Is a Kiss an Act of War? - Fangirlshrewt97 - The Old Guard (Movie 2020) [Archive of Our Own]
Fandom: The Old Guard (Movie 2020)
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Joe | Yusuf Al-Kaysani/Nicky | Nicolo di Genova
Characters: Joe | Yusuf Al-Kaysani, Nicky | Nicolo di Genova, others mentioned - Character
Additional Tags: Crusades Era Joe | Yusuf al-Kaysani & Nicky | Nicolo di Genova, Enemies to Lovers, Enemies to Friends to Lovers, Pining, Catholic Guilt, Nicky | Nicolo di Genova Has Catholic Guilt, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Canon-Typical Violence, War, Blood and Gore, Slow Burn, Origin Story, Getting Together, First Kiss, Established Relationship, Immortal Husbands Joe | Yusuf Al-Kaysani/Nicky | Nicolo di Genova, Self-Esteem Issues, POV Nicky | Nicolo di Genova, No Smut, Fluff, Fluff and Angst, Domestic Fluff, Crisis of Faith, Period-Typical Racism, Hurt/Comfort, Self-Discovery, Declarations Of Love, Historical Inaccuracy, Flashbacks, Nicky coming to terms with his destiny, and learning to love himself in the process
Summary: “Because of how far we have come, Joe,” Nicky leaned back enough to look Joe in his eyes. “When I first saw you, all I heard were the hateful words that had been thrown against me. And then we died and breathed life together. I was so distrustful of you, but also so grateful. I was the invader, you had every reason to hate me, and yet, at every turn you showed me kindness. Falling in love with you, it was as inevitable as the sun setting today and the moon rising. It took me so long to see this truth though, so many years wasted.”
This is a story of a boy who becomes a man who goes to fight a war he truly believed in, died, and realized maybe he had not been told the truth. It is the story of that man learning to find forgiveness for himself, falling in love with his enemy, and accepting it.
AKA My take on the Kaysanova love story
Inspired by the song ‘Would You Come Home’ by Tyler Blackburn
The Old Guard Mini Bang 2020 | @theoldguardevents
Art will be created by @booksoncanvas (link will be posted as soon as she finishes her work!)
Beta: @kindness-ricochets, who is amazing beyond words and I am so grateful for all her help!
This fic has been a long and hard journey but I am so proud of how it came out, I really hope you guys enjoy it too!