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15th-Jan-2014 02:55 pm The Fast and the Furious/Supernatural (gen)
Title: Recharging by Khaleesian
Characters/Pairing: Brian O'Conner, Dean winchester, Sam Winchester, Bobby Singer
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] khaleesian
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read: Brian looks for a new charger he can give to Dom. His search brings him to Singer Salvage where Sam and Dean are taking a short break from all the end of the world stuff for a little while. I love this set up and the title is perfect. This story shows these very different characters doing some very much needed recharging. Brian's quest just warms my heart and even though Dom isn't physically present in the story, he's still very much there.

Dom sacrificed the Charger to save Letty...where will Brian find another?
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15th-Jan-2014 10:51 am White Collar/BBC Sherlock (Teen)
Title: A Catch
Pairing: Neal Caffrey/Sherlock Holmes
Length: 5k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ariadnes_string
Author Website: On LJ
Why this must be read:

I love the setup: Neal and Peter are on their way to London to consult on an art forgery, and when they meet with Lestrade and his own Consulting Detective, well, it won’t shock you to learn that Neal and Sherlock already know each other. How they met years ago and their interactions then and now are the highlights of this sexy little story. This is one of the most delightful crossovers you will read in these or any other fandom. The characterizations are spot-on, the dialogue sparkles, and about the only bad thing that can be said about it is that it ends!

A Catch
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15th-Jan-2014 09:34 am STAR WARS / FIREFLY (PG-13)
Title: Bonnie And Clyde Didn't Work Alone
Author: Maidenjedi
Characters: Boba Fett, River Tam
Length: ~1k words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] maidenjedi
Author Website: AO3 and FFN Profile and LJ Tags
Why this must be read:

Two scruffy 'verses are these, nice and dirty and plagued with everyday concerns from our galaxy: how to make a living, survive and even thrive. River and Boba are bruised and alone, and they connect tenuously. Their characters need someone, and they are there for each other. Life doesn't require much more than this.

Bonnie And Clyde Didn't Work Alone
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15th-Jan-2014 09:01 am SUITS/ASSASSIN'S CREED (Teen and Up Audiences)
Title: Leap of Faith by TamIsMyFather
Pairing: Gen (Mike, Donna)
Author on LJ: not that I know of
Author Website: AO3 profile
Why this must be read: For my last fic rec for this reccing period, and the last Suits fic rec here, how about some fusion crack where Donna can jump off of buildings with the greatest of ease, and there are random haystacks?



Mike first noticed on a Wednesday.

He'd skipped breakfast that morning, and he'd spent his first five hours at work finishing a project for Harvey, so when he finally finished dotting the last i and crossing the last t all he could think about was rushing out of Harvey's office as fast as he could in his quest for food. He'd waved to Donna, hurried to the elevator, shot outside, and got in line at the nearest hotdog stand—behind Donna, who, judging by the three people after her, had been there for several minutes at least.

“What—” Mike spluttered. “How did you get here so fast?”

Donna turned and smiled. “Oh, hi Mike. Want me to get you something?”



Leap of Faith
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15th-Jan-2014 02:21 am The Pass by Khaleesian (gen)
Fandom: THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
Pairing: Dominic Toretto/Brian O'Conner
Length: 902 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] khaleesian
Author website: AO3
Why this must be read: It's Dom and Brian cuddling for warmth. That's all, but what more do you need? This was one of the first things I read in this fandom - instant love!

Dom cocked his head. “Is being mad keeping you warm?”
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15th-Jan-2014 01:50 am Deep Cover by ash_carpenter (mature)
Fandom: THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
Pairing: Dominic Toretto/Brian O'Conner
Length: 987 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ash_carpenter
Author website: LJ
Why this must be read: In this story the undercover aspect of the first movie gets handled a bit differently. Dom figures Brian acted the way he did, got close to him, because Brian was interested in him sexually. That's not the reason, but Brian can't tell him that, can he?
The author has a brilliant way of getting into the characters' heads and depicting their voices and motivations.

When Brian had wished to be close to Dom, this wasn’t exactly what he’d had in mind.
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15th-Jan-2014 01:27 am Two A.M. by verdreht (mature)
Hi everyone,

I had signed up to drive the crack van for The Fast and the Furious this month. However, due to Paul Walker's tragic death I wasn't really in a reccing kinda mood and considered just letting it go. Now I'm thinking, this is the last round of the crack van and this community is such a wonderful resource and I don't want to miss the very last opportunity to share some Fast & Furious love here.

I'm gonna start with this lovely little story and I hope that you'll enjoy.

Fandom: THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
Pairing: Dominic Toretto/Brian O'Conner
Length: 2482 words
Author on LJ: not known
Author website: AO3
Why this must be read: This author has written a few wonderful F&F stories, most of which are WIP. This one, however, works as a wonderful stand alone story. It's an alternate take on part 4 and deals with Dom and Brian living together after Brian freed Dom from prison. The characters' voices are wonderful and the entire story is beautiful and happy making.

It's 2AM and Brian can't sleep. Dom's planning to change that.
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14th-Jan-2014 11:39 pm Annum Novum by exeterlinden (G)
Fandom: THE EAGLE
Pairing/Characters: Esca/Marcus
Length: 14786
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] exeterlinden
Author's Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

A lovely post-finding the Eagle fic, featuring Marcus and Esca struggling to farm with wonderful details and fantastic writing.  I was impressed at the research, which comes across in so many ways from the details to the setting, that must've gone in writing this fic.  I also really loved the characterization and the pining and just how much Marcus and Esca would risk for each other.  Among my favorite stories to have posted for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year.


Annum Novum
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14th-Jan-2014 10:19 pm Another Man's Freedom Fighter by The_Dancing_Walrus
Fandom: BLAKE'S 7
Pairing: N/A
Length: 929w
Author on LJ: ?
Author Website: on AO3
Why this must be read: The penultimate day, the penultimate rec - and this time it's some meta, rather than a fic. I hope everyone will forgive me for veering off the beaten track, but I feel really strongly about this piece and would very much like to rec it (I will understand if I have to remove it).

The piece discusses the still-current possibility that our low budget 1970s BBC TV show will be re-made a flashy American multipart series. Many of us have written posts on the theme of how little we want such a thing, but this is a very special example of that genre. It talks not just about what a loss it would be not to have our wonderfully strange looking yet compelling heroes, or our wonderfully strange looking yet compelling costumes, or whether they would redesign the Liberator to look shit, or turn Servalan into a man. But rather about the ways in which Blake's 7 and the characters within it feel about being under an oppressive regime - and how this directly relates to the life of the author of this piece, and to the lives of many other people both living and dead in our world, rather than in the world of this telly show.

'Another Man's Freedom Fighter' is, in my opinion, an extraordinary piece: beautifully written, powerful and thought provoking.

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Link: Another Man's Freedom Fighter
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14th-Jan-2014 10:19 pm Knots by atetheredmind [NC-17]
Fandom: THE HUNGER GAMES
Pairing: Katniss Everdeen/Peeta Mellark/Finnick Odair
Length: 9055 words
Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: Author on AO3 | Author on FFN | Author on Tumblr
Why this must be read: This story is sad. Not in the "people die" sad, because they don't, but in the, "God, I can't believe this is their lives" type of sad. This heartbreaking story diverts from canon in that after Katniss and Peeta are crowned victors, there's no rebellion and no Quarter Quell involving previous victors. The "Star-Crossed Lovers of District 12" marry and eventually have every aspect of their "happy" union broadcast for the Capitol elite to witness, including their wedding night. Their bedroom activities become regular Capitol broadcasts until President Snow believes people are becoming bored with them--enter Finnick Odair. The feeling of horror lies in that the selling for desirable Hunger Games victors was a very real thing in the books, and it's not hard to imagine Katniss and Peeta falling into such a forced arrangement. The safety of loved ones is a powerful motivator. Finnick here is an interesting third as he serves as a guide to ease Katniss and Peeta further into a world that's painful and hopeless.


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Knots by atetheredmind
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14th-Jan-2014 08:57 pm Keep the Car Running by writeivywrite (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Zayn
Length: ~73,700 words
Author on LJ: unknown
Author on AO3: writeivywrite
Why this must be read:

This is a gorgeously written AU in which Zayn is a professional footballer and Harry is a high end escort, and they're each a fucking mess. The mood and style of this fic feels quite unique, with slowly developed characters, and emotional reveals. Nothing here is quite as is seems, and it's all as much a surprise to the characters as the readers.

Keep the Car Running
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14th-Jan-2014 08:03 pm my heart's still beating like a hammer by lazy_daze (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Niall/Zayn
Length: ~7,250 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lazy_daze
Author on AO3: lazy_daze
Why this must be read:

This is another fun example of a genre I love and have already recced in other pairings: accidental-on-purpose tour hook-ups. Niall and Zayn are sharing hotel rooms, and watching porn together inevitably leads to hot orgasms and awkwardness.

In which Niall helps Zayn wind down after a show - at least, that's where it starts.
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14th-Jan-2014 03:37 pm Magic and Mothers by Amethyst (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Cinderella
Pairing/Characters: Cinderella/Prince Charming; Cinderella, Stepmother, Stepsisters, Fairy Godmother, OCs
Length: 10K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's takes the fairy tale and turns it on its head in some respects and yet stays true to it.

This might be subtitled "Mothers and Daughters", as it really explores the relationships surrounding two sets of them: Cinderella and her stepmother and and Lady Westley and her headstrong daughter Mariana. The time is during the Regency era and this reads very much like a Jane Austen novel. Besides observing the action between the players, we also get information through letters and diary entries.

The biggest difference between our world and theirs is that magic is commonplace. Magical folk are born to non-magical folk and vice versa. So the appearance of a fairy godmother isn't quite so surprising. Enjoy.

Magic and Mothers

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14th-Jan-2014 03:32 pm But That's Another Story by rosemaryandrue (Gen)
I'm not quite sure when the cut-off will be, so I wanted to take the opportunity now to say how delightful it's been to share my love of fairy tale fanfic with you.  Because it is a Small Fandom, I had a chance to read and recommend so many more than I thought possible.  I tried to rout out stories of the more obscure canon as well as showcasing the well-known.  One more acknowledgement of Yuletide for ten years' worth of small fandom love.  Thanks to everyone who commented here and to the authors.  Feedback rocks and so do you.

Fandom: Fairy Tales: Wild Swans (Hans Christian Andersen)
Characters: The Princess, Youngest Brother
Length: 900 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: This takes place after the end of the fairy tale. Sister and brother are able to speak together for the first time. She's grieving because she was unable to completely cure him; he tells her about some of the things he saw when he was a swan. Enjoy.

But That's Another Story

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14th-Jan-2014 02:59 pm The Doors of the World by coffeethyme4me (Explicit)
Fandom: White Collar
Pairing: Peter Burke/Neal Caffrey
Length: 8,000
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] coffeethyme4me
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] coffeethyme4me
Why this must be read:
This one’s a painful one, but so, so wonderful, in the end, and with a happy ending, even if… well...

Peter and Elizabeth break up and Neal spends his time making sure the FBI agent is taken care of, because he’s a good friend. Except when he is not, because he has been in love with Peter for a very long time, and he just wants to be there for him. In every way. In any way. Even if it won’t last.

I love this story (and this writer) because the characters come to such life, with real, messy emotions and hot, hot sex.

The Doors of the World
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14th-Jan-2014 02:43 pm Untitled Photographer Elizabeth AU by daria234 (Mature)
Fandom: White Collar
Pairing: Neal Caffrey/Elizabeth Burke/Peter Burke
Length: 3k0ish
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] daria234
Author Website: on LJ and on AO3
Why this must be read:

Daria234 is a master of small, witty, and sensual stories that are as clever as they are enjoyable. In this one, Elizabeth is a famous photographer, Neal is the same character (though he’s never been caught), and he’s been sent to try to steal a copy of El’s first art book, which is out of print and is what Kate wants him to get her for an anniversary gift. In order to get an in, Neal offers her his services as a nude model, but when she asks Peter to join in, well… I have this shaving kink, all right?

Seriously, this is a fun and sexy read, and you could do worse than to explore Daria’s other works some rainy afternoon (she writes in many other fandoms as well).

Story here
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14th-Jan-2014 11:59 am Le Rouge et le Blanc et le Noir by Quillori (not rated but I'd guess Mature)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and Rose Red, Grandaunt Tiger
Characters: original and canon characters
Length: 2K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: If you're looking for the dark of Red Riding Hood and perhaps a little more, give this a try. Grandaunt Tiger is sometimes referred to as the Chinese version of Red Riding Hood and I'm not sure which came first. But I'd have to call this a fusion of the fairy tales, with Snow White and Rose Red as characters in a blending of the other two. Enjoy.

Le Rouge et le Blanc et le Noir

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14th-Jan-2014 11:52 am The 13th Sign by prufrock's love (R)
Fandom: THE X-FILES
Pairing/Characters: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Length: novel + a sequel
Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: prufrock's love at reocities | Gossamer
Why this must be read:

I assumed I'd already posted this here but apparently not. Certainly I've recced it everywhere else. It's long and kind of angsty. Okay, it's very angsty. On the Prufrock Reader Torture Scale, with zero being angst-free (though there is no angst-free prufrock story as far as I know) and 10 being "Negative Utopia" or maybe "The Wasteland," this rates at least a seven. It is not season eight fic nor is it season nine, but William is there and so is Mulder so I am classifying it as season nine, AU.

You might wonder why I like this story as much as I do, given that I dislike babyfic and haven't seen most of season nine. But prufrock's love writes a lovely Mulder, as he negotiates his way through fatherhood under the worst possible circumstances. There's a good chunk of her version of Mulder/Scully romance, an x-file, and a little some mytharc thrown in for good measure.

My only complaint about this story was the ending, which left a couple of Big Things unresolved. In 2011, to my delight, prufrock's love returned and posted a terrific sequel, "7 Days in May," which you can read at Gossamer, along with the revised version of "The 13th Sign."

Read The 13th Sign.
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14th-Jan-2014 08:57 am "Excuse you, this is Armani." by somewhatcliche (Teen)
Fandom: SUITS
Pairing: Mike/Harvey
Length: ~1600
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] somewhatcliche
Author Website: hellostarling on AO3

Why this must be read: Mike notices Harvey's hair. From there he tries to impress him, Even without the slash element,this wouldn't seem out of place in the show.



Mike, for reasons known only to the horrible people who are somehow in charge of his fate, is the tenth person in line at his preferred coffee shop, because all he wants is as much caffeine he can drink without dying. It's Saturday morning and, no, he doesn't get weekends to himself, what a ridiculous suggestion! He has so much fucking paperwork sitting on his desk that it's actually kind of hilarious. Arguing with himself about it won't work anymore. Paperwork on a Saturday morning in an office that will likely be completely empty is just another facet of his existence as Harvey Specter's whipping boy.

Okay, that's not fair. Harvey is actually a decent guy, and growing more caring by the day, despite what he wants the paralegals to believe. Mike calls him out on it occasionally, has to physically restrain himself from sticking his tongue out and saying, "Neener-neener-neener you have a heart!" But playful jabs are allowed, of the raised-eyebrow-knowing-smirk variety, to which Harvey always replies with a question like, "Something funny, peon?"



"Excuse you, this is Armani."
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13th-Jan-2014 11:59 pm Scavenger by Syntax6 (R)
Fandom: THE X-FILES
Pairing: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Length: Novel
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] syntax6
Author Website: The Fanfiction of Syntax6
Why this must be read:

Syntax6 is acknowledged to be one of the best, if not the best casefile writer in our fandom. Her stores are complicated mysteries that always take Mulder and Scully on an equally complex emotional journey. She had this story offline for a number of years, so I was pleased to see it back up when she revamped her website. I consider it one of her very best.

Read Scavenger.
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13th-Jan-2014 11:04 pm Devotee by Piscaria (NC-17)
Fandom: THE EAGLE
Pairing/Characters: Esca/Marcus
Length: 4151
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] piscaria
Author's Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

What happens to Marcus and Esca post-film is among my favorite things to read and one recurring scenario is them settling on a farm somewhere.  The details of this particular fic, especially of the setting does a fantastic job of conveying the mood.  Esca has gone to trade for horses and Marcus waits for him to return home but as time passes he begins to lose hope.  The vivid descriptions of the oncoming winter as Marcus quietly despairs at Esca not returning are beautifully written and as a reader you can feel his loneliness and pain.  Another aspect I enjoyed is how the author touched upon Marcus' faith.

Devotee
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13th-Jan-2014 10:04 pm Strangers and the Strange Dead by Kipler (G)
Fandom: THE X-FILES
Pairing/Characters: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Length: short story
Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: Kipler's Fanfiction Index or at Gossamer
Why this must be read:

This story is perfect. It's on my ten best short fics for The X-Files, maybe for fanfiction, period. I really like stories that are told from an outside POV. The opening to this piece still gives me the shivers, the ending still astounds me.

Read Strangers and the Strange Dead.
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13th-Jan-2014 08:56 pm Easy As All That (Go Around a Time or Two) by sunsetmog (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Liam/Louis, Harry/Nick, Zayn/Perrie
Length: ~ 85,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sunsetmog
Author on AO3: sunsetmog
Why this must be read:

In this sixth form AU, Louis and Liam keep hooking up while drunk, not talking about it, and having two very different sexuality crises in alternating POV's: Liam's lo-fi and short-lived freakout vs. Louis' complete fucking meltdown. Another long, angsty, and highly amusing ensemble piece from one of my favorite authors.

If no one knows you're having a sexuality crisis, that means it isn't happening, right?
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13th-Jan-2014 08:19 pm The one where Zayn can't stop acting like Harry's Boyfriend by shuttermutt (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Zayn
Length: ~4,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] shuttermutt
Author on AO3: shuttermutt
Why this must be read:

I've got a "zayn makes an awesome boyfriend" tumblr tag for all the ways he shows his love for his boys - in soft caresses, lingering gazes, and in the "get off, he doesn't like that!"-s when the roughhousing gets too much. It's easy to imagine the lines blurring at times, and this fic imagines it in such a sweet way.

So the thing is, Zayn sometimes forgets he’s not actually Harry’s boyfriend. It’s not a big deal or anything.
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13th-Jan-2014 05:58 pm A Skin Made of Sorrows by Carenejeans (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Catskin
Characters: Princess (Catskin), King, Prince
Length: 3K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's an interesting treatment of what is essentially a tale of a dark subject: mourning turned to obsession. As the Princess watches her widowed father fall apart, she does her best to cope. But when he demands that she replace the Queen as his wife, she despairs.

But with a bit of magical help and her own inner compass, she just might survive the nightmare. Enjoy.

A Skin Made of Sorrows

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13th-Jan-2014 03:19 pm Beast of Both Worlds by the alchemist (Teen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast
Pairing/Characters: Belle/Beast; OFC
Length: 2K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Because sometimes you need a levelheaded woman to make sense out of a fairy tale.

And that woman is Cally, Belle's twin sister. A year after Belle has lived with the Beast, she's on a visit to her home, fully armed with the magic mirror and ring. She bubbles over with her love for the Beast, but Cally is concerned that her sister is being manipulated. When the mirror shows the Beast unconscious in the garden, Belle faints in alarm, which provides an opportunity for Cally to do a little investigating. Enjoy.

Beast of Both Worlds

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13th-Jan-2014 01:28 pm Into the Lilac Trees by justforspite (Mature)
Fandom: White Collar
Pairing: None - gen
Length: ~8,500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] elizasomething
Author Website: On LJ
Why this must be read:

This is an amnesia fic – one of my top ten favorite hurt/comfort tropes – and one of the best I’ve ever read. The mood is just so IDK dark and cold and you really feel what it is like for Neal Caffrey to not know who he is – the confusion, the frustration, the fear. You also see the reaction of his friends and co-workers as they desperately try to find him before the baddies do. It’s suspenseful and tightly written and you will love it.

Into the Lilac Trees
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13th-Jan-2014 01:11 pm My Very Existence is a Monument by elishabet aka Snow (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Aladdin (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Aladdin/Jasmine; OFC, Abu, Carpet, Genie, Sultan, Jafar
Length:
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Excerpt: "Fact: My father left before I remember, and my mother died when I was two. Fact: All underfed children look similar, and when people see 'scruffy' they think 'male'. Fact: It's easier to be a young man on the streets of Agrabah than it is to be a young woman."

So, what if Aladdin was born a boy in the body of a female? How different would the tale have gone? Written for LGBT Fest, we see life through Aladdin's eyes and, through them, the Disney movie takes on a whole new view. Enjoy.

My Very Existence is a Monument

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13th-Jan-2014 09:22 am Bookstore by angelita26 (PG-13)
Fandom: White Collar RPS
Pairing: Matt Bomer/Tim DeKay
Length: ~15k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] angelita26
Author Website: Angelita’s Master List
Why this must be read:

This story is “real person fiction,” which I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if it makes it go down any easier, the characters are placed in an AU where Matt Bomer owns a bookstore and Tim DeKay a customer that wanders in one day and they basically fall in love at first sight. It’d be a typical rom-com type of setup (and the writer is hella-talented, so never a disappointment), but there is an added twist that makes it all the more interesting: Matt is, in fact, disabled. From there, the story becomes a charming depiction of the complications that come out of someone who has never had to deal with a differently-abled person, and the difficulties (and joys) that can bring to them both.

It is a lovely series, and hope you will read it.

Link to the Master Post: Bookstore AU
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13th-Jan-2014 09:08 am Last Exit by Anonymous (Teen)
Fandom: SUITS
Pairing: Mike/Harvey
Length: 681
Author on LJ: who knows?
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] suitsmeme

Why this must be read: Short, sad, but poignant apocafic piece where Mike and Harvey are among the few remaining survivors of a killer virus.

No excerpt today, but since the author forgot to include this in the header of the fic, there are some character deaths in the piece.

Last Exit
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