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mockingbird - ont - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Louis pulls the awful bouquet from its cup and rinses the tests off in the sink. He tries not to look at them as he does, but he sees that the top one is a positive and draws a choked breath.
He fans them out, one after another, like a bad hand of cards.

Zayn leaves One Direction, and, unbeknownst to either of them, leaves behind a pregnant Louis as well. In his time of need, Louis turns to Liam.

[isn't really abo but is] [i can't even begin to tag everything but i love this series SO MUCH]
fandom:one.direction  p:1d:harry/zayn  p:1d:liam/louis  p:1d:louis/zayn  subject:pregnancy  subject:children  subject:divorce  setting:post-zayn  subject:alcohol/drugs  genre:angst  genre:hurt/comfort  notes:ouch  notes:positive.ending  length:100k+  !favorites  !rec  !masterpost  subject:marriage  trope:alpha/omega  tw:abortion  notes:amazing  quality:*****  authors:o 
september 2016 by rainbowslinky
a building storm - Chapter 1 - outofcases - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
"The news reports, months ago, had said that this winter would be a mild one. It seems like no one really accounted for this much snow."

The story of a boy who can control the weather, and how his entire world crashes down around him.
fandom:one.direction  p:1d:harry/louis  !rec  quality:*****  type:big.bang  character-type:!with.powers  setting:winter  length:100k+  year:2016  genre:action  genre:angst  notes:depressing  notes:positive.ending  tw:violence  authors:o 
march 2016 by rainbowslinky
Paint The Sky With Stars - Chapter 1 - kiwikero - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
On 10 April 1912, Harry Styles boards the finest ship the world has ever seen. Still grieving the death of their mother, he and his sister are being sent to America to live with a callous uncle who cares more about his business connections than family. Harry prepares himself for a long, disappointing voyage alone in his stateroom.

Louis Tomlinson has borrowed and saved, and finally has enough to purchase a Third Class ticket to America. With all of his belongings in a single ruck sack, he boards the Titanic filled with hope for a brighter future. Never one to sit still, he can’t resist exploring the massive ship, and soon goes sneaking into First Class in a stolen steward’s uniform.

By a twist of fate, Louis finds himself in Harry’s stateroom, entranced by the most attractive man he’s ever laid eyes on. He keeps returning day after day, even if he doesn’t understand what it is about Harry that continues pulling him in. That’s all right; Louis has a week to figure it out, and Harry is plenty willing to help.

Except they don’t have a week. They have four days. Because on 15 April, their entire world will be turned upside down.

Or, the historically accurate Titanic AU with a happy ending.
fandom:one.direction  p:1d:harry/louis  quality:*****  length:50k+  type:big.bang  notes:gorgeous  notes:positive.ending  genre:au  genre:historical  authors:k  site:ao3  year:2016  rating:nc-17  !favorites  !rec 
february 2016 by rainbowslinky
on the other side like always - Anonymous - One Direction (Band), BBC Radio 1 RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Nick, and the rest of the country, realized fairly quickly that living in the zombie apocalypse – the daily, monotonous grind of living – isn’t actually that unbearable. It’s not really the end of the world, anyway. There’s just a fast-spreading disease prevalent among a large percentage of the population and as long as Nick stays out of the way of the infected, he’ll be safe, and when the infection is under control, then life can function as it used to.

At least that’s what Louis told him. And Louis should know, he guesses.
fandom:one.direction  p:1d:louis/nick  subject:zombies  type:exchange  setting:post-apoc  author:anon  length:10k-20k  site:ao3  year:2015  quality:*****  notes:fantastic  genre:angst  notes:positive.ending  rating:r  comm:onedirecshaw 
july 2015 by rainbowslinky
where did the party go - shuttermutt - One Direction (Band), Radio 1 RPF [Archive of Our Own]
"…insofar as the two parties who want to wed should decide to do so before they have both reached the age of eighteen (section 1.ii) they will have a period of one year henceforth to decide if the marriage is fruitful and if not, they shall be allowed to part as if having not been married in the first place…" Section 2 of the 'Romeo and Juliet law', passed into law in Britain and its territories, 1803



They duck into a tattoo parlour that’s halfway between the city centre and Harry’s mum’s and Zayn gets two black lines carefully inked onto his left ring finger. He smiles up at Harry while it’s being done.

"It’ll last forever," he says. "Just like us."
p:1d:harry/zayn  genre:angst  subject:marriage  type:big.bang  authors:s  site:ao3  year:2015  quality:*****  rating:nc-17  notes:depressing  notes:;_;  notes:positive.ending  fandom:one.direction 
june 2015 by rainbowslinky
The King of Spades - Chapter 1 - hazmesentir - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Undercover Metropolitan Police officer DC Louis Tomlinson has worked his way up the ranks of a prominent London crime family without raising suspicion, but when he finds himself pitted against a rising crime boss with a police background and a favoured employee by the name of Harry Styles, everything starts to unravel. Finding himself in the middle of an escalating war between two bosses whose bad blood runs deep into a violent past, Louis has to be even more careful where he steps in case his big secret catches up to him – and if it does, he knows he won't survive it.

Not to mention he's falling for someone he can't have – whose earnestness and honesty is a bright spot in a dark world – he can't sleep because his nightmares haunt him and he's in way over his head, but it's just a game, always just a game, and if Louis plays his cards right he might just make it out alive.
p:1d:harry/louis  length:100k+  character-type:criminal  character-type:lawman  notes:positive.ending  notes:depressing  tw:violence  fandom:one.direction  authors:h  site:ao3  year:2014  quality:*****  !rec  genre:action  rating:nc-17 
april 2015 by rainbowslinky
nocturne in silver and blue - Chapter 1 - tinyweirdloves - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
There’s a boy sitting on the branch. Harry’s sure he’s a real, live boy, not a pretend one. Only– he doesn’t look like any boy Harry’s seen before. Because he glows. His skin looks like there’s a gentle light coming out of it, and if Harry squints– are those colours on the boy’s skin? Harry suddenly thinks, looking at him, that he looks just like the sky.

[louis is a fallen star and harry brings him home. told over the course of fourteen years.]
[loved this one. a bit sad.]
p:1d:harry/louis  fandom:one.direction  length:50k+  subject:first.meetings  subject:first.kiss  character-type:!with.powers  genre:au  tw:underage  quality:*****  !favorites  !rec  year:2015  type:big.bang  site:ao3  authors:t  notes:melancholy  notes:positive.ending 
april 2015 by rainbowslinky
To Him Who in the Love of Nature - wayfared - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
“Enjoy your stay in Svalbard?” the cab driver asked over his shoulder.
“Amazing,” Harry answered for Louis, flashing his signature smile.
“Good,” the man nodded in approval. “Everyone is lucky in Svalbard. You're lucky, too.”



Or, after Louis' delicate world comes crashing down upon him, he takes off for the loneliest place he can think of. But, in the midst of the whirling snow, there's always a warm fireplace to come home to.

[gorgeous descriptions of svalbard and a natural mourning process]
fandom:one.direction  authors:w  p:1d:harry/louis  notes:positive.ending  setting:winter  length:50k+  year:2015  type:big.bang  genre:angst  notes:sweet  notes::(  subject:depression  subject:grief/mourning  quality:*****  site:ao3 
april 2015 by rainbowslinky
saudade - velvet_tuberose - One Direction (Band), Radio 1 RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Louis has been the leader of the anti-Government group for years: dealing banned items, distributing radical literature, and inciting people to rebel. What he doesn't realise is that there's an actual war brewing between the Government and the resistance, and Louis himself may be the final tipping point.

On top of all that is the slight problem that the Government is bringing Nick Grimshaw - who Louis most decidedly never dated - back on air to help their cause.

[great ot5, char death is not what it seems, WORLDBUILDING, DYSTOPIAN SPACE TOMLINSHAW. PLEASE READ THIS FIC]
setting:space  fandom:one.direction  authors:v  type:big.bang  length:20k-50k  p:1d:louis/nick  subject:character.death  notes:positive.ending  notes:melancholy  notes:;_;  notes:!!!  genre:au  subject:ptsd  tw:violence  site:ao3  year:2015  quality:*****  !favorites  !rec 
march 2015 by rainbowslinky
Just Holding On For Tonight - eversincewefellapart - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
AU. Although he’s been primed for stardom his whole life by an overbearing mother, Louis finds himself unable to deal with the massive fame and success being a world-famous popstar has brought along after only four years in the spotlight and is driven to the brink, which generally means too much partying, too much drinking, too much scrutinization from the public eye, and maybe a couple truly terrible decisions here and there.

It’s not long before his downward spiral takes the inevitable turn for the worse, only to be cut-off in the grand scheme of things by Harry Styles, a young cop and aspiring politician. Despite his wearing grip on reality, Louis finds himself falling for Harry fast and hard, without realizing the consequences.
fandom:one.direction  p:1d:harry/louis  type:big.bang  length:20k-50k  year:2015  quality:*****  site:ao3  genre:angst  tw:suicide  notes:positive.ending  notes:ouch  genre:romance  genre:hurt/comfort  character-type:non-famous  character-type:lawman  rating:nc-17  authors:e  genre:au 
march 2015 by rainbowslinky
We Used To Wait - sunsetmog - One Direction (Band), Radio 1 RPF [Archive of Our Own]
The BBC Breaking News Twitter just says, One Direction star Louis Tomlinson rushed to hospital after M25 car crash.

or: Louis has an accident, but nobody even knows he and Nick are going out.
fandom:one.direction  author:sunsetmog  p:1d:louis/nick  subject:injury  setting:hospital  !favorites  !rec  length:50k+  year:2015  subject:coming.out  subject:ptsd  rating:nc-17  notes::(  notes:positive.ending  genre:angst  genre:hurt/comfort  site:ao3  quality:***** 
february 2015 by rainbowslinky
keep our memories warm with me - lissomely - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Christmas AU in which Harry and Louis broke up three weeks ago. They haven't told the others, and they're planning to pretend everything's fine until after Liam's big Christmas Party. Which is just enough time to break Harry's heart all over again... but might also, just maybe, be enough time for Harry to fix everything and win Louis back.
p:1d:harry/louis  subject:breakups  subject:birthdays  subject:christmas  notes:positive.ending  rating:nc-17  length:20k-50k  site:ao3  authors:l  year:2015  quality:*****  genre:angst  genre:romance  fandom:one.direction 
january 2015 by rainbowslinky
strawberry milk fic - Wankerville - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
But recovery is also sleeping in on Mondays, and staying up late on Fridays. It is strawberry milk; sloshing like happiness in your tummy, the scent of new cotton candy candles washing through the air around you to remind you of the sweet things. It is laughing so hard you choke on your drink with a snort, and it starts to drip out of your nose. It is kisses that make your mind turn to honey, slow, unthinking, warm and sweet as you melt into this natural, creamy mess of love. It is feeling full after eating dinner, but getting dessert anyway, because god fucking damn it, you deserve that piece of double-decker chocolate pudding cake. It is remembering late at night, when you're trapped in tears and thoughts of all those moments, that feelings pass, and that tomorrow is going to be better. It is.

[or an au where harry paints his nails and drinks strawberry milk and is too nervous for it to be nothing and louis' just trying to figure out whats wrong with him][mind the tags]
p:1d:harry/louis  !masterpost  !favorites  !rec  tw:abuse  notes:positive.ending  kink:crossdressing  authors:w  site:ao3  fandom:one.direction  year:2014  genre:au  genre:romance  genre:angst  quality:*****  length:100k+ 
january 2015 by rainbowslinky
Devil in the Bible Belt - TinyBeautifulTales (MikeandHarveyTime) - One Direction (Band), Shameless (US) [Archive of Our Own]
A Shameless AU starring Louis as Fiona and Harry as Jimmy/Steve.

(or, Louis is raising his seven siblings by himself, and Harry steals cars and crash lands into Louis' life. Together, they navigate south side Chicago and love.)
p:1d:harry/louis  fandom:one.direction  fandom:shameless  genre:fusion  !favorites  !rec  length:20k-50k  year:2014  site:ao3  notes:positive.ending  authors:t  quality:***** 
january 2015 by rainbowslinky
A reason to believe in something more - Chapter 1 - sorcxita - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Harry isn’t his responsibility, that’s not how it works, and Louis has survived this far with his sanity mostly intact by following the rules and playing the game and, above all, not feeling much of anything.
fandom:one.direction  p:1d:harry/louis  character-type:sex.industry  character-type:slave  tw:non-con  tw:violence  genre:au  genre:action  genre:angst  notes:dark  !favorites  !rec  rating:nc-17  quality:*****  authors:s  site:ao3  year:2014  notes:fantastic  notes:positive.ending  length:100k+ 
december 2014 by rainbowslinky
Stars - Chapter 1 - taking_sweet_time - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Harry shouldn't be alive. Louis doesn't live until he's found him.
[they meet as kids, harry has leukemia. they grow up together. harry's leukemia returns.]
fandom:one.direction  p:1d:harry/louis  subject:cancer  setting:hospital  rating:g  !rec  length:20k-50k  year:2014  site:ao3  authors:t  quality:*****  notes:;_;  notes:positive.ending 
december 2014 by rainbowslinky
a hole inside a hurricane - usernicole - One Direction (Band), Radio 1 RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Before, Nick would have told everyone that he wouldn't sleep with Louis Tomlinson even if he were the last man on earth.

Well.

a This Is The End au
fandom:one.direction  p:1d:louis/nick  rating:nc-17  length:10k-20k  year:2014  quality:*****  site:ao3  subject:apocalypse  notes:positive.ending 
december 2014 by rainbowslinky
Intensified by Absence - littlecather - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
'He drank from the glass again, and then took a deep breath, as though steeling himself.

“Okay,” Niall repeated one more time. “I’ll - I’ll just tell you what I remember, because memory is as close as I’ve gotten to travelling through time myself.”'



The Time Traveler's Wife AU.
[LOVE ME A TIME TRAVELERS WIFE AU]
p:1d:harry/niall  subject:time.travel  !favorites  rating:nc-17  length:20k-50k  year:2014  authors:l  quality:*****  genre:angst  genre:romance  site:ao3  notes:positive.ending  notes:heartsforeyes 
november 2014 by rainbowslinky
you'll always be my thunder - tomorrows - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Louis doesn't let himself think about it. He doesn't think of The List or LA or the cobblestone streets he knows like the back of his hand by now. He ignores the way the sun reflects off the gold band on his finger and decidedly puts on the peppiest, most sickeningly upbeat tunes on his phone. The sound of Anne's voice was enough for him, he thinks. Now it's just a matter of coping. He wonders if he's got the strength to ignore the pain in his chest for that long, until the end of his life, he presumes.

Based on tags where a two-year long zombie apocalypse finally comes to an end and Louis and Harry don't know if the other's survived.
fandom:one.direction  p:1d:harry/louis  subject:zombies  subject:children  notes:positive.ending  genre:angst  setting:post-apoc  length:01K-05K  quality:*****  site:ao3  year:2014  authors:t 
october 2014 by rainbowslinky
(break me) like a promise - pendules - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Louis wonders why he's so fascinated by self-destruction. Maybe the people who are are the ones who could never really accomplish it, the ones who are too hopeful, the ones who care too much, the ones who feel too much and wish they didn't.

It's easier, really, than admitting you don't know what the right thing is anymore.

Maybe Louis' skin is clean but his thoughts aren't. Running away is easy as long as you don't look back, but Louis's never known how to do either.

Harry hasn't asked him anything yet, about what his plans are, if he's going to go to uni, and maybe he won't. Louis actually doesn't know what he'll say if he does. He tells people he's on a gap year; maybe it's the truth, maybe it's just his life now.

[Louis lives in a sleepy college town, helping his mum taking care of his sisters. Harry's just started school and is working part-time at a bakery he frequents.]
fandom:one.direction  !favorites  !rec  notes:depressing  notes:heartsforeyes  notes:positive.ending  notes:beautiful  p:1d:harry/louis  rating:r  setting:college  genre:angst  genre:romance  genre:au  length:10k-20k  year:2014  site:ao3  quality:*****  authors:p 
october 2014 by rainbowslinky
This Life Of Sin - Chapter 1 - thisonegoes - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
"People go crazy when it's hot. They get restless. Anxious."

Bonnie & Clyde AU where Zayn and Harry chase the heat as they work their way across Texas, taking what they want, because they can.

Because they're good at it.
!favorites  !rec  character-type:criminal  setting:road.trip  setting:texas  genre:au  p:1d:harry/zayn  length:20k-50k  notes:heartsforeyes  notes:positive.ending  year:2014  quality:*****  authors:t  genre:action  genre:romance  rating:nc-17 
september 2014 by rainbowslinky
Survive - Euphorion - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Louis remembers with utter clarity the way he felt in that moment, halfway slid to the floor with Zayn's head in his lap and Niall's feet digging into his side, with Harry's hand fondly atop his head, remembers looking at Liam, drinking him in, the little creases by his eyes, the wide stretch of his lips as he gives up on his impression entirely and just surrenders to his joy. He remembers the utter comfort of it, the little curl of something curious in his stomach, the burn of alcohol in his throat.

It's one of the last times he remembers being able to laugh freely and without fear.

Exactly one year later, he's crouched in the dark, fist closed loosely around the baseball bat at his side, listening. His back's pressed against the end of a bar, which feels wooden and shitty through his thin t-shirt and he makes an absent sort of note to be careful when he moves. The last thing he needs is to cut himself on a fucking loose nail or splinter. The smell of his blood would be like setting off a goddamn flare.

Zombie!AU, by which I mean, Zombie Apocalypse Future!fic. OT5 with definite Lilo and I suppose Narry focus, but really everything under the sun.
fandom:one.direction  pairing:1D.OT5  p:1d:liam/louis  subject:zombies  quality:*****  !favorites  !rec  genre:angst  genre:action  genre:horror  notes:positive.ending  site:ao3  year:2013  authors:e 
august 2014 by rainbowslinky
we are not alone in the dark with our demons - alison - One Direction (Band), Radio 1 RPF [Archive of Our Own]
It's a Wednesday when Nick leaves. One too many questions about his feelings for Harry Styles, one too many jokes, one too many laughs. He leaves because he can't anymore, can't pretend that's all it is: a joke. He can't play along anymore, so he walks out of the studio and gets in his car and drives, the destination not seeming important in this moment.

The last person he would expect to find him is Louis.
rating:r  !favorites  p:1d:louis/nick  length:20k-50k  fandom:one.direction  authors:a  site:ao3  notes:ouch  year:2014  quality:*****  genre:angst  genre:romance  genre:hurt/comfort  notes::(  notes:positive.ending 
april 2014 by rainbowslinky
An Englishman in New York - tilda - One Direction (Band), Radio 1 RPF [Archive of Our Own]
[It’s been a long time and Harry thought he’d let Nick go.]
Nick looks up.

He’s older obviously, but still with the same impish set to his face. It’s like looking into the past and future at the same time. They hold each other’s gaze as Harry makes his way over, Nick taking a sip of his drink without breaking eye contact. He doesn’t get up, just stays half-sitting on the stool, until Harry’s stood in front of him. They’re both threatening to smile any second and Harry wonders who’s going to break first.

[sequel here - http://archiveofourown.org/works/3783406]
rating:nc-17  fandom:one.direction  length:10k-20k  !favorites  quality:*****  site:ao3  year:2014  notes:depressing  notes:heartsforeyes  notes:fantastic  notes:positive.ending  type:future!fic  notes:unsettling  setting:nyc  genre:angst  genre:romance  p:1d:harry/nick  !has.a.sequel 
march 2014 by rainbowslinky
In any Universe - rivers_bend - One Direction (Band), Radio 1 RPF [Archive of Our Own]
When Harry Styles and Zayn Malik don’t make the cut the first time they audition for X-Factor, they decide to stay in London as motivation to try again the following year, and get jobs in a cafe across the street from BBC Broadcasting House. A cafe where Radio 1 DJ, Nick Grimshaw, finds himself one cold, dark evening in need of a coffee and a disarming smile.
fandom:one.direction  site:ao3  year:2014  length:20k-50k  quality:*****  rating:nc-17  author:rivers_bend  genre:au  kink:bondage  kink:pain  setting:coffeshop  type:first-time  notes:positive.ending  notes:heartsforeyes  p:1d:harry/nick 
january 2014 by rainbowslinky
Just Hold On, We're Going Home - cantgetnoworse - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Harry's fingers shake. He wants him to say something. More than that, he wants Louis to hug him and tell him he loves him, that tonight was just a bad night, an anomaly.

"I'm so bloody tired," is what Louis says instead.

Harry works in an office and Louis works in a bar. He doesn't want them to grow apart.
fandom:one.direction  genre:au  site:ao3  authors:c  tw:suicide  notes:positive.ending  genre:angst  character-type:bartender  year:2013  length:05k-10k  quality:*****  p:1d:harry/louis 
november 2013 by rainbowslinky
Let the Words Fall Out - pertunes - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
It’s not a thing, he decides. It’s not going to be a thing, because his ears have been ringing for months and so what if some days he feels like he’s straining to hear what even Niall’s jabbering on about.

Louis loses his hearing.
fandom:one.direction  site:ao3  authors:p  rating:g  subject:disability  length:05k-10k  notes:positive.ending  quality:*****  year:2013  !favorites  genre:angst  genre:hurt/comfort  p:1d:harry/louis 
october 2013 by rainbowslinky
keep my heart slow - estrella30 - One Direction (Band), Radio 1 RPF [Archive of Our Own]
Cities and shows pass in a blur. Half the time Harry barely knows where they’re pulling into before they get there but he tries to think of something about each place to text Nick about, something to keep Nick involved in his life even when he’s away.
fandom:one.direction  site:ao3  rating:r  notes:positive.ending  genre:angst  notes::(  quality:*****  length:10k-20k  setting:on.tour  year:2013  author:estrella30  p:1d:harry/nick 
october 2013 by rainbowslinky
Good Thing At a Bad Time - scottmcniceass - One Direction (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Zayn prefers to be on his own. It's easier to survive when you don't have to worry about anyone else. Liam leads a large group of people that have taken residence in an abandoned prison. When Zayn wakes up in a prison cell, all he can think about is finding a way out. Liam makes him want to stay.

[a Walking Dead AU]
fandom:one.direction  site:ao3  rating:nc-17  length:20k-50k  subject:zombies  subject:first.meetings  subject:apocalypse  year:2013  authors:s  notes:heartsforeyes  notes:;_;  notes:positive.ending  genre:angst  genre:romance  quality:*****  p:1d:liam/zayn 
september 2013 by rainbowslinky
Us Ones in Between - comeswithaprice - Pacific Rim (2013) [Archive of Our Own]
He likes the pain. There’s no point in denying it. The needle touches his skin and he likes the way it feels, the scratch and burn of it - he even likes the humming noise of the Stigma Rotary. Six hours later, Trespasser is staring at him from his left thigh.
fandom:pacific.rim  pairing:newt/hermann  year:2013  quality:*****  length:05k-10k  site:ao3  authors:c  rating:r  type:character.study  genre:angst  notes:depressing  notes:fantastic  notes:positive.ending  subject:tattoos 
august 2013 by rainbowslinky
Maybe In Another Universe I Deserve You - zarimav - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
[Russia held particular remembrance because he was there when they took the Czar and his family away. He remembered Nicholas's proud face and the scared looks of his daughters. Enjolras (Evgeni then) was so proud, and for once Grantaire thought that they would live this one out. Evgeni fucked him that night, and he was happy in his victory and Grantaire almost couldn't bear it. They were fumbling in the dark, breathless laughter punctuated by breathless moans, and they fell asleep entwined. Grantaire felt as close to complete as he had since he'd first had Enjolras in his grasp almost a hundred years ago.]
fandom:les.mis  pairing:enjolras/grantaire  subject:reincarnation  genre:angst  notes:depressing  site:ao3  subject:character.death  notes:positive.ending  quality:*****  year:2013  authors:z  length:10k-20k  rating:r  tw:violence  tw:homophobia 
june 2013 by rainbowslinky
so bright and bold - aeternium
He kicks a soldier hard enough in the face to draw blood. Half-crucified and still they cannot keep him tamed. He is what they made him, after all. [Agron leaves him so he can have a chance to live free. Nasir has other ideas.]
fandom:spartacus  author:aeternium  pairing:agron/nasir  season:three  !favorites  quality:*****  site:ao3  year:2013  notes:;_;  genre:angst  rating:r  notes:positive.ending  @twitter  length:01K-05K 
march 2013 by rainbowslinky
make one dream come true (you only live twice) - beardsley - Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
[Five times the Winter Soldier evaded capture.

In which there are tuxedoes, vodka martinis (shaken, not stirred), fakeout makeouts, massive property damage, a shark pit, and Steve has an Ursula Andress moment. But mostly, in true James Bond fashion, villains are seduced to the side of good.] [Wheezing at how amazing this is. ALL MY STEVE/BUCKY FEELS]
fandom:avengers  authors:b  site:ao3  year:2012  pov:steve.rogers  rating:nc-17  type:first-time  trope:5+1  !favorites  !rec  length:10k-20k  quality:*****  notes:positive.ending  notes:fantastic  notes:heartsforeyes  genre:romance  genre:action  c:marvel:bucky.barnes  p:marvel:bucky/steve 
november 2012 by rainbowslinky
The Heat and Breeze - bellinibeignet
[It is the summer of 1936, and Steve Rogers writes a letter confessing his desire for Anthony Stark, and just when things seem to finally fall into place, their chance together is shattered.

A story of passion, lies, and estrangement in a time of war.]

[Probably the only AU fic I ever need in my life, lbr. Atonement AU with a happy ending? BEST.]
fandom:avengers  genre:au  genre:angst  genre:action  genre:romance  genre:fusion  setting:wwii  character-type:soldier  character-type:medical.profession  tw:homophobia  notes:positive.ending  notes:fantastic  !favorites  !rec  authors:b  length:20k-50k  site:ao3  year:2012  setting:nyc  setting:europe  notes:gorgeous  notes:quality.descriptions  notes:happy-making  notes:heartsforeyes  quality:*****  pov:steve.rogers  pov:tony.stark  rating:r  p:marvel:tony/steve 
september 2012 by rainbowslinky
argumentum ad ignorantiam - lanyon - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
“Don’t dare say he was a victim,” says Clint because it hurts that anyone could think that Phil Coulson was anything other than a hero.

“He was a good man,” says Steve, calmly, as though Clint has said nothing. “And he made his own choices. And - ” He pauses, his voice softer when he continues. “I never thought I’d have this conversation with anyone else.

[Clint Barton excels at loss. Childhood, parents, dignity, virginity, his brother, peace of mind, his brother again, free will and Phil Coulson.]
fandom:avengers  verse:mcu  setting:post-movie  type:coda  site:ao3  authors:l  rating:pg  subject:character.death  notes:positive.ending  notes:warm.and.fuzzy  !favorites  !rec  pov:clint.barton  subject:ust  genre:angst  genre:romance  notes:heartsforeyes  notes:happy-making  year:2012  quality:*****  length:01K-05K  p:marvel:steve/clint  p:marvel:clint/coulson  p:marvel:bucky/steve 
september 2012 by rainbowslinky
The Man with the Clockwork Heart - indigostohelit
[ His village destroyed by the northern Empire, Steve Rogers is sold as a slave to Lord Tony Stark, a man with no heart but a ticking clockwork machine inside his chest. He's been told that Lord Stark takes pleasure slaves, and bitter, grieving, and terrified, he expects nothing more of a northerner. But months pass, and Stark does nothing. In a rapidly unfolding chaos of scheming politics and a clockwork world, Steve begins to wonder what sort of man Stark is-- and whether he'd mind being a pleasure slave at all.][AKA that Steampunk AU I didn't know I'd love so much.]
fandom:avengers  genre:angst  genre:romance  character-type:slave  genre:au  site:ao3  authors:i  year:2012  length:20k-50k  rating:nc-17  pov:steve.rogers  notes:fantastic  notes:quality.dialogue  notes:positive.ending  notes:quality.descriptions  genre:fantasy  type:first-time  quality:*****  p:marvel:tony/steve 
august 2012 by rainbowslinky
slipping through the years - often_adamanta
[The plane crash and subsequent ice might have killed him, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t still around, haunting those he cares about. And since the only person who can see him is Tony Stark, death sure isn’t going to be boring.][In which Steve is a ghost and lives through the 70 years in ice. Tony is the only one who can see him and he is Tony's best friend]
fandom:avengers  verse:mcu  subject:haunting  character-type:ghost  site:ao3  year:2012  quality:*****  notes:warm.and.fuzzy  !rec  !favorites  notes:positive.ending  pov:steve.rogers  authors:o  length:10k-20k  rating:r  genre:angst  genre:romance  genre:hurt/comfort  genre:au  type:first-time  subject:time.travel  subject:first.meetings  p:marvel:tony/steve 
august 2012 by rainbowslinky
Fragments of a Different War - Muccamukk - Marvel, Captain America, Iron Man (Comic) [Archive of Our Own]
You've always been so good at seeing all the angles and choosing the lesser of two evils." He shifted his grip so that they were holding hands, and pressed his gloved fist to Tony's heart. "But we're in this together now, and if we're going to make a new future together, we're going to have to find a third way. Whatever it is what we end up doing, we have to do it fairly and openly. And, Tony, I need to do it honestly. Do you understand what I mean?"

[Death, love and the Superhero Registration Act, as they might have happened.]
fandom:avengers  verse:616  setting:civil.war  genre:au  year:2009  site:ao3  authors:m  !rec  type:non-linear  notes:positive.ending  genre:angst  genre:romance  quality:*****  length:01K-05K 
august 2012 by rainbowslinky
This time tomorrow (where were we?) - dorcas_gustine - Marvel 616 [Archive of Our Own]
Steve's hands, seemingly by their own volition, raise to settle on each side of Tony's face. Tony looks up at him expectantly, but his eyes are lifeless. He shouldn't feel sympathy for this man, but Tony has always held a special place in his heart. Tony's always been the only one who could make him feel like he belonged and was out of place at the same time. Tony's always been made of opposites and contradictions, a familiar unknown territory, an oxymoron. [Tony goes to see Wanda, and suddenly Steve is alive and there are Skrulls! Or maybe Tony is just going crazy.]
fandom:avengers  verse:616  authors:d  pov:tony.stark  subject:time.travel  year:2009  site:ao3  !favorites  quality:*****  length:50k+  rating:nc-17  notes:fantastic  notes:positive.ending  genre:angst  genre:romance  subject:aliens  setting:post-civil.war  pov:steve.rogers  !rec  p:marvel:tony/steve 
august 2012 by rainbowslinky
Average Avengers Local Chapter 7 of New York City - hetrez - Multifandom [Archive of Our Own]
The thing of it is, Steve keeps inviting Tony along, and Tony keeps going. He talks to Pepper about setting up that partnership program, and for a while all her emails to him have subject lines like, "TONY STARK DON'T MAKE ME COME OVER THERE I KNOW WHERE YOU SLEEP." But it gets Stark Industries good press and it's actually easier to walk into a business and say, "Hey, you should start using union labor," when there’s some kind of official, legal, aboveboard incentive. Also, it makes him feel less like Al Capone. [Steve and Tony accidentally start a national do-gooders association and fall in love.]
fandom:avengers  notes:positive.ending  genre:romance  length:05k-10k  authors:h  quality:*****  site:ao3  year:2012  setting:nyc  pov:tony.stark  !favorites  p:marvel:tony/steve 
july 2012 by rainbowslinky
Disclosures - gqgqqt -
Phil Coulson is miserable, distrusted by most of SHIELD, and still doesn't remember why.

It's only going to get worse before it gets better. [in which Phil doesn't remember important mission details, Clint secretly does; Clint has magical healing powers that are killing him; Loki possesses him and cuts off two of Phil's fingers; And basically SUPER ANGSTY TORTURE ETC ETC]
fandom:avengers  genre:angst  notes:depressing  notes:dark  pov:phil.coulson  subject:amnesia  setting:road.trip  subject:ptsd  length:50k+  authors:g  site:ao3  year:2012  quality:*****  notes:positive.ending  type:casefic  !favorites  tw:torture  c:marvel:loki  p:marvel:clint/coulson  tag:now.deleted 
july 2012 by rainbowslinky
From Brain to Page - all the transparence (in the shades of red)
“You remembered me.” She settles over him, feels the length of him against her.

“It could have killed you,” he says, “me remembering you.”

[It is not always about remaking, about reconstruction; sometimes it is just about trust.]

“No,” she whispers. “Clint, it saved us both.”
fandom:avengers  rating:r  notes:hnnnng  notes:positive.ending  type:coda  setting:post-movie  pov:natasha.romanova  site:lj  quality:*****  year:2012  authors:t  genre:angst  genre:romance  authors:k  !favorites  length:01K-05K  p:marvel:clint/natasha 
july 2012 by rainbowslinky
Indebted - sablier_bloque - The Avengers (2012) [Archive of Our Own]
“Just shoot him,” he whispers, but it’s like Sazonov flipped a switch by touching her, and she is senseless, completely inside herself. “Tasha, come on.” He stands behind her, moving her arms to hold the gun toward Sazonov’s face. Clint curls his finger over hers and pulls the trigger. He hopes it will be enough, that she will still consider it her own vengeance. He doesn’t want to take that away from her.

He doesn’t want to take anything away from her.

[Clint Barton is sent to kill a 14 year old girl named Natalia Romanova. He makes a different call.]
fandom:avengers  type:origin.story  authors:s  site:ao3  year:2012  length:10k-20k  rating:nc-17  genre:angst  genre:romance  notes:depressing  notes:dark  notes:positive.ending  pov:clint.barton  type:casefic  subject:first.meetings  quality:*****  !favorites  p:marvel:clint/natasha  tw:underage 
june 2012 by rainbowslinky
The moon accepts your ridiculous proposal - Avengers Fic: Two Truths and a Lie [1/2]
Natasha woke suddenly, full of fear and pain and the realization that she had no idea where she was. She bolted upright, only to to meet with a blinding pain in her head.

“Take it easy, hot sauce, I don’t think you’re ready to start doing jumping jacks yet.” [Clint and Natasha remember Budapest very differently.]
fandom:avengers  authors:h  site:lj  year:2012  rating:pg-13  type:casefic  genre:action  setting:budapest  length:10k-20k  quality:*****  type:first-time  notes:positive.ending  p:marvel:clint/natasha 
june 2012 by rainbowslinky
Bob5 - I'm Making Eyes at You (Black Widow/Hawkeye; One-shot)
Even despite their intimate relationship, Natasha feels cold and detached. Always operating under total control, every assurance of affection seems shallow and plastic. Clint tries to work through it, but after all that training Natasha really can't let go.

So he cheats on her. He takes a lover that responds to his touch without calculation, who really lets him know how they feel, whose sweet murmurs seem genuine. He does it partly to fill the cold ache of loneliness, but partly to test if Natasha really feels anything for him at all.

It breaks her heart.
fandom:avengers  authors:b  subject:cheating  genre:romance  genre:angst  notes:positive.ending  site:lj  quality:*****  year:2012  rating:r  author:bob5fic  length:01K-05K  p:marvel:clint/natasha 
june 2012 by rainbowslinky
Rivers and Roads, an avengers fanfic - FanFiction.Net
Two days after everything came so terribly close to ending, Clint asks for a leave of absence. Fury looks at him, sees everything he's so desperately trying to hide, and nods. He tries not to show how thankful he is for the silent understanding—tries to preserve a little bit of his dignity as he turns and walks away, fighting the urge to run with every marching step.
notes:positive.ending  site:ff.net  authors:s  year:2012  quality:*****  setting:post-movie  rating:pg-13  pov:clint.barton  genre:hurt/comfort  fandom:avengers  !favorites  length:01K-05K  p:marvel:clint/natasha 
june 2012 by rainbowslinky

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