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    "I'm not sure what I'd have done."
    "And I didn't want to put you in that position.”

    For better or for worse, Arthur knows Merlin's secret. The problem? Merlin doesn't know Arthur knows. This leaves Arthur with a predicament... and an opportunity. A test. Three trials and three opportunities for Merlin to prove he doesn't deserve death. Arthur hopes he will pass them. Maybe then the image of Merlin's golden eyes will stop haunting him.

    (AKA a really in-depth character study of Arthur's psyche but with a giant dose of angst and suspense because DRAMA. Also served with a side helping of Merlin character analysis and difficult moral calls. Lastly, this is really how I wanted Season 3 to go and was my prediction at the time. I stand by it!)

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    When Arthur is born, Ygraine dies and Uther vows vengeance against all magic.

    When Arthur is four, Nimueh decides to take matters into her own hands and casts an enchantment on the prince as penance for his father. One which can only be removed by a magic user willing to undo the enchantment for the sake of helping Arthur, and no other reason.

    When Arthur is seven, the truth of the spell's nature comes to light.

    When Arthur is fifteen, the rumours of the worsening enchantment spread among the kingdoms until news it has been removed take their place and his father tells Arthur he must never let anyone know the truth of the matter.

    When Arthur is twenty, he lives with the firm belief the enchantment will never be lifted.

    When Arthur is twenty, a boy named Merlin arrives in Camelot and, by a streak of luck, becomes the enchanted prince's manservant...

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    Merlin defeated the creature easily. He turned away from his fallen foe and back to the boulder blockade he'd trapped Arthur behind. Too late, Merlin saw the King had found his own way out. He had seen... everything.

    Arthur didn't look angry. He didn't even seem surprised. Just... hurt. Merlin froze when he saw that Arthur was crying. The King hadn't seemed to notice it yet, his eyes lost and face void of emotion, but tear tracks lined his dust-coated cheeks. Arthur didn't cry. It was a rule he rarely disobeyed, his motto, "No man is worth your tears." It took Merlin a second to understand, but he wasn't angry... he was heartbroken.

    Arthur discovers Merlin's magic. Realising that nearly everyone close to him has betrayed him, Arthur blames himself and obsesses over being a perfect king. He finally taps into his potential, follows his beliefs, and becomes the man that he was meant to be. Arthur also discovers he's not what he thought he was and begins keeping secrets of his own. Meanwhile, Merlin repents for his mistakes and learns about Arthur's past. What is Arthur hiding? Can Merlin win back Arthur's trust? Who and what is Arthur Pendragon, really?

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    Noun. iactūra f (genitive iactūrae); first declension. a throwing away. throwing overboard, jettison quotations; (figuratively) sacrifice.

    That night in the cave, a man was supposed to have been pushed off by his possessed best friend and potential love interest and land in front of his other love, whose memories would be erased of him to save her from the trauma of seeing him die. That man was also supposed to come back a vengeful wraith, determined to get revenge on the friend who he thought betrayed him, the one who lost his arm to a kitsune disguised as a dog.

    But that didn’t happen.

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    Arthur was used to being trotted out by Uther as Camelot’s shiny, young ambassador. Though he didn’t care much for Cenred, he certainly wasn’t afraid of him. No, it wasn’t Essetir that bred knots in his stomach.

    For reasons that Arthur did not yet understand, it was the humble village of Ealdor that loomed specterlike over the journey ahead.

    When a diplomatic visit to Cenred's kingdom takes Arthur and Merlin through Ealdor, Arthur must confront a secret he has kept from himself since Merlin arrived in Camelot.

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    Stream-of-consciousness-ish musings about Arthur Pendragon and how he would handle immortality in Merlin's place.
    Now with a slightly different ending and a quick funeral scene because what this needed was more angst, clearly.

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    The dragon leaned forward. "Your destiny is to protect Uther Pendragon's heir, the one who will be the Once and Future King and unite all of Albion."

    Merlin blinked. "But . . . Uther doesn't have an heir."

    . . .

    In many Arthurian texts, Arthur is raised as a peasant by Sir Ector with no knowledge of his royal lineage. Let's bring that back, shall we?

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    Arthur Pendragon returns to a world ruled by greedy politicians that is overrun by superheroes who are crucified and threats that lurk behind shadow. Larger summary inside.

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    "There is frost across Merlin’s already pale skin, in his lashes around his unblinking eyes. Agony rips through Arthur’s chest at the sight and he can’t, he just can’t. Death had not seemed so bad when he knew that he would be saving those he cared about most, saving the world at large."

    Arthur is ready to die to stop the Dorocha; he is not ready for Merlin to die as well. Unfortunately, the fact that Merlin doesn't shouldn't be possible without magical aid. This is a fic about Arthur's thought process through a more subtle magic reveal.

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    “Arthur, you have like five fan clubs. You were named sexiest man alive two years in a row. You are an action film star, who also does romcoms. You were John Constantine in that Justice League film, a part if you remember, that was supposed to be a minor role but you were so brilliant, they made a spin-off movie about you! You’re one of the hottest names in the industry, of course, they are going to make a big deal about this.”

    “So, you think I’m hot?” Arthur teased with a smirk.

    Merlin groaned and pushed him away. “You are literally the worst.”
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    Arthur is a famous actor and finds out the world thinks he's straight despite being in a serious relationship with a man for ten years.

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    Since Arthur was a boy he has known that he is to marry for Camelot rather than for himself, so he never stops to consider his own feelings, or just who he might actually wish to marry — had he had a choice in the matter. He hopes that he will come to love his future wife, but does not expect or need it. After all, he has no knowledge of what love really feels like. Well, until Merlin shows up.

    And who knows, maybe Arthur does have a choice.

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    Around the same time Merlin ‘disappears’ (or visits his mother, as Gaius says), a small black cat is seen roaming Camelot. At first, Arthur doesn’t mind it. Then he realises how smitten everyone seems to be with the cat and how its eyes gleam in an intimidating sorcerer-yellow. But it’s just a cat, it can’t be a sorcerer planning to take Camelot apart by having everyone fall in love with a little kitty. Turns out it is indeed no harm to Camelot, but it did capture Arthur’s heart.

    or in which Merlin is a cat and Arthur is the jester of his own court

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    It is one way to break the ice...

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    A look back on the experiences that has shaped Arthur into the person he is.

    Or: A character study on all the things Arthur went through as a kid. The loss of his mother, him being a child-soldier, masking his emotions etc.

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    All his life, Arthur has been told by his father that as a man, he needs to act a certain way. There are certain things he must take part in—certain things he must enjoy—because that’s what real men do.

    And then, he meets Merlin and then Lancelot is thrown into the mix and he finds himself spending much more time around Gaius than he ever has and without his father around to constantly remind him of what it takes to be a man, he starts questioning everything he’s ever known.

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    “Under Uther’s rule, Camelot was a place of hatred but under yours, it can be a place of love and acceptance. You have the power to change years of hatred and shame, Arthur. You’ve always been destined for great things, as the King, you have the means to grant people the freedom to be who they are and to marry who they love without consequence.”

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    “I miss Camelot. I miss using horses instead of cars and I miss the way the people spoke to each other and the way the streets smelled and the way the citadel sounded. I miss everyone we used to know. I don’t belong in this world, Merlin, I don’t and I don’t know why I’ve come back. What am I doing here? There’s nothing for me to do, nothing for me to save. What use am I against all these new weapons of war? I don’t belong here and I don’t-”

    Or: the one where coming back from the dead 1500 years later is difficult.

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    Basically just a character study of Arthur until he meets Merlin and realizes he doesn't care what his father thinks.

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    The Mystery Skulls never fully reconciled, Arthur realizes. Knowing that he isn't wanted, wracked with guilt, he leaves. He could never look back once he went on his own path, but even he knew that the past will never fully go away.

    Thus, Arthur tries to move on after finding himself unable to go back.

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    20/?
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    53
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    Something has been following them for miles. It is a crisp August afternoon that Arthur has off from commitments. Merlin’s sorcerer duties ended late last week. They decided to go on a hunt for old times’ sake. 

    Day Twenty-one and Twenty-two: Not Alone and Mind-Control

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    93
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    12
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    1618

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