Goodness, it’s been three months since I started this (skipped a week in there–if I hadn’t this would be week 12). I thought I would get tired and quit, but I HAVEN’T. So here. Live from my basement, it’s Saturday Night Voltron Fic Recs.
You can find past rec lists here. As always, this is stuff I like, and I have a huge bias toward Lance, hurt/comfort, and general fluff. In that order. Gen unless otherwise noted.
There is a lot of h/c this week, fair warning. Yes, yes, I did go looking for it on purpose. Gotta scratch that itch.
Searching for the Supernatural in All the Wrong Places by isabeau25
Author’s Summary: Keith, Pidge, and Hunk are sure ghosts exist. They just have to prove it. Their campus librarian may or may not be helpful to that end.
My Comments: This fic really surprised me with how much I loved it. I don’t want to spoil it with telling you why, because part of the fun is just reading and discovering what’s going on along the way. But yeah, it’s super adorable. And Lance! He’s so good! And Shiro shows up at the end and is also adorable, and golly, I would happily read a 100k fic set in this AU.
Empty Shell Inside Of Me by infiniterhapsody, vagrantBreath
Author’s Summary: After a mission, Lance is acting strange. Spacing out, taking a while to respond to everyone. After a mission, Lance is locked away deep within Galra territory, at the hands of a Galra commander only wanting two things: information and his terror. Wait, what?
My Comments: This one is especially heartrending because you get two Lances for the price of one, and they are BOTH scared and hurting and in need of help and gah, I’m so on edge about this story. The chapters are short but they’re updating quickly, which is good. I need them.
Beautiful Minds by PotatoBender
Author’s Summary: Lance used to be proud of his mental abilities. A pilot. A Paladin. Someone experienced with delving and controlling his mind. But after being captured, and enduring just a single encounter with Haggar, his castle was reduced to rubble. Rescuing Lance was the easy part - healing him is much, much harder.
My Comments: This is my favorite kind of torture-and-rescue fic, where you kind of gloss over the actual torture and get straight to the rescue and healing and recovery. That’s what I like. I really like this. I’ll be reading each update as soon as it shows up in my email.
Open Water by Neyiea
Lance misses the smell of salt and the crunch of sand and the untameable waves.
My Comments: I love Lance and Coran interaction almost as much as I love Lance and Hunk interaction, and this fic gave me BOTH. It’s short but incredibly gorgeous, heartachey and sweet and satisfying. It hits the spot.
What About the Gerbils? by Baena
As the leg of Voltron, Hunk supports his team and lifts them up, always putting the needs of others before his own. So who’s there to take care of our favorite Yellow Paladin when he starts feeling the pressure?
My Comments: Aww, Hunk. Golly, I love Hunk appreciation, and he gets properly appreciated here. It’s a sickfic, yes, which I always love, but there’s also a lot of verbal appreciation going on, telling Hunk just how important and valuable he is to everyone on the team, and that is Good. Everyone needs to hear that in words sometimes, even folks as stable and reliable as Hunk.
I’m Seeing Stars by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)
3,925 (WIP, but each chapter is a separate story)
Author’s Summary: Fluff Prompts from Tumblr, each about 1k
1. The paladins celebrate Shiro’s birthday
2. Shiro and the Black Lion talk, with bonus Hunk.
3. The paladins take part in an experiment.
4. Matt and Keith
brag about discuss Shiro, unaware he can hear them
My Comments: Yes, I have recced every gen fic BossToaster has written for this fandom, and yes, I will continue to rec them until every single one of my Voltron followers has read them. Because they are all perfect.
Conditional Acceptance by yet_intrepid
Shiro’s looking for a job. Keith, new to the Garrison, needs a tutor to be allowed to stay. He also needs a lot of other things - a decent meal plan, for one, but more importantly, a friend.
My Comments: Oh, gosh, this fic broke my heart, but it’s SO good. I would happily accept this as canon. I mean, I kind of have already. Poor Keith is so scared and sad and needy, and Shiro is nervous and out of his depth but so badly wants to help. And Matt as Shiro’s roommate is amazing. I just adore this one to pieces.
Checkmate by SymphonicFantasia
Shiro is still put off by how cold Pidge was to him when he first came back to Earth. Memories of his life with the Holt family are in shattered pieces, but he can’t seem to figure out what brings this reaction from her. This bothers him, but he can’t just ask this question. Good thing they can at least play chess, right?
My Comments: Shiro and Pidge interaction! I love development of their relationship, and this is a good one. Background pairings, but they don’t affect the story, which is about friendship and misunderstandings and playing chess.
What If The Storm Ends? by earthstar
After the fight with Zarkon, Keith finds himself stranded alone on a strange forest planet. All hope seems lost when he gets bitten by venomous creature, but he finds aid from someone he’s not sure he can trust.
My Comments: I usually avoid Galra!Keith stuff, idk why, guess I want to see what canon does first. But I am a HUGE sucker for a wise and protective adult trying to take care of a scared and needy kid, and that’s what this is. The plot is great, as well as the character interactions and development, and I would happily accept this in canon.
Lost Paladins by Rangergirl3
12,283 (first of a series with 162,376 words so far)
The Paladins of Voltron have been lost. Allura and Coran will stop at nothing to get them back. But Haggar has other plans. Set immediately after S1 finale.
My Comments: So when I was on LJ it was kind of common to have what were called “virtual seasons,” where fan writers either didn’t want to wait for the next season or were dissatisfied with canon, so they wrote their own. I enjoyed them because you got SO MUCH FIC, and it was all coherent and flowed together (and was usually a lot more fun and/or better written than canon). SO here’s a virtual Season 2 for Voltron, and I am LOVING it. Minor Shallura, but mostly it’s about the team getting into various mishaps and then recovering from them, which is what I like to write and to read, anyway. Canon isn’t going to be like this, but who cares? It’s great. I likened it to finding a pot of gold, just stumbling across this huge treasure trove of (mostly) genfic in the Voltron fandom. Can you imagine? So rare. So precious. Please appreciate it with me. It’s really good.
Plan a Family Game Night™ by nerdyketones
Author’s Summary: The paladins of Voltron play board games. It goes exactly how you’d expect.
My Comments: Klance, but I am HERE for the team/family bonding and boardgame hijinks and the kids sneaking around to get away from the adults and hiding the Game of Life in the air vents and Shiro enjoying Cards Against Humanity even though he Knows He Shouldn’t. This is a FUN fic.
It’s Only Allergies! Swear! by carefulren
Author’s Summary: Lance starts his week off with an innocent case of the sniffles that he believes to be allergies. Despite growing worse as the week progresses, he wants to believe that it’s still allergies. It’s not.
My Comments: It’s a Lance sickfic. Of course I like it. I’m not even embarrassed anymore. Well, maybe a little bit. But I’m still reccing this.
Rough Landings by Silfrvarg
In which Lance is having a bad day, and Keith is there to help however he can.
My Comments: Aw, Lance. Sometimes everything just kind of falls apart at once and overwhelms you, even when you’re a Hero of the Universe. I loved Keith just doing absolutely everything he could to help Lance get through it.
The Stars Told Us Our Future by acrylic_gold
In a giant Castle Spaceship in the vast expanse of space, Katie Holt can’t sleep; all she can remember is her family.
My Comments: Pidge angst is almost more than I can take sometimes, because she’s just…she’s so young. And knowing that her family is being held captive by an evil empire, seeing how badly they messed up Shiro every single day… It’s really hard to contemplate, and I have a hard time writing it, too. But this is a good fic.
Finding Home by LittleWhiteTie
Author’s Summary: Shiro has hands that are his to hold. After suffering a concussion and nearly drowning, Shiro falls ill. From the jungle to caves to cities and space, through fighting the Galra and seeking a cure, Keith and Allura are with him through it all.
My Comments: Hey, look, another sickfic! This one is particularly well-written though, and it has a plot, too. The sense of danger and tension is palpable throughout. I love how fierce and protective Keith and Allura are. I would love more interaction between those two in the show.
Clearly by Silverkleptofox
Author’s Summary: Whumpaween 2016! Blind and injured, Pidge has to fight her way out of captivity, but when Shiro comes to rescue her, he ends up needing rescuing himself.
My Comments: Pidge whump! Golly, I’m just hitting all of the lion kids this week. This one is more action/adventure, though, and reads like a good episode. I am a fan.
Previously Recced Fics That Updated This Week:
Another Word for Never by squirenonny (THE BAND IS GETTING TOGETHER)
He Sleeps in the Sky of Ice by jadencross (i’m so glad Lance is back ::cries::)
Unleashed the Dogs of War by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions) (now complete, though we OBVIOUSLY NEED MORE WTF)
Lance is a Teddy Bear by Untilwemeetinhell
When Rome’s in Ruins by BossToaster (ChaoticReactions)