woo here we go round 2! round 1 can be found here
1. 30th Century Night by Asuka Kureru on ao3 | words: 12000 | Explicit; underage | Oneshot | Pairing: Dave/Karkat
"I know it’s not a nice solid dumpster," said the douche in a rumpled three-piece suit, "but the roof’s not too leaky most days."
Karkat managed somehow to tear his eyes away from the kitschiest sword stand ever and its glittery hopefully-fake diamonds and give the man a long, unamused, unimpressed stare.
He hoped it was unimpressed. Apartment, his ass, this was a fucking penthouse suite. There were highly polished wooden floors everyfuckingwhere and marble countertops with inlaid fake-gold patterns (dear lord he hoped fake) and a chimney with a flatscreen showing a badly pixelated fire and faced by a fur rug.
It was ridiculously gaudy. It was also ridiculously expensive.
Bring a lot of your whores back here, Hefner? Karkat didn’t retort, because hey, he was standing right here, wasn’t he.
super hot, super sad; that seems to be my MO regarding fics. sad prostitute!karkat is my jam.
2. Absolutely Typical by Leidolette on ao3 | words: 700 | Teen+ | Oneshot | Pairing: John/Rose
John is a brawny guy.
Rose thinks that’s pretty cool.
ugh hallie converted me to grimdorks and now i can’t stop; this fic is no exception. this author writes the characters extremely well and in-character hallelujah.
3. cork tree-verse by galacticAcolyte (coffee_goth) on ao3 | words: 60,000 | Teen+ | WIP | Pairing: Eridan/Aradia
it’s damn near impossible being in love with your best friend.
and she’s his best friend. just his best friend.
because everyone knows that one plus one equals two, but what if it’s the wrong two? and what if the other ones get their hearts broken? and what if they find someone that understands, the other abandoned one, the discarded puzzle piece that knows exactly how they’re feeling? eridan and aradia might be broken, but maybe they’re broken together. maybe they can un-break each other.
maybe this is their second chance.
eriara is probably one of my favorite pairings. unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of good, CONSENSUAL, eriara fic out there. This fic, while I was skeptical at first in some parts, proved itself to be one of the best eriara fics ever written. ugh eriara
4. How You Survived The War by roachpatrol on ao3 | words: 3000 | Explicit; underage | Oneshot | Pairing: Jake/Dirk
The Novice Mode is… unsettling, to say the least. Perhaps if it had been installed sooner, before the face had taken on such a strikingly human aspect, you wouldn’t have found yourself in this position. Perhaps if it didn’t look so much like Dirk.
guh this fic. i think this fic is what intially inspired my fascination with jake/bro-bot as a sad, unrequited outlet for jake/dirk.
5. I Think I’m Confused on ao3 | words: 3200 | Explicit; underage | Oneshot | Pairing: Eridan/Aradia
In which awkwardness and persistence triumph, if “triumph” means “get an alternate universe version of Eridan Ampora laid”; and Aradia isn’t as detached as she might like to think. (This is pure idfic, and I am ashamed.)
yes!! fun, consensual eriara featuring sadsack!eridan and better-than-you!aradia
6. I’ll Follow You Into The Dark by roachpatrol | words: 2700 | Explicit | Oneshot | Pairing: Eridan/Sollux
He heads up to the roof, already chewing on his awful fucking fish, and you know he is going to spend the night bleakly glaring at the stars and smoking thin black overpriced cigarettes and listening to insipid love songs loud enough to get the police called on you.
roachpatrol is one of those fanfiction authors; you know, the type of author who, no matter what pairing they write or weird shit they include, you’re inclined to read everything they write. plus, there’s just something about poor, tortured eridan that literally puts a skip in my step what is wrong with me.
7. The Slitherbeast King Crowned in Joy and Splendor, All-Surpassing by Cephalopod on ao3 | words: 800 | Teen+ | Oneshot | Pairing: Orphaner Dualscar/Darkleer
it’s like summer in the corals when the ocean is too hot, just like this, and the water is made of salt sex and you can breathe it in and see yourself breathe it back out
that’s what you do, you breathe sex back out
(everybody’s a rockstar, aw yeah)
god this fic is just so fantastically written; now, i know what you’re thinking: “what the fuck kind of pairing is that??” and now i have to ask you to click that link just so you can literally soak in the compatibility and ponder why you never shipped these two before
8. Such Deliberate Disguises by roachpatrol on ao3 | words: 3600 | Explicit; underage | Oneshot | Pairing: Eridan/Sollux
You look back up at him and he’s just staring down at you, like just for this one moment you’re beautiful, in this strange secret place, where no one else can see you’re beautiful and he wants you.
um so yeah this is 3600 words of exquisite writing and sex. that’s it that’s the whole thing. well. there’s also crossdressing and angst
9. uU Yogurt by Sonamae on ao3 | words: 88,000 | Explicit; violence | Complete | Pairing(s): Dirk/Caliborn, Calliope/Roxy
Caliborn and his twin, Calliope, both work at their father’s frozen yogurt shop after the local colleges let out, and they have for a few years. While his sister may adore the little hole in the wall shop, Caliborn hates it.
But he hates the customers even more.
And he REALLY hates Dirk Strider.
this fic is so ridiculously fun to read and super well thought-out. every little detail and caveat is so quirky and relatable and by the end of it, you are ridiculously endeared to each character.
10. Victory Lap by Leidolette on ao3 | words: 2400 | Explicit | Oneshot | Pairing: John/Rose
There are four people, three seats, a winding road; and you’re the lucky gal who gets John Egbert’s lap.
grimdorks doing hot, sexy exhibitionist things what else could you possibly want
11. we are all our hands in holders by roachpatrol on ao3 | words: 9000 | Explicit; violence, mpreg, consent issues | Oneshot | Pairing: Eridan/Karkat
“They’re crazy. We’re all crazy. Space makes you crazy. I wish we were told.”
“I’m glad we weren’t,” Eridan says. “It was fun findin’ out.”
this fic is about pirates but it’s also about love and strength and resilience and guh this shit is heartbreaking.
12. You Get All Sorts by Azzandra on ao3 | words: 17,000 | Not Rated | WIP | Pairing: Eridan/Equius
In which Equius and Eridan cross paths as adults. For now, mostly involves Equius being dismayed by life in the Alternian colonies. Though really just in this one in particular.
a fun, not-very-serious fic. the writing is so stylized and neat ahh
Bonus: so my moirail Hallie writes these really great fics and I’m gonna definitely feature her on this list
Recovery by the Cup by polysterfox on ao3 | words: 700 | Teen+ | Complete | Pairing: Calliope/Roxy
"Do you have something against Complacency of the Learned?" She gives you a cold split-second stare.
"No," you grin, "definitely not. I’m pretty damn familiar with the series, actually."
um it’s fucking callierox what’s not to love let’s be real. but no, seriously, she wrote this for me and it’s so uplifting and pure and ughh
and that’s all! stay tuned for round 3!