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[profile] bluewalk has written and posted a fic to me!! :DD As I remember, I thought of Skypiea when she asked for prompts and particularly Raki, and she gave me a lovely story on Raki's background, and to some extent her whole generation of Shandians: intense, thoughtful stuff.

Sample lines:

Still, it's better not to risk it. Pity is a fast-acting poison, and kindness as well--it blunts your sharp edges, makes you soft. More of her mother's words to swallow, and they settle like stones in her gut.

The story is called small gods and can be found here (Livejournal) and here(AO3)!
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I picked up a fun icons meme from [personal profile] sara_tanaquil! I did this once before, but I wanted to try again - and happily five different icons were picked from the first time.

Meme rules:

1. Reply to this post and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

Behind the cut are the ones [personal profile] sara_tanaquil picked for me, with my comments!

a lot of babbling )
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Happy Birthday, [personal profile] thewordweaves!

I wrote a birthday shortfic for you. I'm afraid it's unedited at this point, and probably a lot longer than it needs to be (especially since very little actually happens). Lightly Sanji/Usopp though probably more gen than not, set some unspecified post-timeskip time. PG for language, I guess.

I don't have a title for it yet either )
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Smoke on the Water by xparrot is a cool Smoker-centric shortfic in two brief chapters. It includes some very intriguing backstory speculation re Smoker's childhood as well as a canon moment in the Alabasta arc.
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Cold Dish by [profile] maldoror_gw is a darkish fic showing the crew struck by loss, trying to recuperate and plotting for revenge. Rated PG-13 for language and violence. A two-parter, link goes to part 1; there's a direct link to part 2 at the end. Stark and tense, all in Sanji's POV, but with a lot of emotions all the same.

I'll quote from the Author's Notes:"(...)Consider it an alternate timeline where it wasn't Garp who showed up on Water 7 after Enies Lobby had been won...

This fic is grimmer than I usually write 'em, though it won't be obvious why until a quarter of the way through. That being said, before you wonder why I didn't put more warnings on this...remember the First Rule of One Piece!
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Foolish by [personal profile] chibi_trillian is a sweet 375-word ficlet, rated PG-15 for implications. Author's summary is "Usopp thinks too goddamn much". Set at an unspecified time, but likely pre-water 7. The prose might be a little purple at the start, but it's a good read all the same in my opinion (this is my favourite couple, though, which might affect my judgment ^_^).

Usopp worried constantly; it was part of his nature. His mind saw situations and immediately started looking for possible dangers, things to flee and hide from. This arrangement wasn’t precisely dangerous, but it wasn’t safe either. His heart said one thing, his head another, and his gut something else entirely.
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Under A Different Moon by [personal profile] naye is an AU of an AU! To quote from the author's notes: "It is a what-if in a what-if - the Une!verse is asking what it would be like if Portgas D. Rouge had had a daughter instead of a son. And here the question was - what if Kuina, not Zoro, was the one to set out in the world, carrying both their legacy?

And what if they met?"

Well, then you get this intriguing fic, drinking sake on a night in East Blue on a floating restaurant...

I just wish there could be more of this continuity!
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Today's fic rec is another fairy tale pastiche/parody, The Travels of Lucky Luffy by [personal profile] hibem. Cracky and wonderful - I actually think all the characters work excellently in their assigned parts, no matter how crazy it gets.

To quote the writer, this is "Worksafe, if somewhat riddled with innuendo".

“Stop!” it said, “Don’t eat me! Let me out of this snare, for I am a fearsome warlock with eight thousand demons at my command, and I could curse you for the rest of your days!”

“Oh-ho-ho!” Luffy laughed, “You surprised me!” But he let the woodpecker go, because talking woodpeckers are too cool to eat.
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Interests and Intentions by thermopylae is set post-Enies Lobby and features a Franky who's not sure of how to talk to Robin. This wasn't just the first fic with the pairing I read, but also the first fic I read from Franky's POV: it convinced me that I might be able to write Franky too one day. I'd rate it G: it's not a steamy shipfic and doesn't try to be, but it's appealing, IC and charming.
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This is a long one! 20 chapters and over 150,000 words, Asteria Nightmare by Velkyn Karma is a thrilling action/mystery where the Strawhats go to a forbidden island, only to find they may have bit off more than they can chew. Even to find out who the enemy is and what's happened on the island is a daunting task, never mind figuring out how to win or even survive. A plotheavy genfic that's all told through Nami's POV but which still manages to give all crew members their time to shine - and to keep up the suspense throughout the adventure.

Set post-Thriller Bark and before Sabaody. Rated "T for some language and general...dark creepiness", to quote the author.
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Whoa, totally forgot about making a fic rec last night! (It's morning over here.) It's not like I wasn't on the internet, too. Well, I'll just make one now and one regular tonight. *^_^*

Here's one I read only the other day and really liked in a melancholy way: grey thinking by irrelevant, a what-if AU where Rouge survives. Here, Ace is 9 years old and lives in Fuusha village. Though there is an unavoidable sadness in the tone since we know it's contrafactual, it still feels heartwarming - and just plain interesting to see what's been going on. Well-written, much recommended.
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Today's fic rec is a popular story, deservedly so, for a popular pairing: Like Steel For Chocolate by [profile] maldoror_gw. It's got a prologue, four main chapters and an epilogue; it goes up to light R in rating and takes place after Enies Lobby and before Thriller Bark. Sanji/Zoro is the main pairing - it's all from Sanji's POV - but Luffy/Usopp is a secondary pairing and then there's a third pairing the writer prefers to keep a surprise.

I'll quote from the summary: "Sanji's cooking has reached a whole new level. It's almost uncanny. Especially when his thoughts and emotions somehow get into the mix along with the rest of the ingredients."

This was actually the first fic that made me see the appeal of Sanji and Zoro as a couple. It's never been a pairing I dislike, but I'm also not passionate about it - in general. There are still fics and art with them I adore, and this was the first. Very well-written and IC the whole way through - and it helps that the rest of the crew doesn't get forgotten.
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I just posted a two-part fic to Archive of Our Own that was originally done for one of [personal profile] naye's glorious chaos threads. Its new name is A Solid Place To Stand: it's about trusting and being trusted, from Usopp's and Robin's POV (pre-Alabasta and end of Skypiea, respectively). I've polished it up a bit. Concrit very welcome.
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Someone prompted me in an anonymous space to write about Garp and young Ace, Luffy or Sabo. I wrote this shortfic from Sabo's POV and then couldn't think of a title. De-anoning and reposting it here now anyway. (The only ones I can think of are things like "Into the Bargain" (sounds not entirely gen, somehow) and "I've Inherited *What*?!") Edit: Okay, got a title now.

Title: Comes With The Territory
Word count: around 850
Spoilers/setting: Set during the time shown in chapter 585
Characters: Sabo, Garp, Ace, Luffy
Rating: G
Concrit: Most welcome

Disclaimer: These characters and their world belong to their creator Eiichiro Oda. They are used here without permission for entertainment purposes only. This fic is not to be used for profit in any way and should not be reposted elsewhere without the writer's approval.

behind the cut )
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Reposting something (with slight revising) that I put on Tumblr yesterday - about why I am still so darn fond of the fight between Usopp and Perona in Thriller Bark.

more behind the cut )

Comments very welcome!
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I have a manga recommendation to make - the series Suppli by Mari Okazaki (also romanised as Sapori; the French title is Complément affectif). I mentioned this one in passing when reaching the letter S for my Manga Alphabet last year, but I wanted to finish it before reccing because I knew josei titles can be tricky.

Well, I did finish it now - read the first five volumes in English*, and volume 6 to eleven in French. And I'm happy to say my recommendation still stands! Mind you, it's a manga much given to romance and office stuff, and might not tickle everyone's fancy.

more behind the cut, with two images )

* Actually four physical volumes, since the English edition squashed vol. 4 and 5 together.
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This fic was originally written for [personal profile] prpl_pen on her birthday and posted then but filtered to her alone, since I wanted to tinker with it a bit more. Now it gets (re-)posted in public with just a few polishes.

Nitpicks and other concrit extremely welcome, as is of course any other feedback. It's okay to be harsh!

Title: Take My Hand
Word Count: Around 1, 200
Rating: PG
Pairing: Robin/Usopp
Spoilers/setting: Post-Enies Lobby, pre-Thriller Bark

forget your fears, babe )


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