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Under the ‘read more’ you’ll find 10 under-appreciated/underrated fics that have been submitted by the followers of this blog.
You can continue to send your underrated submissions as often as you like (just make sure to say that you’re sending it for the Hidden Treasures Meme)
001. 8x12x8, byskellerbvvt
Summary: When Arthur was small his Majesty locked him away because Arthur is a monster. Now Merlin wants to let Arthur out to prove that he is not.
Note: It’s kind of hard to explain but it’s a dark canon era AU that kind of runs along the same concept as Emma Donoghue’s “Room”. The author does such interesting things with the characters and the story arc is fantastic.
002. Breathe In, Breath Out (I Love the Way You Move), by leashe_bebes
Summary: Originally written for the prompt of ‘Arthur makes Merlin wear a corset laced too tight for him to breathe properly while he fucks him up against a wall, so breathplay, forced feminisation and a smidgen of dub con (blink and you’ll miss it).
003. Dryad, by Measured
Summary: AU. Arthur catches sight of a nymph in the forest, and thus begins an obsession which will change his life to the core.
Note: The piece is rather short but the author writes beautiful images and emotions. It really fits the dreamy fairy tale-ness of the story. I like the parallel and contrast between Arthur and his father in their relationship with magic.
004. Last Friday Night, by fingerprintbruises
Summary: Arthur’s a hipster, but not really. And Merlin is his normal, happy self who happens to listen to too much Katy Perry and other trashy pop music.
005. Man Who Wasn’t There, The, by neutoticnick
Summary: Arthur has been wrongly placed in Avalon Asylum by his sister. Another patient, Merlin, befriends him and offers a way out. Merlin, however, isn’t all he seems to be.
006. Meeting the Minister (series), bymagog_83
Summary: Written for this brilliant prompt on the kinkmeme, The new Muggle Prime Minister meets the Minister for Magic. In this case, Minister Merlin is VERY KEEN to meet the new PM ;)
Note: I’d like to suggest everything by magog_83 - the writing is lovely and humorous and just makes me smile no matter what it is. I’d like to ESPECIALLY recommend “Meeting the Minister” a harry potter fusion. Arthur is the new Prime Minister of England, Merlin is the Minister of Magic and introduces him to the existence of magic for “diplomatic reasons.” Merlin also has the most OBVIOUS crush, and the whole thing is delightful and hilarious XD
007. Not Quite Hogwarts, by eledhwenlin
Summary: When Merlin blows up his office (entirely by accident), he has to move into Arthur’s office. Arthur is not amused. Oh, and then there’s a new tenure position announced. It all ends a bit differently than Arthur imagined.
008. Rainbow Cake, by kathkin
Summary: In which Arthur comes out the closet, eats a lot of rainbow-coloured food, and really wants to kiss Merlin.
009. The Soldier Prince, by pushdragon
Summary: This one is for meredyth_13 who wanted Merlin/Arthur in a modern AU. It’s not exactly the specific AU she asked for because I couldn’t muster the audacity to write DRP-verse. So I wrote her her own personal modern fairytale prince AU instead.
Note: Pushdragon’s marvelous canon-era fics get a lot more coverage, but never this brilliant little AU, which is marvelous in all its tightly-written and lyrical glory. He has a way with understated description that really sucks you in.
010. Tradition, by anoyo
Summary: The first time it happened, Arthur took it in stride. Merlin had finished his morning chores and was preparing to leave when, at the door, he turned back to Arthur and said, “Arthur, when you really mean what you’re saying, you’re a very good speaker. For speeches and things, I mean.” After saying this, apparently randomly, Merlin smiled and left.
Note: It’s a sweet Yule fic. The ending is really worth the sobbing and clutching of Merthur, demanding they never leave your side.