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- Kingdom Hearts - weapon and K-I-S-S-I-N-G by Tammaiya - Oh, Roxas. C'mere, sweetie, mummy loves you and doesn't think you're nothing but a weapon, okay? I loved this story because you could just see/feel how Roxas needs something more than just being a part of Organization XIII, that he isn't satisfied with being a nobody, that he wants to meet his Other, the way Axel cares without being too obvious about it or pushing the character too far. A lovely piece that shows how/why Roxas would have left the Organization and the beginnings of Axel's reactions. As for K-I-S-S-I-N-G, OH MY GOD, THE CUTE! *squees* Tidus and Selphie teasing Sora (and Riku and Kairi) about his crush and all of them are being adorable little retards that makes me smile every time I read it. It's just so... happy!KH that I love it. (Axel/Roxas in the first one, implications of Sora/Kairi and Riku/Sora in the second.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Island by Punk - I've been pining for KH fic after having finished playing KHII and this is pretty much just exactly what I wanted. The descriptions are lovely (I'm a bit in love with the way the author made the feel of an island/jungle come alive), the characterization and flashes of imagery are wonderful, and the writing is actually not just readable but good. And it's Riku/Sora and it's got that touch of something like innocence verging on more, that way they're playful with a hint of something more, just a hint of sadness, a hint of happiness, a hint of a lot of different things that gets at why I like this pairing so much. (Riku/Sora.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Beyond by Jaelle - I think I found this fic by tromping through Meg's memories? Probably, anyway. And, okay, admittedly, I skipped KHI and went straight for KHII, but this is still a really cool little fic about Riku and Sora on the island a year before Kairi came along. It's just... adorable and cute and feels like KH, one of those things where the characters aren't sure what they're doing, Riku isn't sure why he's swimming out further and further into the ocean, but somehow they're sure of what they're doing, somehow there's a voice or something there, somehow Sora just knows, too. The cuteness doesn't overwhelm, instead it gets that vibe of the series down wonderfully and I just absolutely cooed over the ending because... well, yes. (Some Riku/Sora implied if you want to see it that way.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Anti Fic by Knowing Shadows - [Note: There aren't a lot of direct spoilers for KHII in this fic, but it deals with a few things that you'd be better off knowing about beforehand.] So, Pengie pointed this fic out and I'm really glad she did because I had no idea the author had written KHII fic along with her FFVII fic she writes. And this was... I admit, I found it could have used a little grammar polishing as compared to what I know she's capable of, but it was also a damn fine read and dealt with some really intriguing concepts of Sora's drive forms and the oddities in them. I also liked that I felt for Riku a lot, his self-depreciating emotions made me sympathize with him, rather than go "lol omg riku's so emo hahaha" or find it too over the top to connect with. But really the best part about it was that it was satisfying for so many of the things I was looking for--a RikuSora fic that I could sink my teeth into, something that dealt with KHII but still had its own plot instead of just rehashing, it was decently long without being too padded unnecessarily, and the characterizations were what I was hoping for. It felt like Riku and Sora. This rec is sort of mediocre for one of the best fics I've read in the KH fandom, which is too bad, since it was a read that helped curb a lot of my cravings. For now. ^_~ (Riku/Sora.)


- Kingdom Hearts - untitled by still_ciircee - [Note: While there are few direct spoilers for KHII, it would probably help to know the ending first.] Oh, finally. I've been waiting for some good RikuSora smutfic based on KHII and this was so good. More than just that the sex was hot (which it was), it's that the characterizations were sharp and clever and they were such boys the whole way through. The author did a marvellous job of keeping the feel of the series/characters (especially as she's apparently not that well-versed in the series?) and I loved the references to the different blades (give how goddamned hard I had to work to get the Ultima Weapon and all that) and the constant scuffling between the two boys balanced with how much they both clearly wanted each other. I almost, almost don't need any more RikuSora smut after this, since it was so very much what I was looking for. Almost. (Riku/Sora, NC-17.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Chiaroscuro by Tenshi no Korin - Admittedly, this fic is strange in that I don't know where to place it in the series, I'm not really quite sure what the author was going for beyond Riku angst, but I found that I didn't really mind. I liked the fic for the turns of phrase and flashes of imagery that spilled out almost too whispy and like smoke to grab onto (shut up, I know I make bad metaphors), the way I just sort of experienced it and Riku's emotions rather than read the fic. ....that makes sense in my head, okay? (A little bit Riku/Sora if you're looking for it.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Fish or Cut Bait by Meg - *squeaks* Okay, THIS is what I wanted out of RikuSora fic. Fic that makes me clasp my hands to my mouth in order to stifle the squeaks of fangirling and that puts sparkly stars in my eyes because OH MY GOD they are just SO CUTE and I LOVE THEM LOTS and I LAUGHED LIKE A LOON in ALL THE RIGHT PLACES. It's the sort of fic that's mostly comedy, retarded RikuSora antics with Riku bashing his head against things becuase Sora is kind of dense and then everyone else knows, and it's beautiful. I can't even write a coherent rec because I'm still too busy flapping my arms at the beauty and genius of the fic. I wanted to quote, like, a hundred different lines, but I couldn't because they wouldn't make sense without context. But they were FUNNY. And I wanted TO QUOTE THEM. Eeeeeeheehee. ♥ (Shut up. All of you. Especially Meg.) (Riku/Sora.) - Kingdom Hearts - I Against I by Meg - [Note: There may be spoilers for Chain of Memories.] I love Riku. Have I ever mentioned that? And there are parts of this story that make me want to cry for him, for all that he puts on his own shoulders and won't forgive himself for and even hates himself a little for, when I love him so much and Sora (and Kairi) love him, too. But it's just Riku in this fic and you feel that, Riku and Riku, one real and one fake until it doesn't matter, it's just Riku and Riku. Meg's writing for this is lovely, the emotions of it really come through, the fighting mixed with anger and loss and everything that hurts, it's all really well-done. (Riku/Riku...? Maybe some implied Riku/Sora and blink-and-you'll-miss-it Sora/Kairi implied.)


- Kingdom Hearts - No Such Thing by fyre_byrd - You know, even in a fic where it's just Sora and Riku hanging out and talking, it's exactly what I want. Sure, I ship them like crazy but it's mostly just that I love watching them interact and how much they care, even when Riku is teasing him about Santa not existing. Which was also totally awesome because of that one moment in KHII during the Halloween Town world (which isn't really a spoiler). ♥ Cute, fun with sharp dialogue and sparkling interaction... that's all I really want out of the KH fandom, why can't more authors be like this? *pout* (This is gen, but RikuSora fans might find it interesting.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Medorthophobia by loser_no_jutsu - Did someone rec this fic to me? Did I just stumble over the link? I honestly don't remember now. But with a tag line like: Medorthophobia: The irrational fear of penises.... alkdfjalsdkfja;lsd, I had to read. Now, normally I don't read fic like this, AUs for this series tend to send me running for the hills, but this one had such fun, light-hearted dialogue, just this side of a crack fic, that I got sucked in anyway. And then the conversation between Axel and Riku was beautiful. Really beautiful. And then Sora was adorable and then the ending with Roxas and Axel was just fun and I wanted to believe that they could have had a life like this if they weren't Nobodies and I could totally imagine Axel acting just like this. I had fun. ♥ (Riku/Sora and Axel/Roxas.)


- Kingdom Hearts - I Against I by Meg - [Note: There may be spoilers for Chain of Memories.] I love Riku. Have I ever mentioned that? And there are parts of this story that make me want to cry for him, for all that he puts on his own shoulders and won't forgive himself for and even hates himself a little for, when I love him so much and Sora (and Kairi) love him, too. But it's just Riku in this fic and you feel that, Riku and Riku, one real and one fake until it doesn't matter, it's just Riku and Riku. Meg's writing for this is lovely, the emotions of it really come through, the fighting mixed with anger and loss and everything that hurts, it's all really well-done. (Riku/Riku...? Maybe some implied Riku/Sora and blink-and-you'll-miss-it Sora/Kairi implied.)


- Kingdom Hearts - No Such Thing by fyre_byrd - You know, even in a fic where it's just Sora and Riku hanging out and talking, it's exactly what I want. Sure, I ship them like crazy but it's mostly just that I love watching them interact and how much they care, even when Riku is teasing him about Santa not existing. Which was also totally awesome because of that one moment in KHII during the Halloween Town world (which isn't really a spoiler). ♥ Cute, fun with sharp dialogue and sparkling interaction... that's all I really want out of the KH fandom, why can't more authors be like this? *pout* (This is gen, but RikuSora fans might find it interesting.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Medorthophobia by loser_no_jutsu - Did someone rec this fic to me? Did I just stumble over the link? I honestly don't remember now. But with a tag line like: Medorthophobia: The irrational fear of penises.... alkdfjalsdkfja;lsd, I had to read. Now, normally I don't read fic like this, AUs for this series tend to send me running for the hills, but this one had such fun, light-hearted dialogue, just this side of a crack fic, that I got sucked in anyway. And then the conversation between Axel and Riku was beautiful. Really beautiful. And then Sora was adorable and then the ending with Roxas and Axel was just fun and I wanted to believe that they could have had a life like this if they weren't Nobodies and I could totally imagine Axel acting just like this. I had fun. ♥ (Riku/Sora and Axel/Roxas.)


- Kingdom Hearts - untitled by Meg - [Note: There may or may not be spoilers for KHII in here. I'm not even sure anymore.] There are shortfics for series other than KH in here, but the majority of them come from that set of games, so I'm going to just put it under this heading. What's really neat about these, other than, y'know, the whole good writing thing, is that they're interesting ideas put down in a neat little array. There are lots of different aspects covered, some humorous, some that'll threaten to tear your heart out a little, and they show all different aspects of the KH series. Also, Meg totally wrote post-KHII speculative fic about Riku, Sora, and Kairi travelling worlds together and there was lovely, lovely Riku characterization in it. ♥ (You could read some RikuSora into the fic if you wanted and there's definitely some Axel/Roxas, but there's a lot of gen, too.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Growing Up by Ciircee - Pre-KH pornfic is such a tricky thing for me, the characters are so young then and too often even just the idea of it feels creepy to me. The lovely thing about this fic is that it is about two kids just starting to discover hard-ons and their attraction to each other, it's supposed to be that touch of wrong/slightly creepy, despite that neither of them is to blame for it. It's just the right atmosphere for pre-game handjobs like this. Not to mention the brilliant, brilliant characterization, so much that I can barely even coherently talk about it because it hit all the right notes for me. Riku was Riku, Sora was Sora, both of them so very them without being walking charicatures of themselves. I loved the details (the references to the other blitzball players' takes on everything was so perfect because they're all just such... boys and, asl;dfkjaldfkjasdj, omg, the Cid in this fic was awesome) and the writing is gorgeous and it made me both happy and a little bittersweet because I know what's ahead for those two. And, holy crap, that is exactly how the two of them would react to Riku's hard-on in Sora's presence--I was torn between laughter and dying of embarassment for Riku. Brilliant. (Riku/Sora, NC-17 content.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Juxtapose by Tammaiya - I'm not sure how I managed to miss this fic the first time around... perhaps I hadn't yet fallen into the black hole that is KH yet. But I was browsing around for KH fic to read and saw that I hadn't yet recommended this and decided to amend that. It's sort of a simple concept (Riku's mind likes to think about hypotheticals. He finds this rather depressing.) but Riku's not one to let it stay that simple, not with where he is after KHI and CoM, the author playing on that really, really well. All these half-memories, things that may or may not be true anymore, half-formed fantasies of how things might have been different, how he might have done things better, all of them swirl around in Riku's head, each one of them hurting him because he hates himself a little more for being so stupid, for having darkness in him. The writing is nicely understated about it, though, so I don't feel like a hammer was beating on my head to get the imagery in, instead it winds up feeling so very... Riku. Insightful, poignant, and bittersweet. Just as Rikufic should be. (Riku/Sora.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Completion by Tammaiya - [Note: There are SPOILERS for the ending of KHII in this fic.] There is something that's completely, utterly adorable about Riku, Sora, and Kairi playing Trivial Pursuit with Roxas still loitering around in the back of Sora's head. It's just. It so clearly should happen! There's a tone somewhere between angsty/sad and happy/bittersweet to the game, but mostly upbeat and full of love, just the way post-KHII fic should be. And Tammaiya is one of the few authors who can get me to like the trio in practice, in actual fic, not just in an intellectual way and the ending of this was just... awww, sweet and perfect. ♥ (Implications of Roxas/Axel and Riku/Sora and/or Riku/Sora/Kairi if you want to see them that way.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Like Like by Tammaiya - I have largely fallen away from KH fandom because there's precious little fic that I can seem to find that gels with me. But when an author I like writes fic, I'll usually give any series I'm familar with a shot and it usually nets me something good to read. This fic is no exception because it's just so delightfully Sora and he's such a boy and Riku, too, is such a boy and they're both dumb about liking each other and Kairi is so cute as she's the only one with a clue about anything. Also, Sora's note was a thing of utter love and I adore the way things may have changed for them but some things haven't and the writing is sharp, clever, and fun. (Riku/Sora.)


- Kingdom Hearts - Sure As The Tide by Cephy - It's hard to achieve a certain balance with Riku's darkness and how much he obviously loves Sora and the gravitation he feels towards Sora. But this short fic does all of that and gets a light dusting of porn in there! I love that I clicked on this fic for the R-rated content, but wound up enjoying the take on Riku's character during their first time together probably more. The use of little flashes of imagery and the sense of really kind of genuine creepiness until truly looking at Sora helps to push it away. Yet, there's something very sweet about the whole piece. Which fits rather well with my impressions of KH in general actually. ♥ (Riku/Sora, some R-rated content.)


Kingdom Hearts: untitled by Meg - Look. It's a skeevy AU (well, actually not that skeevy, but the premise is still awesome--manservants!!) and it doesn't matter what length it is, it makes me happy. Especially because laughing at Riku's pain never gets any less hilarious or fun to do. Also, Sora would be the greatest servee pretty much ever. I love this with all my heart. (Riku/Sora.)














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