This list includes 12 fics over 20k words that I’ve read for the first time in 2014. I tried to include different writers, but the main pairing is Merlin/Arthur, the fics are mostly NC-17, and they’re mostly modern AUs cause I’m a sucker for these. Remember to always comment and give kudos, enjoy!
[short fics of 2014 | short fics up to 04/2013 | long fics up to 04/2013 | fics 04-12/2013]
- ACE OF HEARTS by beccadearie | mature | 32k | M/A
One night when out with friends, Merlin meets Arthur and quickly realizes that they have something in common: they are both asexual and trying to make their way through life and love in a sexual world without going crazy. What starts as hanging out between friends evolves into something more, and Merlin and Arthur decide to plunge headfirst into this tenuous relationship of give and take between the two of them.
- COURAGE MAGIC STRENGHT by BeneaththeHalo | explicit | 54k | M/A/G
30 Day OT3 challenge (NSFW), Merlin/Arthur/Gwaine edition. Unrelated works (30 fics + bonus).
- CRASH INTO ME by dreamdustmama | explicit | 27k | M/A, M/G
At the end of their first year of university Arthur decides to take Merlin on a road trip, and holds on to the hope that before it’s over they’ll be more than just friends. Morgana decides she and Gwen are going to come along, and Merlin and Gwen decide they’re both insane. Along the (admittedly short) road to true love there are roller coasters, flat tires, chocolate, sheep, pillow fights, food fights, keychains, and memories that will last a lifetime.
- DEW POINT by kianspo | explicit | 58k | M/A
Arthur Pendragon is as popular and successful as a sixth former can be. He hasn’t quite figured out his future yet, but it’s going to be brilliant, he’s certain. At least until some daring stranger on a cool motorcycle topples his world upside down on the first day of school.
- EMERGENCY by samyazaz | explicit | 22k | M/A
The kid’s chart says he’s seventeen, but the livid black-and-green bruise mottling his eye and the cracked split lip that’s left a smear of blood drying across his cheek make him look vulnerable. The way he glares the moment Merlin pulls aside the curtain and steps inside defies him to say a word about it.
- GETTING IT RIGHT by SPowell | explicit | 24k | M/A
Eight people sharing a uni-flat. Merlin and Gwaine are such good friends, Arthur misunderstands their relationship.
- MERLYN MYRDDIN THE MURALIST by deanpendragon | mature | 63k | M/A
Arthur Pendragon’s life has been a slow downward spiral ever since he grew sick of working for his father at Pendragon Publishing. His job is boring, he’s pushing people away, he’s drinking too much—and to top it all off, the coffee shop he’s been going to for a decade is closing. But perhaps the eccentric young brunet at his new routine coffee place, with his shimmery blue eyes and paint-streaked face, is just the person to kickstart Arthur’s humdrum life. As it turns out, Merlin’s got baggage of his own.
- PUNK ROCK BOY by silver_etoile | explicit | 31k | M/A
There’s so much pressure on Arthur to choose the right university (Oxford) and date the right girls (Mithian), but a relationship with the weird punk kid was never in Arthur’s plan. When Arthur finds himself in the unfamiliar territory of keeping secrets, he begins to wonder how much of what he thinks is right actually is.
- THE ONLY MOMENT WE WERE ALONE by emmbrancsxx0 | explicit | 69k | M/A
In 1940s England, the son of a wealthy hospital benefactor and his manservant are separated when their love affair is discovered. When Merlin Emrys is committed to an experimental hospital ward to be cured of his deemed mental affliction of homosexuality, Arthur Pendragon will stop at nothing to get him back. Based on the psychological experiments of Dr. William Sargant.
- THE SOUND OF SILENCE by sky_reid | explicit | 40k | M/A
For Arthur, whose work revolves around improving sound, living in silence is unimaginable. For Merlin, living in silence is a fact of life.
- WARLOCK AND HIS DOLLOPHEAD by Val_Creative | explicit | 55k | M/A
30 Day OTP challenge (NSFW), Merthur edition. Unrelated works (30 fics + bonus).
- YOU’RE MY STRESS AND YOU’RE MY MASSEUSE by SlantedKnitting | explicit | 24k | M/A
Arthur’s back at college for a new semester, but he’s having a hard time falling back into his old routine after his father died over the summer break. In an attempt to distract himself (and pad his resume), he starts writing articles for one of the school newspapers. Unfortunately, he’s assigned to write about art (and one art student in particular, one that he can’t stop thinking about) even though it’s something he knows nothing about.