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25 June 2015 @ 01:24 pm
8 recs, the Avengers, Natasha/Clint  
For anyone mourning the thorough Jossing of this pairing in the MCU by, well, Joss...have some fic!

Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton, Betty Ross/Bruce Banner, Pepper Potts/Tony Star, Jane Foster/Thor Odinson
Title: Age of Ultron: Redux
Author: madsthenerdygirl
Link: https://m.fanfiction.net/s/11281884/1/
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: ~18,000 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: I want to cry with how much I wish this were what the final script for “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” looked like. The author keeps most of what worked in the movie—the one-liners, certain characterizations, the needed tie-ins to other parts of the franchise—and completely ditches what didn’t (oh god so much). The result is a reimagining of the film that makes sense of Ultron’s animosity, maintains the twins’ comic-book heritage (yes, even sans Magneto), and gives one Black Widow an in-character romantic subplot.

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Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: An Arrow, Discarded
Author: allisnow
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/421467
Rating/Warning(s):Mature
Word Count/WIP?: 5,407 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This story makes haunting, blunt work of Clint’s mental recovery—and how it affects his working relationship with Natasha—following Loki’s invasion of his mind. The results aren’t the lightest reading you’ll find (at least, not until the mature content starts…) but they are very, very worth your while.

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Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: Here I Dreamt I Was a Soldier
Author: sugarfey
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/925882
Rating/Warning(s): Mature
Word Count/WIP?:6,987 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Though this WWII AU fic definitely has its ships (one of which is f/f, fyi, in case that’s not your thing), it’s much more interested in the lives of the women at its center and how they’ve found their ways into the war and code-breaking at Bletchley Park. And you’ll be so glad of it; their exploration is beautifully delicate and well-woven.

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Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: as a badge of a beating heart
Author: ashen_key
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/476375
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 928 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: This character study of Natasha uses color in unsubtle yet strong ways to express how she sees herself in the world, at the times when she simply gets to be herself, often with Clint in tow.

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Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: if ever two were one
Author: kuhori_rei
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/453319
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 5,150 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Domestic Avengers are everyone’s favorite Avengers, right? This fic has ‘em in spaces, as various members of the team discover why Clint and Natasha file joint taxes (among other things).

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Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: Boys Wanna Be Her
Author: paperclipbitch
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/458742
Rating/Warning(s): Explicit
Word Count/WIP?: 6,991 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch, this fic is so smoking hot, and by the time you get to the line, “If you want to do it, it should probably be now,” you’ll understand why the author has got you practically begging alongside Clint.

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Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: the helicarrier
Author: gdgdbaby
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/416720
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 3,230 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: Remember how awesome domestic!Avengers fics are? This one rises to new levels, taking loose inspiration from “The Office” (yes, there’s jello) and diving with gusto into these delightful slices of life. (There’s one not-graphic-at-all slash scene, FYI, in case you want to avoid that.)

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Fandom: The Avengers
Pairing: Natasha Romanoff/Clint Barton
Title: in the freedom of our sins
Author: andibeth82
Link: archiveofourown.org/works/2783201
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Word Count/WIP?: 4,952 (complete)
Recced By: stars_inthe_sky

Why This Must Be Read: As a member of the Chosen People myself, I’m a bit of a sucker for “character is Jewish” fics, but believe me when I say that this is a particularly good one—the author weaves together the details of Clint's rediscovering his roots into his post-Loki recovery and his relationship with Natasha beautifully.
 
 
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endeni on June 25th, 2015 06:49 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you for all the recs, they look great! *g*
Lomeinie2cbetter2 on June 25th, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
You did not include a link for the last story.
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on June 25th, 2015 08:33 pm (UTC)
FIXED! Thanks for catching that!
Gramma Lunacylanalucy on June 25th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 26th, 2015 10:23 am (UTC)
What a great list! But you've used the link for "badge of a beating heart" for "if ever two were one."
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on June 26th, 2015 01:04 pm (UTC)
Fixed! Wow, this was not my tidiest rec post ever, huh? Thanks for the catch.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 26th, 2015 01:20 pm (UTC)
No problem - I couldn't sleep, so I was reading them all - otherwise, I probably would never have noticed. :D
Katherine Joy Summersstars_inthe_sky on June 26th, 2015 01:40 pm (UTC)
Fair enough. Hope you enjoyed!
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on June 26th, 2015 01:46 pm (UTC)
Very much! I'm going to add the post to my memories.