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Title: Ab Epistilus
Author: Autumn LeCroix
Rating: R
Words: 84,000-ly
Warnings: This will make you like letter-fics
Linkage: http://scarhead.net/viewstory.php?sid=3147
Alternate Link: There are no alternate links.  D: D: D:  Her ff.net and Skyhawke are both gone, so this is a case of GRAB AND SAVE THIS FIC BEFORE IT DISAPPEARS FOREVER.

Summary: Draco is 30, living in Edinburgh. Through a series of letters written back and forth between himself and his favorite author, Draco learns more about life than he thought possible and ends up forging an unexpected relationship.

This fic is a reader's delight.  I adore the way Draco is utterly in love with his BOOK to the point of knowing it backwards, forwards, and sideways.  And also how he falls half in love with the author before he discovers he already knows him quite well.  *beams* 

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HI EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm more excited than usual this morning because I found the plot outline for Book III of my original novel series and managed to shock myself with how freaking amazing it is.  Thank goodness I wrote it down because I had forgotten about six of the plot twists AND I came up with yet another one while reading it this morning.  *flails*  I forgot how much fun it is to write intricate plotlines.  SO AWESOME.  It makes me want to work on a smidge of an idea I have for a new M/M novel.  Now I know I need to RAMP UP THE PLOTTING.  BWAHAHAHAHA  :D :D :D :D :D  (Those of you following me on Facebook now know what prompted my epic levels of squee this morning.)  *twirls madly*

ANYWAY, I shall set aside my self-love for one moment in order to give you another rec, in case you haven't read this 500 times already.  THIS WOMAN NEEDS TO WRITE MORE THINGS, OMFG.  She usually tortures me with horrific levels of angst, but this fic is pure gorgeousness and she reined in her tendency to torture the boys.  I LOVE IT AND YOU WILL, TOO. 

Title: He Was He and I Was Bunny
Author: [livejournal.com profile] bryoneybrynn
Rating: NC-17
Words: 37,000 ish
Warnings: Epic levels of CUTE.
Linkage: http://small-gardens.livejournal.com/tag/he%20was%20he%20and%20i%20was%20bunny
Alternate Link: http://www.thehexfiles.net/viewstory.php?sid=11491

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We will not discuss what I've been doing all weekend.  Therefore, I shall distract everyone with a rec.  I know you guys have already read most everything [livejournal.com profile] faithwood ever wrote (I'll rec some of my longer favs of hers later down this list o' 100 recs) but every time I mention "the carwashing fic" I get blank stares.  THE CARWASHING FIC, OMG.  So here it is.

Title: Authenticity
Author: [livejournal.com profile] faithwood
Rating: NC-17
Words: 3,000 ish
Warnings: You might need some cold water for this one.  Or a towel.  XD
Linkage: http://faithwood.livejournal.com/108489.html
Alternate Link: no alternates known

Why I like it:  It's short, so I can read it over and over again, which I have.  I also love the boys all grown-up and GUUUUH Professor Draco.  Also, Harry is...  *incoherent flailing*  Yes.

Note: Since I can barely keep track of what I've recced already, I made a handy-dandy spreadsheet.  I think it's sortable.

Dyson's Fic Recs
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ACK!  It's been forever since I've done this because I'm a horrendous waffler and couldn't pick my next one.  And then I remembered I've been wanting to reread this one.  It's my fav of hers and probably always will be.  :D  THE PROBLEM with recs, I have discovered, is that I start skimming the fic to find a bit to use as a teaser, and then I get sucked in and read the entire damn thing.  Which I just did with this one.  Starting two days ago.  *facepalm*

Title: A Reckless Frame of Mind (and sequel!)
Author: lomonaaeren
Rating: R (sequel is NC-17)
Words: 54,000
Warnings: Suicidal behaviour (with a purpose)
Linkage: http://lomonaaeren.livejournal.com/18120.html
Alternate Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3682349/1/A_Reckless_Frame_of_Mind

Be warned that you cannot read this without reading the sequel, A Determined Frame of Mind, found here:

or here: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3759027/1/A_Determined_Frame_of_Mind
(That one is 100k, so prepare for some time investment.  IT'S WORTH IT.)

Why I love this:  I have such a THING for original magic and interesting, complex, or amazing spells and this one is a fucking doozy.  Even Hermione can't help because the spell itself keeps her from accepting that it's a spell.  (I have to admit I was forced to do a bit of "suspension of disbelief" there, because my personal head-canon would not allow Hermione to remain clueless about the spell for so long - she would never have been able to accept Harry's abrupt personality change, but since it was necessary for the progression of the fic, I had to go with it.)  Considering the sheer size and depth of this story, it's a miniscule thing to whinge about.

On to the amazingness.  DRACO.  *ALL THE HEARTS*  He is so very Draco at the beginning of this, utterly self-serving and determined to finally have something he can hold over Harry Potter.  And then there is HARRY.  *happy sigh*  Harry's desperation and is heart-wrenching, as is his near-brokenness that is so close to being complete.  Both of them are so incredibly strong - in completely different ways - that this fic pretty much defines why I love this pairing so much.  Harry is light and life and courage and pressing ahead despite all the odds, while Draco is subtlety and nuance and the unscrupulous utilisation of every possible advantage, yet with just as much determination as Harry possesses.  They complement each other so perfectly in this fic, I can't even.  I just love this story, okay?

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Since today is my actualfax birthday (more on that later because WOW YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!) I wanted to rec a fic written by someone I used to shamelessly fangirl from afar, and I now STALK LIKE A STALKING THING THAT STALKS BUT IS NOT A PANTHER OR A TIGER OR CORN because she is made of all the amazing things, (including seven feet of ginger) and I still fangirl her shamelessly from afar only because if I shipped myself to her it would take SEVEN MONTHS via the slowest mail service known to mankind and I would starve.  But I digress.  And I haven't even started the birthday drinking yet.  ANYWAY, I love everything she has written, including the most amazing Inception fic ever, but I first fell madly in love with her because of this series.  I envy her ability to pack so much emotion and tension and GUH into every scene.  This story obviously began with pure porn in mind, but developed into something so much deeper and more layered with each passing installment.  (And still managed to be hot as hell.)

Title: Porn Wars
Author: [livejournal.com profile] ladyvader
Rating: NC-17
Words: No idea - was too busy shoving ice down my shirt to count.
Warnings: Molten lava disguised as words.
Linkage: http://ladyvader.livejournal.com/115855.html
Alternate Link: no alternates known *pokes her*

(And don't forget to read [livejournal.com profile] dreambastion's entries that made up the other half of this battle.  FINGERS, UNGH.)

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This fic.  This fiiiiiic.  Harry's internal monologue in alternately hysterical and mind-meltingly hot.  This one is, to me, the ultimate teenage-boy story and definitely one of my all-time favourite Hogwarts-Era fics.

Title: Advanced Charms
Author: [livejournal.com profile] missparaphilia
Rating: NC-17
Words: 7,200
Warnings: You will most likely need a cold shower after this.
Linkage: http://missparaphilia.livejournal.com/2452.html
Alternate Link: no alternates known

Next rec will be multi-chaptered, I think.  :D
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I have been meaning to make another post for DAYS!  D: D: D:  Between meetings, and work, and Smoochfest, and helping my mother pack for her move across the country, and trying to edit a chapter of my book a day (35 left to go!) I haven't been online much.  There were even two full days I was WITHOUT.  MY.  LAPTOP.  In hindsight, I think I'll bring that with me next time and leave clothing at home.

ANYWAY, on to the reccing!  Since I'm skipping around all over the place, I figured I'd post an AU.  Although, granted, most EWE fics are technically AU since we all ignore canon, but I tend to think of AUs as putting the boys into a completely different world.  In this case, Draco is a college student and Harry teaches a ceramics class, but I love it because they are still very recognizable as our boys.  Plus it's just a damn gorgeous story.  :D  Also, Tom Riddle as a college adviser makes me LOL.

Title: Porcelain
Author: [livejournal.com profile] calembours (aka rosivan)
Rating: PG
Words: 9,700
Linkage: http://hd-smoochfest.livejournal.com/13640.html
Alternate Link: no alternates known

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I'm not a huge fan of creature fics.  I like people and adding elements that make people non-people usually creates too much "otherness" for me to fully relate to the characters and I tend not to enjoy them as much.  I was not even going to read this when it came through Hols, because that's just how much I don't like creature fics.  I'm pretty sure [livejournal.com profile] taradiane said something along the lines of reeeeeeaaaaadddd iiiiiiittttttt and so I grudgingly gave it a chance.  Needless to say, I was blown away.  When anyone asks me for a creature fic rec, I have a very very limited pool to choose from and this one is at the top of the stack. 

Title: Savage
Author: [livejournal.com profile] marguerite_26
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: This fic is awesome.
Linkage: http://marguerite-26.livejournal.com/359680.html
Alternate Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/371151

Not really spoilery... )

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Some people need thousands and thousands of words to tell an epic tale spanning many months.  And some people need just over 4,700.  This fic is just... wow.  I dare you not to feel SO MANY THINGS.  I love this one lots.

Title: Tangles
Author: [livejournal.com profile] suki_blue
Rating: NC-17
Words: 4,700 ish
Warnings: Harry/Ginny at the beginning.  Read it anyway.  Not kidding.
Linkage: http://suki-blue.livejournal.com/242582.html
Alternate Linkhttp://suki-blue.dreamwidth.org/236783.html

This fic almost feels like watching a film on fast forward, pausing only long enough to catch short glimpses of Harry's life, but those glimpses are so full of emotion that by the end you feel you've seen the whole film and lived every moment of it along with him.  Beautifully done.  THIS FANDOM.  SO MUCH TALENT.  *so proud*
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This one is a special rec because TODAY IS HER BIRTHDAY!  WOOT!  :D  I know she has written a gozillion fics and several of them are more popular than this one, but this is the one of hers that I love the most.

This Draco is practical and confident, and seems to be perfectly content with how his life has turned out.  He skillfully juggles his career, his son, his ex-wife, and his friends with a minimum of drama.  Everything is just fine for him.  Until Harry enters his life.  Although I like Draco in this fic, I love Harry.  Despite the fact that it's written in first person and Draco's POV, she does an amazing job exposing Harry's traits, from almost-shy uncertainty to determination, to ultra-hot Auror confidence, and finally jealousy.  Through it all he has a sense of humour that chips away at Draco and makes it easy to understand how Draco can fall so hard so quickly.  The time they spend together (not just the sex) is glorious.  I always hate when they sleep with other people, but in this fic it's sort of necessary for Draco to understand that you can never go back, only onward.

Title: Kiss a Boy in London Town
Author: [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic
Rating: NC-17
Words: 36,000
Warnings: Sort of infidelity?  It's 98% epilogue compliant, although that Greengrass person was replaced with someone more interesting (and frankly, awesome).  :D 
Linkage: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1266/chapters/1509
Alternate Linkhttp://archive.skyehawke.com/story.php?no=16741

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, FEMME!!!!  *pops champagne*  I was supposed to be writing today and instead spent all afternoon reading this again.  *shakes fist*  Also, stop being mean to my Pansy.  >:(  She deserves better than the losers you always saddle her with, SHE IS SORRY FOR TRYING TO SELL HARRY TO VOLDEMORT, OKAY?  Shut up, Harry.

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Our recommendation today is brought to you by the Department of Oh-My-GUH.  Since my last rec was five bazillion words long, I figured I would rec some shorter things to tide you over in between reading the Monster Fic of Monsters.  (aka really long fics)

If you haven't already read this you must be either new to the H/D fandom or living with your parents under a rock.  I've read it probably 75 times.  XD  (76 if you count this morning.)

Anyway, why this fic?  SEX MAGIC!  FUCKING AWESOME HARRY!  NAKED DRACO BOUND TO A PILLAR!  I don't think it needs any more hype than that, really.  ONWARD!

Title: Rituals and Traditions
Author: [livejournal.com profile] amanuensis1
Rating: NC-17
Words: 6,800
Warnings: You might need some ice after reading this.  And sex.  Probably both.
Alternate Linkhttp://www.amanuensis1.com/ritualsandtraditions.html

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This next rec is actually two fics, but you can't really read one without the other because it's a ginormous saga of awesome.  Most of my prior recs have been angsty as hell, followed by a very satisfying ending.  This series is more of a slow-building love affair that, for me, expands and enriches the world created by JKR and follows our boys into adulthood and maturity.

Harry no longer has boyhood problems, but grownup problems.  He has a new job and new friends, new irritants and new enemies.  I love that his conflicts are not caused by an overwhelming evil wizard trying to destroy him, but instead by a terrible supervisor, a stressful workload, and the added complication of an old nemesis who isn't quite what he expected.

And Draco.  *happy sigh*  Draco has his own problems and it seems like nothing he does will ever be quite good enough, and yet HE JUST KEEP TRYING.  [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl throws these two amazing adults together and they start out just prickly enough to be interesting.  And then they get to be friends.  And finally more than friends.  Their journey from former enemies to lovers is SO FUCKING GORGEOUS that this entire fic is like wrapping yourself up in a warm blanket of GUH.  There are so many tiny things that made me sigh with bliss (the word "yes", the damned STRING, and the OMFG napkin rings, not to mention various office supplies...)  NOW I WANT TO READ IT AGAIN.  AND AGAIN AND AGAIN.

Title: Reparations and Foundations
Author: [livejournal.com profile] saras_girl
Rating: NC-17
Words: Many.  So very many I won't even say it.
Warnings: This could be the exact opposite of angst.
Alternate Linkhttp://www.fanfiction.net/s/4842696/1/Reparations
PDF versions: http://saras-girl.livejournal.com/29704.html

Anyway, if you haven't read this amazing epic, just DO IT.  It is truly amazing.

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I know I've already recced this fic, but I'm putting it on the official 100 list because it's the only one that has caused to start a collection of THINGS in real life.  I now have four cobalt vases (and look for new ones EVERY TIME I GO INTO A STORE).  You probably know what fic this is just from that, but in case you don't WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR GO READ IT RIGHT THE HELL NOW!!!!

I mainly love this not just because it was written for ME but also because it contains one of those key scenes I love to mull over in my head when I'm supposed to be working.  THE PANTRY SCENE, YOU KNOW IT.  The whole story is so freaking heartbreaking and I just love Draco's eternal faithfulness, something that fic writers usually don't give to Draco, which made it all the more special.  I also ADORED Ron and Hermione in this, particularly Ron.  *hearteyes forever*  He is another one whose personality is sometimes shoved into the background, but he absolutely shines in this fic.  Harry's skittishness in this story is so terrible (and believable) and I found myself understanding why he reacted the way he did even while shaking the computer and screaming at him to go back to Draco where he belonged.  And then, of course, there are the cobalt vases.  *wibbles*

Title: Of Fates Entwined:  A Story of Love Lost and Found
Author: [livejournal.com profile] taradiane
Rating: NC-17
Words: 39.500
Warnings: Buckets and buckets of angst!
Alternate Link:  Tara, you got this up anywhere else?

I promise my next rec will be NOT ANGSTY.  What is this, even? 
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After the first two, there is really no rhyme or reason to my rec list.  I have so many "favourites" that they all just jumble together into a huge pile and can only be sorted by a fandom gathering and a game of "Have you read...?"  Therefore, I'm going to just try mixing them up a bit.  The first two were quite long and angsty and SRS BSNS, so this one is shorter and hotter and yet still beautifully written.  I know some people have immense hatred for "first person POV" but I have always liked it, and in this case I think being firmly entrenched in Draco's thoughts makes the initial humiliation (and later the arousal) all the more intense.  I love stories that involve the Slytherins being extra Slytherin-y and this fic delivers with well-meaning friends who only torture Draco for his own good. 

Title: How to Handle an Enemy
Author: [livejournal.com profile] who_la_hoop
Rating: NC-17
Words: 7,500
Warnings: Voyeurism
Alternate Linkhttp://asylums.insanejournal.com/hp_wankfest/7220.html

Harry is gorgeous in this.  <3<3<3<3<3

Harry's face was absolutely furious. He looked as if he would have been shouting, if he hadn’t been in an obvious full body bind, that is. His eyes were most expressive.

"We’ll let you go if you promise not to yell," Daphne said. "We’re playing truth or dare. Sorry to kidnap you like this. We don’t mean any harm."

Harry didn’t move because, rather obviously, he couldn’t.

Blaise relocked the door before he reversed the spell on Harry who, to my surprise, didn’t yell, just stood there looking bemused if anything. Certainly cockier than I’d be if I’d been kidnapped by a group of Gryffindors, and was trapped without a wand in their common room.

Then Harry pulled out his wand.

"Fuck," Blaise said, and we all tensed.

"Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t hex you all into tiny pieces," Harry said, rather reasonably, in my opinion.

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This fic sometimes edges into Number One when I'm in the mood.  For a fic to be on my FAVS list, it has to have what I like to call "key scenes".  These are those moments in the fic that you find yourself thinking about from time to time, the bits that had the most emotional impact for you. 

A Thousand Beautiful things had a number of those, but the key scenes in this fic seemed to have a bigger punch, for some reason.  I'm sometimes perplexed about why I like this so much, because it features a Draco that's far more campy than I'm comfortable with.  However, with that said, he's still very much DRACO and I love that she was able to take a concept I'm normally not into and make it work so well.  She also made me love Snape, which is quite a feat.  He is horrible and brilliant and perfect in this fic.  Whenever I think of this story, I always go back to the three key scenes that make it special for me - one of them is in the first sequel, which I consider to be the epilogue to the original and can't be missed.  It also has a lovely Auror Harry who is purely awesome.  The sequel contains my favourite fic quote of all time.  :D

Title: Tissue of Silver
Author: Fearless Diva
Rating: NC-17
Words: 76,000
Warnings: None
Linkagehttp://www.silververse.net/hp/hp.htm and the sequel: http://www.silververse.net/hp/seeing.htm
Alternate Link:  (If anyone knows of one, please to be letting me know.)

Draco Malfoy opened the door before Harry had a chance to knock. So Harry was standing there with his hand in the air like an idiot, and it was the first he'd seen Malfoy in a year and a half, and Malfoy looked especially pale and drawn, with dark purple circles under tired grey eyes like he'd been torturing himself for fun at night instead of sleeping. He wasn't wearing any shoes, which, despite the neat condition of his black day robes, made him look oddly dishevelled. Naturally the first thing out of Harry's mouth was, "Malfoy. You look like shit."

"And that's the ugliest shirt I've ever seen. Do come in and have some coffee, Potter."

Harry glanced down at the shirt under his Auror's robes in puzzlement. The salesgirl had sworn yellow was the new black. But Malfoy didn't linger to offer fashion tips and Harry followed him inside Malfoy Manor, wondering if this meeting was going to go as badly as he feared.

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Despite the hundreds (possibly thousands) of fics I've read, this one still tops out at number one on my favs list.  There are a couple of reasons for this, but the primary reason is CHARACTER GROWTH. 

This is a Draco-centric fic and he starts out being utterly selfish and having a clear goal in mind that has little to do with his apparently selfless behaviour (that no one actually knows is selfless).  As the fic progresses, his goal becomes blurred and eventually changes completely, even though he doesn't recognize that fact himself.  Additionally, this fic has THE MOST AMAZING EVIL SPELL OMFGGGGG.  I have the biggest weakness for intelligent, original magic and this fic delivers the ultimate in twisted, diabolical spells.  Thirdly, I cried ACTUAL TEARS which has happened to me about three times while reading fic because I'm just that heartless.

It does have its flaws, as no fic is perfect.  I could have done without all mention of Snape in the beginning and tend to skim over that when reading.  It doesn't do anything for Draco's development, IMO.  Harry's character is somewhat vague in places, but that can't be helped in a single-POV fic.  Oddly, I also loved that Harry pulled away from Draco because of his friends' distrust.  It seemed a very Harry thing to do and the fact that Draco accepted it and forgave him by the end made him all the more human and cemented that amazing CHARACTER GROWTH for me.  *blissful sigh*  Also, every mention of Dean Thomas is 100% love.  I have a weakness for well-developed supporting characters and Dean's growth was just as profound as Draco's.  Really, everyone involved in this fic was taken for a ride and came out better for it by the end. 


Anyway, here is linkage for you:

Title: A Thousand Beautiful Things
Author: Duinn Fionn (aka [livejournal.com profile] geoviki)
Rating: R
Words: 108,000
Warnings: Angst, angst and more angst, but with a gorgeous ending
Alternate Link:  (If anyone knows of one, please to be letting me know.)

*resist reading it AGAIN*  Too much to do.

After some pondering I've decided to add excerpts to these.  Because I like to tease you guys.  :D

"Potter, I don't owe you an explanation. I have my reasons." Why did he have to make this so hard?


"Look, I'll find you someday when this is all over and explain it over drinks. The Leaky Cauldron okay with you?" Even as he said the words and imagined the two of them relaxing over firewhisky, he knew he'd never see that fantasy come true. They wouldn't both survive this war.

"No. Don't go, Malfoy. Please."

Looking back, he never did figure out why he reacted the way he did - maybe it was a way to say goodbye to his childhood. Or it could have been a reaction to his earlier, humbling confession to Severus. It was all so cold, so final - the hall, the night, the words echoing around him. Everything was closing in on him, freezing him. Maybe he was only looking for warmth. Goodbye ... goodbye ... this is the last time....

But something in the tone of Potter's voice, something in his whispered plea, made him surrender to the impulse to draw close to his rival, to carefully rest his hands on his shoulders to steady him and to pull him close. He felt warm breath dancing on his cheek, suddenly faster and more erratic than during the speech, now intimate and tempting. He acted without wanting to think too hard about what he was doing - what they were both doing. He stilled Potter's gasp with his lips and felt the responding pressure as though it was a wave breaking over him. Drowning him. Goodbye.

And in this dark, empty corridor, where he stood balanced between two worlds - here between the past and the unknown future - he could pretend that this kiss was the only thing that mattered. Here, he allowed himself to imagine he was no longer Draco Malfoy, with every bit of history that name dragged with it, but just a lonely soldier headed off to war. And here, he could almost believe that Potter was different, too.

They both pulled away as reality slowly reasserted itself. His heart pounding, his breath unsteady, he reluctantly dropped his hands and took a single step back. He'd acted with recklessness, with no reason he could name, and his head was whirling. He certainly hadn't expected to relish or to take pleasure in their kiss quite like that - but he had.

"What - what was that for?" Potter managed to stammer.

He smiled without any effort. "For trying. And maybe for luck."

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I've seen several people doing this and since I haven't been posting as much as I should (YES, I KNOW I NEED TO WRITE MORE!) and after pondering WTF I could post about 100 times (other than the usual random blathering I generally torture you with) it occurred to me that my recommendations list is painfully pathetic, especially considering just how many saved fics I have on my flash drives.  Therefore, I am going to make 100 ACTUAL RECS.  *gasp*  Once I get started I hope to continue past 100 because just from last year's [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays alone I have a fuckton.  I'm also planning to put them on a handy-dandy sortable list so you can sort by whatever the hell you like.  GOOD IDEA, Y/Y?

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

Also, I am quite jealous of the Merlin fandom right now because they have THIS.  I WANT THIS FOR H/D AND I WANT IT YESTERDAY!!!!!  What an awesome, fun concept!  :D :D :D

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