06 March 2017 @ 06:07 am
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Heartbreak and Hope
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Warnings: Major character death
Word Count: 100
Prompt: 252 Ham4cam "Wait For It"
Author's Notes: Regency AU drabble



Merlin looks on, heart heavy. Lord Pendragon’s profile is set in a stoic mask as the vicar speaks of Heaven and God’s loving embrace. A chilled mist falls steadily.

Holding the umbrella over them both, Merlin feels sick guilt at hoping his wait is finally over.

Guinevere received the letter saying her father had contracted yellow fever and though Arthur begged her to keep her distance, his lady rushed home. Now they are laying her to rest.

After twelve years of marriage, it's possible Arthur might be Merlin’s once again but this isn’t how he ever wished it would happen.
 
 
28 February 2017 @ 01:58 pm
Home  
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Home
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Warnings: Fluff
Word Count: 100
Prompt: 251 Perfectly Imperfect


Arthur puts down his briefcase and picks up Merlin’s scarf which he’d obviously taken off and dropped on the floor rather than hang it up. “Slob,” he says with a smile, draping it over a coat hook.

He loosens his tie as he kicks his boyfriend’s trainers under the table before he trips over them like he’s done dozens of times before. Arthur knows he’s got it bad when this doesn’t bother him at all.

There’s clattering and wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen so he heads in that direction to see what delicious things Merlin’s putting together for dinner.
 
 
21 February 2017 @ 02:45 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Save Me!
Rating: PG
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s:Merlin, Elena, Arthur
Summary: Arthur's running late
Warnings: Drunken advances of the unwanted kind
Word Count: 445
Prompt: Pick up lines




Merlin’s sitting at the crowded bar nursing his second pint, trying to give off stay the hell away from me vibes. Said vibes are not cooperating. Arthur had promised he’d meet him over forty minutes ago. Merlin looks down at his phone again but there’s still no response to his texts. So far he's been hit on half a dozen times and the hits just keep on coming. Two-for-One Tuesday had been a truly terrible idea for date night.Read more... )
 
 
14 February 2017 @ 12:06 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Blindsided
Rating: PG-13
Character/s: Morgana, Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Morgana sets Arthur up.
Warnings: Fluffity fluff
Word Count: 612
Prompt: 249 Blind date



At 7:15 Tuesday evening, the door to Arthur’s office swings open and Morgana stalks in. “If you’ve got plans tonight, cancel them,” she announces.Read more... )
 
 
07 February 2017 @ 04:54 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Finally
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen
Character/s: Arthur, Gwen, Merlin
Warnings: Emotional Infidelity
Word Count: 100
Prompt: 248 We need to talk



Arthur wakes with a start, heart racing. The dream was intense, eye opening. He glances down at his aching erection, then over at Gwen snoring softly beside him. His cock immediately softens. They haven’t had sex in months but he’d pled overwork and fatigue.

They’re not to blame.

In his dream he and Merlin had been watching a fiery sunset. Arthur took his hand. Merlin’s breathless “Finally” made Arthur laugh as he leaned in to kiss his best friend. He’d never known such happiness.

Arthur wants to be that happy. With Merlin.

Arthur waits. Gwen deserves to know the truth.
 
 
31 January 2017 @ 03:38 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: The Email Order Bridegroom, Chapter 51.1
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin, Clyde, Morgana
Warnings: Ridiculous fluff
Word Count: 109
Prompt: 247 Embarrass
Author's Notes: Here's a quick follow up to the last post in this series.




Merlin is walking Clyde when his cell buzzes. The dog continues on, determined to keep Merlin moving. It doesn’t work.

“I’m on to you,” he tells the dog, pulling on Clyde’s leash until he collapses on the path. Merlin ignores his glare.

“Morning, Morgana.”

“Arthur did not get that bruise playing football,” she states.

Merlin pauses, “He didn’t?”

“He got it doing something humiliating and you need to tell me what it is so I can mock him forever,” she says matter of factly.

Merlin doesn’t hesitate. “You can mock me, instead. I tripped over Clyde and took Arthur down with me,” he lies.

Arthur can thank him later.
 
 
24 January 2017 @ 07:22 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: The Email Order Bridegroom, Chapter 50
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur had a plan to stay in the United States. That plan was Merlin. It worked!
Warnings: Fluff and ridiculously happy coupledom
Word Count: 884
Prompt: 245 Bruises
Author's Notes: This is a continuation of The Email Order Bridegroom, which starts here. Also, thanks [livejournal.com profile] thismaz for remarking that I'd built Gwaine's shameless personality into Clyde.

Arthur leaves early enough for work to have plenty of time to drop a set of keys off with the dog walker. Merlin is keeping one eye on the clock while he’s reading the paper when he hears a metallic click behind him.

Clyde is by the back door, one paw experimentally pushing at the chrome flip top trash container’s foot pedal. In a split second, he’s got the lid cracked and is nosing it wider. Read more... )
 
 
17 January 2017 @ 05:55 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Lunch
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Morgana
Warnings: Fluff
Word Count: 100
Prompt: Enough
Author's Notes: Follows Celeste Finds a Home

“You know, I don’t think this is what Uther meant when he asked if you and Merlin would consider adoption,” Morgana says smiling at the cozy picture she’s walked in on.

Arthur is perched on the red leather couch in his office, rainbow print baby blanket across his legs. He has a thin black and white kitten held up in one hand. It’s pulling vigorously on a bottle, paws scrabbling at Arthur’s thumb.

Morgana pulls out her phone and takes a photo, immediately forwarding it to Gwen with the subject line Cuteness alert!

Arthur doesn’t look up until the kitten’s done.
 
 
10 January 2017 @ 06:16 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Celeste Finds a Home
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Warnings: Ridiculous fluff
Word Count: 200
Prompt: 244 Accidental
Author's Notes: Have a little visit with The Email Order Bridegroom cast.



“I couldn't help it,” Arthur says, but Merlin still hasn’t looked up from bundle in his arms.

The damp black and white kitten swaddled in Arthur’s suit jacket blinks back.Read more... )
 
 
03 January 2017 @ 06:24 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Looking Back
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Warnings: Ridiculous fluff
Word Count: 179
Prompt: Looking Back
Author's Notes: I promise I'l get back to The Email Order Bridegroom once these allergies stop wreaking merry havoc with my sinuses.


In retrospect Arthur should have seen this coming. He realizes he shouldn’t have bullied dead on his feet Merlin into going to Morgana’s New Year’s Open House after pulling a double in the ER the second his bleary eyed boyfriend takes the champagne flute from his hand and chugs it straight down.

Engagement ring and all.

Half an hour later they’re tucked up in bed, Arthur apologizing yet again for the stupid romantic gesture.

Merlin gives him a sleepy smile and a kiss. “You should have expected I'd do something like this but you’re marrying me anyway.”

Arthur smiles back, hopeful. “So that’s a yes?”

“When we get the ring back, we’ll give it a good scrub and you can try this again. No spoilers,” Merlin says, turning off his light. “Don’t do anything daft like tying it to a dove, though. I’d really like to get that ring on my finger one day.”

Arthur grins and shuts off his light before pulling his pliant, sleepy almost fiancé in for a cuddle. “Happy New Year, Merlin.”

“Happy New Year, Arthur,” Merlin mumbles into his pillow.
 
 
24 December 2016 @ 11:38 am
Title: Starting Over. Again.
Recipient:[livejournal.com profile] schweet_heart
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Rating: PG
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin, Leon/Morgana
Summary: Pendragon Corporation has bought Gaius’s coffee shops. Merlin’s left hanging.
Warnings: Mild angst, miscommunication, health scare
Word Count: 3915
Author's Notes: I hope this hits your Modern AU, angst with a happy ending buttons. Your specific prompt was excellent but it somehow kept descending into a medieval recipe exchange in my hands.
Disclaimer:Merlin is owned by the BBC and Shine. No copyright infringement is intended and no profit is being made. Don't send us to the dungeons.




A month before Christmas, Cool Beans, the small but profitable coffee chain (three links makes a chain, right?) Merlin manages in Ealdor is bought out by Pendragon Corporation. Uncle Gaius had been talking about retiring ”Sooner rather than later” for nearly a year, so when the surprisingly generous, unsolicited offer to purchase the three businesses is made and accepted, it hurts, but Merlin can understand his uncle’s decision to sell. Read more... )
 
 
20 December 2016 @ 07:49 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Rules are Rules
Rating: PG
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Being responsible doesn't have to be boring.
Warnings: Ridiculousness
Word Count: 100
Prompt: Responsible




“I can't, I have to finish my calculus before going out.”

Gwaine wheedles a bit but rules are rules and Arthur won’t disappoint father again. He hangs up, looks back over his shoulder. Merlin is missing only his shoes and socks. Arthur’s down to his vest and pants.

“Gwaine called me a boring git but, seriously, would a boring git come up with a game as awesome as Whoever Finishes the Calculus Problem First Gets to Make Their Boyfriend Strip?”

Merlin grins, “No he would not.” He holds up his work. “Done. Now let’s see that manly chest of yours.”
 
 
13 December 2016 @ 02:30 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: Hesitation
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Merlin hesitates
Warnings: Fluff
Word Count: 100
Prompt: 240 What are you afraid of?
Author's Notes: Sorry, The Email Order Bridegroom has to take a back seat to too frantic holiday chaos.


Merlin clutches the ring box, weighing the possibilities, not meeting Arthur’s eyes. He studies the ridiculous Our First Christmas ornament Arthur had given him instead.

The red framed photograph, taken at the end of a drinks fueled wrestling match, centers on a Santa hatted Arthur perched on his PA’s chest, blond hair glowing in the light of the company Christmas tree. Merlin is scowling murderously. Less than half an hour later they were snogging in the copy room. Three years gone and here they are.

What's stopping me? Merlin wonders. He hands the box to Arthur.

“There's one more present.”
 
 
06 December 2016 @ 05:00 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: In the Dark
Rating: G
Pairing/s: Merlin/Arthur
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Merlin takes a chance.
Warnings: Fluff
Word Count: 100
Prompt: 240 Cinema
Author's Notes: This is the first thing that popped into my head and everything else felt forced once it did.

The theater darkens as the Marvel Studios logo flashes across the screen. Heart racing, Merlin makes the classic fake yawn stretch, not casual arm fall over his best friend’s shoulders. He holds his breath. Arthur doesn’t flinch. Doesn’t pull away.

Merlin’s heart is racing, he feels light headed, flushed. He sneaks a side eyed glance at Arthur’s strong profile, stomach flipping at the small, sweet smile he discovers there.

When Arthur’s hand moves to his thigh, Merlin abandons following anything other than the points where they are connected, the movie taking a backseat to maybe, finally getting his heart’s desire.
 
 
29 November 2016 @ 05:07 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: The Email Order Bridegroom, Chapter 49
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur had a plan to stay in the United States. That plan was Merlin. It worked.
Warnings: Ridiculous fluff.
Word Count: 653
Prompt: 239 Hunger
Author's Notes: This is a continuation of The Email Order Bridegroom which sharts here

Clyde is at his side the moment Merlin opens the refrigerator, trying to push Merlin away from the door with one muscular shoulder. Merlin stands his ground.

“Gwaine may let you eat straight out of the fridge but we're a bit less relaxed around here,” he chastises, nudging Clyde with his knee as he’s pulling out orange juice and bread. The dogs huffs and falls to the ground like he’s been shot. Merlin rolls his eyes at the furry drama queen.Read more... )
 
 
22 November 2016 @ 07:23 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: The Email Order Bridegroom, Chapter 48
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur had a plan to stay in the United States. That plan was Merlin. It totally worked.
Warnings: Ridiculous fluff
Word Count: 708
Prompt: 238, Unexpected
Author's Notes: This is a continuation of The Email Order Bridegroom which starts here.



Merlin falls asleep on the drive home, waking up just as they pull into the driveway.

“It’s strange how you find stop and go traffic so restful,” Arthur remarks. Read more... )
 
 
15 November 2016 @ 04:03 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: The Email Order Bridegroom: A Window Into the Near Future
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur had a plan to stay in the United States. That plan was Merlin.
Warnings: Fluff
Word Count: 534
Prompt: 237, A Day In the Life
Author's Notes: This is a small window into Arthur and Merlin's lives several months down the road.


Celeste leaps onto the end of the bed, staring purposefully at the yellow hair sticking out from under the royal blue duvet, willing the great lump to get up and get to work. Minutes tick by with no progress so, restless, she stalks up and down the body, trying to march into his awareness.Read more... )
 
 
08 November 2016 @ 05:13 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: The Email Order Bridegroom, Chapter 47
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur has a plan to stay in the United States. That plan is Merlin
Warnings: Boys being happy and in love
Word Count: 771
Prompt: 236, Separation
Author's Notes: After a month of suspense, we're back to The Email Order Bridegroom, which starts here.



After the champagne, swimming and sex, Arthur and Merlin drift into a nap only to wake, starving, hours later.

The kitchen cabinets are bare so they hop into the convertible and cruise over to Ralphs for staples and snacks. Arthur goes rogue en route, taking Merlin on a short celebrity homes tour. Read more... )
 
 
01 November 2016 @ 05:00 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: The Inheritance, Chapter 4
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Has Arthur inherited a haunted house?
Warnings: Haunted house tropes at every turn
Word Count: 1164 (sorry)
Prompt: Chaos
Author's Notes: This wraps up Suspense Month.


“Of course I don’t,” Arthur hisses back. “That’s why I’m going to investigate.” He pulls away, hand on the doorknob.Read more... )
 
 
25 October 2016 @ 03:19 pm
Author: [livejournal.com profile] brunettepet
Title: The Inheritance, Chapter 3
Rating: PG-13
Pairing/s: Arthur/Merlin
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Did Arthur inherit a haunted house?
Warnings: Haunted house tropes at every turn!
Word Count: 1006
Prompt: 234, No! Stop!
Author's Notes: The Email Order Bridegroom is on hiatus for Suspense Month.

Merlin wakes with a start and, forgetting where they are, he nearly falls off the couch. Behind him Arthur is kicking and shouting incoherently. Merlin spins to find Arthur’s eyes are open and wild.

“Arthur.” Merlin says sharply. Arthur doesn’t acknowledge him. Merlin grabs a shoulder, giving it a gentle shake. “Arthur, wake up. You’re having a bad dream.”Read more... )