AU where Enjolras, Combeferre and Courfeyrac all hate each other when they first meet. Enjolras is a snooty rich white boy with a superiority complex, Combeferre is too serious about everything and spends all his time studying and doing extra-curriculars and worrying about school, and Courfeyrac is the loud, obnoxious class clown with way too much energy to handle.
But then some time in the midst of their teenage years they all get paired up for a group project in school and start to spend time with each other, and things slowly begin to change.
First off, Enjolras gets taken down several pegs by both boys on multiple occasions and starts to see the world isn’t what his elitist republican parents make it out to be, and he isn’t better than anyone else, and he realises how sheltered and ignorant he’s been and strives to do better; he messes up a lot and his feminism needs a lot of work but he tries so hard and regrets who he used to be with all his heart. And the other two can see that, and maybe they don’t cut him too much slack, but they know he’s doing his best.
Combeferre realises that his stress levels regarding education and the negative impact school is having on his health isn’t what everyone else goes through, begins to get help for what he realises is an anxiety issue, and decides that a life spent forfeiting happiness for the sake of success isn’t the life he wants to live. He’s tentative at first, and it isn’t easy to let go, but he’s making the first steps and knows his life will be so much better for it down the line.
Courfeyrac’s aspergers makes it so that he simply wasn’t sure how to make friends, and his lack of a filter didn’t help either. He was lonely as hell and thought the happier he acted the more people would like him, and only got knocked down and ended up hurt every time he tried to reach out to someone. He just wants to make people happy, and he’s so glad that people are finally giving him a chance. Combeferre and Enjolras are there to set the record straight when he’s uncertain or confused, and with them he’s able to channel his energy into productive activities and finds himself less stressed because of them.
They’re all introverted to an extent, so their preferred hangouts involve movies, short forays into the outside world’s events and parties and the like, and quiet nights at each others’ houses that occasionally derail into pure silliness and gentle hilarity.
They have their differences sometimes, they fight, they fall out, sometimes they can’t stand to even be in the same room as each other. They call each other out for insensitivities, apologise and make up, smooth out each others’ rough edges, and round each other out as human beings, and they mould themselves into the greatest support group that any scared teenager could hope for; forming the core of les amis in doing so.
A three dimensional triumvirate complete with character progression, differences, imperfections, flaws, and acknowledgement and tackling of said flaws is something I would love to see more of. Not just the unrealistic inseparable trio of perfection they often get reduced to.