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Christmas haul: two Yuletide gifts, one case of COVID

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.)

Marshmallow Fluff having a Christmas nap

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
Chapters: 1/1
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
Summary:

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
Chapters: 5/5
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
Summary:

Dorothy decides that she ought to learn about magic properly and there just so happens to be a long winter approaching.

Multifandom fic recs (Red Dwarf, TCR, Labyrinth, Murderbot crossovers, Magic School Bus)

  • 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).
    series:fake news,pairing:jon_’stephen’,fic:one-shot

Multifandom fic recs (Hellsing, The Good Place, Good Omens, Murderbot)

  • 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.
    fic:one-shot,series:hellsing,kink:weird.sex,pairing:integra_alucard
  • 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

Multifandom fic recs (Madoka Magica, Miraculous Ladybug, Carmen Sandiego, Pet Shop of Horrors, Buffy, Star Wars, Murderbot)

  • 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

  • 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.
    series:internets,fic:socialmedia,series:star wars,genfic,fic:one-shot
  • 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.
    pairing:art_murderbot,series:murderbot diaries,trope:trauma,genfic,fic:one-shot,trope:hurt-comfort
  • 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.
    trope:amnesia,trope:hurt-comfort,pairing:mensah_murderbot,pairing:art_murderbot,series:murderbot diaries,fic:one-shot,genfic,amazing
  • 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.
    genfic,pairing:mensah_murderbot,series:murderbot diaries,fic:one-shot,trope:outsider.pov
  • 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.
    series:murderbot diaries,genfic,pairing:mensah_murderbot,fic:one-shot
  • 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.
    pairing:art_murderbot,series:murderbot diaries,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:hurt-comfort