syllic: ([merlin] dessert)
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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

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-21 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] arlad.livejournal.com
OH MY GOD.

Standing ovation, hon.

I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S DONE. WHOA. CONGRATULATIONS.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-21 01:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] phantomjam.livejournal.com
DUDE. DUDE. \o/ CONGRATS. NOW GO COLLAPSE AND SLEEP THE LONG, SWEET SLEEP OF VICTORY OR SOMETHING.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-21 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pennyplainknits.livejournal.com
Hurrah hurrah! I have to go to work but imma read the CRAP out of this this week :D

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-21 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cellophane_ria.livejournal.com
CONGRATULATIONS!

I hope you're feeling suitably victorious. \o/

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-21 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coriande.livejournal.com
- pulls a cracker -
Oh, this is terribly exciting! Best put it in memories since I'll read the whole story in one go tonight for a refresher.

Thanks ever so for sticking with it <3

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-21 08:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nicolasechs.livejournal.com
Oh, my love, I cannot *wait* to read everything all in one go. &hearts

And what a lovely rowing picture. Mmmmmm.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-21 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] naihtmae.livejournal.com
I loved and adored everything and I'm going to read the whole thing again soon. Thank you for writing such a beautiful and deliciously long story. ♥ The 4th part was definitely worth waiting for.

Regards,
random passer-by (/longtime stalker of this, but it's a secret so hush)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-22 12:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hollyxu.livejournal.com
OMG! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!



(I think now would be an appropriate time to go off and do a victory dance for about, oh, 5 hours.)

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-23 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] forsweatervests.livejournal.com
Holy shit! It's finished! This is so, so incredibly exciting! Woot!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-25 09:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravenflight21.livejournal.com
So glad you finished this! I really enjoyed it. Before I read the final chapter, I re-read the earlier chapters, and remembered so much of it. Great story!

(no subject)

Date: 2009-09-27 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fitzette.livejournal.com
Having recently stumbled into the glory that is Merlin, i asked my flist for "Long, juicy, fantastic Merlin/Arthur" fics. This was one, and god, did I enjoy it. What a clever and original story, and how well written. Your Arthur felt so...solid and defined. I thought you did a fantastic job with all the characters, but I specifically enjoyed your Arthur.

Thanks for sharing this.

(no subject)

Date: 2009-10-03 03:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] conclusivelead.livejournal.com
I am so excited to read this. You don't even know. I've been waiting for the weekend to begin so I can get it all read in one go.

Let the epic begin. >O

*settles in for a long read*

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