Amongst the devastating news of Emily Bett Rickards’ departure from Arrow ahead of its eighth and final season, I thought an Olicity fan fiction list was in order.
Not because I am naive enough to think that this list will replace the joy of seeing Mrs. Felicity Smoak on your TV screens every week, but because fan fictions let our minds roam free into every possibility. And a world full of possibilities sounds pretty good next to the fact of a Felicity-less season 8.
And the intimate nature of television calls for an intimate (and sometimes smutty) fic. Because falling in love with a character is intimate. Falling in love with a story, and falling in love with the relationships is not something so easily done. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “yeah, I don’t care” and changed the channel.
Felicity Smoak means A LOT to A LOT of people. And that’s just me simplifying it. However, isn’t it fitting that a non-comic book couple (on a show based on a comic book) garners so much love and adoration through fan fiction?
Because we all dabble in diverging canon. Whether if its writing 50 chapters of Olicity as secret agents, or if it’s simply thinking “you know what will be cute, if they were holding hands right now.” Even rebooting a new issue of a comic book is a divergence from what is considered to be canon. And then that also becomes canon.
Let’s be real, Olicity is basically (and Arrow as a whole) just another iteration of the Green Arrow comic book. Canon isn’t rigid in that sense. And acting like it is, is frankly just no fun.
So, ergo, fan fiction. And I’m comfortable with that comparison.
Let’s roam all the possibilities together, shall we? Without further ado here’s some of your favorite Hugo Award Nominated Arrow and Olicity fan fictions EVER (archive warnings apply):
Summary: Queens Cupcakes is run by Oliver Queen, with the help of his sister, Thea, and his good friend, John. He runs a good business, has a quiet life, a good client base, and keeps his regulars happy. Until one day, his best customer breaks down in tears over an extra cupcake and his whole world is flipped upside down.
Summary: Felicity struggling to save Oliver’s humanity after losing him to the League of Assassins. Anything else would legit be a spoiler. Expect drama, romance, angst, humor, plot and plot TWISTS.
Summary: It’s 2039, and Jonathan Queen cannot stop looking for trouble. Then trouble finds him and his family, and Jonny discovers that there is more to his parents than he ever suspected. He must learn to bear the weight of his parents’ past, and he must learn fast, because time is running out for his mother.
Summary: Tommy Merlyn has spent most of his life being an expensive disappointment to his family, but now he’s a part-owner of a semi-successful nightclub in the worst area of town (it’s seriously looking up) alongside his best friend, who — after five years on a deserted island — decided to come back to be a freaking vigilante. It’s a long story, one that’s longer than Tommy wants to remember, but it took the Glades collapsing and the death of one of their best friends to get him officially done with being a troublemaker. Nothing interesting. Just running a nightclub, and trying not to get into any trouble.
Oliver’s been gone god knows where for most of the summer, which means he’s stuck being the big brother to the guy’s snarky little sister, whose boyfriend “Ron” seems completely set on getting himself killed. An afternoon of test-driving Verdant’s new cocktails gets interesting when Felicity Smoak and John Diggle show up asking (more) questions about where to find Oliver, and Tommy has to decide whether he wants to keep his new rule. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t.
Summary: Felicity Smoak swore she’d provide technical assistance to all who need it. She’s just not prepared for her newest client. A story that shows another way Felicity and Oliver could have met. Each chapter contains a bonus scene at the end. Olicity undertones, with a definite slow burn. Originally started as a one-shot of the same name. Complete.
Summary: Taking place directly after the events in “Sacrifice” (the season 1 finale), Felicity tries to pull Oliver back from the edge. But is Oliver ready to be pulled back? Or is he ready for the fall?
Summary: Oliver Queen is a member of the Bravo Squad, a team that specializes in search and rescue, covert infantry and translating foreign documents. He is known as one of the best and even though he is one of the youngest recruits he advances quickly. While serving he meets Lance Corporal Felicity Smoak, a young woman with skills in hand to hand combat.
Despite the fact they butt heads they fall in love and soon start to talk about a future together. However, when her plane disappears on a mission in China and she is presumed dead, Bravo Squad searches frantically for her, only to find her plane and her bloody dog tags. Five years later Oliver runs into “Megan” at a coffee shop near that gym he has been running with his friends. She has lost her memory from the plane accident but has had dreams of Oliver and the Bravo Squad. With the help of his friends and team mates, can he help her reclaim her past and fall for him once again?
Summary: Oliver Queen has been working as a Nanny for the last 5 years when suddenly the family he is working for is transferred to another city. Open for a new assignment he is sent to the home of Smoak Technologies CEO Felicity Smoak and is hired on the spot to watch her three year old daughter, Ellie. As the weeks pass, feelings start to develop and things get complicated and Felicity and Oliver learn very quickly how love can change everything.
Summary: A series of moments in the lives of Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak as they find out what life together can be. Or, alternatively, whatever silly fluff I can’t stop thinking about.
by: poisonangelmuse and TheAlternativeSource
Summary: Bratva Captain Oliver Queen has been looking for revenge his entire life. When he can’t trust his own family, the Bratva to get it, he finds the answer to all of his problems in Felicity Smoak; a genius hacker who is running for her life from the same object of Oliver’s hatred, The Triad. With an unlikely partnership, The Crow might just find out that light can shine in the darkest of places.
Summary: Stories are like waters running deep and twisting routes through our lives, gathering up parts of our past and flowing in paths that will one day define us. These are their waters. Their stories. Their paths.
Summary: A Season 7 Speculation fic.
Summary: First impressions can always leave a lasting impact on a person. Oliver Queen did just that for Felicity Smoak in the Summer of 2007, but it would be eleven years later when she makes a rousing impact on him. Felicity has had her share of heartbreaks, after two years of nursing a broken heart dating is back on the table. However, coming face to face with the man who once sucker punched her heart leaves her trying to decide what to make of him now. When they meet again, can he redeem himself in the eyes of the woman he has no memory of meeting? Is she willing to give him a second chance? Of course it doesn’t really matter when their friends and family decide to get involved, because what could go wrong?
Summary: Oliver Queen, personal trainer. Felicity Smoak, yoga instructor. An unfortunate first impression leaves them hating one another, until their meddling co-workers decide that they’re actually kind of, quite literally, perfect for each other.
Summary: Their lives couldn’t be more different – and yet Oliver can’t take his eyes off the beautiful blonde woman that leaves the subway every morning at 7.43am. There is something about her that makes him look up every morning – something that also makes him aware he’ll never be good enough for her, or that she’d even notice him. He had no idea how much his life would change the day he rushed over to help her…
Summary: An accidental discovery leads Felicity Smoak to come face to face with Yao Fei Gulong. Deciding to take a chance on a man who proves with one conversation he can be trusted she signs on to work with Sagittarius International. A private security company that did so much more than act like hired mercenaries. She would soon come to find out they had a very real purpose that they kept very well hidden.
After 4 years of working to leave her past behind her, Felicity finds herself surrounded by people who show her what she can no longer avoid- human interaction. One person in particular is the handsome Oliver Queen. Oliver has spent the last year and a half avoiding romantic entanglements. Choosing to focus on his work and their missions, the last thing he expected was developing feelings for the beautiful analyst that fell into his hands.
Her mission is clear, but it soon becomes convoluted when she finally admits to feeling something for the brooding blue-eyed mercenary. He needs to keep her at arm’s length, but everything in him pulls her closer. Can they come together, when everything is trying to pull them apart?
Summary: For the past couple of months, Felicity Smoak, previous child star known to the world through her alter ego Lisy the Tech Whiz, who ended her career and her growing popularity at the age of thirteen rather abruptly, has sporadically received disturbing notes and gifts in her mail. Police believe the notes to be just little tokens of appreciation by a former fan. Despite having left the spotlight over a decade ago and living in anonymity since, the fan mail keeps coming, increasing in frequency as well as intensity. The last drop is when Felicity receives another letter with a love note. A scary, ominous note. A note written in human blood.
FBI director Amanda Waller tasks her best Agent to the case. Oliver Queen, a criminal profiler, is currently working on a special task force formed between SCPD and FBI to catch a man dubbed the Start City Slasher, who has murdered at least three young women in the past nine months. Agent Queen is not thrilled with the prospect of holding a former princess’ hand through her problem with a simple stalker while a serial killer is still at large. However, once meeting her, Oliver finds there is nothing easy or simple about Felicity Smoak as their worlds start to intertwine.
Summary: Felicity has a one night stand with a hot stranger. Oliver is unimpressed. Diggle thinks the two of them need to get over this sh*t already but so long as Felicity bakes him cupcakes he’s not getting in the way.
Summary: Oliver and Felicity meet by chance in one of the most crowded cities in the world. They think that’s the end of it … until they meet again, in another city, a year later. Chance meetings suddenly don’t seem so random.
Summary: Felicity told him to let her go, but even when Oliver tried, it didn’t seem to be something he was capable of. In the end, there would be nothing in the world Felicity was more grateful for. Weaving in and out of the final four episodes of Season 5 and beyond, follow Oliver and Felicity’s emotional journey back to one another, one step at a time.
Summary: When CEO Oliver Queen meets tech radio host Felicity Smoak for an interview about his company’s new prototype, sparks immediately fly as an unexpected connection blossoms live on-air.
Summary: When a threat to Felicity’s safety isn’t something that Oliver can put arrows in, the team has to look for different kinds of solutions to assorted legal problems. Diverges from canon during S2 mid-season break.
Summary: It’s all fun and games until you wake up hung-over and married to a stranger. Five years ago Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak made a drunken mistake that could never be corrected. After years on a hellish island he comes back as a man on a mission only to find out that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas.
Summary: “Oh, I had a fairy godmother once,” Felicity laughed.
Summary: Felicity has the ability to see guardians, spirits that protect the majority of people. Some guardians talk, others don’t. Oliver Queen’s is a sassy, chatty beast. She starts helping Oliver, forming Team Arrow, and getting drawn into the pull that is Hurricane Oliver.
Summary: Remember that “fake” wedding of Felicity and Oliver’s? Well, what if it wasn’t quite as fake as they both believed at the time?
Summary: What if Happily Ever After isn’t as happy as you’d hoped?
Summary: Oliver Queen is the Head Homicide Detective for the Starling City Police Department, a job he’s been in too long. It’s left him rough around the edges and privy to the harsh realities of the world. When a serial killer rolls into Starling with a penchant for tech as their murder weapon of choice, the FBI sends in their best and brightest; Technical Analyst Felicity Smoak. While they begrudgingly work together to hunt down their killer, Felicity finds herself drawn to the mystery of Oliver’s past while Oliver finds himself drawn to Felicity.
Summary: When Felicity’s parents announce that they’re hiring someone to be her personal bodyguard, what she hears is that she’s going to be stuck with a 24/7 babysitter… something she is so not on board with. When Oliver takes up the offer to work for the Smoak family he thinks it’s just another job, but he has no idea what he’s about to get himself into. Protecting the “tech empire heiress” is the easy part, matters of the heart are where things get a bit more complicated.
Summary: Award-winning actor and heartthrob Oliver Queen has had enough of his Hollywood life and decides to take a year off to reconnect with his roots in Starling City. What he didn’t expect was to get stuck in an elevator with his dog and his new neighbor Felicity Smoak, CEO and founder of rising tech company SmoakSolutions, or the easy-going friendship that came out of that first meeting. But is friendship really all there is between them?
Summary: A silly, epistolary tale of a kind-hearted but occasionally clumsy woman who realizes she lives in the same apartment building as the most unbearably handsome man in the world.
QUEEN INC. CEO DISAPPEARS NIGHT BEFORE WEDDING
The FBI and Star City Police are investigating the disappearance of Queen Inc. CEO Felicity Smoak, who was last seen on the night before her wedding. Smoak, 28, disappeared mysteriously from her penthouse apartment in midtown, sometime after midnight Friday.
Smoak planned to get married on Saturday to former playboy Oliver Queen, who launched a failed bid for the mayor’s office last year. According to SCPD spokeswoman Sameena Patel, Queen has been cooperating with investigators. “There’s not a worry about” his possible involvement in her disappearance, Patel said.
Queen is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Smoak. Anyone with information is urged to call the FBI hotline for the investigation at 1-877-555-1950.
(Excerpted from The Star City Sentinel, June 13, 2017)
Summary: He was tired and lonely, and she was looking at him like she wanted to eat him up and dammit, it felt good. It didn’t have to be a problem. He was a big boy now and she seemed like she had a good head on her shoulders. This could work, he promised himself. But then, why did that feel so much like lying?
Summary: Five times Felicity and Oliver shared a bed.
Summary: When new Bratva business comes to Starling City, it brings Oliver’s past with the brotherhood into sharp, ugly focus. But when it strikes too close to home, endangering the one person he never wanted that darkness to touch, he finds out his and Felicity’s pasts are more tangled than he could have ever imagined. (Set between 2×06 and 2×07)
Summary: The evidence was stacked against her. The murder of her boyfriend was a crime that she didn’t commit, but the judge and jury didn’t see it that way. Felicity was preparing herself for the guilty verdict and a life in prison. Except that the night before her final trial, a masked stranger offers her another option. The opportunity to disappear, live a life in the shadows. A chance to get justice for others, justice that wasn’t awarded to her.
Summary: We all know that Slade killed Oliver’s mother: we were there, we saw it. But where was Felicity? What would she have done if she’d known? How would it have changed things?
Summary: When people with psychic abilities are discovered governments around the world setup agencies to handle and secretly experiment on these enhanced individuals, one such agency is ARGUS. They’re testing a powers boosting drug, Mirakuru, which will allow them to build the most powerful psychic army in the world. The only thing standing in their way is the vision of world’s most powerful Watcher who set in place the means to allow her daughter to foil their plan over a decade ago.
Summary: Felicity and Oliver are back in Star City after the events in Central City and have spent two blissful days alone like the newlyweds they are… But no matter how happy and joy-filled their days are the nights prove to be a whole different story… Oliver finally decides to tell Felicity about that moment he saw her Earth-X alter ego and the nightmares he had been having since they came back home.
by: jesileigh and latinasmoak
Summary: After being attacked by a metahuman with the power to steal memories, Felicity learns that a lot can happen in six years. Even things that she once believed to be unthinkable.
Summary: Lost in an unfamiliar place, Oliver finds himself dazed and confused. This world is too big, too loud, too fast, but he discovers help and an unlikely friendship in one Dr. Felicity Smoak.
Summary: Star City has a killer on the loose, who has crossed the line with their target. When Oliver Queen’s loved ones become the target of an unpredictable serial killer, what will become of the Queen Family?
Summary: Six months into their blissful life together, Oliver proposes. The next day, Felicity is kidnapped. Oliver’s desperate search leads all the way to Russia where he realizes there’s only one man who can help him find Felicity… John Diggle. Meanwhile, Felicity faces off with a formidable foe, both known and unknown to her. As the lives of all those she loves are endangered, Felicity begins to question her future with Oliver.
Summary: Returning to Starling, Oliver Queen faces himself in the black mask of the city’s already established vigilante. A woman. Someone the city has already labelled with the moniker: Watchman. As they begin to move in sync, he starts to see just what the city really needs and how far it has gone to make the existence of two vigilante’s necessary.
At the top of what he didn’t anticipate is a woman who makes the past five years, and all they entailed, suddenly make sense to him. A women with secrets of her own that may connect her to him in ways he’d never considered.
In ways that make him… want.
Summary: Felicity Smoak knew that the sky was blue. She knew that one day she would get murdered trying to help Team Arrow. And she also knew to expect the unexpected – but how could she have anticipated this? When faced with an enemy that she can’t hack and Oliver can’t shoot, Team Arrow must decide what is important and what is not. Completely unprepared, Oliver and Felicity must come to terms with what this might mean for the team, for the city, for the company, and for them.
Summary: Felicity Smoak has a plan for her life that includes living on the straight and narrow until she and her live-in boyfriend, Cooper Seldon, can finally begin their joint tech company like they’ve planned for years. She’s content in her life, such as it is, until she meets the CEO of the company she works at one day. And then a series of events brings him further into her life and relationship with Cooper. All it takes is twelve hours to throw everything into question and Felicity’s neat, ordered life isn’t so neat and ordered anymore.
Summary: Tommy lives! And is drawn more and more into team Arrow as a result.
Summary: Felicity knows her place in Oliver’s life. She’s the sidekick not the love interest. But in the Summer after the artificial earthquake lots of things can change.
Summary: What is she, if not a tool to be used? What has she been doing all this time, if he thinks it’s been a waste? Why does he look like the one who was breaking when she was being told to stop?
I hope you’re doing a little better, fandom. I think it will all be okay. I’ll keep my arrows and red pens crossed, just in case.
Feature Image Credit: Marc Guggenheim
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