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All the works from this year's fest have now been de-anoned on AO3. You are now free to move about the cabin -- or at least head over to the collection to see who created your gift and your other fave works! One more time, please make sure to leave some nice words (or kudos at the VERY LEAST) for the creator of your gift work. Remember, they created something especially for you and they are very eager to hear from you!


On behalf of both your patron elves, it has been a pleasure modding for you again this year. We appreciate the enthusiasm and joy that everyone still brings to this fest! Happy New Year!
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The reindeer have finally stumbled back into the stable, happy albeit pretty hungover. We have completed the 2016 Merlin Holidays fest, with great thanks to everyone who has participated whether you're a writer, artist, pinch hitter, or reader!!

We'll have our author reveal on Friday. In the meantime, please take a few more days to read and kudos/comment all the lovely work that's been posted. Most especially, don't forget to leave a nice comment on the gift that was created for you!
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Title: Eating In
Recipient: nomical
Rating: E
Pairings: Gwen/Morgana
Word Count: 3440
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Summary: Gwen's having a busy day, but Morgana still decides to surprise her for lunch. Unfortunately, so does Arthur.
Author's Notes: Happy belated holidays, nomical! Since you said you ask for Gwen/Morgana office smut every year, I hope this contributes at least a little bit to satisfying your craving!

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9235337
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Title: Mine But to Do or Die
Recipient: AJsRandom
Rating: T
Pairings: Merlin/Morgana
Word Count: 4100
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Summary: Merlin has loved Morgana for as long as he can remember. When he draws her name in the annual office Secret Santa exchange, it's the perfect opportunity to finally show her how he feels -- or at least Arthur thinks so.
Author's Notes: Dear AJsRandom, I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thank you for the lovely prompts!

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9235448
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Title: At The Turn Of The Wheel
Recipient: Cerch
Rating: E
Pairings: Elena/Mithian. Side pairings: Vivian/Sophia, Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: ~6k
Content Notes/Warnings: no warnings. content notes: magical realism, yule, modern witches
Mithian was as surprised as anyone that r/witches turned out to be a helpful and accurate resource on magical communities in Britain. It had certainly panned out better than BuzzFeed’s 12 Places Witches Need to Experience-article that had only sent her to crowded and charmless trend-spots. And she sure as heck hadn’t braved Craigslist since she ended up staying in that commune that was absurdly obsessed with blood magic.

This was how she ended up in front of a pub with an elaborate sign that said The Changeling in ornate, gold letters.
Author's Notes:
See AO3!

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9227408
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Title: Nothing Hurts Like No You
Recipient: Skitz_phenom
Rating: Gen
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 2.5k
Content Notes/Warnings: excessive swearing ;)
Summary: After Merlin's magic was revealed, Arthur banished him from Camelot, but Merlin is not just going to accept that. From his exile in Ealdor, he starts writing Arthur letters. When Arthur finally responds they manage to slowly understand and open their hearts to each other.

Author's Notes: Dear Skitz_phenom, the holidays might be mostly over, but who doesn't like a belated present to draw them out just that little bit longer? It truly was my privilege to write something for you. I'm sorry if I didn't have the time to go full on slow build, but I think it's implied that the boys' epiphany has been a long time coming. I hope you enjoy this little epistolary fic! Happy New Year! :)

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9122053
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Title: Arthur Pendragon and the Dragonheart Diamond
Recipient: kim47
Rating: Explicit
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon, Gwen/Lancelot, Gwaine/Eira
Word Count: ~84,605
Content Notes/Warnings: Small amount of graphic depictions of violence, modern AU, murder mystery, theft, detectives, dragons, food trucks, ugly holiday sweaters, cat Kilgharrah, adultery, suspicions, adventure, father-son relationship, religious conflict, nipple play, triskelion, cults, witchcraft, Christmas fluff, Christmas, comfort food, domestic fluff
Summary: Arthur Pendragon has had enough. He makes an escape from London to his mother's old home in Camlot, a small city by the sea in Wales. He hopes to fit in, but experiences a huge culture clash. What's more, the night before his arrival, one of the villagers was brutally murdered in the local shop. Before he is even fully settled, Arthur is asked to investigate with the help of his desperately cute neighbor Merlin.
Author's Notes: Starting out with a murder on your hands is quite a challenge, but starting out with your first Murder Mystery all the more. In order to properly fill the story with obvious and hidden clues, distract, and misdirect, it quickly became more complex than anticipated. As the stakes change, so the tone of voice needs to change too. This was a massive challenge, and I hope you enjoy reading!

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9000538
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Title:The tale of the Knight, the Sorcerer and the Baby
Word Count:4643
Content Notes/Warnings:None
Summary:When the patrol comes back, Arthur soon realises Gwaine is missing. And why is Merlin carrying a baby in his arms?
Author's Notes:
Thanks a lot to the mods for their patience with me as the whole world seemed to want to prevent me from finishing this fic!
Thanks to ingberry for the beta!
ChaoticDemon, I hope you'll like what I did with your prompts!

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9070444
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Title: Winter White
Recipient: a_big_apple
Rating: PG
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 2,158
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Summary: Winter descends on Camelot and Merlin divulges one more secret to Arthur.
Author's Notes: I wrote Winter White as a pinch hit for Merlin Holidays 2016. Thanks to a_big_apple for the wonderful whimsical prompts. I wish I had all year to write a fic that used any one of them. Thanks so much to my beta team and to the wonderful mods of this fun fest!

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/9093118
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Title: This Cold December Night
Recipient: GeekLover
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 12k
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Summary: Arthur gets the kiss of his life from a stranger in a mask at his company's New Year's Eve party. With Morgana's help, he's determined to find him again, especially if this guy can help him get over his inconvenient feelings for his best friend...

Author's Notes: Happy holidays, GeekLover! I knew I had to write your first prompt the minute I saw it. I hope you enjoy this <3 Thanks to my beta for their speedy, excellent work, and to the mods for all their great work!

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8815123
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Title: It's Not a Homeless Life For Me, It's Just I'm Home Less Than I'd Like to Be
Recipient: The Merlin Holidays community
Rating: T
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur, Morgana/Mithian
Word Count: 11.5k
Am considering donating 2/3 of my belongings to a charity, he texted Morgana as he got into his car. When he slammed the car door, having parked it haphazardly somewhere along his driveway, and made his way to the house, she had answered.
As if. The day you do anything that's not self-serving is the day I will swim naked in uncle Agravaine's duck pond.

Well, that settled that.

Or: Arthur's a bit of an arse, but Merlin fixes him in less than three months.

Author's Notes:
Dear Merlin Hols Community, this is for you because you are amazing ;). And thank you to the mods for being really, really awesome and also incredibly patient with me.
Thanks to my beta, too, for being wonderful!
Any remaining mistakes are mine. Title is from "Homeless" by Ed Sheeran.

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8781838
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Title: I'll Take You Back to the Start
Recipient: matchboximpala
Rating: Teen and up
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 8.5k
Content Notes/Warnings:
Summary: In his final year of school, Arthur did something extremely foolish—he fell in love. That mistake has haunted him ever since. Now he's about to become king, Merlin is back, and Morgana is determined to keep him from breaking Arthur's heart again. However that's going to work.

Author's Notes: Dear matchboximpala, I want to wish you Happy Holidays of whatever kind you are celebrating! I've always had a weak spot for Morgana—the not-crazy one who cares about her brother—and so I got shiny eyes at seeing your prompt. And although my muse took me off into the wilderness with it, I tried to match it to your preferences as best as I could. I sincerely hope I managed to make you something to your liking. All the best, your Secret Santa ;)

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8707180
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Title: A Curse and a Cure
Recipient: Aeris444
Rating: Explicit
Pairings: Merlin/Percival
Word Count: 4,780
Content Notes/Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply; Sex curse, sex magic, magic revealed, AU--canon divergence, PWP
Summary: Merlin is plagued by a sex curse that will reveal his magic when cured.
Author's Notes: Thanks to the mods, my beta, and of course, to Aeris for being so great to write for! I hope you like it!!! Happy Merlin Holidays!! <3
AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8676781
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Hello, all!

We're taking a posting break due to some scheduling issues. Since we just posted some long fics we hope you guys can spend the time catching up on all the goodies!

We'll be back with more stuff for you on Monday January 2nd, so posting will continue a little longer than usual this year. We hope you're all having a great Holiday if you celebrate anything, and if you don't, we hope you're having a good week!

If you've received a gift, please take the time to thank your gifter for all their hard work!

- Your mods,
Ing and Cori
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Title: My Best Friend’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Wedding
Recipient: Cassie_black
Rating: PG
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, Elena/Gwaine
Word Count: 24287
Content Notes/Warnings: My beta tells me I need to warn for a large spider.
Summary: Since Merlin and Cenred had split up, Arthur didn't think he'd ever have to see the long-haired, greasy, self-obsessed idiot ever again. But then Cenred announced he was getting married. And invited Merlin to the wedding.

Merlin can't turn up by himself and look like a sad loser. And Arthur's his best friend. Best friends help each other, right? Well, they will if Morgana has anything to do with it.
Author's Notes: See A03

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8911594
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Title: Braver Than We Are
Word Count: 63k+
Content Notes/Warnings:Temporary Character Death
Summary:Merlin has lived - though he'd be hard pressed to call it that lately - on the outskirts of Avalon for several lifetimes. It's sometime in the late 17th century when rumor reaches him of a man claiming to have nearly been snatched by the fair folk, and he knows he must investigate. What he finds on the Isle of Avalon is... miraculous to say the very least. Yet despite how long and how deeply he's hoped for such a thing, there's something about this wondrous event that isn't quite right. Merlin struggles to balance his better judgement against his selfish wants, but he knows fate is a fickle thing that won't be ignored.
Author's Notes:Joyous Merlin-Holidays to you Rawks!
I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. :) This was an absolute labor of love. As you can see, I took one of your prompts and kind of ran with it. Or rather, it ran away with me. I just hope I was able to craft something that makes you smile!

The title comes from an Album/Song by Meatloaf (it inspired quite a bit of the writing). I did an excessive amount of research for quite a few minuscule details to fit the time period, and yet the anachronisms right from the show caused me the biggest headaches! Also, my beta was pressed for time (which had nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I'm glacially slow... really...), so she and I both apologize for the excess commas that didn't get cleaned up as they should have.

My most profuse thanks to J for dealing with me and my slow-writing ass and for tolerating being thrown so much fic. And to Scylla and Daroh who listened to me whine. And last, but definitely not least, my extreme gratitude to the ever-patient Merlin Holidays Mods. You guys are the best.
AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8715298
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And with that, your mods are retreating to our gnomish workshop for a short winter's power nap. Posting will resume on Monday, December 26!
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Title: A Prince in Frog Skin
Recipient: Clea2011
Rating: M (but more accurately T I think)
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: ~126'000
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Summary: Arthur lived how he wanted. Exactly how he wanted. Unfortunately, as a prince, what he wanted didn't exactly follow the guidelines of how the rest of the world thought of as 'proper'. No one had the guts to do anything about it, however.
No one until Nimueh.
Thrown into decidedly impossible circumstances against his will and outside of his capacity to correct, Arthur is forced to seek the help of an 'Emrys' to scavenge what is left of the life he was so cruelly torn from. It would certainly be a whole lot easier if Emrys would just listen to him as he was supposed to. Arthur was a prince, right? Emrys was supposed to listen to him.
Apparently not everyone in the world puts much stock in royal status. As if life wasn't difficult enough already.
Author's Notes: Thank you so much for your prompts!!! The ideas just came flowing and I couldn't stop until I had at least one of them down on paper. Print. Computer. Whatever.
I hope you like what I've done with it, though I feel the need to apologise for it being just so long. I got a little carried away with myself and it is a very, very slow burn. I hope that doesn't trouble you too greatly. Enjoy!
Also, a big thanks to the wonderful mods of the ~Merlin Holidays Gift Exchange~ and I'm so looking forward to seeing the rest of the entries. Thank you so, so much!!

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8654941/chapters/19848028
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Title: Stars and Soil
Recipient: ZairaA
Rating: Mature
Pairings: Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Morgana
Word Count: 3,238
Content Notes/Warnings: Alternate universe - space, fluff, getting together
Summary: On a routine cargo run, the Avalon runs into life-changing trouble.
Author's Notes:
Dear Zaira, apologies for going for something quite far from what you wished for, but I hope you'll enjoy this anyway. Happy holidays! <3
Merlin belongs to its creators, and that's sadly not me.
Thanks to J for the beta!

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8673913
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Title: Just Stand Still
Recipient: ingberry
Rating: Explicit
Pairings: Elena/Mithian
Word Count: ~8k
Content Notes/Warnings: Adorable girls being adorable; too much coffee
Summary: Mithian is a quiet, flannel-clad, baseball cap-wearing bookworm living a quiet, lonely life in the tiny village she grew up in, spending most of her time in the small café she owns, pouring coffee for people she wishes she were brave enough to try to be friends with. She also thinks she's straight. That is, until Elena bursts into her shop one day and changes everything...
Author's Notes: Happy Merlin Holidays, ingberry!!!
All of your prompts were so wonderful, it was impossible to pick one... so I went for a combo of as many as I could reasonably combine. ;) Thank you so much for those, and for allowing me the opportunity to write some festive femslash for these wonderful ladies. <3 It's not explicitly a Gilmore Girls AU, per se (btw, BEST IDEA EVER)... but I hope the nods I worked in work for you!
I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed writing it for you, and that you have a wonderful holiday season! <3

AO3 link to fanwork: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8797732/


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