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Title: Sustain (or Concerto for the Famished in D Minor)
Authors: MaybeAmanda
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 MaybeAmanda 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
Title: took a faithful leap
Author: tosca1390
Pairing: Usagi/Mamoru
Length: 12k
Summary: In his relatively empty life, there are few moments and people that have stayed with him. She is one of them.

There are not a lot of current Sailor Moon writers who make me flail (there aren't really a lot of current Sailor Moon writers at all), but tosca1390 is a goldmine. I stayed up late last night reading all of her SM fic and it was not a wasted evening. This particular story is my first pick to rec for the absolutely fantastic characterization and for being an AU which is believable, delightful, and surprising.

The author takes the idea of Usagi as a politician and runs with it, with the senshi as Usagi's advisors and Mamoru as her doctor-turned-love interest and actually the story is written from Mamoru's point of view and it shines, it really gives him a round characterization that most stories lack, and the ordinary moments in their relationship kill me because we don't get to see nearly enough of those moments in the manga. *deep breath* In conclusion, this story is the best and tosca1390 is the best and I am thrilled to have found such a wonderful Usagi/Mamoru writer.

(P.S. There's a sequel!)

Link: http://tosca1390.livejournal.com/277146.html
10/26/11 - jla • haunted
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
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
Title: A Summer Day So Late in Coming
Author: helens78
Pairing: Charles/Erik
Length: 3k
Summary: Fifty years after they fell in love, Erik comes to Charles with a proposal that rocks Charles's world.

Probably the most perfect wedding story you will ever read. It is late and I am undelirious and at the end of this I made embarrassing squealing noises and then immediately re-read the entire thing. Everything about this is beautiful. It's also one of the few stories I've read that feels like it believably bridges the gap between First Class and the first movie trilogy.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/222434
Title: A Family Tradition
Author: derryderrydown
Fandom: Captain America/Iron Man film universe
Pairing: Tony/Steve
Length: 823 words
Summary: N/A

Read this. You may be squicked, but you'll be laughing so hard it won't even matter.

Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/220620
Title: Anthem for Doomed Youth
Author: fahye_fic
Characters: Raven, Charles/Erik
Length: 13k
Summary: N/A

Exquisitely worded character study of Raven and, through her eyes, of Erik and Charles. I've been elbows-deep in the First Class fandom for the past few weeks, and this story struck me not only for its unflinching honesty but also for the way it elaborates on the relationship between Charles and Raven.

Link: http://fahye-fic.livejournal.com/52214.html
Title: All Fall Down
Author: multiple (see here for a complete list)
Pairing: Veronica/Logan
Length: 159k
Summary: In Neptune, the brighter the summer sun, the deeper the shadows.

I'm recommending this fic with reservations - it's a collaborative effort, which lends a piecemeal feel to the writing, and the denouement is unsatisfying - but it is a solid story driven by both the case and the relationship between Veronica and Logan. Also, it's long, which seems strangely rare in this fandom? I don't think I've found another story over maybe 60,000 words.

Best of all, this monster is set in the summer immediately after season two. Season three had moments, but man oh man, I could read post-S2 AUs all month long and still not be sick of them. This one doesn't linger on the fallout of Cassidy's and Aaron's deaths, but the characters are definitely emerging from trauma. Not exactly angst; the darker moments come from the case itself.

Link: http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=vm_summer&keyword=All+Fall+Down&filter=all
6/11/11 - vm • snapshot
Title: Snapshot
Author: crimsonclad
Pairing: Logan/Veronica
Rating: R for adorable
Length: oneshot
Summary: N/A ("nice, happy, goofy and domestic Logan/Veronica")

I have a serious weakness for curtain fic, especially in canon that seems determined to give me anything but. This is seriously adorable, with banter! and Target! and absolutely no heart-wrenching conflict. The frame hits another of my narrative kinks, the outside/media POV, and even though he isn't quite, I love Logan as a nearly-a-trophy husband.

Also, adorable. Really adorable. Did I mention that this story is adorable?

Link: http://crimsonclad.livejournal.com/73971.html
Title: Secondary Exposure
Author: thesardine
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: longish (I'd estimate about 15-20k, but my wordcount extension is still down)
Summary: Sherlock: "If you were dying, if you were murdered, in the very last seconds, what would you say?" / John: "Please God, let me live." / Sherlock: "Use your imagination." / John: "I don't have to."

And now for something completely different: "Secondary Exposure" tells the story of teenaged John's kidnapping and John and Sherlock's eventual encounter with the kidnapper. This is a rare delight in a fandom largely devoted to retelling the same sorts of stories; the author both manages to balance the unfolding case with a developing relationship and to refine and expose the characters in surprising ways. One of my favorites!

Link: http://thesardine.livejournal.com/13012.html