counting the stars behind the clouds
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

by simplestardust

The problem wasn’t that Harry was blind. The problem was Harry himself.

or, in which Louis plays keyboard as part of touring singer Harry’s back-up band, and spends his time stuck between being oblivious and in denial, while Harry just wants to know how many stars there are in the night sky.

Ao3, One-Shot, Must-Read
where are you headed, little ghost boy?

By BreathingJanuary

“Nico di Angelo used to prefer the term ‘dancer’ over ‘stripper’ but he realized a while back that he doesn’t really care anyway.
So, when slimy guys in his apartment building would ask him if he was that homo stripper they heard of, Nico doesn’t deny it. Just shrugs.”

Nico’s eighteen and he isn’t ready to be alone.
Maybe Percy can help out.

Ao3, Oneshot, Stripper!Nico
I've Been Wandering Round (But I Still Come Back to You)

By veronicahague

“Harry had always been beautiful, but lately he’d blossomed into this tall, sexy, man and Louis was having trouble dealing with it. And so, it seemed, were his hormones.”


The one where Louis and Harry are best friends and co-stars on a popular television series and Louis inconveniently discovers he’s in love with him in the middle of a press tour.

Oneshot, Ao3, Non-smut
Purer Than The Water (Like We Were)
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

by FeelsForBreakfast

Louis is a merman and Harry is a boy. The lake is a good place to fall in love.

“Louis wants the boy to wade deeper, deep enough that Louis can go under and wrap his fingers around his ankles for just a moment. Pull him under. Just touch skin, for a second.”

Ao3, One-Shot

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I'm Just a Moment, So Don't Let Me Pass You By

By Anonymous (Author will be revealed in a bit)

Harry is a rock star and Louis is a doctor and they are in a mutual adoration of each other’s cuteness.

For etamine, part of the Autumn Cozy Fic Exchange

Ao3, Oneshot
Connect The Dots (Draw The Lines)

By  Anonymous (author will be revealed in a bit)

Everyone is given a mark when they turn ten, something resembling a constellation. Louis, having gone through too many obstacles in his life, begins to stress over that fact that he needs to raise his daughter and find his other half. It leads to some awkward encounters.

Oneshot, Ao3, Non-Smut

For fatigue, part of the Autumn Cozy Fic Exchange
So Kiss Me
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

by embro

Harry’s stuck in the football stands alone and falls a bit in love with Louis, the little-too-forward boy who’s sat beside him.

Ao3, Chaptered, Completed
Oh Isn't This Just Nice

Anonymous (author will be revealed in a bit)

Louis, Zayn and Liam decide to take a gap year out in Ireland. Louis stumbles into a cafe with a hangover and meets a very pretty boy named Harry. Niall kind of watches.

One-Shot, Ao3, Non-Smut

For LoveLarryLoveNiam, part of the Autumn Cozy Fic Exchange
To Be There

By sickshirt

Harry works in a roadside diner in a two-street town he’s lived his entire life, where nothing happens and no one new ever shows up. Until the night four boys in a going-nowhere-fast indie band roll into the restaurant and their frontman captures Harry’s attention.

Oneshot, Ao3, Non-smut
Twist a Little Closer, Now

By fackinglouis (homosexualsok)

“Dance team is shit,” Louis tells Harry for the millionth time.

Harry leans closer for a moment, like he’s about to tell Louis a super serious secret and Louis’ throat closes up. He can smell the cologne Harry used this morning before school and the shampoo he washed his hair with last night; Louis feels lightheaded. “Yeah, only cause you’re not on it.”

Or the one where Harry signs up for a dance class that Louis teaches. Incidentally, the class is for six year olds.

Ao3, Oneshot
It's just you and I tonight ( why don't you figure my heart out? )

Thank you to Emely who filled this prompt:

I was just wandering if there were any fics where louis didn’t make it into X factor but harry did and like years later harry mentions him from the boy I’m the bathroom who told me I’d make it or something. Thanks :)

Harry Styles is a solo artist and he is everything Louis is not. And the other way around.
We Could Be Happy Forever And After

By itiswhatitisbutterfly

There are six Tomlinson children. Which means six beds, six seats in the car, six school bags, six Christmas stockings and six stars on Harry’s right arm.

The Tomlinson’s also include two husbands, a dog and a cat. But the kids outnumber everyone else.

Oneshot, AO3
'Cause You're All I Want Now

By supernope

Gemma leans into Louis’ side. “He literally never stops talking about Israel, he’s such a kvetch. H, I doubt Louis wants to hear about how -”

“It’s alright,” Louis cuts in, resting a hand on Gemma’s wrist. He likes Harry, likes his enthusiasm and yearning for something that holds such a vital place in Louis’ heart. “I understand. Hey.” He kicks out so he can nudge Harry’s shin with his socked toes. “Come with me next time, Curly. I’ll make sure you get an authentic tour.”

Harry’s answering smile is radiant, and Louis thinks their mums might be way off base in trying to set him and Gemma up, but he wouldn’t mind getting to know Harry a bit better.

Oneshot, Ao3
When You Take Me There

By personalobserver

“I need to see you,” Louis says now while they’re on the phone.

Harry smiles, because even though Louis is constantly surrounded by hot models and rich designers, he still wants to come back to Harry. “I want to see you, too,” he mumbles, turning his face and pressing it into his pillow.

Louis hums and they lay in silence for a beat before he says, “I still want to kiss you, y’know.”

Harry can feel his face heat up and he presses his grin into his pillow. “I know,” he says. “I want you to.”

OR, the one where Harry is a zookeeper and Louis is a famous underwear model and they meet while Louis is doing a photoshoot at Harry’s zoo. Harry may or may not save Louis’ life. Fluff, angst and pining ensue.

Oneshot, AO3, Must-Read
To Meet Is Surely Where We're Bound

By loupiter

Louis is 18, up in the air and being forced to spend a weekend with his family at a friend’s wedding instead of attending Leeds Fest. However, he ends up having a much better time in the quiet village of Holmes Chapel than he expects - and it may or may not have something to do with the boy whose house they stay in.

Oneshot, AO3
It Was Your Heart (On The Line)

By tommoandbambi

Strangers from different places who fell in love with each other through silly messages.

(Or Louis texts the wrong number and manages to keep a proper head on his shoulders, reckless abandon for others’ hearts ensues).

Oneshot, AO3
The Wall

by Rory_Croft

For as long as Harry could remember, he had been in love with Louis. He had always been able to keep his feelings in check, to maintain their friendship, until Louis went off to University and started dating Liam. With the realization that he might actually lose Louis, Harry is forced to confront his feelings for his best friend.

Oneshot, Ao3, Must-Read