Check, Please! Fic Recs
Okay let’s be real this is 90% Jack/Bitty with some Lardo/Shitty and other minor background pairings?
maybe i’m waking up, by idrilka
Author’s summary: It’s almost funny. All he ever wanted was to play hockey, to play in the NHL, to win the Cup. This—Samwell, the team, the Haus—was supposed to be just a detour, but now it feels more like a destination he failed to realize he’s already reached. (Or: Jack signs with the Falconers, graduates, and leaves. It’s the hardest thing he’s ever done. What comes after is even harder.)
Why I love it: This is, hands down, my favorite CP fic. The world building is great, the hockey is good (not perfect, but good), and the writing leaves me breathless. There’s a fantastic cast of OCs as secondary characters (CORY), and there are FRAMING DEVICES. You guys know how I feel about framing devices. I honestly just leave it open in a tab because I’m almost always in the mood to read it. If you only read one CP fic, it should be this one. (AND NOW THERE MULTIPLE SEQUELS AND I’M DYYYYYYYING.)
deets, by applecrumbledore
Author’s summary: The grainy cellphone photo on the cover of the magazine is of his own back, his red Samwell t-shirt. He’s got a forearm braced on the wall, his other hand holding the face of someone small and blond, mostly blocked from view, who has his hands on Jack’s chest and a blue hoodie tied around his waist. Emblazoned across the bottom of the cover are the words IS JACK ZIMMERMANN GAY? and it feels like someone just punched him in the stomach.
Why I love it: Technically, this is part of a series, but they’re all stand-alone fics around a common theme: people finding out about Jack and Bitty’s relationship. This is the longest one and the one that goes into the repercussions of what it might actually mean for Jack. I love it a lot. (the rest of the series is here: found out.)
Hold It All At Bay, by psocoptera
Author’s summary: The theory of extrapolative synchronization of the mirror neurons was debunked back when he was still in his teens, so Jack is reluctant to mention that he can smell Bitty’s pies baking from across campus.
Why I love it: PSYCHIC!AU. For some reason there aren’t a HUGE number of AUs in CP fandom? But this one is my favorite. The world building is fantastic, and the use of alternating and outside points of view is very effective. Excellent work overall (and the titles all come from one of my favorite songs, so.)
Exunt, Pursued by Heteronormativity, by psocoptera
Author’s summary: Shitty Knight takes a post-graduation road trip. Four friends, six thousand miles, two tents, several embarrassing photos, a giant rabbit, three cops, and a bear.
Why I love it: This reads like a road trip in all the best ways. This one contains the most Lardo/Shitty of all of the fics on this list, and I really really like the way their relationship is written.
cream and sugar like an optimist, by jackzimmermann
Author’s summary: Jack doesn’t actually pick where he wants to live because of proximity to a coffeeshop. Jack would never do that. That would be crazy.
Why I love it: it’s ridiculous and self-indulgent, but every fandom needs a coffee shop AU, and this one actually fits with canon characterization and is really sweet.
shine for you, by jackzimmermann
Author’s summary: There are whispers. There have always been whispers. Jack doesn’t hear them, doesn’t care to listen. He goes home to his apartment and climbs into his bed and kisses at Bittle’s shoulder before tucking his knees up behind Bittle’s and exhaling. The sound of Bittle’s soft snoring is better than any noise Deadspin could make.
Why I love it: quiet, soft, and understated. Does a great job of telling a story without dramatics.
touchy subject, by applecrumbledore
Author’s summary: Bitty finds a photo booth strip and almost doesn’t recognize Jack because he’s not sure he’s ever seen him grin off-ice before, and his hair is so long it curls around his ears, and he’s so, so young. It takes Bitty a few long seconds to realize the boy he’s kissing is Kent Parson, with the same backwards cap and everything.
Why I love it: It’s PARSE/BITTY/JACK and it’s functional poly. <3 This fic has one of my favorite Kent interpretations, and I really like how the story moves.