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Fanfic / Mall Rats

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Mall Rats (also available here and here) is a fanfiction of The Loud House by the author of Peeking Through the Fourth Wall and Irrational Fear.

It is about Lincoln having to spend a few hours at the mall with Leni. At first he is reluctant because he finds the mall boring, but then he learns to enjoy the mall and actually learns a few things from Leni despite her low intelligence.


The fanfic also has a subplot of Lincoln trying to avoid his bullies and Leni eventually giving them their comeuppance.

Mall Rats provides examples of

  • Accidental Pun: Ned observes that it's sweet of Leni to treat Lincoln to ice cream, but he didn't intend that as a pun.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Discussed when Lincoln wonders why girls are "infatuated with shoes" because they seem insignificant compared to jeans and dresses.
  • Batman Gambit: When Lincoln suggests that he and Leni leave because of the jocks, she thinks he's being rude, so he brings up the romper she wants to buy.
  • Big Sister Instinct: When Lincoln's bullies harass him, Leni gives all of them a Curbstomp Battle.
  • Chewing the Scenery: As a joke, Lincoln acts like a butler while helping her try on shoes.
  • Continuity Nod: Leni remembers the time Lincoln made Ronnie Anne cry, which happened in the canon episode "Save the Date".
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  • Crappy Homemade Gift: Last December, Lincoln did some last-minute shopping to get gifts for his sisters, but the dress he wanted to get Leni was already sold out, so he made a "coupon book" full of favors she needs from him whenever she cashes one in. According to Lori, he's made these sorts of gifts before, but Leni, being Leni, ends up loving it.
  • Cuddle Bug: Erin, Leni's best friend, hugs Lincoln and Leni and tousles Lincoln's hair.
  • Cute Kitten: Discusssed when the fictional detective Hermie Parker is said to have a cute kitten named Archie.
  • The Ditz: Leni shows signs of her low intelligence when she thinks "rock, paper, scissors" has lots of strategy, takes Li Wei's comment about "dragging Lincoln along" and her teacher's words about "fight or flight" literally, reads the note "UR a QT" (you are a cutie) as "yurakt" (and when Lincoln translates it for her, thinks he's calling her a cutie) and describes someone's trousers as his "bottom".
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  • Double Standard: Lincoln ponders the double standards of men and boys not being "supposed to" like fashion.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: When Lincoln is complaining mentally about Leni "turning [his suggestions] down flat", it reminds him that Leni has a pair of flats that she can wear with her teal dress instead of the heels, wearing the heels with the romper.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Lincoln has apparently broken promises before, but never ones made on Christmas.
  • Fainting: Discussed when Lincoln worries that he'll faint from his crush holding his hand.
  • The Fashionista: Leni's love of fashion shows itself when she and Lincoln are shoe shopping and she wonders whether certain garments "go" with each other.
  • Flipping the Bird: The tall bully flips off Leni.
  • Genki Girl:
    • Leni is described as "bubbly" and she frequently skips and talks in singsong.
    • Jolene is described as "vibrant" and "energetic".
  • Go-to-Sleep Ending: The fanfic ends with Lincoln taking a nap.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Apparently, Lincoln doesn't want to admit that he finds escalators fun.
  • The Klutz: Leni's clumsiness is referenced when Lincoln has to tug her to prevent her bumping into people and things.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: The second chapter is titled "Kindness, Friendship, and Shoes".
  • Limited Wardrobe: Referenced when Leni thinks Lincoln's outfit of an orange shirt and jeans is "getting old".
  • Literal-Minded:
    • When Li Wei, the owner of the restaurant "Wok This Way", asks Leni if she's dragging Lincoln along, she replies that he can walk on his own.
    • The reason Leni can fight is because she took "fight or flight" literally and thought flying wasn't an option.
  • Must Have Caffeine: According to Lincoln, Leni usually needs coffee to be energetic in the morning.
  • Not a Morning Person: Lincoln is surprised at Leni waking up on a Saturday morning perky because she's apparently not usually a morning person unless she's had coffee.
  • Perpetual Frowner: One girl who Lincoln and Leni meet at the shoe store has a "perma-sneer".
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Leni says, "Leave. Him. ALONE!" when she hits the bullies.
  • Pungeon Master: Discussed when Leni describes Luan as "she makes a lot of puns" and the movie character Hermie Parker is said to make a lot of puns.
  • Puppy Love: Lincoln and Ronnie Anne are said to be practically a couple at age eleven and Lincoln also gets a crush on the woman painting his nails.
  • Shaped Like Itself:
    • Lincoln doesn't break his promise to Leni because "a promise is a promise".
    • After his manicure, Lincoln says to Leni, "When you're right, you're right."
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  • Smug Snake: Frank, the owner of the movie store, is pretty arrogant and goes on about how he's the best at picking out movies.
  • Toilet Humour:
    • When Leni tries on the romper, Lincoln wonders how she's meant to pee while wearing it.
    • Leni remembers a time when a boy said that he really liked her top and she replied that she really liked his bottom (referring to his pants), but the boy ran away.
    • Discussed when Lincoln and Leni want to rent a movie with gross-out humour so Lana can enjoy it.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Discussed when the movie that Lincoln and Leni rent features a cat graphically throwing up onscreen.
  • You Are Grounded: Discussed when Lincoln thinks his parents would ground him for a week if he quoted the slogans on the punk hoodies.


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