super_tricie341 (super_tricie341) wrote in het_reccers,

The Avengers, 8 recs, Darcy Lewis/Steve Rogers

Soooo, back in March I promised manywaters slow burn or hilarious crack recs for Darcy pairings for the April request challenge. And then totally welched because my every free moment was CONSUMED by another transformative works challenge I was a part of. So this post is very late but it does fit this month's theme! I apologize in advance if you've already read all these, my dear (assuming you stalk the Darcy Lewis AO3 tag like I do), but I tried my best to rec some stuff/authors I didn't see in your bookmarks. Also there are a couple of recs here that aren't slow burn or crack because hiddencait also requested fun crossovers/AUs.

Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Darcy Lewis/Steve Rogers
Title: A Pint of New York's Finest
Author: Nemhaine42
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 2462/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: An AU where Darcy Lewis is a vampire and Steve Rogers' blood is the most DIVINE thing she's ever smelled. This was ridiculously hot and I appreciate that Darcy is completely unrepentant about what she is--no brooding, self-loathing angst here.

Title: "I am Here, and I am Ready" series
Author: Aenaria
Rating/Warning(s): First story is rated T, but the rating increases to M for the latest 2 stories. There is some (dreamscape) Darcy/Steve/Peggy, but nothing explicit.
Word Count/WIP?: The entire series is currently at 70,296 words. All 3 stories are complete, but the author has said she plans to continue the series.
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: This series is the DEFINITION of slow burn and what a satisfying burn it is. This is a fascinating AU where Darcy and Steve share dreams when they sleep. The timeline begins just after Steve wakes up from the ice and continues until just after the end of the first Avengers movie. The author does an incredible job of using the dreamscapes to explore each of the characters, and doesn't flinch away from addressing Steve's depression and PTSD. And if your eyes alighted on the dream-sharing trope and immediately thought, "THIS MEANS THERE WILL BE SEXY DREAMS, Y/Y????" the answer is MFYYYYYYYY and whoooooo, the smutty payoff is worth the long ride (pun TOTALLY intended).

Title: The Oracle
Author: Imogen_Penn
Rating/Warning(s): Not Rated
Word Count/WIP?: 24,263/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: This is a rollicking Indiana Jones/The Mummy inspired AU where Steve is Indy and Darcy is Evy. AND THAT IS REALLY ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW. Have fun reading! :D

Title: The "Darcy 'Lois Lane' Lewis" series
Author: cornmouse
Rating/Warning(s): E
Word Count/WIP?: The first 2 stories in the series are complete at ~9.5k words each. There's also a collection of vignettes set in this universe that is a WIP. The series as a whole is a WIP, with more stories to come.
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: So this AU is predicated on the conceit that Darcy is the ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD who doesn't seem to know Steve is Captain America (a la Lois Lane never seeming to realize Clark Kent is Superman, hence the name of the series). The author acknowledges that the series is probably going to get super implausible at some point, but so far, the series is so much fun, there are ALL THE FEELS, and THE SEXY TIMES ARE SO SEXY (SERIOUSLY, THEY ARE SO SEXY) that it's completely worth the suspension of disbelief. Secret Identity/Identity porn tropes can be a lot of fun and if they're your jam, you will definitely enjoy this.

Title: 2020 Vision
Author: cornmouse
Rating/Warning(s): M
Word Count/WIP?: 14,204/No
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: In this story, on Valentine's Day 2015, everyone in New York falls unconscious for a bit and dreams of where they will be 5 years in the future on Valentine's Day 2020. Darcy has a dream that she's married to (and banging!!) Captain Fucking America. But whatever, she'd been drunk after trying to drown her sorrows over being stood up, so it was totally just a sad, pathetic, alcohol-fueled fantasy and not a vision of her future, Jane.

Or is it?

This was such a clever take on the dream sharing and woke up married tropes. I enjoyed it a lot!

Title: Take Your Aim
Author: Em_Jaye
Rating/Warning(s): M, warnings for mentions of violence/murder, serial killing
Word Count/WIP?: 12,444/Yes
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: An AU where Darcy is a cop working in Vice, which means sometimes she goes undercover as a hooker, and Steve almost gets himself arrested for soliciting. In the meantime, Darcy's also on the hunt for a serial killer who seems to be targeting prostitutes. A serial killer who might have a metal arm... This is currently a WIP (and tagged as Slow Build!), but it's super interesting so far and I'm dying to see where it goes.

Title: The "Botanical Diaries" series
Author: fartherfaster
Rating/Warning(s): First story is rated T, second story is rated G. Warnings for descriptions of blood and gore, violence. Both stories are locked, so you need to be an AO3 member to read.
Word Count/WIP?: 26,964 for the entire series. Both stories are completed but the series itself is a WIP, w/ more stories to come
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: Wherein Darcy Lewis is a SHIELD agent who handles Steve's fanmail and PR appearances, and also collects poisonous/dangerous plants. This is very much a slow burn series. The first story is gen, though the hints of Darcy/Steve are there, but the second story is a gloriously long read that's mostly a Darcy character study, but has some lovely Darcy/Steve development. This is a Darcy you can really root for--competent, sassy, badass, vulnerable, and wonderfully compassionate. And I love the running gag of Darcy telling Steve to get out of her office. Also, hnnnnnnngh, the UST. Highly recommended.

Title: Untitled tumblr prompt fic
Author: vassalady
Rating/Warning(s): Not rated, but I would say G/PG
Word Count/WIP?: This is a tumblr fic so idk the wordcount exactly, but it's short and sweet.
Recced By: super_tricie341 (LJ) | blackestglass (tumblr)

Why This Must Be Read: College!AU where Steve is the nude male model in Darcy's figure drawing class that she has a ridiculous crush on. This is adooooorable and there are some fun, sly little comic book references. Like I said, short and sweet. :)

Tags: fandom: avengers, ship: darcy lewis/steve rogers

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