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- Yami no Matsuei - Gekkani by Polyhymnia - This is one of those stories that makes me love both the beauty and the awfulness of it. My fascination with this pairing confuses me to no end... I think Tsuzuki and Hisoka are absolutely perfect for each other, and that I usually just want to kick Muraki's head in, because I don't like him even in the way that's fun to hate him. But then a story comes along like this and reinforces my love of MurakixHisoka in all its horrible beauty. Lovely prose, a very nice flowing quality, wonderful descriptions, and terrible angst without being melodramatic about it, graphic without being crude (which is my favorite kind of sex scene). I just... adore this fic. +_+ (MurakixHisoka.)


- Yami no Matsuei - A Wing Short of Flying by kireira - This fic was recommended to me, saying it was an interesting little AU and looking at the summary/pairing possibilities, I decided to give it a shot. I do have such a weakness for anything with Muraki/Hisoka in it. And... this is a very interesting story the author is developing, an interesting, "What if...?" rearrangement of the timeline. The writing... is smooth and readable and really lends an air to the atmosphere, giving it a quality rather like the manga itself, and there are a lot of wonderful little details added into the story (but not so many that they detract from the storyline) and... it's just... interesting. The way the author has portrayed the characters, how Muraki effects them is well-done, you can see why Hisoka and Tsuzuki act the way they do, even after they spend a lot of time with each other, healing just a bit. I especially like the characterization of Muraki, the way you can feel his... intelligence and how adept he is at emotionally manipulating others, yet how mad he is, perfect for a story like this. ^_^v And... I admit... a part of me is curled up in a little ball and whining about how awful the author is being to the characters, how much she makes them hurt and would she just stop it already and let them be happy? ;_; ....but that's the reaction she's supposed to be getting from me, I suspect. XD (A little Muraki/Tsuzuki/Hisoka yaoi, but basically along the lines of the manga itself, a little disturbing content.)


- Yami no Matsuei - Red Ribbons - The Elements Of - Silken - Cherry Petals - Threads - by Emily - Di-chan first pointed these drabbles out to me and I've been following avidly since and now that the mini-series is complete, I had to gush about them. The author just nails what makes Hiraki work for me, the tragedy and beauty of the pairing, that it's awful, but so pretty and there's something there that's fascinating to me. The different stages of love were beautifully done and, oh, the ending packs such the punch. Loved these. *__* (Muraki/Hisoka.)


- Yami no Matsuei - Muraki/Hisoka AU by geekerypokery - [ part 01 - part 02 ] - Oh. Oh, wow. Muraki/Hisoka AU that's just... you know how there are occasionally fics that do a concept justice or do the series/pairing they're from justice, to the point where it nearly single-handedly brings back a spark of interest because it hit your kinks so perfectly? Yeah, that's kind of what this fic was. It's not a difficult AU to follow, the way it starts out with things obviously having gone a little different, and there's just... there's some fabulous characterization here. The dynamic between Muraki and Hisoka is exactly everything it needs to be, it's partly beautiful and partly creepy and partly awful and partly something tragic and partly something just purely fascinating. It's so... fully-realized and sharp here, in a way that I can't describe in just this rec, but it's beautiful to watch it unfold, even as there's a curl of something uncomfortable settling within me because of what's happening. Muraki is not a nice man, but he's not pure psychotic evil... he's Muraki. And, holy shit, the second chapter where Hisoka is stuck with Oriya to be taken care of while Muraki is gone for awhile and Oriya is testing/figuring him out? That was awesome. Really one of the best Yamimatsu fics I've seen in awhile. *__* (Muraki/Hisoka, R-rated content, and whatever warnings you'd think would come with this pairing.)


- Yami no Matsuei - Kokoro / The Stringless Marionette by aki_omoi - Two very interesting, haunting Yamimatsu fics, one Tsuzuki/Hisoka, one faintly hinting of Muraki/Hisoka and both have this... dark, but lovely quality to them, the way each highlights a relationship Hisoka has with someone important, whether good or bad. The imagery, especially in the second one, is just... really, really lovely and harsh and all the things a good Yamimatsu fic should be. (One hints of Tsuzuki/Hisoka, the other hints of Muraki/Hisoka.)


- Yami no Matsuei - The Demons That Are Mortal Men by Alka Iris - I mostly stopped to read this one because I was reading "Mercy of the Fallen" around it and I figured, what the hell, I'll read a couple of lines since I'm in a Yamimatsu fic mood. I found that I genuinely enjoyed the story for this lovely, creepy way with imagery it had, little Hisoka drawing protective circles in the dust every night somehow just hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks. The way he met the different people at night, the way there was this air of melancholy to the little child without it having to be stated, there was a real sense of subtlty here and everything was just so... tragic. Strange and almost a sense of being underwater and lovely imagery to it and somehow, it's all just so... sad. But in the way it really needed to be. (References to Muraki/Hisoka and Tsuzuki/Hisoka.)














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