Title: In the dark – part 7
Rating: R for language
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Will called, the wanker. Merlin wasn’t thrilled.
Word Count: 740
Camelot_drabble Prompt: 412 – Holding hands
Author's Notes: this week is Wonder Woman
Disclaimer: Merlin characters are the property of Shine and BBC. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
It was a mistake. Sitting in the dark, waiting for the movie to start, waiting for film guy to hopefully show up, Merlin should never have answered the phone. And he should have hung up as soon as he heard Will’s voice, his fucking wanker ex, but like the loser he was, he just sat there, listening to Will telling him how Merlin should take him back, that Will only shagged the others because Merlin was so bad in bed and Will needed to get some relief, didn’t he. How Will had forgiven him for leaving and promised to show him how it’s done right. Because Merlin’s mouth was made for fucking and at least he was good at sucking cock. And oh, bring beer when he came by.
Slamming down the phone, of course the case cracked. But by then, the movie had started and there were explosions and firefights and the Nazis getting their asses kicked by Wonder Woman and the Amazons.
It was glorious, watching them defending the island, but Merlin could only keep it in for so long before he started gulping down sobs. Film guy wasn’t there yet, and he didn’t want him to think Merlin any more of a loser than he already was.
So he timed his breathing to loud bangs and darkness, shoving his fist in his mouth to keep people from hearing him. And it worked. No one even looked in his direction.
By the time film guy arrived, Merlin had mostly finished being furious and depressed and was now just numb. He didn’t even react when film guy dropped a bag of popcorn into Merlin’s lap and reached over to share.
“Sorry, I’m late. The meeting lasted longer than I’d hoped. What did I miss?” And the crunch of popcorn was loud in Merlin’s ear.
When Merlin just breathed, didn’t say anything, afraid that if he started, he’d be howling with rage, film guy must have realized something was wrong. He said, “I.. I am sorry. I wish things could be different but I… it’s hard. I hope you can forgive me.”
Pulling himself together, Merlin said, “Not you. My ex called. I’m….” Then his voice caught, a half-sob swallowed by another explosion. “Bloody wanker.”
Film guy seemed to understand. Reaching over, he took Merlin’s hand in his own, and held it against Merlin’s chest. The way they were seated, Merlin felt surrounded, as if film guy was hugging him in sympathy. Into Merlin’s ear, film guy said, “I don’t know you well, but I think your wanker ex was a fool to ever let you go.”
Merlin gave a little laugh, bitter and sad. “You don’t even know what I look like.”
For a moment, film guy was silent. They watched at Wonder Woman argued with Steve about sacrifice and doing what was right. And as Steve flew off into the night, film guy said, “I don’t need to. Sometimes looks can get in the way. Sometimes people only see the façade and not what’s underneath.”
The tension was mounting onscreen. Merlin knew what was about to happen but still he was sniffling, fighting back tears, with the plane blew up and Wonder Woman watched as her world came crashing down.
Film guy sounded like he’d been affected, too. “She loved Steve because he was a brave and honourable man. And that’s more important than looks.”
“Even if he had big ears?” Merlin said.
Film guy gave a little laugh. “Chris Pine does not have big ears but yeah, I think she’d see into his heart and love him for it.” Then film guy gave him a hard squeeze before letting go. “Maybe someday, you’ll find the right person. Better than Will the wanker.”
Credits were rolling, past best boy and a thousand graphic designer names, and Merlin expected film guy to hurry away. When he didn’t, Merlin said, “I only work and go to the movies and well, there doesn’t seem to be a line breaking down my door.”
Film guy whispered into Merlin’s ear. “You never know when a door will open. Be ready when it does.” With that, he squeezed Merlin’s shoulder, then said, “See you next week? Pink Panther is one of my favorites. I think we could both use a good laugh.”
Merlin just nodded. “I’ll be there.”
Film guy seemed to hesitate, then said, “I like your ears.” And then he was gone.