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Technically the movie comes out on video tonight at midnight and, yes, I was considering heading to a Best Buy to enjoy the release with my fellow Marvel-nuts...but I'm resisting. Barely. To help with that, it's the final day of fic recs.

First one I totally didn't expect to fall head over heels for: Amateur Theatrics

In which Thor’s primary problem-solving method (a mighty blow from Mjolnir) fails to have the desired effect on a magical artifact, and his secondary method (a mightier blow from Mjolnir) proves to be actively disastrous.


Why you should read it: It's a wonderful Clint POV fic where he alone manages to avoid the magical fallout from Loki's latest plot. I won't give away most of the antics, suffice to say Tony is just about the only one who actually enjoys his outcome, but it is a de-aged Loki story and little Loki is adorable and yet still quintessentially Loki. It's charming, fun and has great characterizations of everyone.

And continuing the fun recs I have to point you to Candy Shop:

Calling the Avengers Tower an "embarrassment of riches" is a shameful understatement.


Why you should read it: Pepper and Natasha talking about the boys, comparing notes, and tossing around a few theories. Because The Avengers is so a chick flick, just my kind of chick flick.

One last one, Curving Like the Ocean:

"You want me to have HR arrange some team building for you?" Fury sounds incredibly skeptical.

"No, no. God, no." Tony shudders at the thought of trust falls and talking about his feelings. "Pool party in Malibu. I've already got Darcy working on it."


Why you should read it: Hilarity from start to finish, also Darcy and Tony plot to throw the sexiest pool party in history. Tony and Darcy are a combination that should be front and center in more stories, they really just should, they're sort of like a snarky force of nature. Speaking of:

"Mmmm--Clint--wait--" Clint backs off a little. Darcy almost melts at the hot look in his eyes, but she has a mission here. Nookie can wait for a few. "I need to run something past you so that you don't have a jealousy melt-down."

Clint looks suspicious. "Does this have something to do with Stark?"

"No, I keep telling you, it's like he's the Darcy from the genderswap AU universe. The two of us would collapse the space-time continuum if we tried anything." Darcy huffs an impatient breath at his baffled look. "Anyway, it's not Tony. I just wanted to give you a heads-up that I'm going to grope Captain America. For justice."


Also the Clint/Darcy stuff? Hotness. And it contains my all time favorite OT3, Tony/Pepper/Bruce, so yay!
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I'm ridiculously proud of this one, it just came together *so* beautifully. Seriously, would love some feedback if you get a chance to give it a listen!

Red Ledger from ebonlock on 8tracks Radio.

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Yeah ok I missed day 4, mostly because of dance practice so sorry about that. In order to make it up I've got not only fic recs but a piece of insanity shared with me by [livejournal.com profile] tersa.

First the crazy: This Loki & Thor Snuggle Blanket Puts You In The Middle Of A Norse God Sandwich. It truly must be seen to be believed. Don't suppose they make one with just Loki?

Ok so let's get back to the funny tonight with That was Mean. Why you should read it: the original prompt was what if Bruce was actually the most effective troll in the history of trolldom? I will just say Tony has a spit-take in this one and I very nearly did the same thing when I read that bit of the story. Seriously funny stuff.

“Steve, you know I’ll catch you up on anything you want to know, right? It’s the least I can do,” Bruce purred. Tony stared at his lab partner, trying to figure out what his game was.

“Well… there is one thing,” Steve opened up, spurred on by Bruce’s sweet guileless expression. “How does the internet work?”

Bruce took a deep breath, “That’s a really good question, Steve. Not dumb at all. The answer is that we really don’t know all the details, but basically the internet runs on something called ‘The Force’, which is an energy field that surrounds us and binds the universe together. Does that make sense?” Bruce asked the last question with an air of didactic concern, which would have made Tony reflect that he’d probably been a great college professor if his mind hadn’t been so busy reeling from the fact that under that sweet slightly rumpled exterior beat the heart of a stone cold troll.

“Yeah… I guess…”

“Now, some humans have special abilities to control the Force, and they’re called Jedi. They’re very powerful, and very good. You should actually see if you can get Fury to give us a couple for the team. I’d ask myself, but…” Bruce gestured at himself self deprecatingly, as if daring Steve to say Fury would pay attention to the ideas of a tipsy scientist/monster in a second hand suit.


Second is May the Fourth: So Tony invents lightsabers. Yeah, lightsabers. Clint and Tasha demand the first two prototypes, it just gets better from there.

When Tony arrives on the helicarrier the next morning, the Imperial March starts playing over the PA system every time he passes through a doorway.

Tony is going to find the person who arranged for that and offer them any job they want at SI, up to and including his own.

"Seriously?" says Bruce.

"Everything is proceeding as I have forseen it," says Tony, and sweeps off to find another door to enter.
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TV please stop teasing me with the fact that Avengers comes out on DVD/BR next week 'cause I know. I KNOW. I pre-ordered like the day after I first saw it. I'm going to be completely useless next weekend because I'm going to be doing nothing but watching the movie and the special features over and over again.

In the meantime more fic. Today I'm going dark with a couple of my favorite Bruce depression fics. The first deals with Bruce getting low and actively trying to work out a way to end his own life. If suicidal ideation is triggering for you please skip this one. Why should you read it? This is one of the most realistic and well written glimpses into a depressed mind that I've ever read. How the team finds out and how they pull together to deal with it, especially (oddly enough) Thor is amazing:

Team--Depression

Second is an equally dark, if not darker story that really delves into the friendship between Tony and Bruce. The story starts with Tony suffering from a mystery ailment, the cause is enough to drive Bruce to absolute despair and Tony to desperation. Why you should read it: this one I've re-read at least half a dozen times and it makes me tear up every single time. Warning, depression and character death.

Decay
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Continuing my "God why isn't The Avengers out already?!" fic recs I give you: Silvertongue, a more lengthy and serious piece than I have been recommending thus far. I actually listened to the podfic version which is absolutely fantastic and highly, highly recommended.

Why you should read it: this fic manages to fix pretty much every plot hole in Thor and explain most if not all of Loki's actions in Avengers as well. And yeah, ok, so the story also pretty much redeems Loki and I may have a soft spot for Loki fic where he not only comes out as brilliant, three steps ahead of pretty much everyone, snarky, manipulative, petty, devious, driven and...kinda heroic. And uh, yeah I did cry at the end.

Frigga looks at Loki, and in her eyes he sees sadness, he sees loss, he sees grief... and love. In Frigga's eyes, Loki can see understanding, and for that he smiles again, grateful. She masks her expression, replacing it with a mask of polite disinterest, the quiet dignity of the crown. In silence, the Queen of Asgard turns her back on Loki.

In that moment, Loki feels blessed.

"Brother," Thor says. He is weeping, tears tracking down his cheeks. "Why... why are you doing this?"

It is the easiest lie that Loki has ever told.

He meets Thor's gaze, squarely, the bitter smile in place on his face, and Loki tells him, "Because I hate you, Thor. I always have." His gaze stays steady, unwavering, until Thor is the one to look away.
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Ok I just hurt myself laughing at this fic, seriously curled up fetal, couldn't breathe, the works:

Without the Usual Cost of Labor

“Okay,” Pepper says, loudly. “Moving on. What’s her name?”

“Baby,” Tony says.

“Princess America,” Thor says.

Bruce coughs. “I might have told him that,” he admits, when Natasha tilts her head.

“No,” she says.
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Just saw my first Avengers on DVD/Blu-ray commercial and I squeaked aloud. Oh yeah, I got it bad. In the meantime I'm making fanmixes like crazy and reading fic like there's no tomorrow.

Speaking of which, I really have to rec The Helicarrier:

avengers mockumentary fic. set half a year or so after the events of the movie.

"I run a Twitter account called Shit Thor Says." Tony holds the phone up to the camera. "It has over two hundred thousand followers."
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So this mix came together in like two days, mostly due to the fact that the Pandora Caro Emerald station made it almost too easy. This is part one of my Tony/Pepper two-mix set.

The Lady Has Arrived from ebonlock on 8tracks Radio.


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Finally got this posted, two words for you "Electro" and "Swing", it had to be done:

Still Swingin' After All These Years: A Captain America Mix from ebonlock on 8tracks Radio.




Also spent a couple of hours last night reading Loki fic while listening to Götterdämmerung, all I could think was "This feels right. It just feels right." I blame Rexluscus for posting so damn many fantastic recs on her journal. She even got me to read Hulk/Loki...and like it! *sigh*
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Seriously, I'm dying here. In the meantime, here's the Clint/Natasha vid I told you about, [livejournal.com profile] tersa:




and because it makes me happy, my all time favorite Avengers vid:



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