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2016-06-02 08:04 pm

Beauty and the Beast: A Tale Yet Untold by calicokat

A Tale Yet Untold (Beast/Belle | G | 1,001 words): What if Beast didn't return to his human form at the end of the movie? This is so sweet, with Beast's uncertainty and Belle's caring.

Excerpt:
Over the next three days he regains his strength and returns to his routines. Depression hangs over him, though he dare not betray it to the woman who despite mortal danger has remained by his side. His twenty-first birthday has passed, and he is forever a monster.

Belle is too perceptive to fall for the ruse.
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2016-06-02 03:17 am

Xover (DC Universe/Gargoyles): Given Value of Weird by doctorv

Given Value of Weird (Ted Kord-Lexington | G | 374 words): Ted Kord gets the chance to meet Lexington from Gargoyles, and the two bond. This is such a wonderful piece of bite-sized fun! Geeks from different universes getting to meet and geek out with each other is great.


Excerpt:
It helps that the small green gargoyle, Lexington, speaks Computer Geek and reminds him a little of Robin. So while a technophile in a loincloth is still a little weird, it's also weirdly familiar.
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2016-05-25 01:53 am

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Running Interference by haruka

Running Interference (Leonardo-Raphael | G | 431 words): Leonardo and Raphael talk while being punished by Splinter. Leo and Raph butt heads a lot, and this fic gets right at the heart of their relationship with each other. It's a great look at Raph and how he interacts the world and how similar Leo and Raph are.

Excerpt:
"You did this to us," he finally said into the silent room. He almost heard Leo stiffen behind him.

"How do you figure that? You're the one who attacked me for saving your shell."
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2016-05-25 01:30 am

Star Trek TOS: Such Enormity Moving With Such Grace by pauraque

Such Enormity Moving With Such Grace (Gillian Taylor | G | 927 words): A vignette on the life of Gillian Taylor, the whale scientist from Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. This is a beautiful love letter to Gillian and to every person with a passionate, all-consuming interest. Gillian's love and care for whales shines.

Excerpt:
Gillian is in fourth grade, and in the margins of her composition book, while Mrs. Nicholas drones on about some boring war, she is drawing whales and stars.

She always draws them the same way, not creating the image so much as perfecting it.
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2015-09-24 03:46 am

Stargate Atlantis: More of the Stars and Sea by Mara

More of the Stars and Sea (Teyla-Radek | G | 675 words): Teyla and Radek get trapped in a room together and talk. One of my (many) favorite things about fic is how authors can throw together two characters who don't interact much in canon and draw connections between them, and this fic does so in such a lovely, sweet way. I couldn't ask for a more perfect start for a friendship between these two.

Excerpt:
Teyla smiled at him. "I don't think Atlantis is actively against us."

"Not Col. Sheppard, no, but sometimes we--that is, the science team--feel that the city is fighting us." Radek absently patted the floor beside him, apparently not even noticing what he was doing.

"But you love the city."

Eyes widening, he looked at her. "Is it that obvious?"
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2014-09-30 08:36 pm

Psych: Gus and Shawn, The Old Married Couple by Chash

Gus and Shawn, The Old Married Couple (Gus/Shawn | G | 540 words): Shawn convinces Gus to marry him. This is so adorably them in all their bantery, bickering glory. How Shawn does manage to convince Gus makes me laugh because it's just so right, and the final section somehow manages to be even more squeeful.

Excerpt:
"I am not marrying you, Shawn."

"Why not? Give me one good reason."

Gus opens his mouth several times. He has to dismiss "I don't love you," "it's illegal," and "I don't want to," because they aren't true. It's upsetting to realize. "My mother wouldn't approve."

Shawn's eyes light up.
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2014-09-26 08:30 pm

Static Shock: Underneath by stormy1x2

Underneath (Virgil-Richie | G | 3,271 words): Virgil and Richie accidentally swap bodies. Aw, Virgil and Richie, friends forever! Snarking and getting into trouble and having each other backs, this is everything I always want for these two. The bodyswapping also gives a nice chance to look at both Virgil and Richie's powers and what they mean for each of them.

Excerpt:
Richie stood there in Virgil's body, a corona of blue and white energy swirling around him as he worked on tamping it down to manageable levels. The look of awe on his face made Virgil wonder if he ever looked like that to people when he was working with his powers.

He cleared his throat. "Hey Rich – you okay now?"

Richie beamed at him – a dopey, goofy grin that was one-hundred percent Richie Foley even if it was wrapped up in Virgil packaging. "This is so awesome, man!"

"Yeah," Virgil said, giving him a small smile. "In some ways, it sure is." But it was weird to watch his powers and not be the one focusing them. He'd lost his powers once before and he hadn't liked the feeling then either.
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2014-09-22 08:28 pm

Xover (Heroes/Man from UNCLE): H.U.N.C.L.E. by lynnmonster

H.U.N.C.L.E. (Hiro, Ando, Naopoleon/Illya | G | 1,132 words): Hire and Ando accidentally end up on Napoleon and Illya's doorstep. Oh, this whole thing is delightful. Napoleon and Illya in all their retired glory, Hiro and Ando bumbling their way into and out of situations, and just the general fun absurdity that follows these characters around.

Excerpt:
"Hiro, those men, I think they're..." Ando trailed off.

"Secret agents?" Hiro prompted.

"No, gay," Ando said, splashing a hand's worth of water at Hiro with a huff of exasperation.

"Oh, maybe! They seem to like each other very much." Hiro said. "But they're definitely secret agents."
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2014-09-17 10:54 pm

Doctor Who: Inevitable by chicklet73

Inevitable (Martha-Tenth Doctor | G | 1,286 words): The Doctor thinks it's time to take Martha home, yes really. This is an fun look at the Doctor and Martha at the beginning of their acquaintance when they're still getting to know each other. Because despite what the Doctor says, there's no way he's taking Martha home just yet, and his thought processes about why she needs to go home are adorably and obviously mistaken.

Excerpt:
If she did fancy him, it was really all her own fault (and reason number six million and two that they needed to part ways, pronto). It’s not as if he was encouraging it at all. Not in the least. Not once in the short time they’d known each other; not since the moment they met in the hosp--

Something occured to him and he abruptly turned, grinned at his reflection, and winked.

Oh.

That was rather endearing. Charming, even.
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2014-09-07 03:13 am

Star Trek DS9: Ain't Nothing Special, When the Present Meets the Past by mosca

Ain't Nothing Special, When the Present Meets the Past (Jake, Nog | G | 281 words): Jake and Nog, some years down the road. This story is just a sweet, little delight. Jake and Nog sadly get little fic written about them, so I'm always excited when I find something featuring them and/or their friendship, especially when it's such a well-characterized morsel as this story is. Nog, especially, gets to shine in this.

Excerpt:
Nog stood grim-faced at attention as Admiral Senik pinned the Medal of Commendation to his uniform, but when the admiral shook his hand, he couldn't stifle a smile. He'd learned the decorum and restraint befitting a Starfleet Officer, but he was still a Ferengi, and there was something about shiny medallions that made him feel valuable and worthy.
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2014-09-06 12:30 pm

Jeeves & Wooster: Another Time, Another World by truly_bohemian

Another Time, Another World (Bertie/Jeeves, OFC | G | 908 words): Bertie's niece looks at some old photographs of her uncle. This is sad but in a realistic, inevitable sort of way because it looks at what Bertie's life might be like several years down the road. Any look at beloved characters that takes place decades in the future is at least a little like that, and this story is a deft snapshot at what Bertie's future might look like. It doesn't wallow in what's past but simply allows everything to be as it is.

Except:
"Who's this?" Gloria asked, as she was handed another picture.

"That's just Uncle Bertie again. Why?"

"No, no," Gloria shook her head, feeling slightly frustrated, "there are two men in the picture. They can't both be Uncle Bertie."
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2014-09-06 01:01 am

Mysterious Island: The Omelette by rainbowjehan

The Omelette (Pencroff-Harbert | G | 1,706 words): Harbert is sick, and Pencroff is worried. This is one of those recs where I expect no one else is going to read this story because who in the world else is interested in Jules Verne novels that aren't 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days, but well. I will always want to read any and everything fic written about these shipwrecked fellows. This particular fic is completely charming and replicates Verne's style delightfully. The story manages to swing from an extremely angsty beginning to a very humorous ending without it being jarring. And the point of view is so perfectly Pencroff, mercurial and dramatic and just a little bit ridiculous, that I could never not love this story.

Excerpt:
Then the hope would come for a moment, and he'd realise what a fool he was being. Harbert would survive. Why, when he returned, Harbert might have opened his eyes already! After all, Cyrus, Gideon Spillet and their mysterious protector would all be taking care of his child, of course.

But he was being twice the fool he'd thought himself just a moment ago. As if he could suppose that Harbert would live. He had only to look at his face, Harbert's face, white and hot--his hair, wet with sweat--and if Pencroff were to take one of Harbert's hands, he was sure it would be trembling weakly. Harbert was as good as dead.

But no, no, how could he even begin to doubt Cyrus would save Harbert? After all, he was Cyrus! It would all be all right. It was only a matter of time, perhaps a very short matter of time. Perhaps he should go back now, so that if the first person Harbert wanted was him, he would there.

And on and on it went, the same thing nearly every day.
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2014-08-20 01:49 am

Xover (Captain America/The Middleman): Captain America's Art Crawl Adventure by victoria_p

Captain America's Art Crawl Adventure (Steve Rogers, Wendy Watson | G | 2,008 words): Steve attends Art Crawl; of course some monster is going to attack. Oh, this is just delightful and so funny. It had me smiling all the way through because every part of this is just a lot fun. Even the characters who only show up for a few lines shine, and both Wendy and the Middleman's reactions to Steve are perfect and hilarious.

Excerpt:
She found Steve with Noser, who was saying, "Benny Goodman, huh? Hey, Wendy Watson, I might have found someone here who can actually stump the band."

"Never happen." She looked at the sketches hanging on the wall. "These yours, Steve?"

"Yes, ma'am."

"Please don't call me ma'am," she said. "It makes me think I'm turning into my mother."

"Yes...Wendy."

"You'll get the hang of it." She patted him on his very broad, well-muscled shoulder and reminded herself that she had a boyfriend she loved a lot.
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2014-08-11 10:29 pm

Myths (Fairy Tales): The Cinder-Fellow by Isis

The Cinder-Fellow (OMC/OMC | G | 11,171 words): This is a wonderful retelling of the Cinderella story with a male Cinderella named Allen. It's sweet and romantic with a dash of light-hearted whimsy that just makes it a joy to read. It's also a crossover with Mercedes Lackey's Five Hundred Kingdoms, but I was able to read and understand the story just fine without any knowledge of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series. (Probably if you are familiar with that series though, it will make this story even more delightful.)

Excerpt:
The Ella Cinders looked critically at herself in the mirror, and Elena looked critically at her. Under the smudges, which the girl was dabbing at with her moistened sleeves, she was – not exactly beautiful. By no means was she ugly, of course – the Tradition would not have an ugly Ella Cinders – but her nose was a bit sharp, her cheekbones a bit prominent, her chin a bit strong for what was considered beauty anywhere in the Five Hundred Kingdoms.

Then the girl went over to the hedges at the side of the yard, lifted her skirts, and....

"Oh, dear," said Godmother Elena.

"Exactly," said Randolf, returning to the mirror. "As I said, we have a problem."

"You're certainly right about that," murmured Elena. No wonder the Tradition was all riled up! How had Godmother Bella missed this essential fact about this Ella Cinders? And what was she supposed to do with a...with a Cinder-Fellow?
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2013-02-25 12:44 am

Katamari Damacy: The King of the Cosmos by norah

The King of the Cosmos (King of the Cosmos, Prince | G | 354 words): A sestina from the King of the Cosmos. Katamari poetry! Complex Katamari poetry that reads effortlessly and sounds just like the King, even! It's really brilliant.

Excerpt:
Bonjour, bonjour, Our most hardworking son,
As they say in France, whence We
Have lately come. C'est bon. We hope that you
Can visit it today, a side trip as you roll.
As though that's possible; oh, well. Make Us a star!
Roll Us up a katamari full of things.
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2013-02-24 10:11 pm

Star Trek DS9: Augement by jemisard

Augement (Miles O'Brien, Julian Bashir | G | 168 words): O'Brien doesn't really get what being augmented means until he can see it. This packs a nice little punch in its few words about Bashir's life.

Excerpt:
It was the day that O'Brien came to understand what 'genetically enhanced augment' really meant.

Not the abstract. Not the 'idea' of what an augment was, or could be, but the reality.
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2013-02-24 05:59 pm

Stargate Atlantis: Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out by skandrae

Let Me Hear Your Balalaikas Ringing Out (Miko Kusanagi, Radek Zelenka | G | 1,440 words): Miko has a temper. This is a great little look at two minor characters and who they are beyond their work.

Excerpt:
Miko was barefoot, in a pair of soft leggings and a dark red tunic. It looked Athosian-made, and he wondered who she had traded for it. But what really caught his attention was her hair, which streamed over her shoulders like a dark wave. He had never seen her with her hair loose before. Always, in the labs, it was pulled back from her face; tightly contained, just like her temper.
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2013-02-23 10:38 pm

Hikaru no Go: Nigiri She Said by lacygray

Nigiri She Said (Nase, Akari | G | 504 words): Nase meets Akari. This is such a cute first meeting! Akari especially shines, even given her few lines.

Excerpt:
There’s a girl in a high school uniform tagging along after Shindou as he crosses the Ki-in foyer; a slim girl with bright eyes and gallons of hair. She’s talking to him but he seems to be more or less ignoring her. Nase wonders who she is, a friend or a fangirl.
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2012-03-02 10:30 pm

Man from UNCLE: Alpha by Evan Nicholas

Alpha (Napoleon/Illya | G | 4,046 words): Napoleon and Illya only have one more class to complete before they can become UNCLE agents. If you've ever wondered why heroes snark at the bad guys while fighting or while captured, then this is for you. This is alternately crackily hilarious with Napoleon and Illya insulting each other for class and rather sweet with them coming to understand one another.

Excerpt:
"But it is not enough," Roman went on, "that you be able to fight, kill, improvise and withstand torture. You must also maintain the high standards of UNCLE's scorn for the criminal element, at all times. A sense of humour is essential. A quick mind likewise. Taunting your enemies mercilessly, enduring whatever punishment they throw at you, is a useful gambit. Provoking them into making a mistake is as much a part of your arsenal as your Special is."

Akilimale patted his sidearm comfortably. Roman recalled that the young man had the best record of anyone, to date, on the firing range. He made a note to keep an eye on him, make sure he wasn't too reliant on his weapon.

"So I am going to pair you off," he said, "and evaluate just how irritating you can be to each other. You will be evaluated on the strengths of your wit, your repartee, and how cleverly you use language." He fixed his glower on Grant and added, "Points will be deducted for out-and-out crudeness."
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2012-02-21 01:24 am

Nero Wolfe: Inconsistencies by maude_templeton

Inconsistencies (Saul | G | 304 words): Tackles the problem of Saul's (non-)canonical wife. This is fascinating. I love things that try to reconcile the discrepencies in Stout's writing, whether that be in a meta way like this or not. I feel a little sad for this Saul, who's clearly missing something even though he doesn't know what it is.

Excerpt:
Lives don't always run in straight lines. Sometimes they double back on themselves, or break and start again elsewhere. Sometimes their paths are so complex that not even New York's finest operative can follow them.