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Title: Lonely Rivers Flow To The Sea
Author: ekishou
Fandom: Merlin
Pairing(s): Arthur/Merlin
Word Count: 14,677
Summary: When Arthur Pendragon, Earl of Winchester, offers to send his cook to London for much-needed medical treatment, it brings her son Merlin back into his life after ten long years apart. It has been ten years of regret, loss, and pining over what might’ve been had Arthur not chosen to end their relationship with the best of intentions -- intentions that paved the way to terrible heartbreak.

Thinking back to their painful final parting has Arthur resolved to avoid Merlin, but fate has other ideas...

Notes: Many thanks to k_nightfox for the excellent beta and kind encouragement, and to rocknvaughn for always being there for me as I angsted over writing this. Also thank you to everyone who gave input, answered questions, and/or cheered me on. :)

The lovely headers and scene breaks were created by crimsonswirls, with more art to follow in the future.

Link to Art: TBD
Link to Fic: Lonely Rivers Flow To The Sea


What They Deem Thee to Be

Title: What They Deem Thee to Be
Author: cerch
Fandom: Merlin
Pairings: (pre-)Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 31,901
Warnings: Canon typical violence
Summary: When the Old Religion refuses to acknowledge Arthur as the crown prince, his only choice is to go on to a quest to prove his worth. The Lady of the Lake sends him to retrieve the Grail from the legendary castle of the Fisher king, and with him comes Merlin, both a guide and a judge, full of secrets, past hurts and blinding smiles.
Link to AO3: What They Deem Thee to Be
Notes: Once more huge thanks to my wonderful beta sassafrasx! Also, phew, I can't believe I managed to write a fic this long. I hope you enjoy it.


Title: One Summer (To Define Forever)
Author: alley_skywalker
Fandom: War and Peace
Paring(s): Pierre/Anatole, Dolokhov/Anatole
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~10,000
Warning: Canon character death
Summary: Pierre fell in love with Anatole when he was 17. They were still boys then, living a warm, Parisian dream. It was wild and confusing and beautiful. Pierre has changed since then, but the memories haven't.
Note: I'm still editing part 2 of this which will go up in the next couple of days. Part 1 will have a link to part 2.

(One Summer (To Define Forever))
Title: And not one stick stand by another
Fandom: Supernatural
Wordcount: 20,200
Rating: Gen
Warnings: brief depictions of show-level violence. Set post-9.13.

Summary: In late 16th century Scotland, Mary Winchester disappears from the market near her Dalkeith home. Frantic, her husband John scours the countryside for word of her whereabouts, but all he can find are increasingly-disturbing signs that Mary's capture is related to her family's history as Border raiders. Meanwhile, in present-day America, something is targeting and killing hunters. Sheriff Jody Mills knows that Dean Winchester hates witches, but she's running out of people to call.

At AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1496215

Artwork by the lovely and very patient amberdreams; art master post is here
Title: True Heart of Wexford
Author: rotrude
Artist: mella68
Fandom: Merlin
Pairings: Merlin/Arthur
Word Count: 21,000
Warnings: War, violence, mention of off-scene massacres, sex while feverish with pre-established partner.
Summary: Wexford, 1798, Merlin is the Catholic groundskeeper on the manor belonging to Anglo-Irish aristocrat Arthur Pendragon, scion of a generation of absentee lords. While Merlin's day job entails looking after Arthur's property, he's also involved with the United Irishmen, whose object is to unite the people of Ireland against the English. Political upheaval is about to plunge the country into turmoil. In the midst of all this stands Arthur Pendragon, who's become Merlin's staunch friend in spite of everything that divides them: faith, class, position, and obligation.
Link to art: Art for Rotrude's Historical BB
Link to fic:True Heart of Wexford
Notes: this was kindly beta's by the lovely argentsleeper. With many thanks tooflittleuse for the historical consult on the ending. Many thanks to mella68 for the lovely, period evoking art.


ADMIN: Posting dates claims

Posting in this big bang will commence on April 15. Since we have only 8 writers (writers with no artists, I will be contacting you shortly about doing your art for you, no worries!), I'd like for there to be a posting of a single story a day.

This means that April 15-23, a story will be posted. This will be a first come, first serve basis so get in the date you want to post as soon as you can.

If you do not think you will be ready to post on any of those days, please contact me ASAP and we can work something out.

I also apologize for taking so long to post this. I meant to post it on time, but there is some serious craziness in my life and the dates have been speeding by faster than I'd like. :/

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Rough Drafts Due

Rough drafts for your stories are now due. Please send them to me at historicalbigbang (at) gmail (dot) com.

Please let me know if you have an artist and if they have been in touch when you send your email. Two of the stories were JUST claimed so you might be paired. I need to send that info to writer and artist. For the others, I will try to scramble up an artist in the next week. If I can not, I will do artwork for you. :)

The post for picking a posting-date will go up around March 29. Posting will officially begin on April 15.

ROUND 3: Artist's Claim Post

Below are the current story summaries. Please copy and paste the following information into your comment to claim the summary you wish to work on. As stories are claimed, they will have a strikethrough added showing they are claimed and I will ensure that writers and artists are given one another's contact information.

If you were pre-paired with an artist due to request, your summary is still here but automatically struck through. If I *missed* a pre-pairing, please let me know so I can strike that through.

If you know any artists that may want to participate, please send them our way. They can sign up at the artist sign-up post merely so I have their contact info and I can pair people up when art is claimed.

Also- if you go back to the summaries post and see yours is gone, that's because I deleted the comments as I added them to this post. So if there is a problem with the summary listed because of something I did or you need to add to it, just send me a PM and let me know what summary number it is and what you need change.

ETA: If you are a writer who has still not turned in a summary, please don't despair. Just add it to the Summaries post, and I will add the summaries to the claims.


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ADMIN: Art claims post will go up tomorrow

I am sincerely sorry for not getting the art claims post up last weekend. With the crazy weather, it's screwed with my work schedule, my homework schedule, and my health- which has cut into my free time to get the artist claim post up for stories. Due to this, all deadlines will be extended by a week and the claims' post will be up tomorrow (2/17).