These Inconvenient Fireworks (??? over 100k?) No synopsis given, but basically Louis is a High School drama teacher who is shit at relationships, Harry is the new assistant football coach and is everything Louis needs, Niall is the music dude with a secret, Zayn is an English teacher with a crush and a habit of setting things on fire because reasons and Liam is an oblivious fireman. You HAVE to read this fic.
Wear It Like A Crown (141k)
AU. As part of a team of fixers hired to handle a gay scandal in Buckingham Palace, Louis expects Prince Harry to be a lot of things—most notably a royally spoilt brat. Never mind that the very same Prince Harry used to star in quite a number of Louis’ teenage fantasies.
Pull Me Under (140k)
AU. As the first British footballer to come out at the prime of his career, it helps that Louis Tomlinson is in a long-term, committed relationship. Even if that relationship is fake. (Featuring Niall as Louis’ favourite teammate, Liam as Louis’ agent, and Zayn as Liam’s boyfriend, who just happens to be good friends with one Harry Styles.)
As You Are (139k) AU. Five years after The X Factor launched his career as a radio host and songwriter, Louis Tomlinson returns as a judge. Falling for a contestant is the last thing he needs. It’s also against his contract.The only reason Harry auditions for The X Factor is because his best mate signed the two of them up as some kind of joke. Harry doesn’t get the big deal—not until he’s faced with this season’s judges and realises that one of them used to be his desperate, impossible teenage crush.
And Then A Bit (158k) “We’d like to give the fans what they want.” Magee states, placing his hand on the table in front of him and leaning forward. “We want to give them Larry Stylinson.” Or, take a parallel universe where Louis and Harry were never together, mix in a two year hiatus and an impending comeback, pour in a dash of lost fans, two tablespoons of strong friendship and a Modest! employee with a good idea. Add a squeeze of pretending to be a couple, lots of kisses and a tattoo or two. Stir. Serve: the mother of all publicity stunts.(aka Harry and Louis fake a relationship for publicity. Eventually it becomes a lot less fake and a lot more real.)
Just Me, You, And This Box of Matches (87k) (Crack fic)
Louis is fairly sure that his new neighbour is going to destroy him. And also their apartment building, and the dumpsters outside, and all the forests within a thirty mile radius. But. Mostly him.
Red Brick Heart (98k) Harry has only had his room for thirty-two minutes when it stops being his. Uni AU. Harry had turned up at the halls of residence expecting fun, new friends, and maybe a life experience or two. What he doesn’t expect is a surprise roommate who’s loud and dramatic and obsessed with tea and is maybe, actually, all he’s ever wanted.
Gods & Monsters (201k)
The instructions were simple: seduce and destroy Harry Styles. Not once did they discuss the option of Louis actually falling in love. So, naturally, that’s exactly what he did.
Three French Hems (20k)
In which Louis is a designer at Burberry and Harry spends December wearing Lanvin… and Lanvin… and Lanvin.
Love Is A Rebellious Bird (134k) AU in which the boys still make music. Louis is the concertmaster of the London Symphony Orchestra, Harry is the New! and Exciting! interim conductor/ex-cello prodigy who “has made Mozart cool again” according to Esquire Magazine (Louis hates him immediately, which is definitely why he internet stalked him in his dark bedroom late at night that one time), and Niall is the best. Zayn and Liam are around too. Don’t hum Bolero.
Wild And Unruly (123k)
Harry is a cowboy sitting on the biggest oil reservoir in Wyoming, and Louis is the paralegal assigned to pressure him into selling his land.
My Heart Is Breathing For This Moment (159k) (Underage ish) When Louis first saw Harry at the 2010 X Factor Auditions, he thought he was watching a peculiarly special stranger. But Harry has known Louis ever since he was five years old. Because Louis has a rare genetic disorder that causes him to Time Travel to important moments in his past and in his future - and to Harry, always to Harry. When they’re put into a band together, it seems like everything Harry has been waiting and wishing for has finally come true. Except for the small fact that Louis doesn’t know that Harry is in love with him- that Harry’s always been in love with him. Fate, it would seem, is just getting started. A story about growing up and growing together, and the impossible love that makes it all worthwhile.
The Finish Line (Is A Good Place For Us To Start) (121k) Louis Tomlinson, one-time Formula 1 World Champion, is looking forward to the 2013 season. He’s got Zayn in his garage and Liam in his ear, he’s got Cowell Racing backing him despite former indiscretions, he’s got experience and the best race car out there. Not to mention he’s the only racer they have, after Oliver dropped out late last year. It hasn’t occurred to him that Oliver would have to be replaced by February. That is, until he finds himself at a party celebrating Harry Styles leaving Ferrari for Cowell. Harry hotshot Styles, who broke a record last year and is probably looking to make a big splash. Harry Styles, who is talented and somewhat intimidating. Harry Styles, who left Ferrari for reasons unknown and seems kind of lonely and harmless in person. Lonely, harmless, hot as fuck. Whatever. The first thing Louis does is take him under his wing. From there it’s nine months of slow-burning romance, the past catching up to them, turning into the human puppy pile that is OT5 and a lot of feelings until, of course, reaching the finish line.
Personal Favourites (Some of these are GREAT and under appreciated, others just are good but connect to me really well):
Learning To Eat (28k) Celebrity chef Louis Tomlinson has a problem. He’s opening his first restaurant in 9 weeks, and he has yet to hire a pastry chef- apparently people think he’s ‘standoffish’ and ‘rude’ and ‘quick to temper’. Whatever. He ends up saddled with an annoying, happy-go lucky rookie who also happens to be obnoxiously good looking. His tv presenter and pop star best friends only add to the drama, and for fucks sake would everyone please stop quoting Julia Child?! Kitchen AU where Harry helps Louis re-learn how to eat. (METAPHORICALLY)
i’ll be yours to keep (17k) (This was a gift for me - I LOVE it)
louis should’ve thought a lot more about who he said his fake boyfriend is, especially since he and his “significant other” kinda hate each other. most of the time.
Reckless Serenade (10k)
A Hogwarts AU where Harry and Louis hate each other, but then an acromantula makes them not. Also, there are lots of awkward moments involving erection éclairs and Drarry erotica.
we’re looking for something dumb to do (4k)
harry and louis decide that they need to come up with the best senior prank possible. if it means pretending that they’re married, that’s a sacrifice they’re willing to make.
if these sheets were the states, and you were miles away (13k)
In which Harry is at school in England and he’s terrible at French, Louis is an English kid living in France and they’re forced to be penpals for a school project. Niall doesn’t like mornings, Liam makes an accidental friend, and Zayn is not at all subtle.
always one foot on the ground (47k) “Listen. We’ll spend the next month pretending to be madly, outrageously in love. And then, we’ll stage a breakup so horrendous and heartbreaking that Liam and Zayn regret setting us up on this ridiculous blind date for the rest of their lives. You in?“The Valentines Day themed AU where Liam and Zayn won’t leave Louis alone about his policy against dating, Louis enlists Harry on the fake boyfriends adventure of a lifetime, and Niall is not above bribing everyone with food to get what he wants.
(your heartbeat) rang true inside my bones (32k) Harry goes as Louis’ date for a weekend wedding. He ends up taking the role a bit too seriously. “Hey,” Harry hears himself say just as Louis climbs back into the car. He ducks down, holding onto the roof to look at Louis who cocks his brow at him and says, “What?” “I meant it,” Harry starts. “Like, I’d do it. I’d be your date for the wedding. If it’d make you feel less awful about being there and if you want me to, I’ll do it. I promise I’ll be good.”
for now (and forever) (83k) “It’s nice that you want to offer that, but I just can’t do that. First of all, it’s illegal.” Louis shakes his head vigorously. “No, no. It’s not like one of us is gunning for a visa.” “Listen to yourself,” Harry laughs, shaking Louis’ shoulders. “Don’t you think it’s a bit weird to con the country you’re supposed to be serving?” Louis is going into the Army, Harry is going nowhere, and there’s nothing like a little identity fraud between friends.
the wanting comes in waves (25k)
Harry and Louis are journalists who stalk movie star Liam Payne to an Irish castle for a weekend. Through a series of convenient misunderstandings, this particular undercover mission involves Harry and Louis pretending to be engaged. It’s your classic fake boyfriends AU with a dollop of heist AU, some Ireland, and a healthy serving of “boys who can’t sort out their feelings.”
That’s all I can find for now, because I unfortunately do not keep track of fics. There are a lot of royal AUs I love that aren’t there, as well as basically everything.
give me my chance and give me my wings - anon (18k)A University AU where Harry’s a music student, Louis takes theatre, and Niall’s the captain of Secret Santa and relationships. Also included is singing, pranks, and way too many fruits and vegetables.
+Fate Had Other Plans - AngKeats (20k) Louis Tomlinson books into a remote Ski Lodge in Austria to avoid everyone at Christmas. He is looking forward to his bah-humbug lonely Christmas when Harry Styles ‘breaks into’ his lodge and ruins his plans with his happy, sociable nature…Harry Styles booked into a Ski Lodge to spend Christmas alone with his boyfriend Nick Grimshaw; only two weeks before Christmas, Nick dumps him and Harry decides the trip will help him re-find himself. What he doesn’t expect to find is love…
+The World Could Show Nothing To Me - goldenquill (10k) Wherein Louis is a washed-up popstar and Harry is his stylist’s assistant, Liam has a crush on supermodel Zayn Malik and boys are really bad at expressing emotions, but really good at Titanic re-enactments.
and time can heal our hearts - anon (8k) Louis loves December - he loves the lights, the cookies, the presents, the sparkles, and of course, his birthday. Unfortunately, his new next-door neighbour doesn’t seem to share that sentiment, and he is determined to change that.
hurry down the chimney tonight - Acavall (3k) Louis finds himself trapped on a roof. It’s Christmas. It’s cold. And his one chance of escape just got trapped up there with him. Merry fucking Christmas.
You’ll Always Get Your Way - anon (21k) American high school au where Louis goes off to college and leaves behind a lovesick Harry who can’t make himself tell Louis how he really feels (much to everyone’s displeasure). Featuring sickeningly adorable Ziam, prophetical Niall, and lots of Christmas fluff.
+An Eternal Enigma - goldenquill (67k)Louis is a reluctant king with a head full of fairy tales, and Harry is an emotionally-challenged musical prodigy. Zayn is a hopelessly romantic painter, Liam is the castle’s resident ghost with sporadic amnesia, and Niall is the accidental head of the kingdom’s most prevalent spy ring. Very loosely based on the lives of Ludwig II of Bavaria and Richard Wagner.
+What more can I do? - Tita (4k) Harry hosts a television show, flirts with a certain pop star by the name of Louis Tomlinson and resorts to crazy schemes to get a holiday date. Regular holiday happenings, really.
Learning to Eat - photo41 (28k) Celebrity chef Louis Tomlinson has a problem. He’s opening his first restaurant in 9 weeks, and he has yet to hire a pastry chef- apparently people think he’s ‘standoffish’ and ‘rude’ and ‘quick to temper’. Whatever. He ends up saddled with an annoying, happy-go lucky rookie who also happens to be obnoxiously good looking. His tv presenter and pop star best friends only add to the drama, and for fucks sake would everyone please stop quoting Julia Child?!