Hi, any fics Neil doesn't come back to the Foxes after Baltimore or Riko doesn't die after TKM, or Neil's mafia past comes back to ruin everything like Nathan's people chase after him or something? Looking for good old canon-divergent angst. ✌
Oh, there’s potential for so much angst here! We’ve provided you mostly with angst with a happy ending, but there’s also some heavy angst here, so beware of the trigger warnings.
There’s also a lot of good stuff in the previous recs! - S
- Baltimore divergence here
- Neil is presumed dead here
- Foxes attacked by Nathan’s men here
- Neil runs post canon here
- ‘Ghost of You’ here
- ‘Coming Home’ here
- ‘Aftermath (After May)’ here
- ‘Akio’ here
- ‘not your homeland anymore’ here
- ‘Hold each other’ (Chapter 7: Nothing Always Means Something) and ‘Neil/Nathaniel’ here
- ‘Hold Each other’ (Chapter 3) here
- ‘“I think there’s someone in the house.”, part 1 and 2’ here
- ‘Welcome Back, Butcher’ here
- ‘Knives Out’ and ‘The Butcher’s Boy’ here
- ‘Deadly Affections’ here
I Will Find You Here Inside The Dark by JayJFox [Rated M, 8883 words, incomplete, last updated June 2021]
After Baltimore, the FBI put Neil under witness protection and he never came back to the Foxes.
Neil and Andrew text for a couple of years until Neil disappears from Andrew’s life entirely during his fourth year in PSU.
It takes ten years for them to meet again.
Andrew catches Neil’s chin between his fingers. His eyes look like a dark ocean in the night. His face isn’t as soft as it was ten years ago, the edges of him are a little rougher, but he’s the same. If anything, time has made him even more attractive. Andrew runs his thumb along the scar on his cheek.
tw: implied/referenced torture
A Crack in the Mask by attfna [Rated M, 27445 words, complete, Aftg Mixtape Exchange 2021]
Neil was never recovered from Baltimore and nine months later some can’t move past the chaos he left behind.
tw: implied/referenced torture, tw: suicidal thoughts, tw: temporary major character death
letters from a dead man walking by sarahs_wife [Not Rated, 3861 words, complete, 2021]
After the events of Baltimore, Neil is put into witness protection.
Browning finds a way for him to say goodbye.
tw: implied/referenced torture, tw: implied major character death
Four year, ten months, and twenty-nine days by makebelieveanything [Rated T, 3341 words, complete, 2020]
When Neil is saved by Stuart, and somehow escapes his father’s house alive, he makes a deal with the FBI and goes into Witness Protection instead of going back to the Foxes. Kevin and Andrew learn to move on and move forward without him.
And then Neil comes back.
Our Days are Numbered by Unknown_Entry [Rated M, 28069 Words, incomplete, last updated May 2019]
What if the FBI stop the Hatfords from entering the country on the day of Nathan Wesninski’s Parole? What if Neil was left in his father’s hands for longer than a few minutes?
tw: implied/referenced torture, tw: major character injury, tw: suicidal thoughts, tw: violence
King Without a Court by FatesOfConquest [Rated T (we say M), 8264 words, incomplete, last updated Nov 2018]
Ichirou had spared Riko’s life after the championships, leaving his younger brother adrift and directionless. But Riko is nothing without Exy, not even alive, and plans his revenge against those who had taken everything from him; the Palmetto Foxes and their new vice-captain.
tw: implied/referenced rape/noncon, tw: torture, tw: violence, tw: kidnapping, tw: panic attacks, tw: major character inury, tw: blood
What If Nathan Had Kept Neil For More Time? hc by @kevinexyqueen [tumblr, 2021]
- Baltimore happens like the books
tw: implied/referenced torture