March 30th, 2016

The Descent by Give Up Resistance (NC-17)

Title: The Descent
Fandom: Mortal Instruments
Pairing: Magnus Bane/Alec Lightwood
Categories/Genres: Human AU
Length: 32007
Warnings: Self Harm, Depression, attempted suicide

Author/Artist on AO3: Give Up Resistance

Summary: He brought a splash of colour, of life, to him when he sat down next to him with a graphite smudged face when he was fifteen, and after seven years of being his friend, Alec loves him still, falling harder and harder with each passing moment, with every word and look, every fight and every apology, a steepening descent. Malec AU set over seven long years of falling

Review: It has to be hard to write for this pairing as they are a background pairing in the books and what we know about them is only motivated by the plot. I like that this author has given some thoughts to hobbies and dreams both Magnus and Alec may have had were they not forced into the roles they were.

I love the theme of the story and how they went about it and highschool friends pining over each other is always a bonus. There is self harm and an attempted suicide. Even though the character claimed he hadn’t meant to actually die being so close to it means that it counts in my book.

I will say all the dark parts of this story had more of the sense of a bad dream than anything truly troubling. The depression comes and goes rather suddenly but I can see how that works with the character’s personality, being so reserved till the point that he cracks.

If you are looking for something with a unique story and loads of adorable Malec this is a great fic.

The Descent
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Learning an Angry Language by Gyzym (unrated)

Title: Learning an Angry Language
Fandom: Fairytales & Mythology
Pairing: Red Riding Hood/Rapunzel
Categories: hard to categorise... femslash, AU, crossover, dark/parody-ish
Length: medium, 2100 words
Warnings: author warns for cultural misogyny and attempted rape

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: Gyzym on Tumblr | on AO3

Summary: Captivity, as it happens, recognizes its own. There are worse things in the forest than wolves.

Review: She is born screaming.

Her mother smiles, exhausted, and calls her Scarlett for the color on her cheeks. It is her grandmother who gives her the cape, knitted with shaking hands; it is her father who bestows her the nickname Little Red, grinning indulgently at her from across the fire. She has the run of the house, cape billowing behind her like wings, laughter always thick on her tongue; she listens carefully, but well. She knows better than to talk to strangers in the forest. She is a good daughter.

An oddity, today a rec for a fic posted only, so far as I can see, on Tumblr! I can't see any better way to rec it than to quote from the opening paragraph. Beautifully written; there are so, so many good lines in this. Red Riding Hood grows up and sets out into the world and woos Rapunzel, and princes everywhere need beware.

It also has a nicely done podfic, via which I discovered the story in my podfic binge the other week, for those who might prefer to 'read' it in that format. The story is unrated by the author but the podficcer has plumped for 'mature'.

Learning an Angry Language