November 12th, 2015

eurydice james: pepperlandgirl4

Fic Rec: In Lieu of Cake (Merlin, Arthur/Merlin)

Title:In Lieu of Cake
Author: Malu_3
Pairing(s): Arthur/Merlin
Rating: R
Word Count: 10,617
Warnings: Hurt/comfort, torture, aftermath of torture,
Summary: A kidnapping changes things between His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of Camelot and Merlin Wyllt, his irreverent valet

Why I loved it: Based on the hits and kudos, I'll bet a lot of Merthur fans have already caught this one, but just in case you haven't, run to check this out. It's modern AU with magic, and the world-building is so intricate and realized, it's going to make you wish this was a full-length novel instead of 10k. All the relationships are lovingly tender without getting maudlin, and while there's torture involved, it's never over the top or gratuitous. Merthur isn't my ship in this fandom, but it's fics like this that make the ship part irrelevant. It's a well-written story with honest characters and great pacing, and at the end of the day, that's all I really want.