modern au where morgana suspects merlin is gay and so when she realizes she’s gay and hints at him about that they end up coming out to each other
and merlin! is the first and only person morgana’s ever told! or who knows! even though she’s maybe known for a long time! and morgana! is the only person merlin’s age that knows about merlin! and the only person he’s ever told instead of them figuring it out (because gauis found out when he found merlin’s gay porn lol and he thinks hunith knows but he hasn’t Officially Told her and will knew he had a crush on this boy when they were little but he was straight so it Wasn’t The Same) and morgana! who merlin’s always thought of as kind of cold and standoffish, hugs him and won’t let go and cries after they tell each other and chokes out “i’ve never known anyone else who was gay, thank you thank you”
they’re both so high off the fact that Someone Knows and they’re always giggly at each other and make silly gay jokes (gwen: hey look a rainbow’s out! merlin: you know, i don’t see many rainbows. morgana, smirking: really? *giggle giggle* merlin: well, not many actual rainbows *giggle giggle* maybe other types *giggle giggle* arthur: what?)
they don’t know each that well outside of this one thing, but they’re constantly talking to each other about it
and they’re the friends who shop together and text each other constantly while they’re with their friends together and complain about the Straights and Judge People (honestly 80% of their conversations that aren’t directly gay jokes are them Judging People Together) and they can’t go to pride events where they live because Uther, so they road trip together other places, and they’re so physically affectionate too, particularly morgana
and! everyone! starts to think! they’re together! and they keep giggling about this which only serves to make everyone more sure, like arthur gwen merlin and morgana go on a trip together and arthur and gwen are dating so they’re going to share a hotel bed, and morgana’s like “merlin can share with me *giggle giggle* we don’t mind heehee”
and arthur and gwen! get all jealous! but don’t quite understand why because they haven’t both quite worked out that they’re not in love with each other but in love with merlin and morgana respectively, and arthur’s just sitting around that whole trip like “i’m not sure whether to fight my sister or merlin for this and i’m not sure what’s up with any of it but i Don’t Like It”
because you know merlin and morgana would only encourage people thinking they’re together once they found out people thought so, because if they didn’t think they could come out anyway they’d be like “how many of our friends’ heads can we screw with heehehe” so morgana’s texting merlin like “elena just asked me if we were together and arthur was there so i said i wouldn’t tell her that but that i did know youre well hung af and arthur turned an alarming shade of purple and excused himself, you can thank me later” meanwhile merlin’s texting morgana like “how! can percy not realize! i’m gay! we’re sharing a room and i only wore tommy hilfinger black briefs to bed last night THIS IS A TELL TALE SIGN!!!! and yet he just asked me if i like freya oh my god”
Ok, we all know the flower shop/tattoo artist AU but what if “I work at Lush and at home I take aesthetic pictures of the products for my blog and I recognize you from tumblr because you’re internet famous for modeling grunge clothes why are you here” AU.
Modern Arthur and Merlin getting stuck in traffic on a road trip and having a huge argument which ends with Merlin accidentally blurting out his feelings and they have no where to run so they just sit there in embarrassed silence for like ten minutes until Arthur just reaches over a kisses him. Needless to say Merlin had the biggest smile on his face when they arrived at their destination.
Merthur AU- Destruction falls upon Camelot and all fingers point to Merlin. Unable to come to Merlin’s aid, Arthur finds him gravely injured from the panicked masses, but fears his magic. Unwilling to kill him, Merlin is sealed away in the Crystal Cave. The wait is long and cruel. After 1500 years, Merlin finds a way out, and to his reincarnated king. What follows is not a tearful reunion.