04 August 2015 @ 10:39 am
The Email Order Bridegroom, Chapter 7  
Author: brunettepet
Title: The Email Order Bridegroom, Chapter 7
Rating: PG-13, veering into R territory (not this chapter)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin, Morgana, Hunith
Summary: Arthur's got a plan to stay in the United States. Merlin is that plan.
Warnings: Plans to defraud Immigration.
Word Count: 929
Prompt: 171 Come and See
Author's Notes: This is a continuation of The Email Order Bridegroom

Merlin checked the to do list Morgana had insisted he follow the morning of the wedding. She had wrested a promise from him the night before that he would make sure that Arthur had not "...fiddled with any of the decorations or stress eaten all of the catered hors d'oeuvres I’m dropping off. No I’m not kidding. You have no idea what you’re getting into. Seriously." The grim set to her jaw told Merlin she hadn’t been joking.

Out in the newly landscaped back garden the few rows of white wooden folding chairs were still arranged facing the strawberry trees wrapped with broad red and gold ribbons. It would make a festive backdrop for the ceremony. Arthur had balked at a red carpet aisle, pointing out the pea gravel pathway leading to the trees was enough and his "This isn’t the My Pretty Princess wedding you’ve always wanted, Morgana. Save the rose petals and dove release for your own ‘do" put paid to her arguments.

There were unfiddled with flower arrangements on the dining room table by the stacks of plates, folded red napkins and gold flatware. Arthur had scoffed at the color scheme but Merlin thought it was striking against the dark oak table.

He diligently opened the refrigerator, actually peeking into the top boxes to make sure the food was unmolested. Nothing was amiss so he slammed the refrigerator closed only to find a pale, scowling Arthur looming on the other side of the door.

“You can tell that harpy that I haven’t eaten any of her party food,” he snapped. “She cleverly stacked the horrible deviled eggs and raw vegetables on top so I couldn’t get to snacks I actually like without tearing the entire refrigerator apart. I had to run out for Taco Bell and Cool Ranch Doritos at three thirty this morning.” He glared at Merlin as though the taco and chip run was somehow his fault.

Merlin patted his arm, “I threw up at six and mum made me milky tea and toast like when I was little,” he commiserated. “I don’t know why I’m so worked up.”

Arthur looked at him a bit wild eyed. “We’re getting married, you moron, of course we’re worked up. It’s a big step.”

Merlin goggled at him open mouthed and Arthur seemed to realize what was wrong with that statement and deflated a bit. “Well, it’s still standing up in front of friends and family declaring ourselves as life partners.” He grimaced and whined petulantly, “My stomach hurts. I just want this to be over already.”

Merlin had to agree. “We have an hour before people start arriving. Let’s shower and dress so your wicked stepsister can pin on our butonnieres and send us to our fate. Are you good to go or do you need more Doritos?”

Arthur met Merlin’s gaze and seemed to steel himself before muttering, “I have half a bag left.” He looked Merlin over and Merlin hoped he didn’t look as strange as he felt. A night of fitful sleep and an upset stomach but he was buzzing like the nervous groom he really shouldn’t be.

Arthur continued, “How about you? Are you one hundred percent sure you’re okay with this? I don’t want you feeling any pressure here. I can figure out something else if you’re at all uncomfortable.”

Merlin shook his head. He was feeling a bit more okay than he’d expected. His anxiety was pre-performance nerves, not dread about breaking the law or playing the happy husband like he’d anticipated. He grinned at Arthur. “I’m oddly good now. I really think we’re going to be all right together. This year is going to fly by. I honestly like you, Arthur, and I have a feeling this is going to be life changing." He grabbed Arthur's hand and gave it a reassuring squeeze and smiled. "Life changing in a not going to prison way.”

Arthur’s relieved smile and watching the tight tension in his shoulders melting away were a pleasure to see so Merlin grinned even wider. “Next time you see me I’ll be walking down the pea gravel path with my mum on one arm. Try not to cry at how lucky you are to have snagged such a catch.” He turned on one heel and went off to shower and change, Arthur’s laughter ringing in his ears.


Merlin had just finished straightening his red bowtie when there was a knock at his bedroom door and Morgana called “You’re not naked, are you?”

Merlin laughed, “No, I’m decent” and she swept in holding a small spray of white flowers and a lethal looking stickpin.

Morgana looked him up and down and gave a low whistle. “My, Mr. Emrys, who knew what was hiding under those oversized button ups and jeans. Arthur won’t know what hit him.” He blushed at the compliment but Merlin couldn’t help feeling pleased. “Here, let me pin this on and I’ll send Hunith in. It’s almost time to get this show on the road and Arthur is as nervous as I’ve ever seen him.” She quickly pinned the delicate lily of the valley butonniere to his lapel and looked into his eyes. “Do you need anything before we start? Xanax? Kleenex?”

Merlin laughed again, “No, I’m good to go. Let’s put Arthur out of his misery.”

Morgana opened the door again and yelled down the hall, “Hunith, come and see your handsome boy before Arthur gets his hands on him and rumples him all up.”

Merlin felt his blush deepen as his heart quickened in anticipation.

Chapter 8
archaeologist_darchaeologist_d on August 4th, 2015 04:07 pm (UTC)
That was cute!
brunettepetbrunettepet on August 4th, 2015 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yay! Nervous bridegrooms are cute!

Edited at 2015-08-04 04:33 pm (UTC)
i'm glad you're here, merlinandiwould on August 4th, 2015 05:55 pm (UTC)
Morgana was delightful to read, as was grumpy Arthur! I'm almost as nervous and excited as they are to see them already married and happy ^^
brunettepetbrunettepet on August 4th, 2015 07:24 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked Morgana here. She's thoroughly enjoying playing wedding planner.

I'm also glad you're rooting for these two to have a happily ever after :D
ajsrandomajsrandom on August 4th, 2015 07:44 pm (UTC)
Well, it looks like this is a bit more real for both of them than they imagined! Xanax LOL!
brunettepetbrunettepet on August 4th, 2015 08:30 pm (UTC)
You're right!

I was a nervous wreck at my wedding and friends and family kept offering me this or that to calm me down. I was surprised at all the prescription drugs available :D
Merlsmerlocked18 on August 4th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)

Their year will fly by and it will turn into the rest of their lives. Loooove this so hard! They are all so precious. *squeezes them* jittery bride grooms FTW! Cannot wait for chapter 8. *cries impatiently*

brunettepetbrunettepet on August 4th, 2015 08:37 pm (UTC)
I'm delighted you're enjoying this so much. Jittery bridegrooms who can't understand why they're so nervous when this is a fake marriage for the win!
clea2011: Arthur blueclea2011 on August 4th, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)
Now I can't wait to see Arthur's reaction to smartened up Merlin!
Arthur's not going to be able to resist rumpling him up (I hope!) :D
brunettepetbrunettepet on August 5th, 2015 12:37 am (UTC)
I have to imagine Arthur's going to be floored by how great Merlin looks.

Arthur's not going to be able to resist rumpling him up (I hope!) Me, too!
Mazthismaz on August 5th, 2015 05:27 am (UTC)
Hee. "Life changing in a not going to prison way." *g* That splash of reality was a nice touch - reminding me that this is not (yet?) the big romance it is pretending to be.
brunettepetbrunettepet on August 5th, 2015 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked that because I was trying to remind myself as well. These men are trying to pull one over on the government :D
Gwyllion: Merlin-A/M forevergwylliondream on August 6th, 2015 08:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, this is so lovely! And criminal!

Keep up the good work. It's been an absolute pleasure!
brunettepetbrunettepet on August 6th, 2015 09:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you for all the wonderful comments. It delights me that you're enjoying these two law breakers' antics.
Malu Awyr: TING!malu_3 on August 10th, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
Doritos and Taco Bell! Xanax and Kleenex! Everyone's perfect here, as are you. The tension is high, but it's the delightful sort. I'm very much looking forward to the next bits (and I'm sure my neighbours are all wondering why I've been clapping and laughing like a hyena on my front porch for the past hour).
brunettepetbrunettepet on August 11th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
Wow. Thank you for putting a big smile on my face with your generous comments. I'm glad these two are making you laugh with their antics.

Chapter 8 is partially written but I couldn't figure out how to shoehorn in the prompt (puppy love) so hopefully next week's prompt will be a better fit :D

Edited at 2015-08-11 11:27 am (UTC)