Title: To Be With You
Character/s: Merlin, Morgana
Summary: Merlin contemplates life after university when Morgana arrives to throw him off.
Word Count: 767
Prompt: #199, For an Hour
Author's Notes: Unbeta'd- sorry!
Merlin sat in the park chair, contemplating his life. Most prominent were the impending exams—the last of his university career. Then he and all the friends he'd made would scatter to the winds to begin their new lives. Even though a few would be near and they'd try to keep in touch, it would be hard. They'd all chosen difficult career paths. And there was one friend in particular he'd miss the most—his feelings for her had grown, though she didn't know it. How could he tell her? He'd just hold her back from her chosen destiny and that was the last thing he wanted to do.
Just then he heard someone come through the back door of the house he and Arthur had rented for their last two years. He turned his head to see the object of his thoughts, Morgana, step down into the grass. "Here you are," she said, walking toward where he sat enjoying the sun.
"Here I am," he replied, "did you want something?"
"Can't a girl drop by to say 'hello' to a friend after her last exam of the day?" She settled into the chair parallel to his, facing him.
"Actually, I did want to talk to you."
Uh oh. "What about us?"
"Merlin, do you think I've been blind these past few years?"
"I've seen how you look at me. And I'm not the only one. Even Mister Oblivious himself has noticed. And if Arthur's noticed . . ."
"Oh no. It's not your turn to talk yet." She adjusted her position. "Merlin, are you in love with me? It's very important that you answer honestly."
He looked right into her eyes. There was no way he could lie to her now. "Yes."
"I knew it!" She took his hand. "Merlin, I've been pining for you too. I guess I just hide it better."
His heart began beating double-time. "A-are you serious?"
"Would I do this if I wasn't serious?" She leaned over the arm of the chair to plant her lips on his.
He was surprised but didn't resist. How could he resist something he'd wanted for so long? Warmth spread through his chest as he began kissing her back. His hand slid up to cup her face and bliss suffused his being.
After a long moment, she broke away. She was smirking at him, the little vixen. "I was right," she murmured, gazing into his eyes.
"Why didn't you say anything before?" She reclaimed his hand.
"I thought you were way out of my league. I mean, look at the guys who have tried to woo you—Gwaine, Leon, Lancelot . . . All handsome, popular, athletic. Things I definitely am not."
She put her other hand to his face. "Merlin, didn't it ever occur to you that they'd all failed? That there was a reason they all failed?"
She laughed a little at that. "You're one of the smartest people I know but hopelessly clueless when it comes to social cues, aren't you?"
She looked into his eyes again. "In case you somehow missed it, Merlin, I am in love with you. I will do anything to be with you. You got that?"
He stared into her eyes, reading the sincerity there. "Yeah," he replied, a little breathless. "But your life, your career . . ."
"Means nothing if you're not in it. Do I have to kiss you again to make that clear?"
"I think you might have to, yeah."
She grinned for a second right before she pulled him toward her to press their lips again. She took complete control, licking at his bottom lip to get him to open to her and oh, what delight! He'd never experienced such a heady feeling before and took delight in it, even as both her hands came to tangle in his hair.
What felt like several minutes past before she broke the kiss. This time he took her hand, to hold firmly. Now was the time to talk things out, to make plans. And if more kissing happened, well, he could handle that too.
They sat there for an hour, discussing this and that, revealing feelings and making plans for the future. Eventually they had to go inside to escape the chill. But they didn't stray far from one another that evening as they ate, cuddled and revealed hopes for the future. It looked so bright now that she would be staying in his life, and he hoped he could make it last forever.