so have a lovely dose of awkward

here are a bunch of AMAZING fics I’ve enjoyed and loved reading throughout the month of august. I recommend that you read these great fics in september, if you haven’t already!! also check out the HL Summer Fic Exchange!

(all fics with a star are my favorites and if there are two stars then it was a favorite favorite)

1. How Far We’ve Come 32k

“This is Harry Styles,” Chiron offers.

He’s beautiful. His eyes are a stunning green, the color of new foliage. The new kid’s limbs are long and lanky—he looks extremely uncomfortable and uncoordinated. Louis internally smirks to himself, guessing the kid probably won’t be too skilled with a sword, or a bow, or anything sharp, most likely. His hair falls to his shoulders in sets of loose, brown curls. The color is rich and luscious, resembling soil so much that it looks like flowers could sprout from his hairline at any moment. But Louis’ eyes are stuck on his soft looking lips, pink as flower petals and slightly parted as his eyes scan the horizon of the camp.

“Welcome to Camp Half-Blood, Harry.”

2. It’ll All Come Up Roses 4k *

Louis was leaning against the railing of the bridge, looking down at the water completely lost in thought when he heard someone approach the bridge from the side that he came from. Glancing up, he noticed Harry walking towards him, hands stuffed deep in his pockets, and seemingly lost in thought. Louis shifted his weight onto his other foot and stood up properly, watching quietly as Harry walked past him. Louis opened his mouth. He wanted to say something to Harry to break the silence, or at least to get him to notice him standing there against the bridge railing - but the words got stuck in Louis’ throat, and he snapped his mouth shut, going back to staring down at the water mindlessly instead. All the while, trying hopelessly to figure out what the fuck he’s doing with his life. Harry kept walking, and soon Louis was once again left alone to his thoughts.

Or the one where Louis really doesn’t hate his neighbor who keeps waking him up at the crack of dawn. Ft magic, Liam, Niall, and Zayn barely being mentioned, Harry and his fucking motorcycle, a date and a kiss.

3. Freeze This Moment in a Frame and Stay Like This 5k

Harry (not so) secretly crushes on the cute footie player and fills pages with sketches of him.

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Fic Rec: Azoth by zeitgeistic (faire_weather)

Title: Azoth

Author: @lol-zeitgeistic

Rating: Explicit

Word Count: 88722

Author’s summary: Now that Harry is back at Hogwarts with Hermione for eighth year, he realises that something’s missing from his life, and it either has to do with Ron, his boggart, Snape, or Malfoy. Furthermore, what, exactly, does it mean when one’s life is defined by the desire to simultaneously impress and annoy a portrait? Harry has no idea; he’s too busy trying not to be in love with Malfoy to care.

Thoughts: Sooooo much UST. Potion-making sexytime to rival the infamous pottery scene in Ghost. Cockblocking portrait!Dumbledore.

Azoth turns up on many Drarry “favorites” lists and for good reason. This is a well-crafted story that can stand alongside professionally published young adult (YA) literature. It also does what the best fanfiction does: builds on the existing world structure and enriches it at a deeper level.

I use the descriptor “professionally published” with caution, because I realize that for many people, publishing with a major mainstream house is neither the point nor the goal of writing fanfiction. Yet, Azoth has the polish of a produced book, and I would even say it meets (or surpasses) the bar of working as an “eighth” Hogwarts book relative to Rowling’s canonical series. My use of the term “YA” literature should not be taken as a form of literary ghettoization; rather, the most highly regarded YA books tend to deal with the coming-of-age/transformative aspects of adolescence. Azoth falls squarely within this tradition.

The story opens at Christmas, where Harry and Hermione are visiting the Weasleys during the holiday break of their 8th year. Ron has just been accepted into auror training. The three are growing apart as they follow different career paths and shifts in friendship groups.

Harry  is changing, growing up, slipping out of the shadows cast by Dumbledore and Voldemort. He has to decide whom he is, and it’s making him uncomfortable. He doesn’t like it that he’s growing apart from Ron, who was once his most precious thing. Harry also has to confront the reality that he doesn’t want to become an auror, which had been his vague plan  since fifth year. He doesn’t understand why he is becoming friends with Malfoy. An encounter with the Mirror of Erised and a boggart emphasize  this theme of unstable selfhood. Harry is afraid of staying the same, yet he is also afraid of change.

In this version of the  wizarding world, students can pursue apprenticeships for more training post-Hogwarts. In a brash defiance of  expectations, Harry decides that he wants to become a potions master and do a  three-year apprenticeship under portrait!Snape. Since Harry basically knows nothing about potions, he has to ask Draco for tutoring. Draco agrees in return for help in achieving his animagus. As the two work together, Harry finds himself  increasingly drawn to Draco (no surprise there), whose own identity struggles lead him to push Harry away. Cue pining:

“And when Malfoy smiled at him, it was the worst thing in the world. There was no way Harry would ever be able to move past this one time, when, for a moment, he’d been the only thing on Malfoy’s mind, and it’d been a good thought.

But then Malfoy stood to leave, breaking the moment and the muffling spell, and leaving Harry stuck half-transformed and wholly undone. His entire life was becoming an Animagus transformation. He just wasn’t sure which he wanted to be—human or animal, present or future, Harry or…someone who liked Malfoy.”

Harry is so, so in love with Draco. Poor boy(s).

The original Harry Potter series attempted to bridge the awkward divide between middle reader and young adult commercial audiences. This more or less worked during the initial release, because readers grew up alongside the books. Now 20+ years later the weaknesses in the series are more apparent (and frustrating), particularly in the clumsy way they depicted (or not) sex (chest monster? really?) and violence.

Fanfiction authors have done an admirable job bringing a much-needed dose of reality (such that it is in a magical AU) to Rowling’s world. In Azoth@lol-zeitgeistic uses the metaphor of alchemy to catalyze (no pun intended) a deeper investigation into the psychology of adolescence than the canonical books give us. Even wizard teenagers struggle to answer the question, Who am I?

Azoth is about growing apart and coming together. About how friendships change as we age. About grief and reconciliation. Such a well-constructed and beautifully written story about transformation and transmutation deserves all of its readers’ love. Remains consistently one of my all-time favorite Drarry fics. (Bonus: Amazing Hermione/Millicent Bulstrode pairing – hell, yeah!)

May I suggest: Pairing with My Little Berserker by Aelys_Althea, another 8th Year story that expands on Rowling’s world and in which Harry and Draco (attempt to) work together on a magical project.

My Lady King || Kayla Bashe || 93 pages
Top 3 Genres: Fantasy / GLBTQA / Romance

Synopsis: Keziah Ravenshade, Witch of the Outlands, has sworn never to love again, but her predictable life is upended when she takes a dying stranger into her home.

Esdelot, the Golden Prince, can outfight or befriend anyone- except for the usurpers who tried to kill her with a poisoned blade. Finding the young royal delirious and on the verge of death, Keziah saves her life. But while Esdelot regains her health, betrayal comes from an unlikely source: her brother has taken the throne in her absence and declared himself king. As the two women travel to the capital city to stop a false ruler’s coronation, they form a friendship that seems poised to turn into something more. But Esdelot has promised herself in marriage to a woman she barely knows… and Keziah knows she’s fallen too deeply for a woman whose betrothed waits for her along with her throne. When an enemy from Keziah’s past resurfaces, a mere conflict of politics becomes something that threatens to upend the gods themselves. Will love win out?

Finished: July 15th, 2015.

Progress: 30 / 50. 60% complete.

My Rating: ★★★★★. [5/5]

My Review: [Under the read more - NOT SPOILER FREE]

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Vixx & First Kisses

Anonymous asked: First kiss - all of the boys! 

So this is the first time I’ve done a reaction post and it seemed to kind of mix itself between reaction and scenario so, I apologize! But hopefully you still like it, this only came from the mind of Admin Maknae so *shrugs* 

Enjoy!! 💚

~Admin Maknae

Originally posted by vixxtvgifs

N -  Being the confident leader that he is, he would be the one to initiate your first kiss, but also, make sure to see that you are comfortable with him too. Maybe starting with running his fingertips through your hair along your face and stopping to linger his hand near your jawline. Letting you know his intentions, but also trying to see your reactions as well, and if you were up for it, he’d step just a little bit closer, leaning into you. His kiss would be touching and delicate, letting you know that he cared. He’d want to touch you, but he wouldn’t want to make you uncomfortable, so his hands would be warm, placed on the side of your face.

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SNSD Reaction to you coming home after visiting family in a different country for a month

Originally posted by just-nine

Taeyeon will be incredibly relieved that you are finally back in Korea with her, welcoming you with a warm hug. Once you get to your shared apartment Taeyeon will be having a hard time believing that you’re actually back home since you’ve been gone for what feels like a year. But she will be snapped back into reality when she sees you making food in the kitchen; it’ll feel like home.

Originally posted by seonyuhs

Jessica will be one word, emotional. Sica is the type of person to have a hard time expressing pent up emotions without talking to you face-to-face, so when she initially sees you after a month apart all of her feelings will start to boil on the surface causing her to tear up. Once you two finally share a long awaited hug/kiss Jessica will be unable to stop the flow of tears, and will continuously tell you she loves you. 

Originally posted by iamevelyndaiana

Once Sunny is able to have her reunion with you after a extremely long month, she will do her best to not have the hug/kiss end. When it does eventually come to an end Sunny will cling to you like a koala bear for the rest of the day and maybe for the entire week because she missed your presence that much.

Originally posted by missraeae

Tiffany will incredibly grateful that you are now home back in Korea but she’s also glad that you were able to spend quality time with your family and that your flight was smooth. Initially when she meets you again after a month she will immediately welcome you will a bear hug and a loving kiss. Since Tiffany is super relieved that your home she will express her gratitude be saying, “You have no idea how much I missed you babe, it’s good that you’re finally home.”

Originally posted by urnottaeyeon

Initially, Hyoyeon will feel a little awkward around you only because she obviously hasn’t seen you in so long and seeing your face in real life isn’t the same as seeing it over video chat. Hyoyeon’s small dose of awkwardness will fade away when you two are finally able to embrace each other and enjoy each other’s presence again after a strenuous month.

Originally posted by celestyul

As the two of you are sitting in her car after she picks you up from the airport, Yuri will just stare at you because she has missed everything about you for the entire month that Yuri will just be in awe. You’ll be quick to see her gaze and question why she’s just staring at you. Yuri will simply say, “I missed you and you’re absolutely beautiful.” followed by a swift kiss on the cheek before driving you two home.

Originally posted by s-ooyoungs

Sooyoung will be absolutely elated that after a month you’re finally home and now she can have you all to herself! The little sweet reunion with Sooyoung will be short yet filled with cute compliments like, “Jagi did you get prettier after only one month?!” However, these comments won’t last long before Sooyoung starts acting like her confident self asking you, “What about me, did I get more beautiful too?!”

Originally posted by pornshidae

Yoona will adore you when you come back home, she adores you in the sense of she hasn’t seen you in so long that it feels as though she has a school crush on you all over again. Yoona will try to keep her excitement under wraps because your probably tired from the flight, so she will want to cuddle you and to just enjoy having you back home in her arms.

Originally posted by dkimss

Since it’s been around a month that you’ve been gone when Seohyun is finally able to meet you again she’ll feel a little shy because this is honestly the longest time the two of you have been away from each other, even with her tour schedules. Like, Hyoyeon, she will quickly warm up to you and start picking up where you two left off the last time you talked although a dose of cuddles will be added obviously.