Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Arthur thinks about sleeping next to Merlin
Warnings: modern AU
Word Count: 300
Prompt: Unpredictable for camelot_drabble
Author's Notes: Chapter 10 of "a last chance" (ao3 link) - or read chapter 9 on camelot_drabble
"Come to bed."
Merlin's response was most unpredictable. He truly hadn't expected that. He had no idea what Merlin would have said when he'd called after Arthur but that...that was not it.
"Be there soon," Arthur said and made his way to the shower. He took his time, really thinking it over. Merlin was drunk. Arthur had just said all of those things to him, confessed, and confessed again. Going to bed with Merlin didn't mean sex with Merlin.
Maybe Merlin missed being around Arthur. Arthur surely missed wrapping his arms around Merlin and falling asleep. How for days, weeks, months, he'd missed Merlin that it was hard to breathe sometimes.
Finally, he went back to the room, the lights were off, and it was quiet.
Arthur fetched for his trousers and a t-shirt before he went up to the bed. Merlin always slept on the left side so he crawled under the blanket on the right. As soon as he was there, Merlin turned and pulled Arthur close. He wrapped his arm around Arthur's waist and his head rested in the crook of Arthur's neck.
"You smell good," Merlin mumbled.
Arthur smiled and kissed the top of Merlin's head. "Thanks."
"You always smelled so good. I missed that when I slept alone or..."
Arthur's stomach tightened. The idea of Merlin being with someone else, and what, missing Arthur? He took in a deep breath. "I'm here now," he said.
Merlin kissed Arthur's neck and turned around again. Arthur held him from behind and it wasn't long before he heard Merlin's even breaths, his relaxed body against Arthur's and everything was quiet again.
Arthur closed his eyes and tried to sleep. "Thanks for letting me in, Merlin," he whispered to no one in particular and everything else drifted away.
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