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And no, I am not talking about the fifth anniversary of the Merlin pilot (though yay for that too!)

Today is the day of the gorgeousest, most talented and loveliest [ profile] alby_mangroves birth.

This was a great year in many ways: I had the opportunity to meet Bradley and the knights (and lost my mind over Bradley more than ever), I saw the most luminescent Colin Morgan on stage in London and met some really wonderful fangirls. As a result of going to Supanova, I had the pleasure of welcoming Alby into my home, squeeing with her over Merlin fanvids and episodes and clutching at her when the most splendiferous sight walked past us whilst waiting in the photos queue.

I count myself lucky to have gotten to know Alby so well this year. I can't imagine fandom without her: her talent is astounding and I'm so looking forward to working with her on our special sekrit project (eeeeeeeeeeeeeee.)

Mroe than that, though, I am proud and grateful that Alby is my friend. She is kind and loving and hilarious and such an amazing, positive force in my life.

And I will stop going on, because I know she'll be yelling STAHPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP at her computer screen.

I was hoping to get the fic I have been working on for you done, Alby, but as you know the old muse is not behaving this week, so instead I'm posting three drabbles based on the prompts you gave me.

Bradley/Colin: spicy food, beanie, (the colour) orange

Colin takes him to this trendy Indian restaurant in Camden the day he gets back: it’s all vegan, sustainable, macrobiotic crap which Bradley hates. It doesn’t taste like food at all. But he doesn’t complain even though all he wants is a juicy steak, a fried egg and some of those thick, greasy chips to drag through the yellow-orangey yolk.

Instead, he sits there, eating mung bean korma or whatever and staring at Colin, his eyes bright and smiling, beanie pulled down over his ears.

He catches Bradley staring and nudges him, trainer sneaking under the leg of his jeans.

Bradley/Colin: email, cold, loneliness

The heating goes down one Saturday in November. Colin takes to wearing an extra pullover to compensate for the biting chill, so unforgiving that his bones ache with it. He can almost hear that familiar voice, telling him it’d be much more pleasant if he wasn’t such a malnourished waif.

He sits in front of his laptop and opens the most recent email, entitled ten facts about the Irish you never wanted to know but I’ll tell you anyway.

Colin hits reply, drinks his peppermint tea and stares at the blank email for hours before he types: I miss you.

Bradley/Colin: dawn, music, remembering

They stay up talking all night, that last night in Wales. It’s weird, surreal and Bradley can’t believe that on Monday he’ll wake up and he won’t be Arthur anymore. Won’t be going to work and throwing on heavy chainmail and waving a sword around possibly ever again.

The bottle of tequila’s almost empty when Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart comes up on Bradley’s iTunes.

“Do you remember—?” Colin asks.

Bradley doesn’t answer. He just nods and closes his eyes, surrenders himself to the memory of Colin’s hands on his skin and his voice curling around his ears.

Also, Alby, bc I looooove you. Have some of my favourite Bradley/Arthur pics :DDDD

This picspam is NOT DIAL-UP FRIENDLY (Remember that? LOL)

Date: 2013-09-20 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Can I just glom on here, point up, and say "what she said"?

<3 <3 <3 [ profile] alby_mangroves.

Also, so happy to finally be properly acquainted, [ profile] nu_breed :D

Also also, holy crap. Those drabbles are FANTASTIC. (Sorry, I was distracted before.)

Picspam is amazing. YOU are amazing. <3
Edited Date: 2013-09-20 10:59 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-09-20 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! She really IS amazing, and the drabbles!! THOSE FUCKING DRABBLES ARE PERFECT, EVER SINGLE ONE <333

Date: 2013-09-20 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG, those drabbles. Gah. All the tension, love, everything. It's all in there. So sexy and PERFECT.

Date: 2013-09-21 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much, Jela! Glad you liked :)

Date: 2013-09-21 03:07 am (UTC)
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Date: 2013-09-20 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]





ETA: tHANK YOU so much. i am in a glass case of emotion right now. thank you for the drabbles, for the post, for being my friend, for being a wonderful, true and loyal person and for being you. THANK YOU <33333333333
Edited Date: 2013-09-20 10:47 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-09-21 03:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I'm so pleased you liked the drabbles and the picspam. I love you very much, darling.

Also, you made me all wibbly! And obviously, right back atcha


Date: 2013-09-20 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

(and yes to all the love for [ profile] alby_mangroves)

Date: 2013-09-20 11:41 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2013-09-21 03:09 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-09-21 02:36 am (UTC)
clawdine: (Dragon twins)
From: [personal profile] clawdine
(ngl, I got a tear in my eye.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY [ profile] alby_mangroves!!!!!

Date: 2013-09-21 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nawwwwwwwwww. Glad you enjoyed my soppy ramblings, bb.

Date: 2013-09-21 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Loveliest drabbles and UNF...such gorgeous and heartfelt Bradley all over the place! And all for the loveliest of lovelies, Alby!! Everything about this makes my heart squishy.

<3 <3 <3

Date: 2013-09-21 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awwww, thanks honey. Glad you liked :DDD

Date: 2013-09-21 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Lovely drabbles, dude <3333

Bradley ;_____________;

Date: 2013-09-22 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, hon :)

Date: 2013-09-21 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The drabbles are divine! Loved every one <3

Awesome picspam is awesome and no one deserves this wonderful birthday post more than Alby <3

Happy Birthday Alby!!


Date: 2013-09-22 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks so much!

Date: 2013-09-21 06:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Drabbles are beautiful!

And so is Bradley...


Date: 2013-09-22 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aw, thanks Ma'am. :D

And yes, yes he is indeed.

Date: 2013-09-21 08:41 am (UTC)
kathyh: (Kathyh Merlin BJ1)
From: [personal profile] kathyh
Absolutely gorgeous drabbles and a droolworthy picspam.

Happy Birthday Alby indeed :)

Date: 2013-09-22 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Kathy. Glad you enjoyed :D
Edited Date: 2013-09-22 08:34 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-09-21 12:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Argh... Bradley gifs, ALBY'S birthday, awesome drabbles, feels for Merlin Anniversary ..!!
It's all too much!!

Date: 2013-09-22 08:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
SO MANY FEELS TODAYYYYY. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed :D

Date: 2013-09-21 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
So much <33333 for your B/C drabbles! What's funny for me is that just as my desire for M/A fic hasn't waned since the finale, neither has my need for 'Brolin' rpf. I love both ships more than ever if that's possible.

And now I will go back to staring at all the lovely pics you posted of Mr Bradley James, and probably lose the rest of my morning to it.

Date: 2013-09-22 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh me too! I am so obsessed with both ships - definitely feel my love has been rekindled and then some.

Thanks for letting me know you liked.

Date: 2013-09-21 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Loved the drabbles.There aren't nearly enough B/C stories any more but these were great.

Yes alby_mangroves has amazing talent - and a happy birthday to her.

Loved the picspam!

Date: 2013-09-22 08:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks very much!

Date: 2013-09-21 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2013-09-22 08:36 am (UTC)

Date: 2013-10-17 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
late comment is late buuuuuut thank you for the picspam (followed alby's link) AND the drabbles were glorious. it's been a while since i've read a drabble, let alone a good one, and there were THREE here. dang. thank you!


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