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Uhhhhh so, I went to post in this year's (2016) RS_Games team group, and found this draft from... lord knows when. Sometime in 2014, given the fics included. So here are some recs, very very late. Also a note to myself to go back and finish reading 2014, not to mention 2015, which I'm not sure I did at all... (I did just start a new teaching job during posting last year, and I probably did not have time to read much at all, let alone the incredible volume that this fest always produces.)


I've been afk for virtually all of RS_Games this year, regrettably, after I finally did manage to get my own piece submitted, so I haven't been able to rec or comment as often or in as much detail as I'd like. But, that said, I'm making a push today because I'm off of school and not yet years behind in my work, and the reveals are on Friday, so.

Title: Mapmaker
Rating: R
Word Count: 8500
Summary: WW2 AU. Remus J Lupin is a geographer working for the RAF, stationed in Cairo, Egypt, under British control. He works in map intelligence, analyzing the precise positions of Nazi troops and airbases, updating geographic data from reconnaissance missions. Cairo teems with squadrons and platoons -- men from all parts of the Empire and beyond. Remus wanders its streets alone, until he meets a pilot by the name of Sirius Black.

I just. Wow. Clearly the author put in a lot of time and effort researching WWII and Cairo and the RAF, and it all paid off brilliantly. The story is not-quite-linnear, which is something I adore, and the attention to language, both in writing style and in capturing the multi-cultural aspect of this setting, is exquisite. As a content note (since for some reson there are no warnings listed in the header), it is rated R but there is hardly a mention of sex. The discussion of the war is not graphic, either, but it is heavy.

Title: Flying By Night
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Word Count: 2000
Summary: Sirius is unable to find the right words to tell Remus how he feels. Instead, he watches his friend, revelling in the peace being with Remus always gives him, from the sun rises until the stars have taken over the sky.

A very sweet character study with attention given to detail in all the right places. And a toothachingly sweet ending :)

Title: fell in love once and almost completely
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Some injury, non-graphic death (not of main characters, occurs pre-story)
Word Count: 4,424
Summary: When Remus is four, his father kills a werewolf in front of him. Eleven years later, he meets an unfamiliar boy with a scarred face and a secret.

A really neat look at werewolf role-reversal, but the characterisations are still top-notch!

Title: And suddenly I’m not so young
Rating: R
Warnings: Nudity and sad things. Implied canon death.
Summary: Just bits and pieces – glimpses from a life.

Beautiful style, beautiful prose, beautiful handling of light and dark in a work of greyscale, and A++ drunk!Sirius who doesn't know what things are called and makes bad puns. Content note, I did not notice any nudity beyond shirtless torsos, though I suppose I could have missed something.

Title: If You Shall Live with Me a Long Time
Rating: Pg-13 or R for language
Warnings: Kursing, Kissing, and Khloé
Word Count: 1,864
Summary: At the Potters, after Sirius ran away.

Remus loves Sirius something fierce, in his own quiet and understated way. And Sirius' POV voice is terrific, as well as all the attention to narrative detail. Great work!

Title: Canis Major, or The Babysitting Story
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Word Count: 3792
Summary: Sirius talks about stars, war, and love, and none of it makes much sense. Good thing his only audience is a baby.

Exactly what it says on the tin. Some real honest Sirius, the kind that shines through when you don't have to worry about the audience understanding you. The light and fluffy tone belies the heavy nature of the piece, but it all really does work together.

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I finally listened to "Mercy, Pity, Peace" after putting it off for actual years because of its "dark themes" and holy cow they weren't kidding. OW.

RS_Games: have a *spectacular* muggle AU

Title: You Saw the Clouds Above, But I Saw the Universe
Rating: PG
Warnings: none [I would add warnings for mental illness and a psychiatric hospital scene]
Word Count: 9300
Summary: One day Remus left and when he finally came back, he no longer saw the world that Sirius did.

Oh MAN this is such a creative muggle AU, and the world it's in is built up really beautifully. The language is flowing but precise, and the characters are great—James and Lily are funny and in love, Sirius is cynical and makes me go D: , and oh my god Remus. This story uses canon lycanthropy as a parallel for all sorts of ~othered~ disabilities in a muggle AU, and it is SO GREAT. And the way Remus puts it all is SO GREAT.

Note in re tags: They don't actually *meet* as adults, but re-meet as adults.

RS_Games: have a Christmas story

Title: Dog of Darkness, Dog of Light
Rating: M
Warnings: light sexual content
Word Count: 4400
Summary: Sirius hates all institutions. Well, almost all.

This is a really neat look at that one Christmas they had with Harry before everything went to pieces. Lots of reflections on holiday traditions and families, magic and muggle. I especially liked the clever wordplay and seeing Hagrid around.

RS_Games: have a delightful coffeeshop AU

Title: Evenings, Mornings, Afternoons
Rating: R
Warnings: dangerously high caffeine content, drunken snogs, bad jokes
Word Count: 5600
Summary: Sirius is a librarian who doesn't read, Remus is a barista who prefers hot chocolate. At least they like each other. Eventually. Probably?

I'm a sucker for coffee shop or university AUs, and this has little bits of both, and I love it. Lots of crisp humor, and Sirius is a librarian, I mean honestly. Read it. Also James and Lily are great, and Peter makes a cameo appearance, and everything is terrific. I would actually put this down to a PG-13, though I guess there's a fair amount of alcohol.

Also, I give you this teaser line, which appears somewhere, and which I think is a major part of Sirius in a nutshell: They all loved him, and in his way he loved them back, even if this was sometimes expressed through particularly cruel mime.

RS_Games: have some minimalist angst

Title: The Song of Forgetting, In C Minor
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: referenced light drug use, implied sexual situations, ambiguous ending
Word Count: 1500
Summary: The first memory comes out easy, two days later, slips from his temple into the jar like a fish being released into a bowl of water. Remus watches the silver strand loop and wrap around itself, settling into a shimmering knot.

This author did a phenomenal job conveying years of Remus' pain and emotion in so few words. I had never really considered, either, the idea that Remus would deliberately forget things in order to survive those 12 years, but it makes a lot of sense, and this author shaped in such a great way, that it's not swish-flick-sadness-gone, but a long process and a sort of mourning in itself.

RS_Games: have some fluffy angst

Title: The Wish to Move Backward
Rating: PG
Warnings: Canonical Character Death
Word Count: 3166
Summary: Remus in the immediate aftermath of Voldemort’s defeat

Somehow, there is cheer and hope in this incredibly sad time of Remus' life. He is well developed and dreaming (which kills the reader with dramatic irony), and he is among other well develloped background characters who are simply delightful. And the language usage is great.
Title: The Psychopomp
Rating: G
Warnings: N/A
Word Count: 60
Summary: The world collapses. You hold it in.

As per Wikipedia, "Psychopomps (from the Greek word ψυχοπομπός - psuchopompos, literally meaning the "guide of souls") are creatures, spirits, angels, or deities in many religions whose responsibility is to escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife. [...] In Jungian psychology, the psychopomp is a mediator between the unconscious and conscious realms."

This artist uses space and color in a very striking way to illustrate a possible muggle!AU, and it's just beautiful. I enjoy the mysterious openness of the ending.
Title: Leave the Children Behind
Rating: R
Warnings: Sex, language
Word Count: ~49,700
Summary: Sometimes, the bravest thing you can do is learn to let go of what you were, and fall in love with what you are. Remus, Sirius, and a series of choices.
Or, a love story—backwards and forwards.

It's long, but it's totally worth it. I laughed, I cried, I waved my hands around in disbelief...

I love the characterisations and the style of the storytelling, the backwards and forwards of it. This story caused me to think about a lot of things I hadn't really considered before, namely Remus' relationship to Harry, in a very significant way. The narrative style and prose are hands-down some of the best I've seen in a long time, and there are so, so many sentences that just caused me to stop and stare at the screen in awe.

On the content side, in addition to the fascinating (and heartbreakingly real) relationships being (re)built between Remus/Sirius and Remus&Harry, there are also some great lady characters (a mix of OCs and others) who show up and create their own fascinating and meaningful relationships with Remus as well. I love them all, like wow. Perhaps most impressive is the hopeful feel of the ending, despite us knowing how Remus and Sirius' story together must eventually end.

(Here's my vaguely spoilery liveblog of the piece, because wow.)

RS_Games: have some stunning artwork

Title: The Tides of What We Were
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: None, unless you have a phobia of bad metaphors, or a highly developed understanding of lighting.
Word Count: ~800
Summary: 'No way of knowing what any man will do/And ocean of violence between me and you'

Holy cow. I can't... I can't even put into words what I think about this piece.

First of all, gap-toothed Sirius and Mama!Lily in striped pajamas. These things are cute. Nothing else is cute. Everything else is heartbreaking. This is a beautiful and painful and powerful look through Remus' eyes at the events that led up to the Potters' deaths and Sirius' supposed betrayal. Wow. The characterisation of Remus is phenomenal, and the use of black and color in the art is really striking. Not to mention the lyrical prose, with such a strong rhythm. Ugh. I can't handle it.
Title: Hangover Cures
Rating: PG
Warnings: none, except some mentions of drinking?
Word Count: 2100
Summary: Listening to Remus pottering about in the kitchen, Sirius wondered how on Earth he’d managed to land the sort of man who would make him toast and bring him Muggle sports drinks after he’d been fool enough to challenge James to a contest of who could taste the most types of gin.

Sirius is so great. Snarky, but stupidly hungover, blaming James and Lily, secretly romantic, and with a great tone-of-voice. I really loved the silly comparisons he made, which I think is a terrific and oft-overlooked character trait of Sirius.

Title: One Last Night
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Angst, implied smoking
Word Count: 1680
Summary: Sirius and Remus spend a night together during the First War.

This is super beautiful. The whole story is presented very skillfully, and emphasised each of the senses very well, without being heavyhanded about it, which is nice. Their banter is really well-done, too, which is delightfully bittersweet, to see those glimpses of who they could be if it weren't wartime. (Well, I mean, they still *are* those people, but it's hard to see it in war sometimes.) (Also, asexual!Sirius. This is so important.)

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