Arthur Pendragon knows his place in life. As the noble son of a ruler, imperial knight and a soldier of the realm, he knows where he came from and can see his future laid out before him. Until, that is, he meets Merlin, a barbarian warrior from the north, who makes him question everything he thought he knew about himself.
Here you go:
The Long Shadow by Destina
What’s the point of being the most powerful sorcerer who ever walked the earth, if you can’t tinker with destiny now and then?
Speak My Language by jesusonaunicycle
Arthur has trouble reconciling the fact that Merlin is both his best friend, and a sorcerer. And maybe something more.
I’m Forever Yours… by GeekLover
Percival convinces Gwaine not to chase after Morgana after Eira is killed. Because of that, Merlin gets Arthur to the Isle on time and is able to save Arthur. Now, Merlin and Arthur have to really deal with the repercussions of his magic reveal. Things begin to change between the two of them and they both have to truly figure out what their feelings are toward each other and just where Gwen fits in.
Dawn of a Golden Age by antpower
For the prompt: Merlin kisses Arthur on the lips right after he says thank you. Merlin feels something pass from him to Arthur and then suddenly Arthur’s body is suffused in bright light. Moments later Arthur awakens, his wound healed. Arthur doesn’t realize Merlin kissed him, he just thinks he healed him somehow. At first Merlin believes he healed Arthur with his kiss, but soon he starts to suspect that what he passed to Arthur was, in fact, his immortality. Merlin worries Arthur will be angry when he finds out and deem this trespass unforgivable, an utter violation of his person, for who would want to live forever? And surely, if Arthur did want to live forever, he’d choose Gwen or even one of his knights with which to share that never-ending journey.
Lessons from the Crystal Cave by RocknVaughn
“No,” Merlin said, resolve coloring his voice and face as he slid his body out from under Arthur’s and laid his beloved king gently against the dew filled grass. “I’m not going to lose you: not here, not now, not like this.”
How to Kiss a Warlock by posterchild
Any thought passing through Merlin’s brain crashed to a halt and for a second, but the blissful moment was halted by the high pitched whine that broke out of his throat. He pulled back sharply, unable to stop the look of horror creeping up his face. Arthur however, looked completely nonplussed now, any hints of fear had disappeared…
Two Lovers, One Soul by silveralopix
When Merlin saved Arthur he never knew the consequences it would bring, he really didn’t! Although everything should be right and happy, it isn’t. Merlin has to struggle now to recover from the dreadful events that almost happened and trust himself to depend on others for once.
The future is now by mabonwitch
Merlin’s really fucking stubborn and he’s not letting Arthur go.
A Simple Change by charmed_seconds
Arthur held on and didn’t perish after the battle of Camlann. Now, back in Camelot, he and Merlin have to fix the riff that has grown between them after Merlin’s revelation during the trip to the Lake.
Thiese two are a ‘brief death’… might still interest you.
Future, Past, Present by whitedatura
Arthur is given a choice in Avalon, but there is only one answer.
A Warring Heart by Merartlinhur
5 years after his death, Arthur returns to Camelot to discover that a second purge has begun under his wife’s rule and Merlin is nowhere to be found.
Let’s Tango by rotrude
A few months short of the most important tango competition of the year Arthur’s partner, his sister Morgana, gets injured. Arthur soon learns that she won’t be able to compete. As if that were not enough, Arthur will have to decide on a new partner in a matter of days. Coincidentally, he meets Merlin, a street perfomer, who’s a master of the Argentine tango. Pity that Arthur dances ballroom.
It takes two by chicaintchip
All Arthur wanted was a quick and easy dance class to prepare him for his best friend’s upcoming wedding; he gets much more than he bargained for when he discovers that Merlin, his ex-fiancé, is his dance instructor.
Dancing Lessons by i_know_its_0ver
Merlin gets a very awkward dance lesson from Arthur.
The One where Merlin dances Ballet by misswinterhill
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.
Lost in this dance by ladyfrompoland
Uther wants his son to learn to dance. The prince has no choice and starts practicing it with his manservant. It changes their lives forever.
When the music change, so does the dance by giselleslash
The boys are in high school and the winter dance is coming up. Arthur thinks he should school Merlin in the fine art of the waltz and Merlin just wants to make it through it all without succumbing to teenage angst, after school detention and Christmas dinner at the Pendragons.
Dance with me by brahdley jims
Arthur teaches Merlin how to dance, and learns something himself along the way.
Vertical Expression by violette_royale
Lancelot signs them up for Scottish step dance classes at the societies fair. Arthur isn’t pleased. But something (or should that be someone?) happens that makes him change his mind.
For the ‘mental’ bit request I suggest this amnesia reclist along with some additions:
(Love Me) When I’m gone by sky_reid
Nursing school prepared Arthur for dealing with the mentally unstable, but nothing could have ever prepared him for Merlin.
Avdp by anon
Arthur loves Merlin and Merlin loves Arthur but Merlin has avoidant personality disorder and starting a relationship is hard on both of them. Merlin doesn’t like being seen next to Arthur because he thinks he will make Arthur look bad. He will not allow Arthur to see him naked because he is ashamed of his body and he never initiates any physical contact. He is afraid Arthur will leave him as soon as someone better comes along and going out together is a chore for Merlin who doesn’t like being amongst people who he thinks looks down on him.
Easier to surpress by anon (maybe WIP?)
Merlin is a patient in a mental hospital/facility. He believes he has magic. Arthur is an employee there who finds him fascinating, attractive, confusing.
Fields inside my mind by egotists.
Merlin gamely goes along with the “mental affliction” jokes normally, but when he returns from war, he hides the fact that he’s suffering from PTSD and the jokes are no longer funny.
Back by Cookie
Arthur comes back from war to his husband Merlin and their 1 year old baby boy. Merlin has been helped by Gwaine. War has changed Arthur and everyone in his life struggles to work out what is wrong.
Arthur and Merlin have a casual sex-only relationship per Arthur’s request. But, once Merlin breaks it off to pursue something more meaningful, Arthur realizes that he has fallen in love with Merlin.
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Somebody to Lean On by samyazaz
Merlin may be the worst manservant ever, but when he breaks his arm and Arthur has to care for him, he quickly discovers that he’s kind of terrible at it, too.
Between the Dusk and the Dawn by ZairaA
When Arthur is sixteen his father deems him ready to lead the knights on his first mission, which is to take care of a druid camp that has sprung up within the borders of Camelot. In the midst of chaos and bloodshed that leaves Arthur guilt-ridden, he manages to save one boy whom he swears to protect at any cost.
Over the years Merlin becomes so much more than Arthur’s redemption, but is Arthur ready to accept their shared destiny, his own feelings for the younger boy and the chance for love Merlin is offering him?
Feel Me In Whispered Words by kayura_sanada
Merlin and Arthur are close – very close. So when Uther learns of Merlin’s magic, he finds a public execution might, for the first time, turn his son from him irrevocably. And so he decides to make Merlin disappear.
Boy Toy and Sugar Daddy by Slayer_of_Destiny
Merlin and Arthur have been together for a few months and are happy. The only problem? None of their friends believe that the other is with them for anything less than nefarious reasons. Merlin finally snaps and tells off Arthur’s friends and it all comes out. Cue Merthur snuggles and fluff.
Experiment by elirwen
After Uther’s death, Arthur visits one of the facilities run by the company he inherited, a mental health institution specialized in research and care for magic users.
He meets Merlin, a research subject for a study about long time solitude and its effect on human psychology, and finds out there’s something very wrong with the facility.
All You Did Was Save My Life by sky_reid
Overusing magic exhausts Merlin to no end. Luckily, he has Arthur to take care of him.
Court Sorcerer and Royal Consort by Slayer_of_Destiny
When Merlin falls ill, worked too hard from all the running around he is doing, Arthur decides that it is time for something’s to change, and something’s to come to the light once and for all. When Merlin wakes it is to a very different Camelot, and very different future from the one he foresaw for himself and had settled on.
Ashes to embers by andiwould
Merlin is trapped in his apartment and the building is on fire. Smoke is quickly filling the small space and chocking out all the air, while flames and heat are consuming the place from the outside in. Arthur and his men the “knights” are firefighters. Arthur saves Merlin.
Cry Havoc by Nightfox
Enslaved by Kanen since childhood, Merlin has been raised to believe his collar is all that keeps him in check. That it is the line between the beast that bites and the dog that obeys…but either way, he’s still an animal. Then one day Kanen’s gang is ambushed and in the ensuing confusion, Merlin escapes and flees to Camelot where he attempts to start a new life. However, his old master isn’t about to let him go without a fight.
Recall This Message by writeonclara
For the kink meme prompt: In a flurry of snarky emails to co-worker Merlin Emrys, Arthur Pendragon composes and accidentally hits SEND on one with his true thoughts about what he’d like to do with him.
Skinny love by jxnna
Arthur runs your classic comedy Tumblr blog, Emrys runs a posh hipster Tumblr blog, Merlin works in the cafe down the road, and Arthur ends up in the middle of a lot of things.
Sunset-kisses and Flower Meadows by Emjayelle
After what he is sure is the worst work day of his life, Arthur is only made to feel better by the really gorgeous guy sitting in front of him on the train. But then he doesn’t ask for his number because he’s an idiot. And then he has the bad idea of getting drunk with Morgana. And then she, of course, has to put the whole thing in the missed connections section on craigslist. And really, how well is that suppose to go?
Snow Globe by IfIwereJane
When Merlin walks in Morgana’s life, he’s just another idiot she plans on having fired by the end of the month –just like every other one. She has never intended to enjoy his company from the very first week. And her brother Arthur didn’t think it was possible for someone to be that infuriating and fascinating at the same time.
Dear Arthur by iamee
Morgana, Arthur and Merlin are childhood friends. While Arthur has always been hopelessly in love with Morgana, he doesn’t realise Merlin’s feelings for him. When Uther gets a new job the family moves from England to New York, leaving Arthur with no connection to his friends but a few E-Mails. Eventually Morgana moves on, but Merlin can’t. He keeps writing to Arthur, signing with Morgana’s name because he knows it makes him happy and any way, Arthur’s far away, isn’t he?
But ten years later Arthur annouces his visit and upon his arrival it’s clear that his feelings haven’t changed one bit. But will he realise that Morgana isn’t the one he has felt so close to over these last years? And how can Merlin deal with all his lies when Arthur is staying at his apartment, awakening more than just memories in him…?
A courtship of sorts by cosetties
When Merlin calls Arthur a “dollop-headed prat with no redeeming qualities,” Arthur decides to sue him for libel. He has a reputation to save, after all, and he won’t allow annoying journalists - no matter how charming they may be - to ruin it for him.
Virginity for Sale! by teprometo
Arthur’s just dicking around on Craigslist London when he sees that a university student is selling his virginity to the highest bidder. He has no logical reason to believe it’s Merlin, but he does, and after some ethically questionable snooping, he discovers that he’s correct. A series of bad decisions ensues.
Red Knight and Magic Man by thecheekydragon
A.J. Pendragon tries to sort out his feelings for Merlin. Sometimes he couldn’t stand the guy, but there were other times…
Dear Diary by samyazaz
There’s nothing weird about Merlin writing a diary. At least not until the diary starts writing back.
In Love With My Radio by lunchee
Merlin listens to the radio, Arthur stalks Merlin, Morgana lives to create chaos in Arthur’s life, and then everyone goes to McDonalds! Also love happens.
We haven’t read a few of them yet, so some we have to trust the summary ^^
Magical by obstreperouscharacters
Merlin and Arthur are the two fastest runners on the Camelot High School cross country team, and the fact that they hate each other is not exactly helping the team’s work ethic. So, when the group takes its annual trip to an out of state meet, Leon, their coach, decides that Merlin and Arthur are going to become friends. The rest of the team is hoping they’ll become a little more than that.
The Royal Camelot by CaseyStar
Merlin has just transferred from Ealdor General to a better programme at The Royal Camelot. Unfortunately for him, this also means having to deal with Arthur Pendragon, son of the Medical Director of The Camelot and a princely prat. For the most part.
Tributes by TheAvalonian
It is the 57th annual Hunger Games, and Merlin Emrys stands at the Reaping ceremony with Guinevere Smith at his side, unable to hear the roar of the crowd over the ringing in his own ears. Because Merlin is about to face his best friend and twenty-two strangers in a fight to the death, where there can only be one victor.
In a twisted game where death seems the only certainty, Merlin will find himself tested in ways no one could have ever predicted - and may even find himself fighting for more than just his own life as he enters into an unlikely alliance with Arthur Pendragon, the Career tribute poised to win it all.
Cross You Off My List by equestrianstatue
There is every reason in the world for Arthur to hate Merlin to pieces, and yet he can’t seem to make it work that way.
Best Laid Plans by reluctantslashfan
When Arthur makes a bet with his co-workers he never expected to fall in love with the target.
Best Intentions Aside by derryere
The one where Merlin is a Draco/Harry shipper, Arthur is an asshole who finds out and acts like a dick because that’s how you act when you have feelings.
Nothing Changes by Wreckage
Arthur returns to Camelot after living two years in Buenos Aires. Everything is exactly the same except Arthur, who has grown on his experiences abroad and is thoroughly ashamed of the person he used to be, and Merlin, who surely couldn’t always have been this beautiful?
Kiss and (Don’t) Tell by bekkis
Arthur and Merlin go to boarding school, and they hate each other.
Small Weird Love by Emjayelle
Merlin is thirteen and in love when he kisses Arthur for the first time. His skin is always too tight, there’s constantly the taste of chlorine in his mouth, and a lot of things—too many things—are left unsaid. It’s very complicated and very confusing, not helped at all by the fact that Arthur doesn’t seem to know what he wants either. Early teenage awakenings, unrequited love, pining, coming of age, and feelings. Lots of feelings.
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.
I appear to have conjured the spirit of a banker by Wreckage
While getting a little bit tipsy with Freya, Merlin performs a spell to discover the identity of his one true love. He is a bit disappointed. Sure, Arthur is gorgeous, but he is also difficult, grumpy, apparently taken, by a woman at that, and he’s not easily impressed by magic tricks.
Merlin and Arthur are popular in school but when Arthur leaves, for Merlin that popularity turns to bullying, when Arthur finds out he plans revenge.
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Merlin and Arthur live together and work together as veterinary surgeons in the Yorkshire Dales. Arthur’s a throw back; Merlin’s a tease, but they love each other and it works. When they give up something very important just to appease local gossips, however, it damages their relationship. One cold November day, things come to a head.
Arthur agreed to organize their wedding on his own and on a tight budget under one condition: Merlin will only see him again on the day of their wedding.
Will Arthur be able to do it? To keep the budget? To think of everything? And in a way that Merlin will like, too?
Will Merlin be able not to freak and interfere?
The fluffiest wedding fic ♥
Arthur’s dream was a run away and be a farmer. And sometimes an idiotic manservant with a secret for performing sorcery is the only one who can make him realize it.