As long as we stay together (if we just stay together)

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Title: As long as we stay together (if we just stay together)
Author(s): HerotheHardWay
Date(s): 2019 - 2020
Length: 139,594 words
Genre: Femslash, Modern AU
Fandom: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
External Links: AO3

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As long as we stay together (if we just stay together) is a She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Catradora story by HerotheHardWay. It is often recced as a must read in Catradora fandom. As of June 2022, it has over 142,000 hits, 5800 kudos, 1900 comments, and 1500 bookmarks on Archive of Our Own.


Adora is an Astrophysics PhD student who just can’t seem to write her dissertation. When the opportunity arises to work at the IceCube Neutrino Detector at the South Pole, she jumps at the chance, even though she’ll be stuck there for six months during the Antarctic Winter. When she arrives, she discovers that her research partner is her former roommate, former teammate, former best friend, former, well, everything, who she hasn’t seen since they graduated from college five years ago.

Reactions and Reviews

Chances are, if you’ve read any catradora fanfiction, you’ve heard of As Long As We Stay Together (If We Just Stay Together) by HeroTheHardWay. Hero’s unique fic took the fandom by storm with her creative spin on the characters and her beautiful worldbuilding.[1]

This one is tagged "friends to enemies to lovers" and "idiots to lovers." Do with this info what you will. Ships aside, this fic has a very unique setting which, along with the social dynamics presented, really makes it stand out.[2]

the antarctica AU that everyone knows is amazing :,) adora is an astrophysics PhD student who ends up working with her old college roommate . it’s so good <3[3]

god, this fiction is incredible. it’s clear the author knows a lot about the subject & spent a lot of time on it & it’s just great. nsfw scenes though so read w discretion!! anyway this is one of my all-time favourites & i’ve loved herothehardway’s writing ever since. seriously, the way they incorporate the show details… yes[4]

It’s the entire ensemble on the South Pole research station, why wouldn’t you want to read that?...
Make sure your patience is replenished. These idiots will severely test it.[5]

I have to say it’s definitely one of my favorite fics so far ! So, to anyone who is open to a completely unique, very well written and researched Catradora fanfic, definitely get around to reading this one[6]

The Antarctica AU is required Catradora reading! If you haven't read it yet, please do[7]

I read the Antarctica Catradora AU the other day and I wish I could wipe it from my mind so I could reread it without having any memoy of it and experience it for the first time. I LOVE getting Really Into a good, long fic[8]

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