Rating: NC-17 (just to be on the safe side in future chapter, though nothing too big)
Pairing: Merthur, one-sided Lancelot/Arthur
Warning: Violence in future chapters, adult themes
Summary: Modern AU. When Merlin and his friends return to the institute after the holidays, a new boy has arrived. A shy, misterious blond guy with hidden issues and an easy smile that drives Merlin crazy. Soon Lancelot will show his interest for him, but can Merlin step aside and let his best friend go for who could be the love of Merlin's life? And can Merlin help this boy with whatever seems to be killing him inside? SLASH Merthur, one-sided Lancelot/Arthur
Disclaimer: I don't own any of this (except for the plot) and none of this has really happened (that I know off).
A/N: Here's part B!
CHAPTER 15 (Part B)
"Okay, Merlin, you have to cheer up, okay?" Lancelot told him after Merlin sighed for what it seemed like the hundredth time that night. It was New Year's Eve, after all, and they were supposed to be having fun!
"I'm sorry" Merlin apologized sincerely. "It's just..."
"That you miss Arthur, we get it" Percival intervened, kind as always.
"It's not fair that he can't be here" Merlin lamented as he finished the last of his dinner.
"About that... what is going on with his father?" Lancelot hesitantly asked.
"What do you mean?" Merlin asked in surprise. What did Lancelot know?
"Arthur said something like "he's like that" and the fact that you didn't insist for him to try and convince his father to let him come, makes me wonder if you know something that we don't"
"Well, he doesn't get along with his father at all, he... didn't really want to take Arthur in"
"Take him in?"
"Yes, Arthur's mum died last summer. That's why he moved here"
"Oh my God, poor Arthur" Gwaine exclaimed, feeling really sorry for his friend.
"And his father is pretty much a son of a bitch, so Arthur has had it quite a bit difficult these last few months"
"Merlin, does his father...?" Lancelot started to ask, but Merlin guessed what he was going to ask –he was a clever guy, he must have put two and two together and realised what was really happening–, so he tried to change subjects before he got to say it: he didn't want to talk about it behind Arthur's back or for the other guys to know unless it was Arthur telling them.
"Why don't we make a toast? For that we can gather every single year to celebrate the New Year together! Chin-chin!" Merlin exclaimed as he raised his glass, sending a knowing look at Lancelot that the latter immediately understood, so he didn't insist anymore and raised his own glass to join in the toast.
"For us!" they said in unison before drinking from their glasses.
"May next year be five around the table, though" Percival added, and it warmed Merlin's heart to see how they all had come to accept Arthur so much.
Arthur sighed, pretty bored, as he started clearing the table away and taking the plates to the sink. Even from the kitchen he could hear his father snoring in the living-room, having fallen asleep after having too much to drink –which unfortunately was not anything new.
A smile broke instantly in Arthur's lips when his phone, buried inside his pocket, beeped. He took it out and immediately silenced it, so it wouldn't awake his father if it beeped again –he would rather be alone than with his father–, and then he quickly opened his inbox to read the new message, which undoubtedly would be Merlin's.
I wish you were here with me... I mean, us ;) The guys say hello. How is it going?
Trust Merlin not to stop worrying about him even in such a special night. Though to be honest with himself, he was very glad to hear from him, as it made him feel a little less alone, so it didn't take him too long to answer.
It could be worse. Father is asleep, so at least I don't have to pretend. I guess I'm up for some bad telly now. Miss you like crazy. Say the guys hello too. Love you 3
He started washing up, so he would leave everything clean and tidy in case his father unexpectedly woke up, to avoid any discussion. But he had not even cleaned two plates that another message found its way into his inbox.
Glad you don't have to be with him, but I hate to think that you're alone. I wish I could be with you... Aren't wishes supposed to come true at New Year's?
Arthur smiled sadly at that, and he hurried to answer.
If they came true you would be here with me right this second, so I guess they don't...
The answer to that one didn't come as quickly as before, and it was not until at least five minutes later that a new –and strange– message arrived.
You never know.
And nothing more. Arthur waited for another answer, something longer, more significant, with a few kisses and lots of love. But nothing else came. It was okay, though, he guessed. After all, Merlin was supposed to be having fun with the boys, having dinner and partying, not winning over the phone to ruin everybody's night. Besides, he already knew Merlin loved him, he didn't need for him to be telling him all the time. Though he loved to hear it…
He dried his hands with a tea towel after finishing the dishes and then mentally debated with himself if he should try and watch some telly without waking his father up or maybe it would be better to shut himself up in his room and read for a while until he fell asleep. Not a very funny way to welcome the new year in both cases, as it was almost twelve already, but he had no more options. He still hadn't made up his decision when his phone beeped once again.
Seems like wishes do come true at New Year's after all. Could you please come down for a second?
Arthur's heart started beating faster at the implications of this new message. Come down? Did that mean…? No, it couldn't be, Merlin was supposed to be at Lancelot's. But what other possible meaning there was? With a smile he was not able to stop from spreading across his lips, Arthur grabbed his jacket and made his way down towards the street.
And when he opened the door, he couldn't believe his eyes: not only Merlin was there, waiting for him with a smile on his face, but the rest of the boys were there too.
"What are you lot doing here?" Arthur whispered, almost unable to find his voice.
"I don't think we need to tell you whose idea it was" Gwaine said.
"No, you don't" Arthur answered with a smile, looking at his boyfriend who apparently was talking with someone through his phone.
"There's someone here wanting to talk to you" Merlin told him, handing him the phone to grab.
"Who is it?" Arthur asked, confused, as all the group was there with them.
"Will you just pick it up?" Merlin insisted, having trouble to resist the grin threatening to appear at the surprise his boyfriend was about to receive.
Arthur sighed but obeyed nonetheless, picking up the phone and taking it to his ear.
"Hello?" He asked, but his face quickly illuminated when he recognised the voice at the other side. "Leon! What's up, mate?"
Merlin smiled as he saw his boyfriend talking excitedly with his best friend for a couple of minutes, and he knew all the trouble he had got into to get Leon's number had been worth it. He knew Arthur had mostly lost all contact with his friends back home, as it was too painful for him to pretend nothing had changed when the distance separating them –both geographical and emotional– was so big. And he had never got over the fact he had left without saying goodbye to them. But as he saw him now, explaining things, asking questions, making jokes as if there was no tomorrow, Merlin knew Arthur was happy.
"Yeah, I know, it's almost twelve. Leon, let's... let's not have so much time pass without talking again, okay? I miss you, mate, so much... ...Tell Gwen and Elyan I miss them too... ...We'll talk again soon, okay? Thank you... ...Happy new year, Leon" Arthur finally finished his conversation and hung up the phone, turning to look at Merlin with tears in his eyes.
Merlin kept his gaze, a goofy smile on his face, until he couldn't resist any longer and embraced his boyfriend with all his might.
"Thank you" Arthur said, his voice breaking slightly.
"I thought you would like to talk to your friends" Merlin answered, reassuringly stroking his back while they embraced.
"I can't believe you did this. And what are you doing here?"
"Your gift to me was your future, wasn't it?" Merlin whispered in Arthur's ear. "If this is going to be our year, I need to start it with you"
Arthur couldn't find the words to reply to that, such was the emotion filling his heart, so he contented himself with burying his face in Merlin's neck, returning the embrace just as strongly.
"Guys" Gwaine alerted them, a portable radio next to his ear. "The countdown is about to begin! Ready? Go! Twelve, eleven..."
"I can't believe you came" Arthur told Merlin, breaking the embrace to look at the eyes of the person he loved the most in the world.
"...ten, nine..." Percival and Lancelot joined Gwaine's voice.
"I wouldn't have missed your face for anything in the world" Merlin answered, cupping Arthur's cheeks.
"I don't deserve..." Arthur started, but a finger to his lips stopped him before he could finish the sentence.
"You deserve all the good in the world"
"I already have it"
"...two, one... Happy new year!" everyone yelled excitedly, and Merlin enveloped Arthur in a strong embrace again as he captured his lips in a kiss which with they welcomed the new year.
"I love you" Arthur murmured against Merlin's lips, feeling Merlin's smile breaking widely.
"I love you too" Merlin answered as he finally broke the embrace, though he kept his arm around Arthur's shoulder.
"Hey, leave a bit for the rest of us too!" Gwaine joked as he jumped at them and enveloped them both in a bear hug. "Happy new year, boys"
"Happy new year, Gwaine" Arthur chuckled, and his smile grew even wider when he felt the other two boys putting their arms around them. "And everyone!"
Just then the traditional fireworks started and the five of them lifted their faces to look at them, not breaking their group hug as they felt very comfortable with their arms around each other. Yes, this was going to be their year.Read on FF.net
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