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Daredevil

I Am Not Your Jim Gordon by [archiveofourown.org profile] WerewolvesAreReal
In which Daredevil trusts Sergeant Brett Mahoney, who is not his Jim Gordon, but may be the only honest cop in Hell's Kitchen.

Interregnum (The World on Fire Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] igrockspock
In which the Black Widow lays low with the Devil of Hell's Kitchen. And the original story: Interregnum by [archiveofourown.org profile] azephirin

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Avengers

The Ballad of Bucky Bear by [archiveofourown.org profile] follow_the_sun
The story of Bucky and Bucky bear. Hee!

Doubleheader by [archiveofourown.org profile] gwyneth
Steve and Bucky and terrible puns and baseball, with a side of mourning for Sarah Rogers. Lovely.

Dream of Caramel: or, A Recipe for Disaster by [archiveofourown.org profile] gwyneth
Bucky learns to cook for Steve but keeps it a secret. Clint's POV on the shenanigans that ensue. Hilarious and sweet.

Floaters by [archiveofourown.org profile] innie
His eyes were closed but his mouth still found Steve's throat and jaw; he had Steve memorized, after all. "You walked into there for me, I walked outta there for you." Really lovely look at Steve through Bucky's eyes both pre-serum and post. <333

Hard to Say by [archiveofourown.org profile] sadrobots
Sweet, wistful story of Bucky recovering on Clint's farm.

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People (The Enemy of My Enemy Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] theladyscribe
Maria and Pepper plan for the future after SHIELD falls. (the original story was recced previously.)

In the Blur of Serenity (The Wikipedia Twist Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] angelgazing
Bucky discovers Steve's Wikipedia page and decides to correct all the people who are WRONG on the internet about him. Hee! (and the original story: In the Blur of Serenity by [archiveofourown.org profile] brenda if I haven't already recced it)

Just Like The Movies by [archiveofourown.org profile] Brenda
Angie has a run-in with the Winter Soldier, or, to be precise, with Bucky Barnes. Oh heart.

Keep Calm And Curbstomp HYDRA by [archiveofourown.org profile] tielan
Maria Hill in the aftermath of CATWS.

Kelly, the Well-Meaning and Very Confused Barista by [archiveofourown.org profile] chaya
Outsider POV on some Steve/Bucky/Sam/Natasha shenanigans that pays off hilariously at the end.

The Other Scottish Play by [archiveofourown.org profile] Gray_Cardinal
Dottie turns up just in time to try to ruin Angie's Broadway debut. Angie and Peggy are on it.

A Sight for Sore Eyes (The Eye of the Storm Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] echoinautumn
Peggy is a BAMF and she takes the stolen moments with Steve as they come. Oh heart.

so no one told you life was gonna be this way by [archiveofourown.org profile] thundersnowstorm
Nice look at Steve and Natasha's friendship over the course of the movies.

straight-up masterpieces by [archiveofourown.org profile] tremontaine
Super hot Steve/Bucky/Natasha.

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Gotham Central

Always Another One (The Robin Recruitment Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Redrikki
Excellent look at the various Robins from the POV of GCPD.

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Crossovers

Arrow/Brooklyn Nine-Nine

'til black and white begin to color in by [archiveofourown.org profile] hardlygolden
Oliver and Felicity help foil a robbery while visiting Brooklyn. Jake and Amy investigate. This is a very cute, clever crossover. (see also the original: i'll gather up the avenues and leave them on your doorstep by [archiveofourown.org profile] htbthomas. )

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Avengers

38 recs, mostly Steve/Bucky )

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Captain America

Evidence of Things Not Seen (The Missing Man Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Medie
This remix of The Leadership Breakfast from Steve's POV gives us him and Darcy as adorable friends and shows what was on those ripped out pages of Steve's sketchbook. <3

from the end to the beginning by [personal profile] renne
part of her space military!au series (just read the whole thing; it is nicely heartclenchy and also hot). Steve proposes 13 times before Bucky says yes. Oh, my heart.

Ghosts by [archiveofourown.org profile] noharlembeat
The brilliance of light against the warmth is the first thing he notices, pressing against his face. He thinks it must be someone's hands, because it's foreign at first, but no one touches his face, not since his mother, really. Steve dreams of Peggy and Bucky in the ice, and tries to come to grips with the future when he wakes up. Delicate and lovely and absolutely heartbreaking. Oh, Steve...

Lit Up (Find A Map And Draw A Straight Line Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] zeen
For the longest time, he had been the only person in Steve's life, the only constant. At least, that's what he had always felt about it. Steve didn't really have many friends, and Bucky hadn't... Well, he hadn't always encouraged Steve to look elsewhere, when it came to other people.

(Disastrous double dates notwithstanding.)

They had been everything to each other.
Bucky finally figures out why he's jealous. ♥

no way out but through by [archiveofourown.org profile] hollimichele
"God," he said, "Why didn't I ever do this before?"

"I was wondering the same thing," Steve said. "I was-- scared, I guess. That you wouldn't feel the way I did."

"Well, that was stupid of you," Bucky said. "and stupid of me-- god, look at you."

There was the thing he hadn't been thinking about, the unspoken worry that had plagued his romantic life since 1942. "But you knew me before-- all this," Steve said. "You're the only one who did."

Bucky's eyes went soft, and he leaned in to kiss Steve again. "Haven't forgotten a minute of it," he said, "even if it's not all in the right order anymore-- and one thing I can tell you, Rogers, is that you haven't changed a bit, except on the outside."

"Still as stupid as I ever was?" Steve asked, quirking up the corner of his mouth.

"You got it in one," Bucky said, and he put his hand down Steve's pants.
Oh my heart. So the Winter Soldier starts killing people in NYC and the case is handed off to the Avengers, and Steve discovers that it's Bucky and oh man, this is so much what I want from stories dealing with the Winter Soldier - Bucky's slow recovery and Steve by his side and yes. SO MANY STEVE AND BUCKY FEELS OMG. <3

old wounds and fresh scars by [personal profile] medie
Rule 63!Steve and Bucky wash up on the Canadian shore and share a first kiss. Really lovely.

the new victories of old brooklyn by [livejournal.com profile] gyzym
Someone comes back, and it's Bucky, except that it's not. He remembers everything and trusts nothing, and Steve doesn't really blame him. Aside from everything else (assassinations and brainwashing, bits of him cut loose and never returned, seventy years in the darkness and his face still yesterday-fresh), Steve knows that he's not quite the person Bucky's remembering either. Loss'll do that to you. Really lovely, slow and sweet Steve/Bucky.

time is the fire in which we burn by [personal profile] postcardmystery
"Did it hurt?" she asks, unlike her, to ask of anything that's not about the mission, the Motherland, the enemy and their headcount, her eyes on his arm, her face impassive and her voice level, but he thinks he knows a tell or two by now, and her eyes, they give her away every time, and he closes a metal fist, says, "Still does." Sharp, shivery Bucky/Natasha set while he's still the Winter Soldier. Oh my heart.

untitled bucky/natasha by [tumblr.com profile] boudika
Really lovely snippet of Bucky/Natasha.

We'll Light A Fire Within These Walls by [archiveofourown.org profile] CallMeBombshell
"Feeling warmer?" she asks, mouthing the words over the curve of his hipbone, and he shivers again, feeling goosebumps rising on his arms, and she smirks. "You're still shaking, there, hotshot."

And he laughs, he has to, because this is why he loves her, the wit and the warmth and the knowledge that she's not just another shade of grey, not with her bright hair and brighter eyes, not with her laugh and her smirk and the smiles, the tiny ones that he suspects are just for him.

"I'm just glad you let me come in from the cold," he tells her, and there it is, that smile, slow and sweet like honey, and he thinks he can almost taste it on her lips when he kisses her.
really lovely Bucky/Natasha

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Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra

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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Harry Potter

Firewhiskey and Baked Bean Soup (The Reunion Mix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Laura
"Merlin's balls, you always were a maudlin drunk," Remus says. It's gentle, though, almost affectionate. Sirius wonders about that. The fondness. If it's for the boy he was or the man he is, or some better possibility of him Remus held onto. At some point, he should ask about it. Might be a bit awkward, he supposes.

"You never did like talking about that stuff," Sirius says, and that's true. Remus was always secretive, always guarded, even if the secrets he was guarding weren't the ones Sirius imagined they were. Maybe they should have that conversation, too.

"You talked enough for both of us on any subject."
Sirius and Remus and those first few days at 12 Grimmauld Place, learning that even though they're both broken, there's still something between them that can grow and heal. Oh, my heart.

For Want of a... (the You Know It's Hard Out There for a Prankster Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] xylodemon
"Well, what's this idea of yours, then?"

"Oh, right." James tugged Sirius a bit further down the corridor, stopping beside a statue of Brunhilde the Belligerent. Sirius offered her a polite nod, since she was nine feet tall and armed like a Viking. "Remember that time, with the sneezworts?"

"Which time with the sneezeworts?" Sirius asked. "When Remus, um," he turned to watch Mary MacDonald walk -- no tits, fabulous legs -- and James huffed loudly and smacked him in the shoulder. "Sorry. When Remus lost his eyebrows, or when Peter walked backward and spoke Gaelic for a week?"

"Welsh, wasn't it?"

"Does it matter?"

"Not really, no," James said, letting his rucksack sag to the floor.
James's potion doesn't go exactly according to plan. Hilarity ensues. MWPP at their hilarious best. ♥

A Quiet Interlude (The Standing on a Precipice Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] VelvetMouse
Lily and Sirius have a quiet conversation shortly before the Fidelius is cast. Heartbreaking and lovely.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

His Safe Place (Fight Your Secret War: Xander's Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] M_Scott_Eiland
Cordy makes Xander feel safe. Aw, I liked them so much as a couple. <3

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Community

Momentum by [archiveofourown.org profile] thingswithwings
Really warm and lovely Troy/Abed/Annie.

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DCU

The Sweet Serenity of Books (the Sequestered Nooks Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Framlingem
Five books people gave Barbara Gordon. This is lovely, and a nice twist on the original 5 books Barbara Gordon put on hold at the library by [personal profile] runespoor.

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The Hunger Games

the ghost between your hands and mouth by [livejournal.com profile] lookinglassgirl
Peeta only comes at dawn, just at the break when the sheen of the sky is barely lifted from darkness.

Katniss is awake, of course, up in her room. She sleeps with her door open nowadays.

(She doesn't sleep at all.)

She listens to his movements downstairs, the step of his bad leg twice as hard against the wood. She listens without saying a word.
Lovely post-Mockingjay story focusing on Katniss's slow healing process.

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The Time Quartet/Dr. Who

The Girl From The North Country (The One Companion Who Wasn't Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] krabapple
Really lovely story of Meg and the way the Doctor weaves in and out of her life, because of course he does. I mean, I'm not familiar with Doctor Who, but this makes perfect sense to me from Meg's POV.

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X-Men First Class

Everything About It Is a Love Song by [archiveofourown.org profile] pocky_slash
This has been coming for fifty years. He shouldn't be surprised at all, except there were days he thought it would never happen, that they would both die bitter and alone and ruined, that everything they had, all of the potential between them, all of the magnificent emotion and overwhelming love would wither, would extinguish. He knows he shouldn't have doubted--he was the optimistic one. He was the one who held out hope. But it's never been easy, not since those first few months when they were buoyed by lust and discovery and pure wonder at all of the time they had in front of them. So much time, spiraling outwards, and they were so damn young. Breathtakingly lovely story of Charles and Erik retiring and finally having a life together. *happy sigh*

Welcome To Wherever You Are (The Brothers In Arms Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] thistlerose
Scott's POV when Alex and Charles rescue him from jail. Lovely.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender

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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DCU

Adrift by [anonymous]
M'gann ends up on a pirate ship. She makes the best of it, as she always does. ♥M'gann♥ This is really lovely. "Where'd you get the clothes?" he asks.

"Er." Megan responds, and thinks that maybe this 'fit in' thing is harder than she thought. "I'm...handy with sewing?" she tries.

And she is, actually. It's been about a year and half since she learned how not to burn cookies. Cooking had gone so well that she'd had more time to branch out. And with the sheer amount of shirts Superboy went through in a week, sewing had seemed a great art to try.
(animated YJ)

Business and Pleasure by [archiveofourown.org profile] LovelyZelda
Rough, hot, Bat/Cat. And the remix: Cats Will Play (Fight or Flight Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Kernezelda, which has a less satisfactory outcome for both Bruce and Selina.

Court Etiquette (The Love Unmasks Us Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Cinaed
Queen Hippolyta comes to Metropolis for Superman's memorial and has some interesting conversations, including one with Batman about his intentions towards her daughter. I enjoyed this a lot. (JLU animated)

don't Bogart the Bat logo, dude by [personal profile] irrelevant
Kon finds Tim wearing his boxers. Hotness and hilarity ensue.

Old and New by [archiveofourown.org profile] likeadeuce
Babs checks out the latest redhead to wear the Bat. This should totally have happened. Why isn't Kate Kane working with the BoP? I would read the hell out of that. And the remix, where Dinah and Babs discuss the encounter: The Mask You Met Me In (Laser Light Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Teaotter.

Positive reinforcement by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ayries
Robin is down after the decision to make Aqualad the leader of the team. Batman actually helps him deal with it like an almost emotionally healthy person. Also, there is a hug. A hug! (animated YJ)

An Unexpected Visit by [archiveofourown.org profile] LovelyZelda
Superman interrupts a Bat/Cat tryst. He does not approve. Selina is annoyed. And the remix, from Clark's POV: Visitor Pass (After Hours Blues Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Kernezelda.

You Gotta Be Careful With Those Older Men by [livejournal.com profile] white_knuckle
Adorable story inserting an appropriately aged Tim Drake into the animated Young Justice universe. Of course he stalks Robin and Superboy, despite being a kindergartner.

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Firefly

Five Sharp Points [The Healing Remix] by [archiveofourown.org profile] Sour_Idealist
River deals with her fear of needles. Really lovely. And the original: If I Could Will You Whole by [archiveofourown.org profile] spiralleds, in which Simon and Inara discuss a possible curriculum for River.

How She Shines by [archiveofourown.org profile] Framlingem
The fairytale of River Tam. Lovely. I wish we'd gotten to see more of her interaction with Wash. And the original: dTigeas a damhsa dom by [livejournal.com profile] mjules, in which she and Mal share a dance.

Wife Soup (The Best Served Hot Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] vnilla
The crew helps Zoe gather the ingredients for wife soup. Adorable.

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Star Trek (2009)

On the Windy Side of Care by [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose
Kirk and McCoy are friends with benefits, but maybe they could be something more. Oh, man, pining!Kirk. Who knew?

Rocket Science (Earth Girls Aren't Easy Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] igrockspock
Absolutely adorable story in which Sulu and Gaila plot to help get Chekov laid. Sulu & Chekov are adorable BFFs and Gaila is a BAMF.

Stars in My Pocket by [archiveofourown.org profile] Penknife
Lovely, achy look at Jim slowly falling for Bones, more a character study than a romance. Starfleet is full of people who are trying to be perfect. He and Bones are just trying not to fuck things up as badly as they have thus far.

On the bright side, Jim figures that can't actually be too hard.


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Angel

Dead End Detour (Wrong Turning Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] hereticalvision
Faith finds some peace in prison, and then she learns that Buffy's dead. Achingly lovely. She'd been so caught up in thinking about her own impending death that she hadn't really though about how B's death affected her. Faith had idolised her once, after all. Wanted to be her so bad she'd crawled right up inside her skin. Would have fucked Buffy herself given half a chance and maybe that would have been enough. But knives and boyfriends and anger all got in the way and Faith didn't think about her much these days except for maybe wishing they could've been real friends.

It wasn't Buffy she wanted to be like, not anymore.


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Crossovers

Angel/Batman Begins

Gotham (The Just When You Think You're Out Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Medie
The thing about Gotham City is the part where it's Gotham City. LA made sense; demons downtown, humans uptown, and a whole seedy underbelly that made the whole thing work. Gotham makes some hell dimensions he's seen look downright respectable.

After NFA, Gunn ends up in the Gotham City DA's office. Batman gets turned into an actual bat, despite not believing in magic, and Gunn's assistant may not be human. Just another day at the office, then. I found this hilariously entertaining.

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Dark Angel

New World Order (In Us We Trust Jamcore Breakdown) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ranalore
Remix of my OC drabble. Max redefines normal to suit what she has. Original Cindy's by her side. *heart*

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The Belgariad

gratia gratium parit by [archiveofourown.org profile] lalaietha
This is beautiful and heartbreaking and hopeful all at once, and I love the way it adds depth and meaning that was missing in the books, and shows how Relg and Taiba got to where they ended up in a way that makes sense. Really wonderful. "I am guilty of many sins," he says. "Not all of them are that easy to wave away, even for you." The last words are unkind, and he knows it, but Taiba lets them pass.

"I think UL will forgive you," she says. It takes him a moment to recognize this note in her voice as wistfulness. "He loved you enough to tell you to stop before you did anything that couldn't be fixed, after all."

She glanced at Relg, and said, "What?" defensive again.

"I . . .had not thought of it that way," he says, a little helplessly. Taiba sighs.

"No," she says. "You wouldn't."


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Supernatural

52 Pickup by angelgazing
Sometimes, when Dean dreams, it's about the sound of socked-feet sliding over slick blankets, and piles of nickels and dimes falling down. Sometimes it's beer bottles crashing together. And sometimes, it's Sam laughing, his hand wrapped around the back of Dean's neck, thumb tucked up under Dean's ear like it's telling him a secret. Lovely bit of Sam/Dean on the road in s5.

And the remix:
Two Aces (the Hold'em remix) by Zooey_Glass
The next day, Bobby suggests poker and pretends to think that the way Sam is constantly glancing towards his brother is just part of their game play. Maybe Dean even believes it, but Bobby hasn't forgotten the months when Dean was gone.

Time was, Sam never even glanced at the space where his brother should be. But that was when he was sure that Dean would be filling it.
Lovely remix of 52 Pickup, from various other POVs on Sam and Dean over the years. (Wincest)

8 early drafts of Sam Winchester's college application essay and the one he sent to Stanford (the sweet little blonde jam) by nwhepcat
*sniffle* Sam and Dean collude to get Sam's application essay written. Aw, boys...

Above Us Only Sky (The Golden Age Remix) by Lassiter
In the middle of this desolation, Anna throws her head back, opens her mouth, and sings hosannas in her true voice, just to remind herself of it, just because she can. The song whips around her and disturbs the sand, rearranges the dunes. Miles and miles away, humans in the nearest settlement look up curiously at the horizon, snared by a sudden restless melancholy. Once it passes, they'll liken it to hearing a song in a dream; once you wake up, it is no longer music. You aren't what you were in the dream, so you can no longer understand. That's be the best way they'll be able to explain it, if they're inclined to explain it at all. Gorgeous character study of Anna after she's become an angel again.

Circumnavigation by [livejournal.com profile] whereupon
"You walked right into that one," Sam says.

"Whatever," Dean says. "I gave that one to you."

"Whatever you gotta tell yourself, man," Sam says.
Sharp and achy s1-era Wincest, where the biggest emotional bombshell between them was still Stanford. Oh, boys!

Gambling by Morgan Briarwood (morgan32)
Ridiculously hot Sam/Dean/Jo threesome porn.

Home Safe by [livejournal.com profile] roque_clasique
It didn't really seem like it, though, because as far as Ben could tell, Dean didn't do much with them besides push them around on his plate. He paid more attention to his cup, and Ben wasn't stupid, he knew it was alcohol in there. In his experience alcohol made grownups louder, but Dean just got quieter and quieter as he drank – and Ben remembered Dean, all right, but he didn't remember Dean like this. Painfully realistic coda to "Swan Song."

If Daylight Won't Receive You by [livejournal.com profile] coyotesuspect
Chilling story where Lucifer courts Claire Novak as his vessel.

If you love someone, set them free by [livejournal.com profile] mckays_girl
Enjoyably hot Dean/girl!Sam story, pre-series. And the sequel: If they come back they're yours, set during season 1. More hot Dean/girl!Sam action.

Into this house we're born by [livejournal.com profile] paxlux
They'll take a deck of cards, two shovels, flashlights, kerosene, a box of salt, a shotgun, their handguns, and every time they've ever done this. Beautiful evocation of life on the road in season 1. (I admit, I find the smoking ridiculously jarring, but the story is beautiful enough that I can let it slide).

The Mother Road by [livejournal.com profile] candle_beck
"How're those pills working out for you, Dean?"

Dean beamed, gave a deformed thumbs-up with his splinted hand. "They were delicious," he reported. "I feel like a million bucks."

"You look like about a nickel," Sam told him. "Shoulda got some ice or something for that eye; you're gonna be all Cyclops tomorrow."
Excellent, brotherly Sam/Dean. *happy sigh*

Odysseus, American by [livejournal.com profile] coyotesuspect
Dean and the Odyssey, while Sam is at Stanford. Utterly gorgeous and heartbreaking. Man, I wish I'd written this story.

Open Road by [livejournal.com profile] mollyamory
"Never thought in a million years I could have this," Sam says. His voice cracks and breaks around the words and he doesn't look up from Dean's mouth. "I never thought you'd let it happen."

"Another chapter in your long and storied career in being wrong."
Utterly lovely first kiss for Sam and Dean, after they've saved the world.

Or where you go, or where you've been by [livejournal.com profile] amonitrate
"What do you remember?"

"About what?" Dean hears the mulish tone of his own voice and sighs. Sam's like a fucking terrier with this stuff. Nosing around, sinking his teeth in. Shaking everything to pieces and not even knowing why half the time. Like it's reflex.

"The fire. What happened after mom died."

"Those are two separate things," Dean says.

Sam blinks at him.

Sometimes Dean forgets he and Sammy are from different continents.
Sharp, achy look at the boys in season 1, with Sam trying to come to grips with the past he's just starting to figure out.

Origin Stories by [livejournal.com profile] coyotesuspect
Wonderful look at Sarah hooking up with Jo and learning to hunt.

Parallax by [livejournal.com profile] whereupon
It occurs to Sam that he's basically wrestling with his brother on the side of the road in the middle of this desert swelter, and they're both far too mature, or at least old, to be doing this. And see, that's what Dean does to him; it's like logic and reason and rationale completely cease to exist, or at least to matter, in Dean's orbit and wake. Evocative and atmospheric first time wincest, set in season 1.

A Perfectly Smooth Ball on a Perfectly Smooth Plane by [livejournal.com profile] latentfunction
Lovely, awkward first time for Sam and Dean, now that the world is ending. "I know it's weird to thank someone right now, but seriously, thank you." He sighed, although it sounded happier. "I didn't think that was ever going to actually happen."

Dean snorted. "Yeah, well, no one ever expects to actually be doing their bucket list. I get it."

"What?" Sam turned to face him.

"I've had like seven dying wishes, man." Dean shrugged. "It's cool. Whatever."

"Dean," he said, and put his hand on Dean's chest, over his heart. "This wasn't some, some last wish, man. This is — I've wanted this for a while."


A Person as a Boat by [livejournal.com profile] wanttobeatree
Oh, Sam... Really great job with the POV and the tense, and the repetition to convey Sam's otherworldliness. You will come back. This is a given. You will not crawl out of a shallow grave out of the ground, working your splinters into your fingers and working your nails out of them, and you will not sing Led Zeppelin IV under your breath while you do not do this. You will not wonder if it is all just another trick. This paragraph is someone else's story.

In your story, you will blink. You will blink and then you will be standing on the ground on grass and the grass will be prickling the soles of your bare feet. You will be standing in the middle of an empty field and although it will be a field you have never stood in before, for a while all you will be able to wonder is how long it has been since you stood on anything at all. You will not know the answer to that question for a few days yet.


The Road, Again by [livejournal.com profile] debbiel66
really lovely look at Dean trying to figure out life after Sam comes back and they're on the road again.

Sing a Song of Revolution by MoragMacPherson
Hard, sad look at the inside of Sam's head while he detoxes after MBV. Sam screams for Dean to come back, but the sound just bounces off the walls. Bobby built the room with iron walls and rubbed salt into them, it's protecting Sam from the ghosts and the demons outside, but not from the ones within. Sam curls back in on himself, willing Dean's soup to work its way through his system faster, demon-proof his insides; a childhood remedy to banish the ghosts of Sam's memory.

The Sky Like a Bruise by [livejournal.com profile] maychorian
A column of black dominated the sky, thick and broad and only slightly thinner where it touched the ground, reaching up into the heavens where it widened from horizon to horizon. Sam thought of demon smoke vomiting from a possessed human's mouth and felt the bile rise in his throat. This would be the most enormous demon in all of creation.

It wasn't, though. It wasn't even supernatural. It was a tornado, and it was devouring earth and sky and everything in between.
A tornado interrupts while Sam and Dean are on a hunt. Relentless, muscular prose makes this an engrossing read.

Tequila Talking by [livejournal.com profile] chemm80
Ridiculously hot Dean/Mary Shannon porn. I don't watch "In Plain Sight," so I don't know how in character Mary is, but I don't really care either, because Dean going down on girls is stupidly hot.

umiyama koete [crossing oceans and mountains] by [livejournal.com profile] longsufferingly
Absolutely necessary coda to Swan Song. Sigh. Oh, boys.

waiting and better days by [livejournal.com profile] shontos_garden
Delicate, achy evocation of Dean's grief and eventual tentative steps towards healing after 5.22. Lovely. Nice use of 2nd person.

welcome to where time stands still (the no one leaves remix) by soundingsea
Excellent remix of "The Dover Test," in which Risa is a fully fleshed out person with a life separate from the Winchesters'. I especially love how the remixer ties Risa back into the canon timeline at the end.

Whatever It Takes by [livejournal.com profile] callistosh65
There is no choice for Dean. But there is for Sam; he gets that now. Dean has watched Sam choose the world and his faithless big brother again and again. So for one last time, one last push – literally – so be it. Oh, boys. Oh my heart. They need this so badly. I need if for them just as badly. *sniffle*

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Sports Night

cities by [livejournal.com profile] mojokid
Seeing himself on tape in front of the Lone Star logo, twenty-four years old and nervous as hell, Casey sitting next to him, heat outside like the center of the earth: he looked like a good guy, a good person, a good son. He looked at himself on the screen and thought that nobody in this city would be able to see that there was anything wrong with him.

Chloe reminded him of Dallas.
Lovely bit of introspective Danny, thinking about cities and Casey and life.

Hear The City Breathe by [livejournal.com profile] loneraven
Utterly lovely story of Natalie figuring out her sexuality.

Around her, the city dozes, the traffic intermittent and soothing. She walked through a night like this with Chang a week ago, kissed her under a red and white smokestack. They're still not dating, but Natalie's looking at women in the elevator a different way and something inside her is changing. "Budding" is a crappy metaphor, but the kiss was like flowers blossoming in her mouth.

Luggage (the Rydell Remix (feat. Wade Boggs)) by Sarah T.
Sharp, bittersweet look at Dan and Casey that captures the prickliness of their relationship in season 2.

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Star Trek Reboot

The Loudest Noise (affannato, affettuoso, agitato) by zvi
This is a fantastic look at how Gaila really, truly is alien, and at how she and Nyota negotiate their friendship. Lovely. Vivid and well-imagined.

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Ugly Betty

MODE: Final Issue! by [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63
Long, engaging futurefic in which Betty and Daniel get together, and that's just one strand of the story.

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Leverage

Survival by Eliot by [livejournal.com profile] sullensiren
Wicked cool multimedia story about the Leverage team helping people survive the zombie apocalypse.

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The Middleman

The Prurient Pollen Pollutant Proposition (The Classic Mirrorverse AU) by thedeadparrot
Mirrorverse!MM/Mirrorverse!Wendy! eee! Wendy is totally a bitchin' bad guy. *hearts*

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White Collar

When You're Good to Mama (The Grateful Remix) by hoosierbitch
Fantastic look at what Neal does for June, and what it costs, and how he learns to live with it. "There's a difference," she says, when he tries to kiss her. "Between being pragmatic and being cruel." And June has been many things in her life, but cruel is not one of them.

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Calvin & Hobbes

Stupendous Man and Pretty Cool Dude (for an old guy) Join Forces by [livejournal.com profile] mjules
Adorable story of Calvin finding out his Uncle Max is gay.

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Firefly

Something from Nothing (The Gratitude Sings in Me Chorale) by Laura
"This is what I have to be doing," River says. He's wary of her, and that's going to have to change now.

"Well, you can't just go on staring at me. Makes a man nervous after a time. That time, you understand, being now."

She smiles, and says, "I could help you. You can't cook, you know."

"There ain't nothing wrong with my cooking," he says. But he scratches the back of his neck and looks away. "And 'sides, it don't seem like the best idea to be letting you loose with all the boiling water and the knives and such."

She sighs and reaches across the table to pull the carrots and the knife toward her. The knife feels right in her hand, another kind of dancing when she lets herself feel the rhythm of it. When she looks back at Mal, there's a pile of finely chopped carrot in front of her, and he's staring at her, mouth open.
Wonderful Mal and River voices, as River begins to fit herself into the crew after Ariel.

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Friday Night Lights

We're Glad For What We've Done, Done With What We've Lost: The Sing Me Anything Remix by zulu
Sharp, melancholy AU where Matt and Tyra don't get out of Dillon as quickly as they'd hoped.

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Harry Potter

Several Ways to Apologize by Aria
After Sirius sent Snivellus down the Willow, James didn't talk to him for a week. Sirius thought this was particularly unfair, considering that he had a month's worth of detention and meanwhile Professor Dumbledore was acting like the sun shone out of James' arse. He started saying so, loudly, until James hauled off and hexed him. The shouting match that followed happened with legumes growing out of Sirius' ears. And after that everything was back to normal between them.

Remus, on the other hand, acted like nothing had happened at all, and that was much worse.
Nicely done prank-aftermath story.

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Chicago

Showstopper by [livejournal.com profile] recrudescence
There has to be a way to catch the public's attention again. The trick is finding it before they can't fall any farther. Sharp, captures Velma Kelly in all her mercenary cunning.

And the remix, from Roxie's POV:

Encore (They Both Reached for the Gun Coda) by voodoochild
I really like how venal and mean they are. Seems very true to them both. She's not sure what she'd do if she and Velma were entirely naked - they need a barrier, or they'll cut each other up.

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The West Wing

Backstory, or how Danny Concannon Covered 5 Stories that Never Happened (the Behind the Scenes Remix) by 2ndA
Wonderful look at Danny.

The Truth About Her Life (Flickering Firebrand Remix) by Dipenates
Sharp, heartbreaking look at CJ and her frustration with the Bartlet administration, and with the way the world treats women. Really gets her voice.

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Supernatural

the broken hand we learned to lean on by [livejournal.com profile] lyra_wing
Quiet, hopeful apocafic. Dean wakes up and the world has ended, and he has to find his way back to Sam. He picks up a couple of friends along the way. Lovely and wistful.

But for me you would make an exception. by [livejournal.com profile] elohvee
Short, bittersweet Dean/OFC story. Lovely. This is how any relationship with Dean would have to be, I think.

...Favors the Brave by [livejournal.com profile] devilpiglet
"Sounds like a plan." A pause, and Dean reconsiders. "Well, it sounds like one of our plans." Sam can't get Dean out of his deal, so he does something else. Heartbreaking and funny and so very them.

In God's Eyes by [livejournal.com profile] eloise_bright
John plans to give the Impala to Dean. The difference between what the gift means to John, and what it will mean to Dean, is absolutely heartbreaking, and totally believable.

just like by [livejournal.com profile] ultraviolet9a
Maggie from Ghostfacers calls Sam for help after everything goes wrong. Heartbreaking and believable.

Little Drummer Boy by [livejournal.com profile] reading1066
The story of why John didn't show up for Christmas in AVSC, and how Bobby takes care of the boys when he's gone. *sniffle* Oh, boys...

A Little Less Conversation by [livejournal.com profile] 1hionlife
Set sometime in season 1, Sam convinces Dean to help out a kid who needs a ride, and grows up a little in the process. Spare and sad.

Night of the Zombie PC by [livejournal.com profile] guede_mazaka
Sam's laptop is possessed. Hilarity ensues.

Palo Alto Normality Blues by [livejournal.com profile] pyrebi
His brother is leather and talismans and sweat and gunsmoke, and that's just not who he is anymore. Sam at Stanford, trying to remake himself as normal. Chilling and sad.

Salvation Lets Their Wings Unfold by [livejournal.com profile] raynos
Really interesting take on Mary, and how Sam and Dean are like her. Nicely done. That Story (The Transformations Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] sophiap is the remix, from John's perspective. I really like the John/Mary here, and also the way she uses repetition and narrative in the story - this is a story about telling stories, and how they limn the truth.

thought I could let you go in grace by [livejournal.com profile] jadedpen
It's not something they talk about, ever. It exists outside the rest of their lives, a little like fake identities and fleeting platinum credit, not quite real but...useful. Necessary sometimes. Just another secret to keep. Intense, sad, evocative. (Wincest)

You're Gonna Be the One Who Saves Me (the Oasis Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] angelgazing
"Some things," he says, and looks Dean in the eye and looks so lost that Dean doesn't know how to answer, "are bigger than we are." But Dean already knew that. Lovely. (original previously recced)

~*~
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Supernatural

Breathe On, Sister by [livejournal.com profile] vee_fic
Early morning on the LIE, Sam and Dean stop to rescue some people from a fire.
And the remix: Breathe On, Sister (They Pass Me By remix) by [livejournal.com profile] wanttobeatree
In which Henriksen interviews the people Sam and Dean rescued. He tries to put together the pieces and keeps coming up with nothing that makes sense.

Carriage Return by [livejournal.com profile] zooey_glass04
Quiet, understated look at Sam and Dean before Stanford, through the various typewriters (seriously) they own over the years. Possibly my own nostalgia for my dad's manual Underwood makes this story resonate for me.

A Fierce Green Fire (The Ragged They Come Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] sasha_davidovna and the original: What You Got Your Hands On Is by [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes
Anyway you look at it, Dean + zombie coyotes = good times

Epilogues (The Winding Roads Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] sullensiren
It's the religion of the road - drive hard enough and far enough and everything comes full circle and you'll find your faith right back where you lost it again. Dean used to know that, and because he did, so did she. The Impala gets her own ending.

Maison Belle by [livejournal.com profile] buffyaddict13
Dean's dead. Again. Dean is always dying. And that's when he realizes it's always been Tuesday. It's always going to be Tuesday. Enjoyably tense casefile that ties into Sam saving Dean from hell.

Non Sequitur (The Keep the Car Running Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] luzdeestrellas
It's him and Sam, taking a shot at the impossible, making hope where there's none to be had, and maybe that's kind of a miracle on its own. Sam saves Dean. lovely. (wincest) The original story, Non Sequitur by [livejournal.com profile] silverpenlight, is also quite enjoyable.

Plant Your Flag On a Fault Line by [livejournal.com profile] tripoli8
Dean could talk his way across the whole country with stuff like that. The drive back to South Dakota alone is like their own personal Weird America, invisible ink, why they always do this or never go there; in-jokes and over-told anecdotes that are interesting only to them. Dean makes a new life for Sam to live when he's gone. Beautiful and heartbreaking and suffused with love.

The Song Remains The Same (Ten Years Gone Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] soundingsea
Lovely, wistful John/Mary/(Impala). All he sees from under the car is a shapely pair of legs. Curves in all the right places, just like this Chevy.

Stitches and Scars (The Sewn Up Tight Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] luzdeestrellas
Scars and stories and a lovely, fraught first kiss. "It's gonna scar," he says. // Sam says, "Yeah," like Dean's just said the sky is blue, or he really likes his car. (wincest)

There Is No Such Place by [livejournal.com profile] ygrawn
Dean does not believe they are rudderless. There is an internal rhythm and logic to their lives. They do have traditions and rituals, a shared history, a purpose to their days and nights. They are a nation-state of two, with a language and culture entirely their own. Beautiful, achy, quiet snapshots of life on the road and how they've made it home.

Three Months (the kiss addiction remix) by [livejournal.com profile] merryish
"Did you just put me on the couch for being crap at a gay incestuous relationship we're not even having?" // "Oh, I think we're having it. Thanks to you being an ass, we're just not enjoying it." This is hilarious and adorable. (wincest)

untitled no. 9 by [livejournal.com profile] likespoons
you love your brother more than the perfect corner shot, the weight of a gun in your hands, the salt-sting that reminds you that you are alive. Tight, lyrical, gorgeous snapshot of Dean. (wincest)

~*~
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Crossovers

Batman Begins/Ugly Betty

Betty and the Bat by [livejournal.com profile] wrigleyfield
Alfred hires Betty Suarez to be Bruce Wayne's new assistant. "I think I'm almost glad that this is it. I-I mean, when it comes to rich people doing weird things, this has got to be normal. A-At least it's… useful." I am not sure if this is complete or if it's going to continue, but it reaches a fairly satisfying end point, as it stands, and it's all pretty freaking adorable.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Harry Potter

Every Farthing of the Cost (Dingoes Ate My Baby remix) by [livejournal.com profile] meredevachon
The original is one of my favorite crossovers, and this remix is a lovely look at the story from Oz's pov.

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Supernatural/American Gods

The Great God Pan Is as Dead as Disco by [livejournal.com profile] sophiap
Really fantastic crossover with "American Gods" - captures the feel of the book really well. Mr. Nancy and the nameless Trickster bet and speculate about the Winchesters, who don't realize they've caught the eye of some older gods.

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Supernatural/Gilmore Girls

You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Work Here (But It Helps) by [livejournal.com profile] kellifer_fic
Adorable Sam Winchester/Jess Mariano story (yes, you read that right), where they work in a record shop together the summer after Sam's freshman year at Stanford.

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Supernatural/Sandman

The Only Thing We Have To Fear (The All In The Family Overdub) by [livejournal.com profile] hossgal
Fantastic remix from Death's POV, really captures all the Endless, and I especially love the relationship Death and Dean develop, and the confrontation between Death and Desire. Really excellent work. *hearts*

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Supernatural/Smallville

Its Hour Come Round (The Paradigm Shift Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] medie
Lovely look at Chloe as she uncovers the truth about Sam and the supernatural, and introduces him to aliens in the process.

~*~
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Harry Potter

Weasleys Wizard Wheezes: The Spring 2006 Edition by [livejournal.com profile] xylodemon
Exactly what it says – the catalogue of merchandise from Weasleys Wizard Wheezes. Hilarious.

and the remix: Weasleys Wizard Wheezes: The Ministry Disapproved Edition (The Liability Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] sullensiren
Absolutely hilarious and spot on Percy voice. Percy vets the twins' catalogue.

~*~
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Gilmore Girls

Sitting by the Roadside (Ghosts Riding Shotgun Remix) by Jae W.
Lovely, in character story in which Emily does not want to be forgotten, and Rory promises she won't be.

~*~

~*~

A Separate Peace

If A Lie May Do Thee Grace (Only the Good Die Young Remix) by Thistlerose
I love this story more than I can possibly tell you. I cried like a baby while reading it, and sat staring at the screen for a full ten minutes before I could actually be coherent enough to type feedback for it, because it's just, it's Finny, and he's trying to connect with Gene, and he never quite does, and it breaks my fucking heart into a million pieces just like the book, and like I wish my original story did, but doesn't quite. This is just... I would have your metaphorical babies in return for writing this story. (remix of my own To Speak Is To Lie)

~*~

SportsNight

Every Day a Little Death by A S Lawrence
Dan's 34th birthday, and Casey's been gone a while. Sharp and achy. And the remix Every Day a Little Death (The Killing Joke Remix) by bj, which is fabulously bleak and exquisitely painful. Casey is, as always, an ass, leaving carnage behind him. And then running into some himself. Ouch.
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Good Omens

Apple (The Divine Intervention Remix) by Xellas
Utterly adorable. Crowley and Aziraphale are called upon to explain their... actions from the original story (Apple by MadScienceChick, in which Adam gives Crowley and Aziraphale a present for his wedding. While they enjoy the, er, fruits of the gift at first, they don't respond well in the afterglow, and which is adorable in its own right).

~*~

Narnia

Always Spring and Never Summer (Once a King, Always, Immortal Remix) by Aldalindil
This is so gorgeous, so achy and sad and perfect and oh, the pain of losing Narnia - twice for poor Susan - is palpable in this story. Brilliantly done. The original story - Once a King by Rynne – is worth reading too. The remix expands beyond Peter and Edmund and considers all four Pevensies, and Professor Kirke, too.

Stages of Age and Youth (The I Dreamt a Dream Remix) by Rynne
This was no Golden Age. This was growing pains. Lucy, growing up again, aboard the Dawn Treader. Stunning. Just gorgeous.
The original - The Wastelands by Mirkat - takes on all four Pevensies as they grow up, and learn of love and loss, and is also beautifully done.
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Veronica Mars

Tomorrow Gets Me Higher (Beaver Backbeat Remix) by Shanalle and These Old Fat Cats by Voleuse
Excellent story of Mac and Cassidy, from both sides – sharp, smart, wistful and sweet.

Dark Places Where Monsters Dwell (Secrets and Lies Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] soundingsea
It's the end of the world, and Dick and Mac try to survive.
As it turns out, if he's the last man on Earth, even Dick Casablancas has his good points.
I really like this Mac-voice - calm and wry and achy in the face of devastation. Lovely.

And the original, from Dick's POV, by Troll Princess: Dark Places Where Monsters Dwell:
Dick takes one look at her prone body and takes whatever pills are in his hand, praying for a fatal dose. Dick is human. Who knew? That it takes an apocalypse to get him there is no surprise.

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Harry Potter

Black Widow (The Blaise's Mum Has Got It Going On Tango) by Marks
Awesome! Hilarious! Brilliant!

Can't Run But (A Winding River Remix) by Penknife
Snape, dealing with various members of the Black family. I really like how they echo each other - Narcissa and Bellatrix, Sirius and Regulus and Draco, and Snape can't quite escape, though you can tell he kind of really wants to.

Comfort (The Extremely Basic Remix) by Elizabeth Culmer
Aw, James. This is a lovely look at him at the cusp of maturity.

Dancing Shoes (A Music Box You Couldn't Fix Remix) by Riko
Gorgeous, achy-in-the-chestal-area examination of Neville. Utterly wonderful. And the original: Dancing Shoes by Pirate Perian, a lovely slice of Neville and his Gran that made me a little sniffly.

Direction (the Lost and Found Remix) by Bow
Sirius wants Remus and is uncertain how to go about getting him. Pictures and poetry. Lovely.

Dreams May Come (the parenthesis mix) by Maud
Utterly gorgeous prose poem - takes a sweet original Bring Back Black fic and puts it into a tight Sirius POV that not only sounds like Sirius to me but also sounds like the bewildered/edging towards hysterical/deeply sensual narration of someone who's just returned from the dead. Outstanding. Remus is Before and Remus is Then and Remus is Now, an unbroken thread that Sirius could confidently grasp.

The original - Happenings of a Rainy Day by Jenelin - is a lovely, achy, sweet Bring Back Black story from Remus's POV.

Apparition No. 12 (The Scientific Method Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] lacylu42 (original story previously recced)
Wonderful remix of a story I love a lot (which was written at my instigation *snerk*) - widely-recced and deservedly so. This remix takes the story from Hermione's POV and is very much about her, and what she knows and how she learns and how knowing and learning help her keep hold of a world that is constantly becoming more dangerous and complicated. Strong crisp prose, well worth reading.

But Professor Lupin was a good man and a good teacher. She had decided to trust him just as she had decided to trust Sirius in the shack. Those were two moments in her own personal history, linked together by a chain of events too tangled even for her to understand, where she had allowed herself to be moved by feeling rather than reason, by her gut rather than by logic. Oh, she had made the case for logic later, but in those moments that mattered, realization had struck her like lightning from the heavens.

The Evidence of Things Not Seen (The Substance of Things Hoped For Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] krabapple
This made me weepy when I read it during uploading. I love Lily's faith and James's faith in her, and their faith in Sirius. Lovely. Especially Lily's memories intertwined, and her determination to keep Harry safe by any means.

Game (Eye of the Storm Remix) by Sanj
Remus and Ron are holed up after a Death Eater raid, and Ron's suffering from a priapism curse. Strip chess is involved. Sweet, hot, wistful and a little funny.

North (Gather Me Up Remix) by k.
Ron, for one, couldn't think past Harry and Hermione, he didn't want to. Wonderful Ron voice in a lovely trio fic. It's so very Ron, and so very them, with Harry thinking himself into himself and Ron just knowing, instinctually, when Harry and Hermione don't.

Not Quite the End of the World (The Change to Color Remix) by Sullen Siren
The Trio, in the aftermath of the war. I really like Ron's thought proceses here, and the way he holds Harry and Hermione together when everything feels like it might fall apart. (non-HBP-compliant)

The same way home (a symphony in seven movements) by Esinde Nayrall
This is absolutely stunning - long, absorbing, sad, smart, funny, and hot in turn, and just a really sharp look at both Remus and Sirius and their lives together. Highly recommended.

Sleeping with Ghosts (The I'll Have What He's Having Remix) by Lady Goodman
This hurts a lot. There's so much truth here about what it must be like to be Tonks, to be able to be anyone and to fear that you're no one, that no one will ever see the real you, and of course, Remus can't see beyond his own personal tragedy to understand that, and he's not strong enough to tell her no, the bastard. This has stayed with me since I first read it, and in reading it again it hurts even more.

The older Tonks gets the more she realises that she will never change, and no one will ever know her. She keeps waiting for someone to discover her where she's hiding, to frame her face and say, "That's it, you're the girl I've been looking for." For someone to say, "Don't change. I like you as you are."

actually, what this makes me want is for Tonks to meet up with Dawn and River, two other girls who know a little something about being not-there.

valley of dry bones (the fever dream cut) by Sinope
As much as I'm not a fan of Snape/Lupin, I do like this slow unfolding, the gradual easing of tension between two old rivals who could have been friends maybe, once. I especially appreciate the acknowledgement of Sirius's place in Remus's life, in his past, and what that means for both him and Snape.

What he means, Remus thinks, is that if anyone could find a traitor and murderer on their doorstep and greet him with a glass of water instead of a hex, it would be Remus. Then he opens the door, because he doesn't have the strength to prove Snape wrong.

~*~
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Firefly
All My Idols Are False (The Gunslinger Extraordinaire Mix) by Nichole
I can't tell you how much I love this. Everything from the heavy inexorable feeling of heat and humidity to the cadence of the preacher's words, the inevitability of death and the Alliance's incursion, and most of all Mal and his momma, keeping on. Oh, so much love. (of course I think you should read my original story, False Idols, which is more like a sketch in broad strokes than the detailed picture the remix paints)

Finale Canto (Speaker of the Dead Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] llembas
"Your hands are capable of far more than just killing," Book said. Lovely story of Jayne and his guitar, and Wash, and oh, it makes me sniffly. Oh Wash. Oh Zoe. The original (Bel Canto by [livejournal.com profile] rinalin) is from Mal's POV, and is also worth reading.

Home (Float On) by Cherry Ice
Oh, lovely. I love stories about Mal's past, and about Mal and Zoe in the war, and about Mal and Serenity, and this is all three in one. Lovely.

Learning To Fly (Is Like Falling remix) by [livejournal.com profile] luzdeestrellas
I really love this story. I like how Simon is dealt with, I love the Wash-Kaylee relationship, and I really love the way the love between Mal and Kaylee is so palpable, so present, so sweet and true. My favorite kind of Mal/Kaylee. *happy sigh*

Light in the Darkness (Samsara Mix) by [livejournal.com profile] inalasahl and A Light in the Darkness by Amy
"Thank you," she says […] "For telling everyone that red is red and you can't stop stopping." No, that's not right; she starts again. "That what's right is what's right even when they think it's wrong."
Inara understands more about River than you'd think. Lovely from both points of view, running parallel but jumping the tracks to meet in the middle, with a kiss.

Miao Shan (The Girl in the Sky Remix) by Molly
Beautiful story of River comforting Zoe. I love the use of Chinese myth here.

Still Flying, Still Breathing (the Pennyroyal Tea Remix) by Raven [original previously recced]
*cries*
Beautiful and painful and totally does justice to the original story, which I love also. oh, Mal. Oh, Zoe. Oh, Wash.

Three's the Charm (Extended Reynolds Remix) by Kass
Mal/Wash/Zoe is a tough threesome to make work because who isn't OTP about Wash and Zoe? But Kass handles it wonderfully in the aftermath of War Stories – hot and sweet and true to all three of them. Lovely.

~*~
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BtVS/Angel

The Ballad of Charles Whitman (Apocalypse Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat
This is really well done, taut, absorbing, suspenseful, sad. Xander's not the same after he saves the world. One man's apocalypse, and living in the aftermath is harder than he ever dreamed.

Indelible by [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat
Long, absorbing story about Xander and Dawn and Oz and the nature of memory and identity. And the remix: The Past Is a Different Country (The Jumping Off Remix) by [livejournal.com profile] livii, in which Oz ruminates on what he knows and what he's willing to live with knowing -- and not knowing -- and it's oh so very Oz.

Sun Worshippers by [livejournal.com profile] karabair
Cordelia, Wesley, Fred and Gunn have a moment of fun in the sun. Except, not so much fun for Wes, who's pining for Fred, and Cordelia, who's trying to help him. And in the remix: Refugees on Sunset Boulevard (The Our Town/Twilight Zone Mash-Up Remix) by Lizbeth Marcs, in which they do it all again, and Cordelia tries to change the outcome.

Sweet, Sour, and Sweet Again (The Monster at the End of this Book Remix) by Ari
I really like this, especially how well the omniscient narration works, how it makes the reader complicit in their deaths. Very cool.

~*~

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