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text 2014-10-28 16:59
Rectober... No. 5 - Where I Even Started to Love Snow
Title:On a Snowy Evening (the Paint the Forest With Colour Remix)
Author/Artist: alby_mangroves
Pairing(s) Merlin Emrys/Arthur Pendragon
Rating: NR-17
Word Count: 11.141
Warnings: Sex Magic, Rimming, Anal Sex, Magic Tentacles, Mildly Dubious Consent
Tags: Soul Bond, Winter Solstice, AU – Modern Setting
Summary: Making the most of a rare opportunity for a solitary trek in the woods, Arthur, Crown Prince of Camelot, encounters something, and someone, he never thought to see again. Destiny ensues.

Why I loved it:
This fic. It was such a lovely story, with a one of a kind form of magic. How these two made love with each other, magic all-consuming in and around them, was fantasting to read. The descriptions of the winter landscape made me yearn for a snowy forest at night. And, duh, I fucking hate cold snowy winters. So, alby_mangroves really did the trick. I wanted to be there on this clearing. I could see and feel it and it was hard to emerge from this story, its dazzling magic and its characters.

Arthur turns just enough to nose along Merlin’s face, over his cheek where it’s rough with stubble growing in. He rubs the tip of his nose alongside Merlin’s. They’re so close in their circle made of arms and trapped, shared heat, the delicious anticipation raising all the fine hair on Arthur's nape. He looks down at lips so dark they’re almost black, set in a pale, pale face. They’re both humming with the bond even with layers of clothing between them, with but a little space between their faces, skirting the edges of a real kiss while the air thickens with tension.

“Arthur,” Merlin whispers, and it’s dark, dark like chocolate. The first meeting of their lips is a slow, dry press, a shared inhale.

Merlin’s magic goes nuts, goes absolutely mental, sparking like live fuses and Arthur's existence contracts down to the glorious press and dry drag of lips on each other, edging closer together until there’s no space at all between them but the tiny snatch of breath being sucked back and forth between their mouths.
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text 2014-10-06 22:55
Rectober... No.2 - The Student Prince
The Student Prince - FayJay

Title:The Student Prince
Author/Artist: FayJay
Pairing(s) Merlin Emrys/Arthur Pendragon, various others
Rating: R
Word Count: 145.222
Tags: modern AU, AU, Slash

Summary: 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...
This story was inspired by the thought of Prince William of Wales (and indeed the current Max von Hapsburg) studying at the University of St Andrews; it is also, as the title suggests, at least a little inspired by the operetta 'The Student Prince'.

Why I loved it:
The Student Prince is a wonderful AU story of Merlin and Arthur. It’s funny, the characters are great (even the dickheads), and the mythology is interwoven with verve. It’s kind of an epitome of UST– because it takes ages for them to come to terms with their relationship. These boys will give you a hard time, especially Arthur who is a real prick at the beginning and whose sexual orientation is like a book of seven seals.
But, believe me, it’s so worth it. The humour is the leitmotif until they finally get their shit together. Just some random things I remember: Kilgharrah is having a soft spot for itunes, Morgana is using drinking games to her advantage, Lancelot is being more clueless than everybody else, getting really frustrated about all the UST- ups, I did mention that already – and a wonderful, brilliant ending.

Excerpt: I had really trouble to pick just one short scene from that first chapter because this fic is great from the start.

By the time they had reached the outskirts of London, Merlin knew that Gwen Smith was the first person in her family to go to University, like him; that she had no brothers or sisters, like him; that she had only one living parent, like him; and that she'd harboured a lifelong crush on the Prince of Wales, and was feeling more than a little bit hysterical at the prospect of spending the next four years attending University in a town the size of a postage stamp with the object of her teenage sex fantasies – also like him, although Merlin wasn't sure whether he felt like sharing that particular gem just at this moment.

Just some random stuff at the end: The operetta 'The Student Prince' takes place in the town I live. It's based on a play called after this town as well. Both terribly kitschy things. You are better off reading the fic.
Art by Ryuutsu.
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