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This is one of my favourite trope so be ready for a lot of recs!

The Worst Idea (in the history of worst ideas) (7315 words) by cassie_black
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon, Gwaine/Morgana (Merlin)
Summary: Arthur could have just told his father to stop arranging him blind dates, but it was much easier to just pretend he was dating Merlin, right?

The Good Times Are Killing Me by minor_hue (15300 words)
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon
Summary: In which the boys pretend to still be together for Christmas (and there is more than one kind of charade)

My Best Friend’s Ex-Boyfriend’s Wedding (24293 words) by Clea2011
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin), Elena/Gwaine (Merlin), Gwen/Lancelot (Merlin), Elyan/Mithian (Merlin), Leon/Morgana (Merlin)
Summary: Since Merlin and Cenred had split up, Arthur didn't think he'd ever have to see the long-haired, greasy, self-obsessed idiot ever again.  But then Cenred announced he was getting married.  And invited Merlin to the wedding.Merlin can't turn up by himself and look like a sad loser.  And Arthur's his best friend.  Best friends help each other, right?  Well, they will if Morgana has anything to do with it.

Over You (5854 words) by Thursday_Next
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
Summary:Merlin sees Arthur at a party for the first time since their break-up two months ago. He has every intention of pretending his heart isn’t broken –- especially since none of their friends even know they were ever together. But when he has to contend with Arthur unexpectedly bringing a date, Gwaine deciding to be his fake boyfriend, and a good deal of sniping, it soon becomes apparent that Merlin’s not as over Arthur as he tries to pretend.

Arthur's Scandal (4330 words) by digthewriter
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
Summary:Arthur's been caught in a scandal, and he needs to establish a prominent relationship with someone who will help him with his image.

In The Petri Dish (9996 words) by silver_etoile
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin), Arthur Pendragon/Vivian (Merlin)
Summary:When Vivian recruits Merlin to be her date to a wedding to fool her ex-boyfriend, he knows it's a bad idea, but it gets even worse when her ex turns out to be gorgeous and charming, and completely straight... right?

Maybe We Were Coming All Along (22181 words) by sassafrasx
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
Summary: In retrospect, the "Prince on the Lam in Wales" Christmas headline was not what Arthur had intended.

Lord Drake's Bequest (9966 words) by Pennyplainknits
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Arthur/Merlin, Gwen/Lancelot
Summary:"To my great-nephew Arthur I bequeath Tintagel Distribution, wholly and without reserve, save for one condition. You must marry, and stay married, for a period of no less than six months. You're a wonderful businessman Arthur, but a full life needs love and companionship, not just a string of affairs. Settle down young Arthur, and your life will be the richer for it."

The Practice Boyfriend (24495 words) by giselleslash
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon, Elena/Gwaine (Merlin), Lancelot du Lac/Merlin, Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
Summary: Merlin’s been in love with Lance for years, but he hasn’t had much experience dating and he wants to figure out the ins and outs of dating before Lance comes back into his life. Cue Arthur and his manwhoring ways, ready and willing to show Merlin the ropes.

My Best Friend's Boyfriend (8447 words) by Magnolia822
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Gwaine/Percival, Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
Summary:Percy has been in love with Gwaine since they were friends at uni: the trouble is Gwaine isn't the type to settle down, and Percy won't settle for a one-off. When Percy agrees to attend Gwaine's family reunion as his pretend boyfriend, things get complicated.

Remember When Money Bought Love (25134 words) by orphan_account
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
Summary:Arthur hires rent boy Merlin whenever he needs a good fuck. He doesn't even think about forming emotional attachments. When Arthur's father requires he attend a wedding, Arthur asks Merlin to pretend to be his boyfriend. Of course 'emotional attachment' is exactly what ends up happening.

Change in Crowns (11601 words) by derekstilinski
Rating: Mature
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
Summary:Arthur has traveled to sign a treaty of friendship with other kingdoms, when he realizes they've intended to set him up to marry as well. He doesn't want to marry for the sake of marrying, so he pulls a clumsy, crowned Merlin in with false talk that they married quietly.Arthur's true in saying he wants to marry for love, because he chooses Merlin for more than one reason.

No Matter How Far Away You Roam (11537 words) by lady_ragnell
Rating: Explicit
Relationships: Merlin/Arthur Pendragon (Merlin), Minor or Background Relationship(s), Ygraine de Bois/Nimueh (Merlin)
Summary:“I was wondering if you might come home with me.” Merlin stops mid-rant and stares at him, and then down at his panini again, and back at Arthur. This is a panini of lies and pain. He can tell already.
“For Christmas? I’ve got an uncle and a mother and a sister waiting for me at home, in case you hadn’t remembered, I’m not going home with you just because you’re a workaholic.”
“No, it’s. My mum might be under the impression that we’re a little bit married.”
In which Merlin gets conned into spending Christmas with Arthur's family and pretending to be his husband, because somehow this is his life.

Couples' Exclusive (10893 words) by Spowell
Rating : Explicit
Relationships : Arthur/Merlin, Morgana/Vivian, Leon/Sophia, Gwen/Lance
Summary : Arthur and Merlin have been best friends for practically forever, to the point where a lot of people automatically assume they're a couple.
But they're not, and can't seem to grasp why people think they're in a relationship. Other friends have matching sweaters and socks, don't they?
Then Merlin wins a chance for a free skiing vacation for two, and immediately invites Arthur along. The only problem? Merlin missed the fine line that it's a couples exclusive resort.
Thanks to snuggling in a cabin in front of a fire as a snowstorm rages outside, it might be time that they admit that what they share is more than just friendship.

Date: 2017-02-06 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is one of my favorite topes, too, and I don't think I've read a couple of these :D

Date: 2017-02-06 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great! I'm happy to have rec some new fics for you!

Date: 2017-02-07 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There was only one I had not read before (My Best Friend's Ex-Boyfriend's Wedding) but I still ended up reading that story and then re-reading stories I hadn't remembered reading before. Proof that I love this trope to bits!

Date: 2017-02-06 07:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This has made me spend a few hours reading rather than doing what I was supposed to today. :)

Date: 2017-02-06 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not even ashamed! ;-)

Date: 2017-02-07 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I did the same thing!

Date: 2017-02-07 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Still not feeling guilty! ;-)

Date: 2017-02-07 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay, I have new fics to read 😊

Date: 2017-02-07 11:40 am (UTC)


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