FANFIC FRIDAY: Angst Arrow Recs

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Hello fanfic readers!

Welcome to yet another week of angst, hooray!

This week we asked you to choose between Orphan Black and Arrow and you chose the latter! So, to celebrate the return of Oliver Queen, here’s 10 wonderful angst Arrow recs!

WARNING: Note that some of these fanfics are really angsty, so we advise not to read them if you’re feeling upset or depressed. Fanfics containing suicide, self-harm, non-con or other dark themes will contain trigger warnings.

The Crow

By: poisonangelmuse, TheAlternativeSource
Summary: Bratva Captain Oliver Queen has been looking for revenge his entire life. When he can’t trust his own family, the Bratva to get it, he finds the answer to all of his problems in Felicity Smoak; a genius hacker who is running for her life from the same object of Oliver’s hatred, The Triad. With an unlikely partnership, The Crow might just find out that light can shine in the darkest of places.
Rating: Explicit – F/M – Smut, Explicit Sexual Content, Revenge, AU, Drama, Romance, Angst, Violence
Pairings: Oliver/Felicity
Words: 241,668

Actions Speak Louder Than Words (and other true sayings)

BySo_Caffeinated
Summary: All-in-all, it’s the best kidnapping experience Felicity’s had so far by a lot. So, it’s kind of an epic surprise when the fallout from it is so, so much worse.
Rating: Mature – F/M – Angst, Romance, Smut, Violence
Pairings:  Oliver/Felicity
Words: 88,057

may we fit together ever and ever

Byamosanguis
Summary: Sometimes you wake up at night, sweating and screaming and reaching for your bow.
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – M/M – Gen, PTSD, Angst
Pairings: Oliver/John
Words: 499

not with a thousand swords 

By: wagamiller
Summary: The man who comes down the mountain isn’t the same man who went up it. Felicity helps Oliver find himself again.
Rating: Mature – F/M – Angst, Identity Issues, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Angst with a Happy Ending
Pairings: Oliver/Felicity
Words: 24,620

Invisibility and Clarity

By: Miko_of_Midnight
SummaryBarry was put in the foster system rather than ending up with the Wests. He then got a scholarship to Oliver’s prep school. However his family situation is… less than ideal.
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – Underage – Gen – M/M – Foster Care, Physical Abuse, Hurt/Comfort, AU-High School, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse
Pairings: Barry/Oliver
Words: 2,053

Broken

By: chasethewind
SummaryThe moments when we are at our weakest and most vulnerable are the moments when we need those that mean the most to us. Sometimes just knowing someone is there to help you through the pain gives you the strength to pull through. She became the strength he needed when life felt hopeless.
Rating: Explicit – Major Character Death – F/M – Heavy Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Friendship, Romance, Major Injuries, Anxiety Attacks, Depression, Explicit Sexual Content, Heartache
Pairings: Oliver/Felicity
Words: 88,471

The River, The Woods (Crossover with The Walking Dead and The Avengers)

By: jendavis
SummaryClint, Oliver and Daryl, after New York, after the Glades, after Woodbury.
Rating: Mature – Major Character Death – M/M –  Angst, Drama, Zombie Apocalypse AU, Character Death, First Time, Internalized Homophobia
Pairings: Oliver/Daryl, Clint/Phil
Words: 102,457

Step By Step (We All Fall Down)

By: FanMomMer
Summary: During the summer between seasons two and three, Oliver and Felicity are attempting to navigate their new status post-fake but not actually fake I love you’s, and a kiss that may or may not have meant everything. Or: What would have been different for Oliver and Felicity if that summer had been about both of them truly coming to terms with what they meant to each other. Basically – Felicity decides to live her life, and Oliver realizes that her life doesn’t necessarily include him as much as he may want. How he reacts, and how Felicity responds to his actions, shape the future of their relationship.
Rating: Mature – F/M – Gen – Angst, Fluff, Angst with a Happy Ending, Eventual Relationships, Slow Burn, Friendship, AU-Canon Divergence
Pairings: Oliver/Felicity
Words: 44,570

Never Get the Girl 

By: aussieforgood
Summary: They say that it’s better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. Whoever said that was clearly a fool. Oliver sees Felicity with Ray and regrets letting her go.
Rating: General Audiences – F/M – Angst, Comfort, Romance, Bromance
Pairings: Oliver/Felicity, Oliver/John
Words: 705

The things we want

By: wordswehavesaid
Summary: Barry tells Oliver about the events of the original timeline where Iris admitted to having feelings for him, then works to convince him that it doesn’t change a thing. And a little wisdom from Joe doesn’t go amiss.
Rating: Teen and Up Audiences – M/M – Canon Divergence, Angst, Fluff, References to Sex, First Time, Post-“Rogue Time”
Pairings: Barry/Oliver
Words: 4,525


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