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- Hana Yori Dango - Observation by Tari Gwaemir - There is something about this fic that's... it's a short piece, but it has this clarity to it, this sense of a moment in time, a certain sense of making me feel like I'm on that train with Tsukasa and Tsukushi. It's the way he watches her, even as she watches everyone else before she turns to him, the little details of his too-long legs or her ill-fitting shoes, that just breathe a lovely sort of life into this piece. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - So Obvious by Maho-chan - See, now this is the kind of thing that I wanted to read about Tsukasa and Tsukushi, with Tsukushi trying to be strong on her own while Doumyouji's in New York and still missing him anyway despite saying no no she's totally not and she still has so much trouble saying her feelings and Doumyouji is an idiot but somehow such a perfect one and... and... okay. The scene with Tsukushi in the park and yelling at the sky as snow falls around her and then the total shoujo manga-ness of the obvious eventual reunion? So totally hitting my buttons. I really, really needed kissing fic and this one came along at the right time and YAY. ....shut up, I can be a dippy fangirl if I want to. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Dreaming by Maho-chan - [Note: I don't know if this is going to count as a spoilery fic or not...?] What I wanted to get out of this fic was a happy, smooshy HanaDan future fic, preferably something with Tsukasa and Tsukushi finally being able to be together permanently, and that's pretty much exactly what I got out of this. It was happy and fluffy and cute and Doumyouji was still an idiot and Tsukushi really loved him even though he was an arrogant idiot and they were married and they still snarked at each other and just... yeah. It hit all those buttons I was looking to have hit, it scratched my need for Tsukasa/Tsukushi romantic fic after pining away for them for awhile now. I feel much better about the series again after reading a cute, fun fic like this. ♥ (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - A Shift in Gravity by Hikaru a - While I realize that this doesn't fit with the drama (which is what I know better--sorry, sorry!!), the characterization itself is what I'm reading fic in this fandom for. And it's a really sweet, simple little piece in the aftermath of the Canada arc and Tsukushi outside of Tsukasa's door, torn between caring about him and her pride/hating him and it's just... one of those short pieces that I really enjoyed reading. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - there’s always a next time by swollenfoot - Another fun short piece of fic that just... I like it because it quietly captures both Tsukushi and Tsukasa, what makes both of them such delightful characters, how they fight and how they make up in their own special way. The ending is especially very Tsukasa-like and just... ♥ for them both. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Post-Its by _defyingtheodds - Heeeee, this was so cute! Tsukushi wandering around the Doumyouji mansion and trying to figure out a way to not get lost and she's just so... Tsukushi about it. It's a great, great interpretation of the theme and the ending of this one just fills me with utter delight because I love those two idiots and I can just imagine the conversation afterwards. ♥ (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Darling, we'll be an army of two by tin - [Note: This fic is locked, but the author friends anyone who friends the journal, so I'm making an exception.] There are certain stories in this fandom that I know I'm desperate to read, but I can't put my finger on exactly what it is that I want, other than some form of permanence that doesn't take away from everything they went through in the series. Which is what this fic does, it's these little images from Tsukushi's point of view, even after they're married, a surreal sense that they're still children playing at adults, even when that's not true anymore. The language of the story is lovely, it captures both their characters (both the wild, hilarious sides and the more fragile, almost bitter sides) so beautifully and is one of those that's quietly satisfying to me in a way I'll never be able to quite put into words. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Celebration by Jennifer Wand - So, I like kissing fic, right? And with Tsukasa and Tsukushi, that will never happen enough. Ever. Yet, it takes a certain amount of talent to write a fic that's basically about a physical act as simple (and complicated, in its own way) as kissing. What this fic accomplished was to make me feel a little better about these two idiots and their idiotic romance, the way something finally went right with them, even if it didn't actually happen in the canon that way. I could feel the emotion between the two of them, that strong pull that neither of them could escape, and... well, really, that's all I ask for from fic. It got to me and it was fanservice that made me happy. ♥ (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - kiss by tin - [Note: This fic is locked, but the author friends everyone who friends the journal, so I'm making an exception here.] Every so often there's a fic about kissing that is both satisfying for the physical act itself and because it says so much about a couple in the way they kiss. The author's writing is lovely, there's such a lovely intimacy here, such pretty imagery in the way Tsukasa and Tsukushi kiss, the way it's described shows just how much emotion is between the two of them. Very lovely. ♥ (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Lovers Absent Speak by Dora-chan - I loved this fic. The style (Tsukasa and Tsukushi writing letters back and forth to each other) was really fun and their voices still managed to come through so well--you could tell how much they loved each other and how much they each got under each other's skin. There were several points where I laughed out loud (which I'd love to quote, but wouldn't want to spoil, just... Tsukasa clearly has the weirdest thinking patterns ever and it's great) and I was just... I was charmed by the way the characters were written, the style of their letters back and forth, just how much fun this was. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Toukon 4 by Dora-chan - Admittedly, this story could use a little tweaking here and there, some cleaning up to make it a stronger piece on a technical level. But it's the kind where it just needs to be given a good beta for the little things, not the content or characterization, which were just so... there's this sense of the HanaDan characters that came through so strongly for me. And there was actually a plot! I didn't expect to find that in the fandom! Tsukushi decides to temporarily enter another school for various reasons and drags half of the cast along with her and it's just... this is pretty much exactly how I would expect such a story to go in the HanaDan universe, right down to Doumyouji's jealousy and beautiful, beautiful, brilliant idiocy. The pacing, the way the characters interact (I love that it focuses on the four girls), the little details of their personalities, the way situations just seem to wind up, and even the Tsukasa/Tsukushi relationship... all of it was just tremendously satisfying to me. Especially after mainlining the drama which makes me desperately crave those two idiots just being near each other. I'm just sad that the fic is only four chapters long and not likely to be continued. (Some Tsukasa/Tsukushi, but it's not entirely the point.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Tsutsumareta by Jennifer Wand - There have been so many times that I've just wanted to lock Tsukasa and Tsukushi in a closet until they can finally work off a little of that UST, so fics like this help tremendously. It also helps that the lanaguage and imagery used are very pretty, there's a lovely sense of intimacy through the two of them touching each other, kissing each other, even more than what they're building towards. It's the emotions of the piece, the way Doumyouji's presence surrounds her and fills up her senses even more than that they're half naked together on the bed. Yet another very satisfying piece that makes me feel a little better about the series/characters. Also, this is why fics with kissing = ♥♥♥ (Tsukasa/Tsukushi, maybe a slight content warning, but I wouldn't put it above PG13 honestly.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Twitterpated by Maho-chan - This was a really cute, fun, and surprisingly sweet (given the couple involved) look at the Tsukasa/Tsukushi relationship from an outsider's point of view. Tsukasa is appropriately bitchy and arrogant yet still the sweetest thing ever at times, Tsukushi is adorable even when she's not actually in the fic, and it was just... fun. The kind of fic that I was looking for this morning. ♥ (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - water vs herbicide by swollenfoot - There's something about the tone of this fic that I really liked somehow, the way it's not exactly bitter or angsty, it's even a happy moment for Tsukushi, but it still says so much about how difficult everything in her life was. Even as she stands outside in the rain, not unhappy on her birthday, maybe more than a little drunk, Tsukasa calling on the phone inside, the tone of this is... just right. I loved the use of the theme for this one, the way Tsukushi's thoughts sounded during the piece. (Some Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - A Simple Gesture by Maho-chan - I believe I was browsing through 31_days to look at what had been posted recently, when I saw Hanadan fic and I'm always up for more from the series. It's such a small(-ish, I suppose) fandom, but I really do adore these two. Tsukushi and Tsukasa are adorable and the fic had this very... cute feel to it, I guess. Tsukushi and her friends reading magazines, Tsukushi being a little awkward about the racy content in them, then thinking about her own relationship with Tsukasa and what I really liked about this fic is... he's not the only stupid one, you know? So often it's Doumyouji's idiocy causing problems, but this fic shows that she's kind of an emotional retard in her own way, too, without being overbearing about it. It was something that struck me while reading and I appreciate it. Also, I really, really would like to know what happens in the next chapter. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Always Like This by dawbygirl - And, as long as I was looking for Hanadan fic, I went poking around a bit more. And as;dflkjasldkjalskj yes. I don't know that I would want actual porn for Tsukasa/Tsukushi, but a light M-rated fic is really, really welcome. It's lovely writing as well, it's only partially about the sex and even more about what they mean to each other and what the way they're together says about the two of them. How their long and torturous get together leaves them both wanting a certain something that they can never get enough of, woven together with the way they touch each other. Yesss. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi, somewhere around PG-13 to maybe a very very light R.)

- Hana Yori Dango - The Psychology of Getting Laid by dawbygirl - Lately, I've been feeling very nostalgic for Hanadan fic, so this fic came along at just the right time, even if it's currently unfinished and not likely to be picked up again soon. But I enjoyed the three chapters that had been written, an amusing story about Doumyouji deciding they're going to Hawaii and Tsukushi dragging everyone else along for moral support. And it's cute and they're such emotional retards, the both of them, and I should want to beat their heads in, the both of them XD, but somehow the fic still makes me like them, just as Hanadan fic should. ♥ (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - A Dozen Battles Won by ErieDragon - I will never get tired of proposal and marriage and baby antics with Tsukasa and Tsukushi, because I want that for them so very badly. And this fic was really cute, it had the two of them bickering and yet obviously loving each other a lot, the author weaving together past circumstances as they wait for their first child to be born. The author could have made the scene seperations a little more clear, I had to blink in confusion a couple of times, but it was totally worth it for the overall sense of satisfaction from the fic, the way it was lengthy without dragging on, and did a fantastic job painting a happy future for the two of them. It's everything I wanted for them and the characterization is very solid and it genuinely made me smile so often. I just. I'm kind of in an OTP-induced mushy pile after reading this. ♥ (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - The Sweetest Thing by dementedchris - Okay, this was adorable and you know Doumyouji would totally try to outdo Rui's cooking (since Tsukushi loved the cake he made so much) in a fit of jealousy and then totally fail at it. Which was expected and a lot of fun (I had to laugh at at least couple of points), but what really won me over with the fic was the ending, when Tsukushi finally tasted the real cake (since Doumyouji couldn't keep it secret from her, he didn't have it in him) and her reaction. They're such retarded teenagers in love and the ending just made me happy because it was so damn sweet and adorable. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Four of Hearts by kashudoreineko - Okay, I know. Going to AFFNET isn't exactly the smartest move a person can make when looking for fic, even if you really kind ofjust want the porno, goddammit. I was just going to go find something to read to pass the time, just a little something to take the edge off all the Tsukasa/Tsukushi UST in so many fics. But sometimes going to AFFNET pays off! Like when you find a really fantastically done fic like this, where the writing is smooth and solid, and the characterization is fabulous. I loved that it was about the sex, sure, but it was also about Tsukasa and Tsukushi's relationship, about how nervous they were together again like this, it was actually really insightful into their relationship as well. Also, it's good het porn. Every chance you get to read well-written het porn should be cherished, much less when you get it for a pairing that doesn't have a lot of actual resolution to all the UST. ♥ ....and I am totally not over-exited at good hetsmut for Tsukasa/Tsukushi, I don't know why anyone would think that. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi, some Rui/Shigeru.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Proof by kashudoreineko - I liked this fic a lot, the writing is smooth and clean, but it also shows a more thoughtful Tsukushi and how she can still be stubborn and willfull, but she's softened over time and realizes how much she loves Doumyouji and doesn't want to be without him. The time apart they go through is hard, but they both have iron wills. I like this Tsukushi because she's still tough enough to get through this, but she also listens to her friends and lets them in because she doesn't want to be completely miserable and alone without Doumyouji. It's a lovely little fic that I really liked. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Stupid and Stubborn by Estirose - Generally, I don't lean towards fics that aren't putting my favorite characters together (when they're canonically in a relationship, that is), but one takes the good Hanadan fic where one can find it. Plus, it's set early on in the series, when Tsukushi did like Rui better and sort of genuinely hated Tsukasa, and it's an interesting look at her character and her early motivations, especially contrasted against what we know will happen. And my crabbing is purely personal taste, there's nothing wrong with the story itself, it's quite good! Nor is it anti-OTP, just that it examies Tsukushi's character in a place where she's not there yet. So, it was a good read. XD (Implications of Tsukasa/Tsukushi and Rui/Tsukushi.)

- Hana Yori Dango - Scarlet by Meg - *rubs hands together in glee* Meg has been watching the Hana Yori Dango drama finally and that is excellent because a character like Doumyouji (at least when Matsumoto Jun is playing him) is perfect for her. And then she writes super-hot not-porno-but-might-as-well-be for Doumyouji and Tsukushi, the kind where Doumyouji is still obviously and idiot and ridiculously in love with her, but there's a possesive, ridiculously hot side of them, too. The descriptions are lovely, they brought to mind the dramas visuals so well, and I mentioned the whole ridiculously hot thing, right? (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

Hana Yori Dango: Nest by daiseiko - More fic that Meg pointed out and a;alsjkdfaljs I thought I'd mostly managed to break myself of the keyboardmashing trend and then this fic totally brought it back. Babyfic! Babyfic that is both retarded and sweet! With Tsukasa and Tsukushi and a baby and they're still just as retarded and OTP as ever. Goddammit, I used to have dignity about my love of babyfic, but ones like this are crushing my relationship with my dignity. It's so fun to watch them argue and then the little baby between them and asd;lfkjalskj ARGUING OVER THE CRIB, YES. ♥ (Tsukuasa/Tsukushi.)

Hana Yori Dango: To Know One by daiseiko - This fic was actually posted before the other one (and is in the same universe, I assume? where they have a son named Hajime) but they both stand on their own, so you can read them in whatever order. Hajime is a little older in this fic, so it worked well for me to read this second. And OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST HANADAN BABYFIC I'VE EVER READ. The character of Doumyouji Hajime is adorable and so totally hilarious and he fits right in with this parents and their dynamic without overwhelming them, it's still about all of them and their retarded families. Also, the characterization of Tsukasa is especially SPOT ON with how he reacts to his son's antics and just. asd;flkjaljas I NEED MORE OF THIS UNIVERSE. (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

Hana Yori Dango: Your Heart Beneath My Hands by alianora - You know, I don't think I'd recommended this fic before? Shame on me. Because it's a really wonderful piece that I could just totally see set in the dramaverse, showing the dichotomy between the Doumyouji that Tsukushi slowly gets to know and the loud, obnoxious, brash front he puts up so often. It's got a really lovely intimacy to it, it's beautiful and hot without having to really go above a PG rating and that's talent. XD (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

Hana Yori Dango: Comedy of Eros by alianora - One of the things that Hanadan fandom seriously needs more of is Doumyouji and Makino making out and/or getting further along in their relationship. Of course their first time is going to be pretty much a disaster, which really only makes me want it all the more. So, this fic was a delightful treat to read together, because asd;flkjaslkj AHAHAHA Doumyouji is as awesomely dorky and spastic as ever and Makino seriously really does have the patience of a saint. The whole thing is really fun, from Doumyouji's idea of how to romance her to Rui's helpful advice (and laughter) to just. Everything. <3 (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

Hana Yori Dango: Trial By Boat by Sarafu - I liked this fic a lot, it does a nice job of showing that Doumyouji and Makino still have these issues between them, they still fight and have trouble communicating with each other, but also it shows all their passion for each other and why they eventually manage to carve out something of a smoother road for themselves. Slightly. It's really easy to see all of this happening and it's a nice pov for Tsukushi. <3 (Tsukasa/Tsukushi.)

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