Apr. 15th, 2010

syllic: ([merlin] seduction)
In Possession of a Fortune

Word Count: Roughly 8,500 this part, one hundred and eleventy thousand overall (no, not really. But close).

Pairing: Merlin/Arthur

Rating: NC-17 (not this part)

Written for [livejournal.com profile] _la_la_la, for [livejournal.com profile] australia_aid. So once upon a time I said to [livejournal.com profile] _la_la_la, "Give me a month, and I'll write you a 5,000-word story." Fifteen months later, here I am, hangdog and apologetic, and as for the 5,000 words, all I will say is HAHAHA, how innocent I was then, not to know the panic of seeing the rough draft climb disturbingly toward 100,000 of the old palabras.

[livejournal.com profile] _la_la_la wanted "something having to do with Arthur and Merlin dealing with court intrigue", or maybe, "Roman Holiday, or, Arthur's day off." This is both--much less the latter than the former, but that'll do, [livejournal.com profile] syllic-pig, that'll do.

This is not a WIP. It is very much in progress, but it has been in progress for fifteen months and I'm beginning to feel pathetic about my own patheticness, quite frankly. I'm beginning to think it will always be in progress. But it is all written down, now: part of it is with the saintly betas who agreed to this, and part of that is now back with me being tweaked for posting. I hope to post a part every two or three days, as I fit in editing around heavy workloads. Why not wait, you ask? Because at this point this thing is either going to fly, or I'm coming down from the rooftop with it, Radio Flyer and all.

This veers off mid-S2, but spoilers for every episode, just in case. Canon-flexible: Morgana stays in Camelot, but we know about dragonlords. S2 basically took me hard while I was in the middle of this. I coped as best I could.

I want to thank M for her amazing willingness to look at this, again and again; I want also to say that [livejournal.com profile] arlad sat through an impromptu presentation, practically PowerPoint slide-inclusive, about this once (and then again), and that [livejournal.com profile] lilith_lessfair helped to shape it and will inevitably help to make it better yet before the end.

All remaining mistakes are mine.

Most of all, though, I want to say thank you to [livejournal.com profile] _la_la_la, whose forbearance in the face of my entire freaking life was really beyond measure. I apologise, and hope very much that you like this. Truly. And I'm sorry about the e-mail flood. All of it. Thank you, so much.

(Oh, yeah. I'm also not entirely sure why this is called In Possession of a Fortune. I mean, I kind of see the theme, but lately I have been feeling as if it's one of those 'You kind of had to be there' things. Originally this was a companion piece of sorts to In Want of a Wife, both written in the present tense, but then I changed that. So... yep.)

But onwards, troops!

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