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Amy ([personal profile] such_heights) wrote2010-11-17 01:22 am

FIC: Go-Between (Merlin; Arthur/Merlin/Gwen, 3x10 coda)

Merlin ; Arthur/Merlin/Gwen ; PG-13 ; 1400 words ; coda to 3x10 ; no content notes ; also at the AO3
"Give that to Arthur, from me."

The trouble is, Arthur and Gwen are so noble about the whole 'we can never see each other again' nonsense. Every time Merlin asks Gwen how she's holding up, she just replies that it's for the best, that she would never be the cause of a rift between Arthur and his father, no matter her feelings on the matter.

Elyan, meanwhile, snaps that her life is worth a damn sight more than any man's affections, prince or not. He was still pretty bitter about being away from Camelot while this whole fiasco had happened.

Arthur vows that he will not put Gwen's life in danger again, no matter how great the temptation to don a cloak and sneak down to her house may be. Both he and Gwen seem remarkably sanguine about their situation whenever Merlin asks them, so it seems that it's left to him to do their fretting for them.

Merlin hates this. He hates knowing that there is a great future awaiting them that seems many years away, an unbearable thought every time he finds himself in contact with Uther, forced to ignore his hate and not-quite-quenched desire for vengeance. Speaking his mind to the king, just once, had felt fantastic, but it doesn't change things for anyone. Then there is the question of Morgana, and Merlin still has no idea at all what to do about that one.

Arthur and Gwen, on the other hand. That, he might be able to do something about.


He has dinner with Gwen and Elyan about once a week - mostly for the company, though the fact that Gwen's cooking is a sight better than Gaius's helps too, not that he'd ever admit as much. They talk about the news of the town, the people Elyan's making things for, the latest gossip from the servant's quarters in the castle. Spending time with the two of them is refreshingly normal, and something of it almost reminds Merlin of being back in Ealdor.

When Elyan returns to the forge to clear up for the night, Merlin starts washing plates and Gwen sits at the table, lacing her fingers together.

"How is Arthur?" she asks hesitantly.

"Oh, you know. He's all right, spends most of his time beating his knights up, same old." He frowns, not sure if that's the right answer. "He misses you like mad, obviously. And he hasn't forgiven Uther, you know, even though he keeps up appearances."

Gwen shakes her head. "I don't want that, not on my account."

Merlin gives her the side-eye. "Well, it's hardly your fault, is it?"

Her mouth quirks. "No, I suppose not."

Merlin towels off the last pot and returns it to its hook by the fire. "I should probably get going," he says. "Think Arthur's dragging me hunting tomorrow."

"Lucky you," Gwen laughs, getting to her feet and coming over to meet him at the door.

"See, are you still sure you're missing out? I don't know if I'd want to spend much time with Arthur voluntarily."

He's joking and they both know it, so Gwen just rolls her eyes and pulls him into a hug. "Try not to get accidentally speared tomorrow, won't you?"

"That was one time," Merlin protests. "But I'll do my best."

Gwen smiles, and kisses his cheek. "Give that to Arthur, from me," she says.

It's only after Merlin's left her house that he wonders how exactly he's meant to do that.


He broaches the topic the next morning as he's dressing Arthur.

"I had dinner with Gwen last night."

"Oh?" Arthur's voice is casual, but Merlin sees the way he straightens up a little, eyes trained on Merlin as though he's only just noticed him. "How is she?"

"She's fine. She asked after you."

"And what did you tell her?"

"That you miss her, but that you're all right." Merlin hesitates for a moment.

"Merlin? Is there something else?"

"Well. She asked me to give you this."

He's standing right in front of Arthur anyway, so it's easy to lean in a little closer and press his mouth to Arthur's cheekbone, softly the way that Gwen had. He pulls away, half-expecting Arthur to throw something at him, but Arthur's eyes have gone soft.

"Oh," he says. "Um. Tell her, thank you."

A little less nervous now, Merlin raises an eyebrow. "Thank you? That's it?"

"Yes. Come on, we should get going."


That's all Merlin gets until two days later when he casually mentions running into Gwen down in the kitchens that morning.

"Mm," says Arthur, thoughtful. "Well, when you see her next, I have something you can give her."

"And what's that?"

There's a wicked glint in Arthur's eye, and so really Merlin isn't too surprised when Arthur curls his hand around the back of Merlin's neck and leans in to kiss him. What is surprising is the way that Arthur is slow and gentle with it, not at all the way Merlin would have thought.

Not that he's thought about it. Much.

"Think you can manage that?" Arthur asks as he draws away.

"I'll -- er. I'll see what I can do."

"You do that."


He catches Gwen at the outskirts of the marketplace and draws her into a corner. It's pretty clear that she knows what's coming, so Merlin does his best to replicate Arthur's approach to kissing. It's actually easier than he would have thought, and Gwen certainly seems pleased.


Everything escalates after that. Of course it does, Merlin thinks, because this is his life and that's typically what happens.

Gwen's the first one to slip him some tongue, but Arthur's the first to take his shirt off (Arthur's always the first one to take his shirt off). Soon enough, he's using every creative skill he possesses to best describe the feel of Arthur inside him as Gwen lowers herself onto him, her eyes bright and huge.

Both of them are so beautiful, and Merlin loves them so much that something twists in his chest and he doesn't quite know what to do with himself. He doesn't mind that when they're with him they're thinking of someone else, because he wants to give them this happiness and it's one small way of messing with Camelot's stupid and outdated laws.

Not to mention, it's been far too long since Merlin was having sex this regularly, and he's really not planning on complaining.

"You know, this is stupid," he says one evening, flushed with a stupid-happy grin across his face and sprawled next to Gwen.

"What do you mean?" she asks, sounding a little anxious.

"Oh, no," he says, cursing his poor choice of words. "This isn't stupid. This is fantastic. It's just -- it's really stupid I have to act as a go-between for you and Arthur. I am more than happy to, believe me, but."

"Do you have a suggestion?" Gwen asks, propping herself up on her side. The moonlight outlines her figure, and Merlin takes a moment to reflect on what a lucky bastard he is.

"Do you trust me?"

"Yes," she says slowly. "But I don't fancy taking risks."

"It'll be risk-free, I promise. Listen, I know the guards around Arthur's chambers, we can trust them. They're more loyal to Arthur than they are to Uther."

"Hmm," says Gwen. "You make an interesting argument."

"Meet me outside my rooms after dinner tomorrow," he says, kissing her forehead. "I'll take you to Arthur."


Gwen shows up in the pink dress, looking a little nervous but mostly pleased, and it's more than worth the subtle magic Merlin does behind her back to bring the two of them together again.

He hasn't told Arthur, and the look on his face is perfect, a mix of surprise and love and a little awe. Merlin understands that feeling - it's how he feels every time he looks at either of them.

He's about to make an unobtrusive exit when Arthur looks over at him. "Don't think you get away so easily," he says.

Gwen reaches out and grabs his hand, pulling him towards them. "Did you really think you were just a substitute?" she asks.

"Well," Merlin falters. "Yes?"

Arthur and Gwen exchange a look.

"What?" Merlin asks.

"Come here," says Gwen, positioning him between them.

Arthur wraps his arms around Merlin's waist while Gwen kisses him, before kissing Arthur over his shoulder.

"Oh," Merlin says. "Well. All right then."

Arthur takes their hands and draws them back to his bed, various accoutrements and items of clothing falling forgotten in their wake. As it turns out, there is more than enough room for three.
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[personal profile] fictional 2010-11-17 01:27 am (UTC)(link)
OH! Best story ever. OT3 for SO MUCH WIN.
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[personal profile] fly_to_dawn 2010-11-17 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
Excuse me while I flail like a baby seal over this. It is sweet and gorgeous and full of love - perfect ♥ (And yay, Elyan!) I love these three so much!

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[personal profile] kaydeefalls 2010-11-17 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
HEARTS IN MY EYES. Oh, this is so sweet.
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[personal profile] emei 2010-11-17 02:37 am (UTC)(link)
So perfect. <3 And including Elyan, too! OT3 of all hearts, this.
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[personal profile] lunarwolfik 2010-11-17 03:09 am (UTC)(link)
Heh, OT3! This is adorable!

Everything escalates after that. Of course it does, Merlin thinks, because this is his life and that's typically what happens.

Never were truer words ever spoken. Oh Merlin *squishes*

This is a very quaint coda and I really like how you handle their relationships. They're just so cute!
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[personal profile] itachitachi 2010-11-17 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
Eeeeee!! Oh my darling OT3!

"Did you really think you were just a substitute?" she asks.

"Well," Merlin falters. "Yes?"

MERLIN. *pets his silly head* I think this one of my favorite get-together that I've seen for the three of them. There aren't a lot of them around, admittedly, but this was just so charming. And... augh. Merlin! My heart!
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[personal profile] themadlurker 2010-11-17 03:40 am (UTC)(link)
My heart! This is perfect and just what is needed after 3x10. <3
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[personal profile] gorgeousnerd 2010-11-17 03:43 am (UTC)(link)
Hee! This was fantastic and perfect and really hot, considering it was only a PG-13 story. Can this be canon now?
heathershaped: (Merlin: Arthur/Gwen/Merlin)

[personal profile] heathershaped 2010-11-17 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
LOVE. So much love! ♥

[identity profile] 2010-11-17 06:01 am (UTC)(link)
Wow, this is so what I didn't know I wanted to read until I read it. Wonderful.
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[personal profile] true_statement 2010-11-17 07:17 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, sweethearts <3
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[personal profile] wildestranger 2010-11-17 09:27 am (UTC)(link)
Aww. I love this a lot.

[identity profile] 2010-11-17 03:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Awww! So lovely.

You really capture Merlin's voice here, and the way he feels trapped between a too-distant endpoint for destiny, Uther, and Morgana.

Things that worked especially well for me:
--So nice to see Elyan here! And I love the bit that hanging out with him and Gwen reminds Merlin of Ealdor.
--Merlin noticing but not admitting that Gwen is a better cook than Gaius. I love the way this little example of his tremendous loyalty in a small thing works thematically with his loyalty to Gwen and Arthur in the main plot.
--The fact that Gwen starts the whole threesome ball rolling; I imagined that she knew how much Arthur would appreciate the kiss via Merlin.
--Arthur's eyes going soft. Gah!
--Merlin getting accidentally speared and being unable to live it down.
--Arthur's always the first one to take his shirt off
--The fact that Merlin's motives are a mixture of love for Gwen & Arthur and defiance of the oppressive customs of Camelot.
--Gwen wearing the pink dress! Also, taking note of her luscious figure.
--The fact that Merlin uses secret magic to bring the two of them together.


"Did you really think you were just a substitute?" she asks.

"Well," Merlin falters. "Yes?"

Phenomenal and very cheering! Thanks so much for writing and bringing a little joy to my day!

[personal profile] meri 2010-11-17 06:54 pm (UTC)(link)
He's about to make an unobtrusive exit when Arthur looks over at him. "Don't think you get away so easily," he says.

Gwen reaches out and grabs his hand, pulling him towards them. "Did you really think you were just a substitute?" she asks.

"Well," Merlin falters. "Yes?"

Oh, oh, oh. My threesome. So perfect here. ♥!
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[personal profile] jumbee 2010-11-17 07:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Arthur's always the first one to take his shirt off.

I lol'd really hard.

But the rest of this fic was adorable as well; I love the "give them a kiss from me" approach to threesome fic.

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(Anonymous) 2010-11-17 07:05 pm (UTC)(link)
I've been craving OT3 fic so much!! And this was just perfect :) I love the concept and how it progresses so naturally and then the ending where they're all together. &hearts&hearts&hearts
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[personal profile] yue_ix 2010-11-17 07:37 pm (UTC)(link)
This is perfect, and was definitively needed. I adored that Merlin genuinely loved them both and passing the messages and didn't think it was anything more, but that Gwen and Arthur had already figured out where they wanted this to go. They were all adorable and so in love.

Other awesome things:
- Family dinner time, with good cooking
- Elyan!
- Merlin being surprised at Arthur's reaction to the kiss (and Arthur's reaction itself)
- Merlin taking a bit of pleasure at getting his way around a law he finds stupid
- Arthur sleeping with Merlin and Merlin wanting to do his best to translate that to Gwen, still oblivious (<3 slightly oblivious Merlin in some areas when he's so perspective in others)
- Gwen outlined in moonlight and Merlin's reaction
- Merlin knowing the guards (which I want to be true) but still using magic
- Delicious sandwich kissing. Awww.

Thank you for all the wonderful mental images!

[identity profile] 2010-11-17 08:12 pm (UTC)(link)
Oooh, this is just...gyah. Wonderful. So much love for this OT3. You had a fantastic balance of longing and humor. Really wonderful. <3
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[personal profile] arobynsung 2010-11-17 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I love the premise you used for this. So sweet :)
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[personal profile] ein_papier 2010-11-17 09:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, this is wonderful! So perfect, all the love between them and the way Merlin thinks and acts and everything!
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[personal profile] selenak 2010-11-17 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh adorable OT3! Wonderful vignette, thanks for writing it!

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[identity profile] 2010-11-17 10:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Aww, this is all kinds of adorable and awesome!

[personal profile] ella_bane 2010-11-18 12:56 am (UTC)(link)
Eee! That was lovely! *dreamy sigh*

[identity profile] 2010-11-18 12:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh this is wonderful! All the love that moves between the three, and of course Merlin is the dope who thinks he's only the go-between tool of their affection. You've captured the heart of the OT3 here beautifully - and literally ;P and it's all just hopelessly fabulous ♥___♥

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