chaletian: (merlin gwen)
Title: Asunder
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Summary: Gwen stands on the stone-cold steps of Camelot and does not weep. Tag to 5x13.



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chaletian: (merlin arthur/gwen)
Title: She is no Galatea
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Summary: There are some things that Gwen doesn't know.
Author's Note: Written for a prompt at the Awesome Ladies Ficathon.



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chaletian: (merlin arthur/gwen)
I was contemplating a new Arthur/Gwen fic, when I realised there was a dichotomy between how my mind wanted to think their relationship would be and how I actually thought it would be.

The great story-telling tradition for Arthur et al was of course the medieval romances. It’s all chivalry and wooing and betraying, all very dramatic. And our young Arthur is all blond and beautiful and valiant, and my head sort of leaps to the notion that he’s passionate in declaiming his love for Gwen, and earnest to prove himself to her with heroic deeds, and pining over her quite a bit as well. Gwen, notably, doesn’t get much of a look in here: she’s just the recipient of all this devotion.

The thing is, of course, that the Arthur and Gwen we’ve been given (even though they’re the genuine, original article in the context of the show), don’t fit into this mould at all. The only time Arthur would declaim passionately about anything would be if he’d had a really good dinner or if Merlin had ruined his favourite chainmail (or, natch, he was under a spell: his wooing of Lady Vivian, in which he is so absurd, shows us what an Arthurian, courtly-wooing-followed-up-by-feats-of-arms-in-her-name Arthur would be like in this version of the story, viz, bloody ridiculous). He’s just not that sort of man. He’s a good man, a good warrior, who takes his responsibilities seriously, but he’s not an orator, or a romancer. He’s not going to give courtly speeches – he’s more of the Henry V battlefield type. And when it comes to Gwen – well, any woman will want to know her chap loves her and all that, and a bit of romance never goes amiss, but she’d hate having a husband who limped around after her writing poetry in praise of her eyebrows and never did anything useful . Gwen believes in being useful and helpful and dutiful, and I think part of what attracts her to Arthur is that fundamentally that’s what he’s about, though his privileged position means he can forget that it doesn’t just apply to defending his people in battle, but in the smaller things as well.

When I think of Arthur & Gwen the couple, I think of them as that couple in the sitcom. The boring one. Those two people who are in love, know they’re in love, and are happy with it. I mean, they’ve got the difficult father-in-law who pops up for indignant comic effect, and the best friends who have tempestuous romances that go horribly wrong, and all the bitchy women who fancied Arthur themselves and think he married beneath him so that Gwen worries a bit whether she’s wearing the right outfit to go out in, but the relationship itself is absolutely fine. Not perfect, of course. There’s that time when they’ve been together three years and Arthur suddenly thinks she fancies the doctor who moved in next door, and starts frantically trying to woo her back, but he just ends up looking like a bit of a tit when it turns out Gwen was pregnant and after some advice. Or when one of Uther’s friends suggests Arthur actually had a fetish, and Gwen dresses up as a French maid for him, and he’s a bit taken aback. But really, when it comes down to it, they’re both straightforward, practical people who love each other, who have a common vision for the world they want to live in, and the ability to, together, try and make it happen. Plus the sex is really good.
chaletian: (merlin gwen)
Title: That Looks On Tempests And Is Never Shaken
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Summary: A missing scene from The Tears of Uther Pendragon pt I. Arthur/Gwen.



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chaletian: (merlin arthur/gwen)
Title: Working (Far Longer Than) 9 to 5
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Summary: "You'll go blind," objects Arthur. "Women are always going blind, sewing. You should stop."
Author’s Note: Written for [livejournal.com profile] such_heights' prompt (Merlin; Gwen; candles) at the Awesome Ladies Fication meme.



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chaletian: (merlin arthur keep calm)
Title: Destroyer of Worlds
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Summary: Uther's quest to destroy magic has always been futile.
Author’s Note: Written for the Remix Redux challenge. Based on hardlygolden's fic, Dragon's Bane.



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chaletian: (merlin not marry a servant)
Title: Spring in Camelot
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None
Summary: Early one spring morning, Gwen escapes Camelot to find the privacy to think, but she is not alone for long.



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chaletian: (merlin camelot)
Title: More Than A Game
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None, really.
Summary: Arthur thinks there’s something wrong with Gwen, and decides to get Merlin on the case.



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chaletian: (merlin mr + mrs)
Title: Brave New World
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Up to Beauty & the Beast pt 2.
Summary: In another lifetime, it may be that in Uther Pendragon’s enchantment by the troll, the Great Dragon saw destiny’s chance to unfold, and denied any knowledge about breaking the spell. AU for Beauty & the Beast. Uther Pendragon wakes up, and everything has changed. Part One || Part Two




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chaletian: (merlin mr + mrs)
Title: Brave New World, 2/3
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Up to Beauty & the Beast pt 2.
Summary: In another lifetime, it may be that in Uther Pendragon’s enchantment by the troll, the Great Dragon saw destiny’s chance to unfold, and denied any knowledge about breaking the spell. AU for Beauty & the Beast. Uther Pendragon wakes up, and everything has changed. Part One.



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chaletian: (merlin mr + mrs)
Title: Brave New World, 1/3
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Spoilers: Up to Beauty & the Beast pt 2.
Summary: In another lifetime, it may be that in Uther Pendragon’s enchantment by the troll, the Great Dragon saw destiny’s chance to unfold, and denied any knowledge about breaking the spell. AU for Beauty & the Beast. Uther Pendragon wakes up, and everything has changed.



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chaletian: (merlin camelot)
Title: He hopes for a lie
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None (except ye olde Arthurian legend)
Summary: Merlin watches Arthur and Gwen marry, and cannot be happy.



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chaletian: (merlin mr + mrs)
Title: Always Truthful
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Spoilers: For 1x05 and the trailer for 1x06.
Summary: Gwen comes across an Arthur who has received bad news.



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chaletian: (merlin arthur/gwen)
Title: Waiting
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG
Spoilers:None
Summary: Arthur and Guinevere wait.



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chaletian: (merlin camelot)
Title: Such Faithfulness in Effigy
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: Merlin
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: None, really.
Summary: There are stories about Arthur and Guinevere of Camelot, stories that have echoed down century after century, and who can say what’s true and what’s not? Stories stay stories, until archaeologists uncover Camelot…
A/N: The idea for this story, and the title, were taken from Philip Larkin’s poem, An Arundel Tomb.



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chaletian: (merlin arthur/gwen)
So, having just watched Merlin, I feel compelled to share with everyone my thoughts on the Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot love triangle:

(under the cut, natch - but not really spoilery) )

ETA: I think what it boils down to is this: Lancelot loves Gwen because she makes him want to be a better person - he likes how she makes him feel; Arthur loves Gwen because she wants to make him a better person - he likes how she is. In the show in my head.
chaletian: (sga crouching genius)
Title: Pointy Hats and P90s
Author: [livejournal.com profile] chaletian
Fandom: SGA/Merlin
Rating: PG
Spoilers: None
Summary: Camelot is famed throughout the Pegasus galaxy for its mead and the hatred in which its ruler, Uther Pendragon, holds all forms of magic. Would’ve been helpful to know in advance, though, that ‘magic’ to Camelot is ‘flashing an over-developed ATA gene’ to the rest of the galaxy.



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