Day 16 - An epic fic.
So my first choice for this was just recced about a week ago even though I've had this planned out (more or less) so you get the first choice rec + the back up.
Fandom Category: Alias
Pairing: Irina Derevko/Jack Bristow, Sdyney Bristow/Eric Weiss, Nadia Santos/Michael Vaughn are the main pairings but there's also mention of Katya Derevko/Jack Bristow, Sydney Bristow/Michael Vaughn
Fic Title: Irenicon
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17; character deaths.
Genre: Very AU, spies, kinda post-apocalyptic, romance, family.
Why This Must Be Read: What an excellent rewrite of the show post season three. It takes all of the elements of the show, shakes them up, and presents them in a familiar but refreshing way in which the character really shine. It explores Jack and Irina, specifically, in with such grace and careful handling of each character and how they have affected each other and Sydney's life by the choices they've made. Also it fixes (IMHO) the end of Rambaldi's prophecy in a way that everyone gets to shine.
BACK UP! Still the same fandom and main ship! ;)
Fandom Category: Alias
Pairing: Irina Derevko/Jack Bristow
Fic Title: The Prophet's Right Hand
Genre: SO Very AU, spies, family, rewriting history
Why This Must Be Read: What if Jack Bristow had been assigned to seduce and spy on young KGB agent Irina Dereveko? Tell me that doesn't give you chills!! And excellent retelling of those early years with Jack and Irina falling in love in 1970's Soviet Union, and how Jack and Sydney would have had a very different life. What would have been different? And maybe more importantly what would have stayed the same?
Day 17 - A short fic.
You get two again! But one's AU, and the other really short, so.
Fandom Category: Supernatural
Pairing: Joanna Beth Harvell/Dean Winchester
Fic Title: New World for Old Desires
Rating/Warning(s): R for sex and language.
Genre: AU, UST, RST, family.
Why This Must Be Read: What if the Harvelle were the hunters and the Winchester ran the Roadhouse? Short but full of history, presence, and future.
Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann/William Turner
Fic Title: Hail to the Pirate King
Genre: sexy times, humour, married people being married and pirates
Why This Must Be Read: Married pirate sex in a bucket. Do I need to say more? I didn't think so. (Sweet and funny!)
Day 18 - An Alternate Universe fic.
Fandom Category: NCIS, Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Ziva David/Tony Dinozzo (Hints to Sheppard/McKay as the author says but not enough to distract.)
Fic Title: Agent Afloat Atlantis
Genre: AU, crossover, team fic, character study
Why This Must Be Read: Okay this is more of a Ziva character piece than an outright ship fic but it's interesting and good that I'm sticking it in. (Don't worry, I have a back up.) It takes Ziva and puts her in Atlantis and takes her away from Team Gibbs. Which… is difficult for all involved, at first. Especially Ziva and Tony who've held themselves in a stasis with regards to their relationship. It's definitely a Ziva story, the ship almost tertiary, but when you get to it it's worth it.
and le back up.
Fandom Category: NCIS
Pairing: Ziva David/Tony Dinozzo
Fic Title: The Flavor of the Wind
Rating/Warning(s): R, slavery is part of the fic and thus consent issues are explored so be aware (slave trader!Ziva and slave!Tony to be specific).
Genre: historical AU, action, adventure, romance, UST
Why This Must Be Read: Blanket statement: Little Sammy write TOP NOTCH Ziva/Tony fic. I recommend you check them out if you still want more fic for them after this (or you want another fic to read about them). Yes, Tony is a slave in this fic, but I found that the author handled the situation very well. The slavery aspect of the fic is not romanticised but it is also not treated foolishly. The author clearly understood how this and worked at writing a full formed, realistic, but respectful piece of fiction. It's so rare to read AUs in this fandom and this one is excellent built and well done.
Day 19 - An angsty fic.
Fandom Category: Chuck
Pairing: Sarah Walker/Chuck Bartowski
Fic Title: in this skin
Genre: post series, UST, RST, angst, romance, spies, drama, sexy times
Why This Must Be Read: Dealing with the aftermath of Sarah losing her memories and not getting back after the kiss (which I, personally, think is what happened). Sarah is now Sam again and she can't believe this is her life because Sarah grew and changed a lot in those years with Chuck and now she's back at the beginning and doesn't like it one bit. What's so good about this fic is that it's not a magical fix it fic. Love just doesn't happen because you tell someone it did, it has to be earned and returned within it's own time. Also I love how brittle and hard Sam is.
Day 20 - A fluffy fic.
Fandom Category: DC Comics, Batman
Pairing: Barbara Gordon/Dick Grayson
Fic Title: A Christmas Visitor
Genre: omg cuties, romance, holiday fic, friends
Why This Must Be Read: It's just a super cute fic about Dick visiting Barbara for Christmas, plus they banter about names for cat.