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Buy You A Mockingbird by jadedoll (Explicit)

Title: Buy You A Mockingbird
Fandom: Marvel comics (616 with a bit of Marvel 3490)
Pairing: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Categories: kids, drama, romance, hurt/comfort, domestic, action/adventure
Length: Long [29 652]
Warnings: Character Death (not main character), Critically Ill Young Child, Medical Situations

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: jadedoll's AO3

Summary: Babyfic! When Tony unexpectedly becomes a parent, his world view drastically changes. And changes. Then it changes again. And then again.


Review: I'm not often enamored with kid fics or baby fics, but this fic is one of those that I come back to reread time and time again, because it's just that brilliant.

The summary above doesn't give it away, but the premise of this fic is a typical comic plot: Something went wrong somewhere in the Marvel multiverse and all world's are threatened. But suddenly different world are connecting, and the Tony of the post-Civil War 616 universe and Commander Rogers have tentatively worked things out between them and are working together again, but things are complicated. Even more complicated now that people from other universes fall through cracks and suddenly appear. There is a very touching moment between Tony and a Steve from a universe where he killed Tony.

The crisis cumulates into the appearance of Natasha Stark-Rogers from Marvel 3490 universe (where a female version of Iron Man is married to Captain America and this stopped a Civial War) and she's one of the last survivors of her universe, knows how to stop the crisis, and she's dying. But she brought something with her: Her son.

This fic does a wonderful job of showing the connection between Tony and his other self and of how he transitions into a father almost immediately, despite being scarred and overwhelmed by the whole process. All of that is done with a wonderful attention to canon details and characterization.

Comics!Tony especially at the time always has his bouts of depression and none of that is just disregarded. And the fic gives him lots of reason to be himself, worrying and feeling all the angst about a lot of things. But there are happy moments, domestic moments that surprise him and along the line the relationship with the infant that is now his grows - and he and Steve work things out, step by step, as they try to both be part of the kids life.

It's a very touching story and some parts of this always make me cry, so keep a handkerchief at the ready perhaps.

Buy You A Mockingbird

See You Again by Terrilynn88 (unrated)

Title: When I See You Again
Fandom: Haven
Pairing: Duke Crocker/Nathan Wuornos (could be read as friendship or slash)
Categories: fanvid, slash, friendship
Length: (vid) 3mins47
Warnings: canon *spoilers* for the finale and major warnings that come with that

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: Terrilynn88 on Tumblr

Summary: See you Again: Nathan and Duke.

Perfectly formed Duke/Nathan vid that incorporates the whole series from beginning to end (with the accompanying spoiler warnings that this includes the finale).

The sadly-increasing practise of peppering sound clips throughout the whole of a vid frankly drives me bananas, but I'm inclined to forgive this one.

See You Again

Au pays qui te ressemble by tropes (NC-17)

Title: Au pays qui te ressemble
Fandom: Check Please!
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Categories/Genres: Fluff, Friendship, Romance, Alternate Universe (slightly)
Length: Long (15584 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: tropes
Author Website: tropes

Summary:

Jack waits.

Review:

What a succinctly accurate summary. Usually I rec fics for specific aspects that I find particularly well done, but I'm totally throwing this up because it's 15k words of Jack Zimmermann being adorable over a substantial period of time.

That said, I really do admire the way tropes draws out the development of the relationship. There's certainly no hurry, but it also never stalls, the emotional milestones keeping the story moving forward at all times.

Au pays qui te ressemble
Title: in the space between your hearts
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: The Doctor/River Song
Categories: Romance, angst, hurt/comfort, fluff
Length: Medium [12439]
Warnings: -

Author on LJ: n/a
Author/Artist/Creator Website: cmartlover's AO3

Summary: "I have loved every moment of the time I’ve spent with you here. And I wouldn’t trade it for the universe. But sometimes, Sweetie, on those mornings when you wake up crying in my arms because of the nightmares, I can hardly bear it. Because I think of all those mornings you must’ve woken up like that alone.” River confesses, voice wavering. “And when you told me about Trenzalore…I just couldn’t bear the thought of you having to go through that for so long. It broke my heart. So I decided to do something about it.”


Review: This fic was written following the Christmas special "The Husbands of River Song" that wrapped up River's arc and was sadly the only, but very memorably time that River Song interacted with the Twelfth Doctor. The fic starts where the episode ended.

The author uses the romance and the sad knowledge that the this will be their last time together to craft a wonderful picture of the relationship that River shared with the Doctor, with Eleven especially, but also with Twelve who she is with. As a very nice touch she gets to visit Trenzalore where "her" Doctor made his last stand and stayed for a long, long time fighting. It's very touching, because it mirrors their dilemmas so very well, always meeting out of sequence, avoiding spoilers because knowing where River will meet her end is their tragedy.

The love between Elven and River is very sweet and her relationship with Twelve is different, but not without that love. It's all complicated and just wonderful of the complexity of the emotions that are conveyed. One of the AO3 tags on the story calls it a "sort of a love letter to the Doctor and River" and that really perfectly sums up the story.

in the space between your hearts

Dwarves & Damsels by Lumelle (Pg13)

Title: Dwarves & Damsels
Fandom: The Hobbit
Pairing: Kíli/Tauriel, Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Oakenshield, Fíli/Ori, Dís/Dwalin
Categories: AU, Family, Romance
Length: Long (20k)
Warnings: Misgendering

Author on LJ: lumelle
Website: Lumelle's Ao3

Summary: While there were many downsides to being an unmarried lass in the Shire, at least back home Bilbo would never have been accused of fathering the child of a dwarven prince. Of course, she can't tell the truth, because Kíli's actual lover isn't exactly likely to gain Thorin's favor - not that anyone else seems to care what she has in her trousers.

Now she just has to survive jealous dwarves and embarrassing discussions until either Tauriel returns to the mountain or Thorin gets over himself. Or herself, Bilbo hasn't exactly asked yet.

Now what's an honorable hobbit lass to do? And where do you find one around here?

Review: All dwarves are male in Westron, but in their own tongue they are something else. There are no words for gender in the language of the dwarves. Mothers are those that take part in the craft of creating new life. The problem comes when Bilbo discovers that this means everyone assumes she's male. And even though it finally gives her freedom, it isn't a fiction she plans to keep forever.

This is a nice quick read that takes place soon after the events of the battle of the Five Armies, in a world where everyone survives. It is a lovely discussion of what exactly marriage, child rearing, and gender could look like in dwarven society.

Despite the heavy discussions the fic doesn't become dark and even manages to use some of the character misunderstanding tropes without falling into the trap of having everybody get pissed off and make everything worse, which is a nice change of pace from a lot of fics that use the mistakenly in a relationship plot.

A good, quick read for people interested in alternate culture and gender headcanons.

Dwarves & Damsels

The Naked Eye by SQ (Teen)

Title: The Naked Eye
Fandom: To The Hilt by Dick Francis
Pairing: Alexander Kinloch/Chris Young (endgame), Alexander Kinloch/Emily Jane Cox
Categories: post-canon, romance, drama, het, slash, crossdressing character, first person
Length: Medium, 4768 words
Warnings: none

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: SQ (proteinscollide) on AO3

Summary: After the war comes peace. The events that leave Al with new demons and scars also bring with it relationships and opportunities to grow: as a painter, a friend, and more.

After all the fuss died down, I went back to painting.

Emerald grass, sapphire skies, a flag flapping in the distance, a ball in sure trajectory. For the first few weeks, it was comforting to return to a world I knew well, a peaceful place far away from here, a myriad open landscapes without thugs and unspeakable cruelty and dangerous greed.


This marks a fannish sequel to one of the very few mainstream novels I've ever felt extremely slashy about without the aid of fanfic, namely Dick Francis' To The Hilt, mystery story about artist Alexander Kinloch. Gven that the nature of his relationship with his occasionally cross-dressing investigator-bodyguard Chris was one I thought was potentially going to end up not just subtext while I was actually reading the book for the first time, way back when -- in a Dick Francis novel, and I still wonder if it was meant to be romantic, and was stepped back -- it's nice to find fanfic that lives up to a continuation of the story from the book.

The fic works through being interested in all the things which the book is, so it genuinely feels like a linear continuation of the same story, with all the colours and textures of Al's life, the relationship with Emily as well as Chris, the painting -- omg, the painting -- and Al's family connections and the business side of his art, the little mentions of all the characters that appeared in the novel.

The scene of Emily meeting Chris is probably the most delightful, and the way Al's art is so present throughout.

The Naked Eye

One Direction (NC-17)

I didn’t know much about one direction. The last time I’d seen them it was watching Liam Payne singing Cry me a River at his audition so I’d missed alot. So as they go on hiatus here are two fantastic fics to get you through the next 18 months.

Title: The Hiding Place
Fandom: One Direction
Pairing: Louis Tomlinson/Harry Styles
Categories/Genres: Soulmates AU, Angst, Drama, Fluff, Pining
Length: 365016
Warnings: Extra long and some broken links

Author/Artist on AO3: A Living Fire

Summary: Louis never wanted a soulmate, didn’t really care for the whole Bonding thing at all, really. Enter Harry Styles, who’s wanted to be Bonded for as long as he could remember. With one fateful meeting in an X Factor bathroom, Louis gets a dagger on his arm and the realization that just because Harry is his soulmate doesn’t mean it’s mutual.

From the X Factor house to Madison Square Garden, from the Fountain Studios stage to stadiums across the world, Louis has to learn to love without losing himself completely, because someday his best friend will Bond to someone and replace Louis as the center of his universe. Meanwhile, Harry begins to think that maybe fate doesn’t actually know what it’s doing after all, because his other half has clearly been right in front of him the whole time. All he has to do now is convince Louis to give them a chance.

Or, the canon compliant Harry and Louis love story from the very beginning, where the only difference is that the love between them is literally written on their skin, and there’s only so much they can hide.

Review: A fantastic gateway fic. Despite including soulmates and making this world slightly AU the writer follows the rising of One Direction through X Factor religiously including links of their real lives to keep the story tied to the real timeline. It certainly saves you from trying to find all this out yourself and includes a depth of character (real or not) as the writer imagines all the cute adventures the boys have behind the scenes and some strong bonds between the band that you immediately become jealous of. I loved this fic and I probably would have given up trying this fandom for the first time without it.

The Hiding Place


Title: Red Brick Heart
Fandom: One Direction
Pairing: Louis Tomlinson/Harry Styles
Categories/Genres: Angst, Drama, Fluff, Pining, Roommates
Length:98194
Warnings:

Author/Artist on AO3: Hazmesentir

Summary:Harry has only had his room for thirty-two minutes when it stops being his.

Uni AU. Harry had turned up at the halls of residence expecting fun, new friends, and maybe a life experience or two. What he doesn't expect is a surprise roommate who's loud and dramatic and obsessed with tea and is maybe, actually, all he's ever wanted.

Review: There’s lots of pining softened by a huge lack of boundaries that leads to endless fluff and unresolved sexual tension. Louis’ beautiful and Harry’s sweet and they’re trapped living in a room together. What’s the worst that could happen?

Red Brick Heart
Title:All the Roofs of Uncertainty
Fandom: Batman (DCU)
Pairing: None (Background canon)
Categories: Self-Reflection, Drama, Superhero Hospital
Length: Epic (70 000) words
Warnings: Canon-typical violence, mental health issues and dysfunctional relationships

Author’s Summary:
For all the blood on his hands, Red Hood was never just a villain. And Nightwing never gives up on family, not for good.

(Or: The one where Dick bleeds a lot and Jason argues with everybody.)

Set in some never-achieved future point in the pre-Flashpoint continuity, assuming Bruce came home to Gotham to roost well within the year and Dick stopped being Batman. After making good his Arkham escape, Jason got Scarlet set up somewhere she wouldn't be traced to him this time, and has been avoiding both Gotham and capes for a while, mostly traveling around assassinating international crime figures.

Review:

I don’t seem to be able to find many words for this one, but All the Roofs of Uncertainty is a really touching fic about Jason Todd trying to reconcile who he is with who he was and what he has done.

All the Roofs of Uncertainty

clarity by skylights (PG-13)

Title: clarity
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Alternate Universe, Romance, Friendship, Fluff,
Length: Long (21866 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: baby_skies
Author Website: skylights

Summary:

“Well as a general rule, one person usually wants to spend time with another because he or she would like to know more about that person in question.” Bond shrugs, nonchalant in the face of Q’s eyeroll. “Also, most people would consider it to be enjoyable as well, to have food in the process.”

“A very succinct and completely unnecessary introduction to Social Interactions 101, thank you, but you know damn well what I mean.”

“As a matter of fact, I don’t. Which is another reason why this upcoming dinner is so important.”

(Or, the one with mirrors, meals, and an attempted romance. It's just a coincidence that Q has loved Bond in almost every life he's lived.)

Review:

If you spend the first half of this story confused about the interludes, then worry not, because that's right where the author wants you.

As I've gotten older, I've found that I have less and less time for fanfiction. Responsibilities, social events, family, chores—I'm sure you've caught the theme. As a direct consequence, my appetite for long fics has gone down. If it takes more than an hour to read, I'm definitely going to hesitate before clicking. clarity is an exception to that. It's already a decently sized fic, but the glimpses of the previous 'lives' that Q lives only whet my appetite for them, raising more questions than skylights deigns to answer. Give me another twenty, thirty thousand, and I might just be satisfied.

It certainly doesn't hurt that skylights' prose is well-paced and neatly crafted. Settings come alive with flavorful descriptions; from Malaysia to Prague, the world is fleshed out and substantial in a way that few authors bother with. I'm not sure if the author has been to these places or researched them meticulously, but the detail skylights incorporates steals the damn show every time.

clarity
Title: Happy Endings Are Overrated
Fandom: The Hunger Games
Pairing: Mags/Original Male Character
Categories: Backstory, Angst, character study
Length: Long [16317 words]
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: sabaceanbabe
Author Website: sabaceanbabe's AO3

Summary: The story of Mags' life, in reverse.


Review:
The thing about Hunger Games is that it has tons of interesting characters that we never get in depth information about. Most of the tributes fall into this category and one of the tributes of the Quarter Quell really spoke to me. Mags and her end really made me wonder about her beginning and about her mentoring Finnick.

This fic is all I could ever have asked for. As the summary suggests this fic tells the lifestory of Mags, gives a glimpse of her defining moments. The story is told in reverse and that is one of the reasons why it has so much punch to it. We know how Mags ended. Now here, layer for layer, we learn how she became the woman who offered herself up to spare Annie and Finnick. -there are sad and angsty moments and happy moments in between, the complexity of a long life lived and a woman who has been forced by circumstance but never entirely forgot that there were things worth fighting for.

It's really touchingly told and there is amazing detail and worldbuilding in this, that by looking at Mags lives, also builds backstory for Finnick, District 4 and the whole of Panem and the Hunger Games. This is an absolute believable history of how the Games came to be and how the culture surrounding them grew and how a bunch of Victors decided to use the Quarter Quell to their own advantage at the risk of their own lives.

Happy Endings Are Overrated

Coming Out of the Void by Dsudis (Nc17)

Title: Coming Out of the Void
Fandom: The Martian
Pairing:
Chris Beck/Beth Johanssen/Mark Watney
Categories: Angst, BDSM, Domestic, Hurt/Comfort, Romance,
Length: Medium (18k)
Warnings:

Author on LJ: dsudis
Website: Dira Sudis A03

Summary: 543 sols of making all the decisions was enough. Mark was ready to let someone else give the orders now.

Review: The BDSM epilogue to the Martian that you never knew you needed.

Mark is having some trouble dealing with being back around other people and making all the decisions that go along with every day life. So Beck steps-in. And it works. And keeps working. Even as Beth starts helping Mark as well.

This is one part fluffy get-together and one part BDSM romance all held together with some awesome kink negotiations and sweetly domestic BDSM scenes

Coming Out of the Void

The Heart Line by merle_p (Teen)

Title: The Heart Line
Fandom: Criminal Minds
Pairing: Hotchner/Madame Bouvier
Categories: post-ep, het, trans character, pre-relationship
Length: Medium, 5540 words
Warnings: discussion of childhood physical abuse

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: merle_p on AO3

Summary: He takes a deep breath and shakes his head at himself. He's only here to return a Halloween costume, nothing more, he tells himself as he reaches for the package on the passenger seat. He resists the fleeting urge to check his reflection in the rear mirror before pushing the car door open. He knows what he looks like after a long day at work, his shirt still clean but sweaty and faintly creased, his face greyish and lined from too much stress and too little sleep.

I suspect Hotchner/interesting guest character is the closest to a favoured pairing I have in this fandom. This fic brings back a guest character who had a neat vibe with Hotch, who is very different from Hotch, who is positioned in various different ways to spark off his at least apparently staid and reserved and rational edges.

It's a gentle, quiet fic, as they swap their stories, full of texture and character details, and it makes me sorry that the glimpse of this relationship wasn't anywhere the show would have gone. The original scene featuring Madame Bouvier was so short, but here it's charmingly spun out into possibility from so little.

The Heart Line
Title: The World on his Wrist
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing: John Watson/Sherlock Holmes
Categories/Genres: AU, drama
Length: 66,905
Warnings: This fic contains a few worlds and some major characters die off screen in some of these worlds.

Author/Artist on LJ: bendingsignpost
Author/Artist on AO3: Bending Sign Post

Summary:First, he is shot in Afghanistan. Second, he wakes to a phone call in Chelmsford, Essex. Third is pain, fourth is normalcy, fifth is agony and sixth is confusion. By the eighth, he's lost track. (John-centric AU)

Review: If you are looking for a clever and in character fic that gives you an expanded world view on what is already an amazingly beautiful canon, this is the story for you. John is brave and handles his new reality so well in a situation that would have sent most people crazy.
After John’s accident his reality is split into four different universes. When he goes to sleep he wakes up in another and it’s a hard task keeping what’s happening in them straight when they’re so extremely different. But John is so talented he is useful wherever he resides.
Extra kudos for having John use the canon verse to keep an AU!Sherlock alive secretly and drive him up the wall trying to find who his mystery saviour is while John chills in a separate flat with no bulletholes or thumbs in the fridge.
There is no slash in the first story which can be read on its own.

The World on his Wrist

Extra content can be found here.
Title: to be a king beside you
Fandom: Check Please!
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Categories/Genres: Friendship, Romance, Slice of life, Fluff, First time, Humor
Length: Medium (7564 words)
Warnings: Non-consensual drug use (a minor oc drugs a character's drink but no further harm comes to the character)

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: sarcasticfishes

Summary:

It was a picture of a toddler with fat cheeks and unmistakably blue eyes. He was dressed in a duffle coat so puffy that his arms remained stationary in the air, unable to put them down at his sides. The coat was hideously patterned, red and yellow stars on a green background.

Suddenly, Eric was struggling to contain his laughter.

“Oh my god, Jack!”

Review:

If there's something I appreciate in Check Please! fanfiction, it's when authors include the setting as a major aspect of the story. Samwell is a university, and the Haus is definitely a frat house, so by their very nature they create a background to the Check Please! comic and the fanworks that is distinctly collegiate.

sarcasticfishes superbly balances the college atmosphere and the developing romance between Jack and Bitty. Even when it's very clearly the 'friends' portion of the 'friends to lovers' plotline, there's a subtle blush of romance in every scene. Oftentimes it's gentle, sometimes it's humorous or even difficult. But it's always sincere.

to be a king beside you

Stardust Series by chilly_flame (Explicit)

Title: Stardust Series
Fandom: Agent Carter
Pairing: Peggy Carter/Angie Martinelli
Categories: Romance, Spy, First Time
Length: Epic [42,743 words]
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: chilly_flame's AO3

Summary: Peggy’s secret work for Howard Stark is revealed, and she has to make her escape with the help of some friends. One friend in particular goes above and beyond the call of duty.


Review: So far this series consists of three lovely parts ("Where Roses Bloom", "Each Kiss an Inspiration" and "A Song that Will Not Die") that can be read as standalone stories, but that make a wonderful epic story of romance and trust and getting together and building a life together and all of that written beautifully.

The getting together parts happen around the time that Peggy is on the run from the SRR and Angie goes to some length to help her hide and that reveals both more about Peggy and about Angie's life and "interests". The romance is really sweet and I like how the period setting is used to explore some of the issues that came with a lesbian love story at that time in New York. And I appreciate very much how the past romance with Steve is addressed and handled. that felt very real to me.

In the latest installments we also get a bit more of the danger that surround Peggy's occupation crashing in on the idyllic relationship and that is also done very well. Keeping the episode style "case" in line with canon isn't always the easiest thing to do, but I love it when my romance goes out of the way to incorporate "adventure" instead of solely focusing on the romance and this did it perfectly.

Usually I'm not much about the lovemaking parts to break up the plot in longer fic, but, wow, here the love making is always super sweet and hot and very, very lovely to read and that's a real treat.

Stardust Series

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