Title: There's a First Time for Everything
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur, Morgana
Summary: A nervous Arthur takes Merlin out to a date
Word Count: 692
Author's Notes: You guys asked for more in my last entry, and I delivered! Enjoy~
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Arthur's hands were on Merlin's waist as he guided him along the ice rink. Merlin was a blubbering mess—he never knew how to ice skate, as this was his first time. Arthur couldn't believe that fact when he found out. He then decided to take a gamble on helping Merlin, hoping it wouldn't turn out as bad as it is right now.
Of course, Arthur probably would have been able to help Merlin better if his stomach was a fluttering mess. He was very nervous on his first date.
Not that this was his very first date with anybody. Arthur had taken quite a few girls out on dates, and those always ended nicely. But this was his first date with a boy. Or rather, it was Arthur's first date with somebody like Merlin.
Arthur was suddenly burst out of his train of thought when he lost his balance. Merlin had started to slip on the ice, still not used to skating on it (he still insisted on walking on the ice instead of actually skating). Because Arthur was still holding onto Merlin, and Merlin was clinging onto his arm out of fright, Arthur was pulled down along with Merlin.
The couple immediately collapsed onto the ice. “Hey, watch it now,” Arthur said.
“Sorry!” Merlin said genuinely, “Still haven't gotten a hang of it.”
Arthur sat on the ice, staring at Merlin. He marveled at how his cheeks were fairly rosy from the cold air, and how he still had a big, dumb, smile carved onto his face.
Arthur shook his head, “Maybe ice skating isn't for you.”
“C'mon, now!” Merlin protested, “I'll get the hang of it.”
“The way things are going now, you're going to have to spend a few more nights out with me just to be able to not fall,” Arthur said. He pushed up the sleeve of his jacket and looked at his watch, “The rink is about to close soon. Let's go get some hot chocolate.”
It took some time for Arthur to be able to stand up, and when he was halfway into a full standing position, he was pulled back down by Merlin who had attempted to get up. Merlin had fallen down and immediately grabbed onto Arthur, pulling the two back down.
Merlin was sprawled out on his stomach this time. He was flushed, “I, uh...that was an accident.”
Arthur took a quick look around the rink—it seemed as if everybody was watching them and laughing. He sighed, “Okay, let's try again...this time, we'll...” Arthur looked around the rink to observe their surroundings, “Slide towards the edge of this rink so we can use the fence to pull us up.”
“Sounds like a good plan.”
The two then took a while trying to scoot their way towards the fence. It took longer than expected, and both of their pants were soaking wet from the ice. They looked like fools trying to get to the fence.
But nevertheless, Merlin and Arthur made it, and as soon as they were at the fence, they climbed over it and took off their ice skates, quickly slipping shoes back on. Merlin winced.
“What's wrong? You're not too bruised, are you?” Arthur said.
“No, I've just got blisters in my heels from the skates,” Merlin explained.
“Oh, I'm sorry,” Arthur said. He didn't want Merlin to be in pain, “Do you want to go to the store real quick to get you some bandages?”
“No, I'll last the night. Besides, you're probably bruised up, too,” Merlin looked down at the ground, “Sorry. I'm such a klutz...”
Arthur felt sympathy towards Merlin. He didn't want him to feel bad. “Hey, don't worry about it,” Arthur said.
Merlin looked up at Arthur, who pulled Merlin's blue knit hat down over his ears, as it had nearly fallen off of his head during the struggle to get off of the ice.
“Alright, the offer for hot chocolate isn't going to stand all night. Let's get going.”