12:30 am: Merlin - Virtues, Chicken and Destiny Series Virtues, Chicken and Destiny Series (on A03) by anonymous. Starts after 'A Servant of Two Masters'. Arthur, worried about Merlin's excessive drinking and scars on his neck, starts trying to snoop around to see how he can help his manservant with whatever demons are driving him to the tavern. Instead, he stumbles across the webs of lies his friends are spinning around him. Heavy is the head that wears the crown, though Arthur had never needed to bear such weight on his own - but until he finds out what everyone is hiding from him, that is exactly what he'll do.
Status: Multiple stories. Ongoing. Soon to be posted in full on A03.
So this is a rewrite of the series from mid 4th season onwards. The first story is sort of a magic reveal fic postponed. Arthur finds out a lot of about the lies which are being given to him, but not everything is revealed. It's a really nice read, and fills in some gaps in those stories very well. The rest of the series is a rewrite of the rest of the fourth season with logical consequences to episodes, and character growth. I'm actually rather surprised at how patient Arthur was with Merlin and his secrets, though it gets a lot more angsty after the inevitable magic reveal.
05:56 pm: Avengers - Robot Trip Robot Trip by copperbadge. Tony is driving from Malibu to Manhattan with a robot in the back seat and Captain America riding escort at Pepper's behest. What could possibly go wrong?
Status: One-shot. Complete.
This is a really fun, somewhat adorable road trip. It even made me laugh in places. Tony and Steve are perfectly in character and Dummy is also at his best.
11:14 am: Avengers - Coulson's Eleven Coulson's Eleven by copperbadge. After Vanko destroyed the Stark Expo, SHIELD instituted a Superhuman Detention program, designed to capture and hold dangerous people -- dangerous people like Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and others who made themselves noticeable. The superhumans SHIELD has imprisoned -- and some SHIELD agents themselves -- have other ideas about what constitutes 'dangerous'...
Status: 7 chapters. Complete.
This is a fun take on an alternate form of the Avengers which isn't nearly as angsty as the description makes it sound. The interpersonal relationships make this fic, especially people who weren't there before like Peter.
This is pretty much the story I wanted after Ghost Story, so I thought I would rec it here for others who are not happy with the turn the series has taken. I love the way Harry is developing his magic in this story, and all the character interactions are a delight. It's currently at a point where you can stop reading and be mostly satisfied with the idea that there will probably never be more of the fic, even though I wish there was. (I have labeled this fic as gen and slash because the author said the story would be slash but it hasn't contained any slash so far *shrugs*)
This is a really interesting what if universe. I wish there was more of it because the whole early friendship would change so much of the series itself. This is one of the few, plausible ways I could see canon Harry becoming friends with Marcone. (Author labels it as slash but it's really preslash fyi).
Who doesn't want to see Winona and everyone else being badass? I also appreciate that the author didn't always go for obvious scenes of badassery. Is it a little cliche in places? Yes, but sometimes that can be a good thing. Kirk/Spock is the background pairing in this fic fyi.
I can only think of one other really good HP/Labyrinth crossover so it was a pleasure to stumble across this one, even if I may have lost hours of time reading it. I really like how Sarah is characterized here, and the integration with the HP universe is excellently done. Despite my complaints about length, the fic is actually well paced and I like how Sarah is gradually learning more about the wizarding world while asking a lot of hard questions that I can't wait to see get answers.
01:39 pm: Thor - Life in Reverse Life in Reverse by Min Daae. Home is where you make it. Or, the AU where Loki falls to Earth after Thor, wanders around trying to work out what to do with himself, and somehow ends up working for SHIELD. Mostly because supervillains are so plebian.
Status: 18 chapters. Ongoing.
I like this take on Loki. He's slowly figuring things out and making friends, but he hasn't lost his prickly edge. The plot is rather episodic, so it's easy to keep up with too.
11:40 pm: Natsume Yuujinchou - Magnificent Magnificent by darkcyan. Natori receives a request that, for once, involves NOT exorcising the target, wonders if this job might finally be the one that's not thrown completely awry by Natsume's unexpected presence, and learns a few new things about Hiiragi in the process. ... Though he has a feeling he's still missing something important.
Status: Long one-shot. Complete.
This is labeled as a romance, but it reads more like gen so I will label it as such. The author has a great Natori voice, and writes a well-realized Hiiragi. I liked the plot too. It could easily fit right in with the manga/anime.
08:36 pm: Natsume Yuujinchou - Never Lag Behind Never Lag Behind by Girl_Undone. Natsume napping on his desk was a common sight, one that everyone in class C had long since grown used to. (Although the teachers seemed to find it less and less amusing as time wore on.)
Status: 2 chapters. Complete.
I can't resist reccing a fic where the rest of Natsume's friends find out. I wish the fic were a tad bit longer so that they could have talked with Natsume more, but it's a nice little adventure.
07:33 pm: Natsume Yuujinchou - Seven Year Promise Seven Year Promise by foxinthestars. Natsume is haunted by a recurring nightmare that he's drowning. Nyanko-sensei sets out to investigate, then a strange youkai appears: one who knows that the answer lies in Natsume's past — and needs Tanuma's help to put things right before it's too late.
Status: 5 chapters. Complete.
This is an excellent, long Natsume Yuujinchou story. I liked the original character and it was lovely to see Tanuma finding out more about Takashi's life. Plus, if you've ever wanted to give Takashi a hug when he was a little kid, this is the fic to do it vicariously through.
12:57 am: Bleach - Seven, Eight, Lay Them Straight Seven, Eight, Lay Them Straight by Branch. Yamamoto wants some captains back. Hirako doesn't trust him a bit. But there are other people who have a stake in the argument, and he has a harder time saying no to them. Alternate storyline, because if KT really intends to break them up, well I'm just not having with that.
Status: One-shot. Complete.
This author writes the Visored very well. And if it's a bit of wish fulfillment, oh well:)