nonisland: sparkling hearts the rich gold of summer ([*] hearts)
I am particularly not used to winning things which are won through actual...effort and perseverance and productivity and similar displays of maturity? Case in point: [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin's Never Have I Ever challenge.
Isn't it the most precious winner's banner? Look at the little mouse and its little teeny crown! I'm still absolutely amazed that I won, to be honest--and an anonymouse has offered to make a derivative fanwork of one of the fills I did for the challenge, so I'm basically waiting in delighted anticipation for that.

(If you're just tuning in, the "misc events: never have i ever" tag will take you to the complete collection of fics I wrote as part of this challenge, including a mini-masterlist for your ease of browsing.)

Anyway. Eeee!, and other noises of glee.

Stay tuned. When my anon donor presents me with my derivative fanwork, I am absolutely going to show everyone, because eeeeee excitement and I am sure it will be fabulous.

eta: I should also mention, the challenge produced a ton of excellent fills, some for very rare pairings, all of which can be found by browsing the Never Have I Ever tag at km_m's Pinboard account. (They can also be found by wandering through the comments in the original post I linked to above, but this is quicker because the links are actually clickable, and it has a little more information re. warnings etc.)
nonisland: Camelot in red and gold, with text "make your own destiny" ([Merlin] make your own destiny if you ca)
So, gentle readers, this summer I participated in [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin’s “Never Have I Ever” challenge, the goal being to produce fanworks with new pairings and/or new kinks, possibly in new media. Being the stellar human being I am (not), I proceeded to, well, produce fanworks with new pairings and new kinks! And then I backdated them because I have pity on your flists/reading pages. This is a masterlist of all of them, in the order I wrote them, with abbreviated headers [for notes, see the actual fic posts] and links to the fics. Obviously, they’re all Merlin. Also obviously, most of the summaries are, uh, not…most of these are…there’s not much plot for most of them, okay? It’s a kinkmeme. I was trying to stretch my boundaries.

I’ve also commentated, a bit, so here is a brief symbols key to aid your perusal:
♦ = very friendly to non-Merlin-fandom readers/canon-optional
♥ = personal favorite
♣ = leans heavily on canon

Click for…well, mostly porn. )

If any of my HTML is broken, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I’m pretty sure I’ve checked it, but there are a lot of outgoing links, so, uh. I could very easily have missed something.

Quick stats roundup!:
24,009 words over 15 fics:
  • 4 rated teen+
  • 3 rated mature
  • 8 rated explicit

  • 4 femslash
  • 6 het
  • 3 slash
  • 2 other
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: 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?” )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: mature audiences
characters/pairings: Freya, solo sex (Freya/Excalibur?)
length: ~800 words
content notices: use of a sword as a sex toy, though the blade is not used; explicit sexual content
summary: Freya is part of the land now, and spring makes her…feel things.
notes: I, like the show’s writers, am handwaving the question of how Freya has a corporal body but lives under the lake. (sorcery!) if you are not well-acquainted with the anatomy of swords, this diagram may be of use to you. title and cut-text from Heather Dale’s “Kingsword”. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Freya/Other, ‘lake creatures need love too’, masturbation with a sword (Excalibur preferred).
ao3 crosspost: here

Wrought by a queen for the hand of the chosen / From fishscale and currents and winter’s reply / Brought from the deep by a prophet who knows / In the arms of the water again it will lie… )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen and up audiences
characters/pairings: Gwen/Lancelot
length: ~2500 words
content notices: some sexual contact while both parties are asleep, but both are fully awake and explicitly consenting before it progresses
summary: engineer Gwen heads to Isgard Moon to repair a damaged transmitter, escorted by Lancelot; they arrive shortly before an ion storm begins and end up sharing a blanket to stay warm.
notes: part of the Camelot Station ’verse. title from Ellie Goulding’s “Little Dreams”. science is not guaranteed correct; my background in SF is more Star Trek than actually scientific. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt "Gwen/Lancelot, one-blanket scenario”.
ao3 crosspost: here

Gwen Smith is elbow-deep in delicate wiring when Lancelot arrives at the door of her workshop to report that the mining station on Isgard has stopped transmitting. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit (adult audiences)
characters/pairings: Elena/Vivian
length: ~1900 words
content notices: explicit adult content; brief language
summary: in which Elena has an annoying (and attractive) roommate.
notes: title from Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”. written as a pairing variant on the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Gwen/Morgana, foreign object insertion” and originally posted here.
ao3 crosspost: here

Vivian is definitely the most annoying roommate Elena has ever had. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit (adult audiences)
characters/pairings: Lancelot/Morgana, with mentions of Gwen/Lancelot and Arthur/Gwen
length: ~3500 words
content notices: possible consent issues related to making someone propose marriage (all sexual activities have clearly-established consent, though); explicit sexual content
summary: Morgana comes up with a plan to keep Gwen from ever having to choose between Arthur and Lancelot.
notes: alternate canon, where Merlin helped Morgana with her magic instead of lying to her, and thus she never turned against Camelot. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Lancelot/Morgana, Morgana tells herself it’s to save Gwen and Arthur.” title from Vienna Teng’s “Unwritten Letter #1”.
ao3 crosspost: here

How, Morgana wants to know, would anyone remember her vows to someone with Arthur’s childish temper while Lancelot is handing her his sword and his heart and his sacred honor? )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: teen and up audiences
characters/pairings: Elena/Morgana
length: ~1800 words
content notices: reference to minor character death; discussion of (emotional) child abuse; imprisonment
summary: sci-fi AU, where corporate elite Elena meets psychic Morgana and breaks her out of Camelot space.
notes: part of the (non-chronological) Camelot Station ’verse. title from Ellie Goulding’s “I’ll Hold My Breath”. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Elena/Morgana, let’s run away together” and for #27 (“Freedom”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table at [community profile] hooked_on_heroines. ETA: you guys, there is now PODFIC AVAILABLE OF THIS FIC OMG. [archiveofourown.org profile] quintenttsy has recorded it and it can be found here, at the AO3 (download only) and eeeeeeee!
ao3 crosspost: here

Elena docks the Liberty and makes her way through the hallways, which gleam with dull reds and golds—rich, rich, everything about this floating city positively screams the display of wealth for the sake of power. She feels closed-in, muffled. )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit (adult audiences)
characters/pairings: Nimueh/Ygraine
length: ~2500 words
content notices: explicit sexual content
summary: Ygraine’s father’s lands are dying, but there’s a ritual of the Old Religion that will restore them.
notes: the Old English of Nimueh’s spell was done with online dictionaries; I welcome input from any readers who know more than I do. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt "Nimueh/Ygraine, ritual sex magic". title from Janis Ian's "Candlelight”.
ao3 crosspost: here

“You belong here too,” Nimueh says, and there’s something secret and dark and warm in her smile. “But you lock yourselves away in cut stone that comes from far-off quarries, and the land forgets.” )
nonisland: image of a pen with text "nonisland" ([Merlin] love & destiny)
fandom: Merlin
rating: explicit (adult audiences)
characters/pairings: Merlin/Morgana, unrequited Merlin→Arthur
length: ~1900 words
content notices: rough sex, marking, explicit sexual content
summary: the day before a battle, Merlin comes to visit Morgana.
notes: may be a canon AU where Morgana never attacked Camelot, or may be regular future-fic, whichever floats your metaphorical boat. written for the [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin prompt “Merlin/Morgana, the Crowded House song ‘Into Temptation’ [...]” and for #48 (“Warrior”) of the Women Are Awesome prompt table at [community profile] hooked_on_heroines. title from the lyrics provided.
ao3 crosspost: here

“Have you come to join us?” she asks, smiling her best seduction at him. She knows he hasn’t; he’s Arthur’s man, still and forever, probably even beyond death. )

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