Hope's Smallville Fan Fiction Recommendations
These are fiction
recommendations from Hope. She left fandom in late 2004, but I always
enjoyed her recommendations so I asked her if it'd be okay to just host
them here. She said yes, so yay! Enjoy her hard work and find yourself
some good stories! These date from August of 2002 until March of 2004.
of the stories linked for the Smallville Historical Fiction challenge
can be found
March 09, 2004
My Beautiful Friend Or, Five Things that Never Happened to
Adam Knight, by Zahra. First off, I must say that Baskingstoke
tapped into an incredibly beautiful thing with the first "Five Things"
Five Things That Aren't True. These stories tend to number
among my favorites among the many Smallville-Specific genres, and
Zahra's "My Beautiful Friend" is no exception. Each of the five things
is a really interesting possibility for Lex and Adam, and each part is a
tight little story each on its own. I especially enjoyed the first and
fifth iterations- in the first, Adam doesn't know if Lex is a murderer,
but he knows Lex has nightmares about a boy he killed in a car accident.
The fifth picks up shortly after "Crisis," and steps into a whole new
beginning for Lex and Adam. And, if you like this story and/or this
pairing, you'll probably also like Zahra's
The Prodigal Replacement,
Even Honesty is Financial Speculation,
The Book Fetishists, and my personal favorite of all of them,
On a Subject of Some Regret.
Arise, You Sleeper (I Am Your Dream), by Nifra Idril. 10
dreams Clark Kent has had, and Nifra's got a really nice grasp on
creating a vivid dreamscape, with all its strange, subconscious quirks,
without making it hard to understand what's happening. Clark's fourth
dream is my personal favorite; that's an image that will stick with me.
Skin Deep by Rivka T. Another one of the twists on genre I
like: deliberately taking one of the Fan Fiction Cliches and writing a
good story of it. In Skin Deep, Clark and his biological father have a
little disagreement on his destiny, which leads to Clark waking up as a
girl. In Lex's bed. Need I say more?
Project Metropolis by Roses. When Lex Luthor wants a race, he
gets a race- and this is a really fantastic story about that, and the
incredibly complicated dynamics of friendship. Written from Pete's POV,
the voice is very clear, the story's got tension and sharp dialogue in
spades, and it's so authentic and organic, I honestly couldn't stop
reading once I started it.
Wax Ecstatic by kieyra. There's not nearly enough Chlex
fiction out there to suit me, but this one suited me pretty well. :)
Written for Signe's "Intoxication Challenge," kieyra gives us a Chloe
who's ingested something she probably shouldn't have, going to the one
guy who might be able to get her through this bout of youthful
foolishness. It's a little thin on the narrative in the beginning, but
it picks up with a warm, inviting kind of prose as the story progresses.
'Round About Midnight by DebC. Another LuthorCorp Christmas
party, and another one of Lex's wives; Lex won't make an appearance,
Clark can't figure it out, Lois isn't about to help him, and Chloe
smiles through it all.
Exposed, by Wendi. Wendi takes on Conner Luthor, AKA Kon-El,
AKA Superboy, and Conner takes on both of his fathers in a furious
attempt to have some kind of normal life. I really like the
foreshadowing Wendi has going on in this story, and the distinctly
post-Rift Clark and Lex, firmly established in their future roles in
opposition to one another. Conner is a sweetheart, and Martha and
Jonathan ring especially true for me here. Wendi's always had this
lushness to her prose that makes a story unfold like a movie; her style
is just so visual.
Invulnerable Hearts by Ingrid. This is a tasty little
post-Rift with a happy ending Clex story that I especially like, because
Ingrid has a really wonderful grasp on balance: drama and humor, light
and dark, sweet and sharp. This story has all of those things,
comfortably threaded together with Ingrid's light, conversational prose
December 30, 2003
Moonlight Ladies by Nifra Idril. The language in this piece
is beautiful; it has a quiet, after-midnight thoughtfulness to it, and
the images drawn of Martha, Nell and Laurel- Chloe's mother- are
achingly real: glimpses of three very different women when they're free
to be human first, and mothers second.
December 27, 2003
are accused of only reccing their friends. I generally make a concerted
effort to rec all sorts of stories from all sorts of people, but I am
lucky enough to have friends who also happen to be great writers, who
sometimes get the short shrift from me because I'm off in the
far-fields. To remedy that disparity, I present Nepotism Recs- stories I
really like, by people I really like.
Sanctuary by Wendi. It's because of fan fiction that I know
Wendi at all; I've been her number one fan for years, and I look forward
to many, many more. I've always loved (and to be honest, envied,) her
ability to write human beings, being human. Characters in her hands
really breathe, they have moments of agony and ecstasy, and the
portrayals are honest, and complex and so recognizable. Beyond that, she
truly has a director's eye, but a writer's hand- she creates vivid
images with narration and metaphor in a way that transports me to that
moment. When Wendi writes, I believe every word she says,
unquestioningly, so that's why I'm recommending "Sanctuary," the
universe where Chloe gets her hero now, rather than later. One story
just isn't enough to get the full effect, and this particular series
highlights her entire spectrum as a writer, from humor to drama, to
romance, and beyond.
Insistent by LaT. Though Ms. LaT is best known for her meta, the
same sharp thinking and deeply analytical mind behind deconstructing
episodes and seasons applies particularly well to fiction, as well. That
tendency toward perfectly organized allows her to create these moments
in time, where actions have consequences, and they all fall in orderly,
domino rows. My description here sounds dry, but the fact that LaT is
intimately aware of every element makes this story especially sensual,
with a nice, sharp pull at the end to make Clark and Lex (and the
reader) want more.
Prophet of Eden by Destina. Though she is generally quite
happy over in Stargate fandom, Destina's written some truly wonderful
Smallville fiction, and this is the pinnacly of them. It's a complicated
story weaving disparate threads of time into a tight, introspective and
outwardly dynamic passion play of choices and consequences. What I
especially like about her writing is how clear it is, and how deftly she
handles the language- the pace is always right, the dialogue rings true,
the narrative is reflective of the POV character. You have to pay
attention to follow, but it's well-worth the concentration.
Massage Therapy by Andy. The best way to describe Andy's
style is that her work is lush and sensual. It doesn't matter if she's
writing about a fund raiser, or in this case, a massage that leads to
decidedly more erotic pursuits, the sensory detail is almost
overwhelming. She captures all five senses with narrative focus that
makes her work seem like an invitation to shameless voyeurism. When Andy
writes, the characters *want* you to watch.
Stumbling Fast by Slodwick. Slod's particular gift is mood
and atmosphere, both in evidence in this story about Clark's
not-so-sudden departure from Lex's life. There's a light touch to it-
though it's sad, it doesn't descend to maudlin, and it echoes with the
realism of regret.
Thicker by Rhiannonhero. Oftentimes, I'm a little out of the
loop when it comes to Rhi's stories just because our taste in subject
matter differs. This post-Lineage story, however, lands smack into
territory I like to explore, and presents an opportunity to enjoy the
thickness of Rhi's paragraphs, and the richness of her prose.
Memento Mori by Jayne Leitch. What I really enjoy about
Jayne's stories is that she infuses mundane things with great portents,
and she has this scarily subtle way of twisting the world she's writing,
increment by increment, until suddenly everything is a funhouse mirror.
In her hands, things that shouldn't be scary, are; things that should be
ordinary, aren't, and this story examining how a pink princess came to
wear a death token around her throat is a perfect example of that. If
you like this story, I suspect you'll also really enjoy
A Sound of Thunder, in which Lillian suspects Lex has been
Low Men in Yellow Coats by Zahra. What amazes me (and brings
me back again and again) to my Z baby's stories is the crackling
lightness of her humor, and the way each story starts out with a broad
stroke and slowly tightens to the climax. Her observational narration
style is just amused enough, just detached enough, to let the events
progress seemingly on their own. This particular story is one of my
favorites- I love it when Zahra pairs Clark and Lex with humor and kids.
November 18, 2003
One of the things I
love about fandom is that new people come in all the time, and they
bring new toys and new ideas, and a shiny, fresh excitement. But one of
the things that makes me sad about fandom is that with the turnover, and
with the inevitable jossing the show does to stories written in previous
seasons, really good fiction gets put away in the closet, still
tangentially loved, but only in that distant,
souvenir-of-a-good-time-once-had sort of way. So, I'm presenting a
couple installments of Memorex Recs- old stories that are still
wonderful to read. This first batch comes from recs originally made from
May to August, 2002.
Trying by Jen K.
He wants to sketch the shape of Lex's body into the air in front of
him with his free hand, draw the empty space close and fold himself
around it, under it, into it.
Black Pond by Viridian5
More at ease in his own body. Please. Our minds flit out of the
Then Lex caresses
his fishing rod in a manner that forces our minds to dive back into the
gutter. His long fingers slide up and down its length slowly, slowly....
Not very nice of him, dammit. He mutters an ow! as we smack his shining
bald head, and we laugh as he looks about for the culprit. Tease us,
The Town Where Nobody Got Off by Brighid
"Now you're home, you're out to Ma and Pa and I'm practically wearing
your letterman pin and the whole goddamned town is playing chaperone!"
He leaned over, pulled a stray hay straw out of Clark's hair.
The Sound of Thunder by Jayne Leitch
"Don't worry, I'm not afraid now." Lex frees his hands from under the
covers and wraps them around hers, pulling them down to rest on the
blanket, and Lillian realizes that he's not the one who's shaking. "I
was then, but ever since I woke up in the hospital, I haven't been. I'm
fine, Mommy." His little hands squeeze hers in reassurance.
And The Sailor Home From Sea by Jack
Disgusted, I turn to go inside, feeling a sudden rush of familiar
frustration that my penthouse terrace has turned into a postmodern
widow's walk. My hand is on the door, easy to find even as dark as it
gets up here above the city lights, my body knowing the motions of this
ritual too well. Behind me, I hear a sickeningly familiar noise, the
sound of a body striking the flagstones from an indeterminate height.
My sailor, home
from the sea.
Interval in Sunlight by valentine.
He returns to Lex, sitting lightly on the bed's edge, and waits for
the sun to paint everything in color. He's never seen the room in
daylight; never seen Lex in anything but stark relief. Not since he's
been more than just Clark.
Stress Relief by Morgan R.
In Clark's original plan for this conversation, he would have
enthusiastically agreed for as long as Lex would allow him to keep
talking, but in Clark's original plan, Lex had been wearing clothes, so
it was difficult to see how the hypothetical situation related to this
one at ALL. Clark was wearing clothes. He was setting a good example,
and Lex should really pay attention.
"Did any of your
teachers pretend to teach, or did they all allow for the futility of it
and force you to play hangman?"
depends, Lex. Are you wearing any PANTS?! "Um, most of them just let us
do our own thing. We had a video in English."
Nativity by Victoria P.
Generations of Kents have stared down at him for as long as he can
remember; gruff, leathery faces and eyes that had seen too much death,
too much hardship. Yet they refused to give up, even in the face of
He feels a
kinship with them deeper than he's ever felt before, as he sits in the
Breathing Water by Shrift
"I didn't send you to the most prestigious private school in England
to learn the fine art of sodomy, Lex," Lionel says. His thumb strokes
down his beard.
"Of course not,"
Lex says easily. He picks up the second glance and drains the contents
despite the smudges indicating the Headmaster has already used it.
Scotch. Lagavulin, and a particularly good year. "After all," he
continues, "It's not like 'English boarding school' is cultural
shorthand for gay, dad."
The Next in Line by pearl-o.
And looking back, Clark knows there must have been a moment there
when it was all still up in the air, undetermined, a time when it all
could have gone differently than it did. Clark thinks this must be true,
because otherwise it doesn't make any sense at all, but still, he
remembers it in a kind of haze.
Summer Wine by Wendi.
It's a ridiculous grin, really, but isn't it all ridiculous? Lex
considers this, flat on his back, watching clouds overhead. Absurd that
he's never *done* this, until he tasted this insanely sweet wine from
the Kent cellar. And for all that useless MENSA acknowledgement, the
only epiphany his genius mind has been able to come up with thus far is
that homemade wine is very different from scotch.
Misapprehension by LaT.
When he teased Lex about Victoria at the party, it had felt safe and
easy to do. It was fun, too, busting Lex's chops for a change rather
than the other way around, and Clark was impressed with himself at the
way Lex's face, for once, didn't seem quite so pale, the little bit of
color in the cheeks letting Clark know he'd scored a pretty decent hit.
It wasn't as much fun later though, after the thing with the bus, when
Lex had sent Clark back to Smallville in the limo alone so he could
catch up with Victoria.
The Cuckoo by FayJay.
The betrayal earned him more than thirty pieces of silver, but Lex
still sealed it with a kiss.
The Sound of Summer Running by Zahra.
He's still mourning all those fireflies that died before he got a
clue. Before he understood that they were nice to look at, but that they
could only be contained for so long before they died. That it was better
for him get his fill of their radiating light while they blinked and
crawled along his outstretched fingers, before letting them go.
cheap farmboy thrill that Clark likes. That he probably will never share
with anyone. That he will never tell Lex, because Lex is really the only
person Clark shares things with these days, much to the chagrin of Pete
and Chloe. But even what he shares it isn't that much.
Compromises and Other Positions by Celli Lane. This is a
right complicated series of vignettes, starting when Clark is young, and
moving straight on until Lex is president, capturing the growth, the
changes, and the compromising positions in each age. Celli threads them
together wonderfully, and yet, each vignette is complete into itself.
Home Plate by Shrift. Eeeeeee! Okay, I really have to stop
squeeing, it's unbecoming of this delicious play on Lex's need to give
gifts to Clark, and the ulterior motives he has for giving them. The
atmosphere is so real in this story, the characterization is spot on,
and dang it, it's sweet. *happysigh*
Adrift by Alee. This one hurt, in a very good way. Alee
deftly handles Clark, Lex and the secrets between them in a vivid,
deeply moody meeting of minds and bodies. This one left me a bit tender,
but faintly hopeful.
Let Go by Andy. Most of my feedback to Andy on this was
incoherent, and frankly, I'm still a little shaky in the knees and
needing a cigarette hours later. It's the little details that really
make this story- Lex checks his caller ID, Chloe is quite practical
calculating just what it'll take to make him forget there's a world
outside at all, and it's all wrapped up with a hint of anger at the
first, and a shade of grey at the end, which utterly suits both of them.
Domestic Relations by Punk. Again, I really must tamp down my
squeeing here. I just love the way Punk writes- she's got dialogue
nailed to the wall, and this story goes from Clark's amusement, to Clark
and Lex's petty bickering, to six kinds of heartwarming in a completely
natural and organic way that just makes me want to go, well, squee!
Beginnings by Corinna. This is a wonderful portrait of Lionel
and Lillian Luthor, before they owned the whole world, and before things
started to fall apart. This Lillian is the perfect lioness- smart, sharp
and loving, and mistress of her domain, and it's easy to see why Lionel
loves her... and it's easy to see why things eventually go awry. Really
wonderfully done, and bonus, baby Lex makes an appearance!
Summer Sigh by Wendi. I'm probably not objective about this
one at all, but I really love Wendi's Lois (now recast for her younger
years as Kate Moennig... mmm, Kate!) I love her Lana, and I love them
together. The sweet, sensual tension crackles in this story as Lois and
Lana get to know each other, and poor Chloe's bewilderment over losing
her cousin to the Cult of Lana Lang is priceless. I'm really looking
forward to the next story in the series!
Lost and Found by paperbkryter. Now this is a story that
gives me a good reason I can bvelieve in, as to how it would come about
that Lana would find Clark in Metropolis. Excellent atmosphere and
characterization here, and a really nice glance forward to what the
Lana-Chloe dynamic might be like in S3. I'm a little fuzzy on how Lana
knew something that's pretty integral to the plot, but it's a minor
quibble in an otherwise truly enjoyable story.
August 18, 2003
by LaT. LaT does amazing things with these characters- she manages to
break the boys up, and get them back together... maybe? With such a
light touch that the reader is thoroughly immersed, all the sides of the
story unfold, and I feel bad for Clark and Lex in this story, at
different times- and I could see this happening all too clearly.
Thicker by Rhiannonhero. I love it when Clark is petty and
petulant on the show, and Rhiannonhero captures that perfectly in this
little ode to jealousy of the Kent variety. Lex is throwing a party for
Lucas, and heh, Lucas is all too happy to throw that fact in Clark's
face. Fortunately, Luthors- of the Lex variety- seem to flourish in out
of the way corners, rrowl!
First Coffee of the Day by Evangelene. This is fun, fun, fun
futurefiction, whee! Clark is having a bad day, and as mentioned above,
I love it when he thinks bad thoughts. His sparring matches with Lois
and Perry are priceless, but it's his mounting annoyance at his bouts
with Lex that reign supreme here. This story made me laugh out loud in
spots, and the ending made me grin wildly.
The Hands of Orpheus by Thamiris. Sometimes, I think I am not
actually smart enough to read Thamiris' stories, but I do it anyway,
because her lush, vivid visuals and deeply defined universes draw me in
again and again. This story is like taking literary LSD- a fantastic,
deliberately hellish hallucination populated by demons, a winged Lex, a
stalwart, heroic Clark, and Lionel as... who else, the devil- and all of
them perfectly in character, speaking deliciously dead-on dialogue. What
August 11, 2003
Early Bird Special by sinisterf. A response to the Cliche-a-thon
and Summer Fun challenges, this Lex with Amnesia story has a great
atmosphere, and RedK Clark is perfectly menacing to the guy who calls
himself Warren, but has very Luthorlike manners.
A Saltwater Drowning, by Jayne Leitch. Jayne has a real gift
for capturing a mood and feel, and this post Vortex (yes, Vortex, not
Exodus,) story weaves so many conflicting emotions together with a deft
touch. Clark and Lex in a hotel room, before that long summer apart.
One Night at the Metropolitan by Tara LJC O'Shea. This is
just a fantastic story from beginning to end- visually vivid, liberally
laced with humor and motion, this is a wonderful examination of Chad,
Smallville's only Goth, and just how well Chloe would fit with him.
Really top-notch characterization.
Cheesecake or Death by Shrift. A fantastically funny interior
dialogue with Clark leads to considerations of mass destruction,
bald-faced lies, and steamy , poorly-coerced sex with Lex. Not angst,
not non-con, this is a creamy, sweet confection... a lot like
cheesecake. Mmm, cheesecake!
Fading in Silence by Aelita. What I like best about this
story is that it feels real. A good mixture of humor and drama,
honest emotions and consideration of the atmosphere. A homecoming of
sorts, for Martha, and Lex, and Clark.
Whatever It Takes by DebC. I really don't want to give this
one away, so let me just say that it's complicated, and vivid, and no
matter what you think three paragraphs in, this is not the story you
think you're reading.
I desperately want
Beneath Another Sun. Your stories always flow with sharp,
vibrant life made up of gorgeous language, and god, I love your AUs.
White Lightning many, many times over. Alas, my laser printer
is dead, and I can't read long stories online, but this bit:
It was only days
ago he was on the deck of a huge ship, taking the sea air into his lungs
in great draughts and feeling vitalized by it. There had been times he’d
been so euphoric he’d been tempted to take one of his shipmates into his
arms to dance a soundless tarantella.
Guarantees that I am
going to fix that printer problem soon, because this? This is a story I
really, really want to read.
July 24, 2003
Truth & Lies and
Stunner, #1 Superstar by Wendi. Two sides of the same coin,
she brings the hurt, and the funny, mingles Smallville with the Justice
League, all so vividly. Lois will break your heart in her heart to heart
with Chloe, and Wolverine (yes, Wolverine!) will threaten to snikt it
out for you if you mess around with the names in the betting pool.
Three Things That Just Won't Happen by mobiusklein. All of
the entries in this challenge have been very good, and very, very
serious- this one just cracked me up from beginning to end. Three things
that definitely won't happen, but it would be a trip if they did.
Five Things That Already Happened in Other Fic by Te. Despite
the title, this is actually an entry in Lenore and Rivka T's Cliche Fic
challenge- and it's got drunken sex, hooker sex, truth and dare sex
(sort of,) pon farr sex, and trapped in a small space sex, all with
heavy doses of humor and... well, sex. Whee!
June 30, 2003
One Hundred Years by Signe. Ow. Seriously, just ow. This
entry into Rhi's "Cure Lyric" challenge weaves the words in deftly,
never detracting from a tight, inexorable slide toward the ending.
Clark's whole life, the lives of everyone around him, beginning and
ending are rendered here with precision, and though Pete's particular
end doesn't quite resonate for me, the reaction to that ending does, as
do the rest. One of the best endings I've read in a long, long time,
it's absolutely gorgeous.
Containment by Kirsten Sea. And to complement, this story has
one of the best beginnings I've read in a long, long time. Also
gorgeous, the whole story brilliantly takes the varnish off of Lex's
memories of his mother, his parents, his childhood, and makes Lillian
real and flawed, shows Lionel human and gradually growing harder, weft
with real grace and style into Lex's childlike self-absorption.
Fantastic use of canon here, I really enjoyed this.
I'll Show You Mine by Dannyblue. Though this story is pretty
thin on the narrative, and a little awkward getting started, the
dialogue is just sterling, and the situation is funny as hell. It has a
great pace, great zing to it, and I really enjoyed watching a little
more verbal judo between Chloe and Lex, in Lex's attempt to save Clark
from embarrassment of the average, school-project kind.
Brand New Normal by Punk. You know what I love about Punk?
Punk writes old-school slash, between the lines of the episodes, taking
full advantage of the subtext, and she never abuses or misuses the
female characters; there's a lot of respect for the canon in her
writing. This story is no different in that, and it's a really fantastic
memory of first season, set after Leech, with Clark starting to come
into his powers, and the realization that his love for Lana is
completely different from his feelings for Lex.
Alarm Me by Ingrid. An alarm goes off in Justice League
Headquarters, and everybody turns up to find out why. This is both
incredibly funny and incredibly evocative of the Justice League cartoon,
which in my head, means twice as much Rosenbaum for the buck!
Smallville Somnambulist by Celli Lane. This is really cool,
quickly paced experimental Chloe piece that really, really works- both
for the character, and for the audience, giving us a staccato series of
snapshots of Smallville, post-Exodus.
June 26, 2003
Ha! One of the joys
of finishing my historical story is that I can finally read everybody
else's. I'm working my way through the site now, and hot diggity, there
are some fantastic entries there.
Blessed of Re by Issaro. This story starts in media res, and
just does NOT stop yanking you along until it's finished. Issaro paints
ancient Egypt with vivid, brilliant brush strokes, and writes action so
viscerally, I felt it on my skin. This is one of those times when, if
this were a movie review, I'd say it's a non-stop tour-de-force... and
hey, I just did. Just really excellent writing all around, I really
Genesis; Or, God is a Slasher by Zahra. With sharp wit and
pitch-perfect humor, Zahra rewrites the creation of the world in a way
that's both hysterical and completely accessible to heathens such as
myself. No simple "There was light, and it was good," there were cows,
and corn, and hangover cures, and so, so much more. I am still giggling
over this one!
White Lightning by Roses. I cannot say enough good things
about this story, I really can't. The slight twists on characterization
to match the differing circumstances work beautifully; the backwoods of
Tennessee painted here are humid and vibrant with the scent of corn mash
and gunpowder. Really fantastic reimaginings of the characters, with a
sharp, neat plot that leads inexorable to some fantastically sexy
moments, I'm glad I printed this, because I will want to read it again,
I can't wait to dig
through the rest, what a great challenge!
June 14, 2003
A Pale Distance by Nifra Idril. This is just an extraordinary
story, in every sense of the word. It's gorgeously written, the prose is
tight, and not a single word is wasted. The visual imagery here is just
breathtaking, and the story of Clark, his past and his memories, to his
present, toward his future is written with such graceful, loving
attention that I don't think I blinked once while I read. This story
sets the bar for working Clark through his canonical feelings about
Lana, into his fan fiction feelings for Lex. Just really gorgeously
wrought, I highly recommend it.
Nereus Who Tells No Lies by The Spike. Another gorgeous foray
into intensely visual internal characterization, this post-Exodus Lex
piece is staccato, and anxious until it finally takes a deep, deep
breath at the end.
Courier by LaT. LaT has a gift for snapping words together
into sentences into paragraphs into a story that clips along at the
perfect pace, and this flip side examination into the First Mrs. Luthor,
and just what happened to her after Heat is fascinating. Fun with
teeth, a deeper look into Ms. Atkins' motives and mindset, and just how
useful her abilities could be.
The Last Outpost by Wendi, wherein she recreates the
desolation of the old west, and the first two seasons of Smallville with
a deft touch and deeply sensory gift of prose. I'm so in love with
Falling Star and Warrior Angel, that I never, ever want to leave this
A Christmas Tale, v 2.0 by Zahra. Something light and fresh
and funny, fantastically funny that starts with Lex stewing over
Superman Clark's absence and ends... somewhere else completely. The
language and the reversals are fantastic here, this is a really fun
May 28, 2003
Protect and Serve by Sarah T. Maybe intentionally, maybe not,
Sarah manages to blend Smallville into the background canon for the
Superman animated series, and gives both a frightening depth in this
contemplative piece about Mercy Graves living up to her name.
Reckoning by LaT. This is the story only someone who loved
Helen once could write; it's personal revenge, painful for its layers,
for the archaeological complications of emotion. And this is a story
that indicates why Ms. LaT should write for us more often- beautiful
words intricately connected for a deeply sensory experience.
Stuff of Legends by Bexless. Ostensibly an entry in Nerodi's
Historical Fiction Challenge, it's Bexless' latest entry into her own
hysterical fan fiction challenge. Cavemen, y'all. Cavemen, and there is
no way I can write a summary that will do this story justice. Just read
Buzz, more Wally/Chloe fun, except this time, the fun's in
Lois grilling Wally, and we get to learn the secret origins of the
speedy fingers. Mmmm, Flash speedy fingers. Oh, excuse me, I just went
to my happy place.
Conditioned by Isagel. I like smut that has more than smut to
it, and Isagel delivers in this little ode to Lex's ability to
multitask, and Clark's ability to be sneaky. Written with a lush, vivid
style, it's incredibly visual, and incredibly obvious, why Lex wants
Clark the way he does.
Flew by Ingrid. Vivid, with equal measures of subtle humor
and wistfulness, this little glimpse into Clark's stint at a very...
charming hotel just left a smile on my face. Some very nice fanon
reversals in it too, which makes it especially sweet.
Last Night of the World by Philadelphia Tuesday. Wow. In this
wicked, intricate piece, Smallville becomes something like Kandor- a
city in a bottle, preserved for all time by an unsettled mind.
Philadelphia Tuesday has that great visionary thing going on, I'm both
jealous and in awe.
May 9, 2003
I haven't had the
time or attention span lately to read the longer offerings that the
fandom has to offer lately, but the beauty of Smallville is that there
is enough fiction to of enough varieties to suit any need. For this
alone, I love my fandom. And now, on with the recs.
Into the Woods by Rivka T. Taking the "fairy princess" ideal
to its logical extreme, I do very much mean extreme. Rivka T. has a gift
for weaving fables and myths into a narrative to great, sharp effect.
This creepy little paean to Lana's place in the world has a bite that
Blood Makes Noise by Philadelphia Tuesday. I actually read
this story before "Visitor" aired, and thought- this could never happen.
Martha would never think this way. I'm big enough to admit I was
completely wrong; and Philadelphia Tuesday is amazingly prescient in
this dark ode to Martha's second thoughts and first decisions about the
Gentle by Aly Malone. Boy, Aly is making friends and
influencing people, ain't she? First the Michael Rosenbaum mood set, and
now this beautiful, haiku-like consideration of all the ways Clark has
learned to be gentle. There's a very deft touch to the structure here,
it feels like nostalgia and memory, and the words are aligned
beautifully. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
A Flawed Race by Karen Colohan. While I'm not entirely sure I
can see the Clark and Lex we know having this particular conversation,
if they did, this is a vivid window into what they'd say, if they did.
The closing lines are absolutely fantastic.
Salvage by Prufrock. Something's not quite right between Lex
and Clark, and Prufrock helps Clark try to put his finger on it with
another story that's beautifully structured. Lots of sharp lines and
angles in this one; I'm a little wary of the Helen characterization
here, but it's such a brief appearance, the rest of the story more than
makes up for it.
April 17, 2003
four places by jenn. AUs a'plenty, some harmless, some not so
harmless, but all of them with a twist. My favorite segments are "In
That Field," and "In the Room," but all of them subvert Smallville
just a little, just enough, for a fascinating what if.
Split by velvetglove. Love makes you stupid, and alcohol
doesn't help. This short story has teeth- the humiliation and the pain,
the decisions and consequences, are so utterly possible that this makes
for a worthwhile and very squirmy read. I'm not giving away the pairing,
but I'll tell you it's het. Go read it, and find out.
Room 29 by velvetglove. The perfect antidote for
velvetglove's unnerving "Split," this runaway fantasy for Clark and Lex
is written with a fantastic, matter-of-fact style that really bolsters
the story being told. gila's Lex and Clark banter is just priceless, dry
and funny, and very them.
The Good Aunt by SarahRosie. Things never worked out for Nell
the way she wanted them to, and though SarahRosie entered this in the
Sins challenge as envy, there's a fair bit of really vivid, sharp anger
here, too. A very cool peek into the things people think, but would
never say aloud.
Seige, by Nin.
Part Three. Chloe's working for a tabloid news outlet, Lex is
getting in her way, and the city is coming down around them. Literally.
Nin has a fantastic, clipped style that pulls the reader right along,
and while the whole story is a very cool look into the future, the
argument over the camera is priceless.
My Last Duchess by RivkaT. A truly creepy melding of
Smallville canon, and good-old fashioned fairy tale- the Grimm kind,
before amputated toes and crow-plucked eyeballs were edited out to make
them more palatable. With feral amusement, Lex examines where he's been,
and where he's going, and who'll be there at the end. Het surprise
ending, and spoilers for "Visitor."
March 21, 2003
A Man's Got to Know His Limitations, by LastScorpion. A first
person story with varying POVs, this story has a fantastic pace and
rhythm to it, and a really nice blending of Smallville and Superman
canon to it. LastScorpion's Lois has a strong, clear voice, and the
character conversion arcs for Lex and Clark ring wonderfully true.
Reckoning by Philadelphia Tuesday. This is the aftermath I
imagine, if Lana tried to find the kind of validation only a man like
Lex would seem to be able to offer. Beautifully written, wonderful
characterization, there is a lovely dreamy quality to this story, slowly
waking up as the prose carries the reader along.
March 20, 2003
Three Strikes (and you're out) by Mara Celes. I'm not
entirely sure what exactly I like most about this story- there's the
combination of Smallville mythos with Superman canon, a really nice
pace, and a good, soothing ending. The writing is unpolished in spots,
but the total effect is one of a familiar yet new world that I really
Best Kept Secrets by DebC. This one, I like because it's a
new take on Jonathan and Martha, that I could see happening- especially
on Jonathan's side. The best part of this is the past, it unfolds
naturally and neatly, and I like the resolution within it.
Deserted Island by Jessica. Another story with Superman
slipped into the mix, this is an erotic story with a difference- not all
fantasies are perfect, an interruption isn't the end, and it's a neat
little character study of Clark and Lex within the sensuality.
Wham Bam by Te. Five smutty little insights, I personally
enjoyed the glimpses of Pete and Lana best in this story- they rang the
most true, and they really capture the characters- and their sexuality.
And also? A girl can never go wrong with a brief ode to the glory that
is Lex's ass.
After All by Livia. Insight into Jonathan and Martha's past,
but best of all, insight into Jonathan's present- Livia captures his
voice so clearly, and his tension even while he tries to be generous,
and tries to admit his own grudging respect. The glimpses of Martha, and
Lex and Clark's friendship, through his eyes makes this a wonderful
The Wednesday 100 by various authors. Created by Jessica,
this weekly SV drabble community is quickly becoming one of my favorite
places to visit, even after the deadline has passed. No matter what your
taste, there is absolutely something here for everyone, and the
overwhelming variety of the fiction in such small tastes makes it
impossible to be a glutton.
March 16, 2003
Sunburn by Penelope Z. While I don't think Lex would actually
ever do what he does in this story, Penelope sets it up so well that
it's easy to suspend your disbelief and just watch it unfold. Lyrical
prose and vivid imagery, this is a pretty chiling "what if" scenario.
As It Ever Was by Silvia Kundera. Pete knows how the story
goes, and it doesn't go like this. Perfect first line, for a wonderful
character examination that starts out beautifully sparse and terse, then
turns lush and full as it progresses.
Little Song Bird by Slodwick. A love song to Martha and
Jonathan, it aches like a bruise and leaves a lasting, sensory
impression. Read it through, you'll smell the powder and feel the hurt,
When I Was Born for the Seventh Time by Zahra. I really enjoy
dissolute Lex stories, and I enjoy them especially when they wrap up
nice and tight to launch him straightaway into the Lex we met in the
Pilot. Terse and sharp, I'm thrilled that this was the first entry in
the "Seven Less One" challenge.
Want Her by Michelle K. I'm not usually keen on POV tricks, but
Michelle uses the second person in this story to a fantastic effect;
it's a Chloe/Lana piece that you can sink right into and experience on
an intimate, sensual level.
Sand and Surf by Wendi. I know she's famous for her
Chloe/Wally stories, but I always do a little jig when Wendi breaks out
the Clark/Lex- this dreamy, visual story for Slod's 1000 Words challenge
is a lovely mix of metaphor and imagery that leaves a soft, wistfully
hopeful impression in its wake.
February 27, 2003
Wetwork by Destina. This, like Andy's "The Cat," is a
two-read story. The first time, you read it to enjoy it; the second, to
go back and figure out how she did it. Using a really clever frame of
newspaper clippings, Destina weaves this struggle between Clark, Lex,
Superman, the past, the present, the future, public life and private
life, all together so deftly that it was just a pleasure to watch
unfurl. As a special treat, Destina has a note at the end explaining the
inspiration which, for me, just made the story that much more fun.
Topography by Zahra. The thing about metaphors is that
they're as easy to spoil as a souffle. Too much noise, too much motion,
and they fall flat- but this story makes it plain that Zahra is a fine,
talented chef indeed. Body as landscape has been done before, but this
story captures the metaphor and expands on it with an inimitable stamp
of Clark and Lexishness. Sensual and detailed, this story is a sinfully
Heat Like a Perfume, by Shadith. Very short, very tight, and
well-paced, this is a clean, triune look at Clark's progression through
the events in "Heat." More of a momentary consideration than a story,
there's some slightly tortured punctuation, but the vivid image
presented in the third section of the story is so clear, it's worth
adding a few mental commas to get to it.
Unintentional Things by prufrock. Told entirely from Helen's
point of view, not only is this a gorgeously wrought glimpse of a woman
making peace with what she wants versus what she can handle, it also has
one of the best views of Lex and Clark's relationship with each other as
seen by an outsider that I've ever read. The best word to describe the
whole thing is "human," and it's perfectly so.
Hallway by Bexless. A stolen moment, a quickie, a wham, bam,
thank you Clark of a story that's just perfectly paced, lightly laced
with exactly the right amount of humor. Sensual, sexy and sweet,
"Hallway" is just plain fun to read.
Mold Me, Make Me by DebC. I really like reading stories where
Chloe and Lex have a few peaceful, happy moments completely separate
from the maelstrom that directs their days to days, and I really like
stories where they have those moments together. A little clay, a wee
Sullivan-Luthor hopped up on coffee, and a lot of smiles, I really
February 07, 2003
Trinity by Jayne Leitch. Subtitled "Three Things that Didn't
Happen to Lionel Luthor," Jayne's gift for writing the creepy and
unexpected as if they were normal make these three things that didn't
happen so clear, you'll see them, hear them, really feel them happening.
This is one of my favorite kinds of AUs- where the big picture seems
perfectly normal, until that moment of clarity when you realize it's
actually all fucked up.
Polaroids by Philadelphia Tuesday. There is a lot of fan
fiction out there dealing with Jonathan dealing with his son, but this
is a rare, wonderful look inside a Jonathan who is a husband, who loves
his wife, and who isn't sure that's enough anymore. Delicate and
restrained, there are some real gems of fine-twisted phrases in this
story; they make the whole into something real and bittersweet.
Fallible Theory by Zahra. This is a departure for my baby-
it's not funny, and it's not written in her usual "tightening spiral"
style, but it's a really wonderful read. Lex's resignation with Clark is
palpable, the logic, the science, and the ephemeral variable of emotion
are played well together. I won't give away the story because you really
ought to just sink into it, but I wanted to say I do like a story where
the author plays fair with Helen, even if Lex doesn't care for her
Points of Triangulation by Andariel. Andy is a quick-change
artist: she makes you think you're reading one thing, and it turns out
to be another. It's a clever trick, and she uses it well with Chloe and
Lana here. Always sensual, with an edge of humor and danger to it, Andy
really makes this pairing work for me in a way that the reader doesn't
Tell by Rivka T. Using the second person POV, RivkaT makes
Lex's introspection active and sharp in a way that just couldn't happen
in first or third. I especially like the parallels and balance here;
RivkaT's wonderful when it comes to framing a story with keynotes and
points that carry the pace along at exactly the right tempo.
January 26, 2003
Frozen by Pun. A fine, fine example of how to lose, how to
fight, and how to make up- Pun's Clark is such a strong voice here, and
her Lex is amazingly vivid. Written between the lines of recent
episodes, this is a beautifully realistic character arc that's never
too-too; everything is just right.
Once in a While by Pearl-o. So quiet, so contemplative,
Pearl-o brings atmosphere and touchstone memories-to-be to this sweet,
romantic and very sensual encounter between Clark and Lex. Pearl-o has a
real gift for putting a soft lens on this universe, and she's in fine
form in this story.
Scotch Gambit by RivkaT. I'm not telling you the pairing. In
fact, I'm not telling you what it's about. This is a story you have to
read cold, because it's vivid, sharp and incredibly smart writing that
you need to go into innocent, just to really appreciate everything that
Speak Loudly for Him by Slodwick. Beautiful and touching,
Slodwick starts with a broad lens that gradually tightens to utter
clarity in this story, and it's a beautiful and broken moment in the
life of one Chloe Sullivan.
Waltzers by Slodwick. And in case you were sniffling a bit
after that last rec, the continuing adventures of Chloe Sullivan and
Jimmy Olsen will cheer you right up. They snark, they tease, and Slod
manages to build in that "will they or won't they" tension with every
step- so much fun!
Lightning by Wendi. It's been a bad day at the office, the
kids are at the babysitters, and Wally and Chloe revisit their steamy,
steamy origins from "Sugar & Spice" in this latest installment in
Wendi's fantastic Chapel of Love universe. Slick, wicked and funnysexy,
it turns out that Chloe's got some major abilities of her own, and the
Flash's powers are pretty useful at home, too.
January 21, 2003
At the Wire by Jayne Leitch. Evoking mood and substance,
physical sensation and lurid, vivid images almost as disturbing as they
are real, Jayne takes another look at Dr. Hamilton after the events in
"Duplicity." A bit of a follow-up to
Ignotum per Ignotius, you'll understand "At the Wire" without
it, but you'll miss some of the punch. Both damned fine pieces, I
Chloe: Year One by Livia. Okay, this story left me squealing
like a fangirl, desperate for more, and I'm not usually a sequel begger.
A deft AU injecting our Chloe, but not quite our Chloe, into Frank
Miller's brilliant "Batman: Year One," this story combines the best of
both, to give us an absolutely fantastic "what might have been" moment.
Delilah by Sarah T. Navigating Martha navigating Lionel,
Sarah T. captures both of their voices beautifully in this skillfull,
slightly disturbing piece. It's a glimpse into Martha's head that rings
frighteningly true, and always a vision of Lionel that manages to be
warmly human and ruthlessly cold, all at once.
Silk by jenn. A return to the human moments, the lighter
moments, and the everyday life of Clark in lex in a freakish little town
like Smallville. Light, funny, and very sexy, it's a treat to see jenn
letting the boys walk around like two guys who put their pants... or
boxers, as the case may be, one leg at a time.
January 19, 2003
Nasty by Roses. In spite of the less-than-fragrant backdrop
for this story, Clark and Lex manage to come to an agreement that does
the title of this story justice. Roses has a wonderful grasp on their
voices, and their words, (and their characterization,) come through
bright and clear in this story.
Driving with Crocodile Shoes by Thamiris. Another story where
Clark and Lex come to an understanding, Thamiris presents it with a real
gift of clean prose and lyrical metaphor, drawing all the threads of
these two characters together with a deft touch; she evokes all their
aspect in one romantic, sensual story.
Veto the Day by The Hoyden. Clark and Lex come to an
understanding again (hey, it's theme recs this week, and I didn't even
realize it!) This story is especially nice for the sweet, gentle touches
that bring the boys together, and the utter naturalness of their
encounter when they both stay home sick for the day.
Filial Embrace by DebC. A wonderfully nasty piece of business
devoted to all of those stiff, obligatory hugs Lionel hands out when
other people are looking. Smartly written, with a nice, sharp segue into
the ending, it's true to Lionel and Lex, and very wicked indeed.
Tag by Zahra. Wee Clark was not so moody as Teen Clark, and
here his imagination gets a work out, along with some sharp, incisive
commentary on the world around him, and him in the world. A really
lovely Clark and Pete friendship piece, this is vivid and lovely work.
January 4, 2003
These three stories
are not my usual bent, for one reason or another, but they're all
well-written stories that I enjoyed despite their deviation from my
Runaway Trains at 3 AM by Chaos. A "Buffy the Vampire
Slayer"/"Smallville" crossover, Dawn and Clark run into each other at a
train station and make fast allies- with a wee, wee hint of romance as
an undercurrent. Deviation: not my usual pairing, or really, anything I
ever would have imagined, but it really, really works.
That Old Schizophrenic Jealousy by Lenore. A really nice back
and forth character piece, with Clark deliciously jealous of himself and
the relationship Lex has with Superman. Deviation: I tend not to enjoy
second person POV, but this story entertained me in spite of my POV
Yellow by RivkaT. Gorgeously written, a future with hints of
darkness and invasion in it; Lex makes dire decisions in a
presidentially swift fashion, and there are dire consequences to reckon
with when the dust settles. Deviation: For once, I didn't think the
story needed the happy ending, but the rest of the story is just too
fantastic to ignore.
December 18, 2002
December 9, 2002
Siempre by Slodwick. Mistletoe holds a kind of dark magic.
Philadelphia by Rivka T. A few steps into the future, an
irrevocable step into the dark.
A Conversation in the Snow by Zahra. She's the only one who
knows their secrets.
Acteon by Thamiris. Every good boy deserves a kiss goodnight.
December 3, 2002
Shadowboxer by Philadelphia Tuesday. A canon-strong coda to "Skinwalker"
from Lionel's point of view that's tight, smart, well-written, and
builds to a fantastic, tight ending. And, if you'd like to wade into the
deeper end of Martha and Lionel's waters, check out her
Winter Sleepers, a bit of an AU with dark consequences, and
Tomorrow Comes- Lex stages an unsuccessful intervention. Good
stuff, good stuff. Go read!
December 1, 2002
Cliché #128 - Guys Always Fall Asleep After Sex by Keelywolfe.
Okay, this is just fun. The title tells you the theme, but the story is
a fun little romp with Clark and Lex, and things that go bump in the
night-- entirely on accident.
The Hour When I Was Brave by Slodwick. It's always back to
the bridge, always back to the memories and the scent of the river for
Clark. This story is a painful, dark moment of quiet and resignation,
very vivid with the imagery and senses.
Turn by Wendi. The sequel to "Of Apples and Trees," Leo
Luthor is back with some advice for his son, and an alliance for his
grandson. Fascinating the way Luthors go about having a family, and a
sweet, subtle moment of Clark and Lex right in the middle to soothe the
The Figure in the Glass by Sarah T. A stinging little tribute
to Lana getting everything she ever wanted, with Clark, with Lex (not at
once,) and a lesson in being careful what one wishes for.
Deliver by Livia. Victoria plays games with everyone, and she
captures Clark in an uncomfortable web in this story. The ending is
crisp and vivid, and Livia manages to keep Victoria true to the
character on screen, but gives her some depth and flesh we never had the
chance to see.
Possibly, Maybe by Ingrid. This story is fantastic for its
strong thematic elements, carried through from beginning to end to
really make for a good, strong ending. I really like the relationships
markers that Ingrid chose for Chloe as she shifts her attention from
Clark to Pete.
Sixteen Vestal Virgins by Zahra. The richness of Chloe's
inner-life, considering all the variables, and all the men around her-
she doesn't want to be a virgin forever, and Smallville has a
respectable clutch of mental possibilities.
Touching Ghosts by Tha Wrecka. This is a very short story,
with very thin brush-strokes, almost a skeleton, and its slimness really
sharpens the weight and morbidity in a brief glance at the rise and fall
of Clark and Lana's relationship.
November 22, 2002
By Chloe Sullivan by Lemur. Not only is this a really lovely
character piece with some fantastic dialogue, it finally explains why
everybody in Smallville feels so compelled to call Lex "Lex Luthor"
whenever they refer to him. All praise Lemur for making it make sense!
Customary by Pearl-o. This is what Pearl-o does best-
contemplative, soft and so atmospheric, she gets the very tiny details
right- the sounds, the sights, and she uses them brilliantly to segue
into this, Clark's lament for what never happens.
Perpetual Slumber Party by Tara O'Shea. I love Tara's
episodic stories, and I love this one because it gives me a reason to be
sympathetic to Nell, and to fall absolutely, totally, head-over-heels in
love with Gabe Sullivan. Go read it, you will too.
At Day's End by Wendi. This is... this is just Jonathan.
Perfectly Jonathan, a good father, and a good man, trying so hard to
make the right choices for his son and his family.
Happy Endings by victoria p. With a bittersweet note to it,
and a lot of sensual erotica combined, victoria gives this Chloe/Clark/Lex
piece a lot of depth with a very fluid style. Um, and also, it's hot.
Did I mention the hot? Because there's some hot here. *sweat*
November 14, 2002
After Time by Slodwick. Man, Slodwick just hurts me. She
hurts me a lot, all the time, but the hurt in this piece is a gentle
sort of ache, infused with peace and hope. Clark's dreams are vivid.
Aftermath by Sally Bradstreet. Post-Red Clark, a little
darker for the experience, a little more conflicted, but his eyes are
open a little wider now. A fascinating, dichotomous balance.
Greenlit by Jack. Such little things can dredge memories, the
right scent, a certain taste, or in this case, a little bit of light.
Funny how new knowledge can color the past.
The Very Secret Thoughts of Clark Kent by Viridian5. Now, for
something to make you giggle after all that contemplation and angst:
Clark Kent: Goth Poser. Well, he doesn't think he's a poser, but he's
trying just a leetle too hard, and dang it, his mommy thinks it's just a
November 4, 2002
Token by Morgan R. Something like this had to have
happened to Lana Lang. It had to have, I believe this completely and
totally. This is a sneaky little story, it creeps around on quiet feet
then suddenly slaps with epiphany.
Of Blood and Bad Craziness by Zahra. Of things quiet and
contemplative, and seasons, and storms, and Clark and Lex.
The Martinelli Affair by Linda Seaton. A lovely, lovely
character piece with a point, wherein Chloe and Lex attempt to make
small-talk and open a bottle of apple juice. The pushme pullyou between
the characters is just spot on.
Only Dying Roses by Linda Seaton. First person is hard to do.
First person is even harder to do when every single character in the
cast gets a chance to speak. Linda pulls off this mean feat brilliantly,
with a story that will break your heart into a million pieces.
Over Coffee by Christie. Stepping off of canon after Chloe's
fateful experiment with Kyle Tippet's powers, this single setting piece
is funny and insightful, and captures Chloe, Lex and Lana in a perfect
fifteen minutes of youthful exuberance and wordly experience.
The Path She Takes by Wookie. This is a gem of minor
character fiction- an exploration into Nell, more than a few years back,
and it just rings painfully true as she struggles to mother a child she
didn't intend to have.
Pursuit by Slodwick. This story has the best teaser opener
ever, and then lapses into some fantastic, giggly fun- which, frankly,
after "The Sweet Smell of Air," you'll need. Trust me on this.
The Foundling and
Petting by Wendi, wherein we get another flavor of RedK Clark
entirely, and a lot of awwwwwww and wooooooooobie and eeeeeeeeeeeee and
all of those good vowel sounds like only Wendi can elicit them.
November 1, 2002
I've recced a few
of these before, but most of them are new-- to me, anyway, and hopefully
to you, too!
Minty? by Sullivanlane. This is sweet, and uncomfortable, and
hopeful, and hopeless, just like being sixteen and being in love with
your best friend.
Risk by käthe. A really wonderful Chloe voice, this is a
smooth examination into Chloe's whys and wherefores when it comes down
to Clark Kent.
Victor Victoria by Jayne. Okay, I mean this in the best
possible way, but Jayne is seriously fucked up. Another fantastic,
twisty kick of a story, and trust me- you'll find this Victoria not only
true to the show, but also interesting. Jayne's talented like that.
Silver and Gold by Tara O' Shea. I recced this before, but
I'm reccing it again, because it is absolutely my favorite
post-Red story. Not only is it woven seamlessly into the episode, but it
makes leaps that I truly believe could have happened when the camera was
Nights Like This by Maveness. Y'all have heard Howard Jones'
"No One is to Blame," right? Well, this is that song, only with a happy
ending. A very happy ending.
The Power of Positive Affirmation by Basingstroke. Ohhh,
naughty Pete. Naughty, naughty Pete. Getting one over on Lex, getting
into the Ross charm, Little Pete getting a little action. Go Pete!
Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar! by Julad. A
retrospective of the last thirteen years and a few into the future,
through the eyes of Pete Ross. Frankly, I'm jealous, because I was going
to use this Bradbury title to write a story about Pete, but Julad did it
way better than I could have.
57 Channels (and Nothing's On) by Zahra. Pete's home alone on
a Saturday night, and you know, he's got his problems too, y'all.
Kaddish by victoria p. Recently recced, and reccing it again,
it's another one of those rare epistolary stories that I truly enjoyed.
A sweet, bittersweet, fond and hopeful farewell from a father to his
One Phone Call by Wendi. Okay, I have to admit that my OTP
when it comes to Smallville tends toward Chloe/Flash, but this is a
fantastic, snappy little exchange between Chloe and Lex. I love future
fiction where Chloe and Lex have their own special understanding of the
October 25, 2002
Silver and Gold by Tara O'Shea. Some of the best episodic
fiction out there, Tara deftly weaves a new vision into the tapestry of
canon, and brings us a poignant vision of two girls, one guy, and their
tenuous grasps on friendship.
White Horses by Kate Elizabeth. Sensual, touchable, sweet and
soft, Chloe and Lana give up on the fairy tale together.
SHIFT.perspective by Te. Te is a dirty, filthy smut-raker,
and for this, we all rejoice. Not one, not two, but three hot,
tangled, sweaty, slick heavenly bodies in flagrante delicto. Again. And
again. And again. *whew*
Repose by Wendi. There is nothing quite like a quilt of
memories, there is nothing like Clark watching Lex sleep. Rich, and real
and romantic, this is a story to settle down with, with a warm blanket
and some cocoa, and hope in your heart.
October 23, 2002
In the Pumpkin Patch by victoria p. It's fluffy! It's
schmoopy! It's cute in a box! It's cute out of a box! It has pumpkins
and gourds and secrets and humor and all kinds of nice autumny things,
The Laugh of the Stars by Te. Whoa. Ms. Te does romance, with
a beautiful, lyrical touch, a real dreaminess that captures the hazing
glance of dreams and reality colliding. Beautiful kisses, lovely story.
Rushing Headlong by LaT. Clark really does need a friend, who
not only knows his secrets, but who can share them with him. LaT gives
him one, the perfect one, in this short, delicious bit, and invokes some
pretty powerful imagery on the way there.
Maternal Instincts by Laura Shapiro. Spoilers for "Nocturne,"
I don't want to say much about this story, but I do want to say the
prose is fluid and lush, and I can believe in this Martha completely.
Flirting with the Enemy by DebC. Not your usual Lex picks up
a willing partner on one of his many business trips, this one's got
subtlety and sting, and a fantastic obliqueness to it that utterly
captures the characters.
Where Are You Going? by Wendi. The final (sob!!) chapter in
the Sex & Candy series, Adina moves on, Lex all but moves in, and there
is much of the Clark hotness. A fond farewell to a favorite crossover.
October 19, 2002
Correspondence by pearl-o, who returns from her vacation
primed and ready to tell the real story about why Clark failed to
produce voluminous amounts of e-mail for Chloe this past summer.
Kaddish by victoria p. A heartbreaking record of a father's
love, a touching memento mori for Clark to keep.
Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Pyromaniac by
Zahra. There is a vast difference between Lex's Clark, and the Clark
standing in front of him.
October 14, 2002
Low Men in Yellow Coats by Zahra. Lex in winter! LEX IN
WINTER! Okay, in spite of the fact that this story jumps all up and down
on my LEX IN WINTER jones, it's also funny as hell. I love Zahra's inner
monologues for Lex, they're just priceless.
Neighborly by Sarah T. A walk through the farmer's market,
the hand of fate, and a couple of unlikely allies. Turns out Jonathan
Kent's human after all.
Sidekicks by Te. You know, Pete's a good friend, a romantic,
and just the sort of guy every girl, and in this piece, Chloe, deserves.
Plus? Mucho with the hotness, rrowl.
A Family Resemblance & Other Mysteries by Wendi. A Young
Americans/Smallville crossover, with swimming holes, naked boys, and
voyeurism. (Of course, it screams for a sequel...)
October 07, 2002
My Friend the Gay Mutant Alien, by Pete Ross by jacquez h.
valentine. Okay, this is just cute in a box, an absolutely adorable
story with Pete as the narrator, fantastic dialogue between Pete and
Clark- makes coming out to your best friend fun!
Fidelity by Livia. A future story where Lois is a person, not
a foil, the boys have a history (and maybe a future?) and some very,
very nice details about secrets, and lies and something in between.
Bonus for some extra-funny lines, and an ending that makes you think.
Green-Eyed Monster by Tara O'Shea. This is a
beautifully-written episodic, woven into the text of Heat with a
deft and convincing touch. Really seamless, it's hard to tell where the
show ends and the story begins.
Rescue Me by Wendi. You need happy? Wendi has happy. You need
adventure? Wendi has adventure. You need romance? Wendi has romance. You
need telepathic gorillas? Surprisingly enough, Wendi has telepathic
gorillas, and the Justice League has a little situation on their hands.
October 03, 2002
The Eyes of the Dragon by Tara O'Shea. Tara weaves a deft
past for Lex and Lillian, capturing the ephemeral essence that is the
mystery a mother makes for her child. Written with a light touch, this
story feels like the memory it is.
No Particular Night or Morning by The Spike. Dark, a little
brutal, a lot beautiful, The Spike paints a future where a war's not
just made on the bodies, but the minds. The Spike really is a master at
tese kinds of pieces, beautifully wrought.
How to Lose Your Virginity and Other Old Tricks by Thamiris.
Not only is this delicious Urban Legend/Smallville crossover laugh out
loud funny, it's also sexy, and sensual, which is no mean feat to
accomplish. Tham, of course, makes it look easy.
This Year's Love: A Heap of Broken Images by Zahra. So much
can change in a year, and Zahra has a gift for slipping into Lex's skin,
and letting the reader see through his eyes. A lovely rendering of the
first season, and four season of change for Lex.
Watch It Fade by Pearl-o. Pearl-o doesn't need a lot of words
to capture a a brief, perfect moment with Lex and Clark. This short
story is vivid, and visual, and touching in its perfect simplicity.
The Talisman by Rina. Introspective and thoughtful, Rina
plucks a tiny bit of Smallville apocrypha up, and turns it into a quiet
token of reflection.
The Off Season by Livia. Another quiet story, this one runs
with veins of peace and contemplation, thought and fondness. Sometimes,
I think that Livia is a sylph, inhabiting the air and making nature and
its elements her own.
Electric by pearl-o. A wonderfully super-and-sub metaphor
story, hanging humid in the air like a storm about to hit, and when it
does? Just gorgeous.
Random Walks of Life by Zahra. Somewhat spoilery for the
season premiere, this is still a wonderful study of character and
tension, and how to fill in those uncomfortable silences with sidelong
glances rather than the unvarnished truth.
Kansas and Other Summer Things by Wendi. Such a nice
outsider's view of Smallville, of Clark, and of Clark's innermost
secrets, and a fun crossover at that. Wendi does it good.
September 5, 2002
57 Channels and Nothing's On by Zahra. A wonderful, wonderful
story about growing up, growing apart, and growing tired of being stuck
in one place. And
Six Days is... well, the way to a man's heart is through his
stomach, or so I hear. Z pretty much proves that in this sweet,
reflective piece that'll make you go "Awwww! WOOBIE!"
Spare Change by Morgan R. Not only is this a fun story for
the Clark and Lex interaction, and the exploration of the ways they
define each other, it's a real pleasure to read from a perspective of
craft. Fantastic pacing and meter, its got its own internal rhythm and
melody- just delicious. I love that.
True Story by Cyb. Fourth wall? What fourth wall? Not only
does Cyb manage to bring a bucket full of funny skewering the show, the
actors, the networks, and pretty much everything else in between, she
also brings the sweet with this little romance. Hee!
Help Wanted by Andy. I laughed. And I laughed some more. And
then I laughed some more- all kinds of funny packed into a perfect step
sideways from Drone, this is a wonderful, hysterical ensemble piece.
One Phone Call by Wendi shows us the softer side of Lex, and
why exactly it is we shouldn't mess with Chloe's man. And
Contrasts is just that. A beautiful study in contrasts, funny
and sweet, sensual and silly... plus? Snow! For me, always a bonus.
August 29, 2002
Memento Mori by Jayne Leitch, oh my god. I read this in the
middle of the night, and it creeped me out so damned much that I had to
turn all the lights on in the house in the middle of the night. Gah, I
still have little shudders down the back of my neck. Jayne is a
master, all bow before her.
Elysium by Pablo. Choke down this bitter, screwed up little
pill, and try to figure out just exactly when the sun rises for you.
Mint by Kitty Fisher. A real departure for her, this is just
a gorgeous, soft, sweet story with some truly, truly sensual moments.
Come see the softer side of Kitty... and Clex.
Inevitable by Shrift. One of the best pieces of Smallville
fanfiction written between the edges of the canon episodes, this story
is a heartbreaking exercise in character examination and motives. Just
beautifully, beautifully done.
August 25, 2002
Crimson by Andy, a sexy, delicious little exploration of all
the things Clark and Chloe can do in the dark places at school. As
always, Andy brings the serious hot, she makes my little heart
Rings and Sores by Pearl-o, a beautifully-written glimpse
into the future, it'll break your heart and heal it, all in one
story. Now that, my friends, is talent.
Love Like Sleep by Pablo. Do you know why he's an evil man?
I'll tell you why- he puts together two characters who have no business
being together, he makes you believe in them, and then he breaks your
heart. Evil. Evil. Man. But a wonderful writer.
The Small Assassin by Sarah T. Sarah's one of the best
Smallville authors out there writing Lionel Luthor; she captures not
only his ruthlessness, but the emotion, and dare I say it, fondness
The Boy with the Thorn in His Side by Zahra. Not only is this
a fantastic, poignant character piece for Clark, Zahra also mirrors it
in another fandom, with another character, and makes you absolutely
believe in both.
August 18, 2002
Quid Pro Quo by Andy. There are some things that are such a
perfect match, that when you see them you're struck dumb by the fact
that the combination never occurred to you before. Everybody needs to
read more Andy.
Ignotum per Ignotius by Jayne Leitch. You know, Jayne is one
of those severely underappreciated writers who does absolutely
everything right- voices, style, senses, honesty... and she does it
again with this fascinating little bit of interplay between Lex and...
well, go see for yourself.
Summer Breeze and
Christmas Time Is Here by Wendi. Two seasons in a day, and
both the very definition of romance. Warm cider, and fireflies. Witty
banter and atmospheric convergences, god, I love my Wenni.
Chinese Whispers II: Making Waves by Icebun and Pablo. Lex is
a bad, bad, bad man. Whitney is all fucked up. And Clark is clueless, as
usual. Mmmm, something to warm the cockles of the... okay, heart has
nothing to do with it. This is all libido, baby.
August 14, 2002
New Leaf by Livia. As a comics geek, the concept appealed to
me. As a Smallville fan, the application delighted me. Livia's got that
snap that makes words crackle with energy, and the personalities are so
big, so real, you feel like you're standing a few feet away,
Lex in Winter by Wendi. This is why I love Wendi, you guys. I
make one, throwaway comment in my Livejournal about needing Lex in
winter stories, and a mere four hours later, Wendi has crafted two
perfect instances of that beautiful boy, practically opposite sides of
the coin. War is bright, energetic, and funny, and Lex in
Winter is soft, wistful and poignant.
The Scientist by Zahra. My baby will make you laugh! And
laugh! And giggle and wheeze and then suddenly start drooling and
rubbing your thighs together hungrily. This is one experiment that you
really shouldn't miss.
The Opposite of Chloe by Punk. Hey, I told y'all I was happy
that Punk had come to Smallville, and see?? Another reason why! The
Opposite of Chloe (which is not only the perfect title for this
story, but a keen little pun on Allison Mack's filmography, get meta!)
slips right into that sixteen year old girl place, where there's a
difference between liking somebody and liking-liking somebody, and yet
the almost-adult awareness that some things are just bad for you.
Upside Down by Thamiris. Ungh. Hot. Hot, and much with the
hotness. And also hot. *sweat*
August 9, 2002
Matthia by Jayne. Oh. My. God. Y'all. Just... dude, oh my
god, y'all. Searingly hot and fantastic dialogue and characterization,
if you only read one SV/BtvS crossover, this is the one to read. And
read again. And read six or seven more times before you catch your
breath. I so want to write this pairing now. Bless you, Jayne.
Secret Garden by Wendi. The further adventures of Wally West
and Chloe Sullivan, this time with 50% more Lois, Batman, Lex and Clark!
I cannot resist this pairing, y'all. It's my crack. It's my heroin.
Watch me slap my vein.
Sanctified by Andy, who flips the tenses with an undeniable
hotness, and a soft, bittersweet sigh at the end. Oh, how I love my
Fell Down by pearl-o. There is just something dreamy about
pearl-o's style, something that draws you into an in-between haze,
existing there with the boys, and yet still removed, that makes a first
time piece like this intimate and aware.
Meta Physical Humor by Jack. Go on, read it. Then read it
again. Then giggle at yourself when you realize that what seems like a
Salvador Dali painting on the page actually turns out to be a wicky
wicked little mindgame.
Tit for Tat by The Man. Yes, that The Man. My The Man. How
cool is this, I had to run a metric buttload of errands yesterday, and
when I came back, he'd written slash! I am a very, very, very lucky
August 3, 2002
Interstitial by Punk Maneuverability. Punk's got a light,
light touch and I really enjoyed not just the plot, but the original
characters and the relationship progressions. I'm not going to say much
more than that, because I don't want to ruin it, but it's just a really
nice story, the kind that leaves you happy to have read it.
Come into FayJay's
parlour, with this thoughtful, colorful exploration of Lana in
Torch Red. I love an author who can make me believe that
there is more to Lana than we see on the screen, and yet, at the same
time, make me believe that this is the Lana we see on the screen.
FayJay does just that, with a light, light touch. Beautiful work.
plays with time and introspection in this fascinating Lex piece,
Breathing Water. It's an interesting digger through his
psyche, and an absolutely intriguing vision of the elements that brought
him together to make him the man he is.
And back at the
farm, Pearl-o brings forth another beautiful, dreamy piece that explores
one of my favorite, underwritten characters, Martha Kent.
Skin Your Knee not only explores Martha now, reacting and
acting when it comes to her son's relationship with Lex, but it explores
Martha before, as a young woman with desires and needs, wishes and
dreams, all her own.
Ice and Pablo. Pablo
and Ice. They made my head explode with a deeply episode-woven story
that not only peeks into a certain quarterback's mind, but gives us a
delicious taste of totally inorganic, absolutely dominant Lex. Not only
Chinese Whispers make you sweat, it'll make you think.
Mmmmmmm. Good, good stuff.
Like I said a while
back, I'll go just about anywhere if a good writer takes me there. And
you know what? Icebun is a damned good writer, and she took me to a
whole new place with
Brand New Things. I will admit it, I never saw the Lexney
before. In fact, it kinda baffled me that there was Lexney out there.
Whit's so whitebread and All-American boy and very dating Lana, but
yowza, Icebun sowed the the seeds of latent Whitney homosexuality and
left me sweating.
victoria has been
beating the batsnot out of the Defining Moments challenge, and she wrote
a wonderful Clark piece that really speaks to me about where Superman
comes from out of the Clark we see on Smallville. Check out
Nativity, I really enjoyed it, I think you will, too.
I dunno what to call
Livia's woobie fic for Spike, but
it's darned good reading any way you cut it. I absolutely
love UST, I love cheerfully tipsy Lex, and I love uncertain, gentle
And last, but not
least, let FayJay take you on a little mindbender of a crossover. I
don't want to say anything to spoil it, but believe me when I tell you
Changeling has got that thing that makes you go, "Ooooh, I
wish I'd thought of that" totally going on!
Raindrops on roses,
and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and Martha playing mommy
to Lex, victoria brings forth one of my very favoritest things in her
Last, but not least,
and something completely different again- fluffy, funny happy from
Morgan R. with a little bit of
Stress Relief. It's both a title and a description, and I am
still giggling about the ending.
I am totally Andy's bitch right now. (Well, I usually am anyway, but
today, moreso than ever) because she wrote me PRESCHOOL CLEX! Tiny
little Clark! Tiny little Lex! A purple tricycle and a date with destiny
Another Time and Place!
And if that isn't
enough cute to rot your teeth, Wendi adds some bitter to the sweet that
is little Lena in the latest Bradbury installment,
Long After Midnight. Come for the Clex, stay for the wee one.
Forum by Andy has what is quite possibly the best Smallville
kiss ever. I could read this story over and over and over... okay, I
have read this story over and over, and I intend to again. Andy is one
with the sensory details, nngh!
Touch and Go by Wendi, because despite all the froufera, this
is her series, and she's doing a damned bang up job with it. Hot dogs,
dollhouses and arguments- I just love the way Wendi writes an argument.
Interval in Sunlight by valentine. This short story is just
so evocative, so fragile, you can practically feel it in the air. It's
beautiful, and sensitive, and absolutely heartbreaking. Just amazing.
The Terrible Conflagration Up at the Place by Zahra, wherein
there's more than one conflagration and a metric buttload of yummy,
The Utterly Perfect Murder by Jack, which is utterly perfect
in its complexity; I really relish a story one has to pay attention and
truly read to get all the flavors, and this does not at all
Drunk, and in Charge of a Bicycle by Jayne. Did I rec this
before? Well, if I did, you should read it again. Marvel in the pure
vindictiveness that is Lex, it is a beautiful, beautiful thing to
Apocrypha by Thamiris. Read it.
And the Sailor, Home from Sea by Jack. Very wistful, very
poignant, it's really just a beautiful moment, and you feel kinda cheap
for watching something so intimate when you shouldn't. Not that looking
away was ever really an option.
The Next in Line by pearl-o, who, as ever, manages to catch a
moment so precisely, you can feel it on your skin.
A Sound of Thunder by Jayne. Oh man, this was just a creepy
little treat from beginning to end. Very, very visual, and it gets you
right at the base of the neck to draw a long, cold finger down your
Long After Midnight, by Jules- a lovely, lyrical thoughtpiece
that just swims with Lexual goodness. And right on the other hand...
Kaleidoscope, by Pearl-o, gorgeous poetry in prose, falling
into place again and again on the Clark side of the equation.
And my doodness, my
little baby Zahra has gone and racheted up the bar of lush, palpable
imagery. I'm not giving anything away, but trust me when I say, you'll
feel it on your fingers when you read
The Sound of Summer Running.
Now, for something
completely different- although contemplative is yummy, funny is yummy
too, Shrift never fails to please with the delightful, goofy
Uncle Einar. I'm almost positive I've been to this family
reunion, though there was significantly less boysex at mine.
The Town Where No One Got Off, and while I'm at this, remind
me to remind myself to write Brighid and demand a new keyboard for the
one I ruined with her Biblical shenanigans.
Alpha & Omega is a bang up ending to Wendi's wonderful Eros &
Agape series; she does things with Clark I never even imagined.
Andy rocks. Andy
rocks hard. She's like one part Shirley Jackson, and four parts kick
ass. I don't even know why she talks to me. Go read
The Cat, and if you are the sort who feels they need warning
about a story, scroll up before you scroll down.
I hate Thamiris. I
hate her because she can write a story like
Along Came a Spider, and I can't. It's over the top, it's
hysterical, it's sexy, and goddamn if it isn't in character.
Grail is trying to
hurt me. Fortunately, I like it. If you're in the market for some sweet,
sensual hurt, check out this
fic snippet she posted a few days back. Good, good stuff.
Trying by Jen K.
He wants to
sketch the shape of Lex's body into the air in front of him with his
free hand, draw the empty space close and fold himself around it, under
it, into it.
The Unexpected II: Regrouping and
The Unexpected III: Adapting, by Zahra.
Clark is a really
Really tall. Like
NBA scouts could start sniffing around soon, and Christ, what if Clark
doesn't stop growing? What if he grows taller than the trees? What if
Lex has to buy a step stool so he can look him in the eye?
The Cuckoo by FayJay.
Lex let himself
pretend it was real. It felt real. Tasted real. So much better than
reality that he really should have guessed. One long-fingered hand
cupped the bare curve of his scalp with the tenderness that Lex had
mistaken for love, when in fact it was simply caution.
Black Pond by Viridian5.
More at ease in
his own body. Please. Our minds flit out of the gutter quickly.
Then Lex caresses
his fishing rod in a manner that forces our minds to dive back into the
gutter. His long fingers slide up and down its length slowly, slowly....
Not very nice of him, dammit. He mutters an ow! as we smack his shining
bald head, and we laugh as he looks about for the culprit. Tease us,
The First Step Is Admitting You Have a Problem by Wendi. So
many wonderous flavors of imagery to choose from, start with a nibble:
Heat from his
body fogged a pane of glass as he touched the wet surface that separated
them, forsaking his heightened sense of hearing to watch Lex's lips move
with words he thought he spoke to a Clark still listening on the other
end of the line.