You guys. This fic.

Them Gods Gonna Hurt You, Son by skellerbvvt
NC-17, ~137k, Merlin/Arthur (main)

For the longest time Arthur and Merlin couldn’t even find an example of another same-dynamic soulbond, much less any particular reason why it happened. So they resolved themselves to learning how to live with it, and learning how to keep that big of a secret. (BDSM AU)

I have never quite lost myself so deeply or emotionally in an AU like I have with this one.

I want to study this fic. I want to take lectures in Arthur-feelings. I want textbooks expanding on the academia and psychology mentioned throughout. I want to sit in a tiny bookshop and listen to the author field questions about minor characters' backgrounds. I want people on the Internet to condescendingly explain all the things I wasn't smart enough to understand.

I want.

I want another 130k.

Despite being set in a foreign universe where sexuality is not the same as it is here, the injustices all have a ring of familiarity. Scattered throughout the story are cleverly written excerpts from their pop culture, mythologies, religious and academic texts that serve to illustrate just how different our universes really aren't. Society there pounds the same rubbish into their heads as it does into ours - that there is a 'right' way to be and a 'wrong' way. It'll break your heart a bit, both for the characters and in recognising their struggles in yourself or others around you.

The characterisations are superb and nuanced. Merlin is quirky and loveable and LOVING and in tune with everything. And this is the most interesting Arthur I think I've ever read. Oh god, he's going to leave you shattered. He's beautiful and angry and broken and startlingly, heartbreakingly relatable.

All in all, it's just a really fascinating, rich journey. Have patience with it - don't go looking for plot. Here, the story is in the world.

Here, the story IS the people.
I've been wanting to discuss this for ages and now - with the recent influx of Merlin fans on my flist - seems like as good a time as any. So, what are your all time favourite Merlin-related fics? Maybe they're fandom classics, maybe they're not, but you've read them over and over and they're the first thing you rec because you want people to love them as much as you do.

I unashamedly fangirl:

At Our Best When It's From the Hips by [ profile] derryere (M/A, NC-17, ~13k)

Your Movements Are Irregular (But My Gravity Is Constant) by [ profile] lemniciate (B/C, PG-13, ~30k)

Bradley James' Guide to Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse: The Mall Edition by [ profile] giselleslash (B/C, R, ~3300)

Communications In Binary by [ profile] justthismorning (M/A, PG, ~37k)

Soundtrack to the Apocalypse by [ profile] phantomjam (M/A, NC-17, ~7700)

The Rise and Fall of the Broman Empire by [ profile] rayslady (PG-13, Gwaine, background M/A and Gwen/Lancelot)

Fools Of Us All by [ profile] adelagia (M/A, NC-17, ~11k)

Penance by [ profile] wholly_crepe (B/C, NC-17, ~6000)
I was going to do a top five list of improbable things I want for Christmas and then I realised that they're all dirty. I need a perverts-only LJ filter, y/y? XD

Real point of this entry: a very early FRIVOLOUS PLOTS FRIDAY! )
So, you've all seen THE PIC. It's been reblogged by just about every Merlin fan on your flist, so obviously I'm not going to do the same, that would just be a waste of time.


And so, because of this, I just spent the entire afternoon on AIM with Julia, aka [ profile] rayslady, creating the best fic idea in the universe. I'm so sorry to every other fic idea I've ever had, but you are now invalid until I have this in my life.

How it went down )


(Via [ profile] buddug_92 @ [ profile] shapingdestiny)
Hey everyone, it's Frivolous Plots Friday! Or; it's Friday and I happen to feel like sharing the plotty madness that sometimes goes through my head, let's make a thing of it! Sounds like fun, right, Merlin?

Shut up, Merlin.

Cheesy trope, I want you so hard )

And that's that. What about you guys? Do you ever come up with fic ideas you know are ridiculous or corny but that you can't help but want?

Have you ever been dragged along to a dinner party where all the guests are couples and you're forced to sit through insufferable amounts of smugness and endless talk about minibreaks or anniversary gifts? Have you ever been in the same room as people calling each other hideous endearments like 'pumpkin' or 'turtledove' with NO sense of irony? Have you ever had to sit by helplessly and watch your once independent friend 'like' every staus their boyfriend/girlfriend writes on Facebook?

Then THIS FIC is the fic for you.

Julia, aka [ profile] rayslady, is the most incredible writer of humour I think the Merlin fandom has. She has this knack for writing instantly quotable lines, clever turns of phrase you kind of want to put on an icon because you know you'll giggle EVERY TIME you read it. Her characters are clear and diverse, their dialogue witty and real, and for a humourous fic, there is a real kick of emotion that sneaks up on you and nudges you in the back of the knee so your leg collapses.

I can't rec this enough.
Two memes because it's been a while since I've done one and I'm super bored. Where the fuck is everyone? HDU have lives :(

Meme the first:

Comment and I will:

1. Tell you why I friended you.
2. Associate you with something. A fandom, a song, a color, a piece of fruit. SOMETHING.
3. Tell you something I like about you.
4. Tell you a memory I have of you.
5. Ask you a random question.
6. Tell you my favorite userpic of yours.

In return, you must post this in your LJ. Or don't. You know, whatever.

Meme the second aka Fandom Meme aka My Merlin Thoughts, let me show you them )

Pic via [ profile] yorkshirewench & The One Show.

They stand together, a united front against the world: one and the other. So much around them is fake and sterile - the studio, the vapid hosts, the make-up that cakes their complexions - yet their smiles are real and unforced as they fit themselves into familiar places; a heated hand splays between the shoulder blades of one and gentle fingers dance in the small of the other's back. One is restless and playful, lets his fingers trace along the other's spine, slipping down until they're lingering at the seam of his shirt and he won't do it, he won't do it, but he does, two digits pulling up the shirt ever so slightly, bunching the fabric under his thumb until he reaches a sliver of skin. The other doesn't give anything away, smiles inanely for the camera in front of them but his heart quickens and his partner must notice the slight intake of breath as a careful finger smoothes along the skin and dips beneath the waistband of his jeans.

Mood music: Your Rocky Spine - Great Lake Swimmers

I don't know how that happened. Actually, I do, the boys were born, they met and I became a porny heathen.

HELLO NEW MERLIN FRIENDS. Welcome, welcome, I apologise for myself in advance.


800 words of B/C porn that has been sitting in a locked entry, mocking me for ages.

To Render Complete )
Oh shit, shit, shit, I wrote porn. Almost 2000 words of it, which is a record for me. RPS, no less! And it's kinky too. For shame, me, for shame.

Title: Haven't thought of one but in my head it is the Porny of the Apocalypse.
Rating: NC-17, so hard
Warnings: RPF, bdsm, IDEK
Pairing/s: Katie/Bradley/Colin
Word count: Just under 2000 I think?

Read it here, oh god, I'm so ashamed. )
Do you want to know what happens when I'm made to wait for something? DIRTY THINGS, THAT'S WHAT.

Bad comment pr0n )



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