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Title: The Cable & Deadpool Yuletide Special
Author: hradzka
Characters: Cable, Deadpool
Length: 10,475 words
Summary: ...summary? Is that like a recap page? Huh. Okay. I'm Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth. You may remember me from such comics as "Deadpool," "Deadpool," and "Cable & Deadpool," and from my brief appearance in Wolverine's first solo movie, which for now makes me Marvel's latest license to print money -- thank you, Ryan Reynolds. Anyway, now I'm in a Yuletide story, so join me and my buddy Nate Summers, aka Cable, for wacky hijinks and reality-hopping adventure. Say hi to the fangirls, Nate.

AND JUST WHEN I THINK THE INTERNET CAN'T GET ANY MORE AWESOME, SOMEONE GIFT-WRAPS THIS AND STICKS IT UNDER OUR COLLECTIVE FANNISH TREE.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/32546
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Title: When He Catches His Reflection on Accident
Author: mardia
Characters: Chuck, Ellie
Length: 4324 words
Summary: The day after Ellie finds out the truth about Chuck. "It's just—she saw me carrying a gun, Sarah. I've never…the most dangerous thing she's seen me wield before is the carving knife I used on the turkey that one Thanksgiving dinner." General spoilers up through the S2 finale.

This story has really been making the rounds in the Chuck community, and it is so, so easy to see why. The writing is absolutely stellar, but more importantly, it gives us something I think we've all been wanting (or at least that I've been wanting!): Chuck's reveal to Ellie, and her reaction in the aftermath.

There's a line a couple of paragraphs in that really grabbed me -
After about twenty minutes of brooding—he hopes it's manly brooding, although he has a sneaking suspicion that it looks more like he's moping...

And everything after is just as perfect, hitting a lovely balance between Chuck's new life as a super-spy and Chuck as he really is, a sweet, slightly goofy guy who genuinely loves his sister. There's a bit of an abrupt POV switch from Chuck to Ellie, but Ellie's section is where this story really shines; her initial coldness to Sarah, the comfort she takes from Casey (of all people), and the bargain she makes with Beckman are just so wonderfully Ellie that I want to scoop her up and give her a hug.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/31448

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