Title: Fire and Ice Part 2
Pairing/s: Merlin/knights, Merlin/Arthur
Character/s: Merlin, Leon, Percy, Elyan, Lancelot, Arthur
Summary: After Merlin fell in the icy lake, the knights had to do what anyone would, take off their clothes and keep Merlin warm. Now days later, Arthur is starting to notice a few things.
Author's Notes: I thought it needed more shivering. I hadn't planned on writing more but Merlin had other ideas.
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
After that, Merlin would shiver at the slightest touch, Percival ruffling his hair, Gwaine leaning in, whispering nonsense into his ear, Leon gripping Merlin’s arm after a long day of training, Elyan dragging fingertips across Merlin’s neck as they passed in the hallway, even Lancelot bumping shoulders with him, sending Merlin that secret satisfied smile.
Arthur didn’t know. No one had dared mention what had happened that awful, wonderful day to him.
But Merlin could see that Arthur watching the knights, then looking to Merlin for his reaction, seeing Merlin’s slight shiver and the hunger in his eyes and frowning at the knights when it turned heated.
Arthur started to send Merlin on errands far from lingering looks and soft caresses. He gave the knights extra training, leaving them too exhausted to even think about want or lust or anything but sleep. And instead, it was Arthur whose touch lingered, Arthur who bumped shoulders or ruffled hair, Arthur who crowded out everyone else in Merlin’s path.
It was Arthur who made Merlin shiver.
Merlin could only hope that some day Arthur would shiver back.
I wrote a whole lot more but it was pretty pornographic so I've just put it on AO3. Fire and Ice