I haven't got around to doing that "10 Most Popular Stories on AO3" meme (not that I haven't checked, of course, because I am obsessed with numbers, but still). penknife
has invented a new meme where you post the stories that haven't necessarily got hits, but that you adore to pieces anyway and wish people would read. (And if you cannot limit yourself to 10, you can go higher. I will do my best to stick to 10.)
1. Great Friends
(~6K, SGA, "gen", Teyla)
I say "gen" because the story was supposed
to be Teyla/Lorne, but then they decided to make it all profound and talk about Athosian culture, and then Halling showed up with all these suggestions about Athosian kinship traditions and I was pretty much screwed. Basically, though, this is the story of how Teyla decided to have a child, and how she has really, really great friends.
2. Adversus Luna Ne Loquiter
(~20K, Harry Potter, Remus/Tonks)
Another story that didn't do what I thought it would, I wrote "Adversus" to explain not only why Lupin leaves Tonks, but also why he goes back. Instead I wrote how they met and got over each other's issues (mostly with Sirius), an then chickened out before the actual angst started. I also made up a lot of stuff about werewolves, but I think it's okay.
3. Until You Are Dead
(~8K, Criminal Minds)
I could write SO MUCH FIC for this show! Well, I could have. But all the stories would be the same: team solves crime in a way that makes me feel better about it, so I held myself to one.
I wrote the first three parts of this series in 2003 and this instalment in 2007. You can actually see the exact point at which I stopped writing for four years. I'm still a bit surprised I finished it. You can probably blame eolivet
. Anyway, I like this story because I am still very much in love with the idea
of Hannah, even if the actual writing in the first three parts makes me cringe.
[for the record, I feel similarly about my SG-1 story "Harceisis", which is not on this list because...I feel *really* cringey about the writing!]
5. Dreams of Convenience
(~10K, SGA, gen)
I wanted to write a huge team!fic story where they have to deal with The City Itself and it maybe tries to kill them (or just teaches them a lesson?). I put Radek and Kate together because I needed Kate to be able to talk to SOMEONE, and Radek is smart enough to not freak out on her. I kind of love the title.
6. Beetle's Nothing
(~15K, SGA-1, "gen", Daniel/Janet)
I wanted to bring back Janet. I wanted to write Gates and archaeology. I actually gave myself lines
(though, really, you'd have to know what I look like). But I still really adore this story.
[Funny Story: #4-6 were all stared in 2003-2005 and completed during the same weekend in 2007. 15+K in two days. It's still one of my favourite weekends of all time.]
7. An Agony In Eight Fits
(1.5K, Sanctuary, Gen)
I wasn't going to put any Sanctuary stories on this list because they're still...percolating, but this story nearly KILLED me, and I am desperately, desperately proud that I managed to make (nearly) the whole thing rhyme without bashing my head into the wall (too many times).
8. Paper, Scissors, Yak
(~2K, SG-1, Daniel)
Arguably my most popular SG-1 story ever (I say "arguably", because somehow "Let Them Eat Cake" is still popular), I have no idea
why this story pushes so many buttons. I literally wrote it in ten minutes during a lecture on the degradation of leather artefacts in peat bogs.
9. Thorn In The Side Of Man
(~1.5K, SG-1, Ba'al)
Oh, I loved Ba'al. Back when he was all posturing and ridiculous. And so I loved him in Continuum. And then I wrote this in my head on the way home from work when I was in Korea (by the end, I was nearly running up the mountain, because I had to get to a pencil before my head exploded). It has a couples lines of which I am particularly fond (and have already lifted to use in original fic), but mostly, I love the myth-parts of SG-1, and this was my attempt to write it.
10. Ninety-Nine Days
(3K, SG-1, gen)
Not my best work, really, but Window Of Opportunity is just SO MUCH FUN, and I wanted to write a story about what the heck happened to everyone else while Jack and Teal'c were looping. It still makes me giggle.
11. Alfred the Great
I was going to stick to 10, but I'm including this one because it's a BATMAN/NARNIA crossover, and...I think it works?
Seriously, though, if you're only going to read one of my stories? Read "Great Friends".