Pairing: Karkat Vantas/Sollux Captor
Categories: AU, Humanstuck, First time, Romance, Friendship, Humor, Gaming, Comic-con, Cosplay
Length: Long (18,262)
Warnings: Both characters are drunk, and one is very drunk (but very consenting) the first time clothes come off.
Author on LJ: NA (as far as I know)
Author Website: let2gotwoapplebee2
Sollux Captor is 22 years old, a successful freelance web designer, and an avid player of the wildly successful MMORPG, Grubquest.
Karkat Vantas is 19 years old, a cranky CS-major freshman, and an avid player of the wildly successful MMORPG, Grubquest.
Sollux and Karkat are the worst best friends and one of the top player-pairs in the game.
In a month, they're meeting for the first time and it's exciting... and terrifying.
If you like your gooey center of affection inside a hard candy shell of profane snark, you should enjoy this. I'm troll obsessed, and Karkat and Sollux are my favorites, but with this being a nerdy human AU, anyone who likes the first blush of geek love could jump in and follow the plot.
Karkat and Sollux have a strong online friendship (and there's much use of chat and their typing quirks). They're smartasses most of the time, with exceptions like Karkat's hesitant coming out and Sollux's low point when he stops taking his meds. Though he's only three years older, Sollux is the one out in the world working, so he's quietly protective of his friend. Then they meet in person when they share a hotel room at a comic-con.
I love the places where bluster gives way to vulnerable affection and then swings back to bluster. My favorite scenes are at con, including the first evening at the hotel, Sollux's turn as a Sailor Star, the second night, and the morning after. I feel like there's a bit of a drop off after that, in the final two short chapters, but it wasn't enough to keep me from enjoying the heck out of this and hoping you will too.