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I'm trying the March challenge from hc_bingo
This is a rec list - you have to rec 15 fics on the 3 themes that you're given.  My themes are now:


extortion interrogation scars



(they were previously septicemia / infected wounds, telepathic trauma and begging but after several days I could hardly even find anything to read on it, let alone rec and the mod very kindly let me have a new card. Though this one is rather wonderful for the begging prompt: Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/585034)




Prompt: Scars
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/3825442
Title: Forgetting
Author: [livejournal.com profile] deinonychus_1
Fandom: Atlantis
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Icarus/Pythagoras
Rating: E
Word Count: 1921
Summary: Pythagoras just wanted to forget.
Why I’m Reccing This: D1 has tons of fics which always hit all the prompts because hurt comfort is like breathing to her.  This one is almost PWP but it's a sweet look at this adorable pairing.

Prompt: Extortion
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/747066
Title: Flight of Freedom
Author: Loopstagirl
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Mature
Word Count: 147124
Summary: Stuck in a life of crime, Arthur can see no way out from under a gang-lord's control. But a chance meeting later and Arthur has something to fight for; the local librarian and his affections. But should Merlin allow himself to become involved in someone so dangerous? Or should he listen to his heart rather than his head?
Why I’m Reccing This: Firstly do heed the author's warnings.  This is a long fic which I enjoyed reading as it was serialised.  I don't generally read WIPs but Loopstagirl can be relied on to finish (unlike me).  Arthur is in a terrible situation and really goes through it in this one.

Prompt: Scars, also interrogation
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/513464
Title: The Time Tried our Souls, and Through the Darkness we Overcame
Author: mollrach13
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur, Merlin, Gwaine, George
Rating: Teen and up
Word Count: 8427
Summary: Merlin goes through a lot of trauma and has gotten very used to hiding it, moving on (or at least appearing to), and coping silently and without anyone noticing, because most of the time no one can know something happened. One day something traumatic happens to him, which everyone knows about, and everyone is waiting for Merlin to snap, only for him to...not. Arthur is caught between worried and suspicious, and sets about to get to the bottom of this.
Why I’m Reccing This: Such a beautiful piece.  Excellent hc.


Prompt: Interrogation
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/5163125/chapters/11891219
Title: In Lieu of Cake
Author: Malu_3
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Teen and up
Word Count: 10617
Summary: A kidnapping changes things between His Royal Highness Prince Arthur of Camelot and Merlin Wyllt, his irreverent valet.
Why I’m Reccing This: Because it's an utterly lovely piece, as you would expect from Malu.

Prompt: Scars and interrogation
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2250120
Title: Laundry's Hard Work
Author: Supercalvin
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 4094
Summary: Wasn't Merlin supposed to be...tiny? When the hell had he learned to use a sword and not fall on his backside? Where the hell did those scars from? What the hell?
or
Arthur still thinks Merlin is the young boy he met ten years ago and he starts to notice things in his manservant that he wasn't aware had changed at all.
Why I’m Reccing This:
It was very good and fits two prompts as well.  There's also a sort-of sequel, 'Fathom me out'.

Prompt: Scars
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/775694
Title: Strip Your Sleeve and Show Your Scars
Author: starfleetdicks
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: teen
Word Count: 962
Summary: Merlin does not usually undress completely before Arthur, bathe with him, linger after sex, nothing. Arthur craves nothing more than to touch Merlin and explore every inch of his skin but Merlin doesn't let him. At least, not until one night, when he lets Arthur strip him and falls asleep without fuss after they make love and Arthur counts it both as a blessing and as a curse. It shouldn't hurt to get the things you want.
Why I’m Reccing This: This little ficlet is from Arthur's pov. He's looking at Merlin while he sleeps and the scars on Merlin's body are a symbol of how many times Merlin has saved him.


Prompt: Scars
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/series/230123
Title: The Convalescence series
Author: Camelittle
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: It's in 9 parts that vary from G to Explicit
Word Count: 14,982 in total
Summary: A series of ficlets that describe Arthur's recovery from a serious horse-riding injury, and the development of his relationship with his nurse / carer, Merlin Emrys.
Why I’m Reccing This: Because it's adorable.  I love Cam's work.  This one is told in little ficlets.

Prompt: Scars
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4105960
Title: Uncover my secrets
Author: Mimsys
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur, Merlin
Rating: General
Word Count: 1094
Summary: Even though Merlin usually manages to keep his skin covered, one summer it grows too hot and Merlin sheds his tunic, bitterly hoping no one will notice the red and silvery scars on his skin. He earned them while protecting Arthur so he's not ashamed. But when Gwaine draws Arthur's attention to the marks, their king demands to know where they came from and Merlin longs to hide them again.
Why I’m Reccing This: This is a gentle gen fic, where Arthur finally realises just how much Merlin is going through for him.  Lovely.


Prompt: Scars
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/588029
Title:Written In The Scars On Our Hearts
Author: AluraEmbrey
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: E
Word Count: 20,631
Summary: On the eve of the celebration in honour of Arthur’s first year as King of Camelot, the validity of his right to rule is challenged. An ancient Druidic rite of passage must be completed before evening of his birthday or he’ll lose the throne without even a magic attack in site. Thankfully, Merlin is there to ride into the wild at his side.
Why I’m Reccing This: I love anything that involves druidic rites of passage in the Merlin universe.  There should be more out there!


Prompt: Scars
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/394442
Title: Healing
Author: Suchgreatheights
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: mature
Word Count: 2678
Summary: Arthur has never mentioned Merlin's scars.
Why I’m Reccing This: In this one Merlin's scars are from self-harm, and he's terribly self-conscious about them.  Arthur is tender and loving, and the fic deals with the subject quite beautifully.


Prompt: Extortion
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6658525
Title: The Whole World is Waking up
Author: Polomonkey
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: E
Word Count: 13076
Summary: After Arthur's father disowns him, Mordred is kind enough to take him in. But his kindness comes at a price and Arthur's not sure how long he can keep paying it. Especially since he's starting to fall for Mordred's assistant Merlin...
Why I’m Reccing This: Polo is such a good writer and this one is heart-hurty.  Poor Arthur is hugely taken advantage of by Mordred.  Very sensitively written. Do heed the warnings.

Prompt: Scars
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1644515
Title: Butterfly Confessions
Author: Hisa ai
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Not rated
Word Count: 4489
Summary:  Merlin having magic was the biggest thing he ever had to hide from Arthur, right? After it finally came out, surely there wasn't anything left for Merlin to hide from him? So why is he leaving a feast that Arthur is throwing to celebrate the anniversary of him being made Court Sorcerer early? And why have there been so many butterflies around Camelot this past year?
"You're angry. I shouldn't have said anything." Merlin sighed, quickly flinching away from Arthur against whatever was going through his mind in that moment.
"I'm not angry," Arthur assured him. "I just... I don't know how to respond. But I'm not angry with you."
Why I’m Reccing This: This is another fic that deals with self-harm, but cleverly mixes in The Butterfly Project with the butterflies that we know Merlin likes to make.  Wonderfully done.


Prompt: Scars
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2575880/chapters/5731415
Title: Scars
Author: Archaeologist_D
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 5654
Summary: Arthur finds out that Merlin has been hiding something from him.
Why I’m Reccing This: Archaeologist D is a lovely writer, and this is no exception.  She's written a real heartbreaker here.

Prompt: Interrogation
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8103568
Title: Prisoner
Author: Celeste9
Fandom: Star Wars
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Poe/Hux
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: 6215
Summary: When Hux is taken prisoner by the Resistance, he finds himself the captive of Poe Dameron, who has more than enough reasons to hate Hux and, by extension, to greatly enjoy this set of circumstances. Hux, however, is keen to exert what little power he has left, in whatever way he can.
Why I’m Reccing This: Celeste is a wonderful writer and anyone who enjoys Star Wars should go and check out all her stories.  This one fits the interrogation prompt.  It's not the fluffiest of fics, so if hate sex isn't your cup of tea then go and read one of her other tales.

Prompt: Interrogation
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/4409555
Title:Here
Author: clea2011
Fandom: Merlin
Medium: Fic
Pairing/Characters: Arthur/Merlin
Rating:Teen
Word Count: 1032
Summary: It was the same question in his head, over and over. Who is Emrys? But Arthur would never betray Merlin.
Why I’m Reccing This: It's a self-rec because I am an awful person.  But I quite like this one and it fits the prompt.
There's also this one: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2250240 which features Dark!Arthur and again fits the prompt.  I figured if I put two in then it would make the self-reccing less bad :)

Date: 2017-03-06 08:59 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
I think it says something about you that your 'blank template' is already half filled in with Merlin/Arthur!!!!

Shall I sign up for this? Traditionally I have found this to be hardest of the four monthly challenges, but at the moment it's sort of appealing because it does not require any writing.
Edited Date: 2017-03-06 09:00 pm (UTC)
Date: 2017-03-06 10:59 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] clea2011.livejournal.com
To be fair I just took the top one from last time, and left Merlin, fic, and Merlin/Arthur in as I guessed there would be quite a few that fitted. However, it wasn't all Merlin or Merlin/Arthur last time and probably won't be this time either. Don't worry :) I'm sure you've made people beg or bleed quite a few times!

Yeah, sign up. And set out a template, that makes it easier. And try to do one every couple of days so it's less of a chore. You can do it!
Date: 2017-03-07 07:13 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
Lol! Well, when I saw you had 'begging' my first thought was of that evil!Jason fic that you made me write for the begging prompt (for 'made me write' read 'clea suggested this would be a good idea and D1 ran with it') *evil grin*. And if you're short of telepathic trauma there's that other angsty Pyth/Icarus one I did... Yes, I do believe I may have filled a few of those over the years... ;-)

Hmm... I may have to sign up. It can't go any worse than the Feb challenge.

Date: 2017-03-09 12:01 am (UTC)

From: [identity profile] clea2011.livejournal.com
LOL! Well, I don't have the world's easiest prompts so I'll go have a look, thank you :) Though I'm sure I've read a Primeval fic or two where you've got either Connor or Becker bleeding out. Whether the wounds are infected though...

I tend to go onto A03 and use the filters, that's very helpful for this challenge.
Date: 2017-03-09 07:13 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
Hmmm... come to think of it, the fic I'm planning to use for this week's 'something for the weekend' might fit your infected wounds prompt... *iz helpful*
Date: 2017-03-09 07:15 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] clea2011.livejournal.com
Thanks - I've asked if I can have a new card as this one is impossible. Probably too late though. I only normally do one rec per writer so although you're giving me lots of self-recs I still have loads of others to find.
Date: 2017-03-12 03:40 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
Ah! You got a new one! I wasn't sure if you would be able to because it says in the rules you have to request a new one within 24 hours or something.
Date: 2017-03-12 04:06 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] clea2011.livejournal.com
Well, I threw myself on the mod's mercy and they were very kind. I did explain that I'd tried hard to find fics, which I had, and that I just couldn't find enough of them. Because it was genuine, and I'd acknowledged that I was over the 24 hour limit, they took pity. I think it's a little bit different with recs than with fic, as you have to hunt around before you realise it's not possible. The new card is, scars aside, still difficult, but the scars one is easy and I can probably find 150 just on that! :)
Date: 2017-03-12 04:52 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
150! That's a bit keen, you only need 15!!! ;-)
Date: 2017-03-07 08:16 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
I've asked for a card for the rec list challenge. *fingers crossed* Meep!
Date: 2017-03-08 11:58 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] clea2011.livejournal.com
You'll be fine, I've seen people list fics without even putting comments as to why they've recced them and they've still passed the challenge :)
Date: 2017-03-09 07:15 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] deinonychus-1.livejournal.com
Having now got my card, I think I will indeed be fine. Although the list may be largely full of 'trapped on the wrong side of an anomaly' fics!
Date: 2017-03-06 09:17 pm (UTC)

tarlanx: (MB - Ringo)
From: [personal profile] tarlanx
Good idea! I'll set one up too when I get my three prompts
Date: 2017-03-06 11:02 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] clea2011.livejournal.com
Worked really well for me last time. There was no template the first year I did it and I wasn't sure how to set up the recs, so I cobbled that template together from other posts that had been done and it worked as well as any. Good luck!
Date: 2017-03-06 10:57 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] brunettepet.livejournal.com
I am smiling that your blank template is all Arthur/Merlin.
Date: 2017-03-06 11:00 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] clea2011.livejournal.com
I am a bad person *g*
I will do the actual fills with more of a mix, but I suspect it will be M/A heavy :D
Date: 2017-04-05 03:05 pm (UTC)

From: [identity profile] camelittle.livejournal.com
I'm too late for this challenge but I appreciate all the lovely recs anyway!

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