Title: Sitting in the dark part 2
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Where was film guy? Merlin’s watching a movie and he’s nowhere in sight.
Word Count: 662
Camelot_drabble Prompt: 404: "I daren't stay long. I just had to see you."
Author's Notes: none
Disclaimer: Merlin characters are the property of Shine and BBC. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Film guy wasn’t there when Merlin arrived to see Dumb and Dumber 12. In fact, no one was except Merlin, but that was to be expected. It wasn’t, after all, Oscar material, just silliness that he could watch without thinking.
But Merlin couldn’t help but be disappointed. He’d been looking forward to seeing or maybe not-seeing but talking to film guy all week. He’d even worn his best shirt, combed his hair – which he hadn’t done properly since Will left, and cleaned up as best he could.
Merlin knew he’d never be handsome, the ears made that clear, but he thought that maybe, just maybe the person he was inside would be enough for someone new.
But as the film started and it was clear film guy wasn’t coming, Merlin tried to put his disappointment aside and settled down to watch stupidity in motion.
It wasn’t until the second action scene, lots of cars flipping and explosions everywhere, that a voice behind him said, "I daren't stay long. I just had to see you."
Merlin froze. He didn’t dare turn around, but he could feel film guy’s warmth against his neck and shoulders, almost as he was wrapping himself around Merlin. But it was just Merlin’s imagination. There was no touch, no press of one body against another, nothing but the sound of his own breathing.
“Haven’t missed much. They reused explosions from Dumber 10, and oh, there’s one from 8. And wow, one from 3, too,” Merlin shouted, over the ear-blowing noise.
There was a laugh behind him. “A connoisseur, I see.”
“Just a fan of films. And a pretty good memory.” Merlin wanted desperately to turn around, but instead he munched on some popcorn. Then thinking better of it, he shoved the bucket next to his head. “Want some? It’s not bad this time.”
The hand that reached over had fine blonde hairs on it, and a ring on his thumb, gold with a silver center, expensive but elegant, too. His fingers grabbed a few pieces, then a moment later, Merlin heard a crunch. “Thanks, I’ve not eaten yet.”
Somehow that made Merlin brave. “There’s a pizza place next door. I’m….”
Film guy must have known what he was going to say. "Can’t. I’m not supposed to be here at all. I’ve an assignment and I’m running late, but Emma is coming next week.”
For a moment, Merlin didn’t understand what he was saying, since he had no idea who Emma was. Then he realized film guy was talking about the movie. Taking a deep breath, Merlin said, “I’m planning on seeing it Sunday afternoon. Never turn down a chance to see a Jane Austin film. She was great with sarcasm.”
“And always a happy ending. Unlike reality.” Film guy sounded sad at that. “I wonder what she’d have written now.”
“Not movies with explosions.” Merlin thought about it a second, then decided to go full steam ahead. It’s not like film guy was invested or anything. “I think she’d write gay romances. With happy endings.”
For a moment, Merlin thought he’d gone too far. After all, he knew absolutely nothing about the man breathing against Merlin’s neck.
But then there was a little laugh as film guy said, “Pride and Prejudice and Porn?”
With that, Merlin’s heart started beating again. He hadn’t scared film guy off. Feeling a bit braver, Merlin said, “Sense and Sensibility and Seduction? Persuasion or high-jinks on the high seas?”
“All those seaman walking up and down the rolling ship, all that bumping and grinding and … look, I have to go. See you Sunday?”
Film guy sounded unhappy but at least he wanted to see or rather be near Merlin again.
“I’ll be here.” Merlin said.
“So will I.” Said film guy.
And with another explosion blasting out of the speakers, Merlin didn’t hear film guy walk away. But the theatre turned cold, and Merlin was alone.
Until Sunday. And hopefully a happy ending.