Title: The Email Order Bridegroom, Chapter 27
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur has a plan to stay in the United States. That plan is Merlin.
Warnings: M/M, Fluff
Word Count: 592
Prompt: 196 Escape
Author's Notes: This is a continuation of The Email Order Bridegroom which starts here.
“How are we going to do this? I mean, we’ve kind of put the cart before the horse,” Arthur says pulling back from the embrace.
“Dating is good, especially now that I’m in on the fact we’re dating, dork.” Merlin answers with a laugh.
Arthur shrugs. “I was trying to win you over without scaring you away. It was a genius plan that totally worked. You can’t argue with success.”
“I had no idea you were trying to seduce me, so I’d argue about the genius part,” Merlin shoots back with a wide grin.
“Shut it, you’re wooed. It’s a win for team Emrys-Pendragon,” Arthur purrs and pulls Merlin back in for a kiss.
Arthur insists they go out to dinner to actually have a date that Merlin knows they are on. There is a lot of door opening and chair pulling out and ”Now I’m taking your hand, Merlin. Hand holding is a thing people do on dates.” It’s funny for a while but when Merlin literally puts his foot down and trips Arthur on their way to the Thai restaurant after Arthur says "We have favorite restaurants, Merlin. That’s what dating people have” Arthur stops the teasing.
Knowing they’re both finally on the same page lifts an emotional weight Merlin had been trying to ignore and now that his eyes are finally open Merlin sees a happiness in Arthur that he’s feeling too.
He’s giddy but anxious, and since the talking worked so well earlier Merlin dives in again on the walk home. “There’s something else we need to talk about,” he starts. “Sex.”
Arthur squeezes his hand, “Yes, about that.”
“I’m not very experienced,” Merlin continues, face flaming. “I’ve done some things but not with the same person long enough to really know what I’m doing.”
“We’ll take it as slow as you like,” Arthur says. “I was thinking maybe we could spend a few days in Palm Springs. My place has a pool and a hot tub.” Arthur pulls Merlin close and whispers in his ear, “I can rub suntan lotion into all this lovely skin and we can see what happens next.”
Merlin looks up through his lashes, giving Arthur what he hopes is a sexy smile, “I’d really rather to see what happens next right now.”
Arthur grabs his hand and they run the rest of the way home.
Merlin drops his jacket in the living room and toes off his shoes down the hallway. He's almost out of his shirt when Arthur grabs him from behind and manhandles him around for a kiss. There’s a picture frame poking into his shoulder but Arthur’s hand working at the buttons of his jeans distracts him from the discomfort and when Arthur reaches inside everything else is forgotten in the excitement and lust. An embarrassingly few quick tugs and Merlin is lost. He’s dazed and spent so it takes a moment to see that Arthur, still fully dressed, has pulled himself free of his slacks and pants. Merlin bats his hand away, finding a clumsy rhythm that has Arthur coming in moments.
Arthur’s a pleasing weight but the frame is getting uncomfortable again so Merlin nudges him off with a smile. “Well, that’s got the edge off. Round two in the shower?”
Round two in the shower, three in bed and four in the morning before Arthur finally escapes Merlin’s grabby hands, promising to arrange their Palm Springs get away as soon as possible. Merlin falls back to sleep, smiling face buried in Arthur’s pillow.