January 20th, 2016

Ordinary Numbers by BootsnBlossoms & Kryptaria (PG-13)

Title: Ordinary Numbers
Fandom: James Bond
Pairing: James Bond/Q
Categories/Genres: Secret Identity, Help Desk AU
Length: 44175 (Epic)

Author/Artist on AO3: BootsnBlossoms
Author/Artist on AO3: Kryptaria

Summary: More than anything, Mike Taylor wanted to be ordinary. Being a genius, he learned early in life, meant people expected too much. A career at the MI6 Help Desk seemed the perfect way to guarantee a lifetime of obscurity, until he got a very unusual tech support call.

Review: I love how right from the very first accidental call you can get a sense of James going “You’re useful and I’m going to keep you.” Bond was always going to be possessive and Q was always going to be strong enough to not need it but gentle enough to appreciate it anyway.
I especially love fics where Q is given respect and not treated as a silly kitten. In this he is powerful and sensible and even though it’s not his job, he can't help but be too brilliant when people need his help.
It’s a clever, well written plot with a lot of chemistry between our favourite couple.

Ordinary Numbers
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Percy Weasley and the Warden of Azkaban by peteryoushouldwrite (teen)

Title: Percy Weasley and the Warden of Azkaban
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: gen focus with background Percy/Audrey
Categories: post-canon, action/adventure, mystery, casefic, gen (het)
Length: Long, 25,412 words
Warnings: none

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

Summary: Four breakouts. Three dead house elves. Two potential outcomes. One warden who's gotten a little too comfortable. Percy Weasley is about to find out just what else lurks within the walls of Azkaban.

“But we’ve not really seen anything! It’s all been empty rooms, but we aren’t any wiser about how the prison functions. We have not seen anything today which suggests that Azkaban is better off with the Dementors than with the Aurors. Protocol demands we do this right. The only real waste of time would be to come out here and not actually do anything but give a mindless stamp of approval when we were supposed to be holding an investigation!” Percy said, his teacup clinking in his saucer as his hands shook in frustration.

A hidden gem of a gen adventure and mystery story, set post-canon, where Percy Weasley finds himself part of a committee to investigate the failings at Azkaban and namely whether the dementors should be reinstated there. It's all an academic exercise and an interesting piece of experience to be involved in the committee, until he's ambushed by personal stakes that prove motivation to ensure this is one decision that's made right.

Percy is gloriously officious and manages to be likeable and effective in the central role without having to gain any sudden new heroic characteristics and powers in order to be there. In fact, in one scene his efficiency with organising paperwork seems to take on almost heroic purpose. His relationships with his muggle girlfriend and his family add interest to the story and never feel like they're slowing down the main plotline, and the ministry and other characters on the committee are used well.

All in all, I enjoyed this hugely. I noticed the odd typo, and it ends a fraction fast, but the ending is interesting, to say the least.

Percy Weasley and the Warden of Azkaban