Sunday, April 30th, 2017 04:57 pm

I’m really shocked by how many people say they’ve never been to bed with someone who looked them in the eye, particularly at the point of orgasm.

And I can think of all sorts of reasons for that, and this statement seems to me to have embedded in it a rather trad missionary position subtext of what is sex; and it reminds me of something that I saw cited in Stephen Heath, The Sexual Fix (1982), about some Reichian sexual guru saying that the only proper healthy way to have sex was face to face, gazing into one another's eyes, and being deadly serious (no laughing, this is not funny) and, if I recollect aright, naturally having simultaneous orgasms.

I'm also deeply, deeply sceptical that 'feelings of isolation and a lack of true human connection have fed into the seismic political shifts' lately experienced. Which, you know: It's All More Complicated.

And a niggle: In the print edition this had the subhead: 'young people turn creative to take a break from tech'. And okay, I know what they mean there, but part of me was going, 'you know what? textile crafts are technology too, they are not the primeval world of nature'. I also wonder whether they are really so very stress-relieving, but any time I undertake anything involving stitchery - and I will admit that this is usually about running repairs in matters of detached buttons, gaping seams, etc - I find it a cause rather than a emollient of stress. Maybe if I was doing something lovely and creative instead?

Sunday, April 30th, 2017 11:58 am
Name: language_escapes
Contact email: languageescapes (at) gmail (dot) com

I will create:
A fanwork of the following type(s): fic
In one or more of the following parts of fandom: Charlotte Holmes series (book); Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson series (book); Watson at War series (book); Mary Russell series (book); The Great Shelby Holmes (book); A Study in Scarlet Women (book); Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century (TV); Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century (TV); Sherlock Hound (TV); 1954 Sherlock Holmes/Howard Holmes (TV); Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson/Whitehead Holmes (TV); My Dearly Beloved Detective (film); Watson and Holmes (comic); Honour Among Punks (comic); Bert Coules radio adaptations
For one or more of the following relationships: Holmes/Watson or Holmes & Watson(all); Charlotte/Jamie (Charlotte Holmes series); Leander Holmes/James Watson (Charlotte Holmes series); Mrs. Hudson & Mary Watson (Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson series); Mrs Hudson & Irene Adler (Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson series) Mary Watson & Irene Adler (Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson series); Russell/Holmes (Mary Russell series); I am also good with gen in all forms
I like working with one or more of the following categories: Fluff; Angst; Post-Reichenbach; Hurt/Comfort; Established Relationship; Friendship; Case Fic; Friendship; Character Study; Slice of Life; Missing Scene
With any of the following ratings: 1) suitable for general audiences; 2) non-explicit sexual content; 4) mild to moderate violence or depictions of non-sexual mature themes
I am willing to create for the following squicks and/or kinks: None, please.



I want to receive:
A fanwork of the following type(s): art, fic, vids
In one or more of the following parts of fandom: Charlotte Holmes series (book); Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson series (book); Watson at War series (book); Mary Russell series (book); Mycroft Holmes (book); Enola Holmes (book); Irene Adler series by Carole Nelson Douglas (book); The Great Shelby Holmes (book); A Study in Scarlet Women (book); New Russian Holmes (TV); Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century (TV); Sherlock Holmes in the 23rd Century (TV); Sherlock Hound (TV); 1954 Sherlock Holmes/Howard Holmes (TV); Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson/Whitehead Holmes (TV); My Dearly Beloved Detective (film); Watson and Holmes (comic); Honour Among Punks (comic); Bert Coules radio adaptations
For one or more of the following relationships: Holmes/Watson or Holmes & Watson(all); Charlotte/Jamie (Charlotte Holmes series); Leander Holmes/James Watson (Charlotte Holmes series); Mrs. Hudson & Mary Watson (Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson series); Ms Hudson & Irene Adler (Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson series) Mary Watson & Irene Adler (Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson series); Russell/Holmes (Mary Russell series); Irene/Nell/Godfrey (Irene Adler series); Hound/Watson/Hudson (Sherlock Hound); if you have a question about a pairing from another request, you can ask! Gen is always good, too.
I like stuff in the following categories: Fluff; Angst; Post-Reichenbach; Hurt/Comfort; Established Relationship; Friendship; Case Fic; Friendship; Character Study; Slice of Life; Missing Scene
With any of the following ratings: 1) suitable for general audiences; 2) non-explicit sexual content; 4) mild to moderate violence or depictions of non-sexual mature themes
I wouldn’t mind any of the following squicks and/or kinks: None, please.

Please include further details about what you’d like to receive:

Charlotte Holmes series: I adored the world the author created. I would love to see more about what it means to be a Holmes or a Watson in a world where everyone knows about your ancestors and has Expectations. A nice contrast between the training and expectations of a Holmes, perhaps, to that of a Watson. I would love to see some of the Holmeses of the past, especially the lesbian couple (?!?) in the family tree, Valentina and Agatha. I am in love with seeing the friendship/relationship between Leander Holmes and James Watson-- how exactly did that list come about? What were the circumstances that set off each one of those numbered items? I would prefer not a lot of unhappy pining, nor do I want someone to write out James’ wife and family to make Leander and James be together. I’d rather a look at the fun, good times. If you want to write Charlotte/Jamie, please know that I find the way the author has written their relationship as of now to be pretty darn toxic, so I’d be more interested in someone trying to make it less, uh, skeevy. I also have no interest in August Moriarty or his relationship with Charlotte.

Mrs Hudson and Mary Watson series: I loved the first book, House at Baker Street, and it was amazing. Then the second book, Women of Baker Street, came out, and it was also amazing but INCREDIBLY dark, and I loved this series even more. I am loving the implications that John is teaching Mary things to make her a more effective detective, and that he’s supporting her in this, and so I’d like to see a quiet moment between the two of them, in the aftermath of the second book. I always enjoy the moments between Holmes and Mrs. Hudson, as he tries not to care but does anyway, and Mrs. Hudson always sees right through him, so something along those lines would also be welcome. I’m also completely invested in the friendship between Wiggins and Billy and would adore seeing them outside of 221B, doing things in their own life. I’d really be happy with just about anything for this series, as I think it’s incredibly smart and well thought out. (If someone were somehow able to make a book trailer vid, using source from other places, that would be amaaaaazing.)

Watson at War series: Would love a fix-it fic for Mrs. Gregson.

Mary Russell series: Nothing in particular. Would love more of Mary interacting with the women she meets, especially Iris. I’m really invested in her friendships with all the women she meets along the way, but I’d especially love Mary to meet up with Iris and her wife again.

Mycroft Holmes: I would love to see Douglas meeting Watson, years down the line, and his thoughts on the matter. I would also enjoy Douglas' reaction to Mycroft joining the Diogenes, or Douglas meeting the younger Holmes shortly after this first book. Basically, I want lots of Douglas. All the Douglas. If you're an artist, I'd love to see a rendering of Douglas, but please, no whitewashing.

Enola series: How does Enola deal with Reichenbach? Is she in the know, or kept in the dark? Also would love shipfic for Enola/Cecily.

The Great Shelby Holmes: What is Shelby like when she’s not on a case, and how does John deal with it? What’s the first day of school like for John? Does John’s mom ever find out that he’s solving cases with Shelby, and how does she react? And what went down with John’s dad?

A Study in Scarlet Women: I want more Mrs. Watson. I want her full backstory, I want her more involved with solving cases with Miss Holmes, I want a nice domestic moment at home… anything focused on Mrs. Watson! I’d also like someone to fix Treadles and his wife, because I was so disappointed with how that ended up. I do not care about or for Lord Ingram, so you can leave him out of it.

1954 Sherlock Holmes/Howard Holmes: Okay, give me an AU of Baker Street Nursemaids-- what would have happened if they had to keep the baby? How many terrible lullabies can those loveable losers come up with? What if the Baker Street Bachelors scheme had gone even more sidewise and one of them had ended up actually married to the schemers? I love how goofy this series is, so something to match that tone would be awesome. If you're a vidder, ANYTHING would be awesome, because they never make it to vid! Something schmoopy and cute would be nice, since this is such a domestic little series.

My Dearly Beloved Detective: Up to you! Just love this film. Something about Holmes pining after her Watson? Or another case, just as ridiculous as the one in the film. Does Mr. Green ever have his own case? If you're an artist, I'd adore seeing more of these two on a case, dressed in drag.

Watson and Holmes: Would love to see more about Violet Smith and Irene Adler, their relationship and friendship. How did Violet find Irene? Are they friends, or are they just teacher/pupil? How do they support each other's careers/hobbies with singing? I'm a singer, so I find this particular relationship very interesting.

Honour Among Punks: The series was never completed... tell me how it ended?

Bert Coules: Your pick! Episode tags are always a plus, especially for the Further Adventures. How does Watson feel about Holmes pulling another Dying Detective/Reichenbach in Marlbourne Point Mystery? Does Holmes visit Collington's Smith grave, from Cripplegate Square, and does he ever "introduce" Smith and Watson?

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson/Whitehead Holmes: No specific requests, but I love how dry Watson’s humor is and how enthusiastic Holmes is. I’m also very intrigued by the ‘villain’ in Close Knit Family, and I’d love to see them pop up again in a story. For a vidder, maybe some of the antics that they get up to? Art- Holmes’ love of marmalade!

Sherlock Hound: Can Moriarty’s henchmen please have a good day? I actually feel bad for this Moriarty too, oddly. I’d love to see more of Ms Hudson and her flying skills. If you were to vid this, I’d enjoy something about all the various flying machines, driving machines, boats, etc. that come up in the series, because it always cracks me up. For art, something warm and cozy with Hound, Watson, and Hudson?

I don’t have prompts, really, for the others, but I’m fairly laidback and love lots of different things.

As for my Do Not Wants, I love female characters so please no bashing. I also like my Watsons competent and a clear partner for Holmes. No Jam!Watson, please. I don't want any of the kinks or squicks, but in particular, please note that I DO NOT like power differentials in relationships, such as teacher/student, boss/worker, etc. Noncon and dubcon are also a no go for me.


Special requests: I recognize that my requests and offers are incredibly hard to match. I'm pretty much up for anything except BBClock (I can’t do the voices!), so if you need to, I can be matched with someone that has stuff not on my list. There aren't many adaptations or pastiches that I don't at least have some familiarity with. If you're unsure, feel free to contact me. I'm flexible. I did take Elementary off of my offer/request lists this round, just because I’m currently so far behind on Elementary that I don’t think I’d be a good fit, but if it’s needed, I can always be paired there, too.
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 11:33 am
Both my preferred teams won yesterday.

Ottawa in sudden death double overtime. The works on a young forward, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who scored 4 goals, the tying goal and then the winning goal. Both goalies were average in regular time and better in overtime.

Pens won on the back of Marc-André Fleury. Fleury was amazing in the first 20 minutes and kept them in the game until Crosby went enough is enough in the second and manufactured 2 goals, one from a blocked puck in the Pens' zone. That combined with a very competent Kessel (2 goals), the Pens went over the Capitals despite shooting less on goal. The lead the series 2-0 (like Ottawa) and are heading home for the next two. Pens regained Hagelin but probably lost Hornqvist. Two others were injured too. We'll see how it goes on Monday.

Fleury is the reason the Pens are doing so well in the series so far. He rose to the challenge and grabbed back the number one goalie place. Even if Murray is getting better, it's Fleury's place to lose now.

Plan of today...
  • Catch up on the TV episodes accumulated since so many months
  • X-stitch
  • Make food for the coming week : I have grounded chicken and a recipe to make Thai chicken balls
At work I've been given the task of managing the next reno project (even if it's not in my wheel house anymore) sigh. I'm prepping at the beginning of the week and meeting with the engineering project manager on Friday. Hoping this one is better than the last one who was a ghost.

Still reading Xenophon's Persian Expedition which is still entertaining I'm about to pass the 75% point, I have about 100 pages to go.

Amazing Marc-André Fleury is amazing, even being knock around by Ovechkin, stopping pucks without his stick and so many players in front of him.



Sunday, April 30th, 2017 12:42 pm
Fannish/Geeky Things

A lovely review of vol. 1 of The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún, a series I'm adapting for Seven Seas. Vol. 2 comes out next month. (I quite like this review too.)

"Embrace SUPERNATURAL History with John Winchester Journal Replica/Road Map (Exclusive)".

"Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat! Gave Me Everything I Ever Wanted in a Superhero Comic Book". [io9]

"Anne Rice's 'Vampire Chronicles' TV series is happening".

"Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Gets Brand-New Film". [ANN] "The announcement specifically rules out the film as a recompilation of the television anime." And here's a Twitter thread about the Yuri on Stage event drama performed by the voice actors (this thread explains the event).

"Death Note Producer Doesn’t Understand Everything Wrong With This Adaptation". [The Mary Sue]

"A Black and White Version of Logan Is Coming to Theaters for One Night Only".


Miscellaneous

"I Worked at Fyre Festival. It Was Always Going to Be a Disaster".

"The Critical Evolution Of LGBTQ+ Young Adult Literature". [The Establishment, 2016]

"Female Dragonflies Fake Their Own Deaths to Avoid Males".

As a general rule I avoid ALL THINGS SPIDER-RELATED, but this tweet with extreme closeups of spider feet crossed my radar, and they're...well, the text of the tweet is "You ever look at spider feet up close, they're basically kitty paws".

A local food blog posted "Iconic Foods of Canada: Nova Scotia".

"How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All: Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer".

"Your Brain on Drug Policy: Rachael Leigh Cook returns with an updated drug message in this PSA".

"Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria: “Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”" [Note: there's an annoying animated gif right at the top of the article.]

"Game of Thrones star speaks out against 'horrendous' treatment of refugees: Lena Headey was talking about new film The Flood, which focuses on refugees coming to the UK".

"Why fish do not deserve their reputation for forgetfulness". [BBC]

"The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit: All over America, people have put small 'give one, take one' book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down".

"The Legacy of Feminist Frequency's Tropes vs Women Series".
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 10:16 am
Banner by caitie of an OTW-themed guest access lanyard


“We often think of fandom as something new and something in the hands of the audience, but my research revealed a long history of how businesses and publishers like Titbits played important roles in devising, ‘activating,’ and controlling seemingly amateur fan spaces. Perhaps this will make us think more deeply about the supposed divisions between author and fan, between corporation and individual, and between corporately controlled spaces and fan controlled spaces.”

Ann McClellan writes about Sherlock Holmes fandom in the latest issue of Transformative Works & Cultures, and tells us how fandom history was shaped. https://goo.gl/jZLjB5
Monday, May 1st, 2017 09:00 am
My second round edits for Other Than Honorable arrived late this past Friday. And early this morning...I'm done and the new version is on its way to my editor. (There were no structural edits for this round, and the line edits were very light.) Copyedits won't show up for a few months, so...

It's time to start writing book #2. I already have notes for an end-to-end plot, some of them detailed, and some of them very vague. I have an opening scene in mind, and I have several images for the end moment. Once I have a few chapters written, and more of the plot ironed out, I'll get my editor's opinion.

Meanwhile, my house and garden need attention, not to mention my family.
Monday, May 1st, 2017 01:24 am
Today was pmuch Groupwork Hell, because of course it was - we have to do a thing tomorrow, and yeaaah - but even though it was super stressful we did manage to get things roughly organised. Which, yay? I think yay.

Going to go sleep now, yup. Hopefully things will go okay tomorrow. Even if not, should see A, so that'll be great. :3
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 11:25 am
As I mentioned on tumblr, apparently I was so upset by yesterday's terrible Rangers loss that I dreamt that Mark Messier visited me to give me a pep talk. Idek.

***

the April writing roundup:

and gravity, scientists say, is weak (@ AO3)
Star Wars; Anakin & Obi-Wan (Obi-Wan/Satine); AU; pg; 3,230 words
"You're not the only one who's ever been in love, Anakin."

I like how this turned out, and I know I've only written 4 stories so far, but I feel like it might possibly be my favorite title of the year.

***

April 2017 recs update:

[personal profile] unfitforsociety has been updated for April 2017 with 14 recs in 4 fandoms:

* 7 Star Wars
* 3 Avengers
* 3 Check, Please!
* 1 Harry Potter

Also, two Star Wars vid recs:

* Running for Cover by [archiveofourown.org profile] Trelkez, which is a great look at the original and new trios. Parallels!

* Toy Soldiers by [tumblr.com profile] kil2dei, which is a great tribute to the clones of the Clone Wars. #oh no clone feels

***

And finally, today's poem:

Good Bones
by Maggie Smith

Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
Life is short, and I've shortened mine
in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,
a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
I'll keep from my children. The world is at least
fifty percent terrible, and that's a conservative
estimate, though I keep this from my children.
For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.
For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,
sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world
is at least half terrible, and for every kind
stranger, there is one who would break you,
though I keep this from my children. I am trying
to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,
walking you through a real shithole, chirps on
about good bones: This place could be beautiful,
right? You could make this place beautiful.

That wraps up National Poetry Month for 2017. I hope you enjoyed it.

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Sunday, April 30th, 2017 11:22 am


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Sunday, April 30th, 2017 11:17 pm
Rise of the Clan launched. Buy links to come later. :D
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Sunday, April 30th, 2017 09:30 am
Spring Evening on Blind Mountain
by Louise Erdrich

I won’t drink wine tonight
I want to hear what is going on
not in my own head
but all around me.
I sit for hours
outside our house on Blind Mountain.
Below this scrap of yard
across the ragged old pasture,
two horses move
pulling grass into their mouths, tearing up
wildflowers by the roots.
They graze shoulder to shoulder.
Every night they lean together in sleep.
Up here, there is no one
for me to fail.
You are gone.
Our children are sleeping.
I don’t even have to write this down.


"Spring Evening on Blind Mountain" by Louise Erdrich from Original Fire. © Harper Collins, 2003.
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Sunday, April 30th, 2017 10:26 am
Doctor Strange is Benedict Cumberbatch playing Tony Stark, but with mystical powers as his technology. And teachers better than Obadiah.

*this movie is fun*
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 04:24 pm
It was "He will knock four times." This has been a PSA.

(Why is everyone misremembering this?!)

In other news, the latest Doctor Who episode was great. )
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 10:12 pm
The segment was regarding the hold overs from the post Civil War fuckwits that used to run around in sheets scaring people. Yes, the Ku Klux Klan. (Kook Clucks Clams)

These people, by virtue of lacking melanin due to their distant ancestors adapting to living in northern climes, seem to think they are the universes' gift to the planet, when in fact they are ignorant, un-educated (hearing them talk about their, and I quote, 'God gaven rights' (not a typo)), that these butt ugly men, with hair sprouting out of their nostrils, teeth that looked as if they hadn't even had the word dentist pass by them, seeming to think the rest of the world should emulate them?

White race? There is no 'white race'. Race is an artificial societial construct, invented so that one group of people place themselves above another, typically to perpetrate attrocities. Examples: British calling indigenous populations "savages" and committing acts of mass murder, kidnapping, genocide on 5 continents and several island countries.

"White Christian America is under threat" is a favorite chant of theirs. They are scared that 'whites' are going to become the minority in the U.S. Well, their version of 'White America' is rightfully under threat. There is no place for their hatred, their ignorance, their acts of violence, and their inciting others to violence.

As for being the minority, it's not the first time people of European descent were the minority. Maybe they're afraid they will be treated the way their ancestors treated indigenous popuplations.

Also, the U.S. is not now, nor ever has been a "Christian Nation". But they do like repeating their lie that it is. And nothing about the KKK follows the teachings of Jesus.
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 03:03 pm
Equinox reveals were yesterday! Thank you to [personal profile] starlady and [personal profile] cosmic_llin for my vids! :D Here is the vid I made for [personal profile] such_heights:

Title: We Are The Brave
Fandom: Mass Effect
Character/Pairing: Ensemble, FemShep/Liara, FemShep/Garrus
Music: VERIDIA
Content notes: Bright flashes, fast cuts, jerky movement. One image of suicide (timestamp: 0:40, please ask if you want more information.)
Spoilers: Contains footage from all three games and all DLC.
Summary: Love is gonna win the fight.
Notes: For [personal profile] such_heights in the Spring 2017 [community profile] equinox_exchange. ♥
Download: here (3:36 minutes, 132MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 08:52 am


Have a fabulous week, everyone!
Also, as I'm trying to remind myself daily, LOVE TRUMPS HATE. <3
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 08:51 am

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Sunday, April 30th, 2017 09:49 am
Star Wars

The Fallout of Anakin Skywalker's Knighting by [archiveofourown.org profile] anecdotalist
Anakin is Knighted and decides to give his Padawan braid to Padme instead of to Obi-Wan after his Knighting. Then he learns that there's a lot more meaning to that Tradition than he had realized but is it too late to fix things with Obi-Wan? in which Anakin means well but fucks up and tries to fix it. Oh heart.

The Moon Represents My Heart by [archiveofourown.org profile] afrai
"You watch out," said Chirrut. "I'm going to prove it. The Force is with you, Baze."

This was a perfectly conventional thing for one novitiate to say to another, by way of praise or encouragement. It was typical of Chirrut that he should have made it weird.

Baze might not be the most insightful person in the world, and he wasn't inclined to detect admiration where it didn't exist. But it was clear even to him that Chirrut's childhood attachment had developed into a raging crush.

Baze had had crushes himself. It was natural. Chirrut was being bizarre about his, but perhaps that was only what one should expect from Chirrut.
Really lovely backstory for Baze and Chirrut.

The Question, Twenty Years Late by Eirian Erisdar
AU in which Satine lives, and so Obi-Wan goes to Mandalore after RotS. Oh my heart.

Something Mysteriously Formed by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaasknot
Chirrut held the staff before him, balancing it on a single finger. "Neither too heavy nor too light. Do you see, Baze? Balance is vital. Mortal beings require the world of the material to survive." He tilted the staff one way, so it yawed over his finger toward the ground. "We require food, shelter, and companionship to maintain our bodies. But too far, and we kill our spirits." He shifted the staff back to a perfect horizontal above the pavement. "On the other end, our souls require nourishment as well. We require faith, belief, trust, love. We require calm in the midst of the storm." He let the staff overbalance to the other side. "Yet if we focus exclusively on these, our physical form withers and dies." He returned the staff to the ground. Chirrut finds a way to live and hope and bring hope to others after the Empire comes to power. Lovely.

The Tale of Amidala by [archiveofourown.org profile] LurkingCrow
"But the federation tried to kill the negotiators and invaded, taking Queen Amidala captive. They demanded her surrender, but she refused. They threatened her with bloodshed unless she signed their treaty, but she would not. They tried every trick to make her give in, but she persisted."
"Because she was brave?"
"Because she was brave."

(brave, courageous, determined, foolhardy, reckless padmé. queen of our hearts, sister of our soul. oh why did you always rush ahead of us? you who would give anything to protect us, why would you not let us do the same? foolish, wonderful, lost padmé.)
One of Padme's handmaidens runs into Beru and Luke on Tatooine. *sobs* Lovely.

This Tired World Could Change by [archiveofourown.org profile] dharmaavocado
"Did you lose your nerve?" the monk asked cheerfully.

"My nerve?" Baze said, which was a surprise as he meant to tell the man to leave.

"You were staring so hard I assumed you were working up the courage to come speak to me. I am quite intimidating, I know, but I can assure you I'm very open to being chatted up by handsome men."

"I wasn't—you're blind," said Baze, startled, taking in the pale blue sweep of the monk's eyes.

The man opened in his mouth in exaggerated surprise. "Am I? And all this time I thought the universe was just poorly lit. Thank you, sir, for enlightening me."

"That was a stupid thing to say," Baze admitted, and the monk grinned wide, showing too much gum.

"It was." He cocked his head to the side. "I was hoping to employ your assistance, actually. It's very hard being blind, you know."

"And yet you seemed to be managing quite well."
This is both hilarious and lovely, with Baze and Chirrut meeting after the Republic falls, and falling in love on a space road trip. Oh my heart.

Two Days on Yavin 4 by [archiveofourown.org profile] scaramouche
"I can hear you thinking," Baze says.

"An old man's melancholy," Chirrut says. "I'm allowed that sometimes."

Chirrut's fingers are still on Baze's face, so he feels it when Baze opens his eyes. "Tell me."

"I would wish you a happier life."

"And I would wish you eyes that work again," Baze says. "But then you wouldn't be you, and I wouldn't love you, and then what would I do?"

"Be less stressed, I'd wager."

"Ugh." Baze throws an arm around Chirrut, pulling him tight for an impressive hug. Chirrut presses his face against Baze's neck, and sighs when Baze strokes a large palm down the back of Chirrut's head. "I know you didn't mean that."

"I didn't mean that," Chirrut agrees. "We keep each other safe."

"Oh, we now?" Baze says with a laugh. "Not the Force?"

Chirrut ignores the tease, for he'd rather to move his mouth up Baze's neck, over the edges of his beard, to find his mouth. Baze kisses him back, softly at first, and then not.
Baze and Chirrut in their brief time on Yavin IV. Oh heart.

~*~
Sunday, April 30th, 2017 09:45 am
Avengers

Embers by [archiveofourown.org profile] marginalia
Each day they choose each other. They're the only ones who know what it's like, to be both young and old, to be so strong and so tired, they're the only ones who know who they used to be, back in Brooklyn, before. Lovely introspective Steve/Bucky. *sobs* #epic tragic century long love story #till the end of the line

They've loved each other longer than most people they know have been alive.

The Principle of Terrestrial Mediocrity by [archiveofourown.org profile] AlphaFlyer
"Security?" they both say at once, in the same snarky sort of tone that would probably piss me off if I wasn't from California, and Barton gives the Parker kid a little wink and a slap on the arm. Like the kid said something fiendishly clever and funny and Barton just found his soulmate or something.

I explain to them about Scott and the job – more about Scott than about the job, 'cause Scott and I were in jail together and so were Scott and Hawkeye, which makes us practically cousins. Barton seems to agree and offers me a slice of pizza.
Luis gets a job as a security guard at Stark Tower. Hee! (Though why Domino's? Nobody in NYC would admit to eating Domino's.)

the world no longer drowned by [archiveofourown.org profile] magdaliny
Steve often puts his fingertips on your collarbone. Your scapula. On the little white dimples where the arm was screwed into your bones. He's always noticing the differences between your serums. You don't heal as fast as Steve, but you have more endurance. He's faster than you. You're more flexible. But this: you know this hurts him. That you scar. That they gave you scars. That you gave yourself scars, fixing what they did. You don't think he'll ever stop being angry about that. He'd sooner stop breathing. Sometimes, you think, if Steve ever stopped eating, the serum might sustain him on anger alone. Lovely sequel to "through smoke, solid ground" (previously recced), in which Bucky is a few years on in his recovery, but challenges persist.

~*~