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Yuletide is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. This year I was only able to go home for three days, so having Yuletide stories to read when I got back was really nice. (I wish it was still undergrad years and I could stay for two weeks!) I haven't finished reading yet, but my recs list was getting pretty long & unwieldy, so here it is for now. (If I have time, there may be a second installment later.)

32 recs in 24 fandoms, plus my 5 gifts (in 3 fandoms).

Contains recs for Anne of Green Gables, Badass Women in History, Benjamin January Mysteries (Barbara Hambly), Cadfael Chronicles, Chris Bucholz Advice Columns (Cracked.com), Cornetto “40-Love” Commercial, Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Patricia Wrede), Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg), Game of Thrones RPF, Jeeves & Wooster (Wodehouse), Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy Sayers), Lynes and Mathey series (Amy Griswold & Melissa Scott), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Monstrous Regiment, Oxford Time Travel Universe, Playthings (Gun Safety PSA), The Princess Bride, The Queen's Thief, Rosemary & Thyme, Scandal (TV), Scarborough Fair (song), Sleeping Beauty (1969), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Temeraire/Unusual Dragon Hoards, Tennis RPF, and Vienna Teng (Works).



My gifts:

yuletide

I sing because I’m free (1041 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ruth Jamison/Idgie Threadgoode
Characters: Idgie Threadgoode, Ruth Jamison
Summary: Three ways Idgie Threadgoode didn’t kiss Ruth Jamison – and one way she did.

  • I love the framing device (Idgie tells Ruth stories about other lives where they might have ended up together). All three of the AUs are great, and the final section is simply adorable.

Where There's A Will (2629 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Benjamin January Mysteries - Barbara Hambly
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Chloë Viellard/Dominique Viellard
Characters: Chloe Viellard, Dominique Viellard
Additional Tags: Female-Centric, Female Friendship, Female Character of Color, Misses Clause Challenge, Pre-Femslash, Holding Hands, Developing Friendships, Consensual Infidelity, Possibly Asexual Character, Yuletide Treat, Chromatic Yuletide
Summary: Chloë pays an unexpected visit to Dominique's house to bring news about Henri's will, and perhaps for other reasons as well. Set prior to Good Man Friday.

  • I loved the careful way Dominique and Chloe's relationship was developed in this fic. Reading about the way they dance towards a closer understanding was quite simply a joy.

yuletide madness

A Watch and a Fresh Pair of Socks (423 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Jackrum/William
Characters: Jack Jackrum
Additional Tags: Character Study, Socks, Retirement
Summary: Jackrum's thoughts at retirement.

  • I love the found family theme, and the socks, and the final line. And I like the theme of how Jackrum's career was so very useful, and the idea that Polly will be Jackrum's successor.

Private Jackrum's Secret (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jack Jackrum
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Drabble, Backstory
Summary: Woe betide the man who says Jackrum hasn't the balls for this.

  • Jackrum is portrayed perfectly, and every word counts. Wonderful drabble.

A Promise In The Dark (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ruth Jamison/Idgie Threadgoode
Characters: Idgie Threadgoode, Ruth Jamison
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Drabble, Fluff
Summary: Ruth wakes, and Idgie's still there.

  • Lovely drabble, very sweet. <3

Other recs:

Anne of Green Gables

What I May Not Speak (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Walter Blythe/OMC
Characters: Walter Blythe, Una Meredith
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Drabble, World War I, epistolatory
Summary: Walter writes a letter that he knows he will never send.

  • 100 words, and yet so much. Beautifully done.

Badass Women in History

Ancient Space Monkey Blue Team (2110 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Badass Women in History (Blog)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Elizabeth Tudor/Joan of Arc
Characters: Elizabeth Tudor, Christine de Pisan, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hatshepsut of Egypt, Catherine of Valois Queen of England
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2014, Misses Clause Challenge, Femslash, Female-Centric, POV Female Character, no descriptions of sex
Summary: Far, far, far in the future, the most popular wave of all the possible reality syncs was "Battle of the Ancient Dudes and Babes" in which historical figures from Earth's history were cloned, given super powers, and made to fight each other in gladiatorial games for the amused distraction of the masses and the enrichment of their owners.

The most popular team was the "Ancient Space Monkey Blue", which had the benefit of a team name that none of the members objected to.

  • Fun. Fun fun fun. Come for the cracky premise, stay for the nonstop hilarious lines, great interactions, and games of monument, papyrus, knife.

Cadfael Chronicles

A Flourish of Gold (14800 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cadfael Chronicles - Ellis Peters
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Brother Cadfael, Olivier de Bretagne, Eleanor of Aquitaine
Additional Tags: Minor Violence, Historical Inaccuracy
Summary: When a murder disrupts the peace conference that might end the Anarchy, Brother Cadfael must solve one last mystery. Fortunately, he has some very competent people to help him.

  • Probably one of my favorite fics this Yuletide. Wonderfully written – it really feels like it could be by Ellis Peters. Don't miss this one.

Chris Bucholz Advice Columns (Cracked.com)

So You Woke Up in a Slash Fanfic (1173 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chris Bucholz Advice Columns (Cracked.com)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Person giving advice (Cracked Advice Columns), Person Seeking Advice (Cracked Advice Columns)
Additional Tags: Crack, cracked - Freeform, appropriate, Alternate Universe - Coffee Shops & Cafés
Summary: What the hell?

  • It's crack. It's short. It's fun.

Cornetto “40-Love” Commercial

Five Press Conferences, One Question (1394 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cornetto "40 - love" Commercial
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Debbie/Maria Fernandez
Characters: Debbie (Cornetto "40 - love" Commercial), Maria Fernandez
Additional Tags: 5 Things, Press Conferences, Developing Relationship
Summary: "Have you spoken to That Line Umpire?" floated out from somewhere in the middle of the press throng.


  • I love the conceit of having the story be told through five press conferences. I'm not sure I quite buy that the question would linger that long, but the fic is very cute.

Love Game (1264 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cornetto "40 - love" Commercial
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Debbie/Maria (Cornetto "40-Love" Commercial)
Characters: Debbie (Cornetto "40-Love" Commercial), Maria (Cornetto "40-Love" Commercial)
Additional Tags: Documentation, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: “I’m on the internet again,” Debbie said fretfully. “Someone from the Wall Street Journal recognized me. I knew I should have worn bigger sunglasses.”

Wimbledon 2015: Maria is still on the court, but this time Debbie is in the stands.


  • Technically really well done, this fic has a real charm. Maria's voice rings true, and Maria & Debbie are very cute together. I also like how the author wrote Maria's dad.

skies above can't be stormy (2122 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cornetto "40 - love" Commercial, Tennis RPF (fusion)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maria Fernandez/Debbie (40-love)
Characters: Maria Fernandez, Debbie (40-love)
Additional Tags: First Meetings, Falling In Love, Sports
Summary: Maria Fernandez thinks she's all about tennis. And then she meets Debbie.

  • Maria backstory & Maria's perspective in the commercial. I love how this one integrates the commercial with real-life tennis.

Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Patricia Wrede)

In Which Morwen's Cats Have a Valid Point (1025 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Morwen/Telemain
Additional Tags: Fluff
Summary: To be more precise, in which Morwen's cats have a valid point regarding the feasibility of eliminating sundry household obstacles through magic.

  • Too cute. A big ball of fluff. With talking cats and an enthusiastic wizard.

Game of Thrones RPF

Follow you home (2633 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Game of Thrones RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sophie Turner/Natalie Dormer
Characters: Sophie Turner, Natalie Dormer
Additional Tags: Cunnilingus, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot, First Time
Summary: what if i asked nat and lucy liu for a threesome?

I thought u wanted one with Nat and Jennifer Lawrence


  • This is really cute and hot. I love first times, and both Sophie & Natalie have distinct character voices here. Sophie's experience yet nervousness around Natalie is lovely.

Jeeves & Wooster (Wodehouse)

The Honourable Thing (1676 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jeeves & Wooster, Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Reginald Jeeves/Bertram Wooster
Characters: Reginald Jeeves, Bertram Wooster
Additional Tags: Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Yuletide Treat
Summary: I burst into the flat and, before I could yell out to Jeeves to explain the sitch, was hit whang in the beak with the most scrumptious smell that has ever tickled my nostrils.

  • I didn't really get the ABO dynamics on this one – it felt more like old-style Star Trek pon farr to me – but it has distinct character voices and is lovely. Many, many good lines.

Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy Sayers)

Gentle Antidote (11199 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Charles Parker/Mary Wimsey, mentioned Sylvia Mariott/Eiluned Price
Characters: Harriet Vane, Charles Parker, Peter Wimsey, Mervyn Bunter, Mary Wimsey, Honoria Lucasta Wimsey, Sylvia Mariott, Eiluned Price, Gerald Wimsey Viscount St George
Additional Tags: Soulmate-Identifying Marks, AU, Yuletide, Yuletide 2014, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: At twenty-one, Harriet Vane gets her Name. It's rather longer than she expected.

  • This is just wonderful. Soulmate-identifying marks in Wimsey, who could have ever imagined it working this well? I love Harriet & Peter's interactions here – do I ever – but I also want to shout out the Dowager Duchess and Mary as being really well done.

beatitude (1080 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Characters: Harriet Vane, Peter Wimsey, Mervyn Bunter
Additional Tags: happiness, Honeymoon, Post-Busman's Honeymoon
Summary: Oranges, happiness, and a second honeymoon.

  • This fic is as lovely as its oranges. I smiled through the whole thing. Peter, Harriet, and Bunter are all fantastic, and I just want like 100000 more words like this. Pure joy.

An Afternoon's Adventure (2944 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers, Miss Marple - Agatha Christie
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Honoria Lucasta Wimsey/Jane Marple
Characters: Honoria Lucasta Wimsey, Jane Marple, Alexandra "Kitty" Climpson
Additional Tags: Crossover, Case Fic, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: “Excuse me, your Grace, but there’s a lady here to see you called Miss Marple,” said Alice, with a deferential bob in Mrs Travers’ direction. “Says she’s an old friend of yours and that it’s urgent.”

  • Okay. The Dowager Duchess, Miss Marple, and Miss Climpson teaming up to fight crime? Be still my heart! This fic is wonderful, and the ending is perfect.

Lynes and Mathey series (Amy Griswold & Melissa Scott)

The Mystery of the Egyptian Curse (3722 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lynes and Mathey Series - Amy Griswold & Melissa Scott
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julian Lynes/Ned Mathey, Minor or Background Relationship(s)
Characters: Julian Lynes, Ned Mathey, Cordelia Frost (Death by Silver), Inspector Hatton
Additional Tags: Alternative Perspective, Case Fic, Established Relationship
Summary: While Mr Mathey and Mr Lynes attempt to solve the mystery of an Egyptian curse, Miss Frost solves the mystery of Mr Mathey and Mr Lynes.

  • Outside!POV is really fun, and Cordelia's here is great. I love seeing Julian & Ned's relationship through her eyes (they're frickin' adorable), and Cordelia is fantastic as well. Great character voices.

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

fighting vainly the old ennui (13049 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Phryne Fisher/Jack Robinson, Jack Robinson & Elizabeth Macmillan
Characters: Jack Robinson, Phryne Fisher, Elizabeth MacMillan, Hugh Collins, Dorothy "Dot" Williams
Additional Tags: Identity Porn, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: The Bowerbird wasn't playing fair; Jack couldn't debate these pieces of paper. He couldn't tell pieces of paper and a growing pile of feathers that he, too, remembered the rare treat that was eating a single piece of tropical fruit in the heavy heat of a Christmas afternoon, stickying his best suit of clothes, which had been so clean and pressed for church that morning.

(In which Inspector Jack Robinson is having a fairly uneventful year, divorce notwithstanding, until he acquires a lady doctor for a drinking buddy and receives a series of flirtatious notes from a jewel thief.)


  • Case fic in which Jack falls in love with a jewel thief and flirts with a beautiful socialite. It takes him an endearingly-long time to suss out that they're the same person. Shout-out to a great Mac as well.

Monstrous Regiment
(don't forget to check out the awesome Jackrum ficlets I received!)

always you (1065 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Maladict/Polly Perks
Characters: Polly Perks, Maladict
Additional Tags: PWP, Teasing, Denial, Trust, Established Relationship
Summary: Polly has a cramp. Maladict is here to help.

  • Really cute! :) I love the lazy afternoon feel of this fic. <3

Oxford Time Travel Universe

Paradox (2221 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Colin Templer, Verity Kindle, Polly Churchill, Kivrin Engle, Ned Henry, Badri Chaudhuri, James Dunworthy, John Bartholomew
Summary: A festschrift presented to Professor James Dunworthy on the occasion of his retirement: Introduction.

  • An introduction to a festschrift for Dunworthy, written by Colin. It's academic (ignore the slightly flawed SPaG) and fantastic and ties together the different books in the series very well.

Playthings (Gun Safety PSA)

Bzzt (4148 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Playthings (Gun Safety PSA)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Blue Mom/Magenta Mom
Characters: Blue Mom (Playthings), Magenta Mom (Playthings), Kyle (Playthings), Original Characters
Additional Tags: Sex Toys, First Time, The Law of Chekhov's Vibrator
Summary: Bonnie didn't want Mallory to think she was a prude or anything. She wasn't a prude. In fact, she was even less of a prude than she thought.

  • Hottest porn I've found in Yuletide so far this year. Plus, you know, “The Law of Chekhov's Vibrator” is kinda the awesomest tag ever.

The Princess Bride

The Pirate Bachelorette (6178 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Princess Bride (1987), The Princess Bride - William Goldman
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Inigo Montoya, Fezzik (Princess Bride), Buttercup (Princess Bride)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Alternate Universe - Gender Changes
Summary: Being the tale of the sixth Dread Pirate Roberts, who had the distinction of being the first female to hold the title and was sometimes known as Ines Montoya.

  • This fic had me from the moment it dissed Goldman's translation and recommended a different one. ;) It's really well done, though, and I adore Ines and Fezzik so much. Fezzik's dialogue in particular is spot on. And the dilemma Ines faces is one I've definitely wondered about before.

Bisou, bisou (738 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Princess Bride (1987)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fezzik/Inigo Montoya
Characters: Fezzik (Princess Bride), Inigo Montoya
Additional Tags: First Kiss, Fluff, Backstory
Summary: "I've always liked kissing. I haven't had very much practice, though."

Fezzik, Inigo, and a kiss.


  • Adorable Madness ficlet. The Fezzik POV is really well done.

The Queen's Thief

Charioteer (13852 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Costis (Queen's Thief), Eugenides (Queen's Thief)
Additional Tags: Adventure, Loyalty, ridiculous plans, Background canon pairings, Post-Canon, Yuletide Treat
Summary: Captured in battle and stuck in the Mede capital, Costis has given up all hope of seeing his country again. But Eugenides has a habit of turning up where he's least expected.

  • This is just hands-down fantastic. Read it.

permanence (1923 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Eugenides the God (Queen's Thief), Moira (Queen's Thief), Hephestia (Queen's Thief)
Additional Tags: Post-King of Attolia
Summary: How many heroes, how many queens, how many shining, brilliant lives had Eugenides seen extinguished, for no reason other than the waning attention of the gods? How many humans had he become too attached to, and his kin told him he’d forget them soon enough, but he never did. He remembered them all, all of them so precious, all of them burning so bright—but none so bright as Gen, it seemed.

(Or: the gods can't save Gen from death forever)


  • Loved, loved, loved this one. Eugenides (the god) contemplates what it means to care about the fate of a mortal.

Rosemary & Thyme

Four Times Things Were Not What They Seemed (1983 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rosemary and Thyme
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Rosemary Boxer/Laura Thyme
Characters: Rosemary Boxer, Laura Thyme
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Crack
Summary: (And one time they were.)

  • Funny and adorable and very Rosemary & Laura. Really delivers. :)

Scandal (TV)

For Success (2452 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Scandal (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mellie Grant/Fitzgerald Grant, Mellie Grant/Olivia Pope
Characters: Mellie Grant, Fitzgerald Grant, Olivia Pope
Additional Tags: alternate universe role reversal, five things, Madame President Mellie, fashion porn
Summary: "You're too young," was the first thing Olivia Pope ever said to her, while their hands were still clasped in a shake.

  • This is the AU I've always wanted for this fandom! Mellie is really well done here – there's tons of interesting character introspection – and I love that Mellie/Olivia is included but isn't the whole story. It's very much a Mellie fic with Mellie/Olivia coming organically out of it. (Also, kudos for including a completely IC abortion.)

Scarborough Fair (song)

gather it all in a bunch of heather (1696 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Scarborough Fair - Simon & Garfunkel (song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: True Love (Scarborough Fair)/Singer (Scarborough Fair)
Characters: Singer (Scarborough Fair), True Love (Scarborough Fair), You (Scarborough Fair)
Additional Tags: First Love, Falling In Love, Identity Porn, Bittersweet, Unreliable Narrator
Summary:

Are you going to Scarborough Fair
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine.

  • This fic made me go look up the lyrics to Scarborough Fair/Canticle, and it really does a good job. The narrator is great, and there's a lyrical wistfulness to the fic that's lovely.

Sleeping Beauty (1969)

toast and tea, sunshine and shadow (8423 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sleeping Beauty (1959), Rumpelstilzchen | Rumpelstiltskin (Fairy Tale)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aurora's Mother/King Stefan (Sleeping Beauty)
Characters: Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Aurora's Mother (Sleeping Beauty), King Stefan (Sleeping Beauty), Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Prince Phillip (Sleeping Beauty)
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Multiple Crossovers, Stealth Crossover, Good and Evil
Summary: Why did Maleficent curse Aurora?

  • This is fantastic. I love Maleficent's POV, and the evil/good tension that plays throughout. Floura & Merryweather squabbling in the background is hilarious, and so are the croissant first-years. Also Ursula & Maleficent? Yes please.

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

the moon a black hole in the blaze of night (4142 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Ravenna/Snow White (Snow White and the Huntsman)
Characters: Ravenna (Snow White and the Huntsman), Snow White (Snow White and the Huntsman)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary: There is no king, this time. When Ravenna tries to capture Snow White's kingdom, she is rescued by an armoured queen.

  • Rich, gorgeous, lush. Every word of this fic is so well-chosen and constructed. I love the story, and I love even more the way it's told. This fic will stay with me. Highly recced.

Temeraire/Unusual Dragon Hoards

An Abundance Of Captains (2897 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Temeraire - Naomi Novik, Unusual Dragon Hoards - iguanamouth
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Temeraire, William Laurence, Hoard of Kittens Dragon
Additional Tags: Fluff, Crossover, Yuletide Treat
Summary: Laurence was puzzled as to why anyone should send him and Temeraire to collect a stray dragonet, until he discovered how it had chosen its captain.

  • This already has loads of recs, all well-deserved. The voices are perfect - Naomi Novik, did you secretly write this under a sock? ;) - the tone whimsical, and all in all it's a lovely lighthearted romp. Highly recced.

Tennis RPF

all the girlfish in the sea (1019 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Serena Williams/Caroline Wozniacki
Characters: Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki
Summary: Serena is going to tell her eventually.

  • Read this for Serena and Maria's interaction alone. :D The Caro bits are great too. It's short and fun.

Talkin' 'bout My Generation (2083 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Roger Federer/Nick Kyrgios
Characters: Roger Federer, Nick Kyrgios
Additional Tags: Sexual Bets, Fucking, Generational Change, Opposites Attract
Summary: During a training week with Nick Kyrgios that's turned into something more, Roger Federer makes an ill-advised bet.

  • Not a pairing I've ever seen before (Federer/Kyrgios), but the intergenerational tension is fun, and I like the hints that Roger (the POV character) isn't as unaffected & calm as he's trying to be.

fuck is such a fun word to say (1210 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Grigor Dimitrov/Maria Sharapova (primary), Grigor Dimitrov/Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov/Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov/Eugenie Bouchard, Grigor Dimitrov/Caroline Wozniacki, Grigor Dimitrov/Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov/Nick Kyrgios (mentioned)
Characters: Grigor Dimitrov, Maria Sharapova, Bernard Tomic, Milos Raonic, Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Andy Murray
Additional Tags: Sleeping around, Open Relationships, Sexual Prowess, Sexual Competitiveness
Summary: Grigor loves to fuck around, but he always comes home in the end.

  • I'm a sucker for "happily sleeps around" fic, and this one with Grigor sleeping around both the ATP and WTA tours and then coming home to tell his girlfriend Maria about it is really well done.

Vienna Teng (Works)

Now You See Her (1087 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Homecoming (Walter's Song) - Vienna Teng (Song), Shasta (Carrie's Song) - Vienna Teng (Song), Whatever You Want - Vienna Teng (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Walter/Carrie (Vienna Teng)
Characters: Walter (Vienna Teng), Carrie (Vienna Teng), Anna Rose (Vienna Teng), The Wife (Whatever You Want - Vienna Teng)
Additional Tags: Absolution, Character Study, Forgiveness, Making things right, Reconciliation, break-up, Romance, Separation, Small Towns, on the road, whistleblower
Summary: You do not wonder why you can never go home, but you wonder why it seems to follow you, all the mistakes you ever made.

  • I loved how this fic tied the songs together. And the ending = ♥

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That's it for now! :) Back to burrowing through the collection. Happy Yuletide, everyone!
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