Fanfic Recs / The Secret Garden

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Scenes from a Garden by derryderrydown
  • Recommended by Euphoric Friday 79
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Gen
  • Rating: General
  • Summary: "Mary leaned back against the door to the secret garden and took a deep breath. She closed her eyes and savoured the smells of early spring, carried on the damp breeze that chilled her cheeks and made her wish she could pull off her shoes and stockings and run barefoot over the grass."

The Larks, Still Bravely Singing, Fly by Theo_Winterwood
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Gen
  • Rating: General
  • Summary: Set about eight years after the events of the novel, this is a brief portrait of Mary, Colin, and Dickon during the First World War.

A Garden in the Punjab by rosemaryandrue (Rosie_Rues)
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Gen
  • Rating: Teen
  • Summary: There is another garden, in India. These are the women of that garden, over two generations, Mary's mother and ayah, and both their two daughters. In the end, I'm afraid, this is only where the story begins, but I hope it opens up the original story and takes us out into the world beyond the secret gardens.

Every possibility we'll be a part of history by jannika
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Gen
  • Rating: General
  • Summary: Secrets, magic, sharing, friendship, and birthday celebrations in a garden on the edges of growing up.

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Prakriti by recrudescence
  • Recommended by Arviassu
  • Crossover with A Little Princess
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Gen
  • Rating: Teen
  • Synopsis: "[Yuletide Treat] Life isn't easy for Land Girls in World War I, no matter what sort of skills they have to draw from."

Harry Potter and the Dukes New Clothes by TigerShark
  • Recommended by Blondield
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairings: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
  • Rating: General
  • Synopsis: On his first trip to the Wizarding World Harry turns left instead of right. Its amazing how much one little thing can change the world.

Owls in the Garden by Dira Sudis (dsudis)
  • Recommended by Blondield
  • Crossover with Harry Potter
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Gen
  • Rating: General
  • Synopsis: It was early in the morning, on a bright day in July during Mary Lennox's second summer at Misselthwaite Manor, when the owls flew into the garden.

The Verdant Heart by doctornerdington
  • Recommended by Blondield
  • Crossover with Sherlock
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
  • Rating: Teen
  • Synopsis: A wounded John Watson returns from India to England to convalesce at the gloomy and isolated Holmes Manor. But there are mysteries aplenty to draw him out of his misery, and one day he will discover a key that unlocks much more than just the door to a secret garden. A Johnlock remix of The Secret Garden.

Life Is Changing by ViaLethe
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Crossover with A Little Princess
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Colin/Sara Crewe, Mary/Dickon
  • Rating: General
  • Synopsis: With his two best friends forming a union of their own, Colin feels the magic has left him - but a new acquaintance may prove otherwise.

White King by norgbelulah
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Crossover with A Little Princess
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Colin/Sara Crewe
  • Rating: General
  • Synopsis: Sara meets an unfortunate young man as she walks the bridges of Florence.

    Shipping Fics 

everything's coming up roses by verity
  • Recommended by Blondield
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Colin/Mary/Dickon
  • Rating: Explicit
  • Synopsis: "Dickon and I will be lord and lady of the manor, and you'll be the old maid," Mary says, tucking a stray lock of Colin's hair behind his ear. "You'll keep our house, won't you?"

Time's Arrow by littlerhymes
  • Recommended by Blondield
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Mary/Dickon
  • Rating: Mature
  • Synopsis: Dickon returns from the war.

The Skylark's Song by amoama
  • Recommended by Euphoric Friday 79
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Colin/Mary/Dickon
  • Rating: Teen
  • Synopsis: In hope of magic at the end of a long war.

Definition of Magic for the Uninitiated. by Leni
  • Recommended by Euphoric Friday 79
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Mary/Dickon
  • Rating: General
  • Synopsis: Medlock is a watchful housekeeper. Mary/Dickon.

forever and ever and ever by surexit
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Colin/Mary/Dickon
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Synopsis: At some point, they have to discuss marriage.

Cool Evening's Benison by Makioka
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Colin/Mary/Dickon
  • Rating: Teen
  • Synopsis: Dickon returns home from war and the magic is still there to welcome him.

The Echoing Green by havisham
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Colin/Mary/Dickon, Colin/Dickon
  • Rating: Mature
  • Synopsis: The seasons change, the children grow up, and the world awaits.

Nest Building by _backpages_ (backpages)
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Dickon/Mary
  • Rating: General
  • Synopsis: The Secret Garden has been unlocked for two years. Things are changing at Misselthwaite Manor, but some things remain constant.

Coming of Age by Ancor
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Mary/Dickon
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Summary: "There had been no question of Colin's health since his eleventh year when happiness and good exercise had set the crowning touches on their work of putting roses in his cheeks and some solid, boyish weight on his bones. By the time he was mostly grown and ready to be off to the grand school in Scotland, Colin himself sometimes forgot that there had ever been such a sickly, miserable creature as himself at ten years of age. Certainly none of his fellow students in Scotland would have guessed, to see the vivacious young man with whom they shared classes. But it was only among those who remembered that dying child and the Magic that had drawn him back to life that Colin was truly himself."

Back to the Garden by calliette and hazel
  • Recommended by Willful Output 34
  • Status: Oneshot
  • Pairings: Mary/Dickon
  • Rating: General
  • Summary: Mary and Dickon fell in love between the bluebells and the mistletoe, although only Dickon would think of the flowers when he remembered it.

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