nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: general audiences
characters/pairings: pre-Freya/Morgana, Gwen&Morgana, mentions of Gwen/Lancelot
length: ~3.2K words
content notices: Reference to offscreen character deaths, discussion of offscreen murder unrelated to those; reference to mind control (Freya is cursed much as she is in canon); Uther’s general existence; effects of offscreen homophobia; really unhistorical historical fiction.
summary: Morgana might be the only person in England who ever tried to befriend a deadly water-spirit.
notes: This is what I’ve seen called “costume historical” or “wallpaper historical” as a setting for romance novels, so if historical precision, detail, and accuracy are essential for your enjoyment this is not the fic for you. Written for [livejournal.com profile] untold_legends. Title is from Regina Spektor’s “Aquarius”. Many many thanks to [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell for an incredibly last-minute second pair of eyes on this; any errors that remain are entirely my fault one way or another.
ao3 crosspost: here

The water-spirit looks lost, and Morgana’s heart breaks for her even as she thinks, distant and cold, that it’s a good thing Gwen has the poker because if those slender deadly hands close around Morgana’s wrists she’ll be too distracted by the touch to pull away. )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Mithian/Vivian, Mithian&Rodor, Arthur/Vivian, mentions of Arthur/Gwen
length: ~7K words
content notices: deals heavily with canonical mind control and references canonical mutually non-consensual kissing due to same, also contains [discussed and agreed-upon in advance] kissing to break a spell
summary: Mithian is surprised at how much it hurts when Vivian comes back from Camelot talking of nothing but Arthur.
notes: Plot-compliant with 2.10 “Sweet Dreams”, but not quite with 4.11 “The Hunter’s Heart”. I owe a debt of gratitude to [archiveofourown.org profile] versaphile for their map of Albion, although I picked and chose as I wanted/needed from there and from canon both re: the layout of Albion. I would also like to thank [archiveofourown.org profile] lady_ragnell for continuing to be the most patient sounding board/cheer squad anyone could wish, for helping me sort out the politics of Albion, and for unsticking the story even before she beta-read it on appallingly short notice. Written for [livejournal.com profile] untold_legends, for the square “against all odds” on my [community profile] trope_bingo card, and for #6 (“Ours”) of [community profile] 100_women table #8. Title from Lady Gaga’s “No Floods”, because this is me writing Vivian. (I really ought to break that habit at some point.)
ao3 crosspost: here (contains additional worldbuilding natter in the endnotes)

And she’s too late, anyway, and a princess may love where she chooses but a queen never. It feels suddenly, terribly unfair that Mithian has made herself a queen-yet-to-be and never allowed herself to notice why she didn’t mind Vivian’s cheerful self-centeredness. )
nonisland: Gwen & Morgana, hugging ([Merlin] the lady & the queen)
fandom: Merlin
rating: general audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana, background Arthur/Gwen
length: ~250 words
content notices: none that I am aware of
summary: Autumn is the worst time.
notes: Set between s4 and s5. Originally written for the prompt “Gwen/Morgana - but I miss you most of all, my darling / when autumn leaves start to fall” at [livejournal.com profile] dollsome's Autumn (2012) Commentficathon, and also for #18 (“Alone”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table from [community profile] hooked_on_heroines. The title, like the prompt text, is from Eva Cassidy’s “Autumn Leaves”.
ao3 crosspost: here
related works: a podfic read by [archiveofourown.org profile] spaceelevator can be found here!

She wakes up cold and alone in the middle of the lengthening nights. )
nonisland: Gwen & Morgana, hugging ([Merlin] the lady & the queen)
fandom: Merlin
rating: mature audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana
length: ~1500 words
content notices: sexual content, solo sex, fantasizing
summary: After Morgana has a vision of herself having sex with Gwen, who is not and never has been her lover, she’s...uncertain.
notes: Written for the prompt “Gwen/Morgana, vision!sex. Morgana has a vision of her having sex with Gwen. How she deals with this is up to you. :)” (second fill down) at [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin. Title from the Cranberries’ “Dreams”.
ao3 crosspost: here

She has too few dreams of anything but disaster, and she’s not sure whether that’s because nothing else is as important or because that’s all her gift is good for. )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Gorlois/Vivienne, Uther/Vivienne, Morgause, Morgana.
length: ~600 words
content notices: adultery; pregnancy; non-explicit sexual content; references to Uther's campaign against magic and all that implies.
summary: Vivienne, her daughters, and their fathers.
notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell for looking this over for me and making me clarify some of my wilder verbal flights of fancy; any remaining errors are entirely my fault. Title is from Heather Dale’s “Three Queens”. Written as a [livejournal.com profile] rarewomen treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] Netgirl_y2k.
ao3 crosspost: here

Her grip is firm on Vivienne’s fingers, hard but not painful, like a claim. )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit/adult audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana, Gwen/Morgana/Vivian
length: ~3500 words
content notices: exhibitionism/dub-con voyeurism; light humiliation; explicit sexual content
summary: Nobody gets away with insulting Gwen while Morgana is around.
notes: written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Gwen/Morgana/Vivian, Morgana is decidedly not pleased by Vivian’s cutting remarks about Gwen and decides to give Vivian a taste of just what she’s missing by not taking advantage of Gwen being temporarily assigned to her.” title is a line from Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” with the pronouns juggled around, because I appear to be physically incapable of giving Vivian fics serious titles.
ao3 crosspost: here

Vivian is a princess. She deserves at the very least a nobleman’s daughter to wait on her, and she refuses to simply lie down and allow her hosts to insult her. )
nonisland: Gwen & Morgana, hugging ([Merlin] the lady & the queen)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit/adult audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana
length: ~1900 words
content notices: explicit sexual content
summary: in which there is sex, outdoors, and everything is sweet and happy.
notes: written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Gwen/morgana One of them laying down outside nude, the other eating them out.” (second fill down.) title from Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Love’s Philosophy”.
ao3 crosspost: here

It’s beautiful outside, golden with flower-flecked summer, the air sweet and clean with the scent of growing things. )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana, Gwen/Lancelot, Gwen/Lancelot/Morgana (+ brief Arthur/Merlin)
length: ~2500 words
content notices: serious/incapacitating illness of minor character (no details given); mention of canonical minor character death; light sexual content.
summary: Gwen never wanted to have to choose.
notes: canon AU spinning loose from the s1 finale. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Gwen/Lancelot/Morgana, sharing.” & for #24 (“Choice”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table at [community profile] hooked_on_heroines. title from Vienna Teng’s “Now Three”.
ao3 crosspost: here

For whatever reason, she’d never dreamed of Lancelot. )
nonisland: Gwen & Morgana, hugging ([Merlin] the lady & the queen)
fandom: Merlin
rating: general audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Morgana
length: ~950 words
content notices: none!
summary: pre-series fluff in which Gwen’s historically-unlikely literacy is explained
notes: written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Gwen/Morgana. Right, so apparently Gwen knows how to read! Want maybe Morgana teaching her, or Gwen reading something bawdy in bed, please. :)” (I, continuing to fail to grasp the purpose of a kinkmeme, went with the former option), for #08 (“Learning”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table at [community profile] hooked_on_heroines, and for #13 (“island of light”) of my buffet table from [livejournal.com profile] fc_smorgasbord. I forgot we had information on Gwen’s childhood in canon, so consider this a(n accidental) canon AU. I should probably also mention I know nothing about adult literacy education and Google was really unhelpful, so I apologize for any errors/inaccuracies. title from the Monotones’ “Book of Love”, and the passage Gwen and Morgana are reading at the end is from (Patricia Terry’s translation of) Marie de France’s “Chevrefoil” because historical accuracy is something that happens to other people.
ao3 crosspost: here

Somewhere along the way, Gwen’s lady becomes Lady Morgana, and then just Morgana. )
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Arthur/Freya (Arthur/Merlin, Freya/Merlin)
length: ~1750 words
content notices: major character death (afterlife-fic); canon-typical violence, references to war; brief sexually-explicit language
summary: Merlin is not in Avalon.
notes: written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Arthur/Freya. When Arthur dies and goes to Avalon, he meets Freya. They bond over missing Merlin.” for the sake of the timeline of this particular fic, I have chosen to ignore the actual biographical data on Geoffrey of Monmouth (I’ve also incorporated a few other things which are not, strictly speaking, factual), as well as the time, from context, in which Merlin is probably supposed to take place. title from Leonard Cohen’s “Love Calls You By Your Name”.
ao3 crosspost: here

She looks beyond that at everything that Arthur has become—the good he’s done with his life and the bad he’s undone—and she stretches out her hand toward the boat and does not push it away. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit (adult audiences)
characters/pairings: Arthur/Merlin
length: ~1200 words
content notices: explicit sexual content
summary: in which there is mutual pining and the resolution of UST.
notes: sequel to “It’s All Right With Me” ([LJ|DW|AO3]), but could also stand alone. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Arthur/Merlin, bath”. title from the song “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”.
ao3 crosspost: here

Merlin has drawn him a bath and he watches the pattern of the steam curling up from it, glinting copper and gold in the firelight, and then remembers to stand and let himself be undressed. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Excalibur/stone
length: ~300 words
content notices: possible consent issues (both consent, but, as inanimate objects, their consent or lack thereof has no impact on actual events); shameless crack!fic
summary: Excalibur is placed in the stone.
notes: title is obviously part of the inscription on Excalibur. has a companion piece, “Take Me Up”, not written by me but well worth reading. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Excalibur/Stone” (second fill down).
ao3 crosspost: here

The stone almost quivers with longing for the magical entity. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: soft-focus ensemble (especially Uther and Morgana); gen
length: ~700 words
content notices: soft-focus major character deaths; mentions of war, possible hate crimes, genocide(?); historical revisionism/apologism; mention of assumed sibling incest strongly implied not to have actually happened; possibly uncomfortable to read (see notes). content is thematic, not graphic. s3 spoilers and a spoiler from s4 promo photos.
summary: History is written by the victors.
notes: this is a much-too-short look at the way the show’s morality seems protagonist-defined instead of objective—an awareness I usually try to suppress. written for #15 (“no one mourns the wicked”) of my buffet table [LJ|DW] from [livejournal.com profile] fc_smorgasbord. title and cut text from/slightly paraphrasing “No One Mourns the Wicked” from Wicked. I am subtle.
ao3 crosspost: here

no one mourns the wicked / no one lies a lily on their grave )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit (adult audiences)
characters/pairings: Arthur/Morgana
length: ~1700 words
content notices: swordplay (though skin is not broken at any point); explicit sexual content; light humiliation
summary: Morgana beats Arthur at sword-practice for the first time, and he likes it.
notes: I’m choosing to ignore the reveal of Uther as Morgana’s father, and therefore do not consider them siblings in this, but you may do whatever you wish. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Arthur/Morgana, a simple sparring session turns into something more interesting.
ao3 crosspost: here

Morgana moves like she’s dancing—no, she moves like flame, quick and fluid and lovely with the sword flashing bright in her hands. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen+ audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Merlin
length: ~800 words
content notices: …none?
summary: there’s a reason fine ladies don’t dress themselves.
notes: this is the show that gave us Morgana in a red halter dress in the first episode. I (like the show’s creators) have gone with “pretty” over “meticulously-researched and historically accurate” and beg pardon to any mediaeval scholars whose sensibilities I am offending by doing so. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Gwen/Merlin. Gwen’s helped Morgana into her dresses plenty of times, but has difficulties with her newest garments on herself. She asks Merlin to help her.
ao3 crosspost: here

She drops the lavender thing on a table. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: mature audiences
characters/pairings: Arthur/original male character, Arthur/Merlin UST
length: ~900 words
content notices: prostitution, sexual content
summary: Arthur can’t stop thinking about Merlin. All the time. In inappropriate ways.
notes: title from the song of the same name. set mid-s1. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Arthur/Other, Arthur visits a male prostitute to try to get over his feelings for Merlin” (second fill down). has an optional sequel, “I’d Tried So Not to Give In” [LJ|DW|AO3].
ao3 crosspost: here

Merlin is, after all, an entirely unsuitable person to be taking up so much of his attention. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit (adult audiences)
characters/pairings: Freya/Merlin
length: ~1450 words
content notices: past implied major character death; orgasm control; explicit sexual content
summary: in Avalon, Merlin and Freya have all the time in the world.
notes: title from Heather Dale’s song Lady of the Lake”. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Freya/Merlin. Making a goddess beg.
ao3 crosspost: here

Here they have time, though; here they have nothing but time. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: mature audiences
characters/pairings: Morgana/Nimueh, mention of Gwen/Morgana
length: ~850 words
content notices: bloodplay (and accompanying use of a knife); sexual content
summary: there is a ritual for magic-users in service to the Old Religion.
notes: not canon compliant, but I’m not sure when or why it split. the ritual is my own invention, and any similarities to existing rites are accidental. title from e. e. cummings’s poem starting “here’s to opening and upward”. written for the [livejournal.com profile] gwenmorganabbc prompt “Nimueh/Morgana: blood” (via [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin), for #34 (“Culture”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table at [community profile] hooked_on_heroines, and for #25 (“surrender to me”) of my buffet table [LJ|DW] from [livejournal.com profile] fc_smorgasbord.
ao3 crosspost: here

She knows what will happen next, and what might, and she’s agreed to all of it. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit (adult audiences)
characters/pairings: Arthur/Merlin, brief Gaius
length: ~1900 words
content notices: dubious consent (sex pollen); explicit sexual content
summary: Merlin accidentally breaks a bottle of an aphrodisiac.
notes: written for a [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt here, which could be considered a spoiler for the fic. title from A Midsummer Night’s Dream: “[T]hat flower, the herb I showed thee once: / The juice of it on sleeping eyelids laid / Will make or man or woman madly dote / Upon the next live creature that it sees […] / The next thing then she waking looks upon, […] / She shall pursue it with the soul of love.”
ao3 crosspost: here

“Merlin,” he says carefully, “what IS this?” )

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