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Despoiled by astolat
Summary: In which various people become various things they weren't before.

hilarious and perfect
rating:R  wordcount:5k-10k  canon!era  author:astolat  merlin  favorite! 
july 2013 by youbreccia
Onfindan by astolat
Summary: Arthur didn't speak to him for a week after he found out.

just read itttttttt
rating:R  wordcount:10k-20k  canon!era  author:astolat  merlin  favorite! 
july 2013 by youbreccia
The Beltane Series by astolat
Summary: Arthur in Ealdor was like a tame lion at the dinner table: you weren't necessarily worried you were going to get torn to pieces, but it was still dangerous, decidedly out of place, and made the neighbors nervous.

that's not really a good summary for the whole series, just the last/longest story. god I just have to rec everything by this author ever. it's always amazing. again, I went through her entire catalog right when I got into Merlin fandom and devoured everything, it's all fantastic, and I'm still flabbergasted as to why it's not on this pinboard already. WEIRD.
rating:R  wordcount:20k-50k  canon!era  author:astolat  merlin  favorite! 
july 2013 by youbreccia
The Crown of the Summer Court by astolat
Summary: "The king sent me to get you," Merlin said, with a tone that implied strongly that he wasn't rolling his eyes where Arthur could see, but just wait until his back was turned. "He said you're to get changed into formal clothes and meet him in the Great Hall, there's a delegation coming from the Summer Court."

again with it being an absolute travesty this isn't on my list already. I'm completely appalled. I've read this fic at least 6 times before; it's an absolute classic. IDK IT'S AMAZING GO READ IT.
rating:R  wordcount:20k-50k  canon!era  author:astolat  merlin  favorite! 
july 2013 by youbreccia
Favorite by astolat
Summary: Arthur was tipped back against the wall, his mouth open for breath and staring at the small arrow-slit window over Merlin's head, trying to work out how it could possibly be that good with Merlin, of all people.

I suddenly realized I hadn't recc'ed anything by astolat which is an abomination?????????? Literally some of the first fics I ever read in the Merlin fandom and some of my all time favorites. This one is aptly named Favorite because it is the BEST THING EVER I CAN'T EVEN. just go read it if you've never had the pleasure.
rating:R  wordcount:10k-20k  canon!era  author:astolat  merlin  favorite! 
july 2013 by youbreccia
A Prince's Tale of Cats and Warlocks by dornfelder
omg cutest everrr post reveal merlin turns himself into a cat so he doesn't have to leave Arthur. Arthur eventually suspects. written out of order, very cute, ugh love it.
merlin  canon!era  favorite!  wordcount:10k-20k  rating:R 
june 2013 by youbreccia
Small Weird Love by emjayelle
Summary: Merlin is thirteen and in love when he kisses Arthur for the first time. His skin is always too tight, there’s constantly the taste of chlorine in his mouth, and a lot of things—too many things—are left unsaid. It’s very complicated and very confusing, not helped at all by the fact that Arthur doesn't seem to know what he wants either. Early teenage awakenings, unrequited love, pining, coming of age, and feelings. Lots of feelings.

WHY IS THIS NOT ON HERE?? IDK I read it ages ago and loved it to bits and can't for the life of me recall why I didn't immediately post it on here. This fic is A+ fantastic. Probably because I relate a little too much to Merlin's overabundance of feelings. lol my life. Whatever. It's fantastic and hilarious and adorable and Merlin is so melodramatic and I love it. Go read it.
rating:R  wordcount:20k-50k  modern_au  author:emjayelle  merlin  favorite! 
june 2013 by youbreccia
Of Love and Dragons by violette_royale
Summary: How Arthur attempted to hide one creature of magic in his cupboard, only to end up with another one in his bed. Or the one where pretty everyone knows that Arthur knows of Merlin's magic and that Arthur has a baby dragon in his chambers (except Merlin), Gwen is a plotting hussy, Leon has a particular horror of dragons (even tiny ones), Gwaine is a cheeky sod, Aithusa truly fails at sonnets, Merlin is clueless and a little heartbroken and Arthur is heartbroken and a little clueless. Written for this KMM prompt: The baby dragon doesn't want to leave. It makes a nest in the bottom of one of Arthur's cupboards. Arthur doesn't have the heart to kill it, especially after it starts to talk. Arthur has to hide it from Merlin in hilarious and convoluted ways.

I AM DYING FROM THE SHEER PERFECTION ASLKDJFLAKSJDFASDf
wordcount:5k-10k  rating:pg13  canon!era  author:violette_royale  merlin  favorite! 
march 2013 by youbreccia
Jehanne by violette_royale
Summary: "Don't you remember?" he asks, and tears well up in his eyes to wet her fingers. "Don't you remember leading your armies to victory? Don't you remember bringing peace and prosperity to your people? Don't you remember me?" Written for this KMM prompt: Merlin is immortal. A thousand years from the day Arthur died, Merlin wakes up one morning and just knows that this is it, Arthur is somewhere out there, waiting for him once again. That he has been reborn, finally. Merlin travels, looking for Arthur, and eventually he finds him. Except that this time around Arthur isn't royalty, isn't a man, isn't aware of magic... and he goes by the name Joan d'Arc.

OH GOD. I literally finished this fic and screeched "OH GOD OH GOD" as tears sprung into my eyes. WHAT IS LIFE. UGH SOMEONE SHOULD WRITE A DISGUSTINGLY FLUFFY AND ANGSTY SEQUEL TO THIS. ASDKFJLASKJDFALKSDJF. I don't even know much about Joan d'Arc but this made a huge amount of tragic sense I JUST. AND IT FITS WITH THE CANON. AND IT'S AMAZING.

ugh why is it only 1400 words???? CRYING.
wordcount:under_2k  rating:pg13  author:violette_royale  genre:reincarnation  historical_au  modern_au  merlin  favorite! 
march 2013 by youbreccia
Fits and starts by violette_royale
Summary: This is the tale of two silly boys. A tale as old as time: that of a gay boy falling in love with his straight best friend. A tale of fits and starts, of love and jealousy and of finding oneself in the end. Of beloved cats, psychic octopi and birdwatching. Written for this KMM prompt: Arthur catches Merlin staring at Arthur in a very "I'm damn interested and into you" kind of way and before he reels back, Arthur says to him: "I wish my girlfriend had looked at me like that when we were together".

AAAAH I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS. I love this author and this is one of my favorites of hers, and one of my favorite modern AUs, period. short and amazing and there's all kinds of animals involved and I just love everything. the end.
wordcount:5k-10k  rating:R  modern_au  author:violette_royale  merlin  favorite! 
february 2013 by youbreccia
Hopeless Wanderer by magnolia822
Summary: Merlin has been wandering the world for hundreds of years alone; one day a young blond man moves into the flat upstairs. But does Arthur remember? Post S 5 reincarnation fic.

SADF:LKASDLFASDFKJASLDKFJASDf I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS OH MY GOD INSTANT FAVORITE
merlin  wordcount:10k-20k  author:magnolia822  rating:R  modern_au  genre:reincarnation  favorite! 
january 2013 by youbreccia
So Are They All, Honourable Men by seperis
Summary: Considering Arthur's future wife will be chosen less for compatibility than for her political value, Merlin may be the only marriage he'll have that won't end in bloodshed or a great deal of fortifying wine.

So I've read this twice in the last 18 hours. I've been trying to articulate the reasons why this is suddenly one of my favorite fics and I'm still having a little bit of trouble. I know down to the exact second WHEN it became my favorite; there's a scene between Arthur and Gaius in this that just gave me CHILLS.

This fic was written after only season 1. It's like if someone intelligent had gotten a hold of the set-up for Merlin after season 1 and made it into what it was capable of being. Political intrigue, power plays, character depth from ALL the characters, not just Merlin, and most importantly, actually building on past events and taking them into consideration when deciding on where to move the story to next.

Basically, if you were to only watch season 1 of Merlin, you get an Arthur who has changed and grown massively in 13 episodes from a thoughtless douchecanoe to someone willing to defy his father and risk his life for people he believes to be worth protecting, whether they be his servant, a defenseless village, a friend, or a child of your father's enemy. If you take that away from the stupidity that became the show, this is actually the set-up for a really fucking fascinating story.

So yeah, HELL YEAH I love this. I love that it starts out with Merlin annoyed with Arthur, and I LOVE the way that Merlin decides to demonstrate his anger, and that Arthur totally gets it, immediately. I love that it's from Arthur's perspective, and this is an Arthur I can actually get behind, I love him. I love that he sees what his father does to people, I love that even with his loyalty to his father he is still looking ahead to the day when he will be king, I love his reaction to finding out about Merlin's magic, and OH MY GOD the scene with Gaius, you guys. THAT SCENE. It would be out of character for show!Arthur after season 4 or 5, because he's so brain damaged and mind-addled by then that there's no way he would be able to do that. BUT if you think about what actually would have had to happen, and if you don't assume that Arthur is a total moron, it makes perfect sense for his character to make that kind of power play, especially once he realizes how much he values Merlin. I love that he accepts it, too.

I don't know. I want to gush for hours until someone else reads this and tells me I'm not crazy for having serious longing for a do-over with the show. I JUST CANNOT. Like, what if some competent adult had gotten a hold of the producer's job after season 1? WHAT IF WE HAD GOTTEN A REAL SHOW? IDK. Basically what I'm getting at is that I wish HBO or Showtime or someone decent at the BBC had run Merlin, and we'd gotten a grown up, mature, intriguing, and interesting show instead of the garbage we received instead. OH WELL. IF WISHES WERE FISHES and all that.
wordcount:10k-20k  rating:R  canon!era  author:seperis  merlin  favorite! 
december 2012 by youbreccia
An Exercise in Holding One's Breath by anonymous
Summary: a fill for this prompt: Arthur has known he was going to marry Merlin since they were little and he said Merlin had stupid ears and Merlin kicked him in the shin. Too bad he never got Merlin to agree to it because they still fight like children.

except without the marriage part.

ugh I was really confused why I couldn't find this fic the other day because I've loved this one since forever and thought I'd already recc'ed it, haha. It's sweet and sad and I love that it's Arthur who pines and Merlin doesn't just automatically understand what's going on and he doesn't turn gay for him and it just feels more realistic and idk this is my weakness, the trope with them being best friends and one secretly pines for the other. Gets me every damned time. EVERY SINGLE TIME.
wordcount:10k-20k  rating:R  modern_au  merlin  favorite! 
december 2012 by youbreccia
Thistledown by Violette_Royale
Summary: South-west England, 1140. Sixteen-year old Merlin is a novice nun. One day, she finds a wounded knight, and offers to hide him from his enemies. When she falls to temptation and shares a bed with him, the consequences are more far-reaching than she could ever have imagined, changing her life for ever.

OH MY GOD.

CRAZY-ASS PREMISE. But everyone is shockingly in character and UGH it's really fucking awesome. Merlin as a girl here works really fucking well. The whole time I was waiting on tenterhooks to see what horrible shit was going to befall them because it's a very well done historical AU, as in, it takes them months to get anywhere, people get seasick on boats, girl!Merlin has to deal with her lady time, Arthur takes a painfully long time healing from an injury, etc. It's all really realistic sO I KEPT EXPECTING SOMEONE TO DIE OH MY GOD SO NERVEWRACKING

but w/o giving spoilers I will say I loved it and it had a good ending. It's really long and takes them through their entire journey and UGH I LOVED EVERY MINUTE.
rating:R  wordcount:50k+  historical_au  genderswap  merlin  favorite!  author:violette_royale 
october 2012 by youbreccia
Time Forward by kianspo
Summary: While still at uni, Arthur Pendragon meets two people who become his best friends. He falls in love with one of them... but marries the other. This isn't his story to tell; it's Merlin's. And Merlin will always remember that he met Arthur first. (Modern setting. Angst. Arthur/Gwen --> Arthur/Merlin).

OH MAN. What to say about this one. Well, it's become the fic I re-read over and over and over because FEEEEEEEEEELS. It used to be The Good Times Are Killing Me, but I read that one so many times that I could recite most of the soul-crushing parts, so I had to find a new one. THANKS, KIANSPO.

Yeah idk, I have a thing where I find something I really love and then I roll around in it and don't get up for weeks on end. I waste SO MUCH of my life re-reading books & fics, re-watching tv episodes & movies, and listening to favorite songs on repeat. ANYWAYS if the fact that I've probably read this a dozen times in the last two weeks isn't a ringing endorsement for the amount of sheer ANGSTY FEELS that are contained within this fic, there's not much else I can say.

The end.
rating:R  wordcount:20k-50k  modern_au  author:kianspo  merlin  favorite! 
july 2012 by youbreccia
Gadarene by unpossible
Summary: “You’re the Prince?” Merlin says, eyeing him. He hesitates, then says, defiant, “The Mad Prince of Camelot.”
Arthur doesn’t move. There’s quiet for a long time, then he says it. “I am.”
“You don’t seem mad,” he says.
The smile wells up from somewhere deep, and very sad. “Well, Merlin,” he says, “give me time.”

I REALLY LIKED THIS ONE. I stayed up until 4am one night reading this in its entirety. The non-con was totally non-explicit, and the aftermath was dealt with VERY well, IMO. I don't usually read things with plotlines that include "Merlin was a sexually abused slave bla bla bla" nonsense but I like this author and I am glad I read it. It wasn't the main plotline in the end anyways.

It was interesting plot-wise as well, a cool canon AU, the magic reveal was interesting in that I honestly though Arthur had known before he finds out (lol it was the middle of the night, shush), and I loved the Mad Prince angle, even if it wasn't a huge part of the story either. IDK. I like a slow burn, and this author is quite good at that.

It has two sequels which I have NOT read because it says the series as a whole is a WIP. This story is absolutely self-contained, however, and I don't plan to read the additional stories until it finishes. I highly recommend this one!!
rating:R  wordcount:50k+  canon!era  author:unpossible  genre:magic_reveal  merlin  favorite! 
july 2012 by youbreccia
a tree and a bee and a flea, fiddle-dee-dee by oxoniensis
Summary: Arthur is a princess. And other things.

Haha, emphasis on "and other things" definitely. I LOVE THIS FIC. An old fandom classic, forgot about it until I realized this author was responsible. Haha. Best title. Also this author writes the best non-epic magic for Merlin. He always has such fun and so many things go wrong in hilarious ways. I just love this fic. Many happy feels.
rating:R  wordcount:5k-10k  canon!era  author:oxoniensis  merlin  favorite! 
june 2012 by youbreccia
Backfire by oxoniensis
Summary In which there are giant ears, a curious cat, backfiring spells, a stick figure Arthur, some unfortunate truths and some very welcome ones.

AWWW I read this one a long time ago and then lost it, but I found it again today, woo hoo! I LOVE IT. SO ADORABLE. MERLIN JUST ASKDJFLAKSJDF I love how his magic goes awry, it's a wee bit Harry Potter in that way (especially the map part, aww) and just...yeah. I LOVE IT.
rating:R  wordcount:5k-10k  canon!era  author:oxoniensis  merlin  favorite! 
june 2012 by youbreccia
Tear the Lies Asunder by anonymous
Summary: Arthur sees the incisions on the back of Merlin's neck, and finds out Merlin almost never actually goes to the tavern - and it's with this knowledge that he overhears Guinevere explain Merlin's capture and enchantment to the knights.

I LOVE THIS. I wish that this had happened instead of the non-events following 4x06. I love that Gwen is in character and actually does things, unlike her useless canon counterpart (*shakes fist at merlin writers ARGH*) and I love Arthur's dilemmas in all of this. EVERYTHING IS JUST SO DUH about this fic that I love it. Of course it also pokes holes in the stupid writing of the show but HEY that's what fanfic is there for in the first place, so yeah.
rating:g  wordcount:10k-20k  canon!era  merlin  favorite! 
june 2012 by youbreccia
A Study in Natural Philosophy by Mad Maudlin
Summary: It wasn’t all that unusual for people to hide their daemons; Merlin, however, seems to be taking it a little far.

OH MY GOD IT’S THE CROSSOVER I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED. ASKDJLFAKSJDF. His Dark Materials was basically the holy grail of fiction to me in my formative years (it meant more to my teenage soul than Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, though my head was more obsessed with the others, lol). I saw once that someone had started writing a Sherlock/HDM crossover but it was an epic WIP and I couldn’t bring myself to read it because I knew I’d be devastated if it was good but never got finished.

THIS, on the other hand, is absolute MAGIC. I LOVE LOVE LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. You don’t have to know anything really about HDM to read and understand it, though to LOVE it you may prefer to be familiar with it? IDK. I don’t remember existing before I read The Golden Compass, though obviously it was like, 12 years of my life, haha.

I DIGRESS. This fic is fantabulous, the author has taken the daemon concept and applied it BRILLIANTLY to the Merlin world. It’s a canon-era AU so that’s also lovely. Arthur’s daemon is SPOT-FUCKING-ON, and Merlin’s is wonderful as well. UGH. And the whole thing about daemon stereotyping? For sorcerers and…other things. Love it!

I really should shut up now. But this is definitely a new total favorite of mine. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I can’t make any more sense tonight, ok?
rating:pg13  wordcount:10k-20k  canon!era  crossover:his_dark_materials  author:mad_maudlin  merlin  favorite! 
june 2012 by youbreccia

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