Pairing: Guinevere "Gwen"/Arthur Pendragon
Fic Title: Take a Beat
Rating/Warning(s): G; set between the second and third series
Genre: Fluff, angst, a little humor
Why This Must Be Read: In this fic, Gwen and Arthur's interactions set a nice precedent for the future -- Gwen provides both a silent, comforting companion and a person with which Arthur can discuss his thoughts with. Their relationship is still in its early stages, but the feelings between them are a warm, gentle haze that surrounds them. A sweet little story.
Fandom Category: Merlin BBC
Pairing: Guinvere "Gwen"/Arthur Pendragon
Fic Title: To Become a Queen (and a King)
Rating/Warning(s): PG; spoilers for Series 3
Genre: Angst, romance
Why This Must Be Read: Gwen and Arthur are steadfast and true to one another in this story, standing fast against Uther's fierce disapproval. The characters are amazingly written, especially Gwen. She remains her proper self in the face of others such as Uther, seemingly all deference, but there is also an element of defiance in her. She loves Arthur and she will not deny it. Arthur too stands up for what he feels, making it clear that he won't abandon Gwen for anyone or anything. Merlin is a great supporting presence for the two lovers. Morgana too makes an appearance, though hers is much more sad, given the changes in her in recent times, but it is still compelling.