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13 April 2021 @ 05:42 pm
Not Absent  
Author: ajsrandom
Title: Not Absent
Rating: G
Pairing/s: none
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: When Merlin doesn't respond to Arthur, he goes to see what's wrong.
Warnings: none
Word Count: 205
Prompt: 454, Absent
Author's Notes: Canon Era
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“Merlin, come over here and wipe up this spill,” Arthur said.

Merlin didn’t pause in his gathering of Arthur’s laundry.

“Merlin, wipe up this spill.”

Merlin still acted like he hadn’t heard Arthur, who was tapped his fingers on the table.

“Merlin!” Arthur got up from the table and walked over to Merlin, turning him around roughly. “Is your mind absent today?”

Merlin’s head hung down, and as Arthur looked closer, he saw tears running down his face. “Merlin,” he said, “what’s wrong?”

Merlin wiped his eyes and looked at Arthur. “It’s Gaius. He’s seriously ill and I couldn’t find anyone to stay with him.”

“Merlin, why didn’t you tell me this earlier?”

“You were in a bad mood when I woke you and I thought you’d just snap at me.”

“I’m sorry I gave you that impression. If Gaius is ill, we must see to him immediately,” Arthur said.

“Thank you, Arthur. Wait, did you just say we?”

“I did.” Arthur began to walk toward the doors. “Let’s go.”

“I really appreciate this, Arthur.”

“Oh, I’ll get it out of you sooner or later, don’t worry.”

“And I thought you were being nice.”

“Don’t let that get around.”

Merlin grinned. “Don’t worry, I won’t.”
 
 
addie71: Arthuraddie71 on April 14th, 2021 12:43 am (UTC)
Silly Merlin. He should have known that Arthur wouldn't make him attend to him if Gaius needed him. This is sweet. :)
ajsrandomajsrandom on April 14th, 2021 02:50 am (UTC)
Yeah, he really should have known better. Thanks! :)
Gilliangilli_ann on April 14th, 2021 01:31 pm (UTC)
Nice little slice of life! I hope Gaius is OK.
ajsrandomajsrandom on April 14th, 2021 08:02 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he's going to be just fine. :) Thanks!
Juni (oestentia)oestentia on April 14th, 2021 07:57 pm (UTC)
Ahahaha, I love their banter. I love how emotional Merlin is and how understanding Arthur is being for both Merlin and Gaius. This was beautiful, I loved it very much!
ajsrandomajsrandom on April 14th, 2021 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your comment! :)
archaeologist_darchaeologist_d on April 16th, 2021 07:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, that was so sweet of ARthur to let Merlin go see Gaius. Great job.
ajsrandomajsrandom on April 16th, 2021 09:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you. And yes, Arthur can be sweet sometimes, LOL! :)