Links from 2013.
- Champion – by Philomytha – fandom Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]:
"Everyone is saying it will be Lord Vorkosigan." Drou spoke quietly, almost unemotionally, but her eyes were fixed on Kareen. "It's going around the Household very fast."
"Yes. I've heard. Lord Regent Vorkosigan." Kareen cast a half-involuntary glance at the closed door of the nursery. Gregor had fallen asleep quickly after the funeral ordeal, though he hadn't cried at all. Kareen wasn't at all sure how much he understood: that his father was dead, that he would never see him again, what 'war hero' even meant. That he would be Emperor soon.
[Missing scene from Shards of Honor.]
- Incy Wincy Spider – Chapter 1 – by Tawabids – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Erik Lehnsherr is a renowned homicide detective, with his husband Charles at home and his partner on the job, Moira MacTaggert. When a twisted serial killer starts targeting mutants, Erik and Moira are the perfect team for the job, especially since Erik himself is the mutant poster-boy of an NYPD trying to improve their image.
But what they don't yet know is that the serial killer is an old soul out of Erik's past, and his next move is to pull Charles into his web.
[Violence and serious injury. Gripping plot. -L]
- Made To Be Broken – Chapter 1 – by Yahtzee – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men (Movies), X-Men – All Media Types [Archive of Our Own]:
Charles makes a New Year's Resolution:
“No more straight men,” Charles repeated as he began scrolling through the apartment directory for Emma’s name. “No more futility. No more pointless hoping and heartbreak. In 2013, I never want to hear the words ‘exception,’ ‘experimenting’ or ‘phase.’ If, God forbid, I hear ‘bicurious’ even once, I may take a hostage.”
Then he goes into the party, and Erik is there.
- My Body is a Cage – by conceptofzero – fandom Watchmen [Archive of Our Own]:
"Jesus. Rorschach's a girl." The story of Wanda Kovacs.
- Equanimity – by Resonant – fandom Skyfall (2012) [Archive of Our Own]:
"As I never know when someone might try to push my buttons, I find it useful to know where they are."
- In Level Six – by finesharp – fandom Angry Birds (Video Game) [Archive of Our Own]:
In Level Six the balloons blow…
- How to Survive on a Desert Planet – by exeterlinden – fandom Enemy Mine (1985) [Archive of Our Own]:
"In this stunning sci-fi adventure, two warriors engaged in a savage futuristic war between Earth and the planet Dracon crash-land on a desolate fiery planet. At first the human and his reptilian alien opponent are intent on destroying each other. But after battling the elements and each other, the two stranded pilots gradually realize that the only way either of them will survive is to overcome their undying hatred."
… That's what it says on the back of the DVD. What follows below is an AU take on how that goes…
- You Could Turn It On Like A Light – by nightcamedown – fandom Sports Night [Archive of Our Own]:
In which Dan and Casey are not fraught. Or so they say.
"Have a seat." Sam closed the door and turned to face Dan.
Dan looked around. "This is Isaac's office."
"I'm aware of that."
"It's just – I only mention it because I thought we were going to your office." Dan took a seat. "And this is not your office so much as it's Isaac's."
"When you two are done with your little skit," Isaac sighed from behind his desk, "please leave quickly and quietly."
- On Solitude – by Toft – fandom Aubrey-Maturin Series – Patrick O’Brian [Archive of Our Own]:
[Cracktastic fannish trope + O'Brianish sensibility in plot and narrative style. -L]
"The doctor 'as tellypathised 'im. Which as 'e 'as hentered into a mens communis" – Killick laboriously pronounced the phrases with absolute incomprehension, the sounds acquired only by dint of the number of times he had heard Stephen repeat them through the door – "in consequence of a wicked fish what they ate in Portsmouth."
Bonden whistled. "A bad fish can set you down something cruel. My cousin Bob Sullivan – you remember him, out of the Minerva – ate a nasty old plaice in Gibralter that had him laid up for a week. Running back and forth to the head on the hour, he was, until the first lieutenant, a right hard horse, had him stay there until he didn't have nothing more left in him to shit out. But you mark my words, the doctor will set the captain up with a purge and a draft, and he'll be better before you know it."
- Loyalty, Honor, Heart – by leupagus – fandom The Hobbit (2012), The Hobbit – All Media Types, The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien [Archive of Our Own]:
Last night Bilbo had been subjected to hours upon hours of discussion about the purpose of their roadtrip — "Quest," Thorin had corrected — from Bowdoin to Stanford. He'd already heard most of it when Professor Gandalf had conned him into coming along in exchange for a chance to do an independent study next year on the development of brewing as a factor in the Revolutionary War: Alpha Tau Kappa's legendary shot glass collection, put on the line during an intercollegiate mathlete grudge match in 1952. Saved from the grasping hands of Smaug University by a solid defeat, and then stolen – stolen – the following day. There could be no doubt as to the culprit. Thorin found pictures on the Smaug Mathlete facebook page of them drinking from the glasses only last year.
And so the frat decided: Spring Break 2012, they would regain their honor and their shot glasses. Balin made t-shirts; Thorin was writing the whole thing up as part of his thesis on the Quest Journey and The Performative Nature of American Masculinity. Professor Gandalf, as far as Bilbo could tell, was along because he was a freak.