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Strange Stars by Jael (erynlasgalen1949)
LotR, Legolas/Various. "'Gondor has no harlots; Gondor needs no harlots.' But when Gondor needs a harlot, who will Aragorn call? Legolas journeys to Harad on an unusual diplomatic mission. How far will he go in the interests of peace?" // 34.6K. The Men of Gondor are insufficiently elegant, so Aragorn asks Legolas for help. He heads to the Southerner's court as part of a courtesan exchange, hoping to win some diplomatic points for Aragorn. Legolas sincerely believes elves should only fuck their lifemates, and worse, humans are disturbingly kinky, so this job presents a challenge. It's mildly plotty, not very fraught, kinda fun. (Locked fic; import fic, so the tags weren't written by the fic author.)
fanfic  LotR  slash  het  pair:Legolas/OMC  pair:Legolas/OFC  ref:postcanon  ref:undercover  ref:roleplay  ref:virginity  ref:sexworker  ref:first-time  ref:dubcon  au:jael  fandom:LotR 
january 2019 by zhena
Never Look Away by naye
Guardian, Zhao Yunlan/Shen Wei. "Having successfully played bait in a nightclub, Zhao Yunlan might still be a little under the influence of a lust power. Either that, or Shen Wei is always this irresistible. Or maybe it's both." // 2.7K, Zhao POV, PWP, sex in a bathroom via a one-sided bout of sex pollen.
fanfic  Guardian  镇魂  slash  pair:ZhaoYunlan/ShenWei  ref:PWP  ref:sexpollen  ref:undercover  au:naye  fandom:Guardian 
january 2019 by zhena
A Congenial Task by Sunquistadora, girlmarauders
Brooklyn 99, Amy/Rosa. "Amy & Rosa participate in the oldest casefic cliché of the century by having to pretend to be dating in order to infiltrate a gay bar." // 4K. I don't even go here, I just like the fics with this particular couple. (Tho this one really needs all the typos fixed.)
fanfic  Brooklyn99  femslash  pair:RosaDiaz/AmySantiago  ref:casefic  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay  via:as_lld_again  au:sunquistadora  fandom:Brooklyn99 
october 2018 by zhena
Cream White Moon by couldaughter
Guardian, Zhao/Shen. Despite his better judgment, Shen agrees to help Zhao with his investigation of a nightclub where a rogue Dixian has been roofying clientele. // 3.8K. Shen POV. And all goes as one would expect. Excellent source of one's RDA of fission-grade Shen unrequited pining.
fanfic  Guardian  镇魂  slash  pair:ZhaoYunlan/ShenWei  ref:casefic  ref:UST  ref:pining  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay  via:esther_a  au:couldaughter  fandom:Guardian 
october 2018 by zhena
Off to the Races by Eve_Louise
DS9, Julian/Garak. "When DS9 intercepts a communication from the Orion Syndicate inviting a Cardassian Gul to an outlying moon, they ask their resident Cardassian to go undercover. With a Starfleet partner, of course, and who better than the intrepid Doctor Bashir?" // 20K. Julian's pleased to get a chance to be a real life spy -- but it's as a Bond Girl, the arm-candy from Risa for Garak, who's less than enthusiastic about the whole affair. So the leap to OMG ILU is whiplash sudden, but that aside it's pretty fun and twisty. (Tho I have to say, that the author passed on the opportunity for a cool TNG xover was disappointing.)
fanfic  DS9  slash  pair:Garak/JulianBashir  ref:plot  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:spies  ref:criminals  ref:voyeurism  ref:pining  ref:casefic  ref:first-time  au:Eve_Louise  fandom:DS9  via:The_Electriclady 
july 2018 by zhena
High Winds in Northern Sky by thehoyden
Hockey RPF (Penguins), Sid/Geno. Due South AU. Constable Crosby must go undercover as the college-student husband of an Interpol agent infiltrating the Russian mob's attempt to secure a foothold in Toronto. In the meantime, Tim Horton has begun to skate on a pond in Sid's closet. // 16K, Sidney POV. Wasn't sure I'd like this one, but it turned out to be rather nifty, with a Due South-ish situation rather than a direct one-to-one. Strange goings on, less than helpful animals, hockey, investigating, mobsters, and grocery shopping.
fanfic  HockeyRPS  Due-South  pair:SidneyCrosby/EvgenyMalkin  AU  ref:fusionfic  ref:Penguins  ref:undercover  ref:marriage-of-convenience  ref:casefic  ref:domestic  ref:ghosts  ref:UST  au:Hoyden  fandom:HockeyRPS  fandom:DueSouth 
july 2018 by zhena
Wear Your Colors by arrow (esteefee)
Due South, Fraser/RayK. "A tough case forces Fraser to wear low-rise jeans and pretend he and Ray are a couple. *woe*" // 13K. Fraser POV. Ohmygod, it's a new Due South fic, and the fun pretend couple kind. ^__^
via:templemarker  fanfic  Due-South  slash  pair:Fraser/Kowalski  ref:post-cotw  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay  ref:domestic  ref:pining  ref:UST  ref:first-time  au:arrow  au:esteefee  fandom:DueSouth 
july 2018 by zhena
Full Metal Sasquatch by newsbypostcard
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. William (a hairy, paranoid, unemployed Brooklyn hipster) is baffled yet reluctantly impressed by the popularity of the cat memes and boring food photos his friend Karen (a natty executive assistant) keeps posting on Instagram. He starts his own account in hopes a hobby will help alleviate his aggressive pining after his long-distance boyfriend, Patrick (an American art student in Paris), whom he hasn't seen in three years. Meanwhile, ever since Captain America started to open carry a gun, he's been accused of supporting a conservative political agenda... // 20.7K: "(Bucky!Cap, doing his best.)" 100% Bucky POV. His hardcore dedication to removing Steve from the grid is sadness, and his getting swept up in spite of himself with a tiny taste of Instafame is endearing. So, so much pining here. Good times.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  AU  ref:fork  ref:established  ref:plot  ref:humor  ref:undercover  ref:pining  ref:Internet  via:norwich36  au:newsbypostcard  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
may 2018 by zhena
The Devil's Acre by littleblackfox
Captain America, Steve/Bucky, AU. Now that Steve's passed on "Captain America" to Sam, he's at loose ends, so SHIELD sends him off to New Jersey to investigate a series of murders targeting a homeless camp in the Pine Barrens. With no other leads, Agent Hill tells him even the mythical Jersey Devil's a suspect at this point. // 40.6K. Set vaguely post-A1/pre-WS with various MCU characters glommed together in one AU. Formatting is a bit of a pain, but otherwise pretty readable.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  gen  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  AU  ref:plot  ref:undercover  ref:cryptid  ref:meet-cute  ref:first-time  ref:camping  au:littleblackfox  fandom:CaptainAmerica  via:norwich36 
may 2018 by zhena
The Inappropriate Amusement Affair by trinityofone
Man from UNCLE, Illya/Napoleon. "Sometimes Illya and Napoleon have to kiss for Serious Spy Reasons. So why does Napoleon keep laughing?" // 3K. That is, Napoleon's complete inability to look at his partner as a love interest presents a problem to be solved. (A portion of the scenario in this fic was nearly duplicated in an older fic, but the outcome differed dramatically.)
fanfic  ManFromUNCLE  slash  pair:NapoleonSolo/IllyaKuryakin  ref:spies  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay  ref:humor  au:trinityofone  fandom:MUNCLE 
may 2018 by zhena
Farm-to-Table, Non-GMO, Responsibly Sourced by impertinence
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Rosa/Amy. "What's the best way to catch some radical socialist maple syrup thieves? Go undercover as a couple with a twee Brooklyn store, of course." //5.7K. Amy POV, mostly awkward angst but smidgen of porn.
fanfic  Brooklyn99  femslash  pair:RosaDiaz/AmySantiago  ref:humor  ref:awkward  ref:casefic  ref:first-time  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay  au:impertinence  fandom:Brooklyn99 
march 2018 by zhena
Fake Married by hawkguy
Black Widow, Natasha/Yelena. Yelena's op gets crashed by Natasha, who has her own plans for the mission.
The afternoon sun is shining down on them, highlighting bright blonde hair held back in a wispy, unassuming romantic braid, and Yelena clenches her fists, tucking them away in the pockets of her dress.
A hand slips around her waist, easy as anything but Yelena tenses anyways, every line in her body screaming fight or flight but she rolls her shoulders, forces a smile and hopes it doesn't come out a grimace.
"I'm Natalie Rushman and this is my wife, Ellen Bailey."
// 12K? Yelena POV (i.e., resentful, envious, and wound up...). LOL. I love fics where Natasha cruises in, takes over, and saunters off again.
fanfic  Avengers  femslash  pair:NatashaRomanova/YelenaBelova  ref:616  ref:spies  ref:casefic  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:enemyslash  ref:domestic  via:as_lld_again  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
march 2018 by zhena
A Field Guide to Common Birds in New York City by Toft
Person of Interest, John/Harold. "In which John acquires a Tumblr, a therapist, and an interest in birdwatching." // 15K. John POV. Accurate summary. That is, he slowly gets in touch with (the concept of) his feelings via (accidental) therapist and hobby (sort of). A fairly low-stress, slo-mo, gently humorous sidle up to a relationship. No weird, egregious fannish junk to set off my Tumblr loathing; it's used really well in this fic, as part of the extended birding metaphor. John enduring surveillance as a Model Who Smolders Too Much made me laugh.
An actual thing: https://nycbirdman.tumblr.com/
fanfic  Person-of-Interest  slash  pair:HaroldFinch/JohnReese  ref:PTSD  ref:therapy  ref:molasses  ref:borb  ref:undercover  ref:unreliable-narrator  ref:humor  au:toft  au:toft_froggy  fandom:PersonofInterest 
october 2017 by zhena
The Bingo Book by flailinginlove
Naruto, Iruka/Kakashi. "Kakashi avoided relationships. He didn't want to put others in danger. So he couldn't understand why there was a face staring back at him, as a sub-entry to his own, in this Bingo Book. 'Umino Iruka (lover)' the caption read. It didn't matter that it wasn't true. The Book was fact, and to Kakashi's enemies, Iruka had just become a weakness they could exploit." // 65K. Naruto-free, alternating (mainly Iruka) POV, getting-to-know-you fic, with a mystery/case plot foundation. Basically, when lots of people think you're conducting a secret affair with someone you barely know, it leads to obvious problems when you're suddenly plonked into someone's revenge scheme. Fic-logic solution: Pretend to be in that relationship to catch the villain! That's always good times. (But I figured out who the mole was immediately. /sigh)

Enjoyable read, tho I'm mildly irked by practice of inventing Special Princess Powers for unpowered charas to make them Worthy of Interest; normal people are sufficiently interesting w/o upgrades imho. At least this example actually had a bit of thought go into the choice. In general, fic = some humor, some angst, some (eventual) porn. Dunno why I didn't have a bodyguard tag yet.
fanfic  Naruto  slash  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino  ref:casefic  ref:mystery  ref:pretendcouple  ref:bodyguard  ref:molasses  ref:first-time  ref:ninjas  ref:undercover  ref:spies  ref:paranoia  au:flailinginlove  fandom:Naruto 
august 2017 by zhena
Why I Lied to You by Garonne
Due South, RayK/Fraser. Ray, a low-level hood in Capone's Chicago mob, runs whiskey over the river from Windsor to Detroit. That's how he gets to know a peculiar Canadian Customs officer on the take. The last thing Ray wants is for Fraser to figure out he's an undercover agent for the Bureau of Prohibition. // 20K, alternating POVs. Well-written period piece with lots of sneaking around, and doodlehums, and sexy tiems, and angst. HEA.
fanfic  Due-South  slash  pair:Fraser/Kowalski  AU  ref:historical  ref:undercover  ref:mobsters  ref:prohibition  ref:first-time  au:garonne  fandom:DueSouth 
august 2017 by zhena
It Takes a Police Officer by Sixthlight
Rivers of London, Peter/Beverley, Peter/Thomas, AU. Series. "DS Peter Grant, seconded to Organised Crime, is sent to keep an eye on two persons of interest." That would be Thomas Nightingale and Beverly Thames, two loosely affiliated criminal sorts, who've taken unusual interest in their assigned copper.

* "Adventures in Plainclothes Surveillance," https://archiveofourown.org/works/11391039 "Questions are asked. Answers are mostly ignored." That is, Peter is tasked with the undercover observing of a mob-affiliated couple, and his cover is blown. So to speak. // 4.8K, porny, mildly humorous.

* "Anonymous Sources," http://archiveofourown.org/works/13748244 "It was only when I was pulling the door open that I remembered that opening it to Thomas Nightingale might be an idea worth being paranoid about." // 3K, slash. Thomas stops by to deliver a warning, which Peter appreciates. Moar porn.

* "Enemy Action," https://archiveofourown.org/works/14412705 "I flicked my bedroom light on. Even the dim incandescent bulb I had back here was too bright, and I had to shade my eyes for a second. Sitting cross-legged on my bed, Beverley Thames did the same thing. 'Ow.'" // 3.6, het. Peter gets framed on the job; porny comfort is proffered.

* "Personal Motivations," https://archiveofourown.org/works/15918981 "When Abigail Kamara gets hired for a new and interesting hacking job, the last person she expects to see is her cousin Peter, until last year a detective in the Metropolitan Police Service. Peter’s putting together a team - but the job turns out to be twistier than either he or Abigail realise." // 41K!, gen, Abigail POV. Heavily plotted, multiple heists, lots of fun. As it turns out, this is a magic-based AU after all. Also the rest of the team gets filled out in this outing. The character roles (but not relationships!) roughly map: Peter = Nathan, Beverly = Parker, Thomas = Eliot, Abigail = Hardison, Caroline = Sophie. This one also incorporates side glances to the comics and short stories, but they're not critical to following the plot.
fanfic  via:popular  Rivers-of-London  gen  het  slash  AU  ref:crime  ref:undercover  ref:UST  ref:threesome  ref:closetsex  ref:plot  au:sixthlight  fandom:RiversOfLondon  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  pair:PeterGrant/BeverleyBrook  pair:ThomasNightingle|BeverleyBrook 
july 2017 by zhena
They're Gonna Send Us to Prison for Jerks by napricot
Captain America, Steve/Bucky. "'Hey Steve, this is Jack Murphy, our other neighbor. Jack, this is Steve.' Steve looked at Sam a little wildly, expecting to see -- he didn't even know, but some reaction other than Sam's usual easy friendliness. And there was something there, but it was just the twitch of Sam's mouth that said he found something hilarious and he was trying not to show it. Was this Sam's idea of a joke, or a prank? Because this guy--behind the glasses and mustache, Steve could have sworn—well, he looked like Bucky." A lead from Natasha results in Sam and Steve Do Cleveland, where the math teacher next door and his flourishing mustache set off all Steve's internal alarms.

// 24K, fork AU of suburban happiness. The set up wouldn't work without the backstory that Steve has mistaken several past dudes for Bucky, making this one Bucky number three or four. From that follows some stalking and mildly obsessive behavior on Steve's part while Sam fumes over their rental's passive aggressive parking situation. (Found it while tossing FFA for recs the other night.)
"Come look at this asshole park, Steve."
Steve sighed, but joined Sam on the couch. They were both peering over the back of the couch through the blinds now. Jack's blue Corolla was easing its way into the spot in front of their house, in front of Sam's car. Steve didn't see anything particularly wrong with the way Jack was parking. He was going kind of slow, sure, and doing that thing where he kept pulling in and out of the spot making small adjustments until he could squeeze in, but that was good, right? Better than just bumping into Sam's car again and again anyway.
"Wait for it," hissed Sam. Jack's blue Corolla inched slowly back until his rear bumper was almost touching Sam's car's front bumper. "See, see!"
"I mean, there's not really any room in the front of his car, not without blocking the other driveway. And there’s no shame in being a slow parker."
"He's gonna hit my bumper some day, Steve. It's just a matter of time," said Sam in dire tones.
"Right. Maybe we could direct our surveillance focus onto HYDRA instead of our neighbor's parallel parking skills?"
"We Miss Being Ruffians," http://archiveofourown.org/works/11488077 // 32K of followup post-fic fluffy fics, with Math!Teacher Jack continuing his calculusing ways, and Steve doting on him, and Sam and Natasha eyeing the whole situation with various degrees of exasperation.
fanfic  CaptainAmerica  slash  gen  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  pair:SteveRogers|SamWilson  AU  ref:fork  ref:stalking  ref:curtainfic  ref:domestic  ref:undercover  ref:suburbs  au:napricot  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
march 2017 by zhena
Celestial South by norcumi
Due South/Star Wars, gen. "'I first came to Corellia on the trail of the killers of my father and, for reasons which don't need exploring at this juncture, I have remained, attached as liaison to the Jedi Temple.'" Fraser, RayK, and Dief on the trail of spice smugglers. // 5K, fusionfic. TBH, I don't know much about SW and needed Google open on the side, which told me all the xover species were wildly apt. But. Could have used a beta (esp. dS proofing to get rid of bits like RayK's "Benny"). The general concept seemed perfectly executed tho, e.g., The Cloak instead of The Stetson (hee), Bob Fraser showing up with a lecture on Attachment, etc. Really fun.
fanfic  Due-South  StarWars  pair:Fraser|Kowalski  ref:xover  ref:fusionfic  ref:undercover  ref:humor  via:esther_a  au:norcumi  fandom:DueSouth  fandom:StarWars 
january 2017 by zhena
A Ghost in the Garden by thistle_verse
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. Draco, now an auror, is assigned a case of politically motivated vandalism and to work with Hermione Granger from MLE and another auror, Harry Potter in disguise. A dragon sanctuary, posh house parties, and pure-blood scheming ensue. // 27K. Slow, pensive, sad(ish) fic with a detecting-type plot and some eventual smut, including the hiding-in-a-closet variety.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:plot  ref:Auror  ref:angst  ref:politics  ref:undercover  ref:first-time  au:thistle_verse  fandom:HarryPotter 
january 2017 by zhena
The Loathly Worm by Selden
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. Two middle-aged, bored, homely Death Eaters stuck in a moldering castle whilst waiting for the higher ups to finish up with their scheming slowly realize that neither of them is what he's pretending to be. Or, "When Draco Malfoy is forced to go undercover among the remaining Death Eaters in the aftermath of the war, the last person he expects to find there is Harry Potter." // 12K. LOLOL. Charming, clever fic. The desultory evil banter and off-hand fairy tale callbacks are fun.
"You know," said Draco bitterly, "I'm almost certain you're a Ministry spy. In fact," he added, staring at Septimus' horn-rimmed spectacles and comically unremarkable face, "I bet you're in disguise, as well. No self-respecting wizard would wear a face like that if they didn’t have to."
"That's a really hurtful thing to say, Ernest," said Septimus. "Exclusionary rhetoric and, uh, judging by mere appearances is the sign of a shallow individual, unable to stand up against the sickness in our broader society." He paused, looking smugger than ever.
Draco was impressed, despite himself. "Where on earth did you get all that bollocks from?" he asked.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:EWE  ref:spies  ref:undercover  ref:plot  ref:disguise  ref:banter  au:Selden  fandom:HarryPotter 
january 2017 by zhena
A Marriage of Inconvenience by autoschediastic
Kingsman, Harry/Eggsy. "'Caution in the field isn’t confined to simply an awareness of your surroundings,' Harry says, his tone stern but his breath soft and warm against the back of Eggsy’s hand. His gaze lifts, his eyes hooded as he peers at Eggsy over the rims of his glasses. 'You’ve told a lie, Eggsy, and now that lie must be truth.' (Or, that time Eggsy scored them a better table by saying it was his and Harry's anniversary and quickly grew to regret it.)" // I.e., Harry turns Eggsy's fib into an extended training exercise in building a cover. Which ends in porn. The lead up to that is a background casefic (sort of). Mildly embarrassing yet really entertaining trope fest.
fanfic  Kingsman  slash  pair:HarryHart/EggsyUnwin  ref:roleplay  ref:marriage-of-convenience  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay  ref:spies  ref:first-time  au:blue-soaring  au:autoschediastic  fandom:Kingsman 
july 2016 by zhena
Discretion by JinkyO
Person of Interest, Finch/Reese. "After Finch and Reese are forced into hiding, Professor Whistler and Detective Riley try to make a life together." // 34K. Cover: Poverty-wages math adjunct Whistler from the local college meets well-to-do police detective Riley on the street on day, and the mutual dog enthusiasts hit it off. Reality: POV Finch's inherent paranoia is a major hurdle for ~10 of 14 chapters, and it looks like it's going to remain a smarm fic, but eventually there is porn. Could use a beta and fewer epithets, but otherwise it's a nifty curtainfic wallow with protracted Reese sly and careful courting. ETA: Just read again; odd and unsatifying ending, eh.
"Keep It All the Year," http://archiveofourown.org/works/5539394 Follow-up holiday fic set after they're back in business, with a bit of smut.
fanfic  Person-of-Interest  slash  pair:HaroldFinch/JohnReese  ref:fork  ref:undercover  ref:academia  ref:hiding  ref:cooking  ref:molasses  ref:paranoia  ref:domestic  ref:curtainfic  ref:courting  ref:bffs-to-lovers  au:JinkyO  fandom:PersonOfInterest 
may 2016 by zhena
Impersonation by Resonant
Loser, Jensen/Cougar. Jensen's mission is to seduce a bartender dude to get to the back office, but this takes advance practice on suitable victims. // The one with the ice cream truck, which is fun and eventually smutty. I read this one before, but apparently never bookmarked it.
fanfic  Losers  slash  pair:JakeJensen/CougarAlvarez  ref:undercover  ref:pretendgay  ref:gaybar  ref:roleplay  ref:oblivious  ref:UST  au:Resonant  fandom:Losers 
january 2016 by zhena
Need to Know by ellen_fremedon
Doctor Who/Star Trek, Jack/Naraht (Horta). "Jack loves working the Federation timezone. You meet the most interesting people." Jack on a mission is charmed by and decides to seduce a young and earnest Horta ensign. // ILU fandom! for your outre tastes. Seriously amazeballs crossover. Slash. Sort of. A very strange sort of foodie porn. Also adorable.
fanfic  StarTrek  DoctorWho  slash  pair:JackHarness/Naraht  pair:JackHarkness/Horta  ref:xover  ref:undercover  ref:food  ref:alien-wtf  ref:timetravel  fandom:DoctorWho  fandom:StarTrek  au:ellen_fremedon 
july 2015 by zhena
Opening the Roads by thehoyden
Naruto, Kakashi/Iruka. After the previous emmissary was assasinated, Iruka is drafted to be Konoha's next envoy to Kumogakure for a new treaty because he speaks their language. But he and his assigned bodyguard have different ideas about how the mission will proceed. // Set while Naruto is off with Jiraiya. Fun, and gives Iruka an interesting backstory. I think I've read this one before?
fanfic  Naruto  slash  ref:backstory  ref:politics  ref:ninjas  ref:undercover  ref:spies  ref:clash  ref:bodyguard  au:Hoyden  fandom:Naruto  ref:first-time  pair:KakashiHatake/IrukaUmino 
june 2015 by zhena
Negotiations And by Mirabella
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. "Harry's never letting Hermione dress him again. Well, unless it results in him being paid to have sex with Draco Malfoy. Then it will probably be okay." Bored Auror Harry is cruising Monte Carlo casinos looking for a suspect--and getting cruised in return for a clothing misfire--when he encounters an unexpected Malfoy. And he decides to run with it. // Read this before. Still fun. Still smutty.
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:postcanon  ref:ewe  ref:Auror  ref:undercover  ref:roleplay  ref:hookerfic  au:Mirabella  fandom:HarryPotter 
may 2015 by zhena
Trigger by roseveare
Haven, gen(ish). "Pre-series. Garland and Nathan go to Boston to investigate the case of a sadistic serial rapist, which may be linked to an old murder in Haven." // Case fic, doesn't dwell on gross torture, but it gets discussed. Couple of other things. First, tho it's gen (and no Duke in sight), fic presupposes that Nathan and Duke had a relationship at some past point, and that Garland knew (and that he *really* didn't like it for a multitude of reasons). Also Nathan doesn't know why his medical condition when he was a kid suddenly appeared and later vanished. There are a couple of flashbacks here of Garland teaching Nate how to do deal with his condition that are painfully, sadly sweet. Garland's kind of an asshole, but in the end he really does love his kid.
fanfic  Haven  gen  ref:casefic  ref:noncon  ref:undercover  ref:stalking  au:roseveare  fandom:Haven 
march 2015 by zhena
When a Man's an Empty Kettle by Dorinda
Almost Human, Dorian/Kennex. "It wasn't like John minded going undercover with Dorian. No problem posing as Dorian's owner. At a private sexbot show. Where he would have to...Oh,shit." // +40K, case fic, undercover as lovers, UST galore, feeelings, engrossing, smut, and good OCs. There is nothing not to like here.
slash  yuletide2014  fanfic  AlmostHuman  pair:Dorian/JohnKennex  yuletide  ref:plot  ref:pretendcouple  ref:undercover  ref:robots  ref:UST  ref:best-of-rec  au:Dorinda  fandom:AlmostHuman 
december 2014 by zhena
mollitious mores by Etharei
Avengers/Captain America, Steve/Bucky. After "James" has squired Pepper at a function calculated to suss out Tony's enemies, Steve admits he admires Bucky in a nice suit. // PWP. The rest is just window dressing for exceedingly porny porn, but starts with Pepper wondering how Bucky manages to covertly chow down on everything edible in sight, which is lol.
fanfic  Avengers  CaptainAmerica  slash  pair:SteveRogers/BuckyBarnes  ref:PWP  ref:postcanon  ref:undercover  au:etharei  fandom:Avengers  fandom:CaptainAmerica 
august 2014 by zhena
Destiny by Resonant
21 Jump Street, Schmidt/Jenko. "Did you ever think," Jenko whispered, "that, like, the universe has a plan for us?" "Dude," Schmidt said, "you were supposed to confiscate it, not smoke it."
"I'm just saying. First we have to stick our fingers in each other's mouths in a public restroom. Then you have to pretend to blow me in a Peter Pan costume. Then we have to pose as a couple during New Student Week. Then you fall in the lake at the freshman camp-out and I have to save you from hypothermia. And now we have to spend hours hiding out in a very small broom closet until the last frat guy passes out."
// PWP. Don't know much about the fandom, doesn't matter. LOLOL.
fanfic  21-Jump-Street  slash  pair:Jenko/Schmidt  ref:PWP  ref:undercover  ref:banter  ref:denial  ref:wallsex  via:exclamations  au:Resonant  fandom:MiscFilms 
july 2014 by zhena
A Study in the Quantum Fluctuations of Extreme Karmic Prejudice by aliferlia
Gakuen Tokkei DUKLYON/Duklyon: Clamp School Defenders, Kentarou/Takeshi. "DUKLYON defends the CLAMP Campus New Year Bash, Erii despairs of teenage boys, and the Director follows the wrong Twitter account. Such meta. Very romance. Fic." // Holy cow, '90s CLAMP + crazed meta onslaught. LOLOLOL. This is the mostest perfectest Duklyon fanfic imaginable.
‘We were thinking that our bold heroes might perhaps attend the New Year Bash as ordinary students - undercover, as it were, just so as to be on patrol and maintain awareness without interrupting the festivities. You’d need costumes, of course - it’s a costume party for absolutely no reason at all.’
At this, Kentarou perked up considerably. ‘Ooh! Ooh! I know! Let’s be Holmes and Watson! It’d be a metaphor! For how we fight crime and solve mysteries and are totally inseparable and also for how our series is so well-known and wildly popular that we’re icons of popular culture and never get sadly overlooked at all!’ he finished, since he hadn’t so much as glanced at the fourth wall in at least six paragraphs and didn’t want it to feel lonely.
‘That’s not how metaphors work,’ Takeshi sighed.
fanfic  DUKLYON  slash  pair:KentarouHigashikunimaru/TakeshiShuukaidou  ref:meta  ref:humor  ref:angst  ref:h/c  ref:memes  ref:undercover  ref:banter  ref:highschool  via:theodosia21  au:aliferlia  fandom:MiscAnimanga 
february 2014 by zhena
And I'll Tell You No Lies by Anna Fugazzi
Harry Potter, Harry/Draco. In Auror training, Harry is cast as co-conspirator in an elaborate role play heist with an Unspeakable trainee opposite number, Draco. During the LEO Veritaserum interrogation portion of the exercise, a few home truths slip out. // Insufficient time spent on the actual heist; the rest of the plot depends on some problematic events and abuses of professionalism and confidentiality, but overall readable. Also here: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6458907/1/And_Ill_Tell_You_No_Lies
fanfic  HarryPotter  slash  pair:HarryPotter/DracoMalfoy  ref:postcanon  ref:Auror  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay  ref:roleplay  au:AnnaFugazzi  fandom:HarryPotter 
february 2014 by zhena
The Purple Jug by Philomytha
Rivers of London, Peter/Nightingale. Someone or something is turning a quiet gay pub into a wild hookup joint at night. After citizen complaints to the cops, Nightingale and Peter investigate. (Set before Broken Homes, no spoilers.) // Undercover in a gay bar! Pretend couple! Sex pollen! Not long, but packed full-o-trope.
slash  yuletide2013  fanfic  Rivers-of-London  pair:PeterGrant/ThomasNightingale  yuletide  ref:casefic  ref:magic  ref:gaybar  ref:pretendcouple  ref:undercover  ref:sexpollen  ref:wallsex  au:Philomytha  fandom:MiscBooks  fandom:RiversOfLondon 
january 2014 by zhena
You Can Dance Right through Your Life by Lorax
Losers, Cougar/Jensen. Aisha's clever plan to gather intel involves a lapdancing stripper and a bachlorette party. Jensen's volunteered for the honor. // LOLOL. So Jensen's dubious history is expanded. This is lulzy, has great voices (Jensen POV), and somehow manages to shoehorn in nearly every fanfic trope in the book. Good job!
fanfic  Losers  slash  pair:JakeJensen/CougarAlvarez  yuletide  yuletide2013  ref:undercover  ref:sexworker  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay  ref:casefic  ref:humor  ref:huddling-for-warmth  ref:backstory  au:Lorax  fandom:Losers  ref:first-time 
december 2013 by zhena
Technical Support by astolat
Person of Interest, John/Harold. Ex-homeless dude, present security guard Reese finds himself inadvertantly intrigued by bland cubicle-denizen Harold Cygnet after their paths cross while IFT is installing new security protocols for the building. John begins to suspect that Harold is not what he seems. // Cool branch AU, where Harold remained in place, under the radar in the IFT building, and later John (POV) takes up Dectective Carter's offer to find him a job. Customary POI stalking, bonus minor smuttiness.
fanfic  Person-of-Interest  slash  pair:HaroldFinch/JohnReese  AU  ref:branch  ref:plot  ref:undercover  ref:first-time  au:astolat  fandom:personofinterest 
april 2013 by zhena
Hamartia (the hero's fatal flaw) by astolat
Person of Interest, Reese/Finch. "We're not looking to make friends, Harold," John said. "We want our neighbors to classify us and then avoid us. Being the scandalous gay couple down the street is a good option." John, Harold, and baby Leila flee the city for anonymity to evade pursuit. // Wow. A curtain fic/kidfic with undercover pretend coupling and hella violence. There may be a few tropes it doesn't squeeze in here, but they're not springing to mind at the moment.
fanfic  Person-of-Interest  slash  pair:HaroldFinch/JohnReese  ref:curtainfic  ref:kidfic  ref:undercover  ref:pretendcouple  ref:first-time  ref:gory  au:astolat  fandom:personofinterest 
march 2013 by zhena
Why Don't We Get Together and Call Ourselves an Institute by leupagus
Person of Interest, Finch/Reese. Mr. Warren's assistant is entirely too interested in his boss's latest vistor. Mr. Wren's assistant is more than willing to be bribed by her boss's client. Both men are oblivious to the interest. // Fun, happy fic (tho baffling title). :D
fanfic  Person-of-Interest  slash  pair:HaroldFinch/JohnReese  ref:undercover  ref:outsiderPOV  ref:epistolary  au:leupagus  fandom:personofinterest  via:scorpionvoices 
march 2013 by zhena
Zoology by shrift
Person of Interest, gen, Harold/John (sort of). "Harold Kingfisher's nanny services came with impeccable references." // Beginning of a case for 1K (i.e., not a casefic, more a vignette). Sweet, oddly enough, even for those of us who aren't esp. into kidfics.
fanfic  gen  pair:HaroldFinch/JohnReese  ref:kidfic  ref:undercover  ref:vignette  au:shrift  fandom:personofinterest  ref:pretendcouple 
march 2013 by zhena
The Silenus Club by Speranza
Person of Interest, Finch/Reese. So this time, the 'gay bar' is an exceedingly exclusive club, and the case comes by way of Finch, who isn't the one undercover. // :)
fanfic  Person-of-Interest  slash  pair:HaroldFinch/JohnReese  ref:gaybar  ref:undercover  ref:first-time  au:Speranza  au:cesperanza  fandom:personofinterest 
february 2013 by zhena
Self Defense by Speranza
Person of Interest, Finch/Reese. "There were heavy velvet curtains over the windows." In medias res murder, then Reese hauls them into a gay bar to avoid the cops. // The opening part is clever. Then pining, angst galore, HEA. Yeah, OK. I give up. I will find the show and watch it...sigh.
fanfic  Person-of-Interest  slash  pair:HaroldFinch/JohnReese  ref:undercover  ref:gaybar  ref:pining  ref:angst  ref:first-time  au:cesperanza  au:Speranza  fandom:personofinterest 
february 2013 by zhena
This Side of Paradise by thefourthvine
The Losers, Jensen/Cougar. For stealing information from a vacationer at an island resort, Jensen will need a boyfriend. Cougar volunteers, after a fashion. // Sort of a casefic that hits every bingo square: undercover as gay, pretend boyfriends, sexual identity crisis, denial, wow. I also admired the subtle speccing that Jensen's shitty childhood colors his view of everything. Otherwise, lots of fun, smutty.
fanfic  Losers  slash  yuletide2012  ref:pretendcouple  ref:undercover  ref:denial  ref:oblivious  ref:casefic  fandom:Losers  pair:JakeJensen/CougarAlvarez  au:thefourthvine 
december 2012 by zhena
Til Death Do Us ... Oh Look, You're Dead, by dollsome
Psych, O'Hara/Lassiter (+Shawn/Gus). The Awkward Detective Partners go undercover as a married couple to a marital-counseling retreat to investigate potential cultish brainwashing. They are terrible at being married--or excellent at being on the verge of divorce.
“Let’s go,” he adds gruffly, standing up. To her credit, O’Hara doesn’t try to argue, even though she’s got half of her sandwich left. When he reaches her side, he grabs onto her arm. Now that this whole ridiculous charade has started, he figures they might as well continue to adopt the vibe of two people beginning an excited, starry-eyed journey toward a shared lifelong future, unaware that a few years down the road they’ll doubtlessly be hurling heavy objects at one another (physically and emotionally) and providing one another with uplifting, caring little gems of information like ‘separate means APART.’ “Ow!” O’Hara mutters through her megawatt smile. The diner crowd applauds as they walk out. He’s struck by the sudden, possibly unreasonable compulsion to reach for his gun.
// OMG Rare Pair! I love when opposites must locate common ground before they murder each other; here, a Perky!Cheerful type stuck with a Gloomy!Stiff type. In the background, Shawn and Gus are also posing as a married couple (Shawn overacting, Gus being longsuffering), but they don't get much airtime as it's not really about them. NOTE: First and only chapter of abandoned WIP. Too bad.
fanfic  Psych  het  pair:JulietteOHara/CarltonLassiter  ref:wip  ref:UST  ref:undercover  au:dollsome  fandom:Psych  ref:pretendcouple 
september 2012 by zhena
Bearserkr by binz and shiplizard
Dresden Files, Harry/Hendricks, Harry/Hendricks/Gard. At a small out-of-town club, Hendricks (POV), Gard, et al. are investigating the origins of a new magical drug on the market that interacts with the Nevernever in bad ways. But buying a disguise potion from Dresden may have been a mistake--he can't keep his nose out of a mystery. // 34K. Legit case fic combined with undercover-in-a-gay-bar plus WinterKnight!Harry. The kink aspect here is bears and hairiness and size more than anything else, and it's really well done. I'm really into the way they work with canon details and balancing the precarious character relationships. It's refreshing also read a rather dry, intelligent, (relatively) outsider POV.
fanfic  DresdenFiles  slash  het  pair:HarryDresden/NathanHendricks  pair:NathanHendricks/SigrunGard  pair:HarryDresden/NathanHendricks/SigrunGard  ref:undercover  ref:casefic  ref:drugs  ref:bears  ref:gaybar  au:binz  au:shiplizard  fandom:DresdenFiles 
september 2012 by zhena
You, Maybe Not Essentially You, Somebody Else by dorky
Iron Man/Losers, Tony/Jensen. To target the Stark Industries mainframe, Jensen starts with an 'impressive resume.' But being Stark's assistant requires more than technical skills -- what's that about cosplay? // Basically an extended same-actor joke (that needs proofread), but it's pretty amusing for what it is and ends in wonderful group awkwardness. :)
fanfic  IronMan  CaptainAmerica  Losers  slash  xover  AU  ref:dubcon  ref:sexualharrassment  ref:undercover  au:dorky  au:dorcas_gustine  fandom:Losers  fandom:Avengers  pair:JakeJensen/TonyStark  pair:JakeJensen/CougarAlvarez 
july 2012 by zhena
More Certain in Affection by Keiko Kirin (sakana17)
Master and Commander, Jack/Stephen. Jack Aubrey ventures into a gentlemen's club while looking for Stephen... // So Jack's in debt and hiding out from the collectors, meanwhile Stephen's doing his spy thing. The two conflate, with misunderstandings galore, but it works out v.v. sweetly. This is a nifty variation on the 'undercover in a gaybar' theme.
fanfic  Master-and-Commander  slash  pair:JackAubrey/StephenMaturin  ref:undercover  ref:gaybar  ref:miscommunication  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay  ref:ageofsail  au:KeikoKirin  fandom:MiscBooks  fandom:Master-and-Commander 
june 2012 by zhena
Baby Animals, Weddings, and Other Things Not Normally Associated with Uchiha Sasuke by graphiteandsoul
Naruto, Naruto/Sasuke. AU. Sasuke finds himself eating right, training his own set of student ninja, adopting a cat, and sharing his living quarters. This is all Naruto's fault. Somehow. The undercover wedding mission included. // A post-Pain arc curtain-fic, weirdly enough. Even just setting aside the utterly wtf aspect of Sasuke and his entire crazy-ass Taka team settling down with dayjobs in Kohona, we're left with the problem six OCs who have no distinguishable personalities or speech patterns (plus wtf moving in with one's teacher?). For the purposes of this fanfic, it's best to view them as a single, six-headed giggling teenager and move on. 'Cause, otherwise, this has always been my favoritest flavor of Sasuke, a taciturn, grumpy-ass recluse type who feels that if he just continues to ignore Naruto loudly invading his life, it may stop happening. :D
First posted: http://graphiteandsoul.livejournal.com/8271.html
fandom:Naruto  via:sumeria  fanfic  Naruto  ref:marriage-of-convenience  ref:undercover  ref:kidfic  ref:curtainfic  ref:yenta  au:graphiteandsoul  NarutoUzumaki/SasukeUchida 
june 2012 by zhena
His Awkward Sod by Sarren
Lewis, Lewis/Hathaway. The two move in together and pose as a couple to catch a killer. // Going undercover as a gay couple is _the_ mainstay plot of all police fandoms for a good reason: it's always enjoyable. In this case, the affection is clear, the angst is relatively light. Aww. :) (Even so, the voices are flat and aren't very strong in this one.)
fanfic  Lewis  slash  ref:undercover  ref:first-time  au:Sarren  pair:RobbieLewis/JamesHathaway  fandom:Lewis  ref:pretendcouple  ref:pretendgay 
march 2012 by zhena
Simply Green by dessert_first
Due South, Fraser/RayK. Miss Fraser undercover as a transvestite hooker, and Ray would like to prove that he doesn't have to pay for sex. Heh.
fanfic  due-south  slash  au:dessert_first  ref:crossdressing  ref:undercover  fandom:DueSouth  pair:Fraser/Kowalski 
april 2009 by zhena
The Adventures of Regina, Queen of Manitoba by theodosia
Due South, gen (F/RK-ish). Ray, Fraser, and Dief undercover at a drag convention. Or about to be. Ray's issues with heels, among other things. Funny, funny.
due-south  fanfic  gen  au:theodosia  ref:crossdressing  ref:undercover  fandom:DueSouth  pair:Fraser/Kowalski 
august 2007 by zhena
Masquerade by Tarot
Professionals, Brodie/Doyle. Undercover as a gay couple, night club act.
fanfic  Professionals  slash  Brodie/Doyle  ref:undercover  au:tarot 
december 2006 by zhena
Chicago's Most Wanted by Speranza
Due South, F/RK. Fraser gets amnesia and his own gang. Ray gets the thankless job of tracking him down and arresting him. // Oooh, so funny, so good, so long. First dS fic I read; instantaneous conversion into a hardcore fan ensued. Thing is, after watching the show myself I don't necessarily fall in with her characterizations, yet I still like these fics enormously.
fanfic  Due-South  slash  pair:Fraser/Kowalski  ref:best-of-rec  ref:undercover  ref:amnesia  ref:cops-crooks  ref:enemyslash  au:Speranza  au:cesperanza  ref:criminal  ref:first-time  fandom:DueSouth 
december 2006 by zhena
Tea for Two by Alexandra
Professionals, Brodie/Doyle. The one with the metaphorical estate and the house party.
fanfic  professionals  slash  Bodie/Doyle  ref:undercover  ref:houseparty  au:alexandra 
november 2006 by zhena

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