Spaceman Spiff and the Alien Conspiracy by Froggimus Rex (Calvin & Hobbes)
This was the worst summer. Calvin knew this to be a fact in much the same way that he knew that the sky was blue, that Susie Derkins was annoying and gross, and that Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs were part of a complete breakfast. Furthermore, not only was it the worst summer, but it was the worst summer in the entire history of summers, both past and future. He had a time machine. He’d checked.Nerds of the Earth, Take Note! by Betty & Emeraldwoman (Avengers/Leverage)
The Avengers need a talented hacker. They kidnap one.13 Ways of Looking at Rodney (Stargate Atlantis/Wallace Stevens) by Bironic
Also available in Latin translation.The First Day of the Rest of Your Life (Supernatural, end of Season 3) by Malkingrey
Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.Fifteen Short Stories about Teamwork (Thor, Avengers) by Black Eyed Girl
(The times change, and we change in them.)
You come up out of the basement, and the house is full of the smell of fresh blood. You don’t like to think about that, how you’ve learned over the past few days to tell the difference between old blood and new, between recent death and the first taint of corruption. But your wife is still in the basement with your daughter—is it your daughter again; or was it never truly your daughter at all?—with your daughter weeping in her arms, and all you can think is, There is no amount of counseling in the world that is going to get us past this.
Jayne Eyre by Meltha
Additional tags: Crack, Victorian crack, deeply insanely AU, Bronte is rolling in her grave, no that’s not a typo, inexplicable crossdressingRise (He Buys Cigarettes) (BtVS) by Octopedingenue
He buys cigarettes maybe twice a week, sliding the carton across the counter beside the copy of Soap Opera Digest that he used to try to camouflage inside a more macho Rolling Stone. These days he doesn’t seem to care who sees or what they think; he just pushes the crumpled bills into the cashier’s hand and saunters off for the butcher’s shop. Spike never was the vamp for making small talk or giving explanations, and he hasn’t started now, whatever’s happened to him.Next: Marcus Rowland’s distinctive form is the linked sequence of short episodes or stories. There are two here and
The Right Technology (post-Chosen BtVS meets Wallace and Gromit) by Marcus Rowland
…A few miles away a fleet of crude chicken-sized rafts bobbed, abandoned, under the cover of a willow tree. Faint tracks led across country into the woods, where a vast flock of chickens, bearing their eggs and chicks on improvised travoises, were labouring to put as much distance as possible between themselves and their former home. Night fell, and eventually, on the island, the moon rose on a row of chicken-sized graves. Faintly, in the distance, something howled, and an owl screeched in reply. There was a faint whisper, an odd muffled scrabbling sound. Then, with a shower of earth and pebbles, a razor-sharp beak stabbed up into the air…BtVS/DC Comics crossover, by Marcus Rowland
Voices, an engine, straps binding him, something over his eyes. He lies, groggy, feigns unconsciousness.Genius Loci (Sherlock, BBC) by Silverpard
“He’s human.” A woman, Californian.
“You sure?” Another woman, same accent.
“All tests negative.”
“Twenty bucks, B.” Woman again, Boston.
“What about the mask?”
“We agreed, no peeking if he’s human.”
“Aren’t you curious?”
“Nope. So not our problem.”
“Where we gonna leave him?”
“Somewhere safe … that car park.”
“Works for me.”
The van stops. He’s lifted out, it roars away. When he’s free of the stretcher they’re gone. He gathers evidence, then heads back to the Batmobile.
This isn’t over.
A Gentleman of Taste: Five trials that the Honourable Frederick Standen endured with sang-froid and savoir-faire, or would have if he’d spoken a word of French (Cotillion, Georgette Heyer) by athousandwinds
Next: Barb Cummings is the author of a vast Buffy the Vampire Slayer epic — two and a half novels (and counting), plus an Oort Cloud of associated short stories — that goes AU at the start of Season Six. It’s the trail of breadcrumbs Doyle used to lead me into the tangled thickets of fanfic. She did it by saying “This writer handles raising Buffy from the dead better than Joss Whedon did.” Which is true. It’s a less traumatic process, Buffy doesn’t have that terminal case of PTSD, and she and Spike don’t tear each other to shreds. All the other problems? Still there.
The novels — A Raising in the Sun, Necessary Evils, and A Parliament of Monsters — are in Moar List. The following short story takes place a year and a half after the AU divergence point. Spike is living at 1630 Revello Drive. Dawn narrates.
My Baby Is a Centerfold (BtVS) by Barb C
My Kind of Freedom (book-length Firefly/Serenity fanfic) by Steve Brust
In addition to being the economic base of the region, Ginseng is the name of the biggest town, with a population of almost nine thousand, if you include the nearby rooters. The town has an effective sewage system, clean water, several paved roads, dozens of permanent buildings, and, temporarily, just past the smokehouse, it had a Firefly-class transport, hunkered down in a clear field like something that pounces waiting to pounce.Next: The Girls Next Door is a webcomic by Pika-la-Cynique. Basic setup is that Christine from Phantom of the Opera and Sarah from Labyrinth are university students who share an apartment. Their relatively harmless but annoying stalkers, the Goblin King and Eric the Phantom, have an apartment downstairs. Friends and neighbors include bishounen Azazel and Crowley (nominally Supernatural), Nanny Ogg (Discworld), Legolas, James (Pirates of the Caribbean), Javert (Les Miserables), Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, Sarah’s little brother Toby, and whoever else wanders through.
Inside the vessel, even as her landing gear settled onto the rich dirt and plumes of smoke were blown away from the side-thrusters on the outside, a voice came over the intercom: “We’re down. We have landed safely. Yes, through a hailstorm of fire, once more, we have achieved landfall in spite of all the obstacles of the heavens. We are delivered. We must kiss the ground. Yes, I say, the ground, the holy ground we must, uh, kiss.”
On the outside, the cargo door swung down. On the inside, a large, square-jawed man wearing loose pants and a green tee-shirt said, “Need to break that intercom.” He put a finger into his ear and shook it as the pressure finished equalizing.
Let the Right One In
Who You Gonna Call?
The Monster Hunter Files — Interview #01
The Monster Hunter Files — Not-Quite-Interview #02
The Monster Hunter Files — Not-Quite-Interview #03
Monster Hunters, Part V — Dead Ringer
Monster Hunters, Part VI — Van Helverine
Monster Hunters, Part VII: Girls Will Be GIrls
Monster Hunters, Fin: Relocation
The Moar List
Bring Me the Head of Harry Potter (Harry Potter/BtVs/Highlander/The Sopranos) by Marcus Rowland
BtVS/West Wing Crossover by Marcus Rowland: Intervention, Last Rites, Security Problem, Pulling Strings, In Other News…, Fundraiser, Group Dynamics, Pardon, Conspiracy Theory, Displacement Activity, Victory, Crusade, Requiem.
Deeds of Maidenly Unkindness (BtVS/Public school to be named later) by Marcus Rowland
Nocturne of the Brooklyn Bridge (China Mountain Zhang) by Kel
Five Things Lydia Bennet Never Told Her Sisters (Pride and Prejudice) by Dafna
Five Archives Bobby Singer Has Used (Supernatural) by Cofax
Heads or Tails (Supernatural) by Vanillafluffy
The Hamster Supremacy (Stargate Atlantis) by ExplodedPen
One Morning in Sunnydale (BtVS) by A. E. Berry
Average Avengers Local Chapter 7 of New York City (Avengers/Captain America/Iron Man) by Hetrez