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05 July 2010 @ 01:22 pm

The Piano
Rating: M
Total WordCount: 43K
Genre: Romance, Tragedy
Pairing(s): Arthur/Merlin, Merlin/Valiant
Warnings: Domestic abuse, violence & mutilation, minor character death, attempted non-con, homophobia.
Author's Notes: This has been written for reel_merlin , round 3, based on the film "The Piano" (1994) set in post colonial New Zealand. A huge thank you to my amazing beta, musicsage92  without whom I would have been completely lost. Also much love for nachte , who created the stunning piece of art to go with this fic.
Note for Readers: There are many pieces of music embedded into this fic - an author's plea for you to listen to them :D The whole fic revolves around music and it reads best if you click play when you see the embedded media throughout this fic. A complete soundtrack can be downloaded separately.

    Summary: In which Merlin is a mute pianist.

When Freya dies from fever, unable to fulfill a promise of marriage, Merlin and his daughter Morgana are sent far away to the lonely shores of New Zealand where everything Merlin owns becomes the property of one Stewart Valiant. Silent, with only music for company, Merlin tries desperately to save his piano when Valiant refuses to take it with them and abandons it on the beach. When Valiant sells the piano to Arthur Pendragon, Merlin is forced to make a choice. And so begins a love affair, a journey with irrevocable consequences.

Part One | Part Two | Part Three | Part Four | Part Five | Part Six | coda |
Art & Soundtrack

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
a hurricane that keeps you there, safe: arthur + merlin: :Dampersandals on July 6th, 2010 10:14 am (UTC)
The art/poster is gorgeous ♥ Haven't actually watched The Piano, although The Heart Asks Pleasure First is like one of my favorite songs ever, and. I'll be copy/pasting all of this in a big .doc file so I can read it on my cellphone to unwind, JSYK.
fishwritesfishwrites on July 8th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
hehe, hope you enjoy it!
Hiirohiirobear on July 6th, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
You want to see this ---> link

Its a plethora of love for this fic.
fishwritesfishwrites on July 8th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
I saw it. I died. I rose again.

<3 Thank you for pointing me to it!
owlscribblesowlscribbles on July 18th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
this is just...perfect. i wanted to comment on here, because otherwise i would've posted on each individual part and idk. anyway, this was perfect and i haven't seen the movie, but this was so painful and wonderful and beautiful and that is all. i'm done. :]
fishwritesfishwrites on July 18th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
! It makes me floaty to know that you enjoyed it so much! Thank you for dropping such a lovely comment!
Eveandrisseternal_vows on May 5th, 2012 01:58 am (UTC)
I think I got a little -- well, not teary... but tight-chested when I read this. Especially when Valiant, you know. Since I'm a pianist myself [not a grand one, and I have two lessons left before I take my diploma test, my mother refuses to pay for them, and I have to focus on my studies], I flinched so hard I think I might have whiplash now. But lovely work, anyway!
therebelqueenstherebelqueens on June 26th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
I just finished reading this fic, thank you so much for making music fics happen. I absolutely love Merlin as a piano player, even though you posted this aaaages ago, it's simply brilliant.
XEOHExeohe on August 1st, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'll be reading this for the first time, and even downloaded the soundtrack! I know this is kind of a silly question, but when am I supposed to play it? Author says the music is embedded into the fic (again, stupid question) but I don't see it.. (or hear it??) I just want to read it properly ^^;

Edited at 2014-08-01 03:32 pm (UTC)