Title: An Extra Kiss
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin, Gwen
Summary: Merlin ends his txts with a hug and kisses, but not for everyone
Word Count: 572
Prompt: #20 Kissing
Author's Notes: This is me taking a break from the usual series for a bit of fluffy fun :P
The gang was waiting at the local pub for Merlin, who was late yet again. When Gwen’s phone went off, Arthur lent over her shoulder to see if it was from Merlin. As it turned out, it was and the twit was still another five to ten minutes away. Arthur also noticed there was one less kiss at the end of the message then what Merlin usually the txts he sent to him.
At first, the way Merlin had ended his messages had bugged Arthur. It had made him feel uncomfortable but he had gotten used to it and now it was just normal Merlin. If those three letters, xox, weren't at the end of the txt, Merlin was most likely angry or disappointed with him for some reason or another… or it was just someone else using Merlin's phone (Gwaine usually).
Arthur had gotten so used to the way Merlin ended his messages that he found he frowned when the hug and kisses weren't there. Sometimes he would even worry about what he might have done wrong.
But why was an extra kiss on his messages?
“Does Merlin usually end his messages to you like that?” Arthur questioned Gwen.
“Most of the time,” Gwen replied, looking at him suspiciously. “Why?”
“No reason,” he answered nonchalantly. She gave him a weary smile and then went back to her drink and talking to Lance.
Arthur turned to his other friends. “Hey. Leon, Percy, Gwaine. Can I have a look at your phones for a second?”
None of them questioned him, they just handed the phones over. Arthur checked their messages from Merlin. They were the same as Gwen’s, just one kiss and one hug (although Gwaine got the occasional extra hug).
He handed his friend’s phones back and was lost to the noise of the bar and his own thoughts, trying to think of the plausible reason for Merlin always sending him two kisses.
“Hey guys, sorry I’m late.”
Merlin’s voice brought Arthur out of his own head. Arthur watched the way he interacted with everyone, saying his hello with the usual hug or pat on the back. Thinking back, Arthur noticed Merlin tended to leaving saying hello to him last and tonight wasn’t any different.
After their usual, slightly awkward hug, Arthur asked, “Can I talk to you for a minute?” He motioned Merlin to follow him to the end of the bar.
As soon as Merlin sat down, he cut right to the chase. “Why do you put an extra kiss at the end of the text messages you send me?”
Merlin blushed a little. “I thought you’d never figure it out.”
“Well,” said Arthur, getting impatient.
“Well… the usual hug and kiss is just for friends, but the extra x,” Merlin paused that didn’t happen often. He seemed to be thinking about how to word his answer, which wasn’t like him. “The extra kiss is because I’ve wanted to do it for real but didn’t think you feel the same, so I settled for an extra virtual one.”
Arthur just smiled and shook his head. Before Merlin could say another word, he was kissing the adorable man’s lips. He could hear woof whistles coming from the loud pub crowd and he was sure one of them was Gwaine’s, but he didn’t care. Merlin was kissing him back, almost falling off his chair as he did, and the rest was history.