Title: Significant Events
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur surprises Merlin to celebrate the happiest day of his life.
Word Count: 647
Prompt: #51 Anniversary
Author's Notes: Thought I would go with something a bit fluffy for a change.
Arthur had proposed two and a half months ago and the engagement party had been a week ago. Everyone had asked him at least once if they had set a date yet, to which he usually responded “Not yet” or “Not for a while.” They weren’t in any rush, or at least he wasn’t.
Arthur was quite sure Merlin was enjoying all the excitement around being engaged to the ‘man of his dreams’, as Arthur had overheard himself being described on more than one occasion. Merlin had probably almost forgotten that there was more to come, since engagement was the precursor to marriage.
It was a Thursday night, which generally meant Arthur was home from work early and Merlin was no doubt going to be late.
Characteristic of precedent, it was nearly eight o’clock before Merlin made it through the door to their home and was surprised to find it in darkness.
He walked across the dark living room and then into the kitchen, where he turned on the light. The benches and sink were clean and the dishes from the previous night had been put away. There was no note on the bench.
Merlin walked out of the kitchen and into their bedroom. Arthur was known to retire quite early on occasions, but he wasn’t there either.
Merlin was heading for the bathroom when he saw a flicker of light come from the back dining room they hardly ever used.
“Arthur?” he called experimentally. The sound was absorbed by the walls. He waited a few seconds but there was no reply. Probably just my imagination.
He went into the bathroom, relieved himself and ponded where Arthur might be as he washed his hands. He was sure there was nothing written in his diary.
He dried his hands before pulling his phone from his pocket to double check the date. May 9th. No, it can’t be the ninth already. …
Merlin quickly walked out of the bathroom and stood in the hallway facing the back room of the house. He didn’t have to wait long before he saw the flicker of light again and a smile spread across his face. He tucked his phone back into his pocket and began to take slow steps towards the dining room.
He rounded the corner to find the light coming from the flickering flames of numerous candles on the dining table and around the room. The table was set for two and there were two large covered pots sitting on the wooden blocks in the middle of the table next to the place settings.
Arthur was sitting on the far side, enjoying the look of surprise and happiness on Merlin’s face.
As Merlin began to walk over to Arthur, he pushed his chair back from the table and stood up, letting his happiness spread across his face as well. When he was less than a metre away, Merlin put his arms out and Arthur allowed himself to be embraced, returning the warm hug by wrapping his own arm around Merlin’s lean torso.
“I love you,” Merlin said.
“I love you too,” Arthur replied. “Happy Anniversary.”
Merlin pulled back a little from the tight embrace to look at Arthur’s face. “Thank you,” he said lightly kissing him on the lips. “You should have told me to be home early.”
“But, if you had have been home earlier, I wouldn’t have had time to do all this,” Arthur said, kissing Merlin again. “I haven’t been waiting long.”
“So what is in the pots?” Merlin asked.
“Spaghetti and bolognese sauce.”
“Just like on our first date.” Merlin hugged Arthur tighter and planted his lips on the other man’s passionately. Arthur eagerly returned the kiss.
When they both finally pulled back to come up for air, Arthur said, “Well, it is the anniversary of our first date, plus it is also easy to cook.”