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Parks and Rec(s), 13 recs, mostly Leslie/Ben

Yeah, I'm still not over the end of this series, either. Fortunately, there's a lot of fic to help us all through this difficult time!

Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: Neighbors
Author: c00kie28
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/66568
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 23,698 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: If you’re going to read one Parks high school AU, this is hands-down the one to read. The author does a beautiful job of translating all of the characters into the new setting—and the scenario where teenage Ben and Leslie have been longtime (platonic) friends works perfectly. (Bonus: this story was written for the 2013 Het Big Bang!)

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: Learning to Cope
Author: ashishorny
Link: http://ashiswriting.livejournal.com/17518.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 (sex, gore)
Word Count/WIP?: 31,400 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Creepy and clever by turns, this supernatural AU places a witchy Leslie and a witch-hunter Ben at odds. But if you’ve read ashishorny’s writing before, you know that that won’t stop the eventual smut.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: golden days of yore
Author: shornt
Link: http://shornt.livejournal.com/581393.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Word Count/WIP?: 1,525 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: The fluff! Oh, the fluff. This story is a five-times Christmassy fic, and you get exactly what you came for here.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: Thank You
Author: ashishorny
Link: http://ashiswriting.livejournal.com/17004.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Word Count/WIP?: 2,540 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Ben and Leslie celebrate Father’s Day by having Andy and April babysit. Overnight. All is well, believe me.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: In the Pause Before Forever
Author: ryeloza
Link: http://ryeloza.livejournal.com/13703.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Word Count/WIP?: ~2,200 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Leslie Knope doesn’t half-ass anything, and in this short, sectioned piece, ryeloza looks closer at her certainty and commitment when it comes to her life with Ben. The results are gorgeous.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: Ben’s Ungulate Christmas
Author: ratherdance
Link: http://ratherdance.livejournal.com/4365.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG (Warning, per the author: Contains claymation.)
Word Count/WIP?: 1,700 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Yes, Claymation. The fic in question here is surreal and could only take place in Pawnee, really…but the accompanying video makes it all completely perfect and an utter delight.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: “Donna Meagle/they wish,” per the author
Title: The Meagle Mystique
Author: stillscape
Link: http://stillscape.livejournal.com/39864.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Word Count/WIP?: 983 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Technically a spinoff of stillscape’s seminal “Dear Friend” epic, this high school AU snippet is laugh-out-loud perfect when it comes to Donna and her means of dealing with the men in her life.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: Go Big, Go Home
Author: princessgeorge
Link: Starts at http://princess-george.livejournal.com/2427.html, all chapters linked here: http://princess-george.livejournal.com/12708.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Word Count/WIP?: ~ 54,000 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This lengthy story goes AU after early season 4, taking the combination of Leslie and Ben’s breakup and Leslie’s campaign in a different direction than canon does—but it’s no less worthy.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Tammy (II) Swanson/Ron Swanson, Tammy (II) Swanson/Original Characters
Title: that something special that they are hunting
Author: incoherent_muse
Link: http://incoherent-muse.livejournal.com/33134.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: ~1,200 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: So getting inside the mind of a teenage Tammy II is a little twisted, as you’d expect, but gosh darn it, this is such a good read in light of that.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: Young Adult Dystopian Novels (And Why You Shouldn’t Bring Them to Bed)
Author: saucydiva
Link: http://saucydiva.livejournal.com/20884.html
Rating/Warning(s): R
Word Count/WIP?:~2,500 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: You know how Leslie and Ben like to roleplay? You know what hijinks might ensue when they try to roleplay characters from the Hunger Games? Well, saucydiva does, and it’s sweet and hilarious, so go read it.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt, April Ludgate/Andy Dwyer
Title: Sunday in the Park with Jean-Ralphip
Author: stillscape
Link: http://stillscape.livejournal.com/30004.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Word Count/WIP?: 1,100 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Of course the Parks fandom has an Arbor Day-themed fic. Of course it involves considerations of how Eleanor Roosevelt would celebrate. Of course you’re going to be hungry and happy by the end of it.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: Present
Author: emilys_list
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2011/works/298821
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 2,961 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Though this story has been mostly jossed, it’s still worth reading for the lovely portrayal of Leslie’s relationships with her husband and her best friend, and how everyone (maturely) prepares for her to give birth.

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Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Title: Five Christmases (and some of the times in between)
Author: jncar
Link: http://jncar.livejournal.com/101660.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Word Count/WIP?: 8,900 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: An AU meeting, holiday hijinks, lots of pining, and Jocelyn’s inimitable prose. Why aren’t you already reading this, people?
Tags: fandom: parks and recreation, ship: april ludgate/andy dwyer, ship: donna meagle/jean-ralphio saperste, ship: leslie knope/ben wyatt, ship: original character, ship: tammy swanson/ron swanson
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