I am home! Finally! We had an excellent trip (Christmas haul post forthcoming) with very little drama which is almost unheard of for our families. LOL We have guests coming tomorrow, so I will be spending the rest of the night cleaning and packing away our awesome new gifts (and also finishing the last half of the column that was due today *headdesk*).
But I did carve out a little time to read some Yuletide. I'm always traveling over Christmas and so I never feel like I get to properly participate in Yuletide. By the time I get a chance to really read anything in the archive, the reveal is already over.
Y'all, I got TWO GIFTS in Yuletide this year!!! I cannot contain my delight. Both of them are wonderful Star Trek: Deep Space Nine stories that I can't wait for you to read.Son of a Preacher Man
chronicles Jake and Nog's relationship through all the permutations we see on the show (mischief, Jake's role as teacher, Nog's entrance into Starfleet) and then adds a romantic element we don't see on the show. There's hurt/comfort, the best sentimental gesture Nog could ever make to Jake, and all in all, I am besotted with the story. :)Cutting for Stone
is a wonderful exploration of the relationship between Julian and Miles. That pairing is practically canon, and I love the way this Anon doesn't dismiss Keiko or vilify her while still acknowledging the depth of feeling that Julian and Miles share. The writing here is exquisitely lovely with gorgeous grace notes scattered throughout. This was a Madness Treat and so has very few comments as of yet. Go rectify that, y'all. :)
This was a fantastic year for DS9. There are fifteen stories in the archive proper (fifteen!), and I haven't even checked out Madness yet. My favorites of the other stories include Immortal
, a beautiful and perceptive character study of Jadzia as she pursues Joining; Collaborators
, a gen piece about the unexpected forms resistance can take; One Ordinary Week with Party Hats
, which is chock full of excellent and funny dialogue, the best holosuite program ever, and a Julian who is his usual eager self in his quest to give Garak the best birthday party ever; Ask
, a Miles/Julian story that has Keiko instigating the whole thing (love, love, love when Keiko is an integral and accepting part of a slash relationship between those two); Simulacrum
, a lengthy piece (how do people write this much and so well in such a short time? *awe*) about Mirror!Verse Miles and his experiences with two Julian Bashirs. ( Recs in Other Fandoms )
And one more rec, which although not part of Yuletide, I am considering as part of my holiday haul as counteragent
wrote it just for me: Untitled Luna drabble
that perfectly encapsulates the things I love about that character. Love love love love love.