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In Want of a Wife

Word Count: Roughly 43,000

Pairing: Merlin/Arthur

Rating: NC-17, young'uns.

Summary: When Merlin first hears that Arthur has been betrothed, his ribs pull inwards with an odd little hitch, and he only allows himself a second—which he needs in order to coordinate spinning in place without falling on his face—before he’s running to Arthur’s chambers.

Notes: Written for a lovely anonymous bidder in aid of Sweet Charity, posted two months after the fact because "I am [ profile] syllic's recalcitrant immune system. Without me, [ profile] syllic...", and also because I suck.

This is an experiment in turning a well-loved trope--the unexpected arranged marriage--around. It is as much about courts as it is about boys, so it behooves us all, I think, for me to say that Camelot's court in this is a complex construction, existing in an impossible time before the arrival of the printing press but after the advent of the professional book-making that may or may not have been taking place in the 1300s in Britain, with many a romantic practice being carried out even as Anglo-Saxon names for regions of Britain are used and pagan holidays are celebrated. In short, a chimaera not unlike the show's. I offer apologies and am at your service to disentangle it for those less fictionally inclined.

Thanks: Er. So this thing is a labour of love on the part of half a village, and as long as what follows is, I really can't use a cut.

Thank you thank you thank you:

To my wonderful, understanding, and encouraging bidder,

To [ profile] lilith_lessfair without whom--and I say this with the utmost awe--this story would be another story entirely. She did characters, and sentence structure, and form, and pacing, and--everything. Thank you.

To [ profile] nicolasechs, as always, because she holds my hand at all times of the night and I am definitely that kid that is not one with the road signals.

To [ profile] arlad, whose eyes are sharp sharp sharp and who was fast as lightning in the middle of having her energy sucked away from her by a villain history teacher born in the 1920s.

[ profile] lynnmonster made me turn Arthur around, and worked with a speed that defied belief in the midst of my floundering panic. I retreat from the field all the better for her punctuation volleys.

[ profile] mamoru22 raised all the important questions about motives and expectations that needed to be asked, and shifted the axis of this story, in the middle.

[ profile] staraflur took time away from doing very serious business things to work her way through the mood and pacing of this, while picking up stray commas, too--thank you.

Finally, [ profile] suaine cheerled and commiserated about long stories, while getting me to think about atmosphere.

Autumn             Winter             Spring             Summer

(Chapter icons used in this masterpost by [ profile] lemonpunch, [ profile] lovepb, [ profile] jadis_88, and [ profile] cheshirefrown. Many thanks.)

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Date: 2009-08-30 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, wow, am I looking forward to this. Like so: *spreads arms* Now if only I had the time to read it. Hrm. Friday's looking good!

Also, hi. Why are you posting stories when your dissertation is keeping you busy? *nudges*

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Date: 2010-04-01 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I adored this fic! sooo much.

I wrote up a rec of it here ( as well as a few other of your fics. In case you are interested. :D

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Date: 2010-04-01 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so, so much, Marguerite. Your recs are incredibly kind and ridiculously flattering, and it's so generous of you to take the time to compose that sort of detailed feedback; I truly appreciate it. I'm so glad you enjoyed this, as well as Three Tasks and Seven Magpies--they were all such different stories to write, and I feel so differently about each of them, but mostly I'm thrilled that they sometimes make people happy, even if a little bit. It's really wonderful to see what worked for people and what didn't, and it makes my stories better, integrating readers' views in them.

Thank you again.

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Date: 2010-04-01 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I hadn't realised that I had slipped in some concrit (of sorts) into that rec. :/ Sorry that was lame of me to point you to it. *blushes*

I really do adore your fics (and the variety of genres you write in). As the first fics I read in Merlin, they defined that universe to me in a way that I will always hold dear. :D

And, you are very welcome. ♥

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Date: 2010-04-05 01:10 am (UTC)
celeste9: (merlin & arthur)
From: [personal profile] celeste9
I found this through crackvan, and it is completely lovely! I love the way you tied in all the workings of court, and I think I love the boys best when they are being oblivious and silly. Gawain was a fantastic original character (I also like that he was called Gawain, b/c he's always been my favorite knight from Arthurian legend). Thanks for sharing!

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Date: 2010-05-07 08:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This was so lovely! I just thought you should know that I only started watching Merlin a few days ago (about damn time!) whilst taking breaks from my final undergrad work and promptly fell so utterly in love with the boylove (not to mention Gwen and all the endearing silliness and mythology redux and, oh, everything?) that I'm not even through season two yet, and I've already not been able to stop myself from seeking out fic!

Um, I'm rambling, but point: yours is the first I've read! I'm really bad at not being a lurker in fandoms, but I wanted to say hi here anyways, because this was too beautifully written and affected me too much to not say anything. It made me giggle at all the right moments and become completely engrossed in all your character insights --how Merlin's perceptions of Arthur change, and all the intricate subtext of Arthur's actions-- and by the time the slow-build reaches those final few scenes with them together, I physically ached for those boys, for their longing and their endearing idiocy, and--

Okay, I'm on very little sleep, so this is not quite the articulate praising comment I wanted to give you, but. Yes. I love it. Fantastic narrative. Thank you for such an excellent first-read in this fandom. I can't even say how excited I am to immerse myself in more of it! (And totally welcome any particular recs you might have. Just sayin'.) ♥
Edited Date: 2010-05-07 08:11 am (UTC)

In Want of a Wife

Date: 2010-05-21 09:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Oh, this is fantastic. I love the plot, I love the way you wrote it and I love how these two boys cling to each other. A really, really beautiful and romantic story. ♥

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Date: 2010-06-18 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Excellent story. Painstakingly developed. Great characterizations. Very moving in the way the story conveys depth of feeling. Haven't read anything in this fandom yet that is half as deep. Bravo!

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Date: 2010-06-18 04:07 pm (UTC)


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