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Day 10

In your own space, share your love for a trope, cliché, kink, motif, or theme. (More than one is okay, too.) Tell us about it, tell us why you love it, give us some examples and recs. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

To no one's surprise, I adore fake relationships, especially with its other companions, pining and forced intimacy. There is something delightful about having to pretend/deny/suppress you don't have feelings for somebody while you're pretending to be in a relationship with them. And then when everybody figures it out, it's great too! It is the best trope of all time and I can't get enough of it.

Recs (The Force Awakens, MCU, Sleepy Hollow) below the cut! If you have recs for fake relationship fics in any fandoms we have in common, please please leave them in the comments.
The Claim - Sath - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)   (Ren/Hux)
Strapped for credits, the First Order falls back on two ancient Imperial traditions: insurance fraud, and fake marriages.

turbulence, and something else - chartreuser - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) (Finn/Poe)
Because he can't go without saying it any further:
“I’m in love with him,” Poe admits sometime in the air, his voice crackling over the comms.


It's Just Gravitational, We Are Unstoppable - jannika - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) (Finn/Poe/Rey)
On a diplomatic mission to retrieve something vital to the Resistance, Poe, Rey, and Finn wind up having to pretend to be married. Miscommunication and things lost in translation, dancing, feelings, a very supportive BB-8, a mention of everyone taking Poe's last name, and general trope-filled, feel-good, nonsense. Because there is never a bad time to use the fake-married trope.

The Galaxy Is Not a Cold Dead Place - thedeadparrot - Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015) (Finn/Poe/Rey)
Canon Divergent AU: Finn and Poe go with Rey to find Luke Skywalker, and the mission doesn't go as smoothly as they all hoped it would.

Royal Pains - Satine86 - Dragon Age: Inquisition (Cassandra/Varric)
In Modern Nevarra, Cassandra is poised to be the new queen. When her advisors suggest a political marriage she doesn't want a part of, she ropes Varric into a fake engagement to save face.

Adventures in Romantic Negotiation
- bob-genghis-khan (idek_idic) - Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe (Steve/Bucky/Natasha/Sam)
A web of lies and deceit is probably the answer to most problems.

jump, check parachute - augustbird - Daredevil (TV) (Matt/Foggy)
Foggy Nelson: good at law, terrible at feelings.

This is so wonderfully and ridiculously tropey. Friends with benefits turning into awkward feelings situations! A breakup that doesn't demonize the side lady! Fake relationships! It's really great.

The Scent of Honeysuckle
- sqbr - Dragon Age: Inquisition (Cassandra/Josephine)
Josephine thinks she's going to marry a Pentaghast. Things don't quite go according to plan.
FAKE DATING! FAMILIAL INTRIGUE! IT'S SO CUTE!

Happy Couple - storiesfortravellers - Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Captain America (Movies) (Steve/Sam)
For this prompt at avengerkink: Sam and Steve eventually find Bucky. For some reason, Bucky assumes Steve and Sam are together. Married-together. They try to keep up the charade for Bucky's benefit. Eventual Sam/Steve or Bucky/Steve is fine, I just need Sam and Steve being fake!married to help Bucky.

this city bleeds its aching heart - Renne - Captain America (Movies), Marvel (Movies), The Avengers (2012) (Steve/Bucky)
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.

UNDERCOVER FAKE RELATIONSHIP. CONFRONTING UNREQUITED FEELINGS. HOT PRETEND RELATIONSHIP SEX. This is tropey as hell and I love it so much.

If You Also Want To Tell The Truth - impertinence - Captain America (Movies) (Steve/Sam)
Diplomatic incidents happen all the time, but not all of them end in marriage. And not all trips to alien planets involve a mysterious killer. Sam and Steve are having all kinds of new experiences lately.

Love among the hydrothermal vents - devildoll - MCU (Steve/Tony)
In which Namor has a thing for Steve, an octopus has a thing for Tony, and Steve and Tony eventually have a thing for each other. 

I think this may be one of my favorite fake relationship fics ever? It develops so satisfyingly.

Rule Two - lady_ragnell - Sleepy Hollow (TV) (Abbie/Ichabod)
Rule two: this is a partner thing, nothing more. Don't go getting any ideas. 
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