September 9th, 2013

We're both a little broken

Title: We're both a little broken
Author: japalino
Artist: superfluous_emi
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: ~59k
Warnings: Mentions of past violence and past homophobia.
Summary: Every day is the same for Arthur. He wakes up after the same recurring nightmare, takes his meds, goes to work, goes to the gym, eats, sleeps. Sometimes he drinks to help the sleep come faster. Then one day, his father calls him to inform him his mother has died. As he makes his journey home to England for the funeral, he considers how odd it is that he still doesn't feel anything, even now that his mother is gone. In the village where he grew up he meets Merlin, a compulsive liar who moved there just after Arthur left. At first glance Merlin seems perpetually happy, drawing Arthur out of his shell with his jokes and his far-fetched lies. But Arthur learns the secrets Merlin keeps close to his heart and he realises no one is without their issues, but if Merlin can be happy why can’t he?

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Story: On AO3
Art: On LJ, On AO3

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The Same Emergency Days

Title: The Same Emergency Days
Author: emjayelle
Artist: achelseabee
Pairings/characters: Arthur/Merlin; Mithian, Freya, Percival, Gwen, Lancelot, Elyan, Hunith, Gwaine, Kilgharrah
Rating: Explicit/NC-17
Word Count: ~45K
Warnings: & content: references to past oppression/binding of magic users, references to past minor character deaths, mild violence, rimming; dragons, post-apocalypse, fuckbuddies, families of choice, mild dystopia.

Summary: Post-apocalypse AU - For three years now, Arthur has lived in the Free Village of Ealdor—amongst Magicals and non-Magicals alike—beyond the control of any Lord. There, he struggles with the guilt that always haunts him and his confusing feelings for the place, its inhabitants, and especially for Merlin. But when Merlin discovers new, terrifying powers that send him running, and the South turns its eye on the lands in the North, both Arthur and Merlin have to deal with what’s holding them back so they can protect what they hold dear.

Author's notes: see story link
Artist's notes: see art link
Story link: on AO3
Art link: Masterpost
Disclaimer: Everything Merlin belongs to Shine & the BBC. I make no profit.
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The Stone in the Sword

Title: The Stone in the Sword
Author: ReganX
Artist: aqualillium
Pairings/Characters: General, with a dash of Arthur/Guinevere. Morgana, Arthur, Uther, Merlin, Gaius, Guinevere, Morgause.
Rating: T/PG-13
Word Count: 122k.
Warnings: Mental torture, physical torture of a child, reference to oppression of magic users.

Summary: Arthur was born of magic… not of Uther. When an unexpected revelation rocks Camelot, Arthur and Morgana must come to terms with long-hidden secrets and their new roles in life, while Merlin has to accept that the destiny he believed he shared with Arthur will never come to pass. To others, however, the revelation is a beacon of hope for the Camelot that can be built, once Uther's reign is at an end and his true heir sits on the throne. After decades of persecution, they don't intend to wait any longer for their deliverance.

Author's Notes: This is my first Merlin fanfic, and my first Big Bang. It’s been a fun, exciting, challenging, and often frustrating experience and I hope that readers enjoy the result.

I’d like to dedicate this story to angelqueen04 for her invaluable help and support in plotting this story, and in betaing it at very short notice. I couldn’t have done it without her.

I’d also like to thank aqualillium for her amazing artwork and her support in this process.

Finally, I'd like to thank the anonymous poster of the prompt that inspired this story.

Story Link: FF.net & AO3.
Art Link: Tumblr