Not to brag, or anything, but I received pretty much the most awesome Yuletide story ever this year.*Title: I'd Rather See Her Lovely StepFandom:
It could be interpreted as gen or pre-femslashRating:
Lin and Shiori, post-movie, maneuvering closer and together.
I finished the live-action Kuroshitsuji movie wanting only one thing: femslash between Shiori and Lin. (For those of you who haven't seen the live-action movie but know the anime, Shiori is basically an older, female Ciel, and Lin is Mey-Rin, but with a background that's a little more plausible, IMHO.) And this Yuletide, that need has been fulfilled!
This story has everything
that drew me to the Shiori/Lin pairing in the movie. It has the loyalty kink. It has the master/servant dynamics. It has your cross-dressing heroine. YOU GUYS, IT EVEN HAS DANCING LESSONS! One of my favorite things about this story is how masterfully the author handle that central contradiction to Lin's character in all versions of canon, how she is both an incredibly precise and deadly sharp shooter, and at the same time, a stunningly incompetent maid. This has the best explanation for Lin's clumsiness that I've ever seen, and a backstory for her that feels absolutely right. This story is a beautiful examination of how Lin's relationship with Shiori changes after the revelation of the movie, and though it's labelled gen, it reads more like pre-femslash to me. Sebastian was also a treat in this story, without ever stealing the show from Lin or Shiori.
This fandom is so tiny that the story hasn't gotten much attention yet, which is a shame because it's SO
good. If you like femslash, or the Kuroshitsuji movie, please take a chance on this one! It deserves a lot more love than it's getting.
*Again. Seriously, I'd be embarrassed about how lucky I've been as a Yuletide recipient, if I weren't so busy being thrilled about it.