Episode 23: Fanfiction “Early Fics”

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In today’s episode, momo and MissSnowFox are joined by Archaeologist_D to talk about the early fics written in this fandom. The fics that were conceived before everything changed in Season 3 and before all the characters were introduced.

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Authors & Fics

casparus’ fic crossposted to merlinfic
suki_blue’s fic crossposted to merlinxarthur
A Trace of Magic by suki_blue
Defining It by midletone_one, posted to merlinslash
Myrlinna by BloodredCrimsonhands
Friends? by beren
Astolat’s website
Astolat’s Livejournal
Astolat on AO3
Beltane by astolat
Beltane [Podfic] by astolat
cherrybina on AO3
At the End of the Path to Nowhere by cherrybina
Cori Lannam on LJ
Cori Lannam on AO3
The Natural Progression of such things by Cori Lannam
FayJay on AO3
The Student Prince by FayJay [On AO3]
fuzzytomato on AO3
Lions and Pebbles and Penguins, Oh my! by fuzzytomato
Small Town Mechanics by fuzzytomato
Post-It Note Romance by fuzzytomato
Spartacus and the Open Taxi Door by fuzzytomato
giselleslash on Dreamwidth
giselleslash on AO3
The Wounds Underneath by giselleslash
Lady_Ragnell on LJ
Lady_Ragnell on AO3
Every Tuesday Night by Lady_Ragnell
Every Story is a Love Story by Lady_Ragnell
magog-83 on Dreamwidth
magog-83 on AO3
The Offer or: How Merlin got to be Court Sorcerer after all by magog-83
marguerite_26 on LJ
marguerite_26 on AO3
The Green Apple by marguerite_26
Marianna_OConner on LJ
Swinging from the Chandeliers by Maria_OConner
rageprufrock on LJ
Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock [on AO3]
ras_elased on LJ
ras_elased on AO3
The King’s Command by ras_elased
Two Weeks Notice by ras_elased
riventhorn on LJ
riventhorn on AO3
Enough for Now by riventhorn
Leashed by riventhorn
rotrude on LJ
rotrude on AO3
Vivien by rotrude
Icebreaker by rotrude
seperis on LJ
seperis on AO3
Summer Country by seperis
Job Orientation by seperis
Privileges of Rank by seperis
Truth is a Whisper by seperis
syllic on LJ
syllic on AO3
Fyrgearwunga (Materials for a Fire) by syllic
Three Tasks by syllic
In Want of a Wife by syllic
winterstorrm on AO3
Hermette on Fanlore
minor_hue masterlist for kink meme links
minor_hue’s fics on dropbox
The Good Times Are Killing Me by minor_hue
Love’s First Kiss by MissSnowFox
Defenders of the Realm by lamardeuse
torakowalski

Recs

Peach, Plum, Pear by sweetestdrain
Rheged by McShame
Gadarene by unpossible, podfic by Birdie7272

Fostered by rageprufrock, podfic by dodificus
A Lot Like Life by shinybug, podficced by dodificus
Touch Me (Not) by veronamay, podficced by striped_bowties

Winterbloom by shinybug, podficced by bravenclawesome
Poison: It’s Fun All Around by derryere
Those Deep Places by sville, podficced by Rhea314
Reciprocation by astolat, podficced by ann_ciudad

5 thoughts on “Episode 23: Fanfiction “Early Fics”

  1. A Modern Manservant does an AMAZING job of incorporating the show into a modern setting and the characters are amazing and it’s just…. such a good fic

  2. I went through my old folder with fanfics I copied years ago from lj posts and picked some of my big favourites:

    “To You I Pledge” by beren – https://archiveofourown.org/works/377019/chapters/615227
    Merlin lays his life on the line to save Arthur yet again, only this time there are witnesses, lots of them. Only Arthur prevents him going to the headman’s axe straight away, but Arthur alone cannot save him. That is up to both of them.

    “Not Now, Not Ever” by JulieGee – https://archiveofourown.org/works/68445/chapters/90293#workskin
    Merlin and Arthur discover their destiny through words and deeds.

    “An Unshakable Desire” by riventhorn – https://archiveofourown.org/works/163197
    Arthur meets a boy in the rain. A dirty, poor, insolent peasant. A common whore. But Arthur can’t stop thinking about him…

    “Fulcrum” by beren – https://archiveofourown.org/works/67341/chapters/88994
    (Merlin/Harry Potter crossover)
    AU from end of HBP. There are some things that are just not supposed to happen, some wrongs which should not occur; these are the things Merlin knows he and Arthur were created to prevent. Then of course there are also some things that would make things better if they happened and folly or stupidity has stopped them from occurring; Merlin likes to put these back on track as well; Arthur calls that part meddling.

    “The Great Winter” by halfhardtorock – https://archiveofourown.org/works/2119092
    It’s the Little Ice Age. OR. The Great Winter, when the Pendragons are forced to bed down for a month under furs until the weather is warm again. Arthur’s only seen the Great Winter in babyhood. Now, he must find a proper Royal Bedwarmer to share his Winter’s rest with.

    “Recovery” by Demon Faith – https://demon-faith.livejournal.com/214168.html
    Arthur can barely stand and Merlin can’t stand to wait. A holiday from Camelot is in order.

  3. “Practical Adventures and Auspicious Pursuits” by Stillane – https://stillane.livejournal.com/69628.html
    podfic: https://archiveofourown.org/works/464441
    It might be good to be the king, but some days it sucks to be the prince.

    “The Lee” by Heavenly_Bodies – https://archiveofourown.org/works/278362
    …inexplicable as it was- Merlin didn’t get hurt. So turning to find his dark haired servant collapsed, unmoving on the ground with a hideously grinning man looming over him had sent foul shivers like he’d never known through Arthur’s body.

    “From Darkness Comes Light” by beren – https://archiveofourown.org/works/376997/chapters/615196#workskin
    When dark creatures that prey on the living, taking their blood and causing the dead to rise from their graves are reported in Albion it is Arthur who is sent to destroy them. Some things, however, do not fall to the sword and Arthur learns this the hard way. Merlin is faced with giving up more than his secret to save his friend.

    “With All That I Am” by isis-sg1 – https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6507016/1/With-All-That-I-Am
    Merlin and Arthur live two different lives, one in the basement, the other on the top floor. It’s up to Arthur to teach Merlin it’s okay to ask for help and for Merlin to teach Arthur there’s more to life than money

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