the piano: masterpost

Title: The Piano
Rating: M
Total WordCount: 43K
Genre: Romance, Tragedy
Pairing(s): Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Valiant
Warnings: Domestic abuse, violence & mutilation, minor character death, attempted non-con, homophobia.
Author's Notes: This has been written for reel_merlin , round 3, based on the film "The Piano" (1994) set in post colonial New Zealand. A huge thank you to my amazing beta, musicsage92 without whom I would have been completely lost. Also much love for nachte , who created the stunning piece of art to go with this fic.
Note for Readers: There are many pieces of music embedded into this fic - an author's plea for you to listen to them :D The whole fic revolves around music and it reads best if you click play when you see the embedded media throughout this fic. A complete soundtrack can be downloaded separately.

Summary: In which Merlin is a mute pianist.

When Freya dies from fever, unable to fulfill a promise of marriage, Merlin and his daughter Morgana are sent far away to the lonely shores of New Zealand where everything Merlin owns becomes the property of one Stewart Valiant. Silent, with only music for company, Merlin tries desperately to save his piano when Valiant refuses to take it with them and abandons it on the beach. When Valiant sells the piano to Arthur Pendragon, Merlin is forced to make a choice. And so begins a love affair, a journey with irrevocable consequences.

Крайне красивая и грустная вещь со счастливым окончанием. Иногда кажется что вместе с музыкой сливается во вполне живую картинку может и типичного, но бережно прорисованного романа.

@темы: Merlin, AU, NC, более 40k


Title: Quickening Days
Rating: R
Wordcount: 22,174 (HOLY SHIT)
Notes: In which dragons & ghosts & prejudices are confronted, Merlin wears a hat (twice) and a dress (once), Arthur breaks some crockery (lots), there are more pranks than pillowfights but at least one of each, and many secrets are revealed.

Title: No Magic Necessary
Rating: NC17
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Word count: 7,430

Title: Needlework
Author: zarathuse
Rating: M
Word Count: ~19k
Summary: In which Merlin saves Arthur’s life. Uh. Mostly. Hijinx ensue. (More serious than it sounds, unfortunately.)

Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Summary: "Well," Morgana said, looking pleased, "Maybe Arthur won't actually throw the tourney this year."

Woke Up New
By Zee
Summary: Merlin and Arthur switch bodies; complications ensue. Merlin/Arthur, NC-17. 22,083 words.

Title: "The Weight of Words" (mirrored at the AO3)
Word Count: 6,995 words
Pairing(s): Merlin/Arthur
Rating: R/NC-17
Summary: Merlin is not the only one for whom words have power.

Title: The Joye of Sexe (AKA That Arthur Is Obsessed with Sex Fic AKA The Little Porn Ficlet That Grew)
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC17 (very much porn)
Wordcount: 8688 (yes, it appears that the longest fic I've written in this fandom so far started out as a porn scene)
Summary: Arthur has a lot of sex.

Title: Droit de Seigneur
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Length: 1,900
Notes: Thanks to icekestrel for suggestions and reassurance!

Title: Dominion
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Warnings: Contains references to acts of a dubious and non-consensual nature
Summary: Arthur doesn't sleep with servants, but why?

Title: Today We Are Victors
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 4766
Summary: The first thing Arthur Pendragon ever learned was that he could have almost anything he wanted. The history of Arthur's need.

Title: Backfire
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 8,168 words
Summary: In which there are giant ears, a curious cat, backfiring spells, a stick figure Arthur, some unfortunate truths and some very welcome ones.

Title: So Are They All, All Honourable Men
Author: Seperis
Codes: Arthur, Merlin, Morgana, Gwen, Gaius, Uther, Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Considering Arthur's future wife will be chosen less for compatibility than for her political value, Merlin may be the only marriage he'll have that won't end in bloodshed or a great deal of fortifying wine.

Title: The Walls Have Ears
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/Characters: Merlin/Arthur, Merlin, Arthur, Camelot, mentions of Morgana and Gaius.
Warnings: A little crack-y… Implications.
Summary: The walls have ears… and mouths. Merlin starts learning things, some of which he really wishes he could unlearn.

Title: hard as iron
Author: glassly
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: R
Word Count: ~4500
Summary: In the winter, Camelot is under siege, and the people are starving. Arthur and Merlin take care of one another in a slightly dysfunctional manner.

@темы: NC, Merlin, PG, от 10k до 20k, от 1k до 5k, от 20k до 40k, от 5k до 10k


Title: Under the Tuscan Sun
Author: lisztful
Movie Prompt: Under the Tuscan Sun!
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana, Arthur/Lancelot
Rating: nc-17
Word Count: 18,500
Summary: When Arthur loses his home to his cheating husband, the last place he expects to find another is on a lesbian tour of Tuscany. That's not all he finds, either. Complete with lessons learned the hard way, well-adusted friends, gelato, true love, and maybe just a little bit of destiny.

Title: Should You Choose to Accept It
Rating: PG-13 (mostly for swear words and adult concepts)
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Freya, Arthur/Sophia
Warning: Characters are underage, but nothing sordid happens. AU.
Summary: It started out as a little practice. Of course, at twelve years old, everything seemed that simple.

Title: Lions and Pebbles and Penguins, Oh my!
WARNINGS: animal attack
Word Count:10,306
Summary: Sitting at the top of "Uther's All Time Parenting Backfires" is Arthur's fellow colleague and clumsy best friend - Merlin Emrys. Written for the kink_me prompt of: Arthur and Merlin as penguins, based on this article w/c is basically about 2 male penguins who paired off and raised an egg successfully. original post here

Title: Numbers And Figures
Characters: Arthur/Merlin, Hunith, Gwen, Will, Uther, Morgana & OFC
Author: troygirl68
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~ 26,000
Warnings: physical abuse
Summary: From a kinkme_merlin prompt, Arthur/Merlin, Modern AU, Uther is violent at home and Arthur has to hide the bruises in school. New pupil Merlin sees through his popular bullshit at once and discovers the truth. Link here.

Title: Not an Act, But a Habit
Author: mellacita
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: ~18,000
Warnings: Modern AU. Teenaged (but legal!) Merlin, non-explicit or passing mentions of drug use, prostitution, trafficking, self-harm and abuse in the context of homeless and/or runaway youth.
Summary: Inspired by the kinkme_merlin prompt here. Arthur is a spoiled university student. After one transgression too many, Arthur's father makes him spend a night at a hostel for homeless youth to give him a reality check. While there, he meets a tough-talking kid who is more than he seems. In spite of themselves, they become inseparable.

Title: The One Where Merlin Dances Ballet
Characters: Arthur, Merlin, Morgana (Arthur/Merlin)
Genre: fluff, romance, modern au
Rating: NC-17 / explicit (sex, language)
Wordcount: ~11500 complete (split across 2 posts because of size limit)
Summary: Arthur wanted to spit the coffee out and say something wonderful and perfect like people in romantic movies said, all deep and shit, but he was Arthur and he was awkward when it came to emotions, and so he just ended up with the rather unpleasant feeling of coffee trying to back its way up into his nose.

Title: Love, Toast, and Post-It Notes
Author: themadlurker
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Merlin/Arthur (Gwen/Lancelot)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 6644
Summary: It was love at first sight, and Merlin knew it - when it came to the flat, that was. Merlin wasn't anything like as clear about the man he was going to have to live with.

Title: Lord Drake's Bequest
Author: pennyplainknits
Rating: R
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Summary: "To my great-nephew Arthur I bequeath Tintagel Distribution, wholly and without reserve, save for one condition. You must marry, and stay married, for a period of no less than six months. You're a wonderful businessman Arthur, but a full life needs love and companionship, not just a string of affairs. Settle down young Arthur, and your life will be the richer for it."
. Arthur needs to marry to take control of Tintagel Distribution. Fortunatly he knows the right man for the job.

@темы: AU, Merlin, NC, PG, от 10k до 20k, от 20k до 40k, от 5k до 10k


Title: The Natural Progression of Such Things
Author: Cori Lannam (corilannam)
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 6,188
Summary: Somewhat by accident, Merlin finds his duty roster expanding.

@темы: Merlin, NC, от 5k до 10k


Title: The One with the Poetry
Rating: explicit (sex)
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Genre: AU (modern), romance, sex
Length: ~4300
Summary: "I like reading," Arthur said, tipping all of the little sugar packets out of their holder on the table and lining them up, soldiers in an advancing army across the formica and coffee-stains. "I just don't understand why I can't write."

@темы: от 1k до 5k, NC, Merlin, AU


Title: A Study in Natural Philosophy
Author: mad_maudlin
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: PG-13
Warnings/Spoilers: Asymptotic to season 1 canon; after that, it's a total AU.
Summary: It's not unusual for people to hide their daemons. Merlin, however, seems to be taking it a little far.

@темы: Merlin, AU, PG, от 10k до 20k


Title Vicious (The Doubledutch Remix)
Summary Merlin was, clearly, the best Merlin ever. And thus needed the best Arthur ever so they could match.
Genre Dark, Smut, Kink
Rating NC-17
Prompt Arthur/Merlin, feral!Merlin. Under some sort of spell Merlin becomes like a feral creature. Like any creature, he wants sex but he's only attracted to magical beings. He comes across Arthur and because Arthur was conceived from magic, Merlin identifies him as his prey and proceeds to hunt. Dub-con ensues.

Title Live To Serve (Falling Into The Sky Backwards Remix)
Summary Arthur gets a carnal slave, wants to be honorable, but said carnal slave is having none of that noise. None of it.
Kinkme prompt: Arthur/Merlin. Merlin is a castrate sex-slave given to his son by Uther.
Rating NC-17
Genre Smut, Angst, Fluff, Kink

@темы: Merlin, AU, NC, от 10k до 20k


Radiant Under Every Sort of Light
Merlin/Arthur (additional background pairings)
Length: ~55’000 words overall
Summary: Just your everyday Circus AU. Or: In which there are aerialists, decorative metal flowers, prejudices, artsy books and magic. Obviously.

@темы: более 40k, NC, Merlin, AU


Title: Let Go and Watch the Sunlight Bend
Author: cherrybina
Pairing Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~15,500
Summary: It’s the hottest summer in Camelot’s history. Arthur is confused about what he likes, Merlin tries to help him figure it out, but neither one of them has a clue what they really want.

@темы: Merlin, NC, от 10k до 20k


What Child Is This
by lamardeuse
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
A/N: Modern AU. Based (very loosely) on this 1939 movie with David Niven and Ginger Rogers, in which Niven is the Son in (wait for it) J.B. Merlin and Son Department Store. THIS IS TOO BIZARRE FOR ME TO BE MAKING IT UP, OKAY. What's even more bizarre: I did not remember that fact when I first thought of making this a Merlin fic, though perhaps it was burned into the dark, cobwebbed recesses of my brain.

@темы: от 5k до 10k, NC, Merlin, AU


Title: He Was Steeping
Characters: Morgana, Gwen, Arthur, Merlin
Rating: PG
Word Count: 3,003
Summary: Morgana can't quite figure out why her brother is becoming a normal human being.

@темы: AU, Merlin, PG, от 1k до 5k


Title: Disguises and Imposters
Author: Corona
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Merlin/Morgana, Merlin/Random Nobleman, Merlin/Uther
Rating: R
Summary: In which Merlin is in disguise, and not happy about it.

@темы: Merlin, NC, от 1k до 5k


The Crown of the Summer Court, (24,773 words)
Arthur/Merlin, explicit
Warnings for kink! I think it is fairly fluffy kink but still, you know, kink!

"The king sent me to get you," Merlin said, with a tone that implied strongly that he wasn't rolling his eyes where Arthur could see, but just wait until his back was turned. "He said you're to get changed into formal clothes and meet him in the Great Hall, there's a delegation coming from the Summer Court."


@темы: Merlin, NC, от 20k до 40k


Favorite (13,276 words)
March 12, 2009
Arthur was tipped back against the wall, his mouth open for breath and staring at the small arrow-slit window over Merlin's head, trying to work out how it could possibly be that good with Merlin, of all people.

@темы: Merlin, NC, от 10k до 20k


Title: Grave Mistake
Author: kick_flaw
Rating: NC-17
Challenge: For the merlinarthurfqf prompt #79: The ghost of Arthur's creepy great, great uncle starts following Merlin around and making lewd comments. Fortunately — or unfortunately — only Merlin hears him most of the time.
Summary: ~7k, “You want me to rob a grave?” Merlin asked, appalled.

@темы: Merlin, NC, от 5k до 10k


Title: The Play's the Thing (or, The Lady Doth Protest Too Much, Methinks)
Author: Shinybug
Rating: R
Word Count: (5,000 ish)
Genre: First Time, Humor
Summary: Arthur had to spare a thought to be impressed at how many slanderous and untrue things Merlin had managed to insert into such a brief statement: that Arthur liked to drink, and that when he did drink too much he had a tendency to inflict bodily harm upon his manservant, either in the form of beatings and/or possibly sodomy, and that chambermaids were more or less involved in these indiscretions.

@темы: Merlin, NC, от 1k до 5k


Title: A Color for Every Desire
Ship: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: NC-17
Wordcount: 3,910
Summary: Modern AU, Written for the kinkme_merlin prompt: Arthur/Merlin, shag bands.

@темы: AU, Merlin, NC, от 1k до 5k


Title: The One Where Arthur Sells Tongue B/C Being Rich Is Hard Life
Author: derryere
Rating: standard
Length: medium
Summary: Boarding School AU in which Arthur is selling kissing lessons, LOL.

@темы: AU, Merlin, NC, PG, от 1k до 5k


Title: Fame and Fortune
Writer: melusinahp
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Eventual NC-17
Word Count: 4,650
Warnings: None
Summary: AU set in Los Angeles, California during the 1990's. Arthur is a movie star. Merlin is a waiter. The word "prat" is used.

@темы: Merlin, AU, NC, от 1k до 5k


Title: Privileges of Rank
Author: Seperis
Codes: Merlin, Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC-17
Spoilers: None specific, first season in general.
Summary: Arthur's biggest problem to date, Merlin thinks darkly as he carries yet another load of suspiciously not-really-dirty clothing down the stairs, is an unaccountable fear of anyone, anywhere, suspecting he's capable of being other than a complete and utter prat.

@темы: Merlin, NC, от 1k до 5k

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