i love AUs
high school AUs
1950s americana AUs
punk rock AUs
bicycle repair shop AUs
competitive hot dog eating championship AUs
AUs are great
you could even say AUs are…
The Dresden Files - fic recs
Stories marked with ** are INSANELY GOOD omg. For starkravingdane :)
Choices by Kethrua (**)
An AU to the book “Changes,” Harry sells himself to Marcone instead of Mab. They both take a while to adjust to this. (Rated Mature, Dresden/Marcone) And now with an additional side story!
The Spirit and the Letter by lightgetsin
Harry and Marcone have a complicated relationship. When Harry finds himself temporarily a girl, that doesn’t change. (Rated Explicit, Dresden/Marcone)
Crosshairs by manic_intent
Written for the Dresden Files kink meme, being an AU where Marcone also has magical powers. A murderer is getting rid of the signatories who have come to Chicago to sign Gentleman Johnny Marcone into the Accords. (Rated Mature, Dresden/Marcone)
The Matter of Chicago by LuciaZephyr (**)
An AU for the entire series— Marcone manages to get Harry into his employ early on in the series, and that changes everything. (Rated Explicit, eventual Dresden/Marcone)
Wager by neveralarch
Harry Dresden’s first semester as an assistant professor of religious studies comes with its own unique challenges. Like dealing with Doctors Marcone and Vargassi of the philosophy department. Academic AU! (Rated Explicit, Dresden/Marcone)
Dresden files Kinkmeme Fills by LuciaZephyr
6 short stories. The one where Harry accidentally becomes a Wyldfae lord; the one where everyone hangs out on IRC and gossips about Harry and trades supernatural tips; the one where Harry loses his voice and copes; the one where Harry cannot lie; the one where Harry is the cattiest secretary ever but cannot be fired; the one with the hot tub sex. (Rating varies from Gen to Explicit, mostly Marcone/Dresden)
Please Hang Up And Try Again by Aja and thehoyden
“I’m going to need at least a dozen more roses before the chastity belt comes off.” (Rated Explicit, Dresden/Marcone)
Near Miss by binz and shiplizard
Three years ago, Tony Vargassi died and left his flourishing criminal empire to his son Marco. Gang violence is rife in the streets, but Harry Dresden’s concluded, reluctantly, that it isn’t his kind of problem. He’s about to find out that the real power behind Chicago’s throne is a lot worse then a spoiled mobster’s son — and maybe more than he can handle.
John ‘Johnny’ Marcone is a mechanic with a bad limp and a bad history with Vargassi. He doesn’t want to get back into the business of the Business; he barely escaped with his life before. But in Harry Dresden he sees enough raw power to save the city he loves. Will he risk it all to back his crazy friend against the powers that be?
And can Harry and his car survive what Chicago has in store for him, even with a full-time mechanic? (Rated Explicit, Dresden/Marcone)
The Stars and Scones Bakery and Coffee Shop by LuciaZephyr (**)
In which Harry is the best baker in Chicago, but still ends up starting a few fires along the way. (Rated Mature, Dresden/Marcone)
And basically, everything ever written by lightgetsin, grenegome, and LuciaZephyr. I… have more but these are the ones I go back to re-read. Also, it’s pretty obvious how much I love AUs, lol. Sorry starkravingdane! Anyone want to chime in with their favorite Dresden fics?
An Avengers Fanfic by dr-kara
All the best Fandoms have coffeeshop/bakery AUs
ETA: New additions are marked with an asterisk (*).
Happiness is Homemade by sirona and ellievolia
Steve McGarrett/Danny Williams, rated Explicit
It’s not easy, running a Jersey-style bakery in Hawai’i. Things get a little easier (and a whole lot more fun) once Danny meets Chin and Kono’s friend, the one who enjoys leaning against his glass cases despite all of Danny’s dire warnings, and starts food fights for no reason whatsoever.
Foster’s Bakery by anatsuno and Cesare
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, rating ranged from Gen to Explicit
Grounded by an injury, John Sheppard leaves the Air Force and, at loose ends, takes up running the bakery he inherited from his mother’s family in Colorado Springs. Dating John Sheppard is remarkably easy for Rodney, until it isn’t.
Fair Trade series by esteefee
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, rating ranged from Gen to Explicit
AU in which John owns a coffee roastery, Rodney designs exhibits for science museums, Teyla is a physician in internal medicine, and Ronon is an orthopedic surgeon all living in San Francisco.
The Dresden Files
Black Coffee on a Lonely Night by Femme
Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, rated Explicit
Draco owns a café in the city. Harry’s a MP who comes in every morning, newspapers in one hand, BlackBerry in the other, and orders a triple espresso macchiato. (Nonmagic AU.)
Only Two Tragedies by ifeelbetter
Merlin/Arthur Pendragon, rated Teen
Merlin is a British artist working at a coffee shop and Arthur is a high-and mighty PR mogul’s son. After the former won the latter’s modeling services in a drinking contest, Merlin and Arthur awkwardly and tentatively edged towards love.
I’ve Got Nothing To Do Today But Smile (The Only Living Boy in New York) by gyzym
Eames/Arthur, rated Teen
Arthur’s a corporate lawyer, Eames owns the coffee shop across the street, and all good love stories start with a quadruple shot latte.
Grande Soy Triple Dirty Chai by friskaz
Mike Ross/Harvey Specter, rated Mature
Every fandom needs a barista au. Original prompt on the kink meme: “Harvey is (still) a lawyer. Mike is the only barista that gets his coffee order right, and isn’t afraid of a bit of intelligent and snarky banter.”
(not actually a coffeeshop AU, but a pizza place is close, right? Regardless this is one of my FAVORITE alternate universes ever. I prefer it over Suits’ canon actually.)
Pizza and a Movie by Closer
Mike Ross/Harvey Specter, rated Mature
In an alternate universe, Harvey’s still a lawyer but Mike’s not a pot runner — he’s a deliveryman for Rollo’s Pizza and Ribs, which happens to be Harvey’s favorite pizza place. Once Harvey finds out his pizza guy is a genius, Mike’s life takes a few turns he would not have expected… (Now with Harvey POV as well as Donna’s!)
A little bit of your taste (in my mouth) by ellievolia and sirona
Clint Barton (Hawkeye)/Agent Phil Coulson, rated Explicit
Coffee Shop AU. In which Clint owns the coffee shop that makes the best damn coffee Phil has ever tasted, and things only go downhill from there.
Caffeine, Otherwise Known as the Key to Tony Stark’s Heart by sol-nox
Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, rated Teen.
A new coffee shop opens across the street from Stark Tower. Steve is the hot, sweet and predictably clueless owner. Tony tries to do what he does best.
*faking a smile with a coffee to go by matryoshkha
Clint Barton (Hawkeye)/Bruce Banner (Hulk), rated Teen
Coffee Shop AU. In which Clint is a coffee shop employee hopelessly in love with a regular customer, Bruce. (TW: mentions of domestic abuse)
*I’ve Suffered Shipwrecks by paperclipbitch
Clint Barton (Hawkeye)/Natasha Romanov (Black Widow), rated Mature
Most people, when they break up, sort through their record collections, possibly chuck each other’s clothes onto the sidewalk, engage in soul-destroying coffee dates where they try to sort through the emotional debris, and then leave each other the fuck alone. Clint and Natasha were never very good at acting like normal people, though, which is why they run a cafe together. (WIP)
The Social Network
(I’ve never actually watched the Social Network, but this was a recommended addition to the list!)
Sweet On You by moogle62
Mark/Eduardo, rated Explicit
Mark is Mark, Eduardo owns a bakery/café near the Facebook offices. Mark does not have time to have a thing for him, but he totally, totally does. Sadly for Mark’s continued enjoyment of a harassment-free existence, Dustin is still Dustin and is entirely devoted to his causes of a) getting Mark laid, b) acquiring all the gossip, and c) acquiring all the baked goods he can. Featuring novelty shaped cookies, frosting in places frosting should never be, and ~feelings~.
*Froth by forthright
Sango/Miroku, rated Gen
AU. Few women have what it takes to work at Founder’s, but when Sango complains to the manager about the coffee shop’s flirtatious counter attendant, she’s offered a job on the spot. A story told in bits and pieces.
*Coffee, Black by black_ink_tide
male(cis)!Hawk/Fenris, rated Gen
Awkward Garrett Hawke is a barista with a crush on the guy with white ink tattoos who comes in to Bianca’s Coffee every morning. His friends Isabela, Merrill and Andy take it upon themselves to help him, in the capacity of Wingmen, to not totally blow it with him. It’s an uphill battle every step of the way. Watch out for falling boxes of pornography.
If anyone has a fic to add to this list, please tell me! :D
So yeah, that werewolf!Stiles AU. It happened.
(And here’s another small piece)
In the morning, Stiles is hoping really hard that it was all some whacked out dream caused by eating too many burritos. But clearly life hates him, because there’s a huge throbbing bite mark on his hip, and it hurts like a bitch.
But Scott looks gratifyingly impressed when Stiles shows it to him at school, so there’s that.
“Dude, a dog gave you that?” Scott asks, eyes wide.
“Yeah. It was totally freaky, I thought that thing was gonna eat me! It was all howling and growling and shit.” Stiles waves a hand to emphasize his dire peril and almost smacks a classmate in the face. Oops.
“Howling?” Scott says with frown. “Don’t wolves howl? Are you sure it wasn’t a wolf?”
Stiles rolls his eyes. “Duh, of course it wasn’t a wolf. There haven’t been any wolves in California for, like, sixty years.”
The blank face Scott gives at that is really tragic. It’s like he doesn’t even remember the trips they took to the zoo every year. Stiles loves his friend, really, but Scott is such a moron sometimes.
Snippit of a Teen Wolf AU where Stiles was the one that turned werewolf
MELISSA (FORNAX) THIS IS FOR YOU! IT GOT TOO LONG TO FIT IN YOUR ASK BOX.
SORRY ALYCIA :I
Stiles skidded in the wet leaves as he ran through the forest, but caught himself and kept going. He could hear Scott stumbling behind him, which, you’d think his BFF would be less clumsy after all the lacrosse training they do (even if they are benched damnit).
There’s some noise up ahead, that’s not a good thing, right? That can’t be a good thing. Stiles tries to slow down and ends up skidding again, slamming into a tree. Seriously, ow, but at least he’s got something to hide behind.
“Hey!” he tries to hiss a warning, but the leaves are too wet to slow down and Scott goes tumbling into the clearing.
“Scott.” Oh shit. Stiles knows that voice, it’s his dad!
“H-hey there, Mr Stilinski.”
Totally failing to play it cool. Ugh.
“Where’s your partner in crime?”
“Who, Stiles?” Scott says innocently. “He stayed at home, wanted to get rested up for the first day of school tomorrow.”
“Oh, really? So what are you doing here then?” Stiles can totally picture the look on his dad’s face, that half exasperated and half disappointed sheriff expression that’s supposed to guilt you into admitting everything. Too bad Scott and Stiles have seen that look so many times, they became immune to it by the time they were twelve.
“I, uh, dropped my inhaler somewhere around here, I’ve been trying to find it. Those things cost, like, eighty bucks!”
Dad Stilinski doesn’t much sound like he’s buying it, but he’s dragging Scott off, probably to stick him a patrol car and send him home. Which totally means Stiles has to book it the hell out of here before they find his car.
Luckily, the other cops and state troopers or whatever move on a direction that is not a Stiles’ direction. He heads off the other way, moving slowly and quietly until he can’t hear the sounds of the search party before he starts to run for it.
Damn, it’s dark. Where’d he put his flashlight?
Stiles is patting down his pockets when he hears it. A deep, visceral growl.