iNow that everyone has been revived after getting ‘good’ slaughtered by victuuri in ep.10, do you have some time to talk about Otabek Altin? The precious cinnamon roll and Yurio’s new friend?
Let’s get to know this Dark Horse.
So he’s 18, he was the first to qualify for GPF, won last season’s bronze and represents Kazakhstan.
Many of you might not even be aware of the existence of this country, so in brief: Kazakhstan is a post USSR country in the centre of Eurasia, right between Russia, China, Middle East and Europe continent.
So, why would Kubo-sensei even include someone from there?
The answer is Kazakhstan’s real life figure skating hero - Denis Ten.
Denis Ten is:
the first skater to represent KZ in international championships
currently 23 years old
is from Kazakhstan but of a Korean origin
Olympic bronze medalist, World silver and bronze medalist, 4 Continents gold medalist, Asia Winter Sports gold medalist
cinnamon roll like you wouldn’t believe how sweet
Otabek is definitely inspired by Denis, and therefore I will take his perspective to judge his background.
The thing about sport athletes in Kazakhstan is that they’re ALWAYS self-made. Neither education system nor sports practice is well-developped here yet. Which is understandable since the country is still young (25 years of Independance, yay) and confused in many aspects. That’s not fine but we manage. That however does not change the fact that Kazakh sport education is a complete bullshit when compared to Europe, USA, Asia or Russia (with the exception of boxing and martial arts, probably).
Therefore if you are from KZ and want a world champion for a kid, these are the steps you need to take:
1. Sign them up for sports club early. No team sports, only individual. Team sports have no future here yet.
2. Once they start to show a talent, interest and/or competitive spirit send them to Russia. Russia has better coaches, facilities and programme. Russia is close, cheap and easy to travel to, and not emotionally stressing for the kid, since it’s the same environment there.
3. Once they come of an age to participate in a competition SEND THEM AS FAR AS YOUR BUDGET ALLOWS YOU. USA and Canada for figure skating. USA, Europe and Australia for swimming and tennis. Why? Because it’s one thing to train in your rivals’ adobe, all of them
young talented and ambitious, being coached by their coach, at the same time as them, and completely other thing to be enrolled in a kind of sports boarding school where the coach is from some France and other students are from all over the world, struggling to get better same as you. Goverment does not provide any stable scholarships for this, btw. It’s all up to parents to find, choose and pay for. If you happen to have a kind, well-educated and persistant coach in KZ, they might win you some bonuses in a harsh battle against bureaucracy, but it will not be enough to cover for all or even half of it.
LAST YEAR!!!! You hear me?? He was 17, and already a bronze medalist when he returned to his hometown!!
That means that all the time before he spent overseas. Can you imagine that?? A 13-16 year old Otabek in another hemisphere from his home. That’s like half an equator, one ocean and 11-14 timezones away.
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struggling with language barrier (think he had time to perfect his English before? not likely), with harsh training and obligatory schoolwork - all on top of taking care of himself all by himself.
Can you imagine Otabek coming back on one of those days to an epmty room in a dorm and messages from his family. Calls might be very hard to time up with such time diference. His mom inquiring how he has been, if he eats properly and does his laundry in time, scheduling for skype calls, updating him on his relatives and friends, giving advice on treating colds and stomach ache, and all those other things that most of the boys his age get for granted.
My heart aches over thinking how lonely he must’ve felt.
And, he probably wouldn’t be able to tell them, if anything would not go well. Because there would be nothing they could do from over there, it would only cause them to worry more. Even more than they already would have been.
So there was only one way for him: to suck it up, train hard, suceed and make them proud.
He is not trying to prove himself to himself as Yuuri, nor does he need to prove himself over others like Yurio. He doesn’t want it for fame like JJ, he wants it for his family, his people and his country. That’s any Kazakh’s default mission in life - make your parents proud. Especially after he had returned home with a medal and proved himself to be capable of competing at the same level as Victor fucking Nikiforov and Christophe Jeacometti!!!!!! Him! A Kazakh boy of 17 years!! Kubo-sensei does not joke around when calling him a hero, because he is one! A hero and a history-maker, same as Phichit.
We haven’t seen his coach or team yet, but I have a feeling that it would be the same situation as Denis’s. Meaning, he doesn’t have one.
Denis Ten often travels (or used to travel) to the competitions by himself. There is no staff assigned to help him out. He is used to do trivial things like filling paper forms, booking time for practice, booking hotels, turning in audio tracks for the performance, etc. There have been numerous times when they had either messed up the music at the start of his performance or even played the wrong hymn during the awards ceremony. In his interview, Denis admitted to being totally lost at what to do at those time. There’s also no one to defend/protect him when something comes up, since there’s no one from KZ who has a weight in figure skating world.
I have a distinctive feeling Otabek will be the same.
I mean, how the hell would he be comfortable enough to rent a bike and ride all over Bar-freaking-celona, with no fear to get lost/in trouble, if he wasn’t used to this kind of responsibilities? Again, he’s 18.
At the same time Yurio is like:
Therefore his friendship with Yurio is truly a blessing. They do have a lot in common, they’re practically from the same background: the lifestyle in KZ and Russia does not really differ. It’s the same culture, the same language (KZ is bilinguial: both Kazakh and Russian are widely spoken), a really similar mindset, educational system, environment, custom etc. They’re both outsiders in the current lineup, striving to make a name for themselves. It’s almost the same as 5 years ago in that camp when both Otabek and Yurio were new to the rink in Saint-Petersburg. That’s what Otabek referring to, I think, when he says Yurio had eyes of a soldier. In that environment they’d be both treated the same, you know. Otabek as a no one from nowhere and Yurio as a that guy from Moscow. Not even sure what’d have been worse.
Also there’s a post going around about bad realtion between Russians and Kazakhs, stressing that Kazakh is an inferior race to Russians - PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE DO NOT BELIEVE IT THAT IS NOT TRUE!!!!!!!
Our nations have always been close, we have a long and complicated history but the friendship between two countries and people is very strong.
There are some issues in terms of racism on both sides but it is very rare/obscure case and is usually triggered by something.
Therefore I ask you to support Otabek Altin and his friendship with Yurochka! Please do adopt him! Please do dote on him! He really deserves and needs that!
and if you have some more feels to spare, please take a look at Denis Ten too :3
The nephilim and Team Free Will: future and determinism
This is a post that started out as an analysis of the scenes where Kelly’s and Cas’ eyes glow golden with the power of the nephilim, and ended up a long longer than I planned. My argument is that the nephilim is the new agent of determinism in the show, and somehow I accidentally ended up drawing the conclusion of romantic Destiel. I never do it on purpose but it always happens. (It’s not a post about Destiel. It’s a post about free will and destiny. Go figure.)
Please read this, it took hours to write and I should be writing my thesis instead.
The starting point of my reflection is: is the nephilim exercising a form of mind control over Kelly and Cas? My answer is yes and no. I mean - in the substance, it’s something like that. But I think it comes from a different place than ‘mind control’, and has larger implications in the context of the show.
A quartet of Once Upon a Time cast members are in negotiations to continue with the ABC fairy-tale drama should the show be renewed for a seventh season.
According to sources, original series stars Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, and Robert Carlyle, along with Colin O’Donoghue, who joined the show in season 2, are all negotiating to extend their contracts. There’s no word on what that means for fellow originals Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their returns are off the table. ABC declined to comment.
The news comes as Once Upon a Time‘s future is uncertain. ABC has not yet renewed the show for season 7, though OUAT bosses Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis have previously said they don’t see season 6 as the end.
However, OUAT does seem poised for a big shift. At the Television Critics Association’s press tour in January, ABC Chief Channing Dungey expanded on her earlier comments about the future of Once, explaining that the OUAT bosses are looking at the potential seventh season as a springboard in a new direction, “which doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re not bringing cast back,” she said. “It’s just, how do you kind of hit the reset button in a way that gives you an opportunity to expand the stories that we’re telling?” While Dungey stopped short of revealing whether any actors would exit, she did note, “Whenever there’s change, there’s always a transition.”
For her part, Morrison seemed optimistic about sticking with the show back in January. “I have a really fierce loyalty to the show,” Morrison said. “I am fiercely protective of the character. I feel like so many amazing things have come to my life because of it. It’s really made my life better in so many ways. I don’t have any interest in abandoning something that is such a special part of my life, but I also know I don’t have it in me to do it forever, so it’s more about a life decision, and I don’t even know how to make that life decision until I know what ABC even wants.”
Earlier this week, Once Upon a Time added two new actors — The Walking Deadalum Andrew J. West and Jane the Virgin star Alison Fernandez, who will both appear in the season 6 finale, with the potential for more episodes should the show get renewed. Check out our theory on that here.
sometimes I feel like the impact of a beloved show’s cancellation doesn’t hit me for months, until suddenly it’s spring and oh!, it’s about time for my favorite show to be coming bac - but it’s not and it never will again
I wanted to post this first, because it was a very sweet, comforting moment that happened after the coverage cut away to replays. I believe he was giving her a few words of comfort, and I caught Tessa in a blink. ;) The end result is probably my favourite of the photos I took this weekend.
My Idol is a South Korean competitive reality dating game show. It currently airs on Wednesday nights on Jae-bummer’s blog. First broadcast in 2016, the show offers the opportunity for a lucky fan to go on seven blind dates with seven idols. The idol plans the date with the show throwing in specific missions to complete during the day. At the end of the initial dates, the show opens up an audience vote to decide what three idols will move on to the second date.
Aphrodite: I am Trying to Break Your Heart // Wilco | Take Me to Church // Hozier | This Girl // Punch Brothers | Landmine // Pearl and the Beard | The Ballad of Mona Lisa // Panic! at the Disco | Last Night on Earth // Green Day | If I Die Young // The Band Perry | Out Tonight // Cast of Rent | Rhiannon // Fleetwood Mac
Apollo: Heavy Metal Drummer // Wilco | Libertango // Astor Piazzola | Devil’s Head Down // Pearl and the Beard | Heretics // Andrew Bird | Romeo & Juliet // Dire Straits | Satin Summer Nights // Paul Simon ft. cast of Songs from the Capeman | Ukulele Anthem // Amanda Palmer | Casimir Pulaski Day // Sufjan Stevens
Ares: String Quartet (op. 27), Mvt IV: Finale // Edvard Grieg | Black Skinhead // Kanye West | Babe Ruthless // Angel Haze | Yet // Pearl and the Beard | String Quartet no. 11 // Dmitri Shostakovich | Holiday // Green Day | Let’s Kill Tonight // Panic! at the Disco | So What // P!nk | Crown // Run the Jewels | New Year’s Day // U2
Artemis: Wolf // First Aid Kit | Either Way // Wilco | Hummingbird // WIlco | Battle Cry // Angel Haze | Yellow Flicker Beat // Lorde | Magnets // Lorde | Tiger Mountain Peasant Song // Fleet Foxes | Blue Ridge Mountains // Fleet Foxes | Furr // Blitzen Trapper | Wolverine // Sufjan Stevens | When I Was a Boy // Dar Williams | Blackberry Blossom // Michelle Shocked
Athena: Academia // Sia | Space Oddity // David Bowie | Dark Matter // Andrew Bird | Bravado // Lorde | Last of the American Girls/She’s a Rebel // Green Day ft. Cast of American Idiot | Plasticities // Andrew Bird | Imitosis // Andrew Bird
Demeter: Adagio for Strings // Samuel Barber | Loved and Alive // Jim and the Povalos | Iowa // Pearl and the Beard | The Circle Game // Joni Mitchell | Landslide // Fleetwood Mac | Woodstock // Joni Mitchell | Proserpina // Martha Wainwright
Dionysos: Chandelier // Sia | Gasoline // Halsey | GDFR // Flo Rida, Sage the Gemini | St. Jimmy // Green Day ft. Cast of American Idiot | Fiery Crash // Andrew Bird | Teeth // Lady Gaga | Sin Wagon // Dixie Chicks | German Sparkle Party // The Something Experience
Haides: You // Pearl and the Beard | Golden // Fall Out Boy | Boulevard of Broken Dreams // Green Day | Hell is Chrome // Wilco | John Wayne Gacy, Jr // Sufjan Stevens | Live and Die // The Avett Brothers | One // U2
Hephaistos: Sim Sala Bim // Fleet Foxes | The Once and Future Carpenter // The Avett Brothers | Take ‘em Away // Old Crow Medicine Show | Radioactive // Imagine Dragons | Gwyn, Lord of Cinder // Dark Souls soundtrack
Hera: Prodigal Daughter // Pearl and the Beard | Rumour Has It // Adele | Single Ladies // Beyonce | Heirloom // Sufjan Stevens | Don’t You Worry Child // Swedish House Mafia | You’re Aging Well // Dar Williams | St. Judy’s Comet // Paul Simon | Hide and Seek // Imogen Heap
Hermes: Lie, Cheat, Steal // Run the Jewels | Travesty // invoke | Twin Skeleton’s // Fall Out Boy | Bitch, Look At Me Now (Two Weeks) // Childish Gambino | Wing$ // Macklemore | Jesus of Suburbia mix // Green Day ft. Cast of American Idiot | Fiery Crash // Andrew Bird | Irrational Anthem // Plain White T’s | Long Way Around // Dixie Chicks | Smooth Criminal // Michael Jackson | Poker Face // Lady Gaga | Chicago // Sufjan Stevens
Hestia: Miss Missing You // Fall Out Boy | Home // Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes | Our House // Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young | Fatima // K’naan | Round Here // Counting Crows | Angel of Montgomery // Bonnie Raitt | Baby Blue // Bob Dylan | Welfare Music // The Bottle Rockets | When I’m Gone // Phil Ochs
Nemesis: Goodbye Earl // Dixie Chicks | Two Black Cadillacs // Carrie Underwood | Better Than Revenge // Taylor Swift | Not Ready to Make Nice // Dixie Chicks
Persephone: Keep You On My Side // CHVRCHES | Good Death // Pearl and the Beard | Death Valley // Fall Out Boy | Just One Yesterday // Fall Out Boy | River // Pearl and the Beard | 21 Guns // Green Day | Uma Thurman // Fall Out Boy | Die Die Die // The Avett Brothers | The Cave // Mumford and Sons | Walk On // U2
Poseidon: Swimming // Pearl and the Beard | Hurricane // Panic! at the Disco | Armchairs // Andrew Bird | Swimming // Florence + the Machine | Lusitania // Andrew Bird ft. Annie Clark | What the Water Gave Me // Florence + the Machine | Never Let Me Go // Florence + the Machine | Northern Downpour // Panic! at the Disco
Zeus: Panthers // Wilco | Weather Systems // Andrew Bird | Beautiful Day // U2 | Rain King // Counting Crows | American Girls // Counting Crows | Deja Vu // Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young
Once Upon a Waste of Time - An open Letter to Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis.
Dear Adam and Eddy,
After watching #OnceUponaTime #OUAT & had a chance to process it there are a number of things I’m really not happy or comfortable with and I would really like them addressed.
Why did you deem it perfectly acceptable to use the term “nut house” in the show? Please don’t ever use that term again. It’s stigmatising mental illness & there’s enough of that in the world already. It only endorses name calling being okay to use against those who suffer with mental illnesses.
The Q&A was talking of hope and belief. But when it comes to the marginalised oppressed groups it was pitiful in representation. In fact, the number of POC and LGBTQ characters you had on your show were extremely disproportionate to the real world. Most of your POC characters ended up with terrible fates. Such as Merlin, Stanham (Tin man), Marian, I don’t even remember what happened to Rapunzel… yikes! Only one POC couple Aladdin and Jasmine represented POC with a happy ending. I don’t even recall seeing any others present for happy endings. That’s how disproportionate it was with POC representation.
The one f/f queer pairing you had, which was written by two of your MALE employees in your writing team and therefore had no feminine perspective, was rushed together without development and made it into some stereotype of lesbians meet and fall in love in a day and move in together. That was eye rolling enough, but to top it off, they only got one episode out of six years of your show, and were not even even present for the happy endings moment. Seemingly nobody thought to invite them to the wedding, which even if the actresses couldn’t make, would have taken a moment to write in saying Ruby and Dorothy couldn’t make it, but send their love and congratulations. We didn’t even see them in Oz when Zelena took everyone back to her Emerald City castle.
I hate to break it to you guys but treating a f/f ship differently to that of the heterosexual pairings you have on the show, is not equality. It’s merely ticking a box to say yep we covered LGBTQ, and it is in that inequality that gave it the “I’m not homophobic… but” feel to it. The bottom line is that there shouldn’t be inequality. Even the disproportionate numbers of LGBTQ and POC characters to heterosexual and white characters ratio comes across as sexuality and racial inequality.
Regina being a middle aged Latina woman only got apples and dwarfs showing her acceptance which she has been getting for 4 seasons now. She’s happy with herself, I get that, but why did the Latina queen only ever get heartbreak in love and not even get a romantic love in her life for her happy ending? Are Latina’s destined to be without a lover? Or is it just middle aged women destined to be alone if they haven’t found a lover by a certain point? I understand she would have been grieving Robin, but there wasn’t even a hint of hope that she could be with someone in the future. Not a start of anything. Zelena being older than Regina didn’t have one either. So all the middle aged female fans who are currently alone right now, who watched the show for a bit of hope that maybe they would find love one day, didn’t get that hope as they weren’t validated.
I understand happiness doesn’t always involve having a lover in your life but to the marginalised oppressed groups Latinas, middle aged women, and LGBTQ, you didn’t deliver any substantial hope for them to believe that they too could find happiness because you did not represent them. Didn’t even represent anyone in the trans community at all. So all those people who watched with the hope of a “Modern Fairytale” didn’t take away with them a message of hope and belief as they weren’t accurately represented. They just took home the message that everyone else deserved a happy ending but them.
And the final thing I’m really annoyed with, is that you had the greatest love story with SwanQueen. Every single message on the show about what love is, they demonstrated. SwanQueen in my opinion, was the greatest love story never told.
Six years and one kinda uncomfortable looking hug is unrealistic for best friends, especially with the way the actors were directed to play them, and with all the queer-baiting subtext. But to add insult to injury you have the same initial situation of a kid looking for and finding their parent, and have openly stated that Henry and his daughter’s mother who he will meet again will have an epic love story… so basically it’s pretty much SwanQueen but the heterosexual version of it. The SwanQueen story was so good, but just not heteronormative to tell on TV. I want to know, WHY? And please don’t use the excuse “family show” anymore because the sexual content of this show, albeit no sex was actually taking place in it, does not make this family viewing. Nor does violence and murder either.
I’d like some answers around this and not to be ignored or blocked because you don’t like me putting you in front of a mirror to examine yourselves. There was even a time you baited Swen in an obvious way by tweeting a script tease of a SwanQueen scene which you had cut from the show!
Adam, you have stalked Swen accounts and there are multiple cases where there is evidence of you doing that. I want to know why you used us for viewership if your heteronormative love story was something you were so certain of being successful?
You had a little over 12 million viewers at the start of your show. And the latest figures were around 2.8 million if I’m not mistaken. How do you deem this as success? You used Swen to keep you afloat for another season didn’t you? You could at the very least have the decency to be honest and admit that.
You’ve lost a viewer in me, not just with Once Upon a Time, but with all future shows you decide to create, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has made this decision. Once Upon a Time was sold as a “Modern Fairytale” but that was false advertising really. The only thing modern about it was the characters had cell phones and spoke of Hamilton tickets, oh and Snow White held a sword for the first time… 🤦🏼♀️ Big whoop! Nothing modern here or even groundbreaking. Same old story of predominantly white, cis gendered, heterosexual couples getting their happy endings and leaving everyone else lacking them. If that’s your idea of a “modern fairytale”, then I’m sure all your future endeavours as writers will be just as same old, same old.
The characterization of Aphrodite in the Saint Seiya Universe
This is a translation of a post originally submitted on May 23, 2015, in Brazilian Portuguese.
Thank you so much, Arukas. You’re the best!! ♥ ♥ ♥
After his recent spectacular participation in Soul of Gold, I found myself thinking about how the character was dealt with in the various works he was present, and I decided to draw a parallel between them, because I see that many people don’t realize (or understand) the always present essence of the character.
Initially, Aphrodite was created by Masami Kurumada as a warrior who is fearless, proud, and very concerned about peace on Earth. After seeing in Saga the strength required to keep that peace, he decided not to follow Athena – until then a weak and unknown girl to the Gold Saints. He does not hesitate before an enemy threat and since then he proves himself a powerful opponent at direct and indirect battle, being able to knock Pegasus Seiya unconscious without laying a single finger on him. Moreover, Aphrodite shows an enormous inflexibility in the face of Shun’s arguments, not giving in at any moment nor hesitating about his ideals of justice. He would die for what he believed to be right and made it clear since his first appearance in the series.
“Strength is justice, and the winner is the absolute sovereign”.*
“Peace has been among us thanks to Pope Ares”.*
Remember that even in the encyclopedia his concern for peace is exalted.
The second work he appeared in was Episode G, in a less prominent role, but that followed the same line of fighting as the one seen before. Aphrodite faces and easily defeats a Giga, while protecting and healing Aiolia, showing the same distinguished, imposing and proud posture that we saw in front of Andromeda Shun, in the virtual future of this saga. And once again he shows himself as extremely inflexible before the enemy, having a goal ahead of him and nothing is capable of divert him from his path until he achieves it.
“My side is and always will be the same. I will always be on the side of the most beautiful justice, for beauty is the only absolute justice, incapable of betraying us”.*
(Notice that, in this saga, he uses euphemisms to talk about strength. And here we can also see an extension of his techniques with roses, in which he is able to create huge vines and control them freely).
Later he is inserted in the chronology through Saintia Sho. Here we get to know more about his personality rather than his strength. We’re given a great and enlightening dialogue between him and Saori Kido, in which all his position is explained and justified. Once more, the reason of his actions is thesearch for peace and for protection of those who are weaker.
“One needs to win to protect”.*
“As a Saint who protects the Earth, to swear loyalty to an unreliable stranger would be the same as betraying the people of this world…And this is something I cannot do at all”.*
Aphrodite was aware the Earth was at risk of being invaded by other divine entities, such as Hades and Poseidon, and in the face of an unexperienced and weak girl, he preferred to follow Saga until she proved being able to defend those who needed protection. She understands that attitude herself, and admits it is reasonable to expect that from someone at his position.
His participation in the Legend of Sanctuary movie doesn’t take a minute, but we can see in his lines that he was at Athena’s side this time. He believed she was in the Sanctuary and went after the Pope to take her to a safe place.
(This is the only film in the series that I will mention, since the others don’t make any sense to be analyzed and used as any kind of foundation for the characters).
At last, we have Aphrodite resurrecting along with his comrades in the current Soul of Gold saga. Insightful, intelligent and distinguished, noble: that’s how he was shown so far. His first thought upon arriving at unknown territory, unaware of why he was revived, was to investigate the enemy directly in order to know the reasons for them to be there and for all the adverse situations the Gold Saints were facing. In this saga, he displays a skill unknown up to then: Aphrodite can communicate with plants, and by using such skill, he gets to the God Warrior Fafner. His posture was the same he had in all his serious combats so far: Inflexible and determined to reach his goal. Aphrodite extracted from Fafner all the information he needed, and immediately passed them on to Mu. There was no hesitation, fear or doubt when confronted by all the adversities he met: he had a goal and would achieve it by any means.
In this scene, he shows again his concern about the well-being of people above everything else, telling Fafner that he could not forgive him for the suffering he caused to Asgard’s inhabitants. Before being imprisoned, we see that – somehow – he passed through Andreas, released Helena and got her out of the place, sacrificing himself in the process.
After minimally analyzing each of his participations, I can conclude that Aphrodite is and always has been characterized in the same way. In some sagas there were euphemisms in his words, while in others he was more brutal and even violent, but in the end, he always had the same characteristics when fighting seriously: Strong, fearless, imposing and extremely focused on his goal. The fact that he prizes for peace and the common good is also present in all Saint Seiya works, and is even highlighted in all of them, either with words or attitudes of his. This is Pisces Aphrodite, created and worked on through several works, but whose essence was maintained in all of them: the tireless search for peace and justice.
*translator’s note: Unfortunately I couldn’t find the episode nor the scans in English so those are translations of the lines as seen in the Brazilian dub/version.
Hey there! So, I'm not a fan of Merthur and I was wondering if you had any recs for good return fics without slash? Please and thank you!
Magic Waves Summary: After ep 5x13. Magic has faded from the world, but when it returns, it takes technology by storm, leaving mass destruction behind. The world is plunged into modern-medieval age as technology dies. Merlin’s wait is over as Arthur returns to restore peace to Albion. It’s up to Merlin and Arthur to unite magic and technology. Same characters, New adventures.
The Love that Binds Us Is More Important Summary: After losing so much, Merlin forges an alliance and finds a way to bring not only Arthur, but his Round Table, back to the world someday. When they return, can Merlin bring back their memories of their past? And will fate repeat itself, or can destinies be changed? Primary romantic relationship is Arwen, with possible side of Merdred, but as with the series, the heart is the Arthur/Merlin friendship.
Bringer of Balance Summary: When a Vates prophesizes that “the son of Dragons will bring back the balance of Albion, between Old and New, between muggles and magic,” Arthur Pendragon is hailed as a hero by all and sundry. No one is surprised when he is sorted into Gryffindor, the house destined to bring forth the greatest heroes. The attacks on his life however, somehow are a surprise. Luckily Merlin Ambrosius, Slytherin and all-around sarcastic sceptic, is there to make sure Arthur stays with his two feet on the ground, grounded and, more importantly, alive.
Evil on The Rise Summary: Merlin has waited twenty five thousand years for the day that Arthur returns. When Merlin literally runs into him and his knights on their way to Gwen’s house, he is overjoyed. And a little weary. With help from his beloved Freya, will he be able to set right other people’s wrongs? Will he finally achieve his destiny?
Finding Merlin Summary: Merlin has always looked out for Arthur. Now it’s Arthur’s turn to look out for Merlin.
Merlin Sightings Summary: Over the past few years, a mysterious man had been sighted all over the place by various witches and wizards. At Hogwarts, in the Forbidden Forest, in the Leaky Cauldron and even weaving through the Muggle streets of London. No one knows his name yet every single witch, wizard and muggle has heard of him. Merlin has been sighted. One-shot!Various characters’ encounters with Merlin.
The Future to the Once Summary: It’s been so many years since Arthur’s death, and really, Merlin was starting to doubt Kilgharrah’s words about it being Arthur’s destiny as the Once and Future King. So of course that’s when the prat has to show up.
Once and Future Everyone Summary: Also titled Everything I Need to Know About the Modern Age I Learned from Wal-Mart. Arthur meets television, there’s a cat named Gwaine, Morgana does have fashion sense, and Merlin is never teaching anyone to drive ever again.
Findan Summary: Modern Reincarnation. Their eyes meet at the orderly chaos that is the airport. They have found each other. Nothing mattered more than the other. When their eyes first meet, Arthur is three years old and Merlin is one. Fluff. Now a TWOSHOT
Through This Wonderland Summary: "No,“ says Merlin. "No. We are not going to Scotland so you can slay a mythical beast that does not exist.”
The Old Man and The Lake Summary: What I want is for a folklore to start slowly growing surrounding Merlin waiting by the lake. […] People talk about him as a ghost story, and variants crop up, like that he’s waiting for a drowned lover, or he’s waiting for a brother who promised to meet him there. Eventually, no one seriously believes that there’s some man who always comes to wait by the lakeside, that the same man has been doing so for thousands of years. Even if he comes still.
Wait for Me Summary: He changes his name every so often, alternates being young and old and male and female, just in case. He becomes a doctor, a teacher, a writer, even a stage magician once, for a little while. But he never goes too far from where Camelot used to be, and he always knows when he sees familiar souls. So he notices, of course, when he starts to see them more, starts to see so many people he used to know in the span of a few months and a few miles. They’re different, of course, new names and new faces, but he’s always been able to recognize them.
Albion is Doomed Summary: “Right,” said the old man mockingly. “Let’s assume that I’m one and a half millennia old and you’ve come back from the dead after all this time, and I’m supposed to say oh yay, instead of, you took your bloody time, you bastard.”Featuring CrazyOld!Merlin and SmugBecauseHe'sALegend!Arthur.