February 13th, 2013

{stock} fields of gold & red

firefly recs; mal/inara & mal/zoe

Fandom Category: Firefly
Pairing: Inara/Mal
Fic Title: victory crowns the just
Author: biggrstaffbunch
Link: HERE
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: introspective, friendship, romance, post BDM
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: His breath catches in his throat. No; that ain't right. She looks just opulent enough to belong here perfectly, in her strange way. He don't have any illusions when it comes to Inara--knows she'll always be a Companion, knows she won't ever be as clear-intentioned and rough-edged as he's like to need. But in times like these, when all he's seeing is the dirty, the dead, the broken--it's good to see something whole.

→ This is atmospheric almost, and simple. Mal, and then Inara sharing the quiet of the aftermath and leaning on each other enough to make it through the night.

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And now, a few Zoe/Mal fics because reasons. ♥

Fandom Category: Firefly
Pairing: Zoe/Mal
Fic Title: Beyond the World
Author: jazzfic
Link: HERE
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Can 'life' be listed as a genre? Because honestly I can't pin down any one genre for this..
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Zoe withdrew her hand and laid it on his shoulder, on the brown coat, the fabric warm, always warm. "You're still wearin' this," she finished.

His eyes were on her; it felt as if they had never left, even in the camp, even when he'd been knocked out, again and again. "You say it as if it mattered."

"It does."

"Then how'd we lose?"

→ Zoe & Mal, after the war but before the series, learning how to live again.

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GoT - Sansa - Queen

The Syntax of Things Unspoken by Ygrawn

Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: CJ Cregg/Toby Zeigler, Donna Moss/Josh Lyman, Sam Seaborne/Other
Fic Title: The Syntax of Things Unspoken
Author: Ygrawn
Link: http://westwingstories.com/library/stories/ygrawn/syntax.htm
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Angst, introspective, Future!fic
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: This is one of the most beautiful fics I've ever read (in any fandom). It uses words and language wonderfully. It's very sad, but in that heartbreaking, hopeful way that leaves you arching for more. The story is split into four parts; CJ (Adjective), Josh and Donna (Verb), Leo (Noun) and Sam (Adverb). The character work is spot on and every character gets a chance to show who they are.

CJ moves through truth and untruth as other people move through sunlight and shadow, and it is no more consequential to her than those intangible objects. She knows what is true and what is not, but she also knows the harder lesson. She knows the time for truth and the time for lies. She knows to be afraid of neither and wary of both. She knows that the power of a lie and the power of the truth resides in the pauses, not the words.