Apr. 30th, 2017

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Harry Potter

the family potter by [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic
I gave him everything I could. Your son. He will always be yours, Tuney, but he has grown in my house. And maybe it wasn't enough, what we tried to do, what we tried to be, but we love him, and he loves us, Tuney.

I didn't steal anything from you. I gave it. I would've given you everything I had, if you had just let me. I gave him everything I had. That is what you do, when a little boy comes into your life with nothing but himself. You give him a home.
AU where Dudley grows up with the Potters. *sob*

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Check, Please!

the jack zimmermann interview series by [archiveofourown.org profile] heyfightme
In the thick of one of the best debut seasons the NHL has ever seen, Providence Falconers rookie and former hockey child prodigy Jack Zimmermann is proving that second chances make all the difference.
We talked to the Falconers' number one to find out what makes a successful comeback.

---

a series of revealing interviews in which jack breaks his press silence (with a definite agenda).
Lovely story about Jack's coming out told via magazine articles, with art included.

this job comes with a family by [archiveofourown.org profile] chyeahnursey
Ford bonds with some of the boys. Oh heart.

the slow pace of geologic time by [archiveofourown.org profile] westernredcedar
When Bitty's coming out to his parents doesn't go well, Jack calls Alicia for help. This is so lovely.

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Avengers

Embers by [archiveofourown.org profile] marginalia
Each day they choose each other. They're the only ones who know what it's like, to be both young and old, to be so strong and so tired, they're the only ones who know who they used to be, back in Brooklyn, before. Lovely introspective Steve/Bucky. *sobs* #epic tragic century long love story #till the end of the line

They've loved each other longer than most people they know have been alive.

The Principle of Terrestrial Mediocrity by [archiveofourown.org profile] AlphaFlyer
"Security?" they both say at once, in the same snarky sort of tone that would probably piss me off if I wasn't from California, and Barton gives the Parker kid a little wink and a slap on the arm. Like the kid said something fiendishly clever and funny and Barton just found his soulmate or something.

I explain to them about Scott and the job – more about Scott than about the job, 'cause Scott and I were in jail together and so were Scott and Hawkeye, which makes us practically cousins. Barton seems to agree and offers me a slice of pizza.
Luis gets a job as a security guard at Stark Tower. Hee! (Though why Domino's? Nobody in NYC would admit to eating Domino's.)

the world no longer drowned by [archiveofourown.org profile] magdaliny
Steve often puts his fingertips on your collarbone. Your scapula. On the little white dimples where the arm was screwed into your bones. He's always noticing the differences between your serums. You don't heal as fast as Steve, but you have more endurance. He's faster than you. You're more flexible. But this: you know this hurts him. That you scar. That they gave you scars. That you gave yourself scars, fixing what they did. You don't think he'll ever stop being angry about that. He'd sooner stop breathing. Sometimes, you think, if Steve ever stopped eating, the serum might sustain him on anger alone. Lovely sequel to "through smoke, solid ground" (previously recced), in which Bucky is a few years on in his recovery, but challenges persist.

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Star Wars

The Fallout of Anakin Skywalker's Knighting by [archiveofourown.org profile] anecdotalist
Anakin is Knighted and decides to give his Padawan braid to Padme instead of to Obi-Wan after his Knighting. Then he learns that there's a lot more meaning to that Tradition than he had realized but is it too late to fix things with Obi-Wan? in which Anakin means well but fucks up and tries to fix it. Oh heart.

The Moon Represents My Heart by [archiveofourown.org profile] afrai
"You watch out," said Chirrut. "I'm going to prove it. The Force is with you, Baze."

This was a perfectly conventional thing for one novitiate to say to another, by way of praise or encouragement. It was typical of Chirrut that he should have made it weird.

Baze might not be the most insightful person in the world, and he wasn't inclined to detect admiration where it didn't exist. But it was clear even to him that Chirrut's childhood attachment had developed into a raging crush.

Baze had had crushes himself. It was natural. Chirrut was being bizarre about his, but perhaps that was only what one should expect from Chirrut.
Really lovely backstory for Baze and Chirrut.

The Question, Twenty Years Late by Eirian Erisdar
AU in which Satine lives, and so Obi-Wan goes to Mandalore after RotS. Oh my heart.

Something Mysteriously Formed by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaasknot
Chirrut held the staff before him, balancing it on a single finger. "Neither too heavy nor too light. Do you see, Baze? Balance is vital. Mortal beings require the world of the material to survive." He tilted the staff one way, so it yawed over his finger toward the ground. "We require food, shelter, and companionship to maintain our bodies. But too far, and we kill our spirits." He shifted the staff back to a perfect horizontal above the pavement. "On the other end, our souls require nourishment as well. We require faith, belief, trust, love. We require calm in the midst of the storm." He let the staff overbalance to the other side. "Yet if we focus exclusively on these, our physical form withers and dies." He returned the staff to the ground. Chirrut finds a way to live and hope and bring hope to others after the Empire comes to power. Lovely.

The Tale of Amidala by [archiveofourown.org profile] LurkingCrow
"But the federation tried to kill the negotiators and invaded, taking Queen Amidala captive. They demanded her surrender, but she refused. They threatened her with bloodshed unless she signed their treaty, but she would not. They tried every trick to make her give in, but she persisted."
"Because she was brave?"
"Because she was brave."

(brave, courageous, determined, foolhardy, reckless padmé. queen of our hearts, sister of our soul. oh why did you always rush ahead of us? you who would give anything to protect us, why would you not let us do the same? foolish, wonderful, lost padmé.)
One of Padme's handmaidens runs into Beru and Luke on Tatooine. *sobs* Lovely.

This Tired World Could Change by [archiveofourown.org profile] dharmaavocado
"Did you lose your nerve?" the monk asked cheerfully.

"My nerve?" Baze said, which was a surprise as he meant to tell the man to leave.

"You were staring so hard I assumed you were working up the courage to come speak to me. I am quite intimidating, I know, but I can assure you I'm very open to being chatted up by handsome men."

"I wasn't—you're blind," said Baze, startled, taking in the pale blue sweep of the monk's eyes.

The man opened in his mouth in exaggerated surprise. "Am I? And all this time I thought the universe was just poorly lit. Thank you, sir, for enlightening me."

"That was a stupid thing to say," Baze admitted, and the monk grinned wide, showing too much gum.

"It was." He cocked his head to the side. "I was hoping to employ your assistance, actually. It's very hard being blind, you know."

"And yet you seemed to be managing quite well."
This is both hilarious and lovely, with Baze and Chirrut meeting after the Republic falls, and falling in love on a space road trip. Oh my heart.

Two Days on Yavin 4 by [archiveofourown.org profile] scaramouche
"I can hear you thinking," Baze says.

"An old man's melancholy," Chirrut says. "I'm allowed that sometimes."

Chirrut's fingers are still on Baze's face, so he feels it when Baze opens his eyes. "Tell me."

"I would wish you a happier life."

"And I would wish you eyes that work again," Baze says. "But then you wouldn't be you, and I wouldn't love you, and then what would I do?"

"Be less stressed, I'd wager."

"Ugh." Baze throws an arm around Chirrut, pulling him tight for an impressive hug. Chirrut presses his face against Baze's neck, and sighs when Baze strokes a large palm down the back of Chirrut's head. "I know you didn't mean that."

"I didn't mean that," Chirrut agrees. "We keep each other safe."

"Oh, we now?" Baze says with a laugh. "Not the Force?"

Chirrut ignores the tease, for he'd rather to move his mouth up Baze's neck, over the edges of his beard, to find his mouth. Baze kisses him back, softly at first, and then not.
Baze and Chirrut in their brief time on Yavin IV. Oh heart.

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