Softcore - these fics contain non-explicit sexuality of some sort.

This is a bit of a wide selection, as it covers what would, in the usual fic rating system, be anything from PG to R for sexual/romantic comment. There's everything from snogging to heavy petting to abstract metaphors to glossed-over "on-screen" sex. But the old MPAA rating system tends to break down when applied to fiction, and most other subdivisions I've seen are awkward in the extreme.

Labeling textual sex as explicit or not is always a dicey matter, and one of those things people get into endless arguments about, particularly when they're trying to apply the usual movie ratings to fic (something you notice I sidestepped.) For the record, my general rule of thumb is that if there's more than one Porn Word (outside of the context of non-porn swearing, that is), then it's explicit, and thus off this page and onto the hardcore one. One Porn Word in an otherwise non-porn or "soft-focus" fic can be excusable, but once you start having to use more than one, it's definitely porn.

Note: I tag gen, softcore, and hardcore exlusively as three levels of sexual content. In other words, every fic on this site is tagged with one of the three.

 Blue and Flowers
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon

"He was exempt from normality, entitled to his weirdness, and it felt so good she couldn't possibly argue, and could only feel a little guilty about it."

  [ Naru, after the series, with rarehet ]

  Spoilers - through end of series
  Canon - taking the specials as canon

Subjects:
 m/f
 m/m
 softcore
20073,019 w.Canonlit. N 
 Confutatis
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Kimberly, it turned out, was a strange drunk, a ranting drunk, hunched over the table in the empty cantina muttering under his breath..."

  [ Mustang and Kimberly, one dark night in Ishbal ]

  Spoilers - general series backstory

Subjects:
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
2005884 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Deep Water
Fullmetal Alchemist

"They kissed only once. She tasted like ashes and brine."

  [ Roy and Sloth, though he did not know it ]

  For - forgottenlover, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects:
 m/f
 softcore
2005802 w.Canonlit. N 
 Dominance Struggles
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Roy leaned back against the headboard with a deep sigh at the beautiful, hard, flailing naked boy in his bed"

  [ my take on the old 'fighting over who's on top' spiel ]

Subjects:
 bdsm
 fluff
 m/m
 softcore
2005611 w.Canonlit. N 
 Everybody Got Naked and We Got Cap Back DayNew! 
Marvel - Avengers

"Except this time his helmet's off, and Steve's naked, and Jan isn't buzzing up over him, Thor isn't looming at the foot of it, and he's pretty sure they'll be fighting in about five minutes."

  [ gratuitous Civil War fix-it ]

  Spoilers - Civil War
  Canon - AU from beginning of Secret Invasion
  Beta - Mattador of the Hot Pants

Subjects:
 m/m
 softcore
20085,120 w.Canonlit. Y 
 The Exquisite Line
The Coldfire Trilogy

"He cannot taste anything in his mouth, but he rinses with souring wine anyway, obsessively, until even the twisting chaos of his subconscious could not pretend it was there--ashes and blood. Was that what they'd tasted, all those women?"

  [ Damien and Tarrant, en route to the new continent, in dreams ]

Subjects:
 abuse
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
20072,257 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Ghosts of a Self
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"I am the fragmented self, spread across years and continents"

  [ a thought experiment: who is enough like Anthy to serve her purpose? ]

  Spoilers - through end of series
  Ref. - author's notes

Subjects:
 abuse
 artsy
 m/m
 softcore
20044,345 w.Canonlit. Y 
 A Half a Conquest
Harry Potter

"The locket's hinge is broken and the painting is empty. Tom Marvolo Riddle throws it into the lake without a backwards glance as he leaves Hogwarts."

  [ Tom, finding inspiration of sorts in Dumbledore ]

  Canon - written before bk. 6

Subjects:
 abuse
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
2003975 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Hundred Over One
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"For any number, divided by a solitary one, remains itself."

  [ a hexadrabble on Nemuro and the hundred boys ]

  Ref. - author's notes

Subjects:
 bdsm
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
2004600 w.Canonlit. Y 
 In the Shadows
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"This is the time of the uncanny, the inverted. The time of impossible things."

  [ in the time of the Black Rose, Touga wants Juri ]

  For - seitokaichou, during a challenge on utenadrabble

Subjects:
 m/f
 softcore
2005723 w.Canonlit. Y 
 An Interlude for Angels
Cowboy Bebop

"Angels that are forced from heaven have to become demons. Isn't that right, Spike?"

  [ an experiment in explaining that line ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 5

Subjects:
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
2004759 w.Canonlit. Y 
 A Lexicon of Serpents
Harry Potter

"Of course I know he plans to be an Auror--everybody knows. He wants to walk up to evil, stare it in the face, and beat it into submission. But he will never defeat me."

  [ Tom Riddle and Alastor Moody do the Gryff/Slyth thing; unfinished WIP ]

  Canon - written before bk. 6 and not retconned
  Beta - Minerva McTabby

Subjects:
 m/m
 softcore
2003 - 200416,702 w.Canonlit. Y 
author's
choice
Lime
Harry Potter

"People become prefects here because they're ruthless, or blue-blooded, or have simply mastered the subtle art of making people both love and fear you, which is something Cornelius has never gotten the hang of."

  [ Tom provides counsel in a most Slytherin manner ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5
  Beta - Minerva McTabby
  Ref. - recording (by myself)

Subjects:
 m/m
 softcore
20031,413 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Lines
Final Fantasy X

"Auron gritted his teeth, hard, and pried his bottle out of Jecht's hand--and he was far gone not to protest, too far gone."

  [ preslash on the pilgramage ]

  For - delerone, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects:
 m/m
 softcore
2006391 w.Canonlit. N 
 Los Alamos
Iron Man

"I mean--it's big. Bigger than you can possibly imagine. What we're making..."

  [ Obadiah Stane, and Howard Stark, and the Manhattan Project ]

  For - nevacaruso and cahalith, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects:
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
2008633 w.Canonlit. N 
 Of Disguises and Hearts
Harry Potter

"Magic runs in wizarding veins. It is not a mere by-product; it suffuses a wizard's life, plays a role in everything he does, from the mundane to the sublime, from the pedantic to the erotic."

  [ Snape/Harry surreality ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5 and assuming Snarry-tinted lenses
  For - Icarus' ficdrive for Cybele

Subjects:
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
2003759 w.Canonlit. N 
 One Day in August
Harry Potter

"His mother drops by for afternoon tea and asks him why that awful girl is still here, and Tom snarls that she's his wife, and doesn't answer when she asks why."

  [ Merope, sometime in 1926 ]

Subjects:
 m/f
 softcore
2007718 w.Canonlit. N 
author's
choice
Penance
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Half the apple pie was still on a cracked plate on the window sill, covered with a bowl so it didn't go stale before tomorrow, because it was all he had in the house."

  [ Hughes and Roy, fighting pain ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 25
  Ref. - recording (by myself)

Subjects:
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
20051,344 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Roses and Musk
Doctor Who

"The Doctor only looks at his face to clean it, flaking dirt off with his fingertips as the soap cuts through it, no reaction at all when it stings in his eyes and he flinches."

  [ the stranger the man, the stranger the ways of mourning ]

  Spoilers - through 3.13

Subjects:
 m/m
 softcore
20071,046 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Running Strong
Fullmetal Alchemist

"They weren't supposed to do it, but they did."

  [ a brief glimpse of a different Rose ]

  Canon - AU from before beginning of series

Subjects:
 m/f
 softcore
2005852 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Salt
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Envy stood barenaked in the window like the pillar of salt..."

  [ abstract Envy/Roy ]

  For - morningxstorm, by LJ ficlet request
  Ref. - recording (by myself)

Subjects:
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
2005127 w.Canonlit. N 
 Schadenfreude
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"There is a part of me, a terribly small part of me, that loves to see you in pain."

  [ Mikage, on Mamiya ]

  Ref. - recording (by myself)

Subjects:
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
2004770 w.Canonlit. N 
 Seeker's Fear
Harry Potter

"They walk on. Gellert kicks stones with his pointed German shoes; Albus is chewing on a blade of grass. The sun is blood-red between the hills."

  [ concerning the fear of death ]

  Spoilers - bk. 7

Subjects:
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
2007484 w.Canonlit. N 
 She Hath Flourished Verdantly
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"There's a chain of leaves round her neck, green and black, dangling from a golden vine."

  [ years after Ohtori, two of the Black Roses find each other ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 20
  For - shellsong, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects:
 f/f
 softcore
2008926 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Thirty-Five Owls
Harry Potter

"Go teach your children, eat your candy, preen your bird and bury me. But we were brilliant together, Albus, and not even you can change history."

  [ a correspondence between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald ]

  Spoilers - bk. 7
  Beta - Mattador of the Hot Pants
  For - Blogathon 2007, to benefit Heifer Project International
  Ref. - author's notes - art by Black Adder

Subjects:
 artsy
 bdsm
 m/m
 softcore
2007 - 200811,371 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Too Beautiful
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Pride hadn't moved--he liked to freeze after a decisive blow, sometimes too still to be human, perfect deadly sculpture of a man."

  [ homunculi playing in the parlor ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 40
  For - mikkeneko, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects:
 m/m
 softcore
2005577 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Uncertain Juri
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"Cold Juri she still was, cold and uncertain, because none of his touches had ever stirred her; something was missing, something had not yet awoken."

  [ an exercise in imagination - what happens if you remove one character from canon? ]

  Canon - AU from before beginning of series
  For - the body-snatchers challenge on utenadrabble

Subjects:
 artsy
 f/f
 softcore
2004433 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Unity
Star Trek - The Next Generation

"She was a shadow and a whisper in his mind, chitter-sharp spine and red lights in the green steaming dark, promising the impossible, the unthinkable, what he had shied away from all his life--unity."

  [ angsty cyborg trippiness ]

  Spoilers - Best of Both Worlds, First Contact
  For - ursule, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects:
 m/f
 m/m
 soc
 softcore
2005584 w.Canonlit. Y 
author's
choice
The Unreality of Blue
Revolutionary Girl Utena

"Miki was still for one frozen moment, as if a red rose had fallen from nowhere upon the keys, then lifted his head to see Touga standing in the corner."

  [ in which Touga takes Miki to Akio ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 31
  Beta - WhiteOwl

Subjects:
 abuse
 artsy
 horror
 m/m
 softcore
20045,815 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Unsent
Final Fantasy X

"Yuna blinks, eyes watering, at the haze of pyreflies, and lets go of her, and steps away. Tidus is holding out her staff, not quite looking at her; she takes it, runs fingers over the worn painted wood, and, at last, begins to dance."

  [ three years after defeating Sin, Yuna lays the dead to rest ]

  Spoilers - through end of game

Subjects:
 f/f
 m/f
 softcore
20071,555 w.Canonlit. Y 
 The Usual
Doctor Who

"Trying to keep the most idiotic scientists I've ever met--right, well, second most idiotic, nobody can quite top Big D--from creating a miniature black hole in the core, that's what."

  [ Jack finds the Doctor, again, and it's pretty much the usual ]

  For - taffimai, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects:
 fluff
 m/m
 softcore
2008533 w.Canonlit. Y 
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