*cough* This has been sitting in my drafts folder since 2011.
- Ornithologies – Chapter 1 – by tahariel – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
It’s bewildering, this matter of being mortal, and mammalian, and human.
He had spent the first few days on Earth confused and awkward as a newborn, this strange new fleshy body making demands of him he did not know how to interpret – that he feed it, water it, empty it of waste (or, as he found to his disgust, it would empty itself, as it chose.) His spirit self had slammed into the ground – into meathood – with the force of Jupiter’s gravity behind it, like being sucked into a black hole, slowly becoming heavier and thicker and more solid as he fell, comet-like, from the heavens. Burnt by the rushing wind and stung by the contemptuous stars as he passed them.
- The Politician’s Apprentice – by avanti_90 – fandom Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]:
In the early years of Emperor Aral Vorkosigan’s reign, a young Vor lord faces trial for violating Vorloupulous’s Law.
- 72-Year-Old Chinese Man Models Teen-Girl Clothes:
"Why [is it] unacceptable for someone like me to wear women’s clothes? Modelling for the store is helping my granddaughter and I have nothing to lose. We were very happy on the day of the shooting. I’m very old and all that I care about is to be happy."
20 Nov: none
- sineala: Heads up, fandom!:
If you have a Delicious account hanging around that you haven't checked in a while, it might be worth it to swing by your user page and check that it's not displaying your REAL NAME in GIANT LETTERS right there on the page.
[OH DEL.ICIO.US NO. -L]
14 Nov: del.icio.us
- Read Ken Liu’s amazing story that swept the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards – io9:
Ken Liu's incredible story "Paper Menagerie" just became the first work of fiction to win all three of SF's major awards: the Hugo, the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award. And we're proud to be able to reprint the whole story, right here at io9. Here's your chance to find out what all the excitement is about, and discover one of science fiction's fastest rising stars.
14 Nov: none
- Fifteen Detentions – by Kaneko – fandom Breakfast Club (1985) [Archive of Our Own]:
Vernon stared at him for a long moment. He turned his face up to the ceiling. "I count one- two- three-" His mouth moved silently. "Fifteen more Saturdays. Plus the one you still owe me."
Bender made a noise that maybe sounded like a laugh, and felt like rage. "Whatever," he tried to say.
[If you are into the kind of story where the narrator's self-esteem has taken such a beating he has no idea other people care about him even though several people have obviously decided to take action for his sake (and also, the narrator is less weepy rag-doll, more spitfire) then this is the story for you. -L]
- L’oiseau qui vole – by hedda62 – fandom Vorkosigan Saga – Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]:
Aral, in a fit of wickedness, assigns someone to follow Simon everywhere and keep notes, to see how he likes it.
- the mystery which binds me still – by pocky_slash – fandom X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]:
It's been seventeen years since Charles lived at the house in North Salem. It's big and imposing and filled with memories he thinks he's repressed for a reason. But after a strange man breaks in during a storm, demanding to see people Charles is sure died years ago, Charles finds himself investigating his past for the first time, venturing into the burnt out catacombs that hold the secret to the childhood he doesn't remember.
- The Pinocchio Fallacy – by Toft – fandom MythBusters RPF [Archive of Our Own]:
Sci-fi AU. Adam is a sexbot on the lam with a developing personality. Grant and Tory dreamed of changing the world, but sold out to the man. Kari works in robot rights activism in her off-hours. Jamie specializes in making things do what they weren't supposed to.
"Adam, this is a complicated situation, but as it seems that Mr. Demanes has not yet completed his payments to Myth Incorporated for you, Myth retains a stake in your ownership, and we have been able to make a deal with him that Dr. Imahara will retain you in San Francisco for three months, at which point we'll make a further assessment of the possibility of repurchasing you from Mr. Demanes, pending an internal review of the viability of Dr. Imahara's research."
Adam's face has gone totally blank as she talks, which Grant has to remind himself doesn't mean he's mad or upset. It means, probably, that he's trying to process what she's saying and hasn't got the RAM to spare to also decide on an appropriate facial expression. He can't blame him; Grant isn't sure what's appropriate either.
[Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. -L]
- Special Circumstances Questionnaire for Sexual Partners (Male): Long Form – by coruscera (impractica), linbot – fandom Meta – Fandom [Archive of Our Own]:
Does having sex with you entail becoming married, whether legally, magically, physiologically, or some other de facto permanent relationship? Y/N If Yes, please describe our new life together.