Title: We’ll Take Manhattan
Pairings/characters: Arthur/Merlin, Arthur/OFCs (minor), Gwen/Lancelot (minor)
Word Count: 67,950 words
Warnings: Some homophobia
Summary: It is 1962, and Pendragon Publishing is looking at how to expand the readership of its fashion magazine 'Camelot'. The decision to bring in newer, younger photographers leads to Arthur Pendragon, the rebellious, innovative heir to the Pendragon empire being admitted back into the fold for one trial photoshoot, but only if he agrees to do things their way. Unfortunately for them, when Arthur claps eyes on Merlin - clumsy, nervous, doesnt-know-how-to-hold-still Merlin - he realises that he has found his Muse and that he will have to fight to keep him, even if it means pushing further than he has ever gone before.
In other words, this will be very much based on the story of photographer David Bailey and model Jean Shrimpton from the BBC's 'We'll Take Manhattan'.
Author's notes: I still can’t believe that I actually managed to finish this on time. Full credit for that goes to my AMAZING cheerleader sitruunavohveli – I honestly wouldn’t have made it even half-way without you there by my side, with all your wonderful encouragement. In fact, everyone at the paperlegends chat – you are all amazing (as if you didn’t already know that!) An ENORMOUS thank you on bended knee also goes to my brilliant beta tassosss, who was so very patient with me even when my writing made me cringe. Thank you so much for knocking this thing into shape! To my glorious artist, van_maniac– your pictures are unbelievable and I can’t tell you how lucky and thrilled I feel to receive them! I can never thank you enough for taking me up on my very last-minute request for an artist! You’re the best.
And, of course, a huge thank you to the_muppetfor doing such a fabulous job of this every year. I honestly don’t know how you do it.
Artist's notes: The lovely story was written by lachatblanche and though I wish I had been able to do more art for this fantastic story, it is one beautiful romance that shouldn't be missed. Thanks go to the wonderful writer who motivated me to draw more Merlin fan art and has been the most patient with my snail pace work. I would like to send thanks again to the_muppet for organizing a wonderful event. Also, I tried to make this fan art a bit more realistic since the theme of the story takes place in the 1960s. Hope you all enjoy the art and feel free to hog the comments sections of both the art and story to let us know what you think of them.
Art link: Here
Disclaimer: Not mine by any stretch of the imagination. Alas.