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Story: "And Always"
Author: rallalon
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 2182
Author's Summary: "'Hello,' Rose replies, tugging the Doctor’s overcoat tighter around her, brown-dyed hair brushing softly against the lapels."
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Jack/Rose
Warnings: Sexual situations/language.

Recced because: This story is part of an AU series, "Held at a Distance," the first story of which has already been recced here.  It's an OT3 tale with a difference: in this 'Verse, the team keep in touch after TPOTW, but Jack's "wrongness" causes the Doctor to be violently, physically ill if two of them get too close ("too close" being "within thirty feet of one another").  As a result, Jack has separated from the others but they stay in periodic contact, with Rose acting as the go-between.  In this (very explicit) story, Rose and the Doctor conspire to give Jack a special, unexpected surprise during one of her visits; the love and longing are achingly palpable and vividly memorable, turning what could have been a simple PWP (if an exceptionally well-written one) into one of the most sweetly heartbreaking stories you'll ever read.  (Be sure to read the whole series, while you're there -- well worth it!!)
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     Today I'm invoking the "yesterday was a holiday" clause (You there in the back with the rule book, pipe down, it is so allowed!) and posting a second rec, so I can fit in the stories I had lined up.  Happy New Year again!

Story: "Dances In Four Worlds"
Author: Mercy_Brown
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 2335
Author's Summary: Four dances that could be happening somewhere. (Ianto/Lisa, Ianto/Rose, Ianto/Ten, Ianto/Jack)
Characters/Pairings: Ianto/Lisa, Ianto/Rose, Ianto/Ten, Ianto/Jack, as the summary says.  :)
Warnings: None

Recced because: Four memorable dances that one Ianto Jones might be sharing, with four different partners.  By the time I was done reading these four vignettes, I was utterly charmed and wanted all of them to be true.  Happily, thanks to the magic of alternate universes, they are.  ;)

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Story: Triangles
Author: Adalia Zandra
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 6975
Author's Summary: It is a well known fact that triangles are the strongest of all architectural structures. There’s a reason for that.
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Jack/Rose
Warnings: None

Recced because: Anyone who knows me is well aware that I'm exceptionally fond of Nine/Jack/Rose OT3 stories.  Some well-done hurt/comfort doesn't exactly go awry, either.  In this story, one of our fandom's real masters of h/c takes my fave threesome and runs them through the emotional blender, beautifully.  There's no sex but plenty of love, and some really nice Nine-POV work.  It's a rough ride with a wonderfully cuddly ending, and a great way to start the new year.  :D
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Story: "Dancing at the Sugar Shack"
Author:  rickmaniac101
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 2218
Author's Summary: "The Doctor gets a one-night stint waiting tables, greeting, and stripping at the Sugar Shack. Oh, the humanity."
Characters/Pairings: Tenth Doctor, OCs
Warnings: Swearing, otherwise none

Recced because: I was introduced to this story via the Children of Time awards (in which it took a first round Runner-up win in the "crackfic" category), and it's a real gem.  It's told from the POV of an OC, Big Jake, the bouncer-turned-owner of a male strip club, the Sugar Shack.  We've probably all seen cringe-worthy OCs, but Big Jake proves how *much* a well-written OC can add to a story.  The same can be said of writing in dialect; too often it comes across as hokey and forced, but in this story, you feel like you're sitting at a table with Big Jake, having a beer and listening to his tale about a weird, skinny guy who showed up at the club one night . . . Laugh-out-loud funny stuff, with just a dash of angst to make it believably Ten-ish.
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Story: "NaNoWriRo"
Author: Tungsten Monk
Rating: None given -- teen-ish, I'd say.
Word Count: 2311
Author's summary: "Rose is participating in National Novel-Writing Month, and of course she's using her greatest adventure for inspiration. The Doctor is confused, not to mention a little put out, and by Rassilon he'll get her attention back somehow . . ."
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Rose, the TARDIS
Warnings: None that I can think of.

Recced because: This is a very funny little piece of near-meta, worth reading for Rose's hilariously tortured attempts at prose alone. The Doctor offers some very good advice . . . and uses a coaching style I'm sure many of us would enjoy! ;) I also love stories where the TARDIS gets involved in events, so bonus points from me on that front. (Yes, more NuWho fluff -- it's where the brain is stuck this week . . .)
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Story:  "We're Hers"
Author: aibhinn  
Rating:  Adult   
Word Count: 4708
Author's summary: "At a Halloween party in a London club, Rose runs into an old boyfriend…and gets in over her head."
Characters/Pairings: Nine/Jack/Rose, Jackie Tyler
Warnings: None, unless you haven't seen S1 from "The Empty Child" on . . .

Recced because:
As some folks here might know, I'm a great fan of the Doctor/Jack/Rose OT3 (with either Nine or Ten), and this story is ( to me, anyway) a lovely example of that combination.  It's also a great "warm fuzzies" piece, as Jack and the Doctor get to be all protective of Rose, she's grateful . . . and ultimately a very good time is had by all.  ;)
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Story: Hen Night
Author: honorH
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1078
Author's summary: "Martha and Donna get bored and drunk, and the Doctor and Rose get a little 'help.'"
Characters/Pairings: Donna Noble, Martha Jones, Rose Tyler/Tenth Doctor.
Warnings: Mildly spoilery for the end of S4, though thoroughly AU.

Recced because: Martha and Donna make a great team, especially when they're drunk and making suppositions about Rose and the Doctor's, er, private activities. It's laugh-out-loud funny, snarky, and totally the way the season should have ended (leaving aside the fact that this would never have made it onto a family show). I was going to rec something serious or Old Skool (or both) today, but darnit, the brain just wants to think about fun and crack and the Awesomeness That Is Donna this week, so I finally gave up. It's too late to argue with any of my split personalities, anyway ('tis still Wednesday here, but only barely!).
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Story: "Torchwood Babiez: Missing Shoes"
Author:spastasmagoria (and [profile] jigglykat)  See also [profile] tw_babiez. . .
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: Officially 25, but kinda N/A in this case . . .
Author's summary: "Designed specifically to kill you with cute. The byproduct of too much booze and conventions... we give to you... WHY KIDS AND TORCHWOOD SHOULD NEVER BE IN THE SAME SENTENCE. (comic-fic)"
Characters/Pairings: Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato, Owen Harper, Rose Tyler, Tenth Doctor (all as you've never seen 'em before . . .)
Warnings:  Warning numero uno: this is a WIP, with an uncertain end date, though it is still in production.  Warning numero two-o: it's sheerest crack.  Warning numero three-o:  it is addictive.

Recced because: It's weird, funny, cracky as heck, and cuter than all get out.  Also, it's brilliantly executed, both story and art.  Dame Ruth says, "check it out!"
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Story: "The Moment Has Been Prepared For"
Author: Lurky McLurklurk
Rating: All Ages
Word Count: 797
Author's summary: " A few decades in the future, Donna Noble's granddaughter comes to visit her one last time. (Journey's End fixit, after a fashion.)"
Characters/Pairings:  Donna Noble, OC
Warnings:  "Journey's End" spoilers.

Recced because: Not only does this story "fix" JE, as it says on the tin, it references Classic Who in a knowledgeable and affectionate manner that I simply love.  Moving, funny, hopeful, and a perfect blend of old and new.  All in under 1,000 words!  (Yes, I've already recced this in my personal journal, so maybe I'm cheating by reccing it again here, but I think this story deserves it!)
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Wow --  my last rec of the week.  Already.  I thought long and hard about which fic to pick; there are so many wonderful authors on Teaspoon, and some folks with wonderful bodies of work, but I decided at that start of the week (as a way of narrowing things down) to pick individual stories that were generally short, punchy and preferably less well-known, which have haunted my memory for one reason or another.   I wish I could have recced a boatload more . . . which means I'll probably sign up for another run in the future.  ;)

Story: "The Day No One Died"
Author:  Rowena_Zahnrei
Rating:All ages.
Word Count: 2539
Author’s summary: "The Doctor spun on her, his brown eyes flashing in sudden anger. “Do you think I make this kind of call arbitrarily? Do you think I don’t want to go back and stop these idiots from destroying themselves? Their people?”
Martha was rather taken aback. “So, you’re just going to stand here, then,” she frowned. “Do nothing. Allow an entire people, an entire planet to die out just because you don’t want to upset the balance?"
The Doctor glared, his jaw set. “There’s more to this universe than one planet. I have to look at the bigger picture,” he said coldly. “And so do you.”

A brief story in five parts on why, sometimes, you can't go back. Even if you have a time machine."
Characters/Pairings: Ten, Martha
Warnings: None

Recced because: This is a relatively short, but memorable, examination of the things the Doctor can and cannot do to right wrongs and how the "larger picture" perspective of history can lead to a positive result from a tragic beginning.  It also touches on the power of words and writing, and is a beautifully-sketched portrait of hurt'n'angry S3 Ten, and his relationship with Martha.
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I just found out that I'm having unexpected house guests -- tonight, ack!! -- so I'm posting Saturday's rec today, a little early . . .

Story: "The Little Ones"
Author: Kalleah
Rating:All ages.
Word Count: 1515
Author’s summary: "The Doctor takes the Rose to a beach to see an unexpected miracle."
Characters/Pairings: Ten/Rose
Warnings: None

Recommended because: Kalleah writes Ten and Rose beautifully, both as individuals and as a couple.  Notably, her Ten is more "alien" than most versions, without being unsympathetic or detached.  Also, her stories are the best I've encountered at showing the Doctor's love of science and sense of wonder at the Universe -- along with the joy he takes in sharing those things with an appreciative Rose.  This story provides a perfect, self-contained sample snippet.
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 Story: "A Matter of Timing"
Author: Forge
Rating: All ages
Word Count: 13.000
Author’s summary: "Crossover with Firefly. The wreck of a luxury liner is boarded, and Ace is kidnapped. Months later, the crew of the Serenity is caught up in the Doctor’s latest scheme.What experiments are being performed on Icarus? What's in the Box stolen from the Doctor's quarters? It's all a matter of timing, but events are slipping away from him. As tensions between the Doctor and Captain Reynolds mount, Ace’s time is running out."
Characters/Pairings: Seven, Ace, the Firefly crew.
Warnings: None.

Recommended because:  To be really, brutally honest, this story could use a good going-over for some mechanical/spelling/punctuation issues.  However, with that said up front, I still consider it well worth a rec for the quality of the characterizations, the fine ear for voices and dialogue, and the perfection with which Seven and Ace fit into the Firefly 'verse.  Seven's hidden darkness and twisty mind are shown to good advantage -- and the sequences in which he plays chess with River are genuine standouts.

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 Story: "Not a Love Story"
Author: rallalon
Rating: Adult
Word Count: 3986
Author’s summary: "It's a partnership and he couldn't care less. It's theirs and nothing, not anything, is ever going to take it away from him."
Characters/Pairings: Captain Jack Harkness/Captain John Hart
Warnings: S2 of "Torchwood," graphic slash-o-rama.

Recommended because:  This is a dark, intense, very adult take on the relationship between Jack and John back in their Time Agency days, and the feelings they might have had . . . or not had, or been fooling themselves about.  There's a bitter sting in this story's tail, and a genuinely memorable sense of . . . tragedy, I guess you'd call it.  Sockets in well with the Jack/John relationship shown in canon.  It's worth noting that rallalon has taken on the difficult task of keeping the characters essentially nameless, with the usual attendant problems of tracking which "he/him" is which -- but I think it's handled about as well as it could be.

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Story: "Homesick"
Author: Howlcastle
Rating: All ages.
Word Count: 2515
Author’s summary: "Jamie is grumpy and the Doctor thinks the only way to improve his mood is a quick trip back home."
Characters/Pairings: Jamie, Two, Zoe
Warnings: None

Recommended because: Jamie, Two and Zoe are one of the great TARDIS teams (IMNSHO), and Jamie has always been a favorite Companion. Thrown constantly into situations well outside his native frame of reference, he always kept his basic core of common sense and honest loyalty. This story is an affectionate, respectful and believable character piece focusing on Jamie's thoughts about his home, his past, and where he belongs.
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Story: "Every Second Tuesday"
Author: rea_p
Rating:All ages.
Word Count: 1501
Author’s summary: "Jack investigates a semi-secret alien meeting in Cardiff, and finds something other than what he expected."
Characters/Pairings: Captain Jack Harkness
Warnings: None

Recommended because:  I've always been curious about what happens to the ordinary folk/beings who end up in Cardiff via the Rift -- I mean, they can't *all* be evil things intent on destruction, domination, or criminal activity.  This charming little story provides an answer, while giving Jack a chance to take a break from the less pleasant aspects of his job.  And what better day to post a rec for it?

(And yes, I'll admit to having liked the idea of weird flyers posted around Cardiff enough to have borrowed it for one of my own stories -- though in a rather different context.  Still, credit where it's due!)
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Story: "Near"
Author: rosa_acicularis / [personal profile] rosa_acicularison LJ, too.
Rating: All ages.
Word Count: 976
Author’s summary: "Memory is a funny thing." The Doctor, after Utopia. (Now inconsistent with canon.)
Characters/Pairings:  Ten/Rose, Captain Jack Harkness, Martha Jones
Warnings: Ending of "Utopia," "Doomsday."

Recommended because:  The author has a brilliant understanding of Ten/Rose; their "voices" and feelings always ring perfectly true in  her stories.  This is a brief interlude, posted just after "Utopia" aired (hence the slight AU-ness of it) that is beautiful, funny and heartbreaking, written with clean, polished, scalpel-like precision.  An angsty start to the week, but hey,  Mondays are kinda angsty by nature, right?  ;)

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