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Haikyuu!! 2014, Sendai City Gymnasium, Miyagi, 2015

Had a transit stop in the late afternoon through Sendai station, which meant there was no time to do touristy things but still a good hour or two to kill, so Sendai City Gymnasium it was because reasons!!

The area around the gymnasium was rather quiet and deserted given that it’s a Friday afternoon, so I was kind of expecting it to be just as uneventful inside (not to mention it was kind of dark),  but it turned out there was actually a tournament that day…!

Okay well… it’s not volleyball but the “Miyagi Prefecture High School Spring Championship Handball Tournament” (roughly translated). Still, I hung around and watched the games a bit… like with most high school tournaments, they also had cool banners, rah-rah teams and handmade plastic bottle noisemakers not unlike the atmosphere you get with sports anime. You can practically smell the salon pas of youth in the air. あァァァ。。青春!

Other fandom travel musings:

[Hotarubi no Mori e] Kamishikimi Kumanoimasu Shrine [Digimon Tri] Odaiba[Kyoukai no Kanata] Nara [Tsuritama!] Enoshima Island I & II [Free!] Iwami, Tottori |Sydney I &II [Durarara!!] Ikebukuro| [Durarara!! X2] Ikebukuro I &II &3[Haikyuu!!] Sendai City Gym, Miyagi [TWEWY] Shibuya

It’s time for the monthly top 15 themed fics! This month’s theme is Novel Length Fics (all are 75K plus). As always, they are listed in no particular order, the ones with three stars (***) are my personal faves. Happy reading!

You can find other themed fics here.

Baking My Way Into Your Heart (Complete: 178,630: Mature)

Derek is an uptight college student, all work and no play. His carefully scheduled life is thrown kilter when his regular barista is replaced with someone new.

between the click of the light and the start of the dream *** (Complete: 105,192: Explicit)

A twig snaps, and then Stiles hears breathing and the rustle of leaves. He strains to get a better glimpse into the darkness, but it’s pointless. There’s nothing but a black void.

 It’s Stiles’ senior year, and he’s trying to concentrate on normal things - like the lacrosse championship, spring break, prom, graduation (and definitely not Derek) - when he starts having nightmares and waking up in the middle of nowhere. Oh yeah, and he’s being haunted by a hag. Great.

Cornerstone *** (Complete: 83,738: Explicit)

Suffering from PTSD, ex-Marine Derek Hale moves back to Beacon Hills to open a bookshop and find a calmer life. That’s where he meets Stiles, completely by accident. Stiles is talkative, charming and curious. Somehow, despite the fact that he’s blind, he’s able to read Derek like no one else.

Enemy Lines (Complete: 149,179: Explicit)

This is the story of werewolf Derek Hale and human Stiles Stilinski: two people who grew up in the same town but completely different worlds, their realities split by the war between men and wolves.

Years later when Derek returns to Beacon Hills, he does it as Alpha of a military pack on a mission to capture those responsible for the region’s resistance. With his main objective, Sheriff Stilinski, out of sight, he settles for the next best thing: his son, Stiles.

Neither of them suspects they’ll need to trust each other if they want to make it out this alive.

Gravity’s Got Nothing on You  (Complete: 83,980: Explicit)

“Three weeks,” Derek says.

“Still don’t want to,” Stiles says.

“I’ll pay you,” Derek says, and that… that has Stiles interested. Alf’s Antique’s may be a great job, but it’s not a high-paying job, and half of Stiles’s tuition is coming from financial aid, so…

“How much,” Stiles asks, “are we talking here? Because I know your family, dude. And it’ll be kind of awkward after.“

“My family thinks you’re some sort of fucking gift to the world,” Derek seethes, like he’s jealous, “they’ll probably be pissed at me when we break it off, so don’t worry about that. Five hundred bucks.”

“A thousand,” Stiles says, because screw ethics. Also, the Hale family is loaded. Derek can deal.

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Werewolf Wagon’s Top Ten Themed Fics is a monthly feature suggested by the lovely Juliana, where we I make a list  in no order whatsoever of my Top Ten Fics based on an specific theme previously chosen by us or suggested by a follower.

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This month’s theme? Novel Length* Fics!

*over 80k words

(you can also check Werewolf Wagon’s 75k-100k tag and 100k+ tag for a list of all fics recced.)

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between the click of the light and the start of the dream by thepsychicclam (105,192 - E)

A twig snaps, and then Stiles hears breathing and the rustle of leaves. He strains to get a better glimpse into the darkness, but it’s pointless. There’s nothing but a black void.

 It’s Stiles’ senior year, and he’s trying to concentrate on normal things - like the lacrosse championship, spring break, prom, graduation (and definitely not Derek) - when he starts having nightmares and waking up in the middle of nowhere. Oh yeah, and he’s being haunted by a hag. Great.

The Boy and the Beast by Dira Sudis (116, 686 - M)

In which events in Beacon Hills go rather differently from the start, and a Beauty and the Beast (ish) story ensues. (Scott is not a teacup and no one sings about their feelings.)

Cornerstone by Vendelin (83,738 - E)

Suffering from PTSD, ex-Marine Derek Hale moves back to Beacon Hills to open a bookshop and find a calmer life. That’s where he meets Stiles, completely by accident. Stiles is talkative, charming and curious. Somehow, despite the fact that he’s blind, he’s able to read Derek like no one else.

Divided We Stand by KouriArashi (156,742 - M)

Derek is being pressured by his family to pick a mate, and somehow stumbles into a choice that they didn’t expect and aren’t sure they approve of….

Enemy Lines by qhuinn (149,179 - E)

This is the story of werewolf Derek Hale and human Stiles Stilinski: two people who grew up in the same town but completely different worlds, their realities split by the war between men and wolves.

Years later when Derek returns to Beacon Hills, he does it as Alpha of a military pack on a mission to capture those responsible for the region’s resistance. With his main objective, Sheriff Stilinski, out of sight, he settles for the next best thing: his son, Stiles.

Neither of them suspects they’ll need to trust each other if they want to make it out this alive.

No Homo by RemainNameless (84,064 - E)

Stiles’ sophomore year starts something like this:
3 FourLokos
+ 1 peer-pressuring cat
- 1 best bro to end all best bros
= 1 Craigslist ad headline that reads “str8 dude - m4m - strictly platonic”.
Derek is the fool who replies.

Prince Among Wolves by tylerfucklin (101,000 - E)

Looking for full day/evening sitter. 2 twin boys age 4. Must have exp. w/werewolves. Must be human. No pedophiles. No teenage girls. Pay negotiable.

Trust Fall by Stoney (144,224 - E)

Stiles is fairly certain that a case could be made for every bad thing in his life coming back to Peter Hale. This time it’s pissing off a powerful witch, who retaliated by swapping Stiles and Derek a la Freaky Friday, because sure. That makes sense. Um, there are GPAs on the line, not to mention the whole thing where his dad wants to shoot Derek on sight. Except who he sees as Derek is actually Stiles, and Stiles did not sign up for filicide.

Great. Wait…does this mean he’s the Alpha until they figure this out? Holy. Shit.
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Derek had stood in front of the bathroom mirror for a few minutes trying to control the panic as he saw himself as Stiles. As the loud mouthed human friend of the pack. He was going to kill Peter. He was going to kill the witch, then he was going to kill Peter. Maybe even resurrect him again just to kill him all over.

They were going to have to play this cool. They would have to stay calm and focused. Which is of course why the universe threw him into this situation with someone who physically couldn’t be calm and focused.

Of course.

Versus by secondstar (94,521 - E)

At age nineteen, Stiles Stilinski was the next big thing, according to The Guardian. It was surreal, not being able to turn on Sky Sports without hearing his name mentioned along with the names of players he grew up idolizing. Stiles couldn’t believe that this was his life.

What I Did On My Summer Vacation by grimm (118,749 - E)

There’s something weird about Beacon Hills that Stiles can’t quite put his finger on. The way everyone in town knows his name the day he arrives. The way they insist the melancholic howling that echoes through the forest every night is just a dog. The way his dad denies getting a dog, even though Stiles comes home to find one sprawled across his bed, some big black thing whose eyes gleam red in the right light. The way that massive oak tree out in the woods vibrates under his touch, pulsing with sickly life.

There’s something weird going on in this town, and Stiles is determined to get to the bottom of it.

And a few bonus fics under the cut because they’re also so so so great.

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Swimming Lessons (Luke)

Originally posted by hoodzer

MASTERLIST 

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You heard the gunshot and plunged into the water. 

“Go  Y/N Go!” You friend shouted from the bleachers waving around a huge banner. 

You smiled as your body hit the water, the familiar feeling of the  blue waves lapping over you as you put one arm in front of the  other, trying to free-style your way to the other end of the pool. This was the spring championships and you had been training hard all year just for this event. It was the big shot in the swimming universe and all you wanted was to do your team proud.  Your mom was watching. Your friends had come to support you. You had a cash prize, a trophy and a leading title to defend. You were nervous, but you couldn’t lose. Not now. It simply wasn’t an option.

  You took a deep breath and dove in, doing the familiar  arm and leg movements you had been practicing every weekend. 

You urged your body  to go quicker, taking a lead on your opponent as you kicked your legs and stretched your arms out  in circular motions trying your best to get there before she did.  You could see the end point  drawing nearer and nearer.  You could feel  the victory in your bones.  You smiled as you kept up a good pace, feeling the adrenaline course through you, almost  tasting the sweet, sweet success on your tongue. 

But oh, how  things can change.

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milk the cows // ✭✭✭✭✭ - NEW
AU NC-17 Words: 8,014 (1/1)

Stiles gets lost in a storm on his way back to San Francisco and he ends up on a porch of a frowny but also hot farmer.

between the click of the light and the start of the dream // ✭✭✭✭✭
NC-17 Words: 105,192 (10/10)

A twig snaps, and then Stiles hears breathing and the rustle of leaves. He strains to get a better glimpse into the darkness, but it’s pointless. There’s nothing but a black void.

It’s Stiles’ senior year, and he’s trying to concentrate on normal things - like the lacrosse championship, spring break, prom, graduation (and definitely not Derek) - when he starts having nightmares and waking up in the middle of nowhere. Oh yeah, and he’s being haunted by a hag. Great.

Strain This Chaos, Turn It into Light // ✭✭✭✭✭
PG-13 Words: 3,742 (1/1)

After Derek and Cora return to Beacon Hills, it seems like Cora has Stiles over every day. Derek doesn’t understand why that bothers him as much as it does, why it gets under his skin and eats its way into his guts.

He also doesn’t really notice that something’s wrong, until it’s already getting better.

August’s Choice

This month we bring you a classic in this fandom, BETWEEN THE CLICK OF THE LIGHT AND THE START OF THE DREAM  by thepsychicclam.

A twig snaps, and then Stiles hears breathing and the rustle of leaves. He strains to get a better glimpse into the darkness, but it’s pointless. There’s nothing but a black void.

It’s Stiles’ senior year, and he’s trying to concentrate on normal things - like the lacrosse championship, spring break, prom, graduation (and definitely not Derek) - when he starts having nightmares and waking up in the middle of nowhere. Oh yeah, and he’s being haunted by a hag. Great.

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