beatrice_otter: Han and Leia--Kiss (Han and Leia)
You guys FAIL SO HARD.  How, how, how, how, HOW has NOBODY recced this fic to me?  This is like, my JAM.  It is what I have been waiting YEARS for.  It is a 200k word (for now) Star Wars time travel AU where Leia goes back in time from the end of TFA to the beginning of ANH.  And changes everything.  It is a WONDERFUL story, an incredibly fresh and novel take on one of my favorite tropes, the characters are so wonderfully written (and you can tell the author has a great grasp on the characters to get them so well in situations that are so different from what they were in the original timeline), THIS FIC IS SO AWESOME AND YOU NEED TO READ IT NOW.

(If you're not fond of WIPs, it doesn't end on a cliffhanger or anything.)

(Also, the summary is in 1st person, but that's because it's dialogue from the first chapter--the story isn't written in 1st person, if that's a dealbreaker for you.)

Of Queens, Knights, and Pawns (199023 words) by chancecraz
Chapters: 15/?
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Leia Organa, Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Bail Organa, Breha Organa, CT-7567 | Rex, Mon Mothma, Davits Draven
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Time Travel Fix-It, Skywalker Family Feels, Implied/Referenced Torture, Angst
Summary: I went to sleep on the worst day of my life and woke to find myself in the past on the second worst day of my life. As experiences go, I don’t recommend it.
beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
[archiveofourown.org profile] SSR_Confidential_2017 is open for business!  There's a lot of great Agent Carter fic, and  nice variety of stories.  Lots of minor-character love, too.  You should check them all out!  Here are some of my favorites:

I received A Brief Period of Rejoicing.  With the war in Europe coming to an end Peggy Carter and the Howling Commandos get to have some well earned R&R with an old friend and some new ones.  It's a nice crossover with some minor comics characters, a little bit of action, lots of fun.

Tomorrow, in a year.  Inventions, the consequences they have and the choices you make: Three encounters Howard Stark has with German scientists he does and doesn't work with.  Interesting look at scientific ethics from different perspectives.

What's Next.  “I keep saying she’s going to get herself into trouble, trying to fix everything."  Violet, 1931-1944.  Interesting look at a character we only got brief interactions with in canon.  (She was Daniel's girlfriend in season 2)

Reclamation.  Jack gets himself in trouble. Again. Peggy and Daniel attempt to help him. Again. Things go exactly contrary to plan. Again.  Good casefic, wish it were longer.

A Purpose-Driven Life.  Dottie escapes the Red Room as a child. Everything goes differently from there.  Interesting AU idea with both Dottie and a young Agnes Cully (i.e., Whitney Frost)

Playing the Cards.  Jason ponders his life after Zero Matter.  Interesting idea of what the long-lasting effects of Zero Matter might be.

Girls' Night Out.  Peggy Carter, Rose Roberts, and Ana Jarvis walk into a bar . . .  What it says on the tin.
beatrice_otter: Delenn--We are Starstuff (Starstuff)
The Blue-Collar Scholar of Minbar (2260 words) by keerawa
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Tags: Original Character, Worldbuilding, Cultural Differences, Alien Culture, Anthropology, Epistolary, POV Outsider, POV First Person, Ethics, Alien Mythology/Religion
Summary: The blog post by our first Earth-Minbar cultural exchange participant, Ms. Baker, is as chatty, iconoclastic, and controversial as its author.

This is a wonderful entry in the Worldbuilding Exchange 2017 ficathon.  It's about an OC, but I feel like I really got to know her in 2200 words.  She's interesting, and the meta about both Humans and Minbari is so rich.  My only complaint is that it's too short, I could easily read a whole series of this!
beatrice_otter: A horserider with a glowing blue sword--from the cover of Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword (Blue Sword)
North and South (3846 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Aravis/Lasaraleen, Aravis/Shasta | Cor
Characters: Aravis (Narnia), Shasta | Cor, Lasaraleen, Aslan, King Lune (Narnia), Ram the Great
Additional Tags: Immigration & Emigration, Bisexual Female Character, Female Character of Color, Canon Character of Color, Canonical Character Death, Original Character(s), Religious Imagery & Symbolism
Summary:  Aravis left her heart in Calormen.

This is a fic for the Seeing Color fic exchange, and it's one of the best.  Lovely, lovely look at Aravis, and how leaving Calormen was a bit more complicated than the book delved into, and her relationship with Lasaraleen.  Beautiful, and it made me cry.

beatrice_otter: Jedi fighting against a blue background (blue Jedi)
Interconnected Loops of the Universe (1829 words) by tielan
Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Rating: General Audiences
Characters: Maz Kanata
Additional Tags: Slice of Life, Living, History, herstory
Summary: A story of beginnings and endings.

Really interesting look at Maz's backstory.  My only complaint is that I wish it were longer!
beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
What Happens in Budapest…Comes Home to Roost (4872 words) by MarbleGlove
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Clint Barton & Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton/Laura Barton
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Nick Fury, Laura Barton, Clint Barton
Additional Tags: Red Room, What Happened in Budapest
Summary: Found family and unexpected allies, monsters that needed killing and recovering from brainwashing, … yeah, the New York alien invasion really did remind Natasha of Budapest.


Okay, I can't tell you what makes this story SO FLIPPING AWESOME, because it would spoil the whole thing if I did.  BUT YOU NEED TO GO READ IT NOW.

beatrice_otter: Peggy Carter handcuffed to a table (Peggy Carter)
And there's some art and vids, too.  If you like Agent Carter, you should check them out!

I received A Problem at Isodyne, an interesting what-if where Whitney Frost actually got to go to college.

My favorites:

To Lift Again the Banner.  The worst part is this: If they'd asked Gabe to participate in Project: Rebirth, he would probably have said yes. However, they didn't give Gabe a choice, and now he's on the run with only a lady spy and a scrawny kid from Brooklyn to help him.

Bad Romance [Vid]--"Aww, Peggy. I'll always be in your head."  A Peggy/Dottie vid set to the Postmodern Jukebox version of Bad Romance.

All Of Me--Between countries, between languages, between death and life: Ana Jarvis has been all of this for years. Portrait of a survivor.  Brilliant character study.

Out of the Cave--When Whitney Frost escapes the asylum, Dottie Underwood is there waiting with a plan.  Fun story, with interesting meditations on power and powerlessness and what drives these two women.

A Voice for America--When Angie takes a job as a voice actor on US Army propaganda films, she has no idea who she'll end up working with.  Or, the troubling problem of Captain America's English accent.  Fun Peggy/Angie AU, just wish it was longer.

Not The Last Dance This Time--beautiful fanart of Peggy and Colin Wilkes.

One of the Lucky Ones.  The anniversaries we want to forget will always sneak up on us. Sousa, for instance, wants nothing more than to move on from the blast that took his leg. Carter is more tight-lipped about the things she's lost. Neither of them is willing to stay back-benched.

Rose in the Spring.  Rose Roberts, between seasons 1 and 2.

In the Dead Lava Streets.  New York is a devil's dream, the most urbanized city in the world. It is all geometry angles and stone. It is mythical, a city buried by a volcano. Five times Howard Stark met Joseph Manfredi, and one time he did not.

Not Your Fairytale Princes.  Peggy/Dottie.  "Forgive me for doing my job," Peggy said. "I'm not exactly ready to play therapist to world-weary spies, not yet."

Four Times Peggy Tried to Run Away (And the One Time it Finally Worked).  This is my new canon for what Peggy was like as a kid, it's just delightful.

beatrice_otter: Sam and Teal'c (Sam and Teal'c)
Periastron (9026 words) by splash_the_cat
Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Teal'c (SG-1), Walter Harriman, Paul Davis, Rya'c (SG-1), Original Child Character(s)
Additional Tags: Found Family, Off-screen Character Death, Kid Fic, Kidnapping, au after season 7
Summary: After learning of the loss of the rest of SG-1, Teal'c finds himself once again torn between his two worlds, but he is not alone in his grief.

This is a wonderful story. I love the different take on revealing the SGC to the world, and I love Teal'c's perspective on his duty and his parenting fails, and I love how complicated and nuanced you made Cassandra in so few words. I would love to see Teal'c and Lauren on Kelowna with Jonas, if you ever write more.f
beatrice_otter: Elizabeth Bennet reads (Reading)
All the good luck of it (1568 words) by Doorkeeper
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Mature
Relationships: William Collins/Charlotte Lucas
Summary: Charlotte has made her choice. Now she makes another one.

Really, really excellent look at Charlotte and her life with Mr. Collins.
beatrice_otter: Jedi fighting against a blue background (blue Jedi)
Fundamental Force Carriers (87796 words) by tanarill
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Prequel Trilogy, Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Padmé Amidala/Anakin Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker & Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi & Anakin Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker & Yoda
Characters: Anakin Skywalker | Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Son (Clone Wars), The Father (Clone Wars), Yoda, Mace Windu, Sheev Palpatine | Darth Sidious, Padmé Amidala, CT-7567 | Rex, CT-5597 | Jesse, CT-6116 | Kix, Aang (Star Wars), OMC, OFC, Jocasta Nu, Quinlan Vos, Asajj Ventress, Pong Krell, Ki-Adi-Mundi, Plo Koon, R2-D2, Dooku | Darth Tyranus, Grievous | Qymaen jai Sheelal, CC-2224 | Cody, Saesee Tiin - Character, Oppo Rancisis, Adi Gallia, Even Piell, Han Solo, Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar, Shaak Ti
Additional Tags: Time Travel, Alternate Universe - Time Travel, Fix-It, Time Travel Fix-It, Lightsabers, Meditation, Feels, Training, Jedi Training, Lightsaber Battles, The Force, The Dark Side of the Force, BAMF!Anakin, Clones, News Media, Mental Health Issues, Therapy, Mathematics, Quantum Mechanics

Summary: The Sith Lord Darth Vader lived his life. He probably didn't live it well, but he lived it as well as he knew how. At the end there, he'd even managed to woman up and kill Sidious. But he was dying, and at peace with the past.  The past wasn't at peace with him.


This is quite possibly the best Star Wars time-travel fixit AU I've ever read.  It's got a very interesting spin on the trope, and it's compellingly written.

beatrice_otter: Finn holding a blue lightsaber (Finn)
Supernova Tonight (9628 words) by halotolerant
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn
Characters: Poe Dameron, Finn (Star Wars), Leia Organa, Rey (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, First Time, First Kiss, Getting to Know Each Other, Sharing a Room, Relationship Negotiation, Additional Warnings In Author's Note, References to non-specific past abuse in the context of being a stormtrooper
Summary: There’s probably a lot that Finn needs, now he’s conscious again, and probably half of it Poe is never going to be able to figure out, but at least he can tell him the stories.
beatrice_otter: Vader and Leia (Vader and Leia)
War and politics (20878 words) by Deputychairman
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn
Characters: Leia Organa, Rey, Luke Skywalker, Hux (Star Wars), Phasma (Star Wars)
Additional Tags: Poe is very brave and would do anything for Leia, here comes the General, Poe Dameron hurts so pretty, Implied/Referenced Torture, Finn has a plan, Rey and Luke have the Force, Leia has everything else, General Hux is not a good person, Poe is a battlefield flirt, First Time
Summary: Poe turns big dark eyes on him and Finn feels something ache in his chest. “Tell me, Finn, how is that gonna look, buddy? You save my life, we take you in and then we throw you back when it suits us? I wouldn’t fight for a Resistance like that and neither would you.”

He wants to say, yes I would, but with Poe looking up at him the words die on his lips.


Reccing this because I love how in-character Leia and Luke both are.
beatrice_otter: Han and Leia--Kiss (Han and Leia)
The Slow Progression of Wanting (7658 words) by celeste9
Fandom: Star Wars - All Media Types, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poe Dameron/Finn/Rey
Characters: Finn (Star Wars), Rey (Star Wars), Poe Dameron, Jessika Pava, BB-8, Temmin "Snap" Wexley
Additional Tags: Asexuality, Threesome - F/M/M, First Kiss, Romance, Asexual Character, Asexual Relationship, Cuddling & Snuggling, Fluff and Angst, Mutual Pining
Summary:

Everyone in the Resistance seems to assume that Finn wants either Rey or Poe, with the only question being which one. Though Finn slowly comes to realize that he does want them, he doesn't want them in the way that people seem to think he should. He thinks there must be something wrong with him. (asexual!Finn)

beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
Respect (1226 words) by wizardofahz
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Hill & Natasha Romanov
Characters: Maria Hill, Natasha Romanov
Summary: Natasha’s just joined SHIELD and gets her first glimpse of what the new Division Head of Operations, Maria Hill, is really like.

Short, but both Maria and Natasha are very well-written and in character.
beatrice_otter: Han and Chewbacca (Han and Chewie)
you can take the boy out of the desert (5422 words) by lorata
Fandom: Star Wars Original Trilogy, Star Wars - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Han Solo, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, Wedge Antilles, Biggs Darklighter, Jek Tono Porkins
Additional Tags: Friendship, Culture Shock, Tatooine, Post-Star Wars: A New Hope, Canonical Character Death, Grief/Mourning
Summary:  In which what was meant to be a silly fic about Luke's farmboy water obsession turned into a story about grief, mourning, culture shock and friendship.


A really great look at Luke, Han, and Wedge in the days after the destruction of the first Death Star.

beatrice_otter: Captain America (Captain America)
Distance Between (11678 words) by thingswithwings
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Hero Complex, Therapy, samfeels
Summary:  Sam's doing paperwork when aliens come through a rift in space and start attacking New York.

This is one of the BEST Sam fics I've seen.  It does a great job of capturing the inner complexities of how his history, his job, and his own issues affect him and make him the man he is.
beatrice_otter: Mystique in X-Men gear from First Class (Mystique)
Not to Touch the Earth (4019 words) by lilacsigil
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Armando Muñoz & Angel Salvadore
Characters: Angel Salvadore, Armando Muñoz, Irene Adler (X-Men), Sarah Gail Bradley, Kraven the Hunter
Additional Tags: Fugitive, 1960s
Summary:

Angel is on the run as the Brotherhood breaks down after Erik's capture. She goes to Darwin for safety, but the cops and a bounty hunter are closing in. Despite her separatist stance, a few good people are willing to help her.

For the prompt: Angel Salvadore: Hugs. Gen or any relationship is fine. I want to see Angel survive Days of Future Past, and maybe, I don't know, get some hugs from Raven.



Great fic, capturing the characters and their world very well.

beatrice_otter: BSG's Six with red Cylon eyes (Six)
Going Native (150773 words) by Rap541
Chapters: 67/67
Fandom: Battlestar Galactica (2003), Star Trek: The Next Generation
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Felix Gaeta, Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, Lee "Apollo" Adama, Anastasia "Dee" Dualla, William Adama, Laura Roslin, Jean-Luc Picard, Saul Tigh, William Riker, Beverly Crusher, Worf (Star Trek:TNG/DS9), Reginald Barclay
Additional Tags: Crossover, Fix-It
Summary:  What do you do when you're a lost Starfleet officer in the Beta Quadrant? You blend in and hope for the best.

I followed this fic avidly when it was first posted to LJ years ago.  I'm so glad it's up on AO3 now, which makes it much easier to both read and rec.
beatrice_otter: Men may move mountains, but ideas move men. (Ideas move men)
There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe (77571 words) by Shoshanah-ben-hohim
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Characters:
Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Mario Lemieux, Sergei Gonchar
Additional Tags: Ensemble Cast, Kid Fic, Original Character(s), Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets, 2018 Winter Olympics, Homophobia, Xenophobia, Child Neglect, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Mutual Pining
Summary:  Amidst rising political tensions between Russia and NATO countries, the KHL and NHL failed to renew their labor agreement this summer. Due to the failed agreement and intense political pressure at home, the Russian NHL players do not return to the NHL.

By March, Geno has played almost a season in Russia, and accepts this is his new reality, no matter how much he misses Sid – until he finds the first child. This sets him and everyone he involves down a dangerous path of international intrigue.


All I can say is, I hope there's a sequel!  I want to know more!  This is an awesome and gripping story, an AU that is in some ways scarily plausible.  Go, read it now!
beatrice_otter: A horserider with a glowing blue sword--from the cover of Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword (Blue Sword)
From the grove of cypress and yellow rose (3701 words) by redsnake05
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Tumnus
Additional Tags: Narnian Subcultures, Character Study, Worldbuilding, Treachery, Hope, Father-Son Relationship
Summary:

Tumnus, the disappointment," said the White Witch. The fall and rise of Tumnus, son of Philamnos, born from the grove of cypress and yellow rose.


This is one of the best Narnia fics I've ever written.  The worldbuilding is AWESOME, and so is the characterization, and it explains SO MUCH about how things were under the White Queen and how Tumnus became the person that he was.

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