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I haven't made it past the fandoms I received gifts in yet. (Whoops, hey there, unexpected midday nap!), but: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Caffeine and Unpaid Overtime (19335 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Alexios Flavius Aquila/Hilarion, Alexios Flavius Aquila/Cunorix
Characters: Alexios Flavius Aquila, Hilarion (Frontier Wolf), Cunorix (Frontier Wolf), Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Medical, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, First Time, First Kiss, First Meetings, Slow Burn, Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Fluff and Angst, Tea, Doctors & Physicians, Paperwork

“Um,” Alex tried to regain his power of speech. “Are you Hilary?”

“Dr Aquila, I presume,” the young man answered, and leant back against the doorframe, arms folded, regarding Alex appraisingly. “So you do exist after all. I was starting to fear the personnel department was in the grip of a delusion and our rota a tissue of deceit.”

After an incident, Dr Alex Aquila is relocated to an obscure ward in a tiny hospital in the north of England. There are too many patients, too much paperwork and his SHO Hilary is impossible to work with. But at least surgical trainee Connor has shown him some friendliness. With a life to rebuild, and many challenges ahead, can Alex figure out who he is and what he really needs?

You guys! I always say I like AUs and crossovers, and all that, and whooooo boy is this an AU, so I'm sure it's probably not for everyone who loves Frontier Wolf for Frontier Wolf's sake, but it's such a solid story, I hope it'll pick up fans from elsewhere. It also makes me want all the Take Your Fandom to Work Day stories ever.

I don't think I've ever seen anyone cast Alexios (Alex, here) but either Paul Bettany or Laurence Fox would make an excellent Hilarion (Hilary). I'm mostly in the fandom for Hilarion, if I'm honest, but I love a good Alexios, and this is a good Alexios, making the best out of a bad situation, doing the right thing, trying to bring order to perceived chaos and then realizing that some of the chaos is actually character.

Nothing In This World (3495 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Roger Federer/Rafael Nadal
Additional Tags: First Kiss, Revelations, Love, Fluff and Angst, Requited Love, Locker Room, Friends to Lovers
Sometimes it’s a bit of a struggle. Particularly with Rafa. Rafa, who used to look at him like he hung the stars in the sky.

After losing to Rafa at the World Tour Finals in 2013, Roger doesn't particularly want him in his locker room. But Rafa seems to have something on his mind.

This one depends a quite bit more on knowing the canon, as it were, but it's so lovely and full of feeling, and it's so rich with detail. Like, several hours later, out of nowhere, things keep coming back to me. And I definitely dreamed, in my nap, that Rafa messed up one of his routines and lost a match in absolutely mortifying fashion, and I might need to go back and read this again and possibly read All the Other Things where Rafa finds love, to get the (wholly imaginary!) dejected look on his ridiculous face out of my head.

Serbian Profanity for Fun and Profit (Tennis Edition) (1,732 Words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Relationship: Novak Djokovic/Andy Murray
Characters: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Viktor Troicki, Jelena Jankovic, Jelena Ristic
Additional tags: Copious Amounts of Profanity, Male Friendship, Banter
“Dude,” Andy is saying, almost before Novak picks up the phone, “did you really tell the crowd to suck your dick?”

As I said in my comment, I'm in love with the idea of Andy Murray being an enthusiastic if slightly rubbish curser in foreign languages. And the Andy & Novak friendship story is one of my favorite things about tennis fandom.

Places We Should Not Have Stumbled (1172 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Tennis RPF
Relationship: Novak Djokovic/Andy Murray
Additional tags: Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Comfort/Angst, Sexual Tension, Friendship, kink undertones
It’s because Novak wants Andy not to hurt himself. That’s all he’s thinking about. It’s instinctive. Novak’s not even aware of choosing to step forward and grab Andy’s raised hands, before he’s pressing them back against the lockers and resting his weight against Andy’s back, holding him down.

Lovely and hot and a little bit sad, but maybe someday!
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