Characters: Merlin, Gwaine
Summary: Merlin and Gwaine decide to get a couples tattoo.
Word Count: 448
Prompt: 372, July Monthly Bingo; tattoos
In the end, neither could quite remember whose idea it was to get a couples tattoo, but it didn’t really matter. Gwaine and Merlin sat in the lobby of the tattoo parlor and flicked through the albums of examples. Nothing was catching their interest. Oh, there were plenty of couples tattoos in the books, but they were all bland and boring. All hearts and romance. Merlin pushed the book he was looking at away and groaned. “We’re never going to find something interesting.”
“Maybe if you tell me what your interests are, I might be able to come up with something.” The owner of the shop was being extremely patient with the couple. He was used to this, though. People wanted a tattoo, but they didn’t always have a clear picture in their minds. He had decided long ago that part of his job was guiding his clients to the right tattoo for them.
Gwaine shrugged. “I’m into sports and he’s into the arts. Don’t really know how we’ve managed to stay together so long, actually.”
“That’s not true. We have a lot in common, Gwaine.” Merlin shook his head. “We both love torturing Arthur, for one.”
Gwaine chuckled. “Yeah. It is fun. And we both like most of the same movies and books. Except for your regrettable obsession with Disney films.”
Merlin scoffed. Gwaine made a big show of not liking the movies he and Gwen had made the man catch up on, but Merlin had caught him humming some of the songs. He even went to all the new ones with Merlin without complaining overly much. Besides, Merlin had looked at Gwaine’s heavy rotation list on his music player, and there was a nice, long list of Disney tunes. “At least you admit to liking Harry Potter, even if you refuse to acknowledge your secret love of Disney.”
Gwaine just grinned at Merlin. “Hey, Harry Potter is cool. We grew up with it. I’d be Sirius and you’re definitely Remus.”
“Well, Sirius was kinda mental at the end, so I guess that fits.”
The tattoo artist snorted. “Let me grab a different book. We have one whole one devoted to geeky ink. Sounds like that might be more your speed.”
When he came back with the thick album, it only took the two of them a few minutes to pick out an idea for their matching tattoos. That night, they were happy to show them off to their friends. Gwaine had “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” in a scroll with disappearing footprints across his heart; while Merlin had “Mischief managed” in the same scroll and footprint design tattooed over his heart.