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Sorry for being so late with this rec post! I’ll make it a little longer than usual this time around.

noero — “Indulgent” (E)
Levi often gives Erwin a massage, and Erwin one day offers to return the favor. Levi has only ever known sex as a tool, as a game, but this feels like neither… Levi realizes it’s not just the oddly gentle way Erwin maneuvers about him, but that it’s Erwin and that he wants to touch Levi. This is what renders him helpless, at his mercy. 2,687 words.

singie — “Hand to Hand” (G)
Pre-slash; based on but divergent from A Choice with No Regrets. Levi, too keyed up to sleep out in the field on his first mission, joins Erwin on a tree branch. After some bantering about their difference in height, Erwin presses his palm flat against Levi’s. Fluffy and mildly humorous; not much UST, although you can find some between the lines. 1,306 words.

tokiNOOO (tokino) — “The Still of the Silence” (E)
Established relationship. After the devastation of the 57th Expedition, Erwin knocks on Levi’s door to see how he’s doing. Levi’s grief over his squad manifests in an anger at Erwin that literally leaves him speechless — and violent. And, once Erwin bests him in the fight Levi starts with him, looking for a different sort of physical outlet for his rage. 1,807 words.

angriff (refusals) — “amechania” (T)
An alternative take on chapters 49–51.
Levi’s lack of direction came not from aimlessness but from infinite inertia. He was the immovable object to Erwin’s unstoppable force.

Levi is no scientist or scholar, but he’s familiar enough with the way things work to know that it’s impossible for two such concepts to coexist at the same time.
“Sir, Commander Erwin Smith has officially been reported missing in action a-and… and presumed dead.” And, with that, an injured, infuriated, terrified Levi goes out to find him: It’s not enough just to know that [the Titans] are dead; Levi has to be the one to personally take everything from them just like they have taken everything from him. The author knows their characters and nails them perfectly. 7,867 words.

NanakiBH — “Fulfillment” (E)
Erwin turns control over to Levi for one evening, and Levi wants him on his knees.
[Levi’s] actions spoke loud enough for him to understand what intentions he had, but it was the heat in his gaze, the firm set of his shoulders, and the tension in his muscles that really told him in what way Levi needed him tonight.

He wasn’t going to make him fight for it. They fought for everything else in their damned lives.
2,851 words.

DaftDays — “Hands off” (E)
Levi, who’s wanted Erwin for years, watches him train early one morning from the shadows at the edge of the sparring field. Erwin, noticing him, invites him to spar, as they’ve done many times before. But this time is like none before:
Levi has never known he has a thing for being overpowered, not before he met Erwin. If it was anyone else, Levi would be fighting for his life, but now all he can feel is arousal, strong and powerful, all the pent up lust and frustration he’s been storing inside him rushing to the surface now that he finally has the commander where he wants him.
I’ll add only that the tags include “dubcon,” “frottage,” and “Levi comes in his pants.” And that there may be a sequel eventually. 2,208 words.

Metallic_Sweet — the Anabasis series
These fics, Levi POV and readable as either Eruri or gen (and each as standalone), cover his five years in the Survey Corps from the fall of Wall Maria to just after the Clash of the Titans. The writing juxtaposes emotional devastation, dry humor, and keen characterization. The author’s take on Levi's cleanliness quirk is obsessive-compulsion with an edge of paranoia, borne of horrendous childhood experience and intensified by later ordeals. Aside from canon-typical violence, there is famine, non-sexual bedsharing, drinking, hurt/comfort, moral ambiguity, and, rather canonically, “Shitty Situations and Shittier Coping Mechanisms.”
  • “Xanadu” (3,919 words; T) — The SC officers watch the refugees be marched in from Wall Maria, then marched out to their deaths. Afterward they go into Utopia to beg the Sina nobles for money at a sumptuous banquet. All the while, Erwin and Levi grow closer.
    “So the swine hide away and gorge themselves,” he'd said over dinner after a particularly late mapping session.

    “Some do,” Erwin answered, slicing a small bite of the steak on his plate. “But none of them have ever seen the open sky.”
  • “Xibalba” (3,557 words; M) — This fic, named for the K’iche’ Maya underworld (literally “place of fear”), is set at an unspecified time in the four years after “Xanadu.” Levi, thrown by a titan, spends a week in an abandoned farmhouse with a wound to his back he can’t reach. He sinks deeper and deeper into fever, hallucination, and agonizing sepsis before he’s rescued. He deals with convalescence about as well as you’d expect, and with caretaking attempts from Hange, Petra, and Erwin even less well.
    Levi had closed his eyes, reached back inside of his mind to the shredded bits that litter the memory of before he was Humanity’s Strongest, and found only dust and ash. Dirty, like everything that he was and still could be again.
  • “Xenophon” (7,880 words; T) — After Erwin loses his arm, Levi — with the help of Moblit, Armin, Jean, and Sasha — takes over the running of the Survey Corps. Which he desperately does not want to do, because
    “I’m not a fucking replacement —”

    As soon as the word leaves his mouth, it’s like the floor has been ripped out from underneath him, and he has to catch himself against the desk to prevent his knees from buckling. He feels like he’s going to blow apart, fall in upon himself, simultaneously burn up and evaporate into nothing. His vision tunnels, becomes a single speck within blackness, and he has to clench his right hand tightly around the side of his own neck to ground himself, to stop himself from breaking more of Erwin’s things.
    Oh, and as for that keen characterization I mentioned earlier? Try this on: “Okay,” Moblit says, and he’s been around Hange too long: he’s developed that ability to say one thing but clearly communicate he doesn’t believe a single word that just came out of Levi’s mouth.

andtheheir — “Find Hell With Me” (E)
Levi’s early days with the Survey Corps and Erwin (they’re “Rivaille” and “Irvin” in this fic), jossed of course by ACWNR. The fic opens with a trial for Levi that echoes Eren’s in canon, as do his first days with the Survey Corps. You can cut the UST with a knife: in Levi and Erwin’s physical altercations, in their slowly developing mutual respect and trust, and, especially, in a haircut scene that is far hotter than many sex scenes I’ve read. Also, holy goddamn loyalty kink — including a formally given oath, and it’s not what you’d expect. Bonus: a nonbinary, level-headed Hange who watches out for Levi. 11,979 words.
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bur — "Freckles"
Jean has made it his mission to count all of Marco's freckles. Erotic fluff ending in Trost!angst. Canonical character death, needless to say. A wonderful job of showing, not telling, for both the fluff and the angst. Mature (graphic gore); 730 words.

asuralucier — "Memento"
Sweet and sad. Sasha is assigned to clean for Levi while he recuperates. She realizes someone used to share his room with him. A very nice character study of them both. Teen and up; 1,550 words.

anonymous — "Always want what you can't have"
Levi/Petra, getting off during sex on the possibility of him getting her pregnant. Strangely (to me, as this is so not my kink) hot — and bittersweet, knowing what we know ultimately happens. Sexually explicit; 630 words.

anonymous — "the drop of water hollows the stone" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Parts 4a & 4b)
Erwin and Levi come together, then grow apart, over the course of their working together in the Survey Corps, from Erwin first teaching Levi to salute to the aftermath of the 57th Expedition. There's a little Levi/Hange at the end. Beautifully written and characterized for all three of them; full of poignant observations about mortality and psychological damage. Because when it comes down to it, for all his bitterness and resentment and anger and grief, the only thing Levi truly blames Erwin for is not letting him die with them. Mature (graphic violence); 9,928 words.

anonymous — "Draining the Ocean"
The author of this WIP intended to have Armin kidnapped by slavers instead of Mikasa, then for him and Eren to reunite at 15, with Eren a soldier and Armin a sex slave — and the only one who can control Eren in his titan form. However, they left SnK fandom for health reasons, and the fic ends at the doorway to the kidnappers' cabin. Still, it's very much worth reading. The writing is breathtaking, the author crystallizes essential elements of the boys' characters at age nine, and there is already achingly sweet if poorly understood romantic longing on both their parts. Mature (graphic gore); 7,912 words.

queertitan — "as long as there are stars above you"
Men are toy soldiers in Erwin's hands, and like toys, they break. Warning: Major character deaths. This highly regarded Eruri fic is bleak, gutting, and absolutely worth reading for its brilliant use of language and its incisive character study of Erwin. Explicit for both sex and violence; 3,645 words.

anonymous — "to the old world"
Lyrically written second-person Eren POV, present tense, from childhood until a canon divergence in the 57th Expedition arc (warning: major character death). Can be read either as gen or as pre-OT3 for the Shinganshina Trio:
The three of you wander outside, and it's dark—it's very dark, and you can see the stars shining brightly above you. Their soft twinkling is warm somehow, and the moon-glow illuminates your skin in a pallid color; Mikasa makes a knowing noise beside you and Armin raises his hands to the sky and names off the constellations one by one—"Draco, Bootes, Lacerta, Perseus, Cygnus, Leo Minor, Canes Venatic, Serpens Caput, Ophiuchus"—and he continues reciting them, index finger delicately poised to trace over imaginary lines in the sky.
There are some lovely moments with others of the 104th too. Mature (graphic violence/gore); 4,546 words.

Anarhichas — "Parasitoid"
This Eremin mpreg fic is mostly known for body horror, and there's certainly that, but it also made me choke up at numerous points. The author chooses not to warn but has given permission to provide a few warnings whited out: loss of bowel and bladder control, surgical guro, and major character death. There are also a few funny lines. Mature, shading toward explicit at points; 10,587 words.

Aisca — "The Enemy"
Plotty canon divergence in which Levi's squad survived the 57th Expedition. The MPs abduct him, flog and otherwise beat him, and gang-rape him — while his squad watches in horror from the rafters, unable to rescue him without risking arrest for treason and disbandment of the Corps. The beatings are very, very graphic. But the author only hints at the rapes, interspersing them with Levi's memories of reuniting with his squad after the 57th, and the effect is emotionally pulverizing. That said, I wasn't in tears until his post-rape reunion with his guilt-stricken squad and the touch of Ereri at the end. The themes of leadership, loyalty, and sacrifice strongly undergird this entire fic. Mature, shading toward explicit at points; 10,083 words.
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Sorry to post a little late; every time I sat down to write the post I kept getting called away to do things. Week 3 here by sparksofwrite! (Remember you can always message me on tumblr if you know of a fic I should be reading! I spend more time writing fic than I do reading it, so any recs from you will help me out!)

1) TITLE:
always
AUTHOR: songs at FFN
SUMMARY: 
Let me come with you.  
RATING: 
General
SHIPS: 
Eren/Mikasa
STATUS: 
complete, 752 words
COMMENTS:
 This is a short Eremika fic I found on FFN by searching for the most-reviewed fics in the SNK section. I found a fic by this author called andromeda in a thimble, which I will probably read in its entirety eventually, and will most likely rec here. What I’ve read of it has been very good, and this semi-related fic is no exception.

2) TITLE: Wolves of the North  
AUTHOR: ShinjiShazaki at AO3
SUMMARY: 
Christa Renz had long hoped to be of some use to her kingdom, her king. She had worked diligently to this end for years, and was surprised when something seemed to come of it and she was summoned by King Reiss. She was not expecting to be asked to deliver a letter.
She was not expecting to be asked to deliver a letter to the wolf queen of the north.
She will expect what the letter says even less.

RATING: 
Mature
SHIPS: 
Ymir/Christa, Mikasa/Annie
STATUS: 
incomplete, 84177 words
COMMENTS:
 This is my favorite fic in the entire fandom. I was initially skeptical of the AU (“Werewolves? How is the author going to pull off werewolves?”), but that’s only because I hadn’t read anything else by this author. At this point, I’ve read every word they’ve written for SNK, and have total faith in their abilities to write any AU they please, and write it very well. A really worthwhile read.

3) TITLE: A Multitude of Drops
AUTHOR: till_owlyglass at AO3
SUMMARY: 
Ever since the beginning of time, Marco Bodt and Jean Kirschstein have been doomed soulmates - in every reality out there, either Jean or Marco meets an untimely death or they were unable to meet/know one another and live their whole lives knowing something (someone) is missing. They are eternally star-crossed in all realities.
Except one.

RATING: 
Teen & up
SHIPS: 
Jean/Marco
STATUS: 
complete, 4421 words
COMMENTS:
 Reincarnations/alternate universes? Angst and romance? A happy ending for Jean and Marco?! Sounds perfect. (Seriously, read this fic, especially if you like the Jean/Marco ship.)

4) TITLE: But I’m a Cheerleader
AUTHOR: 
ymirkrista at AO3
SUMMARY: 
“There’s meat in here,” Krista says. Her voice sounds stale, very much like the voice of a girl who found out ten minutes ago that the world is an illusion and we’re all going to die eventually.
Ymir’s eyes sparkle. “I bet there are other things you’d like to be eating, huh?”
--
Or, Krista is a very heterosexual cheerleader whose parents send her to a gay conversion camp, and Ymir is another camper who shows her why exactly she's there. A "But I'm A Cheerleader" AU

RATING: 
Teen & up
SHIPS: 
Ymir/Christa, background Mikasa/Sasha, eventual Jean/Eren, eventual Hange/Petra
STATUS: 
incomplete, 5640 words
COMMENTS:
 I’ve never seen the movie this fic is based on, so I’m curious as to how similar the characters are to Ymir, Christa and the rest of the group. I’m in love with the author’s writing style, which is consistently funny and always keeps things interesting. This is why I’ve stuck with this fic even though it hasn’t updated for a while. Even the short length isn’t a problem, because it’s such an enjoyable read regardless.

5) TITLE: This Feeling I’ll Forget
AUTHOR: thefangirlingdead at AO3
SUMMARY: 
Levi suffers from short term memory loss, and while that makes it hard for him to find love, he finds Erwin.  
RATING: 
Mature
SHIPS: 
Levi/Erwin
STATUS: 
complete, 5501 words
COMMENTS:
For a fic about how forgetting your partner affects your relationship, this is really fluffy and adorable. There is a bit of angst, but not so much that it’s depressing for anyone who just wants a cute Erwin/Levi AU.

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