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Lord Peter Wimsey

Gentle Antidote (11458 words) by x_los - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Charles Parker/Mary Wimsey

The rare soulmate story that appeals to me. A great feel for the characters and their voices, combined with well-thought-out and clear-eyed worldbuilding

Christmas at Duke's Denver (2501 words) by Persiflager - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey

Harriet's first Christmas at Duke's Denver. Excellent characterization all-around and some nicely-written OCs.

Harriet and Sergeant (9831 words) by OnYourMark - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey

Harriet and Bunter come to an understanding in the aftermath of Busman's Honeymoon.

The Distant Hum of Engines (5392 words) by thankyouturtle - Hilary Thorpe/Saint-George Wimsey, Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey

Saint-George during the war -- back home injured and with PTSD -- finding a new purpose and place for himself.

beatitude (1080 words) by categranger - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey

Peter and Harriet finish their aborted honeymoon in Spain.

Buttons and Bayonets: A Small History of the Great War (5505 words) by kindkit - Mervyn Bunter/Peter Wimsey

Peter and Bunter during the war, told as a series of thematically tied-together vignettes.

Shoes For His Feet (4756 words) by kindkit - Mervyn Bunter/Peter Wimsey

Bunter pov on Peter just after the war. Melancholy, but hopeful.

Death in the Tuileries (3996 words) by dafna

Peter and Bunter solving a tightly-plotted mystery in Paris at the beginning of WWI.

Five times Bunter found Lord Peter (2736 words) by dafna

Just what it says on the tin. five vignettes illustrating the developing relationship between Peter and Bunter. Sequel to Death in the Tuileries

Oaks in the Coppice (3174 words) by kali - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Hilary Thorpe/Gerald Wimsey

Bittersweet epistolary story focused on Saint-George's experiences in WWII.

The Lost Chord (1244 words) by copperbadge

Peter, Bunter and a picture of Peter by Bunter.

All Our Scattered Leaves (2870 words) by marycrawford

Perfect epistolary story, set around the Armistice. Wonderful character voices.

Lord Peter Wimsey/Doctor Who

Go and Catch a Falling Star (7085 words) by hollimichele - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Amy Pond/Rory Williams

Lord Peter Wimsey/Jeeves and Wooster

Green Ice (14288 words) by Adina

A nicely twisty mystery told in a perfect Bertie Wooster voice.

Lord Peter Wimsey/Miss Marple

An Afternoon's Adventure (2944 words) by Persiflager - Honoria Lucasta Wimsey/Jane Marple

A clever partially epistolary mystery starring the Dowager Duchess and Miss Marple, with a cameo from Miss Climpson.
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Next up: Detectives!

Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers

one another’s all (1331 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] harborshore - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Mervyn Bunter/Peter Wimsey, Mervyn Bunter/Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey

OT3 of my heart! A short, fraught, but lovely coming together.

Service (2340 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] leiascully - Mervyn Bunter/Peter Wimsey

Lovely Peter/Bunter focused around their time together during the war and the time just after.

Like As the Hart (1334 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Persiflager - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey

Set after Harriet admits her love for Peter, but before their marriage. Lovely Harriet-pov.

Seven Hundred and Sixty One British Nights (2125 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] pressdbtwnpages - Charles Parker

Charles Parker-pov on a period where Peter has faked his own death. Nice look at Charles and Peter's relationship as well as the developing relationship betweeen Charles and Mary.

Miss Marple - Agatha Christie

The Spirit of St Mary Mead (4005 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] lost_spook

Miss Marple as a Genius Locii and avatar of Nemesis. A clever concept, cleverly done.

The Thin Man

the thin man's bride (4185 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] betony - Nick Charles/Nora Charles

A charming little mystery with a modern sensibility.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

What Brings Us Together (2244 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] often_adamanta - Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson

Jack and Phryne and the desire for (non-sexual) intimacy.

Sing a Song of Sixpence (14497 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] orphan_account - Phryne Fisher & Jack Robinson

Nicely twisty case-fic set post-series three.

The Wake, the Current, the Tide (1697 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] KiaraSayre - Phryne Fisher, Elizabeth MacMillan, Dorothy "Dot" Williams

Delightful look at the friendships between Mac, Phryne and Dot.

To Begin With (4982 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] riverlight - Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson

An unusual, but delightful first-time fic.

Therefore is Winged Cupid Painted Blind (6223 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] whetherwoman - Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson

Steaming hot, but also true to Jack and Phryne's complicated relationship.

The Bletchley Circle

Statistical Methods in Risk Assessment (6518 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ryfkah - Jean McBrien/Original Female Character

Great addition to the canon, featuring a well-drawn OFC.
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Lord Peter Wimsey Series - Dorothy Sayers

The Affair of the Blanched Bibliomane (4176 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] pendrecarc

A completely fabulous bit of casefic with an outsider perspective on Peter. Also introduced me to a fabulous historical woman I'd never heard about before.

Particular Talents (1298 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] greywash

Oh, PETER. This made me cackle with glee. Bunter is an incredibly patient and tolerant man.

A Clean Fire (1359 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] harborshore - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Saint-George Wimsey/OMC

A great insight into Saint-George, with a much happier ending than Sayers had planned for him, while still feeling true to the characters and the time.


Discworld Series - Terry Pratchett

The Importance of Being Mostly Human (10434 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] gogollescent - Lobsang Ludd/Susan Sto Helit

In which Susan identifies "Where's My Cow" as a proto-talismanic anchor for Young Sam's continued health and existence, and tries very hard not to wonder what the Vimes' butler does on his day off. There may also be a lesson about the meaning of Hogswatch, but no one wants to talk about that.

Pitch-perfect Discworld fic that cleverly ties up some time-tossed loose ends from various books. Also, Susan Sto Helit meets the Vimes family! ♥ ♥ ♥

Opposable Forces (2109 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] CakeorDeath

A wonderful, melancholy look at the relationship between a father and grown son. I love how the grown up Young Sam is portrayed here, and especially how his relationship with his father is complicated and frustrating and loving and not at all sentimental or idealized.

Thyngs More Important Than Chocolates (1188 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] athenejen - Lobsang Ludd/Susan Sto Helit

Awwwwww. Completely delightful. I want to draw sparkly hearts around this fic, this pairing and this author.

Some Time Before (7080 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] neveralarch - Sybil Ramkin/Samuel Vimes, Adora Belle Dearheart/Moist von Lipwig

A glorious look at four complicated characters as their lives unfold and they choose who they want to be and find the one they want to be with. Very true to canon, while also expanding my understanding of especially Sybil and Adora in ways canon can't.

Going It Alone (1983 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] nomadicwriter - Mustrum Ridcully/Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax

A great look at the young Esme Weatherwax finding her place in life.

First and Foremost (2988 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] hollimichele - Carrot Ironfoundersson/Angua von Uberwald

What does it really mean to be a Watchmen first and a woman and a werewolf second? A great look at some of the women of Ankh-Morpork and the some of the unexpected costs of being a woman in a predominately-male career.



Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones

Checklist (4303 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] allyndra

Millie's boarding school experience is everything she hoped for, but not necessarily what she expected.

The Young Chants (9455 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ryfkah - Christopher Chant/Millie

Christopher and his growing family. Completely delightful! Worth reading especially for Christopher being summoned as Chrestomanci while trying to calm a crabby baby Julia.

Such Balsam Falls (2418 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] speakmefair - Mordecai Roberts/Flavian Temple, Mordecai Roberts/Miss Rosalie

A wonderful, complicated story about Mordecai and Flavian and the long-term consequences for Mordecai of his time as Tacroy. Absolutely beautifully evocative and lyrical writing.

A Place to Call Your Own (3388 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] hhertzof

Janet's got a brand new life in a magical castle, just like she always wanted, so why does she feel like she's not what they wanted?

A great story about Janet adapting to life at Chrestomanci Castle.


A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett/The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Prakriti (1954 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] recrudescence

Mary Lennox and Sarah Crewe meet and become friends as Land Girls during WWI. Lovely and achy.


Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

What the water sprites saw (1708 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ineptshieldmaid - Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley, John Selwyn/Persis Leigh

Lovely Anne/Gilbert. Sweet, sensual and very in-keeping with the characters.

Roll in the Burlington (2505 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] breathedout - Anne Shirley/Katherine Brooke, Katherine Brooke/OFC

Just wonderful and completely unexpected. In which Katherine Brooke's happiness looks very little like Anne Shirley's happiness. Great historical details about both turn of the century theatre and turn of the century queerness, with a bonus dash of Canadian religious/language politics.

The World in a Grain of Sand (1125 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Nestra

I love Katherine, and it's wonderful to see fic for her and see her get to live her dreams.


Mirabile - Janet Kagan

Stumped (3860 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Fabrisse - Leonev Denness/Annie Masmajean

MIRABILE FIC! A thing I'd never thought to find. And it's wonderful. A great little bio-mystery and a pleasing catch-up with all the characters.


Books of the Raskura - Martha Wells

Nesting Instincts (2777 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Measured_Words - Jade/Moon (Raksura), Chime/Moon (Raksura)

Moon, Chime and the importance of found family. Lovely and very in-keeping with the spirit of the books.
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No Man's Land by [personal profile] ellen_fremedon - Lord Peter Wimsey/Doctor Who crossover, Gen - An absolutely brilliant crossover. Peter and Bunter and Jack Harkness in World War I, with complications. Ellen is the only author I know who can seamlessly combine old school and new school Who canon believably, while staying true to the spirit of both. I was nervous and uncertain when I saw this crossover listed, but it works beautifully.

Lies the Color of Your Crimes by [livejournal.com profile] ficsoreal - White Collar, Peter/Neal - In which Neal tries (and fails) to lie to Peter. A little angstier than I usually go for, but very well done.

and anyone who's ever had a heart by [livejournal.com profile] liviapenn - White Collar, Elizabeth/Peter/Neal - Fabulous OT3 stretching from pre-series to well-post current canon. There really is nothing I don't love about this story.

Making Book by [archiveofourown.org profile] LJC - White Collar, Gen - OMG JUNE! I have been wanting June fic so much, and this really is everything I could have wished for.

Yin and Yang by [livejournal.com profile] therienne - White Collar/Leverage crossover, Gen - Incredibly cool concept and execution. Two independent perspectives on the same events. Each story stands somewhat on it's own, but both are required in order to see it all completely. I love that the two narratives are completely independent of each other, leaving the characters all knowing only their half of the story.

the christmas eve job by [archiveofourown.org profile] hardlygolden - Leverage, Gen - Christmas-themed fic that works. Great use of the whole team.

Evolution of a Geek by [livejournal.com profile] gumbie_cat - Leverage, Gen - Twelve year old Hardison discovers geekdom.

Behind the Scenes by [personal profile] pocketmouse - Slings & Arrows, Gen - Season one as seen through the eyes of the tech crew. Exactly the kind of thing fic is great for.

Follies by [personal profile] pocketmouse - Slings & Arrows, Gen - The cast of Hamlet do a charity performance of Hair. Gets musicals in the classics and politics in the musicals. I wouldn't want it any other way.

All That's Best of Dark and Bright by [livejournal.com profile] mmebahorel - Tom Stoppard - Arcadia, Thomasina/Septimus - Lovely and bittersweet like all fic for this play is. Marvelous dialogue every bit as witty, intricate and layered as the original.

The Smallest Chickadee by [archiveofourown.org profile] MissJess - Robert Frost - Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, Gen - A lovely and unique alternate take on the poem, both in pov and subject.

The Conversations of Women by [archiveofourown.org profile] Aycelcus - Strangers in Paradise, Francine/Katchoo, Casey/Tambi - Wonderful, fluffy future-fic. Great attention to detail.

We Are Six by [archiveofourown.org profile] nope - Eloise/Calvin & Hobbes crossover, Gen - Eloise and Calvin have adventures. Delightfully written in the style of Eloise.

Open Beta by [archiveofourown.org profile] aristgd - Anthropomorfic, Dreamwidth/Fandom, Fandom/Livejournal - The kind of story that reminds me exactly why I love anthropomorfic. A remarkably accurate fictional representation of fandom's love affair with Dreamwidth and with Livejournal.

Delicious by [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes - Eddie Izzard Stand-Up routines - Vikings and Canadians and Nazis, oh my! Reads like it really could be an Eddie Izzard routine.

Clap, Damn You by [personal profile] naraht) - RPF - Classical Composers, Benjamin Britten/Peter Pears - Every thing I know about these guys I learned from [personal profile] naraht's posts about them. Nevertheless I was able to follow this fic with no problems at all. Witty and clever and very authentic-feeling.

Nothing Rhymes With Ignatieff But Orange by [personal profile] trouble - RPF - Canadian Politics, Gen - OMG LOVE. In which Elizabeth May runs Canadian politics from her Secret Eco-Friendly Underground Lair in New Glasgow. So. Much. Awesome.

Second Guessing by [livejournal.com profile] carlanime - RPF - Canadian Politics, Gen - Stephen Harper is plagued by self-doubt, and Peter MacKay is plagued by his crush on Stephen Harper. Unrequited love, and kittens. Well, references to kittens. Really, what's not to love!
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An Evening In by [livejournal.com profile] temaris - Georgette Heyer - Cotillian, Kitty Charing/Freddy Standen - Kitty and Freddy would so not be the hands-on parenting types. Funny and sweet.

One Sour, Two Sweet by [personal profile] jest - Georgette Heyer - The Foundling, Gen - A great slice of perfectly-characterized Gideon and Gilly friendship.

Life, Stripped of All Luxeries by [livejournal.com profile] keerawa - Lois McMaster Bujold - Chalion Series, Cazaril/Palli - Caz and Palli and the siege of Gotorget. Heartbreaking and perfect.

Last Words by [livejournal.com profile] philomytha - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gen - Duv Galeni burns a death offering for his aunt. Wonderful and intricate and true.

Giving Hostages to Fortune by [livejournal.com profile] desert_vixen - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gregor/Laisa - Gregor, Laisa and the people they consider family at the replicator-birth of their son. A quiet, lovely story.

Of Unfed Hope by [livejournal.com profile] sineala - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Miles/Duv - Miles and Duv while imprisoned on earth by Ser Galen. I rarely read slash in this fandom, but this story worked really well for me. Just the right level of h/c.

The Rules of Barrayaran Sex by [livejournal.com profile] philomytha - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Aral/Cordelia - A series of scenes from Aral and Cordelia's marriage. About a million types of awesome. Fabulously in character and complementary to canon.

Sworn in Silence by [archiveofourown.org profile] FloraStuart - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gen - A young Aral on the night of of Mad Yuri's massacre. Incredibly well done.

can't steal happiness by [personal profile] wintercreek - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series, Gen - Tensions between Holmes and Russell just prior to her leaving for Oxford. Lovely and well-characterized.

Where Is A Place With Which To Flee by [archiveofourown.org profile] Tami - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series, Gen - A fantastic take on how Alistaire and Maurice became Ali and Mahmoud.

Subverting the Dominant Paradigm by [personal profile] futuransky - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Queering the Chrestomanci-verse in subtle and really interesting ways.

Brush Contact by [archiveofourown.org profile] wild_iris - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Witch Week fic featuring Estelle and Nirupam. Wonderful characterization and great fleshing out of the world. Witch Week was always one of my favorite books in the series, and I feel like this story really illuminates what it was I always loved about this book and these characters.

Explosions by [livejournal.com profile] placebetween - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Clashes between Christopher and Gabriel = everyone else left to clean up the messes. Great premise, fabulously executed.

On Unicorns and Megalomania by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaeda - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series - Lee and Tony and Brianna Bane, fourteen year-old apprentice and complete troublemaker. Sweet and funny.

Running Out by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaeda - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series, Lee/Tony - Lee managing both denial and pining at the same time. Manages to stay just on the right side of the line between angsty and maudlin.

Smoke and Numbers by [livejournal.com profile] ruffwriter - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series - Lee/Tony - Henry is protective, Tony is insecure, and Lee gets to be the one to figure it out and save the day. *hearts*

The Outskirter's Quest by [livejournal.com profile] xylaria - Rosemary Kirstein - The Steerswoman Series, Gen - A wonderful missing scene. Well written and easily fits right into canon. More people should read these books, so that there can be even more fic about them!

(You Are) The Sky in Technicolor by [livejournal.com profile] fadeoutin - Neal Gaiman - Stardust, Tristran/Yvaine - Tristran and Yvaine post-book. Lovely and atmospheric, very much in the feel of the book.

As Their Wimsey Took Them by [livejournal.com profile] thassalia - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series, Gen - Peter as a parent, both through his mother's eyes and his own. There needs to be more fic featuring the Dowager Duchess, I do love her so.

Five Stories the Reader Never Began by [livejournal.com profile] nextian - Calvino - If on a winter's night a traveler, Gen - I confess, I have never read this book, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment of this fic one bit. Weird and wonderful and layered and so, so meta.

If On a Winter's Night a Reader by [archiveofourown.org profile] Esteliel - Calvino - If on a winter's night a traveler, Gen - Another gleefully meta take on the book and on fandom.

Like Clockwork by [livejournal.com profile] halotolerant - Terry Pratchett - Discworld Series - Vetinari/Drumknott pre-slash - Vetinari and Drumknott pre-slashiness. Subtly complicated.
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It's Yuletide season!!

I couldn't let myself go to bed without getting my Yuletide recs out there. Part of the joy and challenge of Yuletide is getting recs out before the author reveal, thus the lack of authors on the recs. As such these recs are hasty and shorter than is my wont and, of course, no authors are listed. I'll edit and link back to this post after the reveal to reflect authoral attribution.

It's once again a fabulous season for the small fandoms, so fabulous that I've put my recs behind a cut for length.

ETA: Edited to include author names.

In Which A New Child Comes to the Forest by [livejournal.com profile] loligo - A.A. Milne - Winnie the Pooh books -- In which a now grown Christopher Robin brings his own son to the forest where he used to play. A lovely little story about parents and children and how we all need our own little corner of the 100 Acre Woods.

Trousers by [livejournal.com profile] kadrin - Blackadder -- A silly baudy little story that reads like it could be a lost episode from the Elizabethan years. "Lord Edmund Blackadder was concerned about the state of his tights."

Four Yules for Jane Brailsford by [livejournal.com profile] ekaterinn - Caroline Stevermer - College of Magic Series -- A glimpse of four moments in the life of Jane Brailsford. This is the kind of character-centric fic I love, just these little slices of time that cut straight to the heart of the character. Also, I love this fic just for existing. This is one of the fandoms I was really hoping would spawn fic this year.

Grown Men Do Things Together by [livejournal.com profile] kattahj - Coupling (UK) -- Jeff expounds his theory on how straight men watching straight porn together is inherintly a little bit gay. Drop-dead hilarious and the author captures Steve's voice perfectly.

Too Young, Too Old by [livejournal.com profile] vongroovy - C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia -- What's it like to go back to being a boy when you still can distantly remember being a grown man and king? A perceptive look at the awkward place Edmund finds himself in in The Vogage of the Dawn Treader.

Faith by [livejournal.com profile] fanaticalone - C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia -- Uncle Andrew dreams of Narnia and finds his way home. More than any other piece of Narnia fic I've ever read this story captures the spiritual feel and the faith at the heart of the books.

A Donne Deal by [livejournal.com profile] bronze_ribbons - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series -- Peter and Harriet go to dine with the Honourable Freddy Arbuthnot and his wife Rachel. There is banter and wordplay and Donne and a little bit of a mystery thrown in.

Whither Thou Goest by [livejournal.com profile] niahm_sama - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series -- Peter and Harriet's first Christmas together, snowed in at Talboys. A lovely evocative story that wondefully captures the feel and voices of Sayer's universe and characters.

Dear Friends and Ruin by [livejournal.com profile] mctabby - Frances Hodgsen Burnett - A Little Princess -- This is the kind of gem I look forward to finding in Yuletide. The story of Sarah's father and his friend Tom, in India and before. It's about love and friendship and the road to ruin and it's absolutely perfect.

Theseus and Ariadne Try Again by Vanzetti - Indiana Jones -- Marion Ravenwood has always been my favorite of Indy's love interests; she complements his strengths and has absolutely no time for his weaknesses. Here, Marion and Indy meet again, on the island of Crete, just in time for a German invasion. A great adventure in classic Indy style.

Even Later by [livejournal.com profile] sanj - Into the Woods -- The Ever after of the ever after. A short, perfect coda to the play.

Bed by [livejournal.com profile] jjtaylor - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series -- Holmes and Russell's changing relationship as shown in a series of moments on the periphery of sleep. Understated and lovely, only slightly marred by a somewhat abrupt ending.

Foolproof by [livejournal.com profile] millefiori - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series -- Despite his best efforts, Ivan just can't keep himself from worrying about By Vorrutyer. The premise is a little forced but the conflicted Ivan point of view is priceless.

The Talent of Imose by [livejournal.com profile] shusu - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series -- I love this story more than words can say. An Ivan-centric story that takes some of the most compelling loose ends left dangling around the Nexus and runs with them. A complex, twisty and tightly-paced plot, coupled with a stellar Ivan characterization makes this story a true delight from start to finish.

From Mathematics Further Off by [livejournal.com profile] fox1013 - Madeleine L'Engle Novels -- The mathematics of Meg's life. A lovely piece of character-exploration.

The Murmuring of Bees Has Ceased by [livejournal.com profile] gritkitty - Patrick O'Brien - Aubrey/Maturin Series -- Stephen's bees and a run in with some rather misguided French privateers make for a perfect little glimpse into Jack and Stephen's relationship and the value they place on each other.

Every Good Girl Does Fine by [livejournal.com profile] kissmeagain - Peanuts -- Every year it seems like there's one story that stands out as the piece everyone's reccing. This seems to be the one this year, and it's totally worth every rec. Yes, this really is Peanuts fic; not only that but it's the Peanuts gang all grown up. It's the story of Patty and Marcie's senior year of high school, so perfectly told I can see it all happening. They may be older but they are still utterly and completely themselves, from Patty's overdramatic gestures to Marcie's unflappable "sir"s and everything in between.

Two Must Be Twain by [livejournal.com profile] lyra_sena - Historical RPF -- It's Shakespeare/Marlow in iambic pentameter. Really, do I need to say any more?? Utterly and completely brilliant.

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by [livejournal.com profile] widget285 - Singin' in the Rain -- Don and Cosmo in the vaudeville days. A great look at their relationship and what keeps them together, with dialogue that simply sparkles.

In Bloom by [livejournal.com profile] ladyvyola - Stage Door -- A late night conversation between Jean and Terry that could have been written by Edna Ferber herself. The dialogue is razor sharp and I can almost see Ginger Rogers and Katherine Hepburn delivering the lines.
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Others have offered other things. All over my friendslist there is a wealth of poetry and song and remembrance.

For myself, I offer fic. Three stories for this day:

Letters Home by [livejournal.com profile] penknife - I have read The Secret Garden more times then I can even count, starting in about the 2nd grade. It's one of those books I never tire of, even though I know it by heart. Letters Home looks back in on Mary and Colin and Dickon as young adults, part of that generation forever changed by World War I. Colin and Dickon are stationed at the front, and in their letters and interactions we see a deeper and more complex adult version of the relationship forged in the book. Sometimes a fic feels so true, it becomes part of my own personal canon. This is one of those stories. In my head, this is as true as anything Burnett ever wrote.

Ring Out, Wild Bells, To the Wild Sky by [livejournal.com profile] keswindhover - Another war, and another set of characters burned indelibly upon my brain. It's winter of 1942 and Harriet Wimsey has come to Oxford to visit her nephew, St-George, in Radcliffe Hospital. Keswindhover shows us a glimpse of the Wimsey's just as the tide of war is beginning to turn and the cost has become all too clear. Her characterizations are lovely, her prose elegant and precise and her story, just plain beautiful.

For the Sake of a Wavering Light by [personal profile] commodorified - Because the war is never really over, even for the lucky ones. This is part of Marna and [personal profile] damned_colonial's All the King's Men Hornblower universe; an unspecified future, a nightmare, and comfort. It's a simple story with startling emotional depth, impossible to describe and impossible to forget.

The Secret Garden and Lord Peter stories above were both originally written for [community profile] yuletide, consider this an advanced pimp for all the amazing stories sure to come out of there this year.

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