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242Reckless Abandon » by DreamersTales Merlin has a habit of keeping Arthur out of trouble, without the prince noticing of course. But when it's the warlock's turn to keep himself from harm's way he's not as on top of things as he'd like to believe, leaving the task up to those closest to him. A series of connected short stories featuring our favorites from Camelot and their mission to keep one selfless sorcerer safe.
Merlin, T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Adventure, chapters: 49, words: 256k+, favs: 137, follows: 146, updated: 4/9 published: 9/26/2020, Merlin, Arthur, Gaius, Gwaine
23To Mend What is Broken » by 1917farmgirl When the build up of guilt, pain and loss leaves Merlin shattering, it's up to Arthur to figure out how to help his servant and friend mend the pieces of his soul.
Merlin, K+, English, Angst & Friendship, chapters: 2, words: 4k+, favs: 37, follows: 54, updated: 12/31/2023 published: 3/29/2020, Merlin, Arthur, Gaius, Hunith
1 Flight Mode by librarylexicon For Tim Drake – seventeen, grieving and unprepared to return to Gotham after personal tragedy – sinking into isolation is as natural as breathing. But when he is abruptly pulled into the future by his nineteen-year-old self, both of them find that their brief time together could give them the impetus and perspective they need to move on. Self-reliance is both a virtue and a vice.
Batman, T, English, Angst & Hurt/Comfort, words: 10k+, favs: 11, follows: 5, 8/19/2023, Bruce W./Batman, Richard G./Nightwing, Timothy D./Red Robin
3 Pieces on the ground (from the world that fell apart) by AGirlByAnyOtherName In a single day, one man had destroyed all manner of sanctuary for him and in that moment, Merlin had no idea what to do. (Set in s02e07. Merlin and Arthur discover the broken remains of the physician's chambers after the knights have searched it.)
Merlin, K, English, Hurt/Comfort & Friendship, words: 2k+, favs: 23, follows: 3, 4/9/2023, Merlin, Arthur
5 can't hide in the den of lions (can't move with your feet tied) » by AGirlByAnyOtherName Merlin groaned as he pushed himself onto his knees, whole body swaying slightly as one hand came up to clasp his head and Arthur had to force himself not to step forward and help. It would do Merlin no good to have him interrupt now that they were here. (Set in s02e05 / s02e06. After a long night of searching for Catrina's missing seal, Merlin is discovered and falsely punished.)
Merlin, K+, English, Hurt/Comfort & Friendship, chapters: 2, words: 13k+, favs: 24, follows: 12, updated: 3/13/2023 published: 3/12/2023, Merlin, Arthur, Gaius, Catrina
3 Can't Let Go by Aini NuFire Merlin saves Lancelot's soul from the shade by inadvertently bringing it into his own body. Now he has his best friend back, if only in his shared mind space. But one body isn't meant to house two souls, and Merlin's growing sicker.
Merlin, K+, English, Hurt/Comfort & Angst, words: 4k+, favs: 22, follows: 5, 3/8/2023, Merlin, Arthur, Gwen/Guinevere, Lancelot
Approximation by FoxInBox aka FIB Natsume does some accidental cliff diving in front of his friends.
Natsume Yūjin-Chō, K+, English, Friendship, words: 1k+, favs: 7, follows: 5, 2/20/2023, Takashi N., Kitamoto A., Nishimura S.
3 Shelving Your Agenda by lindenlynx On their quest to find the last Dragonlord and save Camelot from a dragon attack, Arthur notices that there's something on Merlin's mind. He's determined to coax it out of him. Or, S2 E13 goes a little differently. A Secret Santa gift for @sunburstsivan on Twitter.
Merlin, T, English, Drama & Hurt/Comfort, words: 2k+, favs: 40, follows: 7, 12/25/2022, Merlin, Arthur
98Flu » by ImmortalBerry Merlin has the flu. Arthur notices it and sends him back to his chambers to rest, but an important event forces Merlin to heal himself to be able to attend the event by Arthur's side. The healing didn't go quite right though... Something is suddenly wrong with Merlin's magic. Read on as chaos ensues. Will be updated regularly
Merlin, T, English, Humor & Hurt/Comfort, chapters: 18, words: 46k+, favs: 64, follows: 107, updated: 12/18/2022 published: 5/13/2019, Merlin, Arthur, Gaius, Gwaine
15 Breath of Life » by Aini NuFire A chance encounter with Aithusa frees Lancelot from the shade before he ever reaches Camelot.
Merlin, K+, English, Hurt/Comfort & Friendship, chapters: 3, words: 7k+, favs: 30, follows: 14, updated: 11/11/2022 published: 11/4/2022, Merlin, Arthur, Lancelot, Aithusa
863 A Displaced Red Robin » by dragonprincess1988 Tim gets transported to the cartoon Young Justice world, and he's not sure he knows how to deal with it. Attention: If you want to know about Artemis or people from Tim's world the final note on my profile is for you. Also, a special thank you to angel-gidget over at Tumblr, who made the wonderful cover art for this story.
Batman & Young Justice, T, English, chapters: 19, words: 75k+, favs: 2k+, follows: 2k+, updated: 11/4/2022 published: 3/23/2011, Timothy D./Red Robin, Conner K./Superboy, Kaldur/Aqualad, Richard G./Robin
4 The Coverup by bluedragon03 Merlin stumbled into the castle, covered in blood and sweat, and fell into Lancelot's arms. "M fine," he mumbled. "Just a bit poisoned." - Merlin is injured while killing an assassin after Arthur and Lancelot has to find the body and conceal the fact that any magic was used to kill him.
Merlin, T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Romance, words: 2k+, favs: 44, follows: 16, 6/13/2022, [Lancelot, Merlin]
12 Sound of Silence by Goldenwriter17 It was a horrid way to die, he thought to himself, alone—not even looked for, it would be hours before anyone worried over his absence and possibly days before they looked going off the past—in a dark forest with men who did not even know his name. They wouldn't hold him as his lifeblood soaked the forest floor. Full Summary inside; angsty!Merlin-one-shot. Immortal!Merlin.
Merlin, T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Friendship, words: 15k+, favs: 101, follows: 25, 11/24/2021, Merlin, Arthur, Lancelot, Gwaine
4 Breaking Cages by purplecat19 Arthur and Merlin get stuck at the bottom of a well. Unfortunately, the spirit that haunts it holds a grudge against those loyal to Camelot. Written for the whumptober 2021 prompts: drowning, trapped underwater, and head injuries.
Merlin, T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Friendship, words: 3k+, favs: 54, follows: 10, 10/11/2021, Merlin, Arthur
1k+ Though She Be But Little » by TheRedScreech A series of one-shots and some multi-shots about our favourite, littlest paladin. Mostly fluff, definitely some angst. NO ROMANCE. Any and all ships are purely platonic. Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Voltron: Legendary Defender, K+, English, Friendship, chapters: 38, words: 163k+, favs: 735, follows: 695, updated: 2/25/2021 published: 1/30/2017, Pidge G./Katie H.
1k+James Potter Chronicles: Year Five » by Mean St Things are finally going James' way as he has become friends with Lily Evans. But staying in Lily's good graces proves harder than James foresees, especially when he and the Marauders finally unlock the secret of becoming Animagi. Tensions will boil over, lives will be endangered, and friendships will end. And all the while, Voldemort continues to grow stronger...
Harry Potter, T, English, chapters: 59, words: 146k+, favs: 385, follows: 449, updated: 1/15/2021 published: 6/19/2012, James P., Lily Evans P.
39 Not So Little a Thing » by Inherited-by-Ocelot Arthur should have learned by now that when Merlin gets a bad feeling about something, he should listen. When he doesn't the consequences are more grave than he could ever imagine-especially for Merlin.
Merlin, T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Drama, chapters: 7, words: 13k+, favs: 67, follows: 47, updated: 10/26/2020 published: 10/16/2020, Merlin, Arthur, Gaius
49 Lean on Me » by Loopstagirl It was up to him, as usual, to save Arthur's life. But when Merlin pays the price, it's Arthur's turn to look out for his servant.
Merlin, K+, English, Friendship, chapters: 3, words: 9k+, favs: 143, follows: 84, updated: 10/17/2020 published: 9/20/2020, Merlin, Arthur
3 Come Morning Light by Aeon The Dimensional Girl Merlin did suppose it was only a matter of time before someone with good coin paid to get him tortured and killed.
Merlin, T, English, Hurt/Comfort & Suspense, words: 3k+, favs: 70, follows: 17, 10/12/2020, [Merlin, Arthur] Agravaine, OC
18 Papercuts and Fireballs by N16 Merlin gave his word that he wouldn't keep secrets from Arthur again, and he meant it. Unfortunately, when Merlin gets injured, it turns out they don't necessarily see eye-to-eye about what counts as a "secret." Arthur is angry, Merlin is exasperated, and no one is on the same page. Post-reveal one-shot. Follows to To Kill a Nightmare.
Merlin, T, English, Friendship & Humor, words: 4k+, favs: 177, follows: 50, 10/2/2020, Merlin, Arthur
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