Title: Ace of Spades
Canon: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Pairing: Harry Hart/Gary ‘Eggsy’ Unwin
Rating: Explicit [NC-17]
Word Count: 44,070
Summary: “This is your next target,” Merlin said into Harry’s earpiece, as Harry leaned forward to look at his laptop screen. It blacked out, for a moment, then a clip out of some interview began to play. The video was in black and white, crisply and tightly shot, its subject a young man shown seated from the waist up, against a pale gray background, grinning at the camera. He was probably in his mid-twenties, dressed down in a black leather jacket over a pale t-shirt, loose over denim jeans, his hair long enough to feather slightly over his forehead, a hint of stubble over his chin. He was also, quite possibly, the most beautiful young man Harry had ever seen, and disturbingly… familiar, somehow. As the young man laughed noiselessly at the camera, elegant serif type faded over the lower third of the screen: Gary Unwin, by Vanity Fair. Harry blinked, and studied the young man’s pretty face more closely, the crinkling around his eyes, the joyous curl to his mouth, the way he sat, relaxed yet alert, like a hunting hound, waiting to come to heel.
Recommendation: I know, I know, I know Valentine is the bad guy trying to do a terrible, terrible thing; but it is difficult to not find him strangely adorable. Especially because of his absolute besottedness with Daisy, and when confronted with individuals he always seems to try to take care of them [i.e. Prof. Arnold’s arthritis, Harry’s lack of shoes, etc.]. Roxy’s family history in this is marvelous, but I won’t spoil it. And finally, we come to the part that we’re really here for, Harry and Eggsy’s relationship. Oh man. As always their interactions are magnetic, but with the removal of the specter of mentorship it just ratchets the whole thing up a notch for me. Gah. They are all sorts of bad and dangerous but that seems to make them even more appealing to each other. I’m also going to promise a happy ending, one I will have to admit I wasn’t really expecting. Please enjoy.