the best of the best of what i read in 2013*
*there’s a very good chance I’ve forgotten something, or maybe if I’m lucky, something amazing will be posted in these last few days before 2014 begins. Either way, this will likely be updated.
Happens All Too Fast - hints of larry ; Louis slots into the seat next to Harry, and Liam sinks down in the seat next to Zayn, and Niall doesn’t know why, but all of a sudden he feels left out. Law school AU.
Bleach and Fabric Softener - Harry’s roommate Louis had managed to turn their washing machine into something from The Exorcist, forcing the boys to use a local Laundromat. However, after coming across a blonde boy with blue eyes and a smile that made his insides squirm, Harry didn’t think it would be too bad.
flashback sunday - side lilo ; Harry knows how his romantic comedy ends up. He just isn’t entirely sure how they get there. In other words, Niall is a carefree sweetheart and Harry is an emotionally stunted bloke with a bad memory, but it isn’t a big deal, because they’re in love. (Just don’t expect them to talk about it.)
Harry’s New Apartment - side lilo ; On his travels he constantly finds bits and pieces of furniture or paintings for Harry’s place. He manages to find a bookcase and an old armchair for Harry’s room and one day sends Harry a picture of a dirty, broken lamp shade with the caption ‘What do you think? Perfect for the lounge?’ and Harry always shakes his head and laughs at Niall as he drags something new through the door.
let me be your love - Harry doesn’t understand what went wrong. Niall and he had a good arrangement.
Break My Pride - niall/OFC ; Niall wonders how it’s possible to achieve so much, yet have so little to show for it. All he wants is a reason to live.
You’re Young and You’re Dumb - Niall spends the whole day and the next morning fucking Harry.
It Feels Like Years - side lilo ; It’s easy to stop thinking, worrying, when he’s with Niall, like it’s all on instinct. (Community college!AU where basically Niall and Harry fall in love and there’s kittens and cuddling for warmth and woo-ing and Liam and Louis are hopeless).
Tell Me How To Turn Your Love On - genderswap ; cisgirl!Harry ; “Wanna come upstairs?” he murmurs, sounding slightly less sure than he’s been acting so far. Harry looks up at him as his hand gravitates up to press at the back of her neck, a quiet smile on his lips and God, yeah, she does want to.
so much of the city is our bodies - zouis ; harry/nick grimshaw ; A place/ where everything too big to take apart/ had been left behind. Toronto AU.
If we dream forever, what happens next - Niall meets Harry on the train and can’t stop thinking about him. Then one evening when they get off the train, Harry invites him back to his.
sunshine and bubblegum - genderswap ; cisgirl!harry ; She sets her can on the coffee table and pivots to face Niall. The curtains and blinds are open, so the light makes him glow. His cheeks are redder than usual from the booze. Harry really wants to kiss him.
Maybe With Me - Harry tries to help Niall hook up. Set during the American leg of the TMH tour.
come a little closer - Watching Niall dressed in half a tux, buttons undone at his throat, Harry feels like he’s seeing Niall for the first time.
remember that time on the bus - harry and niall start shagging
See You Later, Boy - One Day, Niall runs Harry over with a skateboard.
Hold You in the Palm of my Hand - As with most of their sexual adventures, it’s Harry who makes it a thing, who brings it up as something they should do. It’s not that Niall doesn’t want it, it just doesn’t occur to him to do something different until Harry murmurs, “Could you pull my hair, please?” or shyly asks if Niall would mind maybe using a vibrator.
I think you’re something that I want to be - Harry’s starting to think that Niall’s a zombie
It Sure Been a Cold, Cold Winter - ”I’d only just seen you the day before that,” Harry says. “I thought I better come up with some excuse to go out there to you. Maybe say you looked cold, pull a Hansel and Gretel sort of thing and lure you with treats. Turns out you did look cold and I didn’t have to leave bread crumbs,”
this is no bridget jones- larry ; ziam ; ot5 ; “Harry,” Zayn feels like he’s losing it, “Harry, you know my life isn’t a romantic comedy, right? No matter how much you try and make it one.” “Please, I’ve seen Love, Actually like… thirty times,” Harry says, grinning. “This is going to be so much better.”
Made To Be - larry ; Niall’s seventeen and feeling a bit invisible. With busy lawyer parents and a best friend whose mind is halfway across the world, he’s sick of feeling alone. Zayn’s twenty and feeling a bit bitter. He works two jobs to get by and has this self-imposed loneliness he’s starting to regret. Then he meets Niall and things start looking up for the both of them.
Something For the Pain - He has the briefest moment of clarity, this agonizing realization that something is terribly wrong. And then the pain hits, like a semi slamming headlong right into his chest. Football AU.
Nicest Thing - narry ; He’s the best and the worst thing in Niall’s life. And he wants it to be more. Wishes that it were different. Hate’s himself because it’s not. But he can’t change it. Won’t change it. And that’s probably what hurts the most.
just a teenage dirtbag, baby - genderswap ; cisgirl!niall ; cisgirl!zayn ; “You think I should hook up with Niall, don’t you?” Zayn asks suddenly, turning to stare at Harry. He chokes on his coffee, and Zayn smiles despite herself.
Experience Points - genderswap ; cisgirl!niall ; cisgirl!zayn ; lirry ; The good news is that Simon has decided to let Zayn start officially developing the game she and Liam have spent years talking about creating. The bad news is that, because Liam is bedridden after a debilitating accident, Simon puts the new girl, Niall, on the project with Zayn instead. The worse news is that Niall is just Zayn’s type.
That don’t kill me - Zayn goes solo and Niall goes home.
Clair-Obscur - lilo ; Zayn and Niall act on a bet they made with each other, and the pay-off ends up being more complicated than either of them expected.
to put a little sunshine in your life - larry ; san diego au. zayn’s a brooklyn boy who follows his maybe-ex-girlfriend to san diego. it turns out a whole lot lovelier than he could have hoped.
staked through the heart and you’re to blame (you give love a bad name) - Zayn’s a vampire slayer and Niall’s a vampire and it’s all as star-crossed as it sounds. But also, maybe it’s not. (Featuring Liam as a Watcher that would give a certain Sunnydale librarian heart palpitations and Louis as the hell-raising—but not in the literal sense—sidekick. Plus, Harry.)
the creation of ursa major - Niall would pull him all the way if he could, wrap his sunlight infused hand around Zayn’s and pull them up until they couldn’t breathe. And Zayn would let him, only to return (loyal, dependable, periodic) and settle around his Sirius before he’d float off again.
#Bring1dtoTortall - A new page named Niall arrives in the palace to begin his training to become a knight of the realm. Basically a medieval boarding school AU that takes place during The Immortals War quartet from Tamora Pierce’s Legends of Tortall.
Blasted - Zayn teaches Niall to skateboard. They end up doing a lot of other things as well.
here I love you - Niall and Zayn (and the rest of the gang) are students at NYU, and Niall and Zayn live together in an overpriced shoebox apartment in the Village. Also, Niall’s been in love with Zayn since freshmen year.
lean back - ”Roughhousing,” Niall clarifies, inching closer so he doesn’t have to raise his voice and risk waking Harry. “It turns you on. You’re like an actual Pavlov’s Bell.” “You know what Pavlov’s Bell is?” Zayn asks, looking genuinely surprised.
brighter than sunshine - the one where Niall and Harry work in a bakery and Louis and Zayn are struggling to figure it all out.
me and you, you and me - Niall works at the pizza place in town and Zayn is completely smitten. Meanwhile, Harry’s a dope, Louis’ an arse, and Liam just wants everyone to get along.
Parallel on the Other Side - liam doesn’t believe in ghosts, but harry is nice to him anyway. (a casper AU, sort of)
baby, it’s cold outside - the one where harry and liam spend christmas together
A Place in the Sun - narry ; Louis is looking forward to spending the whole summer with Harry and his friends, working at a summer camp, drinking and being generally stupid. But there’s a new counselor who’s actually read the rulebook, and he’s going to ruin everything.
Searching For a Language (That The Two Of Us Can Speak) - ziall ; In which Louis notices something is going on between Niall and Zayn. Liam notices something is going on with Louis. And, at one point, Harry is the only one still speaking to everyone in the group.
Paris Pratique - The one where Louis is a priest working in France, and Liam is visiting Paris for the summer.
If It Makes You Less Unhappy - “Listen. You can do whatever you’d like, but you told me that you were going to be taking a year of your life living here— in Italy, right?” He looks into Liam’s eyes for confirmation, squeezing gently into his shoulder. “Right?” Liam nods. He shivers at the realization that he’s going to be here for a year. His pilgrimage has only just begun. He hadn’t really thought about how much a year could change a person—perhaps even a week. He can already tell by the end of this conversation with Niall, change may come more quickly.
Shine So Bright (I Light the Night) - genderswap ; girl!niall ; girl!liam ; Liam is breathing in the stench of a hundred sweaty people, her eardrums may have actually already exploded, she hasn’t had a proper meal all day, and she’s ecstatic. Or, Liam and Niall meet at a festival and get along very very well.
hear the wheels as they roll - Louis gives Niall a lift from New York City to Austin, Texas, and learns to stop thinking quite so much along the way.
La Déluge - in which Louis steals a painting, gets banned from staying in hotels, sleeps through meeting David Beckham, and realizes that he’s in love with both Eleanor and Niall.
high for this - Niall tags along while Louis smokes weed during the European tour leg, and everything is more complicated than it needs to be.
(these fishes in the sea) they’re staring at me - harry is a mermaid and zayn is a photographer.
(you can still be) who you wish you is - ziall ; larry an american street art au, set in New York because i am predictable.
tales of a love in parts of a whole - genderswap ; cisgirl!niall ; cisgirl!louis ; cisgirl!harry ; Liam spends his days working at the coffee shop, doing his best to figure out the relationship between his coworkers, Louis and Harry, how exactly their friends Zayn and Niall are involved, and whether or not anyone will remember to put the caramel syrup back in its proper place. (Hint: they’re all sleeping together and no, no one ever remembers.)
all over my blond south - eleanor/liam/louis ; Liam realizes he functions better if he gets to wear heels every so often, except it turns into more.
circle game - harry/louis/niall ; Louis finds he can love them both because he’s grateful, because Niall tempers them and Harry is, somehow, an anchor, and there’s no luckier thing than not having to choose.
one of these nights verse - niall/bressie ; nessie trilogy
the block party verse - seattle verse ; niam ; narry ; niall/leigh-anne
(lets imagine the end) before we begin - liam/niall/zayn ; ziall ; a university AU where Liam pines often, though he’s not always too sure who he’s pining after.