zhena + ref:series   10

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
Reichenbach Falls by mardia
Rivers of London, Peter/Beverley, Peter/Thomas. Set of three fics, set over a year's time, in which everyone (including Peter) copes with Peter's untimely demise.

* "The Old Familiar Places," https://archiveofourown.org/works/12064311 "On the day of Peter Grant’s funeral, Sahra wakes up with a knot in a stomach and the beginnings of a dull headache at her temples." // 7K, Sahra POV, gen. Sahra attends a funeral and witnesses a lot of unusual interactions.

* "The Shadows I Live with Are Numberless," https://archiveofourown.org/works/15747966 "Olympia sits up and stares at her. 'Bev. It’s been a month, and you’re still flooding the city four days out of seven. We can’t leave when you’re still like this.'" // 7K, Beverley POV. Beverley does not cope, and eventually forms an alliance of sorts with someone else who isn't really coping either.

* "For Suddenly I Saw You There," https://archiveofourown.org/works/16441673 "Peter Grant returns from the dead, and starts the longer process of returning home." // 66K, het, slash. Long fic in which Peter returns in a suitably weird way then has to piece together what's gone on in his absence -- he's missed a lot. Really involving series.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  het  slash  pair:PeterGrant/BeverleyBrook  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  pair:BeverleyBrook|ThomasNightingale  pair:PeterGrant|WilliamTyburn  ref:series  ref:angst  ref:timetravel  ref:h/c  ref:pining  ref:ghosts  au:mardia  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
november 2018 by zhena
Precious Metals (series) by StrikerEureka
Buzzfeed Unsolved, Ryan/Shane. Yet another demon!Shane AU, tho a bit better written than most, and without too much in the way of porn. (The titles on these are so unmemorable that they've been useless for sparking my memory of the fics' content. Eh.)

* "I'm Clean Out of Air in My Lungs," https://archiveofourown.org/works/14279739 // 16K. Ryan and Shane are in a car accident. Shane doesn't seem too badly hurt, which starts Ryan suspecting something's amiss with him. (Narrator: He's right.)

* "These Are What They Call Hard Feelings," https://archiveofourown.org/works/14584731 // 18K. Welp, Shane's been a demon all along. Ryan's still kinda into him anyway. Lots of making out and bonding ensues, but Ryan's headaches and nosebleeds are becoming an issue.

* "You Can Feel It on the Way Home," https://archiveofourown.org/works/15156122 // 38K. "Something has noticed Ryan and it isn’t content to just watch and wait. While Shane attempts to share his true sight with Ryan, things begin to quickly fall apart. Ryan thinks he’s losing his grip on reality and Shane takes entirely too long to figure out what’s really at play. They’re closer to one another than ever before, but it might not stay that way if they can’t beat what is coming for them."
fanfic  BuzzfeedUnsolved  slash  pair:RyanBergara/ShaneMadej  ref:series  ref:demon  ref:possession  ref:soulbond  ref:bffs-to-lovers  ref:first-time  au:StrikerEureka  fandom:Buzzfeed 
july 2018 by zhena
Inside Outside by SoniaVice
Justified, Rayland/OMC, series. Three fics, starting in Kentucky and ending in Florida, that follow an odd, complicated relationship.

* "The Inside Man," https://archiveofourown.org/works/14696973 "Raylan just wants to make a case against Robert Quarles, and if the missing Brady Hughes is his way inside, he'll take it."
"Deputy," Jack said, leaning in like he was imparting a secret. "Everyone knows nothing. And I'd be obliged, sir, if you would not drive up and down the strip in your big black automobile. It's bad for business."
// 8.5K. Rayland tolerates a teenage street-kid/hooker who's latched onto him in the course of an investigation and begun to treat him like his go-to for free food and showers. The ultimate result is unwelcome admissions by Rayland (and Tim) about Rayland's sexuality.

* "Acting Out," https://archiveofourown.org/works/14901011 "Art has an assignment for Raylan and Tim: Go find the fugitive who keeps showing up in the back room of the local gay strip club." // 13K. As Rayland and Tim sidle around the bar scene flashing a photo and asking questions, they encounter an unexpected person playing an unexpected role.

* "Going In and Coming Out," https://archiveofourown.org/works/14939091 "Jack visits Raylan's house in Miami on a very important job, and then, in between patching the bullet holes and cleaning up the mess, Raylan finally sorts out his own life." // 15K. A fraught hostage situation gets resolved with mayhem, bloodshed, and unpleasant personal revelations about everyone involved. (HEA tho.)

// Super readable series (in spite of typos here and there that completely warp the meaning of sentences). The OMC is well constructed and interesting, and he's a great means of poking in Rayland's messed up psyche. I've never seen the show, but I liked this fic, so zero canon knowledge required.
fanfic  Justified  slash  pair:RaylandGivens/OMC  ref:series  ref:casefic  ref:banter  ref:cops-crooks  ref:deception  ref:disguise  ref:sexworker  au:SoniaVice  fandom:Justified 
july 2018 by zhena
A Few Years Later by Sixthlight
Rivers of London, Peter/Nightingale. Series of fics set after Peter has finished his apprenticeship and become an inspector himself. The Folly has four new apprentices, Abigail included. The first set of fics are variations on the get-together theme (sort of a romance CYOA), then the rest of the fics follow on from that with assorted cases and vignettes. Fun stuff.
fanfic  Rivers-of-London  slash  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  ref:postcanon  ref:first-time  ref:established  ref:magic  ref:series  au:sixthlight  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
july 2016 by zhena
The Declarative Case by lamardeuse
Lewis, Lewis/Hathaway. After Lewis retires, Hathaway resigns as well -- and inadvertantly announces his intentions with an impulsive kiss. //Post s6 (and presupposes no s7+). Sequence of fics in which they work it out with all the usual stuff involved, culminating in a B&B in Cornwall. Alternating POVs, eventual porn.
* Intentions, http://archiveofourown.org/works/466389
* Beginnings, http://archiveofourown.org/works/476991
* Shift, http://archiveofourown.org/works/502101
* Choices, http://archiveofourown.org/works/573992
* Momentum, http://archiveofourown.org/works/680504
fanfic  Lewis  slash  pair:RobbieLewis/JamesHathaway  ref:series  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:pining  ref:postcanon  ref:first-time  ref:banter  ref:bffs-to-lovers  au:lamardeuse 
march 2016 by zhena
Give My Regards to Soul and Romance by gdgdbaby
Generation Kill, Brad/Ray. Set of three consecutive fics: "Ray is oblivious, brad is repressed, and it all ends in blowjobs, basically."
* "The Kids Are All Right," http://archiveofourown.org/works/363900 Gen. Brad POV. Back from Iraq, Ray's obviously a mess. Brad hauls him out on a road trip, where they stop in to see various Bravos, and Brad silently unfucks Ray's brain.
* "We Are All Going Forward," http://archiveofourown.org/works/369887 Gen, Ray POV. Back from the Royal Marines, Brad spends his libo hanging out with Ray in Missouri, tagging along to the health club and band gigs. Ray is baffled but amenable.
* "And Take My Waking Slow," http://archiveofourown.org/works/372181 Brad/Ray. Brad shows up where Ray's now living in California and announces that he's ready to leave the Corps. Ray knows better -- but doesn't know everything Brad's been thinking.
Excellent character voices, lots of canon shoutouts, believable situations. So good.
fanfic  GenerationKill  type:gen  type:slash  pair:Brad/Ray  ref:series  ref:postcanon  ref:ptsd  ref:pining  ref:roadtrip  ref:first-time  au:gdgdbaby  fandom:GenerationKill 
may 2012 by zhena
Hell Season (series) by Keiko Kirin (sakana17)
2002, Chiu/Fung. Three-part series that begins with Chiu being stalked by a spirit the Fung and Paper Chan have their doubts about. Then Fung is being stalked by another sort of spirit altogether. Then both have to resolve a final restless spirit. // A ton of smarm herein (not unlike the movie), but eventually it works its way around to legit slash.
fanfic  2002  slash  Chiu/Fung  ref:series  au:KeikoKirin 
november 2011 by zhena
Chuck versus the Uncanny by rivkat
SPN, Chuck, crossover series, gen and slash.
* "Chuck versus the Uncanny," gen, one-shot. As it turns out, Chuck was a classmate of Sam's. But all Dean wanted was a new Walkman, not terrorist detention. http://archiveofourown.org/works/5227
* "Chuck versus the Family Business," standalone sequel, slash (Dean/Chuck). As it turns out, the government's been experimenting on vampires. Chuck successfully argues for calling in expert assistance. http://archiveofourown.org/series/12087
Fun, funny, canon-compliant crossover. No Chuck knowledge necessary, fic provides what you need to know; SPN seems (vaguely) S7. The first fic does nothing but establish a crossover situation though it contains a few strong hints that something bigger might be going on in the background. The second fic picks up those hints and runs with them in the form of a vampire casefic. // The slash aspect seemed to teleport in out of nowhere, but eventually the fic does give it a bit of loose psychological context (sublimation, works for me). Otherwise, as well written and amusing as usual. :D
fanfic  Supernatural  Chuck  gen  slash  xover  Dean/Chuck  ref:series  au:rivkat  fandom:Supernatural 
november 2011 by zhena

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