Title: Make you Blush
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur finds an easier way to make Merlin blush
Word Count: 383
Prompt: #438 - Blush
Author's Notes: I am very rusty, but it is good to be back
Arthur gave up racing his manservant just as they reached the clearing. It was unnecessary to go on, he had achieved his goal already. If anybody had accused him of being a bit mad right then, he would not have been able to defend himself. It made no sense that he kept dragging himself and his manservant to the forest to go hunting in the middle of winter in the bitter cold, when there were no animals around to hunt. Merlin had said so himself, hence the chase.
Maybe he was going mad, because the real reason Arthur kept dragging himself and his manservant to the forest to go hunting in the middle of winter in the bitter cold, when there were no animals around to hunt, was this moment here. This being his manservant's indignant face. More specifically, the lovely rose color on his cheeks because of the cold and the running, stark against his pale skin. This was what was driving Arthur mad, and he just couldn't get enough of it.
Arthur realized he had been staring when Merlin waved his hand in front of his face.
"Are you even listening?" his manservant demanded. Arthur hadn't been, not in the slightest. Merlin frowned again, walking closer.
"Arthur, what is happening to you? You can tell me," Merlin asked, his face growing more concerned. "We have been out hunting three days this week already without even looking for any game. It is so cold, my hands are frozen. There has to be another way to get over whatever is happening to you."
Arthur though was barely listening again. As Merlin walked closer, he couldn't help himself. He raised his hand and before he knew it was touching Merlin's cheek. He gasped as the color immediately became even deeper. He watched, fascinated, as Merlin's face first grew shocked, and then transformed into a beautiful and shy smile.
Arthur couldn't help smiling back. He had found a way to make Merlin blush without having to drag himself and his manservant to the forest to go hunting in the middle of winter in the bitter cold, when there were no animals around to hunt. The new method was most convenient and he was planning to do it as often as he could from now on.