Title: The Engagement Party
Character/s: Arthur, Gwaine, Lance, Gwen, Merlin, Mordred, Kara
Summary: After being away for several years, Merlin comes back into Arthur's life. He's out and proud and Arthur can't seem to be able to resist him.
Warnings: Modern!AU. WIP.
Word Count: 685
Prompt: "ENGAGED" for camelot_drabble
Author's Notes: So this is a new story I am starting called: The Casual Fling and it'll be updated weekly w/ the CD prompts and all. I hope you like it. Unbetaed. Enjoy Chapter one: The Engagement Party
"Engaged?" Arthur asked the question so loudly that the entire cafe turned around to look at him. "What do you mean, engaged?" he continued, ignoring everyone.
Gwaine gave him a smirk. "Well when a man and a woman like each other very much and they decide to—"
"Oh, shut up," Arthur said. "They've barely known each other for—"
"They've been dating for two years, Arthur. Not everyone has commitment issues like you do."
"I don't have commitment issues."
"Right." Gwaine snorted.
"Besides, I'm not about to marry a woman."
"You can always marry a man," Gwaine said.
Arthur rolled his eyes and sipped on his latte again. He'd dated Gwen back in the day, before he'd realised he fancied men way more than he fancied women and when she'd met Lance, Arthur had thought that it was just a rebound. Much to his surprise, they were inseparable and now they were engaged. Arthur couldn't understand. Not really. Gwen hated the idea of marriage. Especially how her parents had a falling out and Arthur related to her in that sense. After his mother's passing, his father had dated many women and even married a few but they all had ended up in disaster.
Gwen and Arthur had made a pact that they were never going to get married and now — here she was. Engaged to Lance. How bizarre.
"So are you going to come to the party, or not?" Gwaine asked when they'd been quiet for a while.
"I wasn't invited," Arthur said.
Gwaine grabbed Arthur's phone that was on the table and did something with it. "Here's your invite. You just don't check your email as much as—"
"I check my email," Arthur protested.
"No. You check your work email all the time, not your personal email. Why would Gwen send you an engagement party invitation to your business email?" Gwaine shook his head and Arthur really hated him for how patronising he was being but he let it be. He always let Gwaine be.
"Fine," Arthur said taking his phone back. "Who else is going to be there?"
"You mean who else is going to be there that you can fuck?" Gwaine said casually and Arthur gave him a look that only Gwaine would understand. The look only one best friend can understand from another. The look of: I can't believe you're even asking me this.
Gwaine shook his head before he spoke. "Check the last name on the invite list."
"Zeland_Em at gmail dot com," Arthur said, raising an eyebrow.
"It's Merlin's personal email address," Gwaine responded taking a sip from Arthur's coffee cup.
"Merlin?" Arthur paused as if he was thinking the name over. "I thought he lived in New—"
"New Zealand, yeah. He's just come back to Camelot. For good," Gwaine replied.
"Why would I care, though? Merlin's straight."
"No, he's not."
"What? I thought he —"
"He was straight when we were all in uni together, or he thought he was, I reckon. He recently told Kara who told Mordred, who told me—"
"Oh my God, are we seventeen again?" Arthur interrupted; he couldn't help himself.
Gwaine ignored him. "He said he'd finally come out to his parents and then decided to tell all his friends, too."
"Interesting," Arthur said.
Arthur had always found Merlin tragically attractive in their uni days but Arthur had never approached him. Merlin was always awfully quiet when Arthur and Gwaine were always the talk of the town and the centre of attention. Arthur didn't want to embarrass himself in front of Merlin so he'd never asked him to hang out and had just assumed like everyone else that Merlin was straight.
Come to think of it, Arthur had never seen Merlin with a girl or a guy so they didn't really have any real basis to establish that assumption. Arthur himself had always been out since his father had caught him snogging Morgana's boyfriend that one time when he was sixteen.
"So I take it that you're coming then?" Gwaine asked, interrupting Arthur's thoughts again.
"Oh, that'll be for certain," Arthur replied with a wink.
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