Title: Punishment For An Assumption
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin and Gwaine/Unknown Female
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin, Gwaine
Summary: Arthur sees something that makes him jump to the wrong conclusion.
Warnings: brief crossdressing at the end but nothing else really
Word Count: 487
Author's Notes: This bunny bit hard... sorry about any weirdness.
Arthur had seen them. He’d watched with his own two eyes, as they’d embraced. His heart had been torn apart at the betrayal…
Gwaine… he wanted so badly to put his hands around the man’s throat. He was supposed to be a friend but instead, he’d gone and stabbed Arthur in the back. Arthur found his fist connecting with his bedroom wall instead. He struggled to hold the tears back.
That’s when Merlin came bursting through the door. He was all smiles and it made Arthur even angrier. How could he just act like nothing was going on?
“Arthur you’ll never guess who I ran into earlier?”
Arthur turned to face his lover with a morose look upon his face.
“I know… Gwaine… I saw the two of you together downstairs.” He said in a sober tone.
Merlin didn’t seem to notice Arthur’s testy mood. Instead, he rushed headlong into a story about Gwaine’s latest travels and how the man had supposedly met some young woman. Arthur was only half listening as his mind swirled with Merlin’s betrayal and lies.
“It’s wonderful isn’t it?” Merlin suddenly asked him, bringing back his attention.
“Of course… wonderful.” He mumbled.
“Arthur, have you even been listening to me?” Merlin said as he wrapped his arms around his boyfriend’s neck.
Arthur allowed the embrace up until Merlin began nuzzling against his neck, and then he’d had enough. He pulled the man’s arms from around him and backed away.
“Arthur, what’s wrong?” Merlin asked hesitantly.
“I said I saw you.”
Arthur’s voice was cold and distant as he spoke and he saw the look of worry on Merlin’s face.
“I know, you said that. What I don’t understand is why your acting so moody over Gwaine getting married.” Merlin replied.
Arthur could feel a heated flush spread across his face. The realization of what he’d assumed and what had really happened hit him in a cold wave.
“Oh god, Merlin, I’m so sorry.”
Arthur moved toward Merlin but now it was Merlin who moved away.
“Wait a minute… you thought… that Gwaine and I were…”
Arthur never gave him a chance to finish his sentences. His lips were seeking out the dark haired wizard’s as he tried hard to make up for the mistake he’d made.
“Listen, I said I was sorry. Can we just forget about this? I’ll do anything you want…”
That last mantra was whispered desperately into Merlin’s ear and it was what finally made him give in.
Arthur had never felt such embarrassment in all his life. He pressed his arms tightly against his chest as he walked through the throng of laughing, pointing knights. He wanted to kill Merlin but then again, he really did deserve this for doubting the man in the first place. He just wished Morgana’s dress covered him a little bit better and that his men weren’t enjoying his humiliation quite so well…