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In Time Of Trial by Shine
Uther fears his son's power, and Merlin has helped Arthur flee to escape imprisonment. Now the two of them must fight to regain Arthur's rightful place in Camelot.

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fic  podfic  merlin  reader:fayjay  author:shine  >15kwords  pairing:merlin/arthur  canonera 
june 2014 by carefultread
Fools of Us All - adelagia - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Merlin accidentally makes everybody in Camelot fall in love with him. Everybody except Arthur, that is.

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merlin  fic  author:adelagia  reader:fayjay  podfic  <15kwords  pairing:merlin/arthur 
june 2014 by carefultread
The Crown of the Summer Court - astolat - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"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."

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author:astolat  merlin  reader:fayjay  >15kwords  fic  podfic 
june 2014 by carefultread
Destiny That Darkly Hides Us - Chapter 1 - Nympha_Alba - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
It's 1913, the practice of homosexuality is unlawful, so is the practice of magic. When Arthur Pendragon and Merlin Emrys meet as Cambridge undergrads, they're both hungry for a real and true connection without secrets. For a short time they believe they may have found it. But war breaks out and separates them, and it seems unlikely that they will meet again. After all, what are the odds?
merlin  au  edwardian  pairing:merlin/arthur  >15kwords  author:nympha_alba  fic 
april 2014 by carefultread
The Student Prince - Chapter 1 - FayJay - Merlin - Fandom [Archive of Our Own]
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...

This story was inspired by the thought of Prince William of Wales (and indeed the current Max von Hapsburg) studying at the University of St Andrews; it is also, as the title suggests, at least a little inspired by the operetta 'The Student Prince'.

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au  merlin  fave  college!au  author:fayjay  >100kwords  pairing:merlin/arthur  fic  reader:fayjay  podfic 
march 2014 by carefultread
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.
merlin  au  modern!au  wedding!fic  fic  author:fuzzytomato  >15kwords  pairing:merlin/arthur 
november 2013 by carefultread
Step By Step - Chapter 1 - eldee - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
The Knights: A Boy Band. (Or, rather, the ten year span of how Arthur Pendragon discovers who he truly is by going from teen idol to solo sensation, maintaining friendships with his Knights and close staff, inheriting a musical empire, and happening to find his #1 fan, best friend, and eventual love along the way.)
au  merlin  fic  modern!au  author:eldee  >50kwords  pairing:merlin/arthur  pairing:gwen/lancelot  pairing:elena/gwaine 
november 2013 by carefultread
Every Story is a Love Story - lady_ragnell - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
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.

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merlin  au  populargenres  romancenovels  fic  pairing:merlin/arthur  author:lady_ragnell  >15kwords 
october 2013 by carefultread
King and Lionheart - Bohemia - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
For someone with so many secrets, Merlin doesn't think he's very good at lying. So agreeing to discuss his friendship with the Prince of Wales at University as part of a televised documentary is probably not a good idea. Juggling magic, Royal protocol, suave (and persistent) Dukes, a Princess with attitude, and a serious amount of coursework was only the start. Oh and then there was Arthur himself. Yeah, probably shouldn't mention much about that...
au  merlin  fic  >100kwords  author:bohemia  reincarnation  modern!au  pairing:merlin/arthur  pairing:gwen/lancelot  pairing:leon/morgana  >150kwords 
september 2013 by carefultread
Catch Me A Catch - giselleslash - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Modern AU, Merlin uses his magic to work as a magical matchmaker. Elena is a customer hoping to snag Arthur Pendragon but things don’t go exactly as planned. Gwaine is there to be Merlin's always helpful, nearly always shirtless, neighbor.
merlin  fic  modern!au  pairing:merlin/arthur  pairing:elena/gwaine  author:giselleslash  >15kwords 
september 2013 by carefultread
What Infinite Heart's Ease - Chapter 1 - ArcadianMaggie - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Canon era AU. Betrayed by the people he loves best, Arthur finds comfort in the arms of his manservant, Merlin. In the wake of Uther's death, the unrest to the east intensifies and shocking secrets are revealed. As a young king struggling to find his place and control a kingdom on the verge of war, Arthur must decide whether to continue his father's crusade against magic users or place his faith in the one person he thought he'd never trust again.
merlin  fic  canon!au  hurt/comfort  pairing:merlin/arthur  >50kwords  author:arcadianmaggie 
september 2013 by carefultread
Rheged - Chapter 1 - McShame - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Post S5 (speculative); canon to the end of S4. Gwen and Arthur have been married for several years, Merlin's magic has been revealed and Arthur has now reached a kind of cold peace with it. Then a delegation arrives from a kingdom based on magic, and suddenly Destiny is starkly and ruthlessly to the fore. The question is should - can - it be avoided?
merlin  canonera  fic  pairing:merlin/arthur  pairing:gwen/arthur 
september 2013 by carefultread
stay with me
a merlin/arthur fic rec list by tumblr user sirmorgan
reclist  merlin  pairing:merlin/arthur 
august 2013 by carefultread
Stop Watching
Browbeaten and threatened into denying himself by a domineering father who refuses to be embarrassed by even a whisper that his son is gay, Arthur has given up everything that he's ever wanted in his life to keep the peace -- shaky as it is -- with Uther.

Arthur Pendragon, a former track and field Olympic medallist, is the well-liked and successful track coach of Camelot High, with a long list of former students making the national teams. For years, he's been courted to join the coaching staff at Ivy League universities, with the national team, for the Olympic team, but instead of jumping at the opportunities in front of him, Arthur keeps his head down and stays at Camelot out of a feeling responsibility for his students, duty to the school, and a tiny, little bit of fear.

It's the first day of school and a new runner joins Arthur's team -- a senior transfer from Ealdor High. Merlin Emrys is out, open, impossibly friendly, immediately popular, and impossibly persistent.

Merlin has two goals: the Olympics and Arthur.
merlin  au  fic  highschool!au  >50kwords  author:footloose  pairing:merlin/arthur 
august 2013 by carefultread
The House On Castleview Road - PlaneJane - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Arthur is a handsome and eligible bachelor with a well paid job in the City and a luxury penthouse flat in Canary Wharf. His life is the stuff of dreams ... Just not his. After his sister gets a lodger it seems that Arthur's life has taken an even bigger turn for the worse. Until, of course, he falls in love. Unfortunately, the path to true love is never smooth, and sometimes requires reckless driving, illegal parking and chasing after trains.
au  merlin  fic  >15kwords  author:planejane  pairing:merlin/arthur 
august 2013 by carefultread
Loaded March - Footloose - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
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.
merlin  au  fic  series  author:footloose  pairing:merlin/arthur  >200kwords 
august 2013 by carefultread
Steam - Chapter 1 - new_kate - Merlin (BBC) [Archive of Our Own]
Renaissance-era Steampunk reincarnation AU featuring brilliant engineer Prince Arthur, his savant mechanic Merlin, a robot bird, and an evil mecha.

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merlin  fic  podfic  steampunk  au  author:new_kate  reader:pennyplainknits  >15kwords 
august 2013 by carefultread
Arcane Asylum - Chapter 1 - new_kate - Merlin BBC [Archive of Our Own]
Modern AU. 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.

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merlin  fic  >100kwords  author:new_kate  modern!au  pairing:merlin/arthur  podfic 
august 2013 by carefultread
We Are All Diamonds - Chapter 1 - Footloose - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
As the precocious heir of a diamond magnate and a famous designer, Arthur lived his entire life sheltered, protected, nurtured and spoiled. He always knew that he would have to step out from behind the scenes and into the limelight to run the family business some day, but he never expected that it would happen so soon or that he would encounter resistance from a board of directors who believe that his disability makes him unfit to lead.

Merlin has stood on every stage in every city in the world, performing to critical acclaim, but after years of globetrotting, he's well and truly burnt out. He didn't quit -- he ran away from stardom, dropping to obscurity in the blink of an eye, forgotten, just another face in the crowd. He's aimless and without purpose until a friend asks him to fill in on a job.

Neither Arthur nor Merlin are looking for salvation. They don't think there's any for them, that things are just too rotten, too far gone. But in the end, Arthur's quiet strength will be a balm to Merlin's broken soul, and it will be in Merlin's steadfast faith that Arthur finds courage.
merlin  fic  dis/ability  pairing:merlin/arthur  author:footloose  modern!au  fave 
august 2013 by carefultread
A Binding Contract - Chapter 1 - eldee - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
In a society where people with magic are considered to be dangerous, are labelled as freaks, and have their powers cut off from them, Merlin does whatever he can to survive the hard life he’s faced with. When he’s in desperate need of money, Merlin’s landlord Aredian arranges and offers a magically binding contract in which Merlin is to become a ‘companion’ to Uther Pendragon’s son, Arthur. And when Merlin feels compelled to accept it, he never would have imagined that one man could change his life so completely.
merlin  fic  author:eldee  pairing:merlin/arthur  modern!au  dystopian 
august 2013 by carefultread
There Are No Gays in Football - Chapter 1 - Malu_3 (Grainne) - Merlin (TV), Arthurian Mythology [Archive of Our Own]
When a deeply-closeted Arthur Pendragon finally earns a spot in Camelot's first XI, he's dead set on breaking records, not one of sport's last taboos. But life, like football, is a funny old game, and sometimes the only way up is out. Especially once he realises he's arse over tit for the new physio.

A queer Arthurian tale of courage, love, and football.
fic  merlin  >100kwords  pairing:merlin/arthur  author:malu_3  sports!au  fave  celebrity!au 
august 2013 by carefultread

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