Author: destina | Destina
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 2,128
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out, truth spell
Summary: When a sorceress casts a whammy on Arthur, Merlin intercepts it, and secrets come tumbling out.
Such a wonderful fic! I do love me a good truth spell!
Title: Post Meridian
Author: angstslashhope | Hope
Word Count: 3,822
Content/Warnings: established relationship, somnophilia, bottom!merlin
Summary: “What is it,” Arthur says, gentler; he’s always less acerbic when he’s got his clothes off, and Merlin has an expression like that: like he’s so wide open that even a playful assault could wound him. “You’re too good for a tumble with a king?” Follows episode 4.03.
Seriously smoking hot fic, with a bit of sexy somnophilia. :D
Title: If Greater Want of Skill
Author: emjayelle | Emjayelle
Word Count: 4,947
Content/Warnings: AU: Modern, AU: Non-Magical, AU: University, bottom!merlin, drunk!sex
Summary: Merlin's Friday isn't going to plan, to say the least. Especially when he takes the wrong late-night bus and ends up in Frat Row where he meets Arthur, the annoying frat boy that sits behind him in poetry class, who, by the way, is entirely to blame for the drunkenness, betting, sex, and poetry reciting that follows.
Oh this was so much fun and so hot! Love the banter throughout, and the reciting poetry while having sex was amazing.
Title: Wager of Battle
Author: destina | Destina
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 12,073
Summary: When a knight-in-training mistakes Merlin for a common servant, Arthur is Most Displeased. Trial by combat ensues...but Arthur isn't the one who takes up the sword.
Enjoyable fic with all the knights having to train Merlin up for a duel, and, of course, Arthur and Merlin's relationship grows.
Title: Blue Would Still Be Blue
Author: winterstorrm | winterstorrm
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, background Gwen/Lancelot, past Arthur/OFC
Word Count: 32,376
Content/Warnings: AU: Modern, age difference, kid!fic, boss/employee relationship, doctor!arthur, paper legends fest 2012
Summary: When widower Arthur Pendragon finds out that his three children have conspired to help him find 'someone to kiss' by placing an ad on an internet dating site, he allows his guilt to push him into agreeing to go on a succession of dates even though he's determined that he's not lonely and doesn't believe in 'love'. However, someone does set his heart racing, but it's not one of the endless parade of beautiful women he has to choose from, it's the children's new babysitter, Merlin.
Such an adorable AU! I love age difference fics, and pining, confused Arthur was wonderful.
Title: Remember When We Never Faded
Author: giselleslash | giselleslash
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, background Lance/Gwen, Morgana/Gwaine
Word Count: 37,246
Content/Warnings: AU: Camelot, bottom!merlin, first time, outdoor!sex, arthur finds out, memory loss, amnesia!fic, paper legends fest 2013
Summary: 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.
Fun twist on canon, with Arthur and Merlin meeting in Ealdor instead of Camelot. The amnesia trope was well written here, and watching Merlin and Arthur's relationship grow was just lovely.
Title: Ivy and Amaranth
Word Count: 41,866
Content/Warnings: switching, first time, bottom!merlin, bottom!arthur, arthur finds out, paper legends fest 2013
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.
Wonderful post-season 4 fic that has Arthur on a quest to essentially destroy magic, and Merlin, of course, tagging along in hopes that he can persuade him otherwise. Merlin was wonderful here in all his pining glory, and I really like this conflicted, confused Arthur who is so clearly in love with Merlin. Great read.
Title: Dead of Knight
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, implied Gwen/Lancelot
Word Count: 43,212
Content/Warnings: AU: Modern, AU: Vampires Are Known, AU: Werewolves Exist, vampire!arthur, bottom!merlin, mild blood play, creature!fic
Summary: Merlin Emrys, supernatural expert and consultant for the local police, knows that going to the opening night of a vampire bar isn't a good idea, not with anti-vampire sentiments running rampant. So when he draws the eye of the bar's charismatic owner, and the new Master of the City, Arthur Pendragon, he's not exactly pleased.
When a series of murders, seemingly the work of vampires, forces them to work together anyway, Merlin unwittingly finds himself falling in love. Suddenly, the lines between work and love are not as cut and dry as they seem.
LOVED this fic! Not quite a True Blood fusion, but you can definitely see the inspiration here, and it works so, so well! I love how all the characters are incorporated and the tension and pull between Merlin and Arthur is seriously electric. Such a fun read!
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, background Leon/Gwen, Freya/Percival
Word Count: 56,481
Content/Warnings: AU: Modern, AU: Dystopia, first time, bottom!merlin, arranged marriage
Summary: Twenty years after The Great Purge and the continuing effects of a High Priestess’s curse, Albion is a nation on the brink of collapse. Not even High Chancellor Uther Pendragon’s Compatibility Regime can curb the plummeting population. To add to his troubles, his wayward son, Arthur, makes no disguise of his unwillingness to wed. With good reason. Arthur is secretly leading the Movement, a covert organisation plotting to overthrow the government and return magic to Albion. Not to mention, it’s been foreseen that Arthur’s future, his destiny, is an indomitable union with a warlock—not marriage to the farm-boy matched to him by Uther’s Compatibility Machines.
Really interesting dystopia fic! Fascinating read.
Title: dreams for wings and wanderers
Author: etharei | Etharei
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Gwen, implied Gwaine/Percival
Word Count: 66,717
Content/Warnings: AU: Camelot, AU: Fusion, Temeraire fusion, arthur finds out, dragons, bottom!merlin, paper legends 2012
Summary: Dragons are feared and mistrusted throughout Albion, and there are very few of them left in Camelot, for Uther’s long campaign against magic also included hunting down all the dragons in the wild. Now, Camelot is recovering from the invasion of Cenred and Morgause's army. Prince Arthur is the one in charge, and Merlin finds out that his secret regular visits to the covert haven't been very secret at all. There's a great deal of manly bonding with the Knights, inquisitive dragons being inquisitive, and a record-breaking number of near-death experiences for Merlin. And this is before he gets his very own dragon. (A Merlin/Temeraire fusion.)
Really fascinating fic! I don't know anything about the fused fandom, but the dragons here are perfectly incorporated into the Merlin Universe. Canon has been tweaked just slightly to account for the new dragon lore, but the whole thing is really seamless. Love Arthur and Merlin's slowly evolving relationship here, and Merlin's characterization is especially fabulous.
Title: Stars Above, Stones Below and sequel Para Bellum
Author: destina | Destina
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, part Arthur/Gwen, Arthur/Mithian
Word Count: 98,307 total
Content/Warnings: switching, mostly bottom!merlin, bottom!arthur, bonding!fic, arthur finds out, paper legends 2012 & 2013
Summary: After the disastrous end of his betrothal to Gwen and the regret of his offer to Princess Mithian, Arthur swears off finding a wife until he's ready to wed. When Merlin offers himself to Arthur as bedmate, Arthur suggests they hand-fast in secret for a single year of mutual pleasure without obligation. As their year together unfolds, and secrets and betrayals unravel around them, Arthur and Merlin learn there is no such thing as uncomplicated pleasure. Everything they thought they knew can change in the span of a single year.
Really wonderful fics! The first details Merlin and Arthur coming to an arrangement while Arthur gets over everything that happened with Gwen, and shows their feelings deepening into love, along with how they deal with the reveal of Merlin's magic. The second has them in an established relationship handling Mordred and Morgana and other enemies. Their connection and relationship in the verse is wonderful and the characterization are on point. Plus lots of hot sex! :)