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Aftermath of a Civil War by shadowlancer_95 is a post-Civil War Avengers series that shows us different character interactions that occur after the movie ends. I thought the author did a good job of showing the emotional toll the events of the Civil War had on various characters. This is definitely Team Stark, so if you're a Cap fan, it might not be your cup of tea. I've been angry at Cap since the movie, so I found it very satisfying.
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Loaded March series by [personal profile] footloose is an awesome work of art (Arthur/Merlin). The story is epic, and yet the emotions and actions of the characters are very much on a personal level. Even before the author finished the series, I had reread it several times--sometimes immediately after I'd finished. If you love Arthur/Merlin, then this story is for you. Here is the author's summary:

Captain Arthur Pendragon has put together the best team of specialists that the SAS has ever seen, but when his superiors assign Lieutenant Merlin Emrys as his communications officer, Arthur does everything to make him feel unwelcome. Arthur's job is to protect and guide his team through dangerous missions, and he worries that he can't do that when the newest member has a mysterious background and acts suspicious when he thinks no one is looking.

As their assignments become more dangerous, Merlin can't help but to use his magic to keep his team -- even his prat of a Captain -- safe from threats they couldn't possibly understand. But when they are sent on a undercover operation against a group of zealots intent on a magical apocalypse, Merlin needs to confront his fear of discovery and derision, and to finally trust his team with his secret.

Arthur and Merlin rely on each other for more than the sake of their mission. The entire world is at stake. When they learn -- from dragons, no less -- that they are prophesied to restore the balance of magic to the world, they fight on regardless of the outcome, because duty, honour and loyalty is a far stronger driving force than destiny.
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Candle, Cup, and Casket by http://archiveofourown.org/users/Desiderii/pseuds/Desiderii is an amazing Merlin (Merlin/Arthur) space opera that grabs hold of you and just DOES NOT LET GO! I stayed up all night reading, as I was so caught up in the story and characters that sleep was impossible. This epic is awesome in every sense of the word. Here is the author's summary:

In some far distant future, Arthur heir Pendragon, Captain of the galley-class Kilgharrah and Prince of the Camelot, answers a distress call from the alien-besieged Ealdor. There, he finds Merlin, a plausibly-deniable sorcerer with an irresistible grin. This is the story of how the terraformation of planet Albion was threatened by the prejudices of the past, of finding solid ground and taking a stand, and of giving yourself reasons to trust.

A phantasmagorical space opera, high fantasy in a science fiction setting, this work includes cyborg Arthur, fighter-pilot Morgana, spectral dragons, Lovecraftian horrors, sentient spaceships, and a little bit of that kissing stuff.
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The Pushing Boundaries series by Macx is exactly what I wanted after seeing the trailer for Jurassic World. The pack bond between Owen Grady and the velociraptors ( especially Blue) is amazing and delightful. Here's the author's summary for the first story (out of two), Tainted:


Owen Grady had always had a talent for animals. Like his grandfather. It was a talent that ran in the families.

Masrani Global recruited him to train raptors. It was an intriguing, novel idea, something only a crazy or insane person would attempt.

Owen wasn't crazy or insane. He knew he could do this.

He just didn't know how deep he would get into it, how strong the connection to the pack would become, how close... they, the four of them, would become to him.

His grandfather had always warned him: don't get too close. Don't let them connect. Well, it was too late for that now.

Fair warning, both stories are epic, and you won't want to stop reading. :-)
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Life Sentence by [personal profile] astolat is a Brian/Dom Fast & the Furious AU that just hits all my buttons. (I wasn't even sure I could read F&F vic anymore without crying, but this story took me for a wild and fun ride.) Here's the author's summary:


“Sit down,” the doctor said. He took blood, three vials filling up dark red. “Any medical conditions?”

“No,” Dom said, and then his mouth kept going and said, “What if I want to volunteer for bonding?”

The doctor peered at him over the glasses. “Do you want to volunteer for bonding?”

It hung in the air. Dom felt it like a noose around his throat, squeezing. Twenty-five to life. “Yeah,” he said.
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Title: Secret Keeper
Author: Princess Nat ([personal profile] moonprincessnaton LJ)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing/Characters: James Potter, Lily Evans Potter, Remus Lupin
Rating/Category: K+ (strong language)
Summary: What if James and Lily had made a different choice for their Secret Keeper?
Word Count: 1,438

Secret Keeper
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Hey, M7 fans: http://www.deadline.com/2010/10/atf-bringing-crimefighting-feds-to-tv/

Now, if we could just convince them to cast the M7 boys... ;-)
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OK, I'm kind of failing at DreamWidth... For communities, there are three options: Join, Subscribe, and Track. Which one of those is the same as "Watch" on LJ? Help would be much appreciated, thanks. :-)
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The Route to Advancement series by [personal profile] magog_83 is a fun look at Arthur and Merlin from the POV of Percy, a knight new to Camelot. I love the interaction between Arthur and Merlin, and Percy's reaction to it. Plus, Percy's horse is a riot. Nice to have some humor in this fandom which, with all the death and secrets, can often be a bit dark.
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So Wise We Grow by Deastar ([profile] captanddeastar) is a lovely, long Star Trek: Reboot kidfic (K/S). “Commander Spock, we have located your son,” the Vulcan lady on the screen says, which would be great, except Jim can tell by the look on Spock’s face that he’s never heard of this kid before in his life. “If it is expedient, the child will be sent to join you on the Enterprise within the week.” Spock is shocked to discover that his betrothed, T'Pring, had a son he knew nothing about and who could not possibly be his. However, remembering his own less than pleasant childhood, he claims the boy as his own and resolves to raise him. He believes he will need to resign from Starfleet when Uhura proves to be unwilling to mother a child and angry that he had not mentioned his betrothal, regardless of how differently Vulcans perceive such things. However, Jim is unwilling to lose his first officer and friend, and offers to become a co-parent. The arrangement works amazingly well.
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Title: A Taste of Nero Wolfe
Vidder: moonprincessnat
Song & Artist: Creole Love Call by Duke Ellington
Fandom: Nero Wolfe
Size: 11.2 M (640x480 1:13 minutes)
Format: mp4

A Taste of Nero Wolfe

This was one of my entries for MediaWest 30.

War Shorn

Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:34 pm
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Title: War Shorn
Author: Princess Nat ([personal profile] moonprincessnat on LJ)
Fandom: Magnificent Seven
Pairing/Characters: Team
Rating/Category: K+ (strong language)
Summary: Chris' truck explodes and Vin is missing...
Word Count around 5500

War Shorn
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Title: Anything for You
Author: Princess Nat ([personal profile] moonprincessnat on LJ)
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing/Characters: Merlin/Arthur (unrequited)
Rating/Category: All audiences
Summary: Be careful with Merlin...
Warnings: Character Death

This idea just wouldn't leave me alone, so I had to write it to get it out of my head...

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"Be careful with Merlin," Morganna warned. "One day, his inability to deny you anything will be the death of him."

Arthur just laughed.

*****

Merlin disappeared the day that Arthur married Gwen and made her his Queen. He returned a month later, but was changed in ways that Arthur couldn't quite explain.

"He said he wasn't in love with you," Arthur said to Gwen, scowling.

Gwen gave him an exasperated look. "He wasn't and he isn't," she stated.

"Then why did he leave?" Arthur demanded.

This time, Gwen's look was pitying.

*****

"Gwen won't be harmed?" Arthur asked, thinking of his own mother.

"No harm will come to the Queen," Merlin promised, his gaze straightforward and sincere.

Arthur nodded. "Do it. Camelot needs an heir."

Merlin bowed, and left the room.

*****

Gwen frowned as she noticed how pale Merlin had become. "Are you feeling all right?" she asked.

Merlin's eyes flicked down to her slightly rounded stomach and then back up to her face. He smiled, but it was only a shadow of his old, full out grin. "I am well, my lady," he answered. "Perhaps a bit tired. If you will excuse me?"

Gwen nodded and watched as he departed the hall. She missed the old Merlin--the one who laughed and called her Gwen, but she didn't think she would see him again.

*****

The birth was surpisingly quick, and the midwife exclaimed that she'd never seen a babe slide out with such ease before. Gwen simply smiled in relief. Merlin had assured her that everything would be fine, but she couldn't help but think of Igraine... and Uther.

The babe was surprisingly pale, with thin wisps of blonde hair sticking up in small tufts. "You have a son, my lady," the midwife pronounced, handing the new mother her infant.

When he opened his eyes, Gwen's eyes widened as, just for a moment, she caught a hint of gold swirling in the deep blue depths. Something Morgana had once told her suddenly echoed in her mind. 'In magic, there must always be a balance. If there is life, then there must also be death. That is the natural law.'

"Gwen?" Arthur's voice jerked her out of the memory and she looked up to see him smiling down at her. "He's beautiful."

"Where's Merlin?" she asked, fear making her voice break on the name.

Arthur frowned. "I don't know. Are you all right?" he asked, concerned.

"Yes, but Merlin..." Gwen trailed off, unwilling to share her fear. If she was right, it was too late, and if she was wrong, there was no need to worry Arthur. "I just thought he would be here," she finally said.

"You're right. I haven't seen him all day... or perhaps all week." Arthur thought back. He'd seen less and less of Merlin over the past months, but he'd been so busy and excited over Gwen's parturiency, that he hadn't really considered it. "I'll send someone to fetch him," he said.

*****

Arthur stared blankly at the modest gravestone. It didn't seem possible that Merlin could be gone. How could he have forgotten that magic always had a price? Morgana's voice echoed in his memory: "Be careful with Merlin. One day, his inability to deny you anything will be the death of him."

Run

May. 14th, 2009 11:02 am
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Run by [livejournal.com profile] ddayspring is good old fashioned Clex (Smallville), set in the halycon days when Lex and Clark were still rescuing each other and having adventures a la Scooby Doo. When Clark hears that's Lex has been shot, he ditches school to rush to his friend's side and refuses to leave, even when Lex is forced on the run by more attempts on his life. Great fun. Clark works hard to keep Lex alive while Lex tries to determine just who it is that is behind the murder attempts. And, of course, Clark comes to the realization that he's in love with Lex. :-)

Onfindan

Mar. 18th, 2009 11:42 am
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Onfindan by [livejournal.com profile] astolat is an action/adventure/romance Merlin slash story (Merlin/Arthur). And it's simply beautiful. I've read it five times in the last couple of weeks. (It's on my iPod, so I can read it anywhere.) Merlin and Arthur are exactly what I want them to be, and their voices come through very clearly. As many Merlin stories do, Onfindan deals with Arthur discovering Merlin's secret, but that's only the beginning. As the story progresses, we see more and more glimpses of the men that Arthur and Merlin will become (and that Merlin is head over heels in love with his prince).

(Yes, yes, I've become obsessed with another fandom. And, for once, it's one in which many, many people are currently involved. ...That sentence looks very strange, but it's grammatically correct... If you haven't had a chance to catch Merlin yet, as it's on the BBC, I've read that NBC has picked it up to show this summer in the US.)
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A Day to Remember by [livejournal.com profile] richefic is a Gen NCIS fic with a strong emphasis on the father/son relationship between Gibbs and DiNozzo. Starts out with Tony having a bad day that only gets worse as it progresses, and he and the rest of the team have to deal with the consequences. Richefic does an excellent job of capturing the voices of the characters. Story is set near the beginning of the series, so Kate is there and McGee is definitely still a rookie agent.
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Title: Rule Number 12
Author: [livejournal.com profile] moonprincessnat
Characters: Anthony DiNozzo, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Kate Todd, Timothy McGee, Abby Scuito, and Donald "Ducky" Mallard, though mostly DiNozzo and Gibbs.
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Some violence, case related rape of a young woman (not graphic)
Disclaimer: None of the gang belong to me. *sigh*
Spoilers: None
Summary: (Slight AU) When Detective Anthony DiNozzo rescues a young woman, he soon finds himself embroiled in an NCIS investigation and working alongside Special Agent Gibbs and his team. Question is, can Tony stay alive long enough to help solve the case? (Pre-Slash)
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] ncis_bigbang challenge.
Word Count: around 27,500

Rule Number 12

Lovely cover art was provided by [livejournal.com profile] chatona.

Runners

Oct. 19th, 2008 09:52 pm
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Runners by Gil Hale is set in the ATF universe, but with a twist--Vin & Ezra are teens and JD is a ten year old (Gen). Needless to say, the three aren't in the ATF, but rather have been living on the streets when they are caught up in an ATF operation when Vin helps to save Nathan's life. The addition of Vin and Ezra in his life helps to bring out a side in Chris that the rest of the team had feared destroyed for good by the loss of his family. As for Vin and Ezra, they learn that some people can be trusted, something that their life experiences to date had them doubting as a possibility.
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Looking Down at Heaven by [livejournal.com profile] lamardeuse is an I Spy slash story (Kelly/Scotty). This is based on the TV series from the 60s, not the more recent travesty of a movie, mind you. If you need info about I Spy, lamardeuse has a really nice pimping post: The Wonderfulness of Themselves. As for the story itself, it's a wonderful look into Scotty's head as he faces some hard truths about his partner... and himself. Ah, the boys are in fine form in this one. (I have to admit, I Spy has eaten my brain lately. I'm burning through the first season at an alarming rate. My husband says it's his favorite fandom of mine--mostly because it's the cheapest. Season One DVD set was $13. Oh, and this is a fandom that definitely needs more stories.)
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Attended MediaWest 2008 this past Memorial Day weekend. It was quite the experience, and I'm already looking forward to next year. Though, next year, I'll try to attend more panels. I kept getting sucked into the Twilight Zone that is the Fannish Video Room, and hours would pass by before I'd emerge... only to realize I'd missed most of the panels I'd wanted to go to. Although, I can't say I regret seeing the videos, either. I love fan videos. The Buffy/Angel vids made me cry and the Kung Fu: The Legend Continues vids made me wish they'd release the series on DVD. Oh, that, and made me really want to read a Kung Fu: TLC/Starman crossover. If I could ever come up with a workable plot, I'd write it myself, just because I've wanted one for so long...

I did go to the "Live Free or Die Hard: Redefining John McClaine" panel and had great fun discussing John/Matt slash stories with [livejournal.com profile] m_lasha, [livejournal.com profile] katyabaturinsky, and Sonya. As it's a relatively small fandom, we'd all read the same stories, so conversation was easy. We all decided that we want more John/Matt stories. ;-)

I also attended the "Avengers (Marvel Comics)" panel moderated by [livejournal.com profile] crimsonquills. I discovered that my Avengers knowledge was woefully out of date, but Nix was a veritable fount of wisdom on the subject. I'm going to have to track down the Iron Man arc with the sentient armor... (After the panel, I found out my husband had expected the discussion to be about "The Avengers" TV series. Evidently, my asking him to look for "Avengers" comics in our collection the night before hadn't really clicked. Of course, we only had a few issues, and those were all parts of crossovers with X-Men in the 80s or 90s, so they weren't all that helpful.)

The "Buffy Sing a Long" was great fun -- just a room full of fans singing along with the musical episode "Once More with Feeling." Everyone received a goodie bag that included a small stake, glow in the dark fangs, a small stuffed bunny, a "Shut Up, Dawn" badge, and chocolate. Very cool.

The dealer room was dangerous to my wallet. I bought a few zines, some photos, a couple of BSG (original) card sets, and an Apple water bottle. Managed to resist the Apple notepads, but it was a close thing.

All in all, I had a really good time. It was the first time I had a chance to have face to face conversations about fan fiction with other people who also read and/or write it. I'm hoping there will be a panel on collaborative writing next year, as it's something I've always wanted to try.

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