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02 January 2016 @ 02:44 am
Check Please, 2 recs, Lardo Duan/Shitty Knight  
Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing: Lardo Duan/Shitty Knight
Title: Exeunt, Pursued By Heteronormativity
Author: psocoptera
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3815950
Rating/Warning(s): Mature/No archive warnings apply. A character gets pulled away on a traffic stop and there is a lot of worry, but no description, about sexual assault.
Word Count/WIP?: 35k, complete
Recced on Tumblr By: querulousgawks

Why This Must Be Read: Possibly my favorite long fic in a fandom that is full of great sprawling reads, but not a lot of het. Check, Please! is about a college men’s hockey team, and has only a handful of female characters. Who are all awesome, but it still makes for a pretty slanted fic landscape, so I’m extra grateful for these authors.

The premise is familiar: four friends go on a last road trip at the end of their time together in college. In the words of the summary, they encounter: “six thousand miles, two tents, several embarrassing photos, a giant rabbit, three cops, and a bear.” There is pining, tension, successful teamwork, total failures of teamwork, and friends supporting each other in the face of the world’s crappy gendered assumptions. Good times, right?

But in between the hijinks, this story does so many of the things that I look for in fanfiction. Puts characters in unfamiliar weird/silly/terrifying situations and shows them still very much themselves? Check. Takes issues that sort of lurk behind the action in canon, and drags them ruthlessly into the light for examination? Check.  Deals honestly with painful realities throughout but gives you the wish-fulfillment ending you feel guilty about wanting in your own life? Check, please.

Fandom: Check, Please!
Pairing: Lardo Duan/Shitty Knight
Title: i’ll be your candle, i’ll be your statuette
Author: misandrywitch
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4589466
Rating/Warning(s): Mature/No warnings apply
Word Count/WIP?: 12k, complete
Recced on Tumblr By: querulousgawks

Why This Must Be Read: This is another longish fic that pulls Lardo and Shitty out of their comfort zone - this time, into a swanky wedding with Shitty’s conservative, old-money, corporate-ladder-climbing family. Where they pretend to date, while playing chicken with their own feelings for one another. It has beautiful characterization for both of them, but especially Lardo, and some hilariously terrible original characters.

Mods, may I have tags for Fandom: Check Please and Ship: Lardo Duan/Shitty Knight, please?

Originally Posted At: http://het-reccers.tumblr.com/post/136428736559