Employee of the Month

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Title: Employee of the Month
Author(s): ihatepeas
Date(s): January 24, 2014 - present
Length: 47,118 words (20 chapters)
Genre: Teen (rating), AU, Angst, Humor, Romance
Fandom: Arrow
External Links: at AO3

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Employee of the Month is an AU Felicity & Quentin-focused and eventual Olicity fanfic by ihatepeas.


AU in which Detective Lance gets a new partner--Felicity Smoak. Includes canonical moments and follows season 1.

Main Characters List:

There are appearances by various other Arrow Characters including Tommy Merlyn, Thea Queen, Walter Steele, and Moira Queen.

Author's Notes

"I used to just read fic, but I couldn't shake this idea, and no one else was writing it. I'm on deadline for my own novel, so if this story begins to interfere with that, updates will slow, but it's a nice change of pace from the novel, so I hope to keep up with it."

Reception & Comments

On AO3, as of March 2, 2015: it has 149 comments, 61 bookmarks and 562 kudos at AO3.

"I just wanted to let you know I'm reading this because curiosity got the better of me :P ...and I really like it. (I thought giving Felicity a cat named Jpeg was brilliant, too--like, dangit, why didn't I think of that? ;) )"[1]
"I wish I had something more to say other than I find this super-delightful, and I really love this take on Felicity! But I'm just enjoying the ride, I think you're doing a great job of setting the scene. I look forward to reading more. :)"[2]
"I do like the dynamic between Felicity and Lance as partners and how they are getting into a rhythm. The chapters are definitely getting more exciting and i like how you're weaving the original story line into your universe. Although one thing i'd like to see is more Oliver/Felicity (i'm sure practically everyone's saying that). I do understand why they haven't had too many interactions so far and the ones you've written so far have been just enough to tease us. I like the wink Oliver has given to Felicity as both himself and the hood (i know those were in previous chapters but it's still relevant/cute!) It'd be interesting to see Oliver's perspective of their interactions and the conversations he's had regarding Felicity. Oh! I'm loving the interactions between Thea and Felicity too :) Great chapter! Loved how long it was too"[3]
"Felicity and Detective Lance being brilliant together and a Doctor Who reference. Could this series start off any better? Oh wait, the author is a Lizzie Bennet Diaries fan. You and this story are just awesome."[4]
"Loving this series - I just love the job change for Felicity - making her a detective is really interesting and I'm really intrigued in reading more."[5]
"WHY didn't I read this fic before now???? I'm kicking myself, really. Because you make Felicity as a cop work so well, and all the interactions with Quentin are just so great. The combination of gruffness and tenderness he has towards her is perfect. And the slow burn between Felicity and Oliver, and how things are heating up in the last few chapters? I was doing chinfists SO OFTEN. And then the ending of this chapter!!! I had a bad feeling about Felicity's experiences in IA that lead to her transferring to Major Crimes, and the appearance of the {spoiler} made that bad feeling get exponentially worse. Waiting with bated breath for the next chapter!"[6]


  1. justscribbling. AO3. Posted 18 Jul 2014. (Accessed February 11 2015)
  2. kittu9. AO3. Posted 08 Feb 2014. (Accessed February 11 2015)
  3. BJA. AO3. Posted 13 Oct 2014. (Accessed February 11 2015)
  4. annadale. AO3. Posted 24 Jan 2014. (Accessed February 11 2015)
  5. Flareonfury. AO3. Posted 22 Mar 2014. (Accessed February 11 2015)
  6. dettiot. AO3. Posted 28 Feb 2015. (Accessed March 2, 2015)