When Morning Comes (@AO3) by starlingthefool (Modern AU, Merlin/Arthur, 9k)
Summary: If life were fair, anyone who managed to survive the apocalypse would be given a fuzzy blanket, some tea, and a nice bed to hide under and weep. Life is not fair, obviously, and there's no actual end to the end of the world. Instead, there's grief and pain and mud and death, there are minor miracles, and there's the love that gets you out of bed in the morning, despite everything. Life goes on.
Comments: Never fear, this was written for the Happy Endings Fest. ;) This fic is angsty as hell, but so well done. Loved it!
Like It's 1999 at kinkme_merlin (Modern AU, Merlin/Arthur, 12k)
Summary Being fuckbuddies goes well for an entire semester.
Comments Merlin, being stupid about his ~feelings, suggests a bet: whoever fucks the most people in a week wins. I'm particularly fond of the Merlin/Elena/Arthur threesome, nom.
Power of Blood (@AO3) by chicago_ruth (Canon AU, Merlin/Arthur, 3k)
Summary The druids and Camelot are at war, and Merlin discovers that Arthur's blood carries a secret.
Comments Non-con, slavery, mind control, and yes, Merlin does all those things to Arthur. Very dark and twisted, very well done. The ending wasn't as dark as I'd expected it to be, but it's nowhere near a happy one, obviously. Make sure to have some fluff on hand, you may need it afterwards.
Brolin in the Theater (@AO3) by slantedknitting (RPF, Bradey/Colin, 2k)
Summary Bradley takes Colin on a date, but Colin doesn't know.
Comments Bradley tries really hard, Colin is completely clueless, but it works out in the end. Cute and fluffy. (No skipping this just because it has brolin in the title! I'm looking at you.)
Thicker Than Water (@AO3) by fuzzytomato02 (Modern AU, Merlin/Arthur, 8k)
Summary Every year, the youngest Holmes, Merlin, invites his two older brothers to his holiday party. Every year, neither Sherlock nor Mycroft show up. This year, John finds Sherlock’s invite and needles Sherlock into going to see his (until then unknown) baby brother.
Comments Perfect Merlin/Sherlock fusion. Merlin as Sherlock's younger brother makes so much sense I can't even. This fic fills me with such glee, and it just so happens to be a great segue into the next part of this recs posts...
So, The Reichenbach Fall happened and I got a bit obsessed with Sherlock. /o\ No, no, it's fine! It's all fine. This is just a phase, I'm just uh, catching up. How prolific can a fandom be when there's only three episodes every year or so, right? Wrong. Oh god, so much fic. So much fic. And the art, the art, you guys. There's so much humor in it, comics and everything. I reach my daily giggles quota just from looking at Sherlock fandom on Tumblr these days. (Oh, the shame.)
Unfortunately the day is drawing to a close and I have um, a surprising amount of Sherlock fic in my rec queue already which would take forever to put together. So I'll leave you with a few vid recs and post the fic recs in a separate entry. Tomorrow, hopefully. Maybe. I'll try!
Arrival of the Birds @ YouTube
Comments John & Sherlock. My brother has the brain of a scientist or a philosopher, yet he elects to be a detective. What might we deduce about his heart? Beautiful, beautiful vid. I'm in love with the quiet black-and-white moments.
Will you do this for me? @ YouTube
Comments John & Sherlock. This vid gives me all the feelings. The reach for the tissues with a trembling hand kind, mostly. Oh, my heart. Oh, this show.
Runs in the Family @ Vimeo
Comments Ensemble. I must have watched this a dozen times. The song gripped me immediately, and it's just a nicely edited vid.
Remember the Stronger @ YouTube
Comments Sherlock centric. This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain, and a hundred percent reason to remember the name. Indeed. *g* I love this for the eee, Sherlock! glee it gives me.