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So Are They All, All Honourable Men by seperis, Merlin/Arthur, NC-17, long enough to split into two parts!!

Christ, this fic is good. Merlin pisses off a nobleman and accepts a fight he'll never win, Arthur comes to realise as he tries to prevent the fight from happening that he really cares for Merlin, Merlin reveals his powers, Arthur accepts them, sex ensues, and everyone lives happily ever after. It's typical, but it's by no means boring.

Not gonna lie, the beginning is somewhat messy. I almost stopped reading, but I pushed through the first few untidy paragraphs because something about the author's voice ("I am a prince. I have *servants* to build bridges if I want a bridge!" "Of course, Your Highness. Please examine your figures here; perhaps you did not mean for your bridge to collapse into the river?" -- mind you, the asterisks are going to annoy the hell out of you all the way to the end of the fic) caught my interest. I'm so glad I did, because the writing cleaned up quickly and the rest of the fic was a smooth, enjoyable read.

The best part of the fic is undoubtedly the UST. There's none of that contrived "their fingers brushed and both of them jerked their hands away, blushing" nonsense. The UST build-up in this fic is so natural that I never once felt the urge to roll my eyes at how obvious the author's efforts were. There's one scene where Arthur applies a salve to a wound on Merlin's back that's utterly gorgeous. The same can be said of the undressing scene leading into the sex. Speaking of the sex, OMG. It's perfect. The whole scene is so poetic and beautiful, but incredibly real and not at all purple prosey at the same time. I felt like I was reading slash for the first time all over again. Seriously, any fic that can make me feel that way is worth giving a shot. Go read it! :D
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Raven
aki_hoshi wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 02:11 (UTC)
Ooooh! I've been wanting to look up some good Merlin/Arthur fics, but haven't had the time, so was going to ask my flist for things...I'll totally check this one out! Thanks!

*huggles you*
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:02 (UTC)
Yes! Definitely check it out, it's fantastic. There are actually quite a few really good fics in Merlin fandom; it's just tricky finding them, esp. when you have a slight aversion to PG fics :x If you want more recs, I've bookmarked my favourites and rated them here.
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:02 (UTC)
Yes! Definitely check it out, it's fantastic. There are actually quite a few really good fics in Merlin fandom; it's just tricky finding them, esp. when you have a slight aversion to PG fics :x If you want more recs, I've bookmarked my favourites and rated them here.
Maria Isabel
x_x_mint wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 04:10 (UTC)
I'm not huge on the Merlin/Arthur NC-17 stuff, mainly because of a couple of really bad fics I've encountered *shudder*, but I may give this a try. YEY for sharing more fandoms! As if we didn't have enough :P
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:04 (UTC)
Oh, I've been lucky, I haven't encountered any bad porn yet. Well, maybe I have, I can't really remember; it's second nature for me to back button the moment I realise I'm reading bad writing. I've been largely avoiding PG-13 and under fics so far, so if you have good recs, let me know :D

Yay shared fandoms ♥ Do you have an AI favourite yet?
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:04 (UTC)
Oh, I've been lucky, I haven't encountered any bad porn yet. Well, maybe I have, I can't really remember; it's second nature for me to back button the moment I realise I'm reading bad writing. I've been largely avoiding PG-13 and under fics so far, so if you have good recs, let me know :D

Yay shared fandoms ♥ Do you have an AI favourite yet?
bewarethesmirk
bewarethesmirk wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 06:59 (UTC)
This fic was already on my must-read list, but now it's even more so. :D
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:05 (UTC)
Yay! :D How come it feels like everyone has heard of this fic? Is the author prolific? *stalks*
bewarethesmirk
bewarethesmirk wrote:
6th Feb, 2009 02:54 (UTC)
Yes, she's one of the first writers I friended for Merlin fic. She's a great writer. I think she's rather well-known already.
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:05 (UTC)
Yay! :D How come it feels like everyone has heard of this fic? Is the author prolific? *stalks*
bewarethesmirk
bewarethesmirk wrote:
6th Feb, 2009 02:54 (UTC)
Yes, she's one of the first writers I friended for Merlin fic. She's a great writer. I think she's rather well-known already.
bewarethesmirk
bewarethesmirk wrote:
6th Feb, 2009 02:54 (UTC)
Yes, she's one of the first writers I friended for Merlin fic. She's a great writer. I think she's rather well-known already.
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - 5th Feb, 2009 12:46 (UTC)
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:06 (UTC)
Yeahhh, it immediately become one of my favourites after I read it. I haven't read too much in the fandom yet, but so far I'm really liking what I've come across. I just wish there were more good fics to read :(
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - 5th Feb, 2009 18:20 (UTC)
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:23 (UTC)
Oooh, *goes* I have this thing against recs given by people I don't know, but I think in this case I have no choice but to give it a chance :p
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:06 (UTC)
Yeahhh, it immediately become one of my favourites after I read it. I haven't read too much in the fandom yet, but so far I'm really liking what I've come across. I just wish there were more good fics to read :(
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - 5th Feb, 2009 18:20 (UTC)
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:23 (UTC)
Oooh, *goes* I have this thing against recs given by people I don't know, but I think in this case I have no choice but to give it a chance :p
(no subject) - (Anonymous) - 5th Feb, 2009 18:20 (UTC)
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:23 (UTC)
Oooh, *goes* I have this thing against recs given by people I don't know, but I think in this case I have no choice but to give it a chance :p
Annie
_pinkchocolate wrote:
5th Feb, 2009 18:23 (UTC)
Oooh, *goes* I have this thing against recs given by people I don't know, but I think in this case I have no choice but to give it a chance :p
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