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[personal profile] coprime
Canon: Sleeping Beauty
Pairing: Aurora/Phillip
Canon Level: In Love

I have loved everything about Disney's Sleeping Beauty ever since I first saw it, and that is a long time given it was one of the first movies I ever saw. And part of loving everything is loving Aurora and Phillip. They're two young people who fall in love despite the fact that they shouldn't. Aurora's gracefulness and Phillip's bravery have kept my interest over the test of time.

Suggested reading:
This is Not a Waltz by [ profile] OzQueen
Playful by [ profile] afterandalasia
Adjustments by [ profile] DesertVixen

Thoughts thoughts

Jan. 17th, 2017 04:38 pm
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[personal profile] aximili
Work has really sucked this week. I imagine it will continue to suck. Frankly, if I had known for sure where I was going to live at the end of March, I'd have quit. Just walked out, and given up on that place.

But I don't know for sure, so I am still sort of there. Sort of.

It's been about a week since I asked Jordan for my book back. I guess I give up on that. I feel like bugging him about it more than twice is probably more petty than it's worth. Especially since I now know that if I buy a new copy the cover will be the same (though it's still over $11. I'd rather not spend the money on a book I technically own. But obviously it's not worth going nuts over either.)
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[personal profile] laguera25
It's a bummer that Karl Urban has fallen silent on Twitter. His silly, happy posts were a ray of sunshine. Maybe he's working or spending time with loved ones, or maybe social media has lost its charm after a few tangles with Trumplodytes. Whatever the case may be, I hope he hasn't given it up entirely.

I also hope he announces a few cons this year.

I watched another disc of Tales From the Darkside last night. It was hit-or-miss. "A Case of the Stubborns" was a campy, fun, gross romp featuring a young Brent Spiner and Christian Slater, and "Anniversary Dinner" was about a kindly old couple who aren't what they seem. The ending shot confused me, though. I'm not sure if the skulls in the cabinet were meant to come to life and join the feast, or if it was meant to show their previous victims.

The rest were mediocre, okay but forgettable. Except for "Answer Me", which was an overwrought travesty about...a murderous phone. I pitied the poor actress, who had to narrate her way through this shrill farce(she quite literally says things like, "I can't believe I'm going to the bathroom.")in a cultured English accent that would be at home in London's West End. As she mutters and rants her way through the scenes, a paranoid, petulant harridan berating nieces and hapless building supers who don't have a miracle solution for a ringing telephone in a vacant apartment, one feels not dread of the supernatural didoes in the room next door, but sympathy for her friends and relatives and a sneaking suspicion that she's quite unhinged.

But nope. Evil, homicidal Bakelite telephone. Which she threatens to beat to death with her bare hands. Phone: 1, Nutbar: 0, and the dumbest twenty minutes of television I've watched in a long time.

I also watched Kubo and the Two Strings. What a bittersweet, hopeful movie. It's such a shame it made no money, because it was clearly made with such love and attention to detail. For all the Internet squawks that the world hungers for more diversity and inclusion, something different from the same tired pandering to Anglo-Saxon culture, the box office returns tell a sadly different story.

Days 5 & 6: Active relaxing

Jan. 17th, 2017 10:55 am
jesse_the_k: Flannery Lake is a mirror reflecting reds violets and blues at sunset (Rosy Rhinelander sunset)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
We're finally into the vacation spirit, doing almost nothing and feeling the bliss.

Sunday I rolled to the Gulf Coast YMCA branch. The water was deliciously warm at 85°. I neglected to bring my flippers, so only swam 8 lengths in my allotted time, but that's why I exercise to time, not distance.

The pool may be filled with filtered sea water: it's certainly soft enough.

I streamed the first half hour of the final Sherlock to my massive disappointment. As always, [ profile] plaidadder nails it

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I think that I may fairly make two postulata:
  • 1) Whatever about series 5, this episode was designed to be the last episode of Sherlock that Moffat and Gatiss would make.
  • 2) It should be.
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We walked over Mississippi Sound on the 2 mile bridge connecting Biloxi and Ocean Springs. The view, the sun, the breeze, were exhilarating. My traditional direct attention to the water photo memorializes one stop:

Sitting on the walkway, framed by intense blue sky, woman in powerchair points to Mississippi Sound )

Home to nap, and finish The Final Problem. Wow, that was terrible. (As with most Sherlock canon, there were a handful of wonderful moments, but...thank god for fanfic. I heartily recommend all of [ profile] plaidadder's.)

We then drove back to Biloxi to assess what was where. The beachside road is furnished with a wide array of architecture: brick Waffle Houses; massive casinos; 1940s apartment buildings; humble 900 sq ft shotgun houses, Frank Gehry's typically bizarre Ohr-O'Keefe Museum, and the Biloxi Visitor's Center, a majestic three-story former mansion.

In my brief time here, I've seen scores of historical markers, displays, websites, pamphlets. Based solely on the ones I've seen, the only people on the Gulf Coast have been the immigrant waves of French, English, Spanish, and "Americans." Africans aren't mentioned anywhere. This is what it looks like to be written out of the narrative.

The third Monday in January has officially been "Robert E Lee's Birthday" in Mississippi, until this year. Twitter shaming played a part in the Biloxi City Council voting unanimously to bring the holiday in line with the Federal designation of Martin Luther King's Birthday.

We finished our day with a promising but ultimately dull meal at Mosaic. MyGuy liked his pulled-pork quesadilla. My ceviche & rice-stuffed portobello was tasty, but not enough to write home about, although I seem to have done so.

Time to swim!

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[personal profile] rydra_wong
Any other London DWers going (or considering going) on the Women's March on London this Saturday?

Note: the London march explicitly welcomes people of all genders, and says in their FAQ:

"The march was given its name by those who started this initiative in Washington DC. In solidarity, we adopted the name as the march is spearheaded BY women, but importantly is FOR everyone."

Perfume musing

Jan. 16th, 2017 08:09 pm
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[personal profile] cesy
I have recently started wearing perfume occasionally, for the first time in years. I very rarely buy perfume, because it is always not quite right, and I don't like paying that much money for something that's wrong as well as being an unnecessary luxury. But actually, I have a few perfumes at home, from presents and things, and it makes much more sense to use them than leave them around until they evaporate. And it turns out that wearing nice scents does make me happier, even if they don't match the perfect scent I can never find.

Maybe I should look into BPAL or some other non-mainstream perfume again.

Ships that I Ship: Day 16: Jack/Sandy

Jan. 16th, 2017 01:38 pm
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
[personal profile] coprime
Canon: Rise of the Guardians
Pairing: Jack Frost/Sanderson Mansnoozie
Canon Level: Friends

So the movie's lots of fun, and I am nearly always down for reimaginings of mythology, fairy tales, etc. Jack hits my sweet spot for cocky/vulnerable protagonist. But Sandy is far and away my favorite thing about the movie. Just give me all Sandy all the time, and I will wallow in delight. Sadly for me, the fandom is primarily interested in other characters, most of whom I am neutral to completely uninterested in. Sandy is mischievous, caring, wise, a bit of an enigma, and cute as a button to boot. I love the idea of Jack and Sandy connecting, with Jack relearning how to connect after years on his own and Sandy drawing him out from behind his smart aleck, protective shell with jokes and fun and understanding.

Suggested reading:
Candy Apples by [ profile] oksammich
Letters of Roses by [ profile] icarus_chained
Falling Like a Ton of Bricks by [ profile] Neyiea

Fandom Stocking

Jan. 16th, 2017 12:17 am
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[personal profile] sineala
Fandom Stocking reveals are up! You all should check out my stocking because I got some great stuff -- cute animal pictures, Kirk/Spock, more Kirk/Spock, Marcus/Esca soulmate fic, Marvel Noir Doom/Tony... it is all very yay.

I wrote three stories for Fandom Stocking! I had been planning on writing more, but it was kind of an unexpectedly busy December. :D

Anyway, [personal profile] dhampyresa got Hannibal and Scipio, because Dhampyresa always gets Hannibal/Scipio from me. I had wanted to write about the Battle of Zama and I started to research the eclipse, at which point I discovered that there were people saying that the eclipse wasn't that impressive from that location. Then I found people saying that the eclipse never happened. Then I found people saying that Zama never happened and was just Roman propaganda. At this point I decided, screw it, I am setting the Battle of Zama IN SPAAAAAACE and that way no one can tell me I am wrong. I am the best at history! I am the best at space!

Sundown (711 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hannibal Barca, Scipio Africanus
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Space, IN SPACE!, Omens & Portents, War, Negotiations
Summary: The night before the Battle of Zama, Hannibal and Scipio meet. On a spaceship. They're in space.

And then, of course, some Steve/Tony. I had a plan to write only in continuities I'd never written in before so I could qualify for them in Cap-IM Remix but this plan failed because Remix happened way earlier. Anyway, [personal profile] magicasen told me she wanted AvAc wingfic, so I wrote her AvAc wingfic:

Get Some Fresh Air (At Quad) (1206 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel, Avengers Academy (Video Game)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Janet Van Dyne
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Wings, Wingfic, First Meetings, Flirting
Summary: Steve, newly arrived at the Academy, meets Tony, whose wings are like nothing he's ever seen before. He wants to know more. He wants everything. And luckily for him, the interest is mutual.

While I was still trying to find new Marvel canons to qualify in, I basically yelled "I've never written 3490 so does anyone want me to write them 3490?" at #cap-im and [personal profile] muccamukk said, "Yes, fake dating, please," so that was easy. Also writing Steve/Tony het is really deeply weird, let me tell you. (I ctrl-Fed at least twice to make sure I hadn't messed up names/pronouns.) But, hey, canon het! Steve and Tony ACTUALLY CANONICALLY GET MARRIED. So there's that.

The Nucleus Burning Inside of the Cell (6225 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 3490
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Natasha Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Natasha Stark, Carol Danvers
Additional Tags: Fake/Pretend Relationship, Pining, Dancing, Kree (Marvel), News Media, Alternate Universe - Always a Different Sex
Summary: Steve's had a hopeless crush on Natasha Stark for years, but the rumors in the headlines about their passionate romance are just that: rumors. He knows he'd never really have a chance with her. But when the rumors become harder to ignore, the only way out is to give in, and Steve and Natasha must pretend to be in a relationship. The press is happy, their teammates are thrilled for them... and it's going to kill Steve.

Yay. I'm gonna go stop hogging the WiFi hotspot now and get some sleep.

Comes Another Winter?

Jan. 15th, 2017 10:24 pm
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[personal profile] laguera25
Boo, hormonal surges. I've been having mild hot flashes these last few days. Could it be a sign of perimenopause? I am the right age. On the one hand, I'd be relieved to be shut of the monthly cramps and mess, but on the other, I would sorely miss my robust libido. How will I write unrepentant smut if all I want to do is read books and eat cake? The day I look at Karl Urban and think, Oh, what a nice young man instead of, Yeehaw! Just let Mama get the saddle out of the barn will be a day of grief, indeed.
jeshyr: Blessed are the broken. Harry Potter. (Default)
[personal profile] jeshyr
(This is a gentle spoof on those "Things Not To Say To Wheelchair User" type articles)

1. Can I loan you my kittens for a day?
2. Would you like more Diet Coke?
3. Can I buy you a house?
4. Will you accept this pile of money I have lying around ...
5. Would you like to go to Hogwarts?

Well, that sucks

Jan. 15th, 2017 01:57 pm
sineala: Detail of The Unicorn in Captivity, from The Hunt of the Unicorn Tapestry (Default)
[personal profile] sineala
Our cable modem, which had been in the process of dying for the past week, seems to be pretty firmly dead as of this morning. The ISP can't get anyone out here until the 24th. I am currently using [personal profile] lysimache's phone as a hotspot in order to post this.

So, uh, if you need me for the next week and a half, I might be a little difficult to find on the internet, but I will attempt to check in occasionally. Probably email, yes, comments, yes -- although a little delayed -- but maybe not so much Tumblr.
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k
The weather is delightful: on the low side of 70°F, with constant gentle breezes. I welcome the partly cloudy skies, as full sun down here burns me in a New-York minute.

Our little house is in one of the oldest parts of town, but the dwellings are so modest that it hasn't been gentrified. Next-door is condemned & they're living in their garage.

I rolled to a Farmer's Market — tragically no fresh greens, but OMG fresh pralines, a novelty almost as delicious as chocolate. (Butter, cream, pecans, sugar.) The sidewalks are just wide enough for my chair, around 36in. They've done an excellent job maintaining flatness considering the wealth of old, rooted trees. There was only one place I got airborne.

Late lunch at a pho restaurant called Pho. Tasty but not cosmic.

There's a concrete beach walk — around 25 yards from the low-tide line. After a suitable post-prandial nap, I was able to use my rolling walker for a stroll down to the "harbor" (a channel cut in to maximize water access).

Here's a Google beach view where I started:,-88.829476,3a,75y,91.02h,78.49t,357.76r/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1suV0Ps7oUw_Kir2No5w0ebQ!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656

We had more clouds so more colors in our sunset appreciation, but this time-lapse provides a taste: described sunset video shot looking SSW )

Day 3: to Ocean Springs, MS

Jan. 15th, 2017 12:17 pm
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k
  • Cross-country on US Hwy 49, two-lane highway running through the centers of many small towns. We had to pause for wide loads and very wide loads, both trailers straddling the full roadway. Fortunately, no tractors.
  • Destination at 4:30, in time for clearing skies and a lovely sunset. Our little house is delightful! <grumpy>(Except the bed. No bed is as good as my bed.) </grumpy>
  • Bella was pleased by the fenced yard, but truly astounded by not just a squirrel house, but a weathered tree providing a squirrel apartment building.
  • MyGuy magically shopped & cooked an omelette. Then we all fell into bed and slept hard.

Ships that I Ship: Day 15: Duo/Heero

Jan. 15th, 2017 01:22 pm
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
[personal profile] coprime
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Duo Maxwell/Heero Yuy
Canon Level: Coworkers

I watched Gundam Wing back when it first aired on Toonami, and I was obsessed with it back then. It stills holds a very dear place in my heart, and every so often I go looking for fic in a fit of fond nostalgia. Duo/Heero was totally my bag back then, mostly because Duo was my favorite and Duo/Heero was a juggernaut pairing. But! I really do think they could work well together. Duo would force Heero not to be so serious all the time, and Heero could ground Duo and give him a sense of stability.

Suggested reading:
Knowing by Calic0cat
The Drums of Heaven by [ profile] Sol1056
The Whispers Series by [ profile] maldoror_gw

Up for grabs

Jan. 15th, 2017 12:23 pm
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[personal profile] branchandroot
Would anyone like a serger? It's a Singer Perfect Finish, model 14ET754, about five years old but never used (kept in plastic, though, so dust in the innards should be minimal). Free to a good home, though I'd need the taker to pay shipment.


Day 2: to Hernando MS

Jan. 15th, 2017 08:27 am
jesse_the_k: profiles of Due South's Ray Kowalski and Benton Fraser staring through windshield (dS F/K fast car)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
stream of concsiousness details on second day of driiiiiiiving )

PINK blackout curtains!

Jan. 15th, 2017 04:44 am
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[personal profile] fayanora
I am a night owl, I sleep during the day. So you'd think I would have gotten blackout curtains years ago when I first moved in here, since I know about them, and did then, too. But I didn't. I didn't even look for them. Which is a shame, because they're a hell of a lot cheaper than I thought they were, about the same price in some places as regular curtains. And best of all, I found PINK blackout curtains at Home Depot! I haven't gotten them yet, but I plan on doing so.

What I'm gonna do is put the blackout curtains in my room, and switch my current curtains (which are very nice but not as good as they could be) into the living room if I can, since I don't really need blackout curtains in the living room. At least not yet. In the summertime, that will probably change, because among other things, blackout curtains (at least some kinds) are apparently insulating as well.

What got me thinking of curtains after all this time? Well, I just finally got around to putting plastic over the windows to keep the cold air out. It was quite an ordeal. I started at around 8 or 9 PM and didn't finish until around 3 AM. Well, there was some moving of heavy bookshelves involved (because one window had a bookshelf in front of half of it, because the window is so fucking long), and I had to take down the blankets my roomie pinned over the windows with thumbtacks to keep as much of the cold air out as possible (as well as sunlight; she's a night owl too). And washing the surfaces, letting them dry, dealing with the mold in the windows (as much of it as I could get) and then the double-sided tape has to sit 15 minutes before you can take the other side off and start applying the plastic. Also, the windows were designed by a moron who got his engineering degree from a crackerjack box. Among its "features" are plaster walls along the edges with only a thin strip of wood around the edge of the windows, lots of nooks and crannies for mold to grow in, a shitty window lock made mostly of plastic, and dumbest of all is that all of these windows have little vents you can open and close, which we only noticed when we were doing my bedroom's windows back in November. I don't even know how to draw windows properly and I could design a better window!

Oh yeah, and then I kept messing up and had to keep tearing out the tape and reapplying it. And the second window was bigger than the first window, even though they look the same size when eyeballing them. But I know the one where the bookshelf was is longer than the other, because the plastic from the same roll as plastic that stretched easily across the other one and had several inches on all sides to spare had to be wrestled and fought with for 30 minutes to get it on. There was only just enough room to do it, in the end, and even that involved having to redo some of the tape to move the sides closer together. But in the end, I triumphed!

The most fun part, of course, was using the hair dryer to shrink the plastic. That caused some more delays, as I had to stop occasionally to let the dryer cool off before continuing. It's not a perfect job, there are still lines, even big ones, but the thing is taut and I can't feel any leaks.

Oh and another delay was that the roomie had done half of one window (IE, there are two window panes side by side, and she did the right-hand side one), but I eventually figured out there was no way to do the other half without tearing out her work and doing the whole window at once on my own. So that's what I did.

And because I want to double-layer it, and because there's no other way to do so, I am going to have to go out and get some of the kind of insulation kit that uses the strips of cardboard you have to staple into the wall, because the tape doesn't stick to our walls because our walls are bumpy, painted plaster.1

Anyway, so that was my day.

1 = Honestly, I don't know how this place passed city code inspections; the ceilings are too short, the walls are paper thin and have little to no insulation so that sounds from outside sound as loud as if you had the windows open2, the windows look like they were designed by a very confused octopus, the light sockets in the kitchen are overpowered or something and keep shorting out every light bulb we use within just a couple months of putting them in - even the kinds that are supposed to last for years, there's no heater in the bathroom and so it's like an icebox in there in the winter, the water heater is old and horrible, the kitchen sink was clearly designed by the same octopus that designed the windows, the counter by the bathroom sink accrues a mysterious reddish-brown goo of unknown make and origin, the ceiling is so thin it's a wonder nobody's fallen though the floor into our apartment, one cupboard can't be opened all the way because the doorbell chime box is in the way (they could have put it a foot higher and it would have been out of the way), the heater in the living room doesn't work during the day, another cupboard can't be used because it has the oven vent running through it, there's not enough storage space in here for one person let alone two, the window blinds are shit, and some of the door latches need some convincing to latch. Oh yeah, and now they have a security camera that points directly at our door, so they can record what the inside of our apartment looks like whenever we open the door. And let us not forget the fact that we're expected to keep everything at least 3 feet from the heaters at all times, in a space so small that the only way to actually obey that rule is to not have any possessions at all unless we were to keep everything we own in the bathroom or the kitchen. Ah, home sweet hovel.

2 = And most Wednesdays they've got people doing the building's yard work where they do everything with power tools because apparently they've never heard of mechanical push mowers or even rakes. And yes, they always use power tools; they even use the leaf blower to try to blow away grass clippings because they've never heard of bagged mowers. Yes, even when the grass is so wet that it takes them an hour to leaf-blow away a single clod of wet grass clippings. I suspect they're paid by the hour and are deliberately doing things the slow way to get more money. Which I wouldn't object to if they would just use mechanical push mowers and rakes. But then, a mechanical push mower would be a hell of a lot more work.

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Jan. 15th, 2017 08:26 pm
jeshyr: Blessed are the broken. Harry Potter. (Default)
[personal profile] jeshyr
Having got to a phase in health where I'm only managing a bath every 3-4 weeks now, my hair was really REALLY not coping. Even with all my (extensive) no-poo techniques it only lasts 2 weeks between washes before it starts to be untenably icky. So a few days ago one of my awesome support workers clipped it for me ... tada:

Ricky with bald head, wearing blue T-shirt and lying on a blue sheet

I did not mean to colour-coordinate with my own sheets, BTW. That's an unexpected bonus ;)

I'm still peeved that stupid illness takes away the choice of what I do with my hair, but I also don't mind being bald, so it kind of balances out. It's definitely something I'd choose sometimes of my own accord, I just wish it was my choice.

Other than that things have been very quiet. Lots of sleeping. Lots of talking radio and audiobooks and podcasts. Oh, that reminds me .. a few new podcasts that others may enjoy:

SpyCast - Fascinating stories from the intelligence communities. Last one I listened to was an extended interview with the actual guy involved in the "Argos" fake movie cover used to get the hostages out of Iran. They made a movie about it recently, I believe.

The Pollsters - A Republican pollster and a Democrat pollster talk about what's new in polling that week. I started listening to it just after the election when they were discussing "what went wrong" but it's interesting all the time, I discovered.

Listening to lots of podcasts and audiobooks and talking radio because I'm spending lots of time resting (in waterbed away from computer) and asleep lately. According to my magic Apple Watch averaging 10.5 hours sleep this week, but probably 2-4 hours more per day when I'm in the waterbed but not asleep. Hence lots of audio input. Thank ghods for technology.

Ability to type fluctuates. Tonight I'm relatively OK (i.e.: it hurts and I type this in about 5 small parts) but other days it's on-screen keyboard only. Luckily MacOS Sierra is way better at on screen keyboards than previous OSs because it's built in now, but they still suck basically.

Stay well, friends.

Another stimming video

Jan. 15th, 2017 04:02 pm
iamshadow: Picture of knitting needles with the caption Knitting Yet another socially acceptable way to stim (Autknit)
[personal profile] iamshadow
Link to Tumblr

Happy hand flapping to Parachute, a Leverage fanvid. I love the vid itself, but the song is just as pleasurable to me. Stimming with my only remaining intact Tangle - the new Therapy I just got out of the box the other day. New purchases will have to wait - I’m probably going to put an order in for a range of new ones in two to three months. For now, I’ve got this one and I’m going to do a dollar shop/toy shop/office supply shop run to find a collection of things I can fit in my pocket for under $5. Wish me luck!

(Originally posted yesterday morning)
coprime: two game-obsessed, winning-obsessed nerds (ships that I ship)
[personal profile] coprime
Canon: Good Omens
Pairing: Aziraphale/Crowley
Canon Level: Friendly Enemies/Coworkers

Aziraphale and Crowley are one of those pairings where I'm just as happy with gen fic as slash because the best parts for me are present in both; there's just another level to the slash. There's so much history to explore with these two, the development of their relationships from people on opposite sides to the only ones who can really understand each other and also actual history since they've been there for all of it. That understanding between them is so great. And their banter/disagreements are also great because fun dialogue is such a treat to read.

Suggested reading:
One Reason by [ profile] moony
Falling Rain by [ profile] Aria
The Five Stages of Going Native by [ profile] sticktothestory
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