Title: Just in Time for Holidays
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur, Gwaine (mention)
Summary: It's the last day of school before the holidays and yet the term's surprises don't appear to be over for Arthur.
Word Count: 353
Prompt: #89 Holidays
Author's Notes: Thanks to witty_teacup for the beta!! Hope you like it :)
They stood apart from each other in the alleyway between the two school buildings, Merlin awkwardly scuffing his shoes across the ground, Arthur trying to make eye contact, to get his friend to answer his question.
“Why didn't you tell me?” he asked again and Merlin bit his lower lip, clearly weighing up his options – to speak or not to speak.
“It was … I was trying to find the right moment,” he said with a shrug.
“Oh, and Gwaine yelling that you loved me across the cafeteria at lunch was totally the right moment,” Arthur scoffed sarcastically. Merlin grimaced.
“I didn't know he knew,” he admitted.
Arthur hummed to himself slightly in frustration. He had a question he needed to ask, something he had to know.
Summoning courage, he cleared his throat. “Is it true?”
Merlin chewed on his lower lip, still not meeting his eyes.
“Merlin come on! We're breaking up for the holidays – you can't leave me like this!” Arthur protested, hoping he wasn't pushing Merlin too far.
Merlin looked up from the first time. “Of course!” he blurted out. “Of course I do.”
Arthur crushed down the samba dance of euphoria that had broken out in his stomach. Instead he brought up a smile. Keep it cool, Arthur.
Merlin was looking somewhat desperate when Arthur met his gaze again.
“What?” Arthur asked, confused.
“Well …” Merlin looked so timid, “do you? You know … do you … me?”
In answer, Arthur bridged the distance between then in one smooth stride and planted his lips on Merlin's. The kiss was sweet but brief … far too brief as the school bell rang, signalling the end of the day and the start of the holidays.
Merlin pulled back slightly.
“I have to go,” he admitted awkwardly.
Arthur sighed, he'd been waiting for this moment all term since he got the first signal of Merlin's feelings for him but, he guessed there'd be plenty more like this to come.
“Have a good holiday Merlin,” he said, “I'll see you next term.”