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Handprints and Good Grips (2084 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sucker Punch (2011)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Amber/Blondie (Sucker Punch)
Characters: Amber (Sucker Punch), Blondie (Sucker Punch)
Additional Tags: Spanking, Fingerfucking, Cunnilingus
Summary: Amber and Blondie enjoy a shore leave. (Takes place in one of the war 'verses.)

This is really hot especially because it balances role playing with the two characters' awareness of just what's most fun for them about the role play. Unsentimental, sassy femslash.


澳門人 (278 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Melinda May, Skye (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Additional Tags: Character(s) of Color

I liked this little snippet of cross-cultural connection because it's wry without being preachy.


Noire (9768 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cinderella (Fairy Tale)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Cinderella/Princess, Cinderella/Stepmother
Characters: Cinderella (Fairy Tales), Princess, Stepmother (Cinderella - Fairy Tale)
Additional Tags: Fairy Tale Retellings, Sort of incest but sort of not?, Worldbuilding, First Person
Summary: In which Cinderella has long since moved out when her father remarries, there's something odd about his new wife and the political landscape is complicated.

I liked the way the worldbuilding skirted the edges in this story - full understanding of how this society is peculiar was never required for the story to make sense, but what understanding I did glean enriched the reading experience. And it uses a trope I like very much - mysterious benefactors with alternate identities.


The Ruins Left Inside You (1697 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jennifer's Body (2009)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Jennifer Check/Anita "Needy" Lesnicki, Jennifer Check & Anita "Needy" Lesnicki, Anita "Needy" Lesnicki/Chip Dove
Characters: Jennifer Check, Chip (Jennifer's Body), Anita "Needy" Lesnicki, Chip Dove
Summary: Needy finds she can't rest after taking revenge on Low Shoulder.

Very compact and very believable progression from the film. Weird and unsettling and satisfying in exactly the same ways.


two in the bush (2649 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Changeover - Margaret Mahy
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sorensen Carlisle/Laura Chant
Characters: Sorensen Carlisle, Laura Chant
Additional Tags: Future Fic
Summary: Life, with magic.

All three Changeover fics this year were good; this one was my favourite. I'm a really picky reader in this fandom, and in fact have decided to stop requesting it, myself, for a while, because I have unrealistic expectations and that's not fair to an author. BUT. The other two fics were about relationships with jagged edges between Sorry & Jacko and between Sorry & Winter & Miriam, ideas that are great to explore; two in the bush (and what a great title) was perhaps the gentlest of the three stories and the one that took the longest view. The sense of how Sorry and Laura's lives have unfolded with purpose, and continue to quietly unfold, made me teary. Best.


Miss Scarlet / In the Hallway / Without the Revolver (2819 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Clue (1985)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Miss Scarlet, Mrs. White (Clue), Yvette (Clue), Wadsworth (Clue), Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green (Clue), Professor Plum, The Chief, Original Female Character(s), Mrs. Peacock
Summary: From the prompt: "What if the FBI agent in the movie wasn't Mr. Green, but Miss Scarlet? Feel free to involve the whole gang here."

This was tight, witty, and fun with good plotting and many period references.


A Couple of Forces of Nature (3125 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Arrested Development
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: George Michael Bluth/Maeby Funke
Characters: George Michael Bluth, Maeby Funke
Additional Tags: Fix-It, Cousin Incest, Humor
Summary: Season 4 fic. Instead of firing Maeby, George Michael tells her everything. This turns out to be the opposite of a huge mistake.

This was fix-it I had no idea I needed. George and Maeby are such glorious screw-ups in their different ways and the effect of the fic was to put their absurdities in the context of how absurd life generally is.


On the Selection of Those Who Will Represent Humanity to the Inhabitants of Toliman B (3102 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Three Hearings on the Existence of Snakes in the Human Bloodstream - James Alan Gardner
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Original Character(s), Future
Summary: A record of the sub-committee's interview of Maggie Farrell, Somnotician and candidate for the position of artist on the delegation which will shortly leave Earth to make first contact with the inhabitants of Toliman B.

This fic takes up the challenge of the canon's format and philosophical questions and makes, I think, a very fair attempt at a continuation. I will be re-reading this. Good sci-fi.


A Super Mouse in Time (1809 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 20th Century CE RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Nikita Khrushchev, Walt Disney
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Disneyland, Cold War Era
Summary: In 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev visited America. He saw its president, its Senate, its Hollywood stars, its housing projects. Per his security team’s instructions, he did not, the media reported, see Disneyland.
But you can’t believe everything you read.

…Well, I want to believe this. The humour is perfectly balanced in such a way as to tip this into plausibility. I feel that this could have happened. It is very human.


Briar (1131 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Twisted Princess (Disney Fanart)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Aurora (Twisted Disney Princesses - Jeftoon01), Prince Phillip (Sleeping Beauty), The Three Good Fairies, Other(s)
Additional Tags: Dark, Deathfic, Zombies, Magic, Yuletide, Yuletide 2013
Summary: It was an accident.

This takes an interesting what-if moment to spin zombies out of the Disney tale. Consistent with the rules of magic already established, the matter-of-factness of this story adds to its chill.


Heart of Stone (3685 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tam Lin (Traditional Ballad)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Janet/Tam Lin, The Queen/Tam Lin, The Queen/Janet
Characters: Janet (Tam Lin), Tam Lin, The Queen (Tam Lin), The Baby (Tam Lin)
Additional Tags: Shotgun Wedding, One Year Later, Giving Birth, Yuletide Treat, Married Life
Summary: Janet and Tam Lin's first year together.

This is also a counterpoint to the trope of a happy-ever-after, because there always a story after the story ends. Heart of Stone balances carefully between Faery and human emotional modes, with a Janet and Tam Lin who are both somewhat alienated from the human world and each other.


Baby You're a Bomb (1173 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Titanium (Music Video)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: On the Run, Canon-Typical Violence, discussions about death
Summary: Someone was going to get hurt.
Dirty linoleum under his knees. Loose paper from where he'd dropped his bag. He was shaking, and he couldn't get away, and someone was going to get hurt.

This is tense and compact and interesting. Have some ethics and danger with your superhuman abilities/tendencies. (Very Heroes, but with better drama.)


College First (10332 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Addams Family (1991)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Wednesday Addams
Additional Tags: Motherhood, Single Parents, Extended Families, Kid Fic, Identity
Summary: Wednesday struggles to feel comfortable with her identity as an Addams and a mother, while living in a world that is far too normal.

This is a sharp and beautiful fic about fitting in with yourself, let alone with others; also it is wonderfully unsentimental fic about single motherhood and small children.


Ninety Five (1227 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Windows 95 Tips
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Windows 95
Additional Tags: Horror, Creepypasta
Summary: A collection of helpful tips to improve your Windows 95 experience.

This is an excellent riff off the tumblr canon - and where I think it especially succeeds is the variety of notes it hits. The author didn't try to be uniformly hilarious or horrific; there is whimsy and pathos mixed in with the more traditional creepypasta elements.

(Also, I really wanted to write a story in this canon and I didn't quite manage it. I had the best title - Windows 95 for Ventriloquist Dummies - but this author had a whole story that exceeded the promise of my title. Kudos to them.)

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