so i saw someone complaining about the lack of criminal/spies/larry-fucking-shit-up aus so i decided to put this together! they’re in no particular order but the ones with the !! in front of them are defo in my top fic list
!! The King and I by iwillpaintasongforlou
Louis -better known as The Rogue- is the legendary King of the Thieves of London, the underground network of criminals who run the city. Zayn is his second in command, Niall is an Irish fugitive with ultra high-tech hacking skills, and Liam is a dirty cop who lets Rogue and his crew get away with just about anything. Harry is Britain’s absolute worst criminal and a professional scapegoat who flees Cheshire in search of good treatment, and just might find it under the wing of London’s regal mastermind.
!! like dying young idols by deadspy
“Hurry up,” Harry hisses through clenched teeth. Louis giggles then sprays a smiley face on the front door with two X’s for eyes.
[Or the one where Louis and Harry go on a bank robbing spree after Louis gambles away their millions.]
!! gonna win this time (change my luck) by carissima
note: this isn’t an hl fic but you should still read it bc the ot5 in this is strong!!
They all turn to look at Liam. Being the focus of everyone’s attention is a lot, Liam realises as he swallows thickly. He’d be stupid to do it. He doesn’t need to. He’s got money in the bank and he owns his own relatively successful business. If he gets caught, all of that disappears.
He catches Niall’s eager look. Zayn’s warm stare. Harry’s focused gaze. He feels Louis’ hand in his, heavy and interwoven.
“I’m in,” he finds himself saying hoarsely.
or the worst heist fic ever conjured up based on one direction’s fail!thieves perfume ad
How Many Secrets Can You Keep? by thecheshirepussycat
Being a spy meant always keeping your emotions in check. It looked and sounded good in theory, but in practice things like soulmates and trusted bonds of friendship got in the way. The real key to being a spy was keeping your emotions a secret.
Or: Harry and Louis are partners and agents for MI6, but their worlds are torn apart when Harry goes rogue.
Mr. & Mr. Tomlinson by awholenewlevelofcharming
Basically Louis and Harry are married assassins/agents and they try to work it all out.
Mr & Mr. Tomlinson: Mission Failed
Or, Harry goes to Peru after getting into a fight with Louis & ends up needing help.
Direct Order by Liralen
Spy!au, in which Louis is the leader and Harry violates a direct order to rescue him, and then they make out. You know, as spies under threat of constant danger do.
giving up the gun by threewhitehorses
AU in which Louis and Liam work for MI-5, Harry, Zayn, and Niall are male models at London fashion week, and Nick Grimshaw is a crazy animal rights activist.
Or, a sorta kinda not really miss congeniality!AU.
my heart, in deadly rhythm by impetuous
There exists somewhere a very, very small list containing the names of people who don’t want Louis Tomlinson dead. Harry Styles may or may not be one of those people.
(or a Spies!AU in which Liam is the Wade to Louis’ Kim Possible, Zayn seduces people for intel, Niall is an expert at blowing things up, and Harry is more than a bit famous in his particular field… or infamous, actually. And Louis? Well, Louis just wishes people would quit trying so bloody hard to kill him all the time.)
don’t really fit in those two categories but i felt that they should be added to the list anyway
!! Take Me Where I Cannot Stand by LoadedGunn
Harry can agree that being husbands in space presents some challenges. Sometimes they have to escape mindless cannibals, sometimes they’re being held hostage, sometimes Louis doesn’t want Harry to get pregnant, and sometimes someone slips on a banana peel. But that’s all part of the fun, isn’t it? They could have been juggling geese.
(Firefly AU where Harry and Louis are co-pilots in life.)
!! Mine Now by aclosetlarryshipper
After Harry is expelled from private school, he joins a secret competition to get back at the boy who made it happen.
[This is the story of how Harry finds himself pouting in Louis’ passenger seat with a raging boner on the way to seduce his ex boyfriend.]