I only have two this week, neither from one of my primary fandoms.
Illustrated by James Church (4667 words) by ESawyer
Fandom: The Book of Mormon - Parker/Stone/Lopez, The Book of Mormon - Ambiguous Fandom
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Elder Church/Elder Thomas (Book of Mormon Musical), Minor or Background Relationship(s)
Characters: Elder Church (Book of Mormon Musical), Nabulungi Hatimbi, Elder Thomas (Book of Mormon Musical), Arnold Cunningham, Kevin Price
Additional Tags: Character Study, domestic abuse, Child Abuse, We've all listened to his verse in Turn It Off you know whats coming, Background McPriceley, James is an artist, because that is a headcanon I will live and die by, also Nabulungi is the Best person to exist, which is actually canon, Light Angst
The first time James Church heard that sound, he was nine years old.
Why did I enjoy this?: While it tackles some serious topics, there's just enough humor to keep it from bogging it down. It's incredibly heartfelt as well. Her James characterization felt very real so you can't help but hope he'll be okay.
Whiskey Waltz (8475 words) by botaniques
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Mostly Canon Compliant, with a little gay peppered in, (a lot gay), Mild Sexual Content, PTSD, trauma boys, very subtle period-typical homophobia, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: Civil War (Movie), Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Pre-Serum Steve Rogers, Post-Serum Steve Rogers, Mutual Pining, Growing Up, Virgin Steve, tipsy kisses
Bucky’s looking at him like, god, like he’s never seen him look before. Like Steve’s really something to look at. His eyes are half-lidded and foreign, suddenly fixed on Steve, carved from the shadows that stretch down across his skin.
Steve falters, swallows, feeling his lashes flutter with disbelief. Maybe this is part of the joke. Maybe he’s imagining it. Maybe Bucky is the one that’s gone crazy. “Yeah, alright,” he hears himself say, distantly. No. No, abort, don’t be weak like this. “Show me what you’ve got, Barnes.”
Two times Bucky comes home smelling of whiskey, and two times Steve wants nothing more than to drink him in.
Why did I enjoy this?: I'll be honest. I don't read a lot of MCU fic because most of it doesn't appeal to me. But this one...gah. It's gentle and lovely and oh so sweet. There's real lyricism in this author's voice, and it works a lot of magic in evoking the mood and emotions. The last line is beautiful.