Treason to Us

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Title: Treason to Us
Author(s): janne_d
Date(s): 19 November 2008
Length: 4,700 words, 25:12 min
Genre: slash fanfiction
Fandom: Merlin
External Links: Treason to Us (original Livejournal post)
Treason to Us (AO3)
Treason to Us (podfic)

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Treason to Us is a Merlin/Arthur slash story by janne_d (Word count: ~4,700). It was a response to the merlin_flashfic "Secrets" challenge.

The story was the winner of the Merlin/Arthur Fanfic Awards 2008 in the category Best Angst and a runner-up in the "Fanfiction: Arthur/Merlin" category Best Finding Out at the Spring 2010 Merlin Slash Awards.

Summary: Arthur finds out. And he does not react well.
Arthur snatched his sword up from the ground, rolled back onto his feet and lunged forward quickly to bring the point to Merlin's chest and keep him away. "Stay where you are," he said and Merlin stopped, his eyes going wide in panic.

thisissirius podficced the story[1] and it's available at the Audiofic Archive.

Recs and Reviews

This story starts with Arthur finding out about Merlin's secret and goes from there. A grimmer and more realistic take on the way Arthur would react to the news, but it still ends well.[2]

With a premise like Merlin's--where magic users are executed, so of course one has to hide one's magic--of course there's going to be a certain amount of fics where people find out about Merlin's magic and aldskjfasl;jk I want them all. No matter how canon does or doesn't unfold, even if the fics get Jossed later on, I want them kind of a lot. And this fic did start a little roughly, but once I got really into it, it just sailed right along and I could not put it down at all. I loved it because Arthur's reaction wasn't pleasant, he'd been lied to and he's been raised to believe that sorcery is evil and how could he trust Merlin after this? The author played the situation up really well--not too much angst, but just enough to make it delicious. I love Arthur working through his responses, I love how much he obviously still cares about Merlin, I love how I could see the canon going this way (minus the face sucking, though, god knows there have been a few times when I've thought they were going to start making out on the show itself) and I love the resolution of it. So, so satisfying tonight.[3]

Absolutely incredible story about what happens when Arthur finds out about Merlin's magic.[4]

I normally abhor stories in which Arthur finds out about Merlin's magic and acts in ways contrary to how I want him to act (with a "stfu Merlin, I already knew and I love you anyway and here's a whole kingdom I conquered just for you") but this fic rejects the sort of mainstream way the fandom generally wants the reveal of magic to go, and takes a good, long look at what Arthur would have to do if he found out.[5]


  1. ^ thisissirius. #315; (podfic) merlin ;; treason to us, 31 October 2010. (Accessed 01 November 2010)
  2. ^ iamtheenemy. Merlin Recs, in: polyfandomrecs, 16 January 2009. (Accessed 10 June 2010)
  3. ^ tomomichi. [Host Club, Merlin, One Piece, REBORN!, Tenipuri], 02 December 2008. (Accessed 10 June 2010)
  4. ^ ladyflowdi. Merlin Recs, 18 January 2009. (Accessed 10 June 2010)
  5. ^ "How to make it through the week, Arthur/Merlin Style (Issue III)". Archived from the original on 2023-03-06.