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remember my love by bleep0bleep
23,358 words | Stiles wakes up and suddenly the war is over, he's no longer a penniless mage, and living in an exquisite manor married to the man he's been in love with for far too long.

“It’ll be fine,” Stiles says gallantly. “I am certain I will just fall in love with my husband all over again, and I will find plenty of joy doing that.” He winks at Derek for good measure.
Derek blinks.
derek/stiles  rating.pg13  20-30k  alternate.universe  au-regency  au-historical  royalty  amnesia  magic  pining  fluff 
september 2016 by leahbeex
fancy plans — helenish: saucefactory: IMAGINE STEREK AT A...

teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-royalty  AU-historical  pining  misunderstandings  angst  author:helenish  author:saucery  rating:pg-13 
february 2016 by nyx
To Valiant Hearts Sing - Anonymous - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
“I would offer to you my son, and only omega child, Prince Gary's hand in marriage.”

Gary won't even look at him. The young man’s jaw is set in a hard line, his posture straight and head held high, but it looks more like false bravado of a man facing the hangman’s noose.
kingsman  eggsy/harry  AU-historical  arranged-marriage  alpha/beta/omega-dynamics  knotting  heat  author:evil_brainmate  rating:nc-17 
february 2016 by nyx
All the Important Words Unspoken - blamebrampton - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
Narcissa Malfoy and Amarantha Greengrass just want what’s best for their children. But since it’s 1899, their children are 32 and 27 respectively, and sundry magical and Muggle crises are erupting across Europe, the chances of their plans progressing smoothly are close to zero.
hp  draco/harry  astoria/charlie  hermione/ron  AU-historical  plotty  humour  action/adventure  pining  author:blamebrampton  rating:g 
february 2016 by nyx
Nightcall - Chapter 1 - Femme (femmequixotic), noeon (noe) - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
A hideously mauled corpse is found sprawled across the paving stones of Brick Lane in the East End of London. Inspector Harry Potter--widely believed to be the lead candidate for next Deputy Head Auror--is called in to investigate a possible magical crime. To make matters worse, his occasional lover and former school-nemesis, Viscount Draco Malfoy, now billing himself as a consulting criminologist, shows up at the crime scene to aid in the investigation of the suspicious death.

Neither man will go away from the case unchanged, but will their combined forces be enough to fight the tide of danger that is sweeping London in the summer of 1910? And if they plumb the depths of the case, what bones of the past will they uncover?
hp  draco/harry  AU-historical  bonding  knotting  it's-complicated  mystery  plotty  sexual-tension  author:femmequixotic  rating:nc-17 
january 2016 by nyx
The Voyage of HMS Leviosa - busaikko (Harry Potter)
Snape/Lupin. "A botanical geography of the South Sea Islands discovered on the surveying voyage of His Majesty's Ship Leviosa under the command of Captain Lucius Malfoy." Lupin is the lieutenant and Snape is the botanist. I had some quibbles but these were mostly overwhelmed bc come on, it's Age of Sail! 12,400 words.
fanfiction  harrypotter  slash  alternateuniverse  au-nonpowered  au-historical  au-ageofsail  rec 
november 2015 by littlerhymes
In the contempt and anger of his lip - thinlizzy2 (Matinee Idol - Rufus Wainwright)
"In 1599, a boy actor applies his makeup and prepares to dazzle his audiences as a Shakespearean heroine. But time passes and boys turn to men. Faced with fading youth and beauty, the boy has a hard decision to make." Wonderful short story about the addictive dazzle of the stage, and the anguish of aging, PLUS SHAKESPEARE. 1800 words.
fanfiction  rufuswainwright  slash  gen  shakespeare  au-historical  rec  au-elizabethan 
june 2015 by littlerhymes
Looking for Heaven by foxxcub
31,950 words | When young Lord Anthony Stark learns Steven Rogers has enlisted in the army, he thinks he's seen the last of his tiny, headstrong, haughty stable boy. But four years later, Lord Stark gets an unexpected visit from Steve, whose mother has fallen gravely ill and into financial ruin. Even more unexpected, Steve agrees to a shocking proposal: they will marry, giving Steve the necessary funds to save his mother, and Tony the much-needed reprieve from harassing would-be suitors. It is a business arrangement, nothing more. But as time goes on and circumstances arise, Tony begins to learn that keeping his heart away from his husband is easier said than done.
steve/tony  rating.nc17  30-50k  alternate.universe  regency  au-historical  arranged.marriage 
may 2015 by leahbeex
coffeeinallcaps — cribbagematch: “…his arranged husband, who’s a...
cribbagematch: “…his arranged husband, who’s a total jerk and who, at first, derek only gets along with in the marriage bed”

teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-historical  AU-royalty  arranged-marriage  author:coffeeinallcaps  rating:nc-17 
january 2015 by nyx
The One Where They're Forced To Marry In Ye Olden Times - Stoney - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Due to the destruction of House Hale and the debts incurred in their survival and search for justice, the King (blah blah, make believe world) arranges a marriage between Derek and Stiles, eliminating all debts the Hales may owe. Derek is very unhappy. Stiles is pretty shocked at who he's being matched with, but he's certainly not unhappy. It's pretty clear from the start Derek doesn't share that feeling.

Stiles passes the time by hunting with his falcon, Derek broods. Until...

(These stories are only connected in the fact that the tropes are borrowed from old-school bodice rippers. They're stand-alone.)
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-historical  arranged-marriage  developing-relationship  angst  misunderstandings  author:stoney  rating:nc-17 
november 2014 by nyx
A Desperate Arrangement - Chapter 1 - mikkimouse - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"I'm sorry, I believe there's something wrong with my hearing," Stiles said. "Because I could have sworn you just told me you set up a betrothal agreement with the Hales. A betrothal agreement involving me. Me."

Scott smiled his easygoing smile and nodded, which told Stiles no, he hadn't misheard a damn thing.

After seven years of lengthy negotiations, the treaty between the Hales and the Argents has fallen apart and the two countries fell into war.

Months later, there's an uneasy truce, thanks to the intervention of King Scott McCall, but it won't last. In a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, the Hales sign a treaty with the McCalls to marry Prince Derek to Prince Stiles Stilinski, King Scott's brother.

In the history of the world, there have been many better ideas.
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-historical  AU-royalty  arranged-marriage  pining  first-time  romance  mystery  angst  author:mikkimouse  rating:nc-17 
november 2014 by nyx
The Marriage Bargain - Chapter 1 - kianspo - X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
Erik Lehnsherr had made a fortune manufacturing steel in Europe. When he wished to expand to the New World, he discovered that no one would do business with him unless he was affiliated with one of the First Families, the creme de la creme of the NW aristocracy. When Lord Marko holds an auction to give away his 14-year-old stepson's hand in marriage, Erik sees his chance and takes it. He has no interest in Charles himself, but now that he has him, can they make it work?

|| Likely forever a WIP, but the first chapter hits so many of my favourite tropes (marriage of convenience, social intrigue, Harlequin romance) that I feel compelled to bookmark it.
x-men  charles/erik  AU-historical  relationship-of-convenience  romance  author:kianspo  AU-fantasy  arranged-marriage  first-time  rating:r  wip 
october 2014 by nyx
Cursed at First, But Mended - Chapter 1 - Lake (beyond_belief) - The Eagle | Eagle of the Ninth (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
Sir Marcus Aquila, recently invalided home from the war, has only weeks to arrange a marriage of convenience so that he can inherit his family's estate. A Regency Romance AU.
theeagle  esca/marcus  AU-historical  first-time  developing-relationship  pining  author:lake  rating:r 
august 2014 by nyx
Careless Talk Costs Lives - Chapter 1 - kerrypolka - Much Ado About Nothing - Shakespeare [Archive of Our Own]
Devon, 1939. As war with Germany looms, British victory may be in the hands of a small group of radio interceptors and codebreakers at Messina House. Specifically, of two young mathematicians - impoverished aristocrat Stella Beattie and Oxford crossword champion Ben Padova - that is, if they can stop flirting over the intercepts.

|| Really fantastic WWII!AU of Much Ado About Nothing. Love the slow build between Beatrice and Benedick set in the backdrop of code-breaking. Great example of how showing, not telling can sketch out a world and its characters vividly with a relatively compact amount of words.
shakespeare  muchadoaboutnothing  beatrice/benedick  AU-historical  developing-relationship  character-focus  gen  banter  author:kerrypolka  rating:pg-13  thingsilike 
january 2014 by nyx
Gin Joint Armistice - whizzy - Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics) [Archive of Our Own]
The nation is dry, the decade is roaring, Tony Stark's speakeasy is barely making ends meet, and his new friend the prohibition agent isn't making life any easier.
avengers  length-short  gen  steverogers  tonystark  jarvis  au  au-historical  prohibition  agent-steve  whizzy  pov-tony  alcohol  1920s  smugglers  smuggling  no-powers-au 
january 2014 by ratcreature
Fic: Safe Harbor
Arranged marriage royalty historical AU. Derek marries Prince Stiles after the Hale house burns down. Derek thinks Stiles doesn't love him, but Stiles has to resist his impulse to take advantage of Derek. Misunderstandings, pining within marriage, etc., which is everything I love.
teenwolf  derek/stiles  AU-historical  AU-royalty  arranged-marriage  pining  romance  misunderstandings  angst  author:helenish  rating:pg-13  wip 
january 2014 by nyx
Bel Canto by bendingsignpost
127,481 words | After years of waiting for wealthy patrons to faint, Dr John Watson discovers a far more interesting patient in the opera house basement. (AU through a Phantom of the Opera lens.)

|| BOYS. Boys. Lots of miscommunication silliness, Mrs Hudson being awesome, and music.
john/sherlock  rating.pg13  100k+  alternate.universe  au-historical  crossover-fusion  musicians  pretend.relationship  misunderstandings  secret.identity  case-fic  warning:minor.character.death(s) 
december 2013 by leahbeex
The Vicar of Erebor - leupagus - The Hobbit - All Media Types, The Hobbit (Jackson movies) [Archive of Our Own]

If you didn't already click the link so hard you broke the internet, here's some more inducement to read this fic even though it's a WIP. Bilbo is a female vicar (!!!) and Thorin is a captain of the Navy (!!!!!) who's actually the real heir to the Barony of Durin, currently held by one John Smaug. Thorin needs Bilbo's help to reclaim his rightful title and estate. There's adorable banter, pretend courting, and Gandalf being a huge troll.

Last read: chapter 7.
hobbit  bilbo/thorin  kili/tauriel  fili/sigrid  AU-historical  sexswap  banter  romance  drama  fake/pretend-relationship  developing-relationship  author:leupagus  rating:r  thingsilike  wip 
december 2013 by nyx

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