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Always the Last Place You Look
Or: Merliniana Jones and the Homogay Crusade

story by thalia
art by biliousgreen



Summary:

Sometimes, destiny is all about bad timing.

When Merlin woke up this morning, he expected to go on about his life as a 20-something curse-blocked (don't ask) barista with a cat named Eomer (don't judge) and a tendency to get distracted by his own imagination. He certainly didn't expect to end the day engaged to the woman of his dreams.

Probably because he's never spoken to her. She also happens to be unconscious.

But she's suddenly his and Merlin finds himself stumbling over exes, ethics, and the fact that she comes as part of a package deal, along with an overbearing father, a group of friends-in-law that should have their own sitcom… and a brother named Arthur, who takes all of Merlin's assumptions about his life and turns them onto their heads.

Sometimes, destiny is also about misdirection.

(AKA: While You Were Sleeping, Merlin-style.)


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Fandom: Merlin
Genre: Semi-magical modern AU. Rom-com. Movie fusion. Coming out story. Pile of puppies and rainbows.
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin ♥ . There's also Merlin/Morgana (of a fashion), Leon/Elena, Gwen/Lance, past Arthur/Gwen, past Arthur/Gwaine, past Morgana/Morgause, Gwaine/Morgana.
Characters: Arthur, Merlin, Morgana, Gwaine, Freya, Leon, Elena, Gwen, Elyan, Lance, Uther, Morgause, a couple OCs. And a cat.
Length: ~39K
Rating: NC-17, yar.
Warnings: Mild violence, hospital talk, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, coming-out angst/internalised homophobia.

Sources/Inspirations/Etc: While You Were Sleeping obvs, In & Out, The Book of Daniel, The Dark Crystal, Ani Difranco, The Labyrinth, Snatch, The Princess Bride, Mel Brooks, Amahl & the Night Visitors, 'Least Complicated' by the Indigo Girls, and, as always, Aaron Sorkin.

Thank yous: Le [livejournal.com profile] jazzy_peaches. I can't even describe how great she is at being supportive. Probably because she teaches kindergarten and I tend to whine like a five year old. [livejournal.com profile] tourdefierce, whose encouragement re: coming out made this story what it is. The rest of my absurdly amazing beta/Brit/pre-reading team, [livejournal.com profile] kim47, [livejournal.com profile] hardticket, & [livejournal.com profile] queasy_mouse; their help was immeasurable. The folks in #paperlegends. The superhero mod of [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends, [livejournal.com profile] the_muppet. [livejournal.com profile] ideaspace & [livejournal.com profile] janice_lester for the research assistance. Any remaining mistakes are my own poor life choices. And really, it takes a village to write a big bang, so thank you all. ♥

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