Check and Mate
The first encounter Arthur had with Merlin Emrys was entirely unexpected.
Word count: 7,692
Arthur is instantly attracted to the handsome Merlin Emrys, Captain of the ship Kilgharrah. Their courtship is slow (it’s in a time when homosexuality is a crime) but intense. As Captain of a ship, Merlin is away from Arthur (sometimes for long periods of time), but always comes back to him with open arms. The sexual tension is stifling, but that’s what makes the NC-17 scenes so rewarding. The lust and desire is obvious, with a fair bit of fluff thrown in at the end. Beautiful fic, amazing diction.
My Rating: A-
Anonymous said: hey, i was wondering if you could give me a list of merthur fanfics that contain extreme cuteness and fluff? I'm basically asking for something that will give me death by feels. And also any fanfis where Arthur changes from being Merlin's bully to his lover? And (and I know I'm making too many requests, but I'm terrible at finding fanfics myself), are there any fanfics where Merlin is depressed (eating disorders, self harm, mental illnesses) and Arthur helps him? thanks a bunch :)
Ok, so, I’m giving you “three-of-each” because otherwise I’ll be here forever; I’m also sticking to Modern AUs because they’re properly bookmarked here, so, there you go.
Wherein You’ll Die By Fluff
First and most obviously: Cofeeshop Muffins which is sickeningly sweet and an absolute fan favourite - in which they don’t even know they’re dating but no one else is fooled. Also, in spite of the name, it DOESN’T involve a coffeshop.
Then you have Possibly Maybe I’m Falling Over You because, clearly, there must be some actual coffeshop romance.
And, finally, In Love With My Radio that includes fluff, obliviousness and pining in equal measures. It is adorable.
(There are many others I love, but these also happen to be the ones I’ve re-read recently and that aren’t part of a bigger series)
Wherein You’ll Get Bully-ish To Lover
Exhibit - In which they truly hate each other. Until they don’t. It’s a long until, since it’s a 100k word fic - but worth it.
Not Quite Hogwarts - In which they’re competing and rival College Professors but still manage to fall in love.
The Dragon’s Circle - This one is part of an on-going series, started at Paperlegends 2012 (2nd installment was on Paperlegends 2013); in which Arthur is QUITE the bully-but-has-a-heart-that-beats-for-Merlin.
Wherein You’ll Suffer For Merlin, Really
What Looks Like Crazy - Merlin has known he has HIV for years and is subliming any romance on his part. Arthur doesn’t think it’s quite necessary.
An Infallible Reason - This one goes the other way around: Arthur’s already in love with Merlin when shit happens - and shit means he can’t really do anything about how he feels. Still, he stands by Merlin as much as he can. Take heed, because this fic left me in a fetal position and sobbing without tears for hours.
Till The End of Today - NOT QUITE what you asked for since it’s more apolitical, but it does have a very depressed Merlin that Arthur saves (and proceeds to save the rest of the world through it).
Anonymous said: I lost a fic and no one knows it! maybe you can help? it was on ao3 but I can't find it anymore: unhappy reincarnation fic, merlin waits for centuries, and when arthur returns they don't get along anymore because merlin's turned bitter and arthur is overwhelmed and they just don't click anymore, and in the end arthur moves away and merlin doesn't even notice it. I think there were cameos from legolas and the doctor, too, not sure though. any ideas? thank you!
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find it either. Anyone?
Anonymous said: I was looking for a fiv i've read a while ago. Gwen is sterile, and merlin is able to give her and arthur a child but it turns out to be merlin and arthurs? Do you have any idea what it may be called?
Yes; that’s “The Patter of Tiny Feet on Cold Stone Floors”! We’ve recced it here before, God knows where the rec is, though.
do you ever think about if arthur had been the one to watch merlin die
tHIS IS JUST BECAUSE MERLIN GOT HIT AND HE LOOKS POSITIVELY DEVASTATED
ARTHUR LOVED MERLIN JUST AS MUCH AS MERLIN LOVED HIM AND IM SO UPSET MY GOD
DON’T YOU DARE DO THIS TO ME. NO.
The Tale of the Teapot
A mysterious rabbit, a sick prince, an errant spell, and Merlin. Just another week in Camelot.
Word count: 8521
Merlin is adorable cuddling and talking to his rabbit, and magic reveal happens in the most unexpected of ways.
The Difference Between Us
Arthur has been invited on an important embassy to a part of Wales that has not outlawed magic. Uther fears for his son’s safety. His answer: Merlin must act as a body double. Now Arthur has to learn to be a manservant, and Merlin a prince. But when they reach their destination both learn more than how to pretend.
Word count: 7500
Merlin plays a surprisingly well-spoken prince and Arthur has no idea how to be a manservant.
The House Sitter
Morgana asks Gwen a favor. Watch over Merlin and Arthur for her while she’s away.
Merlin and Arthur make adorable cats that are incredibly in character even while unable to speak.
Reversal of Fortune
Wherein Arthur is not the rich boss, and Merlin is not the assistant. (Modern au.)
Word count: 7300
Cute role reversal where Arthur is still a prat but Merlin is the sweetest boss ever.
It is always Gwen whom Arthur chooses first. It doesn’t matter if she’s taken, married, engaged, widowed or single. It is always Gwen whom Arthur chooses first. And it is Merlin whom Arthur turns to when that relationship goes, as it inevitably does, rotten.
Merlin gets sick of seeing Gwen and Arthur together and runs away. Then comes back.
Word count: 7111
Slightly heartbreaking from Merlin’s POV but sweet all the same. Interesting new take on Merlin getting Arthur to realize his feelings.
Journey into the Interior
Merlin works in Camelot Massage Parlour, London. This is where Arthur finds him. | ‘Arthur’ chokes and flushes, as though they’re not standing in an erotic massage parlour, as though ‘Arthur’ doesn’t have a copy of Penthouse held loosely in one hand. “I’m hardly trying to pick you up, Merlin.” He chuckles a little bitterly. “Look, d’you really not know who I am?”
Word count: 9910
Sweet and hot. Less common take on reincarnation where Arthur remembers before Merlin.
Snuggles and Squeaks
Arthur should know better than to be around when Merlin is practicing magic. Future fic.
Word count: 1750
Absolutely adorable cavity-inducing fluff. Bunny Merlin and Arthur are the cutest things ever and I just want to cuddle them.
Screen control your motherboard
Arthur is Merlin’s tech support at work.
Word Count: 11k+
Cute and funny. Merlin makes a simple mistake and his and Arthur’s relationship escalates from there.
No Business Like Show Business
In which Merlin is promoted from production intern to talent, is easily mortified, and has Post-It arguments with Arthur while the art department watches in glee. Also, there are gay dragons.
Word Count: 11,952 (for the entire verse)
Cute fic where Merlin and Arthur voice dragons in a TV show, there’s bickering as usual, and people in the office start shipping their characters. (Their shipping includes fanart.)