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The Heart's Search
Prompt: For thirty-five girls/boys, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Arthur.

But for Merlin Emrys, being Selected is a nightmare. Leaving his home to enter a fierce competition for a crown he doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

I'd just love to see Merlin being from a lower caste than most of the others and not liking Arthur at first and just being his usual self, before he starts to actually like the prince. I'm looking for a lot of snark and Arthur secretly liking Merlin's difficult personality.

There's a love triangle in the books, but I'm not really a fan of that, so I'd be very happy if it's left out of the story. Choose whatever reason you like to make Merlin actually enter the competition.
author:rotrude  fandom:Merlin  pairing:Arthur/Merlin  au  angst  drama  oblivious!Merlin  au:modern  au:royalty  complete  kinkmeme 
february 2018 by yuurei
Something Yellow This Time
Merlin owns a flower shop. Arthur is a frequent customer with a tragic love life.
fandom:merlin  slash  pairing:arthur/merlin  modern  au  first_time  oblivious!Merlin  saved 
april 2017 by lilyleia78
♡In Love With My Radio by munchinglunch (merlin/arthur, radioshow, drivethru)
Merlin listens to the radio on his iPod, Arthur stalks Merlin, Morgana lives to create chaos in Arthur's life, and then everyone goes to McDonalds!
OR: The AU where Arthur is a radio DJ and Merlin is the drunk guy from the bar who threw a drink on him. And then there was love! And lots of unhelpful friends.

LJ Original: http://munchinglunch.livejournal.com/21524.html
merlin    merlin/arthur  secret.identities  radioAU  oblivious!merlin  34000+  series  AO3  fanfic  AU 
november 2015 by marcopolo
A Modern Manservant
A modern magical comedy very loosely based on Ugly Betty. Publishing king Uther Pendragon has had enough of his playboy son seducing every female assistant he has ever had so he hires Merlin, a man he is sure Arthur will never sleep with. Merlin would be more insulted by this fact if he wasn’t so busy trying to juggle his duties, save Arthur's skin from ruthless fashionistas and keep his magic a secret at the same time. Expect appearances by oil-lathered knights, the occasional mad druid, a perverted Will and a mental caretaker who lives in the basement and keeps harping on about coins and destiny.
author:mamalaz  fandom:Merlin  pairing:Arthur/Merlin  au  au:modern  complete  crossover  drama  badass!character  humor  oblivious!Merlin 
january 2014 by yuurei
Daughter of the Dragonlord
Due to a really regrettable incident where she saved Arthur's life, Merlin is now the prat's bodyguard. She'd really like to go back to being Morgana's lady-in-waiting. If only because it might stop the overgrown lizard from going 'I told you so.'

(magic never got banned, Merlin was born a girl, 'verse told in snippets)

They're not in any particular order, at least at the beginning.
author:burntcopper  fandom:Merlin  genderbender  au  humor  oblivious!Merlin  complete  pairing:Arthur/Merlin 
december 2013 by yuurei
Before the Sun Rises
After saving King Arthur’s life, a seventeen year old Merlin is asked to move to Camelot and become his manservant.
author:marguerite_26  fandom:Merlin  pairing:Arthur/Merlin  au  oneshot  oblivious!Merlin  possessive!Arthur 
july 2013 by yuurei
a high and lonesome sound - quintenttsy - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Gwaine's boyfriend breaks up with him, Merlin's just making everything worse and Percival is the only one with half a clue.
merlin  merlin/gwaine  universe:modern.au  oblivious!merlin  pining!gwaine  genre:fluff  author:quitenttsy  fanfiction 
december 2012 by alamerysl
Every Story is a Love Story
Camelot Publishing publishes romance novels, and when Arthur founds a new imprint of gay romance and invites his best friend and pet writer Merlin to write for it, it's a bit too easy to miss the fact that apparently he's living in one.
author:lady_ragnell  fandom:Merlin  pairing:Arthur/Merlin  au  kinkmeme  complete  fluff  oblivious!Merlin  oblivious!character  au:modern  au:writer 
september 2012 by yuurei
[Merlin] Lozenger8: All Its Splendid Glory
In the two years and five months Merlin has known him, Arthur has been enchanted to love people he ordinarily wouldn’t nine times. Merlin simply never expects Arthur to be enchanted to love him. (Only it´s not a love spell but a truth spell.)
genre:humour  author:lozenger8  fandom:Merlin  era:canon  oblivious!Merlin  truth_spell  pairing:Arthur/Merlin  words:8.000+  length:5-10k 
september 2012 by shakka1
[Merlin] lunchy_munchy: In Love With My Radio
Merlin listens to the radio on his iPod, Arthur stalks Merlin, Morgana lives to create chaos in Arthur's life, and then everyone goes to McDonalds!
author:lunchy_munchy  Bar_Guy  oblivious!Merlin  Penn  radio  genre:humour  fandom:Merlin  words:34.000  genre:AU  length:25-50k  pairing:Arthur/Merlin 
july 2012 by shakka1
Everyone assumes Merlin knows what is going on. He really, really doesn't. (Great Aunt Agatha)
misunderstandings  author:wrtrs_blck  oblivious!Merlin  canon  Merlin  Merlin/Arthur 
may 2012 by smothertheflame
Spartacus and the Open Taxi Door
Merlin works in a coffee shop, is a literature student, lives with Will, flirts with Gwaine, is friends with Gwen and has a stunningly normal life. Until Arthur walks in and changes everything
coffee!fic  Modern  oblivious!Merlin  protective!Arthur  injured!merlin  author:fuzzytomato  Merlin  Merlin/Arthur 
april 2012 by smothertheflame
syllic: "In Want of a Wife" (Arthur/Merlin, NC-17, 43000 words)
When Merlin first hears that Arthur has been betrothed, his ribs pull inwards with an odd little hitch, and he only allows himself a second—which he needs in order to coordinate spinning in place without falling on his face—before he’s running to Arthur’s chambers.
merlin  fic  arthur/merlin  era:canon  plotty  angst  romance  miscommunication  protective!merlin  oblivious!Merlin  oblivious!Arthur 
april 2012 by hush
Knowing and Nobility
In which Merlin is oblivious, Arthur is nobly repressed, Gwen knows everything, and Morgana takes matters into her own hands.
author:srin  canon  oblivious!Merlin  Merlin  Merlin/Arthur 
april 2012 by smothertheflame
Sweeter Dreams
Following a rather different ending to 2.10 ("Sweet Dreams"), Merlin and Arthur head to Olaf's kingdom of Valden to put things right. In the process, Merlin racks up an impressive series of treasonous crimes: insolence, incompetence, tripping while running for his life, and accusing the crown prince of snoring are only the beginning.
author:tierfal  fandom:Merlin  humor  oblivious!Merlin  complete  jealous!Arthur  pairing:Arthur/Merlin 
april 2012 by yuurei
Crash Into Me
At the end of their first year of university Arthur decides to take Merlin on a road trip, and holds on to the hope that before it's over they'll be more than just friends. Morgana decides she and Gwen are going to come along, and Merlin and Gwen decide they're both insane. Along the (admittedly short) road to true love there are roller coasters, flat tires, chocolate, sheep, pillow fights, food fights, keychains, and memories that will last a lifetime.
author:mysecretashes  Modern  oblivious!Merlin  Flatmates  school!fic  Merlin  Merlin/Arthur 
april 2012 by smothertheflame

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