We Begin Again
Fandoms: Merlin (TV)
27 Nov 2016
Set after the Merlin Series 5 Finale "Diamond of the Day".
Canon Compliant. In Character. Arthur Pendragon Returns.
Cover art by Lao-Pendragon
For many long years Merlin waited.
For the other part of his soul, for the other half of his life. He was born to serve Arthur. So that meant he was also born to wait. Even if it took a thousand years. Even if the wait seemed never to end.
Until one day, suddenly, it did.
When Arthur stumbles from the Lake of Avalon 1,500 years after his death, he finds a world unlike the one he knew. Faced with the loss of everyone he loved, and the threat of impending prophecy, Arthur must learn what it means to be not just a king, but the Once and Future King. Merlin does all he can to guide him, even as he struggles to hide his love for his king, and his fear of losing him again.
Story includes sass, banter, horseplay, & True Love.
- Part 1 of We Begin Again
In the few weeks since Arthur stepped out of Lake Avalon, he's been confronted by perplexing technology, ancient prophecy, and belated epiphany about his true feelings for his manservant turned friend turned sorcerer turned- god help him- lover.
With prophecy fulfilled, Arthur and Merlin now face a new adventure: Finding their place in the modern world.
This is a story of what happens next. After Arthur and Merlin save the world and find each other. Of how an immortal sorcerer and an ancient king learn to move away from the past, and on toward the future, in love and together.
*** Art by the lovely lao-pendragon ******
banter, sass, mockery of mobile usage, cuddling, verbal abuse of technology, flirting, bedsharing, jealousy, a lot of sex, and even more fluff
- Part 2 of We Begin Again
Rome is even more the majestic city Arthur imagined centuries ago, as he’d listened to his tutors’ lessons. Imperial antiquity breathes from every stone, somehow made even more grandiose in comparison to the modern buildings among them.
Unlike their trip to London five months ago, Merlin is comfortable amid the modern chaos. Despite cars speeding past on too-narrow stone roads, and tourists clogging pavements beneath towering monuments, Merlin shows no signs of distress.
Arthur, to his own surprise, is at ease as well. Not bad for a man born fifteen centuries ago, he thinks, more than once. It’s an immodest thought, one more befitting the king he was, or perhaps still is, depending upon your point of view.
He knows he should let go of such arrogant old habits. But on this one topic, he thinks he’s entitled.
It isn’t many people, after all, who could handle being murdered as a king only to emerge from a lake fifteen centuries later, to discover a land he no longer knows. To say nothing of having to prevent a predestined apocalypse days later. Or deal with being in a relationship with Merlin, who he's apparently been in love with since the first day they met.
- Part 3 of We Begin Again
If you've read "And Like The Cycle of the Year We Begin Again", and its sequel "Our Destinies Our Own", you'll enjoy this little text exchange, in which Merlin and Arthur share the news of their engagement with their friends in Avalon...
... with some unexpected -- and humorous -- consequences.
Well. Perhaps not so humorous for Heath. But that's what you get, when you mock a sorcerer. :)
- Part 4 of We Begin Again