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[personal profile] shallowness
Fandom: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Pairing:: Amy Santiago/Jake Peralta
Title: To face unafraid the plans that we made
Author: Satellite (brella)
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1067991
Rating/Warning(s): General Audience, no warnings apply
Word Count/WIP?: 6,420. Complete.
Recced By: shallowness

Why This Must Be Read: It's season 1 Christmas fluff, featuring the ensemble. I laughed a lot (especially at Scully and Hitchcock) as the precinct celebrates Christmas and Jake and Amy flirt in their own special way.


1 Harry Potter (Hermione/Ron), 1 The Hour (Bel/Freddie), 1 The West Wing (Donna/Josh) )
[identity profile] vickysg1.livejournal.com
Day 31 - BONUS - Wildcard/Catch up on a missed day
During this month, I recced for a different pairing each day, but I still seem to have a few pairings for which I haven't recced. I've limited myself to ten of them, but there's more. And yes, now that I realise that, I'm quite afraid by the amount of shipping I do....


Fandom Category: Leverage
Pairing: Sophie Devereaux/Nathan Ford
Fic Title: There's nothing new under the sun
Author: [livejournal.com profile] alinaandalion
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, graphic sex
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: I have to say that for the past few weeks Leverage pretty much pwned my mind (yes I've just discovered this show and it's awesome), and while I love both Official Couples, I just can't live without Nate/Sophie. This fic is beautiful and it shows the progression of their relationship after San Lorenzo. Nate and Sophie are just spot on and this fic is a must-read!

More under the cut for The West Wing, The Pretender, NCIS, CSI, Avengers/Iron Man, Ringer and Unforgettable. )

Mods, can tags be added for 'ship: kate harper/will bailey', 'ship: catherine parker/sydney', 'fandom: unforgettable' and 'ship: carrie wells/al burns'? :P
[identity profile] vickysg1.livejournal.com
Day 27 - A pre-series fic.

Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: CJ Cregg/Danny Concannon
Fic Title: Passing Afternoon
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lieueitak
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Pre-series, romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: When I saw today's theme, I thought of CJ/Danny because this is one of those pairings who have a history before the show began. They met on the campaign trail, when this fic is set. It's a beautiful fic that shows their beginning, and how Danny is already smitten with CJ. They're in-character and the fic is perfectly done.
[identity profile] empressearwig.livejournal.com
Day 11 - A fic for your favorite Book pairing.

Fandom Category: Madeleine L'Engle's book universe
Pairing: Vicky Austin/Adam Eddington
Fic Title: How like a winter hath my absence been
Author: hesychasm (Jintian)
Link: Here.
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Genre: Romance, Friends to Lovers
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Because it's beautiful. Adam/Vicky is the pairing of my teenage heart and I basically love all fic for them, but this one is particularly lovely. It's quiet, almost, in the way that they are in the books and it just feels like them in the best possible way.

three more under the cut )
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
West Wing rec for this election season!

Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Donna Moss/Josh Lyman
Fic Title: Solecism
Author: Marguerite and Ryo Sen
Link: http://national-library.net/viewstory.php?storyid=6348
Rating/Warning(s): PG, none
Genre: Missing scene, humor, light fluff
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Will Bailey watches in awe as he ends up in an overcrowded cab with Josh, Danny, Toby, and Charlie to go fetch Donna during "Inauguration" when she's taken the fall for Jack Reese's comment. And it's delightful and delicious and a little ridiculous: full of banter, some CJ/Danny bits (always my favorite), and some incredibly loopy White House staffers. Plus, since it's from Will's perspective, you get a real sense of how difficult it would be to keep up with these people.

Will slowly shook his head. "Are you aware that the whole lot of you talk very strangely?"

"Yes," Danny answered cheerily. "But you'll catch on. Just try using seven words when two would suffice."

This Doctor Who fixation of mine is taking a toll--I almost typed "Donna Noble" at least twice in this post. Although I also almost typed "Kyle Reese," so Doctor Who may not be the only thing hijacking my brain.

ext_1358: (SPARKY!!!)
[identity profile] grav-ity.livejournal.com
I'm not sure what it was about Stargate Atlantis that sparked such an ENORMOUS number of AUs. Yet here we are.

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: Elizabeth Weir/John Sheppard (primary), also Laura Cadman/Carson Beckett, Kate Heightmeyer/Marcus Lorne, etc.
Fic Title: [livejournal.com profile] stargate_ren
Author: [livejournal.com profile] melyanna, [livejournal.com profile] miera_c, [livejournal.com profile] angelqueen04 and [livejournal.com profile] sache8
Link: http://stargate-ren.livejournal.com/8085.html
Rating/Warning(s): G-PG
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP? Kind of. All the stories are currently complete, but they are still wrapping up the series.

Why This Must Be Read: THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH MOMENTS IN MY LIFE for me to explain why you need to read this. The characterizations are spot on. The historical detail (and accuracy) is STAGGERING. The tension is NEARLY UNBEARABLE a lot of the time. EVERYONE is in it. And it is ENORMOUS.

I do recommend that you start with Ascension of the Queen, and read the stories in the order they were written. It feels more like seasons of TV that way. :)

Other recs under the cut )

And now I'm sure I'm forgetting something...

(I totally gave up tagging this, btw. There are about a million pairings in Ren ALONE, and most of them are kind of unconventional.) :)
[identity profile] sandystarr88.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Donna Moss/Josh Lyman
Fic Title: Solecism
Author: [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com] and [Bad username or site: @ livejournal.com]
Link: http://national-library.net/viewstory.php?storyid=6348
Rating/Warning(s): YTEEN / spoilers for Inauguration (Part I)
Genre: Missing Scene, Humor, Friendship
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 25/30

Why This Must Be Read: Because just how exactly did Josh convince Danny, Toby, Will, and Charlie to play the bad cops to his good cop and go pick up Donna? This piece is a great collaboration by two of my favorite West Wing authors that fits perfectly into canon.

Excerpt )
[identity profile] mzmtiger.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: CJ Cregg/Danny Concannon
Fic Title: This Wide-Eyed Wanderer (Just to Be With You)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop
Link: This Wide-Eyed Wanderer
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance, 4 and 1
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 5/30

Why This Must Be Read: [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop is, in my opinion, the best CJ/Danny author out there. She just writes both of them so well, and her fics have the frustration and a hint of sadness that is an important part of CJ/Danny, but are also hopeful and romantic and perfectly them. And the best part about it is that she shows Danny as more than just CJ's love interest. He's a real person, who falls in love and out of love and is confused and hopeful and happy sometimes. Her use of language and her portrayal of Africa are beautiful, and you can see why Danny falls in love so easily.

Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Andrea Wyatt/Toby Ziegler
Fic Title: A History of Lovers, Given and Taken in Ink
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dancinginsane
Link: Linky link
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 14/20

Why This Must Be Read: This is just a fic composed of different small snippets of writing that pass between Toby and Andy, and it so perfectly describes and captures their relationship through the actual fic, and even just how the fic is, it's very essence. I don't even have anything more to say about this fic. You just have to go read it for yourself.


And why not, here's some more [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop because she writes more than just CJ/Danny
Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Abbey Bartlett/Jed Bartlett
Fic Title: Fool's Gold on Legal Pads
Author: [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop
Link: Fic this way
Rating/Warning(s): PG, vague spoilers
Genre: a little angsty, flashback, Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 15/20

Why This Must Be Read: Because the Bartletts are awesome? Because pre-series, especially young, Bartletts are even awesomer? Because she does such an excellent job making this an elegant love story that you can gather together from what she gives you and just create this awesome, beautiful picture? Yes, yes, and yes.

Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Kate Harper/Will Bailey
Fic Title: Too Close To Call
Author: [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop
Link:Too Close To Call
Rating/Warning(s): K+
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 16/20

Why This Must Be Read: Totally captures the spirit of Will/Kate, and gives us the closure we never really got in the show. The subtle way she uses the house and the OCs is wonderful, and you can almost actually feel the tension from the election through the fic. This is just a wonderful little quiet fic about the two of them that sums them and their relationship up very well. Her characterization of Will, lovely, fumbling, awkward Will who loves words and Kate is particularly fabulous. Also the banter is perfect, for them and for the tone the show has in general.
[identity profile] death-of-dreams.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Josh/Donna, Ainsely Hayes/Sam Seaborn, CJ/Toby, OFC/OFC
Fic Title: White House or Bust
Author: Puck and Zillah
Link: http://web.archive.org/web/20030806030606/www.puckandzillah.com/whb.html
Rating/Warning(s): Pg - NC17, swearing somewhat graphic descriptions of sex (it's pretty light, as far as NC17 goes). Also lesbianism and politics. 
Genre: Romance, comedy, drama...just like the real west Wing.
WIP?: Not really. It's a series and it says 'coming soon' but that was like 8 years ago. 

Summary: Jed Bartlet didn't run for President in 1998, so the gang never got together. In this, they find their way together for Bartlet's campaign in 2002 from various different life places. as we go along the campaign, couples get together, break up, make up, and educate the cutest little girl ever.  

Why This Must Be Read: Puck and Zillah are the one two punch that every West wing fic should aspire to. They've got the dialogue style so perfect and they're not afraid to complicate things or to simplify them whenever need be. They write extremely well together. This is a hilarious, touching, and totally charming ride that wills weep you away. 
[identity profile] death-of-dreams.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Ainsely Hayes/Sam Seaborn
Fic Title: Liberal Arts
Author: Jori and Mojo
Link: http://web.archive.org/web/20021214042009/http://www.netroenterprises.com/stateoftheunion/suliberalarts.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC17 - graphic descriptions of sex and male genitalia.
Genre: romance, comedy
WIP?: nope.

Summary: Sam sees an artist from the National Endowment for the Arts campaign and agrees to encourage that she be financed - without looking at her artwork. The idiot must then go to her art show...an exhibit of pieces made solely of penises. He makes Ainsley come with him.

Why This Must Be Read: It's absolutely hilarious, and if you can't see Sam making this exact mistake then I have no idea what West Wing you watched. Not only will you die of laughter, it's pretty sexy. And you know you're just damn curious as to how going to a creepy art show leads to Ainsley and Sam hooking up.
[identity profile] hondagirll.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: CJ Cregg/Toby Zeigler, Andrea Wyatt/Toby Zeigler
Fic Title: Love Letter
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shutterbug_12
Link: http://shutterbug-12.livejournal.com/495551.html
Rating/Warning(s): G
Genre: romance, friendship, future!fic
WIP?: Complete.

Why This Must Be Read: At about 350 words this ficlet is short, but it flows beautifuly and and the characters are so spot that you realize additional words were not necessary to get the particulary poignancy across. Set post series it's Toby, writing the last speech of his life. And, because he's Toby, it's perfect.
[identity profile] sassie69.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: West Wing
Pairing: Josh Lyman / Donna Moss
Fic Title: The Joshua Monologues
Author: spitzthecat
Link: http://www.thejoshuamonologues.com
Rating/Warning(s): Some chapters are adult but clearly labelled
Genre: Romance/Angst WIP?: WIP

Why This Must Be Read: This is an amazing story of a possible Josh/Donna relationship which just feels so true to the characters. Unfortunately it was never finished but as each chapter works on its own and, it is so brilliantly written, it really does not matter. An epic for modern times!
[identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/spyglass_/
Special recs that double as the current challenge! Bonus!


Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Donna Moss/Josh Lyman
Fic Title: Part of the Whole
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shutterbug_12
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Mostly friendship
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 20/31

Why This Must Be Read: Missing scene from Abu El Banat, where Josh must explain to Donna the significance of her Christmas gift. A really sweet moment between the two of them with absolutely fantastic dialogue.



and one more )
[identity profile] j-guda.livejournal.com
Fandom Category:The West Wing
Pairing: Abbey Bartlet/Jed Bartlet
Fic Title: So It Goes, and the sequel As Long As There Are Stars
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nomadicwriter
Link: So It Goes: Here at AO3, Here at FF.net. As Long As There Are Stars: Here at AO3, Here at FF.net
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, Violence (mentions of child abuse - could be a little triggery)
Genre: Pre-Series, Romance, Drama
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is almost eight years old now, and I can still remember the mingled feeling of joy and disappointment the day the last chapter of As Long As There Are Stars was posted to FF.net. Joy that it was so perfect, disappointment that it was over.

So It Goes is the story of how President and Dr. Bartlett met, many, many years before they were President and Dr. Bartlett.

Jed and Abbey are beautifully realized young, idealistic, stubborn, ambitious people who meet-cute and fall in love despite themselves, their families, their baggage - well, Jed's baggage and Abbey's boyfriend - and their planned futures.

The people they will become are so evident in the people they are in this story - and in some ways that's ironic, considering the way they start out. It's incredible that a story set thirty-some-odd years pre-cannon can be so in character.
[identity profile] vickysg1.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Battlestar Galactica/The West Wing
Pairing: Adama/Roslin, Jed/Abbey
Fic Title: Uncertain Hours
Author: [livejournal.com profile] miabicicletta
Link: Here
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance, AU after Six of One for BSG
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: First, because it's a BSG/TWW crossover! Do I need to give you another reason? Ok, then, this fic is just awesome. This is well-written, there's not a dull moment in this fic. And it has Toby, Sam and Josh all falling in love with Laura, which is funny. Seriously, go read it, you'll love it!
[identity profile] hariboo.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Ainsely Hayes/Sam Seaborn
Fic Title: miss jane austen presents
Author: [livejournal.com profile] falseeeyelashes 
Link: http://falseeeyelashes.livejournal.com/201580.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: romance, post series
WIP?: nope.
Special Rec: 28/30

Why This Must Be Read: One of my favourite ships that never got a chance to flourish on the show, I love the idea of Ainsely and Sam coming together after the show ends in those gap years we are hinted at. Lovely prose, this is one of my favourite Ainsely characterisations.
ext_2932: (Emily)
[identity profile] lothy.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Ainsley Hayes/Leo McGarry
Fic Title: Stolen Moments, and sequel Inside the Tornado
Author: [livejournal.com profile] helsinkibaby
Link: http://helsinkibaby.ahkay.net/ww/momentspage.htm and http://helsinkibaby.ahkay.net/ww/tornadopage.htm
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read:

Ainsley Hayes has always been one of my favourite characters from The West Wing, and when I realised that there were Leo/Ainsley stories on the internet, I was really excited. Thankfully, not only are these stories really good, they're also very long.

Well, actually, they are each a series of stories, of varying lengths, often relating to specific episodes from the show. "Stolen Moments" covers the events of season 2, while "Inside the Tornado" takes place over season 3. It is a shame that the author didn't continue the series beyond this, but what there is is brilliant. Leo and Ainsley seem to fit perfectly with each other.

(And if you grow to love the pairing, the same author has written a number of unrelated short fics featuring the pairing. My personal favourite is "Just a Picture".)
ext_2932: (Rory)
[identity profile] lothy.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: CSI x The West Wing
Pairing: Ellie Bartlet/Greg Sanders
Fic Title: The Pieces of My Life
Author: [livejournal.com profile] helsinskibaby
Link: http://helsinkibaby.ahkay.net/csi/pieces_page.htm
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No, but she could decide to write more.

Why This Must Be Read:

If I was asked to name the best romantic story I've read in fandom, this would be a strong contender - despite the fact that the main couple are actually just friends for the vast majority of the story. It's the story of the lives of Ellie Bartlet (the President's daughter) and Greg Sanders (CSI) from 1994 to 2005.

Ellie is a character who didn't often appear in The West Wing. We know that she's never liked being in the public eye, that she doesn't care much for politics, and that she and her father have never really understood each other. In this story, we learn all about her life away from the White House, and we see how events from the show impact her, especially at times when her family is hurt or in danger. It is more Ellie's story than Greg's, but then maybe that's understandable, because unlike her, Greg's story is told in canon.

The story is told in a series of individual fics, of varying lengths. Often when authors write in this way, it annoys me because it can feel disjointed. I won't say this story flows completely right, but I love it enough that I can overlook it.

One important note: the author has fairly recently posted another piece in the story, but as yet has only put it on her LJ. I assume that at some point she will be adding it to her website, but in the meantime you can find it here.

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