TITLE: Haven by Chance
WORD COUNT: 88k (complete)
CHARACTERS/PAIRINGS: Arthur/Percival, Gwaine/Merlin
SPOILERS/WARNINGS: None, modern AU
DISCLAIMER: Oh, how I wish they were, but no, they are not mine.
NOTES: Written for the KMM prompt, Arthur/Percival and/or Gwaine/Merlin, modern day AU, Sweaty, dirty dancing at a club. Paired off or all together, all I know is I want it.
SUMMARY: Percival Chance looks like he might have it all, but his shyness and insecurity cripple him from any kind of real relationship. Until he meets a gorgeous blond at a club one night and decides to take a chance. When he finds out his hook-up is none other than Arthur Pendragon, one of the most powerful businessmen in London, he's convinced he's made a terrible mistake. It's up to Arthur to convince him otherwise...Why I love it.
Okay so. This fic, you guys. This fic. I know it's been finished for a few days over on KMM, but I've been holding back and waiting until Eurydice de-anoned to make my official rec post.
Those of you following me on Twitter and who've had the "pleasure" of speaking to me on the phone or skype know that whenever updates of this fic came in I'd squeal, squee, shriek and keysmash to no end. This fic kept me going through the week, pushing me from Monday to Wednesday to Friday, giving me something to look forward to for so many weeks. It had me laughing and crying and raging and sitting on the edge of my seat wishing for the next update. I've reread it a stupid amount of times, usually at least once a week before a new update, just to get caught up and back into it. Obviously as it began getting longer that wasn't possible, but I reread the whole thing last night (thanks to the lovey Eurydice who linked me to the full thing ahead of time ♥) and my heart. It sang.
So. Beyond the obvious that is it my OTP, Arthur/Percival (with the lovely addition of Merlin/Gwaine) this fic felt like it was written specifically for me so many times, I felt like a crazy person and held back all my comments about that (TIL NOW! oops?). So, let me just list the things that I loved more than anything and basically felt were taken straight out of my brain and headcanon for this flawless ship: top!Arthur who only bottoms for Percival (HOMG YES), Percival with a big cock, shy Percival who isn't stupid, the boys bringing out the best in each other in a slow push-pull kind of way, angst, Elena being BAMF and silly and adorable and friends with both Percival and Arthur, the D/s dynamics between Arthur and Percival (omfg every time he called Arthur a cockslut. I died).
Beyond those silly little things that made me want to smish the author forever, I thought the relationship between the boys was written brilliantly, in a very grown-up way. I loved that they were both autonomous and strong and able and successful in their own ways. I loved the mutual respect and the building of trust and the realism of so many of their issues. I loved how Eurydice developed Percival, how we could see his past (which I won't spoil) being part of all his choices and why it took so much for him to trust Arthur.
As far as stylistic choices go, I loved the prose, and just everything about it. I love how it flowed, how descriptive it was without being overly flowery, how well the male voice came through. I also couldn't get enough of her scene setting, the way she wrote actions around the dialogue like in the scene where Gwaine goes to Percival's flat, and he paces, I just love little things like that, the extra descriptions, being so well placed in the characters' POVs, even with the switching ones. I especially appreciated that toward the end, when we just absolutely needed
to know exactly what they were all thinking, to be there with them in that hard situation, to understand their actions, reactions. Everything.
This fic is everything.
Now, okay, before you all think I'm nuts (lol you already should), obviously this fic isn't perfect and there were times when I doubted Eurydice (then anon) and her choices, when I wanted a bit more or something, but you know what? I have never ever before been so emotionally involved in a fanfiction and so wholly taken with the characters, so any little imperfections don't matter, really, not when the sum of all parts is 88k of the most amazing story A/P could've ever asked for. ♥