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    While still at uni, Arthur Pendragon meets two people who become his best friends. He falls in love with one of them... but marries the other. This isn't his story to tell; it's Merlin's. And Merlin will always remember that he met Arthur first.

    (Modern setting. Angst. Arthur/Gwen --> Arthur/Merlin).

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    28 Jul 2021

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    I'm not normally into future AUs that are too far removed from the original plot, but occasionally I find something that hits all the important themes and preserves the spirit of the characters in a way that's fascinating to read.

    This is a very realistic LGBT story. Angst with a bittersweet happy ending.

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    Arthur could see his father glaring down - face red and eyes narrowed as he looked at Merlin with clear distaste.

    "Once this over, sorcerer...I’ll burn you."

    "You’ve already tried that," Merlin’s voice answered and Arthur had to bite his fist to keep from making any noise. “You need to accept you can’t kill me… Hand me that blanket, please.”

    “I’m sure there must be some method… Beheading?”

    “No, we tried that.”

    “Hanging?”

    “I just sort of... Swung there, remember?”

    There was another pause.

    “I should have made you keep that dragon below the castle so I could feed you to it.”

    “Kilgharrah? He won’t eat me, but if you want to torture me than making me listen to his nonsense for an hour might do it.” Merlin said and there was a soft sigh from the other end of the room. “I’m glad you agreed to help me though. Usually I have to do the grunt work of saving Arthur myself.”

    “I can’t wait to kill you.” 

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    Uther finds out about Merlin’s magic, but can’t seem to kill him. Merlin is just trying to protect Arthur. They become a begrudgingly effective duo. Arthur doesn't understand why they think he isn't noticing this.

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    24 Jul 2021

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    This was just a really amusing concept.

    Uther is such a rigid, conservative, autocratic character.

    To see Uther in a bizarre buddy comedy with Merlin where they engage in Addams-family style / cartoonishly violent antics each evening while arguing over politics and how best to protect Arthur from various dangers that occur over the course of the series was incredibly entertaining, perhaps because he was such a villain in the series. The stark contrast between him and Merlin made for some very explosive conversations.

    The dialogue was extremely well-written. I could practically hear the actors speaking their lines in this story. The author's ability for mimicking the characters' specific forms of diction is impressive.

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    In the far future Merlin has left guardians to be sure the universe is looked after. And then...The Once And Future King wakes up.

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    22 Jul 2021

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    Wow, this was such fun to read. I love it when someone has a good grip of the primary source material and then shifts it into another genre like this.

    A really in-depth character study of Merlin as the various aspects of his personality that we see through the entire series, filtered through a certain sci-fi trope.

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    Set after the Merlin Series 5 Finale "Diamond of the Day".
    Canon Compliant. In Character. Arthur Pendragon Returns.
    Cover art by Lao-Pendragon

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    For many long years Merlin waited.

    For the other part of his soul, for the other half of his life. He was born to serve Arthur. So that meant he was also born to wait. Even if it took a thousand years. Even if the wait seemed never to end.

    Until one day, suddenly, it did.

    When Arthur stumbles from the Lake of Avalon 1,500 years after his death, he finds a world unlike the one he knew. Faced with the loss of everyone he loved, and the threat of impending prophecy, Arthur must learn what it means to be not just a king, but the Once and Future King. Merlin does all he can to guide him, even as he struggles to hide his love for his king, and his fear of losing him again.

    Story includes sass, banter, horseplay, & True Love.

     

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    19 Jul 2021

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    Damn, this was extremely well-written. The amount of work put into this was impressive. This was a perfect continuation of the show with a fun slashy twist.

    I loved the idea of Arthur being reincarnated after 1500 years, emerging from the lake of Avalon to wave Excalibur at cars and shout at people in Old Brittonic.

    But then it got psychologically deep too, in parts, with Merlin as we saw him in the last few seconds of the final episode, old and still waiting. It was really neat to see the implications of that scene explored further, to see Merlin struggling with the isolation and trauma that comes with immortality, of watching generations pass while concealing his identity and waiting for Arthur's return. And Arthur's own processing of his grief for everyone he's lost.

    I also really enjoyed the subverted expectations--how Merlin's anticipated outcome re: the prophecy involving Arthur's return ended up being incorrect, and how learning to work together instead of separately was the key to winning that final battle.

    This is the ending to the series we all deserved. My new headcanon for how it really ended, 100%.

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    “I once heard a rumour that this is how Lan An and his cultivation partner did it,” Ma Qiao piped up. “Which, I mean, if anyone could…”

    “The Lans are far too boring and repressed for something like this,” Wei Wuxian said, with the authority of one who had been resoundingly ignored by a Lan for the past month. “Can you imagine Lan Wangji dual cultivating?”

    Everyone knows that dual cultivation is a myth that only works in porn. Wei Wuxian discovers differently.
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    20 Feb 2021

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    *fans self* This is a really well-researched story with lots of fun historical detail mixed in with the smut. I feel like I'm learning while reading porn.