Titles G - L
(Rated PG, 54K)
Recommended 7-24-00
mountainphile: I have a weakness for sensitive introspection with a twist, which is the
treat we get from Fialka in "Gathering Half the Deep." This story is well-crafted and
beautifully revealing -- it pulls the reader along with spare and evocative description,
capturing so well the struggle within Scully's mind and body. Painful subject matter...and
Fi handles it deftly. Wonderful Skinner and Maggie Scully additions also!
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated R, 101K)
Recommended 7-24-00
Mish: Wow. All I kept thinking while reading this was that normally I wouldn't have
pictured Scully in *this* particular role. But it works. Yes, indeed! Livia plans to
make this a series and I can't wait to see where it goes. It takes a deft hand to
make me hear the musical side of a story and Livia treated me to a symphony.
Oh, and there's romance, too! ;-)
~ ~ ~
(Scully/Other, MSR, Rated NC-17, 77K)
Recommended 8-14-00
Blackwood: ::sigh:: Sometimes love hurts. Beduini tells me this was her first fic.
Her *first* fic. Incredible. If you like a Despondent!Mulder and an Aching!Scully,
read this. The UST runs like a river into a sea of love that, regardless of the presumption
of its happening, will leave you boneless. You will read and re-read and love it again and
again. Beduini's writing is rich, multi-layered and like fine wine, meant to be savored
slowly. Oh yes, remember to breathe. :)
~ ~ ~
(Rated PG, 8K)
Recommended 12-25-00
Blackwood: This is a lovely Skinner POV that resonates with realism and tenderness.
Christina does a great job at capturing the subtle nuances of Walter S. and his unspoken
devotion to our favorite G-woman. Made we want to chase him down and give him a great
big hug just for being so sweet.
~ ~ ~
(Rated G, 8K)
Recommended 1-8-01
mountainphile: You'll love this gentle story! A nightly dilemma faces Scully in the wake
of Mulder's return and the birth of their child. TJ has crafted a tender, insightful second-
person POV that truly touched my heart. I felt like an eavesdropper peeking in on such an
intimate family moment, one which promises healing and hope.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated NC-17, 159K and 844K)
Recommended 2-26-01
Mish: "Goshen" is one of my all-time favorite fics, suspenseful to the extreme and
dripping with angst. Needless to say, when I discovered that Bone had written a sequel, I
eagerly printed all 120 pages and lost myself in it for a week, sometimes unable to put it
down until way after midnight. It's a sequel that exceeds the perfection of the first story, if
possible. Very seldom am I touched by a character's trials to the point where I feel their
hurt deep in my chest...but "Secret World" made me ache all over. In a good, angsty
way, of course. Read it now -- you won't be disappointed. Then join me in the wait for
"City of Light"; I'm sure it will be well worth it. One warning, though -- read the author's
headers very carefully, in case some of the subject matter might get a bit *too* angsty for
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated PG-13, 4k)
Recommended 8-5-01
Blackwood: With our recommendations back up and running, I'm so happy to be able
to finally share my admiration for Tess and her writing. This sweet piece has just the right
amount of misdirection. I like the confusion Tess sets up and I love the revelation
regarding the identities of the characters even more. Well done!
~ ~ ~
(M/S UST, Rated PG-13, 30K)
Recommended 11-13-00
Forte: This extraordinary fic from Susanne has been out for almost two years, but
it is one of my favorites to re-read. It's Scully POV and off the angst scale: Mulder has
been injured, and she feels responsible. Her pain is palpable; the ending is perfect. I can't
rec this one highly enough.
~ ~ ~
(M/S UST, Rated R, 453K)
Recommended 4-23-01
Audrey: Friends, if you like UST (and I know that you do), this is the fic for you.
Described quite well by its author as Uber-UST, Gutless is by turns hot, frustrating, canny
and hilariously funny. The true genius of this story is how the author bases the casefile
itself around victims who have been suffering from unexpressed/unrequited lust. Given that
Scully's already having a "Mulder Awareness Day" that won't quit, the circumstances of
the case serve to kick up the M/S chemistry to notches unknown.
~ ~ ~
(Scully/Krycek, M/S UST, Rated NC-17, 68K)
Recommended 2-26-01
Jintian: Every time I read this story I get chills. The writing is death-defying, so much
energy packed into each phrase, with hardly a wasted word. The characters are raw,
hungry, difficult to love -- they've been worn down to the bone and have rediscovered the
hard elements in themselves. It's a fascinating trip into Scully's head especially, with a
small window at the very end into someone else's. And oh, what an ending. So simple,
so sparely written -- it remains one of the best and most memorable I've read in all of
ficdom. Well, actually, that goes for the whole story.
~ ~ ~
(Krycek/Marita, Rated NC-17, 9K)
Recommended 3-26-01
Jintian: Wow, what a story. Gives a great voice to one of the fandom's least favorite
characters, and gives us tantalizing glimpses of the history she shares with Krycek. And
it all revolves around a perceptively metaphorical theme which Deslea balances with great
care. I don't normally read this pairing, but this fic impressed the hell out of me.
~ ~ ~
(Rated PG, 36K)
Recommended 8-7-00
Jintian: Perhaps I'm biased because Vehemently was able to do what I found impossible
-- take five random improv elements andd make them all gel into a story. But wait, that's
not bias. That's just frank admiration. This is a thrilling, tense, action-packed fic. Brilliant,
just like all of the author's work.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated PG, 16K and 25K)
Recommended 2-12-01
Forte: These are angsty post-eps for "Requiem." Mulder is back, with psychological
injuries that far outweigh the physical. His slow, still-incomplete reconnection with Scully
and with their child is heartwarming at the same time that it is heartbreaking. I'm looking
forward to more of this story, so please hurry Michelle. :)
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated NC-17, 26K)
Recommended 10-1-00
Diana: Want to bring back some of the heat of August? Then read this. Beduini always
writes a wonderful Mulder and Scully, with a strong sense of characterization that leaves
me green with envy. "Hot" is intense and evocative, with vivid imagery and dialogue that is
dead on. If I could change one thing about this story, it would be the title. I'd call it
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated R, 161K)
Recommended 1-29-01
Mish: When Gina's name pops up in my inbox, I whoop with delight, because I know I'm
in for a treat! And this story is no exception. Let's see...without giving too much away?
Hmm. We get a casefile that so easy to follow (a plus for me, simply coz I'm too lazy
sometimes to figure it out )...we get Mulder and Scully undercover as a married couple
(Wheee!!!!)...we get some spot-on dialogue and some resolution...what more could we
want? 'Interaction' takes the spotlight in this story, whereas 'action' (of the criminal kind)
takes a back seat. And the last scene? All I can say is, "Don't skip to the end!" Wait for
it. It's good. :)
~ ~ ~
(Rated PG, 32K)
Recommended 3-12-01
Audrey: Marguerite has always had a wonderful "ear" for characters. No matter whose
point of view she adopts in a story, the narration and dialogue are completely authentic.
Now she's added Doggett to her repertoire, and her grasp of his voice and mannerisms is
impressive. Heartwrenching in its portrayal of Scully's grief, "How Glory Goes" also delves
into Doggett's own loss and the guilt he suffers over both. I'm also fond of Marguerite's
portrayal of Skinner here -- strong, understated and deeply conflicted over his love for
Scully and the death of her partner. Keep a hankie handy, for this one, folks.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated R, 53K)
Recommended 7-24-00
Diana: I have a confession to make -- I'm a sucker for Jealous Mulder stories. This is
one of the best. A friend from Mulder's Oxford days comes to visit, and is attracted to
Scully. How will Mulder deal with this? Guess! Terrific dialogue, a compelling original
character, and some wonderful Mulder/Scully interaction are just a few of the reasons why
"Ian" is one of my favorite stories.
~ ~ ~

(Rated NC-17, 27K)
Recommended 6-19-00
Forte: Delicious, sensual, steamy, scintillating, and smutty. Narida writes some of the
most amazing erotica out there, and she does it again here with a fascinating second
person POV.
~ ~ ~
(V, A, MSR, Not Rated, 13k)
Recommended 8-20-01
Mish: A realistic, tender Scully POV set after Mulder's return. She watches and waits,
seeing the little details that speak of his trauma, and knowing that it will take some time
for his return to become complete. Speaking of returns, it's been quite a while since Dawn
has posted a story and I couldn't have wished for a better comeback. Not a word is
wasted in this slice of perfect characterization. Beautiful.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated R, 23K)
Recommended 3-12-01
Blackwood: Imagine! UST!! In spades!!! Gosh, how I miss it. And this author always
does it so-o well. Erotica is a lot like wine. Drink it fast and you get a quick buzz. Drink it
slow and it simmers in the blood. Not a bad choice when you think of it. I do recommend
you take your time with this wonderful, heat-inducing scenario that elegantly evokes those
delicious "not yet" moments. Gotta tell you, Scully has a lot more restraint than I. Hoo
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated NC-17, 10K)
Recommended 2-26-01
Blackwood: Simply wonderful. I love the Fallen!Scully and Confused!Mulder and Wise!
Skinner. Your vision rings true and is quite unique, something difficult to attain after so
many 'all things' fic. Having gone to Catholic grammar school for 8 *long* years before
switching to public high school, I could totally relate to the early flashback. Yes, we were
all good girls then and now we write fanfic to make up for lost time. ;) Oh my. Sister
Joseph Bernard would be *so* disappointed. ;)
~ ~ ~
(post-Requiem, MSR, Rated NC-17, 65K)
Recommended 8-28-00
mountainphile: Season 8 suggests I accept the possibility of a fully-pregnant Scully. I
long for a returned and full-functional Mulder. In this story Kristel gives me the scenario to
encompass both. I love Mulder's tenderness towards Scully and his disclosures, as well
as Scully's musing history of their past involvement and love life. Some sweet dialogue
and very clever *moves* make this a must-read!
~ ~ ~
(Rated G, 13K)
Recommended 12-11-00
Blackwood: They say that life imitates art, and vice versa. When I first read this piece, I
was touched, but I had no idea that its grace and power would have real meaning in a real
way to me, until this week. Losing a friend rends our lives and leaves us, as human
beings, to wonder at divine wisdom. This 3rd person POV story is simple and pure, in the
truest sense, and the narrator an angel in disguise, as they always are, giving solace to
those who need it most. dlynn's words, as ever, are eloquent and accurate as they delve
Scully's -- and our -- hearts to leave us with a powerful reminder.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated PG, 6K)
Recommended 7-3-00
Diana: The author's summary for this is 'a short jaunt through Mulder's eyes.' Aptly put,
but it really doesn't do justice to this piece. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love
this, or even why. Sometimes there is an element in a story that just reaches out and
grabs me. That happened this time. The wonderful Mulder characterization was just the
icing on the cake.
~ ~ ~
(Rated G, 5K)
Recommended 7-24-00
Diana: There is a poignant beauty in this story that touched me. It's been seven
years since Mulder's abduction, and Scully is raising their child alone. The Scully
characterization is perfect -- no weepy, self-pitying woman here. And Mulder,
though gone, has a very real presence in this piece. Gorgeous prose, Longfellow
poetry, and the deft Pebbles touch make this a story to remember.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated NC-17, 54K)
Recommended 8-7-00
Blackwood: Selecting only *one* story from Lydia's prodigious collection is like
selecting between diamonds, emeralds and rubies. This gem is but one of many I
could have chosen, but do so because it's first Bowerfic I ever read, before I even
*knew* about Dance Without Sleeping and Primal Sympathy (another favorite of
mine). This story still leaves me breathless as only Lydia can.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated NC-17, 29K)
Recommended 10-1-00
Audrey: A shippery survey of season 7, told in JET's signature style, this is an
intense and evocative fic. Like a series of snapshots, we see moments in time, an
offscreen history of how Mulder and Scully started sleeping together, from Amor
Fati through all things; then JET rewards us with a beautifully written, unconventional
consummation. And the stars sparkle and shine throughout.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated PG-13, 10K)
Recommended 1-29-01
Blackwood: As real life grows ever more complex, I find myself drawn to the simplest
storylines. Lysandra tells me that this was originally intended for her delicious vignette
"Pear Necessity" (also a Musean recommendation), but was cut from the final edition. I'm
so glad she was able to salvage this into another crystal clear slice-of-life. There is a
tendency to over-analyze this lovely vignette, hoping to find a disguised metaphorical
meaning behind the simple card game between M&S and the simpler story of human
foible shared between close friends. If there *is* a layered subtext, I don't want to know.
What drew me into this piece was the characterization (beautifully executed), the
sweetness (without the sap) and the deep abiding love that we all know exists. Sancta
~ ~ ~
(post-Requiem, Rated PG, 10K)
Recommended 9-4-00
Audrey: You probably think you've read *all* the post-Requiem vignettes you can
handle -- I know I have. Even so, don't miss this brief, unsettling fic, where Scully
makes a late-night trek to feed Mulder's fish. I especially admire the way Liz
interweaves the narrator's voice with Scully's inner thoughts and memories.
~ ~ ~
(Rated PG, 31K)
Recommended 8-14-00
Audrey: What if, after the presumed consummation in 'all things' Mulder and Scully
*didn't* ease into a loving, grounding relationship? What if, instead of opening up their
souls to each other, they grew distant? And what if it was Mulder's insecurity that kept
them apart rather than Scully's emotional blockade? If you've wondered these things,
make sure to take a look at Jaime Lyn's latest. Jaime does wonders with edgy dialogue
and dark mood, and brings an unusual and refreshing perspective to the 'intimacy issue.'
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated PG-13, 11K)
Recommended 12-11-00
Diana: I crave comfort fic the way some people crave chocolate. This terrific story
by shannono definitely satisfies that hunger. When the day is over and the lights
are out, what does Scully feel? If you are missing Mulder as much as I am, you
will want to read this. I should warn you -- this story contains reputed spoilers for
an upcoming episode. Spoiler virgins should beware.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated PG-13, 25K)
Recommended 1-8-01
Blackwood: Oh my. JLB is such a talented writer. She draws me in from the first
line and keeps me rapt every step of the way. This simple story delves the heart
and mind of Scully as she sifts through the multi-layered meanings of her partner's true
intentions and the awkward, tender moments of deepening intimacy between people who
have always been friends, but who are now...something more. The UST glistens and
resolution is like powdered sugar -- so fine, so sweet,so easily melted and absorbed. A
yummmy confection from a wonderful author.
~ ~ ~
(Not Rated, 7K)
Recommended 3-12-01
Blackwood: I was happy to chastise Sophia for making me cry. I love letters and love-
letters even more. This was something I could see Mulder doing. I especially liked that he
entrusted the note to John Byer's care. Despite his affinity to Frohike, I think Mulder
would recognize Byers as the most stable of the Gunmen and knows that he will keep his
word come hell or high water. Nice job. ::sigh::
~ ~ ~
(Spoilers for S8, MSR, Rated NC-17,45K)
Recommended 4-9-01
Forte: A beautiful study of the first night after Mulder is released from the hospital. The
tension, uncertainty, and resolution are logical and wonderfully drawn. If only CC and 1013
would do it this well...
~ ~ ~
(Rated PG, 10K)
Recommended 12-25-00
Blackwood: Another newer writer whose name I look forward to seeing in my mailbox.
I've been steering clear of spoilers since September, but I had to read *this* one. Such
imagination and executed with style, clarity and seemingly effortless ease. I'm also glad
Georgia left things un-resolved. UST is a vanishing breed, but still my favorite. Thanks,
~ ~ ~
(Post-colonization, Character Death, Mulder/Other, Rated PG-13 and R, 48K
and 163K)
Recommended 9-18-00
Mish: Let me begin by stating that I am not a big fan of Mulder/other stories.
Many times, the 'other' is drawn either as Mulder's Madonna-like savior or his
merciless, fanatical stalker. Not to mention the fact that I just can't picture Mulderwith
anyone but Scully (excluding slash, but that's just my little idiosyncracy ). But the 'other'
in this fabulous post-col piece is a smart, no-nonsense woman who's not perfect, but not
psycho either. In other words, human. It is not an easy tale to swallow; the harsh realities
of this post-apocalypse world are portrayed with stark clarity, all through the eyes of one
who knows she can never be Scully. Does she let that stop her from going on, from giving
what she can to Mulder and taking what he offers in return? Lose yourself in this
story...you won't regret it.
~ ~ ~
(S, A, Rated PG-13, 7k)
Recommended 9-6-01
Mish: The bits and pieces of a day, the thoughts that float through a weary mindÉ
such is the stuff of life. Brought to solidity by an author that just keeps getting better
and better. This story is an achievement in pictures, sight and sound - they come
together at the end, the thoughts congealing into the one complete, undeniable truth.
A wholeness that cannot be refuted. Short and satisfying!
~ ~ ~
(SRA, Rated NC-17, 11k)
Recommended 11-12-01
Blackwood: A short-but-sweet vignette that aptly captures an inebriated Mulder
'spilling the beans' to a sleepy Scully. Gnatalie has a deft hand with dialogue and the
M&S exchange is witty, romantic and quite in-character for this phile. The payoff is
understated, but most satisfying. Yes, I liked this one. A lot.
~ ~ ~
(V, Rated PG, 5k)
Recommended 12-24-01
Blackwood: If ever I needed encouragement, it was after watching TXF's S9 premiere.
The X-Files? You can call it by the same name, Chris Carter, but it is *not* the same
show. So, the question remains: why keep writing MSR or XF fanfic at all? Agent L
reminds us. You may or may not be a Mulderist, but in the end, what does it matter? It's
the stories that count, right? Chin up, Agent L.
~ ~ ~
(V, MSR, Rated PG, 3k)
Recommended 1-15-02
Blackwood: This one still makes me mist up when I read it. A tender, sweet look at
the conversation we *didn't* see before Mulder left home. A just-right take on things,
IMO. And yes, Toniann, Mulder *will* come home just as you predict (whether CC likes
it or not). Thank you for a heart-warming story that is romantic and gentle, yet never
treads into sappiness (at least, not in my book). A little gem.
~ ~ ~
(MSR, PWP, Rated NC17, 50k)
Recommended 1-15-02
Blackwood: There's something about the way flynn writes that gets me *every* time.
Maybe it's the cerebral approach and maybe it's the in-your-face confidence she exudes in
her erotica. I don't know and, really, I don't care. Inevitable? Yes, the wind-up on this
scenario may be a foregone conclusion but -- whew! It was ever so well executed in
flynn's talented hands. Believeable? Absolutely. Fun? You betcha. Hot? Need you
even ask? ;)
Mish: I have to a a huge 'me, too!' to this rec. I love flynn's work and this one doesn't
disappoint. Blackwood has already touched upon the specifics of why I love this piece,
but I just have to add that any story that has chocolate chip cookies, Mulderfeet, *and*
some intelligent conversation in addition to the smut is bound to make my day. Thank
goodness for all of the above - it hit the spot!
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Rated NC-17, 124k)
Recommended 2-25-02
Mish: Okay, I admit that I *liked* TFWID. On a purely visual level. Of course, the first
time I saw it, I was not a shipper. Still though, there was the inane storyline - Mulder's
soulmate was a wigged-out cult member? It didn't matter all that much to me, really -
then I became a shipper. And gobbled up every piece of MSR fanfic I could get my hands
on. "Games" was quite a surprise to me the first time I read it. It made total sense!
After having had time to think about the Melissa Redell affair, Mulder realizes that she
couldn't be his soulmate after all. Why? Because to accept it would mean that he could
never have Scully. So he sets out to win his fair partner, in truly Mulderesque fashion.
Great dialogue, scenes that set up the resolution perfectly, just a smidgen of angst and
anger - then the payoff. Fabulous erotica aside, this fic contains one of the hottest first
kisses I've ever read. Hoo-boy. And yes, the paper this is printed on is mighty thin - I
think I'm up to at least 20 times by now. It was an effort to stop reading this just so I
could write this summary!
~ ~ ~
(MSR, A, Rated PG, 59k)
Recommended 2-25-02
Audrey: In a series of vignettes, Fab revisits the Resurrected!Mulder episodes, nicely
filling in the emotional backstory from his POV. This fic shows a great ear for individual
voices - Mulder, Scully and Doggett are all uniquely and truly rendered here - and an
original character is also sharply drawn. The author does a great job of giving us both the
horror of Mulder's experience and his slow but steady progress toward a new life.
~ ~ ~
(Angst, MSR-ish, Rated R, 11k)
Recommended 2-26-02)
Mish: This one's not the usual 'Mulder on the run' scenario, folks. His loneliness and
desperation ring particularly true to me, manifesting themselves into anger and jealousy
as he runs from the faceless pursuers. April has created a sense of growing madness
with few words, as Mulder leaves his former self behind in pieces with every close call.
Excellent urgency and the angst-o-meter is off the scale by the time this one's finished.
Great job!
~ ~ ~
(DAL, MSR, Rated PG-13, 17k)
Recommended 5-17-02
Blackwood: Ahhh, Flynn. Just what I needed to make me feel all googly again. Of
course, the writing is superb and the characterizations spot-on wonderful -- it's Flynn!
This one filled the blanks just right with all the hopes and fears a new parent feels. Terrific
stuff, but I've known that for a long time. Glad to see an outstanding writer get due
recognition. Kudos!
~ ~ ~
(S, MSR, Rated R, 23k)
Recommended 5-17-02
Blackwood: Wow. That doesn't even begin to describe what this story did to me. For
sheer nostalgia and rekindling of philic flames thought to have burned out, it is
unsurpassed. CC may have forgotten who M&S really are, but allimarie remembers. An
outstanding first fic. Encore! Encore!
~ ~ ~
(MSR, Sk/O, A, S, Rated NC-17, 125k)
Recommended 6-16-02
Audrey: Livia's created one alluring, mysterious and well-drawn femme fatale in
her original character of Audrey Vos, an FBI agent who's getting cozy with our favorite
AD. Skinner is typically tight-lipped to the world, but I really like what the author's done
with his interior life, and it's gratifying to see his character rounded out a bit, too. But
can the new object of his affection be trusted? Scully's antennae (and her
hormones) are up in this post-Requiem story, which finds the pregnant pathologist
alternately losing herself in an occasional memory of better times and sniffing out
Audrey's true agenda. Oh - and lovers of the Rat Boy will find some satisfaction here,
too, and all will be intrigued by the inter-factional struggle for control among what's left
of the Consortium. Best of all, as the "book one" part of the title would suggest, there's
more to come!
~ ~ ~
(VHA, unrated, 19K)
Recommended 8-8-02

Forte: Caution: do not attempt to eat or drink while reading these
laugh-out-loud haikus covering every episode of the show (as well as the
movie!). The monitor and keyboard you save may be your own. (OK, some made me
sniffle instead of laugh, like "Dreamland II." Emma and Lilydale can do
it all!)
~ ~ ~
(A, MSR, Rated R, 29K)
Recommended 8-8-02

Forte: I've previously rec'd the first two stories from Michelle's "Fringe"
series ("Fringe" and "Hearth") but somehow neglected to sing the praises of
the final installment, "Haven." Bad, bad Forte! Set post-Requiem, this series gives us
Scully's POV of her struggle to re-connect with Mulder following his return from his alien
abduction. Michelle does a fabulous job of showing us not only Mulder's pain through
Scully's eyes, but Scully's own demons as well, and the bittersweet ending is just
~ ~ ~
(M/S UST, Rated NC-17, 74k)
Recommended 12-8-02
Mish: I can't believe I've overlooked recc'ing this goody for so long! Yes, it's UST, but it's
some of the steamiest UST you'll ever find. And also one of the funniest fics to ever
come on the fanfic scene. A drunk Scully, a very frustrated Mulder, and a 'plethora' of
unusual props make for one fun ride. I'm sure most of you have already indulged, but it's
one of those you can read again and again. I simply love it!
~ ~ ~
(VR, MSR, PWP, Rated NC-17,34k)
Recommended 1-21-03
Blackwood: Annie is another one of my all-time favorite XF writers. Annie has written a
lush, steamy vignette that carries the reader away without it ever turning into a bodice-
ripper. This, in spite of the title. Actually, when I first read this, I thought the Spookys
should include a category of "Best Use of a Prop in an XF Story" just so this could take
First Place. Although Ms. Sewell-Jennings now writes primarily for the Buffy fandom, I'm
hoping she'll return to us philes one day. Mind you, I am *not* above begging. I bow to
your greatness, Annie.
~ ~ ~
(SRA, Rated R, 10k)
Recommended 2-26-03
Blackwood: Just how *would* M&S spend Valentine's Day? This delightful vignette
shows us one version. So, okay, okay. Maybe CC & Co.'s writers
wouldn't dare, but this is fanfic and we can, so we do. Invisigoth serves up sweet
confection that's easy to swallow. My favorite part? The stuffed alien holding a box of
chocolates...or maybe the foot rub...or the cuddling? Oh, dang it. I can't decide.
Y'know, I have the same problem deciding which chocolate to pick from the box. At
least with fanfic, I don't have to worry about calories. Yeeha!
~ ~ ~
(SA, Rated PG, 17k)
Recommended 2-26-03
Blackwood: I swear I don't know where I was when this gem debuted in May, 2002. No
matter. It was just like finding a leftover Christmas present you
forgot to open. Intoxicating storytelling, as only DashaK can do. One of the things I love
most about her writing (besides the immpeccable grammar, detail fixation, visual texture
and human resonance) is the way she gets you to see things you've looked at a million
times in an entirely new way. This encounter between M&S and an unsuspecting
William will break your heart and restore your faith all at the same time. Yes, hope is a
thing with feathers and in these dark days, stories like this one take flight. A singular
gem from one of fanfic's incomparable authors.
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(MSR, A Rated PG, 180k)
Recommended 5-1-03
(This link will take you to Chapter 1, from whence you may proceed at your own risk to
the remaining 4 chapters and follow-up vignettes.)

Blackwood: Warnings: 1. Do not read this story in public. 2. Keep a full box of tissues
handy. 3. Be prepared to be amazed. This is cancerarc fic of the highest caliber. It is
also one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking stories in all XF fanfic. If you can bear it,
see it through to the end and read the follow-ups. It is extraordinary. Michaela claimed
her place in my personal Fanfic Hall of Fame with this magnificent series. I dare you to
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