Fandom: The Eagle
Pairing: Marcus Flavius Aquila/Esca Mac Cunoval
Warnings: Violence, Sex Trade, Slave Trade, Criminality, Death, Suicide, Rape, Drug Use
Genre: First Time, H/C, Romance
Word Count: 65293
Summary: Marcus Aquila is an undercover Metropolitan police officer. His assignment is to infiltrate a slave-trafficking organisation which trades in men, bought and sold to fight in cages, sometimes to the death. When he makes the impulsive decision to intervene during a ‘kill fight’ involving a fierce young fighter called Esca, Marcus inadvertently finds himself the owner of his very own slave. Now Marcus has to find a way to complete his assignment, as well as gaining Esca’s trust, without blowing his cover. The question is, can he do it before the secrets and lies catch up with him, and Marcus loses everything?
Why You Should Read This: Even if you have never heard/seen/read The Eagle of the Ninth or know of this pairing, check out this fanfiction. It needs to be made into its own movie. Gritty, detailed and realistic viewpoint you can not help but have pom poms in your hands, cheering for Marcus as he tries to do the right thing as an undercover cop while slowly realisation his attraction to Esca goes far deeper than lust. Esca, recovered from the gladiator ring, begins climbing an emotional mountain range of feelings yet can he trust the man who saved him? It’s one of stories that I keep going back to each year because it is so awesome!
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Warnings: non-con, slavery, violence, emotional and physical abuse.
Genre: heavy angst, slave!fic, dark
Word Count: 83,000
Summary: In a world where the British Empire is still strong and slavery is her economic backbone, John has become a terrorist for the abolitionist movement. He is caught by Mycroft, enslaved, and given to Sherlock for training. The goal: To test a new kind of slave collar with the power to break even the strongest willed fighter. One that will make even John learn to love being a slave.
Why You Should Read This:
Heed the warnings… this is a pretty grim world this John and Sherlock live in.
Mycroft is an absolute bastard (even more than usual) in this fic.
But Velvet_Mace writes an enthralling fic. She pulls you into this world where John fights his slave status every step of the way but falls in love (but leaves the ambiguity open.. how much of it is the collar, how much of it is real) with Sherlock oh so reluctantly. John tries so hard to be ‘normal’ that it’s heartbreaking when Mycroft forces Sherlock to parade John around in public, in front of his friends, showing off his slave status.
But the ending is worth it… it’s unexpected and well done.
Title: Conforming to Requirements
Genre: AU, Bonding, Alternate Universe, Sentinels And Guides Are Known, Slavery
Summary: A novel length AU set in a parallel world, where Sentinels are prized members of society and Guides are second class citizens. Sentinel Ellison doesn’t want to Bond, and his unconventional, temporary Guide is not allowed to.
Why You Should Read This: As far as this particular kind of AU goes, it’s the best characterisation of the guys I’ve read. Long excellent detailed story, full of angst . A very enjoyable read.