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Preview of To You I Pledge by Beren

Title: To You I Pledge
Author: beren_writes
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Rating: NC17/18
Warnings/Spoilers: general for season 1, explicit sex
Summary: 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.
Word Count: ~45,160

This story is fundamentally a reveal fic where Arthur and Camelot find out about Merlin's magical abilities. I am a total sucker for reveal fics, so when the Merlin Big Bang came up I knew exactly what I had to write.

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Preview: Flesh and Blood Dance

Title: Flesh and Blood Dance
Creators: Words by lilithilien, art by chosenfire28 and mamoru22
Rating/Word Count: R / 58,458 words
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Merlin/Tony, Bradley/Colin, Nimueh/Morgana
Summary: The 21st century is still a land of myth and a time of magic. The spells and enchantments that Uther banished are gone, but myths and magic live on, conjured on screens large and small with scripts and CGI. But one day, inspired by boredom and not a little mischief, an entertainment mogul (who just happens to be an ex-evil sorceress) decides it might be a lark to tell the Arthurian legend—as it really happened. It's just a little BBC series, just something to amuse herself (and annoy Merlin, of course). But when they awaken the Old Ways, not even the greatest Seer of all can foretell what awaits them. This is a story of destiny and choices, about what happens when sorcerers and kings collide with actors and beasts, and just how bad morning breath would be after a 1500-year sleep.

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Hope you've enjoyed these teasers—come back in OMG TWO DAYS for lots more!!


Preview: Long Shadow by Valderys

Title: Long Shadow
Author: valderys
Rating: R
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Warnings: temporary character death, dark themes
Word Count: 17,455
Summary: Merlin thought he had problems when he was only Arthur's manservant, and trying to hide his magic. Now he doesn't have to hide any more, but as King by right of conquest he wishes things were that easy. Rulership is a lonely business, and it actually hurts more to imagine what Arthur might have done in his place - but Merlin does it anyway. They had a destiny. Merlin refuses to let it go.

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Jenny and Vastra_Beloved

Preview: Born of Magic

Title: Born of Magic
Author: gnimaerd
Rating: R
Word Count: 45,420
Pairings: If it could possibly have slept with Morgana, it's probably in here. OT4, and various permutations therein.

Summary: Set ten years after the first series. When a small, terrified young girl claiming to be Morgana's daughter arrives in Camelot begging for help, Arthur, Gwen and Merlin's peaceful existance as king, queen and royal advisor respectively is turned upside down as a frantic manhunt is launched to retrieve the woman who disappeared from Camelot eight years previously. But finding Morgana proves to be only the first in a series of events that could tear Camelot's court apart, as something far worse is hot on her heals and thirsty for blood.


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Preview: While His Name is Still Spoken

Title: While His Name is Still Spoken
Author: mariana_oconnor
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, Background Uther/Ygraine and Gwen/Lancelot
Rating: R
Warnings: Character death - a lot of character death. Although... to be honest, that doesn't really slow them down. Corrupted mythology and legend.
Summary: Orpheus and Eurydice, Merlin/Arthur style. When Arthur dies, Merlin refuses to accept that this is how it was supposed to end. He is determined to bring him back no matter where he must go, who he must talk to, or what the cost may be. Meanwhile, in an unknown afterlife, Arthur is struggling to return to the land of the living, but the gods aren't that keen on the idea. He has the aid of Morgana, but she might not be entirely on his side. After all - he did kill her.

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The Butcher of Camelot | Criminal Minds Xover | Merlin/Arthur | NC17

Title: The Butcher of Camelot
Author: Lady Angel
Fandom: Merlin (BBC) & Criminal Minds
Genre: Crossover, Slash, a tiny bit of Het, Action/Mystery
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Hotchner/Reid
Rating: NC17

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Hoped you enjoyed this little preview and that it whets your appetite for the whole story. Check out the archive with all of its wonderful fic and fabulous artwork when it goes live on August 5th!

Big Bang Preview Post

Title: Communications in Binary
Author name: justthismorning
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot (background
Warnings: NONE! lol
Word count: 35,900
Summary: university AU. Merlin came whirling into Arthur's life and left everything in shambles on the floor - literally. They couldn't be less alike - Merlin with his computers and his easy, goofy grin, Arthur with his breeding and his need for everything to be in it's place. They have nothing in common besides a key to the same room, but as the academic year progresses and Arthur finds himself wearing tiaras and critiquing Westlife and having picnics on his living room floor, Arthur comes to learn things about himself he didn't even know he didn't know.

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Big Bang Preview - The Mirror, The Sword and The Shield

Title: The Mirror, The Sword and The Shield
Author: aelora
Word Count: 63,000
Rating: NC-17
Warnings/Spoilers: NC-17 (Spoilers through season one)
Summary: Fate is a fickle mistress – or rather, the Fates are. When the Wyrd Sisters offer Nimueh a second chance to fulfill her destiny, she takes the opportunity to seek revenge on Merlin. When Uther enters the equation, Nimueh's victory seems certain. Loyalties and allegiances are tested, making Merlin question the lengths that Arthur will go to in order to protect him. Through daring escapes, attempted coups, and fierce battles, Merlin and Arthur discover that the twisting threads of fate are not easily understood, and that the webs they spin cannot be readily escaped.

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"The Mirror, The Sword and The Shield" coming to a Big Bang near you August 5th!

Preview Post: Defenders of the Realm by lamardeuse

Title: Defenders of the Realm
Author: lamardeuse
Word Count: c. 58,000
Rating: NC-17
Warnings (none for the excerpt; warnings are for the whole story and may contain spoilers): explicit sex, violence, death of original character and minor character, brief mention of a successfully prosecuted sexual crime

Note: This is a modern AU set in London, in which Arthur, Morgana and Gwen are Metropolitan police officers and Merlin is a graduate student at Imperial College studying healing plants of Ancient Britain under Gaius – or at least that's what he tells everyone.

Thanks: to expectprism, kassrachel, sheafrotherdon, sihayab, and miscellanny for awesome betaing and encouragement during the writing of this monster. A special added thanks to miscellanny for Britpicking above and beyond the call of duty. Any remaining errors are mine.

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