Boxing AU? Like harry is the reserved boxer who has so much built anger in him. He knows what he wants to say. Actually he writes everything down, but no one will actually listen to him. Until zayn came along . (Not so sure how they met) but zayn is the first one in harrys like where someone will listen to him. And they have these cute moments where zayn will show up to the gym at 2am bc thats were harry sneaks off to and just watched him box.
oooooh, yes. Maybe Zayn’s a journalist, or maybe he’s an artist doing figure studies, and so he comes down to the gym to draw/ask questions. And Harry’s not used to having anyone really listen, because he’s usually got a lot of pain locked up but he knows how to smile for the cameras and all. But somehow Zayn, with his knowing eyes and eye-crinkling smile and the way he just sits there and listens, slips through all his guards, listens to what Harry wants to say. Doesn’t judge him for it, just listens.
And yes, obviously Zayn showing up to watch Harry box because they’re both insomniacs (Zayn probably has some secret angst too), and both of them finding comfort in the silence of the late night gym, just the scratch of Zayn’s pencils and the pounding of Harry’s fists. then Zayn taking Harry home, and bandaging his knuckles. And for a long time it’s platonic, until one day Zayn, before he wraps Harry’s knuckles, presses a kiss to the abraded skin there, his eyes dark and serious and speaking a question under his eyelashes. And Harry knows he probably shouldn’t, he’s probably not the right answer for this beautiful man, but he has to answer yes, has to kiss Zayn back, take him to bed.
(I don’t even know the plot of this, but it would be very darkly lit and look a lot like Daredevil and there would be a lot of manpain angst)