I think shipping is in a way our desperate need to believe that eternal love can exist. That belonging to one and only person can actually be achieved. It’s why we cling so hard to these fictional relationships and live vicariously through them. Why our peace of mind depends on whether or not they are an endgame. Because they give us hope for something many of us don’t think will ever happen to ourselves and if our otp is at least happy, then maybe one day we can be too. Shipping is just so weird and wonderful and painful all at the same time.


Arthur wasn’t prepared when he met the new king from the elven kingdoms. Everyone who had seen Merlin had warned Arthur to be prepared.

 His haunting beauty and golden feathered wings were breathtaking. Arthur scoffed at his delegation’s awe.

But once he saw Merlin for himself, Arthur was speechless. The elven king was the most beautiful man he had ever seen. 

A year from today, Merlin will barely remember the lashing. He will only know that the pain sang through him. The sting of the long, bloody welts on his back resonated in time to the irregular crack of the whip, each sharp snap of pain echoing through the rest of his body until all his nerves screamed in crescendo.
Afterwards, he hung limply from the manacles, sick and shaken. Small details will stand out, oddly vivid in his memory. The guards’ hands ,surprisingly gentle as they lowered him to the dungeon floor. The press of dirty straw against his cheek.
And Arthur. His strong, square hand felt cool on Merlin’s jaw, a soothing caress as he lifted Merlin’s head to cradle him carefully in his arms. He will never forget the look in Arthur’s eyes, a well of guilt, sorrow, and concern so deep that Merlin almost thought he could slip inside them, away from the burning cacophony of pain.

peggxcarter asked:

Do you like fake relationship fics? Any faves?

Change in Crowns by derekstilinski

Word Count: 11,601

Summary: Arthur has traveled to sign a treaty of friendship with other kingdoms, when he realizes they’ve intended to set him up to marry as well. He doesn’t want to marry for the sake of marrying, so he pulls a clumsy, crowned Merlin in with false talk that they married quietly.

Arthur’s true in saying he wants to marry for love, because he chooses Merlin for more than one reason.

An Exchange of Favours by SPowell

Word Count: 8,976

Summary: When Merlin gets a stranger out of a jam, he asks him to pretend to be his boyfriend for the night in order to make his ex jealous.

No Matter Where You Roam by lady_ragnell

Word Count: 11,537

Summary: “I was wondering if you might come home with me.” Merlin stops mid-rant and stares at him, and then down at his panini again, and back at Arthur. This is a panini of lies and pain. He can tell already.

“For Christmas? I’ve got an uncle and a mother and a sister waiting for me at home, in case you hadn’t remembered, I’m not going home with you just because you’re a workaholic.”

“No, it’s. My mum might be under the impression that we’re a little bit married.”

In which Merlin gets conned into spending Christmas with Arthur’s family and pretending to be his husband, because somehow this is his life.

Spontaneous Ignition by Tossukka

Word Count: 28,609

Summary: Dating Arthur Pendragon, even when the relationship is fake and the man is his best friend, was a lot more work than Merlin would’ve expected. Featuring discussions about magic with Uther Pendragon, a magical show off between Merlin and Sophia in the middle of a dance floor, getting fitted for suits Merlin definitely could not afford to buy with his own money, a talking gecko, and growing feelings that might not be as fake as Merlin had let himself believe.

Comment: Art by eviko! Very fluffy, pretend relationship!

Best Man by lamardeuse

Word Count: 9,826

Summary: Modern AU, Arthur needs a date for Gwen’s wedding. The rest is history.

I was tagged by the lovely, amazing, incredibly talented @themalfoymanner. Thank you so so much! (If you don’t follow her, like.. what are you even doing on my blog? Seriously go. Now. Right now. Go. Follow her immediately, it will be the best thing you ever do (also send her a little hello and thank her for all she does because she’s incredible and does a lot for the Drarry squad! <3) 

Rules: using song titles from one artist, cleverly answer these questions. 

Troye Sivan

  • What is your gender? Lost Boy (lol uh)
  • Describe yourself: Happy Little Pill
  • How do you feel? Too Good
  • If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Heaven (Omg)
  • Favorite mode of transportation? Wild (?)
  • Your best friends? For Him
  • Favorite time of day? The Quiet
  • If life was a tv show, what would it be called? Suburbia
  • What is life to you? Cool (Lol)
  • Relationship status? Don’t Keep Love Around

CHALLENGE 2: Five favorite ships!

  • Drarry (Draco/Harry)
  • Johnlock (John Watson/ Sherlock Holmes)
  • Marthgwen (Merlin/ Arthur/ Guinevere) 
  • Phan (Dan/Phil) *BROTP/ OTP* 
  • Destiel (Dean/ Castiel)

CHALLENGE 3: 5 of my favorites villains

  • Draco Malfoy *Pure cinnamon roll in disguise*
  • Regina *OUAT*
  • Loki 
  • Jim Moriarty (Sherlock)
  • Can’t think of another tbh. 

CHALLENGE 4: Random Questions

Name: Shelby | Nickname: Don’t have one, don’t want one. 

Star sign: Scorpio | Gender: Female

Height: 5′10 | Sexual orientation: Who knows | Favorite color: Burgundy

Time right now: 2:01 am (so tired) | Current location: My bed | Average hours of sleep: like…. 5-8.

Lucky number: 4 | Last thing I googled: XIII December 13, 2013. (Don’t even ask.)

Number of blankets I sleep under: like 7 unless there’s somebody to cuddle <3 

Favorite fictional characters:

  • Draco Malfoy
  • Harry Potter
  • Merlin
  • Sherlock
  • Dean Winchester
  • Narcissa Malfoy
  • Arthur
  • Guinevere 
  • John Watson

Favorite book: Any Harry Potter book, any book by Dan Brown. 

Dream job: Foster mom who does pottery and sells drawings/paintings on the side. 

What I’m wearing: A house robe

Random fact: 

When did you create your blog?: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 14:28:31

Current amount of followers: 678, I love every one of you to bits ahh!! <3 

What do you post about?: All things Harry Potter! :) 

When did your blog reach its peak?: A little before Christmas time. Not quite sure why, but I’m just happy that I get to talk to so many of you lovely people! You are all so sweet and kind, every message just makes my day better Thank you all so much! <3 :) 

Who is your most active follower?: Typically @delightfullycolorfulcreator, but I believe that @actuallydrarry stalks my blog a lot more.

What made you decide to get a tumblr?: Not sure, but I still haven’t decided if it was a good decision or not hehe

Do you get asks on a daily basis?: I get messages on a daily basis, but asks are usually a weekly thing? 

Why did you choose your URL?: I like the sound of it :) I wish it didn’t have ‘x’s though :( 

CHALLENGE 5: More random questions!

What was the last movie you watched? The Way He Looks- OH my god SO GOOD!!! You must watch it RIGHT now. 

What was the last song you listened to? Lucky by Britney Spears omg…

What was the last show you watched? Once Upon A Time, I believe.

What was the last book you read? Inferno by Dan Brown, so good!!

What was the last thing you ate? Probably mashed potatoes or something

If you could be anywhere else, where would you be? On a beach somewhere, probably. I’ve always wanted to go to Italy, so that would be just lovely! :) 

If you could pick a decade to travel back in time, what would it be?
I dunno… History is pretty shitty. 1990′s haha 

If you won the lotto and millions in cash, what would be the first thing you’d do? Probably buy a house in the UK somewhere and move there as soon as possible. 

Which fictional character would you like to hang out with for a day? Oh shit… Shit… Draco Malfoy? Narcissa? Shit… I don’t know!! Mr. Dursley to ask what the fuck he was doing. 

What was the last fandom you joined? OUAT!

CHALLENGE 6: Either Ors

Sunny day or rainy day? Sunny (but only if it’s like 65 degrees and I can sit in the sun happily without getting too hot. 

What’s your all-time favorite book/movie? Anything Harry Potter, but probably The Half Blood Price or Prisoner of Azkaban

Are you more fascinated by space or the deep sea? The sea omg that shit is crazy and we’ve only explored like 5% of it?!!?! WHAT the fuck. 

If given the opportunity, would you buy a boat? Sure, why not? I always like riding in boats and having the wind whip across my face. Its so peaceful :) 

If you could do anything, what would your dream job be? Foster Mom selling Potter/ drawing/ miscellaneous art on the side. 

Describe your weirdest dream I dream of the weirdest shit, okay? I cant even say my weirdest one, so let’s go with the second weirdest in which I had a penis. I have the genitalia of a female and would like to keep it that way. Not sure why that happened. 

Are you the kind of person who sleeps with only one cushion? No. I litearlly have 6 cushions on a twin sized bed and thats really still not enough. I just need another person next to me tbh (im accepting applications, thanks.)

Finally done!

I’ll tag @actuallydrarry @icanhelpyouthere @yaasdrarry @malfoyco (but only if you want to do it, literally please please PLEASE do not feel obligated to do this, I know its long.) And anyone else who wants to do it!! <3 :) 

Express Ticket to the End

read it on the AO3 at http://ift.tt/1L7b6bO

by theanatomyofadreamer

Arthur Pendragon can’t decide who he hates more: the privileged upper-class company he keeps or himself. Bored, lonely and despairing, he turns his emotions against himself, dead-set on a fast track to the grave. At first, the alcohol and the eating disorder seem like a cliche, but he soon finds solace in the blackout nights and the toxic burn of bile in his throat.
Enter Merlin Emrys, professional slacker and occasional sex god, with cheekbones as sharp as tequila and blue eyes that burn almost as much as the bile.
And Arthur wonders if this beautiful boy might save him, or whether he’s just a one-way express ticket to the end.

Words: 3747, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

read it on the AO3 at http://ift.tt/1L7b6bO