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18 July 2017 @ 10:04 pm
Potential happiness  
Author: aeris444
Title:Potential Love
Pairing/s:Merlin/Gwaine, one-sided Arthur/Merlin
Character/s:Arthur, Merlin, Gwaine
Summary:Arthur receives a letter
Word Count:257
Prompt:271. Potential
Author's Notes:Not betaed. Follows Clean up your mess

Arthur looked at the satin white envelope with his name carefully calligraphed. He knew what was inside. Though, he wasn’t sure he was ready to open it… Open it would mean the end of his foolish hopes, the end of the possible scenarios he kept imagining.

Not opening it wasn’t a solution neither and Arthur knew that. He had to face the reality, to accept his chance had passed. Gwaine had been right when he had confronted him three years ago. He had been an idiot.

It was too late, though, to change anything… His dreams of happiness with Merlin had been shattered by none other than himself.

Arthur finally opened the envelope and held his breath as he read the wedding invitation.

My Invitation.jpeg

That was it, then. In less than three months, Gwaine and Merlin will be married. At first, Arthur hadn’t believed Gwaine would succeed in seducing Merlin but the man had been patient enough. He had been the perfect friends for month, never pressuring Merlin, never letting his feelings show, respecting Merlin’s hurt. He had been there, though, always a reassuring presence, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen.

In the end, eight months after Arthur had ended things with Merlin, Gwaine had finally won. It had even been Merlin that made the first move.

Arthur couldn’t be angry, he had no right to.

Arthur put the invitation back into the envelope. He didn’t want to go. He didn’t want to see, from his own eyes, his potential happiness being reduced to ashes.

moonflower999moonflower999 on July 18th, 2017 08:42 pm (UTC)
So heartbreaking
...and yet happy too...because...Merlin and Gwaine is another favorite of mine. Oh Arthur...foolish, foolish Arthur. I love the invitation!
archaeologist_d: Merlin and Arthurarchaeologist_d on July 18th, 2017 10:11 pm (UTC)
I feel badly for Arthur but it's his own damned fault! I love the invitation.
travelingmystictravelingmystic on July 18th, 2017 10:19 pm (UTC)
Oh god, I feel so terrible for Arthur! :(

And also happy for Merlin and Gwaine. Very cute fic, and I love the invitation!
fifty-fifty.dreamwidth.orgfifty-fifty.dreamwidth.org on July 18th, 2017 10:45 pm (UTC)
Ahh, Arthur! What have you done! On the other hand, it was definitely of his own making and I hope Merlin is able to have a happily ever after with Gwaine who truly deserves him.
ajsrandomajsrandom on July 19th, 2017 12:09 am (UTC)
Well, Arthur made his own bed there, didn't he? It's a lovely invitation you made there! :)
Fitz: LxG by staypeefractionallyfox on July 20th, 2017 07:09 am (UTC)
That's so sad for Arthur, especially since he knows exactly where he went wrong. His regret is palpable. Merlin's and Gwaine's happy day will likely go on without him. Although it's a very nice invitation. :)