Title:Was it worth it?
Character/s:Merlin, Arthur, Percival
Summary:Arthur has finally reached his objective
Prompt: 228.Second chances
Author's Notes:Not betaed
As he British anthem played in the swimming pool, Arthur reflected back at everything that had lead him here, on the highest step of the Olympic podium.
He wanted to thank his parents who had done everything to allow him to pursuit his passion, who had sacrificed their free time to accompany him to the trainings and competitions. He thought about his trainer Gaius who had accompanied him for years, about Leon his training partner.
Arthur had also made personal sacrifices. His teens years weren’t like other’s. When his friends were partying, having fun with their girlfriends, Arthur was training again and again.
Friends… Arthur had lost nearly all of them. The only ones that had stayed were swimmers, too… And Merlin.
Merlin had been Arthur hardest sacrifice but he hadn’t had a choice. He could give Merlin the attention and time he deserved if Arthur wanted to prepare for the Olympics. So it was the best decision to take…
And now that Arthur had reached his objective, he finally could go back to Merlin and tell him how much he had missed him in the last years.
Merlin pushed Percival to lay on the couch as he kept kissing his neck.
“I thought you wanted to watch the Olympics?”
Percival laughed as he cradled Merlin against him, enjoying the kisses and licks.
As Merlin started to grind against him, Percival gave a sided glance at the screen were Arthur Pendragon was swimming. Percival hoped he would win. He had left Merlin for the hope of a medal, it would be sad if he didn’t get it.
Arthur took a deep breath and pushed the doorbell. His heart was beating so fast. He couldn’t wait to see Merlin, to talk to him. He had spent the fly from Rio rehearsing dozens versions of that conversation.
Finally the door opened, revealing a bulky man.
“Oh… Uhm… Hi… Is Merlin living here?” Arthur asked, surprised.
“Yes… You’re Arthur?”
Arthur nodded. So Merlin had told that guy about him?
“I go tell Merlin you’re here.” The man said, not inviting Arthur inside the flat. So Arthur waited again in front of the door.
Merlin’s voice was exactly like in his memories.
Arthur wanted to hug him but the man appeared behind Merlin and put a hand on his shoulder.
“What are you doing here?”
“I… I wanted to talk to you…”
Arthur watched as Merlin looked at the man. He saw the affections in their eyes and he understood.
“I… Sorry, it was a mistake.”
Merlin lay nestled in Percival’s arms in their bed. They were sweaty and hot but they didn’t want to move at the moment.
“Percy… What do you think Arthur wanted to talk about?”
Percival kissed Merlin’s temple. He knew his fiancé was worried about Arthur’s visit in the afternoon. He has seen the crease on his forehead.
“I think he was hoping for a second chance…”
“But… He left me four years ago!”
“I know, Merlin but love makes you dumb sometimes…”
Merlin looked at Percival.
“I love you… Does that make me dumb, then?”
“No, you were already so dumb it didn’t affect you!” Percival joked, earning a slap on his arm.
“Seriously… I can’t imagine how Arthur thought he still had a chance with me after what he did… He chose me over a medal.”
“And I’m quite happy he did it!”
“I think I’m happy, too.”
Percival started to tickle his fiancé until Merlin admitted he was sure to be madly in love with the most wonderful man to walk on Earth.