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Desperate Measures by Footloose
Excalibur lost a battle, their advantage, their loved ones, their heart and their soul.

A broken Captain, a shattered team, and no one to trust. Their mission has been full of secrets, the present is the broken past, and the only thing that's left to do is to enact desperate measures.
Fic  TTS  Merlin  Slash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Espionnage  H/C  Established_Relationship  WC:50K-100K  Rec  Magic 
march 2019 by paraka
Means to an End by Footloose
Conspiracies. Double-dealings. Intrigue.

Arthur has had it with being manipulated, with waiting for something to happen, with not being in control. The enemy's playing games and has every intention of using them and throwing them away like a two-bit hooker past their prime, and, honestly? The team's done with this rubbish. They've been pushed around, kept in the dark, strung along.

Now it's time to push back, to take risks, and to hope it's not going to go all to Hell.
Fic  TTS  Merlin  Slash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Espionnage  Undercover  Established_Relationship  Rec  WC:100K-150K  Magic 
march 2019 by paraka
The Play's the Thing by Footloose
The Directory throws a wrench in Excalibur's plans against the NWO, and it looks like their assignment has come to an end. Luckily, the NWO is eager to get their claws into Arthur and Merlin any way they can, but that's not going to happen under anyone's terms but their own.
Fic  TTS  Merlin  Slash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Espionnage  Undercover  Established_Relationship  WC:50K-100K  Mar2013  Rec  Magic 
march 2019 by paraka
Groundwork by Footloose
Merlin's secret is no longer a secret and Excalibur struggles with the knowledge that they had a sorcerer among them all along. But the mission against the NWO won't wait, and Merlin and Arthur must soldier on.
Fic  TTS  Merlin  Slash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Merlin'sMagicIsRevealed  Espionnage  Undercover  Established_Relationship  WC:50K-100K  Mar2019  Rec  Magic 
march 2019 by paraka
First Contact by Footloose
The Directory and The Dragon take charge of Excalibur to train them and shape them into a combat force that few others would dare go against.

Excalibur is ready for the NWO, but is the NWO ready for them?
Fic  TTS  Merlin  Slash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Espionnage  Undercover  Merlin'sMagicIsRevealed  Established_Relationship  WC:50K-100K  Mar2019  Rec  Magic 
march 2019 by paraka
Intermission by Footloose
Help comes from a surprising source when the team waits to hear their fate at the mercy of the Directory's agenda, but Excalibur isn't entirely at loose ends. Arthur intends to deal with a particularly pesky problem, even if it means leaving Merlin in the dark.

But leaving Merlin in the dark has its own rewards.
Fic  TTS  Merlin  Slash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Magic  WC:50K-100K  Mar2019  Rec 
march 2019 by paraka
Avalon by Footloose
First the CIA, now the Directory: Everyone seems keen on controlling Excalibur.

After the mission in Algiers, it seems as if the Directory thinks they can dictate when the team can eat, shit, and sleep, and none of them likes it one bit. Arthur is willing to play their game only so far, but after he learns that Mister Smith is sitting on a mission that puts people in danger, he decides that he's had enough, and now it's time to teach the Directory just who's in charge. But the matter of magic is still in question, and Merlin needs to make a choice.
Fic  TTS  Merlin  Preslash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Magic  WC:25K-50K  Mar2019  Rec 
march 2019 by paraka
The Jester by Footloose
The Jester has resurfaced, but the Directory wants to get their hands on him before the CIA does. Excalibur faces an entirely different level of danger that Arthur worries he hasn't prepared them for. Merlin is terrified -- not that he doesn't think he can't protect his team, but of what will happen if he does.
Fic  TTS  Merlin  Preslash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Magic  Undercover  WC:25K-50K  Mar2019  Rec 
march 2019 by paraka
R&R by footloose, read by Trickster24
Team Excalibur's prize was two weeks of R&R, but it's not all fun and games. Arthur is determined to keep his squad ready for whatever mission the Brass will toss at them next, and that means getting in touch with old friends, learning about the impossible, and trusting Merlin.
Podfic  Merlin  Preslash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Magic  Espionnage  Time5:00-10:00  Mar2019  Rec 
march 2019 by paraka
War Games by Footloose, read by EchoDeltaNine
There's war games -- the sort that nearly get members of Team Excalibur killed, where Arthur proves his men are better than anyone else, and the ones that involve power and politics.

And then there's War Games.
Podfic  Merlin  Preslash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Modern_AU  Magic  Time3:00-4:00  Mar2019  Rec 
march 2019 by paraka
Radioman by Footloose, read by EchoDeltaNine
The reason SAS Captain Arthur Pendragon can't keep a communications specialist in Team Excalibur because none of them are good enough. And then Lieutenant Merlin Emrys gets assigned to his squad, and Arthur does everything he can to prove that Merlin isn't good enough, either. Except he is.
Podfic  Merlin  Preslash  Merlin/Arthur  AU  Magic  Modern_AU  Time3:00-4:00  Mar2019  Rec 
march 2019 by paraka
Suite Romance - Chapter 1 - OrilliaOrange - Dragon Age: Inquisition [Archive of Our Own]
After a mission goes wrong, Cassandra and Varric are hidden away in a shitty motel while the Inquisition tries to smooth things over.
dragon_age  varric  cassandra  cassandra/varric  josephine  trevelyan  modern_au 
september 2018 by salinea
Date - enigmaticagentscully - Dragon Age: Inquisition [Archive of Our Own]
Why it's important to always bring a book with you on a first date, just in case.

Modern AU, shamless Cassandra/Varric fluff.
fic  dragon_age  varric  cassandra  cassandra/varric  modern_au  alternate_setting 
august 2018 by salinea
Think About Me - Chapter 1 - supershadsy - Final Fantasy VII [Archive of Our Own]
Zack Fair, recently promoted SOLDIER 1st-class and casual guitarist, is put in charge of training a fresh crew of infantrymen to become the new face of SOLDIER. Among which is Cloud Strife, a quiet man from Nibelheim who decides the only way to prove to his family and peers that he's strong is to join the military. His friend, Tifa Lockhart, doesn't need to be proven, however, so she follows him to escape the barren countryside and hopefully make a living. It's hard in Midgar when being poor is the norm, and Zack's girlfriend Aerith Gainsborough knows it, working in a flower shop and collecting church donations just to scrape by--but it's not so bad when you surround yourself with people to keep you company and keep you smiling, the more the merrier.

This is a story about falling in love with your friends.

(Setting is in the mid to late 90's, hybrid modern/FF7 world) Now complete.
fic  ff7  zack_fair  cloud  tifa  aerith  sephiroth  genesis  angeal  vincent_valentine  barret  lucrecia_crescent  zack/cloud  zack/aerith  tifa/aerith  tifa/cloud  zack/aerith/tifa/cloud  genesis/sephiroth  poly  A/U  modern_au 
december 2017 by salinea
Master Shot (The Longer Version) Part 1: rotrude
Arthur Pendragon and Merlin Emrys are actors who get cast in director's Jonathan Drake new film, a war drama that is being marketed as Pearl Harbor meets Brokeback. The only problem is that while they play lovers on screen, with plenty of steamy scenes serving as proof of their fictional feelings, in reality they dislike each other.
Slash  Modern_AU  Actor_AU  Merlin  Merlin_BBC  Arthur/Merlin  Arthur  Kilgharrah  Gwaine  Fanfic  Unread 
july 2016 by Kateri
The Fame Chapter 1 Just Dance, a merlin fanfic | FanFiction
AU. After tragedy befalls during his first years in college Merlin's perfectly planned life takes a turn for the worst. Years later he runs into an old mate who introduces him to the Prince, and possibly a new future. Merlin/Arthur
Merlin  Arthur/Merlin  Arthur  Merlin_BBC  Modern_AU  Fanfic  Unread  Slash 
july 2016 by Kateri
The One Where Merlin and Arthur Attempt to Have a Tasteful Wedding - fuzzytomato - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Merlin and Arthur decide to get married. That was the easy part. Planning their wedding on the other hand... A fic about the trials and tribulations of wedding planning. Based on the KMM prompt of organizing their own wedding. It's harder than they thought (good advice from friends, things that go wrong, nervousness/frustrations, etc.). In other words, approx 21k of cracky wedding shenanigans.
//Definitely amusing! Could probably have been edited down a bit. Always nice to see modern!Merlin with an interesting career :)
merlin  arthur/merlin  wedding-fic  20-30k  mature  modern_au 
april 2016 by corriander
Partners - zombified419 - Naruto [Archive of Our Own]
"Sir," he said sharply, drawing the man's attention. "I pulled you over because you were speeding, which I assume is because you were reading instead of driving, but please tell me it wasn't because you were reading porn?"
There was a heavy pause in which Iruka began counting back from ten and the offender was doing level best to keep hiding his grin behind the book in question. "Is lying to an officer of the law still illegal?"
//Somewhat silly police AU; charming view of how Kakashi would behave in, say, the CSI or NCIS universe. Annoyance-warning for Mizuki.
naruto  iruka/kakashi  teen  modern_au  5-10k 
april 2016 by corriander
In the Bleak Midwinter - keire_ke - X-Men: First Class (2011) [Archive of Our Own]
It is not easy to find out, well into the second decade of the twenty-first century, that your mother arranged a marriage for you. It is even less easy to convince her that you have no interest in the very fertile Magda, she of the wide hips and lustrous auburn hair. Fortunately, with a good friend at his side over the holiday weekend, Erik is sure he will prevail.
//Edie Lehnsherr always cheers me up! So do winding attempts to work Charles' and Erik's multiple kids into fanon.
x-men  charles/erik  20-30k  modern_au  baby_fic 
april 2016 by corriander
In Spite of Everything, the Stars - Chapter 1 - mushroomtale, Polomonkey - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
London. 2015. The government is set to vote on ending the microchipping of magic users, and Arthur Pendragon has been tasked with kidnapping prominent Magical activist Merlin Emrys to influence the outcome.

Locked away in a house on the North York Moors, tensions rise and confrontation ensues as Arthur is forced to re-evaluate everything he’s been taught about magic, and Merlin finds himself in a struggle for his life. And the fact that they’re falling for each other doesn’t help…
Arthur/Merlin  modern_au  merlin 
october 2015 by ataratah

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