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Inception Anonymous Kink Meme - Prompt Post No. 11
Pre-movie. Cobb hires Eames for a job. Arthur and Eames know each other for years but they're acting like they meet for the first time, because it's something they almost always do (bonus points for Mal suspecting something).

But then the job went really really wrong, they are in a real deep shit, and Cobb is blaming Eames, pointing a gun at him.

And there's Arthur with his Glock pointed at Cobb's head, asking him to put the gun down right the fuck now.

And? // fabulous long plotty kink meme fill from 2011 featuring Cobb and Arthur on a job meeting with a very sketchy Eames, or so Cobb thinks. The dynamics between all three of them here are fabulous, and Arthur's characterization and Cobb's POV are especially deft and considered. Competent, sympathetic, wryly humorous yet obviously still desperate Cobb is a rare treat. I'm so pleased I stumbled across this tucked-away gem.
inception  recs  recs:fanfic  inception:thisthisthis!  recs:thisthisthisthis  inception:backstory  arthur-and-eames-steal-things-(like-each-other's-hearts)  arthur's-life-is-so-hard 
yesterday
Allothi - Inception (2010) - Night [Archive of Our Own]
arthur and eames at the end of the world—maybe. what a lovely dreamlike mindfuck
inception  inception:mindfuckery  recs  recs:fanfic 
2 days ago
nekare: Impasse [Inception, Arthur/Eames, R]
“It seems like you’ve won,” Eames says as he gets the detonator out, grinning, soaked and breathless, his mouth impossibly red, staring at Arthur like he’s the only bright thing in the darkness.

“Seems like I have,” Arthur says, before pulling Eames close by his lapels and kissing him, aggressive and unkind, but Eames just groans and pulls him closer, kisses back just as hard.

This is bad. This is really bad and stupid and unprofessional, but Eames’ mouth is warm and his hands cold against his skin as they get under Arthur’s shirt. He can’t seem to be able to think at the moment, is reduced to pure sensation and his blood ringing in his ears. Rainwater seeps into their mouths as they move together.

There are gunshots in the distance, and Eames nips at his lips before smiling against them. // quintessential, classic arthur-make-up-your-mind fic. <3 oh i love them, i *love* them
inception  recs  recs:fanfic  inception:thisthisthis!  recs:thisthisthisthis  love~joy~inception  arthur-and-eames-steal-things-(like-each-other's-hearts)  arthur-when-will-you-realize-(vienna-waits-for-you)  eames-is-the-bamfiest-bamf 
2 days ago
wldnst - jonquil in december
do i really not have this bookmarked? inconceivable. Arthur and Eames tell the story of how they met. Eventually, they tell the truth. With bonus Philippa and Cobblets and so many feelings. <3
recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  inception  inception:thisthisthis!  arthur-and-eames-steal-things-(like-each-other's-hearts)  inception:high-school-AU  inception:backstory  inception:canon-AU  mal-can-spin-my-top-whenever-she-wants 
2 days ago
syzygysm - Inception (2010) - la vie est ailleurs [Archive of Our Own]
i don't know how i stumbled across this fic in the dead of night but it just blew my mind. An inception backstory where a 17-year-old Eames is the one Mal and Cobb take under their wing, told from the pov of a Mal who wants too much as always. Mal/Eames, potential Arthur/Eames—the fic is an eternal WIP but ends in a really strong place, and it's so, so, so good. Gah.
inception  recs  recs:fanfic  inception:jailbait  mal-can-spin-my-top-whenever-she-wants  inception:thisthisthis!  angstception  inception:backstory  inception:canon-AU 
3 days ago
Bend It
Arthur's last semester at school gets way more interesting than he bargained for when his gymnastics idol, Eames, moves in just down the street. // DO I REALLY NOT HAVE THIS BOOKMARKED, UNACCEPTABLE!!!!
ilubutterflythread  recs  recs:fanfic  inception  inception:thisthisthis!  love~joy~inception  inception:AU  inception:jailbait  inception:high-school-AU  via:arjds 
5 days ago
pyrimidine - Inception (2010) - Full Nelson [Archive of Our Own]
why don't i have this bookmarked! inception fandom i will never find the bottom of you. Anyway, Eames is a wrestler and Arthur is a journalist! in high school!
inception:high-school-AU  inception:jailbait 
6 days ago
enjambament - Inception (2010) - nobody knew me at home anymore [Archive of Our Own]
i have no idea how i never read this fic before--actually it's because i don't normally read high school AUs and this was close enough that i shied away. but it's enjambament and so i should have known that it would be so much more than that. sprawling and a classic 'decades-of-mutual-longing-and-working-shit-out' fic. Arthur and Eames have known each other all their lives. Until they don't anymore.
inception  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  inception:thisthisthis!  inception:crosslink  inception:AU  inception:canon-AU  inception:backstory  inception:high-school-AU  inception:the-military-always-sucks  angstception  eames-is-the-best-boyfriend-ever  arthur-and-eames-steal-things-(like-each-other's-hearts)  arthur-leads-eames-on-merry-chases 
9 days ago
polytropic_liar | Inception fic: "Memory" [Arthur/Eames]
Eames, whose grip on his totem is fairly painful by this point, simply gapes. Arthur waits for exactly three seconds—of course he does, how utterly typical and somehow wonderful—and then leans over. // This is a gorgeous, smart, utterly fantastic and immersive and canonical and brilliant and yearning-filled amnesia!fic in which Arthur has his memory razed to the ground, and he, Eames, and Ariadne form a mini-family in their attempts to help him recover who he is. Excellent canonical explorations of dream psychology and memory recovery, and excellent character studies of Arthur and Eames. Seriously fucking fantastic. I'm so happy I read this today :D
inception  inception:absolute-best  inception:thisthisthis!  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  eames-is-the-best-boyfriend-ever  arthur's-life-is-so-hard  arthur-leads-eames-on-merry-chases  inception:mindfuckery 
9 days ago
PenPistola - Inception (2010) - Three's Family [Archive of Our Own]
really sweet nicely written fic where eames has a surprise!teenage son.
inception  recs  recs:fanfic  inception:canon-AU 
9 days ago
Praise The Lord (And Pass The Ammunition)
Some nice redditor found a pdf of this fic!!!!!! It exists!!!!! This is my favorite SPN fanfic but when I found it, it existed only in podfic form. But look! a whole PDF of the deleted original! A+++++ thank you, internet gods!
recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  spn  bestficever 
15 days ago
Best SPN fics of all time? What's on the must-read list? : fandomnatural
surprisingly lots of fics here i haven't read! Thanks, Reddit fandom.
recs  recs:lists-by-others  spn 
15 days ago
scribblscrabbl - Inception (2010) - you're the sugar to my high [Archive of Our Own]
adorable French bakery AU! also every time i reread this it just makes me so hungry for croissants :((
inception  inception:AU  recs  inception:thisthisthis! 
18 days ago
scribblscrabbl - Inception (2010) - Saveur [Archive of Our Own]
Chef!AU! This is so great, it reminded me a lot of Jibrailis's chef AU, which partially inspired this one, and that yearning ache combined with mutual joy that I love so much about the other fic is there here as well, along with a heaping helping of miscommunication and Arthur being Arthur and Eames being ~Eames~, and ahhhhhh love.
inception  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  love~joy~inception  inception:AU  arthur-when-will-you-realize-(vienna-waits-for-you) 
9 weeks ago
earlgreytea68 - Inception (2010) - what r u wearing [Archive of Our Own]
this is the third part of a long series that starts as a johnlock crossover, but it functions very well as a standalone, and you should read it if you like unberably hot competent terse arthur being unberably hot and competent and terse, and eames being unbearably charming and people-savvy and in love with arthur, and provoking arthur to unbearably wonderful declarations of love.
inception  recs  recs:fanfic  inception:thisthisthis!  eames-is-the-best-boyfriend-ever  arthur-when-will-you-realize-(vienna-waits-for-you) 
9 weeks ago
lanyon - Inception (2010) - the cold side of the pillow [Archive of Our Own]
I didn't even realize this classic LJ fic was on AO3 til tonight and I just reread it and now I'm full of love for this fandom all over again. Just one of those fics that *is* the movie, full of love for the ensemble, and a last moment that leaves you feeling breathless.
inception  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  inception:thisthisthis!  inception:absolute-best 
9 weeks ago
Matthias SCHOENAERTS - Page - Interview Magazine
I identify with having strong, powerful female influences in my life. Do you think that women are fairly represented in screenplays, film, TV, and theater today? Or do you think there should be better parts for women than just girlfriend and wife or lover? Because I'm bored with that. ... Are you in your blue period or your pink one?...The media is one side of what we do, which I don't understand quite how to fit into because I didn't come here to sell anything. You don't get taught to do that side. // There's no part of Tom Hardy's part of this interview that's not incredible, basically. "I DO LOVE A THEORETICIAN," oh my god. <3
tom-hardy-how-are-you-even-real  inception:meta  recs  recs:thisthisthisthis  sob 
10 weeks ago
igrockspock - Daredevil (TV) - Marci Stahl, Avocado at Law [Archive of Our Own]
Fisk's indictment is good news for everyone -- except the members of his legal team. When no one else will hire Marci, she's forced to take a job at Nelson & Murdock. To make matters worse, she's starting to develop actual feelings for her dorky, no-strings-attached friend with benefits, Foggy Nelson. // This is gr9.
recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  girls-are-awesome 
10 weeks ago
gyzym - Community - Advanced Ambulatory Ichthyology [Archive of Our Own]
when you realize you don't have one of your favorite troy/abed fics saved to pinboard!
community  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis 
april 2015
Valderys - A Little Wine For Thy Heart's Sake, Inception, Arthur/Eames (PG-13)
For a one night stand Eames is astoundingly persistent. How dare a man who Arthur met quite by chance also just happen to work in the exact same niche criminal enterprise? Arthur doesn't believe in coincidence, but the truth may be something even more impossible. // a canonical AU in which Eames is Dionysus. Not even the least bit cracky, this is lush and beautiful and sweet. <3
inception  inception:one-night-stands-(that-are-never-just)  arthur-and-eames-steal-things-(like-each-other's-hearts)  inception:AU  inception:canon-AU  eames-is-the-bamfiest-bamf  eames-is-the-best-boyfriend-ever  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  inception:thisthisthis! 
april 2015
Hey, Brother / There's a Word for This
this is the classic 'one night stand in Kuala Lumpur' kink meme fill thread of my heart, and although i am biased because it was my prompt, that doesn't make the se fills any less amazing. <3
inception  inception:thisthisthis!  recs  recs:thisthisthisthis  love~joy~inception  inception:one-night-stands-(that-are-never-just) 
april 2015
A Better Way to Drown
High School Swim Team AU. Arthur wants to be a faster swimmer. Eames holds pool records at every school in the division, and he's back in town after being away at college.
inception:high-school-AU  via:kai357 
march 2015
Decency & Desire
High school!AU + Underage drinking contest.
inception:jailbait  inception:crosslink 
march 2015
weatherfront - Inception (2010) - It's Automatic [Archive of Our Own]
This is my favorite fic in the fandom but apparently i don't have the AO3 version bookmarked, so I should remedy this post-haste.
inception  inception:crosslink  iluweatherfront  inception:absolute-best 
march 2015
dayari - Inception (2010) - Blue Bird Day [Archive of Our Own]
cute little fic where the ensemble has to do a practice run down a mountainside. Lovely descriptions and tons of A/E chemistry. :D
inception  love~joy~inception  recs  recs:fanfic 
march 2015
feverbeats - Inception (2010) - Here in Spain I am a Spaniard [Archive of Our Own]
this fic was so frustrating for me, i loved it so much but it built up my expectation for one pairing and then IMO abruptly delivered another pairing at the end, in a way that didn't feel organic at all considering how much time the story had spent on exploring the first pairing. It just seemed really sudden and surprising, and despite the ending being presented as a warm and comfortable thing it made me a bit unhappy because I knew how hung up Eames still was on the character for whom she'd spent the whole fic pining. I've been thinking about this fic for days, and I'm still puzzled and frustrated and unhappy about the ending, sob.

But also it was an amazing character study of genderqueer Eames, Eames coming to terms with her identity as a woman and gradually overcoming so much fear and self-doubt with the help of those around her, and it was really, really beautiful and engrossing, and so I want to rec it but with a huge caveat, because it really is a well-written character study, and her dynamic with all of the other Inception team members is wonderful, and, sigh, just don't read it with high hopes for a comforting, glowy OTP resolution, because that's not what it's about.
recs  recs:fanfic  inception  inception:genderqueer  eames-is-the-bamfiest-bamf 
february 2015
Fanfic: Automatic, Inception | FanFiction
Boarding school AU, a little flawed with lots of tense-switching but with a number of nice characterizations and the slowest burn ever between Arthur and Eames.
inception  inception:high-school-AU 
february 2015
Squared Away - TheNinthBow - Inception (2010) [Archive of Our Own]
This is supposedly incomplete but works perfectly as a standalone glimpse of Arthur and Eames and their very first days together in basic training. You'll want to know what happens next, because this author and her A/E dynamic are *amazing*, but keep in mind: you already do. :)
inception  inception:thisthisthis!  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  inception:backstory  inception:the-military-always-sucks  eames-is-the-bamfiest-bamf  except-for-when-arthur-out-bamfs-him  angstception 
february 2015
16 Rue de la Verrerie
"Oh my god be real," said Arthur, "I would never bone you."

"You are literally boning me right now," said Eames.

"A MERE COINCIDENCE," said Arthur.
inception  inception:absolute-best  love~joy~inception  iluweatherfront 
february 2015
ester_inc - Inception (2010) - Living Proof [Archive of Our Own]
this is so good, this is 58,000 words of amazing classic inception canon backstory, and arthur and eames learning who they are and who they are to each other, and so much insightful relationship development, and *titanum bands.* Clawing my face off with happiness. Everybody read this.
inception  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  inception:thisthisthis!  inception:absolute-best  arthur-and-eames-steal-things-(like-each-other's-hearts)  mal-can-spin-my-top-whenever-she-wants  inception:the-military-always-sucks  inception:backstory  inception:mindfuckery  angstception  eames-is-the-best-boyfriend-ever 
february 2015
earlgreytea68 - Inception (2010) - Fixer-Upper [Archive of Our Own]
By the third show, Arthur had the world’s most hopeless crush on Eames. Arthur wanted to invite Eames over and have him redecorate Arthur’s whole entire life, weave himself into the fabric, make everything beautiful and functional. Arthur walked into Eames’s rooms and Arthur never wanted to leave, wanted to be surrounded by Eames forever. And Eames was such a natural on-screen. Arthur was fiercely jealous of it. Eames ignored the scripts from the very beginning, and Arthur let him, flailed in Eames’s wake, reacting and reacting and reacting, making sure the necessary information got into the segments while Eames spun out bon mots that got tweeted endlessly.
inception  inception:thisthisthis!  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  love~joy~inception  arthur's-life-is-so-hard  eames-is-the-bamfiest-bamf  sob  inception:AU 
january 2015
1001cranes - Inception (2010) - disguise fair nature with hard-favoured rage [Archive of Our Own]
angsty as fuck, but wonderful in a twisted, revenge-filled way. In which Arthur becomes a second Cobb, obsessed and haunted and driven by grief, and Eames becomes a second Arthur, tortured and conflicted and dogging his heels until the end.
recs  recs:fanfic  inception  inception:thisthisthis!  angstception  eames-is-the-best-boyfriend-ever 
january 2015
pushdragon - Inception - The Other Point Man [Archive of Our Own]
A standard extraction job in Iran turns into a clusterfuck when the dreamshare equivalent of the Old Spice Man joins the team as the point man. Hilarity, chaos, and chemistry ensue, with Arthur battling his own jealousy and ego and sense of rivalry and self-preservation, and Eames battling his growing frustration with his favorite irascible point man. What a fun time. :D
recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  inception  inception:thisthisthis!  eames-is-the-bamfiest-bamf  except  except-for-when-arthur-out-bamfs-him  arthur's-life-is-so-hard 
january 2015
perceived_nobility - Inception (2010) - Impossible Object [Archive of Our Own]
Sex, it seemed to Arthur, was a race, or maybe a tug-of-war. In either case, the goal was to finish before the other person left: left the room, left the relationship, left the country. If you failed, it was just masturbation, and you could do that perfectly well without involving anyone else. Arthur didn’t sleep with coworkers—because his history was something inextricable from fucking, a tactical disadvantage that could be easily and viciously exploited—and increasingly he didn’t sleep with anyone else, either. He envied Dom and Mal their easy intimacy, envied the dreamers who seemed satisfied by getting off only in dreams. He envied everyone who could have sex without planning the whole thing like a military operation: go-zones and no-go zones, bodies divided up like contested territory. He knew his lovers saw him as a stick-in-the-mud, a control freak whose anal-retentive tendencies extended to the bedroom. Maybe they were right. Maybe it didn’t matter that he did what he did out of a sense of protection, not of preference.

But in dreamshare, protection outweighed preference every time. So Arthur got into the habit of keeping himself covered, of keeping his suits on on the rare occasions he went out, of playing up the PowerBottom Twink-Dom persona that guys fitted him to. It worked, by and large. If sex was a race, he was generally winning. If it was a tug-of-war, he was keeping the tag on the rope his side of center. If it was something else, something that had to do with trust, with intimacy, well. Intimacy was a weapon he rarely holstered and trust a currency slippery and gold.
inception  inception:thisthisthis!  recs  recs:fanfic  recs:thisthisthisthis  inception:absolute-best  inception:genderqueer  inception:the-military-always-sucks  arthur-leads-eames-on-merry-chases  eames-is-the-best-boyfriend-ever  arthur-when-will-you-realize-(vienna-waits-for-you) 
january 2015
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