(I don’t even remember how the subject came up but @beatlemaniacinthetardis and I were taking about the Amis getting together at someone’s house and telling each other stories from when they came out of the closet. We stayed up way too late last night coming up with these so we felt the need to share)
Bahorel comes out to his family when he goes downstairs in the rainbowest of rainbow shirts, announces that he’s going to Pride, and just sort of stares at each of them until they understand.
Courfeyrac realizes he’s gay in his preteen years and it takes him like a year to work up the courage to come out to his friends (Enjolras and Combeferre) and family (mom and dad). When he tells them they all just go “sweetie, we know”. Enjolras and Combeferre bake him a confetti cake that says CONGRATS in edible glitter. Courfeyrac cries.
Feuilly doesn’t really have anyone to come out to, since he has no living relations and he went straight into a job at a young age. He kind of…forgets to, to be honest, so he’s not out to his co-workers. They only find out when Bahorel comes to get him from work one day and he kisses Feuilly hello.
Like in canon, Cosette grows up into a pretty girl who loves attention. She’s very meticulous about the way she looks and is like nice when she notices guys checking her out. One day, though, a pretty girl smiles at her and does the checking-out thing and Cosette is like oh no when she feels her heart do the THING. She tells papa later that evening, and he’s amazing and supportive because, well, he’s Jean Valjean. He joins her marching in the Pride parade the following summer.
Enjolras’ coming out doesn’t go so well. He’s pretty much known he likes boys since forever ago, but only tells his parents at the end of high school. His parents are cold and arrange a Nice Girl for him to marry at the age of 25 or whatever. Enjolras fights with them on it, but when they continue to stand firm he decides they don’t deserve to be in his life anyway. He moves in with Combeferre, who he came out to years ago.
Joly and Bossuet, who have basically known each other since birth, come out to each other before anyone else. They then make a pact to come out to their friends and family on the same day. Bossuet’s parents don’t take it so well–his dad is pissed, and his mom tries to push him to go back to church. His friends, too, say “yeah that’s cool” but he can tell every time he says something that even approaches the subject of his sexuality that they’re weird about it. Joly’s, on the other hand, went well. His friends start teasing him like “yeah man I bet you thought you had appendicitis the first time you saw a guy you liked” and stuff, but they’re cool with it. Joly’s family ends up pretty much adopting Bossuet, too. Bossuet’s parents come knocking for him one day and Joly’s four younger siblings work together to slam the door in their face. (Bonus: since those two have a hivemind, they tell each other about being poly the same day.)
The subject of their combined affections, Musichetta, was a total badass about her coming out. She told her parents straight up that she was poly/pan. They were not sold on the idea, but she told them to accept her as she was or she’d leave without a second thought. It takes them a while to get used to the idea, but Chetta answers whatever questions they have. They grow to understand her, and come to love Joly and Bossuet once the three of them start dating.
Jehan has a hard time with it all. They WANT to come out, to family and friends alike, but they want to understand themselves before they try and explain it to anyone else. They tell this to the Amis who are all just like…you don’t have to ever figure it out. It’s alright. No matter who you are or what you do or who you love, we’ll be here to support you. Jehan cries really hard because they’ve been so confused for so long and their found family is saying that it’s okay to be unsure forever because who needs a title anyway? The greatest of group hugs happens that day, Jehan smiling in the centre of it. (Bonus: shortly after that, Jehan asks the Amis to start saying “they/them”. Grantaire buys a ton of neutral-looking clothes with gross flower print that he knows Jehan will LOVE. Enjolras falls in love with R a lil bit more since he knows he doesn’t have all that much money but he spent a bunch of it for Jehan to be happy and comfortable anyway).
Combeferre comes out to all his friends shortly after he meets them, but he never comes out to his family at all. He knows they’re homophobic, and a) he doesn’t like to start fights, and b) he decides that they don’t deserve to know. In an act of silent rebellion, he secretly gets a part-time job as a sales guy at a boot shop for drag queens. Courfeyrac’s the shop’s #1 customer. (Kinky Boots AU someone back me up here)
While Marius is almost entirely on the straight side, but every so often he’ll meet a man who sets his little Pontmercy heart aflutter. Courf is one of those guys and when they end up roommates Marius kind of…”aksdjasgkdhdh Lord save my poor bisexual soul”. But then he meets Cosette. He doesn’t tell her for ages because he’s terrified of what she’ll think, but eventually he works up the courage. She laughs because hey she’s bi too!! From that point on, they point out attractive people of various genders to each other while they’re on dates. (Bonus: one day, Marius and his grandfather get into an argument about politics over dinner. In a moment of passion, Marius stands and yells “LONG LIVE NAPOLEON! ALSO, I SOMETIMES LIKE BOYS!” His grandfather faints into his chair.)
Eponine never really had friends, so she has no frame of reference for what romantic attraction feels like. When she meets Marius, she figures instantly that what she’s feeling is romantic love. Shortly after, she meets Cosette and feels the same way. Now she’s confused. And then she meets the rest of the Amis and feels the same way about ALL of them. It’s very strange to have a crush on everyone, she thinks. With Grantaire and Jehan’s help, she comes to understand that what she’s feeling is, in fact, platonic love. And god, is she relieved to know. The only family members she tells about being aro/ace are Gavroche and Azelma. Azelma is like “I think that might be me too” and Gav is like “sweet, more lovely ladies for me”.
FINALLY, Grantaire. He’s never really given a shit about what gender his lovers were, and never given a shit about who knows about it. He doesn’t know or care whether or not his parents know. But oh, god, then he meets Enjolras, and can no longer imagine loving anyone else of any gender. When the Amis share their coming out stories, he just snorts and says ‘does it count if you’re only attracted to one person?’ and he accidentally stares at Enj as he says it and the Amis collectively suck in a breath because if they didn’t know who he was talking about before, they certainly do now. (Bonus: Everyone braces themselves when Enj stands up and goes to R, thinking Enj is going to try and start shit, but they start applauding when instead Enjolras grabs Grantaire’s face and kisses the life out of him).
I was just thinking about how entertaining a body swap between Jehan and Enjolras would be.
How wacky would that be though?
Enjolras blinks his way to consciousness, the light shining through the window left open, and he doesn’t remember leaving said window open. The apartment smells like citrus and lavender. Maybe Combeferre has made some tea…
But then he realises there are arms knotted around his waist, and the embrace is tightening and what the fuck? He managed to crane his neck enough to realise the person spooning him is Montparnasse and he lets out a strangled exclamation/scream because, again, WHAT.THE.FUCK? Enjolras shuffles out of Montparnasse’s grip and distances himself as much as possible, taking all the covers with him, while his bed “buddy” is left naked and confused on the mattress.
“What’s going on?” Montparnasse mumbles, his eyes struggling against the light.
“YOU is going on! What the fuck are you doing in my bed, you creep?!”
Montparnasse is even more confused because??? But also speechless.
“What are you waiting for? Leave!”
“I-Love, did I do someth-”
“Jesus are you high?”
“Jehan, what the fuck?”
Okay, Montparnasse is definitely high. Or that’s what Enjolras thinks until he catches a glance of himself in a mirror facing him, in a bedroom that is definitely not his own. And a body that is DEFINITELY not his own!
“Oh fuck… Fuck, fuck, fuck!”
A ringtone startles both Enjolras and Montparnasse. Hesitantly, Montparnasse reaches for the phone on the nightstand next to him, keeping his eyes on Jehan. Or rather, whom he thinks is Jehan.
He frowns. His jaw drops.
“Jehan?! Then who the fuck is THIS?”
Later that day, Enjolras gets to see his body hugging Montparnasse tightly and looking positively too mellow to his tastes. Combeferre is both freaked out and fascinated by the whole thing. He nudges Enjolras. Or rather Jehan. Enjolras in Jehan’s body. It’s confusing.
“Are you okay?”
“I’ll need bleach to wipe out that mental image out of my brain.”
Les Mis AU where everything is the same except that everyone from Les Amis is safe and no one dies.
Eponine, Marius and Cosette are in a very open three way relationship. They all get what they want. They end up married to each other.
Enjolras figures out that Grantaire loves him as much as he also loves wine. They get married on the anniversary of Barricade day (June 5)
Courfeyrac and Combeferre get married at some point after the fighting ends and adopt Gavroche. They all live together in a lil apartment in Paris. Gavroche goes to school to find out what little people really can do.
Jehan and Montparnasse get married and adopt a lil girl who grows up with Gavroche, goes to all the Amis meetings with her dads and becomes a strong supporter of a freed France much like her family.
JOLY BECOMES AN ACTUAL DOCTOR. He finishes his education and opens his own practice. He and Bossuet get married by Musichetta who still shares them both from time to time but they discovered in that three way interaction that the two men fell in love with each other and it’s a wonderful thing for everyone involved.
AND FINALLY BAHOREL AND FEUILLY GROW A GARDEN TOGETHER. They end up moving in together and decide to grow a little garden with veggies and flowers. Just things to help the Amis remember a happier time.
@godlingcaptainchristina, your wish is my command, though I admit that the ear infection is more of a minor plot device here than anything. Still, I think the fluff will (hopefully) make up for it.
E/R, Joly/Bossuet, Modern AU, shenanigans. All of the shenanigans. Also a fairly lengthy discussions of penises at one point. If you’re at all wondering how the Prisoner’s Dilemma, an ear infection and a discussion of penises tie together, this is the fic for you.
“Dare I even ask?” Enjolras sighed, rubbing his forehead and glaring at Joly, Bossuet and Grantaire, who were seated side-by-side in front of him and conspicuously avoiding looking at each other.
Joly let out what sounded like a hiccup and shrugged, holding the icepack over his eye, while Bossuet whistled under his breath and stared up towards the ceiling. Grantaire, on the other hand, was tugging on his ear and wincing. “I think there’s something wrong with my ear,” he said, his voice louder than normal.
Enjolras snorted. “There’s about to be something much more wrong with you than your ear,” he said, crossing his arms in front of his chest. “You three–” He said three as though it was a dirty word. “–Come here today, the day we’re meant to be meeting as a group with several influential aldermen about city regulations on public protests, and Joly looks like he’s been decked in the face, Bossuet can’t appear to speak, and Grantaire can’t hear and whose ear also appears to be leaking.”
Grantaire looked horrified. “My ear is squeaking?”
“Leaking,” Joly said loudly. “And it’s nothing to worry about. Just a bit of discharge.”
Okay so I just spent my money on this mug but guys. The moment I saw it I thought ENJOLRAS. And It’s white with a big red “E” on it. And It’s also so big that made me imagine Enj filling the mug Ferre gave to him with coffee to the top and Ferre regreting giving It to him because he have been drinking way too much coffee and Ferre is worried about his health. He shouldn’t have gave Enj such a big mug.
And then imagine Grantaire staying the night at Enj’s and Ferre’s apartment because he was too drunk to get home so In the morning he’s the first one to get up and make coffee and he picks up the mug just to tease Enjolras and when E wakes up he sees Grantaire and asks
“Are you using my mug?” looking grumpy with his eyes still red and hair all messy and R just looks at him and says “I thought we could share” and smirks leaving Enj frustrated and embarassed.
Combeferre: What? Is this in reference to Enjolras?
R: Uh…I mean…probably?
Combeferre: There’s honestly no favor to be returned, it’d be weird if I locked him in a closet with someone who was already taken.
R: Wait, what?
Combeferre: Yeah, I mean, he hasn’t confirmed anything, but he’s always talking about this mystery guy and the only person Courf and I can figure it to be is Feuilly. And I’m glad he’s opening himself up to those kind of emotions, but I wish it had been with someone who wasn’t already in a happy, committed relationship.
Combeferre: Yeah, it makes sense doesn’t it? Just how like Feuilly is so much of what Enj is fighting for…just makes sense.
R: …yeah…yeah it does.
Combeferre: Grantaire, are you-?
Enjolras [offscreen]: Combeferre, are you done? We have to get back to work.
Combeferre: Right. Be right there.
Combeferre: If I email the info about the rally to you, can you get it out to these people?
Combeferre: Okay. And do you mind turning this off for the rest of the meeting?
Hey hey hey on this day of love, what do you think Les Amis first reactions to Montparnasse were, then how they feel when he becomes Jehan's significant other??
Hey sorry to bother you but if you have a spare minute, basically, I’d always imagined Montparnasse to be quite reluctant to get to know Les Amis and then like a year later he realises he’s gained a whole family or something! I was just wondering what your head canons are about Montparnasse being introduced to Les Amis in a modern au? Like how did it happen? And what were their reactions? Thank you! ✨
I mean, the thing with Montparnasse is that he works on appearance a lot. He likes to be perceived a certain way. He wants to be that fancy, drop-dead gorgeous, aloof guy with a cool and mysterious attitude, and crafts himself pretty meticulously. Jehan got a glimpse behind the curtain and discovered much more than that under the surface, but that’s not everyone’s case.
And since Montparnasse is awfully proud, it’s not like he wants to get to know people who already dislike him, right?
Grantaire was the first to meet Montparnasse, way before Jehan did. Well, technically, Eponine was the first to meet Parnasse, but that’s a different story. The three of them form quite a chaotic trio and Grantaire would bump into Montparnasse in bars or nightclubs. A fine fellow for mischief. But then again, Grantaire’s standards have never been that high
Enjolras, Combeferre, and Courfeyrac were perhaps the least chill with Jehan dating Parnasse, because they were extremelly worried. Montparnasse’s reputation isn’t exactly spotless. They probably gave multiple “they make their own choices but still if you hurt them” speeches. They came around, eventually. Especially one day after Courfeyrac caught Jehan and Montparnasse cooing to each other and being cute, which wasn’t a word Courf would ever have associated with Montparnasse, but whatever. A weird status quo ensued.
Joly and Bossuet were very chill about the whole affair. Joly has no beef with anyone, and they trust Jehan to know what they’re doing. Bossuet likes giving people chances. They were very welcoming of Montparnasse whenever they’d see him, much to Parnasse’s confusion. Joly once gave him special honey for his throat in winter and that thoroughly fucked him up because Montparnasse hates being in debt to anyone. “It was a gift, chaton.” “I don’t care, what can I give him back to settle that debt?”
Feuilly knew Montparnasse from foster care and actually went to have a talk with him. He’s always had a fondness for Parnasse when they were kids, but it’s Jehan he’s talking about. They’re his friend. They have to make sure there’s no funny business going on. (There isn’t)
Bahorel was introduced to Montparnasse after his fist had come in close contact with Parnasse’s jaw. Long story short: Jehan and Montparnasse were making out in a back alley near the Musain. Bahorel thought Jehan was getting mugged and punched the guy. Turns out it was Jehan’s boyfriend. And they were just kissing
As months and even years passed, Montparnasse became a weird staple around les Amis, sort of “there by also not there” individual, catching himself laughing to Courfeyrac’s jokes in spite of himself and attending parties of people he swears aren’t his friends but sort of are, and sort of matter to him in a strange way
So as everyone here knows, I have yet to shut up about World Ain’t Ready, which was finished in April 2015. Some of you have had the very good sense to say, “I don’t read Les Mis, but I’ll read this like original fic and shit it’s 3a.m.” (For those of you who haven’t yet: I’ll see you in 185k.)
For everyone going, now what, here’s what to read.
Let’s start with the obvious: idiopathicsmile’s other two fics, In Defiance of All Geometry (51k, T) and Lovesickness (11k, T). The latter is a charming “Enjolras is bad at feelings” fic, while the former is an excellent OT3 co-op AU (disclaimer on this fic: like WAR, it’s in need of an epilogue).
And now for the grand finale, the only not-a-happy-ending fic I ever rec, the only one I’ve ever willingly read while not deliberately looking to provoke cathartic tears (although this fic did make me cry in public), I present a beautiful, imaginative fic that will break your heart, a fic in which cities are personified and Paris has been missing for centuries: Paris Burning (45k, E).