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a banger in the mouth ([personal profile] ishie) wrote2016-12-31 10:22 pm

yuletide the recs!

My first time ever doing a Yuletide recs post after reveals! What a strange new world this is.


I got two incredible gifts from the exchange this year, both for Sicario. I don't know what to tell you about them that isn't just OMG GO READ THEM ASAP THANK YOU AND GOOD NIGHT:

The first crosses over with World War Z, with Kate detailing the last 10-20 years as she and Alejandro (!!!!!) built a new life after the zombie apocalypse omg: Only What You Can Carry. AND IT HAS MY FAVORITE LIFE-IN-A-DISASTER DETAIL OF ALL TIIIIIIME.

The second is a perfect canon follow-up, with Kate melting down before she finally gets down to hunting Alejandro, who's openly embraced his new position: You and I Go Hard. I LOVE IT. YOU LOVE IT TOO OKAY.


I wrote two fics for different fandoms, and had a lot of fun with both:

How Far Away You Roam
While You Were Sleeping (1995) (Mary Callaghan, Ox Callaghan, Midge Callaghan, Saul Tuttle, Elsie, Jack Callaghan, Lucy Moderatz); PG for some cursing; 3900 words

The drive home was much shorter than Mary would have liked.

The request was for some of Mary's life away from the events of the movie, so I put her a few years into the future, when she's getting ready to graduate from college and start a career -- and keeping secrets from the family.

Rise From These Streets
Edge of Tomorrow (2014) (Rita Vrataski, William Cage, Hendricks); PG; 3400 words

Before the war, Rita didn't dream.

I've read some really beautiful pre-movie Rita fics, including the gift I got last year which you should also re-read asap. I went ... in a different direction. Also Hendricks is played by Idris Elba in my head, so.


This might be the year I read the least in the collection, but here are 15 recs for 10 Cloverfield Lane, Arrested Development, The Good Place, Selfie, Stranger Things, The Thin Man, Veep, You've Got Mail, Zootopia: (sorry, the formatting's gross because it's NYE and I can't remember how to HTML)

The Beating of Our Hearts (6211 words) by Myrtle
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Emmett DeWitt/Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane), Emmett DeWitt & Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Characters: Michelle (10 Cloverfield Lane), Emmett DeWitt
Additional Tags: Howard Dies AU, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, otherwise canon compliant
Summary: Sometimes Michelle sneaks away to the airlock. She opens the inner door and goes right up to the outer one, pressing her hand against the glass, feeling the cold through it. She doesn’t know why she’s looking – to search for signs of life, to try to figure out what the hell’s going on out there, to test her star-reading skills, to check how the plants are doing, to see the sky.
To remind herself that there is some kind of world out there, still, and that she misses it, and that she’s going to return to it one day.

You've Got Male (3702 words) by Nomad
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Arrested Development
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: George Oscar "Gob" Bluth/Tony Wonder
Characters: Tony Wonder, George Oscar "Gob" Bluth
Summary: Gob and Tony make a connection, miss their connection, connect, and then fail to make the connection.


Falling In A Bad Place Way (1293 words) by flipflop_diva
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Place (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chidi Anagonye/Eleanor Shellstrop, Chidi Anagonye/Real Eleanor Shellstrop
Characters: Chidi Anagonye, Eleanor Shellstrop, Real Eleanor Shellstrop, Trevor (The Good Place)
Additional Tags: Nightmares, Soulmates, Post-Someone Like Me as a Member
Summary: It was a dream. That's what Chidi kept telling himself. But why did some parts of that dream feel a little too real?


A madeleine is a Madeline is a madeleine (9978 words) by moemachina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Place (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chidi Anagonye/Eleanor Shellstrop
Characters: Chidi Anagonye, Eleanor Shellstrop, Janet (The Good Place)
Additional Tags: Nominalism
Summary: Trapped in Chidi's old apartment, Eleanor and Chidi settle down for a long night of alcohol, charades, home-decorating tips, impromptu baking, and some surprising confessions.


A, B, Janet (1143 words) by Kyra
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Place (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Janet (The Good Place), Chidi Anagonye, Michael (The Good Place)
Additional Tags: Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, Metaphysics, POV Female Character, Canon Character of Color, Afterlife, Gen Work, Sitcom, Sitcom Fic
Summary: Janet reboots.


I Think We're Alone Now (1969 words) by lulabo
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Place (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Chidi Anagonye/Eleanor Shellstrop
Characters: Chidi Anagonye, Eleanor Shellstrop, Janet (The Good Place)
Additional Tags: Introspection, soulmate stuff
Summary: There's alone, and then there's alone-alone, and sometimes there's just alone, alone.


Heaven Is (A Place Doug Forcett Got 92% Right) (11932 words) by millepertuis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Place (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chidi Anagonye/Eleanor Shellstrop
Characters: Eleanor Shellstrop, Chidi Anagonye, Tahani Al-Jamil, Real Eleanor Shellstrop, Jianyu Li | Jason Mendoza, Michael (The Good Place)
Additional Tags: Season/Series 01, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Sharing a Bed, minor Tahani Al-Jamil/Real Eleanor Shellstrop, Secret Nerd Eleanor, Mutual Pining, Canon Compliant
Summary: “So we’re not soulmates,” Eleanor said, and sliced a zombie in two. “Who cares?”


The Medium Place (4525 words) by Marks
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Good Place (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chidi Anagonye/Eleanor Shellstrop
Characters: Eleanor Shellstrop, Chidi Anagonye
Additional Tags: Team Up, Kissing, Eleanor is a medium person, Soulmates, sort of, Yuletide
Summary: Like Eleanor says, "I was a medium person! I should get to spend eternity in a medium place!" The one where Shaun, the Wise Eternal Judge Who Sits on High, agrees with her.


Out of the Woods (3409 words) by SuburbanSun
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Selfie (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eliza Dooley/Henry Higgs
Characters: Eliza Dooley, Henry Higgs
Additional Tags: Camping, Teambuilding, Arguing, Sharing a Bed
Summary: They're stuck in the middle of the forest, and Henry's just agreed to share a tent (and a sleeping bag) with Eliza Dooley.
What could go wrong?


Without a Hitch (1365 words) by tockae
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Selfie (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eliza Dooley/Henry Higgs
Characters: Eliza Dooley, Henry Higgs, Charmonique Whitaker
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Episode: s01e06 - Divergence
Summary: ”So our plan, the one where we get Henry laid to stop him from being a total pent up loner? That plan?” Eliza says to Charmonique when she comes in for work the next morning. She is, as always, wearing a fab outfit. She hasn’t actually had time to share it with her followers yet, though. She’s been otherwise occupied. It’s unusual and sad and angels are surely weeping, but unfortunately it can’t be helped.
“Yes?” Charmonique hedges, drawing out the e for several beats.
“It went off without a hitch. Henry is now totes laid.” She looks around, eyes moving rapidly as she makes sure no one is close enough to hear. “I slept with Henry.”


but in between, it's you and me (5124 words) by quadrille
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Stranger Things (TV 2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joyce Byers/Jim "Chief" Hopper
Characters: Jim "Chief" Hopper, Joyce Byers
Additional Tags: Case Fic, Time Loop, Small Towns, Getting Together, Implied Sexual Content, Implied/Referenced Alcohol Abuse/Alcoholism, Post-Canon, Canon Compliant, Yuletide, Yuletide 2016, Yuletide Treat
Summary: “You’re experienced with this sort of… irregularity, so you’re a good everyman to send into the situation.”

“Experienced in mopping up your messes, you mean.”


Dr. Brenner sends Hopper to investigate some strange activities in a nearby Indiana town, and Hop brings Joyce along as a cover. The inevitable occurs.


the thin man's bride (4185 words) by betony
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thin Man (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nick Charles/Nora Charles
Characters: Nick Charles, Nora Charles, Original Male Character(s), Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Case Fic
Summary: Catch Nick in a good mood, and he'll say you need three things to be a gumshoe: a pinch of luck, a pound of gumption, and a pair of cocktails for when things get dull. I figure I do all right with all three.

(Los Angeles, 1935. An old friend's request drags Nora into investigating a case on her own.)


Across the Moon Like a Prison Bar (1335 words) by Karmageddon
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Veep (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Amy Brookheimer/Dan Egan
Characters: Amy Brookheimer, Dan Egan
Additional Tags: Crueltide, Backstory, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2016
Summary: What happened between Dan and Amy before Selena.


You Grew On Me (4478 words) by katayla
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: You've Got Mail (1998)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joe Fox/Kathleen Kelly
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting
Summary: A modern AU.


Something Normal (2445 words) by Wotwotleigh
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Zootopia (2016)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Judy Hopps/Nick Wilde
Characters: Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Bonnie and Stu Hopps
Additional Tags: Background Case, Slice of Life, Love Confessions, Fluff and Angst, off-screen violence
Summary: Judy and Nick talk about family and the holidays during a dark moment on the job.


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