Look what we’ve put up together for you guys this year! There’s enough for a two-days-of-intense-reading-marathon: zombies, serial killers, vampires, werewolves, ghosts…
If you have more to share don’t be shy & submit: we’ll make sure to add them to this delicious pile!
Various dark/supernatural/horror stories:
- All the Dead Are Here
- All Dressed Up As You and Me
- Watching Raindrops
- Halloween Fun
- With Bloodstained Hands (Justice is Done)
- Celluloid Manifesto of Framed Elegance
- Everything is Pumpkin-Flavoured suggested by katie
- Merlin Horror Fest on Lj
Arthur only owned one photo album because Morgana had taken all the family ones when Uther died. Arthur’s photo album had a special home on the bookshelf in his room - not on the bookshelf downstairs, where all the impressive books went to intimidate guests, but on Arthur’s private bookshelf, wedged in between his battered old copy of ‘Mort’ and the illustrated version of ‘Watership Down’ that his father had once read to him when he was six years old and too ill to so much as sneeze.
The photo album was dark blue, made of cheap, faux-leather and had those photo pockets that stuck together and crackled every time you pulled them apart. It wasn’t the kind of thing Arthur would buy - Merlin had picked it up one day on his way home from the library, and decided to give it to Arthur as a birthday present. Inside the cover he had scrawled
Arthur, I promise next year I’ll try harder! Love M x
in blue biro. It always made Arthur grin because it was so Merlin - so last minute and thrown together, and yet somehow still perfect.
There was only one photo inside the album. It was a photo of Arthur and Merlin sitting in the sunshine together. Arthur was taking up most of the checkered picnic blanket with his legs stretched out in front of him, and his hair was sticking up at odd angles from running his fingers through it too many times. He was grinning at Merlin, who was sitting beside him, legs crossed and shoulders hunched as he squinted down at a book. There was a crease in Merlin’s forehead that made it look as though he were concentrating.
Arthur knew Merlin hadn’t actually been focused at all, because three seconds after Gwen snapped the photo, Merlin had closed his book and kissed Arthur. It had been warm and soft, Merlin sucking gently at Arthur’s bottom lip and threading his fingers into Arthur’s hair. Arthur could still remember the taste of it - the sweetness on Merlin’s lips from the ice cream he had eaten hours before, and the faint smell of the suncream spread across Merlin’s nose and ears. The girls had whistled in delight as Merlin pulled back from the kiss, slipping his hands through Arthur’s hair and carefully tugging Arthur’s sunglasses over his head, ready to pull on over his own eyes and turn back to reading.
Everything after that was a little blurred in Arthur’s mind, but he guessed there must have been chasing and catching and falling down and giggling. There was always a lot of giggling when it came to him and Merlin.
Arthur didn’t look at the photo album very often. He only ever ended up flicking through the empty pages that followed that sun-drenched photograph, wondering what pictures could have filled the pages if it hadn’t been for Merlin getting sick and fading away. He still had a few photos of the two of them together after Merlin’s diagnosis - dressed up in suits ready to see a show, kissing on New Year’s Eve, holding hands in the clinic where Merlin had spent his last days - but Arthur could never bring himself to slot them in. At least with the blank spaces, Arthur could still picture Merlin’s life following all the possibilities they had first felt that day in the park. At least with the blank spaces, Arthur could imagine taking Merlin to his mother’s grave for the first time, or going on that road trip to the states, or proposing in a quiet restaurant tucked away in a corner of London.
At least with the blank spaces, Arthur could still pretend.
(part of this WIP fic)
I just love the description Arthur makes of Merlin ♥ (via fy-merlinxarthur)
Summary: Merlin owns a flower shop. Arthur is a frequent customer with a tragic love life.
Submitted by: juhli
no omg you guys this is literally THE CUTEST FUCKING FIC i swear my brain just rotted from the fluff holy SHIT
Colin, Bradley, Angel and Katie play a particularly stupid version of spin-the-bottle which, de facto, isn’t spin the bottle at all.
Featuring: a trip to Paris, a visit in London, clueless Bradley and a Colin who falls asleep in beds other than his own.
Colin is quite brilliant at matchmaking. Except when he isn’t.
On his twenty-first birthday, Bradley receives an old photo of a beautiful young man with astonishing cheekbones and a loving smile, along with the message, ‘Come find me’. There’s only one catch - the message was sent over a hundred years before.
A misprint in the Gay Times leads to Colin’s mother assuming that Colin and Bradley have eloped. Unfortunately, they hadn’t.
Colin Morgan is a bit of workaholic. It has been, give or take, six months since Bradley realized he fancied his co-star; that he wanted to do with him all the things people on the internet speculated they did. Possibly forever. Half that time he wasted bollocksing about having a bit of a sexual identity crisis and being totally oblivious to Colin’s totally obvious reciprocal feelings, and then the rest of it was mostly taken up with filming, so he feels he cannot be blamed, truly, for wanting to take advantage of a night off.
Bradley James and Colin Morgan are in a theater play together, in which they play gay lovers. The show is directed by their Merlin co-star, Richard Wilson.
Read the title. Enough said.
In which Bradley attempts to become indie, if only he knew what indie was.
According to Wikipedia, and I quote, a bromance or “man-crush” is a close but non-sexualrelationship between two men. Bradley James does not read Wikipedia.
As filming for the second series draws to a close, Colin thinks his biggest problem is evading one of Bradley’s goodbye hugs. It isn’t. It’s that he’s about to do something that’s fourteen different kinds of stupid: fall in love.
Merlin is finished, and despite their vehement protests, Colin and Katie are whisked off to Italy with some of the other young cast members before they have to say goodbye and move on with their lives. Problem is, Colin thinks he might possibly be in love with his (straight) on-set best friend - and neither of them are terribly good at communicating.
Two weeks of misunderstandings, blanket forts, sofa-sleeping, and way too much alcohol leads to something pretty close to happiness.
High school AU. In which Arthur is (A) the best captain that the volleyball team had seen in ages, (B) too handsome for his own good, and (C) decidedly not gay; although Merlin agrees with the first two, he is willing to bet that (C) is open for discussion.
Tony O does not befriend losers. Tony O is not gay, not crazy, he is not particularly nice and he is most definitely not royalty. Destiny disagrees.
An AU based on the movie Love Actually, and more specifically, the story arch with the Prime Minister and Natalie, featuring Arthur as the Prime Minister and Merlin as Natalie.
Arthur is not amused when his (probably insane) father decides to hold a Secret Santa exchange for the entirety of Pendragon Corporation. He’s even less amused (and more than a bit panicky) when he draws Merlin’s name.
Arthur’s been in love with Merlin since he was five years old, and, twenty three years on, not much has changed.
For the last twenty two years Uther Pendragon had 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.
In which there is pining, Merlin bakes, Arthur borrows batteries he doesn’t actually need, and did I mention the pining?
Wherein Arthur and Merlin are dating, save for the part where they aren’t. Also there needs to be a girl version of ‘bromance’, but that’s a discussion for another time.
In which Prince Arthur meets Merlin and all hell breaks loose.
Three years ago Arthur Pendragon was part of a group that resisted the Government’s ban on magic, and the automatic death penalty for anyone who practiced it. Now, he is alone and in desperate need of the very last person he wants to see- Merlin.
Arthur and Merlin in NYC. Five random days and everything that’s attached to them. (Or, really, just Merlin and Arthur being completely dumbface in love.) Followed by And then they Kiss.
A sort of 50 First Dates meets Reincarnation fic. What if an accident prevents Merlin from remembering Arthur?
In which Merlin is a web comic artist, and Arthur keeps checking his FAQ page.
In which the boys pretend to still be together for Christmas (and there is more than one kind of charade.)
Merlin has a secret crush on Arthur, who has no idea who he is. When Arthur has a bad break up, Merlin takes it upon himself to cheer him up. Secretly, of course.
Arthur and Merlin are best friends, and neither of them are a member of the Magic Club. All is as it should be, until it isn’t.
Arthur, Prince of Wales, finds it hard to accept that he and Merlin have no future. Then he finds out that neither does anyone else.
Arthur can’t let go. Merlin forgets.
Merlin Emrys is normal. He is ordinary and lives with his two friends in an ordinary flat in Surrey, he writes for a bi-monthly magazine and writes for himself during dark nights and much-too-early mornings, he has too many feelings and grudges himself for it. He figures the only thing that makes him extraordinary are his dreams that don’t feel like dreams at all -they feel like memories-, his magical powers that are turned on and off like a switch and the fact that a beautiful man just entered his life like a whisper and he’s slowly falling in love.
In which Arthur goes on blind dates, Merlin is his waiter, and everyone takes a ride on the crazy train.
Uther is violent at home and Arthur has to hide the bruises in school. New pupil Merlin sees through his popular bullshit at once and discovers the truth.
Arthur is a world class violinist, trapped in Sydney, Australia, by his fear of flying. In the wake of a mediocre concert, vicious critics and with barely a month to go before his next (hopefully reputation-saving) recital, Arthur is almost at breaking point. When his accompanist, Morgana, breaks her wrist in a car accident, Arthur is more or less doomed. And the story begins, when the Maestro at the conservatoire, Gaius Stresemann, recommends his protege Merlin Emrys to step in. Merlin, who plays by ear, as he pleases and really just wants to be a kindergarten teacher. Well. The story really starts six months previously when Arthur passes out drunk outside Merlin’s shoe-box apartment.
Merlin walks into his favourite coffeeshop one morning to find the Prince of Wales behind the till. His life only gets more surreal from there.
Merlin is an emo/scene kid. Arthur is a jock with a secret kink for emo/scene kids. They meet at a club and chaos ensues.
The summer Arthur turns 16, he meets a boy called Merlin, and falls in love.
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…
Arthur had had it all figured out. And then Merlin shot him in Beijing.
Arthur is so stricken with grief that he goes on a mad quest looking for a sorcerer to bring Merlin back to life. When it finally happens, Merlin is horrified because it’s truly impossible to just bring someone back to life like that and he’s fairly certain he’s some kind of half-dead abomination. Arthur doesn’t care.
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.
Post!S3, canon era fic. Between the trees of Cenred’s ruined kingdom, a heartbroken Arthur and an orphaned Merlin discover new feelings for each other, but quickly learn that nothing is promised, and no lie can stay hidden forever.
And they dreamt of his greatness.
Arthur has a heightened sense of smell (whether by magic or training, or if it’s natural) and he loves smelling Merlin. He can also smell things like Merlin’s arousal or fear, etc. and he responds very assertively to them—like he can’t help himself.
Merlin has more than one secret to keep. Merlin was born with angel wings. All his life, they were small and flat enough to hide beneath his shirt, but when he falls in love with Arthur, they grow humongous.
In which Arthur gives Merlin a ring (but no one’s on their knees).
* fandom favourites
Modern Merthur AU
#ugh no #the feelings #like thier faces are so angsty #they got into a fight #and arthur said something stupid #but then he realised he cant let merlin go #because he fucking loves him #and he goes to his place and bangs on the door #but merlin cant forgive him yet #so he just listens to arthur desperately knocking outside
Someone, write it before i do. ^^^^
The night flashes before Arthur’s eyes as she smashing his fists against the hard oak door. His knuckles are beginning to bleed and his eyes are beginning to sting.
“I’m so sorry!”
“This is my best mate, Merlin.” Gwaine says cheerfully. Merlin waves awkwardly at Lance and Arthur before taking a seat in the booth of the bar, right next to Arthur.
Arthur continues to knock and Merlin whimpers on the other side of the door. He runs his fingers through his hair and then rubs his arm, still bright red from where he collided with the ground.
“I have Asperger’s,” Merlin confesses when he and Arthur are alone.
“What’s that?” Arthur asks, and Merlin explains.
“That must be hard.”
“A little, people called me a lot of names in high school but, I’ve worked over a lot of it.” Merlin shrugs off.
Arthur wraps an arm around him and pulls him in. Drinking down another coke and laughing with the guys.
Arthur drags his finger nails along the door. He takes a few deep breaths.
“I think you’re really cute.” Arthur whispers into Merlin’s ear as the night progresses.
“Well thanks,” Merlin blushes, “I think —”
Arthur cuts him off with a kiss.
“Please, Merlin,” Arthur cries, “I didn’t mean it.”
They all walk out of the bar to see Arthur’s luxurious car.
“It’s my dads, he let me borrow it.” Arthur explains.
They all excitedly gather around until they hear metal on metal and see Merlin leaning against the car. Arthur’s eyes are wide with shock.
Merlin licks his lip and sniffs. He sits against the door. He can feel Arthur out there.
“What are you doing?” Arthur screams. He leaps over to Merlin and shoves him away from the car. Merlin’s coat zipper had drug a deep gash into the paint. Merlin flies to the ground and cries out in pain.
“Hey, mate! What the fuck, he didn’t mean it!” Gwaine yells half drunk.
“Well explain that to my dad!” Arthur yells back, “Fucking retard —”
Arthur covers his lips.
Merlin runs off.
“I don’t think you’re a retard,” Arthur says softly, “I think you’re wonderful and I had the most amazing time with you tonight… and I’m sorry, I’m so sorry that I freaked out like that. I’ll have the paint fixed and my-my dad won’t know a thing…”
There is only silence on the other side of the door.
Arthur whimpers as he drags himself up and walks down the hall before he hears a click and watches Merlin’s door open.
You perfect human!! ^^^^
Arthur wrapped his hand around the shaft in front of him. It was now or never. He had to show Merlin, show Merlin he had what it took. Slowly he tugged, Merlin’s whispered encouragements reaching his ears, soothing. Gaining in confidence he pulled harder, and after a while, Merlin egging him on all the way, the stone finally relented its grip on the sword, and Arthur thrust the sword in to the air, claiming his right as King of Camelot.
“People of Camelot,” the king’s voice rang out, “I give you Merlin Emrys, Court Sorcerer!”
Face burning and mouth dry, Merlin took Arthur’s outstretched hand and slid shakily off the dragon’s back. Arthur pulled him to face the crowd, pressing their shoulders together and lifting their joined hands for all to see. Merlin felt dizzy as the roar of the crowd washed over him, but Arthur’s hand in his grounded him.
Tearing his gaze away from the cheering mass of people before them, his eyes met Arthur’s in a perfect moment of joy, and all the magic in his soul was no more than a candle next to the love and pride burning in his heart.
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His name is Arthur, and he is ten and young, incredibly so, running in a small field close to the castle, his arms outstretched, the wind rushing around him, roaring in his ears, pulling his sun bleached hair back.
He is young, but tired now, and lays down on a suitable patch of grass, adjusting his long legs, because his body has taken to growing lately, and he isn’t accustomed to it. He decides on spreading his arms and legs out as far as he can, and he shuts his eyes, watching the delicious shades of red, orange and yellow dance beneath his eyelids.
And soon he is asleep, his lips slightly apart, but a small content smile lingers there.
His name is Uther, and he is in his mid thirties, and handsome. But the responsibilities of being both a King and a single father have left their scars; his mind is older than he is. He is watching from the top of the castle, watching his only son intently, the innocence on Arthur’s face almost painful to him, because Uther knows what power can do to a person, has done to him, and one day it’ll be Arthur standing up here, looking down at his own son, thinking back on his life and being filled with a funny kind of sadness because he’ll think of his childhood and how he’ll never get that back.
Arthur is fifteen, and cocky, a wink of the eye causing the younger serving girls to blush and burst into a fit of giggles. He is confident and proud, his sword work now matching his father’s, his reflexes unnaturally quick. He is handsome too, now; freckles no longer splayed across his nose, his face chiseled, his body one that Leon silently envies, and Gwaine openly scorns.
He is fifteen and mature, with responsibilities of his own. He sits with his father in council meetings, watching and learning. He sits beside the King at banquets, applauding politely with the rest of them when speeches are made and, if Uther is in a good enough mood, Arthur is allowed a second goblet of wine.
Uther is in his forties, and not getting any younger. He watches and listens as his son makes thoughtful comments at the council meetings, men far older and more knowledgeable than him nodding in unison, agreeing because he has brains, this boy. He’s different from the others.
He watches as Arthur catches the eyes of every girl in the room, but paying no attention to them. Instead, he walks over to where Lancelot is seated, who is trying to win the heart of Morgana’s maidservant Gwen, and punches him playfully on the arm, telling him he can do better than a servant. (Years later, Lancelot brings it up, and they laugh at how things have change for them.)
Uther notices the youth in Arthur’s eyes beginning to fade, only to be replaced by maturity, and a coldness that Uther can only associate with himself. The curse of age and responsibility is beginning to weave its magic around Arthur.
His name is Merlin, and he is twenty, and incredibly naive. He knows nothing but love, and kindness, and his magic. He knew how to cast spells before he could even walk, can turn winter into summer, night into day.
He is naive and curious. Curious about Arthur, who is too proud, too royal. Too good looking to be real, too young to one day be King, too caring to be Uther’s son.
Arthur is twenty five, and watching Merlin from across the hall. He has known Merlin for three years, and he is frustrated that he cannot fathom this manservant of his. He is idiotic, and un co ordinated. He’s fiercely loyal, and sort of beautiful, and familiar. Arthur’s warmed to the familiarity. Merlin’s tuneless humming as he changes Arthur’s bed sheets. The concentration on Merlin’s face as he polishes Arthur’s armour, never complaining. The way his lips pucker out as he blows out the candles at night, and wets them a little with a sliver of tongue.
Arthur is thirty, and no longer a Prince, but a King. There is slight weight in his shoulders now, but not as heavy as is expected. He remembers his last conversation with his father, as he held him in his arms, hot tears burning his cheeks.
‘Take care of yourself, King Arthur.’
‘You have a good heart, follow it always.’
‘There was a day when I was worried that you would one day become like me.’
‘You were soon to turn twenty, and I could see myself in your eyes. That servant of yours couldn’t have come soon enough.’
‘I…I don’t understand.’
‘There’s more to being a King than ruling, Arthur. It’s a lonely job, with no one to look out for you, and no one you can trust. But you can trust Merlin.’
‘I know, Father.’
‘I can see how much he means to you, and how much you mean to him. I no longer see myself in your eyes, I see…love.’
Merlin is twenty five, and still naive and curious. He is organising Arthur’s clothes when someone puts their hands over his eyes, and he smiles because he has felt those soft hands before, in the quiet hours of the night, in his hair, running down his chest. And then there is a familiar swish of a robe, and a kiss being pressed onto his neck, lips gentle and wanting.
The hands and lips move away, and Merlin turns to face his King, his blonde hair soft and playfully flicking around his ears. Laugh lines around his bright blue eyes, his lips pink and taunting. Merlin takes Arthur’s hand and raises it, brushing a kiss on the inside of Arthur’s wrist.
Merlin is twenty five, and young at heart, but he knows what he wants.
oh, i feel like laughing
all because of you
Merlin’s gaze dropped to Arthur’s horse, no longer able to maintain eye contact.
“Merlin?” Arthur asked tenderly, “Merlin, what’s wrong? Is this too much?” Arthur was talking about the ceremony, of course. He needed to publicly court Merlin, if they were really to be together.
“No! No…” Merlin replied, the cheer of the crowd making his knees weak, “It’s just, well, I’d never have excepted, you know, growing up where I did, with my mum that I’d-“
“That you’d have a royal prince jousting for your hand in marriage?”
Merlin blushed and looked up, nodding slightly, a bright smile crawling across his face. His eyes twinkled against the silver shine of Arthur’s armor. The roaring of the crowd faded in the back ground. At that moment, it was Arthur and Merlin, prince and servant, lover and lover.
Arthur coughed and pulled the reins of his horse.
“Well, Merlin,” Arthur confessed, horse treading off to the crowd, “You do have a knack for being an idiot.” Arthur shook his head, a small laugh escaping his lips. “Does it really surprise you that you were wrong?”
Arthur raised his lance, a blue circlet of flowers hung from the tip. The crowd burst into a large applause and all the eyes fell on Merlin.
“Do you accept?” Arthur yelled, letting everyone in the stadium hear. In that instant all of the talking stopped, and the world was silent. Merlin hesitated for a second, looking to Arthur, then to the crowd, then to Arthur.
“Merlin… do you accept my hand in marriage?”
“Yes, Arthur, Yes. I do.”
to the world that never let you be | Arthur was good at ignoring things, but he couldn’t ignore Merlin’s scars.
The Knights Have a Thousand Eyes | In which Arthur attempts to teach his knights, his knights attempt to woo Merlin and Arthur is definitely not jealous….
quickening days | In which dragons & ghosts & prejudices are confronted, Merlin wears a hat (twice) and a dress (once), Arthur breaks some crockery (lots), there are more pranks than pillowfights but at least one of each, and many secrets are revealed.
* For The Weary | When Arthur is crowned king, Merlin finds his list of work elongating. He helps Arthur with advisor-like tasks and servant-y work, until one day in court, he collapses from exhaustion.
Keep Your Secrets | Arthur is imprisoned by a rival warlord and locked in a dungeon for some type ransom. As he awaits his freedom, he slowly gets to know the man in the cell next door — a young warlock being held and tortured in an attempt to force him to use his magic against Camelot. (Canon-Era AU)
August | Merlin visits Ealdor for his Hunith’s birthday. Arthur tags along.
such fractured shadows | Lionel is the first, approaching Merlin one late summer afternoon as the sun slants through the dust in the stables and turns the air into heavy fire.
Nothing Ever Promised | Between the trees of Cenred’s ruined kingdom, a heartbroken Arthur and an orphaned Merlin discover new feelings for each other, but quickly learn that nothing is promised, and no lie can stay hidden forever.
Little thief | When Leon’s still suffering from the dragon’s attack several months later, Merlin is anxious to help. Meanwhile Arthur goes hunting, Merlin dabbles in things that he shouldn’t, and they find themselves on a quest with an unusual companion….
Bottle | Merlin accidentally reveals his magic in front of several of Arthur’s knights.
Finding Home | When Gaius retires, a new physician takes over, one that quickly kicks Merlin out of his room and takes it for himself, Arthur finds Merlin sleeping in the stables..and it’s winter.
In The Cold of Morning | Bonding over surviving the dragon attack. Arthur/Leon/Merlin
Safekeeping | Everyone around him gets hurt, and Merlin can’t take it anymore.
Catapult | Merlin gets his first taste of war when he helps Camelot’s army fight magical beasts.
Instructions to make it perfect | Arthur thinks that he is a sex GOD. Merlin is dubious and not impressed. Chaos ensues.
* After the Storm | Merlin and Arthur spend one night together, but Arthur skips out on his duties and Camelot becomes overrun by Morgause’s soldiers. They lose the Keep, and are forced to flee. This is the story of how they survive the winter, and try to find each other again in the wreckage of their destiny.
Beyond My Touch | If someone had told me meeting Merlin would change me this much, I’d have gotten them arrested, but I’m starting to like it. I love a challenge & he’s worth it - to me. A story about realizing what you never knew you wanted.
* A Binding Contract | 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.
The Boy Next Door | In which there is pining, Merlin bakes, Arthur borrows batteries he doesn’t actually need, and did I mention the pining?
All I want for Christmas (Is you) | Arthur is not amused when his (probably insane) father decides to hold a Secret Santa exchange for the entirety of Pendragon Corporation. He’s even less amused (and more than a bit panicky) when he draws Merlin’s name.
To the Syntax of Things | First kiss in the toilet of the school. Denial as usual.
Remake the Current Stream | In Albion Zoo, keepers and students don’t mix and head of the mammal department, Arthur Pendragon, is happy to keep it that way. But when one research student by the name of Merlin Emrys arrives and shows no regard for Arthur’s unwritten rules of socialising, Arthur’s life is turned upside down, and he’s forced to take his view of life up to reconsideration.
* Arcane Asylum | For the last twenty two years Uther Pendragon had 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.
Possibly Maybe I’m Falling for You | Merlin walks into his favourite coffee shop one morning to find the Prince of Wales behind the till. His life only gets more surreal from there.
prove all my hypotheses | Arthur is a jock with a secret kink for emo/scene kids. They meet in a club and chaos ensues.
Pianos are made for falling | Arthur is a world class violinist, trapped in Sydney, Australia, by his fear of flying. In the wake of a mediocre concert, vicious critics and with barely a month to go before his next (hopefully reputation-saving) recital, Arthur is almost at breaking point. When his accompanist, Morgana, breaks her wrist in a car accident, Arthur is more or less doomed. And the story begins, when the Maestro at the conservatoire, Gaius Stresemann, recommends his protege Merlin Emrys to step in. Merlin, who plays by ear, as he pleases and really just wants to be a kindergarten teacher.
Keep Calm and Carry On | How Arthur Pendragon, Director of Communications for Prime Minister Gaius, and his assistant, Merlin Emrys, fell in love - a story in goldfish, cats, webcomics, cups of tea, and sharpies.
Drastically Redefining Protocol | In which Prince Arthur meets Merlin and all hell promptly breaks lose.
* Heartbreak, Secret Friends and Stupid Doodles | Merlin has a secret crush on Arthur, who has no idea who he is. When Arthur has a bad break up, Merlin takes it upon himself to cheer him up. Secretly, of course.
World Enough and Time | Arthur had had it all figured out. And then Merlin shot him in Beijing. (Also known as The Assassin AU)
Not In This Land Alone | When Merlin Emrys gets a summer job at Buckingham Palace, he doesn’t expect to even meet King Arthur, let alone become involved in protecting him from a plot to overthrow the monarchy.
The House on Castleview Road | 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.
* The good times are killing me | In which the boys pretend to still be together for Christmas (and there is more than one kind of charade).
* Pendragons are NOT the only fruit (except when they are) | Merlin was adopted as a baby - he’s always known that – but when he turned twenty he found he had a half-sister: the feisty and sort of scary Morgana. Merlin moved to sleepy Camelot to be closer to her, settling into life as a mild-mannered greengrocer, catering to his passion for in-season fruits and vegetables. To make things even better, Morgana’s adoptive brother is coming back from America and Merlin will get a brother too! Life is pretty peachy. But… Arthur Pendragon is not at all what Merlin had expected. He’s arrogant, funny, beautiful – he completely flummoxes Merlin at every turn. But really, Merlin doesn’t think his new sort of maybe not brother person is hot. That would we weird, right?
Numbers and Figures | Uther is violent at home and Arthur has to hide the bruises in school. New pupil Merlin sees through his popular bullshit at once and discovers the truth.
The Break-Up Box | Arthur is a lawyer who wears suits and has a savvy apartment. Merlin is a college student who talks a lot and loves clothes.
Lions, Pebbles, and Penguins, Oh my! | Sitting at the top of “Uther’s All Time Parenting Backfires” is Arthur’s fellow colleague and clumsy best friend - Merlin Emrys.
Accidental Train Ride | Merlin ends up going to Scotland with Arthur when the train doors close on him. Many things happen, including innuendo and explosions.
* Near-Mint Condition | Merlin owns a small comic shop in Cardiff Bay. His life has been troubling lately, having to downsize his shop, breaking up with will, getting attacked by a creature prowling around town. And to top it all off a new comic shop moves in across the street, owned by a man that’s the biggest of his troubles, Arthur Pendragon.
Paraphrase | “Merlin,” Arthur says, barely looking up from the stack of documents on his desk, “come here, please.”
* Champagne from a paper cup (is never quite the same) | Modern AU with magic. Arthur is a professional footballer on the verge of making history. Merlin is a medical student with special powers who’s just been hired to work for Arthur’s club. You know the rest.
Warm Bricks | In which Merlin is a street kid, and falls in love with Arthur after Uther brings him in.
Last Friday Night | Arthur’s a hipster, but not really. And Merlin is his normal, happy self who happens to listen to too much Katy Perry and other trashy pop music.
The Function of Love | Merlin is the new scholarship boy at Wakefield. He literally runs into Arthur Pendragon one day.
To Serve and Protect | After something terrible happens, Arthur, Gwen, Gwaine, and Lancelot take their turns in protecting their protector, watching over their watcher. Merlin’s the one in trouble, now, and it’s up to them to save him.
Shadows of Truth | Captured and held for ransom, they must escape and try to find their way home. This would be far easier if Arthur wasn’t blind, Morgana half-blind, and Merlin did not have a head wound while trying to sneakily do magic.
* Something Kind of Wonderful | In which Colin has writer’s block, Katie is helpful, Bradley makes coffee, Angel is awesome, and along the way something kind of wonderful happens.
The Invention of Subtlety | A new male character is introduced to the show. This causes lots of AxM fans to jump ship to this new pairing. Bradley suddenly finds himself jealous as people seem to ask him less and less about the AxM bromance!romance and more about Merlin and this new bloke.
* How to Fight Loneliness | Off camera, Colin is really extremely shy, especially around people he doesn’t know well. It was alright to harbor an unrequited crush on Bradley while it was just them and the girls. But with the new dynamic on set in S4, Colin feels like he’s losing even his friend Bradley to the new ‘more interesting’ people. He can’t change who he is, so instead of fighting for Bradley’s attention, Colin rivets into himself, and soon the only time he’s laughing is when Merlin is. With so many new people around, no one is watching him too closely, so when he forgets to eat time and again, no one notices. Until he collapses on set.
You’re All A Part of Me | Merlin is finished, and despite their vehement protests, Colin and Katie are whisked off to Italy with some of the other young cast members before they have to say goodbye and move on with their lives. Problem is, Colin thinks he might possibly be in love with his (straight) on-set best friend - and neither of them are terribly good at communicating. Two weeks of misunderstandings, blanket forts, sofa-sleeping, and way too much alcohol leads to something pretty close to happiness.
- Shelter and Haven - DAMN. Haven is my favourite. I put Shelter here because it’s pretty good too and it’s the prequel to Haven. but just FUCK. READ IT NOW.
- Looking at You Looking at Me - Heartbreaking. My favourite angst fic. Just read it. No happy ending, but beautifully written.
- The Student Prince - Okay, this is like a rite of passage in the Merlin fic fandom. You MUST read it. Summary: 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…
Pianos Are Made For Falling - ASDFGHJKL; is all I can say. It’s a beautiful, beautiful piece. Summary: Inspired by Nodame Cantabile. Arthur is a world class violinist, trapped in Sydney, Australia, by his fear of flying. In the wake of a mediocre concert, vicious critics and with barely a month to go before his next (hopefully reputation-saving) recital, Arthur is almost at breaking point. When his accompanist, Morgana, breaks her wrist in a car accident, Arthur is more or less doomed. And the story begins, when the Maestro at the conservatoire, Gaius Stresemann, recommends his protege Merlin Emrys to step in. Merlin, who plays by ear, as he pleases and really just wants to be a kindergarten teacherWell. The story really starts six months previously when Arthur passes out drunk outside Merlin’s shoe-box apartment.
- A Binding Contract - MY LOVE FOR THIS FIC!!! OMG!! ASFKJBASKGL Summary: 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.
In Love With My Radio - One of the best I’ve read so far :D Summary: 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!
Deny Thy Father - I really like it. REALLY REALLY LIKE IT. Summary: When Arthur refuses to marry the woman his father has picked out for him, he loses everything; job, his status and the only life he’s ever known. With the help of his estranged step-sister and a few odd new friends, will Arthur be able to stand on his own two feet and finally find what he never thought he could have?
- As a Forgotten Continent HOLY…WOOOOW. One of the best ones I’ve ever read. Summary: Destiny sometimes plays tricks…Merlin and Arthur are born again as brothers.
The Good Times Are Killing Me Angst, Porn, Love. What more can you ask for? Very good, beautifully written. Summary: In which the boys pretend to still be together for Christmas (and there is more than one kind of charade).
- Truth is a Whisper Porn, but is very good. Summary: Words can also be mightier than the sword.
- Coffeeshop Muffins No doubt the FLUFFIEST fic I’ve seen by far. It wasn’t just Merlin who was adorable; it was BOTH of them. Though the plot is a little eh it’s still really good overall. Summary: Arthur and Merlin are best friends and everybody knows they will never be as important to the boys as they are to each other.
- ‘Tis a Pity He’s a Whore I REEEEALLY like this. The entirety of it is just really good. Summary: Arthur is a rich business man - Merlin is the down-on-his-luck hooker he picks up almost by accident one night. Things Happen between them - and not just the things Arthur paid for.
- All I Want For Christmas (Is You) Perfect Christmas fic :D I encourage you all to read it. Summary: Arthur is not amused when his (probably insane) father decides to hold a Secret Santa exchange for the entirety of Pendragon Corporation. He’s even less amused (and more than a bit panicky) when he draws Merlin’s name.
- The Meat Feast IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT, READ IT NOW. A lot of porn but a REALLY GOOD story. Summary: Looking to alleviate some pent-up sexual tension, Merlin turns to the internet and discovers the pornographic exploits of Excalibur, an arrogant, bothersome exhibitionist. When Excalibur stops putting videos up, Merlin sends him a private message requesting a little 1:1 action over Skype.
- World Enough and Time OH GOD, SO GOOD. MY FEELINGS. Summary: Arthur had had it all figured out. And then Merlin shot him in Beijing.
- What Child is This REALLY GOOOOOD jdsfnekljdf DADDY!MERTHUR FIC READREADREAD