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Title: Some Say It's a Blessing, Some Say It's a Curse
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin
Categories: Magic reveal, powerful!Merlin, captured!Arthur, humorous moments
Length: medium (3,000 words)
Warnings: Minor character death: original character

Author on LJ: misswinterhill
Author Website: favicon winterhill (This story not on AO3)

Author's Summary: “Last warning,” said Merlin, raising a hand. “If you try to harm him, I will kill you. If you succeed, no-one will leave here alive.”

Magic reveal is often a great plot turn about three quarters of the way through a story, but this KMM prompt fill is, from beginning to end, strictly about the reveal - both the fact that Merlin has magic and the enormity of what he can do with it.

I love reveal moments. This one may be my favorite for the combination of a powerful Merlin who's deadly serious about protecting Arthur but is still down-to-earth and irreverent in the end. It also doesn't hurt that the reveal unfolds over 3000 words, so I get to roll around in it and enjoy for a bit.

There's no angst here, though it is an emotional moment. I love that Winterhill sets up a dramatic exhibition of what a wrathful Merlin could look like, then undercuts it beautifully with humor: their usual banter and some snarking that has me smiling the moment the danger has passed. Plus I love the way Arthur is both blown away and yet not completely surprised after all.

Some Say It's a Blessing, Some Say It's a Curse  Looks like this is no longer available in print form.
Podfic by margi_lynn


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 14th, 2013 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, that was lovely! Thank you for the point :D
Apr. 14th, 2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, good. Glad you enjoyed it too! :D
Apr. 17th, 2013 09:57 am (UTC)
Thank you, Mothlights; this was a lovely surprise! I'm very flattered by the rec, and thanks a bunch also for letting me know where to find it :)
Apr. 17th, 2013 07:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for writing! :)
Jun. 30th, 2016 05:35 am (UTC)
I can't read it, keep getting an access denied message. 🙁🙁
Jun. 30th, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
I see what you mean. That's the only link I know of, so I've edited the post.
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