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The Beifong Legacy by [archiveofourown.org profile] jorlau
Su and Lin take the whole crew to Omashu to learn about the Cave of Two Lovers and the SECRET TUNNEL! This is adorable.

Morning Came Twice by [archiveofourown.org profile] RuminantMonk
Really lovely Korrasami.

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Legend of Korra

Icarus and the Sea by [archiveofourown.org profile] Unpretty
The story of Zhu Li and Varrick from their first meeting to their honeymoon. This does a great job with the voices (I laughed out loud a lot) and also with why Zhu Li would stay with him, and gets the emotional bits right too. Highly recommended.

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Pacific Rim

Threnody by [archiveofourown.org profile] inlovewithnight
Mako and Stacker, before; Mako and Raleigh, after. Lovely.

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Arrow

Oliver and Felicity's High School Reunion by [archiveofourown.org profile] bayloriffic
I really enjoyed this Olicity fake dating story (though I don't believe either of them would have sex without a condom the first time with each other, so that threw me a little *hands*).

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("Royals!") by [personal profile] lizbee
Lin Beifong is the heir to the Earth Kingdom throne. No one, least of all Lin, is pleased about this. Heh.

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Harry Potter

These Young Lions by [archiveofourown.org profile] enjambament
Sirius goes on the run instead of going to Azkaban, and with some help from Remus he tries to prove his innocence. I enjoyed this a lot.

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unlock the moon from the tide by [archiveofourown.org profile] psocoptera
Chilling yet believable explanation for why Eska and Desna are the way they are. Which is more than canon has provided. Heed the warnings.

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Harry Potter

For the Same Reason it's So Hard to Find by [archiveofourown.org profile] Laura
"You should have backup, and I'm incredibly good backup."

Remus knows he must have been breathing for the last few minutes, because his vision isn't blacking out or anything, but for the life of him, he doesn't know how. He drops to the floor beside Sirius, with none of the grace Sirius showed earlier. "Padfoot," he says.

"Seriously, really good backup. I can do magic and bite the fuck out of people."

"And that's even before you turn into a dog."
Remus and Sirius during OotP. OTP of OTPs. Oh my heart. *sobs*

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DCU

and after all this time to find we're just like all the rest by [archiveofourown.org profile] irnan
Steph and Jason fight, with repercussions that affect the whole family. Oh my heart.

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Crossovers

Mission Impossible/The Losers

think of me and burn by [archiveofourown.org profile] unfinishedidea
Jane and Aisha, over the years. Hot and melancholy.

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Greek Mythology

Here Thy Hands Let Fall the Gather'd Flower by [archiveofourown.org profile] Cinaed
Nice take on Hades/Persephone. I like this version of Hades.

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Legend of Korra

a gate that swings both ways by [archiveofourown.org profile] psocoptera
Korra confronts the implications of energybending. Exactly what the summary says. Thought-provoking.

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Criminal Minds

Close our eyes, pretend to fly by [livejournal.com profile] that_1_incident
Understated, sweet, and lovely Morgan/Garcia story where Garcia owns a coffee shop instead of working for the BAU.

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Elementary

Guided by the Beauty of Our Weapons by [archiveofourown.org profile] cjmarlowe
"Well, the nature of our relationship to one another is complicated," said Joan. "Even for your father—who does care about you, by the way, even if he doesn't show it in typical ways—who knows the particulars of my former employment."

"He thinks we should be clearer about the delineation between the personal and the professional."

"Well, I can't argue with that in principle," said Joan, "but since when do we let ourselves be defined by anyone else?"

"Since always," said Sherlock. "I believe that might actually be the definition of definition."

"Well, then it's time we stopped," said Joan. "You're my friend, and my employer, and my mentor, and I am your friend and your colleague and your sounding board. We can be all of those things, as long as we understand the nature of each of them."

"Clear boundaries," said Sherlock. "Consideration. Trust. Occasional bowls of late night ice cream."

Joan smiled at him. "I think we're getting the hang of it."
During a case drought, Sherlock and Joan continue to negotiate their relationship. Nice slice-of-life story.

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Rivers of London

a spell against the lonely by [archiveofourown.org profile] singlecrow
Lovely look at Nightingale over the years.

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Crossovers

The West Wing/M*A*S*H

cj cregg meets margaret houlihan by [personal profile] raven
"What's a community organiser, anyway," she says, "isn't that what we all do, if we're worth anything. I'm a nurse, Ms. Cregg. These days, more of a midwife."

"A midwife?" CJ repeats, again feeling useless and tired.

"Some things take longer to be born than others," Margaret says, and smiles, softly. "Good luck."
*sobs*

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Avatar: The Last Airbender

When They Asked by [archiveofourown.org profile] talibusorabat
When they asked who the father was, Toph always had a different answer.

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The Dark Knight Returns

Echoes of a War by [personal profile] katewrites
Bruce and Selina in Europe. <3

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Fringe

All is near and can't be touched by [personal profile] dotfic
Really lovely look at Lincoln settling into the Redverse.

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Snow White and the Huntsman

I hold with those who favor fire by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaydeefalls
The captain of her guard accompanies her wherever she goes, of course, ever watchful, and she sometimes catches him smiling at her out of the corner of her eye, when he thinks she's not looking. She knows he loved her before she was ever a queen, but still, she can't help but take a girlish pride in the ever-growing respect she sees in his eyes. She's not doing this for her Huntsman; but in a way, perhaps she is. For the embittered soldier he had once been, the grieving widower, the angry drunk, the desperate lout. For the women with scars cutting down their cheeks and the children orphaned by endless wars, for the men who'd stared at her white horse with hungry eyes and the Huntsman's wife who'd fought so valiantly and so futilely against Ravenna's desires. She avenges them with every stalk of wheat, every apple and every pear, every child who no longer has to go to bed hungry. Evocative and lovely.

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A Journey of A Thousand Miles (Return of the Dragon Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] MidniteMarauder
Zuko, trying to handle life as the Fire Lord, in the aftermath of the war. this is a really nice look at how difficult it must have been, and Zuko is wonderfully in character, irritable and hopeful all at once.

Up From the Grave by [archiveofourown.org profile] Memlu
Winter is a bad time for dragon fever, said the doctor. Mother said, There's no good time for it. The doctor said, Well. Mako listened at the stairs. He was supposed to be in bed, but Bolin kicked in his sleep and Baolan would not sleep at all but cried instead all night. (Colic, the doctor said.) Mako had crept out, light as a cat. No one would know. He was good at it. One possible backstory for Mako and Bolin. Have tissues handy.

Walks Like a Turtleduck, Talks Like a Turtleduck (Must Be a Bear Live Cover) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ranalore
Lovely look at Mai as she matures over the years.

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Advice From Fire Lord Zuko To His Sister On The Raising Of Children (with annotations) by [personal profile] lizbee
DON'T SET YOUR KIDS ON FIRE

I really can't say that enough. Not that Toph would let you. It's really not good an effective means of discipline good. Your kids are probably going to spend at least part of their lives hating you, but you don't have to give them a reason for it.
Exactly what it says on the tin. Hilarious and adorable.

Eight Principles of Yong by [archiveofourown.org profile] psocoptera
Zuko's tutors noted his diligence, while Azula's praised her brilliance, and everyone knew which one of those was worth something. So he had good penmanship, so what? There were palace scribes on hand at any hour if someone wanted something written. One of Zuko's less lethal hobbies saves the day after his agni kai with Azula. I really liked this type of firebending, and Zuko's cleverness in using it to make his case to the people.

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a deep delight of the blood by [archiveofourown.org profile] eruthros
After "The Southern Raiders," Zuko offers to help Katara practice bloodbending. OMG YES. THIS. Ahem. I mean, this is a great story about consent and bloodbending and Zuko wanting Katara to dominate him, and how they're both discovering they enjoy it and, well, yes. I've wanted a story like this since the first time Zuko went to his knees in "The Western Air Temple," and this one delivers.

Frozen by [archiveofourown.org profile] ArisTGD
Zuko falls at the North Pole, and when he comes around he's not sure if he's more angry at the Avatar, his uncle, or himself. A story of emotional growth and tea with too much salt in it. AU from "The Siege of the North Part 2." Highly enjoyable story of Zuko getting to the point of making the right choice a lot earlier, thanks to extended exposure to the Northern Water Tribe and the gaang.

pour me by [archiveofourown.org profile] dropsofviolet
Socially awkward firebenders for the win! I mean, Mai gets tired of Sokka and Zuko going out drinking and decides to go with them. This is adorable.

Primary Sources by [archiveofourown.org profile] Wildgoosery
Sokka returns to the desert to excavate Wan Shi Tong's library. I enjoyed this a lot.

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The Grace That It Takes by [Anonymous]
In the end, there are no magical gifts for Sokka and he doesn't go straight home, but a ship and a maiden are both involved. Kyoshi Island is on his way, after all.

Standing on the deck next to Suki, watching her bright eager smile and the way she grips the rail as the prow slices through the waves on their way into harbor, it dawns on Sokka that this may not match the tales, but he can find nothing in this twist to complain about.
Eeeeeeeeee! Written for me in the [community profile] white_lotus Lunar New Year exchange! Sokka and Suki being ADORABLY SWEET after the war, and then realizing that maybe there are still some things they need to work out with their relationship, but that the relationship is absolutely worth it. SO MANY HEARTS. <3 <3 <3

The One Where the Fire Nation Clearly Loses by [archiveofourown.org profile] miarr
Sokka gets captured by Zuko in s1. During his escape attempt, things don't go exactly as planned. On the other hand, he does get to have awesomely hot, if completely awkward, sex with Zuko. This is utterly HILARIOUS, with a great Sokka voice. I laughed out loud more than once.

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Thin Ice by [personal profile] lizbee
"I still don't see why we need to do this," said Zuko. "Aang isn't even here."

"Lots of reasons," said Sokka, "all of them excellent."

"Oh yeah?"

"For one thing, Aang can't get married without some kind of masculine manly hunting taking place. And since Aang doesn't eat meat, it's down to you and me to carry on the ancient traditions of my people. Manly traditions."

"Right," said Zuko. "Only, fishing isn't hunting."

"The first rule of being a manly man is that when Gran-Gran says we have enough meat but could use more fish, you listen."
Sokka & Zuko, ice fishing and bantering. ♥

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Leverage

The Justice League Job by [archiveofourown.org profile] Eatsscissors
The granddaughter of a famous comics author and illustrator comes to the team for help in recovering the rights to one of her grandfather's last creations. Really nice Hardison POV, and some lovely Hardison/Parker UST. (could use a good line edit )

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Smaller Under the Stars by [personal profile] lizbee
Fifteen years after the end of the war, and a few years after Mai and Aang have died, Zuko and Katara find some comfort in each other. Quiet and lovely and hopeful.

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The Good Wife

A Hundred Storms by [livejournal.com profile] abvj
Sharp, crystal-clear look at Kalinda. (This is where it probably all goes awry, she muses. Kalinda's number one rule has been and always will be about self-preservation.

The moment you lose sight of that, when you start thinking of people as someone other than a means to an end, everything just seems to have a way of imploding in the most spectacular, horrifying way.)


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no returns or exchanges (the equilibration remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] glass_icarus
Really sharp look at the relationship between Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee, with Zuko the wild card that can't quite be neutralized.

The Words Get in the Way by [archiveofourown.org profile] terajk
Toph and Smellerbee play pai sho and Smellerbee contemplates what peace means. Really lovely.

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Imagine The Ocean by [archiveofourown.org profile] Damkianna
Really well done AU in which Katara is the Avatar. This only covers the first season of the show, but it's a complete retelling of that season, and ends in the same place, though not quite the same way. I'm looking forward to the other books, though I imagine it will be a while before they're written.

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Big Damn Heroes by [archiveofourown.org profile] Damkianna
Eeeeeee! Avatar mashed up with Firefly! Katara's ship Appa rarely takes on passengers, but when Zuko, Iroh, and Yue come aboard, things get exciting. Shiny!

Blade, Brush, Tile by [personal profile] recessional
Really nice look at the Royal Family and Mai through Piandao's eyes.

Evidence by [personal profile] lizbee
Fire Lady Mai as a badass ninja spy. ♥

The Finest Feeling by [personal profile] bowdlerized
"Love is a very powerful emotion. Real love--like your mother's love for you, or yours for her--is the finest feeling. But it comes at a cost: the price we pay for that joy is the pain we feel when we are separated from the people we love.

"It is a hard lesson to learn when you are young," he continues, more softly, "but better to learn it now than when you are an old man like your uncle."

Zuko stands and begins to pace around the edge of the pond. "I know it hurts. Everyone knows that. But knowing it doesn't help anything."

"You are right, Prince Zuko. But I'm afraid I don't have any better wisdom to offer you in this situation."

"It's okay," he says, "I didn't really expect any."
The beginning of Iroh and Zuko's beautiful friendship. *sniffle*

Four inventions Sokka never built (and one he did) by [personal profile] sholio
Hee! I love inventor Sokka and his belief in science and this story is so perfectly in character. *heart*

The Good Life by [personal profile] such_heights
Really lovely, understated Toph/Katara story. Katara's no mother hen, not really, and she'd never ask Toph to stay, but she's glad she can provide a base for her, for whenever she wants it. And she hopes, quietly, that one day Toph might consider it to be a home.

No One Asks About the Scars by [personal profile] voleuse
The first time they met another air bender, the earth whispered under Toph's feet. Her feet stuttered still while she wondered what it meant, and then she realized it was Aang's heart, pulsing joy to the rock beneath them. Lovely, achy story of Aang and Toph traveling together after the war is over, and finding a home in each other.

Of the Fruit (and not the Flower) by [personal profile] recessional
Azula, afterwards, slowly finding a way to live in the world. The wings are small, but I know, suddenly, that dragons don't fly by wings. Those are only for direction. Dragons fly by existing. Dragons fly because fire leaps at the sky.

Remnants in the Mist by [personal profile] recessional
♥APPA♥ Um, if I need to say more than that, this story deals with something I always wished would happen on the show but didn't. *happy sigh*

Something Built To Last by [personal profile] such_heights
Lovely, meditative look at Toph as she helps rebuild the Earth Kingdom after the war.

Three Conversations by [personal profile] troisroyaumes
Mai learns some of the subtler, less enjoyable responsibilities that go along with being the Fire Lady. Nicely done.

"Mother, I put up with being a pawn for Father's career, but I am not going to do it for everyone else as well."

Her mother gave her a quelling glance and held the earring box out to her. "Mai, don't you understand? This is power. Do you think I've been taking you with me to meet with all the families of consequence in Caldera so that you could enjoy the free pastries?"

Mai blinked. "I thought...I thought you were just...gossiping."


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Escapee by [personal profile] lizbee
Highly enjoyable AU where Mai and Ty Lee escape Boiling rock with Sokka and Zuko.

Let the Buyer Beware by [archiveofourown.org profile] ArtemisRae
Toph and Iroh deal with a patron who tries to run off without paying his tab. Adorable.

Stormbenders by [fanfiction.net profile] Fandomme
AU in which Katara and Zuko get captured/infiltrate the Fire Lord's palace to discover a secret weapon he's been developing; while I wasn't thrilled with how Mai is handled (and how the stormbending thing kind of fizzles out completely, no pun intended), I really did like the slow development of Katara's feelings for Zuko and his pining for her.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Ursiad by [personal profile] recessional
A series of ficlets about Ursa's return to the Fire Nation, post-series. Really well done

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Hawaii Five-O

Ain't Gotta Flaunt for Me by [livejournal.com profile] robanybody
Adorable Kono/Danny with a great Kono voice.

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Inception

I'm the Same Boy I Used to Be by [livejournal.com profile] hackthis
Adorable story about the times Arthur and Eames met before the movie.

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Iron Man

You Are Here by [livejournal.com profile] roboticonograph
Pepper doesn't really get the appeal of phone sex, until Tony's in Tokyo and she's in Malibu. Hot and sweet.

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five ways water looks at fire by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sholio
Really lovely story showing how Zuko evolves over the course of the series through Katara's eyes.

Sun Blast Your Shadow by [archiveofourown.org profile] pearl_o
Brutally realistic and heartbreaking look at Zuko trying to win the peace.

Teamwork by [personal profile] lizbee
Mai and Iroh FIGHT CRIME! Or, they catch the guy who tries to assassinate Zuko, anyway. Adorable.
"Been a long time since I saw anyone use a fukiya," he says. Carefully, he removes the dart from within and sniffs the tip. "Red belladonna. Very nice. Slow acting, so he'd have hours to regret his sins. Most young people want nothing to do with the old ways."

"Zuko will be happy to know he was almost murdered by a historical recreationist," says Mai.


水火 by [archiveofourown.org profile] trascendenza
Azula, in prison, learning from her mistakes. Still herself, but wiser with the knowledge.
"Where there is life, there must be death. None of us can change this."

"You don't fear what I will do?" Azula said, because it was impossible to believe. That was her definition of self — she was fear itself, the bar by which all others measured themselves. That had escaped her for a time, but instead of softening her ferocity she'd found that these practices had brought her deeper into her original convictions. What she found in herself didn't align with her image of what a healer did.

"Your skills must be cultivated," Sifu said. When she looked at Azula, there was a knowing and a tenderness that made Azula feel completely exposed, all the more because Sifu did not flinch away from what she saw. When Sifu looked at her, Azula felt she was not fearful at all, that she was only what she needed to be. "What you will do is out of my hands."


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AKA 'The Chakra of Pleasure' by [livejournal.com profile] white_knuckle
"It's not--that's shameful! A man of honor shouldn't do--" Zuko starts, bright red and this close to panic again.

"Yeah, okay, but I'm pretty sure a teenager of honor isn't gonna repress the need for his morning jerk-off so easy," Sokka cuts in dryly, just cocking an eyebrow at him. "I mean, come on, you do it, right?"

"I--I don't have to answer that!"

". . . oh holy shit, you don't."
Sokka demonstrates the fine art of the handjob. Hilarious. Sokka FTW! (Note: this does involve Aang egging them on, which is kind of squicky, but I mostly just ignored his presence.)

Disclosure by [archiveofourown.org profile] Rawles
In which Zuko continues to be the dorkiest Fire Lord ever, making having sex with Mai way more awkward than it ought to be. Includes hilarious advice from Uncle Iroh.

game on by [livejournal.com profile] mekosuchinae
"I'm trying to help you, Zuko."

"I don't need any help," Zuko grumped.

"Really," Mai said. "I hadn't realized losing was part of your strategy."

"I'm not losing!"

"You fooled me," Mai said.
Mai takes over when Zuko is getting his ass kicked at pai sho. Adorable.

Guide Me Home by Qwi-Xux
Enjoyable story of Ursa (Zuko and Azula's mom) and Hakoda (Sokka and Katara's dad) that runs parallel to canon. Prose is a little clunky, but I enjoyed their adventures a lot.

Lessons in Thin Air by Lisse
Lovely look at Toph, Katara, Sokka, and Aang from Zuko's POV as he slowly starts to fit in at the Western Air Temple. Zuko listens with half an ear and thinks of the would-have-been invasion.

He wonders if anyone realizes the remarkable thing about it: not that it failed, but just how close it came to succeeding.


Male Bonding by [livejournal.com profile] rawles and [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose
Sokka and Zuko and boy talk. Hee! Adorkable!

A Matter of Secrets by [personal profile] jalendavi_lady
Zuko has a secret - his vision is compromised way more than he lets on - and he doesn't know how to tell his new friends. Lovely.

New Directions by [archiveofourown.org profile] such_heights
Toph, Suki and Katara. They could do anything, after the war. Lovely post-finale look at all three girls. <3

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