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Strange Pilgrims: Being the Account of a lost Angel, the Journeys of a Demon, the meaning of Free Will, of the Unravelling of a Prophecy, and of Being Unravelled by it in Turn by sousverre
Good Omens, Crowley/Aziraphale. Aziraphale goes missing, and after a lot of trouble (and a short prophecy), Crowley finds him human and married to an investment banker. After inveigling himself into Aziraphale's new life as a small, chatty pet snake, Crowley first has to solve the puzzle of Aziraphale's amnesia. // 30.4K, Crowley POV, WIP. Actually enjoying this enormously, but ... WIP. Argh. Last update: C10, 08/2019.

ETA: Seems to be abandoned (12/2019 check)
fandom:GoodOmens  fanfic  GoodOmens  slash  gen  pair:Aziraphale/Crowley  ref:WIP  ref:plot  ref:postcanon  ref:amnesia  ref:pining  ref:jealousy  ref:kidnapping  via:as_lld_again  au:sousverre 
july 2019 by zhena
The Revolutionary by astolat
Transformers, gen. The Autobot diversion mission of Ratchet and his buddies ends with them wrecked on a lovely, unknown planet filled with hordes of brainwashed mech slaves, all the high-grade energon anyone could want -- and Megatron and his entire top-level cadre of Decepticons. Evading detection and engineering an escape will require some cooperation. Somehow. // 46K. Ratchet POV all (Rivkat: "Leonard McCoy as an Autobot" = accurate). Complicated "enemies must collaborate" type plot that begins to get twisty and morally shaded about halfway through. As usual, X is what you thought was going on, but Y what's actually going on. (One sort-of generalized sex scene.)
fanfic  Transformers  gen  ref:robots  ref:plot  ref:backstory  ref:competence  ref:H/C  ref:miscommunication  au:astolat  fandom:Transformers 
april 2019 by zhena
The Full Umino Experience by pentapus
Naruto, gen(ish), AU. Iruka and his teammates have been grinding their way up to toukubetsu jonin status when one day Asuma dumps two unwelcome noobie chuunin -- Ino and Shikamaru -- on them for practical field training. Meanwhile, over in Grass Country, Kakashi, well-known lead voice actor in a popular anime about ninjas, is unaware he's about to be kidnapped by some from Konoha. // 45K, fork AU, alternating Iruka and Kakashi POVs. Actually read this one before a few times, but evidently forgot to bookmark it. This writer's fanfics are always twisty and complicated and intricate and everyone's so consumed with political intrigue that they never get around to sleeping with each other. I've found that they get better after I've had a chance to stew on them a bit. In this one, a few forked events lead to completely different paths for some characters and similar paths for others. For instance, Rin is alive, and Iruka's mom is alive and retired (sort of), and much follows from that. Also lots of fun world-building, such as the Yamanaka Info Lounge and civilian calisthenics.
fanfic  Naruto  gen  slash  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  AU  ref:fork  ref:plot  ref:role-reversal  ref:molasses  via:exclamations  au:pentapus  fandom:Naruto 
march 2019 by zhena
The Copy Ninja by JBMcDragon
Naruto, Kakashi/Iruka. (tl;dr:) Kakashi accidentally creates a seemingly permanent clone, and neither of them can tell who was the original. Meanwhile, one of them slept with Iruka then was an asshole about it; so Iruka is less than thrilled at having to serve as one of the Kakashi's temporary guardians while the investigation is underway.
Never has the term 'Copy Ninja' been so appropriate. Wandering home from a mission to copy a jutsu that makes other jutsu go wrong, Kakashi is pretty sure the world is out to get him. Imagine his surprise when he learns he's already been home for a full twenty-four hours. Except it's not him--it's a clone gone wrong. But when it doesn't vanish at injury, thinks of things even before he does, and not even Pakkun can tell the difference... Well, who's to say which is a clone, and which is the real thing?
Finding himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, Iruka is saddled with a ninja that might be a clone. Mind you, an earlier drunken mistake led to great sex and an awful morning after; being a clone would be Kakashi's just desserts, in his opinion. But as they spend time in each other's company, he realizes that he'd be sorry to see this Kakashi go--and certain the man is going to. How do you fight the facts when they're stacked against you? Not even a genius is sure of that answer.
// ~20K? Shifting POV btwn Kakashi and Iruka. Fairly long, interesting plot with a twisty who's-the-clone business, same olde skool epithet writing style as in the other fics. (All the actual smut is in the epilogue chapter, so it's skippable for a more ~gen experience.) I do like that there's less mental illness and a certain consistency in this one (e.g., Anko gets the same treatment Iruka likely got). Gai and the rest of the hounds really get short shrift in these...
Practical notes: Couldn't find this fic posted elsewhere, and some of the individual chapters have no links and/or tags; so URL is for epilogue, which has a complete link list for all chapters. (Also it's on the Wayback Machine if the LJ gets deleted.) Exclamations, thanks so much for pointing to the rest of the fics; I didn't know there were more.
fanfic  Naruto  slash  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  ref:plot  ref:casefic  ref:pricklypair  ref:molasses  ref:H/C  ref:angst  ref:amnesia  ref:doppelganger  ref:oldschool  au:JBMcDragon  fandom:Naruto 
march 2019 by zhena
And I Alone Have Escaped To Tell You by astolat
Transformers, Cyclonus/Megatron, gen. Cyclonus, sole survivor of the final battle on Cybertron, attempts a warp back to base but finds himself 13 years in the past in an alternate dimension. He can use what he knows to save this world, but it's a secondary goal. // 52K. Do I want to read a bazillion words of unfamiliar fandom and characters? After some debate ... apparently yes. A twisty, complicated, engrossing sort of fic loaded with Decepticons. Very mildly slashy, but mostly filled with extreme pining for Lord Not-Appearing-in-This-Fic.

* "Elegy," https://archiveofourown.org/works/13028976 Cyclonus/Megatron. // 3.5K. Short, mournful fic where Cyclonus mulls over the glorious conquest of the universe that his true lord will never get to achieve. Megatron is less-than-impressed by that idea when it comes up during interfacing.
fanfic  Transformers  gen  pair:Cyclonus/Megatron  ref:plot  ref:dimensionalswap  ref:timetravel  ref:pining  ref:competence  au:astolat  fandom:Transformers  ref:robots 
march 2019 by zhena
Closed Circle by goggledmonkey
Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ryan/Shane. Ryan walks into a barn in Tennessee and suddenly himself to be a hired tutor in a gothic mystery, where the master of the desolate manor, a Shane doppelganger with ~dark secrets, may have designs on his virtue or worse. // 16K. Ryan (POV) all. Odd, self-aware, twisty AU-ish fic that's riddled with typos -- even the payoff line at the end has a typo. Sigh. If you can ignore all the basic presentation issues, fun fic.
slash  via:as_lld_again  fanfic  BuzzfeedUnsolved  pair:RyanBergara/ShaneMadej  ref:fantasy  ref:dimensionalswap  ref:mystery  ref:plot  au:goggledmonkey  fandom:Buzzfeed 
february 2019 by zhena
Warm Thoughts by lettered
Star Trek, Kirk/Spock. "Kirk contracts a condition that makes him feel perpetually cold. Spock has to perform mind melds to convince Kirk he’s warm." That is, Kirk returns from a deserted ice planet with an odd, persistent chill, which only grows worse despite nothing appearing to be medically amiss. Spock is persistently, gnawingly distracted by his captain's condition -- which is only logical under the circumstances. // 22K. Spock POV all. Set right after "Amok Time," which put heavy-duty stress on both their working relationship and their friendship. Loads of guilt, sublimation, pining, and H/C in an old-skool original flavor (the only one I'm familiar with, as happens); it seems destined to be a smarmfest but kicks it up a level.
fanfic  StarTrek  slash  pair:Kirk/Spock  ref:H/C  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:plot  ref:telepathy  ref:huddling-for-warmth  au:lettered  fandom:StarTrek 
february 2019 by zhena
Excessively Clever by astolat
Transformers, Megatron/OptimusPrime. Megatron, Optimus Prime, and assorted Decepticons and Autobots, in the aftermath of another mutually destructive battle, are retrieved and enslaved on a mining world. Swindle is slowly compiling an escape plan; he just has to get all his bots in a row and cooperating. // 18.6K. A self-deprecating, wry, exasperated, sly Swindle POV all, getting two robots who utterly loathe each other to work together. I don't go here, but Ferengi are Ferengi wherever the fandom.

(See also sequel: "Datastream" by Blurble, https://archiveofourown.org/works/17681261)
fanfic  Transformers  slash  pair:OptimusPrime/Megatron  ref:plot  ref:robots  ref:slavery  ref:angst  ref:humor  ref:enemyslash  ref:first-time  ref:voyeurism  ref:yenta  via:elise.grey  au:astolat  fandom:Transformers 
february 2019 by zhena
The Course of Honour by Avoliot
(Novel) "When Jainan arrived on Iskat to represent his home planet in a diplomatic marriage to Imperial Prince Taam, he was naïve enough to hope the match would work. Taam knew better. Five years later, his confidence shattered, Jainan is released when Taam dies in an accident, only to be faced with another marriage to help salvage his treaty. Jainan understands how the real world works now; but Prince Kiem - the cheerful, scandal-prone darling of the Iskat celebrity magazines - keeps breaking all the rules he's learned." // 118K (29 chapters). Not a fanfic. Long original SF/romance with royalty, arranged marriage, past abusive relationship, slo burn, pining galore, a melange of tropiness, and very readable. A lot of plot points rest on people not telling each other things they need to know so the frustration level gets teeth-gnashingly high at points.

* "And Now a Short Speech," https://archiveofourown.org/works/13080075 "A Transcript of His Highness Prince Kiem’s Speech to Graduating Class Seven Students, Braska Prime School, 36:12:7" // 1.6K. So eventually he does make it to the elementary school. Featuring a lot of "Who would win, Batman or the Terminator?" type questions from the audience...
origific  slash  ref:SF  ref:plot  ref:marriage-of-convenience  ref:first-time  ref:miscommunication  ref:angst  ref:pining  ref:molasses  ref:huddling-for-warmth  ref:PTSD  ref:competence  via:norwich36  au:avoliot  fandom:Original 
january 2019 by zhena
On the Island of Misfit Toys by Slybrarian
Generation Kill/SGA(SG1), Brad/Nate. "Being a story in which Nate attends grad school at Georgetown instead of Harvard, beginning a chain of events wherein he is recruited by Elizabeth Weir for a top secret, hush-hush program in another galaxy. Features social scientists, the once and future queen of life after death, interstellar trade deals, and the genetic benefits of being an inbred hick. Also, Nate eventually gets some." // 68K, Nate POV all, characters from both shows (and some SG1 folks also). This is good times and more or less follows the SGA plotline though most of that occurs off-screen; Nate's in with the social sciences types, who have their own concerns with trade, diplomacy, and cultures. The result reads as a slightly more rational version of SGA. The fic is littered with typos (including missing text and errors that change the meaning of sentences). It's too bad 'cause otherwise this would be pretty excellent. Very readable if you can power through the garbled bits. (Also a bit confused about the author's odd ideas of Nevada, MO -- Cotty College is there.)
fanfic  GenerationKill  SGA  slash  gen  pair:Brad/Nate  AU  ref:xover  ref:fusionfic  ref:plot  ref:UST  ref:ancient-device  ref:first-time  ref:teamfic  au:slybrarian  fandom:GenerationKill  fandom:SGA  via:shadowkeeper 
january 2019 by zhena
Expansion Pack by Major
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Bethany/Alex, Shelly/Seaplane. "One little mistake after winning the game forces them to be trapped in Jumanji for even longer, which would have been so much more bearable if Bethany could at least put it on Instagram." //8K. When Bethany (POV), queen of social media, finds herself tethered to a '90s metalhead on a side quest, there might be a whiff of romance in the air for the professor and the pilot. This is a really well done extra adventure, which stays mainly at mutual crushing level.
fanfic  Jumanji  slash  het  gen  pair:BethanyWalker/AlexVreeke  pair:SheldonOberon/SeaplaneMcDonough  yuletide2018  ref:humor  ref:postcanon  ref:plot  ref:UST  ref:pining  ref:teenagers  ref:videogame  au:major  fandom:MiscFilms 
january 2019 by zhena
Secret Rooms of Hogwarts by Attila
Rivers of London/Harry Potter, Peter/Thomas. "When Peter Grant is whisked out of unemployment and into a post as Potions Master at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he expects the teenagers to be the worst things in the castle. It's a pity Lesley May thinks one of the other new professors might be working for the Faceless Man. And as far as she's concerned, the most likely suspect is Defense expert Thomas Nightingale--gorgeous, talented, and a totally sketchy bastard." // 87K. Peter POV, fusion fic featuring RoL characters and general plot in an HP world/magic/etc. Peter is hired as a last-minute replacement to teach potions while his roommate Leslie, an auror, heads out on an undercover assignment to spy on the Faceless Man. It's pretty readable* and seems well thought out, but it doesn't really have a decided ending per se -- it just sort of meanders to an end, roughly equivalent to just after RoL "Broken Homes." Beverley and the other rivers are entirely off-screen mentions in this one. *Caveats: Judging from writer's belief that "fuck" is the perfect word for all occasions, I'm guessing she's really young. Found it genuinely off-putting in this context and kept weighing the merits of the back-button. Also, if rereading, please remember the sex scene made you want to stab the screen; just skip over it.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  HarryPotter  slash  AU  ref:fusionfic  ref:xover  ref:plot  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:first-time  ref:teacher  ref:bad-fucking-language  au:attila  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
january 2019 by zhena
A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy by Tangerine
X-Factor, Rictor/Shatterstar. "Summoned to Beverly Hills by Monet on their day off, Rictor, Banshee, Monet, and Shatterstar work to solve the case before it becomes a murder." That is, Monet wants to buy a house in a swanky part of town; the owner, a former clairvoyant, assures her someone's due to be murdered in it during her houseparty. //5K. Rictor POV, set during the heyday of X-Factor, so he's still kind of sour about everything but Shatterstar. Such a nifty fanfic for them, and I really enjoyed it. (Knocking off Star as some offhand visual joke was why I fucking loathed Deadpool 2.)
Julio snorted. "Despite what Madrox may think, we're not actually living in a noir film."
"The internet assures me I have all the qualifications for an homme fatale," Star said, his voice a warm murmur in Julio's ear. Julio kept his eyes fixed forward, scanning the crowd. He took another drink as Star continued, "I have clearly come in your life to seduce you and disrupt your existence."
"So that makes me, what, the doomed anti-hero in a spiral to his own destruction?"
"Not if I can help it," Star replied, thumb stroking over Julio's hairline, "though seduction is inevitable."
fanfic  X-Factor  slash  gen  pair:Shatterstar/Rictor  yuletide2018  ref:plot  ref:casefic  ref:mystery  ref:established  ref:canonpair  ref:humor  au:tangerine  fandom:X-Factor 
december 2018 by zhena
Black Sun by quackers
Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ryan/Shane, AU. "Ryan Bergara and Shane Madej of the Preternatural Investigations Unit of the LAPD must solve a string of demon murders before the killer can enact their mysterious plan. But in the process, more secrets may be revealed than either of them are ready for." // 122K, AU. Another demon!Shane outing, this one with both of them as police detectives in an urban fantasy LA, with various coworkers, suspects, and acquaintances who represent a variety of supernatural critters (and Buzzfeed cast). Pretty engrossing, with a few twists I'd not anticipated at all.
fanfic  BuzzfeedUnsolved  slash  pair:RyanBergara/ShaneMadej  AU  ref:plot  ref:casefic  ref:demon  ref:cops  ref:crime  ref:supernatural  ref:fantasy  ref:magic  ref:angst  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:H/C  ref:mindcontrol  au:quackers  fandom:Buzzfeed 
november 2018 by zhena
Muckraker! by orphan
Venom, Eddie/Venom. "After the probe crash, Eddie's getting his life back together. Sort of. So what if his new beat writing PR puff pieces for Silicon Valley startups isn't exactly glamorous? And so what if every time he closes his eyes, he dreams of the distant stars, and the bottom of a smooth black hole, one that used to be filled with teeth?" Eddie uncovers grisly deaths that could be homicides targeting the homeless, which could be related to a local start-up. He decides to investigate ... which leads to another discovery. // 33K. Novel length, investigation plot, and it's pretty engrossing. (There is a sex scene, but it's not the entire point of the fic. Finally.)
fanfic  via:epaulettes  Venom  pair:EddieBrock/Venom  ref:casefic  ref:plot  ref:angst  ref:PTSD  ref:H/C  ref:alien-wtf  au:orphan  fandom:Venom 
november 2018 by zhena
Future Forged by kyrilu
Guardian, ZhaoYunlan(Kunlun)/ShenWei. "Masquerading as Kunlun, Zhao Yunlan sets out on a mission to recover the stolen Hallows alongside the young Shen Wei. Along the way, he discovers new abilities, forges new bonds, unearths old histories, and learns that the universe goes beyond his wildest imagination." // 30K. Twisty, complicated fixit fic where Yunlan spends about a year in the past, and joins up with a mountaintop sage and some warriors in hatching a plan to retake the holy tools from the rebels -- while building a relationship with Shen Wei while he's at it. A fandom where you can have simultaneous first-times and established. :D
fanfic  Guardian  镇魂  slash  pair:ZhaoYunlan/ShenWei  AU  ref:fork  ref:fixit  ref:plot  ref:timetravel  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:domestic  ref:roadtrip  ref:first-time  ref:established  ref:magic  au:kyrilu  fandom:Guardian 
november 2018 by zhena
Nobody's Idea of a Vacation by scioscribe
Black Panther, Nakia, Ross, Shuri. So Ross on vacation in Wakanda, and Nakia and Shuri more than happy to put him to work. Spies gonna spy. //4K. What a fun, neat little fic. I could def read a lot more of this.
Ross grinned. “As always, you’ve come to the right place. I’m guessing your overlap on ‘obviously non-Wakandan people’ and ‘people you sort of trust’ and ‘people who aren’t Captain America’ is pretty slim, but I’m always happy for a vacation.”
“Ah, so you’re helping me because we still haven’t started letting in tourists.”
“Exactly,” Ross said. “The day you do, I’m just going to show up with a beach towel and the new Stephen King and leave you to make do with Rogers. Who, by the way, is not the greatest liar in the world, so you’re going to miss me.”
fanfic  BlackPanther  gen  pair:Nakia|EverettRoss|Shuri  ref:plot  ref:spies  ref:banter  au:scioscribe  fandom:BlackPanther 
november 2018 by zhena
Away Childish Things by lettered
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. "Harry gets de-aged. Malfoy has to help him." That is, Auror Harry has been using the diagnostic services of potions small-proprietor Malfoy, when a mid-investigation potions accident de-ages Harry back to 10, with only the memories of his 10-year-old self. And, for various reasons, Malfoy has to cope with him alone. // 154K. Looong fic, but fairly readable. One of my own takeaways was, whew, what annoying kids...
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:postcanon  ref:plot  ref:deaging  ref:kidfic  ref:curse  ref:miscommunication  ref:molasses  au:lettered  fandom:HarryPotter 
november 2018 by zhena
A Sign Undoubtful of a Dear England by couldaughter
Rivers of London/Hot Fuzz, gen(ish). Peter leaves behind Nightingale and a couple of apprentices to go liaise on "something hinky in Gloucestershire," specifically a murder in Sandford, a former Village of the Year. // 16K, casefic. Mainly a decent excuse to trot out some Danny/Nick and various other characters from the movie in a rather laid-back fashion (plus background Peter/Nightingale). Dunno that the movie's necessary for reading it as it's all Peter POV, and here he doesn't know them either. (Also fic might as well have gone the gen route as the shipping isn't that prominent.)
fanfic  HotFuzz  Rivers-of-London  slash  gen  pair:NicholasAngel/DannyButterman  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  ref:postcanon  ref:xover  ref:casefic  ref:plot  ref:established  au:couldaughter  fandom:RiversOfLondon  fandom:MiscFilms 
october 2018 by zhena
The Mirror Wheel Eye by pentapus
Naruto, Iruka/Kakashi. Assistant teacher Iruka gets menaced by a local legend, Kakashi, and winds up inadvertently sucked into deadly political machinations. He discovers two sides have been secretly vying for control of Konoha, and both view Kakashi as key to winning. // 31.5K. Fork AU, in which Konoha never fully recovered from the fox attack, and Kakashi was more or less disabled by the new eye. I followed the plot slightly better on this reread, but it's definitely not an easy read -- far too much gets elided (so no surprise that the responses in the fic comments contain lengthy clarifications of plot points). In spite of that, it's a rather atmospheric, dystopian-flavored take on/departure from canon. (And here, Iruka makes a terrible Mata Hari, and an even worse princess in need of rescue.) Smut-free, tho.
fanfic  Naruto  slash  gen  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  AU  ref:fork  ref:plot  ref:pricklypair  ref:politics  ref:H/C  ref:molasses  ref:paranoia  au:pentapus  fandom:Naruto 
october 2018 by zhena
The Wheel by Maldoror_Chant
Naruto, Gen, Gaara & Kankuro. "Sunagakure. Still reeling from their defeat at the Chuunin exams and the loss of their leader to treachery. As if to take advantage of their weakness and disarray, something dark is stirring in the village. An old sin, an unbearable pain, is being brought to their door. And it is killing people. Oddly enough, it's not Gaara. But Sunagakure might take some convincing of that." // 12.6K. Plotty haunted house story. Gaara figures out how he fits into a village that seems to be slowly disintegrating in the aftermath of the Chuunin exam snafu.
fanfic  Naruto  gen  pair:SandSiblings  ref:plot  ref:mystery  ref:angst  ref:h/c  ref:horror  au:maldoror_chant  fandom:Naruto 
october 2018 by zhena
The Way of the Apartment Manager by Elizabeth Culmer (edenfalling)
Naruto, gen. "When Naruto moves into his own apartment, the Third Hokage asks Ayakawa Yukiko, the building's owner and manager, to look after him rather than leaving him completely on his own. Yukiko is a mostly retired ninja, but Naruto catalyzes her to change her life. Then those changes snowball out to the rest of the village." // ~160K, two novels (second is an unfinished WIP) plus assortment of short side fics. It's plotty, intricate, with a lot of fixit and thinking about how the society works, which is the sort of thing I can't get enough of. The main OFC is a pretty great character as well; her work to get to and pass the chuunin exam, keep an eye on Naruto, and later work on a case herself is all fascinating. It's too bad that we'll never find out how it ends. Last updated in 2015, so doubtless won't ever be finished. But what's here is absolutely worth reading -- though I wish, v.v. much, that it would be completed. I want to know what happens, grah.
fanfic  Naruto  gen  AU  ref:canonish  ref:angst  ref:humor  ref:backstory  au:ElizabethCulmer  fandom:Naruto  ref:plot  ref:fixit 
september 2018 by zhena
Recommended for Admission by pentapus
Naruto, Kakashi/Iruka. "The war ends. Iruka gets promoted. Things go differently for Kakashi." When Iruka gets to try ANBU on for size, he must also deal with a frustratingly retired Kakashi. // 25K, AU-ish. Read this before and wasn't sure I liked it; it has a lot of noncanon stuff sprinkled throughout that derailed me a bit, but thinking of it as an (mostly)everybody-lives!AU mostly clears that up. It doesn't really do the work to set up a romance, but ... eh, handwave, the twisty plottiness makes up for it, I guess. (No smut.)
fanfic  Naruto  slash  gen  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  ref:plot  ref:conspiracy  ref:spies  ref:miscommunication  ref:UST  au:pentapus  fandom:Naruto 
august 2018 by zhena
Touchstone by paxnirvana
Naruto, Kakashi/Iruka. "Unexpected advice and village rules conspire against Kakashi." Here, as an active-duty jounin, Kakashi must register a mandatory "touchstone," a legal third party who'll keep an eye on his medical / mental / social health -- a job no one wants in his case. So, understandably, the passing acquaintance he dragoons into the role this time around is less than enthusiastic.
"Iruka-kun, other than the shocking rudeness he’s displayed by nominating you without asking, do you have some other, more substantial, reason to refuse to assist this jounin?" Tsunade says calmly, steepling her fingers in front of her face now and fixing the chuunin with her most steely gaze. Kakashi knows that the forbidding pose is to help her keep from breaking out into a smug grin. She’s a crappy gambler for a reason.
The trap is sprung. "N-no, Hokage-sama," Iruka says, his tone muted, his defeat clear to him now.
"Good. It should only last a few months at most anyway. The brat is incorrigible. But bear in mind I won’t accept your resignation for at least a month. I have faith in you, Iruka-kun. Do your best!"
// 12K. Unexpectedly wonderful, enjoyable fic that trucks heavy additional world-building weight on the side by meditating on how Konoha society could actually work. Kakashi POV (largely oblivious to his own motives), and loads of dog/ninken content, which always makes me happy. Funny with a persistent undercurrent of sadness, no smut, but HEA of the preslash variety.

ETA: Still thinking about this one. Another interpretation could be that Kohona's famous, genius jounin, an exemplar of *their* ninja way of life ... is an emotionally stunted sociopath with an unrelentingly tragic past. Which everyone's aware of but him. Which makes Jiraiya ten kinds of asshole for pointing him at an innocent bystander by way of containment move. HUH. I'd say the same for Tsunade, except I think she's actually trying to balance Iruka's best interests as well; he's in desperate need a more appreciative, less homicidal SO, and Kakashi could potentially latch on and grow into that role. So OTOH humorous situation, OTOH ... really not.
via:akaelissa  fanfic  Naruto  slash  gen  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  ref:plot  ref:humor  ref:oblivious  ref:miscommunication  ref:dogs  ref:best-of-rec  au:paxnirvana  fandom:Naruto  ref:stalking 
july 2018 by zhena
Prickly by softestpunk
Witcher, Geralt/Emhyr. "Having pissed off the wrong sorceress, Emhyr finds himself turned into an actual, literal hedgehog (ha, ha), dumped in the Novigrad wilderness, and at the mercy of Geralt of Rivia, who has absolutely no reason to help him." // 27K. Emhyr is a cuddly if prickly creature until Geralt breaks the latest curse. It's cute enough, not too OTT, though the OMG ILU seemed a bit too fast. Same paragraphing issues and lack of detail as the other fic, but readable.
fanfic  Witcher  slash  pair:Geralt/Emhyr  ref:animal-transform  ref:curse  ref:plot  ref:roadtrip  ref:first-time  au:softestpunk  fandom:Witcher 
july 2018 by zhena
Unintended by softestpunk
Witcher, Geralt/Emhyr. "Do it for Ciri" can persuade Geralt to ignore his best judgment: "'I brought you here to ask for your hand in marriage,' Emhyr pronounced carefully. Geralt and Emhyr get married, for political reasons." // 22K. This author needs to figure out how paragraphs work. After umpteen one-sentence "paragraphs" interrupting her dialogue, I'd forget what the hell the characters were discussing and have to scroll back to remind myself. Repeatedly. But! Otherwise it's mildly humorous and engaging read with some sex here and there.
fanfic  Witcher  slash  pair:Geralt/Emhyr  ref:plot  ref:pretendcouple  ref:marriage-of-convenience  ref:humor  ref:first-time  via:esther_a  au:softestpunk  fandom:Witcher 
july 2018 by zhena
Off to the Races by Eve_Louise
DS9, Julian/Garak. "When DS9 intercepts a communication from the Orion Syndicate inviting a Cardassian Gul to an outlying moon, they ask their resident Cardassian to go undercover. With a Starfleet partner, of course, and who better than the intrepid Doctor Bashir?" // 20K. Julian's pleased to get a chance to be a real life spy -- but it's as a Bond Girl, the arm-candy from Risa for Garak, who's less than enthusiastic about the whole affair. So the leap to OMG ILU is whiplash sudden, but that aside it's pretty fun and twisty. (Tho I have to say, that the author passed on the opportunity for a cool TNG xover was disappointing.)
fanfic  DS9  slash  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  ref:plot  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:spies  ref:criminals  ref:voyeurism  ref:pining  ref:casefic  ref:first-time  au:Eve_Louise  fandom:DS9  via:The_Electriclady 
july 2018 by zhena
Endless War by Nonymos
DC/Marvel, BlackPanther/Avengers/Deadpool/Sandman, gen(ish). "There is always something more to lose. (Which means all is not lost.)" After Shuri declares an endless war on death, the Endless answer comes in the form of Death -- who's hitched a ride with Deadpool, who can't stay dead. Result: a new stone chase, each manifested through her siblings. // ~27K. Largely (but not entirely) Okoye, Steve, Wade POVs. Seems like a cleverish crossover with a fantasy group-quest setup, with a lot of characterization stuff. Pretty readable. Technically it's a Steve/Bucky, if only for providing the primary impetus.
fanfic  BlackPanther  Avengers  Cable-and-Deadpool  Sandman  gen  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:xover  ref:fixit  ref:angst  ref:plot  au:nonymos  fandom:Avengers  fandom:MiscDC  fandom:Cable&Deadpool 
june 2018 by zhena
Full Metal Sasquatch by newsbypostcard
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. William (a hairy, paranoid, unemployed Brooklyn hipster) is baffled yet reluctantly impressed by the popularity of the cat memes and boring food photos his friend Karen (a natty executive assistant) keeps posting on Instagram. He starts his own account in hopes a hobby will help alleviate his aggressive pining after his long-distance boyfriend, Patrick (an American art student in Paris), whom he hasn't seen in three years. Meanwhile, ever since Captain America started to open carry a gun, he's been accused of supporting a conservative political agenda... // 20.7K: "(Bucky!Cap, doing his best.)" 100% Bucky POV. His hardcore dedication to removing Steve from the grid is sadness, and his getting swept up in spite of himself with a tiny taste of Instafame is endearing. So, so much pining here. Good times.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  AU  ref:fork  ref:established  ref:plot  ref:humor  ref:undercover  ref:pining  ref:Internet  via:norwich36  au:newsbypostcard  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
may 2018 by zhena
This Has Been a Public Service Announcement by Nokomis
Spider-man/Avengers, gen. After an embarrassed Peter inadvertently reveals the existence of Steve's school PSAs to his amused coworkers. Steve pursues vengeance. Peter takes revenge for Steve's revenge, and escalation ensues, pulling in everyone else in the vicinity -- with an avid Internet audience. // 17K, series of four fics, humor. A fic with the phrase "the most savage art supply" is worthwhile.
fanfic  gen  Spiderman  Avengers  ref:humor  ref:plot  ref:Internet  au:nokomis  fandom:Avengers  fandom:MiscMarvel 
may 2018 by zhena
The Devil's Acre by littleblackfox
Captain America, Steve/Bucky, AU. Now that Steve's passed on "Captain America" to Sam, he's at loose ends, so SHIELD sends him off to New Jersey to investigate a series of murders targeting a homeless camp in the Pine Barrens. With no other leads, Agent Hill tells him even the mythical Jersey Devil's a suspect at this point. // 40.6K. Set vaguely post-A1/pre-WS with various MCU characters glommed together in one AU. Formatting is a bit of a pain, but otherwise pretty readable.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  gen  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  AU  ref:plot  ref:undercover  ref:cryptid  ref:meet-cute  ref:first-time  ref:camping  au:littleblackfox  fandom:CaptainAmerica  via:norwich36 
may 2018 by zhena
Running on Air by eleventy7
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. "Draco Malfoy has been missing for three years. Harry is assigned the cold case and finds himself slowly falling in love with the memories he collects." // 75K. EWE-ish, as it has Harry/Ginny but in a desultory fashion. At first it seems like it might be "Laura" revisited, but then it meanders off in another direction. Basic exercise in slow, with the pace of plant growth. It's readable ... in a not especially exciting way. Cursefic in the sense of magic mishap to be fixed. Essentially has two parts: first mystery to be solved, then relationship to be resolved.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:auror  ref:plot  ref:molasses  ref:curse  ref:roadtrip  au:eleventy7  fandom:HarryPotter 
may 2018 by zhena
Kiss and Tell by Blondie
Man from UNCLE, Napoleon/Illya. "Napoleon is sent to a Paris bordello to retrieve a stolen notebook." He decides the easiest way to succeed is by seducing the crook's boy-toy. Of course. // 10K, Napoleon POV, set when he's just a baby agent but already acquiring a certain reputation. Most of this author's stuff seems ehhh, but this one's pretty entertaining and pretty porny. (N.B. The "sequel" to this one appeared only in an old fanzine. Ergo, does not exist.)
fanfic  ManFromUNCLE  slash  pair:NapoleonSolo/IllyaKuryakin  ref:spies  ref:precanon  ref:plot  ref:casefic  ref:honeypot  ref:rentboy  ref:dubcon  au:Blondie  fandom:MUNCLE 
april 2018 by zhena
Shadow of the Panther by manic_intent
Black Panther, T'Challa/M'Baku.

* "Shadow of the Panther," http://archiveofourown.org/works/13678536 T'Challa drops in on M'Baku to thank him for the help from the Jabari. M'Baku, not really into it. Initially. // 2K, followup fic. Not quite enemy slash, but definitely prickly pair. I'm into it.

* "All the Stars," http://archiveofourown.org/works/13749327 M'Baku and T'Challa wrestle with their respective communities and the other tribes, navigating the uncertain ground after the aborted civil war and tentative international relations, even while an underground radical faction in Wakanda steps up to murders, bombings, and assorted terrorist plots. // 39K. Wow. Apparently previous fic was just an intro to really ambitious, cool, complicated, plotty expansion on canon that touches on all the tribes and their backgrounds, with particular focus on the Jabari. Detective procedural with politics, factions, conspiracies, ancestors, mysticism, technology, and periodic smut. Possibly the one-true-fanfic. (Note: comment response at http://archiveofourown.org/comments/152738103 goes over some of the plot developments in more detail.)
fanfic  BlackPanther  slash  gen  pair:T'Challa/M'Baku  ref:plot  ref:conspiracy  ref:pricklypair  ref:politics  au:manic_intent  fandom:BlackPanther  ref:best-of-rec 
march 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
Fourth Floor by dirtybinary
Captain America, Steve/Bucky, AU. After Sam persuades Steve, a failed wizarding student, to rent rooms in his dilapitated (and occasionally disappearing) Brooklyn hostel, Steve's caught up in their neighbors' dramas, many of which seem to revolve around the cook/cyborg in the apartment next to Steve's. Then the evil real estate developers step in. // 42K. Fun, plotty magical/modern AU in which pretty much everyone shows up at some point or other. Skinny!Steve for this one. I was legit suprised by the major plot reveal, which always makes me happy.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  AU  ref:magic  ref:modern  ref:plot  ref:curse  ref:domestic  ref:pining  ref:molasses  au:dirtybinary  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
september 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
The Strange Story of the Boy and the Fox by volta_arovet
Natsume's Book of Friends, gen(ish). "The fox returns and Tanuma finds himself more popular than he likes, but they'll probably get out of this alive." Natsume's out of town when Tanuma realizes Something Invisible is shadowing him, but he also finds a new ally -- that fox lurking in Natsume's bushes. // 6K. Together they solve mysteries and fight crime! Or something like that. This is kind of adorable with an inventive solution.
fanfic  NatsumeYuujinchou  gen  pair:KanameTanuma/Fox  ref:casefic  ref:plot  ref:mystery  ref:supernatural  ref:preslash  au:v_voltaire  fandom:NatsumeYuujinchou 
july 2017 by zhena
It Takes a Police Officer by Sixthlight
Rivers of London, Peter/Beverley, Peter/Thomas, AU. Series. "DS Peter Grant, seconded to Organised Crime, is sent to keep an eye on two persons of interest." That would be Thomas Nightingale and Beverly Thames, two loosely affiliated criminal sorts, who've taken unusual interest in their assigned copper.

* "Adventures in Plainclothes Surveillance," https://archiveofourown.org/works/11391039 "Questions are asked. Answers are mostly ignored." That is, Peter is tasked with the undercover observing of a mob-affiliated couple, and his cover is blown. So to speak. // 4.8K, porny, mildly humorous.

* "Anonymous Sources," http://archiveofourown.org/works/13748244 "It was only when I was pulling the door open that I remembered that opening it to Thomas Nightingale might be an idea worth being paranoid about." // 3K, slash. Thomas stops by to deliver a warning, which Peter appreciates. Moar porn.

* "Enemy Action," https://archiveofourown.org/works/14412705 "I flicked my bedroom light on. Even the dim incandescent bulb I had back here was too bright, and I had to shade my eyes for a second. Sitting cross-legged on my bed, Beverley Thames did the same thing. 'Ow.'" // 3.6, het. Peter gets framed on the job; porny comfort is proffered.

* "Personal Motivations," https://archiveofourown.org/works/15918981 "When Abigail Kamara gets hired for a new and interesting hacking job, the last person she expects to see is her cousin Peter, until last year a detective in the Metropolitan Police Service. Peter’s putting together a team - but the job turns out to be twistier than either he or Abigail realise." // 41K!, gen, Abigail POV. Heavily plotted, multiple heists, lots of fun. As it turns out, this is a magic-based AU after all. Also the rest of the team gets filled out in this outing. The character roles (but not relationships!) roughly map: Peter = Nathan, Beverly = Parker, Thomas = Eliot, Abigail = Hardison, Caroline = Sophie. This one also incorporates side glances to the comics and short stories, but they're not critical to following the plot.
fanfic  via:popular  Rivers-of-London  gen  het  slash  AU  ref:crime  ref:undercover  ref:UST  ref:threesome  ref:closetsex  ref:plot  au:sixthlight  fandom:RiversOfLondon  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  pair:PeterGrant/BeverleyBrook  pair:ThomasNightingle|BeverleyBrook 
july 2017 by zhena
Useful Arts by rivkat
Smallville, Lex/Clark. Lex develops a pheromone that will permit Clark's Kryptonian physiology to be attracted to humans. He offers it for a price: Superman's noninterference with Lex's agenda of becoming president. How badly does Clark want to get laid? // 34K, Lex POV. Mildly violent sex, conspiracies, political maneuvering, global warming, multiple supervillains (Lex included), and eventually Supergirl. Kitchen-sink, engrossing future fic that I've already reread many times. No idea why it wasn't bookmarked already.
fanfic  Smallville  slash  pair:ClarkKent/LexLuthor  ref:plot  ref:sexpollen  ref:postcanon  ref:enemysex  ref:enemyslash  via:templemarker  au:rivkat  fandom:Smallville 
july 2017 by zhena
The War of Silver and Ash by astolat
Witcher, Geralt/Emhyr. After killing/surviving the master vampire Orianna, Geralt writes a book on the threat posed by vampires, and he delivers it to someone he thinks might be interested. Emhyr, having conquered the known world, is at something of a loose end. // 16K of conspiracy and plottiness. Pretty engrossing extension of the universe, seems like. The shipping is mostly secondary to the main plot. The linked vid immediately sets up the fic, so I think it's a necessary watch, but knowledge of the game in general not needed.
fanfic  Witcher  slash  gen  pair:Geralt/Emhyr  ref:first-time  ref:plot  ref:vampires  ref:videogame  ref:best-of-rec  au:astolat  fandom:Witcher 
june 2017 by zhena
Changes of Perspective by Sixthlight
Rivers of London, Peter/Thomas. AU. "In 1945, the prison camp of Ettersberg is bombed from altitude. In 2009, Peter Grant graduates university with a bachelor's degree in architecture. It's a magical new world." Peter and his roommate Jaget live in a tidy block of converted council flats where his neighbors include former and current cops, potential goddesses next-door, and mysterious benign lurkers of various types. But he's most intrigued by the out-of-place poshness of retiree(?) Thomas, who's living a tech-free life on the ground floor with his dog Toby. // 91K(!) AU where the Folly became a publicly known wizarding affiliate of Oxford; no one except Thomas has any relationship with it, and they all live in a block of council flats (because: why not?). So it's not really a fork AU, but it is very fun. I put off reading this for a long time because it didn't sound that interesting, so I was a bit stupid. Several canon corpses get HEAs here; in fact, everyone (except Seawol :) generally seems happy with life. (Including Molly, who's settled into a cross btwn Twiggy and Sadako, lol.) So it's like a super-curtain-fic with a side order of plotty murder mystery.
On Common Ground, http://archiveofourown.org/works/11356215 // <1K, gen. Sahra confronts Lady Caroline. Peter is no help at all.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  slash  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  AU  ref:domestic  ref:architect  ref:council-flat  ref:humor  ref:UST  ref:pining  ref:plot  ref:mystery  ref:first-time  au:sixthlight  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
april 2017 by zhena
Bend and Stretch by concernedlily
Kingsman, Harry/Eggsy, AU. "Harry is a gymnastics coach. Eggsy has skills." When Harry interrupts Eggsy breaking into his car, he's treated to a PARKOUR! getaway. Which gives him recruitment ideas. // 12K, plotty, readable, pretty fun.
fanfic  Kingsman  slash  pair:HarryHart/EggsyUnwin  AU  ref:gymnast  ref:coach  ref:plot  ref:UST  ref:first-time  via:shadowkeeper  au:concernedlily  fandom:Kingsman 
april 2017 by zhena
Out Of Bounds by icarus
SGA, John/Rodney, AU. "John's a rebellious figure skater who after twelve years of competition has one last shot. Rodney's the former World Champion, shattered by defeat who can make it happen. But first...." // 220K. Labeled as WIP, but seems finished to me. Very long, very detailed figure skating AU set in Toronto in the late '90s, goal: giving John his final shot at U.S. nationals. Pretty engrossing, plotty, and all the characters take turns being annoying, but they make up for it later...
Original locked AO3 link (http://archiveofourown.org/works/5960/chapters/7583) has no fic; the bad coding on the offsite version (strikethru over last part text) can be countered by keeping cursor away from text. (SGA AUs I haven't read! Guess I moved on too soon. :)
fanfic  SGA  slash  pair:JohnSheppard/RodneyMcKay  AU  ref:skating  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:plot  ref:first-time  ref:established  ref:domestic  au:icarus  fandom:SGA 
april 2017 by zhena
Fireball by celli
SGA, John/Rodney, AU. "Ladies and gentlemen, your driver of the Number 21 Air Force Ford Fusion, John Sheppard." John accepts the Weir Racing offer after being bounced from F1 and makes his debut in NASCAR. Rodney, the car chief, is sure he'll wreck his beloved cars. // ~27K. Rodney POV, long, detailed, plotty NASCAR romance novel. Google helped with some of the terms and visualizing other things (tho not really necessary to stop and look 'em up). Really pretty enjoyable even if not in the least interested in racing.
* "Wrecks," http://archiveofourown.org/works/1568 This time, John's accident takes him off the track. // 2K. Rodney POV again. Short, dealing with grumpy hospitalized peoples.
fanfic  SGA  slash  pair:JohnSheppard/RodneyMcKay  AU  ref:racing  ref:NASCAR  ref:molasses  ref:teamfic  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:plot  ref:first-time  au:celli  fandom:SGA 
april 2017 by zhena
Misethere by astolat
Witcher, Geralt/Emhyr. After a plot to dose Emhyr with a misethere potion succeeds -- but with the wrong object -- Geralt unfortunately finds himself the sole focus of the emperor's amorous attentions. But neither Emhyr nor Yenniferr is willing to compromise, and Geralt has his ward Cillia's future as the heir to Emhyr's empire to consider as well. // 46K! The longest sex pollen fic I've ever seen. A complicated, interesting plot with political shenanigans and a surprise twist toward the end. Also noticed a lot of comparisons with the Dresden Files in the comments, and I'd agree: it does read like an extended Marcone/Harry fantasy AU. Huh.
fanfic  Witcher  slash  pair:Geralt/Emhyr  ref:sexpollen  ref:curse  ref:plot  ref:pining  ref:dubcon  ref:videogame  ref:first-time  ref:best-of-rec  au:astolat  fandom:Witcher 
february 2017 by zhena
A Ghost in the Garden by thistle_verse
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. Draco, now an auror, is assigned a case of politically motivated vandalism and to work with Hermione Granger from MLE and another auror, Harry Potter in disguise. A dragon sanctuary, posh house parties, and pure-blood scheming ensue. // 27K. Slow, pensive, sad(ish) fic with a detecting-type plot and some eventual smut, including the hiding-in-a-closet variety.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:plot  ref:Auror  ref:angst  ref:politics  ref:undercover  ref:first-time  au:thistle_verse  fandom:HarryPotter 
january 2017 by zhena
Jeeves and the Blessed Indiscretion by astolat
Jeeves & Wooster, Bertie/Jeeves. Bertie, upon discovering that a louche type is putting the squeeze on his valet for reasons unknown, sails off to investigate and resolve the problem. In the intimitable Wooster manner. // 4K. Much fun. Read this back when it was first posted.
fanfic  Jeeves-and-Wooster  Wodehouse  slash  pair:Jeeves/Wooster  yuletide  yuletide2004  ref:plot  ref:humor  ref:pastiche  via:gaealynn  au:astolat  fandom:PGWodehouse 
january 2017 by zhena
The Loathly Worm by Selden
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. Two middle-aged, bored, homely Death Eaters stuck in a moldering castle whilst waiting for the higher ups to finish up with their scheming slowly realize that neither of them is what he's pretending to be. Or, "When Draco Malfoy is forced to go undercover among the remaining Death Eaters in the aftermath of the war, the last person he expects to find there is Harry Potter." // 12K. LOLOL. Charming, clever fic. The desultory evil banter and off-hand fairy tale callbacks are fun.
"You know," said Draco bitterly, "I'm almost certain you're a Ministry spy. In fact," he added, staring at Septimus' horn-rimmed spectacles and comically unremarkable face, "I bet you're in disguise, as well. No self-respecting wizard would wear a face like that if they didn’t have to."
"That's a really hurtful thing to say, Ernest," said Septimus. "Exclusionary rhetoric and, uh, judging by mere appearances is the sign of a shallow individual, unable to stand up against the sickness in our broader society." He paused, looking smugger than ever.
Draco was impressed, despite himself. "Where on earth did you get all that bollocks from?" he asked.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:spies  ref:undercover  ref:plot  ref:disguise  ref:banter  au:Selden  fandom:HarryPotter 
january 2017 by zhena
Written on the Heart by who_la_hoop
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. While they're back at Hogwarts to finish out their eighth year, one of the trio is re-sorted into a different house, and all three of them -- and, unfortunately, Draco Malfoy -- get cursed with a tattoo that reveals the name of their soulmate. Awkward, and even more so when Harry's tattoo never appears. // 114K. Long, funny, fairly gentle fic with Harry fumbling about trying on Slytherin-ness and sorting out his feelings about the most pricky dormmate ever.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:plot  ref:humor  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:soulbond  ref:curse  ref:8th-year  ref:first-time  au:who_la_hoop  fandom:HarryPotter 
january 2017 by zhena
Three-Body Problem by Sixthlight
Rivers of London, Peter/Beverley, Peter/Thomas. Beverley, who has had enough of all the unrequited pining in the air, issues an ultimatum: do something about it, leave her out of it, and keep it out of her house. Period. A new Agreement is clearly in order. // 15K. Bev POV. As I've not read HT, I'm not sure what's invention and what's HT spoiler. That aside, it's an interesting fic about an odd situation. Not exactly a yenta sort of fic.
* Luck and Love and Time, http://archiveofourown.org/works/8872654 Sequel, Bev POV. Bev stops in to visit her mum-in-law, who drops an idle bombshell over tea.
* Just Keep Your Eyes on Me, http://archiveofourown.org/works/9490940 Sequel, Peter POV. Peter gets sex-pollened at the spring court. Bev and Thomas sort him out. Porn.
* We Took the Floor and She Said, http://archiveofourown.org/works/11365518 <1K, Rom POV. Followup to previous fic.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  slash  het  pair:PeterGrant/BeverleyBrook  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  yuletide  yuletide2016  ref:poly  ref:plot  ref:domestic  ref:pining  ref:sexpollen  ref:threesome  fandom:RiversOfLondon  au:Sixthlight 
december 2016 by zhena
The War of the Worlds and All That by scioscribe
Jeeves & Wooster, Bertie/Jeevies. Bertie is kidnapped by newt aliens, and he and Jeeves save the planet from destruction. And make one of his friends the happiest of men. // LOL. AU, sort of? No one expects an alien invasion to interrupt a placid afternoon in the countryside. Or for the strange Wooster lack of logic to save the day. I love fandom.
fanfic  Jeeves-and-Wooster  Wodehouse  slash  pair:Jeeves/Wooster  yuletide  yuletide2016  ref:alien-wtf  ref:plot  ref:banter  ref:pining  ref:humor  ref:pastiche  au:scioscribe  fandom:PGWodehouse 
december 2016 by zhena
Wunderkind by Mirabella
Inception, Arthur/Eames. "Eames has a hard and fast rule against fucking anyone underage. Arthur would have the utmost respect for this rule, if he hadn't just gotten cockblocked by it at the age of twenty-three."
"You know, I do have sex," Arthur points out. "Fairly often. With people older than I am, even. Do you seriously think they're all having sex with me because they're playing out some sort of weird schoolboy-debauching fantasy?"
Mal eyes him shrewdly. "Are you wearing that suit at the time?"
"Excuse me, I changed my mind," Arthur says, snagging the waiter as he goes past. "I'd like Glenlivet, neat."
"Certainly, sir," the waiter says smoothly. "If I could just see your ID?"
Sometimes it's hard for Arthur to remember that he can't reboot real life with a bullet to the head.
//~20K. Precanon setting, first meeting, initial misunderstanding spiraling out and about. Don't know why I'd not read this one; it's amusing and and toward the end has copious smut. (No AO3 version.)
fanfic  Inception  slash  pair:Arthur/Eames  ref:precanon  ref:UST  ref:humor  ref:plot  ref:first-time  ref:miscommunication  via:helenthesecond  au:mirabella  fandom:Inception 
november 2016 by zhena
Blood of an Englishman by mongoose_bite
Kingsman, Harry/Eggsy. "Death is not another country. Death is the deep blue sea. Or, the one in which Harry is officially dead, actually a wizard, occasionally a small dog, and utterly unable to keep his distance from his young successor." // 70K. Odd but accurate summary for a peculiar, rather cool fanfic. The first few chapters are a bit surreal at first pass, but as additional information is doled out to the (confused) characters, everthing starts to slot into place. I don't remember running into a magic system like this one before (a little like "Dead Like Me," but also not), and it works really well with the canon. Industrial grade pining, and a major OFC I liked. (Also weird background Lancelot/Percival pairing, presumably via Tumblr. Like Kakashi/Iruka revisited...)
fanfic  Kingsman  slash  pair:HarryHart/EggsyUnwin  AU  ref:magic  ref:plot  ref:fantasy  ref:animal-transform  ref:ouch  ref:pining  ref:first-time  au:mongoose_bite  fandom:Kingsman 
october 2016 by zhena
All the Riches You've Surveyed by futuredescending
Kingsman, Eggsy/Harry. Eggsy, a small-time drugs courier, hooks up with an older, moneyed, posh sort he meets by accident at the local. One-off turns many-off, the posh sort seems thoroughly smitten with him, and Eggsy's already starting to think long-term relationship when the red flags go up. // 54K, Eggsy (POV) is the mark in a honeypot scam, which goes balls-up. Not so much fork as canon adjacent (i.e., Valentine-free AU). Loads of violence, so much angst, fair amount of smut. HEA(ish) tho.
fanfic  Kingsman  slash  pair:HarryHart/EggsyUnwin  AU  ref:plot  ref:spies  ref:h/c  ref:honeypot  ref:first-time  ref:angst  ref:pining  au:futuredescending  fandom:Kingsman 
october 2016 by zhena
Single Use Weapon by Fahye
Kings, David/Michelle, David/Jack. ""The king is dead,' says Samuels. 'Long live the king.' A story about fealty and destiny, spies and secrets, and the things we do to hold onto power." After Silas's assassination, Jack immediately steps aside in favor of David, who's then both crowned and more-or-less shotgun married to Michelle. Then they all navigate the intricacies, dangers, and conspiracies that come with David's precarious reign in Gilboa -- and pull a long con on their enemies. // 67K. Fork AU, alternating POVs. Long and thoroughly engrossing, even if you haven't seen the show. Marrying Old Testament to modern setting results in periodic omens and blood oaths and moments with a whiff of supernatural horror to them. (There are reminders that the characters are always being watched and weighed by something that's terrifying and real but has unknown, inscrutable standards.) At one point Michelle's forced to atone for someone else's mistake. I guess David persuading her to renounce her first choice is a big crack in their partnership; it's the only way the fic's resolution sits with me, tbh. (I'd think in an OT AU, adultery would still be a Top Ten Shalt Not.)
fandom:kings  pairing:jack/david  slash  au  via:as_lld_again  fanfic  Kings  het  pair:DavidShepherd/MichelleBenjamin  pair:DavidShepherd/JackBenjamin  ref:postcanon  ref:plot  ref:royalty  ref:fantasy  ref:UST  ref:first-time  ref:pining  ref:conspiracy  ref:spies  ref:politics  ref:infidelity  au:Fahye  fandom:MiscTV 
september 2016 by zhena
Wizardry by Consent by Sixthlight
Rivers of London, Thomas/Peter, AU. "Fifteen years after a headless body was discovered in Covent Garden, Thomas Nightingale is still the last wizard in Britain, and Peter Grant, newly appointed Commander for Community Engagement in the Metropolitan Police Service, has just learned the truth about the existence of the Folly. He has one or two questions." // 62K. Wow. Holy cow, this is cool. Nightingale (POV), who never met Peter, had to tackle most of the canon incidents on his own; the results were decidedly mixed. So Nightingale spends most of the fic angry and bitter while he's being politically undermined by Tyburn and the Met. Commander Grant not only outranks him by a lot, but refuses to be shaken off; he becomes one of the more serious obstacles Thomas faces, along with four apprentices Grant imposes upon him. Very close to an air of enemy-slash at points, as Peter perseveres in hauling an old dog into a new era. HEA. (The apprentices are OCs imported from her other fics; I'd hoped they'd show up, and they did. :) There's also a very stealth "Lewis" xover in here, which brought me joy.

* "The Road Not Taken," http://archiveofourown.org/works/8113996 Peter/Nightingale. AU, xover with the other series. Commander Grant and DC Grant accidentally switch universes. Everyone is confused, and neither of them are pleased.

* Glass of Water, gen. Abigail just wanted a late-night glass of water but runs into someone furtively headed out the back door.
http://sixth-light.tumblr.com/post/162386843684/so-if-youre-still-taking-fic-prompts-anything
via:sumeria  fanfic  Rivers-of-London  slash  gen  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  AU  ref:fork  ref:miscommunication  ref:plot  ref:conspiracy  ref:competence  ref:politics  ref:age-difference  ref:first-time  au:sixthlight  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
september 2016 by zhena
Legends & Legatees by Fahye
Kingsman, het, slash.
* "Close Range Surveillance," Eggsy/Tilde. While Eggsy's in the process of being rewarded by a princess, Harry wakes up in the cell next door -- and hears everything. // 5.5K. Pegging fic.
* "Hold Courage to Your Chest," Eggsy/Harry. Eggsy, now Galahad, and Lancelot continue their training and are paired up as agents, now in pursuit of a new world-menacing villain. Meanwhile Eggsy's screwing his boss. 46K.
// So the second one has a plot of sorts (though it's never resolved in the sense of catching the bad guy ... it just sort of tables that). There are a lot of sex scenes -- to the point of maybe too many. The agent and agency stuff's quite fun and interesting though, plus some looking into post-V-Day complications.
fanfic  Kingsman  het  slash  fandom:kingsman  pairing:harry/eggsy  pairing:eggsy/tilde  voyeurism  via:as_lld_again  pair:EggsyUnwin/PrincessTilde  pair:HarryHart/EggsyUnwin  ref:postcanon  ref:voyeurism  ref:pegging  ref:first-time  ref:established  ref:spies  ref:plot  au:fahye 
august 2016 by zhena
Kingmaker by manic_intent
Kingsman, Harry/Eggsy. "'Eggsy, I really don’t think--' Merlin began, and stopped, because at that very moment, Eggsy walked right into a lamp post. Across the street, at a sidewalk corner cafe, reading a paper, sandwich part-eaten on a plate, sleek, long legs crossed neatly under the table, was Harry Hart." During a mission to Cornwall, Eggsy accidentally discovers Harry has been living there as a professional tailor. In spite of Merlin's warnings about Harry's Valentine-induced anmesia, Eggsy can't stay away from him. // 49K. Not only a relationship fic; also involves another nasty plot to depopulate the world that the Kingsman group is attempting to foil. Multiple POVs; lots of Merlin, Roxy. Some smut here and there.
slash  fanfic  Kingsman  pair:HarryHart/EggsyUnwin  ref:postcanon  ref:fixit  ref:amnesia  ref:plot  ref:spies  ref:h/c  au:manic_intent  fandom:Kingsman  ref:first-time 
august 2016 by zhena
Psmith Giantslayer by Selden
Psmith/Narnia, gen(ish). "Or, how the glorious Affair of the Motor Car on the Senate House Roof became the rather more alarming Affair of the Enormous Giants." Psmith and Mike enlist a new acquaintence, Edward Ppevensie, in a quest involving vengeance and motorcars, which ultimately involves more Ppevensies and magic. // 9K. Psmith fic I've not read yet! And it's enormously entertaining and mixes really well with the Narnia crew. P/M content as well, but it's background to the main plot. (Psmith's thing is never explained; Mike taking it in stride makes it more fun than irritating, I guess.) Locked fic, login required.
fanfic  Psmith  Narnia  gen  slash  pair:RupertPsmith/MikeJackson  ref:xover  ref:plot  ref:magic  ref:college  ref:established  ref:jealousy  ref:locked  au:selden  via:sophia_sol  fandom:PGWodehouse  fandom:Psmith  fandom:MiscYA 
june 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
Master Work by mahaliem
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. "Harry's eighth-year at Hogwarts is going about as well as all the others. Someone is out to get him, Aurors keep questioning him about the final battle and, worst of all, Draco is determined to repay his life debt to Harry." Which he does by taking an oath to serve for 10 moons -- which includes moving into Harry's room. // ~35K. So that was more fun than I'd expected, with a mystery plot in the background. Mainly UST, largely smut-free.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:humor  ref:oblivious  ref:UST  ref:plot  via:zimaya  au:mahaliem  fandom:HarryPotter 
june 2016 by zhena
And the Doors Are Open by gunsandbutter
Inception, Eames/Arthur. Arthur tests a new sedative that's meant to increase suggestibility and compliance, but his adverse reaction is something akin to a love potion -- with long-lingering effects. Whereupon Eames is alternately amused and frightened for his life.
Eames stares at him. And then says, slowly, "Hand me a biscuit, would you, please?"
"Get it yourself," Arthur says, and kisses him.
It's barely a kiss, really, just a fleeting brush of lips, gentle and dry. It's the sort of thing Eames might easily excuse away, attribute to a stumble (whilst seated) or a sudden need for cover (alone in the dreamscape) or a sodding aneurysm, any number of things that would make more sense than Arthur kissing him, but then Arthur pulls away and he’s smiling, eyes crinkled at the corners and breath hot on Eames’s chin, and –
"Oh, fuck me," Arthur says, and shoots himself in the head.
// 15K. Warts-and-all type traditional romance, as Arthur doesn't get less taciturn, and Eames doesn't get less snide about it all. Which I like.
fanfic  Inception  slash  pair:Arthur/Eames  ref:plot  ref:sexpollen  ref:banter  ref:humor  au:gunsandbutter  fandom:Inception 
april 2016 by zhena
Newts by astolat
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. "'I’m twenty-eight!' Harry said. 'I've been an Auror for ten years! You want me to go back to Hogwarts now?'" The pure bloods in the Wizengamot plot to keep Chief Auror (and degree-free) Harry from becoming the Minister of Magic, and it involves a politely hostile Hogwarts potions professor. // 14K. Wow. Plotty, smutty, amusing, with a twist 2/3 way through that upends all assumptions. Good job.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:auror  ref:plot  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:banter  ref:enemysex  ref:enemyslash  au:astolat  fandom:HarryPotter 
april 2016 by zhena
House Proud by astolat
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. "His house liked Draco Malfoy more than him." Harry and Draco are trapped in and by Grimmauld Place, which has no intentions of letting them leave. // Neo-Gothic fic featuring redecorating sprinkled with subtle dubcon. Here, HP sees the light: mind control, breeding, and pretentious snobbery are ~romantic. Astolat fics always well written, often leave me feeling I've tacitly approved of icky ideas.
via:sophia_sol  fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:curse  ref:curtainfic  ref:domestic  ref:huddling-for-warmth  ref:plot  ref:dubcon  au:astolat  fandom:HarryPotter 
march 2016 by zhena
Time Enough for Rocking When We're Old by Chash
The 100, Bellamy/Clarke. College student Clarke hits Craigslist in search of cheaper rent and finds an excellent offer -- if she's willing to marry the landlord for a few years.
boston > boston/camb/brook > housing > apts by owner
$2-300 Roxbury small room in 3-br 1-bath house, spouse preferred (Roxbury)
Pair of siblings looking for housemate. Due to extenuating circumstances I will share with interested parties, I would prefer a roommate who is willing to get married for legitimate personal reasons that do not include sex or anything sketchy. If not interested in marriage, room still available for $300/month plus utilities. Pets okay, no smokers, NO DRUG USE.
Please don't just email me to tell me this is fucked up, I know it is, you really don't have to tell me.
If you are interested in the marriage part, a female spouse is preferred, but male would be okay too. I promise I will explain this if you really want details, but I'm not putting it online. Serious inquiries only.
// 15K. Rom-com AU. LOL. I know zilch about this TV show, and zilch knowledge is required for the fic, which reads like a origfic short story. The situation is fun, as is the fanfic (classic Chash).
fanfic  The100  het  pair:ClarkeGriffin/BallamyBlake  AU  ref:pretendcouple  ref:marriage-of-convenience  ref:banter  ref:humor  ref:plot  ref:domestic  ref:curtainfic  ref:college  ref:kidfic  via:sophia_sol  au:chash  fandom:MiscTV 
january 2016 by zhena
Goal: Take the Red Pill by tristesses
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood/The Matrix, PC/Willow. "Goal: Listen to Willow Pape, bend reality, destroy Kim Kardashian." // 8.5K. Hooooly cow. Really creative, awesome, suspenseful fic. I didn't know anything about the game it's based on, so about 1/3 in I paused to consult google about a few things, but I didn't feel like it was a requirement.
fanfic  KimKardashianHollywood  Matrix  femslash  yuletide  yuletide2015  ref:xover  ref:fusionfic  ref:plot  ref:humor  ref:horror  ref:SF  ref:videogame  fandom:MiscFilms  fandom:MiscVideoGames  ref:meta  au:tristesses 
december 2015 by zhena
'Tis the Season to Be Murdered by Liadt
Avengers, gen. Steed and Mrs. Peel investigate mysterious murders by Christmas decorations. // Good job: strictly IC, and exactly as bizarre and silly an as actual episode.
“You have been busy,” said Emma, walking into Steed’s flat. The last time she had visited the walls had been bare, but now they were festooned with row upon row of cards. “Those are somewhat drab.” Emma pointed at the offending row of cards.
“They’re from fellows detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure. They mainly wish me a merry Christmas and death in the New Year,” said Steed.
“It’s nice they want you to have a good Christmas.”
“I feel terrible about not sending a card back, but what can I do when they are sent anonymously?”
Emma nodded in sympathy at Steed’s predicament.
fanfic  Avengers  gen  pair:JohnSteed|EmmaPeel  yuletide  yuletide2015  ref:plot  ref:casefic  ref:banter  ref:humor  au:Liadt  fandom:MiscTV 
december 2015 by zhena
A Series of Optical Illusions by Fahye
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Phryne/Jack. "Miss Phryne Fisher sets a trap, throws a party, and reconciles her differences." Phryne lures a killer to a masked ball without realizing she's lured someone else as well -- all the way across the ocean. // 20K. Never watched this series, but this fic makes it sound awfully attractive. Really well plotted case fic with a lot of introspection and some elliptical smut as well. Also introduced me to the word "stickybeaking."
het  yuletide  fanfic  MissFisher  pair:PhryneFisher/Jack  Robinson  yuletide2015  ref:casefic  ref:UST  ref:plot  ref:mystery  au:Fahye  fandom:MiscTV 
december 2015 by zhena
There is never a portal that cannot be opened with ingenuity and respect! by azurelunatic
Key & Peele, Inner City Wizard School, gen. "What's an inner city witch to do when a Potions accident transforms her brother into a cat, and the school district doesn't have budget to turn him back? It's time for a little ingenuity." // OFC's adventure in a Key & Peele sketch's world (this Harry Potter parody: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=399_1357408167). It's actually pretty brilliant, and it does use background characters from the sketch and give them more context.
fanfic  Key-and-Peele  gen  yuletide  yuletide2015  ref:WizardSchool  ref:curse  ref:humor  au:azurelunatic  fandom:MiscTV  ref:plot 
december 2015 by zhena
The Rummy Affair of the Brinkley Ball by Culumacilinte
Wodehouse, Jeeves and Wooster, Bertie/Jeeves, Madeline/Honoria. Madeline calls upon Bertie (well, Jeeves) to come to a ball and save her and Honoria from scrutiny. An elaborate plot ensues. // LOL. Extremely Wooster-ish dialogue and situations, satisfyingly convoluted plot, and Jeeves never drops out of shimmer mode (i.e., no "Bertie and Reg" to be found here).
fanfic  Jeeves-and-Wooster  Wodehouse  slash  femslash  pair:Jeeves/Wooster  pair:MadelineBassett/HonoriaGlossop  ref:plot  ref:humor  ref:pastiche  ref:established  au:Culumacilinte  fandom:PGWodehouse 
december 2015 by zhena
Negotiable by eyebrowofdoom
Bond, Skyfall, Bond/Q. "The shitty thing was that Q had a boyfriend at the time – a ravishing, blond, public-school-boy wank fantasy of an actual, actual boyfriend. Then Bond came along." Here, Bond is a freewheeling, do-anyone sort, and Q is not. There's a mission that goes south, and various entanglements to sort out. // ~35K, Q POV. Holy cow, Belinda is posting fic again, and it's really long. Interoffice romance, some travel abroad, with lots of uncertainty about the others' intentions. Tres smutty. (No Spectre spoilers/compliance, which is good as I've not seen it yet...) ETA: Just reading this one again. It has a wry prosaic feel to it that I find vv attractive, plus excessive Britishness(TM) that's kinda charming.
fanfic  Bond  Skyfall  slash  pair:007/Q  ref:Skyfall  ref:plot  ref:miscommunication  ref:casefic  ref:first-time  au:eyebrowofdoom  fandom:JamesBond  ref:h/c 
november 2015 by zhena
Interregnum by furiosity
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco (main). Another sub-rosa plot to take over the wizarding world begins with a barely averted nuclear strike via imperioused Americans and goes downhill from there, leaving the U.K. wizarding exposed and launching conspiracy theories galore. Fearing a new wannabe-Dark Lord is on the rise, Auror Harry is working the case, along with Hermione, Ron, OC American aurors, and an angry, reluctant (and very gay) Malfoy, whose life in Berlin gets trashed after a family dark artefact is revealed. // Dunno how many words, but v.v. long at 34 parts. Imho, unexpectedly the only likable characters in this are Vaisley and Bulstrode, a couple of former Slytherins who are working as obliviators. Everyone else lets their asshole colors fly, but for all that it has a twisty crazily complicated plot that's readable. Mostly gen; the slash content involves a truckload of homophobia, so not pleasant per se -- as author points out, not a romance fic. Deaths of a few non-main canon characters. LJ only.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  gen  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:plot  ref:mystery  ref:amnesia  ref:enemyslash  ref:enemysex  ref:denial  ref:voyeurism  ref:noncon  ref:dubcon  ref:Auror  ref:longfic  au:furiosity  fandom:HarryPotter 
september 2015 by zhena
Finding Water by astolat
Fast and Furious, Dom/Brian. AU. Dom's band needs water to cross the desert, so he comes up with a plan to hit a heavily guarded settlement and steal it. During the heist, he winds up hauling along an accidental prisoner. // 16K. Post-nuke-apocalyptic/Western swords-and-horses AU with elided backstory. Plotty, tense, good characterizations, lots of monster gore, mainly heavy UST (w/o her usual sub/dom vibes), no porn.
fanfic  Fast-and-Furious  gen  slash  pair:BrianOConnor/DominicToretto  AU  ref:apocafic  ref:western  ref:plot  ref:UST  au:astolat  fandom:Fast-and-Furious 
august 2015 by zhena
Waging World Peace by Alex51324
Man From U.N.C.L.E., Illya/Napoleon. After Napoleon is informed that his choice for a new partner is a homosexual, he takes on the irritable Russian anyway. They spend the next several months in their own variation on the Cold War: uncomfortably socializing and saving each other from the usual life-threatening situations, while Napoleon tries to avoid putting his foot in his mouth and wrestles with an unexpected, new-found attraction. // 32K, shifting POV. Plotty, USTy, no weird anachronisms to bug me, and an enjoyably card-carrying Communist KGB Illya; he's as cynical as anyone with how it's turned out in reality, but he's not enamored with the West either. Ladies-man Napoleon's confusion about his growing affection for his partner isn't badly done (i.e., not a WNGWJLEO fic). I love it when people revisit olde-skool fandoms with more current stylings. Good pimp fic, I'm thinking, as it doesn't assume a reader knows anything about the show and includes everything you need.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZuErXLfQlM
fanfic  ManFromUNCLE  slash  pair:NapoleonSolo/IllyaKuryakin  ref:spies  ref:plot  ref:UST  ref:pining  ref:historical  ref:h/c  ref:bffs-to-lovers  ref:best-of-rec  au:alex51324  fandom:MUNCLE 
august 2015 by zhena
Life Sentence by astolat
Fast & Furious, Dom/Brian, AU. Dom's back in Lompoc penitentary for a 25-to-life stretch, so he cuts a deal to soul-bond with a fed as a get out of jail free card. Meanwhile, Brian's being offered a mission he wishes he could refuse. // I prefer Brian/Roman, I don't like soulbond fics, and astolat's kinks are not mine, so ... surprise! Enjoyable read, with insane car stunts and copious smut. Similar theme in an SPN fic of hers from back when.
fanfic  via:sophia_sol  Fast-and-Furious  slash  ref:plot  ref:soulbond  ref:enemyslash  ref:cops-crooks  au:astolat  fandom:Fast-and-Furious  AU  ref:roadtrip 
may 2015 by zhena
At Your Service by Faith Wood
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. "Hogwarts students are in danger; Harry is determined to save them all. There's only one thing he knows for certain: Draco Malfoy is somehow involved." After everyone returns to school, someone in a black cloak is spotted stalking the halls at night. No one's overly concerned until the first student dies. // 96K. Long, complicated mystery plot; I thought I'd had it figured out, but I was wrong. Woo.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:postcanon  ref:ewe  ref:mystery  ref:plot  au:faithwood  fandom:HarryPotter 
may 2015 by zhena
Lacuna by alcibiades
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. The Winter Soldier convinces Steve to take off with him in the middle of the night to track down what may or may not be a distress signal from Hydra prisoners. // 62K. Incognito road trip fic, where Bucky remembers zilch, lots of violence and death and sneaking around, eventual smut. With depressingly accurate description of at least one place I've lived.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:plot  ref:amnesia  ref:roadtrip  au:alcidiades  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
may 2015 by zhena
Eurydice's Adventures in the Underworld by roseveare
Haven, Nathan/Audrey, Mara/William, Nathan/Mara/William, AU. Mara drags Nathan along with her into the void to search the other worlds for William. // 25K. S4 alt version. Mara is pretty evil to Nathan, and Audrey is still around as a hallucination that keeps Nathan tethered to Mara in spite of himself. Odd and interesting.
fanfic  Haven  slash  het  pair:NathanWuornos/AudreyParker  pair:NathanWuornos/Mara  pair:Mara/William  pair:NathanWuornos/Mara/William  AU  ref:alien-wtf  ref:fork  ref:dubcon  ref:noncon  ref:threesome  ref:curse  ref:plot  au:roseveare  fandom:Haven 
may 2015 by zhena
Frost Warning by cheesewithmy
Hockey RPS, Sid/Geno. Sidney is the new kindergarten teacher in town, who is a part-time witch; his ramshackle rental cabin on the edge of the national park is sometimes visited by a huge bear, and sometimes by a huge park ranger named Geno. When a centuries-old curse revisits the town, they both have their hands full. // Oh, interesting. World with clandestine magic, not all of which is pleasant, ergo some gore. Very slo-mo romance, eventual smut.
fanfic  Hockey  RPS  slash  pair:SidneyCrosby/EvgenyMalkin  AU  ref:penguins  ref:UST  ref:teacher  ref:ranger  ref:plot  ref:magic  ref:animal-shift  ref:curse  via:SomebodyOwens  fandom:HockeyRPS 
april 2015 by zhena
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