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merlin arthur UST
Title: Champagne from a paper cup (is never quite the same) Master Post
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin, with Gwaine/Elena, Morgana/Leon and a mention of Gwen/Lancelot
Rating: NC-17 overall
Word Count: ~38,000
Spoilers/Warnings: None
Summary: Modern AU with magic. Arthur is a professional footballer on the verge of making history. Merlin is a medical student with special powers who's just been hired to work for Arthur's club. You know the rest.
Notes: This story has been making me crazy for almost two years, so I hope everyone enjoys it. Some housekeeping: It takes place in the fictional land of Albion. I love to watch footie, and I have several friends who are doctors (in the States), but I am not an expert in either field. If I've made any mistakes, I apologize. Title is from a Death Cab for Cutie song.
Notes Part 2:Thanks to corilannam, who is just AWWWWESOME and pretty much the best beta and pal a girl could ask for. Also, SO MANY thanks to hanelissar who was such a trooper in britpicking this for me, even while she was on holiday. And of course, thanks to the_muppet for putting this together so that we can all have so much awesome fic to read. Any remaining mistakes are my own.
Disclaimer: I do not own these characters, and I am not getting paid. Please don't sue me.

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4


( 41 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 9th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
This is looks fabulous! I love the idea of a modern au with magic.

Can hardly wait to get home and read it!

Congratulations on your Big Bang! :)
Aug. 9th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
I hope that you enjoy it!
Aug. 12th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
In which I ramble...

Hold on, I'm trying to be constructive....

I just. EVERYTHING is wonderful. I love the idea of Merlin's magic being so single-minded, not something that just gets used for everyday, trivial things, but something that is so directed and focused.

I loved the characters!
Merlin is as funny and sweet and slight ridiculous as I always want. The scene when he is running late for the interview and gets "attacked" by the dog is perfection.
Arthur is the Arthur of my heart! So determined and charming, but also an ass. I love it. The way he is with his fans :D :D Want to hug him so hard all the time.
Gwaine is so fabulous! Sticking up for Merlin, all of his "peasant" talk, being so cute with Elena and their all-night chat.
Your Gaius is spot on, for me. It's very rare that I hear Gaius in my head when I'm reading, but he was right their, with his Eyebrow, calling Merlin an idiot.
All of the supporting players are just wonderful. I really enjoy all of the men being silly and playful, and the women being so fierce and funny. :)

Favorite bits:
When Merlin comments that "There had to be some sort of aesthetic requirement to play for the club, like an "anyone who wouldn't look equally good modelling men's underwear need not apply". SO TRUE. Everyone on that team/around that table just gah.
When Merlin stands up for himself after the fight and says, "I am not a coward, and I won't have anyone treat me like I'm worthless." YES. This is my Merlin!
Oh god, when they fell asleep on the couch. *happy sigh*
I love when Merlin is comforting Arthur after his injury. ♥__♥ Just their connection is so deep and dear, with Merlin's magic even being heightened.
I was so upset for both of them when Arthur doubted that his feelings for Merlin were his own and not due to magic.

I could go on and on and I pretty much have, I'll just sum it up here:
Aug. 12th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
Re: In which I ramble...

Seriously, thank you so much! It's so gratifying when you take the time to tell me exactly what you liked about the story, it makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

I am so, so happy you loved the story!
Aug. 12th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: In which I ramble...
I just have so many feelings. I don't think I even mentioned half the things I told myself to remember while reading. *shakes head* It's all too gooood. :D

And I love your icon.
Aug. 9th, 2011 08:55 pm (UTC)
I want to read this on my Kindle - is there a PDF?
Aug. 10th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
If you want to msg me your email or let me know how to get it to you, I can send you one =)
Oct. 9th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
hey there ^^

I'm gonna go away from a constant internet connection for a while. Can you send me a pdf too? I'd love to be able to re-read the story while I'm away <3
Oct. 9th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Sure - email address?
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Oct. 17th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
Just sent it over - sorry for the delay.
Aug. 9th, 2011 10:04 pm (UTC)
I want to leave a gif here too because THIS oh my god I'm such a creep
Aug. 10th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)
YOU. I will reply to your other comment and expound on your awesomeness.
Aug. 10th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Aug. 10th, 2011 10:28 am (UTC)
So excited to read this! :D
Aug. 10th, 2011 11:35 am (UTC)
Yay! I hope you enjoy it =D
Aug. 17th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
I don't suppose you have this in one file that I could load to my nook? if you had a word file or an RTF file, I could convert it myself.

Aug. 17th, 2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
I do actually have it as a PDF file. Let me know where I can send it to you.
Aug. 17th, 2011 01:48 pm (UTC)
oh, awesome, thank you! I'll PM you my email!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC)
hi! loved the story!

can you send a pdf copy to my email please?

email is:


Sep. 9th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Just sent it over - sorry for the delay!
Sep. 9th, 2011 11:04 am (UTC)

got it!

no probs!
Sep. 2nd, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
I loved the story and wanted to ask if you have it on pdf as well? thanks :)
Sep. 6th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
I do indeed - just let me know your email address.
Sep. 6th, 2011 11:55 am (UTC)
Thank you so much :) I'll pm you my adress :)
Sep. 9th, 2011 02:06 am (UTC)
I'd love to read this, is it possible you have a pdf file of this?
Sep. 18th, 2011 10:11 pm (UTC)
Apologies for the late reply...I am traveling at the moment.

If you are still interested, I do indeed have a PDF - leave me your email address and I'll send it over.
Sep. 18th, 2011 10:45 pm (UTC)
No problem, definitely still interested.
Sep. 16th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Very much enjoyed this. Great story and I loved the way you brought in all the characters. Excellent job! Thanks again for sending me the PDF.
Sep. 18th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment! I'm glad you liked the story!
Sep. 22nd, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
Ahh this was simply delightful, I really enjoyed it, I just want to know more and more about this world, like did Merlin have accidents with his medicine that made medical school difficult sometimes (I can see it in my head and its making me giggle)
I really like how you wrote them both, Thank you so much for sharing!
Sep. 25th, 2011 09:53 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for the lovely comment!

Yes, I could've spent ages and ages inside this universe, but in the interest of finishing in time for the deadline, I had to leave a lot out.

Lots of room to revisit, though! So glad you liked it!
Sep. 25th, 2011 01:38 am (UTC)
I feel like I'm extremely late to the game, but just started reading MerlinxArthur fic about a month ago when one of my friends recommended it and through my journey of fics I was eventually lead to this one and it's absolutely brilliant. I stayed up last night reading it and it's amazing. The relationship between Merlin and the guys at the club are funny and wonderful and his progression with Arthur is realistically done, heartbreaking at times, but mostly completely lovely. I know others have asked, but is there any way you could send me the PDF too!? I'd love to have a copy to save to go back and re-read.
Sep. 25th, 2011 09:55 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! And welcome to the wonderful world of Merlin/Arthur fic! You'll love it here, I promise.

I am so glad you loved the story - I'd be happy to send you the PDF, just PM me your email adress.

Thanks again for the lovely comment!
Nov. 5th, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
i had this up in a tab for aeons, and then finally downloaded it and stuck it on my ereader. have finally had a chance to read it through and loved it a bunch. it so deserves a thorough praising, but i have friday mush brain, so you'll have to know i liked it and settle for a ::squees softly::
Nov. 9th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
Apologies for the delayed reply!

No worries, I am perfectly happy with a squee - I am so glad you enjoyed it! And thank you for coming back and leaving a comment, it's always a lovely surprise!
Mar. 21st, 2012 04:56 pm (UTC)
Please, can I have a PDF of this story, please?
Mar. 31st, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
I just found this through a rec on pinboard and it is utterly fantastic. I loved how you used Merlin's magic and added in the bits of tension about it and you just fit everything together so well. Plus, it's so adorable, I read it and felt all melty. Thanks very much for writing it.
Apr. 2nd, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
I am glad you enjoyed it so much! Thanks for stopping by to let me know =)
May. 16th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Could I please have a pdf of your story? My e-mail address is
Dec. 26th, 2012 08:25 am (UTC)
oh geez, just got a nook for christmas and i'm gobbling up my favorite fanfictions like a bag of dicks

can i get a pdf? :>
Dec. 26th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
Hi there!

I don't have a PDF anymore, but I've since posted the story to AO3. Here's the link:

Thanks again for reading =)
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