One-Shot AU Fic Recs

AU here is defined as anything that is not set within the canon universe; it doesn’t include canon divergence or similar.

Updated August 18, 2016.

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Non-Fantasy AU

two worlds colliding by @chi-merical (FFnet)
Rating: T
Summary: ’…and I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you’

I’m like a puzzle (but all of my pieces are jagged) by @somanyfandomssolittletime (FFnet/AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: E
Summary: Emma Swan finds her home and her family, both on and off the ice.

A Pirate Comes to Pemberly by @mryddinwilt (FFnet/AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: G
Summary: Years ago Miss Emma Nolan of Pemberley was left heartbroken by the unfaithful Neal Cassidy. Now an older and wiser young woman a chance meeting with the scandalous Captain Killian Jones leaves her determined to not make the same mistake.

Dear Anonymous by @ripplestitchskein (FFnet/AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: T
Summary: When Emma begins receiving a few anonymous messages for her tiny personal blog she is excited, but when she realizes they are all from the same person she’ll have to use her special set of skills to track this mystery admirer down.

Penetration Testing by @ripplestitchskein (FFnet/AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: M
Summary: Emma Swan is the head of security at a major corporation, and always thought she was pretty good at it, that is until Killian Jones auditions for a job and seems determined to keep her on her toes.

1-2 Crush On You by @allrightfine (AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: M
Summary: “We’ll skip all this, go right to a place where you’re more comfortable. We’ll want to aim for that sweet spot between knowing all those little idiosyncrasies and them becoming annoying, I’d imagine.”

And Now, Here’s Your Host by @allrightfine (AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: M
Summary: “We need to pick a lane, Emma. We go full on with the internet-friendly bits and schtick, or we give the viewers another reason to watch — our numbers are too dependent on the guests right now, we want everyone tuning in every time.”

when the song stays in your head by @bookstoreromantic (FFnet/AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: T
Summary: Emma’s used to being the new girl in school and she’s done it often enough to know that making friends only makes it harder when she leaves. Then Killian happens.

Too Hot (Hot Damn) by @this-too-too-sullied-flesh (AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: E
Summary: Emma just doesn’t know what’s hotter–the weather and the fact that the air conditioning is out in her building, or her neighbor.

It Was Certain by @tnlph (FFnet/AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: T
Summary: If your best friend demands you marry him for free health insurance, well, maybe sometimes you just give in.

Someplace Nice by @evil–isnt–born (FFnet/AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: G
Summary: Every time Emma wanted to escape her life for somewhere better, she only had to call and he would be there.

Soulmate AU

give me a shot at the night by @chi-merical (FFnet/AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: T
Summary: Emma stares at her wrist in her lap, her breathing getting shallow; she even tries, stupidly, to scrub the letters off but like David’s and Mary Margaret’s they’re stuck fast. Forever. She has a soulmate. Somewhere in London, her soulmate is walking around—and probably just found her own initials tattooed onto their wrist. She might be within days of meeting them.

Fantasy AU

When the Morning Star Rises by @belovedcreation (AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: T
Summary: The evening star flashes again and the light hits the swan, creating a dazzling sparkle that renders Killian blind for a moment. He blinks rapidly, trying to see again, and when he looks out at the lake the swan has disappeared. In its place is a woman dressed all in white.

As You Don’t Wish by @scapeartist (FFnet/AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: G
Summary: Emma Swan buys a ship in a bottle and gets more than she bargained for in the shape of a genie pirate.

come on baby and rescue me by @belovedcreation (AO3/Tumblr)
Rating: T
Summary: Princess Emma has been locked in a tower for decades, waiting for someone to come rescue her. (Good thing her dragon companion scares away the jerks.) But when a pirate captain comes looking for something other than a chance to marry a princess, Emma jumps at the chance to finally be free.