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This Dark Road Will Lead Us Where We Want to Be - Chapter 1 - accordingtomel - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
When a visiting noble attacks Arthur with the intent to kill, Merlin is forced to openly use magic to save his life. With execution less than twenty-four hours away, a desperate Arthur tricks Merlin into binding their souls in order to prevent his death as a sorcerer. But the soul-bond has some unexpected consequences, and when Uther demands that Arthur unbind his soul so he can carry on with the execution, the two set out on a journey to find answers. Along the way they deal with the ramifications of Merlin's deception, discover some truths about their growing feelings for one another, and are forced to make some huge decisions that could have an impact on their lives forever.
fandom:Merlin  ship:merlin/arthur  canon-era  bond  protective!Merlin  self-sacrificing!Merlin  protective!Arthur  magic-reveal  angst  hurt/comfort  ust  *all-time-faves*  length:50k-100k 
november 2018 by Capnshellhead
FIC: The Tournament of All Magicks (Merlin, 1/4) - Cori Lannam
Merlin was flattered to be invited to compete in a magical tournament to crown the sorcery champion of Albion. Accepting the invitation probably wasn't his brightest idea.
fandom:Merlin  ship:merlin/arthur  *all-time-faves*  magic-reveal  magic-tournament  powerful!Merlin  protective!Arthur  protective!Merlin  length:20k-50k 
november 2018 by Capnshellhead
Tilted - fuzzytomato - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
In all the scenarios Arthur had conjured on the journey from his room to the physician’s chambers as to why his manservant was late yet again, none of them involved a baby.

Written for the kink_me prompt: A infant comes under Merlin's guardianship for whatever reason, and the sight of Merlin caring for a child turns Arthur into mush (though he'd never admit it, of course).
fandom:Merlin  ship:merlin/arthur  kid!fic  jealous!Arthur  merlin-is-good-with-kids  protective!Arthur  protective!Merlin  adorable  length:5k-10k 
november 2018 by Capnshellhead
Babe in the woods - Shadecat - Merlin (BBC) [Archive of Our Own]
When Arthur and Merlin enter the woods to go hunting, the last thing either of them expected to find is a baby. Arthur is wary of the stray, especially since it seems to be garnering the full attention of his manservant. They return to the castle only for Arthur to receive the same treatment from everyone else; ignoring him to lavish attention upon the probably evil 'thing'. There's only room for one spoiled prat in Camelot and Arthur means for it to be him.
fandom:Merlin  ship:merlin/arthur  kid!fic  canon-era  dad!Arthur  dad!Merlin  protective!Merlin  protective!Arthur  get-together  magic-reveal  length:20k-50k 
november 2018 by Capnshellhead
Weighty and Troublesome Things
"Post-canon AU / Canon AU from S2. It's been ten years since Arthur drifted away from him on the Lake of Avalon, but even inside Camelot's walls, Merlin is still lost. Hiding from those who know him and cut off from his former life in self-imposed exile, he can't resist the temptation when a mysterious stranger offers him the chance to set things right. Merlin returns to the past, to an innocent, simpler time, armed with the knowledge of Arthur's fate. He knows the odds (and the stubborn people - Arthur in particular) are stacked against him and the obstacles he must overcome seem insurmountable. Can destiny be nudged enough to save Arthur's life, and is the price too high?" (123,285 words)
merlin  arthur  morgana  lancelot  percival  merlin/arthur  timetraveler!merlin  protective!merlin  pining!merlin  clueless!merlin  jealous!arthur  pov:merlin  angst  meta  timetravel  jealousy  first_time  altered!reality  fandom:merlin  author:skitz_phenom 
november 2018 by elwarre
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." (8029 words)
merlin  arthur  gaius  merlin/arthur  protective!merlin  pining!merlin  cursed!arthur  pining!arthur  pov:merlin  humor  schmoop  curse/spell  pining  first_time  fandom:merlin  author:loz 
november 2018 by elwarre
✢ The Sorcerer and the King
"Canon AU -- Merlin's death is only the beginning; with no-one to protect the kingdom, Camelot falls to an enemy sorcerer and Arthur is forced to serve in the court that he once ruled. When an escape attempt goes horribly wrong, Arthur is rescued by someone he never expected to see again -- and it's their destiny to put things right." (85,529 words)
  arthur  merlin  merlin/arthur  bamf!merlin  hurt!merlin  protective!merlin  hurt!arthur  clueless!arthur  guilty!arthur  pov:arthur  action  magic  issues:class  reincarnation  kink:switching  first_time  fandom:merlin  author:winterhill  have:pdf 
october 2018 by elwarre
✢ The Student Prince
"A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love..." (145,222 words)
  merlin  arthur  gwen  merlin/arthur  bamf!merlin  student!merlin  protective!merlin  pining!merlin  royalty!arthur  student!arthur  pilot!arthur  pining!arthur  blacksmith!gwen  pov:merlin  friendship  action  magic  fairies  dragons  homophobia  college  pining  slowburn  kink:switching  first_time  merlin:au:modern  fandom:merlin  author:fayjay  have:pdf 
october 2018 by elwarre
✢ Arcane Asylum
"For the last twenty two years Uther Pendragon has been waging war on magic. Now his son Arthur has been framed for a magical crime and sent to the prison for magic users. Arthur is instantly targeted by the inmates, but mysterious top dog Merlin takes him under his wing. They form a bond, and Merlin decides to help Arthur clear his name." (124,790 words) LOVED this
  merlin  arthur  mordred  morgana  merlin/arthur  bamf!merlin  immortal!merlin  protective!merlin  hurt!merlin  arrested!merlin  protective!arthur  hurt!arthur  arrested!arthur  activist!arthur  action  magic  activism/revolution  incarceration  reincarnation  kink:switching  kink:rimming  first_time  merlin:au:modern  fandom:merlin  author:new_kate  have:pdf 
september 2018 by elwarre
A Choice is All That's Left Him
"Arthur is captured by an enemy - either a sorcerer or an enemy who has a sorcerer at his bidding. Arthur is forced to watch Merlin's difficult journey to find and rescue him through scrying; through this, Merlin's magic is revealed. Kidnapper tries to use this information against Arthur." (4516 words)
arthur  merlin  merlin/arthur  kidnapped!arthur  protective!merlin  pov:arthur  angst  confession/secrets  magic  magic!reveal  preslash  fandom:merlin  author:mellacita 
september 2018 by elwarre
Fathom Me
"After ten years, Arthur thinks he has Merlin all figured out. But as he watches Merlin, he finds out that he has more questions than answers. The longer he thinks about it, the more uneasy he feels. So he pushes it aside. Except, he can no longer ignore the questions he has about Merlin." (21,680 words) Sequel to: Laundry's Hard Work
merlin  arthur  gwaine  merlin/arthur  bamf!merlin  scarred!merlin  protective!merlin  clueless!arthur  understanding!arthur  protective!arthur  jealous!arthur  character_study  hurt/comfort  friendship  magic  magic!reveal  confession/secrets  scars  jealousy  preslash  series/verse  merlin:postseries  fandom:merlin  author:supercalvin 
september 2018 by elwarre
✢Stars Above, Stones Below
"After the disastrous end of his betrothal to Gwen and the regret of his offer to Princess Mithian, Arthur swears off finding a wife until he's ready to wed. When Merlin offers himself to Arthur as bedmate, Arthur suggests they hand-fast in secret for a single year of mutual pleasure without obligation. As their year together unfolds, and secrets and betrayals unravel around them, Arthur and Merlin learn there is no such thing as uncomplicated pleasure. Everything they thought they knew can change in the span of a single year." (46,843 words) Sequel: Para Bellum
  merlin  arthur  gwaine  merlin/arthur  bamf!merlin  protective!merlin  hurt!merlin  virgin!merlin  bottom!merlin  clueless!arthur  possessive!arthur  protective!arthur  top!arthur  action  drama  magic  confession/secrets  magic!reveal  bonding/soulmates  slowburn  kink:virginity  first_time  series/verse  fandom:merlin  author:destina  have:pdf 
september 2018 by elwarre
Deep as the Wine Dark Sea - RurouniHime - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"Arthur," Uther hisses, a wretched anxiety lilting the name. "Get out of the way!"

Arthur's jaw clenches. Merlin can see the stain on his tunic widening, feel it soaking through to his palms where he holds Arthur around the chest. He remembers that he's the one keeping Arthur in place and shifts his grip to let him slide down, when—

"Any…" Arthur's voice fails; he swallows, and the sound holds an ugly rasp. "Any blade that reaches Merlin…" —he sags further, fingers clamping tighter to Merlin's hips— "goes through m… me first."
fandom:merlin-bbc  pairing:merlin/arthur  hurt/comfort  hurt!arthur  powerful!merlin  arthur-finds-out  soulmates  author:RurouniHime  protective!merlin  violence  20.000-50.000 
august 2017 by aerten
Hard as Iron by glassly: merlin_flashfic
In the winter, Camelot is under siege, and the people are starving. Arthur and Merlin take care of one another in a slightly dysfunctional manner.
fandom:merlin-bbc  pairing:merlin/arthur  protective!merlin  protective!arthur  arthur-finds-out  author:glassly  1.000-5.000 
august 2017 by aerten
Kink Me! #9 - "The Getting of Wisdom"
Worst quest ever — they're a good week or so from Camelot, everyone else is dead, and now Arthur's annoyed a goddess and been turned into a woman.
fandom:merlin-bbc  pairing:merlin/arthur  girl!arthur  cursed!arthur  genderswap  protective!merlin  fluff  author:misswinterhill  10.000-20.000 
may 2017 by aerten

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