10 Works in Depressed Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)

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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.
    Arthur didn't look angry. He didn't even seem surprised. Just hurt. Merlin froze when he realised Arthur was crying. The king hadn't seemed to notice it, his eyes lost and face void of emotion, but tear tracks lined Arthur's cheeks. Arthur didn't cry. It was a rule the king rarely disobeyed. "No man is worth your tears."
    Arthur discovers Merlin's magic. Now everyone he loves has betrayed him. He starts to blame himself and shut everyone out. He throws himself into being king. Meanwhile, Merlin repents for his mistakes and learns about Arthur's past. What is Arthur hiding? Can Merlin win back Arthur's trust?

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    10/11
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    280
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    When Arthur goes back for his manservant in the tunnels, he discovers the secrets Merlin has been hiding and makes an unforgivable mistake. With blood on his hands, and the whole kingdom unable to meet his eye, Arthur is pushed from Camelot. Forced to be alone with his thoughts and try to deal with the consequences of his actions.

    In one final attempt to make things right, he bargains with the sidhe. Trading his prophesied return for Merlin to live once more. The sidhe accept Arthur's offer, but there's one issue they don't mention to the disgraced king. Merlin never went to Avalon. In fact, he never left Camelot at all.

    Merlin may be back - albeit minus a handful of years worth of memories - but the people of Camelot still do not trust their king, and the enemies of Camelot draw closer by the day. Will Arthur be able to face Merlin and come clean? Will Merlin ever be able to work by Arthur's side again? Or will Camelot's enemies overthrow the weak king, and destroy the last chances of Albion ever being united?

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    English
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    4/4
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    22
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    Arthur and Merlin ride through a town that is burnt to the ground by slave traders. This is what happens after.

    Set somewhere between S3 and S4. But hints at Merlin and Arthur learning to be comfortable around each other and becoming friends.

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    1/1
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    77
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    1
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    Two years after Merlin left with only a small goodbye letter as evidence of their friendship, Arthur is still crumbling. When Gwen proposes a few months break from being King, he takes it, to everyone's surprise. When he later shows up at Merlin's doorstep unannounced, he is unaware of the secrets that will be revealed, the old wounds that will split open, and the tenderness he'll learn to give and receive.

    Arthur grieves for a life that he was never allowed to lead, finds his inner child in becoming a regular villager of Ealdor, and grows up in a way he never could’ve in the halls of Camelot. An all too true story about falling in love at the wrong time, and how to mend a relationship that had never even begun.

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    Chapters:
    3/?
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    26
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    81
    Bookmarks:
    15
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    1076
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    Merlin wished he didn’t have to leave his childhood home. However, he felt so horrible there he wasn’t sure if it counted as a one, rather than a place he lived in. Although, Merlin would have left Ealdor anyways. He knew there was something wrong with him. Like an affliction of the mind of sorts. In Camelot, he had an uncle named Gaius who worked as a court physician. Merlin hoped the man could help him, he had nowhere else to turn.

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    2,381
    Chapters:
    1/?
    Comments:
    10
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    29
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    2
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    254
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    Merlin takes Arthur's place when they reach the Isle of the Blessed. Arthur returns to Camelot to continue on with his life without him. How does it affect his parenting? How does Gwen handle a depressed Arthur for years on end?
    (One-Shot)

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    1/1
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    118
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    12
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    Can you hear that love? No?

    Shhh...

    Listen carefully now...

    You're swallowing my heart whole-I can hear death calling for me. You see, I'm dying with/out you...

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    Chapters:
    3/?
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    2
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    10
    Bookmarks:
    1
    Hits:
    327
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    Birds sing tweedle-dii and tweedle-doo! yet you’re still standing with plucked butterfly wings in the middle of the shimmering sun. This must be the third time you died this week.

    "Merlin!"

    huh.

    "Merlin!"

    interesting...

    (-In other words, the one where we go back to season 4 where Arthur threatens to banish Merlin not ONCE, but TWICE over emotional paper-cuts and bullshit! I love you Arthur but fuck you too! Merlin deserves better. AU, Merlin actually leaves of his own accord afterwords and Morgana finds him vulnerable+also deals with the aftermath of their mental states. Arthur really learns his lesson here because fuck the writers!)

    -highly recommend the notes unless you're an expert on flower-language!

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    876
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    It’s been a damn long time since Arthur has cared about anything. Then he meets Merlin and everything changes.

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    1/1
    Comments:
    23
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    119
    Bookmarks:
    28
    Hits:
    1005
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    Merlin the mind-reader has always been a bit alone. Upon moving to a new high school, he meets Arthur: golden boy that has secret depression. Merlin makes it his mission to cheer up his new friend, but finds it ever so difficult as Arthur won't simply make nice.

    Language:
    English
    Words:
    14,299
    Chapters:
    1/1
    Comments:
    15
    Kudos:
    358
    Bookmarks:
    54
    Hits:
    7651

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