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It's Not The End Of The World, Dear by jessthereckless
Good Omens, Crowley/Aziraphale. "After averting the apocalypse, Crowley and Aziraphale re-examine their relationship and reach the obvious conclusion: they're retired, they're in love and they're damn well going to enjoy it. Providing, of course, that they can stay out of trouble." // 20.7K total.

* "Lie Back and Think of Dinner," https://archiveofourown.org/works/19136509 Even though Crowley has been pining away industriously for thousands of years, he doesn't immediately twig onto Oxfordshire's sudden spurt of Foretean mysteries and fracking side effects as attempts to lure him into a picnic. // 11K. Fun, bantery, and ultimately a bit porny.

* "Still My Heart Has Wings," https://archiveofourown.org/works/19280641 "The story of how an angel and demon somehow set up home together." // 10K, sequel to previous. Aziraphale gets to try Many Naughty Things, Crowley gets to sort out his own role in the relationship -- and confront the whole idea of retirement.
Aziraphale looked like he very much wanted to swear. “This was you, wasn’t it?” he said. “IKEA instructions?”
Crowley grinned. He always liked to take credit for bad work.
“I knew it,” said Aziraphale. “Driving people slowly insane with affordable Swedish furniture. Of course it had to be you.”
“Look, you were the one who said I should get a hobby.”
fanfic  GoodOmens  slash  pair:Aziraphale/Crowley  ref:postcanon  ref:humor  ref:courting  ref:pining  ref:oblivious  ref:BFFs-to-lovers  ref:banter  ref:first-time  ref:xeno  ref:domestic  ref:curtainfic  ref:best-of-rec  via:shadowkeeper  au:jessthereckless  fandom:GoodOmens 
9 weeks ago by zhena
Back Room by forthegreatergood
Good Omens, Crowley/Aziraphale. "Aziraphale actually does have quite an extensive collection of pornography in the bookshop. Like most of the questionable things in Aziraphale’s life, it’s Crowley’s fault." // 5.6K, Aziraphale POV. Crowley keeps 'finding' valuable porn then turning it over for various reasons; Aziraphale finally catches a clue. A fanfic about porn, which is not itself porn, lol.
fanfic  GoodOmens  slash  pair:Aziraphale/Crowley  ref:pining  ref:molasses  ref:oblivious  ref:courting  ref:first-kiss  via:zimaya  au:forthegreatergood  fandom:GoodOmens 
10 weeks ago by zhena
The Gift by rfsmiley
Good Omens, Crowley/Aziraphale. "Crowley is stunned when, out of the blue, Aziraphale has a proposal. Yes, that kind." // 1.3K. Crowley POV, and a new area for them to be failcakes. Short, touching fic (better than it sounds like it'd be).
fanfic  GoodOmens  slash  pair:Aziraphale/Crowley  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:courting  ref:established  au:rfsmiley  fandom:GoodOmens 
11 weeks ago by zhena
Ordinary People (The Anything But Ordinary Remix) by cimorene
Good Omens, Aziraphale/Crowley. "Crowley has started to take a proprietary interest in Aziraphale's bookshop." That is, Crowley has finally decided to make his move and begins by way of interior redecoration. // 14.4K. Charmer. I really loved Daegaer's fic at the time, and I'd no idea cimorene had remixed it. In this variation there's just as much painting, but they're the usual two rather than humans.
fanfic  GoodOmens  slash  pair:Aziraphale/Crowley  ref:pining  ref:courting  ref:curtainfic  ref:molasses  ref:first-time  via:shadowkeeper  au:cimorene  fandom:GoodOmens 
11 weeks ago by zhena
Fight Like Girls for Our Place at the Table by napricot
Captain America, Sharon/Natasha (Steve/Bucky). "'It sure feels like a demotion. You’re taking me out of the field and out of intel analysis to babysit Captain America.' How Sharon Carter gets her groove back, fucks up some Nazis, and gets the girl, with unasked-for assists from a super soldier couple." // 52K. Sharon POV all. Pretty entertaining, v.v. slo-mo romance for Sharon, who's smitten with Natasha and later comes to think the regard could be mutual. Starts before CA:WS then forks after, so lots of agenting around for the CIA. (I'm kind of enjoying this seeming fandom consensus that none of the movies after that matter.)
via:unicorndust  fanfic  CaptainAmerica  femslash  slash  pair:SharonCarter/NatashaRomanova  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:WS  ref:fork  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:molasses  ref:first-time  ref:courting  ref:spies  ref:yenta  au:napricot  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
may 2019 by zhena
Bind Me Tight by PandaFlower
Naruto, Tobirama Senju/Kagami Uchiha. "In which Kagami gets the upper hand by complete accident and Tobirama would like a divorce, please and thank you." Kagami sets traps around his hidey-hole with whatever comes to hand, but to his dismay snares a rival Senju -- in his bridal rope. // 15.5K. Kagami POV. Hadn't planned to read this as I only vaguely recalled one of the characters. But then I said eh, consulted the wiki, and read it anyway. It turned out to be really entertaining. In this AU, Uchiha clan tradition is bride-napping -- first lasso, next elope. Whoops...
fanfic  Naruto  slash  pair:KagamiUchiha/TobiramaSenju  ref:accidental-marriage  ref:enemyslash  ref:H/C  ref:humor  ref:courting  ref:first-time  via:exclamations  au:pandaflower  fandom:Naruto 
april 2019 by zhena
Learning the Language by Allemande
DS9, Bashir/Garak, series 39K.
* Learning the Language, https://archiveofourown.org/works/753560 "Bashir works as a Doctor on Cardassia, learns Kardasi and learns something about his past along the way." // 13K. Another likable take on post-canon Cardassia, rebuilding efforts and courting. (No smut, here or in sequels.)

* "Facing the Past," https://archiveofourown.org/works/754718 "Bashir accompanies the Cardassian delegation to DS9, meets a few old friends as well as a threat to all of them." // 9.5K. Where "old friends" includes Kira and Ezri, and there's various political doings.

* "Stop the Press," https://archiveofourown.org/works/985157 "Bashir and Garak travel to Earth, where their relationship is discovered and revealed by the press." // 16K. Where celebrity gossip journos fixate on the new Cardassian Interim Ambassador's salacious secret, doing an end-run on Julian's tentative plans to gradually introduce his parents to both Garak and their relationship. (And the public at large also have An Opinion on the matter...) I've read this a couple of times; don't know why I've never saved it.
fanfic  DS9  slash  gen  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  ref:series  ref:postcanon  ref:Cardassia  ref:molasses  ref:courting  ref:established  via:templemarker  au:allemande  fandom:DS9 
april 2019 by zhena
Your Love Is My Drug by tinsnip
Set of two fics, Garak/Bashir. // 21.5K total.

* "When You Go Away," https://archiveofourown.org/works/655134 "How dare Garak go off-station and miss lunch with Julian? Really, he's quite put out about it. Unusually so... Wait, what is this?" // 4.5K. Prequelish, a bit of introductory pining as Julian more or less trips into a realization he's crushing hardcore. Again.

* "Your Love Is My Drug," https://archiveofourown.org/works/724286 "Julian's research project in speculative reproductive xenobiology is turning out to be a little more complicated than he'd hoped." Julian attempts to court Garak ~subtly using Cardassian novels as a guide. // 17K. This is an Early Julian fic, so he's high-octane ~overly in all aspects, which is YMMV. With that in mind, it's a fun version of a popular theme -- Julian trying to figure out and enact a traditional courtship -- that mainly rolls along on pining and UST. Doesn't feel finished (we don't get the benefit of all that xeno research...), but evidently it is.
fanfic  DS9  slash  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  ref:molasses  ref:UST  ref:pining  ref:courting  ref:humor  ref:miscommunication  ref:series  via:templemarker  au:tinsnip  fandom:DS9 
april 2019 by zhena
Heartbeat by quackers
Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ryan/Shane, AU. "So the guy Ryan sits next to at work is a vampire. That's no big deal, right?" The other intern assigned the desk next to Ryan's is an extremely tall vampire, the only one in their office and first one Ryan's ever met. He gradually gets to know Shane better and becomes more and more intrigued by and concerned about the well-being of the good-natured if periodically morose dude who's generally up for being victimized in BF food and ghost investigation videos. // 66K. Ryan POV. A verrry slow-build relationship fic that works out its own mythology. Eventually it does get around to sexy tiems (featuring blood, natch). Good read.
For something that would prove to be one of the biggest turning points of his life, it was an oddly simple exchange.
“Hey, Shane,” he said, slipping his headphones off one ear.
Shane glanced over, taking his own headphones off. “What’s up?”
“You want to do Unsolved with me? Brent is leaving.”
“Yeah, sure,” Shane said without hesitation, giving an easy shrug.
“It might be a time commitment if it takes off,” Ryan warned. He thought about suggesting that Shane could just do a couple of episodes to give Ryan the time to keep looking for someone more permanent, but Shane was already bringing up his Google calendar.
“Looks like I’m pretty clear for a bit.”
Ryan smiled in relief and started clicking on a couple of his episode files. “Cool.”
The headline of an article caught his attention. His smile grew wider.
“How do you feel about exorcisms?”
fanfic  BuzzfeedUnsolved  slash  pair:RyanBergara/ShaneMadej  AU  ref:vampires  ref:fantasy  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:courting  ref:H/C  ref:molasses  ref:first-time  au:quackers  fandom:Buzzfeed 
february 2019 by zhena
Bloody Nature by Basingstoke
Doctor Who, Martha/9th. Miss Martha Jones of London, a visiting nurse in the hire of the Communist Party local in Wales, catches the eye of John Smith, a war-vet dock-worker everyone calls Johnny Big Ears (because they are), but then the Great Strike intervenes -- as do the aliens. // 9K, an out-of-sequence Family of Blood AU, where the 9th Doctor meets Martha first, and both wind up in post-WWI Wales via the 10th Doctor storyline. Could've sworn I'd saved this last time I read it. It's sad, and charming, and nostalgic by turns, up to the end, where deaths and business as usual resume. Never finished watching this set of DW episodes; simply couldn't get past how cruelly dismissive they were to Martha. I'd view this as a fixit fic of sorts.
fanfic  DoctorWho  het  pair:9thDoctor/MarthaJones  AU  ref:fork  ref:historical  ref:WWI  ref:competence  ref:courting  ref:alien-wtf  ref:nine  via:hydrangea  au:baskingstoke  fandom:DoctorWho 
november 2018 by zhena
Plus One by potentiality_26
Deep Space Nine, Bashir/Garak. "Julian works in a hospital on Cardassia after the war and learns some new things." Specifically: After Julian's had a chance to observe firsthand a courting coworker's successes - and gotten to ask some nosy questions - he realizes he's seen it all before elsewhere. // 6K. Straight-up courting fic, loads of two-sided pining.
fanfic  DS9  slash  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  ref:postcanon  ref:pining  ref:oblivious  ref:miscommunication  ref:courting  via:anandarres  au:potentiality_26  fandom:DS9 
may 2018 by zhena
Literacy by thehoyden
Deep Space Nine, Bashir/Garak. "'You want me to read to you?' Julian repeated, somewhat taken aback." Julian's offer to entertain Garak while he's recovering from the surgery turns into Julian's learning Cardassian while reading it aloud. // 5.6K. Very fun. The best kind of sneaky vs. naive fic.
fanfic  DS9  slash  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  ref:ep-related  ref:courting  ref:oblivious  ref:humor  au:Hoyden  fandom:DS9 
may 2018 by zhena
Exile by thehoyden
Deep Space Nine, Bashir/Garak, fork AU. "Exile was certainly dark, but in Julian Bashir's case, it was warm and humid instead of numbingly cold." Julian, bounced from Fleet and Federation both, eventually settles as an assistant medic on Terok Nor, as only the Cardassians "value his talents." // 9K. Julian's outing happens much earlier, and he gets to live the final days of the occupation and form a two-person book club with a plain, simple bureaucrat from the tax bureau. (A more subtle canon reversal than the mirror shtick.)
fanfic  DS9  slash  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  AU  ref:fork  ref:role-reversal  ref:courting  ref:first-time  au:Hoyden  fandom:DS9 
may 2018 by zhena
The Part of Her Hair by scioscribe
Pride and Prejudice, Mary/OC. Her father packs off Mary to London to stay with Jane and Bingley where she'll hopefully find a husband or at the very least some friends. And she does indeed find one particular new friend in a fellow dedicated wallflower. // 10.5K, Mary POV, excellent pastiche of Austen's style with similar dust-dry humor, and appearances of most of the family. I'd shuffled this down the queue because of the OC, but she turned out to be fun and interesting. HEA!
Miss Gibson said, "In the spirit of truthful admission, Miss Bennet, I intend to spend some time devising the right question for you. If I may see you again?"

Why did that sound strange? But she always sounded strange to people herself. And it was a familiar kind of strangeness, as if it were something she had heard before, only not like this.

Mary, constrained by the principles of truth, could only admit that she would enjoy that very much.
fanfic  Austen  Pride-and-Prejudice  femslash  pair:MaryBennet/OC  ref:postcanon  ref:humor  ref:courting  ref:molasses  ref:pastiche  via:sophia_sol  au:scioscribe  fandom:Austen 
december 2017 by zhena
Closer by Halrloprillalar (prillalar)
Yuri on Ice, Yuri/Victor. "During their summer training, Victor makes Yuuri take a day off. And a night." //~2K. Victor POV. Slightly different from the usual, more of a courting fic, with Victor learning patience with Yuri's preoccupations and single-track mind. (Former Prince of Tennis ficcer.)
fanfic  Yuri-on-Ice  slash  pair:YuriKatsuki/VictorNikiforov  ref:missing-scene  ref:first-time  ref:courting  au:Halrloprillalar  fandom:Yuri_on_Ice 
february 2017 by zhena
The Latest Dream I Ever Dreamed on the Cold Hill’s Side by acaramelmacchiato
The Hobbit, Bard/Thranduil. Bard, whose town was lately burnt down by a dragon, find himself oppressed by Thranduil's peculiar ideas of romance.
"Bard of Laketown! Here comes the beloved father of the Elves of the Northern Wood, Thranduil, Son of Oropher, King of the Woodland Realm and Master of the Eryn Lasgalen Appellation, Slayer of the Spawn of Ungoliant, who fought with Gil-Galad at Dagorlad! Stand back outside and open up within!"
So Bard got out of bed.
"Good morning," said Thranduil, who was standing inside almost as soon as the door was open, clad in gemstones and the white pelts of northern minks. "I thought we might go for a walk."
Bard looked at the straight lines of elves outside; pursuivants, officers and heralds of arms, followed by the royal guard’s halberdiers and cavalry.
"I need to find a shirt," he said.
* "This is why I sojourn here," https://archiveofourown.org/works/3212987 "The continued adventures of Bard and Thranduil, recently married-to-each-other nonsingle dads. Bard gets sued. Thranduil tries to help." // Dwarves are ruiners.
fanfic  Hobbit  slash  pair:Bard/Thranduil  ref:humor  ref:courting  ref:finance  ref:marriage  ref:miscommunication  au:acaramelmacchiato  fandom:LotR 
january 2017 by zhena
The Favor of the King by thingswithwings
Captain America, Sam/T'Challa. "T'Challa – King T'Challa of Wakanda, the Black Panther, Guy Who Dresses Up Like a Cat to Fight Crime or Possibly for Other Reasons, Who the Fuck Knows – T'Challa corners Sam during one of their visits to check in on Bucky and says, in a mild voice that should not sound as threatening as it does, 'We need to talk.'" // 18K. During one of Steve's visits to his fave Wakandan popsicle, Sam (POV) finds himself a pawn in a legal dispute btwn T'Challa and Stark, and then must bargain with the secret nerd king to get his wings returned. A process which turns out to be filled with all kinds of UST. (That is, I was Uh, why? with this pairing, but this fic's convincing. And fun.) eta: Read this a few times now; I get more fond of each time, tbh.
(ETA: I'm tentatively adding a fandom tag for BlackPanther for fic-finding purposes, but this is 616 comics Wakanda, not the movie version.)
fanfic  BlackPanther  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:T'Challa/SamWilson  ref:UST  ref:courting  ref:molasses  ref:banter  ref:first-time  au:thingswithwings  fandom:CaptainAmerica  fandom:BlackPanther 
august 2016 by zhena
Slithering by astolat
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. Draco, at loose ends after the war, adopts a snake, deals with a booby trap, and begins formal courting in search of a partner. Harry ruins everything. // 27K. V.v. long and plotty, in two parts -- mansion and after-mansion -- the latter focusing on intricate social rituals being worked out. The former is mostly a trapped-in-the-mansion, pretend prisoner business (with, oddly, repetitive vomiting). Fic doesn't waste a great deal of time on all things Death Eater. Borrows Saras_girl's favorite magical-creature sidekick trope. Also a great deal more Hermione in this fic than her usual, and all Hermione's parts are rather nifty.
[She] turned back and pointed at Draco—-he started back involuntarily, but she just shot off a Healing Charm at him that rammed itself down his throat, ran into his lungs, inflated him like a bellows, and shot back out, leaving him with not even a twinge and a horrible sensation through his whole body like he’d spent the last ten years eating leafy vegetables and doing moderate amounts of healthy exercise.
She dropped her arm and stared at him and then grimaced and said, "Are you all right," in an unenthusiastic way.
"No, and never do that to me again," Draco said. "I’d rather speak in a croak for a month."
She rolled her eyes. "Boys are such babies. Stop complaining."
Then she just stood there in the middle of the floor staring at him. Coil had settled back down at his side, although she was still making faint angry hisses to herself, and Draco felt healthier than he wanted to, so he couldn't make sense of why Granger was still staring at him, until he suddenly realized—- "Wait a minute, are you making it up with me?"
Her eyes narrowed. "We are not friends. We are never going to be friends."
"Good Lord, no," he said in horror.
"But I'm prepared to consider the possibility that you aren't a complete waste of air," she said. "But that's it." She folded her arms over her chest and glared at him challengingly.
He stared at her. That was-—rather more than he’d expected. "All right."
via:templemarker  fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:pining  ref:roleplay  ref:UST  ref:courting  ref:critter-fic  ref:fuckbuddies  ref:humor  ref:curse  au:astolat  fandom:HarryPotter 
july 2016 by zhena
Discretion by JinkyO
Person of Interest, Finch/Reese. "After Finch and Reese are forced into hiding, Professor Whistler and Detective Riley try to make a life together." // 34K. Cover: Poverty-wages math adjunct Whistler from the local college meets well-to-do police detective Riley on the street on day, and the mutual dog enthusiasts hit it off. Reality: POV Finch's inherent paranoia is a major hurdle for ~10 of 14 chapters, and it looks like it's going to remain a smarm fic, but eventually there is porn. Could use a beta and fewer epithets, but otherwise it's a nifty curtainfic wallow with protracted Reese sly and careful courting. ETA: Just read again; odd and unsatifying ending, eh.
"Keep It All the Year," http://archiveofourown.org/works/5539394 Follow-up holiday fic set after they're back in business, with a bit of smut.
fanfic  Person-of-Interest  slash  pair:HaroldFinch/JohnReese  ref:fork  ref:undercover  ref:academia  ref:hiding  ref:cooking  ref:molasses  ref:paranoia  ref:domestic  ref:curtainfic  ref:courting  ref:bffs-to-lovers  au:JinkyO  fandom:PersonOfInterest 
may 2016 by zhena
Psmith and the Greek Spirit by kindkit
Psmith, Mike/Psmith. "It all began with the jam." Mike (POV) takes Psmith's attentions for granted until the final days of school. // Old-fashioned courting where the recipient is oblivious--until it's finally brought to his attention. I always like that sort of thing. Keen.
fanfic  Psmith  slash  pair:RupertPsmith/MikeJackson  yuletide  yuletide2014  ref:molasses  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:courting  ref:angst  ref:humor  ref:historical  fandom:Psmith  fandom:PGWodehouse  au:kindkit 
december 2014 by zhena

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