Title: Quote of the Day
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: A word game, random quotes, utter crack and fluff
Word Count: 400
Prompt: 143 - 'Late'
Author's Notes: None
Quote of the day
Merlin tapped the tiny screen and looked at Arthur. “Today's quote prompt. Want to play?”
“The word fits our story,” Arthur murmured, rolling over in bed. “You go first.”
“Wait – yes, I have one. 'It will be late to counsel then or pray'.
“Merlin, you eternally angsty romantic! That's Christina Rossetti's 'Remember!”
Merlin looked away, his face sad. “It used to remind me of you: 'Remember me when I am gone away, gone far away into the silent land....”
Arthur sat up, pulled Merlin close and nuzzled his cheek. “I'm sorry you had to wait so long for my return. Those lonely days are over now.”
Merlin drew a steadying breath and nodded, light returning to his eyes. “Your turn!”
Arthur frowned and scratched his head.
“I've got it!” His face lit up. ”Late is the hour in which this conjurer chooses to appear.”
”Ill news is an ill guest,” Merlin grinned, finishing the Grima Wormtongue quote. “Who would ever have thought that the once and future king would become a Tolkien geek?”
“The good professor apparently thought that Albion lacked a mythology of her own, as if our story wasn't up to snuff,” he grumbled. “Of course I had to find out what the books were about.”
“His novels didn't spring from nothing, you know.” Merlin cleared his throat, looking bashful. “Pretty sure Gandalf was built on my Dragoon. Sometimes I think our story has inspired every single tale about kings and heroes, sorcery and dragons.”
“You may be right.” Arthur's hand moved down Merlin's chest and disappeared under the duvet. “Mmmm, speaking of which, what sort of potent magic have we here?”
Merlin laughed. “That's so cheesy! And you forgot to include a 'late' too!”
“Think you can do better?”
“Uhm. 'You're so hot of late'?” Merlin wriggled happily under Arthur's questing hand and leaned in for a kiss.
“Cheesy and factually incorrect,” Arthur smirked. “I've always been hot.”
“True. Let's call it a tie, then,” Merlin whispered against Arthur's warm lips. “Let others sit around thinking up profound and memorable sayings. Our unique strength is in the epic deeds!”
“And the shagging.”
“That's what I meant.”
“Shut up - and kiss me.”