Or, Stuff I liked this year.
I'ts worth mentioning that as I'm hopelessly behind, the stuff I liked this year isn't particularly current, but it's still good. It's still good!
My favourite fic I read this year has to be Samarkand Nights
, by Hyarrowen
. It's an old fic (2011) for an old fandom (Shakespeare's Henry V, believe it or not) but anyone who has ever read any of my stuff knows that I'm a real sucker for travelogues, and this story doesn't disappoint. This is part of a series -the second story in Henry's Journey-and I'm not familiar with the characters-but my God, it works. It works well. The descriptions of the landscape and period details are spot on and very beautiful. Plus, she has another series called Jumping o'er Times
where the same characters time travel and fight dinosaurs
. Warning for very mild slash.
The fic that made me laugh most this year is Steve Rogers at 100: Celebrating Captain America on Film
by eleveninches, Febricant, hellotailor, M_Leigh, neenya and tigrrmilk. This is a spot-on and very funny fic about Captain America and Bucky Barnes reviewing all the movies about Captain America and Bucky Barnes that have been made since Steve Rogers went away.The beginning is dry, but it warms up.Contains movie posters. It's not a new fic, so you might have read this one. Regardless, it's still ten thousand words of pure comedy gold.
The smartest fic I read this year is Wasp Harvest
. You know how you read books by authors and realize pretty instantaneously that they're much smarter than you? This is one of the few times I've felt this in a fic. Contains historical footnotes-and you know how I love historical footnotes. Bucky Barnes's transformation under the hands-and syringes-of Armin Zola and Alexander Pierce. Warning for being extremely long and also extremely dark. I'm not kidding about the darkness, so read with the light on.
As a unicorn chaser for that last one, here's a funny piece of fluff. From A Seed
, in which Loki convinces Tony Stark he gave birth to a pot plant-mild warnings for mpreg but you know, Loki,
and for a more recent fandom, You're Awful
, in which the ginger mook from Star Wars; The Force Awakens gives Kylo Ren a piece of his mind. Or several pieces. Funny crackfic.
This Christmas I participated in a fic/art Christmas exchange: I wrote the AC short Tale of the Thief, which I'll post here soon after editing, and received this awesome piece of fanart for my AC Crusaders series in return. I love all the little details, like the Apple, Nusaybah's scarf, and the eagle feathers. And that's Malik, Altair, Nusaybah and Marid around the edges of the map. I have a particular weakness for fanart that doesn't show the characters faces, but I also got another character piece of Malik too1 I love love love fanart :D
A great way to start the year.
I nearly forgot! Another three sentence fill, The Most Stupid Disguise Ever
for the prompt: Assassin's Creed, Altair and Malik, Prohibition AU,
by the awesome caroline
I love this one :) Especially the smug smile on Altair's face.
Fics written for my prompts for the three sentence ficathon-thanks again to caramelsilver
There is another by syrena_of_the_lake for the prompt: Star Wars, any, demons and desires and dark sides
From the moment Luke told her who she really was, the afterimage of Tatooine's binary suns burned in her dreams.
Leia did not want that power; it terrified her, for all that Han (as subtle as a turbolaser) tried to reassure her with stray comments about lightsabers coming in handy or how the Force wasn't so mysterious compared to the Falcon 's hyperdrive unit.
Still, every night she was torn in two -- remembering black-clad hands that held her pinned while the only home she'd ever known was vaporized, and wondering when she woke: had Vader but known who she was, might he have thrown the Emperor down a bottomless shaft to save her from such pain?
I love this one because I expected something emo with Kylo Ren. I can't stand Kylo Ren, but Leia is awesome
Untitled by doreyg for the prompt Marvel, Loki, and when you get damned in the popular opinion, it’s just another one of the damns you’re not giving
He's become a fairytale now, the type you tell to naughty children to keep them in line. Eat all your greens or you'll become like Loki, don't talk back to me or you'll become like Loki, stray off the beaten path - of most glorious gold - and you'll become like Loki.
And he knows that he should, quite probably, be ashamed; but, honestly, the time for that has long passed now.
2015 was the year I started to find Tom Hiddleston attractive (I blame the BBC adaptation of the Henriad in general and the random bathhouse scene in particular for this) Also, Joanne Harris's The Gospel of Loki is quite wonderful.
Untitled byet_tu_lj for the prompt Bond, Q/Bond, I thought you’d gone
Q does not regret defying an order, violating the Official Secrets Act, traveling to Austria illegally, or even the long, desperate night that ended in a confused embrace and a clumsy kiss; he regrets only that it has ended with 007 gone from his life forever.
Then he hears the sound of the lift. All Q can manage is a feeble remark, but Bond’s rakish smile says they're not finished quite yet.
The scene that launched a thousand ships.
Various, for the prompt Star Trek, Kirk, terrible chat up lines
Kirk rarely bothers with lines, trying the usual conversation starters about current events or the weather first.
But his favorite one is "If you were a phaser, you'd be set on stunning."
If McCoy is within earshot, he always snorts & rolls his eyes.
Bright, excited blue eyes met cloudy, serious green ones from across a crowded bar near campus, and then suddenly disappeared. Bones turns to grumble and shout when someone suddenly pushed into his stool from behind but there was a whisper in his ear that stopped him dead.
"Baby, your eyes are like a black hole, they just suck men right in," Jim Kirk couldn't help himself and nipped at his best friend's (sometimes with benefits) ear before standing up straighter and chuckling to himself in pride and chagrin.
Sulu shouldn’t enjoy watching Jim Kirk in action as much as he does, enjoy the lightning fast flicker play of emotion, tug and pull of seduction oozing out of him even if the words he lets flow are laughable. He shouldn’t shake his head and let Jim catch his eye from across the bar and tilt his head in invitation. He shouldn’t let himself go along because that way lies danger, but then again, he’s a flyboy, what’s life without a little danger?
This prompt was ....surprisingly popular.So many lines, all so terrible. How to choose?
It's been a pretty good year! I've moved back from New Zealand to the UK, become engaged, started my own business, written three original stories (none published-yet) and over 68,000 words of fanfiction. Got a few great gifts from the three sentence ficathon and some really sweet fanart. So things are looking good in this neck of the woods! How about you?
X-men, Nightcrawler~Wolverine, take me to church, for luckweaver
The Elder Congregation
To Kurt’s surprise, Wolverine remembers when to stand up and when to sit down, and even recognizes some of the more complicated Catholic liturgies, and to his even greater surprise the same tiny female pensioners who gave Kurt a hard time for being German back when he first joined just seem to love Canadians. It takes Kurt half an hour to disentangle Wolverine from the lavender-scented clutches of the elder congregation, and when he’s done his friend just looks at him and growls. “Never speak of this again.”
Star Trek, Kirk/Bones, the inevitable, for luckweaver.
Another Word for Inevitable is Fate
“Do you believe in destiny?”
It’s not Jim’s best chat up line, or even, sad to say, his worst, and Bones looks at him as if he’s crazy. “Of course not,” he says, “I believe in science.”
Greek Mythology, Hades/Persephone, and I'm thrashing on the line/somewhere between desperate and divine, for vialethe
“I wish I was a mortal woman,” she tells him in anguish and fear, because if she was mortal he might not want her.
“You don’t,” he says, eyes hooded. “I should know.”
Greek Mythology, Cassandra/Apollo, Tell you miserable things after you are asleep, for vialethe
A Little Sun
Cassandra cannot hate him conscious, and so she tells soft truths when he’s asleep. She speaks of exactly how he will be forgotten, how the sun itself will be measured and mapped by sharp-eyed men, its power tamed, how somewhere, two thousand years from now, someone will name a plane for their mother and drop a bomb that decimates a land to win a war. “A little sun.”
Marvel, Jane/Thor, witty banter
What Passes As Wit These Days, for unknown
“And then, she says, “you push him off, and say something like ‘have a nice trip’.”
“That’s not witty, that’s psychopathic.”
She shrugs, “To each their own.”