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06 July 2009 @ 06:01 pm
Without words. Rated nc-17.  
Title: Without words.
Rating: Nc-17
Warnings/Spoilers: Strongly implied non-con, slavery
Notes/Thanks: Written for the third challenge of summerpornathon: AU.
Summary: The gods had great plans for the golden haired warrior, but their priest would have to refine him into the leader he could and should be.

This man, Merlin thought upon being presented to his new master, was chosen by the gods.

The young warlord shone like the sun, from his golden hair to the bronzed skin of his arms and chest. His clothing was as rough as any other warrior’s – deer skin and fur worn nearly ragged from the long campaign that had brought them to this tribe, where the people were devoted to gods of peace and so were easy to subjugate. And Merlin, being a priest raised in the temple, had delivered their surrender in the form of his own flesh, as the gods demanded.

Now Merlin saw why.

The warlord was powerfully built and wielded his weapon with the ease of long practice and the grace of one born and bred for war, but he was still rough straight through. The gods had great plans for the golden haired warrior, but their priest would have to refine him into the leader he could and should be.


The first night, Merlin did not enjoy the coupling.

His master – Arthur, he’d learned through careful eavesdropping – came to Merlin’s bed, dragging the priest from sleep with rough hands and driving into him to the accompaniment of Merlin’s cries and the smell of Merlin’s blood.

He’d been unable to move the next morning and came as close as he ever had to cursing the gods and their plots and schemes.

But he wasn’t pulled from his bed and forced to work, either, which was, he learned later, the standard practice for slaves, regardless of the state of their backsides.


Arthur didn’t take him again for almost an entire cycle of the moon. Merlin was well past recovered from the first night and had attended to his duties, which consisted of following Arthur around and doing whatever he said when he said it. He thought he’d even managed to strike a strange sort of friendship with the warlord, despite the language barrier between them.

The second time Arthur took Merlin, it was in his own tent, on a nest of furs so thick Merlin could hardly tell they were on cold, stony ground. It wasn’t as rough as the first time, and though Merlin was still left sore in the morning, he thought he might even manage to enjoy it next time.


‘Next time’ came after Merlin was caught mid-prayer in a sacred grove not far from the warlord’s encampment by warriors still loyal to the ways of Arthur’s father, who had believed the forest gods to be inferior to his own warrior deities and had, according to rumour, hunted priests like Merlin for sport.

His men – still his men, not Arthur’s – taunt Merlin as they hem him in, and even if he can’t understand the words, there is no mistaking the cruelty in their faces.

Arthur finds them after Merlin is on the ground, after he has taken out one warrior and enraged the others by not simply letting them beat him or kill him or whatever else they had in mind for him. Their rage is nothing before Arthur’s when he understands what has happened. He forces the men back to camp at spear point, berates them loudly and publicly, and promises death if the incident is repeated. (Or so the other slaves tell Merlin when he wakes the following morning.)

He was back in Arthur’s bed the next night, Arthur’s fingers buried in him slowly and carefully opening him while Arthur whispered things that, to Merlin’s limited grasp of the language, sounded like endearments and promises, pleas and oaths of protection; things that sounded like forever.

And as Arthur worked Merlin to climax, still moving within him slowly, inexorably, his hand on Merlin’s cock moving in time with his own in Merlin’s arse, Merlin thought, with the part of his brain not being consumed by the fire Arthur was spreading through him, that if this was what the gods had in mind for him, then maybe being a slave was better than a priest. And as he came, with Arthur’s name on his lips in a sigh that promised things like eternity and beyond, he swore he felt the gods – his own and Arthur’s – smiling on them.

Current Mood: crappy
keleosnoonnakeleosnoonna on July 8th, 2009 12:06 am (UTC)
This is incredibly sweet IMO, despite it being a slavery!AU and a bit non-con at the beginning ♥
espresso bandito: Merlin/Arthurfresica on July 8th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! :D I'm inordinately pleased that you like it; it came out of absolutely nowhere. When I finished it, I wasn't even sure what I had. ^^;
(no subject) - inane_rational on July 8th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC) (Expand)
espresso bandito: Merlin/Arthurfresica on July 8th, 2009 03:20 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad that you enjoy it so much, especially since this one snuck up on me out of nowhere. ^^; (I couldn't even tell you what time period it's supposed to be...)
syniramsyniram on July 8th, 2009 09:51 am (UTC)
Ooh... Short and sweet (or, well, not, but...), and brilliant.
Love the setting especially - putting Merlin and Arthur where they ought belong; the division between the old isle of the Britons, and the Britannia which Arthur rules over. Merlin's always sort of been on the side of the Roman ways, in legend and in fic, and it's good to see him here, completely a Briton: the language barriers, the position he bears (both before and after the invaders arrive), and most keenly felt, the pain wrought on the common folk with the change in power.
Definitely one for the memories! Thanks again,
espresso bandito: Merlin/Arthurfresica on July 8th, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
Definitely one for the memories!
Wow, really? Thanks so much! ^^

And thanks for fleshing out the story so well! I had a really, really, super vague idea about the setting of it (I couldn't even really tell you where Arthur's from or what the language barrier is), and I was a little concerned about the historical and geographical ambiguity. But I love that it works for you so well; that you got so much out of it! Thanks for commenting and letting me know! :D
(no subject) - syniram on July 8th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - fresica on July 8th, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - syniram on July 8th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - fresica on July 8th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
thehappyplural: 'Bo Rock am Ring 04lickingbeads on July 8th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
All three of these were just so, so enjoyable, and this last one is like a cherry on top. (Although for some reason, from the first chapter, I kept thinking Alexander the Great rather than Arthur. XDD)
espresso bandito: Merlinfresica on July 8th, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
AHAHA! Oh, that would work so well! :DD Thanks for telling me that! And thank you for reading and commenting! It's always so nice to get these in my inbox, especially from people like you who are 'return customers', so to speak. ^^
Chapeu en Feuflammablehat on July 9th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
Wow, I was wondering who wrote this one! This was possibly one of the most unique entries to the challenge - and like lots of other people said, the silence here is absolutely brilliant. I love how Merlin still has this sense of 'destiny' through his interpretation of the gods' plans for him, and also -- GUH for Arthur protecting Merlin in the grove. Beautiful job!
espresso bandito: Arthurfresica on July 9th, 2009 01:04 am (UTC)
^^ Thanks! Arthur just can't resist playing hero... I was pleasantly surprised by people's reaction to the lack of dialogue, to be honest. I'm very glad that it works so well!
she waited in the tower and twirled her hair: Merlin's amazing lush lips by gwainifyouweremine on July 9th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
EEEE! <333

This was my favorite entry in the AU challenge, it hits so many of my kinks buttons that it's not even funny. I mean, you've got slave!priest!bottom!Merlin, protective!warlord!Arthur, rough dub-con, AU, and mythic destiny all jammed into 700 words of awesomeness. There was pretty much no chance of me ever not being in love with this, because, yeah, I knew from the first line I was a goner.

This is a terribly interesting universe, and you've created it so deftly and succinctly; there's a whole story condensed in here, but it feels like it fits within a larger storyline, and if you ever decided to explore that storyline in a sequel or series or anything, I would be on it like white on rice. I'm just saying. ^___~

Anyway, you did a really great job on this, thanks so much for sharing!
espresso bandito: Merlinfresica on July 9th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
AAAAH! Don't encourage the muse! Now I'll have yet another series to write!! >_< lol Actually, I was already contemplating expanding on this; there's only so much that can be done in 700 words. ^^ (It'll have to wait til I finish my reel_merlin fic, though, and a couple of my other WIPs. Hopefully not too terribly long, but who knows? It is on the To Be Written Before Armageddon short list, though.)

Thank you so very much for your comment, as well! I love that so many people like this so well, despite the shortness and utter lack of speech. (Which was unintentional, but still kind of fun and different.)
Enderenderwiggin24 on July 9th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
god, this is perfection, and you managed it was so few sentences!!!!!!!!
all my kinks, slavemerlin, warlord arthur, and OMG protective arthur, and evol! uther#s men!
is there any way to bribe you to make this a long story :D
espresso bandito: Merlin/Arthurfresica on July 9th, 2009 10:54 am (UTC)
AHAHA! I am so thrilled that you like it so well! :D At the moment, I've got so many things on my plate, with Crow's Pond and Big Blue and then my reel_merlin fic, and all of that around the Bond of Virtue sequel aaaand the sequel/s for Silent Night... lol (That's not even mentioning the rest of the pornathon!) It is on my list, however, so I will be expanding on this at some point in the future. Just, you know, don't be too disappointed if you don't see it for a bit. ^^;

Thank you for commenting, though! It gives me warm fuzzy feelings whenever I get a comment on one of my stories. ♥
awww this make - enderwiggin24 on July 9th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: awww this make - fresica on July 10th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC) (Expand)
I was just rereading this fic today - enderwiggin24 on November 10th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: I was just rereading this fic today - fresica on November 10th, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC) (Expand)
:) - enderwiggin24 on November 11th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Jo: Squeeanimeartistjo on July 11th, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
OMG YAY! I voted for you and you totally deserved to win--did you win? The whole poll, choosing of winners thing was kind of unclear.

Thanks for reposting--much easier for bookmarking purposes. ^_____________________^
espresso bandito: Arthurfresica on July 11th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much! You're so sweet. ♥ I didn't win. The results post is here, if you want to check it out. (Results are usually posted a day or so after voting ends.)

I am absolutely thrilled that you liked this so well, however! Thank you! (There will be a sequel/expansion being written at some point, so I hope you'll like that as well! :DD
Mae: avid fanfic readermae_linda on August 26th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)
First, I am shocked that I read this in spite of the non-con and slavery thing, and it's all because I trust you, and you know what? It was worth it - very good, very believabele!

espresso bandito: Merlinfresica on August 26th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh good, I'm so glad! Thank you for trusting me enough to read this; I am so very happy that you like it! :D
beizantenbeizanten on December 29th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Hot! Love how arthur become gentler and gentler
espresso bandito: Merlin/Arthurfresica on December 29th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm pleased you like it. :)
mishigossipgalmishi on July 25th, 2011 06:40 am (UTC)
Omnomnomnomnom this was just magnificent!
Judin Attery: Arthurjudin on April 15th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
This was a very interesting alternative universe, and the story managed to be sweet and hot even in so short a space. :D
claudine: Dragon twinsclaudine on April 29th, 2013 10:29 am (UTC)
Was journal-hopping and found this.
Lovely slave fic ♥