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06 February 2012 @ 02:28
"Simple, Not Easy" 18/18, Rated R to NC-17  
Title: Simple, Not Easy
Fandom: Thor (2011), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: R to NC-17
Pairings: Darcy/Clint, Loki/Sif, Natasha/Coulson
Summary: Darcy should have seen it coming. She couldn't hang around the spandex crowd forever and not end up with a great big target painted on her back eventually. She was just surprised it took Loki so long.

Disclaimer: The Avengers and all related elements, characters and indicia © Marvel Studios 2012. All Rights Reserved. All characters and situations—save those created by the authors for use solely on this website—are copyright Marvel Studios 2012.

Please do not archive or distribute without author's permission.

Author's Note: This story is all Lunik's fault. HUGE thanks to my flatmate/betas/cheerleaders/people who couldn't get out of the way fast enough when I started emailing them drafts: Boosette, Celli, Victoria P, Seren, Fringedweller, Aj, the aforementioned Lunik, and everyone on El Jay who cheered me on during the nearly 4 months when this story ATE MY LIFE.

AO3 | LJ

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Occasional Renaissanceregonym on 7th February 2012 05:06 (UTC)
This fic has been the delight of my mornings for the last while - I'm happy to see it finished, but sad that there won't be any more!
ljc: thor (darcy smile)taraljc on 7th February 2012 05:31 (UTC)
I've gt a stack of WIPs in other fandms that I ought to get back to (poor Becker and Jess in Primeval, for one) but I am pretty hooked on Darcy and Clint, and all the rest. SO I think folks will be seeing more from me in MCU fandom :)
schweinsty: Bleach: fangirlschweinsty on 7th February 2012 09:17 (UTC)
Aww, this was great :D. A lovely ending to a lovely story. I had worried it might be a bit abrupt, after I realized there were only two chapters left a couple days ago, but you managed it wonderfully. I loved how you wrote these characters (Clint was so awesome in this chapter), and the conversation between Darcy and Loki was ace. Fantastic job - I'll be sure to keep an eye out for your next fic in this fandom :D.
ljc: thor (loki in jotunheimr)taraljc on 7th February 2012 18:47 (UTC)
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments throughout. And I promise, there will be more from me in this fandom. I have a Big Bang I need to start next :) But it's a Thor AU, so LOTS of Darcy, Clint, Loki, Thor, Sif, Coulson and Jane to come! And there are also some short stories set in the "Simple, Not Easy" continuity I want to write as well. Not the least of which is some Coulson/Natasha.
Amalthia: Stephanie Brown Batgirlamothea on 8th February 2012 03:26 (UTC)

I was a bit curious as to why you updated your A03 page? It went from 18 chapters to 20 chapters but the word count hadn't changed???
ljc: thor (darcy smile)taraljc on 8th February 2012 03:34 (UTC)
I re-cut the story into 20 chapters, for pacing/structure reasons. I'd put a note on the first chapter on AO3, but I couldn't find a way to email the folks who'd subscribed. I have the 20 chapter version uploaded to my personal website, and I need to figure out how to fix the FFN versions without freaking anyone out next....
(no subject) - amothea on 8th February 2012 03:36 (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - taraljc on 8th February 2012 03:43 (UTC) (Expand)
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skippy_peanuts: sean n gusskippy_peanuts on 11th February 2012 04:10 (UTC)
Ooooh nice ending!! I really really enjoyed reading this story. And I really hope you'll write more Clint/Darcy as I think you write them fantastically!
Great story!
ljc: thor (pretteh clint)taraljc on 31st March 2012 07:28 (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply--I haven't checked this post in ages, and now I feel terribly guilty. But thank you so much for the kind words! I hope to write more of them, as they make me glee.
Stephanie: Arthur/Morgannaflareonfury on 23rd February 2012 16:28 (UTC)
Absolutely brilliant! ♥ I love the idea of Loki & Darcy being bros. :)
ljc: smallville (chloe/ollie - heartbeats)taraljc on 31st March 2012 07:30 (UTC)
Ta very much! It was the crackiest crackfic that ever crackfic'd, but I enjoyed writing it so much. I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Maybe I'm the plucky comic relief...?: JC - Firm Hand - fountain penagentxpndble on 11th March 2012 04:49 (UTC)
Augh! You are SO AWESOME! This *rocked*!
ljc: avengers (coulson is a spooky ninja)taraljc on 31st March 2012 07:30 (UTC)
*snugs you*

Sorry for the VERY belated reply--but I'm so glad you enjoyed!
E.lvsinsanity on 21st April 2012 17:32 (UTC)
Friend pointed me towards here when I said I love the idea of Darcy and Loki being buds and such.

Glad she did because I thoroughly adored this fic. Wonderfully written and I really can't pick out parts I liked more because it was all amazingly done.

ljc: thor (darcy smile)taraljc on 21st April 2012 19:16 (UTC)
Ta very much, so glad you enjoyed it! I just love the idea of Loki having someone in his life who calls him on his shit.
(no subject) - lvsinsanity on 6th May 2012 16:38 (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - taraljc on 6th May 2012 20:01 (UTC) (Expand)
sacred_petra on 5th May 2012 03:55 (UTC)
I don't know if anyone has asked you this yet (I haven't read all the comments), but I would really like to record Simple, Not Easy as a podfic. I just totally adored this fic and feel like it deserves a podfic. So yea... just thought I'd ask (a.k.a.: get on bended knee and beg).
ljc: thor (curvy darcy)taraljc on 5th May 2012 04:16 (UTC)
Re: Podfic
I'm so flattered, but I actually was planning on podficcing it myself. Your timing is actually spooky--I'd just decided today to record it unabridged. I'm genuinely flattered, but I was actually looking forward to doing it myself.
Re: Podfic - sacred_petra on 5th May 2012 06:23 (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Podfic - taraljc on 9th July 2012 16:03 (UTC) (Expand)