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Common Grace - manic_intent - The Umbrella Academy (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
When Diego had decided to turn vigilante, he’d foreseen that he’d likely be shot at, stabbed, punched, and/or assaulted with any number of blunt weapons, often during the same night. He never imagined that’d he’d ever run the possibility of being kidnapped by a skinny priest in order to be sacrificed to some God of Death—

“And Misfortune,” said the priest, “but we don’t advertise that. You’d be surprised how many people are OK with death but Not OK with a teeny bit of bad luck.”
UmbrellaAcademy  Klaus/Ben  established  Klaus/Ben/Diego  first.time  manic_intent  au  au:total  paranormal  captured  tentacle!sex  kink  polyamory 
5 weeks ago by southerly
Martingale - manic_intent - John Wick (Movies)
John’s grip on the gun was steady, the pistol trained on Santino, not wavering in the least even when Winston stepped forward, trying to calm him down. Taunting John Wick had been juvenile—possibly even suicidal—but in this moment, balanced between life and death and ruin, Santino could not begin to care. He smiled.

Once, his mother had called a smile an omega’s last line of defense: de-escalation, she used to preach, just be calm. Santino and Gianna had watched her die, choking on her goddamned calm. Their father had thought—incorrectly, as it turned out—that she had cheated on him, and their mother’s own bodyguard had shot her in the chest, point blank, over the kitchen table. It had been an early and valuable lesson in trust and power. (24,195 words)
John.Wick  manic_intent  au 
august 2017 by theodosia21
Irregular by manic_intent
“Really,” said a fussy voice behind John. “This is highly irregular.”

John turned, a faint spark of surprise actually filtering through his fatigue. Filthy and thin as his mortal shell was now, he should still be invisible to humans if he wanted to be - and the shorter, stocky middle-aged human with as fussy a face as his voice looked and felt human. He was impeccably if unassumingly dressed, in a three piece dove gray suit and a pale blue tie, knotted under a shirt collar pressed to razor edges. Wire-rimmed spectacles perched high over the bridge of his nose, behind which sharp, pale blue eyes regarded John with disapproval. Had John run into him on a street, he would’ve walked by without a second glance.
poi_au  johnreese/haroldfinch  manic_intent  dragons  wordcount:5.000-9.999 
july 2016 by tittakv
It's a Dog's Life by manic_intent
Six months, no yellow cape, and one and a half thankfully harmless gun accidents after, Harold and Nathan had settled into a routine. The Machine would send them a number, and Harold would try his damnedest to resolve it through a computer. Usually, this endeavour would end in failure, because despite the advent of technology, the idiocy of certain members of humanity was so fundamental that not even computers could provide any sort of real solution.

This meant that Nathan often had to intervene. Sometimes they hired help: which had worked out with varying degrees of disaster. Sometimes they tipped off the police. Sometimes Nathan and Harold ventured out, bickering all the time, and the success rate of this latter tactic was usually at around 24%. It also usually served to further erode Harold’s already falling opinion of humanity.
poi_au  johnreese/haroldfinch  manic_intent  nathaningram  wordcount:5.000-9.999 
july 2016 by tittakv
The Gemini Affair - manic_intent - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
In the first month of being co-opted into working with Illya Kuryakin full time at U.N.C.L.E., Napoleon stole Illya’s father’s watch four times, twice out of spite, once out of drunken curiosity, and once out of sheer boredom. After the fourth time, Gaby sprained one of Napoleon’s fingers and threatened to do worse if he did it again.

“You are not a spy,” she told him firmly, dangling the watch out of reach as Napoleon curled in a wincing, fetal position on his Le Corbusier couch in his upstate apartment. “You are a thief with the self-control of a child. Now give me back my ring.”

“What ring?” Napoleon asked innocently, even through the pain.

“How fond are you of your nose?” Gaby shot back blandly.
ManfromUNCLE  Napoleon/Illya  first.time  manic_intent  post-canon  undercover  pretending 
april 2016 by southerly
Code of Ethics - manic_intent - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [Archive of Our Own]
Off the Record:
Clark had no idea why he had been sent to cover the fundraiser. After all, events like these were usually private affairs, where fortunes were pooled together to be gambled on politics, with the press informed later through leaks, if at all. The Daily Planet hadn’t been the only newspaper invited along: Clark recognised Julie from the New York Times, and Dean from CNN, among others, and they all seemed equally bewildered. Wayne Enterprises, usually notoriously neutral in national politics, was forming a SuperPAC.

For the Record:
After Ground Zero in Metropolis, Bruce read a lot of science fiction. He’d never particularly bothered with the genre before: even after retiring as the Batman, it wasn’t as though Bruce had very many hours in the day to devote to stories about imaginary alien civilisations and spaceship battles and evil robots. Life was strange enough, or so he had thought. Then life itself had turned into science fiction, and standing outside the blast zone, comforting a child, Bruce had felt small for the second time in his lifetime, small and powerless and utterly helpless.
DC  DCEU  SvB  Bruce/Clark  first.time  manic_intent  pre-canon  hatesex 
march 2016 by southerly
Petrichor - manic_intent - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
“Shouldn’t you be taking it easy?”

Finn lowered his vibroblade, turning on his heel, and he grinned as Poe ambled over in his measured flyboy swagger. Damn but Finn sometimes wished that he could walk like that, like he could take any punches that the ‘verse wanted to throw and still come up tops. Finn had tried practicing once, in the room that the Resistance had given him after he’d woken up in the med-bay, but he had only managed to awkwardly trip over his own feet and had bruised his hip against his desk.
StarWars  EpisodeVII  Finn/Poe  first.time  manic_intent  post-canon  Luke/Han  favorite  ★★★★ 
january 2016 by southerly
The Tartarus Affair - manic_intent - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
Napoleon refuses the CIA deal and ends up in prison, as the infamous Russian's cellmate. Super good story building with the developing relationship as a sort of side-plot.
Illya raised an eyebrow, then straightened up sharply, nearly hitting his head against the top bunk, when Napoleon pulled out a small, battered chess box. It was a tiny set, not even as wide as Napoleon’s hands were long, and it was scratched alarmingly at the flanks, but when Napoleon tossed it over, Illya rubbed his fingers reverently over the black and white lacquer top before he remembered himself.

Switching to Russian, Illya drawled, “Stealing from the rec room? Also not clever.”

“Didn’t seem like anyone was using it.”

Illya opened the box. Almost all of the pieces were still there. They set the board up to their last move, using a couple of cigarette filters to stand in for the two pawns that were missing. Noting that Napoleon was bent awkwardly against the top bunk, Illya said carefully, “Sit down.”

Napoleon sat, if on the edge of Illya’s bunk, and grinned at Illya, clearly pleased with himself. And the little jackal should be pleased. He had seen a glimpse of Illya’s levers and had quite quickly done his best. The jackal, skulking carefully at the heels of a wolf, trying to seem useful enough to avoid its jaws.
MUNCLE  illya/napoleon  prison!fic  au  modern!au  ***  manic_intent 
october 2015 by greedy_dancer
Tiger, Tiger - manic_intent - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
Napoleon was about to launch into his carefully scripted spiel of punctuated disdain when he hesitated, hands still cupped over the delicate little Soviet-made devices that he had found in his room. There was a faint but unmistakable sensation crawling under his skin, a prickling, restless buzz, like getting light-headed off good champagne, and Napoleon narrowed his eyes, script forgotten, studying an increasingly irritated-looking Illya with a new light.

Illya, on the other hand, had folded his arms. His bowtie looked ridiculous with his suit, highlighting the far too long expanse between his shirt collar and belly, and he was starting to scowl. “What?” he demanded again, a flat curl of annoyance making his tone harsh, and Napoleon nearly flinched instinctively back before all the enforced training kicked in.
ManfromUNCLE  Napoleon/Illya  first.time  manic_intent  au  au:mirror  omegaverse  heat 
october 2015 by southerly
The Laundromat Affair - manic_intent - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
New York was having a swelteringly hot and humid summer. Napoleon had tried to beg leave from Waverly to escape northwards, maybe as far as Canada, but it had been vetoed - apparently, a mission was imminent.

Bored, Napoleon spent his days driving around aimlessly in the morning in his Bentley and sleeping off the rest of the day in his air-conditioned penthouse, and so had been cruising down Brighton Beach, wondering whether he had the energy to park somewhere and walk down the shorefront, when he saw a familiar, tall blonde figure duck into a shop. Surprised, Napoleon slowed down. It was Illya: that height and cap were unmistakable.
ManfromUNCLE  Napoleon/Illya  first.time  manic_intent  post-canon 
october 2015 by southerly
From Geneva With Love - manic_intent - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
Illya had very reluctantly agreed to ‘take a break’ with Napoleon after a year spent working for U.N.C.L.E., and was now regretting it. Granted, given how secretive Napoleon had been about it all, Illya had become increasingly convinced as they stole away from New York that their ‘little holiday’ was going to perhaps involve felonies, deviant sexual behaviour and perhaps an international inci
ManfromUNCLE  Napoleon/Illya  established  manic_intent  post-canon 
october 2015 by southerly
The Tartarus Affair - manic_intent - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
Other than Napoleon and the CIA watchdog assigned to him, the prison bus was empty. It was once a schoolbus, but had since been rudely repurposed, painted a dark charcoal gray with the words Virginia Department of Corrections printed in neat white paint under the murky windows. Outside, flat, baked farmland went past, acres of it, dotted sparsely with trees. There was no air conditioning in the bus, and the windows were open only in varying slivers; Napoleon felt like he was baking, himself, in clothes that were three days old. His shirt stuck to his back, and his jeans felt uncomfortably stiff on his legs.

Napoleon watched the trees go past in a daze. His hands were cuffed to the chrome ring attached to the seat in front of him, and his legs were hobbled. It was hard to believe that only four days ago he had wandered through MoMa with a gorgeous leggy blonde on his arm, then wined and dined her at a nice French bistro. Strange how quickly the worm turned, just on the back of a single mistake.

“Right side,” the watchdog said. “Get your first look at your new home for the next decade and a half, kid.”
ManfromUNCLE  Napoleon/Illya  first.time  manic_intent  au  au:mirror  modern  prison 
september 2015 by southerly
The Trojan Affair - manic_intent - The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
Ten minutes to go to ground zero and Artyom was still desperately trying to escape. “I have never attended little girl’s birthday party,” he pointed out repeatedly, and actually pouted, big blue eyes wide and pleading.

“Always a first time,” Napoleon said mercilessly, pulling on a charcoal Tom Ford blazer over his loose gray knit. “Mrs Siegfried invited us weeks ago, Artyom, don’t be a baby. You’ve had quite a while to gird your loins. We’re going to a party, not some sort of trench warfare. Smile.”

Artyom scowled, which was admittedly normally an adorable look even for a tall, blonde Russian giant of a man. “I do not like Mrs Siegfried,” Artyom declared, clearly intent on being as recalcitrant as possible.
ManfromUNCLE  Napoleon/Illya  established  manic_intent  au  au:mirror  modern  undercover  lit/film.remix  break.up-make.up 
september 2015 by southerly
The Gemini Affair | manic_intent
"In the first month of being co-opted into working with Illya Kuryakin full time at U.N.C.L.E., Napoleon stole Illya’s father’s watch four times, twice out of spite, once out of drunken curiosity, and once out of sheer boredom. After the fourth time, Gaby sprained one of Napoleon’s fingers and threatened to do worse if he did it again."
via:blueMeridian  man.from.uncle  napoleon/illya  case.fic  manic_intent 
september 2015 by marcicat
First Impressions
Huzzah for Rivers of London fic that's based on books 1-3 canon and is a lovely and caseficcy peter/nightingale

You could say that I first got a Clue that my governor maybe, kind of, had a sort of Thing for me when Molly started methodically oversalting all my food and drink. Including the hot cocoas.
riversoflondon  peter/nightingale  length:long.50k-100k  manic_intent  from twitter
may 2015 by isweedan
Kingmaker by manic_intent
“Eggsy, I really don’t think-“ Merlin began, and stopped, because at that very moment, Eggsy walked right into a lamp post.

Across the street, at a sidewalk corner cafe, reading a paper, sandwich part-eaten on a plate, sleek, long legs crossed neatly under the table, was Harry Hart.
kingsman  harryhart/eggsyunwin  fanfic  slash  nc-17  40.000-50.000  manic_intent 
may 2015 by autolat
Ace of Spades - manic_intent - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
“This is your next target,” Merlin said into Harry’s earpiece, as Harry leaned forward to look at his laptop screen.

It blacked out, for a moment, then a clip out of some interview began to play. The video was in black and white, crisply and tightly shot, its subject a young man shown seated from the waist up, against a pale gray background, grinning at the camera. He was probably in his mid twenties, dressed down in a black leather jacket over a pale t-shirt, loose over denim jeans, his hair long enough to feather slightly over his forehead, a hint of stubble over his chin. He was also, quite possibly, the most beautiful young man Harry had ever seen, and disturbingly… familiar, somehow.

As the young man laughed noiselessly at the camera, elegant serif type faded over the lower third of the screen: Gary Unwin, by Vanity Fair. Harry blinked, and studied the young man’s pretty face more closely, the crinkling around his eyes, the joyous curl to his mouth, the way he sat, relaxed yet alert, like a hunting hound, waiting to come to heel.
Kingsman  Harry/Eggsy  first.time  manic_intent  au  au:mirror  favorite  ★★★★★ 
april 2015 by southerly
Kingmaker - manic_intent - Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
“Eggsy, I really don’t think-“ Merlin began, and stopped, because at that very moment, Eggsy walked right into a lamp post.

Across the street, at a sidewalk corner cafe, reading a paper, sandwich part-eaten on a plate, sleek, long legs crossed neatly under the table, was Harry Hart.
Kingsman  Harry/Eggsy  first.time  manic_intent  post-canon  amnesia  favorite  ★★★★ 
march 2015 by southerly
With Compliments
This is actually a quite delightful chef!bilbo resturant critic!thorin fic

“Would you stop staring,” Bilbo hissed, for the fifth time since service had started. “He’s not about to grow horns.”

Bofur looked guiltily away from the door, and scuttled back over to the tail end of appetiser prep. “Just checkin’ if he liked the amuse-bouche.”

“Well,” Bilbo scowled, “We have an entire restaurant to feed, not just Mister Durin, and Lobelia’s in a fine mood tonight, so if I don’t keep you at prep, she’ll light your tail with the blowtorch, I don’t wonder.”
length:short.1k-5k  manic_intent  hobbit  bilbo/thorin  from twitter
january 2015 by isweedan

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