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Title: Fading
Author(s): tothemoonmydear
Date(s): 8/1/2013 – 11/12/2014
Length: 202,393 words
Genre: slash, hurt/comfort, College AU
Fandom: One Direction
External Links: On AO3, on Tumblr

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Fading is a Harry/Louis AU fanfic by tothemoonmydear. It was posted to the AO3 in 32 installments over the course of a year.

In it, Louis is a fashion design student who has an eating disorder, and Harry agrees to model for him.


"Louis knows about beauty; the combination of qualities that pleases the aesthetic senses. He creates that combination every day in the garments he designs while studying fashion at uni. The cut of the design, the color of the fabric, the intricacy of the stitching; it all comes together to create something beautiful. When the science student with the long legs and dimpled smile agrees to model for him, Louis decides he’s found beauty personified. Harry just thinks Louis needs someone to show him how beautiful he is."


I really love how, in the beginning, it’s so timid. Everything is written like a promise for more, because everything is so breakable – the atmosphere, Louis, everything. It’s great because when you go to first read the story, you think “Okay, Louis is a fashion designer with an eating disorder. Fair enough,” and then you get to see how layered it all is – the situation, Louis, everything.…This is such a beautifully written fic. The character development is seamless, the pov switch is flawless and well-timed, and the disorder is portrayed so well.…It’s sad and rhythmic and makes you want more every single time.[1]
dude, i pretty much feel like ive been stuck through a wood chipper a couple thousand times. i've been hit by a tank over and over for 8000 miles. i've been tied to a wall and hacked at by kindergarteners with safety scissors. to say the least, i'm extremely torn up. this fic is so (so, so, so, sO, SO, SO!, SOOOO!!!!!!!!) amazing!! i cried, i laughed, i grinned, i squealed, i hid under my covers and screamed. hands down, BEST. FIC. EVER. this is the best. i read it all in a period of 4 or so hours nonstop, it's like a drug- addictive and hard to quit. i have mixed emotions now that it's done but i have to say im 1000000% satisfied with the ending and i'm just so perpetually HAPPY for louisandharry. this was beautifully written and deserves fucking AWARDS.[2]

Fading has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars on Goodreads, with 48 reviews.[3] It currently has the most kudos of any One Direction fanwork on the Archive of Our Own.[4]


There is one authorized Spanish translation of Fading: Fading – Spanish Translation and one authorized Italian translation: Fading - Italian Translation, both hosted on tothemoonmydear's AO3 profile. The author does not otherwise want the fic to be translated.[5]


  1. nodibs, March 2013 Tumblr post
  2. dreaminglarry, January 2015 AO3 comment
  3. goodreads, Fading
  4. One Direction fanworks sorted by kudos, as of 8 December 2016
  5. tothemoonmydear, March 2014 Tumblr post