Untitled by yumribbun@tumblr
Comments Beautiful sketch of Arthur and Merlin, modern AU style.
Untitled by avali@tumblr
Comments Arthur in the rain, wearing armor. I want to know who commissioned this just so I can thank them profusely for allowing the artist to share this with the rest of us.
Embrace by enednoviel
Comments Pencil drawing. Arthur embracing Merlin. Very nice.
What Colin Does by thefanboyfiles@tumblr
Comments A graphic from the "What X Thinks Y Does" series that made the rounds. Goes, "What friends think I do", "What my mom thinks I do", accompanied by pictures. I highly approve of the last one, "What I really do". ;)
FICTION (All Merlin/Arthur.)
Fundamental Imperfection @ AO3 by starlingthefool (R, 12k)
Summary In which an argument about Dickens leads to a Twitter scandal, broken bones, midnight conversations, and transatlantic longing. (Or, an AU with Arthur and Merlin as moderately famous authors.)
Something Yellow This Time (@AO3) by giselleslash (PG, 3.8k)
Summary Merlin owns a flower shop. Arthur is a frequent customer with a tragic love life.
Every Story is a Love Story (@AO3) by lady_ragnell (NC-17, 24.6k)
Summary Camelot Publishing publishes romance novels, and when Arthur founds a new imprint of gay romance and invites his best friend and pet writer Merlin to write for it, it's a bit too easy to miss the fact that apparently he's living in one.
Can't Buy Me Love (@AO3) by shes_gone (NC-17, 20k)
Summary In which it's 1964, Camelot is an advertising agency with a budget problem, Merlin is a copywriter who loves to twist, and Arthur is a junior partner who loves to shout. More or less.
Being with You @ AO3 by ella_bane (NC-17, 12.5k)
Summary Merlin is gay. Arthur isn't. When they meet, their mutual attraction can't be denied. But then it is. Sexy times and angsty times ensue. And it all happens in less than a day.
Stumble Into Faith (@AO3) by leashy_bebes (R, 4.5k)
Summary Arthur returns from a deadly mission, and Merlin is concerned.
Question: how do you guys define "modern AU"? Do you count any AUs set in modern times, or...? Because I found that for myself I define it as set in modern times and with a certain dynamic, that being: Arthur as a business man, Uther as his boss, Daddy Issues Of Some Sort, and most of the supporting cast star as friends or employees. Anything else I would call "AU". Am I doing it wrong? What's the general consensus here.