Title: Merlin's Life is a Romantic Comedy
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: The title says it all
Warnings: Mild swearing
Word Count: 300
Prompt: 89, Holidays
Author's Notes: Cliché ridden holiday ridiculousness with Merlin's feelings about Arthur changing so quickly you might get whiplash.
Bloody Pendragon, Merlin thought darkly. Who in their right mind makes their assistant dress in costume for the office holiday party? Merlin set down another tray loaded with mini quiches and assorted canapés, pushing the floppy point of the green and red hat out of his eyes for the millionth time. The damn jingle bell at its tip tinkled merrily.
He straightened his bright green thigh length tunic and gave a surreptitious tug to his red and white leggings They were not tights, dammit before turning around to observe the space. He’d been decorating the conference room since he’d clocked on and every inch sparkled. Orchestral holiday music finished the scene. With a sigh Merlin let his dark mood ease a bit.
“Ho Ho Ho, Christmas Elf! You’ve forgotten to hang a bit of holiday cheer!” Merlin whirled around in surprise. In the doorway stood Arthur bloody Pendragon, the fittest Santa Merlin had ever seen. Of course the conceited prat wouldn’t deign to wear padding. He worked too hard on his body to cover it up. Arthur shook something to draw Merlin’s attention away from his broad chest.
“Hang this some place prominent, Christmas Elf,” the prat demanded, and Merlin reached for the item automatically. A thoughtful look crossed Arthur’s face and he pulled his arm back. “On second thought,” he said quietly, reaching for Merlin instead, pulling him in for an awkward one armed hug. The item he’d been demanding Merlin hang was raised over their heads. Merlin glanced up, eyes widening at the ball of festively be-ribboned mistletoe and its implications.
Their gazes met and Merlin’s heart began to pound as he saw the question in Arthur’s eyes. This could be laughed off as a joke if Merlin wanted. Instead Merlin took a deep breath and leaned in.