October 8th, 2015

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To Start To Live Again by Red Bess Rackham (K+)

For the "friends to lovers" trope.
Dear mods, can we have a tag for Mary Crawley and Tom Branson?


Fandom: Downton Abbey
Pairing: Mary Crawley/Tom Branson
Title: To Start To Live Again
Author: Red Bess Rackham
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11145278/1/To-Start-To-Live-Again
Alternate Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3634080
Rating/Warning(s): Fiction K+
Word Count/WIP?: 5,368 words for FF version. 4,995 words for the AO3 version. Both complete.
Recced on LiveJournal By: devon380black

trope: friends to lovers

Why This Must Be Read: Angst-filled, slow-burn fanfic. The author elegantly writes this fanfic, evoking the balance of directness and subtlety inherent in Downton Abbey, while exposing Mary and Tom's friendship as the defining factor in their relationship.
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"Or Not At All" by sunflowerb (T)

Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: River Song/The (Eleventh) Doctor
Title: Or Not At All
Author: sunflowerb
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1085989
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 13,706 (complete)
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Trope Bingo square: Hurt/comfort

Why This Must Be Read: This is not a happy fic—it's probably more hurt than comfort, really, as the Doctor and River struggle to level out following the events of "The Angels Take Manhattan." But it's a much-needed coda to that episode and the devastating loss it meant for both characters, with crisp and strong characterizations, heartfelt and hard-felt emotions, and a River that jives with the writing and contradictions that we see onscreen while still feeling like a whole, real person. "Or Not At All" is one of those stories that has stuck with me—in the best way—long since I first read it, and it's basically become my headcanon for this time in the couple's lives.
spooks - Harry/Ruth/Bench = ♥

After London by Myystic (Teen)

For my "Apocalypse AU" Trope Bingo square:

Fandom: Spooks | MI5
Pairing: Ruth Evershed/Harry Pearce
Title: After London
Author: Myystic
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/138192
Rating/Warning(s): Teen | Apocalypse
Word Count: 2266
Recced on LiveJournal By: lost_spook

Why This Must Be Read: The world ends; it's the way Ruth and Harry can finally get their happy(ish) ending. Beautifully written, wry and haunting, especially in the way London and its absence is threaded through it, just as its presence is a constant in the series.

Once Upon A Time, Teen Wolf, 3 recs

Fandom: Once Upon A Time
Pairing: Mary Margaret Blanchard/David Nolan, Emma Swan/Sheriff Graham, Belle/Rumpelstilkskin
Title: Made All The Difference
Author: misscam
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/730894/chapters/1357953
Rating/Warning(s): Mature for occasional sexual content, Alternate Universe
Word Count/WIP?: 214511, WIP
Recced on LiveJournal By: skysamuelle

Why This Must Be Read: The fics opens on the interesting premise that Regina doesn't cast the curse,as she heeds her father's pleas to abandon her quest for vangeance, so Rumpelstiltskin has to. He takes Belle's heart... but gives her a piece of his so she can live, and this single point of difference creates Whole a different universe than moves in parallel with canon for several seasons (we are up to an AU Season 4 so far) with a beautifully intricate plot and even more beautifully intricate relationships. Graham gets to live and the steady growth of his relationship with Emma is a true delight that reaches its zenith when he follows the gang in the rescue mission to Neverland. Henry is adopted by Mary Margaret and David Nolan, a quiet and meek couple that basically adopts Emma when Henry drags her into town and this particular point of divergence creates the basis for the very best part of the fic - a very layered and constantly eveolving, very well-written Charming Family.Regina too, gets to become part of the family -gradually- and to redeem herself becoming a White hat... all while keepiing her father much longer. Belle and Gold too, have a very complex dymamic in the story, as she never stops trying to save him, but she also gets more assertive and involved with the rest of the group. Just ... 114 chapters of awesome, and i wish this was the real show. I might reread this fic every day and never get tired.



Fandom: Once Upon A Time
Pairing: Snow White/Prince Charming
Title: Shake it like a ladder to the sun
Author: magneticwave
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/344176
Rating/Warning(s): teen and up audiences,
Word Count/WIP?: 6368, complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: skysamuelle

Why This Must Be Read: A fantastic AU piece where' Geppetto finishes the chest on time, and Life happens to Emma and Mary Margaret Swan'. Mother and daughter grow together and it's adorable to watch. There's even a feeling of enchentament that is woven all through their adventures, since both Emma and Mary Margaret remain tied to the magic of their other land, and they are both a bit witchier for it.

Fandom: Once Upon A Time/Teen Wolf
Pairing: Snow White/Prince Charming, Lydia Stiles/Vernon Boyd (Guinevere/Lancelot)
Title: there'll be no comfort in the shade
Author: magneticwave
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/582284
Rating/Warning(s): Mature, sexual content, sex magic
Word Count/WIP?: 25432, complete
Recced on LiveJournal By: skysamuelle

Why This Must Be Read: Based on Season 2 of Teen Wolf, the story introduces Boyd and Lydia as the reincarnation of fairytale land characters Lancelot and Guinevere, who are suddenly awokened to the memories of their other lives. Lydia is the narrating voice and so IC I buyed the premise with no difficulty whatsoever. I could really feel for her situation within the context too, as the memories of the past come with a lot of self-loathing, due to the fact Guinevere is someone whose choices and whose misery she hates. Still, she comes slowly to a point where she and Boyd can work out those issues together, and it's beautiful. Beautiful too, is the describing of the magic Lydia inherits from Guinevere, and how it flows into Lydia developing a relationship with the land and accepting her past as a living part of her self.