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It’s Yuletide recommendations time!

Yuletide is one of my favorite holiday traditions, along with our family’s Christmas Eve gift exchange (which takes two hours, because we have many people and everyone has 10+ gifts to open), the family gift game (this year, some of the gifts we fought over included six bottles of wine, a Star Wars calendar & movie soundtrack, the Secret Garden/Enchanted Forest adult coloring book duo, a Tintin bag full of Tintin-themed things, the Firefly DVD plus popcorn, and many more), Mom’s Christmas Eve lasagna, and playing board & card games galore.

And after all the Christmas festivities, after coconut cake and homemade pizza and One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Coup and Ticket to Ride: Europe, I snuggled up with my TARDIS blanket and opened up the Yuletide and Yuletide Madness collections, happy as a clam. (Are clams happy? I wonder where we got that expression.)

Without further ado, I present my 2015 Yuletide & Yuletide Madness recs! I haven’t read anybody else’s rec lists yet, so I hope I’m not duplicating too much. I just opened and read all the fics in all the fandoms I know, and here are the cream of the crop.

Recs after the cut, in the following fandoms:
Historical RPF: 12th Century RPF/Badass Queens RPF, 14th Century RPF, 19th Century RPF, Tudor History/Twelve Dancing Princesses
Sports RPF: Baseball RPF, Basketball RPF, Tennis RPF
Fictional Fandoms: Brave (2012), Colleen (song) – Joanna Newsom, Damar Series – Robin McKinley, Emperor’s New Groove (2000), The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison, Jeeves & Wooster – P.G. Wodehouse, Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy Sayers, Matilda – Roald Dahl, Mulan (1998), Nero Wolfe – Rex Stout, Night at the Museum (Movies), Orange is the New Black (TV), The Queen’s Thief – Megan Whalen Turner, Sesame Street (TV), The Thick of It (TV), Twelve Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale)



~~my gifts~~

First of all, thank you so much to the fantastic author(s) who wrote me two fantastic gifts this Yuletide! I love both of them. :)

Solitary as an Oyster (1445 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Characters: Harriet Vane, Peter Wimsey, Eiluned Price, Marjorie Phelps, Sylvia Marriott
Additional Tags: Christmas
Summary: Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey spend the Christmas of 1933 apart.

• My assigned gift! What a nice missing scene. It's great to see Sylvia and Eiluned again - I've always had a soft spot for them. Their dialogue is snappy and the tone is fun. :) I really liked having Harriet, Sylvia, and Eiluned together again.

Peace & Purring (2167 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Csethiro Ceredin/Maia Drazhar
Characters: Csethiro Ceredin, Maia Drazhar
Additional Tags: Fluff, Yuletide Treat, Cats, Post-Canon
Summary: Csethiro and Maia escape the tenth iteration of their wedding rehearsal, and relax a little.

• A fabulous treat! I love both parts of this fic – the wedding rehearsal, in which the comic timing and Csethiro’s voice are both exceptional, and the garden scene, because a) CAT and b) eeeee Csethiro and Maia bonding. This fic is absolutely adorable, and it’s definitely my favorite of the Goblin Emperor fics (and I’m not just saying that because it was written for me!) Everybody should read this, for sure.

~~the rest of Yuletide~~

i. Historical RPF

12th Century RPF, Badass Queens RPF

The Peggers' Tale (1866 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Badass Queens RPF, 12th Century CE RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eleanor of Aquitaine/Henry Plantagenet, Eleanor of Aquitaine/OFC, Henry Plantagenet/OFC, Eleanor of Aquitaine/Henry Plantagenet/OFC
Characters: Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry Plantagenet
Additional Tags: Pegging, Femdom, Threesome - F/F/M, Walking In On Someone, First Time, Virginity, POV Outsider, POV First Person, Power Dynamics, Kink Negotiation, Fabliau
Summary: List', maids, while I to you recount, / The queerest of things I did mount, / When to my Lady I'd come, newly.

• Okay, so let me say, first, that this is not going to be everybody’s cup of tea. BUT if you think you would enjoy a fabliau (“a metrical tale, typically a bawdily humorous one, of a type found chiefly in early French poetry”), then you would definitely enjoy this one. And if you love Eleanor/Henry, pegging, historical sex toys, complicated relationships, power dynamics, and/or smoking-hot kinky poetry, then what are you waiting for? Go forth and read!

14th Century RPF

As Was the Style at the Time (1923 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 14th Century CE RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Anne of Bohemia/Richard II/Robert de Vere
Additional Tags: Crossdressing, Gender Play, Medieval clothing porn, fingering, Fluff, Penis Envy
Summary: Anne and Robert decide to compare the fashions of the day. In Richard's bedchamber. In private.

• This is a lovely porny threesome fic with crossdressing and gender play. It is also a carefully characterized Anne fic about trust, complex relationships, and polyamory. Both elements are excellent, and come together as more than the sum of their parts. I don’t usually ship threesomes, but I came out of this fic definitely shipping these three. Plus, it’s hella hot!

19th Century RPF

Act of Union (1771 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 19th Century CE RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Characters: Benjamin Disraeli, William Ewart Gladstone
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Magic
Summary: The lives lived on the surface are not always the lives that matter most. Even when your surface life involves being Prime Minister.

• This is an intriguing AU in which many politicians have magic, and Disraeli’s death brings Gladstone around to see what artefacts he can scavenge. The Gladstone & Disraeli relationship was interestingly complex, and I liked the supporting roles of Cross and Northcote as well. The letter Disraeli left behind for his old adversary is probably my favorite part.

Tudor History

The Last Dancing Queen of England (2487 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 12 Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale), Tudor History - Fandom
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Elizabeth I of England & Catherine Parr
Characters: Elizabeth I of England, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Parr
Summary: On her wedding night to King Henry VIII, Katherine Parr discovers that a strange curse has been laid on all the queens of England...

• See “12 Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale)”

ii. Sports RPF

I watch a lot of sports, and really enjoy sports RPF for the athleticism, competitiveness, rhythm of professional sports tours, and team camaraderie. How the closeness of a sports-buddy relationship (particularly on a team where you often have to rely on your teammates implicitly) can develop into something more and lead to Feelings – well, that will always be relevant to my interests. Some of these sports I know quite well and would consider myself to be in their fandoms; others I enjoy for all the above reasons, while essentially considering them as if they were original fic written about fictional athletes in their sport. This is a long way to say that I read widely in Sports RPF and will love fic about athletes from gymnastics to water polo to giant slalom! :)

Baseball RPF

Just Like Ice on the Dune (26519 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 15/15
Fandom: Baseball RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tim Lincecum & Hector Sanchez
Characters: Hector Sanchez, Tim Lincecum, Giants ensemble, special guest appearances from:, Adam LaRoche, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke
Additional Tags: San Francisco Giants, 2014 MLB season, 2014 World Series, Alternate Universe - Magic, Friendship is Magic
Summary: Tim is feeling good. At least, he's trying pretty hard. (Or: the magical story of Tim Lincecum and Hector Sanchez's friendship.)

• I love shippy sports fics, but I also love gen sports fics, and the latter are harder to come by! This is a fabulous, meaty (26K!) gen fic which is all about friendship. Oh, and magic. Maybe I should have put that first? ;) Tim Lincecum is magic, and in between keeping up the spells on the team’s equipment and trying not to get involved in magic duels with a pissed-off Clayton Kershaw, he becomes really good friends with Hector Sanchez. Even if Hector does tease him by referring to Hogwarts a lot.

The Best at What He Does (706 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Baseball RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dan Uggla, Freddie Freeman, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Denard Span, Tyler Moore, Gio Gonzalez, Yunel Escobar, Felipe Rivero, Matt Williams
Additional Tags: Hugs, Washington Nationals, 2015 MLB Season
Summary: ...and what he does is give hugs.

• Apparently Dan Uggla is canonically known for being a huge fan of in-game hugging and even having daily hugs in place with at least one teammate. (The ficlet links an article which reads like fanfic, haha.) This is a cute snippet with tons of hugs.

Basketball RPF

The Harden Trade (5973 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Basketball RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook
Summary: When the front office trades Harden to the Rockets, Russell calls Kevin. It’s not a decision so much as an instinct, something unconscious, like finding the lane, knowing the pass from Kevin is coming. Like muscle memory.

• This is a great first-time story with an excellent slow build. I love friends-to-lovers, and this fic does it really well. Lots of support through injuries (another athletic trope I love), and a sweet ending.

Tennis RPF

The Fighter (22397 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Novak Djokovic/Andy Murray, Andy Murray/Rafael Nadal
Characters: Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Jamie Murray, Rafael Nadal, Toni Nadal, Amélie Mauresmo, Boris Becker, Carlos Moya
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Superheroes/Superpowers, Origin Story
Summary: Andy's origin story. Or, the one where Andy develops a superpower and takes the long road to becoming a superhero.

• Poor Andy has a long road to mastering his powers! This is a really great novella which I quite enjoyed. Andy’s self … self-beratement? hard on himself-ness? self-censure? … feels very real to life, and is cleverly adapted for this superhero/superpowers AU. Many secondary roles also shine, and I have to particularly call out Amélie, who was excellent (and my favorite). If you like sports RPF and/or superpowers AUs, definitely check this fic out.

Bet On It (9096 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eugenie Bouchard/Maria Sharapova
Characters: Eugenie Bouchard, Maria Sharapova
Additional Tags: Rivalry, Mentor/Protégé
Summary: Genie knows that to be the best, you've got to learn from the best.

• Neither Genie nor Maria is one of my favorite tennis players. Actually, I usually can’t stand Genie these days, although I do feel very sorry for her that the concussion has stalled her career, and hope she gets better soon. That said, this is a fantastic fic, went a long way towards reconciling me to Genie’s particular brand of crazy-competitiveness make-no-friends, and left me shipping Genie/Maria. So whoa! It’s not every fic that can give me a new ship, but this one definitely did. It’s very well-written, thoughtfully characterized, and nicely paced. Plus it has a lovely ending.

iii. Fictional Canons

Brave (2012)

Not Yet Legends (8525 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 2/2
Fandom: Brave (2012)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Elinor/Fergus (Brave)
Characters: Elinor (Brave), Fergus (Brave), Maudie (Brave)
Additional Tags: Arranged Marriage, Pre-Canon, underage betrothal but not marriage, Getting to Know Each Other, Beginnings
Summary: When Elinor was twelve years old, she decided she was going to become a princess. She also met Fergus. When she was twenty, she met him for the second time. And ended up becoming a Queen.

• Beautiful fic that shows us how Elinor became the person she was. Also starring young!Fergus, who is adorably fierce when Elinor is insulted and fascinated by her hair (but is too shy to look straight at her at first), and Maudie. I thoroughly loved reading about Elinor and her maturation, and the worldbuilding is first-rate.

Colleen (song) – Joanna Newsom

Every Beginning Has Broken Its Promise (1682 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Colleen - Joanna Newsom (song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Colleen (Colleen - Joanna Newsom)
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat
Summary: Scraps for sale and the saddest songs and a girl who never truly drowned.

• Lyrical and evocative, with some of the most beautiful prose I’ve read this Yuletide. I love the song this fic is based on, and the fic truly does it justice. Definitely read it (and listen to the song!)

Damar Series – Robin McKinley

honeysuckle and lilac (2279 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Damar Series - Robin McKinley
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Corlath/Harry Crewe
Characters: Harry Crewe, Jack Dedham, Corlath (Damar), Senay (Damar)
Additional Tags: Friendship, Loyalty, Found Family, Fluff
Summary: When Harry lived in Ihistan, her dreams were always of the land outside her window.

Now she wakes at Corlath's side from dreams of a land a world away.

The Blue Sword has been one of my favorite books since I was a teenager, and I always hope to see Yuletide fic for it. This is a beautiful found-family story set during the epilogue (between Harry & Corlath’s marriage and the birth of their first son). I loved the structure, the themes, and the lyricism of the prose.

Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

The Decision (1084 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Yzma (Emperor's New Groove), Kronk (Emperor's New Groove), Kronk's Shoulder Devil, Kronk's Shoulder Angel
Additional Tags: Humor, Poor Life Choices, Supernatural Elements, Yuletide Treat, Pre-Canon
Summary: Kronk makes the mistake of outsourcing one of the biggest choices he's ever made to his shoulder angel and devil. Yep. This is gonna go poorly...

• There are a lot of Emperor’s New Groove fics in the collections this year (and if you like the canon, check them all out!), but this one was my favorite because of the great Kronk voice. Oh, and also all the shoulder devil vs. shoulder angel, because that dynamic never fails to make me laugh. Lots of fun, snappy dialogue.

Jeeves & Wooster – Wodehouse

The Rummy Affair of the Brinkley Ball (6667 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Jeeves & Wooster, Jeeves - P. G. Wodehouse
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Reginald Jeeves/Bertram Wooster, Madeline Bassett/Honoria Glossop
Characters: Bertram Wooster, Reginald Jeeves, Madeline Bassett, Honoria Glossop, Dahlia Travers, Bingo Little
Additional Tags: Beards (Relationships), Hijinks & Shenanigans, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Farce
Summary:
BERTIE STOP THE MOST DREADFUL THING STOP THERE IS TO BE A BALL AT BRINKLEY COURT STOP H AND I SURE TO BE DISCOVERED STOP CALL UPON YOUR HELP STOP SOME SUBTERFUGE WILL BE CALLED FOR STOP H SAYS NO USE ASKING YOU BUT PERHAPS JEEVES STOP
In which there are unlikely allies, a party, and everyone is everyone else's beard.

• Yuletide always seems to give us at least one great Jeeves & Wooster fic, and this year is no exception. Contains plans and hijinks, some lovely Jeeves/Wooster, and found family. My favorite part was unexpectedly Madeline/Honoria – I came out shipping them mightily – but all of it is pretty great. :)

Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy Sayers

Christmas at Duke's Denver (2501 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Characters: Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, The Dowager Duchess
Additional Tags: Christmas Eve
Summary: Contrary to her own expectations, Harriet found the various huntin’, shootin’, and fishin’ types remarkably easy to talk to. She asked after the huntin’, shootin’, and fishin’, they asked after the murder-writing business, and everyone agreed that the weather was very fine for this time of year and wasn’t the salmon good, what?

• Harriet and Peter are perfectly lovely in this, and I adore the holiday theme. Helen and the Duchess are excellent secondary characters, and Milly & Tilly are fabulous additions. Love the characterization, love the dialogue, love the little touches throughout that take the fic to the next level. Really well done.

Matilda – Roald Dahl

Heroines (4887 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Matilda - Roald Dahl
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Matilda Wormwood, Jennifer Honey, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Found Family
Summary: “If the heroine of one novel be not patronized by the heroine of another, from whom can she expect protection and regard?” - Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Or, (mostly) together and (occasionally) apart, Matilda and Miss Honey measure their lives in heroines.

• I like the style and structure of this fic very much. Matilda’s heroines inspire the sections and give them themes, gently tracing her growing-up years and the happiness she finds with Miss Honey. (I also love the “Miss Honey and the vicar” subplot.) The dialogue is excellent, and the prose quite pretty.

Mulan (1998)

The Ten Thousandth Mile (5677 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mulan (1998)
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationship: Fa Mulan/Li Shang
Summary: A journey that began so long ago ends with a closing of distance.

• When the Emperor sends them on a mission together, Mulan and Shang overcome the awkwardness between them and grow closer. Along the way they deal with a couple Huns (naturally). Beautiful imagery, and a fun fluffy fic.

Nero Wolfe – Rex Stout

Lies and Jest (5106 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Archie Goodwin, Nero Wolfe
Additional Tags: Pre-Slash, Mystery, Case Fic
Summary: Archie starts to see the world from a new perspective and Wolfe gets some lobsters.

• I feel like Nero Wolfe is a particularly hard canon to pastiche, but this fic does a dang good job. It’s at once an excellent case fic, with plenty of Archie and Wolfe to enjoy, and a lovely pre-slash ‘realization’ piece. (And as always, Wolfe appears to be one step ahead…) I really enjoyed this one.

100 Words in the Brownstone (823 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Archie Goodwin/Nero Wolfe
Characters: Nero Wolfe, Archie Goodwin, Saul Panzer
Additional Tags: Sex Pollen, Established Relationship, Alternate Universe - Pirate, Bodyswap, Gender or Sex Swap, Everyone Thinks They're Together, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot
Summary: The stories I didn’t write for Yuletide, told as drabbles.

• Even if you don’t usually read drabbles, give these a shot. They’re hilarious. (And I would read all of them as full stories!)

Night at the Museum (Movies)

Paper Planes (4372 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Night at the Museum (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jedediah/Octavius (Night at the Museum)
Characters: Jedediah (Night at the Museum), Octavius (Night at the Museum), Tilly (Night at the Museum)
Additional Tags: Post-Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb, Friends to Lovers, Tiny Badasses, Humor, A little angst, and Jedediah's thoughts on respectable underwear
Summary: Saving the day is easy. Surviving the morning evening after the night before — not so much.

• So, I’ve wanted a really good Jedediah/Octavius first-time fic for FOREVER. (Doesn’t everyone who watches those movies?) And guess what? This is exactly that fic! It’s hilariously funny, with a spot-on Jed voice and lots of great one-liners, and it’s also absolutely adorable and gives the two of them their happy ending in a believable, wonderful way. Two cowboy thumbs up.

Orange is the New Black (TV)

sea of love (2402 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Orange is the New Black
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Poussey Washington/Others, Brook Soso/Poussey Washington (implied)
Characters: Poussey Washington, Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson, Brook Soso
Additional Tags: Character Study, Loss, Love
Summary: "She will never love you. Not the way that you want," Vee had said, like it still had the possibility to hurt, like it wasn't an old wound, already scarred over; like Poussey hadn't already come to terms with the fact that when it came to love, what she wanted and what she got were two very different things.

Or: Four times Poussey loved someone, and it didn't matter anyway, and the one time that maybe, just maybe, it might.

• Poussey is my everything, so this angsty fic tore at my heartstrings in a perfectly painful way. Luckily for me and my heart, there is hope as well as loss.

Sweet and Sour (3258 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Orange is the New Black
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cindy "Black Cindy" Hayes, Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, Poussey Washington, Galina "Red" Reznikov, Piper Chapman, Janae Watson, Mei Chang (Orange is the New Black), Ginsberg (Orange is the New Black)
Additional Tags: Explicit Language, Bechdel Test Pass, Misses Clause Challenge, Female Friendship, Female Character of Color, Ensemble Cast, Post S3
Summary: Now that she's Jewish, what will Cindy do on Christmas?

• Don’t be scared away by the abundance of tags! This is a lovely fic that has lots of humor, lots of heart, and a perfect Cindy. Cindy and Suzanne’s and Cindy and Ginsberg’s scenes are my favorites. Although Chang is also fantastic!!

The Queen’s Thief – Megan Whalen Turner

for sins and false alarms (8047 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Queen's Thief - Megan Whalen Turner
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hilarion/Philologos, Canon Relationship(s)
Characters: Hilarion (Queen's Thief), Philologos (Queen's Thief), Eugenides (Queen's Thief), Attolia (Queen's Thief), Attendant Ensemble
Additional Tags: Loyalty, Hijinks & Shenanigans, Minor Canonical Character(s), Post-KoA
Summary: A single rumor could move mountains, or topple thrones. Sejanus had been very good at this game, but Hilarion knew better than to think it one of his own strengths. Then again, political acuity had gotten Sejanus imprisoned, his brother exiled, and his house doomed to crumble away with no son to inherit it, and Hilarion, for all his faults, would not make the same mistake twice. But he could not imagine standing before their cranky, sleep-rumpled king and telling Attolis that he ought to be careful of a mere rumor.

• Outsider POV is one of my favorite techniques, and this story uses it very well. It’s great to see Gen’s adjustment to being King from the point of view of one of his attendants, and to see how the attendants have to adjust in turn. Attolia and Gen’s public discussions/arguments are particularly fun, and the process of Gen Steals Hilarion’s Allegiance is fantastic.

Sesame Street (TV)

The 5 Most Important Cookies (908 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sesame Street (TV), Sesame Street - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Count Von Count
Additional Tags: Implied/Referenced Character Death, Friendship, Childhood, Backstory, Food, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide Madness 2015, Mourning, Celebrations, Weddings, Humor
Summary: Just what it says on the tin, the five most momentous cookies in Cookie Monster's life.

• Cookies! And Cookie Monster at his most adorable. This one will bring a smile to your face.

The Thick of It (TV)

Playing the game (2501 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Thick of It (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sam Cassidy, Malcolm Tucker, Jamie MacDonald
Summary: Malcolm has 18 hours to establish himself as a political colossus. Sam does it in five.

• Okay, I love Sam Cassidy, fair warning. (I also love Malcolm Tucker, a whole fuckin’ lot, but for now we’ll confine ourselves to Sam.) This fic is unabashedly Sam-centric, and I love how excellent a partner she makes for Malcolm. She may gently push and pull a few levers, just little nudges with an innocent face, instead of swearing and threatening and browbeating people into compliance, but she’s excellent at what she does and it’s really satisfying to see Malcolm properly value her work. (Which is totally in-character for him.)

Twelve Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale)

The Last Dancing Queen of England (2487 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 12 Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale), Tudor History - Fandom
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Elizabeth I of England & Catherine Parr
Characters: Elizabeth I of England, Anne Boleyn, Catherine Parr
Summary: On her wedding night to King Henry VIII, Katherine Parr discovers that a strange curse has been laid on all the queens of England...

• I love fairytales and I love Tudor history, so reading this mashup between the two was a joy. Picking Katherine Parr as the POV character was inspired – she usually doesn’t get as much attention as her more famous predecessors, but she was a really interesting figure and she shines in this fic. I also love little Elizabeth’s role. And it’s neat to read about all of Henry’s wives getting to know each other over the years.

Turning (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 12 Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: The Youngest Princess
Additional Tags: Drabble, yumadrin, Loss
Summary: The youngest.

• This is an achingly lyrical drabble about what it means to the youngest princess to lose something she’s always known.

The Tragedy of the Master-Cobbler (100 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 12 Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Drabble, Yuletide Madness Drabble Invitational
Summary: The Master-Cobbler loses his best customer.

• In contrast to the last, this drabble is a funny one; it looks at the consequences of the princesses’ freedom for more mundane folk.

~//~

That's it from me! I hope you enjoyed all my recs, and I hope you enjoyed Yuletide 2015! Happy New Year. :)

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