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Yuletide 2012 recommendations

It's true, I'd never get anything done without an external deadline. Below, 51 recommendations from last year's Yuletide rare-fandom fanfic exchange . . . a mere two days before this year's stories go live, le sigh. I didn't even read as widely as I usually do—there's a boatload of mythology and fairy-tale stories I skipped—so this is not comprehensive, but I hope it's useful all the same. Alas, my accompanying notes are all very short because they were mostly done on a tablet while small children played around me.

This year's standout stories are:

Though I Sang in My Chains Like the Sea (10732 words) by lightgetsin
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Thomas Nightingale, Peter Grant, Miriam Stephanopoulos, Lesley May
Additional Tags: Mystery, Case Fic, Queer Characters, Characters of color, Character Study, Families of Choice
Summary: “The world has changed. Yes. I receive undeniable proof of that every day when that electronic coffee pot of yours starts up on its own.”

Amazing Nightingale characterization and voice. (Not Jossed by Broken Homes.)

The Light Always Burning (6749 words) by Raven
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Nation - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Daphne, Mau (Nation)
Additional Tags: Epistolary
Summary: We, the People: a thirty-year retrospective and an examination of the role of the Nation in world history, for Earth Atlantic, 7 December 2035, excerpt.

Stunning future fic that takes the epilogue and runs with it. I cried.

And now, the rest:

Movies: Brave, Dogma, Skyfall, Grosse Point Blank, Tangled, Terminator

Some Unexpected Properties of Wood (6897 words) by Fahye
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Brave (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Elinor (Brave), Merida (Brave)
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Elinor remembered the slow drift from humanity to wild animal, like falling asleep listening to music until only the drumbeat remained.

Nice post-movie Elinor-POV.

Godma, or, The Seven Stages of Grace (5532 words) by Merlin Missy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dogma (1999)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bethany Sloane, Serendipity, Metatron (Dogma), Loki (Dogma), Bartleby (Dogma), Liz (Dogma), God (Dogma), Silent Bob
Additional Tags: Post-Movie(s), Pregnancy, McGuffins, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: God has a plan for everyone.

A satisfying epilogue.

Four Ways Marcella Could Have Ended Up Working For Martin and One Way She Did (2191 words) by linaerys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Grosse Point Blank (1997)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Martin Blank, Marcella (Grosse Pointe Blank)
Summary: Just what it says in the title.

Marcella is awesome.

That Untravelled World (1105 words) by lonelywalker
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Casino Royale (2006), James Bond (Movies), Skyfall (2012)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: James Bond, M (James Bond), Female M (James Bond), Q (James Bond), Eve Moneypenny, Gareth Mallory
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Yuletide 2012, Yuletide Treat
Summary: Every Christmas, they each have their own lies to tell. // Post-Skyfall, so spoilers!

Sure, I read fix-its for movies I haven't seen, especially for the thing that kept me from seeing the movie in the first place . . .

The Frost Fair (1727 words) by Bobcatmoran
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tangled (2010)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rapunzel/Flynn Rider
Characters: Rapunzel (Tangled), Eugene Fitzherbert | Flynn Rider, Pascal (Tangled)
Additional Tags: Winter, Fluff
Summary: On the one hand, staying outside in the freezing cold all day. On the other hand, staying outside in the freezing cold with Rapunzel all day. For Flynn Rider, it's no contest.

Sweetly fluffy.

Lay Across the World and Explode Everything (4823 words) by Amilyn
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Terminator - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sarah Connor, Enrique Salceda, John Connor, Jolanda Salceda
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge, pre-apocalyptic
Summary: There's a storm coming, and Sarah Connor is planning, laying in supplies, and getting ready. Set after T1, before T2, but within the continuity that will be T:SCC.

I love training and competence stories.

TV, theater, anime/manga: Middleman, Glass Menagerie, Macbeth, Princess Tutu/King Lear, PlanetES

Breaking out of the Menagerie: a monologue (3500 words) by queen_ypolita
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Glass Menagerie - Williams
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Laura Wingfield, Amanda Wingfield
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary: Laura tells the story of what happened next.

Shedding the stasis the play imposes.

The Frame of Things (4564 words) by killer_quean
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Macbeth - Shakespeare
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lady Macbeth, Original Female Character, Duncan (Macbeth)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Robots & Androids, Queer Gen, Alternate Universe
Summary: Though she was the perfect distillation of the stage--all machinery and no depth--she had something like a heart, if a heart was the metaphor for a hidden spring of constancy and desire. Lady's hidden spring was always hungry.

This is a really neat take on Macbeth.

Let's Keep the Party Polite (1260 words) by victoria_p
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Middleman (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: The Middleman, Wendy Watson, Ida (The Middleman)
Additional Tags: Humor, Case Fic
Summary: A lady doesn't wander all over the room and blow on some other guy's dice.

Great character voices, great fun.

The Duke's Daughters (or: Overture, King Lear) (4072 words) by Rymenhild
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Princess Tutu
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Edel (Princess Tutu), Drosselmeyer, Ahiru | Duck, Neko-sensei, Mytho (Princess Tutu), Fakir (Princess Tutu), Pique (Princess Tutu), Lilie (Princess Tutu), Rue (Princess Tutu)
Additional Tags: wacky Shakespeare crossovers are canonical, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Once upon a time there was a king who had three daughters. Which of the daughters really deserved his kingdom?

Tutu does Lear, what else needs to be said?

Pericronus (7587 words) by pts
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: PlanetES
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Werner Locksmith, Tanabe Ai, Fee Carmichael, Yuri Mihairokov, Edelgard Rivera, Hoshino Hachirota, Sally Silverstone
Additional Tags: POV: Werner Locksmith, Science Fiction, space, Space Exploration, Mission Control - Freeform, crisis management
Summary: Following an explosion aboard their spacecraft, it seems all but certain that astronauts Hachirota Hoshino and Sally Silverstone are dead or dying. Ai Hoshino (née Tanabe) believes otherwise, but she'll have to convince the most calculating man in space exploration of her theory, and Werner Locksmith did not get to where he is in life by doubting his own intellect.

I don't actually remember the POV character, but this is a very nice hard SF story.

Poetry: Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Untitled (1048 words) by Fabrisse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock - T. S. Eliot
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: J. Alfred Prufrock
Additional Tags: Poetry
Summary: Prufrock's experiences in the Great War.

Two Prufrock responses I really liked this year. This one puts him in a WWI setting to excellent effect.

Among The Women (We Come And Go). (272 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock - T. S. Eliot
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: The Women (Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock)
Additional Tags: Yuletide 2012, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide Madness 2012, Sestina, Podfic Available
Summary: We are the Women. Let us go.

And this one gives The Women a voice.

Books: Aubrey-Maturin, Belgariad/Malloreon, Black Jewels, Circle of Magic (Pierce)

On Solitude (15123 words) by Toft
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Aubrey-Maturin Series - Patrick O'Brian
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin
Characters: Jack Aubrey, Stephen Maturin, Preserved Killick, Barrett Bonden
Additional Tags: Telepathic Bond, Queer Gen, Friendship
Summary: Jack and Stephen accidentally become telepathically bonded, but Stephen still has to complete his mission in Minorca.

Makes a telepathic bond feel plausible within canon.

Red Flowers (8522 words) by inlovewithnight
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Belgariad/Malloreon Series - David & Leigh Eddings
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Polgara/OFC
Additional Tags: Backstory
Summary: Long ago, in Cthol Murgos, Polgara fell in love.

Makes femslash feel plausible within canon.

Dreams From My Mother (8763 words) by Elizabeth Culmer
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Black Jewels - Anne Bishop
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, Rape/Non-Con, Underage
Characters: Wilhelmina Benedict, Jaenelle Angelline, Robert Benedict, Leland Angelline, Philip Alexander, Cook (Black Jewels), Alexandra Angelline
Additional Tags: Childhood, POV Child, Food, Child Abuse, Emotional Abuse, Dysfunctional Family, Absent Parents, Attempted Rape, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Sisters, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Wilhelmina Benedict never knew her mother. That didn't stop Adria from shaping her daughter's life.

Character backstory/study.

Dreams of Flesh and Blood (520 words) by springgreen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Black Jewels - Anne Bishop
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Original Female Character, Original Characters
Summary: The Blood are not the only ones who dream.

A very different perspective on the original trilogy.

Would You Like Some Lightning With Your Soup? (7440 words) by alyoraShadow
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Circle of Magic - Tamora Pierce
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Daja Kisubo, Trisana Chandler, Briar Moss, Sandrilene fa Toren
Summary: Dinner at 6 Cheeseman Street is a rather unpredictable affair.

Post-Empress friendship.

Books: Cyteen, Code Name Verity, the Culture

The Cuckoo's Agenda (4813 words) by vanillafluffy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cyteen - Fandom
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ariane Emory II, Grette Pedersen (OFC)
Additional Tags: MissesClause2012, Bechdel Pass, Alliance-Union, Union-Alliance, CJ Cherryh
Summary: There is more than just a scientific breakthrough on the table when the second Ariane Emory meets with a spacer of humble origins.

Outsider POV on Ariane's plans.

Guilt (853 words) by Assimbya
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Isolde von Linden, Anna Engel
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary: Isolde von Linden searches for answers.

First of three Code Name Verity recs this year; a brief bit about a character I wanted to know more about.

Not with a Banner (7078 words) by sprat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Georgia Penn, Original Female Character
Additional Tags: Adventure, World War II, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: "Looks like rain," the old man said, setting a folded newspaper on the park bench between us.

A longer bit about a character I didn't think to want more about but was glad to have.

In the Dark Hours of the Morning (2268 words) by implicated2
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Julia Beaufort-Stuart/Maddie Brodatt
Characters: Julia Beaufort-Stuart, Maddie Brodatt, Jamie Beaufort-Stuart, Esmé Beaufort-Stuart
Additional Tags: Femslash, Multiple Pov, Post-Canon, Podfic Available
Summary: What might have happened at the Moon Squadron Aerodrome, and what certainly happened after. // A missing passage from Verity's account. Spoilers for all of Code Name Verity.

Makes extremely excellent use of canon's narrative form.

Both Sides of the Mirror (3236 words) by hangingfire
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Culture - Iain M. Banks
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Original Female Character, Diziet Sma
Summary: The world of Special Circumstances is full of unintended consequences. Surprisingly, this is not inherently a bad thing, even if the ethics of the original action were questionable in the first place.

A very canon-feeling short story. Disclaimer: I beta'ed this.

Books: Discworld, Eagle of the Ninth/Tale of the Five, In Death, Kushiel's Legacy

First and Foremost (2988 words) by hollimichele
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Carrot Ironfoundersson/Angua von Uberwald
Characters: Angua von Uberwald, Carrot Ironfoundersson, Cheery Littlebottom, Salacia "Sally" von Humpeding, Sacharissa Cripslock
Additional Tags: feminism is hard, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: From Angua’s office, with the door cracked, being a captain wasn’t all that different from being a sergeant.

One of two stories I'm recommending that explore gender on Discworld; this is from Angua's POV.

On Being Female (1141 words) by Nomad
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Carrot Ironfoundersson, Samuel Vimes
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat
Summary: It began, as did so many bewilderments small and large, with a declaration by Captain Carrot.

And the other, about Carrot.

The Door into Britannia (10403 words) by ambyr
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tale of the Five Series - Diane Duane, Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Marcus Flavius Aquila/Cottia/Esca Mac Cunoval
Characters: Sunspark, Marcus Flavius Aquila, Cottia (Eagle of the Ninth), Esca Mac Cunoval
Additional Tags: Crossover, Polyamory, Matchmaking, Cultural Differences
Series: Part 2 of Sunspark in Britain
Summary: Marcus and Esca find a strange horse wandering in the mist.

After The Eagle, Sunspark shows up and has Opinions. Much less crack-y than it sounds.

Moments in Death (1869 words) by celli
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: In Death - J. D. Robb
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eve Dallas/Roarke, Eve Dallas & Delia Peabody
Characters: Eve Dallas, Roarke (In Death), Delia Peabody, Lawrence Summerset, Galahad (In Death)
Summary: Dispatch! Dallas, Lieutenant Eve. Darling. Selected excerpts from the next In Death novel.

This is basically how I read the books now, skimming for character bits, so this genuinely hit the spot.

Kushiel's Fall (4701 words) by Edonohana
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kushiel's Legacy - Jacqueline Carey
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Favrielle no Eglantine, Original Male Character
Additional Tags: Clothing Porn, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Healing, Disability, Banter, Romance
Summary: Favrielle gets a commission from a silver-tongued diplomat with scars of his own; sparks fly.

Readable without canon, tags are accurate.

Books: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Lymond, Mirabile, Narnia, Paper Bag Princess

John Childermass's Last Employer (12574 words) by prodigy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: John Childermass/Gilbert Norrell
Characters: John Childermass, Gilbert Norrell
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Footnotes
Summary: To the city of York, in the year of our Lord 1780, there came a young man who had fallen upon hard times.

How Childermass came to work for Norrell. (Despite the description, I don't recall any slash in this story, though I didn't have time to reread it.)

Turn of Winter (4197 words) by Vaznetti
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Francis Crawford, Jerott Blyth, Philippa Somerville
Summary: After the 1565 siege of Malta, Jerott Blythe returns to Scotland.

I don't remember Jerott as well as I should, but this feels very plausible as a sequel to a difficult canon.

Stumped (3860 words) by Fabrisse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mirabile - Janet Kagan
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leonev Denness/Annie Masmajean
Characters: Janzen (Mirabile),queen_ypolita Susan (Mirabile), Annie Jason Masmajean, Elly Raiser Roget, Leonev Opener Denness
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Annie's at Loch Moose for a little vacation, but something's been changing the EC.

Casefic/slice-of-life that feels very true to the original.

No Longer a Friend of Narnia (645 words) by abluestocking
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wicked Girls (album) - Seanan McGuire, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Susan Pevensie
Additional Tags: The Problem of Susan
Summary: Susan refuses to tell fairytale stories.

I actually discovered this through the podfic linked in the story notes, which is fierce and well worth listening to.

Paper Bag Diplomacy (3000 words) by galaxysoup
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Paper Bag Princess - Robert Munsch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Princess Elizabeth (The Paper Bag Princess), Dragon (The Paper Bag Princess), Prince Ronald (The Paper Bag Princess), Original Characters
Additional Tags: Female Protagonist, Female Character In Command, Illustrated
Summary: Princess Elizabeth has vanquished the Dragon and danced off into the sunset. Too bad the story doesn't end there! Now she has a kingdom to run and some very uppity neighbors to manage. Her only weapons: a half-burnt country, a certain way with words, and the kind of moxie that lets her bluff a dragon while armed only with a paper bag...

Awesome sequel.

Books: Raksura, Rivers of London, Robots (Asimov), To Kill A Mockingbird

Children of the New Court (13032 words) by pentapus
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jade/Moon (Cloud Roads), Moon/Chime (Cloud Roads), Jade/Moon/Chime (Cloud Roads)
Characters: Chime (Cloud Roads), Moon (Cloud Roads), Jade (Cloud Roads), Pearl (Cloud Roads), Stone (Cloud Roads)
Additional Tags: Moon loves babies, Chime also loves babies
Summary: Chime had his hands full of babies.

Chime post-canon, satisfying in the same ways as the books.

Ghosts of Ettersberg (3101 words) by kindkit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Thomas Nightingale, Peter Grant
Additional Tags: Additional Warnings Apply, Ettersberg, Holocaust references, Grief/Mourning, World War II, Background Slash
Summary: There's more than one kind of ghost, and more than one kind of absence.

The other Rivers of London story I'm recommending this year, which fills in Nightingale's backstory.

Perigee (7393 words) by radondoran
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Robots - Isaac Asimov
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mike Donovan/Greg Powell
Characters: Gregory Powell, Michael Donovan (Robots - Isaac Asimov), Susan Calvin, Peter Bogert
Additional Tags: Robots, Moon
Summary: The Universe's most boring assignment becomes a lot more interesting.

I don't remember these characters at all from Asimov's stories, but I love robot casefic.

a thing with feathers (1121 words) by Idhren
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Jean Louise Finch (Scout)
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge, Podfic Available
Summary: After the war, Scout goes by Jean Louise.

Very short, but the ending is just right. Disclaimer: I beta'ed this.

Books: Smith of Wootton Major, War for the Oaks, Wheel of Time, Wimsey, Young Wizards

Queen of Berries (2175 words) by Edonohana
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Smith of Wootton Major - J. R. R. Tolkien
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Smith/Nell
Characters: Smith, Nell, Alf - Character
Additional Tags: Don't Have to Know Canon
Summary: Smith picked up a book. The golden letters on the cover twisted, shuffling and re-shuffling: The Book of Dragons. The Book of Maps. The Book of Faery. // He put down the book and fumbled in his pockets, though he was sure that nothing he had could pay for such a marvel. The golden letters brushed themselves into a new title: The Book of Nell.

Really sweet exploration of their marriage, or rather creation of their marriage given the state of canon.

In Kind (3459 words) by resolute
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: War for the Oaks - Emma Bull
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Phouka (War for the Oaks), Original Female Character, Original Male Character
Additional Tags: Original Character Death(s), Prequel, Jazz Age, Winter Solstice, Dark, Fairy Tales, racist language of the era
Summary: Jazz Age prequel for War for the Oaks. Ruby Kind comes to Saint Paul looking to get away from life in Hibbing. She finds the Wabasha Street Speakeasy, Miss Winter, and Mr. Pook. // Dear Daisy Ninja Girl, I dithered mightily about giving you this present. I dithered. But you said you appreciated that quality of Ms. Bull's works, in that they soar while they cut you. So. It's winter in Minnesota as I write this. It's beautiful. It also kills people. // (Heart-felt thanks to St. Aurafina, Lilacsigil, and Likeadeuce for assistance, hand-holding, and beta-reading.)

Can't improve on the summary and tags.

A Thousand Paths in a Single Step (7019 words) by russian_blue
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Rand al'Thor/Aviendha, Rand al'Thor/Min Farshaw
Characters: Aviendha, Rand al'Thor, Nynaeve al'Meara, Mat Cauthon, Min Farshaw, Amys, Bair, Melaine
Additional Tags: au-ish, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: Step through, the Wise Ones said.

My canon recollection isn't actually up to identifying all the canon divergence points in this impressive story.

The Affair of the Blanched Bibliomane (4176 words) by pendrecarc
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Wimsey, Mervyn Bunter, Charles Parker, Historical Female Character, Historical Character of Color
Summary: The auction room was crowded with the royalty of the book world, but no-one present claimed any knowledge of Mr. D. Bredon. His sale had appeared out of nowhere, a lightning strike to the bibliophilic heart of London. Most attendees there were eager to buy, all were ready to gossip, and a few were there because they found the timing nothing short of suspicious.

Peter meets a very cool historical character.

Tropesis (2601 words) by belford
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Young Wizards - Diane Duane
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Lone Power/Winged Defender
Characters: Lone Power (Young Wizards), Machu Picchu | Winged Defender
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, No Explicit Sexual Content

How entropy might have come to be.

Miscellaneous: Greek and Roman Mythology, Classical RPF, 15th c. RPF/Hunger Games, Fairy Tales, Music Videos, Webcomic

Snakebit (11739 words) by marketchippie
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Greek and Roman Mythology
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Eurydice/Orpheus, Eurydice/Persephone
Characters: Orpheus (Greek and Roman Mythology), Eurydice (Greek and Roman Mythology), Persephone (Greek and Roman Mythology), Hades (Greek and Roman Mythology)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - 1920s, New York City, Prohibition
Summary: The story sounds like a dream, a cheap fiction when she thinks about it too hard. To make it real, she just has to keep moving forward, not looking back.

Eurydice-POV retelling with agency. (There's another good modern AU with Eurydice, Orpheus, Persephone, and Hades, but it's archive-locked: Springtime Will Kill You.)

The Not Remotely Secret Memoirs of Alexander the Great, Aged 13¾ (3252 words) by arysteia
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alexander/Hephaistion
Characters: Alexander the Great
Additional Tags: Plutarch's Life of Alexander
Summary: My subject in this tale is the life of Alexander the King. The career of this man embraced such a multitude of events that my preamble shall consist of nothing more than this one plea: if I do not record all his most celebrated achievements that you not regard this as a fault. Plutarch, Life of Alexander // Alexander at the tomb of Achilles: Oh fortunate youth, to have found Homer as the herald of your glory! Cicero, Pro Archia // With love and undying fame at stake, Alexander takes matters into his own hands.

Hilarious.

Cui Dono Lepidum Novum Libellum (1958 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Classical Greece and Rome History & Literature RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gaius Valerius Catullus/Lesbia, Gaius Valerius Catullus/Juventius
Characters: Gaius Valerius Catullus, Julius Caesar, Gaius Licinius Macer Calvus, Aurelius (Catullus), Furius (Catullus), Juventius (Catullus), Lesbia | Clodia, Mamurra
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - College/University, Crack, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting
Summary: Catullus goes to college.

Tags and summary say it all.

The Sticking Place (2944 words) by La Reine Noire
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 15th Century CE RPF, Hunger Games Series - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Lucrezia Borgia, Cesare Borgia, Richard III of England, Marguerite d'Anjou | Margaret of Anjou, Henry VI of England
Additional Tags: crackfic, Violence, Character Death, Profanity, Moral Relativism, Uncivil War, POV-Original Character, rampant sociopathic behaviour, dodgy power dynamics, dodgy historiography, gratuitous Shakespeare references
Summary: Nobody talks about the Fifth Annual Hunger Games. There are good reasons for this.

Tags and summary say it all for this one too.

Granite (12338 words) by hydrangea
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fairy Tales and Related Fandoms, King Thrushbeard
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rosecrown the Rose-crowned Pigeon, Granite the Stone Princess, King Thrush of Bird, Blackbird the Fiddle Mage
Additional Tags: Fairy Tale Retellings, Fantasy, Worldbuilding
Summary: A loose re-telling of 'King Thrushbeard' in which the princess has more issues with marriage than with pride and in which a king truly must watch what he says -- or everyone will face the consequences.

Really cool worldbuilding.

Wake Up and Find (27792 words) by Lexie
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: You Belong With Me - University of Rochester Yellowjackets (Music Video)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Glasses Guy/Jock Guy
Characters: Glasses Guy (You Belong With Me), Jock Guy (You Belong With Me), Girl (You Belong With Me)
Summary: By the third time that Danny wound up with a window or door directly across from Eli Gronkowski's, he had to wonder if the universe was trying to tell him something.

You can tell I read this early, because it's 28k about people in a music video I hadn't seen. This is charming and I actually much prefer it to the video, so just read it if you want a sweet lifelong-friends-to-lovers story and leave the video for later.

"Worked okay so far?" (3440 words) by lalaietha
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hobbes and Bacon
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Calvin/Susie Derkins
Characters: Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes), Susie Derkins, Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes), Bacon (Hobbes and Bacon), Mr Bun (Calvin and Hobbes)
Summary: Sometimes Susie worries about whether her daughter's fantasy life is actually fantasy.

My introduction to Hobbes and Bacon, which both just hit the spot.

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