leashy_bebes: (avenge this suckers [iron man & cap])
Oh my! This is something I promised to [livejournal.com profile] rearranged and [livejournal.com profile] badjujuboo, and is an in no way comprehensive list of things I've liked in Avengers fandom. Cutting by pairings because whoo boy, this got long! I haven't put anything in the way of summaries and tbh my laziness is so epic that this being anything more than a big list of ugly links feels like SUCH an accomplishment. Endless respect to people who actually rec properly omg.

Also! I've tried not to rec anything that is based in comic canon to such an extent that you actually need to know the canon beforehand. (AKA there are no post Civil War fics waiting to choke you with angst hurrah!)

edit: 23/10/2012 - OKAY so even just since posting this list I've read a few more awesome fics so I'm going to keep adding to this list intermittently. Enjoy!

Tony/Steve )


Clint/Coulson )


Bruce/Tony )


others, threesomes, moresomes, multiple pairings )

There absolutely MUST be amazing things I've missed out, so hey, drop anything in the comments that you think I/other people should read. As the list (especially the 'other' section) indicates, I will read pretty much anything haha.

WOW, I have done no work today because I kept rereading ALL THE THINGS. Happy sunday, guys.
leashy_bebes: (avenge this suckers [iron man & cap])
Oh my! This is something I promised to [livejournal.com profile] rearranged and [livejournal.com profile] badjujuboo, and is an in no way comprehensive list of things I've liked in Avengers fandom. Cutting by pairings because whoo boy, this got long! I haven't put anything in the way of summaries and tbh my laziness is so epic that this being anything more than a big list of ugly links feels like SUCH an accomplishment. Endless respect to people who actually rec properly omg.

Also! I've tried not to rec anything that is based in comic canon to such an extent that you actually need to know the canon beforehand. (AKA there are no post Civil War fics waiting to choke you with angst hurrah!)

edit: 23/10/2012 - OKAY so even just since posting this list I've read a few more awesome fics so I'm going to keep adding to this list intermittently. Enjoy!

Tony/Steve )


Clint/Coulson )


Bruce/Tony )


others, threesomes, moresomes, multiple pairings )

There absolutely MUST be amazing things I've missed out, so hey, drop anything in the comments that you think I/other people should read. As the list (especially the 'other' section) indicates, I will read pretty much anything haha.

WOW, I have done no work today because I kept rereading ALL THE THINGS. Happy sunday, guys.

♥ 030

Jun. 28th, 2013 10:47 pm
leashy_bebes: (feelings [don't lie i see them])
Title: Fortunate Son by mardia
Fandom: Star Trek (Reboot)
Rated: Explicit
Pairing: Kirk/McCoy
Word Count: 50k
Author's Summary: When Leonard McCoy is kidnapped and held for ransom, Jim Kirk and the Enterprise crew have no idea that the kidnapping is connected to McCoy's past as a young doctor on Tarsus IV.

Why I loved it: I have absolutely torn through this fic last night and today, and been completely gripped. The premise itself is really interesting - I've seen a lot of fics on how reboot Kirk would (fail) to deal with Tarsus but the whole point here is that maybe he was never there in this universe. Maybe a young, green, wet-behind-the-ears but still recognisably Bonesian Leonard McCoy was instead.

It's a wonderful, occasionally harrowing look at the outcomes of that possibility, and is told in alternating sections between now, when McCoy has been kidnapped, ostensibly for ransom, and Tarsus. There are a ton of wonderful OCs, and you know it's good when you cry over OC deaths. Which I did. A ton, so be warned on that front, I guess.

Really good, plotty, intrigue type fic, with many a TOS reference (Harry Mudd!) including an explanation of where TOS McCoy's baby blues got to. Go forth and adore.

can you guess which ao3 tags i have been trawling for fic recently? >.>

♥ 029

Jun. 18th, 2013 08:05 pm
leashy_bebes: (feelings [don't lie i see them])
Title: Switch (series) by Ceres_Libera
Fandom: Star Trek (Reboot)
Rated: Mature
Pairing: Kirk/McCoy, various other pairings including Kirk/OC and McCoy/OC
Word Count: ~265000 so far
Author's Summary: The life and times of Leonard H. McCoy MD/PhD … If Leonard McCoy's life could get any fucking weirder, it would be … Jesus, he didn't even want to think what that could possibly mean, because it's already been too fucking weird to make any kind of rational sense. A Starfleet Academy story, set in the ST:XI universe. (Summary of the first, 230k part)

Why I loved it: Oh god. Okay. Deep breaths. THIS. FUCKING. FIC.

I've devoured the complete parts over the last few days and just, augh. *incoherent flailing* There is just so much in here, you guys. So much world-building and so much psychology, and so many lovely (and heartbreaking) references to the wider canon. The really long first part follows Bones and Jim (through Bones's eyes) from when they first meet to an epilogue which takes place after the 2009 film ends and they are a little way into a five year mission.

I loooove academy fic anyway, but this is just so much more than an academy fic. There is such wonderful, heartbreaking detail about both their backgrounds, and the ways they try to find their places in the world. Bones's cynicism but also his empathy come through beautifully and Jim through Bones's eyes is just. Guh. Damaged and yet not in need of fixing, and so, so heartbreakingly young, in spite of everything. (PS, lots of Tarsus references, so, you know, be warned.)

There's another part of this still being written, which looks to be Gaila-centric, and I will be waiting with bated breath for that to be completed, because one thing this fic does is create a whole bunch of characters (some who are nods to TOS canon and some who are fresh) and bind them together, both as cadets and instructors and colleagues, until when Nero's attack finally comes it can't be anything other than completely heartbreaking.

Seriously guys. Run, don't walk, if only for McCoy's wonderful, glorious Gram. (But really for so much more than that.)

♥ 028

May. 8th, 2013 09:27 pm
leashy_bebes: (vivian [eeeeeeeeeee!!])
Title: A Lopsided Symmetry of Sin and Virtue by language_escapes
Fandom: Elementary
Rated: Teen
Pairing: Joan/Sherlock
Word Count: 25610
Author's Summary: "Joan thinks she should be less surprised by his sudden, “Watson, we’re getting married!” and yet, here she is, cooking her egg and trying not to be astonished."

Infants are vanishing, and Sherlock and Joan go undercover as a married couple to find their kidnappers.

Why I loved it: Okay so first of all, I was as pleased as anyone when the Elementary writers said that a romantic relationship was not their goal with Joan and Sherlock. But then they say things like "I think what you do is amazing" and "You already know I favour you" and "The thing that's different about me, empirically speaking, is you" and my brain catches on fire. Basically, I am in love with this show, and I am in love with the dynamic between Joan and Sherlock and tbh if they keep on doing what they're doing, I don't care if it eventually becomes a love relationship or remains a BFFs and awesome colleagues relationship. And honestly, I felt similarly through reading this fic. Whether the author had ended it with a romance or not, I would have been equally happy with this fic.

The case is, at times, harrowing, but I feel that that shows a lot of their strengths (particularly Joan's - her response was exactly the kind of classy and insightful behaviour the show has led me to expect), and as with the show, it's the relationship that makes it.

Okay, so as the summary says, they are undercover as a married couple, so they have all the best elements of that trope (closer contact, bed sharing etc) but it is done with the same level of respect for each other, and boundary negotiation that they demonstrate on the show. One of the things I really loved was how they differentiate certain touches and thoughts and feelings as belonging to their cover-selves, and some belonging to their true selves. There is a very lovely scene where Joan touches Sherlock's wrist, as she does often in the show (including in some of my favourite scenes) and that is their moment.

PLUS! Bonus Ms. Hudson. Run, don't walk.

sidebar: any other good Elementary fics out there? Shippy or gen, I am just in the mood because for anyone who doesn't follow my tumblr: I. AM. OBSESSED.
leashy_bebes: (vivian [eeeeeeeeeee!!])
The wonderfully talented and all around lovely [livejournal.com profile] mabonwitch promised me fic when I kicked my thesis into submission (academic puns are the best puns, y'all) and I gave the prompt of Steve and stockings, and received this amazing, gorgeous, hot, sensitive, funny, generally, you know, PERFECT genderqueer!Steve fic which you all need to go and read RIGHT NOW.

Just a taste by mabonwitch (4739 words, Steve/Tony, explicit)

I'm off for a(nother) reread because it is just that good. Thank you, love ♥

♥ 027

Apr. 20th, 2013 04:37 pm
leashy_bebes: (simon [weird kid])
Title: The USS Shield by raiining
Fandom: Avengers x Star Trek fusion
Rated: Unrated (I'd say. Teen? Ish?)
Pairing: Phil/Clint
Word Count: 4146
Author's Summary: The first time Phil notices Clint Barton, the man is - there is no other word for it - swaggering across the east courtyard in a set of tight fitting standard-issue first year workout clothes. Phil is on his way to his fourth-year strategic command initiatives lab and he doesn’t pause to watch the man stride across campus.

But he does slow down a little.

Why I loved it: What's that you say? You didn't know you needed this fusion in your life? NOR DID I. Well, now you do, so go read! This is a lovely, team-centric fic, showing how these disparate individuals come together to form a team. Avengers in space! Avengers in Starfleet! Go, go, go read!

♥ 026

Apr. 9th, 2013 07:55 pm
leashy_bebes: (doctor [bow ties are cool])
Title: We Are Built From Broken Parts by missbecky
Fandom: Avengers x Doctor Who crossover
Rated: Mature
Pairing: Steve/Tony
Word Count: 36146
Author's Summary: On his first day in office, Britain's new Prime Minister unleashes an alien terror upon the Earth. The Avengers are first formed to fight this threat - only to fail. Now the survivors are prisoners on board the Master's ship. And he has plans for them.

Why I loved it: YOUSE GUYS. So this is a crossover with the episodes Sound of Drums/Last of the Time Lords which are among some of my favourite episodes (weird floaty Time Lord moment aside *snerk*) but for those of you with minimal or no Who knowledge, I think you could totally still read and enjoy it, as it is from Tony's POV, not from that of a DW character.

Essentially, when The Master (bad guy) unleashes the Toclafane (killer...alien..sphere..things? Go with it), The Avengers are scrambled to deal with it. And they fail mightily and epically and what's left of them end up The Master's prisoners on The Valiant (couldn't help a giggle at the description of that ship as 'a poor man's helicarrier') for 'the year that never was'. Naturally The Master tries to enlist Tony in arming his ships, and Tony's response and rebellion fits so well with the DW story that I confess I squealed a little in glee.

Do pay attention to the tags on the story (temporary character death, and torture in particular) but I do recommend this one a lot. As I said to the author, I would pay actual cashmonies for Natasha and Martha's story because please. Who run the world, etc. The ending is not what I was expecting, but it works and I wouldn't describe it as an unhappy ending. Go, flist, go. Awesome fic.

♥ 025

Mar. 23rd, 2013 09:35 pm
leashy_bebes: (brb studying [academia rocks :|])
Title: Murder at the Savoy Hotel by orderlychaos
Fandom: Avengers
Rated: Teen and up
Pairings: Clint/Phil
Word Count: 48445
Author's Summary: Phillip Coulson, the famous detective, strode through the revolving doors of the Savoy Hotel just before seven in the evening. When Phil walked up to the reception, the clerk behind the desk smiled warmly in greeting. “It is a pleasure to see you again, Mr Coulson,” he said. “How may I help you this evening?”

When tragedy strikes at the Savoy Hotel, a beautiful socialite is found dead in her room. Her prized possesion, the Blue Star Diamond is stolen amongst the chaos. Detective Inspector Sitwell of Scotland Yard calls on the famous detective Phillip Coulson for help on the case.

Except nothing is quite what it seems and Phil must decide whether he can trust the help of the infamous scoundrel Clint Barton as they sift through intrigue, scandal and secrets to solve the MURDER AT THE SAVOY HOTEL.

Why I Loved It: LOOKIT THAT SUMMARY. It's a 30s Christie-esque AU with murder and mystery and stolen gemstones. WHY WOULD I NOT LOVE IT? WHY WOULD ANYONE NOT LOVE IT?!

Augh, you guys, it's just so well-plotted and the romance is sweet and bits of canon are slotted in beautifully. I keep thinking OH AND THAT CHARACTER, I LOVED THEM TOO, about, f'rinstance, Bucky, or Pepper, or Bruce. I must make a special mention of the scenes with Clint and Natasha. Wonderfully done, and paints their relationship as a family of choice in a really lovely, convincing way, without overlong trips to the department of backstory.

Best part! It's the first part of a series! There isn't any more yet, but I swear I haven't hit the subscribe button on AO3 so fast for a long time.

spoiler alert: this will not be the only Christie-esque fic I rec on this list. Fandom is a wonderful thing.

♥ 024

Mar. 19th, 2013 12:27 am
leashy_bebes: (remember budapest? [very differently])
Title: We were emergencies by gyzym
Fandom: Avengers
Rated: Explicit
Pairings: Clint/Natasha

Author's Summary: It's not about being unmade; it's about remaking, one aching step at a time.
Word Count: 37154

Why I Loved It: Augh. I feel like this is probably one of those fics that ruins me for all others. I don't always ship this pairing but when it works it's amazing. I would suggest you read the author's note at the end, as there are, as the author states, some parallels with a rape narrative. Basically the story is about the aftermath of brainwashing and memory-futzing. Post-Loki, Clint finds that he wasn't the only one whose mind was messed with - Natasha really does believe love is for children (again) and she doesn't remember their relationship.

This is a really gorgeously done look at how they might start to get past that, how they might mesh up their pasts when they're so full of gaps and times they've been taken apart. As well as the premise, and the obviously excellent writing (because it's gyzym) I really love the fact that this story is about two dangerous, slightly scary people in love.

Also! Not one but two podfics available for this one.

&023;

Feb. 24th, 2013 04:37 pm
leashy_bebes: (Default)
Title: Love in the Three-Ninth Kingdom by lavvyan, podfic by kalakirya
Fandom: Avengers (movie verse)
Rated: G
Pairings: Clint/Phil

Author's Summary: Clint and Coulson are in mutually unrequited love. Natasha has no patience for their drama. And if the world were a nicer place to live in, she wouldn't have to deal with it. Alas.
Word Count: ~4500

Why I Loved It:
Oh my godddd. This fic. THIS FIC. Outsider POV is another of those things that only work for me occasionally. This one is so, so good. Natasha watches Clint fall for Coulson and I'm pretty sure strains something rolling her eyes. Then Coulson falls for Clint and all is well right? RIGHT? NO. Because men are stupid. Obviously, this being Natasha POV, she has the best lines and I want to kiss someone for the existence of dialogue like this: "I would call you a chicken, but they have very effective mating rituals," she points out. "You don't. The chicken is your superior."

I just smile the whole way through reading this fic every time.

♥ 022

Feb. 23rd, 2013 04:52 pm
leashy_bebes: (Default)
Title: Teethe and Suffer Well by laufeyette
Fandom: Being Human (UK)
Rated: Explicit
Pairings: Hal Yorke/Tom McNair

Author's Summary: Tom helps Hal resist his instincts // The evening before the night after
Word Count: ~3300 // ~3700

Why I Loved It:
It's really hard to find fic for this fandom, and it's even harder to find fic which is a) in character, b) SUPER-HOT, and c) actually believable within canon. This ticks all the boxes for me, and I really have to admire an author who can keep Tom a sweetie but also a werewolf with hangups, and Hal painfully awkward and ritual-obsessed but also a deadly Old One. Oh, and if it makes a difference to anyone, they're both set in S4, so Annie is the resident ghost :) Adorable.

♥ 021

Feb. 5th, 2013 10:16 pm
leashy_bebes: (dexter [holy shit what's that])
Title: A Statue Strong Enough For Two by lady_ragnell
Fandom: Merlin
Rated: Explicit
Pairing: Elena/Mithian

Author's summary: Elena is a street-level superhero--she's never been one of the ones who wanted glory. Now, though, a visit from an old enemy forces her to step up and see what she might have to do with the Sidhe who invaded and were sent away twenty years ago. Luckily, she has fellow superheroes, especially the Huntress, to back her up, and a new girlfriend in her regular life to make things feel more normal. (Though nothing, of course, can ever be normal when you've got a secret identity.)
Word count: 39k

Why I loved it: SUPERHEROES! PLOT! FEMSLASH! SECRET IDENTITIES! AWESOME POWERS! WHY ARE YOU STILL READING THIS POST AND NOT THE STORY?

Still here? Okay. I saw the author post about this fic on tumblr and downloaded it from AO3 SO FAST OMG because of the aforementioned capslocky reasons. And then reality, augh, boo, so I only got around to starting it last night, and I absolutely loved every minute of it. I will be rereading it very soon.

The love story and associated conflict are very, very well done, but what really makes this story for me is SUPERHEROES. I don't want to spoil you guys for the PURE GLEE you will probably feel (if you are a bit of a nerd) on hearing various superhero names and abilities. Just wonderful.

I said in my comment on AO3 that if I was an arty type, I would be making comic fanart of this fic RIGHT NOW, because it is just so recognisably that kind of world. It would fit so gorgeously in a graphic novel, I can perfectly picture so much of it.

Don't walk, run.

♥ 020

Dec. 4th, 2012 05:38 pm
leashy_bebes: (dexter [holy shit what's that])
Title: Mistakes of Our Youth by candle-beck
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (Ritchie movies)
Rated: Explicit
Pairings: Holmes/Watson

Author's Summary: It's the backstory; it's how they got here.
Word Count: 31000

Why I Loved It:
This fic is stupendously, beautifully written. The dialogue is wonderful and the messy emotions are so perfectly realised, and the story fits perfectly into and around canon.

Caveat: YOU WILL CRY LIKE A BABY. Well, you might not, but I did. It's one of those fics where you reach the end, keep frantically page-down-ing for a while, then you reach for the blankets/strong alcohol and you cry and cry while realising that this heartbreak was the most beautiful thing. (I have actually only read this twice, which is unusual for the fics I'm reccing for 100 things, but it is agony in the way that great writing can be.)

Additional fair warning (which is totally an incentive and goes to show how awesome the writing is): this fic has become an irreversible part of my movie-head-canon and I sometimes cry at stupid moments during the first film now. Hey ho.

Come on, flist. I know you love fics that rip your heart out with emotion and heartbreak and I-want-to-shake-you-roughly-by-the-throat character moments that just work so perfectly.

(Comfort blanket: Go read The Greek Problem by the same author aftwards.)

♥ 019

Nov. 4th, 2012 03:25 pm
leashy_bebes: (Default)
Title: Ironsides by copperbadge
Fandom: Avengers
Rated: explicit
Pairings: Tony (Antonia)/Steve

Author's Summary:
Antonia Carter Stark takes no shit and no prisoners.
Word Count: 23000

Why I Loved It:
Okay, so genderswap doesn't always do it for me, but this shot instantly to the top of the list of those that do. Honestly, just so so good in all kinds of ways (duh. There's a reason some authors are a must read whatever fandom they meander into haha). I was initially really taken by the title because omg yes, what a perfect spin on things.

And then the little tweaks to canon that come from the gender swap are awesomely done too. I particularly enjoyed the take on Tony's relationships with Pepper and Clint (Carl from legal! Yes to all of this!!) The changes never feel awkward or shoe-horned in, but at the same time, Tony is still very much Tony. Just a chick. A badass, awesome, kind of asshole chick. And she knows it. And so does Steve. But he is dumbface in love anyway.

Go read. Genderswap done so, so, sososo right.

♥ 018

Oct. 13th, 2012 03:47 pm
leashy_bebes: (billionaire genius etc [good with shiny])
Title: keep your heart around (you might need it some day) by llassah
Fandom: Avengers
Rated: G
Pairings: Tony/Pepper, but it's mostly gen

Author's Summary:
Tony Stark finds himself as a de-aged Loki Odinsson's temporarily designated parental figure, through no fault of his own. Responsible superhero co-parenting doesn't just involve feeding, housing and clothing a tiny Asgardian, it involves rubber ducks, transdimensional vortexes at bathtime, fruit parties, pictures of robots that draw other robots and hoverboards (eventually), as the team keep Loki safe while they look for a solution.
Word Count: 34000

Why I Loved It:
Aw man, this is freaking adorable. I like de-aged fics when they're done well, which this definitely is. There are some really adorable moments (bathtime! Aunty Nick!), some lovely, touching dialogue, and a scene with Odin that didn't make me want to throw him off a cliff? That is an achievement!

Mainly, I love that this fic absolutely doesn't labour the point of Tony's issues. Howard is never mentioned, and Tony's own childhood is barely referred to, but it all fits so well and this line? This line is my absolute favourite: "He damn well stuck to his cardinal rule: don't send a child away because you're busy."

Seriously guys. Rubber duckies, blanket forts, cuddles, trying to explain the whole Jotun deal to bb Loki. Shoo, go read, it is exceptionally feelgood weekend reading :)

♥ 018

Oct. 13th, 2012 03:47 pm
leashy_bebes: (billionaire genius etc [good with shiny])
Title: keep your heart around (you might need it some day) by llassah
Fandom: Avengers
Rated: G
Pairings: Tony/Pepper, but it's mostly gen

Author's Summary:
Tony Stark finds himself as a de-aged Loki Odinsson's temporarily designated parental figure, through no fault of his own. Responsible superhero co-parenting doesn't just involve feeding, housing and clothing a tiny Asgardian, it involves rubber ducks, transdimensional vortexes at bathtime, fruit parties, pictures of robots that draw other robots and hoverboards (eventually), as the team keep Loki safe while they look for a solution.
Word Count: 34000

Why I Loved It:
Aw man, this is freaking adorable. I like de-aged fics when they're done well, which this definitely is. There are some really adorable moments (bathtime! Aunty Nick!), some lovely, touching dialogue, and a scene with Odin that didn't make me want to throw him off a cliff? That is an achievement!

Mainly, I love that this fic absolutely doesn't labour the point of Tony's issues. Howard is never mentioned, and Tony's own childhood is barely referred to, but it all fits so well and this line? This line is my absolute favourite: "He damn well stuck to his cardinal rule: don't send a child away because you're busy."

Seriously guys. Rubber duckies, blanket forts, cuddles, trying to explain the whole Jotun deal to bb Loki. Shoo, go read, it is exceptionally feelgood weekend reading :)

♥ 017

Oct. 9th, 2012 02:24 pm
leashy_bebes: (billionaire genius etc [good with shiny])
Title: Clueless, or: How I Learned To Stop Being a Selfish Prick and Love a Capsicle by withthepilot
Fandom: Avengers
Rated: Explicit
Pairings: Tony/Steve, Clint/Phil, Jane/Thor, Bruce/Pepper, with bits of other pairings in there too.

Author's Summary: Okay, so you're probably thinking, This guy seems like a total douche.

You're half right. But seriously, I'm a completely normal teenager. A normal genius-billionaire-philanthropist-playboy teenager. Who goes to a school for government agents and superheroes in training. Every morning, I get up, trim my goatee, take a shot of Jack Daniels (which Ke$ha totally stole from me, by the way), and pick out my school clothes.

A Clueless AU, starring Tony Stark.

Word Count: 37k

Why I Loved It: COME BACK HERE RIGHT THIS INSTANT. Yes I said Clueless AU. I love Clueless, okay? A lot. So as soon as I saw this I clicked with mixed hopes because it just seemed so out there, you know? But then out there AUs are golden when they work. And this so, so completely worked for me.

Obviously, Tony is Cher and Steve Josh, but I'm not going to say who everyone else is because I want people to giggle-snort the same way I did when various bits became clear. There's a smattering of dialogue lifted from the film (I was most disappointed that my life motto – I'm totally buggin'! I feel like such a bonehead! – was not there, but still, minor detail) which also works well.

Mainly, I love this fic because it cracked me the fuck up during a fit of insomnia the other night, which is just what I needed. The dialogue sparkles in both a Tony-esque and a Clueless-esque way. Also! I don't listen to podfics so often, but for those of you so inclined, there's a link to a recording in the author's notes.

♥ 017

Oct. 9th, 2012 02:24 pm
leashy_bebes: (billionaire genius etc [good with shiny])
Title: Clueless, or: How I Learned To Stop Being a Selfish Prick and Love a Capsicle by withthepilot
Fandom: Avengers
Rated: Explicit
Pairings: Tony/Steve, Clint/Phil, Jane/Thor, Bruce/Pepper, with bits of other pairings in there too.

Author's Summary: Okay, so you're probably thinking, This guy seems like a total douche.

You're half right. But seriously, I'm a completely normal teenager. A normal genius-billionaire-philanthropist-playboy teenager. Who goes to a school for government agents and superheroes in training. Every morning, I get up, trim my goatee, take a shot of Jack Daniels (which Ke$ha totally stole from me, by the way), and pick out my school clothes.

A Clueless AU, starring Tony Stark.

Word Count: 37k

Why I Loved It: COME BACK HERE RIGHT THIS INSTANT. Yes I said Clueless AU. I love Clueless, okay? A lot. So as soon as I saw this I clicked with mixed hopes because it just seemed so out there, you know? But then out there AUs are golden when they work. And this so, so completely worked for me.

Obviously, Tony is Cher and Steve Josh, but I'm not going to say who everyone else is because I want people to giggle-snort the same way I did when various bits became clear. There's a smattering of dialogue lifted from the film (I was most disappointed that my life motto – I'm totally buggin'! I feel like such a bonehead! – was not there, but still, minor detail) which also works well.

Mainly, I love this fic because it cracked me the fuck up during a fit of insomnia the other night, which is just what I needed. The dialogue sparkles in both a Tony-esque and a Clueless-esque way. Also! I don't listen to podfics so often, but for those of you so inclined, there's a link to a recording in the author's notes.

♥ 016

Sep. 11th, 2012 11:56 am
leashy_bebes: (dexter [holy shit what's that])
Title: Aripâ by foxxcub
Fandom: Avengers
Rated: Explicit
Pairings: Clint/Phil, Clint/Natasha

Author's Summary: "I wish I could fly," he whispers.
Word Count: 11.7k

Why I Loved It:
!!!!! OKAY. First of all, I am assiduously avoiding any and all Clint backstory fic until I've finished my own. I made an exception for this one, because foxxcub's Avengers fics are AMAZING. And also, in all honesty, I was expecting to only like this for the writing. Because wing-fic. Which, even though I've pretty much ALWAYS been in fandoms where wing-fic makes total sense, it has never, ever done it for me. I'm just like eh, wings.

ANYWAY, ignore that, clearly I was some kinda stupid because this fic is AMAZING. The parts about Clint's life before he came into SHIELD are largely comic canon (so watch out for potential triggers in the forms of physical and emotional abuse) and they encapsulate so, so well all the reasons I am fascinated with this dude. Particularly fantastic are the scenes with Natasha and the way Clint's puppy love turns into the BroTP of my fucking heart okay. (Headcanon all over the place oh god.)

The way that both Clint and Natasha grow into their places within SHIELD is brilliantly done, and Coulson's presence is, again, just total headcanon for me, in that he's this source of calm that Clint doesn't quite understand and probably would never have imagined he needed but augh *hands*

LOVE THIS FIC/PAIRING/WRITER/POINT IN PRE-MOVIE-CANON.

Go go go!

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