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- XXXholic/CCS - WAKE by Meg - As always, Meg does wonderfully with CLAMP characters, especially CCS (and XXXholic) ones and the impact of this story was exactly what it should have been. I liked Yuuko especially, the way she was so... Yuuko, in that she wasn't nice, but she wasn't the bad kind of evil, either. All the little references (like not quite remembering names or the way she was irritated with the way things ended up) were very nice touches and it was a wonderful little Clow/Yuuko story that wasn't overdone. ♥ (Faint Clow/Yuuko in a sort of CLAMP-ish way.)


- XXXholic - a loophole in time by Jennifier D. - Oh, blessed XXXholic fic that does fantastic justice to Clow and Yuuko's characters! Jenn-san is one of those authors who just has this tremendous knack for sharp dialogue that's still in the style of the manga she's writing about, the way she weaves these little details or insights in that just nail what I so loved about the original. And Clow and Yuuko's interaction here is no exception--Clow's aggrivating personality while he's still so effing NICE, Yuuko's irritated snarky personality that's still somehow something almost like sweet. Clow's reasons for what he's doing (that aren't spelled out entirely, yet make so much SENSE and fit with the character, that he'd want to protect the people he loves in this way), Yuuko's reaction, the way both characters are different and yet so similar and just... *happy, floaty sigh* This is one of those little background pieces between Clow and Yuuko that I could so easily see fitting with canon, that so captured what they were like that it... I mean, I felt like I was reading the manga, really. <3 Plus! CLOW AND YUUKO INTERACTION! Even if it's gen, I still flutter madly. >D (No warnings/pairings.)


- XXXholic - Playa Escondida by Kirisame - "Looks pretty," she spoke, looking at the sand castle, when the effect was fading. "But you know it's not going to last so long." The writing of this story is rough, it could have used a good, solid native English beta, but the basic foundation of the story is excellent, the relationship between Clow and Yuuko is terrific and the banter/chemistry fairly sparkles. It has all the right little touches--drinking, Keroberos and the Mokona playing at the beach, drinking, building sandcastles, drinking, Yue being embarassed, drinking...--that it felt right for these characters. I was terribly amused. <3 (Hints Clow/Yuuko, but could be gen, too.)


- XXXholic - The Things Kids Do by Laurus Nobilis - *bounces* Eeee! More Clow/Yuuko fic! With hysterical dialogue! It's one of those stories that is dialogue-only but still manges to get tone and background happenings across just fine, you get the whole picture, despite only knowing the words of what they're saying. Plus, the dialogue is genuinely clever and has that fantastic spark these two have when they start teasing each other. I love the ending. ♥ (Hints of Clow/Yuuko--SHUT UP YES THEY ARE TOO THERE--but could be gen, too.)


- XXXholic - Mourning by Tari Gwaemir - I can't figure out how I feel about this story, if I agree/disagree, if it makes me want to cry, if I find it bittersweet, if I should smile at the end, if it's uplifting, or a little of everything. Probably that last one. But what I do know is that it's beautiful and is so very Yuuko, especially after Clow's death. I could just absolutely see this, right down to the watching magic unravel and rewind itself back into intricate patterns. Very CLAMP-ish and very much like Clow and Yuuko's characters. *curls up in the corner and is depressed* (Faint Clow/Yuuko if you want to see it that way, but closer to gen.)


- XXXholic - Butterfly Effect by Laurus Nobilis - Clow and Yuuko fic! With shiny banter and the beginning of things and the careful nudging of worlds and the snarking and the Clow smiles and the Yuuko shrieks of indignant irritation and even the moments of almost bittersweetness. I love fic with Clow and Yuuko that balances both their delightfully batshit relationship with the heavier, weightier sides of what weighs on each of them, especially what drives Clow here. For all that it swings back and forth between the two moods, it's not schizophrenic, it has a natural grace that flows really well and just... I sparkle over the Clow/Yuuko dynamic so much. (Not Clow/Yuuko, it's gen, but I'll put it in that catagory anyway.)


- XXXholic - Fact and Fiction by Laurus Nobilis - Eeeheeheehee~ I adore fics with Yuuko teasing Clow, the way they snipe at each other, delight in annoying the other, and the way Clow is just so... Clow about the whole thing. But, I also really love the concept behind the fic, the possibilities of fact and fiction that a manga like XXXholic opens up. (Not really Clow/Yuuko, but I'm counting it anyway.)


- XXXholic - Graceful Leave by Laurus Nobilis - I'm going to be rec'ing these stories individually because they're not really chapters of a single fic, they're little stand-alones grouped together and I've usually got enough to say about anything Clow/Yuuko that I read that... well, yes, my site and all that. I adored this story, for all that Clow and Yuuko initially appealed to me because of their snark and teasing of each other, there's something deeper there, too, something that's a little more bittersweet and elegant to these two immensely powerful characters. Just the little touches of Yuuko's hand in his hair while he recovers say so much, without really ever having to say it at all and it was just... perfect. (Clow/Yuuko.)


- XXXholic - Teamwork by Laurus Nobilis - Heeheehee, but, as I've said, snark is always fun, too. ♥ Clow is just... he's the perfect foil for a character like Yuuko, they play off each other wonderfully and the author really does a wonderful job of capturing all those little facets to the characters. The snark is lovely here ("Why is everything always about you?" she exclaimed. "Your plans, your Guardians…") and I adore the ending. ♥ (Clow/Yuuko.)


- XXXholic - First Aids by Laurus Nobilis - I've mentioned the whole great-big-love-for-Clow-and-Yuuko thing before, yes? Because... well, yes. ♥ They're adorable because they snark at each other, even at the most inopportune times, but in that way that covers such an... interesting dynamic, that they really do egg each other one, but there's a base of Something More underneath that makes me sparkle. Also, I <3 that they would get in trouble in some world while travelling because Yuuko stole booze. :D :D :D (Clow/Yuuko.)


- XXXholic - That Same Old Song by Aishuu - "Clow," she replied, her voice amused since that was what he expected. "You've shrunk since we last met." Oh, I'd been enjoying the fic up until that point, but that just sent me over the edge in a fit of giggling because I could just picture the look on Yuuko's face as she said it. ♥ This story was just... it was everything that Aishuu set it out to be, cutely amusing and snarky in parts, bittersweet in others, a perfect blending of the two, much like the characters themselves. It's one of those clever little concepts that can be played with because of the crossing of CLAMP's worlds (Yuuko meeting Eriol, that is), but also captures that sense XXXholic (and Clow and Yuuko in particular) had, that whispy, hazy sort of undercurrent to everything. Plus, I really enjoyed the deft hand Aishuu used for Yuuko's feelings here and the way Eriol reacted to her. *__* (Hints of Clow/Yuuko.)


- XXXholic - Names by Anna - Another very nice, bittersweet Clow and Yuuko fic, set sometime before the series and... my favorite part of this story is the way Clow feels about Sakura in the various worlds, the way I really believe how special he finds her, the way it ties CCS!Clow and TRC!Clow together with the way it affects Yuuko, seeing his preparations for the future. That and the ending, the way names feature into this and what it means for them. Lovely characterization. (Hints of Clow/Yuuko.)


- Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE/XXXholic/Cardcaptor Sakura - utitled triple crossover by Elihice - Seriously. Still so much with the love for CLAMP's various worlds and how they cross over and how much potential is there for moments like this, when Clow and Yuuko are discussing and making plans for the future. I love the idea of this, the way two Clows from different universes meet up, the sheer amount of fun that scene was, but... at the same time, there's this serious undertone of what they know is going to happen, what they're doing to shape the future. It's sharp writing and it's all so... CLAMP. I love it. Also, MUCH TOUYA LOVE HOORAY. *shimmers* (No real warnings/pairings, I wouldn't say.)


- XXXholic - Sleeping Beauty by Riri - Okay. How can I NOT love a story that starts out with: Once upon a time, in the beautiful, prosperous, and magical kingdom of Holic, there lived a wise and friendly but very mischievous king, Clow, and his equally wise in a more frightening manner, slightly insane, alcoholic, opium-high queen, Yuuko.?? I was sold just from that line alone. XD XD XD It's really short right now, but it's a really amusing little fairy tale-like story with just enough little details (Yuuko is especially delightful here ♥) and solid, sparkling characterization that I really want more of this one. (Doumeki/Watanuki in the future, Clow/Yuuko side pairing, I think.)


- XXXholic - A Present by laurus nobilis - When Clow Reed randomly showed up in your garden with a smile and a present, it had to be a suspicious matter. Have I squee'd about my love of Clow and Yuuko in the last five minutes? Because, if not, I'm probably going to be doing a lot of that now. It's just that I get such a fabulous sparkly feeling when I read sharp dialogue like this, Clow giving Yuuko a pair of pretty shoes, Yuuko being terribly suspicious, Clow just smiling in that serene, unreadable way of his, Yuuko wanting to rip it off his face but she can't sense anything wrong with the shoes, all of that, I love it all so much. And it has all these lovely background details and a fantastic ending. Actually, I really enjoyed reading the author's notes, becuase you realize how terribly clever the story is. And more really, really needs to be played on that. ♥ (Not really Clow/Yuuko, but I'm counting it.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/XXXholic - A Wizard's Staff by Meg - FUFUFUFUFU. You know, for all that I love Clow always being the serene bastard and making other people screech in rage, it is brilliant to see the shoe on the other foot for once. Because you know, know Yuuko and Kero-chan would totally gang up on him and you should probably feel badly for Clow, but HAHAHAHAHA NO. *loves this fic with mad abandon, cannot stop grinning even now* (No warnings/pairings.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/XXXholic - Be indomitable, O my heart by Meg - MEG! WRITING CLOW AND YUUKO! SHE HASN'T DONE THAT NEARLY RECENTLY ENOUGH! Especially not when they're drunk and her Clow and Yuuko are so incredibly perfect, right down to the way the room sways around Yuuko or the way she uses the theme. This is brilliant and, oh, how I would demand more of Meg if I could. Seriously, seriously one of the best uses of the theme and those last two lines sent me into fits of glee and laughter. (Clow/Yuuko.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/XXXholic - Tsarina by r_avis - he thought often --- and cynically --- that she dressed like a lazy lover, one who awoke from slumber only to miss buttons when redressing and examine crossly the function of underclothes So, Meg pointed out this fic the other day. I read and fell in looooooooooooove. The above description of Yuuko sold me on this shortfic immediately, because it's such a beautiful and perfect way to describe Yuuko, but I also loved this story for the way Clow and Yuuko feel around each other, there's this beautiful sense of subtlty and power and knowledge... without having to be obvious about it. I mean, it's never even mentioned, I just felt it. Lovely fic. (Hints of Clow/Yuuko.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/XXXholic - Greetings my stupid four-eyed cousin... by cynic_in_charge - I admit, I wasn't sure I was entirely onboard with the characterization of Yuuko in this story, but the writing is smooth and the details are solid (the mentions of feathered wings versus gossamer wings was particularily nice, as well as the description of Yue and Keroberos in the past) and there was one thing that really sent me over the edge with this. The very three sentences of this fic prompted the most hilarious image I have read since... well, probably the last brilliant fic I read. Because, seriously. I WOULD SERIOUSLY CONSIDER PAYING SOMEONE TO WRITE THAT. IT WOULD BE SO FUNNY. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/XXXholic - Thy Divining Heart by cynic_in_charge - It took me a moment to fully get the implications of all three conversations Yuuko has in this story (because, apparently, I've taken to skipping author's notes), but when I did... *breathy fangirl sigh* this is why CLAMP and XXXholic own me, because of the sheer potential and coolness of the characters that could interact. Each conversation is lovely, each has its own tone and sparkle in a different way, but all three of them blend together to create a beautiful whole that is so brilliant for the CLAMPverses. I honestly cannot pick a favorite of these, each one has something brilliant to offer or a moment that sends me into peals of gleeful amusement. Plus, oh, the metaphors of chess that are delicate and elegant and so perfect or the way drunk!Clow interacts with drunk!Yuuko or the sheer brilliance of the final conversation. Just... I loved this. (I'm counting it as Clow/Yuuko.)


- XXXholic - Arrangements by Laurus Nobilis - I adored this, because it's a really interesting take on the circumstances that Watanuki finds himself in in the XXXholic series, but also because it's a lovely Clow/Yuuko piece that does a lovely job with their dynamic. They're such... fun and they sparkle and this fic is yet another example of why I adore them so much. It explains why Yuuko would take Watanuki in, it makes sense that Clow would have set things up for this boy in the same way he had set things up for that girl, plus... I really do like the details the author puts into the writing, the part about Clow's price for Yuuko's help just made me smile for some reason. ♥ (Hints of Clow/Yuuko.)


- XXXholic/Cardcaptor Sakura - Messenger by cynic_in_charge - ....!!! This was... I mean, I was complaing to Di-chan just the other day that there was a lot of really nice Clow/Yuuko fic, but none of them ever got around to the smoochies and it was sort of driving me mad and, okay, this fic doesn't have smoochies, either, but that was sort of the point and then I read Clow's letter and, omg, he is such a pretentious wanker, but that is so, so Clow and the little details in the letter were quite brilliant and so artistic and did I mention that Clow is a horrible pretentious wanker? Because he is. And then that post-script and Eriol and there was not a single word wasted in this fic. I sigh with happiness. Especially that part about Paris. I have happy images in my head now. :D :D :D (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xXxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - Afternoon tea by Elihice - *sparkles* This is one of those ideas that I immediately jumped on, both because I love the author's HOLiC work and because it's so loaded with potential, a meeting between Eriol and Yuuko, considering the tenuous-yet-not connection they have. All the little details, the way Yuuko notices Ruby Moon and they snark about it, the way there's this lovely tension running through Yuuko the entire time, even as Eriol is rather unfailingly polite about it. The way Watanuki sees that there's something a little different about this meeting, but can't really tell what, the way Fate still swirls around them in that way it has, and a great ending line. Just... hee, yes. ♥ (I suppose you could read Clow/Yuuko into it, but it's far more gen than anything.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - agreement by Jennifier D. - So, everything I said about her previous HOLiC fic? Also applies to Jenn-san's crossover fic and, man, what I wouldn't do to keep her forever writing in all the fandoms I'm in, especially the manga ones, because her lovely, elegant writing, the kind that fills my mind with delicate whisps of smoke or sweet-smelling perfumes of flowers or carefully patterned cloth draped over elegant limbs. It's not something a lot of writers can do without being pretentious, but she does and adds in a wonderfully subtle, gorgeous AU that works so incredibly well with these characters. An alternate universe Touya being taken to see Yuuko, all the little details he notices that the readers recognize as familiar or different, the soft, almost unoticeable touch between Yuuko and Touya's father, all that Jenn-san can say with a small handful of words that seize my fangirl heart and do absolute justice to these characters. The gorgeous bargain Touya makes, the hints of something to come and fate and elegance and just... everything I could have asked for outside of smut. And I mean that whole-heartedly. ♥ (Implied Touya/Yue, implied Clow/Yuuko.)


- xXxHOLiC - International chocolate by Kirisame - Oh, come on, like I wasn't going to sparkle over a fic with Clow and Yuuko and baking and chocolate. I'm fairly certain that, aside from their love of alcohol, chocolate would be the next best OT3 partner for them. ♥ Plus, Kirisame has a really good dynamic between them, there's always a give-and-take that is really like them, the banter even as they're doing something so simple as Clow cooking and Yuuko eating, she always works these really nice little references into the story. Which is one of my favorite thing, I love a good 'that boy' or 'that girl' reference that's just vague enough that it's so them. They do love their vagueness. XD Oh, and the ending is adorable, yes. <3 (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC - Mokonas say the darndest things by Kirisame - And then Meg also points me to this fic (as I hadn't been looking for HOLiC fic in the last few days) and I feel much better about the lack of Clow/Yuuko in the fandom. What makes me sparkle especially hard over this one is that the author captured the feel of those Soel & Larg books so well, the way you see Clow and Yuuko "flirting" through the eyes of the Mokona, who are so new and naive and yet you know exactly what's going on with Clow and Yuuko. Just... a really fun, cute fic. ♥ (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC - The Last Fall by Circe - Omg, you have no idea how much I needed a fic about one of my favorite pairings tonight, especially since just last night I was bitching about the lack of them again. XD And this was just... lovely, in that graceful, hazy, languid sort of way that Clow and Yuuko have at these moments. I love this because they're so them, all that power and knowledge and fate tied up in these two people, even when they're simply lazily talking back and forth or when Clow's reaching out to touch her or she's smiling that particular smile of hers at him. Despite that it's short, again, I had to rec it properly. (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - We Used To Be Friends by Meg - Oh, what to say about Meg's Clow/Yuuko? Besides that they're brilliantly funny, she does fantastic dialogue, and in her hands they're sharp and oh so terribly clever? Well, there are those things to be said, I suppose. But I also adored this because it made me feel all the things I should feel with Clow/Yuuko fic, I should laugh at the way they poke at each other, I should be sad when they each care in their own way, especially knowing what's coming and Clow's determination, and fall in love all over again when they... well, There is no such thing as a happily ever after. They both know this. But there's a thing like happily for quite a long time, and they know that too. The fic is gorgeous for the way Meg intersperses it with these brilliant little insights and observations between scenes, the way it all came together and was just perfect. I love. ♥ (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - untitled by still_ciircee - There is something so very CLAMP-ish about this fic, in the way Yuuko remembers Clow, in the way the lines and the images and even the format of this fic unfold that reminds me of reading their manga. The soft, bittersweet tone, the way it's almost a tragedy, but not quite, it's something more gentle than that. As much as I love the way they annoy each other endlessly, I adore the fics where they're in moments of seriousness or Yuuko thinks back on him... not quite fondly, but not ready to scream obscenities, either. The last few lines of this one just made my heart ache, too. Whyyyyyy, CLAMP? Can't you just have at least one AU where they're off smooching happily? No? ;__; (Clow/Yuuko, with Doumeki/Watanuki implications.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - exhibitionist by twelve - I liked that this story had a certain sort of poetic tone to it, it worked well considering the background details the author worked into the story, the imagery she was using and presenting. I mean, normally, I'm not one for styles that are overly poetic, lyrical, flowery, or whatever you want to call them, they all too often run into pretentious, but Clow/Yuuko writers often have a deft hand with the pairing, they keep it from going too far over the line, instead--as is the case with this story--make it elegant and lovely. I love that something as simple as Clow and Yuuko sitting in a gazebo or skipping stones can be so pretty as it is here. <333 (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura/X - 'Twas the Night Before Apocalypse by Pengie - ....GENIUS. Genius that none of us are fit to behold! No, really, even before I read the fic, I was practically bouncing on the bed because Pengie's style would be a beautiful, beautiful thing with Clow and Yuuko. And, oh, how I was not disappointed. From the opening scene to the way I was practically in fits of painful, spasming laughter (oh, god, the limerick, it hurts to giggle that hard), it was just so, so beautiful. Because Yuuko and Clow and the back and forth dialogue and the Mokonas and Kamui and the randomness that she does like no one else can and the Clow and Yuuko flirting in that special way they have and the brilliant, brilliant details and the limerick and the spasming laughter and Clow and Yuuko. This fic totally deserved my incoherent run-on sentence there, yes. So much beautiful drunkenness. ♥ (Hints of Clow/Yuuko, but it's more gen than pairing.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - Water and Oil by strayphantom - aki_omoi pointed this author out to me and, again, I'm glad she did, because it was a charming little Clow/Yuuko piece. It might not be one to read if you're just dabbling with the pairing, since it's just a little drabble that feels like it should be part of a larger scene (as there's not really much of a focus for it), but I enjoyed it because the writing was clean and the characterization was very solid. It's hard to describe why this story piqued my interest, but a lot has to do with the way I really want to see more from the author, I would very, very much like to see her write something longer with the characters. *__* (Clow/Yuuko, except that it's gen more than anything.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - Black Coffee by strayphantom - I don't think this fic is as strong as the previous one, there were a few places I really itched to take my red pen to, but it was still solid overall enough that I felt it should go on the list. (Given that my recs are about what I enjoyed and what I hope others might get some enjoyment out of as well, however that might be.) Some of the imagery was nicely done, I enjoyed the opening line of Yuuko's eyelids fluttered open like the wings of an epileptic butterfly. and the whole premise of Yuuko having a horrible hangover and Clow helping in that way he has... it was just a fun little shortfic. XD (Not Clow/Yuuko, but.)


- xxxHOLiC - Last Dance of the Evening by ciircee - *wibbles horribly* I... I... I... Ciircee wrote Clow/Yuuko? And I'm supposed to write coherent commentary? And not just make fists and mash them onto the keyboard out of love? (Shut up! I love her writing and it's Clow and Yuuko and I am allowed to be the most fawning fangirl ever IF I WANT TO. >:| ) It's more than just the lovely writing or that Clow is drunk and showing up in the middle of the night to ask Yuuko to dance, it's the lines towards the end, the ones that take my heart and make it turn over because she captured the essence of CLAMP with these two. Beautiful, lovely, heartbreaking, and bittersweet. As much as I wish it were otherwise, they wouldn't be Clow and Yuuko if they were any other way, they wouldn't be Clow and Yuuko if they weren't flirting and so, so much more (and so much bittersweetness) going on underneath. This fic probably deserves a far better rec, but this is the one you get because, hey, at least I didn't go, "asdlfkjasldalsjdflaasdfja;lsa;lsdj, love, so, so much LOVE" and then c&p it twenty times to show my affection. (Clow/Yuuko.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/xxxHOLiC - a tale of a hat by Katharos - There's just something about this piece that I find just entirely too fabulous, the way Yuuko is practically brimming with mischievious intent and then... oh, Clow. The writing is lovely and the character sparkle together here, but it's that one moment (and you'll know it when you get to it) that utterly charms me with this fic. That moment where Clow is just so... Clow in his reaction and everyone around really ought to know better by now. XD (Not Clow/Yuuko, but.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/xxxHOLiC - untitled by tokyofish - I'm not sure how I stumbled over this link or why I hadn't seen it sooner, but! Two different Yuukos having a conversation with each other and there's Clow in the background and this was just way too much fun. And the other Yuuko was a cheerleader, which shouldn't have worked and I don't know why it did, just that it somehow managed to hit all the right notes and seem like something she could have done. And, really, it's the ending that charms me terribbly as well. ♥ (Not really Clow/Yuuko, but.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/xxxHOLiC - Once Upon a Time by Laurus Nobilis - Clow and Yuuko are my thing with HOLiC (No shit, I know. XD) and it's stories like this that just... the bittersweet tone gets to me. The way there are all these little things, the way it was said he claimed it was his smile that convinced her to help or that she helped, ultimately, because his concern for those children was real, but even more than that... the feeling behind it. It's not necessarily a tragic story, but it's a bittersweet one, a story that gives me a little ache even as I smile in fondness at them. Even when it's such a short story, these two characters are so well-written that it does that to me. And it's totally not because I'm such a huge fangirl. XD (Clow/Yuuko.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/xxxHOLiC - Hitsuzen by still_ciircee - Oh, my. I admit to a lot more falling for the Doumeki/Watanuki pairing after having caught up with the manga recently, but these two will always hold my heart. Especially when they're written like this, in that way that speaks of power and almost larger than life people who are still people despite the limitless amount of magic between them. The little details of this fic are fabulous as well, the worlds they walk through, the way the narration looks back on them, never dwelling too long, just the right amount of focus before they're sweeping off again. And, oh, the ending is perfect, just the right amount of something like bittersweet but not horrible, Clow's ability to see the future and his love for the women in his life and Yuuko and... it's everything CLAMP that I could want. (Clow/Yuuko.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/xxxHOLiC - Anecdotical by Laurus Nobilis - I adore this author's work so much, especially for the quality where... even when they're not really doing anything, when they're just having a conversation while Clow's writing his notes and Yuuko's asking him inane questions to bother him, there's a sense of connection and romance under the surface, but it doesn't have to be remarked upon, it's just there. There's this quality where it's fun and flirtatious and there's a sense of history, both between them and in their own backgrounds and it's just... fun to watch them rile each other up and to make little comments about their magic or their books or all those other little things. ♥ (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - Winter Retreat by Katharos - Oh, my god. Just. Just. SQUEE. So, so much squee. Because Katharos is a beautiful author who has this way with her characters and then she adds in about a billion little details that I laughed and squeed some more over. I mean. Clow and Yuuko and the guardians and the mokona. On a beach vacation. And it starts out with the perfect reasoning for why they're there (and the way they're such evil people sometimes XD) and then it goes on to have sunglasses and swim trunks and straw hats and magical battles in the background because the guardians are such children sometimes and sparkling dialogue and madcap antics and it's beautiful. It's got just that right touch of thoughfulness on the way humans and the world works, but mostly it's just FUN and really delightful fun at that. This rec kind of sucks, but you should read the fic anyway because it's squee-worthy. Squee, squee, squee. XD (Not Clow/Yuuko, it's far and away gen more than anything, but I'm still going to count it.)


- Cardcaptor Sakura/xxxHOLiC - The One He Loves by Aishuu - There's a paragraph in here that summed up the Clow/Yuuko dynamic well: He annoys her sometimes with his inability to avoid manipulating situations. She believes in the freedom of choice, even if events are dictated by the semblance of destiny. He is a born meddler, and believes in doing what's best for those involved. He's an idealist; she's a realist. Every decision should have consequences, and protecting people doesn't help them in the long run. The author may say that there's little in the way of redeeming plot, but that's all right because she uses sex and Yuuko's perspective to show character insights. Both aspects of the fic are nice--Clow/Yuuko needed at least one NC-17 fic (which was very nice, I liked the imagery a lot, it was pretty sex ♥), but this wasn't just anonymous smut, I had no trouble seeing these characters. There are many lines I wanted to quote (without making it too obvious that the author was trying to Sum Up Their Characters with the turns of phrase) and the ending... the ending is exactly what they had to have. I adored this fic so much. (Clow/Yuuko, NC-17.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - Sibling Rivalry by Laurus Nobilis - For an old and powerful wizard, Clow certainly had a thing for cuteness. I think truer words about Clow have never been spoken. XD You'd think it would be difficult to imagine him sewing cute little clothes for the Mokona... until you stop and realize this is the man responsible for Kero, Yue, Sakura's staff, and whole host of other cute things. And I do so love fics like this, where there's all the background details of Yue taking naps with Soel and Larg or Yuuko watching Clow sew or Kero's general insanity because Clow spoils him... it all makes me just happy to read. (It's gen, but will be of interest to Clow/Yuuko fans.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - Better Than Drinking Alone by allira_dream - I meant to go to bed last night. But I was gathering up a few last-minute fic links to read in the morning and I wanted to skim this one to see if it was worth pursuing. Cut to about ten minutes later when I was clicking all over the author's tags to find more of her Clow/Yuuko fic to read and... well, here we are. There's something very pretty and elegant about the writing for the characters here, something very sad but very pretty and magical at the same time, all the things I want from Clow/Yuuko even if it's not really Clow/Yuuko. And OMG OMG OMG. The author addressed Madoushi! I loved Clow and Madoushi! This fits together brilliantly well with how I loved both pairings, making me love both all the more at the same time! Yuuko watching Clow play the piano, the way they don't really talk directly about things, the way Yuuko knows things about Clow that no one else does... all of it is gorgeous. (Clow/Yuuko, but not really, it's mostly gen. Mentions of possible Clow/Madoushi.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - Once Upon a Dream by allira_dream - After having read the previous fic by this author, I meant to just skim another of hers to see if I liked it as much as the first. About a minute later, I was unable to put the fic down, despite that I should have been sleeping by that point. There was something absolutely beautiful about this set of facets of their relationship, from the way they first met in a dream to Clow's plans for the future to their different types of magic to a thousand other little details that are woven into the background from what we know of the characters. It's not just that the fic is written in that hazy space between love and could have been love (because Clow and Yuuko knew far too much to have been tied together too tightly, much as I might wish otherwise) or the way there's such affection there without even having to breathe a word of it, it's that... there's this really elegant, beautiful sense to the writing that fits the tone of the characters so damn well that I couldn't put the fic down. I really loved this one. (Clow/Yuuko, but not quite entirely.)


- xxxHOLiC - Thoughtful Gifts by Shizuka - This was cute and I greatly enjoy stories with Yuuko and Clow (and Yue! ♥) set pre-canon when things were still cheerful and cute/amusing. This was a nice little piece that was just Christmasy enough to fuel my good cheer today and it contains some great little images (especially the present they bought for Yuuko XD) that make it a nice read. Also, there's a very nice ending, yes. :D (A little Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - All the Little Things That Make Up a Memory by allira_dream - This was a short piece, but very pretty, Yuuko's sense of... quiet and loss and thinking of the past for this one day was very nicely done. It's all the prettier because Watanuki doesn't have any idea of what it means, so all he sees are the little details of Yuuko sitting with the two cups of tea and the quiet that descends over the shop. Also: WAH. T__T (Vaguely implied Clow/Yuuko if you want to see it that way.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - Moon at Apogee by Aishuu - [ part 1 / part 2 (of 6) ] - One of the reasons I still jump at Aishuu's CLAMP fic is because she likes to take ideas and make plotful stories out of them, she likes to make little connections between characters--Yue and Yuuko in this case, set pre-series for both CCS and HOLiC--and play on the What Ifs that were possible. It's interesting to watch these two characters interact, especially at a time when Yue feels very lost and Yuuko doesn't quite know what to do with or make of him, the way echoes of Clow Reed's influence are felt throughout all of the fic. I think that's one of my favorite things, actually, not just because I like Clow as a character, but because that feels very CLAMP to me. Even after he's dead, Clow's influence stretches forward for so long, he can still unbalance Yuuko even years after his death. I'm really looking forward to where this story is going to go, the plot set up is interesting and there's obviously been a lot of thought put into what's happening here. My favorite kind of CLAMP fic. <3 (Future Clow/Yuuko, it's not really the point so far.)


- xxxHOLiC/Cardcaptor Sakura - Moon at Apogee (part 03) by Aishuu - And the story continues to get further into the plot of this, which I've known some details of, so I knew the direction this was heading, but the interesting thing is watching the details unfold, watching Yuuko try to figure out what to do with Yue in her house as he doesn't really have anywhere else to go. The use of flashbacks to frame the story, the way that story is revealed piece by piece as well, is really well-done, it makes the plot feel that much stronger--and I may read fic for the pairings, but I love when there's actually a story being told, which this fic does. And I love the final scene in this chapter, from Yuuko's working of magic to what she glimpses in the future to every little detail, it just blossomed into my mind's eye, that scene. Especially for any CLAMP series, sometimes it's the little details, the little way magic works, the little gifts given that have a deeper meaning, the little crossovers to other series, that is some of the stuff I live for, too. (Clow/Yuuko, but it's not entirely the point.)


- xxxHOLiC - Sanctuary by lady_kikyou - I snatched the link for this fic from this recs post and I'm glad I did, because she was right about this fic being a fluffy, cute look at Clow and Yuuko's takes on the world. It's just a quiet moment in a grassy field while the sun sets and they both look at the world a little differently, just a nice little piece that I liked since I've been slipping back into a HOLiC mood lately. (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC - A Wish is Just a Dream You Can't Sell by clockwork starlight - Also from the same recs post as above, another Clow/Yuuko piece and I am very glad I started clicking links tonight. (And that there are people out there also willing to recommend fic, so I get to read these gems. ♥) Because this is a gorgeous piece on Yuuko and her relationship with Clow, so much under the surface and so much that's not quite bitter, but still slightly jaded. So Yuuko. Her not-quite-wish, the way she pays for her own memories and experiences, the way her relationship with Clow was shown in this fic, it's all fantastic. I'm not sure if it's better for the pairing or for the insight on Yuuko's character. Thankfully, they're blended together wonderfully here. (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC - Every Little Detail by laurus_nobilis - This was a lovely, fun piece between the two of them, how mercurial Clow's moods can be and what kind of effect that has on Yuuko--the way each mood irritates her, the way the constant change in mood irritates her, the way she's still somehow charmed by him. It's almost a simple piece, Clow shows up on her door with sake and a cheerful smile and she knows that can't mean anything good and then proceeds to scold him for the rest of the fic. This is why I like Clow/Yuuko so much, because they're such fun together like in this fic. ♥ (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC - Circle by splintercat - This was a very short little piece (not even 400 words), but I found that it didn't really need to be any longer than that. Just a short piece about Clow planning for his next life while Yuuko watches with a bottle of sake and the writing and characterization is excellent here. They're snarky but without being too over the top about it and you can still tell how much they care. Lovely. (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC - the day you went away by Meg - Clow lies: you might as well say Clow breathes. Clow tells stories, half-truths, fictions, exaggerations, until you don't know what he's talking about and really don't care. For all that I love the craziness between Clow and Yuuko (which there is also plenty of here and is delightfully quirky and hilarious and so very like them), I also am attracted to this pairing because of the bittersweetness in it that's not... it's not overwrought, it's almost underplayed (at least for CLAMP) and this fic does a lovely job with that. It just. It feels like such intelligent (if still wacky) Clow/Yuuko, I adored it. (Clow/Yuuko.)


- xxxHOLiC - Things You Only Wish You Knew About Ichihara Yuuko by doumeki - measuringlife recommended this fic awhile back and I found her link again today, which I'm glad for because this is another one of those amazing must-read xxxHOLiC fics that does a brilliant job of blending all the elements, both happy and sad, of the manga and illustrating the characters so very well. I love everything about this series of 20 things, I love the haunting tone of some of them, I love the relationship she had with Clow, I love the things she half-knows are coming, and I love the references to other CLAMP works. The Kakei mention is A+++ fantastic. (Some Clow/Yuuko and Doumeki/Watanuki, but they're not the main point.)


xxxHOLiC: Tread Softly. by allira_dream - I really like the idea of this fic, that Yuuko and Clow have been a part of each other's lives nearly all their lives through their dreams, whether they really wanted that connection or not. Which maybe wasn't something they chose, but it's not entirely bad and no matter how much he annoys her sometimes, and feels very much like something that would happen in the HOLiC universe. Plus, the writing is lovely and has just the right amount of bittersweet quality from both of them to it. Just a really lovely fic. (Clow/Yuuko.)


xxxHOLiC: In a Winter Wonderland. by allira_dream - So often, because this is CLAMP we're talking about, Clow and Yuuko get angsty stories written about them and I'll eat those up like candy, too, but sometimes... sometimes I really crave something like this. Something that fits the mood of the season, it's really getting into winter here, so it's easy to feel the chill and remember the warmth of the bed you've just left, but peaceful between them. No excuses or agendas or bittersweetness, just a quiet morning after a late night and it's just them. The writing is lovely and this was just... really wonderful. <3 (Clow/Yuuko.)




















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