Pairings: Merlin/Arthur with background Gwen/Leon and Merlin/Percival, past Arthur/Gwen and Gwaine/Percival.
Characters: Merlin, Arthur, Percival, Gaius, Gwen and Leon.
Rating: R (for thematic reasons)
Word Count: ~50k
Warnings: Canon 5x13 character deaths, grief, near death experience, temporary character deaths (including one self-inflicted temporary death), ideation of death, explicit language, explicit descriptions of violence and war, general angst.
Summary: You're gone, gone, gone away, I watched you disappear. All that's left is the ghost of you. Now we're torn, torn, torn apart, there's nothing we can do. Just let me go, we'll meet again soon. Now wait, wait, wait for me, please hang around. I'll see you when I fall asleep. - Post 5x13 fic where Merlin can't let go of Arthur and convinced that Camelot need is greatest, Merlin accidentally brings him back using the Horn of Cathbad. However, once he's back, it's Arthur than can't move on.
Author's notes: My first and sadly, last Paper Legends attempt. Boy, was it something. I couldn't have possibly pulled it off without the help of Thursday (xthursdaynextx), my long standing, long suffering beta. She deserves all the awards. Also, even though she barely knows anything about the fic, I have to thank my friend Emma (weekendgothgirl) for listening to me rant, rave and cry about this fic. She was in equal parts responsible for keeping me on track and distracting me from it. I'd also like to thank my artist aaweth_edain for taking me on so late in the game even though they have more than enough work on their plate. Of course, none of this would be possible without the hard work of the_muppet and a special thanks for letting me switch dates. This fic was based off of this KMM prompt (although there is no kinkiness to speak of in the fic, a first for me) and inspired heavily by the song Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men. Without those two things, I wouldn't have made it this far. And finally, thank you to fic_rush, marathoning just isn't the same without those guys!
Artist's notes: Hi! I hope you like my art for this story and I hope you like the story in general. It was a lot of fun making. I fear Merlin looks funny in one of them (the group one with Percival and Gwen). I don't know what happened there. As usual, I did the art with ink and colored pencil.
Story link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/967611
Art link: http://aaweth-edain.livejournal.com/25487.html
Disclaimer: The Merlin sandbox belongs to Shine and the BBC, I just play in it while they are out doing other things. No profit whatsoever has been made by this fic.