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Title: The People and Frank Castle
Author: egosoffire on Ao3
Fandom: Daredevil (TV)
Rating: PG, I think
Genre: Gen
Summary: Frank Castle encounters the people of Hell's Kitchen frequently, and finds many supporters in his world. A character study of Frank and six of his supporters.
Warning: Spoilers for season.2 of Daredevil
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/7143824

This is a good look into the character of Frank Castle and his actions as interpreted by normal people. It's easy to forget while watching Daredevil that there's a lot of innocent bystanders who all have their own opinions on vigilantes in the midst of the chaos left in their wake.

I enjoyed this Outsider POV fic as I'm currently re-watching season.2 before seeing The Defenders and The Punisher is certainly a character worth exploring in more depth by fanfic writers.
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4 Minute Window by Speranza: http://archiveofourown.org/series/197993
Fandom: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Pairing: Steve/Bucky
Summary: "Look, if they catch me," Bucky muttered, "they're either going to kill me or they're going to put me in a box with a little window and—Steve, I can't."
Word count: 87,933

Gorgeous series of fics that explore the aftermath of CA:TWS and the relationships and characters with a mix of tenderness and painful realism. I am both in awe, and envious, of this writing. Highly recommended.
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Title: All the Wonders That Remain
Author: missbecky on Ao3
Fandom: Kingsman (2015 film)
Rating: R?
Pairing: Harry Hart/ Gary "Eggsy" Unwin
Genre: Slash
Summary: This is his life now, Eggsy thinks. His family on one side, Kingsman on the other. And all around, filling up the space in between, Harry Hart. One year together in the life of the perfect spy couple.
Warning: Spoilers the film
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6515311/chapters/14908387

A gorgeous fic that takes its time to show what life would be like for Harry and Eggsy if they got together with all its ups and downs. For those who wonder what "Happily Ever After" is like after the credits roll ^_~ Highly recommended!

 

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Title: Care and Custody
Author: esama on Ao3
Fandom: Kingsman (2015 film)
Rating: R?
Pairing: Harry Hart/Gary "Eggsy" Unwin
Genre: Slash
Summary: Eggsy takes out the medal in slightly worse circumstances, asking for a miracle.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4107487?view_full_work=true

A gorgeous AU showing what could have happened if Eggsy used his favour in a different way. The characterization is brilliant even with the altered circumstances. The relationship between Harry and Eggsy really works here with keen insight by the author into both characters.

One of my favourite fics in this fandom, not that I'm biased or anything^_~
lessonsinescapology: (CA)
Title: Unfortunately, A Damn Good Team
Author: s_a_m on Ao3
Fandom: CA: The Winter Soldier film
Rating: PG, I think
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Summary: For Steve's sake, they behaved themselves.
Warning: Spoilers for CA: CW
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6806212

This fic had me smiling throughout. Sam has had enough of a certain pair of super soldiers from the 40's and being an outlaw because of them so he decides they need a few things pointed out to them. Sam and Bucky's conversations are great! I think the author nailed the tension that was between them in the film.

Now go read it!
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Title: Mistake on the Part of Nature
Author: idiopathicsmile on Ao3
Fandom: CA: The Winter Soldier film
Rating: PG, I think
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Summary: Steve takes in Bucky's betrayed look and Sam's confusion, follows Sam's gaze to the pile of mangled fruit in the trash can. Sudden comprehension fills his face."Oh," he says. "Bucky found out about bananas."
In which an American icon is mourned. But probably not the one you're thinking of.
Warning: Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier film
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/1488142

A gentle and funny fic about Steve and Bucky commiserating over bananas. Although it's a humorous piece, there's something romantic and wistful about it too. Makes you understand a bit more about Steve's "man out of time" situation and its quiet tragedy. At least till Bucky comes along^_~
lessonsinescapology: (CA)
Title: No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Pine
Author: galwednesday on Ao3
Fandom: CA: The Winter Soldier film
Rating: PG, I think
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Warning: Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier film
Link: https://archiveofourown.org/works/8685790

The summary's very long but basically it's "Secret Agent adversaries-to-lovers AU where the Winter Soldier keeps tying Captain America to walls and sticking around to chat. Shut up, Natasha, it’s not flirting, okay? (It’s definitely flirting.)"

Very cute AU with a hint of things to come^_~
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Title: Moving In (To Every Single Aspect of Danny’s Life, Including the Boring Bits like Dry-Cleaning)
Author: westgirl on Ao3
Fandom: Hawaii Five-0
Rating: PG, I think
Pairing: Steve/Danny
Summary: It felt wrong for Steve to sound unsure of his place in Danny’s life. His place in Danny’s life was at Danny’s side, driving him slowly insane. Steve should feel secure about that.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/509563

For some reason, it's really difficult to find good fic in this fandom. Writers just can't seem to strike the same balance between humour and angst as the show does. But this fic is beautiful! It's funny, sad, romantic, and plain crazy at times^_~

The author writes a very in-character Steve McGarrett who is slowly but surely entangling himself into Danny's life in non-typical fashion and poor Danny doesn't seem to know what to do about it! XD I couldn't stop laughing at some parts, while others made me a little weepy. Recommended reading!
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Title: A Family in Five Acts
Author: Gehayi on Ao3
Fandom: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (novels)
Rating: PG
Genre: Gen
Summary: Over the years, Ivy acquires three fathers.
Warning: Spoilers for the novels
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8296

Normally I don't rec fics that are locked because they're a hassle most readers don't want to bother with, but this fic has the Archive aka Ivy as its main character and charts her interactions with the people around her and their effect on her. She's one of the more interesting characters in the Dresden Verse who doesn't get enough focus in the books; Gehayi does a beautiful job subtly fleshing out her personality and story.
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Title: Something Borrowed
Author: EmilianaDarling on Ao3
Fandom: CA: The Winter Soldier film
Rating: PG, I think
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Summary: “Steve's got it into his head that you’ve done more for him than he can ever pay you back for. He’s grateful.” Sam’s taking Steve as a guest to his sister’s wedding, but first he and Bucky have a few things to sort out.
Warning: Spoilers for Captain America films
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2168631

I was hoping someone would write this fic! *bounces like an excited fangirl* Bucky and Sam are wonderfully in-character as they have a conversation about their mutual friend^_~ Of course, what's not being said is more important than they are actually talking about.
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Title: Equivalent Exchange
Author: kashinoha on Ao3
Fandom: The Flash (TV series)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Leonard Snart/Barry Allen
Genre: Pre-Slash
Summary: Captain Cold is usually not in the habit of passing up a sweet deal, but he finds himself refusing this one all the same.
Warning: Spoilers for ep. 2x06
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5225240

I've been trying, without much success, to find well-written Len/Barry fics and was happy to find this fic. It maintains the complexity of Len's character while acknowledging that there is potential for something between him and Barry. Lovely missing scene for the current season of Flash.
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Title: The Wishing Stone
Author: greenbergsays on Ao3
Fandom: Captain America, MCU
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Summary: “Rogers,” Natasha said as she pushed her way into Steve’s bedroom. “We have a situation. Have you seen -- oh.” She stopped short. Behind her, she knew, was the sleek, expansive space of Steve’s apartment in Stark Tower; filled to the brim with the latest gadgets and sturdiest furniture Stark could find for his favorite super soldier. The door to Steve’s bedroom, however, was a gateway to a completely different time and place.
Warning: Spoilers for CA films
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4172004

I'm finding it hard to describe this fic. Part romance, magic, angst, and PWP in a way. But the author succeeds in evoking a powerful sense of nostalgia and true love tempered by deep sorrow. I tip my imaginary hat to the author for achieving so much in so few words.

Read it. You won't regret it.
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Title: Kelly, the Well-Meaning and Very Confused Barista
Author: chaya on Ao3
Fandom: The Avengers, CA: WS films
Rating: PG, I think
Genre: Gen with multiple implied pairings
Summary: An outside observer confuses the 'barbershop quartet' as one woman with a really bad habit for cheating. Complete fluff.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4361948

Time for something fluffy and sweet. This is an Outsider POV fic with a barista trying to figure out the identities and relationships between the group of people who frequent her coffee shop. There are some typos but overall it's a fun read.
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Title: I Am Lower Now, and Lower Still
Author: camwolfe on Ao3
Fandom: CA: The Winter Soldier film
Rating: PG-13?
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Summary: Steve goes down during a battle. He wakes up in 2123. He can't do this again.
Warning: Spoilers for CA films
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3871243

This fic is deceptively simple but that's what makes it so devastating. Steve's characterization and response is realistic, probably more so than the MCU, and by the end of the fic there is a feeling of desiring the warmth of a blanket even as the numbing cold might be preferable. Kudos to the author for their excellent writing.
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Title: put out the flames and set this cold heart free
Author: glitteratiglue on Ao3
Fandom: Captain America: The Winter Soldier/Civil War film
Rating: PG, I think
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Summary: “They’re never gonna stop, you know. Not until they find me,” Bucky says, his face grim. Steve clicks his teeth together. “I know."
Warning: Spoilers for CW trailer?
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5312042?view_adult=true

Because I couldn't wait for CW to come out and neither could this author^_~
lessonsinescapology: (CAWS)
Title: lonely houses off the road
Author: Etharei on Ao3
Fandom: Captain America: The Winter Soldier film
Rating: PG, I think
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Summary: Barnes is now glaring at him for some reason. It's somewhat terrifying but also, oddly, a little reassuring— because that's emotion right there, which means there's still somebody behind those eyes. Somebody who seems to think Sam is being a bit slow on the uptake. "Time parameters exceeded. Mission failed."
"Wait." Sam narrows his eyes. "Is this some kind of... report? Debriefing?"
"Mission report," confirms Barnes, looking pleased. Well, looking slightly less murderous than before.
In which various people deal with things they never signed up for, but at the end of the day no one's particularly surprised.

Warning: Spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier film
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1704596?view_full_work=true

An angsty, yet humorous look at Sam's situation after he gets caught up in Steve's life and Bucky's issues. The Avengers all play their own parts here in Steve and Bucky's "romance." A truly enjoyable read^_~
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Title: lost lovers' refrain
Author: Lanyon on Ao3
Fandom: Captain America:TWS/Ant-Man
Rating: PG, I think
Pairing: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Genre: Slash
Summary: Scott is enlisted to get Bucky out of a tight spot.
Warning: Spoilers for Ant-Man, up to and including the post-credit sequence.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4363844

Assuming you have an idea of Ant-Man's end scene, here's a little something to tide you over till May 2016^_~
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Title: The Detective and the Demon
Author: oreganotea on Ao3
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Rating: PG
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Genre: Slash/Gen
Summary: “Every demon on record is described as either monstrously terrifying or breathtakingly beautiful,” Sherlock says. “I have never heard of a demon with a forgettable face and a propensity for ugly jumpers.”
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/440212

An amusing fic with a bit of magical realism where John is apparently a demon. I enjoyed their interactions, though I wish it were longer.
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Title: the lovers [murderers] in 9B
Author: ofherlionheart on Ao3
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Rating: Maybe 'R'?
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Genre: Slash
Summary: There is a new resident in apartment 9B, and he and his boyfriend are either serial killers … or just really loud in bed.
Derek Hale moves into a new apartment building, and his new neighbours try to figure out what to make of him and his frequent visitor, Stiles Stilinski.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1754545

I love a good Outsider POV fic and was happy to find this. The story is a good mix of angst, romance, and misunderstandings. I was amused that what the author describes in this story often happens in real life too and the truth can be quite comical at times.

Recommended reading!
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Title: Lord knows it would be the first time
Author: uraneia on Ao3
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Rating: PG-13, I think
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Genre: Slash, Kid Fic, slight AU
Summary: Stiles is home from Berkeley for the summer, but only because he promised the pack. He'd rather not see Derek, because whatever the thing was that they were doing, they're not doing it any more, and it sucks. Unfortunately, he doesn't have a choice. The betas tried a magical remedy for Derek's melancholy, and now Stiles has a three-year-old who looks like Derek. Stiles doesn't know how to deal with that, and he definitely doesn't know how to tell the betas he and Derek were secret fuck buddies for a year and a half.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/778759?view_adult=true

Although the summary makes the fic sound a bit silly, this is actually a story about love and second chances. There's enough angst and longing and promises to keep that it made me ache by the time the ending arrived. Great ending and the fic suits the mood of the holidays where one might be forgiven for wishing for miracles to come true.

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