1. Viking!Gellert (99% authorial kink) - Convicted of witchcraft, Albus has been chained up under a cliff and left for the tide when Gellert’s ship arrived and Gellert decides to take Albus home as a bed warmer (it gets cold in the Nordic).  Frankly it would make more sense for British dark-age muggles to use ropes instead of rare metals if they were going leave Albus to drown because they were too lazy to gather firewood, but authorial kink demands that Albus be chained up like a maiden left for Cetus* and stuck shackled at the wrists till they get to a good Blacksmith so Gellert has to handfeed his new pet.

2. Roman!Gellert (because Albus is too English to be anything else  but Gellert has the mystery place of origin and the Roman army was multi-racial anyways) - Emperor Grindelwald claims Prince Albus as a spoil of war / gift to seal a treaty.  Albus would secretly or not so secretly like it because he was partly offered up because he wouldn’t marry a princess anyways. Pillow talk includes statecraft, trades standards, and alchemy.  Squee at the sweetness of  Gellert gifting Albus with a palm-size emerald so Albus wouldn’t have to squint to read small print.

3. Camelot-ish: Archmage!Albus has to convince the wayward royalbrat Gellert to take up the dreary responsibility of the throne.  Somehow Gellert would seduce Albus from a tragically wasted life of celibracy as Albus keeps catching Gellert naked in public (PS Jamie Campbell Bower frolics nude in the Camelot series on Hulu and CBC)

4. Paper Kingdoms (aka game-of-thrones-ish AU):  Albus and Ariana were on the run after the murder of a local lord that had branded the Dumbledores traitors to the hallowed throne, and they were suspected of letting in the raiders.  Then they fell into the clutches of the newly crowned just-as-mad King Gellert, who is suspected to have murdered his late cousin., and has the reputation of being a sadist.  Albus goes to Gellert’s bed in exchange for the promise that his sister would be left alone, and sometimes has to beg for the privilege and plead himself to Gellert as the better plaything.  Really though, Gellert only has eyes for Albus from the beginning, and only expressed interest in Ariana knowing that Albus would offer himself up (especially when Gellert heavily hints at it).

5. Triwizard AU (canon time period with a nail divergence) The tournament was never discontinued in 1792 – or it resumed in 1898 - just in time for Gellert Grindelwald to meet Albus Dumbledore.  Star student Albus goes to the tournament in Durmstrang!  Meanwhile it turns out the tournament only resumed because of a dark wizard/witch’s ploy to use the strong magic of the victor as a sacrifice.
*Cetus: in the school library version I read, Andromeda was to be eaten by Cetus the sea monster, but wiki cites a version where Andromeda was chained naked to a rock for Cetus the sea monster to /ravish/.  Because this myth is Greek instead of Japanese though, Cetus is described s whale or shark-like instead of having tentacles.  So have a fun brainmelt picturing Hoshigaki Kisame pawing at Toby Regbo or Lily Collins.
You meet the predatory appraisal of ‘King’ Gellert’s gaze with a proud tilt of your chin, and he smiles, like a big cat, “So how long have you and your sister been wandering the wild lands?”

At your back, Ariana clutches your shirt sleeve, as skittish and quiet as a church mouse, and you are thankful that Grindelwald had already dismissed her from his attention. ”Since the second sacking of Mould-on-the-Wold, one year ago.”

"Ah that, the raiders left the head of Saturninus Fudge spiked on the ruins of the city walls. Was he not the man who had turned in your father for treason?"

Ice burns under you skin at the implied accusation. Eyeing the tight perimeter formed by Grindelwald’s guards, you nodded your head with you eyelashes lowered, and recited the familiar disavowal: “My father Percival has long been cast from our family, all the rest of us steadfast to the hallowed throne of your late kinsman, and now, your majesty.”
I really think Albus and Gellert would have done better in an alternative universe not modern, but older - or rather, with less set conventions, because both Albus and Gellert are ambitious reformers. The closer to our world it gets, the less they could do without a risk of breaking things, and being seen as tyrants I think the Grindeldore relationship have a better chance of being a good thing, in a Game of Thrones ish AU, where they’ll actually be good for each other. I have a plot idea where Percival Dumbledore was executed for either allegedly committing treason, or by association due to someone else in his family - and his children barely escapes that fate. It is growing up where diplomacy was Albus’s only protection against the world for himself and his siblings that makes Albus extremely skilled at manipulation, and lonely. Basically Albus stuck in Sansa Stark’s shoes.
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