In Truth

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Title: In Truth
Author(s): shannyfish
Date(s): March 19- October 8, 2014
Length: 192,637 words (50 chapters)
Genre: Explicit, Canon Divergence AU, Kidnapping, Torture/Abuse, Character Death
Fandom: Arrow
External Links: at AO3

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In Truth is an AU fanfic by shannyfish that focuses on Felicity Smoak, Thea Queen, Tommy Merlyn, and Malcolm Merlyn. Although the main pairings are Oliver/Felicity and Roy/Harper, Sara/Diggle also appears. The fic focuses on the AU in which Malcom is the father of Felicity, Thea and Tommy and how Malcolm kidnaps his children after saving Tommy from his death in Season 1.

The fic was later turned into a series, with the first sequel, "In Between", focused on the pairing Sara/Diggle. A third story was added to the series started in late October 2014, "In Your Life", which takes place five months after "In Truth" and is still ongoing.


Malcolm Merlyn has returned to Starling City to regain his family...and he's determined to protect all of his children... including raising one from the dead.

Main Characters List:

There are appearances by various other Arrow Characters & DC Comics Characters including Moira Queen, Isabel Rochev, Slade Wilson, Talia al Ghul, Walter Steele, Laurel Lance, Nyssa al Ghul, and Quentin Lance.

Reception & Comments

On AO3, as of August 17, 2015: it has 1,025 comments, 857 kudos, 107 Bookmarks at AO3.