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General Fics

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

Ghost Stories Series by mermatee

  • Recommended by: darkemyst
  • Status: First four are complete, Reconnect is dead.
  • Synopsis: Lewis, Vivi, Arthur, and Mystery, before and after the cave.
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi, Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: Consistent characterization and writing. While romantic relationships are present, they are not the focus.
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Moving On by R5h

  • Recommended by: Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: One year ago, four paranormal investigators went into a cave. Eventually, all four made it out, but not without losing something in the process: memories, anonymity, an arm, and a life. It's been one year, and now Lewis is back. So now everything's going to be okay, right?
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi
  • Comments: It isn't always easy putting things back together after everything falls apart. There are bound to be some bumps along the way.

Okay Is Good Enough by PitViperOfDoom

  • Recommended by: Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Arthur did have a moment of weakness in the cave that allowed a demon easy access, but it wasn't what Lewis thought. He wasn't jealous. He was never jealous.
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: The group fights a cerebus and sort out their past issues at the same time. What could be better than that?
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Of Angels and Phantoms by dearest_harley

  • Recommended by: Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Her feet are dangling over the edge, her throat clasped within the metal of a once trusted friend, and yet the usually brave and strong Vivi can't fight back. In her last moments, Vivi is more helpless and vulnerable than ever. Yet she sees before her a life worth living. Flashing in front of her closed eyelids, Vivi relives the highs and lows, the rises and falls of a life that she thought had crumbled. Knowing that you are alone is painful; knowing that you are loved is even worse.
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi
  • Comments: Through the use of her life flashing before her eyes while on the verge of dying, Vivi remembers the history of the Mystery Skulls. From before the cave all the way to after the mansion, their lives together are revealed.

Steps by GigglingGrave

  • Recommended by: Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Vivi can't remember him, Arthur can't forget him, and Lewis just wants revenge. With the crew in shambles, how can they ever put the pieces back together?
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi
  • Comments: Explanations, reconciliation, and Lewis "pulling a Howl's Moving Castle" are all awesome parts of a well-written one-shot.

The Worth of the Anchor by LibraLibrary

  • Recommended by: Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: She was very quickly starting to understand; whatever was doing this, it wasn't playing games. This wasn't a basic, low level, shallow jumpscare and common phobia curse. This magic was scouring their hearts, locating every crack, and digging through to the cores to expand and shatter them from the inside out. Something wants to tear the trio apart, but what they learn can only pull them closer together.
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: Comes with a sequel from Lewis' viewpoint: What's Left

Blur by Gypsywriter135

  • Recommended by: Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray..."
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi
  • Comments: Forgiveness isn't exactly easy. Especially when someone clings to their denial. This story shows exactly that, jumping between flashbacks and the present.

Mystery Skulls - Broken Hearts and Shattered Memories by shedrak1221

  • Recommended by: Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The Mystery Skulls had always been together... Until one night... It only left an angered ghost, a man suffering with regret, a woman with a broken heart and a shameful spirit having to hide everything, so they could keep going... Can they survive the memories of their sins?... Can they fix what they lost in that cave?...
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi. Some Lewis/Vivi/Arthur, but mostly friendship.
  • Comments: While English may not be the author's native language and some of the earliest chapters aren't as good as the later ones, the sheer quality of the plot, the world-building, and the sheer length of the series makes up for any odd phrasing or the occasional wrong word choice. There are four stories in the series that extend from the characters' past lives, to right after the events of "Ghost", to the distant future after they are all dead.

Time Of Our Descent by KirbyChan

  • Recommended by: Orbiting
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Years before the cave, the paranormal investigations group, the Mystery Skulls, come to try to find what has been causing the disappearance of hikers on a mountain. They weren't expecting or prepared to find a windigeo.
  • Comments: An engaging, suspenseful, and in-character story about the gang back when they in their prime of investigating. Forewarning: there is some gore, mentions of cannibalism, and generally disturbing scenes in the story.

Slave of Fear by StarStorm21

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Skeleton ghosts, easily scared orange men, and enslavement spells aren't a good combination.
  • Comments: Manages to be both very creepy and very heartwarming as Arthur's confusion and fear grow while Lewis is just confused as hell.

Exploring Nightmares by StarStorm21

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: When an alp starts giving the gang nightmares, they must follow it into their dreams to get rid of it.
  • Comments: An interesting creature draws the Mystery Skulls into an in-depth look at the way they see both each other and themselves.

Home by Qpenguin98

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Don't apologize," he says as he wraps his arms and hand. "It's not your fault, Arthur." That's what Lewis always said. But now Arthur wonders more than ever before; whose fault is it?
  • Pairing(s): light Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: A look at what it's like when "home" means something completely different from what everyone expects and when the family you chose falls apart. Light polyship.

Revenge Creates More Revenge by P.M. Seymour

  • Recommended by: Storygirl 000, Crossover-Enthusiast
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lewis got what he wanted, but in the end, it may just be his own undoing. Especially when someone has been with Arthur...for quite some time.
  • Comments: Actually an audio file by a well-known voice actor who's played Arthur in a number of fan projects, it makes the assumption that Arthur died at the end of "Hellbent", and gives a chilling demonstration of the Cycle of Revenge. Definitely worth checking out. Also has a sequel.

Alternate Universe Fics

Stories that take place in a different history than the canon show, involve going into another part of The Multiverse, etc.

Spooky Scary Skeletons by iaminlovewiththesky

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Arthur finds a way to stop himself from pushing Lewis, at the lost of his own life. A year later, the remaining Mystery Skulls come back to investigate a mysterious orange house in the same area Arthur had died...
  • Comments: An intriguing AU where Arthur's possession claims him instead of Lewis. Light polyship.

Fear a Friend by StarStorm21

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: What if Lewis didn't die? What if he lived to see Arthur as a murderer and make Vivi think the same? And what if Uncle Lance discovered that the most important people in his nephew's life abandoned him?
  • Comments: So heartbreaking and yet so fitting for this what if.

House of Strays by tyigra

  • Recommended by: Diddlydarn
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Evil stalks the night, guilt haunts a young man’s footsteps, and an otherworldly mansion waits with open doors for the walking dead—and for dead men walking. Sleepwalker, Spirit, Seeker, and Shapeshifter: there’s plenty of blame and tears to go around. But there’s plenty of love and laughter, too, waiting to be rekindled.
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: well-written and gripping, this Fic explores the psyche of the characters. Arthur-centric.

''Vivi Yukino and the Cult of the White Forest by Phantoms Lair

  • * Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Detective Vivi Yukino and her "dog" Mystery are hot on the trail of the Cult of the White Forest, an ancestral thorn in the side of Vivi's family, and they've tracked them to the town of Tempo, Texas. However, when they find out local boys Lewis Pepper and Arthur Kingsmen have gone missing, their mission gets a whole lot harder.
  • Comments: A fascinating AU where Vivi meets the boys during the aftermath of Arthur being forced to murder Lewis (aware of it in this timeline).

Shipping Fics

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

Kidnapped by StarStorm21

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Arthur wakes up to find he's been kidnapped by Lewis after they had just escaped the mansion. Well shit.
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi with eventual Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: Despite the synopsis, this is a relatively light-hearted One True Threesome fic where reconciliation comes easy...even if Lewis had entirely the wrong idea of how to not terrify Arthur and Vivi.

Lovesick by antlurrs

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Arthur gets a nasty cold, Vivi is a potty mouth, Mystery is a sassy little shit, and Lewis is a nervous nelly.
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi with eventual Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: While overall light-hearted, Arthur is very much The Woobie with his self-esteem issues, and it doesn't help that he's thoroughly sick for most of the story.

Soup, Movies, and Confessions by StarStorm21

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Arthur is sick and Vivi takes care of him, but there are things that need to be said.
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi with eventual Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: Light and fluffy with Arthur being oblivious to the way Vivi and Lewis are flirting with him and Vivi's ultimate affectionate exasperation.

Through Your Eyes by FlowerOfRegret

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Who says Arthur is the only one with guilt riddled nightmares?
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: A dark but ultimately heartwarming look into Lewis' perspective on trying to murder his best friend/lover over something he was forced to do and how baffling Arthur's easy forgiveness is to him.

Two Sides of the Same Ghost by StarStorm21

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lewis has been doing so many nice things for Arthur after he rejoined the team, but he knows it's all just an act. Those injuries could only be inflicted by someone who hated him, right?
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi with eventual Lewis/Vivi/Arthur
  • Comments: A very plausible scenario for after Lewis found out the truth about the night he died. Arthur's very much The Woobie, and Lewis' Split Personality comes through clearly despite us never actually seeing it.

Crossover Fics

Fanfiction that combines elements, characters, etc. from two or more different franchises.

Ghosts Gotta Stick Together by EmeraldTooth

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Crossover with: Danny Phantom
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2018
  • Synopsis: When Danny Fenton's parents tell him that a new team of renowned ghost hunters would be arriving in Amity Park to study ectoplasm and the Zone, he expected the worst. These "Mystery Skulls" didn't seem to be anything like the usual jokers that passed through Amity, and Danny worried that they'd pose a real challenge. He should have known not to jump to conclusions, though, because he was soon to learn that when it came to the Mystery Skulls, nothing is as it seems.
  • Pairing(s): Lewis/Vivi/Arthur, Danny/Sam/Tucker
  • Comments: Danny's initial reaction to the Skulls makes perfect sense, as does their quick protectiveness of the teenager. Only two chapters as of this writing, but the author already has big plans involving Vivi shredding the Fentons' bad science and Lewis thoroughly trashing Skulker for coming after Danny.

''The Mirror's Gaze (Tumblr link with more material, but still unfinished, here: http://phantoms-lair.tumblr.com/tagged/Mirror%27s-Gaze) by Eternal_Phantom

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Crossover with: Scooby-Doo
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: An occult mirror called The Lifestealer leads to a unexpected journey for two teams of mystery solvers. Now Arthur Kingsman is in the body of Shaggy Rogers and vice versa and it is a race to reconnect and get their own teammates back. But like all good investigative teams, cases find them and sometimes they end up being radically different than what they are used to. Plus there are secrets that they are keeping, from themselves... and one another.
  • Comments: Captures all characters involved very well while also managing to have Arthur and Shaggy fill a void the teams they're both currently with didn't know they needed. Additional material confirms that the Skulls basically adopt Mystery Inc. by the end, which is adorable.

Miraculous Mystery Skulls by Eternal_Phantom and Providentially_Demonic

  • Recommended by: Ladyofthelibrary
  • Crossover with: Miraculous Ladybug
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: On their honeymoon in Paris, the City of Lights, the trio of Vivi, Lewis and Arthur encounter more than sightseeing… in the form of monsters, supervillains and a pair of teen superheroes. Sometimes, miraculous things can happen, when you least expect it.
  • Comments: The Skulls quickly take their personally assigned roles as allies and protectors of Chat and Ladybug very seriously and while Vivi's chewing out of Fu made matters worse, it was very called for and hopefully will result in a positive change once his akuma's purified. Side note: The author actually seems to be taking some inconsistencies from canon and playing them up as plot points, namely the misuse of "akuma" causing Vivi to assume Chat and Ladybug are after Lewis with intent to harm until they clear things up.
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