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Amy ([personal profile] such_heights) wrote2010-03-12 08:52 pm
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FIC: Giving Thanks (Merlin, OT4 gen, for glass_icarus)

Giving Thanks
Merlin ; Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, Gwen ; PG ; 1000 words ; for [personal profile] glass_icarus, who had a birthday and wanted somebody to discover 'the secret diary of aggrieved sad-panda Merlin Emrys'.
Saved Arthur's sorry arse today. Again.

Saved Arthur's sorry arse today. Again. Evil witch-king, death to Uther and his son, same old story. I wouldn't mind so much if Arthur weren't always unconscious just when I'm doing the saving part.

Honestly, he doesn't seem to know half of what I do for him - or if he does, he doesn't care. It's enough to make me wonder what on earth I'm doing here anyway.

Arthur spluttered. That was outrageous.

"Arthur?" Morgana peered around the doorway. "What are you doing?"

"Nothing," Arthur said brusquely.

"Here, let me see." She strode over and grabbed the book out of Arthur's hands. "Have you been reading your manservant's diary? Because that is really bad form, you know."

"It was right there, what was I supposed to do?"

Morgana tutted, but then started reading the open page herself. Her eyes widened, and she smiled in an alarming sort of way.


"Read the next part." She handed the diary back to Arthur.

Gwen's lucky, Morgana's actually nice to her.

"Yet another thing I've beaten you at."

"That is highly unfair," Arthur protested.

"Is it?"

"I am a fantastic employer," said Arthur. "Most people in Camelot would give their right arm to be able to serve me."

"That's because they don't know you," said Morgana, with the smuggest of smug grins.

"Okay, fine," said Arthur. "I will prove you wrong."

"Do what you like," said Morgana. "I'm going to see if Gwen's picked any fresh flowers for me today."

Before Arthur had a chance to retort, she was gone.


"Thank you," said Arthur as Merlin set out his breakfast.

"Excuse me?"

"I said, thank you," said Arthur, as patiently as he could.

"Oh! Um -- you're welcome?"

Merlin stared at Arthur. Arthur stared back.

"That's all, Merlin, no need to stand there looking like a startled deer."

Merlin span abruptly on his heel and headed off to collect Arthur's armour for mending.

Arthur smiled to himself, content with a job well done.


"Merlin thinks you're gravely ill," Gwen told Arthur later when she bumped into him in the courtyard. "Don't be surprised if Gaius drops in to have a look at you."

"Wait, what?"

"He thinks you're slowly being overcome by a fever, and that it's addled your mind. I take it you've decided to take Morgana up on her challenge?"

"Wait, how do you know about that?"

Gwen gave him a mild look.

"All right, stupid question," Arthur conceded.

"It's just --" Gwen started, then broke off, looking down.

"Guinevere, what is it?"

"Don't do this for sport," she replied, meeting his eye again. "Merlin, he -- he deserves kindness. Be kind. That's all."

She bowed her head and went on her way before Arthur had a chance to respond.


"Will that be all?" Merlin asked as he finished his nighttime duties.

"Yes," Arthur said, already luxuriating in bed. Merlin was nearly out the door before he remembered. "Merlin!"

"Yes, Arthur?"

"I won't be needing your services tomorrow."

"What? Why, what did I do?"

"Nothing," said Arthur, laughing at Merlin's horrified expression. "It's not a punishment, it's a reward. Take the day off, you've earned it."

"Are you sure?"

"Quite sure. Now go on, away with you."


It wasn't long before Arthur regretted that magnanimous gesture. He couldn't remember where half of his things were any more, which left him late for training and quite out of joint. And more than anything, he found much to his surprise that his missed Merlin's presence, irritating though it undoubtedly was. He was restless, bored. He was reasonably sure that he'd done something with his spare time before Merlin had come along with his sarcasm and moments of blinding stupidity, but he couldn't remember precisely what that had been.

He tapped his fork restlessly against his plate over a solitary lunch, and wondered what Merlin would say if he were here.


Morgana turned up to annoy him soon after that. "I hear you managed to dress yourself and everything this morning," she said, leaning against his doorway. "I must say, I'm rather impressed."

"See how generous I can be?"

"Yes, yes, you're very good at showy gestures," Morgana said dismissively. "Let me know when you do something proper. Anyway, I'm taking Gwen on a picnic by the lake, I'll see you at dinner."

Arthur cursed. He was going to have to up his game.


When Merlin answered his door that evening, he looked somewhat alarmed to see Arthur.

"What is it, what's happened? What did you do?"

"Nothing, nothing's wrong. Can't I drop round on a social visit?"

"Not really," said Merlin.

Arthur conceded that he had a point. "Well, anyway. I just wanted to see how you are."

"Fine," Merlin said warily. "I can survive outside your presence, you know."

"That's not what I meant. Look, it has come to my attention that -- well, really what I wanted was just to say -- you know."

"Uh -- no, I don't know."

Arthur laughed. "All right, neither do I. I suppose I just wanted to let you know that --" He broke off again, then steeled himself. "You're a good man, Merlin. And I am grateful for everything that you do, it is appreciated. I would have guessed that you knew that anyway, but maybe you didn't, so. There we go."

He didn't give Merlin a chance to reply, just clapped him on the shoulder and headed off, letting out a breath. That hadn't been so terrible after all.


Today was a good day. Today also confirmed my suspicions - Arthur is almost certainly on the way to losing his mind. However, given that it seems to have resulted in some improvements, I can't say that I mind too much. Maybe I won't alert Gaius after all.
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[personal profile] netgirl_y2k 2010-03-12 09:24 pm (UTC)(link)

*draws lovehearts around Merlin*

secondsilk: Scott from Strictly Ballroom, caught at the end of the turn, arms raised. (Default)

[personal profile] secondsilk 2010-03-12 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay. They are suck fun.
I can read this as Gwen/Morgana, yes?
secondsilk: Scott from Strictly Ballroom, caught at the end of the turn, arms raised. (Default)

[personal profile] secondsilk 2010-03-14 09:29 am (UTC)(link)
No doubt. I actually missed the OT4 designation in the gen bit.

I have to get more show.
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[personal profile] liseuse 2010-03-12 09:42 pm (UTC)(link)
D'awwww! Failboats in love! This is adorable.

(And I'm totally shipping Gwen and Morgana in this. It's easy to win when you've seduced your hotass lady-in-waiting.)
gorgeousnerd: A cartoon Batman from "Batman and Sons" holding his baby Terry, smiling and whistling. (Batman.)

[personal profile] gorgeousnerd 2010-03-12 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Hee! How adorable!

[identity profile] 2010-03-12 10:25 pm (UTC)(link)
So cute! I especially like Gwen gently putting Arthur in his place.
themadlurker: (merlin >> ot4 truth)

[personal profile] themadlurker 2010-03-12 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Ahahaha. Poor Arthur, he really doesn't know what to do, does he?

[identity profile] 2010-03-13 01:55 am (UTC)(link)
Ahahaha, so cute! And, awww, Gwen and Morgana ♥
glass_icarus: (merlin: foot!love)

[personal profile] glass_icarus 2010-03-13 02:05 am (UTC)(link)
ASDLFKJSGDHK AHAHAHAHA, &hearts! Oh, Arthur, never stop being a ridiculous failboat. :> :> :> Thank you, sweets!
sophinisba: Merlin smiling with forest background (ep. 1.04) (merlin smiling by miakun)

[personal profile] sophinisba 2010-03-13 02:49 am (UTC)(link)
Naw, Arthur. He does try. :)
cat_77: (Merlin -OT4)

[personal profile] cat_77 2010-03-13 05:00 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, cute. Love awkward Arthur and Merlin thinking the poor prince had lost his mind.
copracat: gwen from merlin (gwen)

[personal profile] copracat 2010-03-13 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
*snorkles into tea* Oh dear! Poor Arthur, he cannot win at this. Love the way Arthur and Morgana totally ignore "Saved Arthur's sorry arse today. Again." to concentrate on competing!
watersword: Colin Morgan as Merlin in Merlin (2008, BB) (Merlin: Merlin)

[personal profile] watersword 2010-03-13 03:52 pm (UTC)(link)
*snerk* oh, Arthur.
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[personal profile] kel_reiley 2010-03-13 09:03 pm (UTC)(link)
hehehe love this :)
ein_papier: Gwen by window, black and white (Merlin & Arthur)

[personal profile] ein_papier 2010-03-13 10:06 pm (UTC)(link)
Heh! Wonderful!

[identity profile] 2010-03-14 09:01 pm (UTC)(link)
oh, BLESS. everything about this was utterly perfect -- morgana being mean to arthur! arthur secretly being nice under his prattiness! picnics by the lake! insanity! merlin's SAD PANDA DIARY, ohmygod.

there is not enough gen ot4 fic out there, and this was absolute perfect, thank you!
briar_pipe: chibi Arthur hugging Merlin (Hugs (A/M))

[personal profile] briar_pipe 2010-03-15 03:36 am (UTC)(link)

Loved this: Anyway, I'm taking Gwen on a picnic by the lake, I'll see you at dinner."

Arthur cursed. He was going to have to up his game.

Absolutely adorable, the whole thing.
ontology: (oh lovely gwen)

[personal profile] ontology 2010-03-16 10:31 pm (UTC)(link)
I LOVE THEM WHEN THEY ARE BEING ALL CUTE AND FONDLY BICKERY. And I love the adorable awkwardness of Arthur trying to even figure out how to be nice to Merlin. :D

(Anonymous) 2011-06-03 04:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Hilarious and adorable. At the same time.