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JLynB: By Any Other Name [10th. Jan, 2017|04:19 pm]
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JLynB: By Any Other Name
Fandom: The Big Bang Theory
What would have happened if Leonard had not moved into the apartment with Sheldon? Perhaps Sheldon & Penny might have met, driven each other crazy, become friends and...

This is a slow moving but very well written and entertaining look at the Shenny relationship at its best; friendship, mutual respect and slow growth on both parts.
Length: Long
Rating: PG
Pairing: Sheldon/Penny
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kb0: Harry's Trek [11th. Jan, 2015|11:39 am]
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kb0: Harry's Trek
Fandom: Star Trek Next Generation, Harry Potter
Harry is dumped onto the bridge of the Enterprise D in the aftermath of his defeat of Voldemort. This is the story of his new life.

I found this a very interesting story in that, while he enriches the plot, this is far more a STNG story than it is an HP one. Which is as it should be considering the setting. Magic is such an easy deus ex machina in non-HP 'verses that it's refreshing to see a story that incorporates it without letting it dominate; although Harry's magical abilities certainly play a part it is his adoption into the STNG crew and lifestyle that is the main point and this is very well handled, with believable attitudes on both his and the crew's side. The female Klingon character K'mpok (Kim) who plays love interest is really excellent and overall I was left very definitely wanting a sequel.
Length: medium (11 chapters)
Rating: PG (violence)
Pairing: Harry/OC
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Aelfgyfu: X is for X-Ray [8th. Jan, 2015|08:52 pm]
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aelfgyfu: X is for X-Ray
Fandom: SG1
What happened between 'Cassie in the abandoned facility with the remains of a bomb in her' and 'Cassie in the park'? This is a short piece that looks at what the show never covered; the decision by Janet to foster Cassie and the interaction with Sam during this that developed into the friendship shown later.
Length: short
Rating: G
Pairing: none.
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kaylysilverstorm: Stages of Hope [17th. Dec, 2014|04:48 pm]
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kaylysilverstorm: Stages of Hope
Fandom: Harry Potter
Author's summary: Professor Sirius Black, Head of Slytherin house, is confused. Who are these two strangers found at Hogwarts, and why does one of them claim to be the son of Lily Lupin and that git James Potter?

"You should go back to them," he said. "They'll be missing you soon, and I'm sure your husband is looking forward to another dance with you."
Lily's eyes swept from his face across the long stretch of silent shadows over to the other room, where there was light and warmth and music. The distance seemed insurmountable to her, and the moving shapes twisted, like seen through a pane of unevenly blown glass.
Her son. In darkness even when surrounded by light. Always on the outside, looking in. "No," she said calmly. "No. I think I'd rather stay here, Harry, with you."


I've come across a few stories of dimension hopping Harry but this one stands head and shoulders above the rest. The author's summary terms it as "dark humour" but I don't know that I'd agree; it's certainly dark in places but the overall feel is hopeful. And although there are certainly humorous moments the level of angst is such that I would never have used humour as part of its description. Unless you're referring to the type of humour that makes you laugh as you cry.

This Harry, Hermione, Neville & Luna have accidentally come from one AU world to another. Their world is one where, to put it mildly, things have NOT gone well. They are all shell shocked and suffering from massive PTSD, none more so than Harry. So finding a world where Serverus is Head of Gryphindor, he & Lily are still friends, the Malfoys are on the side of the good guys and... well follow the link and find out. It grabbed me within a few chapters and just wouldn't let go. The quality of writing is amazingly good and I repeatedly found myself going back to reread a paragraph or page, sometimes having to stop and wipe the tears away first. Read it!
Length: long (32 chapt)
Rating: MA (excessive violence)
Pairing: Lily/Remus
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rosewarren: Don't Blink [30th. Oct, 2014|11:31 pm]
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rosewarren: Don't Blink
Fandom: Dr Who
What if Rose stayed with the Doctor through Doomsday? What if she was the one who ended up stuck in 1969 with him?

Blink is IMHO one of the cleverest, most fascinating episodes in the whole series and my only complaint about it was always that Rose was gone (damnit!). Apparently the author agrees with me because this AU has Rose staying with the Doctor rather than ending up with Jackie and Pete in the other universe. Consequently she's the one who "goes domestic" with the Doctor in 1969 and we get to see what happened at the other end of the loop to the point of view of Sally Sparrow portrayed in Blink. We see Billy as he makes his mark in his new world and tag along as Rose and the Doctor have a few adventures while they wait for the Tardis to rescue them. This also gives time for a relationship to develop and deepen.... :-)

The quality of the writing is outstanding in this fic; the interweaving small plots and the careful attention given to fleshing out OCs makes it memorable and well worth reading despite being a wip.

Note: (Oct '14) No update for a year. There is certainly more than enough already written to make it worth reading but it does end with numerous threads unresolved.
Note: (Jun '16) Recently updated. Whether this is going to prove regular is yet to be seen.
Length: long (47 chapt as at Jun '16)
Rating: PG
Pairing: 10th Doctor/Rose
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crunchysunrises: His Own Man [28th. Oct, 2014|07:09 pm]
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crunchysunrises: His Own Man
Fandom: HP
In the station between Life and Death Harry makes a different choice. Now he's eleven again, no one is turning out the same way, the Sorting Hat won't Sort him, the Malfoys are looking at him strangely, and - it's time for another visit.

We're all familiar with the standard HP "do-over" fics, so it takes something exceptional to make me recommend one here, especially one that's a WiP. But this one stands out proudly with such masters as S'TarKan's Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past and Jedi Buttercup's Back Again, Harry. Rather than simply trying to follow the same path but eliminating his errors Harry takes another path entirely, uniting the houses and making friends in totally unexpected places.

Note: WiP, last update 2011, and probably abandoned.
Length: long (31 chapt as at Oct '14)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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sensiblecat: A Tale of Two Doctors [27th. Oct, 2014|12:02 am]
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sensiblecat: A Tale of Two Doctors
Fandom: Dr Who
At the end of Time Crash the two TARDISes separated and took Five and Ten back to their respective timelines. But something went a bit wrong. The Doctors separated. The TARDIS sort of cloned. Now Five has Ten's TARDIS, and he's about to find out about the Year that Never Was. But why's he in a parallel world, and who is the girl waiting on the beach?

Reunion stories are a dime a dozen, even if you include help from another incarnation of the Doctor. This one, however, stands out from the mob. Firstly because it involves the 5th Doctor but mostly because it's so thoughtful and thorough in portraying an out of control, broken Doctor and then presenting a rather unique solution. Definitely worth reading.
Length: medium (10 chapters)
Rating: G
Pairing: 10th Doctor/Rose
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Chilord: A Fine Spot of Trouble [3rd. Sep, 2014|09:56 pm]
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Chilord: A Fine Spot of Trouble
Fandom: Harry Potter
A little over six years have passed since the events that ended the second reign of Voldemort. Now, Harry Potter is the one that needs to be rescued. Rising to this challenge is... Draco Malfoy?

I'm not normally a fan of anything featuring Draco since I basically see him as having very few redeeming features. But this one just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Essentially, sometime after the war's over, Draco comes across Harry in a bar pissed out of his mind and smelling like the sewer he's been sleeping in for some time. When Harry's 'friends' won't step up to the plate Draco, very much against his better judgement, takes on the task of rehabilitating Harry Potter. A great deal of wonderful snark ensues, together with a *very* reluctant friendship. Worth reading.
Note: No slash. Some bashing (IMHO justified by extrapolation of canon) of Hermione & Ron.
Length: long (24 chapt)
Rating: G
Pairing: Draco/Astoria, Harry/Daphne
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Mrs J's Soup: One Hundred and Sixty Nine [15th. Jun, 2014|03:48 pm]
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Mrs J's Soup: One Hundred and Sixty Nine
Fandom: Harry Potter
Time travel fics are a dime a dozen in the HP fandom but this one stands out as being distinctly different. Hermione Granger is going back not just a few years, but 20 years. She's arrived before the fateful Halloween evening that started the whole story and has just 169 days to find and destroy all the horcruxes and kill Voldemort before he can kill the Potters. Fortunately she has Sirius Black, age 21, Marauder extraordinaire and professional prankster on her side. What can possibly go wrong?

The writing in this monumental fic is of a very high quality, with a convoluted, gripping plot and detailed, believable characters. You'll also love the dry humour that abounds. The romance between Hermione and Sirius is very well handled.
Length: long (57 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Hermione/Sirius
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avidbeader: The Perils of Innocence [26th. Apr, 2014|09:20 pm]
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avidbeader: The Perils of Innocence
Fandom: Harry Potter
There's been so much fanfic written in the HP 'verse that it's difficult to find something really original. This one most definitely fits the bill and has the additional advantage of really excellent writing.

In this AU Harry was abandoned by the Dursley's at a very early age by anonymously dumping him in an institution for children with problems. What turns this into a positive is that the staff in this institution are caring people who not only give him love and care but, when he starts exhibiting accidental magic, offer him encouragement and help him to systematically investigate his abilities. This is aided further by the arrival of the Grangers some years later who are at their wit's end with a daughter who's exhibiting the same (to them) frightening abilities. With the aid of the doctors and nurses Harry and his best friend Hermione gradually begin to gain some degree of control over their powers even though they still have no idea what they are.

Then the owls arrive...

Note: This is a WiP that is unfortunately being updated very infrequently.
Length: long (31 chapters as at July '15)
Rating: G
Pairing: None so far but probably Harry/Hermione
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clell65619: Harry Potter and the Elder Sect [25th. Apr, 2014|02:07 pm]
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Clell65619 : Harry Potter and the Elder Sect
Fandom: Harry Potter
If you were ever a fan of the old TV series Bewitched then you're going to love this one. The linkages between the magic of HP's world and Samantha Steven's are well thought out and there's masses of great humour. If nothing else, it would have to rate as one of the most original & humorous 'defeats' of Voldemort! Highly recommended if you've seen and liked Bewitched, forget it if you haven't.
Length: medium
Rating: G
Pairing: none
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Wynn: The Wallace Inquisition [16th. Apr, 2014|10:42 pm]
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Wynn: The Wallace Inquisition
Fandom: Veronica Mars
Veronica's not the only one with detective skills. Wallace knows when something's up, and he knows the right questions to ask. Although, he might wish his detective skills weren't so great after all when he gets the answers. Lovely, lovely banter, and some of the best Wallace ever.
Length: short
Rating: G
Pairing: (early) Veronica/Logan
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boyfriendincoma: Snark Never Goes Out Of Fashion [16th. Apr, 2014|06:15 pm]
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boyfriendincoma: Snark Never Goes Out Of Fashion
Fandom: Veronica Mars
An AU take on on "An Echolls Family Christmas" wherein the poker game never gets interrupted. Before long, Logan and Veronica are the last two standing, and the game drags on into a weekend long grudge match of snark and toplessness and flirting and sniping and ice cream. This story has some excellent banter and could only be improved by being longer.
Length: short
Rating: PG
Pairing: Veronica/Logan
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catsarecool: A Marauder's Plan [31st. Jan, 2014|08:08 pm]
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catsarecool: (FFnet) A Marauder's Plan or (AO3) A Marauder's Plan
Fandom: Harry Potter
Sirius decides to stay in England after escaping Hogwarts and makes protecting Harry his priority.

This is an amazingly well written story. The complexity of cultural background invented by the author (political & familial relationships & magic, depth of motivations), the insight into the characters and, to put it bluntly, the ability of the author is outstanding. This is a story of political deals, mature relationships, realistic expectations and real people. It's the story that JKR should have written, to be honest. I can't recommend it enough.

Length: long (87 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Harry/Hermione (only as a minor plot point)
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Horace Nihil: Silly Ruler Waving [10th. Dec, 2013|08:37 pm]
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Horace Nihil: Silly Ruler Waving
Fandom: Harry Potter
Hermione Granger is fifteen, sixteen in a few weeks. She has this summer job in the local library she loves, but something is amiss. Why does she spend so much time waving things, like this ruler, in such a silly way?

If you're interested in a great romp, with Hermione triumphant over all her enemies (aided ably of course by Harry) then look no further. Although it's slightly out of character for both of them at times, overall it's a great first story for a new author. Highly enjoyable.

Warning: language, severe bashing of Ron, the twins and Dumbledore (but not Ginny).
Length: long (15 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Harry/Hermione
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DianeCastle: Harry Potter and the Deadly Heller [19th. Nov, 2013|08:08 pm]
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DianeCastle: Harry Potter and the Deadly Heller
Fandom: Harry Potter/BtVS
Ginny Weasley knew she was about to die, and that it would be the most painful death imaginable.
She was trapped, pinned down helplessly, and at the mercy of Bellatrix Lestrange, a woman who had no compassion whatsoever. She had lost her wand under hundreds of pounds of rocks, and no amount of accio had been able to summon it. She and Bellatrix were separated from the rest of the fighters, so no one would be coming to her rescue. And Bellatrix looked really, really angry.
She gritted her teeth, awaiting horrific pain.

And suddenly, a voice echoed through her head. A woman’s voice. A woman she had never heard before. A young American woman, by the sound of her.
The voice called out, “Are you ready to be strong?”
Length: long (116 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Harry/Ginny
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paimpont: The Strange Disappearance of SallyAnne Perks [17th. Nov, 2013|05:21 pm]
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paimpont: The Strange Disappearance of SallyAnne Perks
Fandom: Harry Potter
There weren't many people left now. "Moon" "Nott" "Parkinson" then a pair of twin girls, "Patil" and "Patil" then "Perks, Sally-Anne" and then, at last - "Potter, Harry!" (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Chapter 7)

Ten minutes later, Professor Flitwick called, "Parkinson, Pansy - Patil, Padma - Patil, Parvati - Potter, Harry." (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31)


Harry recalls that a pale little girl called Sally-Anne was sorted into Hufflepuff during his first year, but no one else seems to remember her. Not only is Sally-Anne no longer at Hogwarts; there is no trace of her in the school records, and the professors claim she never existed. Was there really a Sally-Anne? Harry and Hermione set out to solve the chilling mystery of the lost Hogwarts student.

This is an absolutely brilliant story that will send shivers down your spine. It's a fascinating idea and the writing is outstanding. My one regret is that it's one that I don't think I'll be able to read again, having now read the end and had the mystery solved. Do yourself a favour and read it.
Length: long (11 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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robst: Harry Crow [16th. Nov, 2013|08:49 pm]
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robst: Harry Crow
Fandom: Harry Potter
This is a fascinating concept by a brilliant author. Start with the premise that the Dursleys were utterly unwilling to allow Harry to stay with them, add goblins into the mix and you have a version of Harry arriving at Hogwarts after being raised as a goblin all his life. As a Goblin Warrior he's definitely not going to take any interference in his life from Headmasters with questionable motives and, to a young Hermione, he's a fascinating and very attractive figure. He's also a catalyst for change in a society that's overdue for it. And as such, a threat to many.

Note: ManipulativeBastard!Dumbledore, immatureidiot!Ron.
Length: long (104 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Harry/Hermione
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MissAnnThropic: Vox Corporis [25th. Aug, 2013|03:16 pm]
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MissAnnThropic: Vox Corporis
Fandom: Harry Potter
For those who like a fic that concentrates on relationships rather than action this is highly recommended.
Following the events of the Goblet of Fire, Harry spends the summer with the Grangers, his relationship with Hermione deepens, and he and Hermione become animagi.
This author's summary basically says it all... yet fails utterly to capture the depth and quality of writing in this great story. It isn't a typical romance by any means - no boy-meets-soul-mate or Heroine!Hermione, but more of a look at how real people would react, warts and all. Hermione can be overbearing and controlling at times because that is what she is, showing her insecurities that result from being pushed aside as a bookworm for so long. Harry doesn't miraculously recover at her touch, nor does he instantly fall in love with his best female friend. He is a hurt, confused, honestly naive, boy who is deeply scarred by his upbringing. Someone who has very little idea what love looks like and has trouble recognising it when it's right in front of him.

Note: There are no miraculous god-like powers, it's not evil!Dumbledore and Ron is still a bit insensitive at times. Canon is ignored after the Goblet and there are no horcruxes. It is also more movie compliant than book based.
Warning: One instance of underage sex, very thoroughly justified by the plot IMHO and not portrayed as being erotic but as comfort.

Finally, for those who enjoyed it, there is an epilogue (short) by another author posted at PortKey here.
Length: long (68 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Harry/Hermione
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robst: A Different Halloween [9th. Jul, 2013|09:01 pm]
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robst: A Different Halloween
Fandom: HP
Ever wondered what might have happened if Halloween went differently and the Potters weren't killed? Find out in this great AU where Harry and Hermione run into each other at a Day Care centre at age 2 and divert fate at just the right moment. Some really great ideas and will leave you smiling and saying "Yes, THAT'S the way it should have been!"
Length: long (20 chapt)
Rating: G
Pairing: Harry/Hermione
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NotJana: Road Trip [30th. Jun, 2013|05:01 pm]
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NotJana: Road Trip
Fandom: Eureka, SG1
Sam Carter promised Cassandra Fraiser a motorcycle trip a while back and she finally found the time for it. Cassie is picking the route, and her bike decided Eureka is the perfect place to break down.
I'd not really noticed the coincidence of the shared surnames of Samantha Carter (SG1) and Jack Carter (Eureka). Clearly this author did and the result is this great story.

The whole thing is very well written, as is usual for the author, and made doubly amusing by Sam not initially realising where she is and then, when Nathan decides to do his usual gloating over his intellectual superiority, reveling in his misperception of her as "blonde". Then, of course, there's the usual Eureka disaster...
Length: long (29 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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Ironbear: Oh, the people she knows... [23rd. Apr, 2013|11:58 am]
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Ironbear: Oh, the people she knows... (series)
Fandom: BtVS, various (Blade, Night Heat, SPN)
Maturity is a journey, and often one that's painful as well as rewarding. This is Faith's journey. To quote the author:
What happened to and with Faith after the events of Chosen? Any number of authors have picked up and run with the future adventures of Xander, Buffy, and Dawn following the end of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not nearly as many have explored at length Faith's post-Chosen history, and the evolution of the character following those events.

This is my effort at it: taking Faith from about six months after Chosen and the establishment of the New York slayer academy through the following months and years. It begins shortly following her catastrophic breakup with Robin through her first solo adventure, finally ending up with... but that would be telling, wouldn't it? ;)
This author has a real gift for writing and you will be drawn in right from the start. Don't begin reading unless you have some time to spare - I was up very late because I just couldn't stop. :-) The primary crossover that pops up repeatedly is with Blade but you don't need to be familiar with the movies to follow things (I wasn't). Likewise for other crossovers; they're well explained internally.

The stories posted are all complete, although the series overall is not and ends rather tantalizingly (even if satisfactorily). So far there are four stories:
  1. Anything for Love...
    Following a disastrous breakup with Robin, Faith parts company with the New Watcher's Council to travel and figure out who she really is now. She doesn't make it far...
  2. Dancing at the Dark
    A short followup to Anything for Love...
  3. Small Troubles off the Interstate
    Just a brief encounter on the highway...
  4. Life is a Road...
    Looking into her birth records takes Faith not to Boston, but to Philly, of all places. A chance encounter leads to more mystery and deadly dangers...
Length: long (19,1,1,33 chapts)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none that endure (it's Faith!)
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mediancat: Martian Manhunter [14th. Mar, 2013|09:47 pm]
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Mediancat: Martian Manhunter
Fandom: Veronica Mars, BtVS
If you're familiar with mediancat's work then you're probably already anticipating wonderful writing. If you're a fan of the Veronica Mars series then look no further: this is for you! :-) As the result of a bet that we spend most of the story waiting to find out the nature of, Veronica is in the Buffyverse, knowing what's coming and unable to do anything about it... or can she?
Length: long (98 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none (canon)
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thothmes: Not Too Cool For School [4th. Jan, 2013|06:20 pm]
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thothmes: Not Too Cool For School
Fandom: SG1
This is kidfic but not the sugary-sweetness that usually involves. Instead we're treated to the first day of school for each of SG1 in a series of four vignettes. Not only do they brilliantly capture the earliest essence of their characters but the very schools they're going to were perfectly chosen so that you can see how they helped to form what they became. The sort of story where you find yourself thinking "Yes. That's just how it must have been." Outstanding work!
Length: short
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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Archr: Knight of the Sword series [11th. Dec, 2012|09:28 pm]
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Archr: Knight of the Sword series
Fandom: Honor Harrington, BtVS
In this series of three stories Angelus was dusted before he could be re-ensouled or sacrificed to close the portal. Xander chose to sacrifice himself to close it but, instead of hell, found himself in the Honor Harrington universe. Being Xander, we all know that he's inevitably going to land on his feet and become a hero don't we? :-)

This is an enjoyable series, and a welcome addition to the small pool of crossovers with the Honor Harrington universe. Although I got used to it, my only criticism was that I found the author's constant shifting of timeline from present day to past and back a little difficult at time.

Warning: The third story in the series is a WiP and has not been updated since 2009 (as of Mar 2015) so if WiPs are not your cup of tea then this one is not for you. I doubt it will be completed.
Length: long (12+8+3 chapt) - WiP: last update 2009
Rating: PG
Pairing: Xander/Buffy (eventually)
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DianeCastle: The Reality-Theory Convergence [20th. Nov, 2012|04:42 pm]
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DianeCastle: The Reality-Theory Convergence
Fandom: BtVS/The Big Bang Theory
Knock-knock-knock. “Buffy!” Knock-knock-knock. “Buffy!” Knock-knock-knock. “Buffy!”

This is the sound of Sheldon Cooper about to introduce himself to one of the new tenants who've moved in upstairs. Something he will live to regret. Because of Penny's new job. Which is... just a bit different to anything she's had before!

DianeCastle has a true gift for writing, so when I saw that she was starting a crossover between Buffy and The Big Bang Theory I rubbed my hands with glee. It's everything I'd hoped for, with great characterisation and dialog. I did feel it ended a little abruptly but that's probably just me. :-)
Length: long (16 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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lilachigh: Business As Usual [19th. Dec, 2012|06:15 pm]
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lilachigh: Business As Usual (or see also here via tags on the author's LJ site)
Fandom: BtVS
To quote the author: It seems a long time ago since I was watching an episode of Buffy called The Replacement. In it the Scoobies discover Spike wandering around the local garbage dump and ask him why he's there. He replies that he was having a nice cup of tea served by the lady vampire who ran a teashop. And I thought, of course, and her name is Agnes Pringle. An English spinster lady of indeterminate age, turned in Hollywood while she was on holiday - an event which she says Was Not Her Fault. So a very reluctant vampire, a good cook, Spike's friend and forever mine as well.

Thus begins an epic and wonderful journey into the world of Agnes, who will quickly and unforgettably capture your heart. There are not all that many fictional characters that become real enough to me that I develop a mental image of their face but Agnes does. She rapidly took on a life of her own and will forever exist for me somewhere 'out there', serving tea and struggling to do the right thing despite the Unfortunate Incident that made her a vampire. You will not regret reading this. The writing is simply superb and my only regret was that it ended.

ETD: There's now a Christmas ep called "First Christmas" which can be found here.
ETD2 (2013): And now another installment set in England to be found here in "A Nice Little Business". An encounter between Agnes, Buffy & Faith.
ETD3 (2014): Another Christmas story for the end of 2014 called "…and mercy mild…"
ETD4 (2015): A Nice Little Business,Chapter 2. See ETD2 for chapter 1. Agnes fled from Sunnydale to England before the battle with the First, taking with her the vampire children she was caring for. But now Spike has died a second time, she has had a close encounter with Buffy and Giles and her unlife is about to alter once again.
Length: long (43 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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Omni Magazine [19th. Nov, 2012|05:56 pm]
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Omni Magazine

If you're approaching my age, or if you have any appreciation for the history of SF, then you may be aware of Omni magazine. Described as "an original if not controversial mixture of science fact, fiction, fantasy and the paranormal", it was first published in 1978 (when I had just left high school) and ceased in 1995. If you're interested in it then you may like to follow the link above, which takes you to a site where they've scanned in many of the editions with more to follow. Personally, I found the way that the magazine took the paranormal seriously to be irritating but the original fiction was outstanding.

Omni contained seminal stories by many great authors, as well as regular columns by greats such as Isaac Asimov. In its early run, OMNI published a number of stories that have become genre classics, such as Orson Scott Card's "Unaccompanied Sonata", William Gibson's "Burning Chrome" and "Johnny Mnemonic", Harlan Ellison's novella "Mefisto in Onyx", and George R. R. Martin's "Sandkings". The magazine also published original sf/f by William S. Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates, Jonathan Carroll, T. Coraghessan Boyle, and other mainstream writers. The magazine excerpted Stephen King's novel Firestarter, and featured a short story, "The End of the Whole Mess". OMNI also brought the works of numerous painters to the attention of a large audience, such as H. R. Giger, De Es Schwertberger and Rallé. In the early 1980s, popular fiction stories from OMNI were reprinted in "The Best of OMNI Science Fiction" series and featured art by space artists like Robert McCall.
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Tanstaafl: 101st [19th. Nov, 2012|05:47 pm]
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Tanstaafl: 101st
Fandom: BtVS
Sequel to Stingers.
The AU of Buffy making her own life as a WWII fighter ace continues. Check it out.

Note: minor femslash.
Length: long (14 chapt)
Rating: M
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Tanstaafl: Stingers [19th. Nov, 2012|05:42 pm]
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Tanstaafl: Stingers
Fandom: BtVS
When Buffy dives off the tower to close Glory's portal at the end of season 5 she ends up somewhere else entirely; a field in North America just prior to the start of WWII. This is an AU that has almost no interaction with any of the other BtVS 'verse characters and no supernatural aspect. It is basically a story of Buffy making her own life as a WWII fighter ace. Incredibly well written, meticulous period setting and wonderful characterisation. A very plausible look at who things might have gone if the US had entered the war with a really strong female pilot and a few coincidences going the right way. Most definitely worth a read.

Note: minor femslash.
Sequel is 101st.
Length: long (20 chapt)
Rating: M
Pairing: Buffy/OC
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Snag: Strangely Literal [20th. Oct, 2012|11:46 am]
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Snag: Strangely Literal
Fandom: BtVS, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Cameron is sent back for a preliminary mission prior to tracking down John Connor. Landing in our favourite town, she arrives between the events of What's My Line and Ted and things start changing fairly rapidly when Xander is assigned to show her around her new school.

The story is very well written, with solid characterisation and a fascinating glimpse of how Cameron might have been affected by having people around her who weren't put off by her nature and insisted on being friends.

Unfortunately this is a WiP and has not been updated since late 2010. What's been written is well worth reading but it does leave you looking for more.
Length: long (24 chapt as at Oct '14)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Xander/Cameron (background canon of Buffy/Angel)
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Poe: Far Away Lands [2nd. Sep, 2012|08:29 pm]
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Poe: Far Away Lands
Fandom: BtVS, Narnia
When Xander stumbles through a portal he finds himself in a strange land of talking animals and wondrous castles.

Well written and imaginative, this is enjoyable but also quite sad. It contains character deaths and massive spoilers for anyone who has not read the entire Narnia series. There is a sequel in which Dawn is the central character but it's a WiP and does not seem to be updated at all regularly.
Length: long (9 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Xander/Lucy
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Poe: Rising From The Darkness [2nd. Sep, 2012|08:17 pm]
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Poe: Rising From The Darkness
Fandom: NCIS, BtVS
When Giles decides that it's about time that the New Council starts to anticipate apocalypses instead of simply reacting to them, Xander is sent to NCIS to learn investigative procedures from the best team around. But with Xander a probie at NCIS, DC won't know what hit it.

Quality writing, excellent characterisation and some really great humour make this a fic you won't regret visiting, particularly if you enjoy edgy/dangerous/sexy Xander.
Length: long (33 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Xander/Ziva
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Linman: The Tenebrae Series [2nd. Sep, 2012|08:09 pm]
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Linman: The Tenebrae Series
Fandom: BtVS
I was recently reminded by sparrow2000 of a wonderful series that I'd read some time ago and somehow failed to post here. It's the Tenebrae Series by Linman, consisting of a massive 14 stories, and it comes highly recommended by both of us.

To quote sparrow2000: What’s the story about? - It starts when a young academic finds herself in another dimension, in Sunnydale, during season 5. She and the Scooby gang have to race against time to return her home before things go completely pear shaped.

Why do I love it? – Because this author uses words beautifully and knows how to plot both the short and long games of a story this size. Because her canon characters are written with understanding and depth and because her OC’s are vivid and glow with life. In fact in this story, I don’t even think of them as OC’s because this universe wouldn’t exist without them. Mainly I love it because the author has written a Giles who is as strong as he is fragile – a man who is staggering under his burdens, but is also willing to leave himself vulnerable to the possibility that he could have a life as well as a calling.

To this eloquent review I'll just add: The quality of the writing is amazingly good and the author has a real gift for descriptive and emotive language. I was also fascinated by how the author managed to tread such a fine line between having her(?) OC steer clear of influencing the characters and yet still richly interact with them, obviously particularly with Giles. If I were in that situation I would find it *very* hard not to influence the outcome of some of the key events.
Length: long (72 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Giles/OC
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DianeCastle: Xander and Yet ANOTHER Demon [2nd. Aug, 2012|05:25 pm]
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DianeCastle: Xander and Yet ANOTHER Demon
Fandom: BtVS, SG1
Three years after the fall of Sunnydale, Xander Harris is in a bar, and something that isn’t human just walked in. It has to be a demon, right? Even if this is Colorado Springs…

There's something about the Buffy/SG1 'verses that just breeds crossovers but a meeting of Xander and Anise is not one I would have thought of! This story is amazingly good. Not only is it well paced and plotted it will have you laughing out loud on multiple occasions. The author's understated humour and particularly Teal'c's role is simply brilliant. If you're after something to read that's going to leave you smiling and wishing for more then this is it.
Length: long (38 chapt)
Rating: M
Pairing: Xander/Anise
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thisiszircon: The False Dawn Series [12th. Jul, 2012|04:00 pm]
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thisiszircon: The False Dawn Series
Fandom: BtVS
This wonderful series consists of three linked stories of medium length: Let's start with warnings of character death and discussion of suicide - the whole premise of this series is that Dawn died to close the portal rather than Buffy. To quote the author, it "began as a way of dealing with my irritation regarding the sloppy and nonsensical 'Buffy can die in her magic sister's place' plot contrivance".

It may have begun that way but the result is an amazing character study of someone who's gone to the brink of despair and beyond and now must somehow build a new equilibrium. Of friendships, of love and of finding unexpected solace. The voices are fantastic, the writing is superb and you'll love it (while crying).
Length: long (14 chapt)
Rating: M (discussion of sex and deep depression/suicidal impulses & attempts)
Pairing: Buffy/Giles
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jezaeiri: The Convergence Series [17th. Jun, 2012|07:35 pm]
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jezaeiri: The Convergence Series
Fandom: BtVS, Torchwood, Dr Who
The past is never really dead, the present and future always in motion. But, most of all, there are no casual connections.

This is a long series that is gripping, well characterised and fascinating in its portrayal of Buffy's character development post-Chosen and post contact with Torchwood and the Doctor, particularly in the saga of the slayers coping with The Year that Wasn't. Unfortunately it's also a WiP and hasn't been updated for nearly a year so if you're not into WiPs then steer clear. On the other hand, if you don't mind being left hanging a bit then it's well worth it.
Length: long (5 stories, total 38 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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Mistral: Stubborn Souls [25th. May, 2012|06:31 pm]
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Mistral: Stubborn Souls
Fandom: Dead Like Me, BtVS
George thought she'd have a normal evening collecting a soul, but then her Reap is killed by a werewolf, the soul turns out to be a Slayer, and she finds out vampires are real.

Excellent voices and the dead-black humour characteristic of Dead Like Me make this an entertaining read. IMHO it ends a little abruptly but overall well worth a look if you're a fan of Dead Like Me.
Length: long (9 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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BruttiMaBuoni: The Wintergate [18th. Mar, 2012|03:31 pm]
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brutti_ma_buoni: The Wintergate
Fandom: BtVS
The author tells how she was inspired by a photo; one that showed a gate with a flowering garden (summer) on one side and bleak hills (winter) on the other. The result is an interesting fic set in a certain Scottish castle some time post-Chosen, featuring Xander and Vi. Well plotted and leaving you wishing that there was more, it's primarily a mood piece.
Note: This is set within the Rules 'verse created by the author but requires no prior knowledge or background.
Length: short (3 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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SweetChi: The Cure for Boredom [9th. Feb, 2012|06:10 pm]
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SweetChi: The Cure for Boredom
Fandom: BtVS, The Southern Vampire Series (Sookie Stackhouse)
Buffy and boredom are non-mixy. So when she finds herself voodooed into a world where vampires are accepted and nothing like she's used to, what else is there to do but investigate?

The story is engaging and well written, and the author has a gift for understated humour that will have you chortling unexpectedly. Although it's set in the Sookie Stackhouse 'verse/dimension the focus is entirely on Buffy and her interactions with the vampires. Sookie does appear but only occasionally as a background character.

Note: This is a WiP but one that's (so far) reliably updated every few weeks; definitely worth a read and quite long already.
ETD: Unfortunately, as of Oct '14, there has not been an update for some time. The author seems to have lost interest, which is a terrible shame.
Length: long (44 chapt) (as of Oct '14)
Rating: PG
Pairing: Buffy/Eric
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jrabbit: Kelly's Heroes [20th. Jan, 2012|12:58 am]
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jrabbit: Kelly's Heroes
Fandom: BtVS, SG1
This is somewhat unusual amongst BtVS/SG1 crossovers in that it doesn't portray one side or the other as dominant. Normally they tend to have either one side or the other as the massively dominant partner with the other playing catchup under apocalyptic conditions. This one has the Slayers and Stargate Command in a truly mature partnership, both amazed at the other's revelations and impressed with the other's competence. It also has an unusual and very well portrayed relationship (friendship only) between George Hammond and Faith.
Length: long (20 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: mild Buffy/Daniel
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ShayneT: Wishes [7th. Jan, 2012|06:08 pm]
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ShayneT: Wishes
Fandom: BtVS + multiple others
Anyanka goes on vacation, granting wishes across the multiverse.

So says the author's summary. But this is far, far more than that. It's the story of Anyanka's rise and final fall, ranging from her role in the destruction of the Death Star, to her curse on a nasty hobbit and later on a Jaffa, all set against her ongoing feud with the Q. It's the story of her abject failure, and yet also of her ultimate triumph. Oh, and it's also the story of why she was afraid of rabbits! Worth reading.
Length: long (24 chapt)
Rating: M (nasty curses abound)
Pairing: none
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ShayneT: Legend [7th. Jan, 2012|02:14 pm]
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ShayneT: Legend
Fandom: STNG, BtVS
Trapped by an alien collector, Lieutenant Commander Data discovers an early 21st century android excavated from the ruins of Sunnydale and a capsule containing the frozen body of one of the Eugenic wars most notorious figures...Buffy Summers.

This is another extremely well written story by a very talented author. I've seen a number of crossovers between these two fandoms but this one is very different in scope and feel. It integrates the canon established by the comic 'verse (loss of magic from the world) into the subsequent rise of science, the Eugenics Wars and the establishment of the Federation of Planets. Now, magic is about to return, as are demons and hellmouths... and slayers. But not if the Borg can help it!
Length: long (47 chapt)
Rating: M (violence)
Pairing: none
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AKarswyll: The Aschen Confederation [1st. Jan, 2012|10:41 pm]
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A Karswyll: The Aschen Confederation
Fandom: SG1
One of the most fascinating episodes in SG1 was the trip back to 1969. But what if it didn't happen that way? What if the revision of time didn't happen and Jack had to lead the Resistance against the Aschen Confederation, with the backdrop of the sterilization of the human race and Kinsey as President of the US. Who could he trust? How could he win?

Oh, come on! Who are we kidding? He's Jack. How could he *not* win?
Length: long
Rating: PG
Pairing: Jack/Sam
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Rocza: Finding Closure [29th. Dec, 2011|10:17 pm]
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Rocza: Finding Closure
Fandom: SGA, NCIS
Lt Aiden Ford has been missing for over a year. No one will tell the family anything beyond ‘Missing In Action-Presumed Dead’ and ‘I’m sorry.’ When they appeal to their congressman for help in finding out what happened, President Hayes intervenes and instigates a special investigation into the Lieutenant’s status.
And who do you call in if you want an investigator who fears no-one and will stop at nothing to get at the truth? Gibbs, of course!
This is well written and a very satisfying coda to a character who was IMHO never handled very well by the writers. It is told entirely from Gibbs point of view as he works his way through the maze of Atlantis with the help of Abby and Jon (clone!Jack).

Note: The first chapter assumes a prior meeting between Gibbs and Jon that took place in the short story Lost Soul. It is not necessary to have read this but it may help.
Length: long (18 chapt)
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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houses: An Afternoon in the Life of [18th. Nov, 2011|05:27 pm]
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houses: An Afternoon in the Life of
Fandom: Stephanie Plum, BtVS
I must admit to being a big fan of the Stephanie Plum: Bounty Hunter series and this crossover that stars Stephanie (and Ranger) caught up in one of Faith's demon hunts is amusing and well done (if short).
Length: short
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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Lunik: Mister Vimes'd Go Spare! [8th. Nov, 2011|08:24 am]
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Lunik: Mister Vimes'd Go Spare!
Fandom: Discworld
In the wake of the death of his Grace Sir Samuel Vimes, the various city watches across the disc are brought together in a way seldom observed among coppers.

One of those ones that you read and think "Yes, this is the way it must have happened!".
Length: short
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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penwiper26: Shadow Though It Be [30th. Oct, 2011|09:04 pm]
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penwiper26: Shadow Though It Be
Fandom: BtVS
To quote the rec that sent me reading this fantastically clever story (& with which I completely agree):
In which one Elisabeth, itinerant academic and BtVS fan, stumbles into Sunnydale and can't figure out how to leave. Elisabeth is so fully realized a character, so rich in flaws and quirks, that I can't be bothered to care that according to the author this is technically a self-insert fic. The writing is intelligent and hilarious and wonderful, Elisabeth's frequent metafictional observations are great fun, and her gradual relationship with Giles totally worked for me. This is very much a fic that doesn't sound like it ought to work but really, really does.
To this I will add that it is NOT the usual kind of AU where an OC or some other deus ex machina produces profound changes in the Buffyverse story. Indeed, apart from isolated incidents the action of seasons 5 to 7 is merely a background to the story of Elisabeth and her interactions with Giles, with the Scoobies as mere walk-on bit parts appearing intermittently. It is refreshingly different.
Note: This is the first part of a large series of 14 stories. Although the writing continues to be incredibly good, the character of the series changes somewhat after the first in that it concentrates entirely on the relationship between Giles and Elisabeth and becomes an angst-fest. A superlative, inspiring, gripping angst-fest written by someone who, if they aren't already, should be a professional writer... but still, an angst-fest. :-)
Length: long (30 chapt), the whole series being ~500,000 words.
Rating: PG
Pairing: Giles/OC
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Honorh: Untitled [27th. Oct, 2011|04:44 pm]
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honorh: Untitled
Fandom: Dr Who, Discworld
This is very short but absolutely wonderful! One of those brilliant crossovers that you rarely see, together with an hilarious pairing.
Length: short
Rating: G
Pairing: Tardis/Luggage
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jedibuttercup: Where My Love Lies, Waiting [23rd. Oct, 2011|10:45 am]
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jedibuttercup: Where My Love Lies, Waiting
Fandom: BtVS, SG1
Colonel Mitchell's description surprises a giggle out of Tara, and she instinctively covers her mouth as if to remind herself how it feels to smile.

A long awaited sequel, hopefully with more to come, to More Jean Grey, Less Wolverine. Excellent.
Length: short
Rating: PG
Pairing: none
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