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*hearts all over*

One of my prompts at kinkme_merlin has been filled, and filled so wonderfully! I'm irrevocably, hopelessly in love with this text. It's just, it's perfect. One of the best things I've read during five and a half years that I've spent around different fandoms. I strongly recommend everyone to read it, just because if you don't you'll miss out on an incredibly good read.

Author: cariad_winter
Title: The Lies We Tell Ourselves
Genre: Merlin BBC
Pairing(s): Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/Mithian, Gwaine/Merlin
Rating: R
Warnings: AU, Present Day, M/M, h/c, Depression, Attempted Suicide, Homophobia, Emotional Abuse (childhood-present)
A/N: Please keep in mind that I am painfully American :D So if the slang or terminology doesn’t quite flow… well, you know why. I try really hard though <3
Disclaimer: I don’t own the rights to BBC Merlin… or any Merlin for that matter. Oh but if I did. Good/Sex Times would ensue.
Summary: Written for Kinkme_Merlin #KKM30. Prompt is as follows:

Arthur/Merlin, slash or friendship.

The two of them have been best friends for a long time, and they are used to having each other around much more than to not having, and they are always there for each other. But then one of them (doesn't really matter which one) starts a proper relationship, for the first time during the whole history of their friendship. The girlfriend/boyfriend is a nice person and everything is nice, actually, but the single one finds out that he can't have as much place in the other's life as he's had before. Like, no phone calls late 'cause it interrupts the couple snogging on the couch or being out somewhere, some small traditions destroyed 'cause relationship demands the day-to-day order of things to change, less attention, less interest in the single one. Generally, he gets unintentionally cut out and feels that he's losing his best friend.
He thinks it's alright, it's natural, and he backs off as much as he can. It all goes pretty fine until the single one gets into some serious trouble (it could be anything, from health to money, as long as it's serious), and there's no one to help him - now that he's alienated from his best friend, literally no one.
I'd totally love lots of angst and hopelessness. Happy ending is preferable, but not necessary.

Read the fic at the author's LJ!