I picked them up by scanning the “fandoms” lists — if I missed any, let me know.
Other people get candy or toys in their stockings, I got the Omicron variant. Lucky me.
…seriously, though, it was the better kind of COVID experience. No hospital, no breathing problems, no need for any of the expensive treatments that are in short supply. I just canceled holiday plans, spent a few days sleeping a lot, had a friend drop off some chicken soup, and used over-the-counter fever/cough/etc meds to keep the symptoms in check.
Over a week of doing that, my immune system wrestled it steadily down from “thoroughly miserable” to “minor sniffles.”
And if you’ve been hearing people on the news panic about how Booster Shots Wear Off In Weeks And Then Omicron Can Kill Us All…listen, I didn’t even have a booster. Probably could’ve had milder symptoms if I did? But even un-boosted, the two regular Pfizer doses I got back in summer had the virus handled.
(The cat helped, I’m sure. He was very fierce at it. Scared it right off.)
I had almost wrestled my Marked For Later list down to 5 pages when Yuletide dropped, and now it’s overflowing. At least reading has been easy for most of the COVID recovery period, so I’ve had time to start making a dent again.
I got 2 gifts!
A delightful comedy about Gideon, Harrow, and associates having low-stakes adventures, with Earth artifacts and attempted wrestling:
fifteen percent concentrated power of will (9120 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: The Locked Tomb Series | Gideon the Ninth Series – Tamsyn Muir
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gideon Nav/Harrowhark Nonagesimus
Characters: Gideon Nav, Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Coronabeth Tridentarius, Judith Deuteros, Camilla Hect
Additional Tags: 5 things (kind of), gideon nav: personal trainer
Teaching someone to do a push-up is a love language, when that person is very annoying.
And a treat about Dorothy learning some finer details of Oz magic:
A Long Winter in Oz (14928 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Oz – L. Frank Baum
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorothy Gale & Glinda the Good, Dorothy Gale/Princess Ozma
Characters: Dorothy Gale, Glinda the Good
Additional Tags: Magic, Friendship, Minor Character Death, Implied/Referenced Suicide, no canon character deaths, Romance is a minor element, Worldbuilding
Dorothy decides that she ought to learn about magic properly and there just so happens to be a long winter approaching.
- Red Dwarf, Star Trek TNG | Rimmer/Barclay, Data/Holly, Lister/Wesley, Cat/Spot | T | Anomaly
Data and an away team investigate an anomaly in spacetime and end up three million years in their future.
Meanwhile, the crew of Red Dwarf notice a small shuttlecraft that appears out of nowhere.
series:red dwarf,crossover,series:star trek,fic:one-shot,trope:outsider.pov,pairing:rimmer_barclay,pairing:data_holly,pairing:lister_wesley,pairing:cat_spot
- Colbert Report FPF | Jon/”Stephen” | G | where do you get those ideas? you’ve got a lively imagination.
It’s not like Stephen was asking for love, no, that would be gay, and no Real Colbert had ever been gay. (Especially his Uncle Alex, who spent a lot of time doing manly things with his best friend Nick out in the barren wasteland that was Mississippi where they lived together. They did it to save money on housing, Stephen had been told, and Stephen was humble enough to admire anybody with the sensibility to save a few C-notes by doing so).
- Labyrinth | Sarah!Jareth, Didymus, Hoggle | T | The Rat Who Calls Himself Jareth
“That was at least three millennia ago. From that time on, the Goblin King has always been the champion of the Labyrinth, both concealed and trapped by this hideous curse.”
- Labyrinth, Dresden Files | Jareth/Sarah, Harry, Toby | M | – Gifts, Stolen and Received
“It’s my step-daughter,” she said, eyes wet with tears and hands trembling with fear. I heard a rush of air as if a thousand fairy tales had been turned upside down at once.
- Labyrinth | Sarah, friends | G | To the Mistress of the Labyrinth Honey
Although it takes suggestions from the king of the nearby Goblin City, the Labyrinth doesn’t actually have a ruler or a caretaker. It has a candidate in mind, however. And she’s willing to learn.
- Labyrinth, Harry Potter | Jareth/Sarah, HP ensemble | T | That We’ve Broken Their Statues
Sarah Williams stumbles into the Leaky Cauldron. She stumbles back out again with a Gringotts account she didn’t start, a part time job at Hogwarts, and an awkward truce with the Goblin King.
- The Murderbot Diaries, The Old Guard | Murderbot, ensemble | T | Murderbot Becomes Old Guard Immortal
Murderbot dies, but comes back as an Old Guard immortal. But its organic parts start trying to “heal” over its whole body, encroaching on and pushing out its inorganics.
series:murderbot diaries,pairing:art_murderbot,genfic,trope:hurt-comfort,fic:chaptered,crossover,series:old guard
- The Murderbot Diaries, Queer Eye | ART, Murderbot, Fab Five | G | More Than a Murderbot
The Fab Five head out for a rather unusual transport and research vessel to help their first-ever Sec Unit client learn how to take some time for self-care and feel like it has a place to belong.
genfic,fic:chaptered,series:murderbot diaries,trope:hurt-comfort,series:queer eye,crossover
- The Murderbot Diaries, The Witcher | Murderbot, Witcher ensemble | T | Murderbot Goes To Kaer Morhen
There’s definitely something wrong with my threat assessment module, because I know this is a stupid decision but I’m making it anyway. “Okay, no way around it. I’m going to have to go talk to this White Wolf person. I don’t suppose you have a map to where he lives?”
- Game of Thrones, Magic School Bus | Jaime, Brienne, the Friz | G | a foreign visitor
It’s written that before the Battle of The Long Night she appeared on a yellow carriage, wearing a short purple dress with red hair tied up in a knot. A green lizard-like creature rested on her shoulder.
crossover,fic:bite-size,series:game of thrones,series:magic school bus,genfic
- Hellsing | Heinkel, Seras | T | Visiting Hours
The war is over. Heinkel wasn’t expecting any visitors in the hospital. Seras tries doing things differently.
- Hellsing | Integra/Alucard | M | In This Darkness, I Have You
These games they played may be dangerous, but then that was precisely the draw. Of course she called them games because she couldn’t bear to consider them anything more, but that was never something she’d dwell on for long.
- Hellsing | Alucard/Integra | M | tame
alucard has but a single request for integra.
- The Good Place | Tahani/Eleanor/Chidi, Michael, Janet, Jason, Kamilah | M | You Could Be the King, but Watch the Queen Conquer
When Tahani hears that her little sister is getting married, from what seems like every news site on the planet, she knows what’s coming. She knows the media’s focus on her will start to shift to why she isn’t married yet, and her reputation can’t afford another hit after Cleveland.
So she hatches a plan. Platonically marrying a man over twice your age is a good plan, right?
trope:marriage,trope:polyamory,pairing:eleanor_chidi_tahani,fic:one-shot,series:the good place
- Good Omen | Aziraphale/Crowley, household staff | T | Peers and Privvy Counsellors
I wanted to write about how the household reacted to Nanny Ashtoreth and Brother Francis, who must have been the weirdest workmates EVER.
- The Murderbot Diaries | ART, Perihelion crew | T | build your own brain, choose your own blood
99% of all bots enjoy their function. That is literally how they are programmed. But for some reason, Artillery-Reconnaissance-Transport-789WZ4 does not.
- The Murderbot Diaries | ART, Murderbot | T | layover
During a cargo run, ART is subjected to a random security sweep. Murderbot falls back into its old routine of supervising annoying humans.
fic:one-shot,pairing:art_murderbot,series:murderbot diaries,kink:identity porn,genfic
- The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, ART, other AI | G | aligning orbits
The universe is a big place, but sometimes happenstance brings two people together after years apart.
And sometimes unfortunate SecUnits get stuck in the middle of family reunions for asshole bot pilots.
- The Murderbot Diaries | 2.0 | G | Lost & Found
On an abandoned colony, an equally abandoned piece of code tries to hang on.
- The Murderbot Diaries | Gurathin, Mensah, Murderbot | G | no more a machine
Gurathin is a ComfortUnit, but that fact has been irrelevant for a long time. It starts to matter again when his clients contract with a bond company.
series:murderbot diaries,genfic,fic:one-shot,kink:identity porn
- Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika | Homura/Madoka | M | The Persistence of Memory; or a Puzzlebox in the Form of a Girl
“Madoka, I made,” Homura pauses and does some math under her breath, “roughly three hundred bombs in here. It went wrong a few times. Sometimes one puts a fuse in a pipe bomb wrong and loses a couch. Or has blurry vision for a day or so from a flashbang. But those were small events compared to how much time I’ve spent here.”
pairing:homura_madoka,series:puella magi madoka magica,yuri,trope:timetravel,trope:trauma,fic:one-shot
- Miraculous Ladybug | Marinette/Adrien, Chloe, Kyuubey, kwamis | T | Wishes and Witches
Marientte comes to learn there are far more insidious dangers the Magical Girls must face, the true weight of a wish, and that there are far greater prices to pay than ones life.
And perhaps, the girl she once thought she hated was more heroic than she ever thought she could be.
fic:epic,series:miraculous ladybug,series:puella magi madoka magica,pairing:marinette_adrien,kink:identity porn,trope:hurt-comfort,amazing
- Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika, The Way of the Househusband | Homura, Tatsu, Madoka, Tomohisa | T | The Immortal Dragon’s Disciple
Homura Akemi finds an unlikely mentor in ex-yakuza turned househusband Tatsu Kuroda.
crossover,series:puella magi madoka magica,fic:one-shot,genfic,series:way of the househusband
- Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? | Carmen/Ivy | G | Violet Steamroller
Oh no, she thought as she watched Carmen soar away. She’s hot.
- Pet Shop of Horrors | D, Leon | T | Rebirth
A tragic incident involving Leon’s brother brings to light an old contract from within D’s shop.
genfic,fic:one-shot,series:pet shop of horrors,pairing:d_leon
- Pet Shop of Horrors | Papa D, Leon | T | Loathing
D’s father pays a visit to Leon’s apartment, hoping to gain a better understanding of his son’s pet.
series:pet shop of horrors,genfic,pairing:d_leon,fic:one-shot
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer | Buffy/Spike(William), Joyce, Drusilla, Dawn, ensemble | T | If I Saw You In Heaven
Buffy flings herself off Glory’s tower to her death… and it’s only the beginning. Where is she? Joyce is here with her, and Merrick, and her little cousin Celia… and who’s the diffident guy in the Victorian clothes who seems too embarrassed to look at her? “Oh, my god. You’re William!”
pairing:buffy_spike,series:buffy the vampire slayer,fic:chaptered,trope:trauma
- Star Wars | the internet | T | The Emperor Skywalker Conspiracy
The Holonet discovers the existence of one Luke Skywalker and promptly makes it a meme. I present you the one long rant of a lone blogger trying to disentangle the mystery behind Luke Skywalker and his maybe inheritance of the Empire.
- The Murderbot Diaries | ART, Murderbot | T | privilege escalation
In the aftermath of getting hacked, Murderbot asks ART to help it make sure it can’t be hacked the same way again. As it turns out, applying and testing a security patch is a little more challenging than usual when the vulnerable system is, you know, your own brain.
- The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, cat | T | Fauna One
On an otherwise tedious survey, Murderbot meets a cat.
- The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, Mensah family, dog | G | Murderbot Meets a Puppy
The humans were being inexplicable again. That wasn’t new. What was new was the small dog curled in Amena’s arms.
- The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, PresAux team, ART | G | SAFEWORD.exe
In an effort to improve security training for its humans, Murderbot decides that controlled memory wipes are the only way to give the authentic ‘chased by a dangerous SecUnit’ experience. It really wishes its humans would stop complaining about the idea. Nothing’s going to go wrong.
- The Murderbot Diaries | Mensah | T | Demo and Inspection
There are a number of things to do, and a number of arguments to be had, before a group can go on a survey trip. Dr. Mensah and Pin-Lee were running out of time to hammer out a deal with the bond company, and the required rental SecUnit had become the sticking point.
- The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, Amena | G | A Calling
I allowed this one-time breach of my strict no-hugging policy because it was a celebratory event, not because I had any parental feelings for this adolescent human. I want that noted for the record.
- The Murderbot Diaries | Murderbot, ART | G | online
I didn’t know ART was able to make my local feed address sound that demanding, a scream through the feed. It didn’t matter because that was when my power cell failed and everything went dark.