After a riveting Twitter discussion outofcases asked for some good Niall fics, so here are some of my favorite Niall-centric fics or fics where I enjoyed Niall’s characterization! Hope you enjoy it :)
the noise of this place (Niall/Liam)
“They’re going to tear us apart,” Niall whispers, his voice hoarse. “They’re going to turn us against each other.”
“No,” Louis says viciously. “I won’t let them do that. You are my boys. You’re my family.”
“What good will that be? We’re about to go to war,” Niall says.
watch you on the red horizon (Niall/Harry)
It’s 2018, a year after One Direction has ended. Niall and Harry may or may not accidentally become soul mates.
my remedy for yesterday (Niall/Harry)
It’s been three years since One Direction finally parted ways. Three long years where Niall’s stayed away from home on a never ending holiday. Three years since he’s seen Harry in the flesh and not just splashed across the tabloids or overplayed on the radio.
Niall’s just docked his boat in Ibiza, ready to soak up the sun, when an unexpected accident brings Harry into his life again. And while Niall recuperates on Harry’s patch of sandy white beach old feelings start to emerge, not all of them pleasant.
Naive Melody (Niall/Zayn)
Post-Zayn canon fic. Zayn steps in to help Niall deal with Theo. Niall isn’t sure how to deal with Zayn.
I’m so much older than I can take (Niall/Nick)
“Niall likes space, Nick likes to feel sorry for himself, and they both like each other.”
A thousand teeth and yours among them (Niall/Bressie)
“One of Niall’s best mates, Bressie, has secretly been a werewolf since long before Niall ever knew him. In the quiet restlessness post-On The Road Again, Niall returns home to Ireland to decompress, to write music, and to reconnect with his friends and family away from the busy crush of London and the band. A tumultuous situation ends with Bressie accidentally losing control and biting Niall, turning him into a werewolf and changing everything forever. Wracked with guilt and a weighty sense of duty, Bressie takes Niall under his wing to help ease the transition from boy to wolf as much as he’s able—it’s the least he can do after effectively stealing Niall’s entire life away from him at the pinnacle of his career. What he doesn’t count on is the inexorable urge not only to help Niall navigate the ins and outs of the wolf but also to mate him, to keep him as Bressie’s own. As Niall must deal with returning to life with One Direction and discovering who he is anew, he and Bressie must also deal with their growing feelings for each other, and the ever-present spectre of the wolf ruling their lives and love.”
down for the count (Niall/OMC)
“niall in melbourne with his bros doing bro stuff like gettin fucked”
steal my heart tonight(OT5)
“An OT5 international thieves AU that contains very little actual stealing because I have no idea how to break into vaults in real life and lots of friendship and feelings from five boys in love.”
“Louis gets dumped and gives up on himself at the end of 2014. Niall steps in to help.
not just a phase (Niall/Sophia/Liam)
”“Great!” says Liam. “I’ll, um, I’ll set up a time.”
“Not now?” Niall deflates.
Liam shakes his head. “No, well. We thought, maybe, you and Soph should go first?”
Niall scrunches his face up. “Like…an icebreaker exercise?”
“Yeah,” says Liam, shaking his head fondly at Niall, which Niall thinks is a bit rich coming from the guy proposing get-to-know-you sex before a threesome. “Just like that.”“
No-Fly Zone (OT5)
Niall wants to try bottoming for all the wrong reasons. His boys help him work through it.”
i was made for sunny days (i was made for you) (Niall/Zayn)
“Don’t do dances,” Niall repeats with a smile. “Don’t do pool parties. What do you do, Zayn Malik?”
Zayn shrugs. “Play baseball. Date you.”
slow and steady (your hand fits in mine) (harry/niall)
“Their first Christmas since the accident, and Harry promises to take care of Niall.”
chest full of birds (Niall/Marvin & Rochelle Humes)
“Niall almost breaks a washing machine, and that’s just where it begins.”
long before we both thought the same thing (Niall/Louis)
“Louis and Niall discuss X Factor judging as a career path, and they both give it a try. But mostly Niall has a lot of unresolved feelings that need a resolution.”
we’ll touch the other side (Niall/Nick)
“a wedding that doesn’t happen, a bucket list that does, and just a bit of madness.”
You Didn’t Say You’re Sorry (You Don’t Care That You Hurt Me) (OT5)
“"I’m asexual,” he says, almost immediately, and four sets of eyes widen–he can feel the intensity of their gazes burn into his sides.
[Or the one where Niall comes out to his bandmates but doesn’t get quite the reaction he hopes for from one of them]“
the awful edges where you and i begin (Niall/Zayn)
"“I could’ve killed you a dozen times,” Zayn tells him, and he means for it to sound like an apology, maybe. Proof of a conscience, even after everything. Even after this. “A hundred.”
Niall mockingly clicks his tongue in disapproval. “And I’m supposed to thank you for saving it all for a melodramatic stairwell scene?””
Bated Breath (Niall/Bressie)
“It was funny how Bressie’s memories could play tricks on him.
Between the dreams and the drinks, he couldn’t remember who reached out first.”
Caught Red-Handed (With a Guitar at His Side) (Niall/Liam)
The one where Liam’s a Detective Inspector and Niall is the number one suspect in his murder investigation.
once in your life (Niall/Harry)
Niall and Harry make a marriage pact.
you break me, you numb me, you still seem to stun me (Niall/Louis)
Niall and Louis meet at a diner and Niall has to figure out how they’re meant to be
give you romance and hide your lost chances too (Niall/Louis)
Louis is feeling down during the break between tours, and Niall cheers him up. Louis is very grateful, and they discover a little something they’re both into.
let the dog decide (Niall/Louis)
““It’s- you know how- have you ever watched dogs fuck?”
“I’m out,” Zayn mutters, popping up off the couch and heading for the door.
everything is the same, except Niall is a werewolf.”
les mysteres de l'horizon (Niall/Zayn)
“"Preferably heist!fic, but anything with ziall as partners in crime (con artists, hackers, assassins, etc.) in an ot5 team. I’d like for one of them to be new to the team and for Zayn and Niall to start off on the wrong foot.”“
I Think I See a Future (Niall/Zayn)
"Zayn can’t remember the last time he let Louis talk him into going out. Most Fridays are spent with a pizza picked up in a hurry from Pizza Express, Violet in her pajamas and the two of them camped out on the floor in front of a movie. Sometimes Harry joins them, sometimes it’s Louis and Liam arguing over whether to watch Brave or Tangled while Violet ignores them and chooses Lilo and Stitch. Mostly, Fridays involve falling asleep at eight with his daughter asleep on his chest.”
fool yourself (but we can’t pretend) (Niall/Bressie)
“He can’t stop staring at the picture. Niall should, by all rights, look ridiculous in it. He should look swamped by the hoodie, like a kid playing dress up in someone else’s clothes. But he doesn’t. Christ, he really doesn’t look ridiculous at all. He does look small though, Bressie realises, with the sleeves bunched around his thin wrists like before. He looks small and he looks gorgeous.
Or Bressie tries his hardest not to think about Niall while he jerks off and fails miserably. And feelings. And pining.”
Spies Like Us (Niall/Bressie)
Niall’s known Bressie for two and half years. He’d met him four years ago, but he’s known him for two and a half.
In which Bressie is Irish intelligence, Niall’s a hacker for MI6, everyone’s a spy, and it’s not that hard to say where loyalties lie.
take me in (and catch me when i fall) (Niall/Liam)
“He watches as Niall’s hand hovers over the tiara for a second, like he’s nervous, but Liam just lifts his hand and pushes it into Niall’s. "Go on,” he says almost pleadingly, stepping closer, his eyes bright with excitement. “Go on Nialler, it’ll be ace.”“
emotional knapsack (Niall/Harry)
"“We could do a,” Harry leans forward, “like a, small show? or shows? Like, not a full tour. Not that we’re like, going to record or anything or change anything about our hiatus. But, we’ve got the songs?”
“Just a small thing,” Niall could slap himself for how light his voice comes out, clearing his throat and meeting Harry’s big eyes with his own, “just a bit of fun.”
(Harry and Niall go solo, together.)”
If It Makes You Less Unhappy (Niall/Liam)
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.
Or: Liam travels to Italy and gets more than he ever anticipated.“
a challenge i can call my own (Niall/Zayn)
"The one thing that hasn’t changed, in all the different ways that other people have played with his cock, is how he plays with it.”
Point B (Niall/Bressie)
“The original question seems stupid and unnecessary — Niall’s into boys is nothing compared to Niall’s into Bressie, has been for ages, which in turn is a hell of a lot easier to swallow than the fact that he’s grown into the sort of bloke Bressie would cross a bar to hit on.
…In which Niall has surgery, Bressie helps out, and everyone’s got a little catching up to do.”
baby you make my heart beat faster (Harry/Niall)
“Niall’s into Harry. Harry’s into taxidermy.”
leave my heart open (Niall/Louis)
“At the end of TMH tour, Niall falls in love with Louis and figures himself out.”
Enough to Hurt (Niall/Liam)
“Set during the summer on the US leg of the Take Me Home tour. Liam starts noticing little changes in Niall, the bruises on his hip, the scratch marks on his back, the way he seems to be more comfortable in his own skin.”
does it almost feel like nothing changed at all (Niall/Harry)
““You don’t have room to talk,” Louis says, pointing a finger at Harry and narrowing his eyes. “Seeing as how you were seventy five million years late to the meeting today.”
“Well I’m bloody well here now!” Harry shouts. Everyone goes quiet, Zayn even manages to pause whatever Robert Downey Jr. is doing on the telly, and it’s right then, in the middle of the first split second of quiet since Harry arrived that he hears it.
“Wait,” Harry says, cocking his head to the side and listening more closely. “Is that a baby crying?”
OR: Niall gets a baby left w him and Harry moves in to help him take care of her”
Forgotten how to stand (Niall/Louis)
“Niall is a Chelsea midfielder recovering from major knee surgery. With luck, he should be back and better than ever next season, but for the summer he’s basically housebound, and in the back of his mind he knows he might never play again. To liven up the monotony, he seeks out the services of Louis, a high-class hooker who’s happy to make house calls. And although Niall’s been with professionals in the past, he couldn’t have expected the feelings he has for Louis, how quickly being with Louis starts to feel like being with a friend. Or more than a friend.”
Don’t Break My Android Heart (Niall/Bressie)
“In the not-too-distant future, Bressie is a sculptor on a routine trip to gather materials for his new project. He finds a malfunctioning high-end bot and decides to take it home, but ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Together with his group of friends, Bressie navigates the ins and outs of his mysterious discovery, and finds himself falling for the droid despite everything he thought he knew.”
good enough to eat (Niall/Harry)
“Niall meets Harry on the set of Masterchef and is instantly attracted to him, even if he is a bit of a dick and far too smug for his own good. He finally cracks his determined exterior and a pretty mind blowing set of blowjobs later they start tentatively seeing each other, only Harry is far too invested in the competition and he just doesn’t have time for distractions like Niall
A MasterChef AU.”
Never On Your Own (OT5)
“Niall sells his place in London. It’s a Friday afternoon, and he signs the papers feeling a bit numb, a little stupid, and very, very glad. His agent looks worried, and asks if he needs a minute to think about it. Niall doesn’t, but he smiles at her anyway, is polite when he shakes his head, “Nah, thanks. ‘m good.” He isn’t, but he doesn’t think it’s much of a lie when everybody knows.
Or, Niall sells everything he owns in London and buys a posh old castle by the ocean in Ireland. Hidden away from the outside world, he’s sad and lonely until one day, he isn’t.”
we’re on fire now (Niall/Harry)
“In which Harry and Niall are two of the best spies in the world, except maybe not really, because they’re enemies and one is not supposed to fraternize with the enemy, but it keeps happening anyway. Liam is very exasperated.”
hear the wheels as they roll (Niall/Louis)
“Louis gives Niall a lift from New York City to Austin, Texas, and learns to stop thinking quite so much along the way. (Secondary Louis relationships are pre-fic.)”
One of These Nights (Niall/Bressie)
“"Right. Okay. Thing is, I can’t be casual—not with you,” Bressie says. “You’re too,” he exhales, and Niall stops breathing altogether, straining to hear everything. “You’re too important to me. The most important, really, and I don’t want to fuck this up.”“
the creation of ursa major (Niall/Zayn)
"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.”
Building Castles in the Air (Niall/Liam)
“Liam is overwhelmed by his bootcamp roommate, who is loud and friendly and so totally up-front about what he wants out of this competition.”
when opportunity knocks (Niall/Louis)
“Half way through tour, Louis suddenly becomes single and Niall experiences a reappearance of the huge crush he thought he had gotten over.”
Happens All Too Fast (Niall/Harry)
“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.”
my love, he’s overboard (Niall/Louis)
“in a world where mutants are an oppressed minority, and there’s a mutant resistance fighting for their rights and battling terrorism, a beautiful boy falls out of the sky and into niall’s waiting heart.”
this is no bridget jones (Niall/Zayn)
“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.”
Mastering the Art of Friends Cooking (Niall/Harry)
“Niall has spent years of practice preparing for his appearance on the Next Food Network Star. He expected his life to change as a result of it - just not quite in this way.”
Just Smile (Niall/Harry)
Harry and Niall decide to go to the prom just as friends. It doesn’t work out quite as planned