Title: Coming back
Word count: 285
Summary: Arthur and Merlin are up way too early
Author’s notes: Not beta’d. Yay! What else is new?
Arthur stood at the coffee maker in the kitchen and listened to the gurgling sounds, his eyes still half closed, him still being half asleep. He heard Merlin enter the kitchen and smiled when he stepped up behind him, wrapped his arms around his middle and nuzzled into his neck.
“Oh, grumpy at this time of day?” Merlin smiled and pressed a kiss on his t-shirt-clad shoulder.
“It’s not even a time of day yet.” 4:30 am wasn’t a time. Nowhere. By no means. Especially not a time of day.
“But we are up for a good reason.” Merlin whispered and ran the tip of his nose along the rim of his ear.
Arthur shivered. “I know. But why did he have to take the plane that is the first to arrive?” He yawned and put another cup underneath the coffee maker – the only kitchen appliance he could operate without accidents. “How do you want your coffee today?”
Merlin leaned his forehead onto his shoulder for a moment and then straightened up. “Black. No milk, no sugar.”
“Pure caffeine in an IV?” Arthur suggested as he pressed the right buttons.
“Something like that.” Merlin laughed and let go to get some place mats and then slunk into one of the chairs at the tiny table in their kitchen.
Arthur put the mug in front of him, took his own mug and sat down, too. He was too tired to talk and yet he knew he needed to wake up to drive to the airport. “Do we know which gate Gwaine’s plane is going to be at?”
Merlin sipped his coffee and shrugged. “We’ve got enough time to find out once we’re there.”