These are from the great recs backlog of 2012.
- Law of Superheroes: law-school seen through comic-book heroes’ lens – Boing Boing:
In the The Law of Superheroes two lawyers called James Daily and Ryan Davidson do a magnificent job overview of the US legal system that manages to be extremely informative and incredibly entertaining, because, as the title implies, they tour the legal system as it would apply to comic-book superheroes.
This is much better than most of those "Physics of Science Fiction"-type books, since the legal hypotheticals that superheroes give rise to, while speculative, are actually just extreme macrocosms for the normal business of the real-world legal system. What better way to illustrate the rules of evidence than to explore whether (and why) things that Professor Xavier read in your mind would be admissible in court and whether Spider Man could testify in his mask?
27 Dec: none
- The Hired Man – by copperbadge – fandom White Collar [Archive of Our Own]:
"This job is important," Peter said, standing in front of him in the bathroom. "I want you to look the part."
"Are you angling for fifteen percent on it?" Neal replied, annoyed by the way Peter was hovering. If a man couldn't put on a three-piece suit in the privacy of his own hotel bathroom without his bodyguard bothering him, what was left to him?
Peter took the tie away from him. Neal reached for it, and Peter held it back, out of his grasp.
"These are bigwigs," Peter said, as Neal tried to reach around him. He pushed Neal back and Neal rolled his eyes and let his arms fall, presenting his throat. "They'll think you're a small-time grifter if you don't do it right."
"Peter, I am a small-time grifter," Neal pointed out, as Peter began to knot his tie.
"You're not. Why would you think that? You're Neal Caffrey," Peter told him. "Cowboy up, admit your destiny is to be the most wanted art thief in the world, and let me make you look the part."
- Eyeliner – by TurtleTotem – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Charles is a science nerd. He has no shot with a glamorous bad-boy like Erik Lehnsherr, even if they are both mutants. (Inspired by this picture.)
[Completely adorable. -L]
- So, About those Additional Tags… | Archive of Our Own:
Non-canonical tags with only a few uses put almost no strain on the servers. It's the popular canonical tags and metatags that put the most strain on the servers.
14 Dec: archiveofourown
- The Trooper and the Maid – by Philomytha – fandom Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]:
Aral snorted, then turned it into the appropriate maidenly giggle. "My dear Captain," he said, "I have longed to learn about the ways of men and women, and in fact I was adjusting my garter alongside this busy road–" he gestured to the path through the garden "–in the hope that a handsome officer like you might pass by."
"You poor thing, you are constrained by your cultural baggage and are unable to ask for sex when you want it," Cordelia responded. "Of course I will teach you how it's done."
- Barrayaran Maiden – by laleia – fandom Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]:
Cordelia and Aral try "playing" by the rules of Barrayaran sex.
- templemarker: X-Men I came out in 2000. God, I feel ancient.:
Saw X-Men: First Class.
But there was a part around the time Charles and Erik were epically breaking up with each other where I just thought, "Shit. There goes ten years of fanon in one beautifully cast film. Somewhere, the fangirls are keening."
So, in homage to the much beloved Charles/Erik speculation from the generation of the X-Men Movieverse fandom (categorically and fundamentally different from Marvel's X-Men Universe), I give you some of my favorite C/E stories from back in the day.
11 Dec: recs
- Written Legacy – by Roxie Ann (pluvial_poetry) – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
Charles sets his papers against Erik's back and begins to write, not yet fully formed theories, still only another hypothesis of what the future might hold for mutantkind, all the wonderful and strange ways that genetics will both separate and combine us as a race. The pointed steel nib of Charles' pen must scratch against Erik's skin, the thin sheaf of papers meager protection as Charles continues to use him as an impromptu desk, but Charles feels no sense of discomfort from Erik's mind.
If anything the opposite, Charles finds as he skims over the surface of Erik's mind. It takes an effort to block Erik's thoughts and keep them separate from his own at the best of times, as Erik had come to realize early on in their relationship. Charles rarely bothers when they're together like this, Erik wouldn't have it any other way. He would not have Charles hide himself away, not here, in their shared bed.
- Paralyzer – Chapter 1 – by Yahtzee – fandom X-Men – All Media Types, X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
In 1965, Erik Lehnsherr has infiltrated the NYPD for his own purposes — but his powers make him a brilliant detective. Yet that's not why FBI agent Charles Xavier has sought him out. It's because the mysterious killer they're both trying to find is murdering people like them: other mutants.
Their search for a madman binds them together. Their inner demons may tear them apart. But the greatest danger comes when the killer they're looking for looks back …
[This AU is actually not very far from the movie XMFC; you can spot the point of divergence from canon. Mind the warnings. -L]
- interesting_gin: FIC: The Usual Silence:
Characters/Pairing: You, Erik, Charles, Hank, Raven, Kurt
Warnings: Heavy references to the Holocaust. Potentially triggering.
Summary: Take the path of least resistance. Stay safe. Don't speak up, if you're not one of them. What does it matter to you?
[Super depressing. -L]