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For nympha_alba's merlinbb_rpf fic, The Waiting That Happens In The Space Between. All artworks in this entry have been embedded into the fic, so you won't miss anything even if you take a detour now! <3

Title: The Waiting That Happens In The Space Between
Artist: mushroomtale
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Bradley x Colin
Warnings: spoilers
Summary: All that was long ago, and when Merlin wraps, Colin finds himself waiting for something that may never happen.
Disclaimer: The title and chapter headers of this story are taken from poems by Richard Siken.
Notes: I'm probably a 'closet shipper' because of all the reasons you don't ship real people, but then how impossibly cute are B and C together? nympha_alba went and borrowed these beautiful, beautiful quotes from Richard Siken to go with her fic -- as if it weren't heartbreaking enough! -- and it wasn't long before images started to flit around in my head. <3

Extras: WIP | outtake | in Chinese (Thanks to speachless_jing for translating / fussing and obliqueo for fussing! <333)

On Tumblr and AO3.

PS. kitty_fic wrote an excellent little micro-drabble to fix my merlin_horror entry Shattered! <3

[Read me!]
Just as Arthur is so broken and completely wrecked with grief, sobbing over Merlin's body and unsure how he'll ever carry on without him, Merlin takes a shuddering breath- a painful gasp of air, filling his lungs, as his heart starts to beat once more. Arthur slumps over his body, hands grasped tightly hold of Merlin's tunic in stark relief.

PS. Do check out obliqueo's entry merlin_horror entry Frost! It's a simple story that she illustrated from top to bottom children's storybook-style, and it stays true to canon but also reads like a Grimm's fairytale -- sort of subtly grotesque, and I feel like there's a moral in there somewhere. Her art is stunning, as usual -- go and give her some love! \o/


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Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
These are all so, so pretty. Perfect throughout the fic as well. I can't even pick a favorite. I love Colin cooking in the cover art, and Bradley's face in the close-up of his intense frown, and Colin on the phone, and the two of them under the blanket, and okay basically all of them. Gorgeous.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:59 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, Hon! *hugs* So glad you thought it worked well with the story. <333
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:16 am (UTC)
Okay where do I start?
They are perfect with the fic in each chapter, both breath taking and heart breaking Q______Q. The paper-like texture works so well, symbols Colin's fragile heart. Finally your illustrations <33333 beautiful! I love the memory scenes, the final when poor Colin is like in a dream (but it's a happy end right? I'm in the middle of reading) and I hope you can also put the outtake in the main post, it's so gorgeous!

I had a lot of fun working with speechless to figure out the scenes and translate the text. We already love this piece and the fic.
Thank you for promoting hon, I'm really appreciate it! I hope with the translation more people would enjoy both your work and the fic!
Nov. 2nd, 2012 07:01 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much, bb! ;3; I was inspired by the quotes so very much, but you know I couldn't have pulled it off without our GSD sessions! OMG, the (non-)life of the fanartist. I hope you're enjoying the story so far, and *whispers* yes, it has a happy end!

OMG, thank you both for taking the time to translate even though it was more troublesome than expected! I really love the Chinese version, it's really romantic but with a beautiful, slightly softer edge. <333

*HUUUGS* Have fun on your vacation and come back soon aaahh! (LOL, you haven't even left yet!)
Nov. 2nd, 2012 09:49 am (UTC)
YOU KILL ME. I love your style, and these gorgeous black and white sketchy, romantic drawings are doing my head in. I can't stop looking at them! The one with Colin in a beanie, staring out, and where they're under a blanket - I WANT TO CRY. I love this so much. SO MUCH <333
Nov. 2nd, 2012 12:57 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much, bb! So glad you like this! (Was afraid I'd underwhelm you with the final draft.) And thank you for leaving comments everywhere! >///< *HUG IT OUT!* <333
Nov. 2nd, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
*thud* I love this art. It's a little different from what I'm used to seeing from you, but so perfect for this story.

OMG, I think I love kitty_fic for giving me a happy ending to Shattered.

*glomps you*
Nov. 2nd, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
Hey, bb! I'm really glad you like it for the story! <333 Yeah, I've been trying all sorts of styles lately! Im curious, what style do you normally expect from me? *O*

Yes, I also thought up a lot of possible scenarios for Shattered but not one had a happy ending! Isn't it seamless though, kitty_fic's head canon! <3

*glomps back!* <333
Nov. 3rd, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, the story and art were awesome together.

This art felt more contemporary/modern. I suck at describing art. I can barely draw stick figures. Also, I typically associate you with a flowing gracefulness that wasn't here.

Yay for trying new styles. I'm doing that with my quilting too and it's so much fun!

kitty_fic provided a character who seemed like he a possibility of redemption whereas the backstory idea I had from you really didn't go there for me. I like happy endings, so I'm thrilled to go with her story:)

Nov. 2nd, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Merlin RPF big bang recs
User marguerite_26 referenced to your post from Merlin RPF big bang recs saying: [...] again. Colin’s ache in this made hurt so good. So well done. With stunning stunning stunning art [...]
Nov. 2nd, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
I know I've said this a million times already, but the art is gorgeous and so so right. I love the sketchy style, their expressions, and I've spent far too much time staring at the cover art.
Thank you for creating these beautiful works for my fic. <3
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, bb! I'm just really lucky that you found me. You're one of my favorite fic writers ever, I wouldn't have dreamed of making any less of an effort. The pleasure is all mine! \*^*/ <333
Nov. 2nd, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC)
Simply beautiful!
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you, bb! <333
Nov. 2nd, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
Oh lord these are beautiful, bb!! I haven't gotten to read this yet but as always, you make me want to!

You have such an amazing way of expressing emotion through your drawing, it's truly a pleasure to behold. So many different emotions here too! I keep scrolling up and down through all these gorgeous drawings and I honestly can't settle on a favourite. Fabulous job, my dear!!

Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so so much, Hon! *hugs* Yeah, I can't really say I have a favorite either... but maybe, for me, it's the "your love like a box," though I suspect it's more because of the quote!

If you like the drawings and quotes, I highly recommend the fic! It's wonderful and heartbreaking. <3
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh my God, you made me all teary eyed here. Those are so wonderful, and the emotions are so palpable in here. Especially in the last one. . . W O W.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you so so much, bb! I really appreciate it! *hugs* <333
Nov. 2nd, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
These are stunning. The emotions come across so strongly I'm in awe. Amazing work.
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much, bb! I'm so glad you like them. <333
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)
I'm crying all over my desk.
Nov. 3rd, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
Biggest compliment ever. Thank you, bb! <333
Nov. 2nd, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Everything is so gorgeous--perfect for the fic. I adore the way you incorporated text in the illustrations. Colin's face is especially well done!!
Nov. 3rd, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, bb! *___* Yaaay I'm glad you like Colin's face! <333
Nov. 2nd, 2012 10:46 pm (UTC)
Exquisitely beautiful art work, my dear - in its own right, and as companion to the fic. The cover image of Colin cooking is, I think, my favourite - but it is all beautifully done, and the overall grungy style is wonderful. ♥
Nov. 3rd, 2012 02:36 am (UTC)
Thank you so so much! *hugs!* I had a tougher time doing the almost-same cover for a second time but it looks like it all paid off. Thank you. <333
Nov. 3rd, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! (as always!)

This story was so lovely and your art fits it so perfectly! Such a wonderful combination!

So much love! *hugs*
Nov. 3rd, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you! *glomps!* Really glad you enjoyed the fic and art together! <333
Nov. 4th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
Haha oops! That was me! I was on my phone and didn't realize I wasn't logged in :D

<3<3<3 *smooches*
Nov. 5th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Aww, it's all right, bb! Thank you again! *is smooched!* <333
Nov. 3rd, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
These are all so beautiful and absolutely perfect for the fic. I have no words, just big heart eyes.
Nov. 3rd, 2012 02:32 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much for your lovely comment, bb! *___* *big heart eyes as well* <333
Nov. 3rd, 2012 03:50 am (UTC)
Ugh, SO GORGEOUS. I just love how you draw Bradley. ♥
Nov. 3rd, 2012 04:23 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, G! So glad you approve of this Bradley. *hugs* <3
Nov. 3rd, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
God, I love Richard Siken. I'm weighed down with this pressure every time I read something of his. And to have your lovely vignettes accompany them? Just perfect. ♥
Nov. 3rd, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
Aww, bb! Thank you so much! *hugs* <333
Nov. 3rd, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
These were gorgeous. I loved the fonts on the printing, too. I think that really adds to the overall look. But the drawings were just lovely.
Nov. 5th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! So glad you approve of the font choice. <333
Nov. 4th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
This artwork was so good I can't really find the words to express it. Here's a few, beautiful, original, the picture that paints a thousand words, perfect. I hope they will do. I'm saving these, I hope thats okay? Thank you, very much.
Nov. 5th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow!
Aww, you're sweet! Thank you for such a lovely comment, bb. *huuugs!* It's perfectly okay. <333
Nov. 6th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
You're killing me slowly with your beautiful art ;o;
Nov. 15th, 2012 04:54 am (UTC)
Aww, bb! *hugs* >///
Nov. 10th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
Your art is absolutely lush, I can't stop staring at it! It fits in so well with the story, and I love how it tells a little story of its own with the words. Beautiful!
Nov. 10th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
Aww! Thank you so so much! *///* That is... such a compliment, thank you. *hugs* <333
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