After Merlin gets hit with a curse after saving Arthur (again) he keeps turning into magical creatures. Arthur can't help but notice that his manservant is acting odder than normal, and the smell of peaches keeps showing up.
Arthur wasn't sure his soulmate was really a woman despite Uther's assumptions. But Arthur's heart line hadn't even come into its full color yet, which meant he hadn't come of age in the eyes of the gods, despite being named crown prince by Uther. So it really didn't matter: whoever his soulmate was, he wasn't yet ready to meet them.
Everyone is born with a heart line, a pigmented mark running from the heart down the left arm to the palm, which turns color when the person comes of age, telling them when it is time to seek their soulmate. Red indicates a romantic love, while blue is for platonic "heart-friends", as the minstrels called it.
High King Uther is convinced that the root of sorcery is sex and bans it completely, but the cult Sons of Eros protests this ban. They are groups of druids arguing the right to have sex, and they travel the neighbouring lands outside of Uther’s reach, preaching nudity and ecstasy. Especially one of the members of this cult, the elusive Emrys, proves to be difficult to handle…
Merlin is a warlock with a very long life. Arthur is a human prince. When they were they had one illicit hour together, that made Merlin's father throw a spell to keep them apart. Now Arthur is getting married, it is discovered that they accidentally pledged themselves to each other in the past.
Where Uther is clearly insane, Arthur is a pawn and Merlin thankfully has magic.
Warning: not for someone uncomfortable reading about child abuse. I hope no one is comfortable reading about that, but you know. Big warning. Huge. I do not support pedophilia or
Merlin was always more than happy to be completely ignorant of anything the prattish Prince Arthur says to him. However, when it becomes clear that a marriage between the two of them might be necessary to maintain the peace between their two families, he realises he is going to have to start making an effort.
Sherlock/Harry Potter Fic Au: When Sherlock jumps, Joan receives a letter from her cousin asking her to take care of her son, knowing something bad was to happen to him. In heartbreak, she looks for her cousin and when she finds out what is going on, she gets help from Mycroft and gets Harry to be with her. Now Harry is being raised by Joan and the Consulting Detective, what will happen?
There's a few minor complications:
6. Arthur now hates Merlin.
7. Merlin is about 855 years older than Arthur.
8. Merlin hasn't talked to his father in many, many years.
9. In the future Arthur just might turn into a dictator if he doesn't end up with his soulmate.
When Arthur was on his first mission for the Knights of Round, an illusive team of highly trained agents, he saved an adorable twelve year old named Merlin from certain death and obliterated a widely known terrorist. Not too bad for a rookie.
Six years later, Merlin reappears in Arthur's life, eighteen now and extremely eager to join the Knights of Round. The only problem is, he's absolute crap at it. He can't fight, he doesn't understand the meaning of undercover, he can barely even load a gun. Some people are cut out for this kind of work, Merlin just isn't one of those people.
When Uther Pendragon finally tracks down the rogue dragonlord to Ealdor he finds the man with a wife and child. The king feels no guilt when he enters the couple's home, killing both Balinor and Hunith as they try desperately to protect their son. But, instead of having the child meet the same fate Uther decides to keep the dragonlord as a form of token. A spoil of war. So, once he returns he locks the boy away somewhere deep in Camelot's dungeons.
Uther had always told Arthur to ignore his heart line, that it wouldn't matter who his soulmate was princes did not marry for love, after all. If was lucky, he'd be able to keep her as a mistress, so long as he did not get any children with her. Uther hated magic and would have urged Arthur to ignore the heart line anyway, if he could.