Type: Other!AU - Apocalypse
Word Count: 9,248
If life were fair, anyone who managed to survive the apocalypse would be given a fuzzy blanket, some tea, and a nice bed to hide under and weep.
Life is not fair, obviously, and there’s no actual end to the end of the world. Instead, there’s grief and pain and mud and death, there are minor miracles, and there’s the love that gets you out of bed in the morning, despite everything. Life goes on
I cannot express how I found this fic (and the other one written by this author) absolutely PERFECT. It is the first fic I’ve read that has brought tears to my eyes. Aliens invade and humans are at war. Arthur goes to the front lines, Merlin stays to help with the sick and injured. It’s painful, and beautiful, and heartfelt and, oh I don’t know, it gave me lots and lots of feels. It deals with loss and pain and love and longing and more loss and more love.
The author is really good at creating plot and atmosphere in very little words. Her writing is tight and precise and beautiful and witty.
RE-READ OCT. 2013: Still one of my favourite. Still had tears in my eyes at that one particularly poignant passage. I think what I love about it a lot, apart from what I mentioned in my initial comment, is that even though it deals with a large event and a large plot, so to speak, it’s just full of little details, and little moments. And Merlin and Arthur are just so beautiful in this. I really do recommend it even if maybe apocalypse!AUs aren’t your thing. It’s very human, in a way, less plot-driven and more about the people and their struggles, and fights, and loves.