Fandom Category: Thor/The Avengers
Pairing: Darcy Lewis/Bruce Banner
Fic Title: Side Effects May Include (The Radiated Remix)
Rating/Warning(s): Not rated, but I would say PG-13ish.
Genre: Romance, Angsty Schmoop
Why This Must Be Read: The lovely fringedweller rec'd the original fic previously, but I thought that its companion remix also deserved a rec of its own. This gives Bruce's POV of the events in the original "Side Effects..." and it is lovely, with wonderful insights into both Bruce and Darcy.
Fic Title: The "Chance Meetings" series
Rating/Warning(s): Not rated, but I would say PG
WIP?: Yes. There are 3 one/two-shots which are complete in and of themselves, but the series is still ongoing.
Why This Must Be Read: After the events of Thor, Darcy's world has shifted and she takes some time to travel the globe to figure out what she wants to do with her life. Somewhere along her travels she meets Bruce in India and their interaction is charming and delightful. They make a promise that if they ever meet again, they'll get married. They haven't been reunited yet, but that meeting isn't too far off and I, for one, can't wait until they finally cross paths again.
Fic Title: scientific method
Genre: Romance, humor
Why This Must Be Read: Because everything plathgirl writes is HILARIOUS. I love her take-no-prisoners!Darcy and poor, confused Bruce, trying to use SCIENCE to figure out his FEEEEEELINGS. I love it and so will you. And you will never be able to read or hear the word "vasodilation" again without snickering. :P
Pairing: Darcy/Bruce, some Betty Ross/Bruce
Fic Title: tell me, mr. teacher
Genre: Crack AU, Romance, HUMOR
Why This Must Be Read: This is the most glorious of Darcy/Bruce crack. In this universe, Darcy is a college senior who has been raised by her dads, Tony and Steve. Before she graduates for good, she needs to take a mandatory science elective and settles on physics. Despite being the daughter of a supergenius, she's not doing so well in the class, and her adorable TA, Bruce Banner, is her only hope for passing. So far, this is everything I never knew I wanted and I am anxiously awaiting more.
Fic Title: This Must Be Magic
Genre: Fairy tale AU
Why This Must Be Read: I have such a weakness for fairytale AUs. The author says she's borrowing from several fairy tales, but the Beauty and the Beast influence is predominant. This is another story where I'm dying for updates--I can't wait to see how everything plays out.
Fic Title: bridges in all directions
Why This Must Be Read: The Darcy/Bruce fandom is small but mighty, so unsurprisingly, I tend to rec stories by the same authors over and over, which is why I was so excited to see a brand new author playing in this sandbox! :D This was her debut Darcy/Bruce fic and it is fantastic. This plays off the Darcy-is-Bruce's-new-lab-assistant trope to delightful results. I love Bruce's trying to teach Darcy physics and Darcy recruiting Jane to teach her how to speak science so that she can communicate with Bruce on his level.
Pairing: Darcy/Bruce mainly, background Jane/Thor, Tony/Steve and Clint/Natasha
Fic Title: Take a Load Off
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17. Warnings for sexy times.
Genre: crack, humor, smut
Why This Must Be Read: Written for avengerkink, this is a wondrous subversion of the "fuck or die" trope--instead, it's "fuck AND die" as Loki curses the Avengers so that if they have sex, they'll meet rather unfortunate ends. Cue hilarious shenanigans as the Avengers try to channel their sexual frustration into other endeavours. Thor takes up ballet, Clint channels his inner Julia Child, Steve and Tony watch A LOT of movies, etc. It occurs to Darcy that Loki may be full of shit, so she and Bruce--who have only recently started dating--decide to "experiment" (in the name of SCIENCE of course) and well...it is seriously sexy. Fantastically funny read. :D
Fic Title: a lamp to light my world
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17. Warnings for explicit sex
Why This Must Be Read: Another new author! :D As it says in the summary, this is basically straight up shower porn and hnnnnngh, the sexy times are seriously sexy.
Fic Title: The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home
Why This Must Be Read: Look! More fresh blood! I thoroughly enjoyed this fic, wherein a cover letter, written under the influence of half a box of wine, gets Darcy a job working for Pepper Potts. In Darcy/Bruce fic, it's usually Darcy doing the pursuing, so it was refreshing to see that this time, it's Bruce who's interested and Darcy who's a bit oblivious.
Fic Title: Tell Me I'm Safe
Rating/Warning(s): Not rated, but I would say PG
Why This Must Be Read: Written for avengerkink. Another common trope in Darcy/Bruce fic is that Darcy isn't afraid of the Hulk. The prompter for this fill wanted to see what would happen if Darcy was legitimately frightened by the Hulk. This fic is a refreshing exploration of what it means to date someone who turns into a giant green ragemonster.
Fic Title: Untitled
Rating/Warning(s): Not rated, but I'd say G/PG
Genre: FLUFF. ALL THE FLUFF
Why This Must Be Read: Sometimes you just need fluff. And this is wonderful, wonderful fluff. I loved the little touches e.g. Darcy leaving Bruce a blueberry trail as a cue to him to stop working and eat lunch and her appreciation of his chest hair.
Pairing: Darcy/Clint Barton
Fic Title: Trade in Being Your Spine
Rating/Warning(s): M/NC-17. Warnings for sex
Genre: Angst, Romance, smut
Why This Must Be Read: This is an additional sequel to xenokattz's "Space Lords and Purple Butterflies" series, which I rec'd here. Darcy and Clint still have Issues with a capital I, but here, they work things out by talking honestly and having hot make-up/apology sex. Delicious.
Pairing: Darcy/Clint, background Coulson/OMC
Fic Title: Peace With a Faulty Heart
Rating/Warning(s): T/PG-13. Warnings/spoilers for character death
Genre: AU, secret family, sort of fix-it fic, angst
Why This Must Be Read: In this fic, Darcy is the daughter of Coulson and his cellist husband. The fic alternates between timelines--from the past when Darcy is 16 to the events immediately following the movie and then at the end, several years in the future. Years ago, Clint was assigned to be a bodyguard in Darcy and her father's home. The conceit of Coulson having a secret family is fascinating and written incredibly well. 16 year old Darcy is as much of a handful as you expect her to be and fear not! There is no skeeviness between Clint and teenage Darcy because Clint has scruples, thank you very much (and oh god, the scene that establishes this dynamic will make you CRY with laughter). Also heartbreaking but lovely is watching Darcy and Clint hold each other up as they grieve due to Events Which We Shall Not Spoil. Highly recommended.
Fic Title: Having a Bit of a Day, Here
Rating/Warning(s): Not rated, but I would say PG-PG-13 to be safe
Genre: Established relationship, Romance
Why This Must Be Read: I can't say enough good things about this fic. Darcy--through an unfortunate accident--becomes temporarily super-powered. Even more unfortunate is that she keeps running into trouble and Clint isn't helping with his overprotectiveness. You guys...this is So Good. So good. Just go read it. Now!
Fic Title: Frankie Says Relax
Genre: Team fic
Why This Must Be Read: Darcy is an unpaid intern at SHIELD working the nightshift at a diner to pay the bills (a shout out to "2 Broke Girls")--that is, until Steve recognizes her and hires her to be his assistant. Pretty soon, all the other Avengers find ways to employ her services and Darcy becomes unofficial liaison to the Avengers. That is...all the Avengers, except Clint, who seems to be avoiding her for some reason... I can't emphasize enough how much fun this fic is. There's some lovely team interaction and hilarious drunken antics from a pining Clint (who's not as good at hiding his feelings as he thinks).
Pairing: Darcy/Nick Fury
Fic Title: "Farcy: A love story" series
Rating/Warning(s): Not rated, but I would say PG-13
Genre: CRACK. SO MUCH CRACK. Also Vegas wedding fic
WIP?: The first story is complete, but the second one is still a WIP
Why This Must Be Read: This is complete crack, but it's so ridiculous it works. The first in the series, "Mama Would Be So Ashamed" does a fine job on selling you on the pairing and the second collection, "5 Snapshots in the Life and Times of Director and Mrs. Fury" is both hilariously crackish and sweetly poignant. Have I steered you wrong yet, gentle readers? Read it, you will enjoy yourselves greatly. :P
Pairing: Darcy/Phil Coulson
Fic Title: Plans, emergencies, and new habits
Genre: AU, post-movie, fix-it fic
Why This Must Be Read: Continuing my mission to rec All Of seren_ccd's Fic, this is a sequel to the last Darcy/Coulson fic I rec'd. Features Darcy being awesome and competent and Coulson being sweetly concerned and surprisingly romantic. Lovely, lovely, lovely.
Pairing: Darcy/Steve Rogers
Fic Title: Direction and its companion, This Sounds Like the Start of a Bad Joke
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17 for the first story, T/PG-13 for the second. Warnings for sex
Genre: Romance, first time fic
Why This Must Be Read: Direction is a fantastically long and plotty fic. It's another Darcy pops Steve's cherry fic, but the author puts in an extraordinary amount of effort to build it into a real relationship before any sexing happens. As it turns out, Steve is a Catholic with Certain Views on Pre-Marital Sex, but even Captain America can only hold out against sexual frustration for so long. This is not a fic to be missed. There's some incredibly character stuff and the sexy times are very sexy. The second story is a fun little fic that fleshes out the Halloween event alluded to in "Direction".
Fic Title: How to Defile a National Treasure
Rating/Warning(s): E/NC-17. Warnings for sex
Genre: PWP, first time
Why This Must Be Read: A Darcy pops Steve's cherry fic, because there is no such thing as having too much Steve's First Time porn. Super hot and enjoyable.
Fic Title: Baby, You're a Firework
Genre: Birthday fic, FLUFF
Why This Must Be Read: In honor of Chris Evans and Kat Dennings having the same birthday, the author decided to write fic where Steve and Darcy share a birthday with America--July 4th. Fun and sweet, everything this author writes is worth reading.
Fic Title: A Space Between
Genre: Romance, Friendship, character study, post-movie
WIP?: Yes, almost complete
Why This Must Be Read: This might be one of my favorite Steve/Darcy stories right now, just because it's such a unique take on both characters. The characterization is beautiful and I love the slow build of their friendship and then, their relationship. Highly recommended.
Fic Title: 5 Times Steve Tried to Propose
Rating/Warning(s): Not rated, but I would say PG-13 for ~suggestions~
Genre: 5 times meme, established relationship
Why This Must Be Read: Written for avengerkink. What it says on the tin--5 times Steve tried to propose and was interrupted by an Avenger (and 1 time he interrupted the Avengers to propose). Sweet and so very entertaining--I am anxiously awaiting updates.
We can has Darcy Lewis/Nick Fury tag plz? Thanks!