Harry’s right there. In person. Wearing a ridiculous purple golf shirt and those stupid gloves that keep the clubs from flying out of your hands when you swing and he’s staring at Louis like he’s just seen a fucking ghost.
Though, Louis supposes, he really sort of has.
Or, a golf au.
(based on the summary of Becky Wicks’ Before he was Famous)
AU. It’s possible — possible — that his three-week ban from the football pitch makes Louis just a tad antsy. Surely it’s not so bad that it warrants punishment in the form of his friends signing him up for a yoga class? Either way, Louis is determined to hate every second of it.
He didn’t count on a yoga instructor who wears flower-patterned headscarves and smiles like summer won’t end.
Hey y’all, it’s Mara again! A few weeks ago I made a list of my favorite long fics, and since it was pretty popular, I thought I should make a list of some shorter fics too!
Be My Little Good Luck Charm- 35k. In which Harry is a promising amateur golfer making his debut at the PGA Championship, and Louis is a Sky Sports anchor who would rather be commentating on footie. The other boys are around too: caddy!Niall provides victory pints, Liam is Louis’s Very Serious co-anchor, and poor Zayn just gets his face drawn on.
Put It All On Me- 15k. “Yeah, yeah, give it to me, that’s it, spread your legs a bit, there you go.” The camera follows Louis as he does. Maybe if the modeling thing doesn’t work out, he could try the porn industry. Then again, he’s a bit too stocky to be twinky and a bit too twinky to be anything else. He likes that about himself though. Well, directors and photographers like that about him. He could pull off pretty and edgy, could do GQ in the morning and a perfume commercial in the afternoon. Right now he thinks he could pull of anything, because it’s Harry fucking Styles directing him. Or, a Top Model AU where Louis is accidentally there to make friends, not to become Britain’s next Top Model. (Also, Zayn is the supermodel host.)
As He That Sleeps Here Swims- 23k. Louis is used to having normal problems: moving to a new city, trying to direct a gay retelling of The Tempest, keeping Niall away from the actors’ catering. Theatre ghost should not be on that list. Obscenely attractive theatre ghost should definitely not be on that list.AU in which Louis is a director at the Globe Theatre and Harry is the unconventional ghost that haunts it.
From Eight Until Late, I Think About You- 35k. After finding out that his University of Brighton roommate has a YouTube channel, Harry starts up his own channel, on which he posts videos of himself doing weekly challenges. He strikes up a friendship with Louis, a popular YouTuber in London, that starts in the comments on their videos and progressed to texting, skyping, and talking about each other in their own videos far too often. they fall for each other long-distance, but put off meeting face-to-face as long as possible, to nervous that they’ll screw it up.Involves a bunch of YouTube challenges (AKA excuses for Harry to get naked), some awkward snapchat mishaps, and a whole lot of pining.
You’re Either In Or You’re Out- 13k. Louis’ tone is maybe a bit harsher than necessary, but he still stinging from the suggestion that he was staring at Harry. Sure, the way his legs are encased in those skinny jeans is mildly intriguing. But Louis is here to be the next Top Designer, and he’ll be damned if he lets a pretty boy with a sinful mouth get in the way of his dream. Especially if that sinful mouth is spewing phrases like bohemian pantsuit. Honestly. Or the one where Louis tries out for Project Runway, Harry is his stupidly gorgeous competitor, Liam is Tim Gunn, Zayn is the supermodel host, and Niall is the guest judge who knows nothing about fashion.
In From The Cold- 47k. Louis is a hurricane who won’t stand still, but Harry thinks maybe Ireland has this way of changing priorities. A B&B au in which Harry and Zayn run an inn in Ennis, Ireland, and Louis comes to review it. Liam is their handyman, Niall absolutely doesn’t work there, and home is most definitely where the heart is.
The King And I- 44k. 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.
Is That A Gavel In Your Pocket Or…..- 26k. Uni AU. Harry Styles didn’t ask to be made president of the One Debate Union, and he certainly didn’t ask for the Chairman of the Party of the Right’s sass.
The One Where Harry Really Doesn’t Have Ten Cats- 10k. “Mate, you can dress him up in a tutu and upload it to YouTube, I don’t care as long as he’s alive when I come back.”Harry gasps. “How did you know I have three tiny cat tutus?”“You sound like the crazy type.”Or, the AU where Harry is a pet-sitter for the rich and famous, and Louis is rich and famous.
With Your Love We Could Breathe Underwater- 28k. Harry’s brow furrows, a look of confusion spreading over his face. “But I am real. I exist, see,” he says, raising a hand out of the water and wiggling his fingers at Louis.Louis finds himself relaxing a bit. Harry seems harmless really. And he’s quite cute, for something that’s not supposed to exist. If Louis is indeed having a hallucination right now, at least it’s a cute one.AU where Harry is a mermaid, Louis is a human, and they both discover a lot more than they anticipated.
Oh My My, Baby Don’t Be Shy- 2k. Harry waves back shyly and looks away, toeing his boots along the hardwood floor. He’s 31 and a boy is making him nervous. He scrunches up his eyebrows and scoffs.He’s 31. And there’s a boy. Screw it.He’s not entirely sure the best way to attract the attention of an adult at a gathering of teenagers. The DJ switches the song to one he loves, an upbeat number about living life to the fullest or something endearingly cliche like that. So he doesn’t really think his next action through. He dances.[harry and louis meet at their daughters’ valentine’s day dance]
Bittersweet and Strange- 41k. He agreed to stay so his sister could go free, but he never signed up for this.Beauty and the Beast AU in which Harry is taken prisoner in King Louis ‘The Beast’ Tomlinson’s castle, Master Liam Payne may or may not be a torture specialist, Master Zayn Malik may or may not be the Master of War, and no one will tell him what the hell Niall does around here.Basically, Harry hates his enemy with a passion. Then he kind of has a passion for his enemy. Then he wonders if he and Louis are enemies at all. (This is literally my favorite fic I have ever read, I’m pretty sure I’ve read it about 20 times oops).
We Were Just Like Glue- 24k. Louis works in a library where his own books sit on the shelves. Also, there may or may not be a Harry Styles involved and he may or may not be Louis’ muse. Not that Louis is admitting to anything.
Everything That Shine Ain’t Always Gonna Be Gold- 49k. Inception-inspired AU. Louis Tomlinson is the most respected and skilled extractor in the dream-sharing business; together he and his point man Zayn have been hired countless times to steal hundreds of valuable secrets straight from the minds of CEOs and politicians. One day, a mysterious and wealthy client contacts Louis and Zayn, offering them triple their normal rate in exchange for successfully completing a job that other extracting teams have deemed “impossible.” The one catch is that this client wants the very best - so he’s decided to team Louis’ skills up with those of Louis’ most hated rival, another highly-respected extractor named Harry Styles. Can Louis and Harry work together to complete the job and get the payout, or will they lose their minds along the way?
Common- 50k. Henry VIII ruined it for everybody. Now the king or queen can only marry a person chosen by the magic of the church, or disaster will befall Britain. Prince Louis, heir apparent to the British throne, dislikes most things about his inheritance–but most of all that it could keep him from finding the real love of his life.
But Me, I’m Not A Gamble- 33k. A Posh & Becks AU in which Harry is a star on the stage and Louis is a star on the pitch, but they’re both inexplicably terrible at articulating their feelings. In the end, it only takes a season’s worth of failed matchmaking schemes, platonic dinner dates, road trip holidays, and one very convenient David Beckham cameo for them to figure it all out. And if Niall knew all along? Well, he at least has the decency not to be too smug about it.
Once again, this is not a complete list, but I hope that at least a couple of these are new to you and you find something new to read! Thanks!