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Back in March, my friend Claire (who has a booktube channel where she's running a series on Harry Potter rereads in anticipation of The Cursed Child that you should check out immediately) asked for fake dating/fake married fic recs. I put together a list of 29 fics. But you know what? You can never have enough fake dating fics. So when Elizabeth requested a future Fic Rec Monday with a Fake Dating theme, well. I couldn't say no.

The 100 (this is basically the Chash section, you have been warned)

The Dream Was Just the Same by Chash
Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin, Alternate Universe - Actors, Enemies to Friends to Lovers
Summary: BFF fill for the prompt: Could you write a fic were Bellamy and Clarke are co-stars of a movie franchise. They hate each other, but their chemistry is so intense that every fan wants them together. For the popularity of the movies (and because every member of the crew ships them too) the director asks them to pretend they are dating in real life. Later their acting becomes something more than just a fake relationship.
Rec Notes: I really love famous!AUs for this fandom, because literally everyone on this show would be a terrible famous person.

Even If We're Just Dancing in the Dark by tacosandflowers
Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin, Abby Griffin, Cage Wallace, Octavia Blake, Nathan Miller, Raven Reyes, Diana Sydney, artist!Clarke, Teacher!Bellamy
Summary: Clarke needs help dealing with a creepy guy who's commissioned some paintings, and her best friend Bellamy ends up being the perfect fake boyfriend for the situation. But what happens when real feelings get involved?
Rec Notes: I'm glad this fandom's collectively decided that Cage is going to creepily hit on Clarke in all AUs and that Bellamy is her standby fake boyfriend. This works for me.

Faking It by winterwaters
Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin, Fluff, 3 + 1, I really just want them to kiss a lot
Summary: Three times Bellamy and Clarke "fake" kiss to help each other escape a situation, and one time they kiss because they wanted to.
Rec Notes: I think this was actually the first fic I ever read for this fandom. An old favorite. Short, sweet, delightful.

For What It's Worth, It Was Worth All the While by Chash
Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin, Clarke Griffin & Lincoln, Octavia Blake, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting
Summary: Clarke's senior year of college did not go well: her friends didn't like her girlfriend, she rethought her entire life plan, and then her girlfriend dumped her. So, needless to say, she's feeling pretty nervous about her five-year reunion. Asking her best friend to come along and pose as her boyfriend seems like a great idea.

Then the Blake siblings happen to them.
Rec Notes: Fake dating your best friend for a reunion is always a great idea. Or, at least, it is until you both run into something you'd actually like to be dating.

I Never Finish Phrases, I Misspell by Chash
Clarke Griffin/Bellamy Blake, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Puppies, References to Animal Abuse
Summary: Clarke has never spoken to the cute vet who works at the animal hospital around the corner, but when she finds a stray puppy, that's obviously her first stop. It gets kind of out of hand from there.
Rec Notes: PUPPIES.

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock 'n' Roll by jukzi
Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin, Alternate Universe - Music, Alternate Universe - Celebrity
Summary: It’s still dark out when her mother throws open the sliding doors to the bedroom and says, “Clarke, wake up. We have a situation."

Clarke sits up and rubs her eyes. “What is it?”

Her mother shoves an iPad at her, and it’s open to People Magazine’s website. The headline is “Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake’s Texas Tryst: New Couple Alert?”

“Oh God,” Clarke groans.


Or, Bellamy's a rock star, Clarke's the princess of country music, and they make sweet, sweet music together.
Rec Notes: The continued hilarity of how bad Bellamy and Clarke are at being famous.

Stack the Deck by winterwater
Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin, Jake Griffin, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - After College/University
Summary: Modern AU: When Clarke’s dad visits, she asks her friend and next-door neighbor Bellamy to pretend he’s her boyfriend to get her dad off her back. Bellamy agrees, though maybe he takes to the “pretend” part of it a little too eagerly.

Inspired by episode 4x09 of The Big Bang Theory (The Boyfriend Complexity) where Penny’s dad comes to visit and she asks Leonard to pretend. Title and a couple lines of dialogue are from the ep.
Rec Notes: Short, sweet, and hilarious.

Time Enough for Rocking When We're Old by Chash
Clarke Griffin/Bellamy Blake, Octavia Blake, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Rom com tropes
Summary: boston > boston/camb/brook > housing > apts by owner

$2-300 Roxbury small room in 3-br 1-bath house, spouse preferred

Pair of siblings looking for housemate. Due to extenuating circumstances I will share with interested parties, I would prefer a roommate who is willing to get married for legitimate personal reasons that do not include sex or anything sketchy. If not interested in marriage, room still available for $300/month plus utilities. Pets okay, no smokers, NO DRUG USE.

Please don't just email me to tell me this is fucked up, I know it is, you really don't have to tell me.

If you are interested in the marriage part, a female spouse is preferred, but male would be okay too. I promise I will explain this if you really want details, but I'm not putting it online.

Serious inquiries only.
Rec Notes: Any fic that opens with Wells telling Clarke she shouldn't be considering getting Craigslist married to a guy she doesn't know is a fic I'm going to love. Also Best Big Brother Bellamy is something I'll never get over.

Tit for Tat by Chash
Bellamy Blake/Clarke Griffin, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Friends With Benefits, Holidays
Summary: Clarke needs a date for her company holiday party, and Bellamy seems like the most logical choice. They're already sleeping together. It's perfect. Bellamy isn't totally convinced, but he's also not great at saying no to Clarke.
Rec Notes: FWB to lovers because they're fake dating at a holiday party so Clarke can avoid being set up with the son of her creepy boss? Yes, please.

The Big Bang Theory

Baroque Moved You by fujiidom
Sheldon Cooper/Penny, Missy Cooper, Leonard Hofstadter, School Reunion, Texas
Summary: Sheldon and Penny get their high school reunion on.
Rec Notes: This fic is so very, very Texas.

The Failure of Einstein's Universe by Annakovsky
Sheldon Cooper/Penny, Dress-up, Christmas, Yuletide 2008
Summary: Penny desperately needs to save face in front of her ex, so she makes Sheldon pretend to be her boyfriend. It's like Three's Company all up in here.
Rec Notes: Sheldon cleans up well. Who knew?

Dresden Files

Chacun à son goût by thehoyden
Harry Dresden/John Marcone
Summary: "Perhaps we'll make an aficionado of you yet."
Rec Notes: A not-so-haunted opera house, an interrupted meeting of mobsters, and Harry Dresden failing upwards. Just another week in the life of Chicago's favorite wizard and most feared mob boss.

Elementary (TV)

A Lopsided Symmetry of Sin and Virtue by language_escapes
Sherlock Holmes/Joan Watson, Tobias Gregson, Marcus Bell, Alfredo Llamosa, Ms Hudson, Clyde the Tortoise,
Fake Marriage, POV Female Character, POV Character of Color, Case Fic
Summary: "Joan thinks she should be less surprised by his sudden, “Watson, we’re getting married!” and yet, here she is, cooking her egg and trying not to be astonished."

Infants are vanishing, and Sherlock and Joan go undercover as a married couple to find their kidnappers.
Rec Notes: This rec comes from a place of me not knowing anything about Elementary canon other than Watson is played by Lucy Liu (which yay! Lucy Liu!) and it's in New York. (My knowledge of ACD canon is pretty thorough, but apparently not helpful here.) Still, this was a delightful case fic and while I'm sure I missed some things, I enjoyed it a lot without Elementary canon knowledge.

Game of Thrones

as milady commands by hapakitsune
Gendry Waters/Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, Ygritte, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting
Summary: "I hate you," Arya said two minutes later when Gendry still hadn't stopped laughing. "You are the worst fake boyfriend in the world."
Rec Notes: There dynamic gives me life.

Hamilton - Lin Manuel Miranda

Bring You Down (to Just One Knee) by notevenyou
Aaron Burr/Alexander Hamilton, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - College/University, Graduate School, Fake Marriage, Marriage of Convenience, Hurt/Comfort, Vomiting
Summary: In which Aaron Burr, tempted by cheap housing, embarks on a marriage of convenience with fellow political science graduate student, Alexander Hamilton. What could go wrong?
Rec Notes: There are worse reasons to get fake married than for better student housing. Or a green card.


through a glass by amare
Will Graham/Hannibal Lecter, Jack Crawford, Tobias Budge, Bedelia Du Maurier, Beverly Katz, Jimmy Price, Abigail Hobbs, Alana Bloom, Barney Matthews, Post-Season/Series 01 Finale, dubcon, Disordered Eating, Doppelganger, Alternate Universe - Character Swap
Summary: He went to sleep in an asylum; he woke up in a reality not his own. Will's either gone down the rabbit hole of his own unstable mind, or he's ended up someplace else entirely. (The non-opaque summary: Will wakes up in a universe where he and Hannibal are dating.)
Rec Notes: Hannibal, so, you know, ALL THE TRIGGER WARNINGS, but the worldbuilding here is mind blowing.

Harry Potter

A Convenient Impracticality by firethesound
Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Pansy Parkinson, Fake/Pretend Relationship, Pining, Friends With Benefits, Obliviousness, Bad dates, blind dates, Semi-Public Sex, Breakfast, Bickering and Banter, Sharing a Bed, Bars and Pubs, Drunken Shenanigans, Cake
Summary: Somehow Harry ends up agreeing to a fake relationship with his ex-nemesis-turned-friendly-acquaintance-with-benefits, except for some reason it involves an awful lot of actual dating and, sadly, not much sex. Confused? Harry is too, but when has anything with Draco Malfoy ever been as straightforward as it seems?
Rec Notes: You wouldn't think it coming from a fic about Harry and Draco going from FWB to just friends to lovers, but this absolutely nails how an adult Harry would think. It also has great banter and surprisingly canonical characterizations and generally delightful dialogue and it's just marvelous. *fires confetti canon*

Hawaii Five-0

hoʻokāne by Siria
Steve McGarrett/Danny "Danno" Williams, Marriage of Convenience, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: As active as Danny's imagination was, however, as strong as all his fears could be at the thoughts of his little girl being taken away from him again, he'd forgotten to factor in one very important element: Steve.
Rec Notes: Steve is so perfectly in character that it kills me.

Love's a Battlefield (and the Navy Did Not Train Steve for This Shit) by cyerus
Steve McGarrett/Danny "Danno" Williams, Kono Kalakaua, Chin Ho Kelly, First Time, Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Different First Meeting
Summary: The Kalakaua-Kelly clan are determined to matchmake Steve. Out of desperation, Steve makes up a boyfriend named Danny.

It doesn't quite go according to plan.
Rec Notes: This is hilarious and completely believable. Steve picks up Danny in a parking lot. Because of course he does.

Hockey RPF

A Gradual Act of Arson by ladyblahblah
Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, Taylor Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins Ensemble, Lemieux Family, Crosby Family, Malkin Family, Arranged Marriage, Marriage of Convenience, Cohabitation, Marriage Contracts, Pining, Slow Burn
Summary: “Are you telling me that you worked a divorce clause into your contracts?”

“It was management's idea, actually,” Sidney nods. “I, uh. I didn't exactly tell my mom about that part, but. Yeah. We just need to get him over here without the KHL trying to pull anything to keep him from leaving. We have to stay together for two years, just to make sure everything’s settled and definite with his citizenship and contract and everything, and then we're in the clear to break up without any of the usual salary penalties.”
Rec Notes: A novel-length feels monster. You've been warned.

High Winds in Northern Sky by thehoyden
Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, due South AU, Magical Realism, Undercover as Married
Summary: On the morning Sidney first met Evgeni Malkin, he opened his bedroom closet to pull out a clean uniform and found a frozen pond instead.
Rec Notes: Much to my everlasting shame, I have never actually seen Due South. *braces for rotten vegetables* I know, I know, but it started airing when I was in preschool and it wasn't easy to find before a few years ago. Anyway, I know the basics and I love due South AUs. This one is a delight, especially because it features one of my favorite takes on the fake relationship trope: Undercover as Married! (PS This is the most Canadian version of this trope I've ever read and it's delightful the end.)

King and Lionheart by thehoyden
Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, Sergei Gonchar, Colby Armstrong, Mario Lemieux, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins Ensemble, Arranged Marriage, Alternate History
Summary: Sidney’s wedding day doesn’t go quite as he’d planned. When he’d bothered to imagine it at all, he’d thought of a nice June wedding in Nova Scotia, outdoors with the sun streaming down. He hadn’t imagined this hurried affair on the tarmac on a rainy and unseasonably cool day in early September, a month after his twenty-fifth birthday.
Rec Notes: MY FEELS. Also, the worldbuilding on this, I just -- it's amazing. And I 100% believe the Sidney Crosby in this universe would be willing to do this for the Pens.

Some Other Beginning's End by turningterrific
Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin, Mario Lemieux, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pascal Dupuis, James Neal, Jack Johnson, Crosby Family, Lemieux Family, Kid Fic, Marriage of Convenience, Current Political Events Referenced in a Fictional Way
Summary: “So I say, before I’m thinking through, I say am getting married,” Geno says and glances up at Sid and then back down again. “They say to American?” Geno seems reluctant to continue. Sid’s stuck on trying to figure out who Geno is marrying and why he didn’t tell Sid about it. “I say, ‘no, to Canadian.'”

Sid makes a face. Because seriously, Sid feels like he would’ve heard if Geno was dating someone that seriously. But then again, he had no idea Geno had a kid until he was sitting in a hotel room in fucking Finland.

“Who?” Sid finally asks when Geno seems like he’s not going to continue.

Geno takes a deep breath and lets it out slowly. “You.”

“Me what?” Sid asks stupidly.


The summer Russia invaded Ukraine and Geno had to marry Sid: a love story.
Rec Notes: People who incorporate real-life events into their stories to spin off amazing alternate histories are so amazing, holy cow.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Honey Trap by Mamalazzer
Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo, Gaby Teller, Alexander Waverly, Bickering, Humor
Summary: "So congratulations, Peril," Napoleon drawled, looking so amused that he could see it was literally setting Illya's teeth on edge. "You have the supreme good fortune of getting to kiss me senseless. Now be a good sport and put your hands on my backside, would you? I'm beginning to feel neglected."

In which the boys have to go undercover as a couple, with Napoleon having a whale of a time while Illya isn't sure whether to knock Napoleon's teeth out or kiss him.
Rec Notes: *swoons* I just really love the Napoleon/Illya dynamic.


Christmas in Connecticut by waldorph
Captain America (Movies), James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Howard Stark, Maria Stark, Peggy Carter, Timothy "Dum Dum" Dugan, Chester Phillips, Rule 63, Christmas, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Romance, Hijinks & Shenanigans, Alternate Universe - Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Summary: “I have a farm in Connecticut,” Howard announced into the melancholy silence. “And nothing to do this Christmas but play the white knight. Darling, marry me? Mr. Stone will get his Christmas, you’ll get your article, the soldier will get his all-American holiday, and Ms. Carbonell will keep her job, for whatever that’s worth.”
Rec Notes: A Christmas in Connecticut AU w/Rule 63!Steve? Yes, please.

Even A Miracle Needs A Hand by victoria_p
Darcy Lewis/Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Christmas, Meet the Family, Humor, Romantic Comedy, Cookies
Summary: When Darcy takes Clint home for the holidays as her fake boyfriend, he charms his way into the family, and into her pants heart.
Rec Notes: All Hail Darcy, Tamer of Avengers.

i stole the keys to this guy by kellifer_fic
Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Thor, Nick Fury, Bruce Banner, Clint Barton, Pepper Potts
Summary: Where it was Nick Fury's idea, but he didn't mean it like that.
Rec Notes: People are starting to see the Avengers as vigilantes that come with massive damage bills, so it's time to humanize Captain America. By fake dating. God bless the PR department.

I've Been Careless With a Delicate Man by Paraxdisepink
James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Nick Fury, Caretaking, First Time, Slow Dancing, Misunderstandings, Virgin Steve
Summary: Steve lets SHIELD think he and Bucky were boyfriends so they’ll let him see the Winter Soldier in medical.
Rec Notes: Oh, Steve, you're such a failwhale at communicating.

jump, check parachute by augustbird
Daredevil (TV), Matt Murdock/Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson/Marci Stahl, Pre-Canon, Law School, Friends With Benefits, Friends to Lovers, Pining
Summary: Foggy Nelson: good at law, terrible at feelings.
Rec Notes: I just have a lot of Foggy feelings, apparently.

just say you do by biblionerd07
James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers & Natasha Romanov, Steve Rogers & Sam Wilson, Clint Barton, Winifred Barnes, Peggy Carter, Alternate Universe - No Powers, Marriage of Convenience, Pre-Serum Steve Rogers, Mutual Pining, Fluff and Angst, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Depression, Past Character Death, Past Torture, Chronic Illness, Fake Marriage, Bisexual Steve Rogers, Slow Burn
Summary: Steve just wanted a job. He wasn't expecting a marriage proposal. And he certainly wasn't expecting to accept.
Rec Notes: This novel-length beast honestly left me incoherent with feels.

rumour has it by thecrackshiplollipop
Jessica Jones (TV), Jessica Jones/Patricia Walker
Summary: Jessica accompanies Trish to one of her many glamorous functions. But then Trish is cornered and Jessica acts sort of rashly and. Well.

By the next morning, the whole world assumes Trish Walker is a lesbian.

Way to go, Jones.
Rec Notes: I didn't even know I shipped it until I read this fic.

this city bleeds its aching heart by Renne
James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Phil Coulson, Jasper Sitwell, Nick Fury, Unrequited Love, Resolved Sexual Tension, Undercover
Summary: The one where Steve and Bucky pose as a happily married couple while on a mission for SHIELD, to catch an international arms dealer hiding in a suburban neighbourhood.
Rec Notes: Undercover as marrieds in the suburbs? Why couldn't this have been the plot of Winter Soldier?

'til you come to me by radialarch
Captain America (Movies), Steve Rogers/James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Sam Wilson, Fake Marriage, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Pining
Summary: "I'll do it," Steve says. "I'll marry Bucky."

(It's because of the Russians.)
Rec Notes: There's nothing Steve wouldn't do for Bucky. *cries forever*

What All This Time Was For by lady_ragnell
Daredevil (TV), Matt Murdock/Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, School Reunion
Summary: On the rare occasions he reminisces about high school Foggy kind of wonders if he isn't just filling in the worst parts of teen comedies.
Foggy goes to his high school reunion.
Rec Notes: Oh, Foggy. When will you realize you're the best? High School Reunion vengeance done Marvel-style.

Merlin (BBC)

Best Man by lamardeuse
Guinevere/Lancelot du Lac, Merlin/Arthur Pendragon, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, First Time
Summary: Arthur needs a date for Gwen's wedding. The rest is history.
Rec Notes: WEDDINGS!!! God bless Morgana and her machinations.

Lord Drake's Bequest by pennyplainknits
Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot, Harlequin, Marriage of Convenience
Summary: "To my great-nephew Arthur I bequeath Tintagel Distribution, wholly and without reserve, save for one condition. You must marry, and stay married, for a period of no less than six months. You're a wonderful businessman Arthur, but a full life needs love and companionship, not just a string of affairs. Settle down young Arthur, and your life will be the richer for it."
Rec Notes: I happily handwave legal issues for this trope, and this fic is a prime example of why. Totally charming, with that signature Merthur banter that's difficult to replicate.

Maybe We Were Coming All Along by sassafrasx
Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin), Morgana, Gwaine, Leon, Uther Pendragon, Hunith, Elena, Mithian , Will, Aithusa, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Royalty, Christmas, Fluff, Friends to Lovers, Sharing a Bed, Falling In Love, Mutual Pining, Kissing
Summary: In retrospect, the "Prince on the Lam in Wales" Christmas headline was not what Arthur had intended.
Rec Notes: I'm such a sucker for modern Merlin AUs and this Christmas-themed fic is such a treat. Friends to lovers AND fake dating? Yes, please.

No Matter How Far Away You Roam by lady_ragnell
Merlin/Arthur Pendragon, Ygraine de Bois/Nimueh, Morgana, Freya, Nimueh, Hunith, Uther Pendragon, Gaius, Morgause, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Christmas Fluff, Family, Meet the Family, Alive Ygraine
Summary: “I was wondering if you might come home with me.” Merlin stops mid-rant and stares at him, and then down at his panini again, and back at Arthur. This is a panini of lies and pain. He can tell already.

“For Christmas? I’ve got an uncle and a mother and a sister waiting for me at home, in case you hadn’t remembered, I’m not going home with you just because you’re a workaholic.”

“No, it’s. My mum might be under the impression that we’re a little bit married.”

In which Merlin gets conned into spending Christmas with Arthur's family and pretending to be his husband, because somehow this is his life.
Rec Notes: The premise of this fic is just so beautifully Arthur. He would 100% accidentally tell his parents he's married. He would. And then just expect Merlin to go along with it.


Here Thy Hands Let Fall the Gather'd Flower by Cinaed
Hades/Persephone, Dionysus, Hermes, Athena, Artemis, Charon, Yuletide 2010
Summary: Persephone wanted to be one of Artemis’s maidens. Hades wanted to help her avoid Zeus’s unwanted attentions. Needless to say, things didn’t go according to plan.
Rec Notes: Mythological fake dating for the win! Also, this version of Hades is a delight.


(Un)covered by rageprufrock
Tony DiNozzo/Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Summary: Toni has spent her entire life hopelessly in love with people.
Rec Notes: Hot and hilarious and heartbreaking, with a pitch perfect Rule 63!Tony.

Pitch Perfect

You Still Make Sense to Me (Your Mess Is Mine) by wherehopelies
Chloe Beale/Beca Mitchell, Jesse Swanson, Emily Junk, Benji Applebaum, Aubrey Posen, Roommates, Famous Beca
Summary: "Chloe fills up all of the spaces inside her that she didn’t even know existed until Chloe was there."

orrrrr the one where it takes a fake-engagement and being domestic as hell for these two idiots to realize they're in love.
Rec Notes: There's a sad dearth of femslash in this rec list, but this one is SO GREAT. Also it's hilarious how bad Beca is at being famous. Just FYI.


Rumour, Rumour by Driverpicksthemooseic
DCUUnder the Red Hood, Batman - All Media Types, Dick Grayson/Jason Todd, Damian Wayne, Tim Drake, Bruce Wayne, Bat Family, Fluff, Under the Red Hood and Comic Canon Fusion?
Summary: If there's one thing that Gotham as a whole can agree on, it's that Nightwing and the Red Hood are obviously hopelessly in love.
Rec Notes: Short and fluffy 'everyone thinks they're dating' fic. Which is sort of odd, when you think about it because I don't usually think fluffy when I think Red Hood, but it works.

Taken by Lenore
Smallville, Clark Kent/Lex Luthor, Alternate Universe - College/University, Roommates, First Love, Schmoop
Summary: Clark's too nice and Lex has a plan.
Rec Notes: Because Clark Kent is the antithesis of smooth, he can't just tell someone he's not interested. He has to say he's taken. And, well, who else could he call as a fake date, minimal questions asked?

Star Trek

a sequence that you never learned by annataylor
Star Trek: Alternate Original Series (Movies), James T. Kirk/Spock, Leonard McCoy, Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Carol Marcus, Christine Chapel, Kid Fic, Fake Marriage, Adoption, First Time
Summary: "'Spock,' Jim breathes out, completely overwhelmed by the gesture—not quite believing that Spock knows him so well, that's he's already started researching, that he trusts Jim with a member of his own endangered species."

When Jim gets it in his head to adopt an eight year old Vulcan, Spock presents a logical solution to the issue of Jim's humanity: marriage to a Vulcan citizen.
Rec Notes: Spock and Jim get fake married so Jim can adopt an orphaned Vulcan and then my heart exploded from feels.

Opacity of Paradise by thehoyden
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Julian Bashir/Elim Garak, Marriage of Convenience
Summary: "'True enough', my dear doctor, is my favorite kind of lie."
Rec Notes: The sad lack of Bashir/Garak fic on AO3 is a travesty, but this marriage of convenience/fake married fic is so wonderful it almost makes up for it. The reasons for their marriage are so quintessentially Cardassian, too.

Star Wars

Something About Volcanoes by betts
Hux/Kylo Ren, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Phasma, Dopheld Mitaka, Maz Kanata, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, BB-8, Chewbacca, Jessika Pava, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Office, Alternate Universe - Hawaii, Weddings, Crack Treated Seriously
Summary: “Think about it.” Hux makes a grandiose, sweeping motion with his arm. “The drama. The chaos. The rumors. The only thing better than a destination wedding is a heartwarming coming-out story to take the spotlight away from your selfish loved ones and their horrid pursuit of emotional fulfillment. Then you wait a few months, and announce it was all just a phase and you’re in fact happily engaged to...I don’t know, one of those body pillow things.”
Rec Notes: I think everyone aside from Kylo and Hux are pretty OOC, but this cracktastic fake dating for a family member's wedding fic is hilarious.

Suits (TV)

whatever the question by tattooedsiren
Mike Ross/Harvey Specter, Donna Paulsen, Jessica Pearson, Gordon Specter, Alternate Universe - Canon, Domestic
Summary: When Harvey and Mike are called into Jessica's office, they're convinced she has discovered the truth about Mike's past. And she has, just not in the way they anticipated. It's revealed that Mike isn't actually an American citizen, and Harvey does what he always does: covers for Mike. He says the first idea that comes into his head, which just happens to result in Harvey telling the American government that he and Mike are getting married.
Rec Notes: Because Mike doesn't have enough problems, now he needs a freaking green card. Harvey Specter, Esq. to the rescue.

Teen Wolf

Thank You For Breaking My Heart by Loz
Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski, Unrequited Derek Hale/Scott McCall, Melissa McCall/Sheriff Stilinski, Vernon Boyd, Erica Reyes, Isaac Lahey, Alan Deaton, While You Were Sleeping AU, Alternate Universe - Coffee Shop, Romantic Comedy, Kissing, POV Derek, Christmas, New Years
Summary: Even though Christmas was the fucking worst, Derek had a moment to hang his hopes on --- Scott coming into the coffee shop and gracing him with his smile. Little did Derek know that rescuing Scott from hunters would lead to him convincing Scott's family they were engaged. This might not have been such a problem if Scott's step-brother Stiles wasn't so suspicious and oddly charming.
Rec Notes: It's probably weird that someone who hates that holidays as much as I do is such a sucker for a While You Were Sleeping AU.

Tortall - Tamora Pierce Series

Run Away With Us For the Summer by Chash
Protector of the Small - Tamora Pierce, Domitan of Masbolle/Keladry of Mindelan, Nealan of Queenscove/Yukimi noh Daiomoru, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting
Summary: Between her finishing law school and studying for the bar exam, Kel's friends have apparently decided she needs a vacation. She did not expect Dom to be the one proposing the idea, nor did she expect him to want her to pretend to be his girlfriend for the duration. But she really could use a break.
Rec Notes: KEL AND DOM KEL AND DOM GUYS IT'S A KEL AND DOM FIC. Also, they're pretending to be dating so that Dom's gran isn't disappointed in him and how adorable is that?

Your Hand In Mine by Chash
The Song of the Lioness - Tamora Pierce, Alanna of Pirate's Swoop and Olau/George Cooper, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: Alanna of Trebond, fresh from the convent, does not want her father to marry her off to some lord. So she goes to the Dancing Dove to see if she can hire someone to pretend to court her. She just doesn't realize she's gotten the Rogue himself.
Rec Notes: Alanna/George was one of my very first OTPs and this canon divergence AU is a stellar example of All Roads Lead to my OTP.
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