref:postcanon  au:dear_tiger  fandom:MiscFilms  fandom:Supernatural 
september 2014 by zhena
Impossible Measurements by nimmieamee
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. Bucky can remember having told Steve he loved him, multiple times, in multiple places, but he no longer has any way to interpret the contexts.
"Steve, pal," said Bucky, and every cell in his body swelled with the impossibility of this statement, "I love you."
Steve stared at him. In the front of the car, an agent masqueraded as a cabbie. The touchscreen before them was playing a news report on a loop. Daytime anchors were profiling a comedian. [...]
"Do you know what that means?" Steve finally said.
"No," Bucky said. [...] He said, "But you asked. I said that once. I remembered. I said that."
// Sad. Steve bringing Bucky in from the cold is a frame for a series of vignettes from the lives before the war. I am at the point of being super into anything she wants to write for this fandom.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:WS  ref:postcanon  ref:amnesia  ref:vignettes  ref:historical  ref:backstory  au:nimmieamee  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
september 2014 by zhena
Collected Bones of All Kinds by hansbekhart
Captain America, Steve/Bucky, Sam.
* "Wheels Won't Turn," http://archiveofourown.org/works/2200977 Slash. Bucky (POV), then and now.
* "Let Your Backbone Flip," http://archiveofourown.org/works/2201241 Gen. Sam (POV) considers his new BFF then finds his own reasons to become a public hero.
* "This One's for Bravery," http://archiveofourown.org/works/2710205 Steve (POV) copes with Bucky as he is now, and eventually winds up on the AoS plane, before a subcommittee, and on the Colbert Report.
// Three related fics, but they can be read separately. I remember this ficcer from early SPN -- decent plots but SPAG issues that made them a trial to read; those seem to be mostly fixed now. I have a few issues with the Bucky fic, but skipping the sections that bothered me helped; the latter half of the fic was OK, tho it's a slow mover. The Sam fic is pretty good -- liked it a lot. The third one's a bit uneven.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  gen  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  pair:SteveRogers|SamWilson  ref:WS  ref:postcanon  ref:backstory  ref:h/c  ref:established  au:hansbekhart  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica  ref:judaism 
august 2014 by zhena
May Memory Restore by nimmieamee
Captain America, gen. Series of backstory fics on the project that produced Captain America. Thoughtful, lovely character pieces.
"The Summer Town," http://archiveofourown.org/works/2211453 Howard (POV) growing up, eventually meeting a coffee girl -- who is a secret agent -- and assisting with a plot -- to smuggle a German scientist.
"The Cadillac," http://archiveofourown.org/works/2211465 Howard, Peggy, and Erskine meet and discuss the ramifications of disclosure vis-a-vis their final candidate. // Steve, never mentioned by name, the center of the conversation. I loved Erskine in the movie, and this is the first fic I've read with him -- and his dialogue sounds exactly like him.
“But we remember that our subject is human, and we value him, and if he suffers or dies we mourn. And as long as we do that, we do not become like his people, measuring others in terms of their mechanical usefulness alone. We can be a little better."
The lovely irony here in that Erskine is summing up Howard's POV -- that he views everyone as biological technology (like the flower he makes), though he still has a slight, leavening touch of conscience that expresses itself as patriotism.
"May Memory Restore," http://archiveofourown.org/works/1994169 Howard, Peggy, the founding and administration of SHIELD and the personalities and compromises along the way, framed in the context of their newest hire, Alexander Pierce. Between the lines, passing glimpses of another nascent organization.// 13K. Took a while to get around to reading this one, but really worthwhile. A thoughtful version the early days of SHIELD. Peggy and her hard perspective of her own role and the compromises she's making, Howard, whose personality and inclinations can't see beyond his own preoccupations, and the new assistant, Pierce, who reminds them both of someone else but in very different ways. Amusing-slash-disturbing cameos from Baby Tony, Zola, and Stane.
"Director Carter," said a voice behind her. "Is it me, or are these people total fakes?"
Peggy turned around. Alexander Pierce was leaning against a column. He gave her a wide smile. Pierce's smiles were often wide and genuine; it was part of what people liked about him. He was marked by an unshakable realness, as though it didn't matter what he hid, because what he was showing you was true enough. This made him invaluable to SHIELD. He was an internal decisions man, a composed and power-driven desk component, not a field agent, but he took to that side of the work far better than Peggy had ever been able to. In fact, without meaning to, he infused the diplomatic angle with a kind of grandeur. Straight-backed and blond and strangely ageless, with calm blue eyes and a steely manner, Pierce was a kind of beacon for their work, a symbol of how to make double-speak and lies perfectly painless, the image of modern defense, no longer star-spangled and gaudy, but grey-suited and rational and wholly American.

It was no wonder he'd been invited, because Howard liked him, because he reminded Howard acutely of Steve, and always had.

But Peggy had never made the connection. She liked Pierce; his ability to handle difficult situations was remarkable, and his demeanor impenetrable when it had to be. But he was, at best, a kind of inversion of Steve. Pierce was not marvelous because he was human; he impressed because he could turn cold and functional when necessary, and Steve had been many things, but never merely cold and functional.
I.e., one ironic undercurrent throughout is that some measure of Pierce's success within the agency was owed to a persistent echo of Steve he kept chiming with its founders. Clever. I love how she always remembers small details like someone stepping over a phone cord. (Also, I think this fic may be writing Carter as Triplett's grandma. SHIELD as a family business... ^_^)
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  ref:backstory  ref:angst  au:nimmieamee  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica  ref:historical 
august 2014 by zhena
A Sure Thing by thingswithwings
Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora/Nebula. Nebula leaves small, deadly gifts for Gamora sprinkled across the cosmos. // Creepy yet affectionate, fucked up and unresolved, and thus kinda perfect.
fanfic  GotG  femslash  pair:Gamora/Nebula  ref:postcanon  ref:backstory  ref:enemysex  ref:enemyslash  ref:hatesex  ref:creepy  via:epaulettes  au:thingswithwings  fandom:GotG 
august 2014 by zhena
Four Dollar Memory by nimmieamee
Captain America, gen(ish). "The tale of the volunteer rat-catcher and Brooklyn's very own four dollar kid." Steve and Sarah Rogers versus the tenement rats and their landlord king rat, guest starring Bucky Barnes as the able assistant. // Case fic/slice of life. Sequel to previous, set later; more fleshing out of background, also rather sweet with the same period air as the other. Read a book last summer on the judgey, stingy, mean-spirited NYC charities, Gilded Age and beyond; accurate fic is accurate.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  pair:SteveRogers|SarahRogers  pair:SteveRogers|BuckyBarnes  ref:precanon  ref:backstory  ref:casefic  ref:historical  au:nimmieamee  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
august 2014 by zhena
From All Around You by Kali Cephirot
Dresden Files, gen. Kincaid (POV) accepts a 5-year protection contract from the teenage Archive. He then winds up with a baby on his hands. // I do like Kincaid and Ivy fics; this one is in dire(!) need of a beta, but the content is good: Kincaid as the world's worst single dad.
fanfic  DresdenFiles  gen  pair:Ivy.Archive|JaredKincaid  ref:backstory  au:KaliCephirot  fandom:DresdenFiles 
july 2014 by zhena
James Rhodes in 8C by what_alchemy
Iron Man, Tony/Rhodey. Tony (POV) first meets and falls for Rhodey when they're both underaged college freshmen, and Tony's attraction to him endures unfazed for decades.
The thing of it is, James Rhodes in 8C, whom Tony will dub "Rhodey" in a drunken be-knighting not long after they meet, is straight. He looks at girls — very respectfully because otherwise Mama Rhodes will know through the magic of motherhood and she will fly up just to whup him good — and those looks never stray, even for a moment, to the sinews of a strong masculine back, or to the boner-inspiring curve of bulging biceps, or to a fine, round ass of the male variety. Rhodey looks strictly at girls, and he dates them, and he even joins the army, that's how far he's willing to go to show Tony he's not interested in cock.
So it's only thirty years after that first meeting that Tony finds out Rhodey might be a little more equal opportunity than Tony had originally thought. And, of course, it's Cap's ass that causes the realization.
//Second time reading this. It's quite likable except for two things. One is the description of Tony's first roommate, which never fails to kick in my gag reflex. The other is the pining content; I'm OK with it usually, but serving 7(x3) years has always struck me as more horrifying than romantic.
fanfic  IronMan  slash  pair:TonyStark/JamesRhodes  ref:backstory  ref:pining  ref:unrequited  ref:miscommunication  ref:first-time  au:what_alchemy  fandom:Avengers  fandom:IronMan 
july 2014 by zhena
Whenever I'm Alone with You by traveller
Captain America, Sam/Natasha. Sam (POV) discovers the pitfalls of a relationship with a past-master of espionage.
She never asks for anything. When he tries to get her say something, express a preference, anything, she says, I like what you're doing right now. She says, this is so good, Sam. She says something that's enough to convince him in the moment, something that never seems real for long afterward.
She never talks about their relationship. If he brings it up, she deflects him so skillfully that half the time he doesn’t even know it happened.
//This is the first Sam/Natasha-only I've fallen over so far, and it's a pretty good, mildly angsty fic featuring grown-ups, Sam wanting a relationship on equal terms, not realizing that Natasha's background tends to preclude that. HEA tho.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  het  pair:NatashaRomanova/SamWilson  ref:WS  ref:first-time  ref:established  ref:backstory  ref:miscommunication  via:belispeak  au:traveller  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
july 2014 by zhena
"The Kids Aren't All Right" by Christine Everhart (vanityfair.com) by samdonne
Iron Man, gen. "'It’s been 'a hell of a year' since industrialist Tony Stark owned up to his alter ego in a move that stunned observers and longtime aides alike. With the US facing unprecedented homegrown suicide attacks, Iron Man's contribution to national security is more than ever under scrutiny. As she follows Stark during a year of crisis, exclusively for 'Vanity Fair,' Christine Everhart explores the many contradictions of the man behind the mask, uncovers tales of personal loyalty, patriotism gone awry and corporate betrayal, and asks whether Iron Man is the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy—a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems—and whether he can survive the violent encounter with reality." // Meta fic. Article pastiche formatted to look like the real thing, as written by a canon character. Excellent fic set at some point after the second movie. Background plot involving a national terrorism crisis with suicide bombers following an Israeli incursion into Iran and a McCain presidency showing in a rather subtle way the impact of Iron Man on a world not unlike this one. It's also interesting how it ignores characters like Happy and JARVIS; it *would* be difficult to peg them as individually important from an outside POV. Orig. links post here: http://samdonne.livejournal.com/81116.html Missed this one the first time around as I wasn't paying much attention to mcu fandom at the time (see also obsession_inc's noir fic "Concession," which nudged me into finally watching these movies :P). [eta: Rest of the fanfic is fairly unreadable however. Plus that sga fanfic I loathed, back when. :/ ]
fanfic  IronMan  gen  char:ChristineEverhart  ref:meta  ref:pastiche  ref:epistolary  ref:backstory  ref:missing-scene  ref:outsiderPOV  ref:in-world  ref:angst  au:samdonne  au:M  fandom:IronMan  ref:ptsd 
july 2014 by zhena
The Dud by nimmieamee
Captain America, gen. Bucky nurses an irrational dislike of that one short, skinny newsboy and looks forward to heckling him whenever the opportunity presents itself. // Backstory fic, where getting to know Steve gradually reveals to a self-centered Bucky (POV) an entirely different world in his own neighborhood. The only one so far with dialogue and situations that have the right ring.
Sequel: "Four Dollar Memory," http://archiveofourown.org/works/2041107
Sequel: Sequel: "Shangri-la," http://archiveofourown.org/works/3480884
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  pair:SteveRogers|BuckyBarnes  ref:precanon  ref:backstory  ref:bros  ref:historical  au:nimmieamee  fandom:CaptainAmerica  ref:best-of-rec 
july 2014 by zhena
The Right Way to Fall by Taste_is_Sweet
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. When Steve's finally tabled his search for Bucky and must return to NYC, Sam goes back to his own life and work -- and promptly stumbles over a lurking Bucky by accident. Without telling Steve, he embarks on a slow process of luring feral Bucky in from the cold, which turns out more complicated than even he'd anticipated, especially after Tony Stark decides to help. // (41K) Weird, I know I've read half of this before. Maybe it wasn't posted complete? Dunno. Anyway, fairly worthwhile. Largely Sam POV, truckload of h/c, no slash content per se until the very end. Some attempts to fold in BW comic canon, which I always like. [Heh. My ~process: "So, fanfic, you've piled on the complications. How you gonna deal now? Time for the Cosmic Cube?" Story: "No no no! ... Well, not quite." Me: Oh. *headdesk*] (But the AoS xover followups are fairly pointless. Pass.)
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  pair:NatashaRomanova/BuckyBarnes  ref:WS  ref:amnesia  ref:backstory  ref:angst  ref:ptsd  ref:multiples  ref:h/c  au:Taste-Is-Sweet  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
july 2014 by zhena
Trigger Finger by Deastar
Avengers, Clint/Natasha. Directly after the Avengers movie, Clint's accidentally injures himself and is grounded pending psych clearance; Natasha self-appoints as his keeper. She uses her downtime to reconstruct her life-as-usual and teach self-defense classes to their new crop of potential leverage-hostages; he uses his to patch together his messed-up head. // Pre-phase 2 (including AoS). Alternating Clint and Natasha POVs. Mostly gen: they're not in a relationship per se beyond the work-spouses deal, and only after they've sorted out their respective issues, do they decide to give it a go. The majority of the fic is both of them slowly getting to know their new Avenger-related coworkers. Grown-up and readable.
"I’m teaching a self-defense class here at SHIELD. Ms. Potts, Dr. Foster, Ms. Lewis." Natasha pauses slightly. "Dr. Banner." She lets him chew on that for a minute, and then says, "I’d appreciate your help with it."
"They benched you to babysit me." Clint’s mouth tightens. "Shit, Tasha – I don’t need—"
"I’d appreciate your help," she repeats, cutting him off without hesitation.
fanfic  Avengers  het  ClintBarton/NatashaRomanova    ref:backstory  ref:angst  ref:ptsd  ref:teamfic  ref:first-time  via:exclamations  au:Deastar  fandom:Avengers 
june 2014 by zhena
Send Your Past Running (While You Stand Still) by redbrunja
Avengers, Natasha, Clint, gen. Natasha and Clint take a meet with someone from her past. The situation goes south, as they are wont to do.
Two weeks ago, rumors of old Red Room tech being auctioned off had reached SHIELD's ears and sixty-two hours ago former General Volcheck had reached out (through various intermediaries) to Natasha and requested a meet. He could have relevant information and/or be in the mood to start bargaining with SHIELD. Natasha had doubted it even before she'd sat down and after fifteen minutes of Volcheck making obvious attempts to get under her skin and making blatant eye contact with his team's point-man, Natasha was convinced he had nothing of use to SHIELD.
// I like gen strike team delta fics, of which there aren't a plethora. (I really could use a whole movie devoted to that.) Here, a fairly short, gen incident vignette that just happens to involve a bad penny from Natasha's past.
fanfic  Avengers  gen  pair:NatashaRomanov|ClintBarton  ref:backstory  ref:teamfic  ref:vignette  au:redbrunja  fandom:Avengers 
june 2014 by zhena
In the World to Come by newredshoes
Captain America, gen. Bucky (POV), growing up as cultural Jew in NYC, where eventually he goes to enlist because Steve is, only it doesn't turn out that way in the end.
"No. I don’t-—no. You're serious?" Morita pulled a face. "You don't seem like it."
Bucky wagged his eyebrows. "Oh yeah. It was Barnewitz back in the old country."
"That sounds like bullshit to me."
"You'd be amazed how often it works," he said cheerfully, and readjusted his hold on his gun. The sun didn't make it far into the dense forest on either side of them. Poland, it turned out, really was quite a picture.
Morita was still frowning as he marched. "But I've seen you eat pork. Or whatever that shit the Army feeds us is."
He shrugged. "Gotta eat." Then: "Wait, what the hell would make me 'seem like it'?"
"You got me. What's the test? Do I drop a penny?"
Bucky snorted. Morita scratched at the scruff underneath his chin. "It just always sounded like you should be able to tell," he mused.
"Nah," said Bucky. "I'm a stealth Yid."
"Not that stealthy!" Dugan called from across the column.
"What do you know, you big mick?" he shouted back.
Dugan barked a laugh. "Hey now, Cap'll hear you!"
Bucky smirked. "I dunno, boys, we got all these experts with us. Why don't we ask them?"
Every sour-faced member of the SS unit under escort kept their eyes straight ahead.
// Background fic. So well done, with a cool framing theme and sharp dialogue. Fits snuggly with canon as well.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  ref:WS  ref:backstory  ref:precanon  ref:religion  ref:judaism  ref:angst  au:newredshoes  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
june 2014 by zhena
Smacked Upside of the Head by the Harsh Daylight by paperclipbitch
X-Men, Pietro/Wanda. Consequences aren't an issue because Peter's mistakes have a way of undoing themselves.
Peter doesn't tell them about his sisters. They don't ask – even though Logan keeps sending him thoughtful looks in the rearview mirror; too thoughtful, really – and anyway they seem to have enough problems of their own to deal with. The professor guy has an honest-to-god hipflask that isn't full of water, and the twitchy nerd with the glasses keeps looking like he’s going to open the car door and run for it at any given moment. [...] Wanda will tell their mom that Peter is hanging out with friends and definitely keeping to the straight and narrow, and their mom will believe her because she *wants* to.
// Not twincest per se. Mainly working Wanda (and, incidentally, Lorna) back into the canon, and I like the relationships / personalities in this one.
fanfic  X-men  gen  pair:PietroMaximoff/WandaMaximoff  ref:DoFP  ref:backstory  ref:fixit  via:exclamations  au:paperclipbitch  fandom:X-men 
may 2014 by zhena
That Which Does Not Kill You by ashen_key
Captain America, gen. "Regeneration is not without its downsides, and Natasha healing from a bullet through the shoulder in a number of hours raises a few important questions." // Folding some 616 into MCU. They should have done this in the movie. :P
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  ref:WS  ref:backstory  ref:missing-scene  ref:Natasha  au:ashen_key  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
may 2014 by zhena
Body Studies by Ark
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. "'Bucky wants Steve to draw him. Bucky's bored enough to model, and that's -- that's -- 'That's -- a fun idea,' Steve supplies, fingers tight around his pencil. 'I mean, we could try that if you wanted to.' Is his palm sweating on the pencil? 'It'd be pretty boring for you, though, I guess.'" // Or not. Porn ahoy.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:precanon  ref:backstory  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:smut  au:Ark  fandom:CaptainAmerica  fandom:Avengers 
may 2014 by zhena
I Stand Alone in My Back Door by acaramelmacchiato
Captain America, gen. When the Russian economy tanks in the '90s, an obsolete asset goes on the block, and a mildly sketchy NGO is buying. // Probably like this.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  ref:WS  ref:backstory  au:acaramelmacchiato  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
april 2014 by zhena
Tabula Rasa by dance_at_bougival
Captain America, gen. "Bucky Barnes screamed himself hoarse on that table and screamed falling off that train. He screamed when they programmed him and screamed and screamed until he isn’t Bucky Barnes anymore, not really. He is still screaming, a trapped rat running around a labyrinthine machine, clawing at the doors and running into dead ends. He has been screaming for seventy years." // Odd but really interesting, Bucky POV. Goes a few places the other fics haven't. Best atttempt I've seen so far at reconciling 616 and MCU (leaving Natasha an open-ended mystery, which is pretty cool).
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  pair:SteveRogers|BuckyBarnes  ref:WS  ref:backstory  ref:postcanon  ref:amnesia  ref:angst  ref:h/c  au:dance_at_bougival  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
april 2014 by zhena
No Angel by Domenika Marzione (domarzione)
Captain America, Sam, gen. "The flightpath of Sam Wilson from Afghanistan to DC." // Military backstory on Sam, his entry into and exit from the Falcon program, then post-film wreckage in D.C. Readable?, but skips entirely film events, never mentions Sam's role in the primary fracas, and I'm not sure how the movie is even supposed to work into it. (But absolutely no one in this eats a gourmet meal... :P)
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  gen  char:SamWilson  ref:WS  ref:backstory  ref:postcanon  au:domarzione  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
april 2014 by zhena
Shoes for His Feet by kindkit
Lord Peter (Sayers), Peter/Bunter genish. "In 1919, Bunter takes up the position of valet to Lord Peter and finds his master so traumatized that he can't even put on a pair of shoes." // I.e., Bunter deals with Peter's shellshock in the less than helpful setting of Duke's Denver. This fanfic addresses so many issues, including why Peter reacted so differently from Bunter to similar circumstances (and Peter's canon aversion to giving orders), and why Bunter stays in Peter's orbit malgre the class divide. So few fics for this pairing, and all one-sided in this particular fic.
fanfic  Lord-Peter  gen  slash  pair:PeterWimsey/MervynBunter  ref:ptsd  ref:backstory  ref:pining  ref:angst  ref:WWI  ref:UST  ref:unrequited  au:kindkit  fandom:LordPeter 
march 2014 by zhena
That Untravelled World by lonelywalker
Bond/Skyfall, gen. Christmas celebrations amongst the various characters. // Not a fan of xmas-themed fanfic per se. But a (very) short fix-it fic for Skyfall mainly that has a lot to reccomend it, though I've found myself mired on that elliptical "toddler" bit.
fanfic  JamesBond  gen  yuletide  yuletide2013  ref:fixit  ref:backstory  ref:postcanon  ref:Skyfall  au:lonelywalker  fandom:JamesBond 
march 2014 by zhena
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