December Fic Recs: Holidays!
Happy holidays! Whatever you celebrate, it’s a good time of year for fluffy, cuddly romances. We have a particular wealth of holiday fanfic in the rebelcap fandom due to our Rebelcaptain Secret Santa gift exchange (now in its third year, oh my!) Have a look at some of my faves, listed below.
6 chapters, 12k, Modern AU, rated E for some sexytimes in later chapters
Jyn and Cassian’s families have known each other forever, but individually, they’ve never gotten along. Then an elderly relative gets the wrong idea about their relationship. Cassian adores his abuelita and doesn’t want to disappoint her, so they agree to fake-date during the family festivities, scheduling their “breakup” for after the holidays. That is certainly the way this will all work out … isn’t it?
When I decided to do some holiday stories this month, I knew I had to feature this one, which is one of my favorite modern holiday AUs ever. Jyn is entertainingly Grinchy (cut her a break, she’s got two retail-related part-time gigs and a recent breakup under her belt). But right from the beginning, you realize she’s not nearly as opposed to Cassian’s entire existence as she says she is. There’s faking it for an audience and Christmassy snark and denial and the aforementioned sexytimes and just good stuff all around. Read it!
Something Better Than Socks (or a blaster) by TheCrowMaiden
One-shot, 2k words, canon-verse
Struggling to find the perfect gift for Cassian, Jyn checks in with all the members of Rogue One, who all have their own ideas about what he would like. But of course, it’s K-2 who leads her to a gift that’s just right.
It’s hard to find an in-universe holiday fic, mostly because all we have in the way of holidays in Star Wars is Life Day. This one gets extra points with me for its thoughtful inclusion of the whole gang, and the way it shows Jyn’s individual relationships with them as well as with Cassian. Also with a touch of ace!Cassian.
One-shot, 3k, modern AU
Jyn is flying to visit her father for Christmas. But her heart yearns for Cassian, whom she hasn’t seen in far too long, and who is going to have a miserable, solitary Christmas in Mexico City. There are all sorts of reasons not to change her plans. She always spends Christmas at home, it would be so expensive, she’s literally already at the airport waiting to board her plane. But there’s one giant reason to get on a plane to Mexico instead, and that’s Cassian.
For a fic with such a simple and apparently low-stakes premise like a long-distance relationship, Guineapiggie packs in the angst and makes us feel Jyn’s heart tearing with how much she misses Cassian. Later on, from Cassian’s POV, we also see how much the separation is wearing on him too. Of course, we all know how this story ends, because it can’t end any other way - with Jyn coming home for Christmas.
As always, if you’re one of the authors featured and would like me to change anything about the way I’ve listed your story, please drop me a line via PM or ask and I would be pleased to edit.
Next month’s theme is Sickfic! If you have a perfect story to rec, drop me a line via PM or ask with the title, a link to the story, and maybe a few words about why you liked it, and I’ll include it with your handle.
Happy Hanukkah to everyone lighting the candles tonight, Merry Christmas to anyone looking forward to this week, and enjoy all the Rebelcaptain Secret Santa fics to come!
Happy reading! Love, @mosylufanfic