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31st-Jul-2013 10:13 am this dream called life by veritas_nescio (R)
Last Inception rec of the month! I do hope this fandom manages to hobble on and survive for a long while. There's still great fic to be read.

Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Eames / OFC, Arthur/Eames
Length: 5521
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] veritas_nescio
Author Website:
Why this must be read:
Eames only slides out of his armour for one person.

Told from the perspective of an unknown woman who goes to Spain and meets Eames. It almost seems like practice of fandom no’s with an OFC that meets and starts a relationship with a canon character, a meandering POV narrative that’s so vague it almost reads like 2nd person.

What this fic does by the end though, what it’s woven throughout, is an ending that’s at once tragic and joyous as it throws everything on its head. I would beg anyone thrown off by the premise to give this fic a chance because it’s so much more than what it seems that it seems haunting and beautiful.

this dream called life
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28th-Jul-2013 11:45 pm All the Rules to Break foxxcub (R)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur / Eames
Length: 27718
Author on LJ:
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
A notorious serial killer returns after a three-year hiatus, reminding Detective Arthur Moss of the infamous case he couldn't close. But when the FBI becomes involved, Arthur is forced to work side-by-side once again with Special Agent Daniel Eames, a man who knows Arthur better than Arthur himself will ever admit. Both men must confront their past and heal old wounds in order to bring a psychopath to justice.

Cop AU. Fantastically constructed world where Arthur is a Chicago detective under Captain Cobb, has history with former partner Eames (now with the FBI), and an old serial killer resurfaces to taunt Arthur. Certain aspects of the character’s personalities translate beautifully over to the real world and new professions. Also, the plot relating to the case is well spun and suspenseful like a good procedural.


All the Rules to Break
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26th-Jul-2013 07:00 pm VID REC: INCEPTION – L.E.S. Artistes
Vidder: gabygal7
Musical Artist: santigold
Length: 3:09
Vidder on LJ:
Vidder’s Website: Youtube
Why this vid must be viewed:
character video on Arthur & Eames from Inception

And oldie, but such a goodie.
Character studies on Arthur and Eames throughout the movie. This is one of those fanvids where the song choice is perfect and helps tell the story- different verses in the lyrics seems to highlight their characters so perfectly and also manages to tie them together by hinting at what their relationship is/could be like.

L.E.S. Artistes
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24th-Jul-2013 10:20 am That's Not Why I'm Lonely by lurrel (R)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 32334
Author on LJ:
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
Lieutenant Arthur leaves his post at an international training camp for dream sharing with his name on classified research and a fondness for Flying Officer Eames of the Royal Air Force. He isn't expecting to see Eames again, and he especially isn't expecting them both to be independently captured by an international coalition hellbent on distributing all possible information on the PASIV device to the general population. After negotiations for their release, the world's leading dream psychiatrist is brought on board to help with their rehabilitation. Dr. Mal Cobb isn't sure if she's up to the task.

AU- a world in which the ‘what are the implications of the technology existing’ has more negative consequences than just creating mind thieves. The story starts with the military research into the limitations of the PASIV, but soon takes a sharp turn where Arthur, Eames, and Yusef are kidnapped by terrorists who try to torture the secrets of the PASIV out of them. They get rescued, but the military isn’t above using their experiences and trauma to get further information on the nature of the technology. Though character interactions- in training, in captivity, in recovery, the fic paints a world that allows for the consequences of mind technology to bring out the worst in people who see every opportunity to take advantage of it.

That's Not Why I'm Lonely
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22nd-Jul-2013 09:48 am mine eyes have seen the glory by paxlux (R)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 10497
Author on LJ:
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
The nights are long in Arkham because not everyone sleeps, it’s not like insanity has a timetable.

I felt conflicted about this rec for half a second, but I love it too much not to share. It’s a Batman AU taking place in Arkham Asylum. It’s a fic where the asylum for the dangerously criminally insane are housed by familiar (Batman’s villains) faces, and Arthur (with his own dark past) is on staff. Arthur finds himself becoming fascinated and obsessed with the sometimes charming, sometimes incredibly dangerous multiple-personality-disorder having Eames. It’s how a city like Gotham sinks its dark hooks into everything and pervades every nook and cranny until all things dark, twisted, and insane becomes appealing and fascinating. (Written before The Dark Knight Rises, so the characters aren’t actually standins for Bane/ Blake)


mine eyes have seen the glory
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20th-Jul-2013 01:07 am Sigh no More by Pennyplainknits (PG-13)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Dom/Mal, Arthur/Eames
Length: 20687
Author on LJ:
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
Summary In which Mal can’t date until Arthur does, Dom pines, Ariadne has cunning plans, and Eames is up for a challenge. Or, Ten Things I Incept about You.

A feel-good 10 Things I hate About You AU. With Dom as Cameron, Mal and Arthur as Bianca and Kat respectively, and Eames as Patrick. Yusuf as Arthur’s bff, Robert Fisher as Joey. And Saito as Ms. Perky the guidance counselor. The Joseph Gordon-Levitt shuffling was amusing enough, but this AU is adorable and sweet.
The characters manage to fall into their assigned roles in the scenario while still managing to be recognizable as their canon counterparts- Dom has plans but maybe isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, Arthur is serious and focused, Eames is charming and relaxed, and Saito is the guidance counselor who has a presence everyone seems to feel.

Sigh no More
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17th-Jul-2013 09:57 am Release Mechanism by witling (R)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 13338
Author on LJ:
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
“You’d be surprised how many ridiculous things the body does, every day.”

Yesterday was the 3 year Inception anniversary, but I didn’t want to post 2 days in a row, so here we are.

Eames uses the PASIV to try and wake Arthur up from a coma. There’s the issue of trying to get Arthur to believe that what he’s experiencing is a coma and not the real world. There’s the effort to try to solve a (partially) medical issue through the careful application of illegal drugs and trying to help the brain by shocking the subconscious. There’s the author describing part of Arthur’s dreamscape a fortress of solitude. It’s an interesting look at the pitfalls that could happen from delving in and out of people’s heads through the use of strange chemical concoctions, but it’s also taking the contentious relationship Arthur and Eames have, where they’re still helplessly drawn to each other, and using it to problem-solve their way through strategies to wake Arthur up.

Release Mechanism
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15th-Jul-2013 07:28 am INCEPTION & WHITE COLLAR
Title: Skybird by windsweptfic (PG-13) & Life in Interesting Times by rapacityinblue (PG-13)
Pairing: Gen, Arthur/Eames
Length: 33785, 16712
Author on LJ:
Author Website: windsweptfic, rapacityinblue
Why this must be read:
Arthur and Eames adopt a kid and raise that kid into Neal Caffrey.

A fic (and its continuation -by a different author) Skybird is mostly from Neal’s POV as he’s a pickpocket kid on the streets taken in by (secretly married spies) Arthur & Eames. They feed his hunger for art and culture (and expose him to the sartorial arts and also stealing and conning). Then Arthur’s boss’s wife kills herself and Arthur leaves the family behind to run around taking dream share jobs with Dom Cobb. Only for a month he said. Eames and Neal travel around the world together for years, running cons, stealing art, before the Inception job happens and Neal can see his parents reunited.

In the sequel, Neal’s working for the FBI and Peter Burke, and his parents come to town for a visit. And someone tries to frame them. Nel has to get the FBI to clear his parents’ names.

The fics are mostly focused on Neal’s pov, and it’s a beautiful mash-up of worlds that make you go ‘suits!’ or ‘con men!’ or ‘art!’. It’s an interesting look at how the personalities Arthur and Eames seem to have could mash up and be distilled into the type of classy sophistication Neal Caffrey puts forth.

Skybird
Life in Interesting Timesc
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13th-Jul-2013 05:46 pm Arthurian Legends by blue_fjords (R)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 3183
Author on LJ:
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
For the prompt: Dream sharing has its own "Arthurian Legend." Basically I'd love to read about rumors, legends, tall tales and not-so-tall tales about that point man. Outsider POV with crazy stories about what Arthur did and what he didn't do. Also, A/E if you can get it in there too!


An outsider-POV Mike Jones (the OC) keeps hearing the stories about Arthur (almost impossibly handsome and badass) around the dream share community for years until he finally gets the chance to meet the legend. (Along with Eames who also has his own share of reputation making stories). Then Jones has his own chance to pass on his story about the legends.

Arthurian Legends
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11th-Jul-2013 07:00 pm Pants on Fire by Helenish (NC-17)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 15169
Author on LJ:
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
"Ah," Yusuf says, lifting a reproving hand, "are we calling less than 24 hours of memory loss amnesia now?"

There are so many ways for things to go wrong, from the PASIV tech to experimental somancin mixes. Yusuf creates a batch that gives Arthur, Ariadne, then Eames all 24 hour amnesia in turns. The ‘it’s complicated’ relationship that Arthur and Eames are pretending is totally fine doesn’t remain unscathed after their actions and experiences with amnesia.

Pants on Fire
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9th-Jul-2013 06:24 pm An Undivided Heart by Eustacia Vye (eustaciavye) (PG-13)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Gen
Length: 9209
Author on LJ:
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
The inception was successful. CIA Agent Eleanor Lewis was supposed to break cover and bring in her former coworkers. She knew so much more about dream share now, more than her superiors ever would have dreamed was possible. Their view was so narrow minded, so literal. They had no idea about the full potential of dream share and what it could actually do. This meant she had a decision to make.

Ariadne is actually an undercover CIA agent, assigned to gather information about dream sharing. But after performing inception and getting exposed to all the wonders of creation, she’s torn between the world she knows she’s duty bound to return to, and the new one that’s opened up to her. The forbidden allure of the dream sharing world comes through in moments as Agent Lewis aka Ariadne weighs responsibility against creation.

This fic is part of a series, but I haven't read it past the 1st chapter/part, so I have no knowledge on how the rest of the series goes.

An Undivided Heart
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7th-Jul-2013 12:59 pm Half-Way Gone by the_moonmoth (R)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 10529
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] the_moonmoth
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
"We should probably go soon, anyway," she says. "There's an unconscious man in the ladies' bathroom with 'wanker' written on his forehead – people are going to start asking questions."

I love a good genderbend, and this fic certainly doesn’t disappoint. Told from the perspective of (always)female-Eames mostly during the period of time she (and Arthur) are in Australia, gathering up intel on Fisher. And the character construction is absolutely brilliant. Eames is still flirty and brilliant and charming, frighteningly competent with her forgery skills, her military background, and the ease and naturalism she has moving through life.

Half-Way Gone
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4th-Jul-2013 11:50 am Long Shot by laceymcbain (R)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 47191
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] laceymcbain
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
Arthur is an assassin hired to kill a seemingly unremarkable English actor named Eames, but a chance meeting has Arthur falling for his target instead.

The thing that I find great about Inception fic is how writers can spin insanely different and creative backgrounds for the character and still have it fit within the realm of canon in an ‘all roads lead to Rome” kind of way (with some tweaking). Here, Arthur is a silent deadly killer with a fun best friend in Ariadne (who doesn't know about his job). Eames is a charming brilliant actor who barely lets hints of his secret past sneak though, but he's certainty catches Arthur's attention. Then they all end up years later in Dream Share, performing inception like it was where they were supposed to end up.

ETA: For people who enjoy podfic, the AO3 has a link to that as well.

Long Shot
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1st-Jul-2013 09:05 pm When a Man Loves a PASIV by eleveninches (PG-13)
So I signed up for this fandom when I realized that a) there’s still pretty awesome fic being written, and b) there’s so much good fic out there that it's a pleasent way to spend forever working through it all. The recs already on this comm barely scratch the surface of good reads out there and I wanted to add to that list if I could.

Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 12792
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] eleveninches
Author Website: Ao3
Why this must be read:
"Everyone knows Eames was trying to accomplish inception for years. Are you expecting me to believe you tried it once and pulled it off?"

Comedic, in the realm of canon, takes the idea of ‘Dom Cobb was incompetent”, and tells the fic from his point of view. Fandom, or at least the parts of it I’m familiar with, has seem to come to the consensus that Dom Cobb really didn’t do much in the film except screw everything up at nearly every turn. In this fic, Cobb doesn’t seem to realize that and after sitting at home with his kids for a while, wants to get back in the game. A number of people aren’t too happy about that including most of his former inception teammates. With good reason.

Told from the perspective of a resoundingly clueless POV (Cobb), the comedy oozes through the tone and the perspective and the sheer clueless in regards to viewing the reactions to everyone around him.

When a Man Loves a PASIV
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6th-Feb-2013 11:08 pm The Kind You Could Sing by foxxcub (PG-13)
Fandom: Inception
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 7,415
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: spoilers for the movie
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] foxxcub
Author Website:
Summary: Eames turns to him during a simple blueprint discussion and says casually, "You settled late, didn't you?" Or, an Inception/His Dark Materials fusion fic.

Why this must be read: Keeping in the tradition of most Inception and HDM fic, foxxcub presents a story that really focuses on how aspects of working in dreams affect characters, as shown through daemons. The idea of forgery is done nicely, with Eames reacting in a subtle but powerful way to having to reshape his own soul. Arthur's storyline focuses on how he and others view himself versus who he really is. It's these discrepancies that make this fic a stand-out classic.

This fic also does angst marvelously in showing the difference between emotional and physical closeness or separation, and how both can affect a person.

The Kind You Could Sing on LJ and on AO3
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28th-Sep-2012 02:11 pm Chaos Out of Shape by Quoshara and speakmefair (R)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames, Dom/Mal, Yusuf/Ariadne (budding), Arthur/Ariadne (past; casual)
Length: ~82,500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] quoshara; [livejournal.com profile] speak_me_fair
Author Website: quoshara's stories on AO3; speakmefair's stories on AO3
Why this must be read: I love this story. Truly, madly, deeply, I love it because it's beautiful and brilliant, and the world these two authors have created is amazing. I put off reading it for a while after the Big Bangs were posted because I found the summary very complex and it almost seemed like it might be a crossover of some type. It's not. But I can honestly say, the summary does not do it justice.

Here's what the story is: It's world-building at its best - I fell into this world, believed it, wanted to see more of it. Not everything is explained or immediately clear, but you need to be willing to let the story unfold. It's the Inception characters but somehow larger than life and still not quite on the right side of the law. It's the team coming together and learning about one another and fighting for something. It's about love and loyalty, tradition and technology, how society teaches us to take sides.

You'll recognize aspects of the movie, but in completely different ways. Ariadne is forced to grow up and accept some hard truths because of her association with these men. Yusuf is a good friend, but can he be trusted? Dom, still learning how to leave Mal behind. Arthur and Eames trying to reconcile their differences with their strange compatibility; they should hate each other, but they're saving one another.

I don't want to tell you too much, but honestly, read it for the image of Eames as a tattooed man out of time who wears the sins of the world on his flesh in order to remember, and Arthur, who is just broken enough to be able to see beyond the technology Eames hides behind ... it's the kind of screwed-up love story that makes me ache in every way possible for everyone involved. It's absolutely something you should read. I can't recommend this one highly enough.

'Eames, why Station Nine?' [Ariadne] now had time to ask questions since they seemed to have lost their tail, both physically and electronically. )

Masterpost on LJ with links to art post: Chaos Out of Shape
On AO3: Chaos Out of Shape

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26th-Sep-2012 09:16 pm The Lying Pinwheel by Metarie (PG)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Ariadne/Robert
Length: ~2300 words
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: Metarie's fiction
Why this must be read: I've always thought Robert is a fascinating character in Inception. He's someone we feel a little sorry for--he's being manipulated, after all--but at the same time, he's not immediately likable. No one really stops to consider (at least not for very long) how emotionally screwed up this guy might be even before they start messing around with his head.

When Robert Fischer catches sight of Ariadne in a hotel, he follows her, and they make a connection. What Ariadne's motivations might be aren't clear, which I think makes the story that much more interesting. Is it a coincidence? Is it another manipulation? Is she genuinely interested in Robert? And what happens when Robert's questions (and Ariadne's answers) lead to questions that reveal more and more of the truth?

In a fandom that tends to revel in its messy revenge stories, this is a nice introspective look at what learning the truth might mean for Robert, and whether knowing would make any difference at all.

[Robert] knows she's a total stranger, but somehow she's the most familiar thing he's seen all night. )

Read the story: The Lying Pinwheel

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26th-Sep-2012 08:36 pm Reality Check by sawsha12 (PG-13)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: ~16,580 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sawsha12
Author Website: Sawsha12's list of fic prompts and fills
Why this must be read: Last season Supernatural had an episode called The French Mistake wherein Sam and Dean end up in an alternate reality where they're the actors who play them on TV. This Inception fic borrows the same premise and runs with it. What if Arthur and Eames ended up in a place where everyone else thinks they're actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy? What if they're filming a movie called Inception?

The story is by turns funny, sweet, and tense as Arthur and Eames try to sort out who they're supposed to be in this new reality, and who they are to one another (in any reality). More importantly, they need to figure out if there's any way they can get back to the world they belong in before they're expected to carry on with the lives that Tom and Joe have established for themselves. There are some elements of RPF ... but it's really a story about Arthur and Eames.

'And…cut!' someone shouted from afar. 'Let’s try one more go at that, but this time I want Dileep to push Joe backwards.' )

On LJ: Reality Check, Part 1
Reality Check, Part 2

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25th-Sep-2012 08:38 pm dead birds fly again by matchsticks (NC-17)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames, Arthur/OFCs, Eames/Original Male Character, Dom Cobb/Mal, Ariadne/Arthur, Eames/Yusuf bromance
Length: ~19500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] matchsticks_p
Author Website: matchsticks_p's stories on AO3; matchsticks_p's fic tag on LJ
Why this must be read: I'm an OTP happy endings girl. I'm not particularly fond of stories where my two favourite guys don't get together, but sometimes there's a story that manages to have so many good things in it, it's worth the twinge of sadness it brings. For example, Eames here is afraid of marine mammals, which is absolutely priceless, and at one point he's asked to forge a parrot. It's just as hilarious as you can imagine.

And all the while, he's resigned to being in love with an Arthur who is straight and can't love him back. Eames tries his very best to hide his feelings from Arthur, but that's easier said than done, and the two of them are troubled about the strain it's putting on their friendship. What I really like about this story is that Arthur and Eames are friends, and genuinely care about each other, and Eames is understanding of the position he's putting Arthur in. It doesn't change how either of them feels, though, and what could be something unbearably sad turns out to have a hopeful ending.

'I'm afraid of marine mammals,' Eames says in a tiny voice. )

On LJ: dead birds fly again
On AO3: dead birds fly again

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25th-Sep-2012 08:00 pm Get Lost by winterlive (PG)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: None - general
Length: ~13,800 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] winterlive
Author Website: winterlive's stories on AO3
Why this must be read: This story is really all about Arthur after inception, and who he's become. He takes the time to travel around the States, visiting places that used to be home, and places where there are people he's known before. It's an exploration of perspective, and how a key event in life tends to make a person think about their experiences and achievements, and to consider what the future might hold.

Arthur does eventually end up on Eames' doorstep, but it's not about romance, it's about trust. Arthur has a question he needs answered, and there's only one person he thinks he can believe. It's an intricate and thoughtful look into Arthur's character.

The morning after inception, Arthur hurls his phone into the Mojave Desert. )

On AO3: Get Lost

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24th-Sep-2012 10:11 pm The Gentleman of the Lamp by toomuchplor (PG)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: ~1550 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] toomuchplor
Author Website: toomuchplor's stories on AO3; toomuchplor's website
Why this must be read: I've been a fan of this author's work since long before this name and this fandom, and I know whenever I see her name attached to something I'm going to get a well-written story. I'm also a sucker for a sweet hurt/comfort piece and this just happens to contain one of the best lines I think I've ever read in a H/C story:

“Did you just try to kiss my subdural hematoma better?”


Eames as a self-appointed Florence Nightingale is funny, slightly absurd, caring while trying to pretend not to. It's just so Arthur and Eames.

'You’ll be really impressed when you realize later that I managed to nick your wallet whilst doing this.' )

On AO3: The Gentleman of the Lamp

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24th-Sep-2012 09:37 pm Signed, Sealed, Delivered by pyrimidine (G)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: ~9500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] pyrimidine
Author Website: pyrimidine's stories on AO3; pyrimidine's masterlist on LJ
Why this must be read: I've read lots of fic inspired by strange things, but I think this was the first (possibly only) one I've read that's based on a commercial. The commercial itself is funny, but the story is ten times funnier. Seriously. This is the kind of story where you make those ridiculous snorting laughs and the ones where you just gasp stupidly for air while barking like a seal.

The premise is simple. Arthur works (with Ariadne and Yusuf) for a company that will (for a fee) handle your messy break-up for you. It's made Arthur pretty much give up on the concept of love and romance, but he happens to live next door to Eames, who slowly works away at Arthur's reluctance to believe in good things. You can read this fic because it's funny, or you can read it because it's also a great story and a delightfully innocent romance that's still believable.

The slogan on the scooter is supposed to say 'No Sad, Big Smile Break-Up Service', but for the past few months it's just been 'Nads', minus all the spaces and missing letters. )

On LJ: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
On AO3: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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24th-Sep-2012 08:39 pm Nothing Matters When We're Dancing by gollumgollum (R)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: ~8400 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] gollumgollum
Author Website: gollumgollum's stories on AO3; gollumgollum's fic tag on LJ
Why this must be read: In my humble opinion, Arthur and Eames are best when they're being awesome and badass. In this story, they're all that, plus they still manage to be delightfully silly and romantic. But don't think this is a bit of fluff ... it has light moments, laugh out loud ones, a bit of tension, a job, a smidge of hurt/comfort, some Doctor Who, and all the terror that comes with realizing you're invested in someone else. It's a lovely story that has something for every mood.

'You dance just like Calvin did, in those strips where he pulled out the record player and put on sunglasses and danced around like a loon.' )

On LJ: Nothing Matters When We're Dancing
On AO3: Nothing Matters When We're Dancing

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16th-Sep-2012 10:00 pm Natural Dreams by svilleficrecs (NC-17)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: 17,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] svilleficrecs
Author Website: Fic list on LJ
Why this must be read: For some reason, I always think of this as the story where Arthur is "almost kidnapped." The "almost kidnapping" plays a central role in the story, and like any good author, svilleficrecs teases the reader along with hints and small portions of truth. What happens in the wake of the kidnapping-that-wasn't pushes Arthur and Eames to deal with who they are to one another. In a larger sense, the story is about Arthur and Eames, Dom and Mal. It's about the people they used to be, and the people they are now. It's also about how they see themselves and each other, and how that vision isn't always accurate.

Much of the story is Arthur and Eames talking to one another, bantering, sharing details and correcting assumptions. It's one of those stories where maybe not a lot happens in some ways, but the things they talk about are fundamental to understanding the characters. You could think of this as an extended character study, and I like how there's flirting and friendship, but also the ability to call one another on bullshit, as well as some genuine moments of learning about themselves and each other.

Plus, don't you really want to know what happened between Arthur and Eames on the night Arthur can't remember? The truth might surprise you.

'Someone tried to kidnap you.' )

In two parts on LJ: Natural Dreams - Part 1
Natural Dreams - Part 2

In one post on Dreamwidth: Natural Dreams

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16th-Sep-2012 09:00 pm All you need is a place to stand by Trojie (NC-17)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: ~6178 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] agenttrojie
Author Website: Trojie's stories on AO3
Why this must be read: Trojie writes amazingly good, amazingly hot fic, and even if certain things aren't your kinks, you should read this anyway. You don't usually read cross-dressing fic? This has Eames in a kilt, and it's freakin' hot, trust me. You don't usually read bondage, even light bondage? This has Eames' hands loosely wrapped with Arthur's tie, and it's all about trust. It's metaphorical bondage! Not fond of one of them seducing someone else for work? It happens off-screen, it's necessary to the plot, and seriously, this is all about the difference between what you do because you have to and what you do because you need or want to.

What I love most about this story, I think, is the level of trust between the two characters. Arthur asks for help, Eames goes. Arthur tells Eames he can go home, and Eames follows him anyway. Arthur needs ... and Eames lets him. It's not about feelings and it's not just about sex, it's all about trusting someone with everything that you are, and that makes this an amazing story.

He's wearing a skirt. Deal with it, bitch. )

On AO3: All you need is a place to stand

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15th-Sep-2012 08:53 pm Impossible Until It's Done by Aviss (PG)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames
Length: ~6700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] aviss
Author Website: Aviss's stories on AO3; aviss's fic masterlist on LJ
Why this must be read: When I first came across this story, the summary was all I really needed to hook my interest: "You are either a genius of unheard of proportions, or a complete moron. Is it even possible to incept yourself?"

After the events of the film, Eames is struggling to sleep, and he reaches out to Arthur for company if not exactly for help. Arthur, tired himself, tells Eames to go to sleep, and miraculously he does. It doesn't take Eames too many pestering phone calls to Arthur before he figures out that somehow Arthur is the only person who can get him to sleep. The trouble is ... how to explain that to Arthur without looking like a complete idiot?

'You've been awake for more than two weeks straight?' )

On LJ: Impossible Until It's Done
On AO3: Impossible Until It's Done

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15th-Sep-2012 08:14 pm Inception / Winnie-the-Pooh
Title: Believe Me If You Can (The House at Pooh Corner)
Pairing: Arthur/Eames with a side of Cobb/Saito, Ariadne/Yusuf
Length: 11,600 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] gyzym
Author Website: gyzym's stories on AO3; Master fic list on LJ
Why this must be read: Not so much a cross-over as a fusion, but it's one of those things that if you know and love Winnie-the-Pooh, you're going to laugh extra hard. The team is doing a job for Disney, and their best strategy is to go into a dream of the Hundred Acre Wood and let the dream assign them to be characters ... Rabbit, Eeyore, Piglet, etc. Okay, so it sounds like crack fic - I know - but the thing that makes this story extraordinary is that it's not just that.

Yes, the premise is absurd, but the personalities of the beloved Winnie-the-Pooh characters fit so well with the Inception team. There are laugh out loud moments - Arthur/Rabbit's obsession with carrots (and pot) is hilarious. There are moments that are absolutely heart-breakingly poignant and sweet ... like when Eames realizes he's lost the ability to forge within the dream. And besides the wonderful characterizations, there's also an underlying plot that ties it all together.

'This,' Arthur says, blinking asleep, 'is the weirdest fucking thing we've ever done.' )

On LJ: Believe Me If You Can - Part 1
Believe Me If You Can - Part 2

On AO3: Believe Me If You Can (The House at Pooh Corner)

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11th-Sep-2012 08:18 pm Amuse-Bouche by bauble (NC-17)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames; Arthur/OMC
Length: 60,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] bauble
Author Website: Master Fic list on LJ
Why this must be read: Big Bang stories are amazing beasts. They're long and epic and can take us worlds away from the canon we know while still maintaining the essence of the characters we love. Here, Arthur's life-saving (or at least disaster-averting) skills make an impression on international pop star, Eames - so much so that Arthur ends up being wooed away from his current job to act as Eames' bodyguard while on tour.

This Arthur is quirkily charming with a love of cooking, a failure to understand social media, and no appreciation of music, making him a strange choice for a singer's bodyguard. And Eames here is outgoing with the confidence of a star, but oddly vulnerable at the same time, which is such a hard combination to pull off as a writer. Yet, [livejournal.com profile] bauble does it beautifully.

There is a lovely build of the Arthur/Eames friendship/relationship in this story, and it feels realistic in many ways. Things aren't perfect. Arthur's trying to make a relationship with someone else work because he knows better than to date his clients (well, he mostly knows better). Arthur and Eames have misunderstandings and make mistakes. The humour in this story is slightly off-beat and it makes a nice counterpoint to the fact it isn't a smooth road for the characters.

I'm definitely an OTP girl, so I sometimes shy away from stories that have the characters with someone else. However, it's a storyline that's relevant, well-handled, and I think it makes the somewhat surreal pop-star world that Eames lives in seem a little more connected to the real world. Give this one a chance, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

'Remember, don't stand directly underneath the giant radish,' Arthur says. )

Masterpost for the story on LJ: Amuse-Bouche, including links to codas, and bonus materials such as art, soundtrack, etc.

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9th-Sep-2012 11:12 pm The Boston Job by cmonkatiekatie (PG-13)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames; Ariadne/Yusuf (mostly implied)
Length: 6400 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] cmonkatiekatie
Author Website: cmonkatiekatie's stories on AO3; cmonkatiekatie's fic tag on LJ
Why this must be read: Arthur and Eames are working the same job together with Yusuf and Ariadne, but their schedules on the job are running counter to one another. When Eames is coming in to grab sleep, Arthur is heading out. Pretty soon it's apparent to everyone that it's the distinct lack of Eames that's been putting Arthur on edge.

This story's all about the peculiar connection between Arthur and Eames. They don't seem like friends, they spend a lot of time insulting and one-upping each other, but when it comes right down to it, they need one another. They miss one another, and insult by Post-it note just isn't the same. It's a lovely story about realizing how important someone else can be, and it isn't even about attraction. I love this look at Arthur and Eames here; both oddly vulnerable, and yet, still very much themselves.

Ariadne looks at the ceiling contemplatively. 'Oh. Oh my god. It's Eames.' )

On LJ: The Boston Job
On AO3: The Boston Job

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9th-Sep-2012 10:31 pm This Doesn't Look That Much Different From Home by theskywasblue (PG-13)
Fandom: INCEPTION
Pairing: Arthur/Eames (mostly implied)
Length: 1472 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] theskywasblue
Author Website: theskywasblue's stories on AO3
Why this must be read: I find the concept of Limbo fascinating. It's at once somewhere that seems to offer limitless possibilities and yet it's a prison of sorts. A place where trapped dreamers go to play amongst the debris of other people's broken dreams. The story offers no explanation for how Arthur and Eames end up in Limbo, nor is it a story about being rescued from there. What it is, though, is a beautiful rendering of Limbo itself - the attraction it holds, the wondrous things it can provide, and the dark undercurrent of madness that is the inevitable result of too much time there.

This is one of those short pieces that hasn't received the attention it deserves. The writing is beautifully lyrical, and manages to capture the almost surreal nature of Limbo. There are layers of metaphor here, and it's a perfect choice for describing somewhere that isn't exactly a real place, and yet is more than a subconscious thought. I fell in love with the language of this piece, the poetry of it, and when I think of the boys in Limbo, it's this version I most often imagine.

It’s almost like a post-apocalyptic Rockwell painting. )

This Doesn't Look That Much Different From Home

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