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- X/Tokyo Babylon - Broken Wings by Kerianne - Hrmmm. Well, it's not like there's ever any suspense about whether or not I liked a fic--if it's up here, I liked it. However... I don't necessarily agree with a lot of the characterizations of Keri's characters, especially Fuuma and to a lesser degree, Seishirou (sort of). I don't agree that Fumma is a typical villain, the kind that gets off on causing pain in the innocent and chaos in general. Buuuuu~t, that's a matter of opinion, ne? What I like about Keri's work is that she's such a good writer and she writes a wonderful Karen (which isn't surprising, ne? ^_~), and she writes stories that haven't been done to death. I liked that Broken Wings wasn't just focused on any one or two characters, but included many different ones, and wove the plot all together. And I really, really want more of this story! *wistful sigh* I wish there were more writers like Keri out there. (A little bit Seishirou+Subaru, Aoki+Karen, and SorataxArashi.)

- X - Follow You Down by Kelsey - I know, I know, this makes me a heathen in the CLAMP fandom, but I'm not usually all that hyped on Sorata/Arashi fics. Nothing against them, I support 'em as a couple, I just... there wasn't a lot of interest for me. But the beginning of this fic was well-written enough that it lured me in and it was just... dammit, I fell for this fic, because the writing was clever and sparkling and everything I crave in a fic, CLAMP or otherwise. Kelsey really just nails what makes Sorashi interesting and fun here and does so in that beautiful CLAMP style--shoujo-y, but without being dippy romance shoujo. It's... subtler and more sweet than that, so very THEM. ....sparkling and clever are the best words for it, that really sharp writing/characterization that makes me want to tie her to a chair and make her write more SxS encourage her to write more. *HALO* (Sorata/Arashi.)

- X - Little Boy Lost By by elihice - Awww, this was so adorable and cute and just... fun! I really liked the author's sense of timing with the fic, the way the jokes might not have been as cute/funny if they were worded slightly differently, but the author pulled this off really well. There were several lines that just made me giggle aloud as I was reading--a lot of them are quotable, but better read in the fic itself, so I'm not going to quote. But go read. It's one of those stories that's sweet and generally happy, but without being completely OOC and saccharine about it. Which I love 'cause we need more happy-toned fics around the X fandom. *huffs!* (Some Sorashi and SeishirouxSubaru referenced/hinted at.)

- X/Tokyo Babylon/xxxHOLiC - "A Very Sakurazuka Christmas" and "It's A Wonderful Life": More Selected Selections from Yuuko Ichihara's Christmas Anthology! by Pengie - You know what can always make Christmas even better than it already was? Christmas fic from Pengie with selected scenes from Yuuko's Christmas book! There's no part of this fic that's not hack-up-your-lungs funny, not from the very beginning with Yuuko settling in to tell her story and Watanuki headdesking violently to the actual story itself, which is a great homage to "It's a Wonderful Life" and all the way on down to the perfect, perfect ending. Pengie does a brilliant job of weaving in a million different elements--the humor, the comedic timing, the crappiness of the X characters' lives, the movie homages, the craziness of CLAMP's characters--and yet never overbalancing any of them. Except maybe the humor. Is it possible to be too funny? Because, seriously, I'm sick here and this kind of hurt. ♥ (Fuuma/Kamui, Seishirou/Subaru, Sorata/Arashi, implications of other regular pairings.)

- X - All That Glitters by Tammaiya - [ part 01 - part 02 - part 03 ] - You know, pretty much no one but Tammaiya could get me to read boyband!X fic. Because I know she's going to spin something creative and fun out of it, that she'll include the entire cast (no wonder it got so long ♥) and put neat little spins on the characters' backgrounds into the fic and then give me absolutely delightful SxS fanservice. That is ALL I ASK out of AUs. ♥ And, hell, she even puts in delightful Fuuma/Kamui interaction--how often does that happen? There's so very little FxK out there, much less the kind that's totally on crack yet still staying true enough to the spirit of the characters that I actually enjoy it; it's not just crack for crack's sake, instead it's the fun kind. I keyboard mash in love with how much she managed to work into this fic, how many characters/relationships she managed to cover, and impatiently wait for more. ♥ (Seishirou/Subaru, Fuuma/Kamui, Sorata/Arashi, Yuuto/Karen, possibly more.)

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