Between The Lines The Real Story Grows

Title: Between The Lines The Real Story Grows
Artist: merlinsdeheune/Merlinsdeheune
Writer: clotpolesonly/clotpolesonly

Pairings/Characters: Freya/Vivian
Rating: Gen
Word Count: 8.8k
Warnings: No warnings
Disclaimer: We do not own Merlin. We'd be much richer and more satisfied with the story if we did.

Artist’s Notes: I knew it was a risk deciding to do the rarest of rare pairs for a fest, but clotpolesonly created a story so wonderful that it made me glad that I chose to do it. I hope even people who have never even considered Freya/Vivian as a ship see the charm and potential it holds.
Author’s Notes: This was definitely an experiment, lol, as in it was a lot of things I’d never written before. But I had a lot of fun writing it, even if it was a challenge! Any prompt that pushes my boundaries as a writer is a good prompt by me, especially when it’s such gorgeous art <3


“You fancy ladies, you say?”

“So what if I do?” Freya asked through gritted teeth.

Old Man Em just nodded to himself, like he was pleased with her answer—not a response she had ever gotten before. Then he brought a hand up to stroke his beard contemplatively and said, “What about castles? How do you feel about those?”

“They’re…fine?” she said slowly.

“Ladies in castles?”

“Why are you asking me all these questions?” Freya demanded, horrified to feel a blush creeping up on her cheeks at the leading tone in Em’s words.

Link to artwork: AO3/tumblr
Link to fic: AO3/tumblr
Hemlock - Peter/Roman
  • imera

Poisonous desire (Merlin/Arthur, NC-17)

Art Prompt Title: ART TITLE
Art link: Art masterlist
Artist: sallyna_smile

Fic Title: Poisonous desire
Author: imera
Characters/Pairings: Merlin/Arthur,
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 12000 words
Warnings: AU: Modern setting, Stalking, Rape/Non-con, Kidnapping

Summary: When Merlin can act on his obsession he decides to go for it, after all, nobody can love Arthur as he does.

touch my skin to keep me whole - (merlin/arthur, nc-17)

Art Prompt Title: 1030
Art link: Art Masterlist
Artist: whimsycatcher

Fic Title: Touch My Skin to Keep Me Whole
Author: skitz_phenom
Characters/Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Gwaine, Percival, OCs
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 64k
Warnings: Violence, graphic depictions of torture (whipping). Briefly hinted threat of non-con (verbal).

Summary: The Kingdom of Essetir has once again fallen under new rule, and Arthur travels to visit its new king, determined to make peace. Unfortunately peace is the furthest thing from this new king’s mind. Arthur and Merlin are forced to navigate his every attempt to make Arthur a scapegoat in starting a war between Camelot and Essetir. The new king is treacherous though, and he may have just found the one weakness that will force Arthur’s hand. Note: AU Post Season 4
colin bw

Putting the Pieces Back Together - Merlin/Arthur - G


Art Prompt Title: 1015
Art Link: Art post (AO3) LJ
Artist: matchboximpala

Fic: Putting the Pieces Back Together
Author: aeris444
Rating: PG
Warnings/Spoilers: No warnings
Summary: Colin is moving into a new house. As he's packing his things, he finds memorabilia of "Merlin" and starts to thing about missed opportunities and loneliness but isn't it too late?
morgana/katie mcgrath

Now Cracks A Noble Heart (Merlin/Arthur, M)

Art Prompt Title: 1007
Art link: Art Masterlist
Artist: bend_me_baby

Fic Title: Now Cracks a Noble Heart
Author: tari_sue
Characters/Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Arthur/Other, Mordred, Morgana, Leon, Elyan, Gwen, Gwaine, Lance, Elena, Gaius, Freya, Percy, Nimueh
Rating: M
Word Count: 22k
Beta: vix_spes
Warnings: Mentions of child abuse, underage (teenage) and non-con (all non graphic) but relevant to the plot. Age difference. Blood and murder.
When called out to a disturbance, PC Merlin Emrys does not expect to find a dead body and a madman waving a bloody sword at him. He also does not expect the sudden promotion, or to jeopardise said promotion by trying to prove the madman’s innocence. He definitely does not expect to find himself falling in love with the madman, one Arthur Pendragon.
c&#39;est moi

Just In Time (Merlin & Arthur, PG)


Art Prompt Title: 1018
Art link: Art Masterlist
Artist: peasgopopping

Fic Title: Just In Time
Author: ajsrandom
Characters/Pairings: Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, Morgred, Kilgharrah
Rating: PG
Word Count: 14,377
Warnings: none

Summary: Merlin has all the time in the world to wait for Arthur to return. His impatience brewing as the centuries pass, his accumulated knowledge in magic and science leads him to build something that will bring him to Arthur instead: a fully functioning time machine. And he sets out to use it for one goal- to keep Arthur alive.

Once Upon a Time in The Land of Counterpane (Merlin/Arthur, ensemble cast, PG13)

Art Prompt Title: 1009
Art link: Art Masterlist
Artist: candymacaron

Fic Title: The Land of Counterpane
Author: Azile Teacup
Characters/Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: PG13
Word Count: 26,000
Warnings: vomiting, vomiting on someone, diarrhoea (nothing too graphic for either, just mentioned), chronic illness, self esteem issues, equating dyslexia with stupidity (a character does this, I do not think this), Arthur insists on thinking that Merlin's dating a sixteen year old, when Merlin's about twenty/twenty one. The person in question is actually twenty, but Arthur makes two comment, high fevers, child neglect, loneliness, hospitalization, thinking asexual means broken, story in a story death, fear of abandonment, explicit talk of sexual acts.

Summary: As Arthur lies in bed, recovering, Merlin comes in and finds him. Their friendship starts there, and continues and grows for the following years. Merlin, upon finding Arthur, begins to tell him stories. These stories are read from books, but mostly they come from Merlin's imagination and as Merlin and Arthur's world expands, so does the story, weaving through their lives and friendships.

Thanks to my amazing beta, untiltimeends, for reading and re-reading and proofing and making suggestions. All remaining mistakes are my own.
morgana/katie mcgrath

When Summer's Over (Arthur/Merlin, T)

Art Prompt Title: #1008
Art link: Art Masterlist
Artist: bend_me_baby

Fic Title: When Summer's Over
Author: side_steppings
Characters/Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Morgana, Mithian, Leon, Gwen, Gwaine, Cenred, Edwin
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 17,211
Warnings: Violence, Attempted murder

Summary: Arthur had fully intended on spending the five day long cruise relaxing. What he hadn't planned for was becoming the victim of a murder attempt, discovering the existence of magic, and falling head over heels in love with the clumsy waiter who spilled a bottle of wine down him.