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I actually got to do some Yuletide reading this year! Here are some particular gems worth your time:



Once A Hero (2572 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dusty California - Paul and Storm (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dusty (Dusty California), Derek (Dusty California), Eddie (Dusty California)
Additional Tags: Implied/Referenced Drug Use
Summary:

Once upon a time they were a superhuman team of champions, topping the charts and beating the bad guys all in a night's work. But that was a long time ago, and things have changed...or have they?



My gift! This does a great job finding the cracks in the canon and doing neat things with them.




The Applicant (2590 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Animaniacs
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hello Nurse, Dr. Otto Scratchansniff, Slappy Squirrel, Wakko Warner, Yakko Warner, Dot Warner
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Humor
Summary:

Finding a job is hard at the best of times, but for a highly qualified nurse, it's even worse.



A stellar reading of the character. If you've ever watched Animaniacs, you want to read this one.




Seven Views of the Tay Bridge Disaster (1274 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Tay Bridge Disaster - William McGonagall
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: the train - Character, the wind god, the passengers, the diver, the signalman, the river - Character, William McGonagall
Additional Tags: Poetry, Inspired by Poetry, train crash, Implied/Referenced Character Death, Inspired by Real Events, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

There’s something not right with the Bridge at the Tay —
there’s bits of it strewn on the silt beneath.
But there’s more than that — I’ve heard that the train
was ablaze when it fell — that the wind was alive —
that there were only forty six bodies —
only forty six, on a loaded train. I ask you.



There are four works in the fandom "Tay Bridge Disaster" now. This is the longest and most heartfelt. The other ones are funny, but this is the one that will make you feel.




And three recs from the Voynich Manuscript fandom, though I haven't read all 8 (eight!) of them:

A Quickstart Guide to Voynich RPG (1248 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voynich Manuscript (Book)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply, Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Horror, Humor, Role-Playing Game
Summary:

Actually, it's an RPG manual. A very special RPG manual.



A spooky and funny (and slightly horrific) take of the "VM is an RPG manual" theory.



Alys at the Heart of the Earth (5623 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: The Voynich Manuscript
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Misses Clause Challenge, Alice in Wonderland References, Alternate Universe - Alice in Wonderland Fusion, Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Astrology, Female-Centric
Summary:

Alys, a maidservant in 1430s England, dreams of learning to read and write. But the only person willing to teach her drives a hard bargain, and the errand she must perform in return draws her through a fantastical world of astrology and alchemy, into a female realm far beneath the earth.

Mercuriouser and curiouser. If you've ever wondered what the feminine of 'mandrake' is, whether the way up is the way down, or how bulls feel about certain China-shop-related slanders, then read on ...



An explanation for the book that's both a Lewis Carroll pastiche and a portal fantasy that portals from the fifteenth century.



The inevitability of history (1179 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Voynich Manuscript (Book)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Alternate History
Summary:

It is difficult to overestimate the effect that Leandra da Valmadrera had on the Renaissance, and hence on the development of European thought and later cultural, economic and social movements that enveloped our globe. An alternate history, where science unfolds on its predictable lines, and, looking back, we see Leandra da Valmadrera and her works as the starting point for the flourishing society we have now.



Set in a modern-day AU where the VM is the foundational text of modern science. Amazing worldbuilding.



Date: 2018-12-28 03:50 pm (UTC)
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These are great, thanks for sharing them.

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