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My current theory is that our new house is located on the site where the altar to some pagan god once stood, and that we have displeased him/her/it/them, and a sacrifice needs to be made to get us back into his/her/its/their good/not-displeased graces.

(Said god does not yet realize that there will be many, many beers sacrificed on-site.)

I thought blowing the motherboard on my desktop would be enough excitement for one week. I did not factor in mild food poisoning, and I'm ready for that to be gone now, thanks.

And since I was miserable, I wrote myself some very, very fluffy Merlin fluff. [livejournal.com profile] shetiger wrote Catalyse, and I followed it up with


Categorize

"How on earth did you end up all the way out there?"

The little thing is clearly miserable, a shaking ball of damp black fur with sad eyes on the balcony outside Arthur's window. Arthur sighs, and reaches for the kitten. "Come on, then."

The kitten hisses, fur making a pathetic attempt to stand up under the weight of the drizzling rain. Arthur pulls his hand back and returns the stare. "You really are just like your namesake, aren't you?"

The kitten, predictably, does not answer.

"Stubborn beast," Arthur says, turning from the window, an alternate tactic already in mind.

Merlin's back, standing by the table, a stack of towels in his arms. "His namesake?" he asks, meeting Arthur's eyes with a surprised smile. "You named him after me?"

Arthur drops his gaze, focusing on his objective. He tears a piece of chicken from the lunch he'd had interrupted by a piteous cry, and says, "I thought about it, but then there'd be two of you not coming when you were called." On returning to the window, he holds out the morsel and waits. When the kitten slinks in close enough to nibble, Arthur scoops it up, feeding it the rest in apology. "This is Peregrine."

Merlin narrows his eyes. "Very original."

"It came to me after I found him up on top of the canopy." Arthur carries Peregrine back over and gives Merlin a pointed look. "He does like to wander to places he shouldn't."

"He's an independent soul, then," Merlin says with approval.

Arthur rolls his eyes and nods at the towels Merlin still hasn't set down; Merlin fumbles most of them to the table, holding the last one out to help wrap up the sodden kitten.

Together, they manage to soak up the worst of the water as he squirms and fidgets. Arthur's about to give Peregrine another piece of chicken for his troubles, but he breaks away and shoots across the room to the basket by the hearth, where his mother and siblings are sensibly napping.

He gives both Merlin and Arthur a baleful glare, then starts grooming away the wild tufts of fur he's been left with.

Arthur watches Peregrine for a moment, then walks over to close the window. Though he'd swear it had been closed before. "You've another thing in common," he says to Merlin, folding his arms over his chest and leaning against the wall.

Merlin glances over at the kitten and then back at Arthur, raising his eyebrows. "Dashing good looks?"

Arthur doesn't dignify that with a response, because, really. What he does is watch Merlin with half-lidded eyes, and say, "I can't figure either of you out."

Merlin ducks his head and steals a scrap of bread from Arthur's plate, as if Arthur isn't right there. After a moment, he looks up at Arthur, a soft smile on his lips, and says, "We do like that you keep trying."

***


Oh, and the microfic meme, also Merlin-flavored, snagged from [livejournal.com profile] lamardeuse. (I was all, yay! Short! I can write short! *g*) Some of them have more than one answer, 'cause I wanted to, dammit.

The Microfic Meme
Try to write different categories of fic (angst, fluff, UST, etc) in 10 words or less.


Angst

"They'll kill you!"

No time for pretending. "Don't let them."


AU

"Executive tech support," Merlin's arse. More like "Arthur's whipping boy."


Crack

"It's raining... men."

"Tiny, angry men." Merlin squinted. "In... dresses?"


Crossover

Arthur paused, sword ready. "'There can be only one' what?"


Death

"We will meet again," Merlin swore, softly, against Arthur's lips.


Episode Related

"That sword was forged for me."

Merlin nodded.

"...Thank you."


First time

Arthur had never been undressed so quickly.

Or so thoroughly.


Fluff

"The cook named them 'fairy cakes'," Merlin said, grinning hugely.


Humor

"It's just a flesh wound!"

They stared. "Your arm's off."

~

"I'm not wearing it."

"Morgana would."

"...Fine. Give it here."


Hurt/comfort

Merlin hated Arthur violently, wholeheartedly--until he found his pulse.

~

"Ugly as ever," Merlin said, bandaging Arthur's forehead.

Then, ducking.


Smut

Arthur gasped. More than just insolent, Merlin's tongue was wicked.

~

(courtesy of special guest [livejournal.com profile] shetiger:

"Faster, Arthur, faster... why'd you stop?"

"I've heard that before.")


UST

Merlin, tying Arthur's cloak, was a breath away.

Arthur swallowed.

Date: 2009-01-09 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sffan.livejournal.com
Hee. Brilliant.

Date: 2009-01-09 04:41 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary helen will)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Aww, thanks. *g*

Date: 2009-01-09 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coreopsis.livejournal.com
mmmmm fabulous!

Date: 2009-01-09 04:44 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (arthur anxious)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Hee, thanks!

Date: 2009-01-09 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shetiger.livejournal.com
I love the title. *g*

*snugs you*

(I think I want a flirty/aw-shucks Merlin icon. Or Colin would do, too. Do you recall any like that anywhere?)

Date: 2009-01-09 04:49 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary will henry dorks)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
I saw what you did there and I had to find a matching one! *g*

*squeezes*

(I sent you some links--also, the newsletter collects icon posts.)

Date: 2009-01-09 04:11 am (UTC)
celli: a woman and a man holding hands, captioned "i treasure" (Merlin/Arthur)
From: [personal profile] celli
<3

Date: 2009-01-09 04:50 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary helen will hug)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
HAPPY FIC IS HAPPY. *g*

Date: 2009-01-09 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] solar-cat.livejournal.com
Hi ILU? There needs to be more of Arthur's not-named-Merlin cat ( <3! ). And the microfics are all brilliant. Each and every one of them.

(Perhaps your pagan god is just a fan of fluffy fics and thinks that misery is the best way to motivate you? In which case, T_T But, um... yay fluff? ^^;; I do hope you feel better!)

Date: 2009-01-09 05:08 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (arthur shoulder fierce)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
The kitty is TOTALLY [livejournal.com profile] shetiger's creation--all credit goes to her. *g* And, thank you!

(Thank you for the good thoughts--sickly is SO NOT FUN.)

Date: 2009-01-09 05:09 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (shep fuck you smile)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Aww, thanks. *g*

Date: 2009-01-09 05:04 am (UTC)
jadelennox: Senora Sabasa Garcia, by Goya (Default)
From: [personal profile] jadelennox
"It's raining... men."

"Tiny, angry men." Merlin squinted. "In... dresses?"


*dies*

Date: 2009-01-09 05:11 am (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary henry thumbs)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
*giggles* It is difficult to come up with crack in a fandom that has canonical unicorns and fairies, y'know?

Date: 2009-01-09 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miera-c.livejournal.com
*pets*

I always say the world could do with fewer squirrels. If you're looking for a small animal sacrifice.

Date: 2009-01-09 08:58 pm (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary will/helen worth a damn)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
But squirrels are so hard to catch. People, all you have to do is order a pizza and they come right to your door...

Date: 2009-01-09 05:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] b-hallward.livejournal.com
Those are so tantalizingly brilliant! Particularly the crack one. *g*

Date: 2009-01-09 09:08 pm (UTC)
ext_2331: (arthur anxious)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
Hee, thank you! In my head, they're tiny Scotsmen. Which probably says strange things about me...

Date: 2009-01-09 02:07 pm (UTC)
intermezzo: (CP: let's hug once!)
From: [personal profile] intermezzo
oh awesome! The "Highlander" x-ver would be so great! Also? Raining men?!? *dies laughing*

Hee, Peregrine! *g* It's absolutely adorable that Merlin thinks Arthur would name one of the kittens after him. You and shetiger are great!

Date: 2009-01-09 09:19 pm (UTC)
ext_2331: (sanctuary helen will)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you liked them!

And thank you! I'm just glad [livejournal.com profile] shetiger lets me play with her toys from time to time. *g*

Date: 2009-01-09 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ldthomps.livejournal.com
Wow! Your life is special, in the Totally Sucking way lately! But at least it lead to fic? Maybe? *polishes silver lining* Here's hoping your computer and YOU get completely Spifftastic ASAP!

Date: 2009-01-09 09:03 pm (UTC)
ext_2331: (Default)
From: [identity profile] kageygirl.livejournal.com
I think my life might be special in the "short bus" way, Lydia! But thank you. *g* (yeah, totally sublimating my angst into writing. I am informed that it's more mature than throwing things.)

Date: 2009-01-10 09:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] airinshaw.livejournal.com
How is it that you can make me want to read MORE after just 10 words? Impressive :P

Date: 2009-01-11 02:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nicolasechs.livejournal.com
Like [livejournal.com profile] lamardeuse's responses to the Microfic Memes, I want to read more about every single snippet. Especially these:

"Executive tech support," Merlin's arse. More like "Arthur's whipping boy."

Mmmm... *ponders on Merlin's arse*

Arthur paused, sword ready. "'There can be only one' what?"

I would love to see Methos teach Arthur a thing or two about wielding swords. :)

And OMG, kitten! You've killed me dead from all the adorableness. Thank you!
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