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just wrote over 2k words of more Prince-verse. God, it's SUCH a long road to get Merlin and Arthur back together in this blasted thing! I wanted to manage it by my big fat 4th of July Nerd Weekend Bash, but that's not gonna happen. Well, maybe. If we slam it all out like robots. At least I know people will like this part I wrote, and the rest of their road back together is full of things I'm kind of excited about because I know people will really like them.

When we conceived of the whole Sophia thing, I was sort of psyched at the prospect of trolling the shit out of our readers. Like obviously I don't mean it in a malicious way, but the people who read these fics exclusively for a WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAAM FLUFF EXPERIENCE probably weren't gonna appreciate it, you know? (I am definitely one of those people for other fics, so don't take this as an insult.) And in such a slash-heavy fandom, writing explicit HET is kind of this weird... almost... deliberate provocation. You know? Am I making sense?

Anyway I was looking forward to messing with people the teeniest bit, making them read some slightly hard things that maybe they wouldn't know what to think about... But the process of writing it was just HARD. ARGH. It coincided with too many bad things for me and psmithery. We put it off for as long as we could and then it sort of broke me for a couple of days.

I'm better, obviously, and it actually helped me write my pthon entry I think, but there's just the big part of me that's looking at our elaborate story diagram and the journey we've laid out and I just want to throw up my hands and write, like:

"Merlin, what are you doing on my doorstep in the rain in the middle of the night? You'll catch your death of cold!" Arthur bundled Merlin in and gave him a blanket after Merlin shucked out of his wet clothes.

"I love you, and I've always loved you, Arthur!" he said.

"Oh Merlin, I love you as well!" Arthur said.

Then they kissed and had sex. And the next day they came out to everyone and everyone was happy for them. Then a few years later they got married. Arthur wore a white tux. "You're a dirty liar, Pendragon," Merlin said, looking him up and down.

Arthur waggled his eyebrows. "Wait 'til you see what I've got on underneath. It's all in white, too."



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Jun. 24th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
YAY prince verse!

Oh man, I love het. Well-written het. I think the reason why I haven't touched het in years is the whole unequal power dynamics thing which really squicks me. I have read some good het in this fandom though!

I'm just looking forward to some angsting teenagers. hahahaa. 8D
Jun. 24th, 2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
Sometimes I feel like there's just as much power dynamic bullshit in homo as in het, and sometimes I *like* power play, and sometimes I figure, eeeeeeeehn, but I like to think about boys kissing each other! So, basically, I can't be bothered to care, considering what I get up to when I'm not reading *fic* and just reading.... er... adult literature. Really my problem is that a lot of people are NOT like me, are NOT multishippers, and I'm writing a story for my friends, you know? And I want my friends to be happy, so I want to write what will please them, and it seems like if you spring some surprise!het! on a lot of people in this fandom, after luring them in with promises of adorable sexy boys touching each other, that's kind of like a cruel trick, instead of ~literature~.

There is much angst to be had in my li'l 2k, even if most of it is between the lines.
Jun. 24th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
I love power play in homo relationships (lol one of my kinks), I can't stomach it in het though :(.
Awwww. Put it in the warnings! HERE BE SURPRISE HET. (But not so surprising after all.)
I'm all for fluffy/sexy times with everyone. Reminds me of the time I read Merlin/Vivian and pined for more. *o*
Jun. 24th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
well we put Arthur/Sophia in the *pairings*, so...

But *warning* for het? UP WITH THIS I SHALL NOT PUT! That's the sort of sex-shaming, women-harming, double-standard BULLSHIT I simply refuse to STAND in fandom. And the way it's so *pervasive*...

Look, I'm not going to go all Social Justice Crusader on other people. Everyone else can form their own opinions on the matter. But something that has *my* name on it, warning for het, as though sex involving a vagina is something to be WARY of? ERGH. GRRARRRRRRRRR

In other news, yeah, that Merlin/Vivian fic was quality stuff.
Jun. 24th, 2011 05:42 pm (UTC)
Oh IDK, I saw it as being in a slash comm and all. (I've seen warnings for slash pairings in het comms. Not in this fandom though.)

Do what you must. :3
Jun. 24th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
*loves* Prince 'verse! I adore getting all these little behind-the-scenes glimpses. I can see how luring people with boy-sex and then going VAGINA could be a little off-putting. But the pairings for this bit said, right there in the heading, Arthur/Sophia. And even if it hadn't, it isn't like I'm incapable of scanning if that's what I want to do.

Huh. I hadn't quite thought of the implications of putting "het" in the warnings. Definitely something I'll be keeping in mind as I write!
Jun. 24th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
Also, BWAHAHA, your alternate Prince story! *cuddles it*
Jun. 24th, 2011 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yes. So Arthur had been wearing brocade and lace garters and stockings and corset underneath his white tux, which looked quite the picture, and had Merlin practically done at the sight of him, but the problem was that, Merlin had only ever unlatched one bra in his life, let along dealt with things like stockings, and although he could mostly leave it all *on* and still *get* to Arthur, Merlin wanted all that skin available to him for his ministrations. So by the time he'd gotten Arthur completely unwrapped, free of all the little fiddly hooks and strings and snaps, splayed out completely nude on their cheesy, deliberately rose-petal-strewn marital honeymood suite bed, they were practically tired enough to just take a nap.

"You always make things so complicated," Merlin groused, pulling at a white satin ribbon which had somehow ended up in his hair.

Arthur chose that moment to stretch obscenely. So they didn't have naps for quite some time after all.
Jun. 24th, 2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
I know exactly how you feel about gazing into a story diagram and going WAAAH. In fact, I am totally tempted to steal your ending...

In return I'll give you what I was taught:

If you don't know how else to end it, write - "And suddenly everyone was run over by a truck/lorry/whatever they call such things where your story is set."

But that makes for an unsatisfying end to P-verse, so I think you'd need to tack on "...except Merlin & Arthur, who, devastated by the carnage around them, threw themselves at one another and shagged liked rabbits until the sheer sparkly force of their love repopulated the universe."

Jun. 24th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)

Jun. 25th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
OH GOD NO! *gouges eyes*

I only meant, like, IDK, sci-fi/OGLAF cumsprite/parthenogenesis style spontaneous being creation from all the luuuurve and bodily fluids?

(and that icon still slays me; there neeeeeeeeeeds to be Arthur/Adam/Beast fic in which this occurs)
Jun. 25th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)

I admit to reading mpreg once in a while. (And liking it.)

But I couldn't resist the taunt. I think it'd be more like in Narnia, where instead of Aslan's roars making the world full of life, it's the crazyhot sex noises that Merlin and Arthur make among the rubble.

And then there are talking beavers and everyone makes jokes forever.

(And yes. I have to makes that Adam/Arthur graphic series...)

Edited at 2011-06-25 01:48 am (UTC)
Jun. 25th, 2011 02:03 am (UTC)
mpreg is all fine and good when done well and with certain characters (in fact, there is such a satisfaction in the whole concept), but for some reason the idea of it with Arthur/Merlin... *shakes head* Just can't picture it. (Or don't want to). But that's me. Don't want either of those lovelies getting stretch marks, morning urpies or leaky nipples.

it's the crazyhot sex noises that Merlin and Arthur make among the rubble

YEEEESSSSS! The mighty roar of Merthur! It shall be immortalized in song forever more. By the talking beavers...
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