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There's an ongoing fill over at avengerkink that I love to pieces but is getting little to no feedback and it's making me fret, I'm not even joking. So this is me spreading the word. I hope you guys like the story as much as I do, maybe even enough to leave the author some love. :D?

The WIP gets updated pretty regularly and updates normally come in nice big chunks. It's a Clint centric fill, Tony's POV, and gen so far but heavy on Clint&Tony. The author says it might turn into Clint/Tony if it feels right; at this point I'd be happy either way (to my surprise; I normally prefer my fic relationship flavored). I don't want to spoil the story too much but basically Clint is a shapeshifter. Terrible things have happened to him because people found out about his ability so he keeps it a secret. The team finds out and after the initial freak-out Clint slowly learns to embrace that side of him, but then his past comes back to haunt him.

Tony's POV is fun (he has the best one-liners), and there are lots of subtle moments between Clint and Tony that are just really enjoyable. The rest of the team are present and involved, too, which is another thing I adore. It's well-written and slow-building and, just... (Somebody give Clint a hug.)

I JUST REALLY LOVE THIS STORY, OKAY. /happy tears

And can I just say that this kind of WIP encompasses all that I love so much about The Kink Meme Experience (which is one of my favorite fandom things ever)? Finding a WIP that you like, tracking it, flailing in your chair when updates arrive in your inbox and then dropping everything to read them, loving on the anon author. Just, yes. <3

eta; As it turns out the author is also updating the story on AO3 as they write! Genus Panthera by harcourt. :D
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To those of you wondering right this moment where the heck I came from, chances are you put your name down at a friending meme recently, maybe even mentioned the Avengers as an interest, in which case I swooped you right up. Hi. :)

I got absolutely nothing done today and am a little desperate for that sweet feeling of accomplishment, so how about some recs? (They've been piling up, and up, and watch out, avalanche!) Alas, still no spoiler cut on DW. I'll try to keep my commentary to a (unspoiler-y) minimum. (Which might be for the best actually, there are a few fics here that make me want to keysmash and bounce in my seat I love them so much.)

Recs: The Avengers



And Has Time Enough by [archiveofourown.org profile] wanttobeatree (Steve/Tony. 15684. PG.)
Tony asks if they have met. It's a matter of perspective. (Think "A Time Traveller's Wife" only less creepy. Wonderful execution, one of my very favorites, must. not. keysmash.)

A Fire to be Kindled by [archiveofourown.org profile] kepteinen (Steve/Tony. 15685. PG-13.)
It makes perfect sense, of course. The serum gave Steve the perfect body, so why wouldn’t it also give him the perfect mind? In the quietness of his own mind, Tony can admit he’s a little stung Steve didn’t tell him, but he’s not really surprised.

Secrets of a Successful Marriage by [archiveofourown.org profile] valtyr (Steve/Tony. 24118. NC-17.)
Tony Stark lives a double life; he's secretly the supervillain known as Iron Man. But his loving husband Steve has a few secrets of his own, as Tony is about to discover. (DELIGHTFUL.)

Someone to Love by [archiveofourown.org profile] blue_jack (Steve/Tony. 47162. R.)
I hesitate to c/p the summary because it spoils the big reveal/plot twist in the middle of the story. Which is unfortunate because I love this fic, it hurt so good and was very satisfying emotionally. But oh, that summary. :( So if you feel comfortable going into a story blind, I encourage you to. If you feel safer having read all the notes/warnings, best do that.

you, maybe not essentially you, somebody else by [livejournal.com profile] dorcas_gustine (Crossover w/The Losers. Jensen/Tony. 10439. R.)
"That's crazy man," he says. "I mean, I get Stark flying around shooting lasers from his hands, he's got a British house after all, but man... Captain America." (I love Jensen. I love Tony. This was basically perfect before it even began. But yes, so much fun.)

flying (just far enough) from the sun by [archiveofourown.org profile] isawet (Pepper/Steve/Tony. 20306. Unrated.)
Steve doesn’t stop to really consider the depth of Tony’s character until the dust has both literally and metaphorically settled on the ruins of Stark Tower. (One of my favorite threesomes in this fandom. <3)

A.I.s and Lullabies by [archiveofourown.org profile] Echo (Gen. 21687. PG-13.)
Tony is suddenly a quiet, wary five year old boy. The rest of the team are less than completely sure about what to do about that. (This fic, oh my god. I cried, okay? I cried so much, and that rarely ever happens to me when it comes to fic, gah.)

the modern world is awesome and so are you by anon at [livejournal.com profile] capkink (Steve/Tony. PG.)
For the prompt, When Steve wakes up, SHIELD wants him to spend some time talking to therapists and visit some doctors and acclimate him slowly back into the world in the healthiest manner possible. They're waiting to introduce him to the modern world until they're certain he's stable. Tony thinks it's taking too long and is boring and he just really wants to show Steve all the cool shit he's missed out on. So while wearing his armor, he breaks Steve out and carries him as he flies him around and is basically all I can showww you the world, shining shimmering splendid, etc. Steve is somewhere between terrified and fascinated. Tony eventually returns him, but keeps kidnapping him every couple days or so. They're both surprised by how much they look forward to these little 'dates' each week. (Short and sweet. ♥)

Doubt the Stars by [archiveofourown.org profile] someidiothasice (Steve/Tony. 5435. R.)
"Tell Pepper and Rhodey... tell them I couldn't have done it without them. Can you do that for me?" Steve blinked and the feed went clear again. He felt something hot run down his face. "And Steve? What should I tell him?" Clint asked quietly. There was a short intake of breath, but Steve couldn't tell who it was from. "Tell Steve--" Tony's voice got strangled for a moment before he cleared his throat, "nothing. Don't tell him anything. There's nothing I could say that he would want to hear, anyway." (I didn't cry but my eyes definitely burnt, y'all.)

How to Lose a Super Soldier in One Easy Step by [archiveofourown.org profile] and_backagain & [archiveofourown.org profile] jibrailis (Steve/Tony. 18248. NC-17.)
Rogers jerks backwards, shock registering on his face, and Tony thinks, welcome back to the land of the living, Cap, looks like you're sticking around. Or, a Pushing Daisies AU. (I repeat, Pushing Daisies AU. Yet another keysmash alert, eep.)

Let's get lost in your ferrari by [archiveofourown.org profile] attice (Steve/Tony. 5223. NC-17.)
"Show me," Steve says, pressing his hip against the cool metal. "Is it as fast as it looks?" (Car sex. Hot like burning. Yep.)

Late Delivery by [archiveofourown.org profile] tsukinofaerii (Steve/Tony. 6909. PG-13.)
When Tony was little, he once wrote a letter to Santa begging for the one thing he wanted most in the world. What Tony didn't know is that Santa always delivers... eventually. (If you know me at all then you know that winter/holiday themed fic is a surefire way to my heart, and this was so.. okay, a little sad but mostly cute and fluffy and happy making. <333)

Perspective by [archiveofourown.org profile] Silverlace_Vine (Bruce/Steve/Tony. 40780. NC-17.)
Steve walks in on Tony and Bruce, and it changes everything. (This is me, putting my foot down. There are two moments in this that may want you to back-button. I know this because I almost did, and I've read discussions where others said that's what they did. But seriously you guys, this is a good one. The relationship builds at just the right pace, and the ending is solid, and it's only two paragraphs out of almost 41k that may be a bit backbutton-y. Don't give up!)

Not Quite Method by [archiveofourown.org profile] autoschediastic (RPF. RDJ/Tony. 841. R.)
"If I were Christian fucking Bale, or Jesus Christ help me, Clooney in the nipple suit, gearing up to play Bruce fictional fucking Wayne, he'd send me a fucking fictional helicopter." (No, you don't understand. Robert Downey Jr. Slash. Tony Stark. I just. I love fandom. ;_;)

And that's not even half of my "to rec" list but I ran out of time. I also have some Teen Wolf and Merlin and um, The Losers and stuff? But, next time. Have a good one, flist!
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You know how I said in the past that I'm physically incapable of participating in more than one fandom at a time? Well, I don't know what happened but I'm currently reading Merlin fic, Sherlock fic, the occasional Supernatural fic, and... then Avengers happened. That I haven't seen the movie yet doesn't seem to matter (though I did re-watch Iron Man I + II and Captain America). STEVE/TONY = ALL THE HEARTS. Their love is made of hotness and snark and PTSD and possibly kittens. Yes.

It doesn't help that my f-list linked me to this fanart.

Click for Steve kissing Tony... with tongue... while suited up. )

How am I supposed to function like a proper adult in the face of that, huh? Huh??


I... don't remember where that's from, sowwy.


Don't tell me that never happened, I'll stare at it for a bajillion years anyway.

So, yeah. Rendered useless by fandom yet again. AO3 tries to be helpful by being down all the time. It's too bad I turn into a F5ing rage monster when AO3 goes down and thus don't get anything done anyway. Thanks for the attempted intervention, I guess?

Three stories I can recommend if you're so inclined:

Arms And The Man by sam-storyteller @DW
His best friend keeps cockblocking him, his relationship guru is a computer, and he might be gay. The future is very complicated.

The reason you ruminate the shadowy past by Mizzy @AO3
So, Captain America effectively manages to cockblock Tony for a year. It's not Steve's fault. Well, actually, it is. But he was just proving a point - that if a superhero is gay, how can it be wrong? Steve just picked the wrong superhero to make the point with. Now America will think they're dating - and Tony's not going to be the guy to break Captain America's heart. There's only one way out. To save face, Steve and Tony have to become fake boyfriends. Steve thinks the "boyfriends" bit will be the hardest to act... but maybe it's the "fake" part that will be the hardest act of all...

(First Impressions Are) A Work in Progress by porthos @AO3
Tony has a point system for the times he can get Steve to be less than perfect.

Yup.
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Merlin recs

ARTWORK

Untitled by yumribbun@tumblr
Comments Beautiful sketch of Arthur and Merlin, modern AU style.

Untitled by avali@tumblr
Comments Arthur in the rain, wearing armor. I want to know who commissioned this just so I can thank them profusely for allowing the artist to share this with the rest of us.

Embrace by [livejournal.com profile] enednoviel
Comments Pencil drawing. Arthur embracing Merlin. Very nice.

What Colin Does by thefanboyfiles@tumblr
Comments A graphic from the "What X Thinks Y Does" series that made the rounds. Goes, "What friends think I do", "What my mom thinks I do", accompanied by pictures. I highly approve of the last one, "What I really do". ;)


FICTION (All Merlin/Arthur.)

Fundamental Imperfection @ AO3 by [livejournal.com profile] starlingthefool (R, 12k)
Summary In which an argument about Dickens leads to a Twitter scandal, broken bones, midnight conversations, and transatlantic longing. (Or, an AU with Arthur and Merlin as moderately famous authors.)

Something Yellow This Time (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] giselleslash (PG, 3.8k)
Summary Merlin owns a flower shop. Arthur is a frequent customer with a tragic love life.

Every Story is a Love Story (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell (NC-17, 24.6k)
Summary Camelot Publishing publishes romance novels, and when Arthur founds a new imprint of gay romance and invites his best friend and pet writer Merlin to write for it, it's a bit too easy to miss the fact that apparently he's living in one.

Can't Buy Me Love (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] shes_gone (NC-17, 20k)
Summary In which it's 1964, Camelot is an advertising agency with a budget problem, Merlin is a copywriter who loves to twist, and Arthur is a junior partner who loves to shout. More or less.

Being with You @ AO3 by [livejournal.com profile] ella_bane (NC-17, 12.5k)
Summary Merlin is gay. Arthur isn't. When they meet, their mutual attraction can't be denied. But then it is. Sexy times and angsty times ensue. And it all happens in less than a day.

Stumble Into Faith (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] leashy_bebes (R, 4.5k)
Summary Arthur returns from a deadly mission, and Merlin is concerned.



Question: how do you guys define "modern AU"? Do you count any AUs set in modern times, or...? Because I found that for myself I define it as set in modern times and with a certain dynamic, that being: Arthur as a business man, Uther as his boss, Daddy Issues Of Some Sort, and most of the supporting cast star as friends or employees. Anything else I would call "AU". Am I doing it wrong? What's the general consensus here.
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I promised these recs to a bunch of you, sorry to keep you waiting. Apparently "Tomorrow, hopefully. Maybe. I'll try!" is the new "In a month." Argh.

Sherlock

VIDS

Starting off with a couple new vid recs. No sadness this time around!


Hey Na Na @ YouTube
Comments Some of the best bits of the first two season two episodes wrapped in a cute, bubbly song. I keep rewatching this whenever I need a "remember how awesome season two was?" boost.

sherlock song spoof @ YouTube
Comments Sherlock set to various song snippets. So many laughs. My favorite is probably 1:30, which starts with John wondering why everyone thinks they're dating and—no, no I won't spoil that for you, see for yourself. *g*

Lies, Lies by [livejournal.com profile] legoline
Comments "Now here's the sun, it's alright! (Lies, lies!)" Beautifully edited Sherlock vid. (Okay, fine. Maybe a tiny bit of sadness.)


FICTION

When I began looking for Sherlock fic I quickly got overwhelmed, not knowing where to start. So I took a closer look at the asexual!Sherlock trope and focused on that for a while, which is why there's a fair bit of asexual!Sherlock in here. Turns out it's one of my favorite things! It just ties in so neatly with my love for first times and only you and misunderstandings and confusion followed by happy endings, mmm.

These are all Sherlock/John. I tried to supply alternative links (LJ and AO3) where available. 18 recs this time around (gotta work off that backlog, oof). The summary is the summary given by the author. I haven't commented on all of them, that would've taken too long seeing as I really wanted them to go up today lest it takes me another four weeks, tralala. /o\


Planet Sherlock (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] pir8fancier (NC-17, 6k)
Summary John and Sherlock devise a rating system for their sexual encounters.
Comments John compares sex to murder to make Sherlock understand how much he enjoys sex. Excellent idea (if you ask me, *g*).

The Second Law of Thermodynamics (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] entangled_now (NC-17, 16k)
Summary In which there's no heating and there's a dead owl in Sherlock's bed.
Comments A series of four stories. The link goes to the serious tag on LJ and the series page on AO3. The first asexual!Sherlock fic I read.

The World on His Wrist & Elsewhere Come Morning (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost (AU, PG-13 & NC-17, 67k)
Summary First, he is shot in Afghanistan. Second, he wakes to a phone call in Chelmsford, Essex. Third is pain, fourth is normalcy, fifth is agony and sixth is confusion. By the eighth, he's lost track.
Comments You know how sometimes you read something that is so well done you don't even know what to do with yourself? John switches between different realities, something he has no control over. In one he's still serving in Afghanistan, another is the one we know, in the third Sherlock didn't survive A Study in Pink, and in the fourth John saves Sherlock's life but keeps his distance. I have no idea how the author kept the realities straight, but they did and it's amazing and fascinating and I can't recommend this story highly enough.

Let You Kiss Me (So Sweet and So Soft) (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] out_there (PG, 8.7k)
Summary The first time Sherlock kisses him, John keeps his eyes open, and so does Sherlock, and mostly, he wonders what Sherlock could possibly be up to. There'll be some logic to this. Some ridiculous experiment about body warmth or respiratory rates or testing a new way of picking pockets. Sherlock does the unimaginable for bizarre reasons, but behind it, there's always logic and curiosity. Sometimes, it just takes him a while to explain it to John.
Comments This gave me so many happy, fluffy feelings. Oh, John. Oh, Sherlock. ♥

Behavioural Modification (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost (NC-17, 23k)
Summary Whatever it took, he was going to make this work.
Comments Asexual!Sherlock. In Sherlock's mind it's perfectly reasonable to provide John with sex in exchange for tea (since, you know, he doesn't really want sex in return). John doesn't quite see it that way. Sherlock's POV, misunderstandings, a fair bit of angst. Delicious!

Moar! )


Done, whew. Let me know if there are any broken links lurking about in there.