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16th-Jan-2014 12:33 am Accio My Heart by waspabi (NC-17)
This is my last rec and I will shortly be switching off posting access for the last time. Thank you, everyone, for all of your lovely comments over the past month. [livejournal.com profile] crack_van has been a labor of love these many years, and it's really gratifying to know that it has meant so much to so many people.

Fandoms: ONE DIRECTION / HARRY POTTER
Pairing: Harry Styles/Nick Grimshaw, OT5 Friendship
Length: ~99,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] waspabi
Author on AO3: waspabi
Why this must be read:

I spent a good few years in Harry Potter fandom, and have read a lot of crossovers since then, but very few have been as fully-fleshed and whimsical as the best of the fics written in that fandom. This is an exception.

It's 2010, twelve years after the defeat of Lord Voldemort, and the biggest problems in Harry's life (that's Styles, not Potter) are the fact that he's apparently hooked up with his new DADA professor (Mega Fit Nick From the Club), and Louis' seeming determination to drive Gryffindor's rivalry with Slytherin over the cliff of no return. Includes appearances by many of the Harry Potter characters, and a backstory that makes the 1D/Radio 1 characters' presence feel organic.

In which Harry makes too many Care of Magical Creatures similes, Liam is a facsimile of a sham of a lie of a Prefect, Zayn is handy with the hexes, Louis thinks petty rivalry is for winners, and Niall divines the future (and the future is chaos).
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15th-Jan-2014 09:06 pm And If You Ask Nicely by disarm_d (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Louis
Length: ~5,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] disarm_d
Author on AO3: disarm_d
Why this must be read:

There is a sad dearth of The X-Factor-era fic, given how painfully smitten Harry and Louis were; and an even sadder dearth of quality D/s fic, given Lou's borderline pathological need to play ringmaster, Harry's eagerness to please, and the many, many clues Harry has laid down that suggest he might be a bit kinky. Here's an awesome little PWP that combines both.

Every time Harry says please, it takes them a little further down the rabbit hole.
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14th-Jan-2014 08:57 pm Keep the Car Running by writeivywrite (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Zayn
Length: ~73,700 words
Author on LJ: unknown
Author on AO3: writeivywrite
Why this must be read:

This is a gorgeously written AU in which Zayn is a professional footballer and Harry is a high end escort, and they're each a fucking mess. The mood and style of this fic feels quite unique, with slowly developed characters, and emotional reveals. Nothing here is quite as is seems, and it's all as much a surprise to the characters as the readers.

Keep the Car Running
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14th-Jan-2014 08:03 pm my heart's still beating like a hammer by lazy_daze (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Niall/Zayn
Length: ~7,250 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lazy_daze
Author on AO3: lazy_daze
Why this must be read:

This is another fun example of a genre I love and have already recced in other pairings: accidental-on-purpose tour hook-ups. Niall and Zayn are sharing hotel rooms, and watching porn together inevitably leads to hot orgasms and awkwardness.

In which Niall helps Zayn wind down after a show - at least, that's where it starts.
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13th-Jan-2014 08:56 pm Easy As All That (Go Around a Time or Two) by sunsetmog (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Liam/Louis, Harry/Nick, Zayn/Perrie
Length: ~ 85,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sunsetmog
Author on AO3: sunsetmog
Why this must be read:

In this sixth form AU, Louis and Liam keep hooking up while drunk, not talking about it, and having two very different sexuality crises in alternating POV's: Liam's lo-fi and short-lived freakout vs. Louis' complete fucking meltdown. Another long, angsty, and highly amusing ensemble piece from one of my favorite authors.

If no one knows you're having a sexuality crisis, that means it isn't happening, right?
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13th-Jan-2014 08:19 pm The one where Zayn can't stop acting like Harry's Boyfriend by shuttermutt (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Zayn
Length: ~4,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] shuttermutt
Author on AO3: shuttermutt
Why this must be read:

I've got a "zayn makes an awesome boyfriend" tumblr tag for all the ways he shows his love for his boys - in soft caresses, lingering gazes, and in the "get off, he doesn't like that!"-s when the roughhousing gets too much. It's easy to imagine the lines blurring at times, and this fic imagines it in such a sweet way.

So the thing is, Zayn sometimes forgets he’s not actually Harry’s boyfriend. It’s not a big deal or anything.
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12th-Jan-2014 03:02 pm these tornadoes are for you by withmyteethsharper (PG-13)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Louis, unrequited Liam/Zayn
Length: ~12,000 words
Author on LJ: unknown
Author on AO3: withmyteethsharper
Why this must be read:

As may be obvious by now I'm a sucker for music AU's, all self-indulgent music talk, and fic with music as a secondary character -- especially gritty punk rock ones where Harry being a bit of a slag fucks with Louis' head. Boys making poor choices FTW!

after the first bottle and half of the second, harry picks up louis’ guitar and plays it in that careful way he always does because he’s still not confident with instruments. it’s a song he wrote a year ago about someone he was fucking or wanted to fuck, louis never asked. it’s not explicit, but it doesn’t have to be with harry’s voice and the way his mouth moves around the lyrics. louis is not drunk enough to listen to this song in the quiet of their apartment at midnight, so he picks up the cigarettes and shakes the pack in harry’s direction.

“you hate this song,” is harry’s response. “why?”
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11th-Jan-2014 03:38 pm Promise Not To Stop When I Say When by becka & mediaville (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Louis, Harry/Nick, Harry/Louis/Nick
Length: ~48,500 words
Author on AO3: becka & mediaville
Why this must be read:

Harry and Louis used to have a thing, but Louis ended it and their friendship's been on unstable ground for years; after Louis breaks up with Eleanore and gets pulled back into a physical relationship with Harry - thanks to Harry's boyfriend - things get really shaky. Lots of gorgeous pining, misunderstandings, slightly kinky sex, and boys failing to talk about their feelings.

Promise Not To Stop When I Say When
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11th-Jan-2014 02:12 pm you and me, baby by checkthemargins (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Louis Tomlinson/Nick Grimshaw
Length: ~11,500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] checkthemargins
Author on AO3: checkthemargins
Why this must be read:

It's easy to understand why Harry/Nick is such a prominent pairing in 1D fandom, but the popularity of Louis/Nick requires a little more explanation. Their public canon interactions have been limited to a handful of interviews and award shows, and some on-air and Twitter jabs that make it seem there's no love lost between the two. Did they get off on the wrong foot? Are they just too much alike? Is there some jealousy over Harry?

Fandom may never know the truth, but at least in this A/B/O universe, there's a plausible explanation. (And who doesn't love cabin!fic?)

Three or four days, stuck in a cabin alone with Louis Tomlinson. Honestly, Nick doesn't know what he did to deserve this bad karma, but he hopes it was worth it.
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10th-Jan-2014 10:47 pm rise from your burning fiat by dangerbears (PG-13)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Louis/Zayn
Length: ~9,400 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] dangerbears
Author on AO3: dangerbears
Why this must be read:

A story about childhood best friends growing apart and then reconnecting as their high school graduation approaches. Very sweet and relatable.

louis and zayn have always been best friends and they always will be, no matter how much time they let pass.
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8th-Jan-2014 09:18 pm remember that time on the bus by estrella30 (R)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Niall
Length: ~6,100 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] estrella30
Author on AO3: estrella30
Why this must be read:

Because this is the kind of fic that almost makes me switch ships. Harry and Niall are just laid back bros trying to hook up and getting cock-blocked at every turn. Great characterization all around, but Harry's flop seduction skills are especially entertaining.

Only Niall would think shagging a mate would be a good way to kill some time when bored on the bus.
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5th-Jan-2014 10:12 pm Once For Everybody Who Got Left Behind by pukeandcry (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Liam/Zayn, Harry/Louis
Length: ~18,500 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] pukecrypukecry
Author on AO3: pukeandcry
Why this must be read:

Liam rents an attic room from quirky couple Harry and Louis and finds it already occupied by Zayn's broody ghost. Obviously includes major character death, but heartwarming and optimistic, and written with a lovely, dreamlike quality.

Once For Everybody Who Got Left Behind
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5th-Jan-2014 03:08 pm Hiding Out in the Kitchen by littlemousling (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Louis, Harry/OFC
Length: ~28,300 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] littlemousling
Author on AO3: littlemousling
Why this must be read:

I'm a sucker for non-famous/celebrity AU's, and this one gets reread pretty regularly. Popstar Harry finds sanctuary in Louis' out-of-the-way little coffee shop and they strike up a friendship which quickly turns to more. The only problem is Louis's clearly the boyfriend type, and that's not what Harry's looking for. Cue misunderstandings, failure to communicate, and boys being kind of dumb and in love.

Hiding Out in the Kitchen
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5th-Jan-2014 02:52 pm Halftime Bet by aideomai (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry Styles/Nick Grimshaw
Length: ~7,600 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] aideomai
Author on AO3: aideomai
Why this must be read:

After the Teen Awards Nick is challenged to a card game by One Direction, and Harry Styles becomes the spoils. I mean, this is admittedly a bit of a bulletproof kink for me, but aideomai executes really well. Nick's nearly certain that's it's all a joke (it's not), and Harry's got the world's best poker face.

Harry Styles wins a card game.
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3rd-Jan-2014 08:54 am Trade All My Tomorrows for Just One Yesterday by harriet_vane (PG-13)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Liam/Louis
Length: ~28,200 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane
Author on AO3: harriet_vane
Why this must be read:

A Groundhog Day AU in which Louis wakes up in the same awful day over and over again. Louis can be an unrepentant little shit when his actions have actual consequences, but he hates being on the outs with his bandmates and he can't stop fucking everything up. Harriet_vane writes Louis really well, and his evolution through this fic is a lot of fun to read.

"Basically, I'm a superhero," says Louis. "But only today."
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31st-Dec-2013 05:58 pm Just Smile by harriet_vane (PG-13)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Niall, Liam/Louis, Perrie/Zayn
Length: ~9,800 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane
Author on AO3: harriet_vane
Why this must be read:

The boys' school holds an American style prom and Harry wants nothing more than a lads night out. But with Louis planning an epic night for his boyfriend Liam, and Zayn taking Perrie, he and Niall decide to go together instead - just as friends. Really adorable bros-turned-accidental-boyfriends fic.

Just Smile
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30th-Dec-2013 08:55 pm The Difference Between Knowing and Knowing by luxover (R)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Liam/Zayn
Length: ~20,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] luxover
Author on AO3: luxover
Why this must be read:

“They say I’m in a band,” Liam tells his mom. He squeezes his eyes shut, his phone pressed tight against his ear. “I don’t even remember any of it.”

Amnesia!fic isn't usually my thing, but I really love Liam in this one. Where canon!Liam had weeks to acclimate to being part of an overly touchy boypile, and even longer to achieve superstardom, this Liam wakes up to a future where he's achieved his all his wildest dreams, but not in any way he ever imagined. It takes some getting used to.

In which Liam gets temporary amnesia and forgets things even more important than the fact that he's in a band.
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29th-Dec-2013 03:43 pm Truly, Madly, Deeply (10 Things I Hate About You) by sunsetmog (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Louis
Length: ~54,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sunsetmog
Author on AO3: sunsetmog
Why this must be read:

Because sometimes there's nothing more satisfying than a long, angsty wallow. In this sixth form AU, Harry auditions for The X-Factor without his best mates; he returns the conquering hero, headlining his own tour, and hoping to make amends. The boys' friendships are written wonderfully, and Louis' pain and anger is so palpable you ache to read it.

The first Louis had heard of Harry auditioning for X Factor was the night he'd turned up on Louis' doorstep the day before leaving for Boot Camp, with a DVD and an illicit bottle of vodka. Thing was, Louis hated secrets, and he really hated being made a fool of, and he really, really hated Harry Styles.
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27th-Dec-2013 11:09 pm Outlast by disarm_d (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: OT5 (Harry/Liam/Louis/Niall/Zayn)
Length: ~19,700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] disarm_d
Author on AO3: disarm_d
Why this must be read:

And then Louis says, “I bet £10,000 I could go longer without wanking than all of you,” which was probably his first mistake.

Louis steps on a used condom on the bus, calls a band meeting, and a competition that literally no one wants to be a part of spirals quickly out of control as the boys take increasingly desperate measures to wind each other up. (Spoiler alert for happy endings all around.)

In which Louis has some regrets, Liam isn’t worried, Niall wants to help, Harry tries to forfeit, and Zayn may or may not be bothered.
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27th-Dec-2013 10:52 pm All You Have To Do by randominity (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Louis/Zayn
Length: ~8,700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] randominity
Author on AO3: Randominity
Why this must be read:

Because what if all of Louis' nipple-tweaking and ball-slapping and pranks are really just badly disguised pulling of pigtails, and he's the last to know?

Louis doesn't want to win Zayn over - he just wants to win.
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27th-Dec-2013 11:44 am VID REC: The Adventurous Adventures of One Direction
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Vidder: Mark Parsons
Length: 18:12
Why this vid kicks ass:

My video rec isn't a fanvid in the traditional sense; it's a full-length fanfic flawlessly animated and voiced by creator-fanboy Mark Parsons.

Evil Lord Faptaguise has kidnapped all the pussycats (...catnapped? ...catnipped?), and only Earth's most, er, capable superheros can save them.

The Adventerous Adventures of One Direction is chock full of 1D in-jokes, of course, but also enough fandom meta and fic cliches to have broader appeal. It's been viewed over 30 million times, including by the 1D boys, who loved it enough to meet Mark and consider voicing a sequel.

The Adventurous Adventures of One Direction
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26th-Dec-2013 12:01 pm The Miseducation of Harry Styles by junkshopdisco (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry Styles/Nick Grimshaw
Length: ~30,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] junkshop_disco
Author on AO3: junkshopdisco
Why this must be read:

This might be one you've already heard of - it was recced pretty far outside of fandom circles when it was first posted, and for good reason. Grimmy's made a career on his wit and humor, and when an author writes him well the results are always lulzy; junkshopdisco writes him really well. The Miseducation of Harry Styles explores Nick and Harry's relationship from their first meeting, and Nick's subsequent descent into batshit-levels of self-doubt and longing:

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Nick makes Harry a mix tape, falls in love with him, and has a nervous breakdown (not necessarily in that order). (AO3)
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26th-Dec-2013 10:41 am That don't kill me by murkya (R)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Niall/Zayn
Length: ~15,000 words
Author on LJ: unknown
Author on AO3: murkya
Why this must be read:

Breakups are an inevitability for almost any band, and even more so for boybands. In this less-bitter-than-sweet exploration of 1D's future breakup, the boys learn to adjust to life outside a co-dependent puppy pile. This is just a deeply satisfying read.

Zayn goes solo and Niall goes home.
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25th-Dec-2013 09:49 pm the truth or something beautiful by blackwayfarers (PG-13)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Liam/Zayn
Length: ~11,800 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] blackwayfarers
Author on AO3: blackwayfarers
Why this must be read:

This is just a delightful combination of two of my favorite genres - accidental boyfriends and holiday fic. The boys get very little downtime, so when Zayn invites Liam home for the holidays, his family get the wrong idea - or maybe not.

"Oh," Liam says like he's been hit in the sternum, turning to Zayn with his eyes wide and running his hands back through his hair. "Oh my God, that's it. Your family, they must have thought – like, because you invited me back home for Christmas and, oh, God – they think we're boyfriends."
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23rd-Dec-2013 06:00 pm Be My Little Good Luck Charm by 100percentsassy (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry Styles/Louis Tomlinson
Length: ~35,000 words
Author on LJ: unknown
Author on AO3: 100percentsassy
Why this must be read:

"In which Harry is a promising amateur golfer making his debut at the PGA Championship, and Louis is a Sky Sports anchor who would really rather be commentating on footie."

This is just an incredibly fun read. The best AU's play off canon dynamics, and while Louis' instant obsession with Harry is spot-on, it's the relationship between incorrigible-Louis-who-cannot-help-himself and his please-just-let's-be-professional co-anchor Liam that kind of steals the show.

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Be My Little Good Luck Charm
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23rd-Dec-2013 05:08 pm Coming To Yours by cyclogenesis (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry Styles/Nick Grimshaw
Length: ~7,300 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] cyclogenesis
Author on AO3: cyclogenesis (addictedkitten)
Why this must be read:

Because just a few months after befriending his slightly age-inappropriate popstar crush, Nick had Harry up to his family's for Christmas, and that deserved to be immortalized in fic. Cyclogenesis' characterizations are always pitch-perfect, and this story is one of my favorites. Harry is odd and sweetly determined, and Nick has no idea what's hit him. Warnings for mistletoe and feelings.

21 December 2011 @Harry_Styles: @grimmers I hear I’m coming to yours for Christmas…is your dad gonna call me Henry Stars again?
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22nd-Dec-2013 01:05 pm You're Ready and You're Willing by lazy_daze (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Louis/Zayn
Length: 2,150 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] lazy_daze
Author on AO3: lazy_daze
Why this must be read:

Because there's no way these idiots aren't getting high in this van. As a commenter on the story noted, "I'm just going to assume that this will actually happen, or has already, because if it doesn't, then it's a waste of the van." I couldn't agree more.

Zayn and Louis get high and have sex in the back of their ridiculous brand new Mystery Machine.
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15th-Dec-2013 09:32 pm Cute as Buttons by threeturn (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry Styles/Marcel the Marketing Guy
Length: ~8,600 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] threeturn
Author on AO3: threeturn
Why this must be read:

When One Direction released their music video for Best Song Ever, the fandom exploded with fic featuring Harry's alter-ego, the uber-dorky superfan Marcel the Marketing Guy. I may have read all of it, and this is by far my favorite of the bunch.

This story is set immediately following the video; the other boys are riding the high of trashing a Hollywood studio, but Harry is starting to feel a bit bad about it honestly. He returns to help tidy up, and ends up comforting a devastated Marcel instead. It turns out they are the exact same weirdo.

"Fuck me," Marcel whispers, and then, with more conviction, "Ah, god, please fuck me."

(And here's the music video for Best Song Ever. Zayn's turn as sexy assistant Veronica makes it worth a watch as well.)
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14th-Dec-2013 03:51 pm Heart Skips a Beat by harriet_vane (PG-13)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Zayn, Liam/Louis
Length: ~27,500
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] harriet_vane
Author on AO3: harriet_vane
Why this must be read:

Because the inside of Harry Styles' head must be a strange and fascinating place. In this lulzy college AU – as in life – Harry's never really had to work for someone's attention. So what's a boy to do when he meets someone who's actually better looking than himself, and who doesn't respond to his flop seduction skills? Throw an epic tantrum, of course!

Features a confused and beleaguered Liam trying to navigate a new relationship with Louis and his live-in soulmate-in-crisis, Harry.

Harry always kisses everyone, until he starts something he can't finish.
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11th-Dec-2013 07:33 pm take me to the riot by blackwayfarers (NC-17)
Fandom: ONE DIRECTION
Pairing: Harry/Louis
Length: ~17,500
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] blackwayfarers
Author on AO3: blackwayfarers
Why this must be read:

Between The X-Factor and the release of their first album, Harry and Louis attended Leeds Festival together. They spent three days tromping through mud, sharing clothes and a tent, and enjoying relative anonymity for one of the last times in their lives. When it was over, Harry wore his Leeds Fest entry bracelet for months afterwards, until it was falling apart.

take me to the riot is a lovely, atmospheric story which imagines how this weekend might have gone: a celebration of family, music, lost weekends, and young love.


Louis can feel the morning stiffness fade away as the excitement in his gut starts to get him wild and rowdy, this short trip up to Leeds Fest reminding him that it can't possibly get better than this: a bottle of vodka in his bag, a boy by his side, a tent over his shoulders, and the promise of a truly glorious disaster he has been craving for months.
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