syllic: ([merlin] dessert)
Easy There


Word Count: Approximately 49,500 (ARGH)

Pairing: Merlin/Arthur

Rating: NC-17

Summary: Arthur is an Oxford Blue. Merlin is an Oxford cox. Lancelot is Merlin's romantic-dalliance-loving friend. Morgana is horribly clever; Gwen is cleverly waiting for Lancelot to grow up. Merlin and Arthur rub each other the wrong way, at first, but it soon becomes clear that Arthur is a university-class rower with a world-class heart (yes, I typed that). Clichés ensue.

Notes: January 09-September 09. Uh... fun ride, everyone?

First of all, an immense thank you to [livejournal.com profile] nicolasechs, without whose prodding and guidance this could not have been completed. She did everything, from pointing out typos to providing assistance in deciding how to structure this story. She was there when it was born, ugly, in my brain, and she was also there to receive my "MOTHERFUCKER YES!" ((c) [livejournal.com profile] ifyouweremine) message when the last word was coded.

I must also thank [livejournal.com profile] puckling, [livejournal.com profile] _la_la_la, [livejournal.com profile] pennyplainknits, [livejournal.com profile] cellophane_ria, and [livejournal.com profile] green_grrl for sanity stabilisation measures, the Dirty Cantab Troop for friendly and encouraging jabs, and, of course, [livejournal.com profile] woldy for her invaluable assistance. [livejournal.com profile] ras_elased, what's a high without a five?

[livejournal.com profile] arlad, [livejournal.com profile] phantomjam, [livejournal.com profile] meredyth_13 and [livejournal.com profile] lilith_lessfair ran me to the finish line on this, because I had eaten too many oatcakes and had an oatcake-related leg cramp.

All remaining mistakes are very much my own.

This was written for [livejournal.com profile] harlequinmerlin; thank you, [livejournal.com profile] mklutz, for organising it.

The story began with [livejournal.com profile] phantomjam's birthday, and ended with [livejournal.com profile] skyebanshee's. It is therefore for both of them: very many felicitations for you both, and thank you for helping to make sure this got finished.



picture credit: flickr, owenreading.

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(Read the story in one file at Archive of Our Own.)

Learn About Rowing! (Geeky Rowing Notes)
Glossary            One            Two            Three            Four            End Notes

syllic: ([merlin] dessert)
This final installment approximately 14,000 words long.
Approximately 50,000 (what what) overall.

Merlin/Arthur, with mentions of fond-memory Merlin/Lancelot and botched-seduction Arthur/Lancelot. Also, Gwen likes Lancelot a lot.

All instances of fail clearly mine.

Easy there, boys

... )
syllic: ([merlin] dessert)
Learn About Rowing, Chapter Four )

And easy, there:


Easy There, 4/4
(This link is not yet live, but I am working as quickly as I can.)
syllic: ([merlin] dessert)
Easy There, 3b/4 )


Do forgive the many technical problems experienced this go-round (Vengeance of the Evil ümlaut Y (!)), and I apologise for the delay between posting Part Two and Part Three; school and work commitments really have been busy beyond the pale, of late.

(Am I imagining this, or did LiveJournal, at one point during my 180 reloads of the page, flash me a zombie picture instead of the pencil with a sign saying "Undead Journal"? Am I actually losing my mind due to the ümlaut y?)

I expect to post the last installment Easy There at some point in late March, and to reply to all of the lovely, appreciated, wonderful comments that have already been left on this soon after that. I am so sorry I have not been able to do so, yet.

Finally, I should say: epic love to the (dirty) Tab brigade, [livejournal.com profile] cometotheedge, [livejournal.com profile] aleathiel, [livejournal.com profile] kazaera, and [livejournal.com profile] doomcanary. Sorry about Lancelot's abuse and do not worry: if you lose, it will only be by a respectable margin.
syllic: ([merlin] dessert)
Rowerlin.

This part approximately 13,000 words long; oh dear.

Merlin/Arthur, with mentions of fond-memory Merlin/Lancelot and botched-seduction Arthur/Lancelot. Also, Gwen likes Lancelot a lot.

[livejournal.com profile] nicolasechs has dealt with this story at the micro- and macro-scales, nitpicking the grammar while helping to structure the entire thing. She is amazing.

All instances of fail clearly mine.

Here:

And rowing on, Oxford...


... )
syllic: (Default)
Rowing!AU.

This part approximately 15,000 words (cripes), and rated R for language.

Merlin/Arthur, with mentions of fond-memory Merlin/Lancelot and botched-seduction Arthur/Lancelot. Also, Gwen likes Lancelot a lot.

With many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nicolasechs, who is possibly the most amazing person in the global village. EVER.

[livejournal.com profile] woldy is to thank for the preservation of the time-space continuum here (which is to say that she provided all the specifics about the Merton Time Ceremony, and gave me so much wonderful detail, in fact, that she practically wrote that part of the story). The line "Death ... of exceeding cleverness" is hers.

Thank you to both of them.

All things that are wrong with this are very much my doing.

Here:

Bow side, push us away from the raft..."

... )
syllic: (dessert)
This cliché-filled story is titled Easy There.

It was written for [livejournal.com profile] harlequinmerlin.

This part is approximately 7,800 words; the story overall should be about 30,000.

It is an AU, rated R (for language, at the moment). It is Merlin/Arthur, with vague allusions made to Merlin/Lancelot (in the past) and discussion of Lancelot/Arthur (for cliché-fulfillment purposes, in the present).

It enthusiastically embraces about a dozen clichés. These include tropical island getaway, beauty and the "secretly"-beautiful geek, the likeable duke-of-slut best friend, the poor-boy-makes-good-through-romance-with-boy-from-the-right-side-of-the-tracks trope, and arrogant sportsman reveals a not-so-secret good heart.

Arthur is an Oxford Blue. Merlin is an Oxford cox. Lancelot is Merlin's romantic-dalliance-loving friend. Morgana is horribly clever; Gwen is cleverly waiting for Lancelot to grow up. Merlin and Arthur rub each other the wrong way, at first, but it soon becomes clear that Arthur is a university-class rower with a world-class heart (yes, I typed that). Clichés ensue.

Evidently I apologise for all anti-cliché sensibilities harmed in the reading of this story.

Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nicolasechs for the sharp eyes; [livejournal.com profile] phantomjam, many transparently obvious shout-outs your way.

All things that are wrong with this are my doing.

Here:

"Hands on, boys"

... )


In the next part: more sex-sublimation rowing! Arthur meets Hunith! Tropical-island Merlin meets tropical-island Uther! Merlin and Arthur go for kebabs! (This level of exclamation-point abuse is indeed required!!!)

Up as soon as I get the cliché monster under control.
syllic: (pimp)
JE NE SUIS PAS LE GLOSSARY DE LOSER

1-8: Rowers in the boat are commonly referred to by their positions. 1 sits at the very back (the bow of the boat), 2 after him/her, 3 after him/her, and so on. 1 and 2, at the back of the boat, are referred to as bow pair. 7 and 8, at the front of the boat, are referred to as stern pair. The four rowers at the back of the boat are bow four; the four rowers at the front are stern four. 8, at the very front of the boat, is also referred to as the boat’s stroke (7 and 8 are responsible for setting the boat’s time, or rhythm).

More technicalities below the cut! )

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