beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
Hard to Say (17259 words) by betty days
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Laura Barton, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanov, Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Fluff, POV Second Person, Aphasia, Humor, Hand Jobs, Clint Barton's Farm, A lot of kissing, like a lot of kissing
Summary:

“What worked for me was a nice, solid punch in the face. I’m not sure that’ll do much for you, though. Looks like you’ve been through enough already,” Hawkeye said.

***

The Winter Soldier is overdue for a reboot. His friends disagree.



What I really like about this one is that it's more about the Winter Soldier's agency and less about people doing things for his own good than a lot of Bucky recovery fics I've seen.
beatrice_otter: Sinclair--Not to Yield (Not to yield)
I need a beta for a 4k Babylon 5 fic!  Quickly!
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
Lydia, still (2719 words) by tree
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lydia Bennet, Data (Star Trek), Jean-Luc Picard
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Epistolary, Holodecks/Holosuites, I Don't Even Know
Summary:

Rocks fall. Everyone dies.

Except Lydia.


Interesting crossover, I really liked it.
beatrice_otter: Cameron is a Terminator--made for me, not shareable (Cameron Terminator)
Human Touch (3544 words) by ancarett
Fandom: Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sarah Connor, James Ellison, Cameron Phillips, Matt Murch, Savannah Weaver
Additional Tags: Post-Season/Series 02
Summary:

Sarah struggles with her responsibilities after John jumps to the future, leaving a broken Cameron behind.


I miss this show so much.
beatrice_otter: Saavik and Spock (Saavik and Spock)
Kal'i'farr heh T'naehm (11199 words) by sixbeforelunch
Fandom: Star Trek, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Male Character
Characters: Original Vulcan Character(s)
Additional Tags: Vulcan, Vulcan Culture, Alien Culture, Pon Farr, Marriage, The Dominion War - Freeform, world building, action takes place over a single day, tight focus, tight 3rd person POV, Ordinary People, Little Brothers, Big Sisters, architecture nerds, linguistics nerds, Sherlock Holmes fans, Clans, alien ceremonies, Arranged Marriage, Alien Food, Food, Cooking, Telepathy, Mental bonds, Telepathic Bonds, Parents and Children, Communication, no canon characters
Summary:

A meditation on marriage and war, from a Vulcan perspective, on the eve of the Dominion War.
 

Lovely fic! I am fascinated by this picture of Vulcan culture, OCs Veral and T'Lin are interesting, and I really hope [personal profile] sixbeforelunch  has a sequel planned because I would love to read more of their adventures!
beatrice_otter: Saavik and Spock (Saavik and Spock)
So, I have a question about Vulcan biology.

I have long been puzzled by the inherent illogic of a heat that can kill you.  Heats are supposed to grow the species, not reduce it.

But the thing is, terrestrial animals that have a heat, usually it's one heat cycle per year or so.  Because that gives you time for the babies to be born and grow a little bit before winter sets in and obviously you don't want to be pregnant during winter scarcity, and then by the time a year has gone by the babies are old enough/mature enough that they don't need Mama and another heat cycle begins in the spring.

Vulcan heats are seven years apart.

My first thought, as I began contemplating this, was ... how long are Vulcan pregnancies?!?  Because Vulcan children seem to grow at about the same rate as Human children (7 year old Spock in the animated series episode Yesteryear looked and acted about like one would expect a 7 year old to, and there was never any hint that he was developmentally advanced or delayed for a Vulcan), and so if you think time between heats=pregnancy+time for baby to no longer be an infant, well, you start to wonder if Vulcan pregnancies are like three years long or something.

But then I realized that I was overlooking part of the nature of a terrestrial heat cycle.  Part of it is also to time things such that no one is pregnant during winter, the time when resources are scarcest.

Which leads me to wonder: does the planet have a year that is seven Earth-years long?  It seems like that would be pretty far from Vulcan's sun--Mars has a year that's two of our years long, Jupiter's years are 12 years long, would a planet even be habitable in that range?  (And if this is the case, does that mean that all Vulcans go into Pon Farr at about the same time every seven years?  Eeep!  Talk about a disruption to the society!  Of course, if this is the case, how do they keep it secret?  Just kick every non-Vulcan offplanet for six months every seven years?)

Is there some other reason for a seven year cycle that I'm not thinking about?

But this brings me back to the first question, that’s bugged me for years. And perhaps provides an answer. If resources are (or were, when the species was evolving) so scarce that they can only afford to have a kid once every seven years, maybe it is designed to clear out deadwood. Maybe part of the reason for such a deadly heat is to reduce competition for resources which the species can’t afford to waste on non-reproducing members.

I wish fic spent less time on teh sex and more time on the biological, social, and cultural aspects of it.
beatrice_otter: Sam and Teal'c (Sam and Teal'c)
Five AUs in Which Teal'c Was Raised on Earth (2510 words) by Paian
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Teal'c
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe, Character Study, What-If, Character of Color, 5 Things, Community: sg1_five_things, 1000-3000 words

Really fascinating AU ideas that I would love to see fleshed out.

beatrice_otter: Jack O'Neill in an alien prison--one of those days. (One of Those Days)
Safe as Houses (12596 words) by Paian
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack O'Neill/Sara O'Neill
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Sara O'Neill, Daniel Jackson, Teal'c, Sam Carter, Nyan (SG-1), Original Characters
Additional Tags: Backstory, Drama, Episode Related, Marriage, Romance, Season/Series 03, Team, 10000-30000 words, Episode: s03e19 New Ground, Episode: s01e07 Cold Lazarus, Episode Tag, Established Relationship, Het, career choices, Secret Relationship, Secrets, Grief, Loss, Reconciliation, How it should have happened
Summary:

Truth has consequences.


This is a really lovely AU, and I enjoyed it.  It's complete as it is, but I would love to see a sequel or prequel.  Sara is such an interesting person in this, and I'd love to see more of her, and Paian writes her and Jack very well.
beatrice_otter: Giles would like to test that theory. (Test That Theory)
I don’t want to sound like I was surprised, but yeah, I was surprised. Because just before, they were talking about adding planets, right? Me and Eris and possibly Ceres, and it looked like that proposal was getting good play. So it looked good, and Charon and I thought it’d be okay to take a break and get a little alone time. So there we are relaxing and then suddenly my agent Danny’s on the phone, telling me about the demotion. And I say to him, I thought you had this taken care of. That’s what you told me. And he said, well, they took another vote. And then he started trying to spin the demotion like it was a positive. Look at Phil Collins, he said. He was an ex-member of Genesis but then he had this huge solo career. And I said, first, Phil Collins sucks, and second, I’m not exactly the lead singer of the solar system, am I? This isn’t the Phil Collins scenario, it’s the Pete Best scenario. I’m the Pete Best of the goddamn solar system. So I fired Danny. Now I’m with CAA.
Pluto Tells All

By Pluto, ex-planet, 4,500,000,000 years old

As told to John Scalzi
beatrice_otter: I always have been what I chose (Choice)
Loyalty (2370 words) by a_t_rain
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Rish, Amiri Arqua, The Baronne's Jewels, Udine Arqua
Summary:

Rish grows up.



Really excellent (and slightly creepy) look at the Arqua family from Rish’s perspective.

Remix Recs

Jul. 3rd, 2015 02:40 pm
beatrice_otter: Emma and Henry reading the book of fairy tales (Once Upon a Time)
Fic written for me:
Turn and Face the Changes (1384 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Remix Redux
Summary: Two Armsmen's daughter break with tradition, each in her own way.


Other recs:

Always Another One (The Robin Recruitment Remix) (1821 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Batman (Comics), DCU (Comics), Gotham Central
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya, Jim Gordon, Maggie Sawyer, Josie MacDonald, Crispus Allen, Romy Chandler, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne, Batman, Robin (DCU)
Additional Tags: Dead Robins, Harm to Children, Remix
Summary:

There have been Robins in Gotham City for almost twenty years. The detectives of the M.C.U. have opinions about that.

books, nooks, and crooks (keep your eyes open remix) (1524 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Digory Kirke, Mrs. Macready, Original Characters
Summary:

His role was not to interfere with the Adventures, and therefore, neither was the housekeeper.


A Factual Account of the Important Details of Eustace Scrubb's First Visit to Narnia (1052 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole, Puddleglum, Reepicheep
Additional Tags: Friendship, Loss, Animal Transformations, dragon - Freeform, remembering, Remix
Summary:

So Eustace recounted the facts of his previous adventures in Narnia, beginning in the middle with the dragon.

Men of Few Words (1027 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, John Benton, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
Additional Tags: Remix
Summary:

Aliens or teenaged daughters; it’s all in a day’s work for the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.


The Peculiar Case Of The Man With The Missing Soul (the Turn! Turn! Turn! remix) (8651 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Hudson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, The Bastard - Freeform, Case Fic, Character of Faith, Canon Trans Character
Summary:

At first, Curtis Atherton's death appeared a simple suicide. Of course, nothing is simple when the Bastard is involved.
Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Joan Watson, and Ms. Hudson, Acolyte of the Bastard, are on the case.



Lighthouse (The Lost in the Fog Extended Mix) (1146 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joan Watson & Mary Watson (Elementary)
Characters: Joan Watson, Mary Watson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Remix, Relapse, Season/Series 03 Spoilers
Summary:

People who are in grief come to Mary Watson like birds to a lighthouse. Joan is no exception.


Like No Business I Know (the Climbing Uphill Remix) (3802 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gwen DeMarco/Jason Nesmith
Characters: Gwen DeMarco, Jason Nesmith, Alexander Dane
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Sexism, Sexist Language, Sexual Harassment, just so much sexist crap, Show Business, Angst and Humor, Mentions of Stalking
Summary: At the time she read for Galaxy Quest, all Gwen had was a bunch of background credits and two national shampoo commercials, so she wasn't feeling very optimistic about this one.

“Don't get your hopes up, honey,” her agent had said, coughing around the Lucky Strike dangling from her lip. Then she tapped the ash from her cigarette into the coffee mug on her desk and looked Gwen straight in the breasts. “Wear a low-cut top.”

Five years in the life of Gwen DeMarco.


Suppression Systems (the Boardroom Boogaloo remix) (2882 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Characters: Pepper Potts, Natasha Romanov
Summary: Four days in the hospital, waiting, have been more than enough, as far as Pepper is concerned. Her vital signs are stable. Her blood work is as normal as it’s going to get. She's going to have to learn to live with the effects of Extremis eventually.
In the meantime, Stark Industries is beginning to implode from the rumors circulating about her condition.
Pepper needs to go back to work.

[set post-Iron Man 3]

Under Your Shield (1350 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Sif (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Post-Thor: The Dark World, Friendly Sparring
Summary: Sif might be tall, proud, and beautiful, but she is also terribly lonely. Natasha can relate.


Embrace the World in Gray (The La Cosetta Nostra remix) (6363 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alison Choi, Stacker Pentecost, Mako Mori, Hermann Gottlieb, Kaidonovsky, Hannibal Chau, Tendo Choi
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Black Markets, Remix, Dad Sweaters
Summary:

Alison may run a thingy mafia, but she's not sure where the Marshall got the idea that it qualified her to negotiate with a mafia mafia.

As Food to Life (6024 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: 5 Times, Canon Character of Color, POV Sam Wilson, Food, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Interracial Relationship, Bisexual Male Character, Gay Male Character, Travel, Grief/Mourning, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Relationship Negotiation, Fluff, Dick Jokes, Up all night to get Bucky
Summary: Or: Five meals Sam Wilson shares with Steve Rogers


Victory Conditions (The Rashomon Remix) (8655 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kostolitz, Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril
Additional Tags: Remix, Hijinks & Shenanigans
Summary:

Ivan always looked like an actor playing a model cadet in a training vid. This impressed the hell out of Kostolitz when Miles first introduced them, but he'd since amended the comparison to 'an actor in a training vid, who's perpetually on a break between shoots, and is eager to get back to a party – to which common folk are not invited -- going on in his trailer.'
Miles looked like, well, Miles. That had taken some getting used to with the way Kostolitz had been raised. But Miles strategized like he was two meters tall and plasma-arc proof, and that fit Kostolitz's idea of a Barrayaran officer just fine.

And four other perspectives

beatrice_otter: Elrond and a line of Elves, ready for battle (Elven warriors)
So I'm reading my way through the Hugo packet (slowly, in between other commitments, OMG this summer has been so frantic summer is supposed to be my DOWN TIME), and decided to start the Best Novel category today.  (This is actually something to be grateful to the Sad/Rabid puppies slate; I will be voting No Award above them, and would even if I didn't find their politics and beliefs to be abhorrent, because the way they gamed the noms was shitty and against the spirit of the Hugos, and SHOULD NOT be rewarded.  Anyway, because I know I will not be voting for their works, that means I don't have to read them, which cuts down the amount of reading to do.  Which, one can normally count on the Hugo packet to be a lot of good reading, but this summer I DO NOT HAVE TIME.)

Anyway, I tend to be of the opinion that a Hugo-winning book should be both a) really good fun to read and either b) have a really fascinating/new thing to bring to enrich the genre, or c) be exquisitely well written.  And The Goblin Emperor is certainly good fun, but there's nothing new about it, and it's not exquisitely well written.

On the other hand, I couldn't put it down, so ... we'll see.

beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
Title: hey good looking, what's cooking
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Agent Carter
Rating: PG
Characters: Peggy Carter, Angie Martinelli
Word Count: 12,360
Betaed by: [personal profile] lilacsigil 
Summary: Dottie Underwood has been spotted again. Now they just have to find her.

AN: This fic attempts to bridge the gap between the show (which ends with Thompson as chief of the New York office of the SSR) and the Agent Carter one-shot (in which Thompson is not the chief of the New York office as the SSR becomes SHIELD). It will undoubtedly be jossed, but there you have it.

At AO3     FF.net     tumblr link post

For one awful, drawn-out, smoke-filled moment, Angie missed the Griffith. )

beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)
Hey guys, the Autistic Exchange signups are open for business. It is a fanfic exchange by autistics for autistics, about autistic characters (whether they're on the spectrum in canon or not).  There are a wide variety of fandoms in the tag set--87 fandoms from every main category AO3 has.

If you are somewhere on the spectrum (and questioning, self-diagnosed, and professionally diagnosed autistic people all count!) we would LOVE to have you join the fun.

beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)
DON'T PANIC.

This is a very long letter with lots of stuff, but DO NOT PANIC. I'm actually fairly easy to please; I am very rarely disappointed with a ficathon story. I write long and detailed Dear Author letters because I find such things helpful when I'm writing for other people; if you are like me, here you go! If your style is different and a detailed letter makes you feel hemmed-in, feel free to do what works for you.

The most important thing for me in a fic is that the characters are well-written and recognizably themselves. Even when I don't like a character, I don't go in for character-bashing. If nothing else, if the rest of this letter is too much or my kinks just don't fit yours, just concentrate on writing a good story with everyone in character and good spelling and grammar and I will almost certainly love what you come up with.

One thing: I do have an embarrassment squick, which makes humor kind of hit-or-miss sometimes. The kind of humor where someone does something embarrassing and the audience is laughing at them makes me uncomfortable because I identify too much with the person getting laughed at, so instead of being funny it is squicky. On the other hand, the kind of humor where the audience is laughing with the characters I really enjoy.


Pride and Prejudice, DS9, RCN series, Vorkosiverse )

beatrice_otter: When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. (Action and Consequences)
If you haven't been reading the stories from the Night on Fic Mountain ficathon, you should, because there are some great stories.  Here are my favorites, but there are a lot of fandoms in there that I'm not familiar with or not interested in, so there are probably gems that I did not discover, so go read them all!
Star Wars Legends: Thrawn Trilogy, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Ancient History RPF, Agent Carter )
beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
The Odd Couple (8367 words) by tielan
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Hill/Steve Rogers, Maria Hill & Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers & Sam Wilson, James "Rhodey" Rhodes & Steve Rogers, Maria Hill & James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Maria Hill & Wanda Maximoff, Steve Rogers & Vision, Maria Hill & Vision, Wanda Maximoff/Vision, Steve Rogers & Wanda Maximoff
Characters: Maria Hill, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Vision, Wanda Maximoff, James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Additional Tags: Friendship, Attraction, Developing Relationship, Friendship/Love, Post-Movie(s), Post-Avengers: Age of Ultron (Movie), Angst, love isn't easy, Falling In Love
Summary:

He's fast and she's weird.

beatrice_otter: I always have been what I chose (Choice)
Title: The Offer
Fandom: Vorkosigan
Characters: Aral's unnamed sister, Piotr Vorkosigan, Ezar Vorbarra
Wordcount: 4182
Summary: Fedosia Vorkosigan has spent the last decade administrating her father's district in relative obscurity. She liked it. The Emperor's proposition, on the other hand …

Fic on AO3

Fedosia Vorkosigan did not often see her son. Or her father. The first she regretted very little, and the second not at all. )


Timeline note:
I am using the timeline put together by Tel, which has been very helpful.
The timeline is indexed to Ezar's birth year. I am assuming that Fedosia was born the same year that Aral's unnamed first wife was born in canon, the year Ezar was 35, and that she married Ges the same year Aral would have married Ges' sister (the year Ezar was 53 and Fedosia was 18). Ges died the same year Aral's first wife died in canon (Ezar 55, Fedosia 20), and this story takes place ten years later (Ezar 65, Fedosia 30). Ezar died at age 77, twelve years after this story. In canon, Serg and Kareen were married when Ezar was 68 and Gregor was born when Ezar was 72, the year after the Komarr invasion.
beatrice_otter: Delenn--Grey Council (Delenn--Grey Council)
Title: In Valen’s Name
Author: beatrice_otter
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: G
Characters: Delenn
Word Count: 1660
Summary: A young Minbari comes to Delenn to ask advice, and a favor.

On AO3


In Valen's Name )

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