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The Knights Have a Thousand Eyes - Master

October 25th, 2009 (10:00 pm)

Fandom: Merlin
Title: The Knights Have a Thousand Eyes
Rating: R
Warnings/Spoilers: Slight spoilers for season 1. Some swearing. Some sexual context.
Pairing: M/A
Disclaimer: Not mine. No money offered or accepted
Summary: In which Arthur attempts to teach his knights, his knights attempt to woo Merlin and Arthur is definitely not jealous....

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10

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Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Arthur

Hee! Thank you - I don't know where they came from, I swear it was supposed to be a one shot when I wrote the first sentence.... Good luck with the assignment

Posted by: legion_of_zelda (legion_of_zelda)
Posted at: October 26th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)

I rarely ever go to ff.net, but I have to tell you I went there for this, back and back again. This story's just wonderful, bookmarking to read again soon.

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Arthur

I'm really flattered that you stuck with it and kept coming back for more. Especially as a couple of updates weren't exactly the quickest in the world....

Posted by: squishy_faces (squishy_faces)
Posted at: October 26th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)

Ahahaha I've already read it on FFN. And I absolutely loved it - one of my favorite M/A stories.

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 06:41 pm (UTC)

I don't even know how you managed to find it, squirrelled away down there! But I'm so pleased you did and that you liked it.

Posted by: ripleybaby (ripleybaby)
Posted at: October 26th, 2009 11:48 pm (UTC)

I love this!!!! I'm so pleased that you completed it. There are so many funny lines that I can't even begin to pick them out. Thank you, you've made me very happy. :-D

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Arthur

And your comment made me very happy. I love it when people like my sometimes lame sense of humour!

Posted by: wrong but wromantic (sally_maria)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
Merlin Fight and Defend

And now I've read the end - and it's every bit as good as the rest of it led me to expect. :-)

I love the way you've created such an interesting cast of original characters, by the end I was really caring about all of them, even Geraint.

And your Arthur and Merlin are excellent as well. Arthur the competent leader, and Merlin who isn't an idiot or a child.

I hope you'll be writing more Merlin in the future.

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 06:51 pm (UTC)
Arthur

I'm glad the ending didn't let you down. Oh god Geraint! Most people wanted him stashed in the bog by the end of chapter 9!

Hmmm. I tried to be fair in portraying Merlin and Arthur, kind of set them on the road to what they'll become whilst still maintaining them as recognisable characters from Show. I suspect that I pushed Arthur slightly ooc.

Posted by: Neshel (neshel)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Merlin - Arthur is a jerk

Oh wow! I simply couldn't stop reading! I was dubious, with all the involvement of the Knights at first, but it turned out that I found them compelling and really enjoyed them and their perspective all the more.

Honestly, brilliant work.

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Arthur

Thank you! There are so many oc's in that first chapter I can understand how it's off-putting. I only wanted to use them as a different viewpoint on Arthur and Merlin. Then they just seemed to take over - damned pushy knights...

Posted by: noahvearn (noahvearn)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 01:43 am (UTC)

oh yeah! i'm gonna read it all over again!! *dance*

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Arthur

Really? *twirls*!

Posted by: monster_o_love (monster_o_love)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 07:33 am (UTC)

*squishes you!*

It's true, I started reading it on ff.net but then got interrupted by something and never got back to it and now.... Woo!!! *runs off to read*

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
Arthur

I don't blame you, my two months without posting probably didn't help much. I *do* hope you enjoy the rest of it.

Posted by: ree_rhea (ree_rhea)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 08:03 am (UTC)
merlin eye magic

still in the process of reading but thought I'd tell you that the link from chapter 6 that leads to chapter 7 doesn't work...

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
Arthur

Thanks for letting me know. LJ went weird on me last night and if that's the only problem I'll breathe a sigh of relief!

Posted by: FOR TRUTH, CONSISTENCY, AND THE EM DASH. (vensre)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
merlin

OH JOY!!!!!

I'm one of those that found this on ff.net somehow - I think it was someone's delicious - and I can't describe how giddy I am to see it done! I can't wait to read the end!

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Arthur

Hee! Now I just hope it lives up to expectations *smiles nervously*

Posted by: shiny4love (shiny4love)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Aww Labrinth (merlin & Arthur)

I work in a callcentre and I copied this and printed out all 145 pages worth of this fic today.

Even though I have the most soul sucking job in the world, this story kept me smiling and happy all day long.

Your Knights are fantastic, fun, loyal and totally believable.

Your Arthur and Merlin totally adorable and your dialogue fantastic.

A great story with a full plot and a satisfying ending.

I will look forward to more stories from you. Thank-you for such a great story :)

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 27th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Arthur

If it msde your day better then I'm really chuffed. Thank you for reading and for the lovely feedback :)

Posted by: Ras Elased (ras_elased)
Posted at: October 29th, 2009 03:37 am (UTC)

Hi! Just wanted to let you know that this story has been recced at crack_camelot on this post. ♥

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: October 29th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
Arthur

Wow, what a lovely compliment - thank you!

Posted by: kesterel (kesterel)
Posted at: November 4th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
bed

Recognise me from fanfiction.net? So glad you have posted this on lj and I'm reccing over at merlin_land =3

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: November 4th, 2009 09:26 pm (UTC)

*waves madly*
Of couse I remember you - you were awesome to a first time M/A writer even when I went awol for a couple of months and I expected to be shunned by all :) Aw and you're still being awesome thank you so much for the rec. Will pop over to merlin_land as I'm shamed to say I'm not familiar with it.

Posted by: kesterel (kesterel)
Posted at: th, 12:00 am (UTC)

Posted by: A. (ohnvm)
Posted at: November 4th, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
thy kingdom come.

This is utterly amazing and brilliant and I've been looking for fics concerning Arthur's knights' views on Merlin and this just hits the right spot! Haha. I'm glad I read this inside my own room without anyone around because I've chuckled and chuckled at the gossiping and plotting knights! AMAZING, bb! Just fantastic and please write more! ♥

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: November 4th, 2009 09:39 pm (UTC)
Arthur

I'm glad it amused you \o/

Ooh can you tell me how to insert one of those heasrt symbols? I'm an lj illiterate :(

Posted by: FOR TRUTH, CONSISTENCY, AND THE EM DASH. (vensre)
Posted at: th, 12:00 am (UTC)

Posted by: it was worth a shot. (penelope_ziva)
Posted at: November 4th, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
NCIS: Tony/Ziva This Icon Has Gone Under

I recommended this awesome fic to merlin_land because it's plain awesome :)

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: November 4th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Arthur

Aw thank you. You're totally awesome too <3

Posted by: Seneska (seneska)
Posted at: November 10th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Merlin Love of Camelot!

I haven't commented on any chapter but I feel you should know that I read this story every few days all the way through because it's so good. I love it. It has the power to cheer me right up.

xx

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: November 10th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
Arthur

It has the power to cheer me right up

*beams*
Aw really? That gives me the warm fuzzies - I am completely flattered

Posted by: Lotripper (msilverstar)
Posted at: November 15th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
liv-billy-andy SAGs

I really like this, it's full of bumbling and yearning and good-hearted knights starting to pay attention. A real pleasure to read, thank you!

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: November 16th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
Arthur

Yes, despite their grumbling and bumbling, they are good-hearted :)

Aw. You're very welcome. Thank you for reading.

Posted by: Sky (skyearth85)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
merlin - magic

EPIC. Simply epic.
Bravissima :)

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: November 18th, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
Arthur

*grins / takes a bow*

Thank you ♥

Posted by: nilequeenpatty (nilequeenpatty)
Posted at: November 25th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)

Fantastic! The Arthur/Merlin relationship was very well written and I loved that you also took the time to flesh out the other characters and give them real, distinct personalities and motivations. Just a wonderful story:)

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: November 25th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Arthur

Oh so much of this story eveolved out of an obsessive, nitpicky need to show the motivation for every little action!

Thank you for you lovely feedback. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Posted by: Bonster (jacklemmon)
Posted at: December 2nd, 2009 01:58 am (UTC)
Merlin - Stop in the name of love!

I just read this whole wonderful, wonderful story after a very long, trying day/week/month (yes, it's only Dec. 1), and it was utterly perfect. The knights were absolute brilliance, the insights, the characterizations, the voices, the atmosphere, everything in this fic was fantastic.

Bedevere = favorite knight, with Kay close behind. :D

And Geraint with his realization of Camelot actually being 'a silly place' essentially, <3

And Gaius and Morgana and Uther. <3

And of course Merlin and Arthur <3<3<3

Brilliantly done!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!

Posted by: stakeaclaim (stakeaclaim)
Posted at: December 3rd, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Arthur

And Geraint with his realization of Camelot actually being 'a silly place' essentially

Hee!

Thank you for reading and for leaving such a lovely review. I do hope the month improves for you x

Posted by: verob2002 (verob2002)
Posted at: May 13th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)

Love this story! Your Arthur, Merlin, and most of all your knights! Knights! They were all so fabulous! Thanks for writing, and sharing this with us!!!

Posted by: voyuerer (voyuerer)
Posted at: June 24th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)

Loved the fic. I read it also on ff. I loved the knight sacrificing themselves, lol, to get the boys together.

Posted by: synonym spice! (fiercynn)
Posted at: August 17th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
prat&idiot

Oh, my god, I've had this bookmarked in my "to read" folder and when I finally had an entire afternoon free I decided to try it - and I'm so glad I did, and had enough time to finish it in one go, because I couldn't stop reading. This is fantastic. I adore every one of the knights and love how you managed to bring out each of their personalities and quirks so seamlessly! I'm trying to decide which one is my favorite, and I think in the first half it was Bedevere, but by the end it might have just become Kay. Willard was especially hilarious, but so was Caradoc, and even Romford in his sarcasm. Hee!

When I wasn't giggling at the knights and their banter, I was usually tearing up at Merlin and Arthur - you describe their devotion and loyalty and affection for each other so damn well, it broke my heart over and over. I was pretty much clutching my heart at the scene when Arthur showed up at the cave to find Merlin. OH BOYS.

In conclusion, this is lovely and hilarious and amazing!

Posted by: in the back of a red VW microbus (mass_hipgnosis)
Posted at: September 21st, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)

How the hell did I miss this? LJ YOU HAVE FAILED ME! *shakes fist and curses* Absolutely lovely, had me giggling and getting strange looks from my family.

Posted by: JR (evalangui)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2010 03:44 am (UTC)

This sounds really interesting. May I suggest you post to the AO3 or somewhere where it can be read as a whole as well? My connection is being a bitch this week and I have been trying to load parts 3 & 4 for a while now and well... you just have to paste it wherever and it shouldn't take long...? :p

Thanks anyway, I'll came by when the internet is being nicer anyway :)

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