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  1. Rec 13

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    "Since that day, I have always been young master’s faithful servant. I shall do whatever young master wishes… in exchange for the sacrifice… and the pleasure that has been offered."

    Sebastian thought they'd negotiated the terms of the contract quite clearly, but Ciel's got a few, well, conditions.

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    8 Sep 2014

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    Refreshingly clear prose, great characterization, and smoking hot sex. What more could you ask for?

  2. Rec 11

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    Other devils might enjoy offering fruit to tempt the innocent into damnation, but Sebastian -- he much prefers sharing it with one already damned

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    6 Sep 2014

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    Sometimes Ciel dreams he died on the sacrificial altar, and wakes up gasping his demon's name. And sometimes, his demon hears.

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    6 Sep 2014

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    The latest shenanigans resulting from the Phantomhive servants’ fascination with Sebastian involve timing the butler as he completes various tasks with astonishing speed. And then they find a pattern associated with their young master…

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    15 Aug 2014

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    Adorable!

  5. Rec 17

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    The sexiest thing about Sebastian's master was that he and Sebastian would never have sex. It was something only understandable to a demon and a demon's warped master.

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    6 Aug 2014

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    Ciel watched his soul closely and guarded it well...by leaving it in the care of a ravenous demon. Set during the Circus Arc.

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    6 Aug 2014

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    Ciel needs a guide once he becomes a demon, but all he's left with is a butler who seems to hate him. Ciel may think that leaving Sebastian will solve the problems, but Sebastian might have other plans.

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    6 Aug 2014

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    He impulsively broke the covenant, then remade it. But can the trust, once shattered, be recovered? Sebastian must work twice as hard to rebuild what he briefly discarded. Shotacon, yaoi. Divergence from anime plot.

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    6 Aug 2014

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    The trust between demon and master is shattered when Sebastian breaks the terms of their contract. As Ciel and Sebastian struggle to find peace within their new contract, a case brings them deeper into the world of the supernatural. "Devilish Impulses" ignores the second anime series, instead envisioning a future beyond the end of series 1. The dynamics between Ciel and Sebastian capture everything I love about their relationship. This is a Ciel who is struggling to find a reason to live now that his revenge is carried out, but who still has his pride and his cold ease in dealing with London's criminal (and supernatural) underworld. And Sebastian is still a demon, wrestling with his surprising new feelings for his Ciel, along with the old devilish impulses to hurt him.

    A few things in this story might throw some readers off, though I saw them as icing on the cake. First, obviously, is the underage relationship. Underage fic doesn't bother me in this fandom because, despite his physical age, I have never seen Ciel as a child. After all, not many boys are capable of policing London's underworld, with or without the help of a demon! But I think even readers who are more wary about underage relationships might appreciate how this one is handled. In this story, Ciel is the one who advocates to move forward with a physical relationship, while Sebastian keeps throwing on the brakes, insisting they have time to wait for certain things until Ciel is older. It made a big difference in the relationship dynamics of the story. Second, the hurt/comfort is laid on thick. Prepare for many long, loving descriptions of Sebastian tending to Ciel's wounds and looking after him during a long illness. For me, that's a selling point, but I get that other readers like their h/c more understated. And third, the writing in this story is very lush. The long sentences and occasional epithet threw me off a bit as I started reading, but there's so little long Kuroshitsuji fic that I pushed past it, and I'm glad I did. I'm now inclined to look at the prose as an homage to the writing style of the time period -- this sort of prose is far more at home in a pseudo 19th-century world of Kuroshitsuji than in something like Teen Wolf.

    In the end, "Devilish Impulses" stands out as one of the best Kuroshitsuji fics I've read. I loved how the author handled the long format -- it reads more as a novel than the typical long fic does. I also loved the theology the author introduced to the canon. Finally, I loved watching Sebastian and Ciel mend the broken trust between them, emerging on the other end stronger and closer than ever. Certain scenes in this fic have been running through my head more or less constantly since I read it, and I know it won't be long before I give in and read the whole thing over again

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    5 Aug 2014

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    This series begins with Sheriff Stilinski discovering the existence of werewolves when Isaac shows up at his front door with an injured Derek Hale in tow. As Derek and Stiles catch the sheriff up to speed with the supernatural happenings in his jurisdiction later in the series, we also learn more about Derek's past, including a surprising encounter with Stiles. The bulk of the series is concerned with the developing friendship between Derek and Stiles. Although the author labelled it gen, it could easily be read as pre-slash.

    Each story in this series is a character study of sorts, but with enough plot to string them all together and keep them from getting bogged down in introspection. All of the characters are handled well, especially Sheriff Stilinski. Before season 3A rolled around, I pretty much lived for stories where the sheriff found out about werewolves! And I loved to watch the friendship develop between Stiles and Derek. It’s always hard for me to buy stories that begin with the premise that Derek and Stiles had any sort of meaningful interaction before the series began, but CallMeBombshell's realistic set-up and subtle hand made me suspend my disbelief. There are also some nice moments of hurt/comfort, including one scene that always makes me feel all warm and gooey inside. I would happily keep reading any more stories that appear in this series, but it has a nice sense of closure where the author left off

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    This series begins with Sheriff Stilinski discovering the existence of werewolves when Isaac shows up at his front door with an injured Derek Hale in tow. As Derek and Stiles catch the sheriff up to speed with the supernatural happenings in his jurisdiction later in the series, we also learn more about Derek's past, including a surprising encounter with Stiles. The bulk of the series is concerned with the developing friendship between Derek and Stiles. Although the author labelled it gen, it could easily be read as pre-slash.

    Each story in this series is a character study of sorts, but with enough plot to string them all together and keep them from getting bogged down in introspection. All of the characters are handled well, especially Sheriff Stilinski. Before season 3A rolled around, I pretty much lived for stories where the sheriff found out about werewolves! And I loved to watch the friendship develop between Stiles and Derek. It’s always hard for me to buy stories that begin with the premise that Derek and Stiles had any sort of meaningful interaction before the series began, but CallMeBombshell's realistic set-up and subtle hand made me suspend my disbelief. There are also some nice moments of hurt/comfort, including one scene that always makes me feel all warm and gooey inside. I would happily keep reading any more stories that appear in this series, but it has a nice sense of closure where the author left off

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    “But, you don’t run,” Derek pointed out, confused.

      “People can get new hobbies,” Stiles snapped. “Geez, if I’d known it was going to be this big of a deal, I’d have called you first. Want me to give you my workout schedule? That way you can coordinate your nose accordingly?”

     

    In which Stiles' summer starts off so badly he starts running, gets pelted by paint balls, and decides he is, in fact, going crazy if he willingly wants to hang out with Derek Hale.

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    A delicious slow-build fic set in the summer after season two. Stile's friendship with Scott is shifting to accommodate Isaac, he still has nightmares about Gerard beating him up, and his relationship with his dad is strained. He takes up running through the preserve to help him work through his emotions, and ends up with far more than a new running partner in Derek.

    The author has a wonderfully light touch when it comes to emotion. The story doesn't shy away from the anger, frustration, jealousy and resentment Stiles is feeling, but neither does it linger in them to the point of melodrama. The result is some of the more realistic characterization I've seen in Teen Wolf fic. Stiles and Derek ( Scott and Isaac too, for that matter) all come across as nuanced characters, flaws intact. Stiles, in particular, is really struggling with the events of season two. I enjoyed the way the author developed running as an outlet for him to work through his emotions. The romance is also realistic, capturing that sense of giddy nervousness I remember from my own first relationship. Derek's protective streak made me happy, and I loved the chemistry between them.

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    "Holy crap!  Why the hell did you lie to incredibly powerful magical beings with trust issues?  How was that Plan A?"

    Derek says, "We're not arguing about this, it's already done."

    "Like hell we're not fighting about this," Stiles says, indignant.  "What were you thinking?"

    "I was thinking it was worth the risk if it kept you alive!  And it worked, so drop it."

    "You had no idea that it was going to work!" Stiles throws his hands up.  Why is Derek the most frustrating werewolf in the history of ever, why is Stiles even helping him, why is this his life?  "Why did they even believe you in the first place?"

    Derek says, "You reeked of me," which is unfair.  Stiles only smelled because he'd gotten covered in Derek's bodily fluids trying to staunch the bleeding.

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    After an encounter with a group of hags forces Derek to claim Stiles as his mate, Stiles finds himself living a crash-course in Werewolf Marriage 101. The author uses the mystical werewolf mating bond to great effect here. This is no Pretend Mates fic -- for all intents and purposes, Derek is bonded to Stiles for life. That is where a lot of Teen Wolf mating bond stories end, but in "Then You Think Again," that's only the beginning.

    Leah K. charmingly (and sometimes hilariously!) introduces Derek as a permanent fixture in Stiles's life, with all of the difficulties you might expect. The reactions from the secondary characters are perfect. Scott, especially, is well-characterized in his post-season two attitudes towards Derek. I also loved the interactions between Derek and the sheriff. But my favorite thing about this story is the developing relationship between Derek and Stiles as they slowly fall for each other, despite their initial plans to keep their relationship platonic. For the most part, this is a light-hearted read, but there are some bittersweet moments that really spoke true to my own experiences of being in a relationship, the sting of arguments and words snapped without thinking. Leah K. does a great job of illustrating that marriage is work, although entirely worth it. Because of that, I think this story might appeal to readers who typically prefer established relationship stories, as well as to first-time fans like me. This story includes the thrill and obsession of first love, but it's layered over quiet domestic moments (and the occasional supernatural menace). This is a story I turn to again and again when I need a pick-me-up.

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    "Holy crap!  Why the hell did you lie to incredibly powerful magical beings with trust issues?  How was that Plan A?"

    Derek says, "We're not arguing about this, it's already done."

    "Like hell we're not fighting about this," Stiles says, indignant.  "What were you thinking?"

    "I was thinking it was worth the risk if it kept you alive!  And it worked, so drop it."

    "You had no idea that it was going to work!" Stiles throws his hands up.  Why is Derek the most frustrating werewolf in the history of ever, why is Stiles even helping him, why is this his life?  "Why did they even believe you in the first place?"

    Derek says, "You reeked of me," which is unfair.  Stiles only smelled because he'd gotten covered in Derek's bodily fluids trying to staunch the bleeding.

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    After an encounter with a group of hags forces Derek to claim Stiles as his mate, Stiles finds himself living a crash-course in Werewolf Marriage 101. The author uses the mystical werewolf mating bond to great effect here. This is no Pretend Mates fic -- for all intents and purposes, Derek is bonded to Stiles for life. That is where a lot of Teen Wolf mating bond stories end, but in "Then You Think Again," that's only the beginning.

    Leah K. charmingly (and sometimes hilariously!) introduces Derek as a permanent fixture in Stiles's life, with all of the difficulties you might expect. The reactions from the secondary characters are perfect. Scott, especially, is well-characterized in his post-season two attitudes towards Derek. I also loved the interactions between Derek and the sheriff. But my favorite thing about this story is the developing relationship between Derek and Stiles as they slowly fall for each other, despite their initial plans to keep their relationship platonic. For the most part, this is a light-hearted read, but there are some bittersweet moments that really spoke true to my own experiences of being in a relationship, the sting of arguments and words snapped without thinking. Leah K. does a great job of illustrating that marriage is work, although entirely worth it. Because of that, I think this story might appeal to readers who typically prefer established relationship stories, as well as to first-time fans like me. This story includes the thrill and obsession of first love, but it's layered over quiet domestic moments (and the occasional supernatural menace). This is a story I turn to again and again when I need a pick-me-up.

  14. Rec 56

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    And then he was there, standing in the doorway.

    He obviously hadn't put much thought into what he was wearing, but somehow, he made a white T-shirt and jeans look like designer fashion. Unlike most of my shirts, his actually fitted him perfectly, showing off his slim waist and muscular arms. The bright white set off his golden skin perfectly. Around his throat he wore one of those hemp-and-shell surfer necklaces. His pale blond hair had been cut short and stuck out in every direction. He was grinning that wide, friendly, dimpled grin of his.

    Oh, man. Oh, man. I was in trouble.

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    5 Aug 2014

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    Fast forward a few years past the eternal eighth-grade of the books, and 15-year-old Adam Pike is President of a Baby-sitters Club composed of former sitting charges. Byron, the sensitive and shy Pike triplet, has "wishy-washily half-joined" the club as an Associate Member. He has bigger things on his mind than baby-sitting as he tries to come to terms with his sexuality. On the other side of the country, Jeff Schafer has just come out on his blog, making Byron's secret crush on him more exhilarating and terrifying than ever. Byron tells himself that, if he has to be gay, at least his crush lives safely off-limits in California. But Byron's life gets a lot more confusing when Jeff and his sister Dawn return to Stoneybrook for the summer, just as the original BSC members come home from their first year of college to see how the club has been running in their absence.

    If you grew up devouring BSC books like Claudia's hidden candy, then this story will bring you on the nostalgia trip of your life! I love the romance between Byron and Jeff. This story does a fantastic job of capturing the terrifying thrill of first love along with the fear and isolation of growing up queer in a small town. But it's the tension between the old club and the new that really makes this story come alive for me. In pitting Kristy and the original BSC members against Adam and the Next Generation club, zelempa really highlights her ability to stay true to the girls we knew and loved, while also creating new and dynamic characters from the former sitting charges, who only played minor roles in the books. Even as I rooted for Adam and the Next Generation sitters to come into their own, I understood Kristy's desire to hold onto the club that's meant so much to her. The first time I read this, I was giggling out loud through most of it because it captures so much of what I loved about the BSC as a little girl -- the club drama, the outfit descriptions, the notebook entries, the LUV, the sense that Stoneybrook would fall apart without the BSC around to watch over its kids . . . . What zelempa has really managed to do is create a BSC book for adults, but without losing the core of friendship and belonging that is really at the heart of the Baby-sitters Club. I just wish this really were the sixth of a series because I would happily read them all. Fortunately, this one does have a sequel, which is equally good.

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    "You said we're friends."

    "Whoa, way to hold what a guy says in the heat of the moment against him," Stiles replies automatically, but... that's not what he wants to say, not at all, not to the quiet contemplation that is Derek Hale on his living room sofa. So he adds, "I guess, yeah."

    Derek doesn't speak for a long moment. "Then it's inevitable."

    "Wow," Stiles whistles, "you are the biggest downer."

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    Just after season two, there's an Alpha Pack in town, Erica and Boyd are still missing, and Derek and Stiles seem to only tolerate each other at best. That sets the scene for many a Sterek fic in this fandom, but Kinneas's well-paced plot and excellent characterization sets "The Art of Dying Well" apart. Although Stiles initially tries to back away from the supernatural, a near call convinces him that even an ordinary life has its dangers. Derek, meanwhile, is trying to deal with the Alpha Pack, and to convince Scott to work with him, through Stiles. The story alternates between Stiles and Derek's points of view as they work together to figure out how to handle the Alpha Pack. I enjoy the way their relationship gradually develops in this story from grudging allies, to friends, to more. Readers who enjoy hurt/comfort will get a kick out of one scene in particular, and the sex is well-written and smoking hot. I also enjoyed Stiles's friendships with Scott and Lydia. Scott's characterization seemed spot on to me -- flawed, but heroic and genuinely likeable, firmly on Stiles's side, even when he doesn't agree with his decisions. And I enjoyed the way the author explored the aftermath of Lydia's encounter with Peter in season two. All in all, the story is an engaging read with a strong plot and solid characterization. And, contrary to the title, there is no character death involved -- really, it's a story about living well.

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    When Stiles had left Beacon Hills, he'd done it with every intention of never coming back. Ten years later, he finds himself forced back to his hometown. Of course, it's not long before things are just as they had been before -- that is, falling headlong towards disaster, and this time, stopping it isn't really an option.

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    "Worlds That Turn on Their Own" is a future fic where Stiles, long absent from Beacon Hills, returns home to take care of his father after a heart attack. Once in Beacon Hills, he needs to face the Pack he abandoned so many years before, including Derek, who is the reason he left in the first place. The story is poignant enough to make me ache in places, and [personal profile] chemm80's reading expresses that well, especially in the dialogue. She always provides crisp performances with clear pronunciation. But what really stands out to me about this podfic is the beautiful production. Chemm80 has a knack for seamlessly integrating special effects in a way that really adds to the listening experience of her podfics. I don't want to say too much and spoil the story, but at one point, the use of filters and layered sounds adds a beautifully surrealistic touch that perfectly compliments what Stiles is going through. It's one of those podfics that really raises the bar in terms of what sound can bring to a story, and illustrates how a skilled podficcer can enhance the mood. I highly recommend it.

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    Ciel goes shopping among the fallen of London.

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    This is a lovely and tragic look at what, exactly, Ciel was doing during his mysterious errand in "The Second of our Reign." Highly recommended!

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    Wherein Ciel solves a problem, and Sebastian is impressed.

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    I fell in love with Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler a few weeks ago after streaming the first season of the anime, and since then, I've been gorging myself on all of the fanfiction I can find. "The Second of our Reign" is one of the handful that's really stood out to me. This story follows the course of a day in the Phantomhive household in a structure that feels very in keeping with the show. But unlike other days, Ciel has some strange and pointed questions for Sebastian, as well as a mysterious errand to run.

    This story captures a lot of what I love about Black Butler. The power dynamics between Sebastian and Ciel are what first hooked me on the canon, and the author captures them beautifully here. The constant references to the eating of souls kept the eventual termination of their contract firmly in my mind as I read, and served as a nice counterweight to Ciel's control over Sebastian as both his demon and his butler. The characterization was a real strength of this piece. This takes place a few years after the anime (though it ignores the ending of the first series), and I really enjoyed seeing how the two of them had settled into their relationship, while still keeping each other on their toes. The one sex scene is smoldering! The story conveys the obvious affection between Sebastian and Ciel without sacrificing either of their characterizations or giving way to sentimentality. The prose is lovely without drawing too much attention to itself, and the dialogue is as witty as I could hope from Black Butler. There was also a very nice exploration of the theology of this universe, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Although on the shorter side, this story has some heft to it. I found myself thinking on it again and again after reading it.

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    There's something weird about Beacon Hills that Stiles can't quite put his finger on. The way everyone in town knows his name the day he arrives. The way they insist the melancholic howling that echoes through the forest every night is just a dog. The way his dad denies getting a dog, even though Stiles comes home to find one sprawled across his bed, some big black thing whose eyes gleam red in the right light. The way that massive oak tree out in the woods vibrates under his touch, pulsing with sickly life.

    There's something weird going on in this town, and Stiles is determined to get to the bottom of it.

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    The theme this week is your favorite cliché. In the Teen Wolf fandom, that would probably have to be Actual Wolf Derek Hale. A number of stories have the Beacon Hills werewolves turning into actual wolves, rather than the beta form they assume on the show. Not only is "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" a fantastic example of Actual Wolf Derek Hale, but it also reinterprets a number of other Teen Wolf clichés in a fresh and unexpected way.

    In "What I Did On My Summer Vacation," Stiles's dad takes a new job while Stiles is off at college, as the sheriff of a tiny town called Beacon Hills. When summer vacation rolls around, Stiles visits his dad in his new home. It doesn't take him long to realize that there's a lot more to Beacon Hills than meets the eye -- and that his dad knows something he isn't telling him.

    Where to even start with this story? Like I said, much of its charm is how it reinterprets fandom clichés. Grimm takes that "Beacon Hills is a magnet for the supernatural" cliché and runs with it. This is a Beacon Hills where everybody is in the know except for Stiles, and I loved seeing how the open secret of the supernatural subtly changed the town and its characters. It was also hilarious to see the sheriff lying to Stiles about werewolves, rather than the other way around! This story also portrays Laura Hale differently than a lot of fanfiction does. She's not the alpha here, just a beta struggling with the loss of her family. That vulnerability gives her a touch of realism I don't always see in Teen Wolf stories, where Laura is often painted as a 100% confident bad-ass leader. I also love the mythology and the magic system in this story. And of course, I loved the romance between Derek and Stiles! It's slower than most slow-burn stories, with Derek spending much of it as a wolf. But I loved their gradually-built friendship and trust, as well as their occasional stumbling blocks.

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    In which events in Beacon Hills go rather differently from the start, and a Beauty and the Beast (ish) story ensues. (Scott is not a teacup and no one sings about their feelings.)

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    "The Boy and the Beast" starts off much the same way as the show itself, with a body turning up in the woods. But this time, the body belongs to Peter. The sheriff is trying to track down Derek and Laura, who went missing around the same time their uncle died. So naturally, Stiles decides to "help" by searching for the two of them in the woods. In the dark. By himself. It's not really a surprise when Stiles falls through the rotten floorboards of the old Hale house, managing to injure and trap himself at the same time . . . it is a surprise when a wolf turns up to help him.

    If you're a fan of hurt/comfort, as I am, this story will leave you more-than-satisfied. Dira describes Stiles's injury in a way that's almost visceral. We feel his pain and desperation, and his overwhelming relief at Derek's appearance. We also feel the joy he finds in his friendship with Derek. In this universe, Scott has managed both to make it onto the lacrosse team and get a date with Allison without werewolf powers, leaving Stiles a little more alone than he is in canon. With Derek similarly alone and grieving, the two of them naturally gravitate towards each other. Even though Derek spends most of this story as a wolf (for reasons that gradually become clear), that doesn't impede his ability to form a deep friendship with Stiles. Dira does a masterful job of conveying Derek's emotions and thoughts without dialogue -- in this case, actions really do speak louder than words. The way the story deals with relationships is another of its strengths. While Stiles is thrilled to have found "a secret magical friend in the woods," Derek complicates his life. Trying to keep Derek a secret means lying to his dad and Scott. The friendship between Scott and Stiles is another strength in this story, as is the relationship between Stiles and his dad. This is a more parental sheriff than I've seen in a lot of Teen Wolf stories, but it felt like a realistic interpretation of the character to me.

    One part hurt/comfort, one part werewolf mystery, and one part slow-burn romance, "The Boy and the Beast" has a little bit of something for nearly any mood. Even if you're not in the Teen Wolf fandom, I encourage you to give it a try -- this AU doesn't require a lot of canon knowledge. Don't get intimidated by the high word count, either. This story is engaging straight through till the end. And if you're like me, once you reach it, you'll probably turn right back to the beginning and start again!

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