Pairings/characters: Merlin/Arthur, secondary Morgana/Gwen, Morgana/Morgause
Word Count: 41314
Warnings: No warnings apply.
Summary: Merlin is an ordinary young man with extraordinary magic, who is just finishing his first year reading ancient history at Cambridge when he gets dragged away from his books and falls for the Captain of a rowing team. But history can be full of surprises. (Modern magical canon-compliant AU.)
You would not be reading this story if it wasn't for Kis, who persuaded me to sign up and has encouraged me to continue through some really difficult times. As if all that wasn't enough, she's done her usual excellent beta work on it, too. Thanks, Kis.
You would also not be reading it if it weren't for the_muppet. Once again she's given countless hours of her time to organise this challenge, encourage hundreds of people to create fanworks, and done her absolute best to ensure that everyone met their goal, and posted. It's an incredible feat. Paperlegends has been the most epic of challenges for the fourth year running, and I hope now she has some time at last to enjoy all the wonderful works she's enabled!
My wonderful artist, kironomi has been very enthusiastic and patient throughout, especially when my Internet was cruelly stolen from me!
And thanks to Ste, who supports my writing and my Merlin fangirling so wholeheartedly and unconditionally, and doesn't mind me taking time out from things like making money to pay bills so I can do it.
Enough soppiness. Go read the fic., and enjoy Kironomi's absolutely gorgeous art.
Artist's notes: (to follow)
Story link: on Ao3
Art link: on Deviant Art: Cave, Kiss and Library.
Disclaimer: The world of Merlin belongs to legend, and a little tiny bit to Shine and the BBC. I've also taken some wicked liberties with Cambridge, so please forgive me if you know it well! I claim AU. ;)