This is actually a multi-fandom fic rec! Didn't know I could do that :)
so much for the afterglow, by Kyra Cullinan. "Afterwards, Hawkeye listens." Post-series. Snippet: In Korea, he talked constantly. Wisecracks and puns, a steady stream of verbal armor to block out the noises around him, the horror that was every single breath. Here, there's no need to build a wall of sound around himself, and he's quiet, quieter than he's ever been.
Descent, by Rustler. Augustus Hill, my most favouritest Oz character, thinks about running. Snippet: He has dreams where he's running so hard his heart thumps wildly in his chest, and he can feel the sweat breaking out on his brow. Running, running, in the night. Running toward...nothing. But he can't stop. He hears the rapid footsteps of hard-soled cop shoes pounding behind him, and he's naked, barefoot, wincing over gravel and broken glass littering the rooftop.
SUBLIMATION AND THE SNITCH: QUIDDITCH IN HUMAN SEXUAL RELATIONSHIPS, by Remus J. Lupin, Hogwarts School, History of Magic Class, Year Seven Thesis, by skyhawke. Self-explanatory. Wish I'd gotten more high school essays like this during my stint as a teacher ;) Snippet(s): Position titles alone are heavily sexual in nature, descriptions of pursuit and capture -- Seekers, Chasers, Keepers, and of course, the most blatant among them, Beaters. It is not coincidence that Beaters have been, in this case correctly, stereotyped as the most extroverted, sexually active and virile members of any Quidditch team; it is a deep-seated societal archetype at work [fn 20]. ====  I am sure, Professor, that Sirius Black's short but spectacular tenure as Gryffindor Beater, before he was thrown off the team for indecent activities[fn 21] in the locker room, bears out this assertion better than any factual quote I could give.  And what goes on in the locker room on his own time and with consenting companions is entirely his own business, I must say, and hardly reason to ban him from playing.
I guard the boy's life, and he looks at me as if I'm something he scraped from the bottom of a cauldron. I wear a pair of socks, and he decides I'm "decent." Gryffindors.
Witness for the Defence, by After the Rain. Severus Snape is called to testify at a rather unusual murder trial. Love the whole thing, but the little oomph at the end is particularly satisfying ;) Snippet: Minister Weasley has made an attempt to reform our justice system along Muggle lines, with somewhat mixed results. Nowadays, there are usually a couple of young, idealistic Ministry officials playing the parts of prosecutor and defense counsel and trying to enforce some semblance of order, and three veteran judges who are used to doing exactly what they like whenever they feel like it. Naturally, the judges always win.