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As part of my new commitment to updating M/W/F...!

Title: Sustain (or Concerto for the Famished in D Minor)
Authors: MaybeAmanda and OneMillionAndNine
Pairing: Sherlock/Molly
Length: 76k
Summary: "So now you're behaving like a six year old 'cause he didn't take you along on his honeymoon?" Lestrade said. "Grow the hell up."

Yes, it's het. Yes, it's babyfic. Yes, it's a story that you will devour in one evening. This story is complete and total indulgence, but it's polished, well-written indulgence that never goes easy on Sherlock. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the authors will decide to write a sequel, although the story stands perfectly on its own - it's just that this is the kind of story you want to bury yourself in. Has kind of an old-school feel to it, but it's a good read, an even better re-read, and I guarantee it'll whet your thirst for Sherlock/Molly, of which there is tragically little.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7131146/1/Sustain_or_Concerto_for_the_Famished_in_D_Minor
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Title: Haunted
Author: Ugly-Girl
Characters: Diana/Bruce
Length: 39k
Summary: When Batman won't save himself, Diana decides to take matters into her own hands.

So somehow in the past week I was bitten hard by the Wonder Woman bug, and now all I want to do is think about Diana and read about Diana and flail about Diana and stare at pictures of Diana. Since Bruce/Diana is basically the best ship in the DCU that doesn't involve Lois Lane, Batman gets dragged along on my Wonder Woman binge.

Fortunately, there are plenty of B/D stories set in the animated universe. This particular story is lengthy enough to satisfy; the plot leans heavily on the supernatural, which throws Bruce out of his comfort zone, but the story is really about the give and take between two hardheaded people who insist on saving one another. There were a couple of moments where Diana's characterization made me scratch my head, but her voice is so delightfully fresh that those moments were hardly worth noticing.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1391588/1/Haunted
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Title: Rollercoaster
Author: Mistress Scribbles
Characters: Data/Yar, ensemble
Length: 210k
Summary: Fate conspired differently. Death passed Tasha by. Given the time to evolve, a relationship she'd dismissed as a one night stand became the most complicated love affair she'd know. Series of stories spanning the show & movies.

So I've been looking for this story for maybe two decades. At least since I met the internet.

It is everything that I wanted it to be.

I laughed, I cried, I had to physically remove myself from the computer at least twice so I'd stop frightening my cat with involuntary dolphin noises. The first story spans "Encounter at Farpoint" through Star Trek: Nemesis; the sequel spins off in a non-canonical direction; EVERYTHING IS DATA AND NOTHING HURTS. Seriously, I don't think I even legally have the time to be this excited about fanfiction.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4267838/1/Rollercoaster
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Title: Liquid Courage
Author: littleblackdog
Characters: Varric/F!Hawke
Length: 12,689 words
Summary: Now he was being pawed at by a very drunk, very handsy, very heavy mage. Not that he'd ever call Hawke heavy to her face, or anywhere she might hear him, or out loud ever. It was... an unconventional sort of courtship.

This story should come with a warning, and that warning should be that it is guaranteed to make you regret that Varric wasn't included as a LI in-game. It was, iirc, originally written for the Dragon Age Kink Meme (a treasure amongst kink memes), and it manages to be sexy and also adorable, as in kitten levels of adorable. I always love it when a story plays up Varric's skill and passion for storytelling, and the fourth part does satisfy - it's one of those stories that just keeps climbing until the end note is the highest. (Did that make sense? I don't think that made sense, but the story is lovely).

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6938175/1/Liquid_Courage
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Title: Ensorcelled
Author: [personal profile] andromeda3116
Characters: Zuko/Katara (with Katara/Aang)
Length: 13k
Summary: There's a drumming noise inside my head and it starts when you're around. / Katara finds destiny lacking, and seeks out something for herself.

Despite the impressive volume of stories in the AtLA fandom, I have difficulty finding stories that both resonant with me and that address the problems I had with the canon. Self, fear no more.

Things that are awesome about this story: the inspiration (Florence + The Machine's "Drumming Song"), Katara railing against the role assigned to her, the beautifully drawn tension, and secret passages. Things that are not awesome: there are none, because nothing hurts and everything is Zutara don't even judge me theirloveissobeautiful.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6753645/1/Ensorcelled
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Title: What We Become
Author: Crisium
Characters: Amell/Cullen
Length: 145k
Summary: Cullen/Amell, post-game.

This is actually a story in a much longer series (What We Become, 293,000 words and counting), and my reaction is probably best summarized by reprinting a remark I made to computer somewhere around chapter six: "Alistair, you need to leave now so I can stop pining and enjoy this lovely other romance that does not involve you."

Excellent worldbuilding without any tedious information dumps, and even the supporting cast is rounded and dynamic; most importantly, the Warden reads like a game character rather than the author's self-insert. The Templar/Mage romance is written so that it hits all the right tropes (pining, forbidden relationships) without ever descending into melodrama. Also: Alistair.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/35260/chapters/46527
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Title: The Long Way Home
Author: AmeliaFaulks
Characters/Pairings: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 15,806 words
Summary: Glasses! They have a lot to answer for.

It is midnight and I am rewatching Superman, and a Superman rewatch always entails reading Superman fic. I have no explanation for why Superman of the comic book never seized me the way Superman of the screen does, but between Christopher Reeve and Brandon Routh (about whom I have at times had doubts, but man, it is hard to not accept him as Superman; his portrayal just kind of worms its way into your heart and lives there), I am one happy Superfan.

This particular story is one of my favorites; there's just the right blend of humor and TENSION! and identity porn to keep things interesting until the happy ending rolls around. Martha Kent is at her finest - I love when writers have her call Clark out - and this reveal? Oh, this reveal. If you're a fan of Jason (heck, even if you aren't), I think it will leave you as senseless as it always does me.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3690973/1/The_Long_Way_Home
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Title: Déjà Vu
Author: [personal profile] htbthomas
Characters: Clark/Lois, Jason, Richard, Jimmy, Perry (movieverse)
Length: 99,870 words
Summary: Lois slowly remembers details about the time that was erased. When she remembers it all, how will she react? Sequel to Superman Returns, references to SII.

"Déjà Vu" was my first introduction to Superman movieverse fic, and still among my very favorites. What makes this particular story stand out from the pack, at least for me, is the relationship between Lois and Jason; Lois feels like such a mother in this, but her ferocity isn't at all tempered by her new position in life. Jason's pretty much adorable pretty much all of the time, and any scene with him melts me into a puddle of goo. (I could say that about most of the story, actually, although there are some heartrending scenes, too, and a good old fashioned mystery at the plot's center.)

My addiction to Lois & Jason moments aside, this story does a fantastic job of tying Superman Returns in with the previous films. Lois and Richard's distancing is very well handled; most fics err too far to one extreme, glossing over Richard entirely or making him the villain or writing his relationship with Lois in a lingering way that is agonizing to any Clark/Lois fan. Romance still firmly rooted in the world of the Daily Planet, a fantastic Lois-voice, scenes that make me all squishy, and a great (re)reveal - what more does a Superman fic need?

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/27130
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Title: Escape Artistry
Author: David Hines
Characters: Bruce/Diana
Length: 26,256 words
Summary: Wonder Woman is eager to learn new things. Batman, less so. Primarily JL animated continuity; some comic elements from as far back as the Golden Age.

This story is smart. The writing, the plotting, and the characterization are remarkably - I hate to say professional, but definitely polished. I have a difficult time finding Bruce/Diana fic I really enjoy, partly because there isn't a lot of it and partly because it often comes with a side of Clark/Diana, which is not so much my cup of tea. (That's actually less because of my crazy shipper tendencies and more because I enjoy Superman and Wonder Woman's platonic, comrades-in-arms dynamic; it seems like something both of them need.)

The very best aspect of this fic is that that it solves the problem of Diana losing her powers when she's bound by having Bruce teach her - like the title says - escape artistry. It's such a brilliant take, almost subversive, and I wonder that it hasn't been done before. (Has it? Maybe it has and I'm just not as up on WW continuity as I ought to be. One more thing for my list!) There is powerplay, but not what you'd expect in a story about Diana being tied up, and the ending broke me, as it will you.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1833568/1/Escape_Artistry
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Title: Sunspots
Author: Hadrien Asbury
Characters: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 119,870 words; permanent hiatus
Summary: What hopes to be an in depth look at the romance and complications in the lives of Lois, Clark, and Superman from multiple perspectives leading up to, through and possibly beyond the greatest Solar Maximum in recorded astronomical history.

I recommend this story only with reservation; the writing itself could do with a beta reader or three and some of the characterization strikes me as sketchy (YMMV), but the way Clark and Lois's relationship is treated far outweighs the occasional problem with tense.

I do mean Clark and Lois's relationship, too. In the context of the story Lois still has no idea that Clark is Superman; although the plot is certainly building in that direction, this is one of those permanently unfinished epics. The author does a nothing short of brilliant job creating and populating the top floor of the Daily Planet, and the exploration of Clark Kent's impact on Lois's life, of their relationship and how those around them might interpret it, are what pushes this story from full of potential to where is the coffee, can't sleep until finished.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3629836/1/Sunspots
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Title: Franz Kafka's Girlfriend
Author: AmeliaFaulks
Characters: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 170,701 words
Summary: In a world where Superman has no memory erasing powers, Lois and Clark try to deal with the facts of their ridiculously complicated relationship the best way they know how...so not all that well, then.

Here is how enthralling this story is: I've read it five or six times over the years, and it still kept me up until four in the morning last night with a re-read, and there is not even blatant identity porn. It's a direct continuation of the first two movies (though it does blend in some elements from Superman Returns), but it proposes a universe with no memory-altering kiss; Lois knows who Clark is from the story's beginning.

There is angst, there is romance, there is eventual happiness, there is a brilliant cameo by Batman, and there is enough of Lois-and-Clark-being-hard-hitting-reporters to satisfy even my insatiable tastes. (The way Lois and Clark get caught up in all sorts of banter and wordplay and semantic tangents, by the way, is beautiful.) The author has a couple of grammatical tics that occasionally leap off the page, but nothing serious enough to impair my enjoyment. A-triple-plus.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3775541/1/Franz_Kafkas_Girlfriend
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Title: Getting Eaten Alive
Author: Tandrelmairon
Characters: Clark/Lois (movieverse)
Length: 56,461 words
Summary: The LoisClark relationship the way my sources say it developed, keeping only the legend basics as canon.

This is story of ideas. It's also a beautiful story, and a story populated with exquisite and rounded people, but above all it is a story that rolls through your mind like molasses - slow and sweetly building, both incredibly concrete and so filled with larger concepts as to be almost ethereal. It's one of those stories that I could read once a month for a year and emerge with something new and different every time, and it is still packed full of the sort of character moments that keep me coming back to fiction. The dynamics between Perry, Jimmy, Clark, and Lois - always and especially Clark and Lois - are all the more compelling for Tandrelmairon's fresh retelling.

I'm always a sucker for stories that delve into Clark's alien physiology, too, especially stories that don't paint Clark as too alien. On top of that, this has just about everything else I love in the best Superman stories, right up to a Lois who is the best damn reporter in the game. Forty billion gold stars.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3038315/1/Getting_Eaten_Alive
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Title: There Was a Child Went Forth
Author: [personal profile] dashakay
Characters: Sheldon/Penny
Length: 6,834 words
Summary: One plus one equals three. Solve that equation, Sheldon.

First, a brief note: This story is actually the fifth part in the Driving Lessons series, which is fabulous and completely worthy of a rec on its own behalf. I don't believe you need to have read the previous parts in order to enjoy "There Was a Child," though.

So the thing is that well-written babyfic is one of my greatest and guiltiest pleasures. The problem is that well-written babyfic is damn hard to find, but search no longer! [personal profile] dashakay has written a realistic, almost gritty story that dazzles, and not in the lame Edward Cullen way. The guys order take out and eat it in the hospital room while Penny is in labor, which is the best illustration I can give of the excellent characterization. I downright love the way the author writes Penny, too, and just. *happy noises* Try this one even if you usually steer clear of baby stories.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/48981
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Title: To Turn To The Dark Side, Press Three
Author: frodogenic
Characters: Anakin/Padme, Obi-Wan, Palpatine
Length: 14,086 words
Summary: Anakin Skywalker discovers that the worst part about losing his arm is trying to convince the Republic Health Insurance Agency to pay for it. Because if anything will turn you to the Dark Side, it's HMOs...

Crack of the very highest caliber. Not much to say except that I sporfled all the way through. I think my favorite part was the way the Sith Wars opera was woven throughout. Strange as it is to say, I think I actually prefer the final scene in this to the way it's portrayed in the movie.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4578087/1/To_Turn_To_The_Dark_Side_Press_Three
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Title: Manumission
Author: Kristen Elizabeth
Characters: Remy/Rogue
Length: 14,121 words
Summary: In the romantic chaos of the French Quarter, Rogue stumbles onto something that could change her relationship with Gambit forever.

A bittersweet story with a happy ending about Rogue and a magic charm that allows her to touch just for one night. Although I think the drama about Rogue's inability to touch is often overdone in fanfic - there are plenty of creative ways around it - I like that the story ends with (finally!) some open communication between Rogue and Gambit. Sex doesn't solve all of their problems, but Remy proves the gentleman we all know he can be. New Orleans serves as the perfect backdrop, too. Sweet and serviceable, but definitely a refreshing change from the Remy/Rogue norm.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1389610/1/Manumission
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Title: Queen of Diamonds
Author: Ludi
Characters: Remy/Rogue
Length: 40k+
Summary: Still recovering from Vargas' wounds, Rogue and Remy become embroiled in a string of gruesome small-town murders; but they still have their own relationship to sort out. RoGambit with a (complex) noir twist.

Lush writing without ever developing into purple prose, and perhaps a bit more bittersweet than my usual fare. I'm a complete nut for anything set during X-Treme X-Men, and this story deals with the ramifications of Rogue pulling Remy back from death as well as anything I've read yet. The symbolism of the cards, both tarot and modern, adds a fascinating aspect to the murder mystery, and it's always good to see Remy and Rogue finally bite the bullet and deal with some of their issues.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1663592/1/Queen_of_Diamonds
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Title: Two Atheists in a Foxhole
Author: Nutkin
Characters: Dean/Castiel
Length: 9k
Summary: Dean and Castiel discuss whiskey, cheeseburgers and sex, and find some humanity along the way.

Much as I enjoy a good, fluffy Dean/Castiel romp, characterization - especially Castiel's - all too often falls to the sword in favor of a more indulgent plot. This is one of only a handful of stories I've come across that keeps Castiel consistent with the show, as hardened and experienced as any Winchester but still baffled by the human experience. It also reminds me of the early S5 Dean/Cas vibe, which: bonus!

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/137821
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Title: Duty Before Honor
Author: SilverShine
Characters: Kakashi/Sakura
Length: 153,586 words
Summary: Sakura knew why Tsunade didn’t want a virgin on this mission. Things might get out of hand. Acts might be carried out too far. She was glad Kakashi was accompanying her, but right then she wouldn’t have minded the entire population of Konoha.

It took me ages to read this story, because to be honest I was a little put off by the summary - it sounded like, y'know, just one of the fifty frillion harlequin badfics floating around - but then I read another highly recommended story by SilverShine and just wow. Her writing is so good that I want it to be canon, and it's good on every level, from the characterization to the little details that lead verisimilitude to the world of shinobi.

"Duty Before Honor" is about the closest to flat-out romance as I've found in a Naruto story, and as such, it takes on a handful of romance-story cliches. The thing is, though, that the writing is so good that I can actually enjoy the cliches without wading through pages of bad grammar and unbelievable characters. There are touches of realism that really ground it, though, including awkward not-perfect sex, and an added bonus of background Naruto/Sasuke, which only makes the main storyline that much better.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2923653/1/Duty_Before_Honor
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Title: Little Black Dress
Author: Vulthrize
Characters: Shepard/Garrus, Normandy crew
Length: 6600 words
Summary: It is just before Kasumi's loyalty mission, and Shepard is running around the Normandy in a tiny black dress. Ship productivity flatlines as everyone on board, even Garrus, takes notice.

Flirty and fun. It doesn't all have to be galactic-level warfare, right?

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6108930/1/Little_Black_Dress
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Title: Fifteen Days
Author: AmeliaFaulks
Characters: Lois/Clark
Length: 8365 words
Summary: "Leueen? What's happening in the world?"

It is not even an exaggeration to say that I love everything this woman writes. There's something about the way she crafts the Lois & Clark relationship that is just so much fuller than what the films show us, and her stories are always so grounded in journalistic realism that it really seems like you're following around two reporters, one of whom just happens to moonlight as a superhero.

Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5483822/1/