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    Bruce doesn’t know what’s wrong with his child, but he’s pretty sure kids aren’t meant to work like this.

     

    From the day he had looked up into the tops of the circus tent and saw a frightened mirror image of a boy who had just experienced the worst day of his life, Bruce had instantly gone into emergency mode.

     

    The Gotham PD had wanted to pass the boy off into the care of the circus. The circus had mumbled underneath their breaths about superstitions, about not having a boy like that with them, about not being able to handle something like Dick. So GCPD, not knowing what to do, had started talking about one of the handful of overburdened boy homes that handles a majority of Gotham’s unlucky orphans.

     

    All the while, the camera lights flash bright and loud, wanting to know everything.

     

    Bruce couldn’t let that happen.

     

    Not then, not ever again.

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    Bruce is trying his best to protect the city that he loves. He doesn't know how exactly his Robins came to be- they're not fully human, not even at all. All he knows is that he wants to keep them safe.

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    25 Oct 2022

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    Utterly brilliant. The summary doesn't really do it justice - it's a sort of "what if" velveteen rabbit/Pinocchio idea of things being loved enough to become real slowly doing that and then becoming Robin's, and Bruce Wayne having no damned clue how to handle his growing family but trying his best. Has a great sense of humor, but also some really touching moments.

    If you like batfam feels, you'll almost certainly enjoy this - the prose is excellent too.

  2. Public Bookmark 27

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    Katsuki’s ten and he learns that being loved is poison that sickens and destroys. Katsuki’s ten and he learns that he can’t love, that not loving is a terminal sin. Katsuki’s ten and a not-friend is dying in front of him, for him, because of him, and he’s furious with it.

    How hard can it be to love someone?

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    03 Sep 2022

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    I don't think I've ever bookmarked a hanahiki fic but god damn if this doesn't deserve it. Brilliant take on the concept, featuring kids, not romance, and how it would change Bakugo to be on the receiving end of it. Very well written prose.

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    It doesn’t take long for the rumors to start.

    The Fire Nation prides itself on its civilization. It isn’t like the other, lesser, nations who throw their children away by sending them into war. Those uncultured and unfeeling savages who are destroying their own future faster than the Fire Nation can save them from themselves.

    Every Fire Nation child goes to school. They learn reading and writing, the illustrious history of their country, and what will be expected of them as proper, upstanding Fire Nation citizens. They are to be protected, because children are the future glory of the nation.

    The crown prince is thirteen when his father burns his face in front of an audience of hundreds.

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    22 Aug 2022

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    A brilliant series of vignettes looking at the reactions of the Fire Kingdom to Zuko's abuse and banishment.

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    Over the course of one week, Midoriya Izuku sees his childhood friend turned bully face consequences for his actions, gets appreciated for his skills, acquires a boyfriend that sits right in front of him, realizes that his grumpy homeroom teacher is actually on his side, and tells Aizawa Shouta the truth about One for All.

    All of that information, however? It's happening in the background. Follow our hero: Aizawa Shouta aka Eraserhead. Over the course of the same week, Aizawa looks into his Problem Child and his many contradictions in order to not see Midoriya Izuku and Bakugou Katsuki paired together for their upcoming final exam.

    During this time, Aizawa learns things he should have known from the start, talks to a lot of people, drinks so much hot chocolate, loves his husband, feeds his cat, gets a shocking six hours of sleep, reflects on his past, and learns the truth about a legend passed through underground heroics for decades.

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    18 Aug 2022

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    Brilliant long form look at Izuku and Bakugo, their history, Aizawa being a kickass teacher, Izuku being smart as hell and also traumatized, and just how fixing that whole shitshow might go. Steadily paced and brilliantly captured from Aizawa's point of view.

    (Fic does has some spelling/word errors that make some sentences a bit weird, especially in the last two chapters.)

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    Breath still hiccupping in his chest, Jaskier presses his palms against his eyes and tries to think. There has to be something he can do. Dissolving the marriage would threaten everything Eskel has suffered for, would threaten the balance between the kingdoms. Jaskier could cheat? That’d give Eskel cause to leave, but… That’s still too much room for bad blood and Jaskier doesn’t actually want to be disowned and killed by the people he’s cuckolded, even if he’s starting to think he deserves it.

    There has to be something, but it’s—he’s not going to figure it out while he’s struggling to climb back up from spiraling. He looks up and realizes it’s already past sunset and the hours Eskel talks about losing are suddenly that much worse to think about.

    (When Jaskier finds out his new husband Eskel is miserable, he decides to try and get him back home. …Of course, things don't quite go according to plan.)

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    17 Aug 2022

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    Absolutely heartbreaking but also such a fascinating concept, I really want to write a continuation of this idea.

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