Title: Just a Little Crush
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin, Morgana
Summary: He had more important things to do than have a crush!
Word Count: 1000
Author's Notes: Ooh, ickle boys. Continuation of the last two!
After the incident with the glass, the two boys grew a lot closer. Merlin felt protective over Arthur in a way he had never experienced before and he had a feeling Arthur felt the same way about him, although Merlin had no idea why. It wasn’t as if Arthur knew what Merlin needed protecting from.
Nothing was said about what had happened. At least, not to or between either of them. It didn’t escape Merlin notice that his mum was constantly encouraging him to invite Arthur over, but Merlin was hardly going to complain about constant permission for sleepovers.
If people had thought they had been inseparable before, it was nothing compared to how they were by the time they had both turned ten.
One lunch time, that bond was put to the test in a whole new way. One Merlin certainly
didn’t see coming.
“I did it last time,” Morgana said, tossing her hair. Gwen nodded next to her but Merlin knew she would. The two girls were almost like them in terms of their closeness.
“It has to be you, Merlin. You’re the only one who hasn’t got married.”
Pretend weddings on the school field were the activity of the moment. Every lunch, someone was forced to get married. Morgana had indeed married Gwaine the day before and even Arthur had been forced to marry a horrible girl called Vivian. Merlin really didn’t see what the fun was but now it was his turn, he was terrified. He made to shake his head when he realised Valiant and Cendred were off to one side, watching closely. Although the older boys wouldn’t join in such games, Merlin knew he couldn’t say no.
He stepped forward nervously and timidly returned Morgana beaming smile.
“Who else?” she demanded, wanting to know who would be his wife. Merlin shut his eyes at the silence.
“I will,” an unexpected voice said. Merlin eyes shot open as Arthur stepped forward. He stared at his friend and Arthur shrugged. Valiant fell about laughing and Merlin wanted the ground to swallow him. But that feeling didn’t last when Arthur glared at Valiant. There was such heat in his gaze that Valiant not only fell silent, he backed up a step.
Morgana looked nervously at Arthur. “Are you sure? Your father...”
Arthur’s voice was filled with such confidence that Merlin didn’t doubt him. He stepped forward and after one last nervous glance at Arthur – Merlin wasn’t sure how she knew about Arthur’s father but knew she was close to the family – so did Morgana. Arthur’s jaw was set and anyone who knew him knew he would not be persuaded otherwise. Not because he was stubborn, but because this way, he was protecting Merlin.
Morgana went ahead with her little ceremony while Gwen gathered daisies and handed them to Arthur, who immediately passed them to Merlin. Merlin scowled – he was not going to be the wife – and gave them back to Gwen. Morgana glared at all three of them but continued nonetheless.
“I now pronounce you man and... man?” Morgana glanced hesitantly at Arthur, as if checking for his approach all. Arthur nodded once and Merlin grinned. Then, before he knew what was coming, Arthur had kissed his cheek.
“Eww!” Gwaine squealed, but it was the same reaction he had had when Morgana had done the same to him. Arthur grinned and started to wander off, his ensure effective mission over for the lunch break. Merlin watched him so he went to fetch the ball, and a group of them began kicking get about. Merlin touched his cheek gently.
“Are you okay?” Morgana asked and Merlin nodded. He touched his cheek mutely and stared after Arthur. He felt like he was in a daze, and it was not a sensation he was familiar with.
In his ten-year-old mind, Merlin wondered if he had just fallen in love. He had heard his mum speak of it in all sorts of ways, but he felt all warm and fuzzy inside and when he looked over at Arthur, he suddenly felt that heat rising to his cheeks. Horrified, Merlin looked down. If anyone realised... if Valiant saw... but no one was looking apart from Morgana and do her smile was far too knowing for Merlin liking.
“What?” Merlin demanded, knowing what look his mother would have given him for his tone. But she wasn’t here and Merlin didn’t drop his stare.
“Love hits us all at the most random of times,” she said seriously, sounding far older than ten. Merlin glared at here, but then realised she wasn’t even looking at him. Instead, she was staring across at Gwaine with a dreamy expression on here usually serious face and Merlin knew he wasn’t in this alone.
“What do I do?” he asked helplessly. To his surprise, Morgana tossed back here long hair with a laugh, causing the other boys to look over.
“What else do you need to do?” she laughed. “You’ve already married him!”
With those words, she flounced off, looping her arm through Gwen’s and taking the other girl with her. Merlin stared after them, having a feeling Morgana had organised the whole thing.
He didn’t have long to brood though, for Arthur called his name at that moment, gesturing to the ball. Merlin nodded and quickly hurried over. He had never been able to deny Arthur anything and knew that wasn’t going good to change now.
Just because he had a crush on the other boy didn’t mean they were suddenly going to stop being friends. It wasn’t like Arthur even had to know. Merlin was good at keeping see results, he was sure he could keep this one. For as long as it took.
His young mind made up, Merlin ran forward and forgot about his problems as he just enjoyed being an ordinary little boy like everyone else. Love would have to wait, he had more important things to do right now.