Non-Powered, Modern AU
Hi! Do you have any good au fics with some angst, pining and misunderstandings but with a happy ending?! Not the a/b/o or werewolves/vampires kind but like where Tony is a businessman/CEO of SI and Steve is an artist, post-serum, or something like that?! 🙂 thank you love your blog!! 🙂
We will call this the Non-Powered, Modern AU list, I think, based on your ask. No crazy stuff, just two guys falling in love, right? Okay, Anon, here you go!
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SexyMechanic70 by @potrix-the-queerschlaeger: “SexyMechanic70,” Natasha reads aloud, nodding approvingly.“Sounds promising,” Clint offers.“And
look,” Bucky adds, “he didn’t even send a dick pic! And he praised your
sketch which, by the way, is a totally lame icon choice.”Steve
snatches his phone back, batting Bucky’s hands away when he struggles to
reach for it again. “Cut it out,” he grouses. “Also, excuse me for not
posting a picture of my abs.” “A true tragedy,” Sam sighs,
earning himself an indignant squawk from Bucky and a betrayed look from
Steve. “What? I’m just saying. They’re great abs.” “True,” Nat hums and bumps the fist Clint is holding out to her.
Place Your Bets by RurouniHime:
Steve Rogers may or may not have just picked up a prostitute. This may or may not be Tony Stark’s fault.
Reel Me In by @imafriendlydalek, @orbingarrow: Don’t know anything about fishing or lobsters? No worries. Tony doesn’t either.What
he does know is that the captain of the good ship Freedom is too hot
for Maine, the captain’s best friends are the best kind of trouble, and
that any town with a watering hole called The Bearded Clam is worth a
second look.(Bucky has a hook, Rhodey’s got game, and Tony’s 2,300 miles from his happy ending.)
Up All Night by @imafriendlydalek: There’s a group of idiots at his bar, and Steve is trying real hard to stay friendly. Until he can’t anymore.Tony never could resist a hot bartender, especially not one so beautifully opinionated.
Unknown Caller (do not engage) by @gottalovev:
Steve had one job: exchange a couple of texts with a guy who thought he
had Natasha’s number, and let him down gently. It ends up being a lot
more complicated than that.
Blue Satin Nights, Khaki Days by @captainneverever:
To make ends meet, poor art student Steve takes a job as a cocktail
waiter/Playboy Bunny at the retro Shield Club. He meets a mysterious man
who could be either the man of his dreams or the man who is going to
break his heart.
Let the More Loving One Be Me (Or: Aw, Crap) by willowswhiten:
Captain Steven Rogers-Carter has just come back from Afghanistan,
struggling with PTSD and memories that haunt him. When he’s introduced
to his adoptive mother’s godson, engineer, mechanic and billionaire Tony
Stark, there’s a lot of yelling. Things are never entirely simple when
two broken warriors realise exactly what they need to put themselves
Hello, This Is–Wait, What? by shrill_fangirl_screaming:
Tony should really make sure he memorizes everyone’s phone number
properly. Steve should really stop picking up wrong numbers. They’re a
match made in heaven.
in the line of fire by colourexplosion: The important ones always come back.ORA non-powered AU in which Tony and Steve are friends from a very young age and grow up together.
Perceptions of Light and Shadow by @winterstar95:
Signing up for an art course had not been his intention at all. He’d
gone into the building after something else entirely. And not the hot
teacher, the other one, the one with the arm or lack thereof. Tony Stark
might be a warmonger to the rest of the world, especially his soon to
be father-in-law, Obadiah Stane, but his true heart lies in building,
inventing, and helping others. After what he saw in Afghanistan he
decides to change everything with his company and way of life. He wants
to redirect the company into biotech, green energy, anything that will
make the world a better place. So, walking into the little art school
was only to find a way to talk with the disabled Vet, it wasn’t to sign
up for an art class, and it sure had nothing to do with how hot the
teacher was. After all, Tony Stark is engaged and about to be married to
the love of his life, Ty Stane. Why would he care about a down on his
luck art teacher, who is a single father, and who has a mysterious job
at a downtown exclusive club? Nope, Tony is perfectly happy in his
life…yep, perfectly happy. He just can’t figure out why he just signed
up for art classes.
Down on the Farm by tellxmebby:
Tony laughs, throwing an old rag at the blond man, who bats it away in the air. “Fuck you.”
“Mm,“ Steve rolls back under the car with a newly fitted socket, “maybe later.”
Steve grins up at the chrome above him at the lack of
response. It must take Tony a minute to recover, but when he does Steve
hears him huff.
look at your life, look at your choices by nightwalker:
Steve was aware that his tone was rapidly leaving “hushed whisper” in
the dust and careening straight into the territory of “frantic wail” but
it was either shatter Bucky’s eardrums or die right there in his
cubicle of a heart attack.
My Private Dancer by @lilmoon-goddess:
Steve Rogers enters the world of high-end exotic dancing, and catches
the eye of world-famous billionaire playboy Tony Stark. Will the strange
relationship he develops with Tony develop into something more? Or will
the high-intensity connection between them short out and burn to the
Worth Waiting For by @ivorysilk7, @robintcj: Steve Rogers has been in love with his best friend,
Bucky, his entire life. Except Bucky is smart, kind, and gorgeous, and
Steve knows he’s none of these things. It doesn’t really matter, until
Bucky tells him one day that he’s moving clear across the country – to
L.A. Steve doesn’t really understand why Bucky would ever even consider
leaving New York, but he tries to be supportive, and it’s not the same,
but they still stay in touch over the miles. A year passes. Steve grows
taller. And then he receives an invitation in the mail – to Bucky’s
wedding. Frantic, Steve drops everything he’s doing to fly out to L.A.
to prevent Bucky from making the biggest mistake of his life, and
marrying Clint.When he gets to L.A., though, he meets Clint’s
friend Tony – brash, flirty, and gorgeous. Steve has to make a choice –
and maybe learn some hard truths about himself in the process.The
closer it gets to the wedding, the more confused Steve gets – does he
admit how he feels to Bucky, or does he admit to himself how he feels
Head Over Feet by @robintcj: It had sounded like a good idea at the time. Tony
Stark, genius and heir to the Stark fortune, didn’t expect to fall in
love with the kind, handsome soldier he’d picked up at a bar that he had
only gotten into because of a particularly well-crafted fake ID. He
didn’t expect to spend the best week of his life with a funny, wonderful
artist who would be shipping off to war in only days.And he definitely didn’t expect that soldier to die before they could even try to build something.He
tries to move on with his life and find a way to feel whole, but after
one too many disappointments, Tony gives up on the idea of happiness
altogether.Of course, then he finds himself on a street in New York, covered in coffee and having the shock of his life.
Iced Americano by firelord_zutara:
Based on the prompt from tumblr user jonahryan: “I’m a barista and
you’re the obnoxious customer who comes through and orders a venti
macchiato while talking on the phone the whole time so I misspell your
name in increasingly creative ways every day AU”
Deep in the Heart of Me by Finely Honed: There were days when the realization that he was
someone’s father made Steve’s head hurt, but mostly he was grateful that
he could trust his instincts, because apparently Peter was what had
been missing from his life. Yes, he still had lingering, unresolved
issues from his time in the Army, and sure, he had what Bucky annoyingly
referred to as a criminally untapped ass, and no life outside of work
and Peter, but Steve was okay with how his life had turned out because
of trusting his instincts.Unfortunately, those same instincts had straight up betrayed him by going absolutely haywire upon being exposed to Tony Stark.
Veteran single dad Steve runs a tattoo shop. For his 40th
birthday, Pepper arranges for Tony to get that tattoo he always wanted,
and he winds up with the mother of all crushes instead. Jumping out of
airplanes is one thing, but falling in love is something else entirely.
Steve struggles with the idea of actually letting someone into his life.
Tony is left trying to keep his heart from being broken while Steve
figures things out.
And I’d Buy A Big House Where We Both Could Live by kellifer_fic: Missing: Tony Stark, billionaire businessman, heir to Stark Industries, reward: noneOnly Steve didn’t know that when he picked up the waterlogged unconscious man from the bank of a river.
Stark Industries (The Office) Verse by @orbingarrow: The Security Admin Department at Stark Industries has a point system in place to pass the time.+10 points for tagging management with a “Kick Me” post it note
+10 points for paging a punny fake name over the office intercom without getting caught
+10 points for stealing any office supplies off Clint’s desk and returning it in jello
+20 points for making Steve swearIt’s a good thing productivity isn’t in the job description.
Gift With Purchase Remix by sabrecmc;
Gift With Purchase Remix wherein Steve actually is a hooker. But for a Really Sympathetic Reason.
Catching Lightning in a Bottle by sabrecmc: College student Tony meets janitor Steve at MIT and they fall
blissfully in love, until Howard happens and things fall apart. One
divorce paperwork snafu courtesy of the ever-helpful Jarvis, and ten
years later, Tony has to get re-divorced from Steve. This does not go as he imagines.Or, the Sweet Home Alabama AU that no one–well, okay, a few of you–asked for.
Hooker!Tony (sort of) + Identity porn (sort of) by sabrecmc: Artist Steve thinks his best friend sent him a hooker. That was…not what happened.