Okay, this rec list is dedicated to some Twitter friends who have a profound love of well-written AUs with good characterization. Much love to you all (especially to ExEm for nudging me into compiling this list).

This list started out as Destiel-centric, and then I realized when going through my bookmarks is that I’m an AU fiend in any fandom…and then I asked my Collective cohorts for their recs as well, so here’s a multi-fandom list, separated by pairing. Happy reading, shippers!

-The Collectress

P.S. Past AUs that I’ve recced can be found on our Tumblr rec lists. 🙂

Destiel (Supernatural) 

300 Things by cautionzombies
Summary: Dean’s life at twenty-four makes him feel like he’s forty—he works two jobs to help pay bills for his house and put his genius little brother through private school, and has spent six years (on and off, let’s be honest) working on his mechanical engineering degree at KU. With so much of his life devoted to his family, Dean has little time in his schedule for class and no time for social interaction. Then, while getting his classes together for the fall, he finds himself in a do-or-die situation: He must take his last literature class now, his spring already filled with those left for his major…except that none of the English classes will fit his schedule. This is how Dean grovels and begs Dr. Castiel Milton to make a special arrangement for him, and Dr. Milton does.
The Collectress’ Thoughts: This one is so fandom-famous, do I really need to say anything? Just read it.

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The holiday season is here. We thought we’d pass on some good cheer. If you’re feeling the need to have a good read, click the titles below and have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Nine Times We Met (And One Christmas We Parted) by almaasi

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Pairing: Dean Winchester/Castiel

Whoever recced this to me, I love you and I hate you. This is a beautiful story, beautifully written, and it hurts so beautifully. It’s an AU that begins in the 1940s, and it’s the love story of Dean Winchester and Castiel that spans decades.   

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t sob my way through the end of this, but for all that, it’s the happiest ending Dean and Cas could ever have. Recced by: The Collectress

Cupboard Love by mklutz

Pairing: Stiles Stilinski/Derek Hale

In which Stiles cooks for Derek, the Hale clan is still alive, and everyone meddles in Derek’s love life. Oh for cute. Recced by: The Collectress

Happy Wednesday, Shippers. This week, I couldn’t choose between two fics, so in the words of the Collectiva Diva, why not rec both?

Rec #1: A Laying On of Hands

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Property of Eon Productions

Author: fandomfan             Word Count: 5675

Pairing: James Bond/Q     Warnings: Hand!kink, smut

Author’s Summary: 

James has never had a thing for hands before Q.

My Thoughts

I must thank fandomfan for converting me/welcoming me into the “hand-loving fold.” 00Q is a ship that I don’t sail nearly often enough (mostly because I read practically everything there was to be read six months ago), but then I come across a fic like this and I swoon. Quite literally, because this fic is hotIt is rare for me to rec a smutty one-shot, but then it is also rare for me to swoon like a Victorian school marm in a bodice-ripper Harlequin romance.

Besides, this is so much more than a smutty one-shot; this is a brief exploration of an intense sexual chemistry between two complex characters, and Bond’s fixation with Q’s hands is both sexy and telling. My favorite bit (well, aside from the extremely well-written sexy times) is this:

James backs off a step and gestures Q to his feet. He stands cautiously, and, touching nowhere else, James presses their hands together, palm to palm. Their fingers align, but they’re a study in contrasts. For each of James’—stubbed, thick, life-roughened—there’s one of Q’s—attenuated, supple, full of grace. They’re well cared-for, Q’s hands. None of the repeatedly broken and reset joints that tell James’ own past in tweaked muscle and re-knit bone. Instead Q has long, limber, nimble fingers that are even now folding over the tops of James’, nearly a whole joint’s length longer than James’ own. They’re keyboard-calloused and several cuticles have obviously felt the wrath of Q’s anxious teeth, but while James’ fingers are the blunt, brutal instruments he needs to carry out his work, Q’s do his bidding with a ballet dancer’s agile poise strung through their ligaments.

My Recommendation

Click on the title and read this delightfully sexy piece about a Secret Agent and his Quartermaster.