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Title: Stalking Zuko
Author: emletish
Characters: Zuko/Katara (with Suki/Sokka, Toph, Aang, Hakoda, and Iroh)
Length: 880k
Summary: Katara keeps a journal of all the shenanigans that the Gaang run into.

I'm going to recommend this series with the caveat that the writing itself is pretty unusual in style - this is set up as Katara's journal, there are occasional errors in spelling, and some of the phrasing is highly, uh...Australian. That said, this is absolutely one of my favorite Avatar stories, because while the voices aren't always dead-on, the characterization and worldbuilding absolutely are.

The first part starts shortly after Zuko joins up with the others in S3, and the next eight-hundred thousand words are an in-depth expansion of everything that happens from that point up through the post-war treaty negotiations at Ba Sing Se. It's also canon-compliant (not including LoK or the comics) and Zuko/Katara, and the author does an amazing job of building up the characters to support the premise of the main pairing. On top of that, this is one of the few stories I've read that manages to balance the humor of the show with the serious subject matter without either one feeling out of place; the main characters are still obviously teenagers, but they're teenagers put into world-changing situations. The Zuko/Katara side is just as excellent, with a lot of time put into developing them individually and as friends before the romantic plot launches.

Seriously one of my favorites! As a side note, the author's notes at the end of each chapter are worth reading - they're exhaustively thorough and just as interesting as the story itself.

Stalking Zuko: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7250783/1/Stalking-Zuko
Not Stalking Zuko: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7325839/1/Not-Stalking-Zuko
Not Stalking Firelord Zuko: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8121138/1/Not-Stalking-Firelord-Zuko
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Title: Each In Its Own Way
Author: ishie
Characters: Ann/Joe
Length: 3k
Rating: G
Summary: Maybe derailed trains and bar brawls weren't the most glamourous of subjects to cover, but Joe Bradley was back in New York at last.

I volunteered to beta this story for [personal profile] ishie despite never having seen Roman Holiday, fell in love with the characters, ran off to watch the movie, and was so desperate for exactly this follow-up that I re-read the story immediately afterward. The atmosphere is perfect, carrying the champagne mood of the source material over to 1950s Brooklyn without missing a note, and there's this sort of rolling rhythm to the writing that imitates the original script and particularly comes through in the excellent dialogue. Seriously, it's a fantastic reunion piece, one of those stories that just makes me happy!

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1093824
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Title: Redemption Road
Authors: The Redemption Team
Characters: Dean/Castiel, Sam, Bobby
Length: 652k
Summary: With Castiel having set himself up as the new God, drunk on power and volatile as a nuclear reactor, Dean, Sam, and Bobby find themselves on the run from the jealous, capricious monster wearing the face of their friend. Desperate for protection and wary of his brother’s mental state since Castiel unlocked Sam's memories of Hell, Dean knows Castiel must be defused before he can wreak further havoc in Heaven or on Earth. (...)

Forty-two parts and this still isn't long enough! Virtual season, well-plotted, decently written, and excellently characterized; I blew threw the whole thing in three days and then writhed on the floor, gnashing my teeth, rending my clothing, and wailing for more episodes. My absolute favorite thing is the Lovecraftian influence, but it's also worth noting that the series explores relationships other than Dean and Cas's, including Dean's time with Lisa. (I am always happy when Lisa isn't glossed over.) A+. Would read again.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/21665