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16th-Jan-2014 12:33 am Accio My Heart by waspabi (NC-17)
This is my last rec and I will shortly be switching off posting access for the last time. Thank you, everyone, for all of your lovely comments over the past month. [ profile] crack_van has been a labor of love these many years, and it's really gratifying to know that it has meant so much to so many people.

Pairing: Harry Styles/Nick Grimshaw, OT5 Friendship
Length: ~99,000 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] waspabi
Author on AO3: waspabi
Why this must be read:

I spent a good few years in Harry Potter fandom, and have read a lot of crossovers since then, but very few have been as fully-fleshed and whimsical as the best of the fics written in that fandom. This is an exception.

It's 2010, twelve years after the defeat of Lord Voldemort, and the biggest problems in Harry's life (that's Styles, not Potter) are the fact that he's apparently hooked up with his new DADA professor (Mega Fit Nick From the Club), and Louis' seeming determination to drive Gryffindor's rivalry with Slytherin over the cliff of no return. Includes appearances by many of the Harry Potter characters, and a backstory that makes the 1D/Radio 1 characters' presence feel organic.

In which Harry makes too many Care of Magical Creatures similes, Liam is a facsimile of a sham of a lie of a Prefect, Zayn is handy with the hexes, Louis thinks petty rivalry is for winners, and Niall divines the future (and the future is chaos).
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15th-Jan-2014 11:59 pm The Heir to Panem by DustWriter [Mature]
That you all so much for allowing me the opportunity to rec some Hunger Games stories for you. Please, please check out the authors' individual sites. If you liked what you read, there are so many other wonderful stories out there to discover. The authors I featured are some of the best. You won't be disappointed.

Pairing: Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark (Everlark)
Length: 2191 words
Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Author on FFN
Why this must be read: This is a different twist on the Peeta as a Capitol citizen trope used in an earlier rec. Here he is an idealistic heir to Panem and his infatuation with the victor of the 74th Hunger Games doesn't stem from a desire to possess but from a desire to connect to another human being. This story is taut and excellently plotted. It's a tough balancing act for Katniss as she's pulled between the need to keep her family as far from President Snow's radar and her curiosity with his isolated and sheltered grandson. Her world slowly goes crumbling down when Peeta's well-meaning and thoughtful actions are used to pull Katniss further into the Capitol's world.

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The Heir to Panem by DustWriter
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15th-Jan-2014 11:50 pm VID REC: the hunger games | dyin' day
Vidder: killabeez
Musical artist: Anais Mitchell
Pairing: Katniss Everdeen, ensemble
Vidder on LJ: [ profile] killabeez
Vidder's website: vid tag

Why this vid kicks ass: For me, Dyin' Day had been a Hunger Games song ever since I first heard it and I often wished that someone would vid to it. Flashforward to vividcon2013 and this gem of a vid enters the world. This is a devastating vid. The violence of the games, the fear in the districts, and the loss of innocent children are front and center here. The song selection fits it so beautifully and the editing is a perfect complement to it. Watch this vid and the ugly reality of The Hunger Games reality opens up to you.

Dyin' Day by killabeez
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15th-Jan-2014 11:33 pm Hands by Sineala (PG-13)
Pairing/Characters: Esca/Marcus
Length: 1401
Author on LJ: [ profile] sineala
Author's Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

I don't know if there is anyone more prolific in The Eagle fandom than [ profile] sineala.  But even more so, it's her eye for details and wonderful characterization that elevates her stories as among the best.  It was difficult to figure out which one of her stories I wanted to rec from the epic Chosen Man to the one that features one of my favorite tropes soulbonds, Children of the Sun.

In the end, I chose this fic as my last rec because I love pining and I loved how much such a simple gesture could evoke so much for Esca.  The way Romans touch each other is something Esca never wants for himself until he meets Marcus and there's a quiet beauty in how Esca starts to pine for Marcus to touch him the same way.  It's a lovely fic that follows along canon and so much is expressed in so few words.


I didn't have time to rec as much as I would've liked but this covers my last time reccing here on [ profile] crack_van.  Thank you for the memories and the joy, it's been an honor and a pleasure to rec here.  You'll be missed.
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15th-Jan-2014 11:31 pm Never Going Back Again by Abagail Snow [Mature]
Pairing: Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark (Everlark)
Length: 25,798 words
Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Author on AO3 | Author on FFN | Author on Tumblr
Why this must be read: There's a class war brewing between the Haves and Have-Nots in the town of Panem and Katniss Everdeen has found herself in the middle of it. This story haunts me. Modern day AU Hunger Games fic is a popular genre in the fandom and when I think of modern day Hunger Games fic this is the one I hold as the gold standard. There's a powerful social and economic commentary throughout the series that takes what author Suzanne Collins hit upon in her trilogy and takes it to the next level. It's highly complex and well though out story that deserves a wider audience.  There's a WIP sequel that is oh so good as well.

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Never Going Back Again by Abagail Snow
Second Hand News by Abagail Snow (WIP sequel)
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15th-Jan-2014 11:08 pm Surrender on Both Sides by Seascribe (R)
Pairing/Characters: Esca/Marcus
Length: 2126
Author on LJ: [ profile] seascribe
Author's Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

Language and the role it can play in a fic, especially in a fandom like The Eagle where the native language of the two main characters is not the same is something I've always found fascinating.  And in this fic, the author does a fantastic job of using language and illustrating the conflict that can arise from it.  For Esca, Latin was something that reminded him of being a slave and he struggles to find peace with hearing Marcus use it when they are together.  But this fic is so much more than exploring the barriers caused by language, it's also a sweet story about love and acceptance.

Surrender on Both Sides
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15th-Jan-2014 10:33 pm from the same sky, by sophia_sol (T)
Thank you so much for the opportunity to rec my favorite tiny fandom! I'm sad to see the [ profile] crack_van era come to an end. While my Rómeó és Júlia recs ended up being something of a Tybalt & Mercutio show due to what currently exists, there's plenty of opportunity to write about other characters, including the women, and our little fandom is always excited to lure in new writers. If you missed it the first time, you can find out more about how to watch the show in the fandom overview.

Characters: Tybalt, Mercutio
Length: 1040 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] sophia_sol
Author Website: fic on AO3
Why this must be read:

A concise and deceptively complex take on another possible backstory for Tybalt and Mercutio, in "from the same sky" they might be something like friends—but despite their youth, Tybalt already has no hope, and Mercutio has already learned cruelty. They're "fine" for now, almost happy, perhaps (and the story delivers on gorgeous Tybalt hair porn as well), but it's all shadowed by the looming future.

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from the same sky

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15th-Jan-2014 10:20 pm ART REC: Veronai élet, by Atov (not rated)
Pairing/Characters: Mercutio/Métella, Raoul de Gardefeu/Tybalt, Bobinet with implied Bobinet/Gardefeu/Tybalt/Mercutio/Métella
Length: 3 drawings
Artist on Tumblr: apfelstrudelz
Artist Website: most art is under the atovision tag (note: sometimes gory) | other art on DeviantArt at ruberoidz, although nothing Rómeó és Júlia as of this post
Why this must be seen:

Alas, there is no crossover fic for this fandom yet, but there is some glorious crossover art, and perhaps someday it may inspire fic! Atov's art all has an energy that I love, with interesting compositions, beautiful coloring, and distinctly drawn characters.

"Veronai élet" ("Veronese Life") is a series of gorgeous drawings depicting the results of a somewhat cracky crossover where Mercutio and Tybalt somehow find themselves in late 19th century Paris, entangled with the wacky lives of the dandies and courtesans of Offenbach's comic operetta La Vie parisienne. Instead of everyone dying, Métella finds Mercutio helpful for more than one purpose, Gardefeu flirts shamelessly with this weird angry guy who looks remarkably like his friend and rival Bobinet, and everything ends in champagne and probably orgies.

Veronai élet
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15th-Jan-2014 10:13 pm VID REC: Blake's 7 - Holding Out For a Hero
Several other people seem to be last-minute reccing vids, so I am going to finish my Blake's 7 recs with a quick vid rec. That really is it, though. Thank you, and goodnight.

So long, [ profile] crack_van, and thanks for all the fishcs.

Vidder: zukalis
Musical artist: Bonnie Tyler
Pairing: Ensemble
Vidder on LJ: ?
Vidder's website: on Youtube
Why this vid kicks ass: Let's start with a quickly slid in rec for the series 2 trailer that the actual BBC produced (just for the DVDs) and put on their actual DVDs. What I love about this trailer is that it presents Blake's 7 as this exciting, fast-paced action show where people are always running around and punching other people, and things explode, and people let of quips, and THE TENSION IS REALLY HIGH. I love that. The show does have all those moments, and it has a lot of quips, but you get quite an odd idea of what it's like from the Beeb trailer.

This vid is fast and funny, which I like, and it has a very 80s song choice that fits with the look/feel of the show. It's a bit like that trailer I linked to in that it is a highly entertaining compilation of running and jumping and punching (including some nice bits where women literally kick ass too, because B7 is good like that). I also feel, though, that unlike the Beeb version this vid has been made with a sense of irony and it understands that the men of Blake's 7 are not really known for being like this really (the women are, though).

One of the most famous exchanges in the show is:

VILA Where are all the good guys?
BLAKE You could be looking at them.
AVON What a very depressing thought.

But they also all are heroes :D Even if it's only because Blake made them do it.

Link: Holding Out For A Hero
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15th-Jan-2014 09:16 pm Noire by hydrangea (Teen)
Like in Cinderella, time is running out, and I expect this will be my last rec. It's been a blast having one last joyride. Cheers.

Fandom: Fairy Tales: Cinderella
Pairing/Characters: Cinderella/Princess, Cinderella/Stepmother
Length: 10K
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's got the canon pieces but it's put together in a world of royal hierarchy and court intrigue.

Despite the pairing, there's no "ick incest" factor here. Cinderella is already grown and out of the house when her father marries his second wife, and they have no mother-daughter dynamic going. What they do have is a lot of secrets, a lot of politics and a lot of UST going on. Moody and absorbing and twisty. Enjoy.


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15th-Jan-2014 09:06 pm And If You Ask Nicely by disarm_d (NC-17)
Pairing: Harry/Louis
Length: ~5,000 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] disarm_d
Author on AO3: disarm_d
Why this must be read:

There is a sad dearth of The X-Factor-era fic, given how painfully smitten Harry and Louis were; and an even sadder dearth of quality D/s fic, given Lou's borderline pathological need to play ringmaster, Harry's eagerness to please, and the many, many clues Harry has laid down that suggest he might be a bit kinky. Here's an awesome little PWP that combines both.

Every time Harry says please, it takes them a little further down the rabbit hole.
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15th-Jan-2014 08:58 pm Iron Man by Executrix (NC-17)
Fandom: BLAKE'S 7
Pairing: Blake/Avon (who else?), ensemble
Length: 15,300w
Author on LJ: [ profile] executrix
Author Website: on Ao3, then there are various other locations around the web, including Hermit and
Why this must be read: And we end with a fic from 2014! The very year that I am writing to you from now. Let me get this straight before we begin: I am reccing this fic because I think it is very, very good (and indeed one of the best from the author's oeuvre), otherwise I would not rec it. However, it does also please me to have this as a final rec, because as you may or may not know, faithful reader, [ profile] executrix was Blake's 7's first reccer and was certainly part of the fandom at the point where there were zines and cons and more than 30 people (we get more and more people every day, though!). So I think it's nice that people from the earlier era of fandom are still writing for us, and that what they are writing is really great.

To talk specifically about this fic - it's also interesting that people can still have (probably?) new ideas after 30 years of fandom. I've never seen any other fics about Avon becoming president in the wake of the Andromedan War. There are a few about him as president, but they're usually post series 4 (or PGP). This early splitting off from canon really affects the characters, and not in a way that you see much elsewhere. Similarly, Avon in power is usually presented as something dark and Servalan-like. Here, it is his own particular 'sentimental about money'/'the rest? have the same chance as I have' outlook on life that dominates his presidency, and makes an enemy of Blake the idealist (even though this Blake also loves him) but in a way that's ironically more difficult to fight against than flat-out evil. The political universe created by this fic is fascinating, and great fun (though not for Blake).

Executrix's prose is always dense with literary, religious and Blake's 7 references, as well as other jokes and clever asides. I get to end of her fics and think 'I've probably missed loads of that', but fortunately the internet is forever and you can re-read, and I do. I've read this one three times already and, as I stated above, it's only been published about a fortnight :)

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Link: Iron Man
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15th-Jan-2014 08:27 pm Upshots of Villainy and Genetic Anomalies by Cyndrarae (Adult)
Fandom: Dark Angel
Title: Upshots of Villainy and Genetic Anomalies
Pairing/Characters: Alec/Logan
Author on LJ: [ profile] cyndrarae
Length: 5,444
Author Website: on AO3 Upshots of Villainy and Genetic Anomalies

Why this must be read: Author's inspired prompt: “Alec goes into heat while caught by White. White is oh so helpful when he tosses in Logan.”
First my favorite pairing and favorite trope in this fandom heat fic. I loved [ profile] cyndrarae's take. The voices were spot on, but Alec's mental anguish as he tries to fight against his biology- emotional angsty porn what's not to love ;)

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Sadly this is my last rec. I probably shouldn't have signed up in the first place since I’m a slow reader. Then with holidays/RL it was a bit too much, but with the comm closing I couldn't resist. Obviously I failed to deliver in a timely matter by posting earlier in the month. The only thing I can do is offer to do my part to keep Dark Angel alive via [ profile] jam_pony_fic. Once I signed up I started a long list of fics that needed to be recc’d, I’ll continue reading and adding recs under the tag: (Category: recs). So if you're perusing [ profile] crack_van's tags and want more DA, please come on over and check us out =)

Lastly to the Mods, it’s not enough but thank You!!!
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15th-Jan-2014 08:02 pm Fairy Tales (Jack and the Beanstalk)/Literary(Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen) (Gen)
Title: Catherine's Fairy-Tale by ryfkah
Character: Catherine Morland Tilney
Length: 1091 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's a great merge between the two canons.

Catherine is now grown and a married lady, but she hasn't lost her spirit of adventure. When a giant beanstalk shows up inexplicably in the middle of her garden and her husband gone to town, she has to weigh her options. Enjoy.

Catherine's Fairy-Tale

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15th-Jan-2014 08:01 pm The Crossing Over by Managerie (teen and up)
Pairing: Harold Finch/John Reese
Length: 1030 words
Author on LJ: [community profile] menagerie
Author Website: AO3

Why this must be read: this fic looks at the most divisive and shattering episode of Person of Interest from a slash perspective and works.

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The death of Detective Joss Carter was the peniultimate event in POI fandom. It broke hearts, drove many out of the fandom and caused anger and despair among those who stayed. It happened in December 2013 and was one reason I had trouble doing the recs for this comm the way I should have because even if I wasn’t sobbing over her death, the way the fandom was affected upset everyone. Not only was a loved character and woman of color killed in what some saw as a senseless quest for ratings or to inflict man pain on John Reese, many fans, myself included, felt scenes between Carter and Reese in what proved to be their last hours together were greeted with accusations they were out of character, too soon, too little, too much and worse, a retcon of the motivations of John Reese’s character from the previous two seasons. While those who shipped him with Carter saw a slow building sexual tension on screen, others, both non-shippers and slashers alike, didn’t pick up on those elements. For two years, Reese told anyone he met, strangers, numbers he was helping, random passersby, that it was Finch who saved him and gave him a reason to live. Suddenly, in the episode The Crossing, while trapped and surrounded by bad guys and facing near certain death, he started telling Carter that it was she who saved and changed him. Not to downplay her role in his life, many still felt this came out of left field, while the het shippers were rejoicing to see their fondest dreams realized – only to have them dashed not fifteen minutes later when Carter and Reese were shot by ambush and she died in his arms. For the Careese fans it was a shock to have the rug swept out from under them by apparently deceitful show runners. For the Rinch contingent, it was equally baffling. Did TPTB intend to forget that Reese had said dozens of times that he regarded Finch as the one to whom he owed his life and that, even with Carter dead, would the relationship we had come to adore be ignored in the “new direction” the show was taking? For many, POI is their first fandom or first slash fandom and this seeming reversal took even long time fans slash goggles and ground them under the heel of writers who had apparently thrown out the canon of the last 40 episodes of the show.

How could John Reese show affection for Carter, say those things to her and even kiss her when he loves Finch? If they had never taken their relationship that far, how could they now? If they were already lovers, what did it mean?

Thank goodness for Managerie. Into this maelstrom of anguish and tears, she delivered this fic that put things into perspective.

Reese has also been shot and since this fic picks up immediately after the end of the episode and was written before the subsequent one in which we saw the severity of his injuries, Managerie skillfully tells us just enough about how badly he may be hurt, having Finch and Shaw do first aid in a hotel room they’ve gone to hide from authorities in, as Reese sobs out his pain and despair to Finch.

Managerie not only posits an ongoing sexual relationship between Reese and Finch, she doesn’t shy away from the canonical idea that Reese and Zoe have been friends with benefits either. In her hands, we learn that Reese, the damaged warrior, has been trying to figure out what Finch wants with him by the mixed signals Finch has been sending out. He also hints at what kind of a man his father expected him to be and his self loathing for his misdeeds with the Army and CIA are never far from the surface of this man who only seemingly has put himself back together since joining Finch in his quest to save lives.

Through Managerie’s words, I could see Reese’s trembling body, hear his catching breaths and practically taste his tears and he tries to express to Finch why he said what he did to Carter and how confused and lost he now feels. Desperate, he says what he never would if he were wounded and grieving, he asks Finch what he did wrong. Of course, Finch says he has done nothing.
John gathered some toilet paper to wipe his eyes and blow his nose, “Then why do you keep kicking me out of your bed? I thought we figured out the sex pretty well.”
Harold blushed, stood and busied himself with the medical supplies before he answered. “Our sex life is wonderful Mr. Reese. However, I feel it would be wrong of me to steal your chance at a family.”

But Reese feels he doesn’t deserve a normal life and family and hthis man who will never forgive himself for the lives he’s taken has been unable to reconcile what he does want.
Managerie ends on a poignant note, just as the next couple of episodes did, giving the reader just the right amount of explantion and hope. POI fans know that Reese and Finch, however they regard their relationship, have entered into a pact that may all too soon end in both their deaths.
As for the fandom, I am seeing signs of recovery as the few episodes since Carter’s death have aired. It remains to be seen whether the fiction or the fannish energy will return and only time will tell.

The Crossing Over/a>
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15th-Jan-2014 07:43 pm By Firelight by Tigriswolf (Gen)
Fandom: Dark Angel/Supernatural
Title: By Firelight
Pairing/Characters: Dean, Ben
Author on LJ: [ profile] tigriswolf
Length: 530
Author Website: on AO3 by firelight

Why this must be read: Author's summary: “Call me Dean,” his older self said, covered in gore. “It’ll keep things simple.” A delicious snip with the power to stay with you for a long time as we get a glimspe of wee Ben with Dean.
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15th-Jan-2014 07:35 pm Sealskin by osprey archer (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: The Selkie
Pairing: The Selkie/OFC
Length: 1486 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: One more reason for selkies to pair up with women than with men.

Catherine is a young living in a castle by the sea while her husband is off to Calais. She meets a selkie and, through mutual loneliness, they strike up a friendship. As the months go by, the husband is not in sight and the selkie must make a decision. Enjoy.


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15th-Jan-2014 07:27 pm To Conceal a Fox by Lori_Leaf (Gen)
Fandom: Dark Angel/Supernatural
Title: To Conceal a Fox
Pairing/Characters: John, Wee!Chesters, X5-494 (Alec)
Author on LJ: [ profile] lori_leaf
Length: 11,639
Author Website: on LJ To Conceal a Fox

Why this must be read: Author's summary: John only has two sons. So why is there a boy who looks just like Dean, only several years too young? I loved this series! The premiss, character voices the whole nine yards. Pre series on both Dark Angel & Supernatural. Personally love that John's a good guy and rescues X5-494. A fun read!

Additional snips in this verse: The Care abd Feeding of Your New Family Pet, When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble, The Relucant Big Brother, 15 Winchester Family Secrets, Just Another Day at the Park, More Winchester Family Secrets, The Scientific Theories of Alec Winchester, Alec's Name is Mud, Test, 1, 2, 3..., "An Apple a Day" and Other Childhood Myths

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15th-Jan-2014 07:20 pm Vid Rec: The Fast and the Furious "Don't stop the music"
This is my last rec. I had hoped to rec more stuff this time around, but it didn't work out that way. I hope you found something you enjoyed and if you're new to the fandom I highly recommend pretty much everything by [ profile] khaleesian and verdreht. But don't hesitate to check out other authors for yourselves. It's a wonderful fandom and I'm sure I don't know everything that's out there.

Musical Artist: Rihanna
Length: 3:33
Vidder on LJ: talitha78
Why this vid must be viewed: For me this is Rome and Brian in a nutshell. The vid perfectly showcases their wonderful chemistry and it's so very shiny and sexy and happy making.

Don't you feel the passion ready to explode?
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15th-Jan-2014 07:05 pm Awaiting Some Return, by Orockthro (teen and up)
Pairing: Grace Hendricks/Will Ingram
Length: 6630 words
Author on LJ:
Author Website:

Why this must be read:

Yes, you read that right, this is a fic about Finch’s fiancé Grace, who thinks he’s dead, and the son of Finch’s late business partner, Nathan Ingram. Will is younger than Grace but in Orockthro’s deft hands, they meet and find solace after the loss of the two people most dear to them. The Machine, of course, has a hand in things.

Orockthro is an author who tackles the many side chracters of Person of Interest, not shying away from the usual OTP fare. She paired Shaw with Grace in her fantastic cyberpunk fic, Kick the Generator, and she’s written and illustrated various permutations of Grace/Finch/Reese, along with exploring their relationships with Genrika, the young girl who envisioned a career as a spy who was a number earlier this season and even Leila Smith, the youngest number they ever helped in first season, so it’s no surprise she has picked these two people who haven’t even met in canon to write about. This is an AU but I feel it could be canon. It’s poignant, endearing and hopeful at the same time.

Awaiting Some Return
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15th-Jan-2014 06:49 pm The Man in that One Suit, by lynne_monstr (general audiences)
Pairing: gen
Length: 416
Author on LJ: [ profile] lynne_monstr
Author Website: AO3

Why this must be read: for just the sheer fun of an adorable crossover with reality show “What Not To Wear” as Stacy London and Clinton Kelly discuss the sartorial splendor of John Reese and Harold Finch.

It’s been a series running joke about Reese being known to both criminals and good guys alike as “the man in the suit” because he’s adopted his classic black suit, worth with a tieless white shirt no matter the season or occasion. Someone like Clinton Kelly would have something to say about that, obviously, and this little fic captures his voice and those of the characters well. While the “real” people comment on Reese’s bland choices, they praise Finch’s custom suit with waistcoat and matching pocket square while pondering the relationship of the men whose attire they are judging.

The Man in that One Suit
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15th-Jan-2014 06:32 pm Through the Looking Glass by Dolimir (Gen)
Fandom: Dark Angel/Supernatural
Title: Through the Looking Glass
Pairing/Characters: Dean, Joshua, Alec, Sam
Author on LJ: [ profile] dolimir_k
Length: 1,199
Author Website: on AO3 Through the Looking Glass

Why this must be read: Author's summary: Dean falls through the looking glass. For a brief crossover I adore the picture she created, especially of Joshua caring for not Alec. It's endearing with strong voices.

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15th-Jan-2014 06:32 pm Gretel and the Forest by thankyouturtle (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Hansel and Gretel
Characters: Gretel, Hansel, Mother, Father, Stepmother
Length: 1181 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's a modern-day retelling that fixes some of the problems I had with the original. Enjoy.

Gretel and the Forest

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15th-Jan-2014 06:06 pm ART REC: Obi-Wan / Satine Korejanai! by TiffanyEtch-a-Sketch (G)
Pairing: Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi / Duchess Satine of Mandalore
Length: One shot, inspired by this fanart
Artist on LJ: Unknown
Artist Website: dA and tumblr
Why this must be seen:

As a last rec, this piece's arched frame sets the stage for a formal, courtly rendition of the relationship that Star Wars: The Clone Wars developed as a canon romance for Obi-Wan Kenobi: his love interest is of the nobility, she is a pacifist to as strong a degree as he is Jedi, and she occasionally comes off as a diva. The course of their love did not begin smoothly, run smoothly, or end smoothly. The background and medieval vibe made me think that the work could be rendered in stained glass, befitting the detail on the costumes and the tender pose of the couple.

So long, [ profile] crack_van! To set the historical placement, on this day in 1759, the British Museum opened; in 2001, Wikipedia went online; and in 1935, a favorite author, Robert Silverberg, was born, who, by his own count for four years beginning in 1956, wrote "a million words a year [...] From 1956 to 1959, Silverberg routinely averaged 5 published stories a month, and had over 80 stories published in 1958 alone." (From Wikipedia.) So let's get cracking on those WIPs, folks! I had a great time here and thank the fantastic mods, who did a bang-up job for ten years; this comm shall be an excellent museum, wiki, and trove of thousands of words. See you around sometime, pronker

Obi-Wan - Satine Korejanai!
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15th-Jan-2014 06:04 pm Down in Mexico by Poisontaster (Adult)
Fandom: Dark Angel
Title: Down in Mexico
Pairing/Characters: Alec/Joshua
Author on LJ: [ profile] poisontaster
Length: 2,074
Author Website: on AO3 Down in Mexico

Why this must be read: It’s a one two punch that brushes Alec/Joshua's relationship. Like [ profile] jaguarcaine, [ profile] poisontaster has a gift and makes me see why and how well they work together. I only wish more authors were as daring.

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15th-Jan-2014 05:53 pm The Gifts of the Magi (On a Kaiser Roll) by MaybeAmanda (G)
Pairing/Characters: Fox Mulder | Dana Scully
Length: 1800 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] maybe_amanda
Author Website: Gossamer
Why this must be read:

I found the perfect little fic to end my final drive at [ profile] crack_van. It's another story written for the year's [ profile] xf_santa exchange. MaybeAmanda is a great talent, a wonderful woman, and a fabulous asset to whatever fandom she's in. She has a reocities website, too, but my bookmarks are mia. I'll have to edit it in later. What she's written for us is a Christmas story, but it's not a sappy one, and it's not a sad one. She takes an O'Henry story, and gives us a delightful little commentary on it from first Scully's and then Mulder's POV. The writing is smooth as silk, her characterizations are as always spot-on.

Read The Gifts of the Magi (On a Kaiser Roll).

Thanks to the mods for giving me this last opportunity to drive the van. Good night, everyone.
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15th-Jan-2014 05:29 pm Out Flew The Web and Floated Wide by Lady Sarai (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Rapunzel
Pairing/Characters: Rapunzel/Prince; Prince, Rapunzel, OCs
Length: 3K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's a coda told from the prince's POV, as he struggles with blindness and trying to find his true love. Enjoy

Out Flew the Web and Floated Wide

If you like this, take a moment to tell the author. Feedback is precious and appreciated!
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15th-Jan-2014 05:29 pm Bedpans and Brothers by Mandraco (Gen)
Fandom: Dark Angel/Supernatural
Title: Bedpans and Brothers
Pairing/Characters: Alec, Adam, Max, Logan, Dean, Sam
Author on LJ: [ profile] mandraco
Length: 10, 264
Author Website: on AO3Bedpans and Brothers

Why this must be read: Author's summary: On a routine supply run at a hospital, Alec stumbles upon a crazy guy who insists that Alec is his half-brother Dean. [ profile] mandraco takes on a couple of prompts mixes and creates a deliciously fun premise. We don't just get one Winchester brother we get all three. However the true gem of this fic is Adam and Alec - all I can say is I want more ;)

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15th-Jan-2014 05:26 pm VID REC: The X-Files - Across the Universe
Vidder: Akachankami
Musical artist: Fiona Apple's cover of The Beatles' song.
Pairing: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Vidder on LJ: [ profile] akachankami
Vidder's website: No, but her vids are up at Youtube.
Why this vid kicks ass:

I'm jumping on the one last vid rec for the road bandwagon. Mixed metaphors aside, this vid is fantastic. It was made for the [ profile] xf_santa gift exchange and posted here not a week ago on LiveJournal. The song was a perfect fit for the series and the pairing. The clips are wonderful and her editing is skillful and smooth. I was blown away.

Watch Across the Universe.
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