We all could use some amazing stories to help deal with the hell that 2020 continues to heap on us. At the same time it gives us the opportunity to spread a little love!
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c Omertà by HanukoYoukai (Teen and up) MCU
After chasing down the criminal that took Uncle Ben’s life, Peter is found by James Wesley, the right-hand man of Wilson Fisk–a wealthy businessman trying to clean up Hell’s Kitchen. Having left a strong impression on the man, soon Peter finds himself working for Fisk, doing an internship for his business projects by day, and catching bad guys at night. If Mr. Fisk wants a few specific criminals delivered to him personally, who is Peter to object? All his boss wants to do is talk, after all, and ever since this internship began, things were finally looking up for the Parkers. Then Peter hears the whispers in the underworld about the elusive and terrifying Kingpin, and somehow there are rumors that Spider-Man is on the Crime Lord’s payroll. When he decides to use his own judgement and go against Mr. Fisk’s wishes, Peter suddenly finds himself neck deep in mob activity with no means to get himself out.
ip A Twisted Upheaval by silentsaebyeok (Teen and up) MCU
“I’m afraid, Harrison, you’ve awakened a sleeping giant.” Wilson said. “Tony Stark will do anything and everything to protect those he loves. And with your carelessness, it is inevitable that my criminal empire will be brought to its knees. This is your last opportunity, your last chance to get this right. He is on our radar now.”
The Kingpin runs the criminal underworld. He is the mastermind and the puppeteer. Tony Stark has been trying to find the elusive gangster for years, but with no luck. But then Peter Parker is kidnapped by an agent of the Kingpin’s, revealing the cracks in an otherwise unshakeable organization. Unlikely alliances form and friendships are made as the criminal underworld begins to unravel.
ip Identity Crisis by KitCat992 (Teen and up) MCU
It’s been months since Rasputin and Disappear-O the Magnificent almost sent Tony and the others to a watery grave. Things have been pleasantly looking up since then. For starters, Tony felt as close as ever with the kid. Of course, trying to distinguish the difference between normal teenage angst and something else that could be seriously wrong with his protege was proving to be…a challenge. And walking into the kitchen to find the Winter Soldier eating his food was not helping.
Meanwhile, Peter has a whole new school year to look forward to. And with the addition of old friends popping back into his life, he was sure things could only get better from this point on. Sure, sleeping was a little rough lately, but no big deal. And he really needed to figure out how to remove this black slime from his backpack. But yeah, everything’s great.
Things were great. Totally great.
Although, now that he was being honest with himself, Peter was feeling a bit sick lately. And for real, what was with this black slime?
(Or: OsCorp is inadvertently ruining everyone’s life and Tony is done with this B.S. Protective Avengers and Shameless Peter Whump.)
Part 2 of Identity Saga
ip The Man in the Crimson Cloak by Aelaer (Teen and up) SHERLOCK and DOCTOR STRANGE CROSSOVER
Data began to flow in from what he could see of the cloak. Red, obviously, though several shades in the weave of the fabric. Wool— cashmere, to be precise. The inner lining was made of another material (pashmina suddenly came to mind) covered in a checkered pattern. Each square in turn had intricate designs within the material, and the colors shifted in various hues of red and grey— due to age, not design. The material was weathered and worn, very worn in some places, but still remarkably intact. And while he was certain of its composition, there was… something else about it. Something he could not determine, something different.
One thing was for certain: this was no ordinary costume purchased for twenty quid. But the stranger in his flat was more than just a cloak.
Sherlock’s terribly ordinary and outright dull day turns into something well beyond his wildest dreams when a most interesting stranger enters his flat.
ip These Old Shades by sgam76 (Teen and up) SHERLOCK
Memory has always been Sherlock’s best tool–his weapon of choice, in fact. But there have been times in his life when his memory is also his worst enemy. Right now is one of those times.
Part 8 of Scheherezade ‘verse
c Castaway by ariaadagio (Mature) LUCIFER
Note: contains sexy times but overall is not overtly graphic
The Devil is real. A sentence Chloe Decker never believed until Lucifer Morningstar burned out her skepticism with his hellfire eyes. It’s a “Hell” of a reality shift, but Chloe realizes she may not have time for gradual acceptance when she discovers that one of the bodies in her most recent murder investigation isn’t human. Worse still, the next target might be Lucifer. A story that begs the question: who prays for Satan? [Post-S3 finale continuation. Deckerstar.]
Part 1 of Gravity
ip Sed Diabolus by dragonnan, KitCat992 (Teen and up) MCU
The great epic has begun. They say history is recorded by the victors. Well history, then, has yet to be written. Heroes have fallen and the world is a ruin of chaos and self-destruction. The time of the apocalypse has come. Who, then, will stand and face the Devil?
Thanos left an indelible mark. What was undone was far from erased and the world is the poorer for the losses he brought to bear. But he is not the only being of power looking to claim Earth as its throne. The enemy from the heavens was defeated. But it is the enemy from the darkest and deepest places who may prove to be the final death knell for the universe.
And yet… hope comes…
Like the ringing strike of a hammer against iron…