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21 May 2018 @ 10:40 am
Merlin Canon Recs Less Than 10,000 Words  
(rec repost)

OBSESSED WITH MERLIN. When I first get into a fandom, I much prefer reading Canon AUs, so this is the longest of the rec lists. I still haven't seen season 4/5, so I've got several fics bookmarked that I know take place after those seasons, so definitely more recs to come!

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updated August 31, 2016

Arthur/Merlin Canon Recs Less Than 10,000 Words

Title: Between His Lips
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] leashy_bebes
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,245
Content/Warnings: light feminization
Summary: Originally written for the prompt of 'Merlin wears bright red lipstick'
Merlin and lipstick. Crazy hot.

Title: Obedience
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] bookshop
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,250
Content/Warnings: mild dub-con
Summary: idk, unredeemable smut? In which there is no consent because it's Merlin--like Arthur's going to ask him how he feels about anything, please.
Super hot blow job fic. Loved Arthur's voice in this one.

Title: It Happens Like This
Author: hermette
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Knights
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,554
Content/Warnings: established relationship, bottom!merlin, gangbang, barebacking
Summary: Arthur has a very specific fantasy.
JFC this was so dirtyhot! Arthur confessing his fantasy of seeing Merlin get fucked by the knights, and then Merlin making it happen.

Title: Someone Should Put up a Sign (Locked on AO3)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] wangler
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,711
Content/Warnings: tentacle!fic, sex pollen, bottom!merlin
Summary: It isn’t every day one encounters a benevolent lake creature with artful appendages.
So fucking hot. I will never get enough of Merlin being fucked by tentacles.

Title: Bedmate
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] seperis
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,833
Content/Warnings: established relationship, dirty talk, bottom!merlin
Summary: "I'd like to see you do this to yourself one day," Arthur says against Merlin's ear. "Watch you spread your legs and wet your fingers, slide them inside to make yourself ready for me."
Dear fucking lord is this just crazy hot.

Title: Breathe In, Breathe Out (I Love The Way You Move)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] leashy_bebes
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,858
Content/Warnings: established relationship, corsetry, bottom!merlin, feminization, wall!sex
Summary: Originally written for the prompt of 'Arthur makes Merlin wear a corset laced too tight for him to breathe properly while he fucks him up against a wall', so breathplay, forced feminisation and a smidgen of dub con (blink and you'll miss it).
Super freaking hot, loved the dynamics here!

Title: Nineteen
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] kickflaw
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 1,987
Content/Warnings: future!fic, bottom!merlin, age difference (sort of)
Summary: Arthur is too old for this.
I love age difference fics and I really like how the author managed to give that here in the canon verse. Super hot fic!

Title: My Thoughts (drift to you)
Author: hermette
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~2,000
Content/Warnings: implied bottom!merlin, mild voyuerism/exhibitionism, dirty talk
Summary: The small tent is warm and even across the small stretch of space Arthur is like a furnace.
Such a fabulously hot fic with Merlin and Arthur wanking off next to each other in their tent and then things escalate.

Title: A Slight Miscalculation
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] faithwood
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,022
Content/Warnings: tentacle!sex, bottom!merlin, dub-con (with the tentacles)
Summary: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/a thing with tentacles. Arthur and Merlin track an evil, murderous creature back to its lair. Now if only Arthur would leave so Merlin can kill it.
Super hot tentacle sex fic with a really great Merlin and Arthur.

Title: Smart Mouth
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Fr333bird
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,091
Content/Warnings: established relationship, gags, bottom!merlin, marking
Summary: Arthur isn't particularly fond of Merlin's neckerchiefs, mainly because they cover Merlin's beautiful neck. But one day he finds a new use for them. Canon era.
Super hot fic where Arthur gags Merlin with one of his neckerchiefs.

Title: Revealed
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Destina
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
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: Be Wise and Keep On
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] ladyflowdi
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,706
Content/Warnings: established relationship, rimming, first time, bottom!merlin
Summary: “Ow!” Merlin yelped, and just barely kept himself from shoving Arthur’s chest with his foot. “You could be a little more careful there!”
JFC this is so filthy and hot.

Title: Patience
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] myashke
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 2,776
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin
Summary: When it comes to caring for his stubborn prince, Merlin has to get creative.
Super hot and super sweet fic with Merlin taking care of a sick Arthur.

Title: Ever Bright and Ever Close
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Lisztful
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,042
Content/Warnings: established relationship, wall!sex, bottom!merlin
Summary: Future fic, set several years after season two. Completely pronz, consisting of worried!Arthur, equally worried!Merlin, general exasperation, and filthy wall-sex. Written for I_Claudia's Great Merlin Slam Fest.
Super hot post-battle sex

Title: Evermore; Still Never Enough
Author: lillaw
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,058
Content/Warnings: established relationship, rimming, bottom!merlin, snowballing, reincarnation
Summary: He’ll live countless lives and find Arthur in every one of them and lose him all over again. But this will always, always be what he lives for…
There are no words for how unbelievably hot this fic is. The hunger that Merlin and Arthur have for each other, never diminishing throughout the ages is just breathtaking.

Title: Moments Like This
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] dreamdustmama
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,078
Content/Warnings: established relationship, rimming, bottom!merlin, arthur finds out
Summary: In which Arthur is definitely not drunk, Merlin's secret is no longer a secret (at least from Arthur) and so-not-the-first-time sex happens.
Super hot fic that picks up with Arthur having recently found out about Merlin and coming to terms with it. But mostly sex.

Title: Sparring and Submission
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] leashy_bebes
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, implied Gwaine/Percival
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,160
Content/Warnings: implied bottom!merlin
Summary: Merlin leaves the training session weighed down with the usual armour, swords, and the rest – but he barely notices, his head still teeming with thoughts. To do that, to make Arthur work for the control he feels entitled to, to make him fight for it. What must that feel like? It's an interesting notion, to say the least. But it's just a notion, and Merlin thinks it'll always stay that way.
Fun and sexy fic with Merlin learning some fighting tricks from Gwaine to give Arthur a bit of a challenge.

Title: With Love From Camelot
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] tourdefierce
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,368
Content/Warnings: established relationship, dirty talk, bottom!merlin
Summary: Coronation!fic: wherein Arthur misses Merlin's bum, Merlin feels like destiny is screwing with him and James, Arthur's new manservant, gets an eyeful of the crown jewels. ♥ (Or, why no one in Camelot goes to a whorehouse because all they have to do is go to court instead--except Gwaine, but he likes the architecture and it reminds him of his mum.)
Funny, super sexy fic, with established Arthur/Merlin who are too busy with the coronation ceremony to fuck and quite put out about it.

Title: We Get Around
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] novemberlite
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Knights
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,552
Content/Warnings: voyeurism, exhibitionism, bottom!merlin, barebacking, moresome, gangbang, rimming, felching, bondage, dirty talk
Summary: the round table is useful for all sorts of things.
Super hot kinky fic with Merlin getting it from everybody.

Title: A Moment in Ealdor
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Piscaria
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Will
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 3,763
Content/Warnings: voyeurism, exhibitionism, bottom!merlin, barebacking
Summary: Coda to 1.10. When he accidentally stumbles across a private moment between Merlin and Will, Arthur settles back to watch . . .
Seriously fabulous coda to the Ealdor episode in season one. Super hot and great relationship here between Merlin and Arthur.

Title: Post Meridian
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Hope
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
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: Misrule
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, mention of past Merlin/Will
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 4,293
Content/Warnings: cross-dressing, bottom!merlin, first time
Summary: "Well," Morgana said, looking pleased, "Maybe Arthur won't actually throw the tourney this year."
Fun and sexy fic! Love the idea of the Feast of Fools!

Title: A Choice is All That's Left Him
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Mellacita
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 4,516
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out
Summary: Arthur is captured by an enemy - either a sorcerer or an enemy who has a sorcerer at his bidding. Arthur is forced to watch Merlin's difficult journey to find and rescue him through scrying; through this, Merlin's magic is revealed. Kidnapper tries to use this information against Arthur.
Really interesting fic that has Arthur finding out about Merlin and seeing the possible futures that might come from his choices.

Title: Rivers 'til I Reach You
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] tourdefierce
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 4,760
Content/Warnings: D/s, dom!arthur, sub!merlin, bottom!merlin, felching, rimming, arthur finds out, spanking, rough sex
Summary: Sometimes Merlin gets lost and he needs to be guided back home.
Super hot fic with Dom Arthur needed to pull Merlin back from losing himself in magic.

Title: Making Apologies
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] marguerite_26
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 4,942
Summary: When Arthur returns from a impromptu hunting trip to find the stocks empty, he’s surprised by Uther’s leniency. But Merlin doesn’t get away with making Arthur’s excuses so easily this time.
Gorgeous fic. Great Arthur here and the whole thing was wonderfully heart-achey.

Title: Stumble Into Faith
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] leashy_bebes
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: R
Word Count: 5,264
Summary: Set in S1. Arthur returns from a deadly mission, and Merlin is concerned.
Sweet and sexy h/c kind of fic!

Title: The Prince Prat and The Idiot Sorcerer vs The Tentacle-Plant Monster (or How it took a Tentacle-Plant Monster to Make Arthur and Merlin Admit the Truth to Each Other and Themselves)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] kitty_fic
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 5,882
Content/Warnings: tentacle!sex, bottom!merlin
Summary: Merlin thinks that it's just his luck to get caught by some kind of tentacle-plant monster… but at least Arthur isn't around to see it. Except that he is… and isn’t it just like him to rush in and put himself in danger for Merlin’s sake. Meanwhile, Arthur wonders how Merlin manages to get himself into these situations… and he would like to make it known that Merlin is his.
Oh god this is fabulous! Sex pollen with tentacle sex! Love!

Title: That Dust Is Gonna Settle Your Nerves
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] nu_breed
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 5,953
Content/Warnings: face-fucking, sex pollen, bottom!merlin
Summary: Arthur gets wounded in an encounter with a siren and makes Merlin's life even more difficult than ever.
Super hot fic with seductive Arthur and a desperate Merlin who is trying to do the honorable thing and resist him.

Title: Winterbloom
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Shinybug
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 6,200
Content/Warnings: rimming, bottom!merlin, first time
Summary: Deep in the woods in the frozen heart of winter, a careless comment leads to a redefinition of Arthur's relationship with his manservant.
This is so freaking crazy hot, and I loved the undercurrent of emotion.

Title: Few Words Suffice
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] myashke
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 6,361
Content/Warnings: massage!fic, implied bottom!merlin
Summary: When Arthur strains a muscle, Merlin must tend to him.
Super sexy massage fic with a really wonderfully characterized Merlin and some sexual tension that just crackles.

Title: The Weight of Words
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] waldorph
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 6,921
Content/Warnings: first time, bottom!arthur, arthur finds out
Summary: Arthur knows how to use words just as well as Merlin, and he knows about the magic.
Great fic with a really wonderfully characterized and intelligent Arthur.

Title: Accept No Substitutes
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] lamardeuse
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7,034
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin
Summary: It was extraordinary, Merlin reflected as he pounded down the corridor toward the Great Hall, how often the destiny the Great Dragon constantly spoke of entailed saving Arthur from beautiful women.
Great fic that has Merlin trying to protect Arthur from a maiden with a love potion while coming to terms with his own feelings. Plus some super hot sex!

Title: Grave Mistake
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] kickflaw
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~7,100
Content/Warnings: first time, bottom!merlin, dirty talk, mild pain kink, merlin/arthur fuh q fest
Summary: “You want me to rob a grave?” Merlin asked, appalled.
Funny and sexy fic with Merlin being haunted by a ghost who keeps whispering naughty things in his ear.

Title: A Lot Like Life
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Shinybug
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7,399
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin, first time
Summary: Arthur tugged sharply on Merlin's neck and leaned forward to growl in his ear. "Fine. If you want to serve me so badly, then I'll teach you what that means."
Blazing hot fic.

Title: Finding Home
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] riventhorn
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 7,857
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out
Summary: When Gaius retires a new physician takes over and quickly kicks Merlin out of his room and takes it for himself. Arthur finds Merlin sleeping in the stables...and it's winter.
Lovely h/c fic. So many wonderful feels!

Title: Privileges of Rank
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] seperis
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,001
Summary: Arthur's biggest problem to date, Merlin thinks darkly as he carries yet another load of suspiciously not-really-dirty clothing down the stairs, is an unaccountable fear of anyone, anywhere, suspecting he's capable of being other than a complete and utter prat.
Sexy fic with Merlin not quite fitting in with the servants and Arthur schooling him a bit in the two-faced ways of the court.

Title: The Prince and his Catservant
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Shadecat
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 8,214
Content/Warnings: cat!merlin
Summary: When Arthur’s mouth gets him in trouble with a psychotic faerie, it’s Merlin that has to save him from himself again. Will either of them be able to cope with Merlin’s new situation – and will they be able to reverse it?
Seriously adorable fic with Merlin being turned into a cat and Arthur having to take care of him. Lovely seeing author giving and receiving the affection he has such a hard time with in person. The wrap up felt a bit rushed, but everything is resolved.

Title: The Dirty Little Things You Say
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] bloodsongs
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, implied past Merlin/OMCs and OFCs
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 8,689
Content/Warnings: first time, bottom!arthur, implied switching, dirty talk
Summary: When a conversation around the campfire one night turns to the topic of dirty talk during sex, the knights proceed to try and outdo one another at it, yielding some truly hilarious attempts. Merlin's roped in after a fashion because the knights reckon it'd be golden to hear Merlin talking dirty, only Merlin turns out to have the filthiest mouth in their company, getting everyone squirming barely minutes into his session.
Arthur's more affected than he'd like to admit, and finds he can't stop thinking about it later even in the tent that he's sharing with Merlin...
Dirty talk is a huge favorite of mine and dirty talking Merlin telling the knights all his filthy fantasies was perfection.

Title: With This Ring
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] marguerite_26
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 9,258
Content/Warnings: bonding!fic, forced bonding, marriage!fic, bottom!merlin, arthur finds out
Summary: After being enchanted, Uther forces Arthur and Merlin to marry.
Great fic that has Uther magicked into making Merlin and Arthur wed. Which actually ends up working out pretty well for everybody.

Title: A Thousand Different Skins
Author: tarayith
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~9,500
Content/Warnings: outdoor!sex, bottom!merlin, arthur finds out
Summary: Merlin decides he wants to learn to fly. Only things don't quite go to plan.
Fun fic with Merlin trying to change into different kinds of animals and his trial and error experiences. Arthur is so wonderful in this and the sex was hot! :D

Title: Externality (Locked on AO3)
Author: zarathuse
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Hard R
Word Count: 9,700
Content/Warnings: arthur finds out
Summary: Because, really, why wouldn’t the slash dragon’s fire create a slash sword?
Fabulous fic that has Merlin leading Arthur to Excalibur and some hot sword sex (wherein Arthur can feel when Merlin's polishing his sword...)

Title: The Coming of Spring
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] ingberry
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 9,746
Content/Warnings: bottom!merlin, outdoor!sex, glomp fest 2013
Summary: Kings, even new ones, were not supposed to long for their menservants. They shouldn't let their eyes linger on their wrists, the plump of their lips, or the shape of their thighs. Arthur knew this, but he still wanted. There was nothing about Merlin he didn't want.
Such a lovely gorgeous fic with pining!Arthur and a seriously beautiful relationship between Arthur and Merlin.

Arthur/Merlin/Lancelot

Title: Sharing
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] scribblemoose
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin/Lancelot
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 5,828
Content/Warnings: threesome, bottom!merlin, spit-roasting, face-fucking
Summary: Inspired by the re-squee of Episode 1.05: Lancelot. A missing scene or two between the party and the morning after.
Smoking hot threesome fic!

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