August (Merlin story)

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Title: August
Author(s): rageprufrock
Date(s): 29 November 2008
Length: 9,885 words
Genre: slash fanfiction
Fandom: Merlin
External Links: August (AO3)
August (LiveJournal)
Август (Russian translation)

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August is a Merlin/Arthur slash story by rageprufrock (9,885 words).

It won the Spring 2009 Merlin/Arthur Fanfic Awards in the category Fluff Fic, Best Arthur Characterization, Best Other Female Characterization (Hunith) and was a runner-up in the category Epic.

Summary: (Merlin, shut up, don't judge me) Merlin looked uncertainly to Arthur. “Have you ever made bread?” he asked. / “How hard could it be?” Arthur said.

Arthur spends a summer with Merlin in Ealdor. This canon verse fic was rageprufrock's first Merlin story and she posted it a few days before she posted the first part of her Drastically Redefining Protocol AU. It was also the first story she posted to LJ after originally moving to her own blog during her time in SGA fandom.

WebKitten translated August into Russian.[1]

Recs and Reviews

"This is another fic where you get sucked into the writing. The characterisation is summery and light causing you to feel summery, even if you are in the depths of Winter. It's a lovely piece which most people in this fandom love."[2]
"Honestly, I always have somewhat mixed feelings about Pru's work. I love her stories, and the many crack-y premises she comes up with, but I don't love her character voices. She has this tendency to write her characters as sort of OOC histrionic shouters. This works fine for me when I'm reading any story featuring Rodney McKay, but I like it less in a BBC character. I'm still reccing this though because regardless of my preference for a different style of dialogue, I always love the emotional core of Pru's stories, and this one is not different. Merlin goes home to Ealdor for a visit and Arthur tags along."[3]
"I have sort of a thing for a more domestic Arthur. I loved the tender moment at the lake and Arthur's insight into Merlin's character. And come on, there's Hunith. I love her so much. It's such a pleasure to see a fic where she plays such an integral role. And yeah...the ending. It's beautiful."[4]
It’s Hunith’s birthday and Merlin wants to visit her. Arthur being Arthur decides he wants to send Hunith some gifts. Merlin refuses to take them to Ealdor, so Arthur goes with him. There Merlin confesses about his magic and Arthur reacts the only way it would be proper, by silencing him with a kiss and some sexy times ensue! Adorable and slow burning story. I love Hunith in this![5]
I want to curl up in that fic and never come out. Arthur in Ealdor fixing fences and Hunith’s roof and just being so Arthur is maybe one of my favourite thing in canon fics. There needs to be more. Merlin goes back to Ealdor to visit Hunith for his birthday and Arthur goes with him. He spoils her rotten, chats with the villagers, and there’s a nice magic reveal. Also: Arthur being taken care of by Hunith like the mother he never had, and Merlin teasing him about being unable to make bread, and Arthur making sure everyone’s safe, and Merlin revealing his secrets… all of it is just so fucking lovely and domestic and still tied to events in series 1 and I loved every moment of it.[6]


  1. ^ WebKitten. "Август", Артур/Мерлин, R, перевод, 30 August 2009. (Accessed 26 March 2011)
  2. ^ imnotatotalgeek. Merlin/Arthur Recs, 13 February 2011. (Accessed 20 August 2011)
  3. ^ theantimodel. recs: merlin, 11 December 2008. (Accessed 08 August 2010)
  4. ^ rebeccaann08. more reeeeeally old recs, 12 February 2012. (Accessed 25 February 2012)
  5. ^ yasisfanficrecs. August (Merthur), 29 December 2012.(Accessed 30 December 2012)
  6. ^ dirtybookshelves. August // by rageprufrock, 21 October 2013. (Accessed 22 October 2013)