February 2nd, 2017


"Bus Stop" by Marmalade Fever

Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Draco Malfoy
Title: Bus Stop
Author: Marmalade Fever
Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3268063/1/
Rating/Warning(s): T
Word Count/WIP?: 15,486
Recced on LiveJournal By: only_more_love
Special Rec: 2/20

Why This Must Be Read: Reading this story just left me feeling good. It's sweet, romantic, and utterly charming. The author truly got the pacing just right. Hermione and Draco's relationship evolves in a believeable way, but without a lot of heavy angst and drama. (Not that I mind those, but this story didn't suffer without them.) This story is like a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a cold, snowy day.

"Hope is a Waking Dream" by immoral_crow and johanirae (T)

Fandom: Marvel/Inception
Pairing: Laura Barton/Clint Barton
Title: Hope is a Waking Dream
Author: immoral_crow and johanirae
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5202569
Rating/Warning(s): Teen, discussion of trauma and nonconsensual mind-meddling
Word Count/WIP?: 22,151
Recced on LiveJournal By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: There are a number of theories about how Clint's too-perfect MCU family might be fake, but this may be one of my favorites. It's a detailed and deeply thought-through consideration of relationships, mental health, dealing with trauma, personal agency and responsibility—and what the PASIV dreamsharing technology from "Inception" might mean to some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents as they deal with magic and monsters and things they were never trained for. (There's also a good deal of Natasha and very small doses of Bobbi and Barney, which are rarely bad things.)