One Wedding and One Misgiving by Reyn
"I wanna see an AU where Merlin is the prince of Dragonlords (lol yeah fantasy) and he gets an arranged marriage to Arthur, Prince of Camelot."
Knight (Prat) In Shining Armour by Deminos
Merlin Emrys is the Prince of Albion and one of the strongest Warlocks in his time. Arthur Pendragon is his ever-suffering knight… and lover. Smut with fluff. Oneshot.
The Warmth of Winter by eldee
Dragonlord Prince Emrys of the Druids is assigned the task of negotiating with King Arthur Pendragon of England in hopes that dragons and magic will be permitted to come back home again. (Hopefully that teenaged tryst Merlin and Arthur once had doesn’t make things awkward.)
The Hawk Prince by reona32
An evil Queen has taken over the Kingdom of Avalon and imprisoned Prince Merlin. Prince Arthur of Camelot happens across the manor where he is trapped and vows to free him and defeat the evil Queen before she destroys them all.
Princes, Priestesses, Lords and Ladies by dentedsky
The lady Morgause pointed at Arthur. “Arthur Pendragon, a great destiny awaits you. The battle for your soul – “ and here her finger went from Arthur in the crowd, to Merlin in front of her – “is about to begin.”
The king of dragonlords has come to Camelot to sign the peace treaty. There’s a royal banquet, a royal duel, a royal betrothal and in Prince Merlin’s honest opinion, Prince Arthur is a royal pain. All goes wrong when Prince Arthur accidently proposes to Prince Merlin and, due to an ancient law, the betrothal becomes binding.
Royal Merlin verse by Utsaah [WIP]
Merlin hates everything regal because his mum does.But when Prince Arthur is going to the same uni as him, he changes those thoughts quickly and even develops feelings for him. He begins to wonder why his mum holds such a grudge against royalty. What he doesn’t know is that his mum had a history with the Mercian King and he certainly doesn’t know that he’s the son of that same King
The Light of a Thousand Suns by tracy7307
One hot day, Merlin’s magic is revealed to Arthur.
Indian Summer by rufflefeather
‘It’s okay,’ he whispers. ‘I think about you too.’
Knights Should Never Play With Dragons by thecheekydragon
Merlin hated Arthur Pendragon. He really, really did. Now he was going to have to spend three weeks as a camp leader at a summer youth camp with him?
Let Go and Watch the Sunlight Bend by cherrybina
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.
Let the immeasurable come by i_claudia
If anyone had asked Merlin in January if he would consider spending his summer in the woods two hours beyond the middle of nowhere, he probably would have laughed himself sick. Yet here he is, the newest counselor on staff at Camp Albion, his life signed away for eight weeks of mosquito bites and screaming children.
Pavlov Penis by derryere
In which Merlin is hot for Arthur’s bed, Arthur’s hot for the laundry, and there’s this big fucking heatwave all over the place.
In This Summer Heat, Anything Could Happen by TeaGirrl
A heatwave reaches Camelot and the boys decide that the best way to cool off is a trip to the lake.
And They Call It Summer Love by nomical
On his ninth birthday, Merlin meets Arthur and thinks he has the coolest job in the world; working at the food booth at the Camelot theme park. As the years go by and Merlin continues to visit the park, he goes from wanting Arthur’s job to wanting Arthur.
As Summer Comes; As Summer Goes by beccadearie
Thrown together for the summer on the seashore, Arthur and Merlin are fast friends, but soon discover that there’s always more than meets the eye, about the island, themselves, and each other. But time flies when you’re having fun and the weather is changing. Autumn is coming.
Amid the Pines That Stood by Emjayelle
On their day off from working at Camelot Camping, Merlin and Arthur escape to the other side of the lake for some much needed alone time.
Pieces of Us by dentedsky
Morgana is pregnant and doesn’t know who the father is, Gwen sleeps around with all the wrong men, Merlin meets Arthur and thinks he’s a tool, Arthur is getting married to the wrong person (who knew!) and it is possible Arthur is, actually, a complete tool after all. Or: Wherein Morgana Hires Merlin to Pretend to be Her Boyfriend So Arthur Doesn’t Find Out She’s a Big, Big Slutty Person.
Something New, Something Blue by iamee
All that Arthur wanted for Lance and Gwen’s wedding was to hire a hot escort girl so he wouldn’t show up like a lonely loser. Not to make anyone jealous or anything. What he gets instead is not what he bargained for at all… but with very nice eyes and a disarming attitude.
No Matter How Far Away You Roam by lady_ragnell
In which Merlin gets conned into spending Christmas with Arthur’s family and pretending to be his husband, because somehow this is his life.
All for the Pitch by Waanderlust
As if Merlin needed to be even more nervous for this pitch, as if this wasn’t the biggest account Albion Agency had seen this year, he now had to deal with pretending that Arthur was not only his boss but also his boyfriend. Another bloody fantastic day in his life as an art director.
An Exchange of Favours by SPowell
When Merlin gets a stranger out of a jam, he asks him to pretend to be his boyfriend for the night in order to make his ex jealous.
Here is a previous, similar ask Anon ;)
This Is Why (the Dictionary Invented the Word No) by morcalivan
In order to win back the affections of an ex, Arthur has gotten himself caught up in a bet to transform the socially awkward into the socially acceptable. Features evil!Sophia, clueless!Merlin, hippy!Hunith and bit-of-a-tart!Will (in short: the highschool!AU that steals the plot from the She’s All That movie)
Post-it Note Romance by fuzzytomato
Merlin has never had a secret admirer before so he’s fairly certain this one has the wrong guy.
What would I do without your smart mouth? by ariadne_odair
Merlin’s a geek, Arthur’s a jock, they’re the high school sweet hearts, and Will’s sick of PDA.
Out Of Words by silver_etoile
After Merlin came out the year before, he has really tried to keep his head down, but when jock Arthur Pendragon demands his help for upcoming A-levels, he finds himself in a new situation that Merlin isn’t entirely sure is without strings. Between suspicion for Arthur’s motives and Gwaine’s assurance that Merlin will be shagged at some point in his life, he just wants to survive his last year of high school.
The Shop Around the Corner by rotrude
Arthur works at Gaius’ Shop Around the Corner, a quaint gift-shop that fights to stay traditional. One day a new employee is hired. The only problem is that Arthur can barely stand him and the feeling seems to be mutual. Meanwhile Arthur, egged on by Gwen, has started corresponding with an anonymous pen pal.
Destiny by allthingsmagical
Merlin and Arthur are forced to become pen pals at the age of 13. Feelings start to get deeper as the years go on. Even though they’ve never met, they find themselves falling in love. They feel thankful that destiny has a way of making things happen. AU.
Yours by alcetis
The boys have been writing to each other ever since their respective classes participated in a pen pal project when they were in primary school. Perhaps, now all grown up, they finally get the chance to meet?
Dearest PenPal by Totally-Out-Of-It
A series of letters sent between two people who have never met before. A genius scholar and a rich boy with a hidden talent. Will Arthur and Merlin ever get past pretenses? Dear New Penpal, I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.
Dear Arthur by snowblood7
Arthur, Merlin and Morgana are childhood friends. While Arthur has always been attracted to Morgana, he is completely unaware of Merlin’s feelings for him. Arthur’s father Uther decides to move to New York with his family to take up a new job, so Arthur has to go away from his friends. He makes Morgana promise to write to him via e-mail. But Morgana soon becomes occupied with other things, so it’s the loyal Merlin who writes to Arthur; but he always signs with Morgana’s name to help Morgana keep her promise. Arthur and Merlin have many things in common, and their e-mails bring them very close to each other. 10 years later, Arthur returns to London for a short vacation. By now, he’s in love with “Morgana” (aka Merlin) […]
The Minor Fall, The Major Lift by dante_s_hell
Arthur now has a family, but then there’s an accident that threatens to destroy it. It’s not easy to cope when the one you love is in hospital and completely unresponsive.
My sun, my stars by helloearthlings
“The doctors…the nurse…they say there’s still almost no chance of you ever waking up again.”
Should My Sword Fall From My Hand by Nympha Alba
When King Arthur is hit by a vicious curse, the only one who can save him is Merlin - at the cost of revealing his magic. In London in 2012, Merlin - who has repressed his magic all his life - is called in to help when his workmate Arthur is in a coma. The two worlds are not as separate as they seem, and one lifetime might not be enough for Arthur and Merlin to find just how closely entwined their destinies were meant to be.
If only this were a fairy tale by Mish-lissa (WIP)
Merlin is a long term care nurse he deals with coma patients , and although he cares for all his patients he has one favorite, whom he is pretty sure is a complete prat, what happens when the prat wakes up…
Also, here's a great list of injured Arthur and/or Merlin with variants on the theme ;)
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Arthur and his friends have been travelling from beach to beach across Europe the summer after leaving college, and are now on their last stop before going back to start uni. Despite the main goal of the trip being to have sex with as many girls as possible, Arthur has managed to avoid outing himself the entire time. That changes when he meets Merlin.
I: 76k, modern!AU
Teenage Dream by blue_eyed
Elena and Arthur make a pact to ask their crushes to the prom. Ridiculous ensues.
avalonia.com by aa_fic
Arthur Pendragon is an elite hacker on the Avalonia.com discussion forums, but at Knightly College he’s just a nobody. When Merlin Emrys, the most popular boy at school, begs him to hack into the school server to change his grade, Arthur wants a prom date in exchange.
The Ultimate Measure by filmatleven
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.’ - Martin Luther King, Jr. Or, the fic where Merlin’s the new kid, Arthur’s kind of a puppy, and somehow against all odds they end up together at prom.
We’ll Run Like We’re Awesome Totally Genius by Anonymous
Merlin is the popular one all the boys and girls like. Arthur is the one who pines.
In Vino Veritas by doctoraicha
Arthur Pendragon is a gay Viscount. Merlin is a magic Viscount, but no one knows that. And he’s not gay! REALLY. No, seriously. He isn’t. Arthur is smitten. Merlin is a jealous sod and sends lots of mixed signals. Everyone ends up happy in the end.
So Are You to Me by ourspacesongs
American high school AU, the gang take a weekend trip up to Arthur’s lake house after graduation and amidst a weekend of booze and general debauchery, Arthur is forced to confront his feelings about his best friend.
Snapshots: Summer 1999 by glim
Wherein Arthur and Merlin work at the Camelot diner, drive down the shore, and manage to fall in love the summer before they leave for college. Modern AU, set in New Jersey at the end of the ’90s.
'I love you' and 'Too much' by hardticket
In which Merlin is oblivious and Arthur is not and there is a prom.
Seven long years by winterstorrm
Written for the kinkme_merlin prompt here: Arthur and Merlin are both eighteen, and the both of them are still virgins. One night, they’re a little drunk, and create a pact to lose their virginities to one another if they haven’t lost it by the time they’re twenty-five.
The Student Prince by FayJay (a must-read)
A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love…
Of Essays and Destiny by anonymous
When Arthur’s English Literature essay tanks, thus endangering his further stay at Oriel College, Oxford, he’s given an option. D. Phil student Merlin Emrys is to tutor him. What a reluctant Arthur hasn’t reckoned with is his budding attraction to his new tutor.
Easy There by syllic
Arthur is an Oxford Blue. Merlin is an Oxford cox. Lancelot is Merlin’s romantic-dalliance-loving friend. Morgana is horribly clever; Gwen is cleverly waiting for Lancelot to grow up. Merlin and Arthur rub each other the wrong way, at first, but it soon becomes clear that Arthur is a university-class rower with a world-class heart (yes, I typed that). Clichés ensue.
Anything you can do by winterstorrm
Merlin gets fed up of hearing his dorm neighbour Arthur’s rather loud amorous activities, so he decides to give him a run for his money.
Laundry Letters by dysonrules
Arthur attends a prestigious university and seems to have everything going his way… except for an inability to do his own laundry.
The King of Queens by pickitup
Merlin has always dreamed of going to Cambridge University and is thrilled to win a place at Queens’ College. Whilst there he falls hopelessly in love with the JCR President, drinking society President, Lacrosse captain and all-round popular guy Arthur Pendragon. Arthur takes him under his wing until Merlin stands to be LGBT Rep on the JCR and Arthur realises that Merlin likes boys. Full of Cambridge slang, UST, Arthur being a knobhead with no knob, and eventual happy ending. I promise.
Communications In Binary by justthismorning
Merlin came whirling into Arthur’s life and left everything in shambles on the floor - literally. They couldn’t be less alike - Merlin with his computers and his easy, goofy grin, Arthur with his breeding and his need for everything to be in it’s place. They have nothing in common besides a key to the same room, but as the academic year progresses and Arthur finds himself wearing tiaras and critiquing Westlife and having picnics on his living room floor, Arthur comes to learn things about himself he didn’t even know he didn’t know.
I couldn’t find any to fit this exactly, but here is a list from a previous ask for jealous and protective Merlin, and here are some others;
The Very Important Quest by Hope
On a Very Important Quest, Arthur and Merlin share clothes, beds, bathwater and secrets.
A Disarming Act of Loyalty by barbitone
"He knew it was an ill-omened quest as soon as he learned Merlin wouldn’t be coming along…". Arthur is severely injured in a fight with a mysterious creature, and Merlin’s determination to help brings certain secrets to light and turns Arthur’s world upside down.
Coronation by rageprufrock
Arthur of Camelot is too valuable to dispatch on missions to monitor the perimeters of Uther’s lands — some day, his lands — but the king condescends to let his son lead the royal guard for the central town.
In Time Of Trial by Shine
Uther fears his son’s power, and Merlin has helped Arthur flee to escape imprisonment. Now the two of them must fight to regain Arthur’s rightful place in Camelot.