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Organization: This list is organized VERY BADLY, which was unavoidable because the MCU is also organized very badly -- or rather, is a giant mishmash of mostly independent parts that overlap to wildly varying degrees. Basically I have kept the Daredevil stuff as one category, followed by Defenders stuff, followed by Captain America, followed by general Avengers, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy. The boundaries between these categories are often fuzzy.

Within each category, fics are arranged first by associated story cycles (if applicable) and then by writing date. Word counts and writing dates are approximations.

Content/Warning Policy: 1) I am not consistent about warnings! I use them when I remember, for a few relatively broad categories of potentially problematic content, but if something is off-page, non-explicit, or generally backgrounded, I probably won't think to note it in the metadata. 2) The things I try to warn for are explicit sex, rape, murder, torture, cannibalism, incest, depression/suicide, familial dysfunction, and occasionally also societal dysfunction (aka dystopia). Sometimes I just slap a general content warning on all my fic for a given fandom and don't label each individual fic. I also don't generally warn for violence, unless the violence in a fic is dramatically out-of-step with the violence in its source canon. 3) I don't use any content rating system unless I'm posting to a site or community that requires or encourages ratings, because I find movie-style ratings counter-intuitive when applied to written fiction, and not particularly useful for anything other than denoting the presence of explicit sex, which I already note in the metadata.

Quality Rating System: I've marked my favorite stories with asterisks, on a scale of 1 to 4. The more asterisks, the more I like the story. This doesn't necessarily mean that stories without asterisks are bad, just that I don't like them as much. Also, I am not claiming to be an arbiter of taste; you may love stories I dislike, and vice versa. I am just providing a heads-up about the ones that I think are best written and/or most interesting.

Notes: You may notice that a lot of these fics are tiny. That's because the MCU (aside from Daredevil) is really more of a reading fandom than a writing fandom for me... but I can manage tiny prompt!fics pretty easily, and often do as part of various iterations of the Three Sentence Ficathon.

Where To Read: As always, if an AO3 version exists, it is definitive. FF.net versions are definitive in the absence of an AO3 version. Journal versions are the equivalent of beta drafts, though the shorter and/or fragmentary works may never be posted anywhere else.

Contents:

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Daredevil

A television outpost of the Marvel Cinematic Universe featuring Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer whose other senses are augmented to possibly supernatural degrees, who moonlights as a vigilante trying to clean up a Manhattan neighborhood that's gone dramatically downhill in the aftermath of the Chitauri invasion in The Avengers. Lots of morally gray characters with obsessive determination, plus amazingly brutal and realistic fight scenes.

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Karen Page, Pigeon Photographer:

A 'series' whose connecting conceit is that Karen Page habitually takes cell phone photographs of dead pigeons. Don't bother asking; I don't understand it either.

*A Moral Decision in One Eighth of a Second: (AO3 version) 1,850 words, July 2015. Karen thinks her phone is lost or stolen. It turns out her bosses simply borrowed it... which may not actually be an improvement. [kinkmeme prompt!fic]

Testify to Time's Relentless Melt: 450 words, July 2015. The reason behind some of Karen's weirder photos from A Moral Decision in One Eighth of a Second. [request!fic for [archiveofourown.org profile] Freyalyn]

Zombie Pigeons; or, A Step Too Far: (AO3 version) 350 words, Dec. 2015. Karen knew it was going to be a long day when the second zombie pigeon lumbered around the corner. [prompt!fic for [tumblr.com profile] shinyrock6498]

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Everything Else:

Give Place Unto Wrath: (AO3 version) 775 words, May 2015. It's not about vengeance, Matt tells himself. His anger isn't the point. The point is justice. [15-minute fic]

*The Going Rate: (AO3 version) 575 words, May 2015. "Penny for your thoughts?" Karen says from the doorway, a determined lightness in her voice that's both honest and false at the same time. Matt & Karen friendship. [15-minute fic]

Now and at the Hour of Our Death: (AO3 version) 850 words, June 2015. Before she died, Matt's grandmother used to look after him in the afternoons and evenings, while his dad worked a series of short-term jobs. She wasn't as strict about homework as Matt's dad, but she was strict in other ways. Contains some familial dysfunction, unhealthy expression of religion, and the off-screen death of a not-exactly-canon character. [15-minute fic]

Until the Day Breathes and the Shadows Flee: (AO3 version) 1,425 words, June 2015. Being with Matt is still a terrible idea, but Claire can find some compensations. Matt/Claire. Prompt: skin. Written for [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo. [kinkmeme prompt!fic]

*Those Who Favor Fire: (AO3 version) 700 words, July 2015. When Karen was six years old, she decided she was going to be a dragon when she grew up. She still remembers the bitter sense of betrayal when her mother told her dragons weren't real. [15-minute fic]

*Broken If Revealed: (AO3 version) 2,150 words, Oct. 2015. Karen discovers Foggy's catastrophe contingency plans, and a number of secrets come out in the process. [prompt!fic for [tumblr.com profile] shinyrock6498]

*images unseen: (AO3 version) 175 words, Dec. 2015. The midterm project for Matt's urban studies course involves making and presenting his mental map of St. Joseph's campus. Written for [livejournal.com profile] idhren24 in the late 2015 Three Sentence Ficathon.

The Shattering of Stone: (AO3 version) 2,125 words, Dec. 2015. Matt opened a rift to the middle world to get relief from his own dark realm and the futility of arguing with Vanessa and Wilson over the injustices created by their settlement after the war. He expected a quiet morning alone. What he found was better. Implied past Matt/Vanessa/Fisk and future Matt/Foggy/Karen. [kinkmeme prompt!fic]

Of Ill Repute: (AO3 version) 400 words, Dec. 2015. Karen has a reputation again. [15-minute fic]

walk off the edge of my own life: (AO3 version) 275 words, Jan. 2016. A game of truth or dare turns unexpectedly philosophical. Written for anonymous in the late 2015 Three Sentence Ficathon.

*absence makes: (AO3 version) 275 words, Nov. 2016. Karen and Matt experiment with blindfolds. Written for [livejournal.com profile] adamas in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2016.

madly, deeply: (AO3 version) 150 words, Nov. 2016. Foggy wonders why he tied his life to the two most obsessive people he knows. Written for [livejournal.com profile] silvr_dagger in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2016.

*Second Chances: 14,825 words, Dec. 2016. When Foggy meets an old acquaintance who's fallen on hard times, he naturally does his best to help. When this leads to romance, he couldn't be happier. Unfortunately, life is never that simple. Foggy/OMC, Foggy/Matt. Written for [archiveofourown.org profile] iraya in the 2016 Daredevil Secret Santa Gift Exchange.

With Only Mild Complaining: (AO3 version) 400 words, Oct. 2017. "How much experience do you have with libel cases?" Prompt: libel. Written for [community profile] daredevilbingo. [prompt!fic for [personal profile] rosaxx50]

for the living: (AO3 version) 300 words, Dec. 2017. Foggy in the aftermath of Defenders. Written for [livejournal.com profile] iawenbemerry in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2017.

I will repay: (AO3 version) 150 words, Dec. 2017. "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar," Wilson's mother used to say. Written for anonymous in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2017.

*Like a Knife All Blade: (AO3 version) 1,500 words, Feb. 2018. When they were twelve, Elektra and Matthew escaped from the Hand. Twenty years later, they've built lives in the corrupt port city of Hell's Kitchen -- Elektra as a cartel assassin, Matthew as a medium and exorcist. But the Hand is about to find them, and they'll have to reclaim all the pieces of their past if they want to survive and save their adopted home. Prompt: AU: urban fantasy. Written for [community profile] daredevilbingo.

That we can feel pain and know sadness: (AO3 version) 175 words, Dec. 2018. A place beyond tears sounds terrifying. Written for [personal profile] jjhunter in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2018-19.

As Iron Sharpens Iron: (AO3 version) 100 words, Dec. 2018. It's easy to frame a werewolf for murder. Written for [personal profile] sholio in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2018-19.

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Defenders

For stuff involving Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Danny Rand, and their supporting casts.

in sunshine and in shadow: (AO3 version) 150 words, Dec. 2015. Steve and Trish drag Bucky and Jessica on the most awkward double-date in history. Written for [livejournal.com profile] vialethe in the late 2015 Three Sentence Ficathon. [Crossover: Captain America/Jessica Jones]

Barter System: (AO3 version) 100 words, Dec. 2018. Jessica and Karen cut a deal. Written for [personal profile] sholio in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2018-19.

Analog Problems: (AO3 version) 125 words, Dec. 2018. Jessica finds Danny in an awkward tangle. Written for [personal profile] sholio in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2018-19.

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Captain America

In which Steve Rogers is turned into a super soldier and fights a secret organization that began as a Nazi project but whose insane leader now wants to conquer the world for himself; then he wakes up in the future after spending 70 years frozen in the North Atlantic and has to learn how to navigate the 21st century while still punching evil in the face. Better than it sounds, I swear! (Part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.)

*I'm Your Gun: (AO3 version) 200 words, Dec. 2011. Prompt: Steve/Bucky, I'm your gun. Written for [personal profile] musesfool in the 2011 Three Sentence Ficathon.

Target Practice: (AO3 version) 300 words, Dec. 2011. Prompt: Peggy/Steve/Bucky, target practice. Written for [livejournal.com profile] be_themoon in the 2011 Three Sentence Ficathon.

if it ain't broke: (AO3 version) 100 words, March 2013. Prompt: Avengers, Steve/Darcy, timekeeping. Written for [personal profile] shallowness in the 2013 Three Sentence Ficathon.

Come In, She Said: (AO3 version) 100 words, Feb. 2015. Steve and Natasha play Twenty Questions. Implied Natasha/Steve. Written for [livejournal.com profile] notoriousreign in the early 2015 Three Sentence Ficathon.

*worth a thousand words: (AO3 version) 275 words, Dec. 2017. His first week in Wakanda, Steve gets a letter from Natasha. Written for anonymous in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2017.

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Avengers

The big crossover event movies the rest of the MCU supports, wherein various odd assortments of superheroes save the world from various odd crises.

to get away from it all: (AO3 version) 175 words, Nov. 2016. Laura and Clint Barton on vacation. Written for [livejournal.com profile] notoriousreign in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2016.

just as long as we're together: (AO3 version) 225 words, Nov. 2016. Laura, Clint, & Natasha fail at holiday cooking. Written for [livejournal.com profile] celeste9 in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2016.

the journey of a thousand miles: (AO3 version) 250 words, Dec. 2017. Natasha deals with the fallout of Civil War. Written for [livejournal.com profile] iawenbemerry in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2017.

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Guardians of the Galaxy

The comic space opera corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a ragtag crew of former criminals who end up as heroes (and friends) largely despite themselves.

*The Movement of Sound To Reach the Soul: (AO3 version) 600 words, Aug. 2015. Peter finds some new music for the Milano. It's not what Gamora was expecting. [prompt!fic for [tumblr.com profile] toxinvictoria]

can't take you anywhere: (AO3 version) 225 words, Dec. 2015. In retrospect, bringing a sentient tree into a bookshop wasn't the best idea. Written for [livejournal.com profile] celeste9 in the late 2015 Three Sentence Ficathon.

*like a thunderbolt: (AO3 version) 175 words, Dec. 2017. Nebula has a proposition for Kraglin. Written for [livejournal.com profile] ama_ranth_827 in the Three Sentence Ficathon 2017.

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