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15th-Jan-2014 05:07 pm High Tides and New Terrain by littlerrhymes (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Ariel/Eric; Ariel Triton OC
Length: 1314 words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: We often get an epilogue about how things are going for Ariel and Eric. This is all about Triton.

Triton misses his daughter terribly, wondering how she's doing. However, he's got a kingdom to run and other family to protect. Still, one day he decides to pay a visit, hoping for a glance of Ariel. Enjoy.

High Tides and New Terrain

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15th-Jan-2014 04:32 pm Rose Without Thorn by Paranoiac (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
Pairing/Characters: Belle/Beast; Belle, Adam, canon characters
Length: 2K
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Just a sweet little coda to the movie. Belle used to dream of being a princess and all that it would mean. Now that she's about to become one, she's not sure about it. Enjoy.

Rose Without Thorn

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15th-Jan-2014 04:15 pm one equals one equals zero by Khyber (NC-17)
Pairing/Characters: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Length: short story
Author on LJ: [ profile] that_khyber
Author Website: Khyber's Stories, waybacked | Gossamer
Why this must be read:

I consider Khyber to be one of the best writers (no longer) in our fandom. He wrote complicated plots, complex characters, both canon and original, witty dialogue, and well, um, really hot sex. Though he ships Mulder and Scully, and some of his stories are humorous, his version of them is kind of messed up, psychologically speaking.

This is not MSR, and it's not exactly femslash either. What it is, is a scorching hot, twisted, sexual fantasy threesome.

Read one equals one equals zero
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15th-Jan-2014 04:07 pm Twice Upon a Time by Kaneko (PG-13)
Pairing(s): Ned/Chuck, The Narrator
Length: 5527
Author on LJ: [ profile] kaneko
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

This is my last rec, and I have very intentionally saved the best for last. This fic is sweet, and sad, and delightfully odd, all without ever seeming to try too hard. It's a bit meta and bit timey-wimey, and does an excellent job of turning the Narrator into a great character in his own right, one who's just as invested in his story as we are. Also, it manages to give the saga of Chuck and Ned not only one but two happy, satisfying endings. If you only ever read one thing in this fandom, please make it this.

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Twice Upon a Time
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15th-Jan-2014 03:40 pm By Design by dreamiflame (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Master Cat/Puss in Boots
Characters: Puss, original/canon characters
Length: 7K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: It's Steampunk Puss!

Upon his death, inventor August bequeaths his youngest son, Marcus, the only automaton he built that has independent thought: Puss in Boots. Since his older brother inherited the family home, Marcus sets off with Puss to seek his fortune. However, he's clueless as to how to go about that. Fortunately, Puss has an idea or two. Enjoy.

By Design

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15th-Jan-2014 03:13 pm ART REC: Arch Nemesis by inklou & Dr. Spencer Reid by E-a-s-y (PG or FRT)
Characters/Pairing: Gen - George Foyet, Ian Doyle, Tobias Hanckel, Frank Breitkopf, Spencer Reid
Rating: PG or FRT for both
Artist Website: inklou's profile on deviantart,
E-a-s-y's profile on deviantart

Why this must be seen:
There are two art recs here for different reasons. Most CM fan art makes you want to scratch your eyeballs out - it's a sad fact - so I don't have a lot of patience for scrolling through thousands of hand drawn chibis and the BAU team members illustrated as cats or something. Life's too short. However, when I came across inklou's Arch Nemesis, I had to stop and stare. The killers on CM are either GREAT or psychopath-of-the-week, but rarely are they held up to us in such a beautiful way with their malice intact. inklou's style isn't photo realistic so there's a lot of artistic license in the likenesses, but the warmth of the lighting and palette, plus the four-paned layout, and the rotated POVs all make for an impressive piece of 'bad guy' fan art. It would almost be heroic if they weren't splattered in blood and grinning like, well, serial killers.

Arch Nemesis by inklou

The second art rec is Dr. Spencer Reid by E-a-s-y. Character portraits are a dime a dozen in the fan art world, so you have to do something a little different to stand out from the pack. E-a-s-y goes for caricature here highlighting the aspects of the character (nerdy glasses, grandfather sweater vest, crazy placement of his revolver) so that she suggests Reid rather than accurately drawing him. The thing I love about this piece is the loose, exaggerated line work - it's beautiful and wispy, almost architectural. Also, she manages to capture Reid's long lines and large eyes without making us think that we are staring into a funhouse mirror. This one is a right-click-and-save-to-your-desktop if you are a Reid fan.

Dr. Spencer Reid by E-a-sy

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15th-Jan-2014 03:12 pm El Quinto Sol by OneMillionandNine (NC-17)
Pairing/Characters: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Length: novella
Author on LJ: [ profile] onemillionnine
Author Website: OMaN at reocities | Gossamer
Why this must be read:

This is still and forever my favorite season seven fanfic. I know what the rest of the fandom's favorite is, and don't get me wrong, I love "Parabiosis," too, but OMaN's Mulder and Scully are a lot more fun and entertaining. They also seem much more like the characters we see on the series, at least the versions I have running around in my head.

The conflict between Mulder and Scully provides all of the comedy and the bulk of the plot, as with with Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Like Benedict and Beatrice, OMaN's Mulder and Scully come together by the end, and their true love for one another is revealed to all in the story's climax.

Her summary: An explanation of Mulder's sudden belief in 'miracles.' Arthur C. Clarke's second law in action. A bit of Mytharc in the guise of a case file. But in the end it's all about sex. Then again, what isn't?

The only reason I've not recced this more often is that I was afraid of losing my noromo cred.

Read El Quinto Sol.
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15th-Jan-2014 03:08 pm The Man Who Chased the Setting Sun by LostWendy1 (Gen)
Fandom: Fairy Tales: Original fairy tale with references to others
Characters: The King, The Queen, The Prince, The Peasant Girl, original and canon characters
Length: 12K words
Author Website: at AO3

Why this must be read: Because sometimes you need a little help figuring things out.

Despite having parents who were loving to him and beloved by their people, there was once a prince who was very spoiled indeed. His parents gently tried to point out how wrong-headed he was being, but I'm afraid they mis-stepped by spoiling their only child. Any beautiful thing he saw he wanted immediately, but often abandoned it for the next shiny.

One day, his fancy was captured by an unusually beautiful sunset and he decided he must own the sun. Though everyone, including the sun, tells him it is impossible, he is sure that a handsome prince like himself will be able to figure out how to accomplish his goal. Thus he begins a long and winding quest. Enjoy.

The Man Who Chased the Setting Sun

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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: [ 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 12:07 pm VID Rec: Just Can’t Wait to be King by Noiproksa (Gen)
Fandom: White Collar
Pairing: No pairings; ensemble
Length: 2:37
Vidder’s Website: On LJ
Why this must be seen:

I dare you to watch this and not laugh hysterically, then hit the replay button over and over. Basically, this vid shows the arrested development case study that is Neal Caffrey, set off against that theme for precocious kids everywhere, “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” from The Lion King. It’s terrif:

Here is a link to the vid on the artist’s LJ: - it is password protected, but the password is in the entry.
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15th-Jan-2014 11:05 am VID Rec: Close to the Line by Ssplishable (Teen)
Fandom: White Collar
Pairing: Neal Caffrey/Sara Ellis
Length: 3:05
Vidder’s Website: Ssplishable’s YouTube Channel
Why this must be seen:

This vid uses footage culled from Chuck, White Collar (and a few other things I don’t recognize) to create a video-based AU origin story of a spy/assassin Neal Caffrey who struggles to maintain his integrity and keep the woman he loves safe in his dangerous, underground world. I think? IDK – watch it, it’s awesome.

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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: [ 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: [ 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 09:29 am VID REC: One War
Fandom: Dark Angel
Pairing:: None-
Length: 3:05
Vidder’s Website: [ profile] giandujakiss's Monsters From the Vids
Why this must be seen: [ profile] giandujakiss's own summary: "They made us, and they trained us to be soldiers." exemplifies the core of an X5 but also the show. It’s gorgeous and heartbreaking and should not be missed.

On Giandujakiss' website & her LJ
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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 08:52 am ART REC: the Sphinx by omens (General Audiences)
Fandom: SUITS
Pairing: Gen (Donna)
Author on LJ: not that I know of
Author Website: [personal profile] omens

Why this must be seen: This is still one of my favorite pieces of fanart I've seen because I feel that, despite it being fantastic, it captures who Donna is. Donna is literally a sphinx in this piece. You have to click the link to see for yourself.

the Sphinx
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15th-Jan-2014 08:50 am White Collar/Despicable Me (Gen)
Title: ART: Neal vs. Minions by Kanarek13 (G)
Pairing: None – Neal, Peter, Moz, and some Minions
Length: N/A
Author on LJ: [ profile] kanarek13
Author Website: On LJ
Why this must be seen:

This is perfect for today, Crack Van Collisions! Kanarek13 is one of those wonderful people in fandom whose personality is truly reflected in the clever and fun manips she creates. I know it’s all smoke, mirrors, and Photoshop, but these are so well blended and hilarious, you will wonder/hope that Neal and Peter might be in Despicable Me 3. Here’s a preview:

Sample behind a cut... )Here are the rest
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15th-Jan-2014 02:21 am The Pass by Khaleesian (gen)
Pairing: Dominic Toretto/Brian O'Conner
Length: 902 words
Author on LJ: [ 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)
Pairing: Dominic Toretto/Brian O'Conner
Length: 987 words
Author on LJ: [ 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.

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)
Pairing/Characters: Esca/Marcus
Length: 14786
Author on LJ: [ 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 [ 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.

Excerpt )

Link: Another Man's Freedom Fighter
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14th-Jan-2014 10:19 pm Knots by atetheredmind [NC-17]
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.

Excerpt )

Knots by atetheredmind
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14th-Jan-2014 09:58 pm ART REC: Obi-Wan and Luke by thehaydenclone (G)
Characters: Obi-Wan, Luke, Owen
Length: One-shot from a huge gallery
Artist on LJ: [ profile] buff_iroh
Artist Website: dA and many glorious goodies on [ profile] capslock_cw
Why this must be seen:

A problem with a prolific artist is choosing which piece to rec, and whittling it down to this one took some thought. What struck me was the bright, desert-looking color scheme with its fierce shadows, and the eager look on little Luke's face as he reaches instinctively for the brightest Force presence around, and Owen ... well, Owen wants to protect his little one. That doesn't make Obi-Wan's heart rest any easier, though it must soothe his mind. Tagged both OT and PT because it is intertrilogy. What would a tag be for the upcoming Rebels series, I wonder? IT?

Obi-Wan and Luke
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14th-Jan-2014 08:57 pm Keep the Car Running by writeivywrite (NC-17)
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 08:09 pm Final Reminders
Just a reminder to our reccers that tomorrow will be the last day of posting to this community.

The 15th of the month is also Crack Van Collisions, a.k.a. cross-over day. Drivers, please post crossovers in the following format:

Subject: Fandom/Fandom (Rating)

Title: Title by Author
Pairing: (no abbreviations, please)
Author on LJ:
Author Website:
Why this must be read:

(link to story)
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14th-Jan-2014 08:03 pm my heart's still beating like a hammer by lazy_daze (NC-17)
Pairing: Niall/Zayn
Length: ~7,250 words
Author on LJ: [ 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 07:55 pm The X-Files: An Updated Overview
Because the original overview was done in 2004, I thought I'd take this opportunity to post a brief update for the series, along with some new, working links, and suggestions on where to find fanfiction in a fandom that just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Do I need to warn for spoilers?

The X-Files gets a second movie.

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We wanted to believe )

Ready or not here it comes.

No third movie on the horizon. But we did get a new comic book series: The X-Files Season Ten. Chris Carter says it's canon. Of course, right from get-go, it also contradicts canon. Sigh. I've only read one comic, and I didn't like it enough to buy more. But I thought you should know it's out there, in both print and digital editions.

Some of the covers are pretty )

But a Shadow of Her Former Self

Although the fandom contracted even before the series ended, and has continued to shrink, there is still a contingent of devotees, still discussing the episodes, still writing fanfic, creating art, graphics and fanvids, and still maintaining the archives. In 2008-2009 when many fandoms lost entire websites, The X-Files fandom successfully saved and resurrected many of ours. I so wish I could get the person who wrote the Fanlore article about The X-Files to update it and include the newest links. I will assume everyone here knows about and AO3. Tumblr.

Get your fanfic here )

Other resources, especially for fanfic writers:
I have more links and will add as I locate them )

I'm also going to list the still "active" communities here on LiveJournal, which [ profile] isagel didn't do, I'm assuming because back in day there weren't any.

We are going to have a good time )
If you believe I have inadvertently left something off, please let me know. But do check the archive links first, as they are exhaustive.
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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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