TV: Merlin

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3x12 vs. 5x12

Okay, but based on the information Arthur had, Arthur probably imagined Merlin as a scrawny kid frightened of his own shadow, but always willing to put himself alongside Arthur, just so he wouldn’t have to face whatever terror awaited alone. Maybe Arthur didn’t knight Merlin precisely because he wasn’t a warrior, but you can damn well believe he never doubted his courage for a second.

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The Sword in the Stone Part 2 (4x13): Merlin gives Arthur faith. a.k.a. Merlin is the bestest damn friend ever.

When the sword was thrust into the stone, the ancient king foretold that one day it would be freed again at a time when Camelot needed it most.

Prompt Day 10 || Path I - Favorite Moments

I know I already filled this prompt, but I have MANY favorite moments, okay!

This moment, in particular, made me emotional. I remember having to take a deep breath because if I didn’t, I was going to cry. I think this scene truly highlights Merlin’s faith and loyalty in Arthur and it is so damn beautiful. The delivery of the lines are especially gorgeous! GUH!

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The Fires of Idirsholas (2x12): Merlin poisons Morgana to save Camelot.

Prompt Day 10 || Path I - Favorite Moments 

It is such a tragic and heartbreaking scene and it’s the moment I realized this show had massive potential because instead of just finding another solution, the show went there in turning Merlin into someone who would sacrifice a friend for the greater good and Morgana into the “villain” we know.

I also love the intimacy of this moment - the way Morgana looks at Merlin when she realizes the truth, the way she futilely pushes him away when he tries to hold her, the way Merlin holds her close to try and offer some comfort even as she struggles against him - it’s all so poignant.

Short Merlin Fic Rec List

As promised, here’s my next fic rec list. No one requested any other ships so y'all are stuck with my Merthur obsession again :) These are all one chapter fics, no real theme connecting them, I just decided to pick ones that weren’t terribly long for those of you looking for a quick Merthur fix :) Enjoy!

In no particular order:

Post-It Note Romance

Word Count: Just about 10k

Summary: Merlin has never had a secret admirer before so he’s fairly certain this one has the wrong guy.

My Comments: Please everyone go read this it is precious.

Finally Breaking

Word Count: Almost 9k

Summary: The debate!AU. In which Arthur makes a fresh start, a new friend, and a complete mess of understanding what’s actually going on. Also, there are arguments. Lots and lots of arguments.

My Comments: Love the debate teams. Perfect way to capture their banter.

A Favor Between Friends

Word Count: 9k

Summary: Arthur asks Merlin for a favour and ends up breaking his heart. It’s all his own fault, Merlin knows, but it’s still hard to be around Arthur all the time.

My Comments: We all know exactly where the misunderstanding happens, but our poor boys are oblivious as usual. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t last too long.

In Dreams

Word Count: 6k

Summary: King Arthur is dead, and Merlin is forced to live on in solitude. But at night, Merlin dreams. And his dreams might not be as one-sided as he thinks. (A post-finale fix-it.)

My Comments: Personally, I never saw Merlin going back to Camelot post season 5, but this fic is beautiful. If he did go back to Camelot it would have to be for Arthur, and having this connection with Arthur is the only way I see that happening. Beautifully done.

 

The Advent of Coffee

Word Count: 11k

Summary: Merlin’s daily visits to Castle Grounds for his coffee fix have become something of a habit, so when everyone else goes home for the semester, he keeps them up. The baristas seem to like him, for the most part, and as Christmas approaches, things start to get interesting.

My Comments: Just as adorable as every fluffy coffee shop au.

This Dance of Days

Word Count: 8k

Summary: In which people get married, Arthur is confused a lot, Uther gives relationship advice, and Merlin isn’t scared, except when he is, but only a little bit. Also Merlin steals things, and Gwaine is up to no good.

My Comments: Established relationship, which I usually don’t go for (I’m all about the UST) but this was  a fantastic illustration of the relationship between the two. Very different from any other est. relationship fic I’ve read before, definitely recommend.

If Greater Want of Skill

Word Count: 5k

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.

My Comments: Fantastic. Arthur and Merlin angrily reciting poetry during sex? Why would anyone say no to that? (Yeah…PWP).

Roses by Any other Name

Word Count: 4k

Summary: At 6:22 in the morning, Monday through Friday, Arthur walks into the coffee shop where Merlin works. But when Merlin calls him the wrong name, Arthur keeps quite and lets him carry on with it.

My Comments: Another very cute coffee shop au.

Picture Says a Thousand Words

Word Count: 4k

Summary: so it’s a good thing Arthur takes great photos and Merlin loves to write columns, then.

My Comments: AHH THIS IS ADORABLE. Written mainly through emails and Merlin’s feature articles.

Chance Meetings and Less Chance Events

Word count: 13k

Summary: As Arthur’s luck would have it, Gwaine has requisitioned his and Arthur’s flat to shoot a home-made porno. This means that, unless he wants an eyeful, Arthur has to go elsewhere to study and chill. That’s why he starts frequenting the Student’s Union Café, a place he doesn’t normally like and wouldn’t be seen dead in. Well, until he’s conspicuously always there.

My Comments:  This is great. Lovely little uni au in which many presents and several awkward moments are exchanged. Cuteness follows.

It’s Warm Enough In My Arms

Word Count: 6k

Summary: Arthur and Merlin are best friends. Gwaine thinks they should be more. Secretly, Arthur agrees.

My Comments: Oh, Arthur. So silly. What’s the best way to seduce your Merlin? Break the heater of course.