Deke: It’s that time of the week again—that’s right, it’s Fanfic Friday!
Dangle: It was another slow week in the trenches on the Hockey RPF front. I’ve been filling my time by working on my vow to read every single hockey RPF piece on the AO3—I’m down to the last 200 or so! Woo-hoo! Still, there were a handful of new fics this week, and they were, for the most part, cute and fluffy. Hopefully that will cheer you up after last week’s tearjerker. (Eh, hawksandpens? ;) )
Deke: My number one fic of the week is the cavity-sweet fic “No, I Won’t Sleep Tonight” by ObscuredMemory, starring (and pairing) Ryan Kesler and Andrew Ladd. It’s an adorable amusement park AU that actually activated a wave of teenage nostalgia in me. I worked at Six Flags over St. Louis from age 15-17, so all the little details about working at an amusement park brought back my (troubled?) adolescence. For that reason, I’m not entirely sure how much my enjoyment of the fic is from the fic itself, and how much is just my own personal trip down memory lane. Dangle does assure me that this fic is cute, though—that is reassuring.
Dangle: It’s super cute, and it’s my number one pick, as well. It’s not particularly profound, but it’s sweet, and it made me happy when I read it. I liked the way the world was set up. It’s an indulgent sort of fic, like a pint-sized serving of cookie dough ice cream—I mean, who doesn’t want to be a normal, average person, working at a normal, average job, who is suddenly and inexplicably romanced by a hot, famous, rich person?
Deke: No one, that’s who. My runner-up favorite is the Toews/Kane kidfic “Our Family or Whatever” by rsadelle. This fic is kind of short and honestly is a tired premise in this fandom. But for all that, it still manages to be pretty sweet, and fairly (though not completely) in character. I have a soft spot for these two raising a kid together (because they would totally suck at it—adorably), so it shouldn’t be surprising that this fic made my list.
Dangle: I liked that one okay, but I thought “The Deadly Flyer Assassination Squad” by level3puckbunny was more fun, so that’s my choice for first runner-up. It’s a Sean Couturier/Brayden Schenn AU in which Couturier is an assassin sent to kill Schenn; obviously, the assassination attempt devolves into blowjobs and other hijinks. Again, it’s not a character piece or anything too angsty or literary, but the world is really, really fun, and I didn’t see the twist coming at all.
Deke: I chose that as my second runner-up favorite. I like it because it’s amusing, has a fairly strong premise, and starts strong. However, it doesn’t end particularly strong, doesn’t go into as much detail as I think is necessary, and has a sort of ridiculous fairytale love-at-first-sight thing going on. But regardless, it’s entertaining and has some decent sex in it, so it’s worth a read.
Dangle: Speaking of sex, my choice for second runner-up is pure porn—“Sexual Favours” by annabeth. It’s blowjob PWP with Darren Helm and Danny Cleary. There is no excuse for why I like this fic. If the Kesler/Ladd fic above is the equivalent of cookie dough ice cream, this one is like the delicious, cocaine-laced blood of virgin vampires. IT’S JUST HOT, OKAY. Anyway, reading through all the fics on the AO3, I’ve come to appreciate Darren Helm, at least the way he acts in fan fiction, and this fic is no exception. ;)
Deke: I know why you like that fic. Gross. You’re a dirty old man.
Dangle: What can I say? XD