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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-Apr-2013 12:59 pm Doctor Who / Firefly (PG-13)
Title: Out of Joint by HonorH
Pairing: Gen? (Subtle Nine / Rose, Nine / Rose/ Jack, Jack flirting with absolutely everybody, some background Mal/Inara)
Author on LJ: [ profile] honorh
Author Website: A Teaspoon and an Open Mind archive
Why this must be read:
A mysterious incident in the Time Vortex forces the TARDIS to set down on Serenity. Mal finds a few headaches, the Doctor finds a mystery, and River finds someone who speaks her language.

Such a perfectly done crossover where Nine, Rose, and Jack crash land on Serenity and need a little time to fix the Tardis back up. There's fantastic characterization, interesting plot devices, some fantastic interaction between the characters, and Captain Jack flirting with absolutely everybody. Nine's interactions with Mal have the undercurrent of recognition between them- of haunted soldiers- and there's a great air of mutual respect between the characters that works so well for the world this story is taking place in.

There is a lovely short sequel where Ten and Martha run into Mal and his crew some years later which is also worth reading.

Out of Joint
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30th-Dec-2012 03:30 am Long Yearning by gamerfic (Mature)
Pairing: one-sided Kaylee/Inara
Length: 2,997 words
Author on LJ: N/A
Author's website: only the AO3 page
Why this must be read: What I like most about this story is the surprising take on this pairing. When I see Kaylee/Inara, if it's one-sided, it's poor Kaylee pining away. I love that this story flips that around to explore why the opposite might be true. Also, the detail-work and imagery is beautifully sensual and creates a palpable atmosphere of bittersweet, lush longing.

read an excerpt )

Long Yearning
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27th-Dec-2012 02:52 am Aboard, About, Above, Across by Jedi Buttercup (G)
Pairing: Mal/Inara, Simon/Kaylee
Length: 5,563 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] jedibuttercup
Author's website:
Why this must be read: If you have a found families button as I do, this is likely going to delightfully mash yours down as hard as it does mine. This story is the fictional equivalent of curling up in a warm bed on a cold, stormy night and listening to the icy wind howl from a place of smugly certain security. It's a short fic, but there's a lot of love packed into it. Added to that, the voices are strong and [ profile] jedibuttercup has a deft hand with clear and vivid visuals.

read an excerpt )

Aboard, About, Above, Across
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22nd-Dec-2012 04:20 am Energy by Jackson_Rayne (Mature)
Pairing: Mal/Simon
Length: 5,563 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] jackson_rayne
Author's website: None
Why this must be read: The thing I probably like best about this pairing in general is that it isn't easy; there's a goodly amount of emotional work to do to write it convincingly. What I like about this story is that you can find that work here. The occasional anger and violence that could boil up between these two is satisfyingly dealt with rather than simply elided here, for instance. On top of that, I like the surprising detail of telling the story from Kaylee's perspective. This works well, and gives a poignantly conflicted feeling to the whole thing. Also, the voices are wonderfully strong and clear.

read an excerpt )

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14th-Dec-2012 05:16 pm Least Said, Soonest Ended by inalasahl (PG-13)
Pairing: Gen
Length: 5,158 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] inalasahl
Author's website: Troublesome Little Nook
Why this must be read: This is set in that fraught, little-documented time between the end of the series and the BDM when many important things happened that we never actually saw. Inara leaving must have quite an event, emotionally and narratively speaking, though canon didn't give it to us --- but inalasahl really does. And it's a thing of complication and pain and necessity, just as it should be. Inara is well-rendered here in all her ambivalence and strength and self-respect; I feel that I know and love her better for having read this story. Added to that, there's exciting plot, good 'verse-voices and dialogue, strong character moments for Simon and Mal, and nicely textured detail-work.

read an excerpt )

Least Said, Soonest Ended
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7th-Dec-2012 04:06 am Love Affair by Mimi (NC-17)
Hey there, sorry to be kicking things off a little later than I'd hoped. This is Lyr, whom you may remember as a frequent driver of the Jossverse vans up until a year or so back. For those who do not, let me recap: I read across the gen, slash, femslash, and het spectrum, and I like to include a little of each in my recs so that there's something for everyone. I'll be driving for Firefly this month, and I'd like to kick things off with a little femslash. All aboard!

Pairing: Inara/Zoe
Length: 1,790 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] little_missmimi
Author Website: just her lj
Why this must be read: I think character is the strongest point of this story. I like the way [ profile] little_missmimi shows Zoe in the aftermath of losing Wash. The sense of frustrated loss and loneliness is rooted in little physical details that convey Zoe's roil of painfully confused emotion well. By contrast, Inara is portrayed with such soothing, serene imagery and detail that it seems beautifully natural when Zoe finds her comfort there. Other strengths include a good 'verse voice, and a very real, human sense of awkwardness in Zoe. Some things should not be too easy, and we would not believe them if they were.

read an excerpt )

Love Affair
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15th-Sep-2012 05:06 pm Generation Kill/Firefly (R)
Title: And then it went all f***ing Stargate by indyhat
Pairing: None, gen
Length: ~3300
Author on LJ: [ profile] indyhat
Author Website: [ profile] indyhat
Why this must be read:

For today's Crack Van Collision...Bravo 2-1 Alpha somehow winds up on the Serenity. Hilarity ensues. It's told from Ray's POV, which is brilliant and profane and nine kinds of priceless. Not only does [ profile] indyhat master Ray's voice and Brad's deadpan, but she also gives the Firefly characters their due. Generation Kill and Firefly have very specific linguistic palettes and this story manages to paint with both of them, effortlessly, while also being laugh-out-loud funny. An impressive feat. It's the kind of read that made me want another ten thousand words.

What planet? Ray hopes the captain is just being metaphorical. He starts wondering about the quantities of Ripped Fuel he's ingested over the last forty-eight hours. Fuck, maybe this was the really good shit and he should have strung it out a bit longer, or at least cut it with Nescafé.

Also, Reynolds seems to have some fucked-up Chinese version of Tourettes. Like, what's up with that.

"Earth," Brad says, with such a straight face that Ray sort of hopes one of the hatches will open and Klingons will come out and declare war or some shit like that.

And then it went all f***ing Stargate
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31st-Oct-2011 05:09 pm Patchwork Mending by Amilyn (T)
Pairing: Simon/Kaylee, with some other very minor background implictions
Length: ~2500 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] amilyn
Author Website: AO3

Why this must be read: In my final rec for the fandom this month, I give you a short (but not lacking) fic in which Kaylee experiences and considers life on Serenity post-Serenity and her interactions with the other characters, including the ship.  There's humor and pathos, strong characterization and quietude--"Patchwork Mending" doesn't go far in terms of plot of new experiences, but it's got just about everything you need.

I keep thinking of Zoe today, of how she's alone. Do you think we're hurting her more by being together? )

Patchwork Mending
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31st-Oct-2011 11:25 am Very Civilized by Thistlerose (Teen)
Pairing: Simon/Kaylee
Length: ~700 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] thistlerose
Author Website: AO3

Why this must be read: Because fluff is fun! Because there's a snowball fight and a relaxed and kind of suggestive Simon! Because Kaylee learns not to always get so offended! Because it's Halloween and this is the sugar you request! (And the snow you didn't for all you fellow East Coasters!)

I’ll be happy to feel your anything once we get inside. )

Very Civilized
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28th-Oct-2011 10:48 am Simple by Hope (G)
Pairing: Simon/Kaylee (barely)
Length: ~1K words
Author on LJ: [ profile] hopeful_fiction
Author Website: (or a link to where more of their fic is archived) AO3

Why this must be read: In this, well, simple character study, Kaylee meditates on what she wants in life and on Simon. Hope paints a clear picture of Kaylee as a whole person, not just the endlessly cheery manic pixie dream girl fandom (and, to an extent, canon) often depicts her as.

The recollection, in her mind, always starts in the same way.  )

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27th-Oct-2011 11:40 am Five Things That Never Happened to Simon Tam by lunabee34 (Teen)
Pairing: None
Length: ~220 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] lunabee34
Author Website: AO3

Why this must be read: In this dark look at five what-ifs that canon offers, Lorraine gives the reader short but vivid snapshots of scenarios that (thankfully, I guess) never went down in the series.  This "Five Things" is chilling but truthful, and the last bit will stick with you especially.

But this was before he'd seen her, pinned to a chair like a dead butterfly, twitching and moaning in the blue glare of the laboratory. )

Five Things That Never Happened to Simon Tam
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25th-Oct-2011 01:52 pm "What The Eye Don't See" by brutti_ma_buoni (Mature)
Pairing: Simon/Kaylee
Length: ~1600 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] brutti_ma_buoni
Author Website: Author at AO3

Why this must be read: A bit of fluff, a bit of smut, and a lighthearted post-BDM take on one of the movie's happy endings. It's hard to have a budding romance in tight quarters with nosy crewmates and a mind-reader.

You can change the 'verse and survive a pack of Reavers and have a gorgeous (uptight, annoying, sweet, edible) guy want you *bad* but it still don't quite go right. )

What The Eye Don't See
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24th-Oct-2011 10:36 am My heart's racing, and I'm not used to that being a good thing by clockwork_jo (PG)
Pairing: Simon/Kaylee
Length: ~1400 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] clockwork_jo
Author Website: LJ fanfiction tag

Why this must be read: This fic does a nifty job of capturing just about every facet of Simon Tam, including the his relationship with River and how it colors everything else in his life. It reads like a deleted scene, right down to his interactions with Kaylee and Mal. And if you haven't noticed by now, I'm a sucker for some good Simon/Kaylee UST. Or RST. Whatever. I'm not picky.

And with his jaw clenched and hair that she can’t remember ever seeing out of place, her hand is pretty lucky. )

My heart's racing, and I'm not used to that being a good thing
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21st-Oct-2011 10:08 am Love is the Harder Times by Snow (G)
Pairing: Zoe/Wash
Length: 447 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: Snow at AO3

Why this must be read: Post-Serenity, fandom speculation that Zoe might be pregnant abounded, and executions of that hope have produced some of the lovelier character studies of Zoe I've read. "Love is the Harder Times" is one of them.

Zoe supposes she's coming close to being serene, these days. )

Love is the Harder Times
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20th-Oct-2011 11:04 am Natural Beauty by lfvoy (G)
Pairing: Simon/Kaylee
Length: ~500 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] lfvoy
Author Website: lfvoy at AO3
Why this must be read: This has got to be a missing scene from the episode "The Message."  It is canon in my mind. Simon and Kaylee speak briefly after Tracey's funeral, and the characterization and poetry of the conversation are absolutely perfect.

There’s something to be said for keeping things natural and original. )

Natural Beauty
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19th-Oct-2011 11:51 am "One Foot Wrong" by allfireburns (G)
Fandom: Firefly
Pairing: Simon/Kaylee
Length: Five things, ~600 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] find_rightbrain
Author Website: (or a link to where more of their fic is archived) Author at AO3

Why this must be read: Kaylee has her flaws, too, you know.  Simon adjusts, and moves forward. It's nice to see a fic--especially one so succinct--that realizes that it's not just his lacking social grace that keeps them apart.

Five things about Kaylee that drive Simon crazy. )

One Foot Wrong
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18th-Oct-2011 02:22 pm Safe in the Difference by alianora (G)
Pairing: Simon/OFC
Length: 545 words
Author on LJ:  [ profile] aliaspiral
Author Website: (or a link to where more of their fic is archived) Author on AO3

Why this must be read: Going AU after the episode "Safe," this fic is a short study on what life might have been like if the Tams had found a place on Jiangyin.  You can of course see the appeal in staying on Serenity versus in a backwater village that burns witches at the stake, but it was never clear to me that being on the move would ultimately be safer than staying in that kind of village.  This fic takes that and sprints with it.  Short but effective.

It's a different life. )

Safe in the Difference
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17th-Oct-2011 09:28 am "The Lovers' Curse" by amonitrate (Teen)
Pairing: Simon/Kaylee
Length: ~5K words
Author on LJ: [ profile] amonitrate
Author Website: amonitrate at AO3
Why this must be read: Sometime pre-Serenity, Kaylee mixes up two packages and hijinks ensue. "The Lovers' Curse" is quick reading and a lot of fun. You're also left with some pretty entertaining images, including one extremely amused Inara Serra.

'Wasn't what you wanted. Not at all,' she managed, gasping for air. )

The Lovers' Curse
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15th-Oct-2011 03:56 pm A Million Light Years From Home by victoria_p (G)
Pairing: None
Length: ~6K words
Author on LJ: [ profile] musesfool
Author Website: (or a link to where more of their fic is archived) Author on AO3

Why this must be read: Please. Like you'd find out there's a fic in which Sirius Black falls through the veil and ends up on Serenity, and not read it? Seriously (or siriusly), though, this is a lovely fic with a fun premise. River's voice is so true, and, yes, I sort of really hope this was what happened to Padfoot post-OotP. Enjoy! I know I do every time I reread this.

"Sirius Black, you're a long, long way from home," she says, uncurling the captain's fingers and smoothing Sirius's shirt, "but you're a good dog." )

A Million Light Years From Home
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14th-Oct-2011 12:37 pm Away From Convenience by monjinator (PG-13)
Pairing: Simon/Inara
Length: ~3700 words
Author on LJ: [ profile] monjinator
Author Website: (or a link to where more of their fic is archived) [ profile] monjtales

Why this must be read: I'm usually a canon-pairings kind of girl, but this AU intrigues me. Simon and Inara don't interact much one-on-one that we see, but they have plenty more in common than was shown in the series (or the movie). That being said, I liked that this fic doesn't overplay their commonalities or underplay the strong characterizations both were given in canon. Their interaction here isn't so much romantic as deeply caring, which is truer to both characters and leaves room for Mal and Inara to dance around each other a little. A full-on romance between these two wouldn't have given them much room to develop as individual characters (thus why both are pulled from their comfort zones and set opposite a less obvious love interest in canon), but [ profile] monjinator manages to find the way.

But that doesn’t mean it has to remain a purely business arrangement. We made a long term commitment, and I think it would be helpful if we could…talk to each other, frankly. Maybe even as friends, eventually. )

Away From Convenience
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13th-Oct-2011 10:16 am A Story to Tell by bgoodb (Teen)
Pairing: Zoe/Wash, Simon/Kaylee
Length: ~2K words
Author on LJ: Unkown
Author Website: bgoodb at AO3

Why this must be read: Post-Serenity, the crew all has stories about Wash to tell his and Zoe's daughter. I dare you to read this without getting a case of the warm fuzzies.

The evil Alliance had them all in his grasp, but then, the great superhero Jetwash, flew in to save everyone. Which was a good thing because Captain Tightpants was in way over his head. )

A Story to Tell
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12th-Oct-2011 09:18 am A Girl Needs a Gun These Days by vialethe (PG-13)
Pairing: None (some background Simon/Kaylee, but it's not a shippy fic)
Length: ~9K words
Author on LJ: [ profile] vialethe
Author Website: (or a link to where more of their fic is archived) Fic Master List

Why this must be read: This fic was only posted a couple of days ago, but it was too good not to share around. Post-Serenity, Mal and Jayne get themselves kidnapped, leaving the ladies of Firefly (plus Simon) to come to the rescue. [ profile] vialethe spins a fun, engrossing tale that feels just like a missing episode of the series, from character interactions that crackle with life to a job that (as ever) does not go smooth. If the movie was the lost Season 2 finale of Firefly, this will be your favorite one-off episode from Season 3!

Her space is on the ship; always on the ship now, always ready to fly at whatever notice Mal can manage to give her. )

A Girl Needs a Gun These Days
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11th-Oct-2011 03:33 pm Something From Nothing (The Gratitude Sings In Me Chorale) by Laura (G)
Fandom: Firefly
Pairing: None
Length: ~3K words
Author on LJ: [ profile] laurificus
Author Website: Laura at AO3

Why this must be read: River Tam is a difficult character to write, and Laura does her justice here, as River considers what Simon and Mal have each given her and thanks them for it. The voice is clear, concise, and just disjointed-with-underlying-logic enough to ring true.

All she knows is Simon saved her, and Mal saved them both, and some debts have to be paid. )

Something From Nothing (The Gratitude Sings In Me Chorale)
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7th-Oct-2011 12:18 pm "Brought to the Edge and Always Crossing the Lines" by edenbound (Teen)
Pairing: None
Length: ~19K words
Author on LJ: [ profile] edenbound
Author Website: edenbound at AO3

Why this must be read: Firefly gave us so little canon with so many possibilities. And given the specific chain of events that lead to one thing or another in the series, the possibilities for AUs are wide-ranging and full of potential. With "Brought to the Edge," edenbound fleshes out an obvious jump-off point--what if Simon couldn't rescue River?--into a tense, can't-put-it-down narrative of Simon's relationship with the resistance before and after his failed attempts. And of course, he ends up on Serenity anyway, but a different entrance with a different Simon ultimately generates different outcomes. This story is fascinating and haunting, and I'd highly recommend it.

"I was a sniper for the resistance for two years. Draw your own conclusions." )

Brought to the Edge and Always Crossing the Lines
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6th-Oct-2011 01:17 pm Mommes by keysmash (G)
Pairing: Simon/Kaylee, Mal/Inara, Zoe/Wash
Length: ~2K words
Author on LJ: Presumably [ profile] keysmash
Author Website: keysmash at AO3

Why this must be read: Firefly is very much an ensemble show, and while I love me some good shipping, many of the best fics tend to be closer to gen, and even really shippy ones recognize the need for the group to be involved (at least peripherally). It's logical--Serenity is only so big a ship--as well as characteristic--the show is among many things about building a chosen family.

In "Mommes," we see a series of quiet moments on board. Some have romantic elements, some are laden with emotions, others are more functional. But smaller scenes like this build a world worth inhabiting, one that is honest and poetical and maybe even a bit optimistic. The crew finds a box of fabric, and several uses for it.

She tore a strip, just the right length. Simon nodded approvingly as she pressed it over the gauze, then took her hands away. Kaylee toyed with the cloth of his trousers where it folded around his knees. The wide weave had softened and faded with wear and age. Precise stitches bound a patch of luxurious and shiningly new fabric over his thigh.

Simon waved his hand through the air a few times, and the tape stayed in place. He nodded again. Kaylee stayed silent, following his arm with her eyes. He turned his hand, watching how the bandage moved with his wrist, and then covered her hands with his own. He took care with his right hand. Though Kaylee smiled, she didn't move her fingers beneath his.

"You know, I've seen you working on Serenity," he said, looking at their hands on his leg. He stroked her wrist with his good thumb, and then glanced up at her face. "You have good, steady hands. There's none I'd rather have."

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5th-Oct-2011 01:13 pm Shadow by ennyousai (PG)
Pairing: None
Length: Three parts, but can be read in one sitting
Author on LJ: [ profile] ennyousai
Author Website: [ profile] ennyousai_fic

Why this must be read: Fics that attempt to bring parts of the Whedonverse together--especially Firefly and Buffy--are far from uncommon.  But I'm pretty sure you haven't seen too many mergers of the Firefly 'verse with that of Dollhouse--especially one that slots familiar crew members into just the right roles and gives Mal and company a whole new level of aimin' to misbehave.  The merged voices are spot-on, and while "Shadow" is an AU within the Firefly 'verse, it's entirely believable that the Dollhouse  tech could have been developed there.

"Inara," says Gheydra with a sigh, "your thoughts on this don't matter. The Company wants its actives completely blank when they're not engaged. For whatever reason, Shadow resists a complete wipe." )

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4th-Oct-2011 03:23 pm Blood and Oil by anna_bird (Explicit)
Pairing:  Kaylee Frye / Simon Tam
Length: One-shot, 2K words
Author on LJ: [ profile] anna_bird
Author Website:  anna_bird

Why this must be read: I love this one-shot sketch that sets my favorite couple in an established and functional relationship, rather than throwing up barriers. They're both in character, their differences still apparent, but [ profile] anna_bird shows how Simon and Kaylee could just work together as they are. And another thing: it's HOT.

Perhaps it's because finally, after two years of running around and worrying himself crazy over River and feeling like a leech in more ways than one, he's on an even footing with these people, and he wants to fix them more than he secretly wants to leave them. )

Blood and Oil
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3rd-Oct-2011 12:30 pm "Ambitions Like Ribbons, Worn Bright on My Sleeve (Teen)
Hello, hello--I'll be flying the Firefly/Serenity boat for the month of October. I tend towards gen, canon pairings, and well-crafted AUs, so that's what you'll be getting. Shiny!

Pairing: None
Length: One-shot, 840 words
Author on LJ: Unknown
Author Website: Snow at AO3

Why this must be read: "Ambitions" is a fic that grabs you--there's nothing else like it in the fandom that I've seen.  It's an all-too-brief oneshot, the result of a “racebending” challenge wherein the Tam siblings are actually Chinese, and thus relative outcasts in the 1960s American town their family has immigrated to.  Mal is the hometown hero, but perhaps there's more to him.  Snow doesn’t waste a word and executes the period setting perfectly.  My disappointment every time I read this fic is that it’s not longer, that there’s not more of this brilliantly sketched little alternate universe.

Simon would have turned around and told River to find another spot, but she was below him and refused to go anywhere but up. )

Ambitions Like Ribbons, Worn Bright on My Sleeve

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15th-Jun-2011 05:10 pm White Collar / Firefly (PG)
Title: Leave The Confusion And All Disillusion by misachan
Pairing: Gen; Neal Caffrey, Shepherd Book
Length: 3,872
Author on LJ: [ profile] misachan
Author Website: Profile at AO3
Why this must be read:

Because the thought of Book helping lost souls find their way just makes me smile, and lets be honest Neal needs a nudge in the right direction every once and a while. The author does an excellent job blending these canons and has created a wonderful (and believable) crossover.

Neal didn’t know what it said about him that he was more afraid of that than he’d been of being dead. “Why did you help me? If you hadn’t called me over, if we hadn’t talked I wouldn’t have remembered. You don’t even know me.”

Book’s eyes shadowed. “I know the look of a soul with unfinished business.”

Leave The Confusion And All Disillusion
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