elle em en oh pea (ellecc) wrote,
elle em en oh pea

A Merlin/Arthur rec and a request

Rec first, request to follow; they're related

Title: The Seduction Predicament
Author: ingberry / xfortytwo
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: ~13.5k
Rating: NC-17
Author's summary: It might be difficult to seduce someone when you want to climb their boyfriend like a tree. Merlin learns this the hard way when Uther mistakes him for someone who knows how to seduce anyone at all.

So... I really enjoyed this. It was sweet and had good drama and I really like this author's writing (last weekend, I read and loved We Can Burn Brighter). But... something that I thought was going to happen didn't, and when I got to the end, I ended up a little confused and... wanting. I thought she did a great job setting up the thing that I thought was going to happen, so I couldn't (still can't) figure out what happened--wishful thinking on my part? Reading too much into things? Maybe I was sleepy? I went back through the comments on AO3 to see if anyone was on the same page as me, and if anyone was, they didn't mention it, and the author's responses to a few comments basically assures me that I was on the totally wrong path. Confused.

Now, here's the request: if you've read this (or if you do in the future), come back and tell me, because I'd love to bounce my idea off someone and figure out if I'm totally crazy or not. It's a quick read--she writes well and it's easy to get caught up in her stories and characters. It's a good story, no matter what, but I can't help but feel that little "but...?" at the end.

Happy Friday Thursday! (We leave tonight for a weekend in Vermont, so it's my Friday. Woo! :)
Tags: author: ingberry, author: xfortytwo, fandom: merlin, hmm, length: one-shot, m/m, pairing: merlin/arthur, rec
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