(My second Fic Rec Friday, so…)
Canon Divergence AUs
Big or small, there are moments where the author decided that the story needs to diverge from the canon path.
Star Wars, bit of a crossover with Alien
Content Warnings: Blood, gore, minor character death
Written by @radioactivepeasant, Luke, currently on medical leave after Bespin, visits the library of Mygeeto in order to find manuals to help tune up Artoo and ends up offering a ride to a group of stranded travelers. However, it seems those travelers brought a deadly stowaway along, a situation made more complicated by Vader showing up. It’s one of my top favorites and one of the ones I make sure to have pulled up on long car rides. There is blood and gore of the Alien variety, but most death happens to minor characters and the Xenomorphs. There is also a sequel that’s started to come out that feels Lovecraftian-inspired. (Although that might just be me. We’ll see the Friday before Halloween.)
Written by @alexseanchai, this fic considers what would happen if Nathalie didn’t collapse in the episode Ladybug. Adrien, bearing the Ladybug earrings, is interrogated by Verity Queen. It is short but the emotions contained within are like the punch to the heart.
Bendy and the Ink Machine
Content Warnings: PTSD, panic attacks, body horror, mentioned character death
Written by @star-going-supernova, this is another of my favorites for long car rides. Instead of thirty years, Joey calls Henry after seven because only Henry’s drawings work in the Ink Machine. Horrified, Henry goes deeper into the depths of the studio, teaming up with his creations Bendy and Alice to find a way to stop Joey and bring an end to it all. It can be considered a full-on au on its own with the amount of (implied?) canon we have received, but there’s Dad Henry and dealing with the fact that he created the world of Bendy.
Content Warnings: Mental health issues
Written by @chrisflemingslegs, Charlie gives Bella a ultimatum during her depression during New Moon- either therapy or moving back to Jacksonville. She chooses therapy, giving her the chance to work through things and giving us healthy character development. The author goes a step further and the fic also corrects Meyer’s racism towards the Native American werewolves, we get to see Charlie and Bella bond, and Edward gets confronted with his behavior.
Avatar the Last Airbender
Set post Crossroads of Destiny, a servant asks Zuko what his exile was like. Zuko, after thinking over his time at sea and in the Earth Kingdom, realizes the truth.Already Found
A series, written by @audibleellipsis, where Steven, after the events of Full Disclosure, warps and accidentally stumbles over Spinel in the garden. It’s very sweet and it feels like things that were worked through in the series are on the course of being worked through sooner.
Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure
Content Warning: Severe injury, possession
During the song ‘Nothing Left to Lose’, Cassandra hits Varian in the chest with a rock hard enough to send him flying. Due to his injury from this, Varian fails to wake up from Zhan Tiri’s dream, requiring Plan B to be used.
Written by @impishnature, this is an au where, after figuring out Bill’s manipulation, Ford turns to listening to the radio to stay sane. He flips through different channels until, one night, he stumbles over a familiar voice. I really loved this one, since Ford is the one to start taking steps to fixing things between him and radio host Stan.
Alexander Hamilton decides that the people he loves are more important then leaving a legacy.
Written by @andhumanslovestories, this fic goes into the adventures of Thorin, who doesn’t remember Bilbo’s name, to figure out Bilbo’s name with the help of his nephews and Dwalin. There is Bagginshield in this, although you can chose whether you see it as romantic or platonic.