Title:Take it in Stride
Rating:R(although most likely PG-13)
Character/s:Gwaine, Percival, Morgana, Arthur, Merlin
Summary:Arthur is embarrassed but he's putting on a good show. Especially in front of Merlin the head of PR who has to deal with his embarrassing naked problems.
Author's Notes:I saw a photo of this actually happening and thought about how Arthur would respond. Seemed to fit this prompt too. :)
No need to cry about it, no need to shed tears. It wasn't the end of the world. He was a Pendragon after all. There was no shame in it. It was an accident and it...It was all over the...
"Oi! Princess! I guess I can't call you that anymore now that me and the rest of the world have proof you are indeed male." Gwaine sauntered into the locker room with two copies of each of the Sun and the Mirror. "You will of course sign these for me right?"
Arthur pinched the bridge of his nose. Only Gwaine would be tasteless enough to want Arthur to sign photos of his exposed nether regions.
'Take it in stride', Arthur said to himself. 'Don't let them see it getting to you and it will pass over as all things do.' "Sure I'll sign it." Good natured ribbing was due for something like this. Arthur certainly wouldn't have pulled any punches if the circumstances were reversed.
Percy came in next with his copy of the Mirror holding the image of Arthur's cock and balls up like a trophy. Arthur's face blanched then pinked back to color and past the norm to reds as others came in whooping and cheering about the star player for Camelot Knights latest exposure.
Then true embarrassment happened in the form of the team's PR manager also known as Arthur's horridly-smitten-puppies-with-big-doe-ey
"As my brother so graciously pointed out, Athletic supporters are important. Without proper protection any of you could have been exposed by an opposing team's defender... tripping and tugging important clothing to the side... right in front of the paps." The witch held back her laughter, but barely.
Merlin wasn't any better. The pretty git looked like he had been laughing all morning. Bright flush of red on his high cheekbones, bottom lip bitten into a half smile, gods he was gorgeous.
Arthur did his best to look the other way. He had some pride left, and he understood if Merlin wasn't interested. Those weren't very flattering photos. It wasn't that Arthur didn't have certain endowments, but the angle and the fact that he wasn't exactly aroused at the time he was unceremoniously flashed to the world, didn't make for a good first impression.
While Morgana passed out complimentary team logo'ed Jockstraps(where and how she did that on such short notice Arthur would never guess to know), Arthur retrieved his kit for practice and ignored everything else.
"Arthur if I could have a word?" Merlin snuck up behind him.
"Want me to sign my dick for you too?"
"No. Um. Yes?"
"Which is it MERlin?"
The thinner man inclined his head towards the door as if he wanted a private word with Arthur. And the King of the Camelot Knights smirked to himself. Yeah. Of Course Merlin wanted him now that he had seen all there was to offer. Smug as he pleased Arthur strutted himself out to the hallway.
"There is a company that contacted the club and your agent. They want to do a joint promotion with the rest of the team for Athletic Supporters."
"Oh." Arthur didn't hide his shattered ego well enough.
"Yeah, ok. It's not a problem." Arthur turned to go finish getting ready.
Merlin held onto his arm and wouldn't let go. "You don't have to do it. I know a lot of people aren't being as understanding as they should."
"What's left to understand? I had a bit of a spill on the field during a game."
"You really don't care that all of Avalon and it's neighboring countries have seen you?"
"What's it matter to you?"
"I'm only concerned Arthur. I don't want you to do something you aren't comfortable with."
"I'm not Gwaine Merlin, I'm not comfortable with any of this, but it's happened and now I have choices for how I can handle it. Continue like it doesn't bother me in the slightest and move on or wallow in shame and self pity that not even the man I like is interested in me now that he's seen all of me."
"Who in their right mind wouldn't be interested in you after seeing..." Merlin blushed again. His eyes quickly glancing back up to Arthur's face after traveling much further south. He cleared his throat. "Obviously who ever this man is, is daft. You've become a sex god overnight. My office is flooded with calls from women wishing to have your children. and not just the normal enthusiastic fans you regularly get."
Arthur perked up at the information but really what he wanted to know... "Are you in your right mind Merlin?"
"You said who in their right mind wouldn't be interested." Arthur paused not daring to look Merlin in the eyes. "Are you in your right mind?" Aloof wasn't the best way to ask, but it was better than begging for interest.
"Although Gwen would disagree, I would have to say that yes I'm quite sane Arthur."
"So you liked what you saw then?"
"Why must everything be so difficult with you? I'm asking you if you liked seeing me naked on the cover on the papers this morning."
Merlin finally seemed to catch on. His smile switched up and Arthur braced himself for rejection.
"Actually I kind of hated seeing you like that. Part of me truly hated it. People on the street, neighbors, the others in the office staring at something that I should have seen in private, never for them."
Arthur threw his head back and laughed. "I never thought I'd be so happy hearing someone hated seeing my dick before."
Merlin inched forward placing a hand distractingly on Arthur's chest, "I won't hate it if you let me see it again. I think I'll love it actually."