Title: So close, yet so far
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Arthur is having a difficult time keeping his hands off Merlin. He's also glad to see that Merlin sees him in a "more than friends" light.
Warnings: Modern!AU. Mild sexual content mentioned. Fluff.
Word Count: 580
Prompt: 163 for camelot_drabble + "friends to lovers" for tropes bingo for merlin_writers
Author's Notes: Chapter 6 / Continuation of "The Casual Fling" [Read Chapters 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5] - all written for camelot_drabble prompts. Thanks to archaeologist_d for the beta! The remaining mistakes are mine.
They danced for what seemed like hours. After the first couple of slow songs, the music at the lounge really picked up, and Merlin turned around and Arthur hugged him from behind as they swayed together.
Merlin was a little tease with the way he was grinding against Arthur, making him all hot and wanting.
Arthur leaned into Merlin and bit his ear before he gently thrust up. He figured two could play this game. If he was teasing Arthur, then Arthur could definitely tease Merlin in return.
Unfortunately for Arthur, teasing Merlin wasn't all it was cracked up to be. The more he tried to make Merlin miserable with his antics, the more turned on he, himself, was getting. His cock ached in his jeans and every move, every friction, made his erection hate his decision. He definitely should have stopped dancing with Merlin after one song, two tops. But as Merlin leaned back, capturing Arthur in a kiss again, Arthur knew he was going to lose himself on the dance floor.
His left hand rested on Merlin's hip and his right hand travelled down to brush against the front of Merlin's jeans. Merlin was also hard and when Arthur dragged his nails on top of the denim, right above his cock, Merlin moaned into Arthur's mouth.
"Maybe we should call it a night," Arthur managed to say a minute later. "Otherwise, I might not be able to control myself and break the rules of our no-sex dating."
Merlin turned around and pressed his hips against Arthur. "I agree," he said, sounding completely unconvinced. "No-sex dating, and all."
"Right," Arthur said, just to be sure.
"Brilliant," Merlin replied.
"You're going to kill me, Merlin," Arthur said before he pulled Merlin in for another kiss.
"I reckon, you might murder me first," Merlin answered with a cheeky grin and then grabbed his hand to lead Arthur out of the lounge.
They walked back to their cars in silence. This time, they'd parked right next to each other near the Camelot Modern.
"So you're gone this weekend," Merlin said, sounding casual. Arthur was glad that he was changing the subject. The idea of being with Merlin and not being with him was driving him mad.
"Yeah. I've got a meeting with a new author in London."
"I officially start my new job tomorrow," Merlin said.
"Oh, right. We didn't even get to talk about that," Arthur said excitedly. It was so bizarre to not only go on non-sexual dates with another man but to actually be interested in his life. Arthur found himself pleasantly surprised at this new side of him that Merlin was uncovering.
"Next week, then?" Merlin said, he sounded nervous, or hopeful, Arthur wasn't sure. Maybe it was Arthur that was hopeful and nervous at the same time.
"I can barely wait," Arthur replied and Merlin smiled at him again, before kissing him.
"One more thing, though," Arthur said and Merlin perked up. "I know that we're not supposed to be having sex while we're dating, but that doesn't mean...I'm not going to think about you tonight when I'm in bed. Wishing you were there with me. And you know, I might just..."
He might as well be honest. He'd been thinking of Merlin like that since their picnic in the sun (and the kissing in the rain).
Merlin groaned and pushed Arthur against the hood of his car. "You're evil, you are."
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