Characters and/or Pairing: Apollo/Midnighter
Summary/Description: Five scenes from Apollo and Midnighter's early life. Sometimes you don't know if you're flying or falling until you hit the ground.
My comments: Since boundbooks has been going through A03 recs, I was originally going to dig up a fic not on A03, but I am seriously in love with this story. I'm a sucker for pre-Authority Apollo and Midnighter stories and this is a pitch-perfect version. smirnoffmule has a strong grasp on both Apollo and Midnighter's personalities and plants the seeds for their relationship alongside the characters' exploration of who they are now that their previous lives have been stripped away. The writing is gorgeous and full of nuance, taking Apollo and Midnighter from post-surgery awakenings through their betrayal by Bendix and the start of their years on the run.
(Hopefully I have everything formatted correctly; I didn't add the 'group: the authority' tag since the fic's pre-Authority and all. 'group: stormwatch'? I also hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes reccing this.)