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- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - KUSO Fairytales 4.0 The Long Haired Princess, Prologue by hehe_05 - While the previous post from the author contained a lot more fanart in it, this one is closer to a more traditional fanfic, with added illustrations put in, so it gets recommended as a fanfic instead. And I love what this author is doing, the illustrations continue to be both adorable and really beautiful to look at, they combined the REBORN! feel and what could have come out of a fairy tale book. There's humor woven into the retelling of Squalo's history, along with a whole lot of adorableness. The really great thing--aside from the characters all being kind of seriously awesome--is the way the author/artist takes the backgrounds of these characters and tells fairy tales out of them. So great. ♥ (Dino/Squalo, Xanxus/Squalo, though you could almost squint at see it as gen.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - KUSO Fairytales 4.0 The Long Haired Princess, Story 2 by hehe_05 - Oh, god, I love this fic so much so far. Everything I've said about previous chapters is still true about this fic--the fairy tale narrative that retells the characters' stories is so wonderfully done and so charming and you know how things will turn out, but the way the author does it is brilliant. Also, the art continues to be brilliantly done for an illustrated fairy tale-style fanfic, I love it so much. But one of the best things about this chapter, of course, is that it's about Bel, whom fandom has given me such an interest in. He could have been such a stereotypical character and hell if I know what makes him genuinely interesting for me/takes him away from that stereotype, but whatever does... the author does it beautifully in this fic, too. ♥ (Some Xanxus/Squalo in the extra, maybe possibly some other stuff in the fic, but this is QUITE GEN, honestly.)


- Katekyou Hitman REBORN! - The Frog and the Crown (part 1) by ej_neko - I swear. What this fandom does to me. Fairy tale AU fics are something I routinely avoid in other fandoms, yet will totally hit up when it comes to the REBORN! fandom. But it gets me fics like this, which I initially read for the Xanxus/Squalo but wound up enjoying for the whole Varia-as-a-kingdom storyline because the author has a great sense of humor about the whole thing. Squalo's characterization (or descriptions of him at least) are hilariously on target and his relationship with Xanxus is even funnier, and I just. I love the whole of the Varia. Plus, the inclusion of Bel (which had me laughing out loud at a couple of points, especially Xanxus' take on the whole thing) was fantastic. I'm totally looking forward to finding part 2 of this. (Some Xanxus/Squalo, it's only half the point.)


Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Licking Wounds and Nursing Egos by theburningempty - Xanxus strikes me as one of those characters that would probably be difficult to write very well, especially if you put him in a relationship with someone else, even one of the other Varia members like Squalo. But I really liked what the author did here, the way there's something almost like a human side to him here without sacrificing the rough edges that all of the Varia came with. The writing and imagery of this is harsh but lovely and I thought it really fit both characters very well. *__* (Xanxus/Squalo.)


Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Shower by fangirl_complex - This is really a lot of how I see Xanxus and Squalo's relationship going, the way there's an attraction there, the way they work so well together, but it's also rough and uncaring and the author's Xanxus is fantastic because he really just doesn't care what others want. The rough quality of the phrasing (in the way the author intended) wasn't too much, but instead it just kind of made the whole showerfic sex that much hotter. Now I remember why I liked this pairing so much. *__* (Xanxus/Squalo, R-rating.)


Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: untitled by nikki - I read this fic on a whim (since I was reading REBORN! fic at the time anyway) and, yes, it is a bit fluffier than you'd expect from characters like Xanxus and Squalo, but I liked it a lot, because it was just a brief moment of something a little bit nicer, something that came along with a lot of yelling and fighting, came along with a lot of swearing and foul language on Squalo's part. Plus, I can totally believe Xanxus would have an "I'll crush you" hand on someone and then a (somewhat) nicer one. XD (Xanxus/Squalo.)


Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Storm in a Teacup by botling - You know, by himself, Squalo's not a character that I feel like I should be all that interested in. But you put him in a scene with certain other characters--like Xanxus especially, because there's something very genuine about Squalo's loyalty to Xanxus, far beyond fear of him--and he becomes suddenly fascinating in the right author's hand. And I love this Squalo, the one who's attracted to Xanxus' rage and the storm behind his eyes, even when it causes Squalo himself a lot of pain. It's so. This is their relationship in one little ficlet right here. (Xanxus/Squalo.)


Katekyou Hitman REBORN: The Awesomely Epic Chronicles of Squalo and Xanxus by aubuyn - Oh god. I was crying through so, so much of this fic. It's totally cracked out and over the top, but even with that it's got some amazing characterization for these two and this, this is why, as much as I'll cheat occasionally, Xanxus/Squalo is a total fucking OTP. And, oh, god, the characterization of Squalo, all brashness and idiocy and dangerous violence and total fucking retard and having no sensibility whatsoever and a ginormous pair and everything that makes Squalo himself, is brilliant here. I just. I cannot explain how great his interaction with Xanxus is here, how much Squalo gets right in his face and nobody is better for each of them and how goddamned hilarious the whole thing is, right down to Squalo's insults and speech patterns. I really, really want more of this pairing now, it was seriously one of the best fics I've read for them. XD (Xanxus/Squalo.)


Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Alcohol + House of Cards + Up Against The Wall + Silence + Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex by kittyling - This is another collection of short KHR ficlets on various characters and pairings, which I thought were interesting. I was caught by the first one because it's Ryohei/Hibari and I just really like the way it opened with "Haha, whoa. You're extremely drunk!" because somehow that's just so very easy to see. But the fourth one was probably my favorite, with Hibari and the sakura petals that has some pretty imagery and is really kind of hot. *__* (Ryohei/Hibari, Yamamoto/Gokudera/Tsuna, Xanxus/Squalo, Mukuro/Hibari (I think), and Spanner/Shouichi, in that order going down.)


Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Strange Brew by gefenia - ;asdlkfjalskj goddamn, I love Xanxus/Squalo. I find myself hard pressed to pick a favorite from this series of ficlets, because the first one with little kidlet Xanxus and his mom kind of hit all the right buttons for me and gave so much perspective on the character and just. Really kind of almost hurt. But the last one! SUCH A GREAT SQUALO VOICE. a;sldkfjalskj I could totally read more of that storyline! But, I suppose, it's really the overall effect of the entire piece that's so great and a really good read for these two, both seperate and together. (Xanxus/Squalo.)


Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: in-between-scenes by gefenia - Yeah, okay, still with the loving Xanxus and Squalo kind of ridiculous amounts. This fic another set of five scenes between the two of them, just moments in their crazy lives and relationship, that could be more than gen or could just be their version of friendship, which I totally lean towards the former, even though I actually like that you don't know for sure. XD There's a rough quality to the writing, but somehow it works for this pairing where I don't know that it would for another, plus, this continues to have a really great Squalo voice and there's little that's more enjoyable than Squalo swearing a blue streak over Xanxus. Just. a;sldfjkal;skj I love them. (Xanxus/Squalo.)


Katekyou Hitman REBORN!: Beautiful Things by nicepantsu - This was an interesting look at Squalo, one that's dark and violent--well, in that Squalo is attracted to violence and death, thinking them both beautiful--which could have been over the top, but instead I can see this fitting his character. (Well, it's over the top in that way that all of KHR is over the top, meaning that I think it kept the spirit of the series. XD) The way he gravitates to Xanxus and it's bloody and painful is perfect, but it's love that's ugly and messy and unwanted, it was an interesting look at the character. (Xanxus/Squalo, a light R, for violence even more than sex.)

















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