Footloose is everything I’ve ever wanted in an author.
It’s time for me to gush like crazy so bear with me here.
I just read her newly released story Shadowlord and Pirate King
One of the things that always blows me away is that she creates multiple stories for Merlin and Arthur and EVERY SINGLE TIME IT’S ALWAYS DIFFERENT
I don’t mean the universe, that’s always different. I mean Merlin and Arthur.
They are always so specific and different to each story while still keeping their core personalities.
It fucking blows my mind that every single time I read one of her Merthur stories it’s like falling in love with a side of Merlin and Arthur I never knew they had.
It’s the way she writes them too, in this one specifically there are certain levels of possession that Arthur has that is not present in Loaded March or We Are All Diamonds or Dragon!Fic and so on.
In LM, Arthur is FAR more possessive
But in SaPK it’s far more pulled back and I understood the reasons why very quickly.
Each incarnation of Merlin and Arthur will always be different depending on their situations and the worlds they live in and how they’ve grown in that universe, the forms of possession that Arthur has over Merlin are always so different.
In SaPK there’s a bit of an uncertainty between Merlin and Arthur throughout nearly the entire story because of their circumstances and you see Arthur at war with himself quite a lot wondering if Merlin truly loves him the way he loves Merlin so his usual unquestionable nature and absolute ‘this is mine, i’ve had this planned from the start’ form of possession when it comes to getting what he wants is far more questionable.
He isn’t as jealous as Arthur in Loaded March and he isn’t as unsure in many areas like LM!Arthur is and it’s fascinating to see the areas Arthur is unsure in with each new universe and how he tackles them or…doesn’t tackle some of them at all LOL.
He’s also far more ‘on the fly’ due to his pirate nature than LM!Arthur.
I sat there giggling to myself quite a lot throughout the story knowing that LM!Arthur would have been 10 steps ahead already and punching his alternate self in the face for not thinking quick enough in certain respects.
LM!Arthur would have never let Merlin off of that ship the first time and we all know it, he’s not as crass as his pirate counterpart and would have found a way to convince Merlin of staying.
The SaPK!Arthur was genius in his own right and I saw myself nodding my head in appreciation at some of the stuff he managed to pull off especially during the council meeting when he made the other Pirates think that it was ‘their idea’
But they are both so vastly different yet so similar, both brilliant in their own right.
If you were to put them all into a story together you’d be able to pinpoint exactly which one is which and I just find that so fucking amazing.
It’s not a rehash of the same two people, it’s different sides we haven’t been introduced to yet.
I really enjoyed the little quirks of SaPK!Merthur that were so inexplicably THEM like the habit of calling Merlin ‘pet’ and Merlin eventually finding it very endearing as time went on and it was actually phenomenal to me because I went through the same exact feelings Merlin seemed to be going through, I wasn’t fond of Arthur calling him pet and neither was Merlin and as time went on and it was used more I could feel myself adjusting to it right along with Merlin until it finally registered that it had become something I longed to hear from Arthur towards Merlin.
I liked that Merlin had far more of an impatience with Arthur’s bullshit than he does in the other stories, he’s usually a bit more tolerant of Arthur’s prattish ways but in SaPK he just pretty much had a constant bitchface when Arthur tried to pull shit with him.
If anything I felt more of a familiarity with the Merlin and Arthur of Dragon!Fic than any other story she has written and even then they’re so vastly different.
Oddly enough the Dragon!Merlin seemed to have a bit more of a worldly confidence than the SaPK!Merlin.
SaPK!Merlin is far more reserved than any of the Merlin’s in any universe she has written and it was nice to see him inside of his own head more often than he usually is.
The SaPK!Merlin was also far smarter than the LM!Merlin in certain respects such as his fighting skill and leadership yet not as strong as the leadership Merlin has in Dragon!Fic.
I found it really amusing that SaPK!Merlin was a little technologically retarded when it comes to ships. :D
The SaPK!Arthur seemed a bit more in tune with decision making than Dragon!Arthur. As we all know the LM!Arthur is the leader among leaders in almost every respect and far more in tune with Merlin than any of his other counterparts yet falls short when his insecurities become a problem, his other incarnations deal with their insecurities far better than LM!Arthur ever has.
Yet the confidence each one holds is so different from each version depending on their strengths and weaknesses.
It just blows my mind that I feel like I’m reading a completely new pairing yet feel some form of familiarity through the base character traits every time she writes Merthur, she always stays true to the very core of Merthur.
Most of the time you don’t see Authors that write Merlin and Arthur in a way that adjusts them to the worlds they’re thrown into, they just use the same Arthur and Merlin they always write.
I just can’t with footloose.
And ugh my rambling I’m so sorry but SaPK was just so fucking phenomenal