“You came,” John croaks out. He’s safe. He’s back in the cell. Tears are already falling when he sinks to his knees on the cot. It hurts to talk. “God, I. I can’t believe you came.”
“You are mine,” Bane says, looking away from John’s tears. “No man takes what is mine.”
John forces a sobbing, shaky laugh. “That’s why you came for me,” he says, too relieved to care—but then Bane looks at him, his gaze fierce and soft at the same time.
“Oh, John,” he says quietly.
Stiffen the Sinews (Summon Up the Blood) by Whisky (whiskyrunner)
Dark Knight Rises | Bane/Blake [John/others] | NC-17 | AU | 80k+ | serious non-con warnings; graphic non-con; dub-con; stockholm syndrome; graphic abuse; past-child abuse; cannibalism
There are only men in the pit, and John’s not strong enough to protect himself forever. But Bane is strong enough for both of them.
Rec: This fucking gorgeous, amazing fic. Yes, it is insanely dark, but it features the most wonderfully glorious Bane. A good man, but not by any normal definition of the word. This is all pre-DKR and Talia has yet to grow up and corrupt him but… well, he is still a product of his upbringing. Read, read, read, read this fic. Even if you only vaguely familiar with the film: read this fic!
Tony’s lusted after people. He’s been in love. But this mental/physical pull Steve has on him, one he can’t act on now or ever—it twists his muscles into knots, gives him feverish dreams that never quite last long enough, makes his chest ache around his arc reactor.I’m sorry
, he thinks one night. His face is buried in his pillow and his hands are clenches around the headboard as he tries to keep from grinding into the mattress.
When I Think (Oh, it Terrifies Me) by celli
Avengers MCU | Steve/Tony | 8k+ | NC-17 | Magical bonds; telepathy; some PTSD-related flashbacks
Look, some mornings you wake up and little green men are invading New York City; some mornings you wake up and you can hear Captain America’s voice in your head. Tony has been an Avenger long enough that he saves his freakout for important things.
If I were a thief," Eames murmurs, sounding speculative, like he’s thinking about it, the way he thought about it when he’d taught Dom to pick locks and steal cars, the best way to do some light B&E, "I would run away — I’d take you with me."
“I couldn’t go with you,” Arthur says, answering the question in between the words, and makes himself take a step back, a tiny tip of his head that breaks the contact between them as he adds, “And you would never make me.”
The lines of Eames’s face are unbearably fond, wry and already rueful when he says:
“Arthur — no one could ever make you do anything.
Presque Vu by rageprufrock
Inception | Arthur/Eames | 69k+ | Graphic violence; PTSD; platonic polyamory; canonical suicide; … basically, it’s the definitive backstory fic that is now canon
Or, “on the tip of the tongue.” Arthur meets Mal first. He inherits Dom, after. Everything else is on him.
What he and Arthur do together is very much adult-rated.
It’s like — actually Eames doesn’t have the words to describe it, which is a shocker because as anyone will tell you, Eames has the right words to describe anything
. But it’s like — think about a train. Think about that train chugging along at a steady pace, following the tracks like every good train does. And then suddenly, crunch, one of the gears breaks, one of the engines goes down, and everything gets fast and desperate and out of control. Soon enough that peaceful train is veering off the tracks, crashing into the wilderness, no hope of survival.
That’s what it’s like to have sex with Arthur.
Antimony by jibrailis
Inception | Arthur/Eames | 50k+ | NC-17 | Post-canon; Eames has PTSD for very good reasons; fuck buddies to OTP; Ariadne is a gem; there be zombie dreams ahead
Dreamshare goes legal, Arthur goes corporate, Eames goes and (against his better judgement) falls in love.
That night he dreamed of standing backstage while they called for him (over and over) onstage and the blue light shone through the gaps in the curtains where Arthur stood, face turned to Eames’ throat, wrapped in his arms – waiting for someone to lean through that gap and rip it all away.
Darling, Eames muttered desperately in his ear when Arthur trembled and clung tighter.
Pet by LadyVader
Inception | Arthur/Eames | 100k+ | AU [Highschool AU] | Student-Teacher relationship; epic pining; seriously, so much pining; NO underage
AU fic - Arthur is in his final year of high school and finds himself entirely too interested in the new English teacher. Entirely inspired by the Police lyrics ‘Sometimes it’s not so easy to be the teacher’s Pet’.
Rec: I am only a casual Arthur/Eames shipper - more a fan of the fandom than a fan of the ship - but, oh darling, did this fic make me a believer. It’s over 100,000 words of a glorious, trance-inducing slow-build relationship. Pet does not follow the standard secret-relationship fic route, and instead delivers the mostly painfully accurate depiction of a teacher/student relationship imaginable. It is very slow going, but the ride is glorious. I envy those of you who have not read this - you’re in for a treat.
I want you so bad I can taste it, and it makes me feel like a piece of shit for it every single day.”
That brought Steve up hard like a slap. Tony didn’t back away.
“Is that what you want to hear?
All the jagged lines and dotted i’s by eonism
Avengers | Steve/Tony [also Tony/Pepper] | 9k+ | Angsty pining - so much pining it hurts everyone involved; Rhodey tries to be a BFF but sucks at it; emotional infidelity
It was never supposed to be Steve Rogers. Then again, there was no version of this story that went according to plan.
“Steve, relax,” Tony said as he finally put his phone away, because they knew each other well enough that he could recognize when Steve was panicking internally. “You’re getting worked up over nothing. No one can get to know you and not fall a little bit in love. Trust me, you’ll be great,” he said, opening up the tiny fridge to get a drink.
‘You didn’t,’ Steve thought before he could stop himself, so caught off guard by the careless words that he had to look away before Tony could see his face crumble. ‘You didn’t fall in love with me.’
Take Another Little Piece of My Heart Now, Baby by blue_jack
Avengers | Steve/Tony | AU | 27k+ | Pretend!Relationship; Meet the parents; Pining!Steve; Howard Stark’s A+ Parenting (Admittedly, he isn’t as bad as he is in canon); Maria Stark is a gem
“I think we should get married,” Tony announced as he let himself into Steve’s apartment, plopping next to him on the couch.
[AKA in which Tony needs a date to his father’s wedding, invites Steve who is head-over-heels in love with the idiot and OMG THE FEELS]
So let me get this straight: you’re dating a man who can’t actually understand a word you’re saying?” Raven snorted a disbelieving laugh through her nose, leaning over the counter to pass Charles his usual mug of hot tea with lemon. “Lucky him.
Sprich Mit Mir | Talk To Me by papercutperfect
XMFC | Charles/Erik | Modern AU | NC-17 | 23k+ | Still-have-powers AU; Language barrier (which they make up for with sex); telepathic sex; voice!kink; kinda public sex; But, most importantly, ALL MY LANGUAGE KINKS IN EVER
When Charles meets Erik on a midnight train to London, it’s like all of his Christmases and birthdays have come at once – until Erik opens his mouth, and reveals he cannot speak a word of English.
It isn’t easy to pursue a relationship with someone you need to play Pictionary with just to chat to, but with a little help from Charles’ telepathy, the two language-barrier lovers are determined to make it work.
You read the book, you know how awful I made him feel. What’d that Kakutani chick say in her review? ‘A tragic story, ostensibly about love, that is in reality a case study in internalized homophobia and the utter ruin it brings upon everyone it touches.’” Dean huffs and takes a long pull on his beer.
“Dude, you memorized it? How many times did you read that damn review?”
“Look, Sammy, when the New York fucking Times passes judgment on your romantic failures, you tell me how well you handle it.
Someone I Forgot to Be by MatildaMavis
Supernatural | Dean/Castiel [and Lisa/Dean, Sam/Jess] | AU | NC-17 | 36k+ | Coming out; long lost loves; alcoholism; break-ups; closeted characters; emotional infidelity; depressed!Writer!Cas
Castiel is content - sort of - with his quiet life in Boston…at least, until his new neighbor moves in. It’s Dean Winchester, the cliched long lost love of his life. Can these two idiots find their way back to each other after eight years, after fame and loss and heartbreak? After Dean has found love again with Cas’ neighbor, Lisa?
Fate can be a sadistic bitch, they’ve both learned that, but maybe they’ve matured enough to be able to handle it this time. The sparks, the attraction, the tension.
…or maybe not.
Harry rolled his eyes. “Don’t flatter yourself. You may be fit, Diggory, but you’re not my type. I don’t go for straight blokes.”
If humor was how they’d get past the awkwardness, that was fine with Cedric. Besides, he enjoyed it, the meaningless flirtation, being called fit even if it came from another man. Now that things were out in the open, the teasing felt safe from consequence. Cedric leaned forward with his elbows on the table. “That’s just fine, because I don’t go for celebrities. Too much work.”
“Is that right?” Harry tilted his head forward so that Cedric could see the green of his eyes over the rim of his glasses. Those eyes flashed warmth, and Cedric was uncomfortable with the memory of the last time he’d seen them up close. “Too much work, or too intimidating?”
Missing Pages by rotaryphones
Harry Potter | Harry/Cedric | 44k+| EWE; coming out; snarky!Harry; Hermione is a boss; but Ron and Hermione have broken up as we all suspected
The Battle of Hogwarts Report has been released and social tensions are on the rise, but Cedric is faced with more personal tensions when he is enlisted to find a missing friend.
REC: It’s been a long while since I’ve read an HP fic and many years since I’ve read Harry/Cedric - so oh boy was this a treat. Cedric was a lovely mix of loyal and self-oblivious, while Harry (oh Harry) had grown into a closed, angry, snarky, lovely adult. Add in a missing person and you have the perfect HP fic.