This time I mean it
I did some cleanup on the rest of the note pile for ABOP, and ended up with 50 chapters. Yup, it happened.
OK, this time I really mean it. 50 is it. There will be no more mitosis! If the characters want to get chatty about anything else, it will have to wait for the next book.
Also, SEX. Goddamn it, there will actually be some smut in this NC-17 fic. And there is now slightly more hope for some Gwen/Morgana, though their situation isn’t entirely certain yet. Gwen ended up with two more POV chapters plus the epilogue flashback chapter, so that should give them enough space to sort themselves out at least a little. But I have two M/A sex scenes planned, one minor and one major. Assuming I remember which tab goes into which slot after all this time. *eyerolls*
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Fic: A Bird of Paradise 43/48 (Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana NC-17)
Title: A Bird of Paradise 43/48
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana
Length: 297k / est 320k
Genre: Adventure, Angst, Romance, Magic Revealed
Summary: Merlin is Arthur’s lover, his manservant, his knight, the grain of sand that will make Camelot into a shining pearl. But the one thing he cannot be is a sorcerer. After Merlin confesses, Arthur is determined to find a way to remove Merlin’s magic, to remove the corruption without killing him, and before it can destroy his soul. But magic can only be fought with magic. Without Merlin’s powers, Camelot will be defenseless against the next magical attack. And that’s not all Arthur has to worry about, because there are visitors to the court, alliances and enemies, and a princess he may have no choice but to marry.
( “I promised you that things wouldn’t go back to the way they were,” Arthur assured him, wondering if that was the problem. Merlin would certainly be reluctant to admit it if he didn’t trust Arthur to make things right. But Merlin still kept his eyes down, so that couldn’t be it. Perhaps some prodding would open him up. “Besides, even if you did want to be my manservant again, the position has been filled.”
Merlin’s head shot up and he stared at Arthur in vague horror. “What do you mean, it’s filled? How can it be filled?”
“I couldn’t very well serve myself breakfast in the mornings,” Arthur said, with intentional arrogance. “His name is George. Good man, very competent.”
Merlin narrowed his eyes, instantly jealous. “You don’t need someone competent.” )
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Productivity all over
I made a lamb curry this weekend. I based it off the Serious Eats beef stew recipe plus a rogan josh recipe I found elsewhere. Needs a bit more spice but otherwise very good. Once I finish cleaning up the resulting recipe I’ll post it here.
I also finished ch 43 and it’s already been reviewed by one of my betas. It’s nice to have chapters that aren’t like pushing a boulder uphill when I write them. This one is a bit short and sweet because I had a bunch of other stuff planned but the characters got so chatty that mitosis happened yet again. So my estimated chapter count is now 49, though I’m still not certain enough about the next chunk of chapters after 43-45 in terms of outline so I’m going to hold off on changing it officially. But yes, after the crazy intensity of the Avalon chapters, it’s a chance for the characters to breathe and react and start to figure out how to deal with the rest of their lives.
Also, Uther is a dick. Always, always a dick.
The dust is far from settled, but I’m pleased with how things stand for the character arcs as of this final section of ABOP. Though Arthur’s been through the most obvious changes, they’ve both done a lot of growing up over the course of the story. Because of the emotional and often physical separation between Arthur and Merlin, there wasn’t much chance to properly see what’s different with Merlin, but it’s becoming quickly apparent. It’s basically S4 Merlin in the S2 era, but without the guilt from his accumulated mistakes/dark deeds done on Arthur’s behalf. And instead of Merlin constantly working to accommodate Arthur, Arthur now has to accommodate Merlin’s needs. Because it is not wise to piss off your demigod sorcerer boyfriend.
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