So I’ve read a lot more shortaki fic since the last time I did this
and I’ve come across some amazing ones and decided to make another
recommendation list for anyone interested! I’m gonna try and keep it
at stuff that’s been finished unless it’s been updated recently-ish
because I know it can suck getting into something that’ll never
probably update again.
The Sensation of Falling by Reinamy. Starting off with one of my favorite HA authors. Guys, seriously, give this a read, her writing is lovely and I can’t even begin to express how excited I was to see this story updated each time I’d get the notification in my ask box. The basic premise is that Helga’s receiving notes from a secret admirer. The way she handles Helga throughout the story is amazing and so spot on, and each note always left me feeling so warm because I’m a hopeless romantic. There’s going to be a part 2 and I’m anxiously awaiting it. I also recommend reading everything else she has of these two because they’re all really great and you’ll see why she’s one of my fave authors.
Keeping Arnold: Or, How to Get Disowned by Lachesism. This is still ongoing, and it’s a very interesting take on all the characters and how things ended up in Arnold’s absence. Lila in particular is pretty interesting, even though I prefer stories where she’s actually an ally to Helga, she’s really fascinating in her terribleness in this story. And of course the Arnold/Helga stuff is really great and nicely done, their way with words is amazing.
Second Helpings by AibouFTW. There’s so much to love about this, mostly Arnold hilariously not leaving Helga alone until she finally talks to him about the encounter they had and it just ends up being really great because he just refuses to back down for once and refuses to let her runaway again until she tells him the truth about her feelings. The sex scene part is also really nicely done, I just really love it and you have to read it to see why. I also really like the other story they have, it’s funny and cute too. I’m looking forward to any other H/A fics they decide to write in the future.
En route by Smarty0007. Man I love all of smarty’s stuff, they have a link to their older account too and I definitely recommend reading all their fics they are A+. Meditation and Festival of Cheese are two other really great ones. But anyway, En Route is focused on Arnold slowly learning more about Helga on their walk to school every morning and also falling for her along the way. I always love stuff from his perspective and this is a nice cute instance of that.
Aiyta’s Challenge by Aiyta. This is a bunch of one shots based on requests but some of my favorite stuff I’ve read is among them and they’re all written really well. The other stuff they have on their profile is definitely worth a read too!
Hidden by Avogadro602. Gosh this one’s great, it’s got wacky shenanigans, believable budding romance on Arnold’s part, and even suspense. The premise is that Helga’s found herself in a dangerous situation, a serial killer has his sights on her because she came home at the wrong time. She’s left with no choice but to be hidden away until it’s safe her, she ends up having to go to an all boy’s summer school type thing because there’s no other option so she has to dress as a boy and pass as one too. As fate would have it, the roomate she’s assigned is none other than Arnold. Gerald is also attending and man, just the situations are hilarious between these three and they’re all written so well, it’s a must read.
And I think I’ll stop at these for now, I’ll probably do another at some point. For the previous recc post you can look under my tag “fic recc” btw.