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{ Merlin Big Bang 2013 masterlist | I-S }

Below are the 2013 Merlin Big Bang entries, alphabetically listed I-S:


Title: Iced!
Author: bunnysworld
Artist: thecheekydragon
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 54, 613
Warnings/spoilers: Homophobia, gay bashing, violence (not graphic) and does fluff require a warning? Ticked the 'underage' just to be on the safe side. Merlin's 17, Arthur 18.
Summary: Hockey team captain Arthur Pendragon is determined that this year, their team will win the league championship. They’ve got everything they need to win: the perfect combination of players, and they’ve put in the training and effort to make their team a well-oiled machine. The Red Dragons are well on their way towards winning a spot in the playoffs when disaster strikes and their star center Gwaine is knocked out for the season. With their prospects for a replacement slim to none, it’s going to take a miracle to win the cup now. | Figure skater Merlin Emrys has put his hockey past, and the painful memories that go with it, behind him. He’s accepted his ‘twirl girl’ status and enjoys his new sport. So when Coach Kilgarrah enlists his help with the hockey team’s predicament, Merlin is not at all sure he wants to help. Especially since the team captain is such a prat.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: i'll set you up (against the stars)
Author: fuckyeah
Artist: blood_songs90
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin (background: Sefa/Gilli/Daegal, Lancelot/Gwen/Morgana though in description only)
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 37k
Warnings/spoilers: dub-con (bordering on possible non-con), body control, slavery, age disparity (16/30), choking, intoxication, group sex/orgy, sex magic (background: incest, sex rituals). See story for more content notes.
Summary: Canon AU: Crown Prince Arthur Pendragon has been lectured on the evils of sorcery for his entire life. When he is captured by the druidic Draig clan, he is horrified by not only their blatant use of magic, but also their positive and free-thinking views about sex. But over time, he finds himself being drawn to their customs, as well as to their leader, the young and enigmatic Emrys.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
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Title: In a Land of Myth
Author: mssdare
Artist: adagioviolin
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC17 (explicit)
Word count: 31k
Warnings/spoilers: horror(ish) visions, ghosts, demons, little age disparity, drugs, references to religion, cutting and blood, drowning, references to suicide, barebacking, references to possible mental illness, very light D/S (sort of), object insertion (butt plug), rimming, slight bondage (cuffs)
Summary: "Am I going crazy?" Merlin thinks and shakes the Magic 8 Ball. A small, violet triangle appears in the ball’s window.
"Ask Again Later," the sign says.
Merlin turns the ball around in his hands. "Are the ghosts real?" he asks.
"Signs Point To Yes."
Merlin looks around and shivers when he sees something grey at the periphery of his vision again.
"Will they get me?" he asks and turns the ball.
"Most Likely."
Merlin never thought that a bit of weed could unleash such horrid hallucinations. But what if the ghosts trying to claw at him through mirrors are real? Will the magic that Merlin has discovered within himself be enough to save him? And more importantly, will Merlin be able to save Arthur, the boy he’s fallen in love with, before the dark Goddess kidnaps him to the Underworld?
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: In A Time Of Magick
Author: sidhe_faerie
Artist: zephre
Pairing: The Pendragon Family: King Arthur Pendragon, Queen Guinevere Pendragon, Crown Prince Amhar Pendragon, Lady Ygraine Pendragon, Prince Duran Pendragon, Sir Elyan Leodegrance, Lord Merlin Emrys, Lady Morgana Emrys, Sir Devon Emrys, Lady Anna Emrys, Sir Leon, Lady Beatrice (Sir Leon’s Daughter), Sir Michael, Queen Morgause former Queen of Lothian and Orkney, Prince Mordred (Sir Elias), King Angus of the Northern Isles , Crown Prince Harold, Sir Donas, Sir Eustace, Sir Haney, Sir Micah, Sir Oliver, Nimueh, Freya, Caleb (Iseldir son and current Druid Chieftain), Jill, Polly, Lily, Innkeeper’s Son
Rating: R/MA
Word count: 61, 144
Warnings/spoilers: Major Character Death, Graphic Violence, Explicit Sex, Rape, Adult themes
Summary: There has been peace in Albion for 20 years under King Arthur rule but the threats of the past are returning. The Saxons and a family bent on revenge threaten the kingdom that Arthur has built. As the old threats return there is still hope for the future. When the day of prophecy approaches, Albion will remain strong as a new King rises to its throne.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost 1 & Art masterpost 2


Title: In a world called catastrophe
Author: leviathans_moon
Artist: amphigoury
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin established, Gwen/Lancelot established, Morgana/Mordred
Rating: M
Word count: 42k
Warnings/spoilers: PTSD, established relationship, violence, asthma, blindness, political incorrectness (or Gwaine being Gwaine, some of his comments might feel inappropriate)
Summary: While on duty in Afghanistan with the Royal Irish Regiment, Merlin is injured by a chlorine gas bomb. He returns home blind in his left eye and suffering from asthma attacks and neither he nor his boyfriend Arthur really know how to cope with this severe change in their relationship.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost & Fanmix


Title: In Memories and Mercy
Author: blood_songs90
Artist: frances_veritas
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Freya (past)
Rating: NC-17 (explicit)
Word count: 63, 610
Warnings/spoilers: Implied past minor character death
Summary: Historical Albion AU. Born a powerful sorcerer to an age even more unforgiving of magic than ever before, Arthur was the leader of the Resistance — a group of renegades that banded together to fight the oppression and murders of magic users orchestrated by the Guild, a formidable and mysterious collective ruling over Albion in a time of apparent peace for all except for those with magic. When his companions are killed and Arthur desperately flees for his life, the Guild sends for their best hunter to subdue him: the destructive but retired Merlin. While initially reluctant to pursue Arthur after having cut all ties with the Guild, the threat to his own life moves Merlin to play a game of deceit as he joins Arthur on his fugitive's journey to fight back against the very people he serves and to save his captured sister, Morgana. The inevitable betrayal happens, but as memories of a past life they didn't know they had over the centuries begin to return to the both of them, Merlin and Arthur are forced to work together to escape and confront a great evil from their shared history together in Camelot.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: In The Flesh
Author: prplhez8
Artist: madnessisreal
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: M
Word count: 30k
Warnings/spoilers: (Warnings for major character death (it is a zombie story after all) and mentions of emotional/physical abuse)
Summary: (Fic loosely based on the BBC's series In The Flesh) It starts and ends with a mix tape. Merlin is just a normal teenager with a normal mom, dad and sister when he falls in love with his best friend. Problem is, his best friend's dad is Uther Pendragon, and he doesn't find Merlin normal at all. It's not long before Arthur's sent far away from Merlin to join the military. It's not long before Arthur dies, either. Merlin can't cope without his best friend. Three years later, the dead mysteriously rise from their graves -- Merlin and Arthur among them. Thrown back together under trying circumstances, and with Uther looming large over the town, can Merlin and Arthur pick up where they left off? Perhaps more importantly with the Human Volunteer Force out to destroy all zombies, friend or foe, will they get the chance to find out?
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: It's Time to Begin
Author: murderdetective
Artist: xcuri0sity
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, light Morgana/Gwen
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 47k
Warnings/spoilers: None
Summary: “And you think it wise to force them together?” Gaius probed quietly turning to look at Nimueh. “Yes I do. They have to work together. They are two sides of the same coin as that dragon keeps saying.” Nimueh said, “He looks like his mother.” Gaius hmm’d quietly in agreement, “Without the other they are but half of a whole.”
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Ivy and Amaranth
Author: xthursdaynextx
Artist: marymonroe
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 41k
Warnings/spoilers: Explicit sexual content, some brief violence and injury
Summary: While clearing out Morgana’s old rooms, Merlin discovers a pair of unusual magical bracelets. Arthur wants to destroy them, of course, and so begins a quest that will take them over snowy mountains and through rain-soaked forests, dealing with Druids, bandits and inns of questionable repute. With the future of magic itself hanging in the balance and matters complicated by the changing nature of their relationship, Merlin discovers that destiny comes at a price.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Last Turn of the Spiral
Author: janesgravity
Artist: ragless
Pairing: Merlin/Mordred, Arthur/Leon, Lance/Gwen past Merlin/Arthur, Percy/Elyan, Gwaine, Morgana, Freya, Cenred, Morgause, Agravaine, Aredian, Gareth
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 30, 433
Warnings/spoilers: dub/non-con; referred violence; underage references, drug use
Summary: He drifts to Cenred’s window, and against his will, his thoughts turn to the punter from the night before - Merlin, the magic man, with the eye brand on his inner arm, and his way of speaking, hesitant at first, but bolder, and his hands .... Mordred shakes his head and turns around as Cenred comes back into the room. “Hold out your arm, lovely. This’ll get you through with Morgause.” Mordred smiles lazily and holds up his arm, watching as Cenred expertly applies the pop to his Shunt. “There. And now you owe me again, lovely.”
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost (contact ragless for link)


Title: Let the immeasurable come
Author: i_claudia
Artist: viennajones
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin and the whole Camelot gang
Rating: R/NC-17 (mature)
Word count: 41, 200
Warnings/spoilers: Minor references to pedophilia and child abuse.
Summary: If anyone had asked Merlin in January if he would consider spending his summer in the woods two hours beyond the middle of nowhere, he probably would have laughed himself sick. Yet here he is, the newest counselor on staff at Camp Albion, his life signed away for eight weeks of mosquito bites and screaming children.
Author's notes: This fic has been a long time coming. Kudos, love, and still-beating sacrificial hearts to viennajones, who cheered me from the beginning, volunteered to make me art at the last gasp of crunch time, and who, basically, is the only reason this fic was ever finished. ♥ ♥ ♥ forever, darling.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Like Clouds in Starlight Widely Spread
Author: xfortytwo
Artist: emjayelle
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur; Arthur, Merlin, Morgana, Gwen, minor appearances of others
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 30, 104
Warnings/spoilers: Recreational drug use (weed), Modern AU, small town, starting over, two additional warnings in A/N on AO3
Summary: Arthur thought he left his small hometown behind for good when his family moved away eight years ago, but an unforeseen event brings him back. At first it's like entering an eerie tableau of the past, but in the end, going back is what helps Arthur move forwards.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Little Beast
Author: night_lyx
Artist: blood_songs90
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Lancelot, Mordred/OMC
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 79, 324
Warnings/spoilers: violence, war, angst, character death, mention of suicide
Summary: While Merlin waits, Arthur tries to rewrites his fate. The spirits in Avalon have permitted the Once and Future King to roam his past but when he realizes he can change some pages of his book, he tries to fix everything he did wrong. He tries to make Merlin proud in the only way he can: by making their destinies last a little bit longer. But destiny is a troublesome thing and he’s sure that no one can ever fix everything.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: London, Said He
Author: ureshiiichigo
Artist: numberthescars
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, one-sided Gwaine/Merlin, implied Gwaine/Percy
Rating: R
Word count: 45k
Warnings/spoilers: Temporary character death, non-existent technology
Summary: This really hasn't been Merlin's day. Or week. Or month, really. Seeing his best friend die in front of him was bad enough. But magicking himself into the future in order to save Arthur? Probably not as good an idea as it seemed on paper. And this future version of Gwaine will not stop hitting on him. Even in front of the future Arthur - talk about embarrassing. Especially since Merlin needs to get to know this Arthur if he's ever going to figure out how to save his.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Love on a Wire
Author: colorwheel
Artist: murderdetective
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Leon/Morgana, Gwen/Lancelot
Rating: Mature
Word count: 30, 108
Warnings/spoilers: None
Summary: Merlin and Arthur run a record store. Merlin gets mystery mix tapes from a secret admirer, Arthur can't seem to get his feeling out there, and Will still hasn't learned basic manner.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Make Mad the Guilty
Author: remyllian_fire
Artist: crimsonswirls
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 35k
Warnings/spoilers: Violence, suicide, dub-con, major character death
Summary: Tired of his father's oppressive reign, Arthur takes destiny into his own hands. Encouraged and assisted by Merlin, he takes his father's life. With Arthur on the throne, they expect Uther's death to mark the beginning of a golden age for Camelot, but nothing goes the way they wanted. Arthur's ascent to the throne sends both of them into paranoia and they see enemies at every corner. They endanger their own lives and the kingdom they want to protect as they become consumed by the immensity of their deeds.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: More Than Just a Pair of Sinking Ships
Author: robespierre
Artist: curvasud
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Gwen
Rating: Explicit/NC-17
Word count: 48, 700
Warnings/spoilers: homophobic language, bullying, minor character death, explicit sexual content (there is NO underage sexual contact)
Summary: Arthur is a frustrated, unhappily married teacher. He used to love teaching, and he used to love Gwen, but now it feels as though happiness is an unreachable goal. Life finally starts to make sense again when he meets Merlin, a sixteen-year-old foreign exchange student. As their student/teacher relationship strengthens, Arthur begins to have decidedly unprofessional thoughts about Merlin, forcing him to reexamine everything he believes in: his career, his marriage, and even his own sexuality.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Mr Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Author: slashweaver
Artist: altocello
Pairing: Arthur/Mordred, Arthur/Uther, Arthur/Merlin, Mordred/Vivian, Morgana/Agravaine, Gaius/Agravaine
Rating: R
Word count: 33k
Warnings/spoilers: One of the relationships involves father/son incest.
Summary: The world-worn Mr Pettigrew has only one ambition in life, and that is to be a gentleman's gentleman. Having just been summarily dismissed from his current post, down to his last pennies - and with another Great War looming over London - even this modest goal now seems far beyond his reach. At his lowest ebb, he grasps at an opportunity - and suddenly the shabby yet proper old man finds himself awhirl amidst the glamorous immoral world of beautiful nightclub singer Sir Arthur Pendragon.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost (or on AO3)
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: No One Even Knows
Author: aaweth_edain
Artist: haezofdaust
Pairing: Arthur/OFC, Merlin/OMC, Pace, Louis, Gareth, Lex, and Elam, and Calvin Styles
Rating: Not quite M
Word count: 40, 198
Warnings/spoilers: Sex, violence, mild gore, same-sex relationship, cursing, character deaths.
Summary: For 1,500 years, Merlin has waited for Arthur to return. In that time many things have changed. The world is now a dystopian ruled by a dictator. Can things change? Will Merlin and Arthur’s destiny ever be fulfilled?
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
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Title: No Worthy Reason
Author: enviropony
Artist: dylogger
Pairing: Gwaine/Merlin, Arthur, Aithusa, Kilgharrah
Rating: R
Word count: 30k
Warnings/spoilers: violence, gore, grieving for loss of a lover, abuse of chickens (yes, really)
Summary: Post-S4. After enduring Morgana's abuse, Gwaine can't quite settle back into his place in Camelot. When he joins Arthur and Merlin on a trip to hunt down a white, winged, chicken-thieving beastie, he is drawn into a destiny he didn't even know existed. After Merlin's life is endangered at Arthur's hands, Gwaine is taken on a wild ride both figurative and literal. Everything happens for a reason, but it's never the one we think.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Occupy Camelot
Author: stagarden
Artist: aaweth_edain
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: Explicit
Word count: 41, 761
Warnings/spoilers: None
Summary: After Arthur promises the spirit of the Druid boy who possessed Sir Elyan to treat the Druids with the respect they deserve, he is soon put to the test. A large group of Druid protesters shows up in his courtyard to demand that he honor that promise, and they stage increasingly outrageous demonstrations to advance their agenda. Arthur is quickly drawn to their leader, Merlin. A story based loosely on the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in Manhattan.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
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Title: Once Upon a Camelot Curse
Author: jadedlane
Artist: wassereis
Pairing: Arthur/Gwen, Morgana, Merlin, Knights of the Round Table, Gaius
Rating: PG
Word count: 30, 403
Warnings/spoilers: None
Summary: Morgana has been banished and fumes over how happy Arthur and his cohorts are while she lives in squander. So she decides to do a bit banishing of her own.
Unfortunately, the curse backfires and sends her and the entire population of Camelot to our world. They, unknowingly, work in a Renaissance Faire with their own individual jobs, separate and unaware of their past lives and relationships. Luckily for Morgana, she’s become queen of the faire.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Para Bellum
Author: destina
Artist: goss
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Gwaine, Elyan, Leon, Percival, Gwen, Morgana, Mordred, King Lot, Mithian, Ruadan, Alator, Kara, Eira, Iseldir, Aithusa, George
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 51, 535
Warnings/spoilers: Implied threat of rape. (No actual rape.) Graphic violence, similar to what would be seen on the show itself.
Summary: After Merlin goes missing, Arthur forges new alliances to repel a deadly threat to Camelot. Nothing will stop Arthur from finding Merlin, and nothing will stop Merlin from protecting Arthur -- no matter the cost.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Perhaps not to be is to be without your being
Author: lullbeblessed
Artist: mssdare
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur (main), Morgana/Leon, Will/Freya, Mordred/Kara, Ganeida, Hunith. Balinor, Uther, Ygraine, Gaius, Alice, Kilgharrah, etc.
Rating: NC-17 (fic); PG (art)
Word count: 75k
Warnings/spoilers: Character death (not major), angst, pining, first time.
Summary: Dark magic never rests. Especially since it’s possible to obtain legal permission to use it. Arthur Pendragon, an employee of the Department of Supernatural Affairs, knows this better than most, as he is the one working tirelessly to keep the realm of magic in balance.
Staying busy also helps Arthur to cope with loneliness after a painful breakup with his longtime boyfriend, Merlin, who abandoned him with little explanation. Life seems to be getting back on track when he receives an assignment that sets off an explosive chain of events at the highest level of magic. Arthur fights every obstacle on his path to prevent an imminent disaster, and along the way he finds out the truth of why Merlin left him. It’s not all that simple.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
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Title: Playing for Keeps
Author: rotrude
Artist: puckboum
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, minor Merlin/Mordred, Mordred/Kara, Kara/Elyan
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 75k
Warnings/spoilers: None
Summary: Royal Philharmonic Conductor Arthur Pendragon thinks he has everything under control, until his solo violinist calls in sick the night of a major concert and he's cumbered with a last minute substitute. The substitute in question, Merlin Emrys, is everything Arthur believes a lead violin shouldn't be: argumentative, riotous, not properly awed by tradition. But he still catches Arthur's eye because he plays beautifully and has an endearing way about him that's not easily ignored. And Arthur does try to stick to that ignoring option hard.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost


Title: Reason vs Passion
Author: psyko_kittie
Artist: sirbojangles
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur (minor pairings: Freya/Will (past), Gwaine/Percy, Gwen/Lance, Tristan/Isolde), Morgana, Hunith, Gaius, Mordred, Original Child Character
Rating: R
Word count: 44k
Warnings/spoilers: Angst, Child Abandonment, Minor Character Deaths (off-screen), Drugs
Summary: Aristotle wrote, ‘The law is reason, free from passion’. When Manhattan based lawyer Arthur Pendragon left England five years ago, he had every intention of never returning; yet his father’s death changed everything. So with a stipulation hanging over his inheritance, Arthur finds himself sharing an office with the most unlikeliest of people, his barristers clerk Merlin. Unfortunately just when Arthur and Merlin’s work relationship begins to turn into something more, Arthur’s new client, teenage drug dealer Mordred, causes a rift to form between them after Merlin discovers the teenager’s connection to his best friend Will’s murder. However just when Merlin starts to think his life couldn’t become anymore complicated, Will’s widow (and his current roommate) Freya takes off, leaving Merlin to care for her newborn son; but even Arthur isn’t one to let their fight stop him from being a friend to Merlin in his time of need.
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
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Title: Redemption
Author: flakedice
Artist: zerda_vulpes
Pairing: kind of Arthur/Gwen, possible pre-slash Arthur/Merlin (squint as much as you want XD), Gaius, assorted knights, various sorcerers.
Rating: PG
Word count: 66, 600
Warnings/spoilers: Some violence, nothing worse than the show.
Summary: The Disir make an ultimatum. Arthur makes one of his own. When Arthur demands the Old Religion, that magic should earn his acceptance, the countdown begins. He has one summer to decide whether he can accept the Disir's demands. And magic has one summer to win the favour of Camelot's King.
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Title: Remember When We Never Faded
Author: giselleslash
Artist: achelseabee
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Hunith, Will
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 37k
Warnings/spoilers: None
Summary: Pre-canon AU. Merlin and Arthur don't meet in Camelot: they meet near Ealdor. Merlin brings an unconscious Arthur home from battle, but when Arthur wakes, he's forgotten who he is. The closer they become, the more Merlin believes in the world their shared destiny could create.
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Title: Rest Awhile, You Cruel Cares
Author: riventhorn
Artist: attaasa
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Gwen
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 44k
Warnings/spoilers: None
Summary: And so the traitor Agravaine lay dead, and the witch vanished, leaving the wreck of war and strife behind them. Arthur Pendragon, son and heir to Uther and now king, took to wife Guinevere and held in company his noble knights. His faithful servant, Merlin, remained close at his side as was their wont. And with these companions, Arthur set forth to rebuild his kingdom, facing not only the doubts of those who misliked his youth and choice of wife, but his own qualms, for he knew that he had been taken in by the sweet words of his uncle and sister and had not seen their treachery until the hour was almost too late. Ere peace could come to his kingdom, he must find a way to heal the wounds that had cut so deeply into his own heart.
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Title: Rhyme of Another Autumn
Author: kitsuneshadow47
Artist: mellow_morgan
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur. Side pairings of Gwen/Lancelot, post-breakup!Arthur/Gwen, very minimally hinted/mentioned Morgana/Morgause, Merlin/Mordred, and more.
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 45, 900
Warnings/spoilers: Reincarnation/Modern AU, fluff, cursing, some references to homophobia, mild violence, mild smut, S5 spoilers (for y'all who aren't quite there yet ^^")
Summary: Once upon a time, the son of a self-righteous corporate manager fell in love with a carefree, fun-loving young warlock, and his smile was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. Merlin is a shy café waiter who cares too much, taking pleasure from the small things in life, and Arthur works two part-time jobs after being kicked out onto the streets by his homophobic father. All he wants to do is piece other people's lives back together as he can't fix his own. All Merlin wants to do is find his true destiny, but everything changes after he and Arthur unexpectedly cross paths. Inspired by Amélie. “Merlin would have stopped to smile at him in response, but the tears just kept coming. The blonde’s words echoed endlessly in his ears, as they would for days and days to come: ‘there’s still so much to live for’.”
Link to fic: Fic masterpost
Link to art: Art masterpost
Link to fanmix: Fanmix link


Title: Set the Falling Night Ablaze
Author: viennajones
Artist: violetf
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Lancelot, Morgana/Leon, Freya/Mordred,
Elena/Percival/Gwaine, Elyan, Mithian, Aithusa, Uther
Rating: Mature
Word count: 55k
Warnings/spoilers: Minor Character Death, Hypothermia
Summary: When the Covert Alien and Mythical Enemy Lifeforms Observation Taskforce discovers a mysterious artefact in the wilderness of Alaska, Arthur Pendragon is forced to call in help from another alien intelligence agency. Unfortunately, this also means that Arthur will have to work with the last person he ever wanted to see again: Merlin.
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Title: Shadowlord and Pirate King
Author: loaded_march
Artist: mushroomtale
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, full cast
Rating: NC-17/Explicit
Word count: 170,000 (Fic) plus 40,000 (Bonus Material)
Warnings/spoilers: Space AU. Military warfare (futuristic), graphic scenes of violence, minor character deaths, mild bondage
Summary: A fast ship, a well-trained crew, a treasure to pillage, a Clan to lead -- that's all Arthur Pendragon has ever wanted. He speaks for his people at the Pirate Council, he supports his father's kingship over all the Clans, and he keeps a wary eye on the Imperial Conglomerate when they encroach a little too close to Pirate space. For Arthur, it's life as usual until the unthinkable happens. The Conglomerate infiltrates the Pirate Clans and poisons the King. Arthur must search for a cure to keep his father alive and the Clans from civil war. An escape route, a sharp knife, a target to kill, the shadows at his command -- that's all Merlin, better known as the dreaded assassin, Emrys, has ever needed. He fulfills his assignments, he uses the Sterling earned to sustain his once-royal House in their exile, and wages a private war against the Imperial Conglomerate. Merlin survives day-by-day, adapting to changes as they come. When one of his assignments turns out to be an elaborate plot to assassinate him, Merlin does the opposite of what's expected. He escapes and takes his target with him onto a Pirate ship. There's a saying among the Pirates: that one's fate is written in the stars. If something gets in the way, destiny will set to rights everything that had been made wrong. Arthur and Merlin have always been meant for each other. They know it from the very moment that they meet; they can feel it from across the galaxies separating them. And nothing can stop them from being together or from fulfilling an ancient prophecy.
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Title: Shelter
Author: sinestrated
Artist: aaweth_edain
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, background Gwen/Lancelot, Gwaine/OFC, Tristan/Isolde
Rating: PG-13
Word count: 39, 504
Warnings/spoilers: The author is American. My betas kindly Britpicked this story for me (the dialogue, not the exposition), but if some of the characters still sound like aliens, that's why.
Summary: Eight years have passed since Merlin fled Camelot after revealing his magic, leaving behind a home and a budding relationship with Arthur. Now, with his kingdom crumbling beneath a mysterious magical attack, Arthur reaches out to sorcerers throughout the land in search of a solution--and gets one sorcerer in particular he never expected. After so much time apart, Merlin and Arthur have to learn how to fit each other all over again, and all the while sinister forces bent on the destruction of Camelot threaten everything they have ever believed in.
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Title: should've known i was weaker from the start
Author: tink_sky_reid
Artist: dahlia94
Pairing: merlin/arthur, arthur/gwen, various other background pairings; merlin, arthur, morgana, gwen, lancelot, various others
Rating: r/m
Word count: 32k
Warnings/spoilers: infidelity and adultery, permanent injury, very loose grasp on the truth, trauma, implied abuse of alcohol and recreational use of light drugs, insecurity, massive amounts of guilt, some psychological trauma, inexplicit sexual content
Summary: Arthur is a guilt-ridden paraplegic who doesn't know how to do relationships, until he meets Merlin while they're both attending university, and his life changes. At least until they go their separate ways. Years later, they run into each other again and things aren't going quite according to anyone's plan.
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Title: Sleeping Pendragon
Author: violeteyedhair
Artist: thedeathchamber
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Merlin/Gwaine, Arthur/Gwen
Rating: Teen+
Word count: 36, 806
Warnings/spoilers: None
Summary: Merlin is faced with an entirely new world of magic that isn't from the Old Religion – magic that's broken by things like fairy dust and True Love's Kiss. The kinds of curses that come from this new magic are dangerous, revelatory and dark. Camelot falls into misery when Arthur is placed under a sleeping curse that only strong magic can bring him out of, and which Merlin (Gwaine in tow) must travel to a foreign realm to find. Along the way are mermaids, fairies, maidens in towers and lots of sexual tension.
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Title: Starstruck (another word I never learnt to pronounce)
Author: quintenttsy
Artist: viennajones
Pairing: Elena/Morgana (Arthur/Gwen, Morgana&Morgause, Gwaine&Morgause, Gwaine/Merlin, Tristan/Isolde, Gwen/Morgana, Elena/Mithian)
Rating: Mature
Word count: 30k
Warnings/spoilers: mild violence, minor character death
Summary: This is not a fairytale, but it does start once upon a time in a land far, far away where, unbeknownst to all but a few, a star is falling. Amongst these few are a lost princess with something to prove, the oblivious love of her life and a wandering rogue who may have finally found a home. So not like a fairytale at all, then. (or, a Stardust fusion wherein Morgana is Tristan, Elena is Yvaine and – spoiler alert – Morgana gets her kingdom in the end.)
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Title: such stars as sworn to shield the sky
Author: etharei
Artist: xsilverdreamsx
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: M
Word count: 66k
Warnings/spoilers: Graphic Depictions of Violence
Summary: A tale of two worlds.
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Title: Swimming with the Sidhe
Author: gwylliondream
Artist: patria_mori
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 53, 588
Warnings/spoilers: Implied marital infidelity, brief contemplation of suicide
Summary: No one likes a story that ends with a hero’s death and broken promises. As Merlin watches the wooden boat drift away with Arthur, he regrets that he ever believed a word that Kilgharrah told him about the bright future Arthur would bring to Albion. Fortunately, he is greeted by a new mythical advisor, the Calming Manatee of the Calming Manatee meme. Only this docile sea creature can help Merlin through this difficult stage in his life so he learns to love himself and gets his happy ending with Arthur.
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