I've been away for the holidays, and have barely scratched the surface of Yuletide, but have a few recs in the fandoms I have read that I wanted to post before the reveal:

Sports Night

Firstly, I got two gorgeous Sports Night fics that feature Dan Rydell's pain front and centre, in Holiday Spirit (1,500 words, no warnings) and Pinch Hitter (1,300 words, no warnings). I could read about sad, broken Danny all day and all night, and these are excellent examples of their type, with supportive!Casey and a fantastic Isaac. As these were both pinch-hits, it's even more astounding that they are so very pretty.

Studio 60

After the prodigious outputs for Sports Night and The West Wing (and even The Social Network), the amount of fic suggests that this is the Aaron Sorkin show that has been least taken to fandom's heart. Best Man (~6000 words, discussion of consent issues/drug addiction) is a real gem though. The relationship between Matt Albie and Danny Tripp is one of the few things that the show does well, and this explores it beautifully, without glossing over the strain that addiction can place on a friendship. This left me nodding my head, and features a lovely Harriet Hayes.

Friday Night Lights

Considering the awesomeness of this show, and all of its characters, there is surprisingly little fic out there, so it's glorious to get so much of quality this Yuletide. My favourite is All About Me (1,500 words, no warnings), in which Jess Merriweather thinks about the fact that she wanted to be QB1 for the Dallas Cowboys, and how women fit in, or don't, to the world of Dillon football.

There is a little bit of fic out there exploring the ways that being gay might intersect with life in a socially conservative small town, and with the world of football. When the World Comes In (4,100 words, no warnings) explores a relationship between Luke Cafferty and Vince Howard, and what coming out means, and might mean, for them and the people they know. It's lovely, and hopeful, without handwaving away the attitudes of the people around them.

If Friday Night Lights has a tragic hero, then it's Tim Riggins. Visitation (2,200 words, no warnings) is a gem of a story about Coach Taylor visiting Tim in prison. I haven't seen any of season five yet, and if the show's writers found a way to make this happen, then I would be very happy.

Southland, Ugly Betty, Mysterious Skin )
Apparently it's Fandom Love Day, and I ganked this celebratory meme from [livejournal.com profile] lusciousxander , despite the fact that I'm still not entirely sure whether I am, in fact, a shipper. 

Fave Ship: Dan Rydell / Casey McCall.

Canon Scene: My favorite moment between Casey and Danny, in a show absolutely full of Ho Yay, is the pause at the end of Dan's apology in 1.02 "Apology". Dan is forced by the show to apologise for a comment he made in a magazine interview, which suggested that he was not entirely in line with the policy behind the War on Drugs. He apologises to his brother Sam, who was killed while driving a car drunk and stoned, for the bad example he set in smoking so much dope.

After Dan finishes talking, Casey moves in, and reaches out to him, but then cuts himself off and goes back to talking about the Starland Vocal Band, which they had been discussing earlier. It's a tiny moment, but I like Casey's understanding that Dan couldn't bear his sympathy, or his touch, and the way that he metaphorically lets Dan lean on their banter as a way of making it through the next few minutes. (It is possible that I have overthought this.)

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The Plan

Mar. 14th, 2010 01:21 am
Title: The Plan
Fandom: Sports Night
Rating: PG-13
Icon: by threepointsix.com
Word Count: ~2400
Characters: Dan Rydell and Casey McCall
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: Casey had always known that one day they would need to talk about why Danny couldn't hold on to a woman. Follows "Ten Wickets".
Warning: Nothing.
Author's note: Spoilers through 1.23: Ten Wickets

The Plan )
Title: Rowing in Eden
Fandom: West Wing/Sports Night
Rating: PG-13
Icon: by [livejournal.com profile] dreadnought 
Word Count: ~1000
Characters: Amy Gardner/Dan Rydell, and Dana Whitaker
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: When Josh screws Amy over Dana (and Dan) are there to console her with cocktails (and kissing)
Warning: Nothing.
Author's note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hihoplastic  for [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts.

Sense is Breaking Through )
Title: Rowing in Eden
Fandom: West Wing/Sports Night
Rating: PG
Icon: by threepointsix.com
Word Count: ~1000
Characters: Amy Gardner, Dana Whitaker, and Casey McCall.
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: Dana doesn't know what to do about Chris Patrick. Spoilers through 1.05: Mary Pay Shelby.
Warning: Discussion of canon sexual harrassment.
Author's note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hihoplastic  for [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts. Contains dialogue written by Aaron Sorkin.

Where the wild things are )
Title: Rowing in Eden
Fandom: West Wing/Sports Night
Rating: PG
Icon: [livejournal.com profile] dreadnought 
Word Count: ~1000
Characters: Amy Gardner and Dana Whitaker.
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary: Two women meet in an airport bar.
Warning: None.
Author's note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hihoplastic  for [livejournal.com profile] purimgifts .

A Certain Slant of Snow )
I got two great stories in my holiday stocking this year. I don't know which was the main gift, and which was the treat, so, in no particular order:

Lush Notes of Sherry
by[livejournal.com profile] rumidha  (How I Met Your Mother)

Funny and snarky look at Barney floundering around trying to win Robin's heart, and somewhat missing the point.

Robin took a deep breath. “Barney, just think of me as a friend that you have monogamous sex with. Because my friend Barney? That’s the guy I want back. That guy who flew to San Francisco to bring Lily home, that guy who stole every girl who hit on Marshall so that Lily and Marshall could survive, that guy who made Stella jealous when she ran into Ted. That guy who was a shoulder for me to cry on when I was feeling like everything just really sucked. I want that Barney. I don’t want the Barney who’s a womanizing son of a bitch that makes me wonder why we even bother. You’re better than that.”

The Devil You Know by [livejournal.com profile] phoebesmum  (Sports Night) 

A gorgeous fic with an exceptionally accurate portrayal of  Natalie, meddling because she loves her friends, and bruising Danny in the process.      

So now they're sitting around the bullpen, drinking very good wine from very cheap mugs, and Danny has a bruised, beaten look about him, his eyes wide and stunned, and he laughs like he's sobbing, and when he hugs her she can feel he's shaking, and all in all it's like –

It's like someone chewed up his heart and spat it out, and danced on the remains in her six-inch spiked heels.

Way to go, Natalie. You saved him from stumbling. Then you shoved him off a cliff.
dipenates: (Dan and Casey)
Title: Lay down your Burdens
Fandom:
Sports Night
Characters: Dan and Casey
Rating: PG-13
Length:
~2,300
Disclaimer: Not mine
Warnings: Discussion of violence against women, including rape, child abuse and (canon) sexual harassment. 
Icon: by
[info]notashamed
Summary:
Dan and Casey talk about Natalie and violence against women. Episode tag for 1.05: "Mary Pat Shelby."


Lay down your Burdens )
dipenates: (Danny)
Title: Early Morning Becomes Electra
Fandom: 
Sports Night
Rating: 
PG-13
Length: 
~1,200
Characters: Dan and Casey
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Warnings: None
Summary: Dan thinks about fatherhood and Casey tries to help. Episode tag for 2.11: "The Cut Man Cometh."

Early Morning becomes Electra )

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