"Without Darkness, There Can Be No Light." by Antigone
Four Degrees of Romance
Just to say, this is my first post here and only my 3rd day joined? So let's see how this goes (plus, I'm not that great at summarizing).
This is a bit of an alternate reality fic by Antigone. What if Usagi had died on her wedding day? What would happen to the future, Endymion and all of the Sailor Senshi? Would Crystal Tokyo be as it was supposed to be? "This story shows how lives can be changed and touched, and the effects of the love...or the absence of it" (Four Degrees). There are a couple of spelling errors, but only that.
One of my favorites.
Badfic Quote O' The Day
Her web, hot lips, his erection rubbing against her crouch. -- Princess Destiny proves she needs no beta
"Without Darkness, There Can Be No Light." by Antigone
"Ring of Fire" by Papirini
In Papirini's fic inspired by a Johnny Cash song, Neo Queen Serenity must face a very tough decision when Rei and Mamoru are caught in a compromising position by a member of the press. She calls a trial to be broadcast live in the middle of the night in order to uncover the unquestionable truth. By the end of the night, everything has fallen apart. Though I don't particularly like Papirini's overzealous use of punctuation, this is still a moving and powerful fic.
Read this fic if you've ever been confused about the definition of irony.
Since our illustrious community moderator only has one mention but her stories are all so berry fantastic, this is me giving you my top three Sokudo Ningyou stories because I'm sure you were all dying to know.
"hail to the queen." by Sokudo Ningyou
"with eyes on the purple prize." by Sokudo Ningyou
"standing on the edge of a 50% chance." by Sokudo Ningyou
"All I Want for Christmas" by Dave Ziegler
Originally written for Yumeko's intensely awesome holiday challenge, Dave Ziegler has written a fic that I love so much, I'm still suffering from the effects of the coughing fit I had after laughing so hard from my first read. That my friends is a lot of love.
Starring the incomparable Aino Minako, everyone's favorite scatterbrained blonde wielding the power of love in a miniskirt dons a Santa outfit in order to give Artemis the only Christmas present a horny male would want. And while that sentence sounds alarmingly like a sentence from an infamous Oscar-fic, I assure there is no bestiality ahead. However, Minako does catch the Tsukino patriarch with his pants down, teaches Shingo a very important Christmas music without the benefit of orchestral aid, and manages to get a rather nasty bruise on her hindquarters. And all in the name of comedy and Christmas spirit.
And that is why Aino Minako is my hero.
Mainly because we need to kick this community up a notch with some more entires. Huzzah.
I've finally got an account, and since dark_branwen kindly recced Exiles, I thought I'd give back to the community. Here is my contribution, and if the work, I'm sorry, I'm still getting the hang of things.
Peaches: A Love Story by Kotetsu
A story that focuses on Chibi Usa's two friends, Momoko and Kyusuke. The only story I can think of that actually does this, as a matter of fact. It traces their relationship from the time they're schoolkids, and imagines their future lives and careers. More than that would spoil the story. Fluffy and perfect if you need something to make you smile. Kotetsu's a hidden gem, more people should read her stories.
Blessed Be by superkate
I'm not generally a fan of AU stories, but I love this wonderful Helios/Chibi-Usa fic, which I kind of like to describe as a cross between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "The Thorn Birds."
In it, Helios is a middle-aged Catholic priest who is losing his faith. On the twentieth anniversary of his first Mass, he decides to commit the ultimate sin -- suicide -- but before he can take his deadly cocktail of Ny-Quil and Advil, a teenage girl named Sera arrives to take confession. Helios first believes her to be nothing more than a junkie, looking for money to buy drugs. However, as they talk, she starts asking him strange questions, and by the time she leaves, his bottle of Ny-Quil has mysteriously vanished. There's definitely something different about Sera, but what could it be?
If you're the non-religious type who hates people cramming religion down your throat, I wouldn't let that stop you from reading this story. (The author isn't even Catholic.) Believe me, it's not that kind of fic at all. It's really more about finding your purpose in life and having faith that the path you chose to follow was the right one, something that I think all people deal with at one time or another whether they believe in God or not.
As usual, don't forget to suggest stories. Since I know we're all probably too busy in life to read all of the ones suggested and leave reviews as to what we think, right now I'm just happy with suggestions; it means the fandom's not dead and struggling out of the grave. ^_~ Old stories are, of course, accessible through the memories by author and rating.
Hello, all! Yes, I've finally joined. I'm evil. :)
The Bitter Brew by blue
Hey all, I just joined after finding this comm through my late night LJ lurkings. I browsed through the entries and was pleased to find fanfics I had not yet read, and ones that I had and knew to be fantastic. Then I read the badfic quote by Princess D, and I was sold. I am a SM fanfiction writer myself under the pen name, 'Claidi Winter', and while I am always happy to receive a constructive review my contribution tonight is not one of my stories but rather one by a favorite author and good friend of mine.
Sum: Serena Lombard and Darien Shields are carrying on a May-December office romance. How will this affect the lives of those they know and those they don't?
Her writing is excellent. Her characterization is raw, making the reader feel as though all of the players in her story are actual people, while still maintaining the spirit of the original characters. I love the twists in this story, and how her build is un-rushed and steady. She spends due time on each of the many characters, and draws you into all of their lives, making the reader really think and then jump in excitement as they slowly start to see how those character's stories intertwine. A must read for any fan of good AU writing. Her updates are long in coming but worth the wait.
"Machiavelli's Folly" by Heavenly Pearl
First of all, I always enjoy any fanfiction that contains a literary reference. It just makes me feel good inside to know that (some) writers still do something that most of America considers novel - reading.
It was Machiavelli who presented many ideas on how to be the perfect ruler in his novel The Prince. One of the most famous and quotable pearls of wisdom the dear departed Niccolo had to bestow upon us was that the ends always justify the means. This short piece predictably but appropriately set during the Infinty arc of the manga examines whether or not such an ideal can work in the world of Sailor Moon.
In short, what would have happened if Uranus, Pluto, and Neptune would have been able to accomplish their mission in the way they originally intended?
Blood Moon by becca-onee-chan
I was prompted to do this based on the fact that a discussion in my LJ prompted me to remember that this fic even existed. I haven't read it in years, so I'll attempt to it justice, but I make no guarantees.
If you're a fan of alternate pairings, read this and thank me later. In it are some of the most random pairings I think I've ever heard of, but somehow they seem sort of plausible if you don't think about it too hard. If you have ever looked at Usagi/Kunzite, Rei/Mamoru, Minako/Jadeite, or Makoto/Yuuichirou and thought, "Maybe." Read this. If you haven't, give it a try. You may be surprised.
An alternate version to the end of the Dark Kingdom, talking about it out of context is something that should probably never be done. And even though I'm not entirely sure this is a story I'd give a five star rating to, this fic is exceptional for shock value if nothing else.
The Exiles by Starsea
Regardless of how you feel about the Senshi/Shitennou argument... Well, no, if you see nothing but red and are filled with utter rage at the very thought of that picture you see featured in my icon, chances are, you won't be able to read this fic. The fic hasn't reached that point yet, but the teaser as well as Starsea herself is indicative of where this fic is going.
Personally, I love the match ups, but what makes this fic is that it isn't just about the S/S pairings by a long shot. It is dealing with their relationship with Mamoru, which I think is greatly overlooked in favor of the romantic pairings more often than not. It's also just plain well written, which is always a plus. Starsea's prose has always brought forth images of water when I try and put it into words, and I'll leave it at that and hope you understand.
An epic length fic that isn't just another romance, and a must read for any Senshi/Shitennou fanatic.
*waves her Minako/Kunzite flag and then skips off into the sun...rise*
Angel Electric by His lordship Chaos
It's Chaos... I really feel that I don't have to say anything else.
Except that the following is still my favorite one liner (until I find a new favorite):
"Depends," Minako said. She then leaned closer to his ear and whispered, "If I invite you to my room afterwards, are you going to bring your sword to bed?"
Damn it, why couldn't I have come up with that line?! >.<;
Awakening - Part One by Tim Nolan
"As in Autumn" by Dejana Talis
I'm becoming a bigger and bigger fan of Dejana's work... This story deals with a subject matter that I think most people like to avoid simply because it isn't something we'd like to talk about.
Death is a subject in this fandom that seems almost trivialized. Every time the major characters die, it is always with the reassurance that they will rise again. In this story, that is not so. The reign of Neo Queen Serenity and King Endymion comes at last to an end. However, what makes this story truly interesting is the two scenarios presented. In one, the couple dies in battle, sacrificing themselves for the good of the people right up to the end. And in another, they die of old age. One is the focus of NQS, the other of Endymion. And both mirror each other with a single phrase.
This story is sensitive and there is an oddly lyrical quality. It is a song fic so that might have something to do with it, but I think this is one of the rare occasions where the lyrics enhance as opposed to take up unnecessary space. All in all, yet another excellent piece from Dejana.
"Taboo" by Heavenly Pearl
A nice first person meditation on behalf of Sailor Pluto. In her final moments on earth, Pluto thinks about the three taboos she was never meant to break... and the fourth, which was in a sense her downfall.
I think Yumeko really captured Pluto's voice quite well in this monologue. Not to mention, the romantic aspect of this story is quite hard to find. I'd give a better review, but I'm just this side of comatose, so this will have to do.
"I, Ginzuishou" by Dejana Talis
A very poignant, exquisite piece from a point of view never before heard from in the history of Sailor Moon fanfiction. An enviable idea, Dejana takes what we know from the manga about every Serenity and tracks their lives in the voice of the one entity who was always there and remembers. The Mysterious Silver Crystal is the center of this story as it tells the story of her/its three ladies from an emotionless view.
Answering several questions and tying up a few loose ends, Dejana once again proves that even though she considers herelf a "n00b," she still has what it takes to make a reader sit up and take notice. She accomplishes something that isn't altogether difficult in the fandom and yet few ever really manage to do it - she has been truly unique. And seeing as the series has been around for over a decade now, that is quite an accomplishment.
Moon Revenge by LeVar Bouyer
Shadowdancer by Dark Ferret
Not that it's a big deal, but taking into consideration a possibility of people wanting to search by author rather than rating, I've put all the entries into Memories sorted also by author. It beats scrolling way down the page, and this way, authors themselves can always check to see if they've been recommended. ->:D
The Cruelty and Fairness of Fate by Crawlspace
Empire of the Sun by missweber (Sophia Prester)
The premise for this story is simple enough. According to Ms. Prester (or missweber rather), the first seed for this story was planted thanks to a very simple question. One that many authors promptly kicked themselves for as they had not thought of it sooner.
What if the deaths of Mamoru's parents had not been an accident?
From there, Sophia spins a tangled web of dramatic tension, full of vicious lies and ancient deceit. She has managed to create the world's only existing Sailor Sun that people don't automatically loathe because the fact that she shouldn't exist is acknowledged early on. And she is everything but a Mary Sue. This story has just about everything in it from determined detectives, dreams echoing the past, a new breed of monster that's hard to beat, and a ruthless matriarch who will stop at nothing to achieve her goal. All in all, the story is chilling, compelling, well written, and sadly unfinished.
Politic by Sievert Dinar
Sight by Sievert Dinar
Three Lives in 500 Words by Saint Killjoy
Chikyu no Senshi by Lei
"The Right to Revolution" by superkate
A story that is somewhat of an alternate reality but not really, deviating from what most readers and fans of Sailor Moon consider to be the norm regarding the Silver Millennium. A story where Beryl is more than just a lusty lunatic hell bent on getting Endymion and woe betide anyone who stands in her way. And a story were Queen Serenity is neither that serene or infallible.
Inspired by the idea of a people's right to revolt when oppressed by a government, Kate manages to write what is becoming a popular theme in fanfiction. Utopias cannot and never will exist. It also deals with the question of whether or not personal liberties and freedoms outweigh peace throughout the galaxy.
The situation the Moon Kingdom is in reflects that of the French Revolution and yields similar results in terms of carnage. The people are living in poverty while the monarchy remains extravagant, and five people smoking in a tavern have grown quite tired of it. They begin to organize a rebellion against them. With only one week to organize themselves, Beryl ends up getting some unexpected help from the supernatural and her birthright.
A vow of Serenity by Amber Penglass
Wow. I'm glad to see we're getting more members and more stories - dark_branwen, you're outdoing yourself. ^_^ I'm going to be putting in some serious overtime reading some of these.
Sleeper by Masked Maiden
Based off of the subplot in Dean Briggs's The Most Important Little Boy in the World, Masked Maiden has garnered a fairly substantial fan base for this story. And for once, the masses aren't being stupid.
Just kidding. They aren't always stupid. Most of them come to their sense eventually. <3
It is four years after Usagi and Mamoru's marriage and they have just learned that they are about to receive a precious little bundle of joy! In spite of this wonderful news, it seems to have taken a back seat to a new, different kind of evil in the Sailor Moon universe. A radical environmental group called COME (Children of Mother Earth) has arisen with plans to bring the Earth back to its original state - a state without human beings.
This fic demonstrates just how evil humanity can be, showing that green-skinned aliens and circus freaks from the dark side of the moon aren't always necessary when it comes to an impending apocalypse... But don't forget where this story is taking place. It has its fair share of the supernatural as well. And though Masked Maiden has not updated in quite some time, personally, I can't wait for the update.
Spirit of Fire by Heavenly Pearl (aka Yumeko)
My God, it is a story that has nothing but original characters in it for the majority of the fic, and it's still good! I may faint!
Heh, sorry. Anywho, this wonderful story by Yumeko deals primarily with those who came before the Sailor Senshi, the Dark Kingdom, or battles were even a though. It is about the people who shaped one of the them in particular. They who created the passionate Senshi of Fire, Rei's parents.
Hino Keitaro was only concerned with politics and his own ambition until he met the fragile daughter of a Shinto priest, Kondo Takara. With the knowledge that her life might not be so long, Takara truly lives life to the fullest, effecting a kind, lively disposition in spite of it all. After meeting her, Keitaro finally finds someone else in his life to love.
However, illness seems to haunt Takara at every step. Keitaro finds himself struggling between the love for her and his fear of losing someone close to him. Will he realize his mistake before it is too late or will his tragic flaw carry on into future generations?
A touching, emotional story concerning a time period few dare to venture into. Believable characters who seem to come alive on the page, palpable feelings of loss and terror, and just the right amount of the supernatural. An excellent portrayal of the personalities who made Hino Rei what she is.
The Ripple Effect by superkate
WARNING: If you are not a fan of unconventional couples, this story is not for you.
This piece deals with the well known effect that a pebble in a pond has on the water. The surface is disturbed by one single act, upsetting the stillness and comfort that people have grown accustomed to. And while eventually the ripples settle out into normalcy once more, the result of one disturbance is never really forgotten.
In a time where the mere concept of battles is nonexistent and boredom reigns supreme, a single stone is cast into the water. And from that stone comes violent, dangerous, heartbreaking consequences. Two people have been questioning, thinking of what might have been. One has grown tired of being along and the other is questioning his destiny, fearing the certain future. They come together for just one night and all hell breaks loose because of it.
Superkate deals with a subject that the anime canon threw out there and most have chosen to ignore. Several have attempted to delve into it, but few if any have managed to make it at all believable. I'm not sure if I find it entirely plausible myself, but I'm willing to give it a shot because Superkate's writing has left me wanting to read the next installment. My one concrete criticism is the two prologues. I wonder if either is necessary, but I am not a fan of the two of them together.
Yaten's Love Song by Jennifer Wand
The Four Horsemen by Ken Wolfe
State Of Love And Trust by Sean Gaffney
"The Promises We Do Not Speak Of" by blue
I can't believe I'm actually recommending an Elios/Lady Serenity story, but here I sit.
This wonderful fanfiction takes place during Lady Serenity's reign, a time period I have never seen explored before. It deals primarily the age old theme of how duty prevents true love from being realized. Lady Serenity is bound to her duties as queen, and Elios to his as a priest and the guardian of dreams. I won't spoil it by delving into the story much deeper than that as it is short.
However, I will say that blue is an amazing author. Her strengths lie in her amazing, unique word choice and her overall writing style. The emotion in this story is both heart and gut wrenching. And while there are several familiar themes, the story feels new to me because of the way blue writes.
There were some grammar issues with the story... All of which I listed in a review that I'm beginning to regret. -.- Maybe I'll go edit and PM her the stuff. I know she's secure enough about herself, but I still feel pretty crappy about it. I will do that actually...
By the way, to save us time... Just go read everything blue has ever written and be amazed.
The Weakest Link by +Gradient
Misconception by Dejana Talis
The Nocturnal Tour by His Lordship Chaos
Since the comunity is (hopefully) going to be posting quite frequently, the Memories can be checked to find old story suggestions. Everything is listed under their ratings: G, PG, PG-13, and NC-17 or XXX or whatever I decide, if needed. Also, any posts such as this one for rules and informational topics will be under Rules; those should be checked every so often.
Descansos by missweber
As Sophia Prester states in the author's notes of her tale, the Spainish descansos is a resting place on the side of the road for a wanderer to pause and "reflect on the transitory nature of human existence" as well as pay their respects to the person who died on that spot. It is also a way for the living to maintain a connection with the dead. The idea of the descansos elegantly illustrates what Ms. Prester (or missweber as it were) was trying to portray in this story.
This story beautifully explores the life that Setsuna led outside of the fourth dimension and the Gates of Time. Few authors manage to separate Setsuna from her duty and still be true to who she is, and Sophia does it with ease. She gives Setsuna a half-Latina background and proceeds to elaborate on a woman who has always felt on the outside of things, neither properly Japanese or Latina. She is just starting out in life with no plans to join a fight against the darker forces. However, in the middle of Los Dias de Muertos, Setsuna is forced to finally find out who she really is, whether she likes the answer or not.
The Lunch Counter by Kenjiro Cross
The Illusion of Truth by Devon Smith
Usagi-chan Asks A Question by Adam
Innocence in A Minor by LeVar Bouyer