Title: I Blinked (And There You Were)
Canon: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Pairing: Harry Hart/Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin
Rating: Explicit [NC-17]
Word Count: 19,893
Summary: The Weeping Angels, Eggsy reads on the stolen Torchwood intel. Aliens that pose as statues, and kill their victims by sending them back in time and feeding off their years not lived in the present. The politest psychopaths in the universe, a note reads, scrawled in what looks like a doctor’s chicken scratch on the edge of the page by someone who clearly had a perverse sense of humour. A one way trip, the report concludes; you get transported by the angels, and it’s the slow road back to the present for you. Eggsy lays his head back on the wall, takes stock of his situation. He’s lost 30 years – three years more than his entire lifespan up ’til now – in the blink of an eye, and now he’s stuck here, in 1988. Three years before he’s even born. Arthur, the prick, is sure to be heading up the Kingsmen, and Merlin, if he’s even there would be…20, maybe. Fuck, so fucking young. Shite, even Harry’d only be… Alive, Eggsy thinks, and finds himself sitting down hard from where his knees can’t hold him. This is 1988, and Harry’s 23, and alive. Suddenly, being stuck in 1988 doesn’t seem so bad. Or, the one where love means changing the future. Harry/Eggsy, Time Travel Fix-It.
Recommendation: So I loved this, I did, but I have to admit that the early causal relationship between Eggsy and Lancelot did bother me (mostly because ‘casual’ bothers me in general, I’m demisexual and an introvert so that’s just how I am, but if you are like me push through because it gets good later.) The role reversal of Eggsy being the older, more experienced one was a bit of a treat though. The cameo by the Doctor was marvelous, and the author so obligingly provided pictures of a young Colin Firth (so cute). And you are going to want to find out what happens to Gazelle. And Lee. And little Eggsy.