Title: Making New Friends
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, Gwaine, Will (mentioned)
Summary: Merlin is starting a new school and he's nervous.
Warnings: Modern AU. Kids at school.
Word Count: 660
Prompt: #205: first day of school for camelot_drabble
Author's Notes: Author knows nothing of the school system in the UK so it's totally made up.
Merlin's Mum had told him to be brave; even if he was afraid to start a new school, to keep his head high. Of course, she had no idea how mean some eleven year olds could be.
As soon as he entered the hall, he saw many kids running around, some standing in the corner, and talking, and no one seemed to be paying him any attention. "No attention is good attention," he said to himself and kept trudging through.
Merlin had only taken a few steps into the dark and gloomy corridor when he felt a hand on his shoulder. He turned around to see and was pleasantly surprised to find Gwaine. Long hair and dark eyes, Gwaine was hard to miss wherever he went.
"I thought your dad had threatened to cut your hair?" Merlin said in a surprise. He wanted to hug his friend but refrained. He didn't people to start looking at him now.
Gwaine shrugged. "I ran out of the house before he got up this morning. It's what happens when you drink all night."
Merlin felt bad for Gwaine, but didn't dare show it. His Dad was a mean one, meanest as they came, and sometimes Merlin thought having no dad was better than having a dad like Gwaine's.
"You're going to get in trouble here too," Merlin said shaking his head. "Now let's go find our classroom before--"
The bell rang cutting Merlin off. They ran towards the general direction of where everyone seemed to be going and figured they'd find their way. Gwaine was Merlin's best friend, besides Will. But, when Gwaine had found out that he was going to be switching schools, Gwaine had convinced his Mum to let him go to the same school as Merlin. His family had money so it wasn't a problem for Gwaine's mum to make a few calls and transfer Gwaine over. It was too bad that Will couldn't be with them also.
By the time they got through the door and into their classroom, Merlin found two empty spots but there weren't next to each other. Gwaine took the lead and too the seat in the far corner sitting behind a pretty girl with long black hair. He looked at Merlin and winked when he sat down. Merlin gave the pretty girl one look and then looked at Gwaine again. He was sure by the end of the day, that girl was going to be his girlfriend.
Merlin took the other seat. He settled in nicely, kept his head down until the teacher spoke.
"Hi, I'm Arthur. Arthur Pendragon," the boy next to him said. He had short blond hair, with really big blue eyes. Merlin had never seen that kind of blue before, he was sure of it. There was something about him that made Merlin's heart race.
The boy, Arthur, blushed slightly as he kept looking at Merlin, finally, he spoke again. "Uh...do you have a name?"
"Merlin," Merlin answered, trying not to blush also. He looked away from Arthur immediately and opened his notebook. Thankfully, he didn't have to say anything after because the teacher started talking.
Still, it was bad luck, really, because the next thing the teacher had done was introduce Merlin and Gwaine to the class and made them come up to the front. Gwaine, of course, was super confident, and all Merlin wanted to do was hide. He didn't want to start a new school but his Mum had said that it was better for her if he went to a school near her new job.
When he sat back down into this seat, he chanced a glance at Arthur who was grinning at him.
"What?" Merlin whisper-asked the curious, yet annoying boy.
"There's something about you Merlin," Arthur said.
Merlin scowled. "You just met me," he said.
"I know," Arthur said, casually, and turned away from Merlin.
Merlin immediately missed talking to his new friend.
NEXT: THEIR FIRST FIGHT