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30th-Aug-2013 11:09 pm VID REC: A Starfleet Story by Reese (G)
Fandom: STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES
Vidder: Reese
Musical Artist: Carbon Leaf
Length: 3:47
Vidder on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] dreamrequiem
Vidder’s Website: The Right Side or YouTube

Why this vid must be viewed: This is actually my favorite vid ever. It's everything I love about TOS (and the movies) summed up with a great song. The editing is fantastic (as is true of all Reese's vids) and the flow is incredible; it's a real tribute to the original crew and their adventures.

A Starfleet Story (download) or YouTube
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30th-Aug-2013 10:56 pm Tangled Destinies by Keira Marcos (M)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Length: 167854 words (total)
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] keiramarcos
Author Website: Keira Marcos
Summary: Spock convinces his father to move to Earth after refusing to bond with T’Pring. The consequences of this change the dynamics of his family and sets him on the path that will lead him directly to James Kirk.

Why this must be read: Keira Marcos is a pretty polarizing author in fandom. Personally, I think she writes crack. Magical, addicting crack. And since that's what we're here for, I'm rec'ing her only Star Trek series, Tangled Destinies. I'll warn off the bat for overpowered!Kirk, but Keira is an amazing author so if you don't mind (or enjoy) that kind of thing this is a must read series.

Basically, Spock and Kirk meet when Spock and his family move to Earth instead of staying on Vulcan when Spock is a kid. What follows is a lengthy romance, some interesting political manoeuvring, and many adventures.

While there is more to come in the series, the first arc is completed and can stand as-is.

Tangled Destinies
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21st-Aug-2013 06:09 pm The Faith Trilogy by Gabrielle Lawson (PG)
Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
Pairing: None
Length: 185,810 words (total)
Author Website: The Edge of the Frontier or Fanfiction.net
Summary: Doctor Bashir, marooned for over six months, is discovered by the Enterprise. Starfleet counted him dead. Section 31 made sure of that. Can he get his life back?

Why this must be read: One thing that intrigued me about DS9 was the idea of Section 31, but the show didn't really show the possible ramifications of such an organization existing - it was touched on, but kind of abandoned. This trilogy takes (in my opinion) a more realistic viewpoint on what they would have done to Bashir after they attempt to recruit him. It also lets us see how other characters in the ST universe would react if they found about about Section 31's existence.

Hope (Part 1), Forgiveness (Part 2), Peace (Part 3) - on fanfiction.net for readability
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15th-Aug-2013 06:23 pm Going Native by Rap541 (PG)
Fandom: STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/Battlestar Galactica
Pairing: Mostly canon pairings
Length: 156,591 words
Author Website: Rap541 (fanfiction.net)
Summary: What do you do when you're a lost Starfleet officer in the Beta Quadrant? You blend in and hope for the best.

Why this must be read: This story is amazing. It's well-written, well-plotted, handles both sets of characters brilliantly, and includes a ton of background from both series to make the crossover work. You can also read this with minimal knowledge of either show without getting lost.

Basically, one of the characters on the Battlestar is really a very lost Starfleet officer, trying to get home. Once he does, however, things don't really go as expected.

A warning - chapters 65-67 (the last 3 chapters) are really a prequel. They can be read either before or after the main story, it just depends on whether you enjoy being thrown into the story in media res or would prefer a slow buildup. Going Native also has a sequel, which is an ongoing WIP.

Going Native
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11th-Aug-2013 10:02 pm Summer Camp by Syl (PG)
Fandom: STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES
Pairing: Kirk/OC
Length: 63,675 words
Author Website: Syl (fanfiction.net)
Summary: 14 year old Jimmy Kirk must fight against the forces of Kodos the Executioner!

Why this must be read: This fic is 100% my headcannon for the events on Tarsus IV, which is brought up in the TOS episode The Conscience of the King. It's an action story, an adventure, a teen-aged romance, and a great sci-fi story for anyone reading, regardless of previous TOS cannon knowledge. It explains a lot about the Jim Kirk we meet later on in his life, and I highly recommend it to anyone, regardless of their taste in Star Trek.

Summer Camp
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7th-Aug-2013 03:39 pm Tincture of Madness by Ysone
Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: None
Length: 20,000 words
Author Website: Ysone's FanFic & Stuff
Summary: A brilliant, but unstable Federation engineer visiting DS9 becomes frighteningly obsessed with Doctor Bashir, the one person on the station she feels understands her. Set in the third season.

Why this must be read: I love everything Ysone's written, and I recommend all her stories. This particular story, Tincture of Madness, reads like it could be a real DS9 episode. The characters are great, the plot is realistic (for Star Trek, anyway), and the writing is very engaging. The story does focus on Bashir, but everyone plays a role.

Tincture of Madness by Ysone
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28th-Aug-2012 02:14 pm What You Love by sans_pertinence (NC-17)
Fandom: STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Length: 14,680
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sans_pertinence
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

The characterization. For having amazingly in character voices that it feels like an extension of TOS.

The fic deals with the aftermath of the TOS episode "Plato's Stepchildren". It's an excellent, introspective and perhaps a bit haunting character study and a first time story from Kirk's POV. Like the author, I also remember being unsettled when I watched this episode and the implications of what happened in the episode forms the crux of this story. The author captures Kirk's voice showing both his emotional intelligence as well as his all too human flaws. And Spock is characterized perfectly as are the other characters (Bones, Uhura, Chapel and even Alexander). I loved the fact that Kirk knew he was being selfish, of Spock's shame and anger at having his control taken, the way the repercussions were dealt with, the tender breaking down of barriers between Kirk and Spock, and the nuanced details. Well-written, well-paced and definitely worth checking out. Highly rec'd!

What You Love
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25th-Aug-2012 11:43 pm Thou Best and Dearest by thistlerose (G)
Fandom: STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
Pairing: Scotty/Uhura, Spock
Length: 1555
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

One of the things that I love about Star Trek is that while we do get to see the characters at their prime going on deep space missions and being heroic and diplomatic across the galaxy, we also get to see some of the characters' waning years as well. The notable example being Ambassador Spock.  This piece takes place after Bones' funeral where Scotty, who was stuck 75 years in a transporter buffer, runs into Spock.  It's bittersweet and heartbreaking and [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose does a wonderful job of capturing Scotty's and Spock's voices. The grief is palpable and Scotty's love for Uhura shines through.  The sublte details about the scenary, Scotty's inner thoughts and observations of Spock are all a lovely touch.  The fic is somewhat episode related so having knowledge of the TNG episode "Relics" is great but not required.

Thou Best and Dearest
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24th-Aug-2012 02:20 pm A Gilded Hook by Eldritchhorrors (R)
Fandom: STAR TREK REBOOT
Pairing: Kirk/Spock, Kirk/Spock Prime
Length: 9918
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] eldritchhorrors
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

For the sheer brillance of the plot, which is both well-crafted and spins the much-loved "mind-meld" trope in an absolutely sinister way.

Summary: "Something...was wrong. Jim wasn't sleeping. Wasn't eating. And those dreams...those goddamn dreams...A Love Story."

I was on the fence about reccing this because on the one hand it is a phenenomally well-put together and well-written story but on the other hand it's not a story for everyone.  It's comes with a bunch of warnings, which you should read if you have any sort of triggers.  But if not, keeping the caveat lector warning in mind, read it without the warnings.  The twist towards the end comes across more shocking.  It is exactly what it says in the summary...a love story...just a very twisted one.  And as most commentators have stated it's a complete mindfuck.  It's a wretchedly devastating read and the idea...the plot (in retrospect so incredibly simple) is like a punch to the gut...but it's well worth the ride.

A Gilded Hook (comes with warnings listed)
A Gilded Hook (no warnings listed)
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23rd-Aug-2012 02:38 pm The Moment Our Greatness Flickers (The Love is a Losing Hand Remix) by boosette (PG-13)
Fandom: STAR TREK REBOOT
Pairing: Leonard McCoy/Jocelyn McCoy
Length: 2264
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] boosette
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

For her painfully tragic and realistic description of the breakup of the McCoys marriage. And because it's a gorgeous piece of writing.

I've read some amazing remixes in the reboot ST fandom and this story is one of the many examples.  It's a remix of [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock's Love is a Losing Hand (which is also wonderful) and [livejournal.com profile] boosette takes the piece and turns into a journey from the very beginning to it's painful end in a precise and at times poetic way. The realism though is probably why I really enjoyed this story.  I could see people I know in the voices of Jocelyn and Bones. People who fall breathtakingly fast into love and those who slowly grow apart because of time and work or something else. People who stay on because of duty or the for the sake of their child thinking that it will get better or somehow they can endure it.  And [livejournal.com profile] boosette manages to convey all that perfectly in a few snippets. 

The Moment Our Greatness Flickers (The Love is a Losing Hand Remix)
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18th-Aug-2012 11:45 pm On Restless Pinions by what_alchemy (NC-17)
Fandom: STAR TREK REBOOT
Pairing: Kirk/Spock, Spock/T'Pring, T'Pring/Stonn
Length: 23,055
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] what_alchemy
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

For her amazing characterization of T'Pring and Stonn and description of Vulcan culture. 

Summary:
When Stonn goes into pon farr, T'Pring must break her bond with Spock, which has unforeseen consequences. But that's not where their story starts.

I can't even express how much I adore this fic. Gorgeously written, switching between when Spock was younger to present day where he's suffering from the break in the bond with T'Pring. There is so much subtle detail and beautiful imagery that it almost felt tangible. The portrayal of the relationship between a younger Spock and T'Pring to T'Pring's and Stonn's relationship and then Kirk and Spock...it's just perfect. It's easy to paint T'Pring and Stonn as the enemy and very few writers are able to write them as normal individuals with their own thoughts and dreams which is exactly what [livejournal.com profile] what_alchemy does in On Restless Pinions.  Just fantastic characterization all around.  I also loved Vulcan in this story, where it makes its presence quietly in the background as if it's part of everything that it's like almost a living presence.  IMHO, this is one of the best stories to come out of Star Trek Big Bang 2011.


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On Restless Pinions
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16th-Aug-2012 12:49 pm Fortune's Favoured Child by UKJess (PG-13)
Fandom: STAR TREK:THE ORIGINAL SERIES
Pairing: Gen
Length: ~18,000
Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: UKJess's Omnium-Gatherum
Why this must be read:

For her Kirk voice.  He is an extension of who he is in The Original Series.  Very few people are able to navigate between the various contradictions that is Captain James T. Kirk, and UKJess really captures his voice.  She manages to discuss and highlight his insecurity, arrogance, bravado, and even his empathy and intelligence all within this story.  It simply is an amazing character study.  The reactions of the various members of his crew as well such as Bones, Spock, Uhura, Scotty, etc also feel very in character.  I almost felt as if I was watching a TOS episode.  I also really liked how the tension was built up and finally how the resolution came about in the end.  Almost as if something was broken and put back together but yet was not quite the same.  Just lovely!

The basic summary of the story is Kirk, Bones, Spock and some members of his crew get taken hostage by a enemy empathic species.  And Kirk starts to break apart in front of his crew.  How the crew deals and reacts is the basis of the story.

Fortune's Favoured Child
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10th-Aug-2012 01:56 pm Endgame by Saucery (PG-13)
Fandom: STAR TREK REBOOT
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Length: 1441
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] saucery
Author Website:  AO3
Why this must be read:

Pretty much what the summary says: "Kirk and Spock play chess. On and off the board.  Or, the one in which Spock stealth-marries Kirk. Because Spock's sneaky that way."

I know the "chess equals foreplay" analogy has been done quite a bit in the fandom but this is a delightful read, scorching hot, with so much UST and full of witty humor.  Saucery has such a lovely, precise way with words and she does a fantastic job of building the mood of the scene.  The banter between Kirk and Spock is so much full of win (I did mention the UST right?) and I love her characterization of Spock in this.   Highly Rec'd!

Endgame
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7th-Aug-2012 09:54 am Never Doubted by Anonymous
Hi [livejournal.com profile] crack_van! Sorry I'm a bit late! I'm [livejournal.com profile] unbidden_truth and I'll be steering the Trek van for the month. I read mostly TOS and Reboot fics (gen or otherwise) so expect a variety of stories. The first fic I want to rec is an amazing short Pike/Number One story from the old TOS kink thread.
Fandom: STAR TREK THE ORIGINAL SERIES
Pairing: Christopher Pike/Number One
Length: ~416
Author on LJ: n/a (on [livejournal.com profile] st_tos_kink)
Author Website: N/A
Why this must be read:

Short, intense, and set in Mirror!verse, this little fic packs a punch. It's about Pike and Number One and what they were...what they could have been shown through the lens of the Mirror!verse we saw in TOS but tempered with feelings of sorrow, loyalty, and love. Note that Mirror!verse warnings apply, so tread carefully.

Never Doubted
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5th-Apr-2012 10:36 pm Dammit Jim by Yeomand Rand (Teen and upwards)
Hi I'm [livejournal.com profile] bookaddict43 turning up a bit late for Star Trek recs this month! Hopefully I'll be able to catch up.

Fandom: Star Trek: Reboot
Pairing: Jim/Bones
Length: 358 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] yeomanrand
Author website: Her AO3 page

Why this must be read: Because in a few short words the author manages to sketch the relationship between Jim and Bones in both an awesome and believable way. A five times fic told from Jim's POV, I can just about see Bones and the differing ways he says Dammit Jim!

Dammit Jim
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27th-Feb-2012 05:40 pm Accidental by shalott (PG)
Fandom: Star Trek The Next Generation
Pairing: Picard/Q
Length: Short
Author on LJ: ?
Author Website: http://www.intimations.org/fanfic/
Why this must be read:


This story is short and sweet so I don’t want to say too much and spoil it but basically Picard says something Q did not expect and things get a little complicated.  Q fixes everything so there’s a happy ending and it’s just really adorable and funny. 

Accidental



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24th-Feb-2012 11:18 pm VID REC: Calling in All the Ships by vail_kagami
Fandom: Star Trek TOS
 Pairing: Spock/McCoy  
Length: 3:15
Music: Turn and Turn Again by All Thieves
Vidder on LJ:
[livejournal.com profile] vail_kagami
Author Website:  Star Trek Tag
Why this must be watched:
This vid is amazingly done the timing of the clips to the lyrics is perfect.  The song and the story the vid tells are kind of angsty but hauntingly beautiful which I think is perfect for the pairing.



Calling in All the Ships
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15th-Feb-2012 07:44 pm Star Trek Reboot/Merlin (PG)
Title: Nowhere Seen by [livejournal.com profile] queenside
Pairing: Kirk/McCoy
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] queenside
Author Website: ?
Why this must be read:

Kirk is having strange dreams about his past lives and McCoy is not helping.  This is a reincarnation crossover I don’t want to spoil the who used to be who but it really works if you think about it. 


Nowhere Seen
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14th-Feb-2012 07:50 pm Always The Liar by strangeseraph (PG)
Fandom: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
Pairing: Jullian Bashir/Elim Garak
Length: Drabble
Author on LJ:
[livejournal.com profile] strangeseraph
Author Website: Fic Tag
Why this must be read:

Since today is Andrew Robinson’s birthday I have to rec another Garak/Bashir future fic.  In this story Garak is surprised by their happy ending because he never thought things would turn out that good.  There’s also some amusing details about Cardassian bureaucracy. 

Always The Liar

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7th-Feb-2012 08:46 pm Past and Future by vail_kagami (PG-13)
Fandom: Star Trek TOS and Reboot
Pairing: Original Series Spock/McCoy Reboot Kirk/McCoy
Length: 11224
Author on LJ:
[livejournal.com profile] vail_kagami
Author Website: ?
Why this must be read:

A transporter accident (it’s always a transporter accident) switches original series McCoy with reboot movie McCoy with all the differences in appearance that implies to us.  Kirk and Spock insist the new McCoy is an impostor and don’t trust him until Spock Prime backs up his story.  Despite being set in the reboot verse the story is mostly about the relationship between Spock and McCoy in the original series/time line.   


Past and Future
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4th-Feb-2012 01:07 pm Letters from the Northern Continent by The Hoyden (PG-13)
[livejournal.com profile] tobimonkee here I will be your Star Trek driver shuttle conductor for February I have been a Trekkie my whole life and like the different shows and characters for different reasons so expect some variety.

Fandom: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
Pairing: Jullian Bashir/Elim Garak
Length: 8,000
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thehoyden
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

Set post series during the rebuilding of Cardassia after the war Bashir and Garak are removed from their usual social setting and yet still very much themselves.  The idea that even when on the same planet they are still so far away they have to rely on technology to communicate adds some extra anticipation to the UST they had on the show.  It fits with their personalities and their relationship that it takes them so long to really understand each other. 

Letters from the Northern Continent




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31st-Jan-2012 11:35 pm Untitled by silverlining_99 (NC17)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: McCoy/Chapel
Length: 2,700+ words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] silverlining_99
Author Website: n/a
Why this must be read: I could quite happily rec every story of [livejournal.com profile] silverlining_99's, so it seems only right that I should end the month the same way I started it.

Untitled is a response to a kink!prompt for McCoy and Chapel to have sex in the middle of an emergency, with the first part of the story showing a "missing scene" from the battle in the movie, and the second part dealing with the aftermath of both the battle and that moment. While sex is obviously a key aspect of the fic, it is the Chapel and McCoy's characterisations, and the emotions and stress behind their reactions to the battle, that will stay with you, after. Beautifully written.

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Untitled
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31st-Jan-2012 11:31 pm Don't Give A Damn ('Bout My Bad Reputation) by vega_ofthe_lyre (R)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: McCoy/Chapel
Length: 3,800+ words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] vega_ofthe_lyre
Author Website: n/a
Why this must be read: Written for a remix challenge, Don't Give A Damn takes a sweet story where Chapel defends McCoy's honour, and twists it into an excellent mirror!verse tale about that time when our!McCoy and mirror!McCoy switched realities. Well written, with wonderfully twisted characterisations and pitch perfect dialogue, this is mirror!verse story telling at its best.

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Don't Give A Damn ('Bout My Bad Reputation)
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31st-Jan-2012 11:22 pm Accidents by falseeeyelashes (NC-17)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: McCoy/Chapel
Length: 8,300+ words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] falseeeyelashes
Author Website: n/a
Why this must be read: [livejournal.com profile] falseeeyelashes writes fabulous stories across a range of fandoms and pairings and Accidents is no exception. Written as a way to combine a series of fic cliches into one story, [livejournal.com profile] falseeeyelashes shows us the evolution of Chapel and McCoy's relationship -- from their first meeting at the Academy, to all the times that are going to come after it. Subtitled "Four Ways This Never Should Have Happened (also known as, four clichés to get you into bed)", and containing excellent characterisations and writing, Accidents is angsty, dramatic, funny, sexy and entertaining from start to finish.

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Accidents
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30th-Jan-2012 10:30 pm Instincts of My Own by seren (NC-17)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: McCoy/Chapel
Length: 1,000+ words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] seren_ccd
Author Website: n/a
Why this must be read: Five hours after being exposed to an alien pollen, McCoy and Chapel have finally reached the breaking point of their control. This is trope!fic -- extremely well-written and intense and hot trope!fic, with a final line that is sweet and disturbing in equal measure.

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Instincts of My Own
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30th-Jan-2012 10:08 pm Seamless by esme_green (PG-13)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: McCoy/Chapel
Length: 6,200+ words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] esme_green
Author Website: n/a
Why this must be read: When all the male crewmembers on Enterprise are affected by an unknown chemical substance, it's up to the women to take charge and save the day. At turns funny, dramatic and sexy, this is an extremely entertaining story that takes a treadworn trope and retells it superbly.

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Seamless
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17th-Jan-2012 10:42 pm Naked First by silveronthetree (R)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: McCoy/Chapel
Length: 6200+ words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] silveronthetree
Author Website: n/a
Why this must be read: This story works on the simple premise of "five times McCoy and Chapel saw each other naked" and does it beautifully. Creative and well written, [livejournal.com profile] silveronthetree fleshes (heh) out the characters with each new and unexpected reason for them to get naked. A fun, sweet story.

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Naked First
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15th-Jan-2012 11:41 pm Hangover by fringedweller (G)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: McCoy/Chapel
Length: 300+
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] fringedweller
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] tobinfic
Why this must be read: Brief, but sweet, this is a lovely little moment-in-time fic where the only downfall is that it makes you wish there was more to it so you could find out what happened both before and after.

Hangover
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15th-Jan-2012 10:46 am Roughshod by oparu (PG-13)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: McCoy/Chapel
Length: 1300+ words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] oparu
Author Website: n/a
Why this must be read: I'll admit to being biased about this fic -- it was written for me in last year's [livejournal.com profile] happy_trekmas exchange -- but it is also an example of everything that is good about the mirror!verse. [livejournal.com profile] oparu's Chapel is determined to survive, to get what she wants, and to trust in something, no matter how dangerous that might be.

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Roughshod
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11th-Jan-2012 10:38 pm Kids in a Play by cloudydaise (R)
Fandom: STAR TREK: REBOOT
Pairing: McCoy/Chapel
Length: 2,000+ words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] cloudydaise
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] foldedsunshine
Why this must be read: Written for a "they accidentally get married" prompt, this fic also works as an "aliens made them do it" fic. Funny and sexy and beautifully written, with excellent dialogue and characterisations, this story will leave you with a smile on your face.

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Kids in a Play
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