Niall’s always been more attracted to people whose skin could look like warm honey or caramel in the sunshine. People who looked like they could be mermaids, or pirates. Niall’s always wanted someone who loved the sea as much as she does, and now she’s practically sitting in the lap of a girl who gets weary around tide pools.
Or, the one where Zayn’s a city girl and Niall knows all the Jersey shore towns and it’s a summer fling.
written by: theamazingpeterparker
oneshot + genderswap/au + summer romance
note: summer fling this was so cute, I love the way they described each girl like the quirks and styles. also cisgirl!ziall is a fave of mine. jsyk.
Niall helps Zayn face his fears. A boxing AU.
Written by: lavenderforluck
oneshot + boxing/au + character death
Note: trigger warnings - depression tw, death tw, drugs tw, alcohol abuse tw. May it be said that I went on AO3 to have a fun time and got slapped in the face with this.
After placing 4th on the X Factor, 16-year-old Niall Horan gets signed by Syco and finds his popularity rising constantly. 21-year-old ex-boxer Zayn Malik becomes his bodyguard and wants to keep their relationship strictly business, but that’s harder than expected when Niall turns out to be much less annoying and much cuter than he’d thought.
Written By: kissingziall
chaptered + realworld/au + famous!boxer
Note: WOW. You do not know how long I have been dying to post this. Pia is phenomenal. Please go do yourself a favor and read this, blissfully heart warming story.
"I’m free!" Niall shouted, picking up pace and running towards the goal. "Goddammit Lou, pass me the ball!"
Instead of listening, Louis kept going, keeping the ball close to her foot, until she kicked, aiming for the goal.
Harry, who was goalkeeper today, only had to extend one of her gangly arms to catch the ball easily, triumphantly shaking her curls from out of her eyes.
Next to her, Zayn grinned at Niall smugly.
"Tough luck, Horan."
Niall glared at her, tightening her hairband. “Shut it, Malik.”
Zayn only laughed and it made Niall even angrier, because she looked so unfairly beautiful, even if she was being mean.
Niall made a rude gesture her way, turning away and pretending not to notice how their coach glared at her.
Like, Niall kissed him. It had to mean something. Like it couldn’t have just been some spur of the moment ‘hey buddy! how are you? lets just quickly press our lips together in a totally platonic way!’ thing. There had to have been at least some ulterior motive behind it.
Or at least Zayn hoped.
(or the one where zayn pines a lot and maybe, just maybe, niall feels the same way)
Written By: harryydarling
College!au + pining + fluff + os
Note: this was so fucking cute and protective Zayn is the best
Zayn holds Neymar at arm’s length when he heads to the kitchen, unsure of what the duckling would do if he held it any closer. Remembering what Harry had done a few days before, Zayn plugs up the sink and fills it halfway with water, then carefully lowers him into the bath. He’s expecting Neymar to know the ropes already, but the duckling stays in place, staring intently at his human father.
“Go on, swim! Quack! Do what your brethren before you have done!” Zayn flails his hands. “Come on, Niall needs you cleaned up, and I don’t want him getting pissed at me because you’re being a pain in the ass.”
Niall buys a duckling and Zayn is NOT happy about it.
Written By: zzegnas
oneshot + domestic/au + fluff
Note: I looked at this and wasn’t sure how much I was going to enjoy it and then it got to the end and I had these overwhelming feelings of not enough z/n parents.
“I’d still love you, even as an ice cube,” Zayn declared.
Niall let out a low, impressed whistle. “That’s some serious commitment right there.”
Zayn visits Niall in Mullingar after the tour, and they have a little too much fun in the snow- which would be fine except Zayn is down to his pants in Niall’s foyer, and all he really wants are some warm clothes, but Niall keeps getting distracted by kisses.
written by: kiesharai13
oneshot + non/au + fluff
note: we’ve gotten asks about this fic a few times. I thought we had it recced but I checked the archive and nothing? Fluffy ziall during the cold winter. I feel like cuddling a bunny and sinking hot chocolate.