Where the Pavement Ends

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Title: Where the Pavement Ends
Author(s): zarah5
Date(s): 08 January 2010
Length: 60,000 words
Genre: slash fanfiction, Modern AU, Stripper AU, Business Heir AU
Fandom: Merlin
External Links: Where the Pavement Ends (author's site)
Where the Pavement Ends (AO3)

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Where the Pavement Ends is a Merlin/Arthur AU by zarah5 (60,000 words).

Summary: A modern day AU that delivers three well-worn tropes (university, strippers, businessmen) for the price of one. Consider this your warning. When Merlin finished his A-levels, financing university by taking his clothes off didn't exactly occur to him.

The story comes with a soundtrack (stripping music, etc.)[1] and some of the music is embedded in the text. In addition to that there are manips, screencaps, other images, fake newspaper articles and a scrollable e-mail exchange that are all part of the story.[2]


  • "Merlin is a stripper, Arthur is the son of the strip club's owner. This is deliciously angst-free for the scenario and simply wonderful, wonderful development while definitely being great fun. I never wanted it to end."[3]


  1. zarah5. Where the Pavement Ends, 08 January 2010. (Accessed 30 December 2010)
  2. The formatting of the multimedia aspects is messed up in the AO3 version of the story, better stick to the version on the author's site.
  3. randomisedhabit. recs #gazillion, 22 December 2010. (Accessed 30 December 2010)