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Ah, here is the last of my special recs for August.  I apologize for the lateness and cut it down to 21 but tried to keep a variety of fandoms and ships at least.  I'm glad I got to share some of my favorites!

Fandom Category: Downton Abbey
Pairing: Mary Crawley/Matthew Crawley
Fic Title: You & Me of the 10,000 Wars
Author: allthingsholy
Link: http://allthingsholy.livejournal.com/158762.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 (R in later chapters)
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP?: Yes

Special Rec: 16/21

Why This Must Be Read: This is a modern AU where Downton Abbey becomes Downton Industries.  There are only two chapters thus far (out of a projected four), but I’m already completely taken by this author’s absolutely brilliant characterization of Mary -- a woman who can play the part of the perfect, proper eldest daughter to the tee when needed but also rejects the role, a woman who in one sense loves the glamour of the lifestyle she leads even as she cannot bear its superficiality.  Everyone else is also thoughtfully portrayed, and the writer has creatively and smoothly adapted Downton Abbey to the 21st century.

snippet )
Fringe, 2, Olivia Dunham/Peter Bishop )

Iron Man, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark )

Merlin, Morgana/Arthur Pendragon )

Bones, Temperance Brennan/Seeley Booth )
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Fandom Category: One Tree Hill
Pairing: Haley James/Nathan Scott
Fic Title: Brothers in Arms or How We Became Us
Author: ElizabethBella
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4329748/1/Brothers_in_Arms_or_How_We_Became_Us
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
WIP?: No

Special Rec: 12/21

Why This Must Be Read: I’ve read the majority of Nathan/Haley fanfiction out there, and this is one of my favorite One Tree Hill fics hands down.  While this is not strictly a Nathan/Haley fic, the couple features very very prominently in this work.  It’s a Scott Family story, and I believe any accurate representation of the Nathan/Haley relationship must acknowledge the crucial role that Lucas plays. (After all he’s Haley’s best friend and Nathan’s brother and is arguably the link that brought Nathan and Haley together in the first place.)

This fic gives us all the missing moments between Nathan, Haley, and Lucas (eventually throwing the couple’s son Jamie into the mix) from the beginning of S1 up to S5.  All of it is weaved into the fabric of the show’s actual storyline and includes all of the moments we wished we could’ve seen onscreen (including the missing college years between S4 and S5!).  The characterization is utterly flawless and poignantly illustrates what I believe is at the heart of the show -- the Scott brothers and the girl/woman who helped them become a family.

three more fics )

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I apologize that I have been so terrible at staggering these fics. :/ I have them all compiled, and will be sure to get them all out this last week of August. 

Fandom Category: A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones
Pairing: Brienne of Tarth/Jamie Lannister
Fic Title: lions for lambs
Author: honey_wheeler
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/260669
Rating/Warning(s): M; explicit sex; spoilers through A Storm of Swords
Genre: Romance, Smut
WIP?: No

Special Rec: 11/21

Why This Must Be Read: This is an absolutely brilliant and thoughtful characterization of Jaime and the way he sees Brienne.  Love and lust, affection and desire all mix together perfectly in this fic.

There is no yielding here, no soft surrender. She loves like she fights: fiercely, deliberately, whole-heartedly. She shares none of Cersei’s womanly affectations, none of her prettiness. Brienne grunts where Cersei would have moaned, hisses where Cersei would have sighed.

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Fandom Category: Everwood
Pairing: Hannah Rogers/Bright Abbott
Fic Title: Free Falling
Author: summerstorm
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/40907
Rating/Warning(s): M; mentions of sex
Genre: Romance, Schmoop
WIP?: No

Special Rec: 10/21

Why This Must Be Read: This is a beautiful and insightful look at the Hannah and Bright relationship, showing the inner tension she feels regarding the newness of their physical intimacy as well as demonstrating Bright’s utter patience, lust, and affection.

The eyes and the silliness, she has no trouble with — if she did, she wouldn't be able to stand Bright at all, and she loves him, she really does, and that's the problem.

Sometimes, Bright will suddenly pause when they're making out, look at her, smile seriously, and tell her that she's beautiful. That makes the butterflies in her stomach really happy, because she's not, but if Bright really thinks she is — well, that's more than enough for her.

"You shouldn't tell lies," she says sometimes, with a small smile on her face.

"I hope you're talking to yourself," he replies. "Do you need me to bring out the mirror?"

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Fandom Category: That ‘70s Show
Pairing: Jackie Burkhart/Steven Hyde
Fic Title: Outside Looking In
Author: rebeldivaluv
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2674709/1/Outside_Looking_In
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Romance, Humor
WIP?: Yes

Special Rec: 6/21

Why This Must Be Read: There are plenty of fanfics out there that deal with the mess that was made of Jackie and Hyde in Season 8 with the whole stripper-marriage fiasco, but this is definitely one of the best, and is creatively and thoughtfully done through interconnected vignettes told from the POV of all our favorite characters.  Humorous and heartwarming by turns, you’ll want to read it alone for what is easily one of the best-written (if not the best) Jackie/Hyde weddings -- which is told in a highly amusing yet surprisingly touching manner through the eyes of Eric of all people.

Excerpt and three more fics )

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Fandom Category: Song of the Lioness
Pairing: Alanna the Lioness/Jonathan of Conte
Fic Title: Bittersweet: An Interlude
Author: Caitydid
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1238089/1/Bittersweet_An_Interlude
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance, UST
WIP?: No; One-Shot

Special Rec: 4/21

Why This Must Be Read: If you ever read the Song of the Lioness books in your youth as I did, you might’ve wondered how it was that Alanna didn’t end up with Jon, the dreamy prince and (eventually) king! Ultimately, I believe Alanna was right in choosing George, but I still appreciate the attraction of Alanna/Jon. This fic illustrates beautifully the deep and abiding love that exists between the King and his Champion, but how -- despite all their potential -- they were never meant to be more than the best of friends.

Absently, he took her hand in both of his, turning from the railing to face her. He held her hand, so different from Thayet's smooth, white palms, and yet beautiful in its own right. Alanna's hands had known the bite of frost, the weight of steel, and the splinter of wood. Despite the scarred ridges, the stubby, torn nails, and the calloused fingertips, he thought them the most beautiful hands he'd ever seen.

One more under the cut )

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Fandom Category: The Black Donnellys
Pairing: Jenny Reilly/Tommy Donnelly
Fic Title: Hold Their Heads Heavy
Author: [livejournal.com profile] bittersweet_99
Link: http://donnellysfic.livejournal.com/10626.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Angst
WIP?: No; One-Shot

Special Rec: 2/21

Why This Must Be Read: Short but compelling; each sentence packs a punch and captures the darkness and heaviness of the show and this relationship wonderfully.

She knows he's been dead for longer than anyone will say, and the knowledge that it could have been Tommy's hands, his arms, working to stuff him in the oil drum gnaws at her, waking her up at night. It wasn't Tommy, but it makes no difference all the same. The point is it could've been him, and now it is.

Fandom Category: The Black Donnellys
Pairing: Jenny Reilly/Tommy Donnelly
Fic Title: white knuckled (singing hallelujah with the fear in your heart)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] falseeeyelashes
Link: http://falseeeyelashes.livejournal.com/64580.html
Rating/Warning(s): Hard R / explicit violence and sex
Genre: Angst
WIP?: No; One-Shot

Special Rec: 3/21

Why This Must Be Read: Gorgeous in a harsh, rough, and unforgiving kind of way.  It’s love, hate, lust, violence, sex, passion, and murder presented in a hard-hitting, fragmented work of utter genius.

Once there was a time when Jenny Reilly was called the reigning bad influence in Tommy Donnelly’s life.

(Read: Catholic school and rosary prayers and stolen pints of beer with someone else’s name on them. Read: long, long legs wrapped around his lean, skinny body – first kisses with too much tongue and learning in quick, shaky gasps what it feels like when it’s someone else’s hand that’s making you come).

The nice thing about history is all that room for editing and modification – again and again and again, until, there: it sounds just about right.

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Fandom Category: Greek
Pairing: Casey Cartwright/Evan Chambers, Casey Cartwright/Cappie Jones
Fic Title: Revelations
Author: Kaeda
Link: http://yuletidetreasure.org/archive/69/revelations.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Character Study, UST
WIP?: No; One-Shot

Special Rec:  1/21

Why This Must Be Read: There aren’t that many Greek fanfics out there, but if you’re going to read any, this has to be one of them.  It’s a brilliant character study of Casey, and how exactly she went from being in love with Cappie to forming a relationship with Evan -- Cappie’s former best friend of all people.  What’s really beautiful about this fic is how perfectly it fits into canon, and how it shows that -- in this love triangle -- no one is truly to blame for how it all turned out.

Evan had been insignificant and small that morning, forgotten in the harsh light of day as she awoke in Cappie's bed, with Cappie's strong arm around her waist - but in the dim lights of the dorm entrance, suddenly Evan was larger than life, colorful, something special she'd never quite seen before, and it scared her.


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