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Go Forever (Sai | PG | 442): Nothing can stop Sai from playing Go. Ahah, this is a wonderful little crack fic, short and sweet with a perfect kicker of an ending.

Excerpt:
Sai stared through the fence at the Go board like he did every day, everyone thought this was odd because they had no idea of what he was staring at, much less why he was just standing there not moving. This went on for a long time, Sai staring at the Go board, and the family staring at Sai.
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Pennsylvania (Gus/Shawn, Dwight, Jim/Pam | PG | 10,184 words): Gus and Shawn get hired to investigate a case at Dunder Mifflin. The weirdness of Shawn and Gus meeting the weirdness of the Dunder Mifflin employees is a thing of beauty. The story is hilarious and snappy, especially once Gus and Shawn get to Pennsylvania. And the Gus/Shawn tension is just perfect! Something that's present and important without being overly melodramatic or angst-ridden. And then the ending! The ending was built up to over the course of the story so wonderfully, and then it happened and it was squeefully delightful.

Excerpt:
"My name is Gus," Gus says, dropping their bags at Shawn's feet. "And I am not his sidekick. I am his partner."

"Then why were you carrying his luggage?"

Shawn steeples his fingers together. "My psychic abilities give me a somewhat delicate constitution, due to being so closely connected to the astral plane."

"And he forgot them," Gus says, kicking Shawn's bags closer to him.

Dwight gives Gus a sharp, disapproving look that reminds Gus that they are in some warped kind of service profession. "But that's why I'm here," Gus says, forcing a smile on his face. "I keep Shawn grounded, if you will, in the day-to-day realities of life."

"I'd be lost without him," Shawn says, patting Gus on the shoulder.
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In Passing (turtles ensemble, OCs | PG | 7,233 words): Four people the turtles interact with and how their lives are changed for it. Aw, turtles! Doing what they do best and helping people! This is a fantastic set of vignettes about how the turtles help the people they come across. I love how, despite not giving any identifying details, the author still writes each brother so well that it's easy to tell which one is in each vignette. They're each kind in their own ways. This is one of the roots that makes the teenage mutant ninja turtles so eternally enjoyable (for me, at any rate), so I loved reading something that focuses on that.

Escerpt:
'It's okay,' he says to me. 'He's not dead, he's just been knocked out.'

I nod. I've still got my hand over my mouth. He gently prises it away. That's when I notice his hands are green and that he only has two fingers. Two fingers and a thumb.

My thought won't stick together properly, they keep falling a part, but I manage to think – oh, that's why he's so covered up, he's deformed. I don't care though, not at all, not when my Dad's bleeding on the ground and this man's just saved both our lives.
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The Waiting Room (Buffy-Death | PG | 1,617 words): Buffy meets Death. There are a lot of stories out there where a character meets Death (either the Sandman version as here or the Discworld one) and they run the emotional gamut. This particular one is on the bittersweet end of the scale because Buffy's still got some fantastic and some terrible things ahead of her. But it's comforting in a way, despite knowing what's coming, because at least Buffy has someone friendly on the other side of it all.

Excerpt:
"Hey," [Buffy] says to the girl sitting next to her.

"Hey," says the girl, and smiles. But she doesn't say anything else; she just sits there, staring at Buffy without a hint of rudeness.

"We're dead, right?" Buffy asks, surprised at how calm she is.

"You are," the girl replies. "For me, it's a little more complicated."
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All's Fair in Love and War (Wat/Chaucer | PG | 1,114 words): Chaucer keeps stealing Wat's food. Hee, the pigtail-pulling method of courtship is always fun.

Excerpt:
He's good at cunning, whatever Chaucer might say about his hair being only marginally less blazing than his lack of subtlety. There are quite a few deer belonging to the King that would disagree with Chaucer, or at least they would if they weren't dead.

Wat knows all about stealth.

Chaucer doesn't, because Chaucer is -- shamelessly, right there in broad daylight, in front of God and all His angels, without fear of retribution -- stealing Wat's food.
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Best Buy (Dan/Casey | PG | 642 words): Casey obsesses over the perfect gift to get Charlie for his birthday. This is a hug in story form, cute and sweet.

Excerpt:
"What did you get for Charlie?" Dan asked, not looking up.

"Nothing yet. It's hard to look at movie titles when you're concentrating on the foot you just shoved in your mouth. Can I apologize here? Please?"
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2.5 Years (ensemble | PG | 607 words): Scenes from the time skip years. Each scene is short, but together they paint an intriguing picture about the lives these characters lead.

Excerpt:
The enemy's blood on Ino's kunai is redder than she expected. Redder than poppies, redder than roses, redder than any flower in her family's shop.
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Chivalry (McGonagall, Viktor Krum | PG | 1,819 words): Viktor goes to McGonagall to ask for something. Viktor's a total sweetheart here, trying to do right by Hermione.

Excerpt:
"As head of Gryffindor, being ze closest to be in ... parents' role for Herm -- Hermy -- Miss Granger ... I haff come to ask your permission--" He took a deep breath, furrowing his brow in concentration. "Your permission to ask her--"

Disconcerted, irritated and not a little amused, Minerva managed to keep a straight face, folding her hands before her on the table. "Mr. Krum, if you have come to ask for Miss Granger's hand in marriage, I suggest you do make the extra effort to locate the girl's parents."

"Vot? No!" The boy looked pained and defiant -- a hint of a temper flaring in his dark eyes -- but he pressed on with dogged purpose. "I haff come to ... to ask your permission ... to ask Herm ... Hermyown--inny--" (they both winced) "--to go vith me to ze Yule Ball."
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The Gladiator's Honour (Ford/Arthur | PG | 1,907 words): Ford and Arthur meet when, while visiting a gladiator planet, Ford buys Arthur. Hee! With a nice bit of Adams-y ridiculousness.

Excerpt:
When you're wandering through the slave markets of life, innocently minding your own business and hoping against hope that your bloody semi-cousin will hurry up and pick a gift for his tertiary mother sometime this Altrarian solar cycle, there are certain things you don't want to hear the semi-cousin in question say to or about one of the sale items. Third on Ford's personal list was "Have we, ah, met?"
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Casing Zoe (Zoe/Wash | PG | 758 words): Zoe thinks she knows why Wash has been staring at her. Hee, it's short and cute, set back when Wash and Zoe didn't really know each other.

Excerpt:
"So that's why you've been staring?" she asked, starting to put the pieces together. And she'd nearly choked the poor guy. Well, how was she supposed to know he wasn't shady? He did have that mustache, after all.
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A Payphone, Somewhere in Norway (Mickey/Jake | PG | 464 words): Mickey calls Jake while in Norway. Aww, Mickey and Jake are familiar and playful with each other.

Excerpt:
You bin to see Gran?

Did she? Again?

It's 'cos she reckons you're too skinny.
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Communication by Kisses (Lyle/Brainy | PG | 736 words): Brainy kisses Lyle, and it means more than might first be supposed. This is nicely sweet and fluffy.

Excerpt:
That Brainy had hugged him, one might attribute to Querl having come to think of Lyle as a friend, or even a brother. Lyle knew better. For Coluans, physical touch was completely restricted to immediate family.
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A Sorta Fairytale (Professor Zei, Wan Shi Tong | PG | 2,313 words): What happened to Professor Zei after he got trapped in the Spirit Library. This is awesome for the same reasons the show is, because even characters that show up for only one episode have a story.

Excerpt:
Weeks pass. He notices that the foxes are watching him. One night, as he pretends to sleep, he even sees one sneak off with his canteen, only to return an hour or so later, its slender neck straining against the weight of the now full canteen.

Zei makes a note of this, and decides that at some point he ought to follow the foxes one of these days, in case he needs to find a way out of this place. Just... not at the moment. He's in the middle of an alternate telling of the founding of Omashu, and he's discovered some intriguing parallels to some Air Nomad legends.
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Atlantis Santa (McKay/Zelenka | PG | 7,759 words): Rodney and Radek get each other for the Secret Santa exchange. Oh, this is completely unapologetic fluff, and it's great. I keep rereading this story because it's full of happy-making and always leaves me smiling. Also the image of Rodney and Radek playing in the snow like little kids is just too cute for words.

Excerpt:
Rodney set his drink aside, eyes narrowing in suspicion. He crossed his arms in a defensive move that was both obvious and entirely unconscious. "Oh? And may I ask what the great Dr. Zelenka deems worth— Ooomph!"

Whatever Rodney was about to say next was forgotten in favour of colourful cursing when a hastily formed snowball hit him squarely in the face.

"Zelenka! You wily, backstabbing, son of a—"

"Yes, yes, I am evil incarnate. But that does not change the fact that the score is now 1-0. To me."
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That Time McKay Came Back Naked (Lorne | PG | 974 words): The aftermath of a mission, one which Lorne had borrowed McKay for, gone hilariously wrong. This is just a lot of fun.

Excerpt:
Ward is wide-eyed and that's definitely the waist of McKay's BDUs hanging around his neck. He's fresh off of the Daedalus and Lorne has a feeling that he'll be back on it as soon as he can manage. Lorne'll be sure to suggest to Sheppard that Ward get whatever transfer he asks for, mostly because it's McKay he's scared of, not life in the Pegasus galaxy, and while one can become acclimated to Pegasus, the fear of McKay never really goes away.
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Speak No Evil (McKay/Zelenka | PG | 3,505 words): Rodney's rendered mute by a wise woman. How Rodney's being mute affects thing is wonderfully realized, and Radek's friendship and understanding is great.

Excerpt:
"I think it is the public nature of humiliation that is missing. So I have made something for you, instead of those little reprimands you leave him."

He gestured out of the door to Rodney's office to where a large board, the same size as the ones warning people not to touch the naquadah generators, festooned with Radek's, rather more artistic, impression of one of Rodney's dressings down was propped against Kavanagh's desk. Unlike the increasingly tiny scraps of paper Rodney had been leaving, there was no way anyone could miss its meaning.

Rodney laughed. There was a very faint edge of hysteria to it, but it was so good to see him laughing instead of looking like he might punch something in frustration that Radek joined him for a moment, glad to have helped, if only a little.
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Fault Tolerance (McKay/Zelenka | PG | 5,605 words): Radek's injured in a jumper explosion, prompting his and Rodney's relationship to change. Aww, this is sweet wtih Rodney all out of sorts because Radek's out of commission. Sheppard, who just keeps popping up, is kind of hilarious. Plus, the science investigation to find out what happened to the puddle jumpers is interesting.

Excerpt:
"I know you are hiding out, Colonel," Radek said. "Lieutenant Cadman let slip that requisition orders for the Daedelus are due today." Radek leaned back in his chair. "Carson was finished with his last night."

"Okay, Maybe I am hiding out. Just a little. Go on, though." He gestured at the wall display that Rodney had been using. "It's...interesting."

Folding his arms across his chest, Rodney said, "You only think that because it's the puddlejumpers we're discussing. If it was, oh, shield strength or something, you'd be doing the requisitions."

"Actually, I'd probably be in the gym."

Rodney rolled his eyes at Sheppard, which made Radek laugh; Rodney felt himself relax for the first time in days.

"Here." Radek pointed at one of the abnormal measurements Rodney had uncovered. "I think that is where we start."

When Sheppard was finally paged away to deal with some military-type thing, Rodney couldn't stop his huge sigh of relief. Finally he and Radek could really focus on the problem, without Sheppard's constant interruptions.
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Ink Blots (ensemble | PG | 163 words): What the Sanzo party sees in ink blots. Each character's test is short and fits so well. I think my favorite is Hakkai's.

Excerpt:
"An ink blot," Sanzo said. "Another ink blot. A third ink blot."
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In the Dark (Ted Kord/Booster Gold, Beatriz da Costa | PG | 462 words): Beatriz gets a new insight about Booster and Ted. Some people will probably find this too sweet for their tastes. Me, I'll be over here loving how cute this is.

Excerpt:
That was what Bea had first seen when she returned to the room with the popcorn, and she had paused at the door, waiting with amusement for Beetle to playfully smack the man and, perhaps, start a mock fight.
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Gentle, and Low (Hinata, Kurenai | PG | 408 words): Kurenai doesn't get how Hinata's never learned to be loud. This is fantastic because Hinata gets to grow into herself and become strong while still being essentially the same Hinata she's always been.

Excerpt:
How can someone who admires Uzumaki Naruto of all people not know how to shout?

And there's a dvd-style commentary.