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orange_crushed: Fearson's floating cigarette
"That son of a bitch," Dean says. He strangles the handful of french fries he’s been holding, and one by one their warm, helpless, potato-y insides crumble over the tops of his fingers. He feels a brief burst of irrational, almost homicidal rage. "That floppy bow-tie wearing son of a bitch.” Dean is gonna kill Jimmy Wonderman. He’s gonna shove a never-ending string of scarves down his throat. He’s gonna make him eat balloon animals until he floats off into space.

So the summary for this stage magicians AU is misleading as hell - the antagonism lasts for about 20 seconds against Dean's hearteyes, and it's mostly a really tender, fluffy romance.
fic  supernatural  slash  dean/castiel  au  normallife  <15K  +2018-08 
28 days ago by spatz
bendingsignpost: Get a Whiff of This
When no good deed goes unpunished, Dean ends up sentenced to community service for physically defending another Omega at his job. That is, at his former job. It's all a steaming pile of shit, and that's exactly what he has to clean up at the joint animal shelter and clinic he's been assigned to.

With a face full of allergies and a horrific mood, all Dean has to do is get through six weeks of this sinus-assaulting torture. That's not so easy with a smartass Alpha receptionist, but at least the weird Beta vet might just end up being kinda cool.
fic  supernatural  slash  dean/castiel  au  normallife  a/b/o  pining  trustissues  soulmates&bonding  smut  <30K  +2018-05 
4 weeks ago by spatz
lafiametta: The Crux
Another night at Citadel Rock Climbing and Furiosa's just about had it. She's had it with her pervy boss and her weirdo co-workers. She's had it with the depressing realization that, because of the accident, she may never climb again. And then a stranger shows up... and the night becomes a little more interesting.

Incomplete, but the first chapter works as a standalone (as I think it was originally intended to be a oneshot).
fic  madmax  genish  het  max/furiosa  au  normallife  <15K  +2015-07 
6 weeks ago 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 
7 weeks ago by spatz
selenay: Dreams and Circus Crowds
Phil Coulson never joined SHIELD. Clint Barton never left the circus.

They're destined to meet anyway.
fic  avengers  marvel  slash  clint/coulson  au  normallife  dreams&nightmares  <30K  +2013-07 
july 2018 by spatz
the_wordbutler: Motion Practice
When Clint Barton takes a job prosecuting traffic offenses and DUIs at the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, he's pretty sure his life is finally going in the right direction. But the problem isn't the direction: it's where he ends up.

REALLY long and sprawling lawyer AU - I care more about certain storylines (Clint/Coulson, Wade/Nate, the YA kids) than others, but ymmv.
fic  avengers  deadpool  youngavengers  marvel  slash  clint/coulson  wade/nate  bruce/tony  fostercare  au  normallife  kidfic  pining  angst  marriage  casefile  >100K  +2013-03 
july 2018 by spatz
selenay: I Was Dreaming While I Drove
Phil Coulson's new mechanic is amazing: he knows cars, he looks great in coveralls, and he doesn't question Phil's odd cover stories.

Phil just can't work out whether Clint Barton is really flirting with him or not.
fic  avengers  marvel  slash  clint/coulson  au  normallife  humor  <15K  +2013-04 
july 2018 by spatz
fahye: between the motion and the act
"They don't want it to be real," Laurent says. He touches lightly, with his fingertips, where he's written LOVE WINS. "They want us to sell them a fantasy, and they want just enough reality that they can pretend it might happen to them, one day."

This started life as a series of ficlets on Tumblr, now sewn together to form a full story. Although it is a Bachelor AU, it owes most of its backbone to the show Unreal.
fic  captiveprince  slash  damen/laurent  au  normallife  fakemedia  <20K  +2017-04  *summerreading 
may 2018 by spatz
pm_lo: For Science!
Selected transcripts and supporting materials from Dr. Castiel Williams and Dean Winchester’s seminal study on physiological and psychological sexual response by gender designation.
fic  supernatural  slash  dean/castiel  au  normallife  a/b/o  epistolary  fakemedia  smut  humor  <25K  +2014-11 
february 2018 by spatz
underwater_owl: Blood, Coffee, & Motor Oil
A coffee shop AU. Except more complicated. A small town setting, Furiosa is the local mechanic, too much a black sheep in town to be having the easiest time of it. Max is working the local coffee shop, for something to do and a soft place to land while he recovers from raging PTSD incurred during his police work, and Citadel, Australia, is about as small and sleepy a place as it's possible to get, right? The Wives are the residents of a rather discretely run home for abused women that Furiosa supers for when she isn't in her shop. The lesbian separatist feminist motorcycle gang is literally just that.

This is a love story, hinged around a missing person, a suspected homicide, a broken carburetor, and a mutual disdain for pretentious coffee.
fic  madmax  het  max/furiosa  au  normallife  bakeries&baristas  smut  ptsd&trauma  trustissues  torture  kink  bondage  bdsm  <100K  *favorite  +2015-05 
january 2018 by spatz
owlship: Around the Corner
In which Max has a pet shop (named The Pet Shop), a dog (named Dog), and a massive crush on single-mother Furiosa.
fic  madmax  het  max/furiosa  au  normallife  kidfic  <25K  +2015-09 
january 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
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
lady_ragnell: As Long As We Have We
Arthur thinks he's going to have to spend Christmas alone--at least until he somehow acquires a whole house full of strays.
fic  merlin  slash  merlin/arthur  au  normallife  holiday  ensemble  friendship  <20K  +2013-10 
june 2016 by spatz
lady_ragnell: But It's a Good Refrain
Arthur doesn't care much about the popular radio program Dragon's Lonely Hearts until his ex-girlfriend calls in to slag him off and get advice. When he calls in and has an on-air argument with the host, it starts off more than he expected, including meddling friends, overinvolved fans, and maybe love.
fic  merlin  slash  merlin/arthur  au  normallife  epistolary  ensemble  friendship  <25K  +2012-03  phone&radio 
june 2016 by spatz
astolat: Let Toretto Be Toretto
It was a joke between him and Letty when Brian first got assigned to the campaign: they’d met the Secret Service team together and it had been all Dom could do not to look over at her as Han said, “Governor, this is Agent Brian O’Conner, he’ll be the head of your personal detail.”

This is an absurd, delightful confection of an AU in which Dom runs for president.
fic  fast&furious  slash  het  threesome  marriage  brian/dom/letty  au  normallife  presumeddead  <10K  +2015-08 
march 2016 by spatz
thebrotherswinchester: you were standing there
Bucky accidentally breaks into the wrong house while drunk. The wrong house happens to belong to Steve Rogers.

Hits right in the sweet spot of 'Bucky thinks he's worthless' and 'Steve is quietly fucked up' for me. Plus, the writing is vivid and atmospheric without being out of character for Bucky.
fic  avengers  marvel  slash  steve/bucky  au  normallife  h/c  *comfortread  <15K  +2014-06  ptsd&trauma  brokenlink 
march 2016 by spatz
gallifreyburning: Follow Every Highway
Jupiter Jones needs a green card. Caine Wise needs a place to live. What's a little marriage of convenience, between strangers?
fic  jupiterascending  het  jupiter/caine  au  normallife  fakerelationship  marriage  <75K  +2015-09 
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
naomik: Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training
Mulan is a Resident Assistant on a dormitory floor at a college. Gosh, some of the students on her floor come from really screwed-up families.
fic  mulan  disney  aladdin  brave  tangled  beauty&thebeast  gen  au  college  normallife  friendship  yuletide  fivethings  <5K  +2014-01 
november 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
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
twentysomething: DILF
In which Derek is a wildlife reserve ranger and uncle/guardian to Scott and Jackson, and Stiles is Scott's kindergarten teacher. Fluff to the power of fluff, and delightfully so.
fic  teenwolf  slash  derek/stiles  au  normallife  kidfic  <35K  +2013-07  *summerreading 
april 2015 by spatz
fire_juggler: Craigslist Missed Connections Not!Fic of Doom
An AU in which Stiles is lonely and addicted to the Missed Connections page on Craigslist, Derek is a hermit with a persistant sister, Scott gives unexpectedly good relationship advice, and it all ends happily-ever-after.
fic  teenwolf  slash  derek/stiles  au  normallife  h/c  <20K  +2012-08 
april 2015 by spatz
brilligspoons & pocky_slash: Daycare 'Verse
A modern AU in which Charles runs a mutant daycare and Erik is his long-suffering engineer boyfriend. Sappy as the day is long, but the highest quality fluff.
fic  x-men  xmfc  marvel  ironman  au  normallife  kidfic  slash  erik/charles  marriage  >100K  +2011-08 
january 2015 by spatz
frea_o: Pink Drinks and Pick-Up Lines
Reeling from being stood up on a blind date, Felicity sort of accidentally hits on the brooding guy on the barstool next to hers and adventures ensue. Grade A pure adorable banter.
fic  arrow  het  oliver/felicity  au  normallife  humor  *comfortread  +2014-06  <10K 
december 2014 by spatz
linaerys: Time yet for a hundred indecisions (1/3)
Marcus is the CEO of Calleva Software. He meets Esca in a bar while he’s at a conference in New York. He thinks it’s going to be a one-night stand, but their lives are far more intertwined than either one of them could have expected. (AO3:
fic  theeagle  slash  marcus/esca  au  normallife  pining  long  +2011-06  smut  <25K 
june 2014 by spatz
daroos: The Coffee Bandits of Greater Manhattan
Clint and Natasha run an unlicensed food truck in New York with the backing of Tony Stark, until a certain unassuming man from the Health Department tracks them down and makes them an offer. Fresh, charming take on the coffeeshop AU, fun extended ensemble cast.
fic  avengers  slash  clint/coulson  het  natasha/bucky  long  bakeries&baristas  au  action/adventure  normallife  marvel  <50K 
december 2013 by spatz
Annie D: A Judicious Application of Free Will
Dean lives the simple life in Lawrence, running the family business at Winchester Hardware. When Castiel moves into the neighborhood, they strike up a friendship that has the chance to become something more. But before that can run its course, the secrets of Castiel’s past catch up with them both, and their whole world changes.

Starts off as a pretty typical living-the-normal-life romance, but just wait for the twist.
fic  supernatural  slash  dean/castiel  au  normallife  long  <75K 
november 2013 by spatz
rageprufrock: Asunder
In which Dean the social worker takes Cas the pediatric surgeon to Sam and Ruby the former drug addicts' wedding. Atmospheric and utterly gorgeous.
fic  supernatural  au  normallife  slash  dean/castiel  het  sam/ruby  marriage  long  pining  *favorite  <25K 
july 2013 by spatz
falling_voices: The Theory of Narrative Causality (1/7)
Sherlock and John are BNFs in Sherlock Holmes fandom. Together, they fight crime. (Always.) And write porn, incidentally.
fic  sherlockholmes  sherlock  au  normallife  slash  holmes/watson  long  epistolary  humor  meta 
march 2013 by spatz
selenay: In the still of the night
Phil Coulson can't dance. Clint Barton needs a partner. Somehow, they're going to make it work. (Dirty Dancing AU, sort of. Definitely adorable.)
fic  avengers  au  normallife  slash  clint/coulson  marvel 
september 2012 by spatz
arsenicjade: A Little Less Doolittle, A Little More Noah's Ark
Mikey and Gerard talk to animals and therefore have a massive number of pets, so when their heat gets shut down, they get a lawyer. Enter Pete, and inappropriate flirting with Mikey. So. Cute.
fic  bandom  mcr  fob  slash  pete/mikey  au  normallife  <20K 
may 2012 by spatz
fanplankton: sound of love notes
Frank and Gerard have offices across the street from each other, and start talking via signs. Adorkable. (AO3:
fic  bandom  au  normallife  slash  frank/gerard  epistolary  <5K 
may 2012 by spatz
icarus: Out Of Bounds
Ice skater AU. John's a rebellious figure skater who after twelve years of competition has one last shot. Rodney's the former World Champion, shattered by defeat (can't you just hear the Olympic theme song?) who can make it happen. Fun AU, and I love the skate choreography.
fic  stargate  sga  long  slash  mckay/sheppard  au  normallife  >100K 
december 2011 by spatz
taffetablue: A Supermarket in California
In which John inherits a supermarket near Berkeley, and Rodney is a physics professor who starts coming into the store. Warm, sweet, nostalgic AU from the early days of the fandom.
fic  stargate  sga  au  normallife  slash  humor  <10K 
july 2011 by spatz
toft: String Theory, A Concerto for Violin in D Minor (1/2)
“John Sheppard had a son? And he plays the violin too? What is he, a masochist?” Lovely, soaring orchestra AU in which Rodney is a famous conductor who recruits John as his soloist. (AO3:
fic  stargate  sga  au  angst  slash  mckay/sheppard  normallife  <15K 
june 2011 by spatz
setissma: The Moon's Significant Tremble
In which Remus and Sirius are muggles and meet on a train and Remus is, in fact, a school teacher and Sirius is, like, an investment banker or something. Lyrical and dreamy and worth multiple reads, even years later. Some of the art has vanished, but a few pieces are still extant in the post.
fic  fanart  hp  au  normallife  slash  remus/sirius  smut  friendship  <10K 
october 2010 by spatz
reni-days: Hand Me Down (1/2)
Brendon is living in San Francisco, barely making ends meet. Spencer and Ryan are living under a bridge. Brendon adopts them. (oh, my hearteyes, let me show you them...)
(post is now locked, also at AO3 here:
fic  bandom  patd  au  normallife  homeless  preslash  brendon/spencer  angst  h/c  gen  pining  *comfortread  brokenlink  <20K 
july 2010 by spatz
raina_at: Eat Drink Love
Cynical waiter Jensen serves serial dater Jared on a string of disastrous first dates. Awwww.
fic  cwrps  rpf  slash  jared/jensen  au  normallife  humor  smut  <10K 
june 2010 by spatz
bexless: Conclusions
Frank's looking for a flatmate, and gets Gerard. Long, well-crafted, and so gorgeously domestic you'll want to curl up in it. | "Smokes," Mikey reads aloud. "Likes dogs in case ever get one. Likes rock music. Likes loud rock music. Is interesting. Does not hog bathroom." He looks at Frank over the top of his glasses. "Dude, it's like you're meant to be."
fic  bandom  mcr  slash  frank/gerard  au  normallife  long  pining  smut  *summerreading  <50K 
april 2010 by spatz
lemon__crush: Progressive Diminishment and the Art of Living
"Gerard Way leads a life of quiet desperation." In which officedrone!Gerard wakes up in an alternate universe, with naked Frank in his bed.
fic  bandom  mcr  au  slash  frank/gerard  angst  normallife  <5K 
april 2010 by spatz
sheafrotherdon: A Farm in Iowa (index post)
Long, lush AU where John owns a farm in Iowa, and Rodney meets him when he gets lost and his car breaks down. Shamelessly romantic, but in the best sense of the word. (AO3:
fic  stargate  sga  mckay/sheppard  long  slash  kidfic  au  normallife  marriage  *summerreading  >100K 
april 2010 by spatz
alittleoddish: Foam (1/2)
Utter (but quality) fluff - a normal-life AU where David is a barista who keeps trying to make Alice smile when she comes in.
fic  alice  het  alice/hatter  au  normallife  bakeries&baristas  *comfortread  <5K 
march 2010 by spatz
rageprufrock: Drastically Redefining Protocol
Modern AU in which Arthur is the modern day Prince of Wales and Merlin is a medical student. (there are also several additional short pieces, linked in sequence, but the only one I love is Five Secrets That Ought to Be Kept)
fic  merlin  au  long  humor  slash  merlin/arthur  crack  normallife  smut  fivethings  fakemedia  <50K 
march 2010 by spatz
yourperiphery: You Move Me
In which Jensen is a mover, Jared is a tenth-grade teacher, and Chad is not a fish. || Adorable, straight-up romance with style and humor.
fic  rpf  slash  au  normallife  jared/jensen  cwrps  <15K 
december 2009 by spatz
mediaville: Lost and Found (1/5)
Jensen Ackles is a shy, overweight songwriter whose body issues have prevented him from forming any real personal connections, and at thirty, he’s still unsure of his sexuality, and still a virgin. But when he signs up for an experimental obesity research program, he meets Jared Padalecki, a stunningly sexy fitness guru who slowly but surely changes Jensen’s life. || I was skeptical going into this, but it turned out sweet and perceptive without any of the expected melodrama.
fic  rpf  slash  smut  au  long  angst  pining  normallife  jared/jensen  cwrps  <50K 
december 2009 by spatz
turps33: Richard of York
Coda to Tints of Rainbow Hue. Flowers and boys in love.
fic  bandom  mcr  au  slash  bob/gerard  frank/mikey  normallife  <10K 
august 2009 by spatz
turps33: Tints of Rainbow Hue (1/2)
AU where Ray has his own gardening firm, and one day he does a job for the Ways.
fic  bandom  mcr  preslash  au  angst  h/c  normallife  <20K 
august 2009 by spatz
etben: crazy mad for him
"It's not like Gerard's stalking Hot Train Guy or anything. He doesn't know his address, or what he does, or whether or not he's single, or his name, or anything really, except that he takes the 7:45 train from Hoboken to the WTC, loves the Times crossword, has at least one tattoo, and is really, really hot." || Gerard and Frank are train buddies. So adorable.
fic  bandom  mcr  au  slash  frank/gerard  ust  normallife  epistolary  <10K 
august 2009 by spatz
shoemaster: Hey Mr DJ
"There's this really awesome guy who DJs from one am til five. Gerard doesn't always last through the whole shift, but he likes the sound of the guy's voice and his laugh when he tells a joke that he finds hilarious." || Late-night DJ AU. Awwww.
fic  bandom  mcr  au  slash  frank/gerard  normallife  <10K  phone&radio 
august 2009 by spatz
jjtaylor: Buy Handmade (1/2)
"He knows something else is going to happen; his life isn't always going to be this. He just doesn't know what has to happen for that change to come, for him to wake up and become an artist with an Etsy page and a home studio, and to never have to see a cubicle again." || Hopeful and sweet.
fic  bandom  mcr  au  slash  frank/gerard  normallife  epistolary  smut  bakeries&baristas  *cortue  *comfortread  <20K 
august 2009 by spatz
jae_w: Dear Catastrophe Waiter
21 year old Brendon moves to San Francisco, home of gay coffee bars, free donuts, and Ryan is the prettiest waiter Brendon's ever seen.
fic  bandom  patd  au  slash  humor  brendon/ryan  normallife  smut  <5K 
august 2009 by spatz
miss-begonia: Fighting Just to Breathe (1/4)
"This is just your average story of yoga, self-actualization and sexual liberation." || Lovely AU where Brendon is a yoga instructor and Ryan has issues but manages to fall in love despite himself.
fic  bandom  patd  slash  au  angst  brendon/ryan  college  long  normallife  smut  brokenlink  <25K 
august 2009 by spatz
zarah5: The Art of Underwater Breathing (1/4)
Diving center AU set in the south of France. Ryan and Spencer spend a month at Pete Wentz' Diving Center of Fun and Stunning Underwater Experiences; Jon and Brendon are their diving instructors. Bare-chested sexual tension ensues.
fic  bandom  patd  au  brendon/spencer  jon/ryan  slash  long  normallife  smut  multiband  <35K 
july 2009 by spatz

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