Author: archaeologist_dBy the time they’d rescued Merlin from the ice-filled lake, he’d stopped shivering. His clothes, frozen and stiff, were hellish to remove, and the knights finally had to use knives to saw them off. But with the winter storm swirling snow and sleet, the winds howling, they couldn’t get a fire going. Frozen to the core, his lips turning blue, there was little else they could do but…
Title: Fire and Ice
Character/s: Merlin, the knights
Summary: After Merlin fell in the icy lake, the knights had to do what anyone would, take off their clothes and keep Merlin warm.
Disclaimer: I do not own the BBC version of Merlin; It and Shine do. I am very respectfully borrowing them with no intent to profit. No money has changed hands. No copyright infringement is intended.
Remove their cloaks under a sheltering pine, strip off their own clothes and go skin-to-skin with Merlin huddled under a wealth of wool and bodies. A great mass of heat and flesh, each one in their turn trying to warm him up.
When he started to smile, humming contentedly, his lips turning a sweet pink, his cheeks flushed with something more than warmth, they knew they’d done what they could. If skin was rubbed just so, and there were moans and sticky bits and pleasure, well who was to know.
It was to save his life after all.
And each one of them hoped that next time, they wouldn’t need an excuse.