Title: They do
Summary: Arthur comes out. But his friends don’t react the way he expected
Word Count: 279
Thanks: To the wonderful issy5209 for the beta. Where would the boys be without you?
Arthur blinked and threw his friends irritated looks. He had made the biggest announcement of his life and after a moment of what he figured was stunned silence, they all just burst out laughing.
“What’s so funny?” He didn’t get it, this wasn’t some kind of joke.
“You.” Gwaine burst out laughing again, slapping his thigh.
“Me? I finally came out to you and you’re laughing?” He threw Merlin a look, but his secret boyfriend just smiled while everyone around them were shaken with new bursts of laughter.
Morgana at least had the decency to try to contain her giggles as she got up and put a hand on Arthur’s arm. “Oh, Arthur,” she grinned, “we’re all just relieved.”
“Relieved?” This was getting stranger by the second.
His sister shook her head. “Of course, dummy. When you called us here tonight because you had ‘something very important to tell us’, we thought you were dying or very sick or had decided to leave the country forever.”
Arthur frowned. If that was what they thought…but why was it so funny that it turned out to him being gay?
Gwaine was still laughing, while Percy hiccupped some chuckles and Leon was wiping the tears of laughter from the corners of his eyes. Gwen looked at him with a fond grin and Lance shook his head slightly, chuckling into his fist.
Merlin shoved his chair back, came over, slipped his arm around Arthur’s waist and nuzzled Arthur’s cheek.
“Merlin!” A urgent hushed whisper. “They don’t know about us either!”
Merlin just smiled and pressed a quick kiss on Arthur’s cheek as the giggles around them erupted anew. “Oh, I think they do.”