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From harborshore : I kind of want four times (or three) that Chuck attempted to cuddle Casey and one time he succeeded.



1.) After that thing with the ale and the French spy who kept trying to tempt Chuck into corners, leading to a hideously uncomfortable (wonderful) fifteen seconds with Chuck curled in his lap, one arm slung around his neck and saying things like "You--you have surprisingly nice biceps".

(Casey dumped him on the floor and then the French spy drew her gun and later, Chuck didn't remember any of it. Casey wonders if he's supposed to be disappointed.)

2.) When Sarah broke up with him for the last time, Chuck cried his way through four beers and two shots of whiskey in entirely the wrong order. It doesn't count as cuddling when you're holding the man's head over a toilet and holding him up so he doesn't fall over.

(He knows why Sarah did it. Later, he'll hold her hair and listen to her cry and not wish that the world were just a little different, that she was harder, that Chuck wasn't so soft, that he didn't hurt so much for them both.)

3.) It's just sex, a quicky against the wall, watching Chuck fall apart in his hands, wishing he'd never learned to want someone this much. He leaves Chuck still shaky against the cage of the Buy More and pretends he doesn't see Sarah watching him as he goes to wash his hands.

(He won't talk about it. Sarah tells him he's wrong about why they broke up. He doesn't listen, either.)

4.) The bullet didn't go farther than flesh, but Chuck panicked and sat with him the entire night while stolen antibiotics and black market painkillers burn through his body in a depressing motel in the middle of nowhere. They've been running so long he's forgotten what it feels like to stand still. He wakes up with Chuck curled up around him, gun in one hand, and pushes him away, thinking Chuck should never have had to learn to sleep holding a weapon.

(Chuck's worth the end of a career. He's worth the end of a life, too.)

5.) Sarah finds them in Rio, tanned and brunette, curling up beside Chuck and when Casey starts to leave, Chuck says "Stay".

(They don't even fuck that night, and Casey goes to sleep with Chuck warm and happy in his arms, and Sarah grins from Chuck's other side and kisses him and says, "This is what I was trying to say."

This time, he listens.)



mardia : Five Times Merlin Couldn't Take His Eyes Off Arthur.



1.) Arthur pushes himself up on his knees, one shaking hand wiping away the blood from his mouth as he stares up at his father and the court of Camelot and says, "I won't let you kill him."

(Arthur on his knees, all pride stripped away, who offers up all that he is and will ever be for Merlin's life. Merlin thinks that before, he's never seen the king Arthur will become; now, he sees the king Arthur already is.)

2.) Fucking Arthur is like the slow thrum of magic in Merlin's veins, the vastness of power he can feel beneath his fingers when he touches the earth, the heady joy of having so much power condensed in his hands.

(Arthur's beautiful, but never so beautiful like this, when he gives up everything, all that he is and will be into Merlin's hands, and Merlin thinks he's never understood worship until he could offer it on the altar of Arthur's body, like this, with his hands and his mouth and his cock, take him apart and put him back together again.)

3.) They were driven back three times at Badon, the sea wolves breaking their lines, and Arthur jerked off his helmet, blond hair brighter than any crown could ever be, holding the line with the sheer power of his presence no matter the danger. They rallied to him the way they would for no other, knights and commoners alike, offering up their lives without fear or regret.

(They won, there was no way they could fail, not with their blood-soaked king in their very midst, offering up all that he was and would ever be at their sides, promising with every thrust of his sword that he won't fail, they won't fail, that the darkness would not fall here, not now.)

4.) He was crowned High King on the battlefield, still splattered in the blood of the men he killed while the Albion nations knelt at his feet with thousands of voices chanting his name like a benediction that seemed to fill the whole of the world.

(He didn't seem human, standing with the sun bloody orange behind him, lighting him up like a bonfire. Merlin forgot to breathe. Arthur reminded him, pulling him from his knees to kiss him and grin and say, "Today we won the war" and Merlin laughed and said, "Today you've won a world.")

5.) At the end, he wasn't so hard to find, staring at his body with the faintly dissatisfied look he always had when he felt the world had used him ill. "You know," Arthur says, "I wasn't done."

Merlin grins and pulls him away from the battlefield. "You'll never be done. Come on. We have a lot to do."

Arthur's fingers slide through his. "Where are we going?"

Merlin thinks of the new world before them, bright with promise, and Arthur pulls away with a laugh like the twenty year old prince he is again. "I'll race you," he says, running ahead, grinning back at him. "Are you coming?"

Merlin grins, running after him, feeling everything open up all new. "I can't take my eyes off you for a minute, can I?"

(Arthur's always known how to give himself up for something greater than himself. Maybe now, Merlin can make a world for him where he doesn't have to.)

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I love Arthur so much in this show, the way I'm not sure I ever did before. The show's done what countless stories couldn't; they made him a human king who became extraordinary.

OH MY GOD

the Merlin #5

[flails]

I have goosebumps and chills and I'm smiling and teary-eyed and how the fuck does 158 words do this to me?

Their lives after are just marvelous you know? I believe this.

I want to read the rest of Chuck/Casey #4. Because it would be amazing.

I keep thinking on that. I wnated to write it, but I'm still mulling how it would happen.

Oh, this is fantastic--a thousand times better than I could have ever hoped for. Every single one of them made me shiver. Seriously, thank you!

Edited at 2009-03-02 08:43 pm (UTC)

*g* I'm glad you liked it. That prompt just hit me *wonderfully*.

Ugghhh how can I be expected to concentrate on anything when you keep posting this pieces of UNDULATED AWESOME.

GNAH. DO NOT STOP THOUGH. *MELTS. UNPRETTILY.*

*laughs* I'll try. Thank you!

Oh my god, the Merlin one is so lovely! I will definitely be rereading it over and over.

CHUCK YAYES!

MERLIN YAYES!

Two wonderments in one. :)

Aww, loved the Chuck & Casey, which started out lighthearted and then descended into gut-wrenching. Nicely done!

This lurker is kind of sad that you seem to have switched to writing top!merlin/bottom!arthur, judging by recent posts and these last two drabble sets. :(

I know, I know, cry moar, lol, but with you and astolat, that's the two best authors in the fandom gone that way. What can I say, I kinda have a kink for Arthur as lord and master of all he surveys (IN BED), including Merlin ;)


The imagery here is absolutely breathtaking, though.

And that last one is heartbreaking, cause Arthur's the once and future king, and there's no getting away from that fated burden, even in death :( I'm just gonna tell myself that it's set after his return, after his work is finally done.

*g* I tend toward Top!Arthur in general. I just like switching it up a bit when I drabble.

And that last one is heartbreaking, cause Arthur's the once and future king, and there's no getting away from that fated burden, even in death :( I'm just gonna tell myself that it's set after his return, after his work is finally done.

He has a nice, long rest before teh second time with lots of adventures. I think they travel the world. *happy*

This is achingly beautiful...

Arthur on his knees, all pride stripped away, who offers up all that he is and will ever be for Merlin's life. Merlin thinks that before, he's never seen the king Arthur will become; now, he sees the king Arthur already is.

And this...

and Arthur jerked off his helmet, blond hair brighter than any crown could ever be

this is just a perfect image. Lovely.

You--you just made postcolonial theory about translation as cannibalism seem HAPPY AND WONDERFUL. (Tell the truth, are you secretly magic like Merlin? Or did they give you special antibiotics?)

I love all slightly homicidal cuddling so much. So much. You're amazing. Thank you ever so much!

*hee* Thank! I'm thrilled they were what you wanted!

*sigh* OH, ARTHUR and his epic destiny. The last two especially made my heart ache.

Also: Hi, thanks for the rec the other day! :)

Thank you very much!

And that story was *great*.

This is the exact ending I want for Merlin and Arthur. Fuck the legends.

Once and Future I am totally with. They will do this. And do it with style.

Best character dissection of Arthur evar.

now, he sees the king Arthur already is

This is what I love about this pairing because we too know the great King Arthur will be and it is all because of Merlin.

Oh noes - I can't choose! Was the Chuck the most amazingful, or the Merlin? I mean, a Chuck/Casey/Sarah happily ever after versus a Merlin/Arthur!

I am so very sorry that illness has brought you low, but with output like this, you're almost making us root for it to go on longer.

*laughs* Antibiotics are good for sudden bursts of euphoria.

These are all lovely, lovely.

(Though I did have a bad moment when I thought you said, "jerked off into his helmet" and I was stuck wondering WTF?

*dies* Ohmy. That would change the interpretation tremendously.

I did not know you were into Chuck. Awesome.

And, you make Arthur so compelling...

Arthur is awesome and such a prat.

Oh, Arthur. You have such an amazing grasp on his character, he feels so real.

I like the ones on the Battlefield.

Thank you very much!

I love Arthur in battle.

ILU, and I love these glimpses. Gah, oh ARTHUR.

I so want more of the Chuck/Casey 4th drabble. What lead to that? So curious.

Oh Arthur.

That's all I've got- it's just... oh Arthur :D

He didn't seem human, standing with the sun bloody orange behind him, lighting him up like a bonfire. Merlin forgot to breathe. Arthur reminded him, pulling him from his knees to kiss him and grin and say, "Today we won the war" and Merlin laughed and said, "Today you've won a world."

I know that I've mentioned this before, but I really really want your Arthur to be my king. Like, a lot.

Thank you! That's the best compliment I could get!

(I totally love him. The show's done what no book has and made me really like him, seeing how he'll grow into an extraordinary man.)

The Chuck series sketches out the bare bones, the emotional high points, of what sounds like an incredible story. Wow.

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