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- Ouran Koukou Host Club - Refreshing Brotherly Love by Tammaiya - [Note: This fic will contain some spoilers for volume 5 and probably won't make as much sense if you haven't read that far.] Ever since reading the "refreshing" storyline, I have been wanting Kaoru/Hikaru fic like this, because they went from being amusing and lovable little shits to OH GOD MY BABIES I WANT TO HUGGLE YOU LOTS AND LOTS. The new layers revealed in their relationship, the way things aren't what you may have previously thought, the way they relate isn't quite what you thought... and then Tammaiya takes all of that and winds it up into this really lovely, lovely fic. The way you see the revelations of Kaoru being the dominent twin, the way Hikaru clutches at him afterwards, that little tremor of fear that one might lose the other, the way they can be different but they're still mirror images of each other... she gets all of that into this fic that takes place after the window drops on Kaoru and Haruhi. There's a real sense of... their world is small here, it's just the two of them, yet it's opening up a little even while they're so close as to be inseperable... it's all put into writing with this fic and then topped off with a light hint of smut and it's lovely. Did I mention that part? That it's wonderfully written? Okay, just checking. (Kaoru/Hikaru.)


- Ouran Koukou Host Club - Identity Crisis by Sophia Prester - Sophia P is one of those authors that I'll follow into a lot of different places, so when she writes Host Club fic? That deals with Kaoru/Hikaru, a favorite subject of mine after volume five? Well, of course I'm going to be there. And this was beautiful, a really sharp, incredibly written fic that made my fangirl heart ache for both of them. It's filled with little touches that make everything, including their parents and the events that happened when they were younger, feel so fully realized and it gets that sense of connection and emotional need/ache that's between them because they both need each other so much. Even the little moments of humor (I especially love her take on the twins' father) are wonderful and put into the fic much like they are with the regular series. But it's the introduction of Haruhi into their lives, the way it's not quite like anyone else, the way they're slowly starting to be a little bit different and people are noticing that... it's both a good thing and a painful thing and this fic does a beautiful job of showing that. (...it's not really Kaoru/Hikaru or Kaoru/Hikaru/Haruhi, it's gen, but.)


- Ouran Koukou Host Club - Between by chaineddove - I admit, I tend to view the Kaoru/Hikaru relationship a little differently than this author, I feel that Hikaru is the one who holds on tighly and Kaoru the one takes the first steps towards growing up, but... at the same time, I can't really argue with the fic because it's written well with the scenes from the series and the case presented in the fic is really well-done. The writing itself is lovely, the way the twins are in their own little world even as they interact with everyone else, the way Haruhi just sort of carelessly crashed into their world, the way I could feel the heartache from Kaoru... who is one of my favorite characters from the series, actually, so to have his emotions shine through in this fic for me was a treat. It's a lovely story about the twins as children, about them growing up, and about the way things slowly start to change. And one of the best things is that I can completely imagine all the antics they got up to, every example that the author used to illustrate the different stages of their lives (which were really effect as well!) were ones I could completely imagine having happened in their past. (Kaoru/Hikaru, Hikaru/Haruhi, not quite safe for work.)


- Ouran Koukou Host Club - When Zeus split the human being by Experimental - This morning seems to be by morning for finding Host Club fic that I like and this one was... it's nice when fic can actually work in a lot of references to classical works or notes of culture, especially in a series that's already so steeped with casual references as part of the background. Yet, it doesn't take the focus away from the characters or the story, it sets the stage for the real point of the story, the closeness of the twins and how they're so intertwined that they're as close as they can be without sharing a body. But it's nice to have those details, the references to philosophers and history, to have them in the middle of a new themed week that could actually totally happen. And the characterization is lovely, surprisingly subtle in all the right places, and an ending that resonates with me, it feels right, the way they look at Haruhi and her entrance into their lives. A really, really lovely Kaoru perspective as well, especially since, for half of the fic, I wasn't sure if it was just one twin or set from a first person perspective from both of them. That's kinda cool. (Implications of Kaoru/Hikaru and Kaoru/Hikaru/Haruhi if you want to see them, about on the level of the series itself.)














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