spatz + arthur/eames   57

rageprufrock: Presque Vu
Or, "on the tip of the tongue." Arthur meets Mal first. He inherits Dom, after. Everything else is on him.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  precanon  postcanon  <75K  +2010-09 
january 2019 by spatz
starlingthefool: Skin Deep
A story that starts with a spiral, ends with a fire, and is stained with ink and blood in the middle.

(In other words, a tattoo shop AU that totally took on a mind of its own.)
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  normallife  smut  <20K  +2015-07 
january 2019 by spatz
tequiladeas: The Fabulist
Sometimes Eames tells himself lies like he’s setting himself a dare, like how he tells himself he’s in love with Arthur, how he’s desperate to have Arthur love him back. That’s a good one.

A fantastic character study, but *ouch*.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  ust  angst  pining  <5K  +2016-06 
january 2019 by spatz
sofia_gigante: Under the Skin
When Arthur gets curious about something, he gets downright obsessed…especially if that something has to do with sex, dream-share, and Eames.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  smut  genderqueer  dreams&nightmares  <10K  +2015-10 
january 2019 by spatz
VIII_XIII: Seaweed Song
Eames moves to a tropical island and decides to retire. Arthur is afraid of the ocean.

A very peaceful sort of romance.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  smut  postcanon  <25K  +2015-10 
january 2019 by spatz
witling: Release Mechanism
“The theory,” Eames says, “is that you can use the PASIV to get into a man’s mind, just like in a dream. But a regular kick doesn’t work, because a coma’s so much deeper than ordinary sleep. You need a bigger kick. A bigger shock to the system.”

“Yeah,” Arthur says. “You let me know when you figure out what’s a bigger shock than getting shot in the head.”

“Believe me,” says Eames. “You’ll be the first to know.”
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  ust  dreams&nightmares  <15K  +2015-07 
january 2019 by spatz
ifeelbetter: Two Steps Towards Make Believe
Sleep has never come easily to Arthur. That's why he's so surprised that it comes easily when he's got his head on Eames's shoulder.

Funny and gentle.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  humor  <5K  +2010-08 
july 2018 by spatz
windsweptfic: Skybird
Arthur and Eames adopt a kid and raise that kid into Neal Caffrey.
fic  crossover  inception  whitecollar  slash  arthur/eames  kidfic  au  homeless  <35K  +2010-09 
july 2018 by spatz
earlgreytea68: The One Where They're Stars on HGTV
Have you ever seen "Love It or List It"? In which Arthur is the real estate agent and Eames is the designer.

As reliable and cozy as a reality show with excellent banter, this is a personal favorite comfort-read. The 9K origin story is a cute stand-alone AU with pining and serves as a good litmus test to decide if you want to dive into the 280K sequel, wherein Arthur & Eames do a run as celebrity judges on a design show and shenanigans ensue.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  normallife  humor  *comfortread  >100K  +2015-08  *summerreading 
september 2017 by spatz
enjambament: In Our Line of Work
Arthur wakes up and realizes the last ten years of his life have been a dream. He is nineteen, and he can barely remember where he is. What he can remember is the ghost of Eames’ hands pressed down on his chest trying frantically to stop the blood flooding up around his fingers as Arthur died (as he woke up).
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  dreams&nightmares  pining  action/adventure  presumeddead  *favorite  <20K  +2010-11 
september 2017 by spatz
isagel: On Your Every Body (Though Your Skin Will Come Unmarked)
"Correct me if I'm wrong, Mr. Eames, but I seem to recall the plan calling for you to distract the mark with your feminine wiles, not your team mates."

This one is the porn, the sequel is the love story, and both are so. fucking. good.
fic  inception  het  slash  arthur/eames  smut  genderqueer  dreams&nightmares  <20K  +2010-09 
september 2017 by spatz
gyzym: I've Got Nothing To Do Today But Smile
Arthur's a corporate lawyer, Eames owns the coffee shop across the street, and all good love stories start with a quadruple shot latte.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  bakeries&baristas  angst  h/c  *comfortread  <20K  +2010-11 
september 2017 by spatz
gunsandbutter: and the doors are open
“Yusuf,” she says, dangerously, “did you give my point man a love potion?”
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  sexpollen  <15K  +2012-07 
september 2017 by spatz
rageprufrock: Early Returns
Thinking that a reporter genuinely likes you is pretty much on par with feeling like you really are special to that stripper.

The one where Arthur is a copy-editor and Eames is an investigative reporter, and they had a one-night stand right before Eames joined the paper. Lots of hilarious news shenanigans masking Arthur's many feels.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  fakemedia  humor  pining  <20K  +2011-11 
september 2017 by spatz
whiskyrunner: Rough Trade
Arthur is an investment banker. He is professional and efficient. He's a halfway decent cook. He's totally independent and has been since the age of eighteen. Maybe he's tired all the time because he works about ninety hours a week which is twice what normal people do, but he's rich and he's competent at his job. He's almost thirty, and already a success.

And there are some things Arthur is not. For instance: Arthur is not gay.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  normallife  angst  dubcon  h/c  smut  <25K  +2015-07 
september 2017 by spatz
avocadolove: The Boy Who Spoke With Ghosts
No one suspects Arthur. He's too practical, too organized, too sensible to believe in the supernatural.

Based on the kink meme prompt: Arthur's real name is Cole Sear.
fic  crossover  inception  sixthsense  slash  arthur/eames  action/adventure  dreams&nightmares  afterlife  <25K  +2015-06 
september 2017 by spatz
green_postit: nothing we could judge
In which Eames and Sherlock were roommates at university. Viciously insightful.
fic  crossover  inception  sherlock  sherlockholmes  slash  arthur/eames  holmes/watson  college  <15K  +2010-09 
may 2017 by spatz
jibrailis: Antimony
Dreamshare goes legal, Arthur goes corporate, Eames goes and (against his better judgement) falls in love.

Lyrical, and a really fantastic use of backstory for both of them.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  smut  postcanon  ptsd&trauma  trustissues  dreams&nightmares  <75K  +2015-07 
november 2016 by spatz
toomuchplor: The Sweetest Downfall
Eames had long since thought of Arthur’s hair as permanently gelled into obedience. He’d had no earthly idea how – how wanton it could be, curving and wet at the tips and softening Arthur’s whole face, taking easily ten years off Arthur’s usually ambiguously adult appearance.

I remember I avoided this story for a while when it was first posted, thinking from the summary that it was going to be one of those fics that reduced the pairing to oversimplified fanon kinks -- but really, it does the opposite of that in the end. Excellent and hot.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  smut  <10K  +2012-07 
november 2015 by spatz
dipenates: You Let Your Ladder Down For Those Who Really Shine
In which Arthur used to be Neil McCormick. You don't actually need to know Mysterious Skin to read this - it's a backstory written mostly in negative space, by way of the things Arthur doesn't talk about or do as he and Eames slowly negotiate a relationship. Delicately rendered and lovely.
fic  crossover  inception  mysteriousskin  slash  arthur/eames  noncon  trustissues  prostitution  <5K  +2015-06 
november 2015 by spatz
sparkledark: Late Night Phone Call
Eames is a difficult caller right from the start, from that very first night.

"I can't sleep," he growls at Arthur, sounding angry and vaguely accusatory and like he's just inhaled three packs of Marlboro Reds.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  normallife  *comfortread  <15K  +2012-04  phone&radio 
november 2015 by spatz
the_ragnarok: Allowed
Eames stares at the numbers. "It does smell good. And it seems so popular. There must be something to it. I keep thinking, maybe this time." He sighs with much more melodrama than is warranted.

The one with ace!Eames. Really lovely. (also *glee* I had only read this on the kinkmeme before but apparently there's a 33K sequel!!! The side benefits of finally bookmarking old fic, I guess)(ETA: the sequel is good right up until the end, which is emotionally satisfying but otherwise a hot mess)
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  smut  <10K  +2011-01 
november 2015 by spatz
indysaur: Lives I've Pursued
Arthur could live like this, or this.

A bit meandering but lovely, with a striking Arthur voice.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  postcanon  <10K  +2010-11 
august 2015 by spatz
gyzym: Wherever You Will Be (That's Where I'll Call Home)
AKA the DomesticVerse, where Arthur and Eames build a relationship and a home together in their inimitable way, featuring two of the best meet-the-family scenarios I've had the pleasure to read.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  h/c  *comfortread  <75K  +2010-09  *summerreading 
july 2015 by spatz
apiphile: Everything You Never Wanted To Know About Lying
The one where Eames's projections are dinosaurs and pirates and robots, and they really don't like him. Strange but intriguing character study, with just a hint of Arthur/Eames.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  dreams&nightmares  <15K  +2010-09 
july 2015 by spatz
syllic: A Fool From Any Direction (1/2)
The one where Eames is a knight and Arthur is a stable boy. Fantastic, subtle pining, and I love the way the author eventually worked dreamsharing into the setting. (AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/110724)
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  historical  pining  <25K  +2010-09 
july 2015 by spatz
syllic: je ne veux pas travailler (1/2)
Arthur figures if Eames just finally gets what he wants--Arthur's undivided attention--he'll get bored and go away. He's proven spectacularly wrong. (AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/110721)
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  smut  angst  <20K  +2010-08 
july 2015 by spatz
anonymous: (dis)arm me, darling
The very first time Eames meets Arthur, he thinks to himself, oh, you're going to break my heart, aren't you, darling?

Gorgeous, subtle Eames characterization, a forgery-centric extraction, and a hopeful ending.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  pining  capers&cons  +2010-09  <5K 
june 2015 by spatz
the_ragnarok: Drawing for Dragons
In which Eames is the prettiest princess, Arthur charges into battle woefully underdressed, and the dragons have it all figured out.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  fairytale  crossdressing  genderqueer  smut  +2012-07  <10K 
june 2015 by spatz
pennyplainknits: A gentleman by his books
Of course, he was a forger. A con man among con men. There was no guarantee that Eames was telling the truth. But, thinking of the way he'd looked fondly at the books and gently handled them, Arthur thought somehow, that he was.

Long, warm, slow-burn story about Arthur, Eames, and books, featuring Eames being hella smart and Arthur being a trifle slow when it comes to emotions.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  precanon  postcanon  fivethings  +2010-10  <10K  brokenlink 
june 2015 by spatz
joosetta: Renovations
In which Eames builds a nest and (accidentally) lures Arthur into it. Deeply cute domesticity fic, in that mutually-annoyed way that I love about this pairing.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  h/c  +2010-10  <15K 
june 2015 by spatz
airgiodslv: Know Thy Self, Know Thy Enemy
Eames doesn’t particularly like Arthur, but his first instinct is not to sell Arthur to the highest bidder and collect his thirty silver coins.

Quietly creepy, and I adore the complicated Arthur-Eames dynamic in this. (AO3+sequel: http://archiveofourown.org/series/8025)
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  espionage  +2010-10  +2010-12  <5K 
june 2015 by spatz
starlingthefool: Lions and Tigers
"What were you like as a kid?" Eames asks him.
“Quiet,” Arthur says. “I lived in my head a lot. You?”
“I did too,” Eames replies. “Only I was never quiet about it.”

In which Eames is who Calvin grew up to be, Hobbes is still running around in his subconscious, and Arthur attempts to have a not-relationship with Eames. This story works implausibly well, and is lovely, sweet, and funny to boot.
AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/works/146459
sequel: http://ae-match.livejournal.com/133332.html
fic  crossover  fusion  inception  calvin&hobbes  slash  arthur/eames  *comfortread  +2010-01  <10K 
june 2015 by spatz
airgiodslv: Amazing Grace (1/2)
“Cobb’s in a coma,” Arthur says. It’s the first time he’s said it out loud; the words feel strange in his mouth. “He’s fallen into limbo. Mal and I can’t wake him up.”

The best of the 'Cobb was dreaming the whole movie' stories, in which Arthur assembles a team to go rescue him. Accompanied by a few commentfic in the same 'verse:
Bhutan - http://airgiodslv.livejournal.com/545451.html?thread=10926251#t10926251
Five years later - http://airgiodslv.livejournal.com/547475.html?thread=10978707#t10978707
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  capers&cons  commentfic  +2010-09  +2011-01  <20K 
june 2015 by spatz
rageprufrock: Reread
Arthur just sighs. "Is this about how I thought you were a hooker the first time we met?"

Eames has never worked this hard and failed so completely at achieving sex with someone he's already sleeping with, but of course this sort of shit is to be expected when one is in a relationship with Arthur.

(In which Eames attempts hooker roleplay with Arthur as an anniversary present, and things go hilariously awry. And then very well.) (AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/252156)
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  smut  kink  humor  +2011-01  <5K 
june 2015 by spatz
amazingly-men: The Wrath of The Whatever From High Atop The Thing
Cobb is the presidential candidate, Ariadne is his running mate, Yusuf is campaign manager, and Eames is the campaign photographer who spends way too much time taking picture of Cobb's speechwriter, Arthur. Bantery and sweet.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  pining  au  normallife  humor  <10K  +2010-10 
june 2015 by spatz
witling: Our Man in Africa
In which Arthur and Eames used to fuck, and then Arthur calls Eames for a job - only there's something he's not telling Eames. (or as the author's note puts it: Arthur is noble but in over his head! Eames is shiftless but faithful where it counts! They are both allergic to emotions! Arthur plays down physical injury! Eames is louche! There is a plucky female secondary character!)

Excellent and tense casefile, as well as a gorgeously unsentimental love story. *Very* them.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  capers&cons  pining  h/c  <20K  +2014-09 
june 2015 by spatz
gunsandbutter: a contraption, armed to the teeth
What no one knows is that, the first time they met, Eames was saving Arthur’s life. (AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/187287)
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  captive  torture  firstmeetings  +2010-10  <10K 
june 2015 by spatz
suchdisguise: Caught And Sang In Flight
Arthur and Eames start a game where Arthur doesn't know the character Eames expects him to play and Eames doesn't know who sets the rules.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  undercover  humor  +2012-01  <5K 
june 2015 by spatz
cobweb_diamond: You'll Be So Pristine
Arthur gets a tattoo on the inside of his wrist, then does his best to keep it a secret.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  kink  +2010-09  <5K 
june 2015 by spatz
cobweb_diamond: Weltschmerz
‘I’ve tried it,’ Arthur admits. Of course he has. When he was younger, he’d played around with making the obvious changes, but he'd never managed to get it to stick. He'll never have the real-life experience necessary to successfully replicate what it’s like to have been born with a Y chromosome. ‘Just little things, but they didn’t come across... right.’

‘Everyone tries. But you have to be able to fool yourself into believing what you’re trying to be is real. I guess my capacity for self-delusion is my strength.’ She blows a cloud of smoke out into the night. ‘You must have a very solid sense of self-image, Arthur.’
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  trans  capers&cons  +2010-10  <15K 
june 2015 by spatz
cobweb_diamond: Dispatches from a life on the run
Eames can't understand why Cobb decided to partner up with someone so dull he apparently goes over CCTV footage in his off-hours. Eames and Arthur's first job together.
fic  inception  preslash  arthur/eames  action/adventure  capers&cons  firstmeetings  precanon  +2010-09  <5K 
june 2015 by spatz
thehoyden: Incipit
Arthur has been his editor from the beginning. Eames says he won't work with anyone else, and what Arthur will never tell him is that he would cut anyone who tried.

Man, I'd forgotten how much beautifully rendered pining there was in this. So lovely. <3
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  normallife  pining  *comfortread  +2010-09  <10K 
june 2015 by spatz
thehoyden: Waiting On
"French toast, pancakes, steak and eggs -- I could make you anything in the world, pet, but no. Egg-white omelette, morning after morning. It shows a distinct lack of imagination."
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  au  normallife  <5K  +2010-09  *comfortread 
june 2015 by spatz
helenish: Pants on Fire
"Ah," Yusuf says, lifting a reproving hand, "are we calling less than 24 hours of memory loss amnesia now?"
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  amnesia  smut  pining  +2011-04  <20K 
june 2015 by spatz
thehoyden: Jamais Vu
In which Arthur and Eames test one of Yusuf's experiments, and things don't go smoothly (but end well). Adorable and funny.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  truthserum  smut 
february 2013 by spatz
cobweb_diamond: blowing kisses (1/2)
Every time Eames leaves after a job, he blows Arthur a kiss. One day, Arthur catches one. (AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/147850)
fic  inception  arthur/eames  slash  humor 
july 2012 by spatz
mirabella: Towards Zero
Arthur meets Eames' projection long before meeting Eames in reality. Riveting concept and characterization.
fic  inception  slash  arthur/eames  smut  pining  precanon  <20K 
august 2011 by spatz
smallacts: The Democracy of Sleep
In which Arthur loves Dom and Mal, despite knowing he will never be a half of their whole. Also in which Eames exhibits admirable patience while waiting for Arthur to realize he has options other than spending his whole life loving two people who can never love him back. (AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/works/181568)
fic  inception  slash  het  arthur/eames  cobb/mal  ust  brokenlink  <10K 
august 2011 by spatz
tequilideas: tu es la belle et moi la bête
When Cobb said, “Have you ever forged an animal before?” the correct answer was ‘no, why in God’s name would I?’ but Eames, of course, said, “Once or twice,” and the grudgingly impressed look Arthur gave him was worth it at the time.
|| AHAHAHA. In which forging a dog leaves Eames acting like one. Hilariously cracky but somehow works. (IDEK how, possibly magic)
fic  inception  slash  humor  crack  arthur/eames  transformation  <10K 
august 2011 by spatz

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