Men Do Not Sham Convulsion by sour_idealist (Brick, Brendan/Laura)
Sometimes these things happen, in a few hours in someone else’s bedroom when everyone’s on the edge of cracking - or maybe cracked already - and stupid impulses take over. None of it really matters.
Missing scene from the movie and viciously insightful Laura character study.
to finish the thaw by addandsubtract (Brick, Brendan/Brain preslash)
When Brain regains consciousness, his head is throbbing, and his left eye is swollen shut. His throat tastes like blood. His first thought is, I guess this is what it feels like to be Brendan, and he almost laughs.
Post-series story where Brain is in college and Brendan shows up like a stray cat, and then Brain gets in some trouble. There’s a lot left delicately unsaid in just the right way.
The oval-cut diamonds were obscenely large, hypnotically bright, calling up a delicious mixture of guilt and wonder and covetousness and unease that Alec kept sipping at like a man unaccustomed to strong spirits.
In which fayhe (our hero) fulfills Jerry’s promise about fucking Alec in nothing but diamonds. An Important and Necessary Coda to the book. :D
The Distant Sky by fallintosanity (Supernatural/Books of the Raksura, gen)
Moon is supposed to be avoiding Consolation, but a mishap during a visit to Opal Night puts Consolation in danger. Moon and Malachite have to navigate a city stranger than anything either of them have ever seen to rescue her.
Sam and Dean, newly reunited after Dean’s miraculous return from Purgatory, investigate reports of mysterious disapperances and cattle theft near Cleveland. But the case turns out to be far more complex than they thought when an enemy they believed dead resurfaces, and they must ally with strange and dangerous creatures to protect all of Cleveland from their common enemy.
A wonderfully old-school portal crossover! Great characterization for both the Winchesters and the Raksura, some excellent action sequences, and lots of fun watching the Raksura be largely unfazed by ending up in another universe. Many bonus points for writing a genuinely terrifying but layered Malachite.
Four Days by @mumblingsage (Mad Max, Max/Furiosa)
I couldn’t believe I hadn’t read this before, because it’s so excellent? And probably everyone has already read it, but it was a WIP for several years, now complete. Max ends up at the Citadel for four days while his car is repaired, and the author absolutely nailed the slow-build nearly-wordless relationship between Max and Furiosa, as well as some great post-movie worldbuilding and Max’s relationships with the four sisters.
There are things you stop wanting after the end of the world. Wanting is vulnerability, and Max can’t afford to be vulnerable out in the Wasteland. But when he returns to the Citadel, he has a lot to revisit. Even if admitting what he wants might break him.