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Um, oops. A week of especially special insomnia, and I let it slip to [livejournal.com profile] shetiger that I realized I had, well, forgotten to post something I wrote for her. She threatened to defriend me, of course.

Merlin/Arthur UST, 875 words, spoilers for 1x07 "The Gates of Avalon" and takes place immediately thereafter.

Summary: There are no small potatoes once the things have been aimed at your head.


A Gesture, Deliberate


Apparently, someone didn't think it punishment enough (even entirely undeserved as it had been) that Merlin ended up in the stocks yet again.

The kitchens served potatoes for the next three days.

"This is your doing, I know it," Merlin said, as he slid another supper plate of meat-with-a-side-of-mockery in front of a lounging Arthur.

Arthur gazed up at him without lifting his chin from where it rested in the palm of his hand, the very picture of princely indifference. "You do realize that dictating to the kitchen staff is far below my station?"

"Yeah, you'd--you'd never go out of your way to give me a hard time," Merlin said. "By the way, you might have to speak up--I think there's still a bit of berry in my ear, thank you for that."

"You shouldn't turn your head next time."

"Well, if it's a choice between a berry in the ear or a carrot in the eye--" Merlin straightened himself up and narrowed his eyes at Arthur. "Hang on, I'm not planning for a next time. There will be no 'next time.' The king would probably just have me beheaded instead in order to give the produce merchants a holiday."

Arthur leaned forward on his elbows, looking up at Merlin with a detachment so studied that Merlin began hurriedly counting his clean shirts in his head. "Don't be ridiculous. It's bad form to execute the feeble-minded." He tore off a hunk of bread and turned it over in his fingers, then smirked up at Merlin. "I'm sure he'll simply have you flogged."

"Right, that's great, really." Merlin set a stein of ale in front of Arthur, and considered thumping it down solidly enough to splash, but he knew he'd just end up cleaning it up anyway. "I should have known it was all a scheme to look out for my well-being."

"Someone has to, the way you get into trouble." There was full-blown mischief in Arthur's eyes now, the kind that made Merlin consider searching the room for any more feathered hats and quietly setting them on fire. But Arthur just sat there watching him, and Merlin had to conclude that no humiliating headwear was immediately forthcoming.

Merlin rubbed at his neck and then waved his fingers at Arthur's food. "That's going to get cold."

"In which case, you'd have to bring me a fresh plate." Arthur continued torturing the poor defenceless morsel of bread, which Merlin was sure never did anyone any harm and hardly deserved so ignoble an end as getting reduced to a tiny ball and flicked into the fireplace.

He frowned down at Arthur, who seemed to be taking the spoiled noble thing a bit too far, even if he were in one of his moods. Which he didn't really seem to be, so Merlin wasn't quite sure what to do with him. "That's wasteful, you know."

Arthur took a drink from the stein, watching Merlin over the rim. He set it down and started toying with his fork, though he didn't bring it anywhere near his food. Merlin thought he was watching the candle flame flicker between the tines.

Merlin stifled a sigh--well, all right, he barely stifled a sigh--and Arthur looked up at him again. "Right then, let's consider this," Arthur said, dropping the fork. "What do you think would have happened had someone of standing expressed a desire to see more potatoes served with meals?"

"He'd be lucky if the things didn't end up all over his head." Arthur raised his eyebrows, and Merlin gave an insincere head-bob. "Accidentally."

Arthur sat back in his chair, fitting his elbows to the armrests and folding his hands together. "Of course, if someone were to have professed such a craving to the cooks, the cooks would have been forced to stock up the pantry. Which might have created a shortage of potatoes available in the market."

"Which... would mean fewer potatoes for the pelting of entirely innocent and undeserving servants." Merlin rested his weight on the back on an empty chair and gave Arthur a good long look. "Is this your way of apologizing to me?"

Arthur's answering gaze was just as steady, then his lips curled up in a sardonic little moue. "I haven't the slightest idea what you're talking about."

"Unless it's just that you really are planning to get me in trouble again," Merlin said with a chuckle, but he sobered up when Arthur's expression didn't change. "Are you?"

"That would be like planning for the sun to rise in the morning, Merlin," Arthur said, plucking an apple from the basket in the middle of the table and turning it around in one hand. "It's going to happen whether you schedule it or not."

"Very probably," Merlin said. Arthur glanced up at him again, and there was that dangerous twinkle back in his eyes. Merlin felt a flush of heat creep over his neck, and thought that he must have overfed the fire.

He picked up Arthur's discarded fork and presented it to him. "Eat your potatoes, sire," he said firmly, meeting Arthur's eyes. Arthur finally set down the apple and took the fork, giving Merlin an understated nod, his fingers brushing warm against Merlin's own.

Date: 2009-02-13 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stealth-rose.livejournal.com
Arthur sat back in his chair, fitting his elbows to the armrests and folding his hands together. "Of course, if someone were to have professed such a craving to the cooks, the cooks would have been forced to stock up the pantry. Which might have created a shortage of potatoes available in the market."

"Which... would mean fewer potatoes for the pelting of entirely innocent and undeserving servants." Merlin rested his weight on the back on an empty chair and gave Arthur a good long look. "Is this your way of apologizing to me?"


heeeeeeeeeeeee.

He picked up Arthur's discarded fork and presented it to him. "Eat your potatoes, sire," he said firmly, meeting Arthur's eyes. Arthur finally set down the apple and took the fork, giving Merlin an understated nod, his fingers brushing warm against Merlin's own.

Awwww. :)

*needs to find appropriate fandom icons*

Date: 2009-02-13 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hackthis.livejournal.com
Oh, that was cute and very much what today called for. I quite liked it.

Date: 2009-02-13 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] callistianstar.livejournal.com
How sweet. To be quite honest I really had no idea where this was going, which was silly. Arthur is such a sweethearted prick. How awesome. ^^ Great job with this.

Date: 2009-02-13 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shetiger.livejournal.com
I had, well, forgotten to post something

*raises eyebrow* Something? I'm not seeing the plural, there.


Still full of awwwww and eeeee, darling. *smooch*

Date: 2009-02-13 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rohaa.livejournal.com
Oh, I love how undercooked *cough* this is. So much UST. YUM!

Date: 2009-02-13 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] srin.livejournal.com
Ahahah, cute! :D

Date: 2009-02-13 09:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] rainchild.livejournal.com
Aww, I love watching-out-for-Merlin!Arthur. *heart*

Date: 2009-02-13 10:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archaeologist-d.livejournal.com
That's great. Loved that Arthur asked for more potatoes to protect Merlin. Very cute.

Date: 2009-02-13 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_profiterole_/
They're so adorable! ^__^

Date: 2009-02-14 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mossylawn.livejournal.com
it's so adorable! and so them too :)

Date: 2009-02-14 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] helen-damnation.livejournal.com
For some reason it's now that I remember potatoes were introduced in... Queen Elizabeth's time, I think. Definitely much later than the Dark Ages. Yet I didn't think of it when it was brought up in the show... Anyway, it doesn't matter. Great fic! Lol Arthur. God forbid he should do something so plebian as say "I'm sorry, Merlin." Nononono, that wouldn't do at all.

Date: 2009-02-14 03:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bewarethesmirk.livejournal.com
*g* I love scenes that could be stripped right from the Merlin canon itself. I love the roundabout avenues of communication and, of course, the tension.

Date: 2009-02-14 03:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] treewishes.livejournal.com
Aww, nice! Thanks for posting.

Date: 2009-02-14 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liz-mo.livejournal.com
Awww, that was sweet. I love it when Arthur does something subtly nice for Merlin and Merlin needs a while to cotton on. Very much in character and fun!

Date: 2009-02-14 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fadagaski.livejournal.com
Ahaha. Arthur's so underhanded in his overprotectiveness. :)

Date: 2009-02-15 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nightrider101.livejournal.com
How sweet and very in character!

Thank you for sharing!

Date: 2009-02-15 06:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twisted-vergule.livejournal.com
I love how obscurely sweet Arthur is.

Date: 2009-02-15 12:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarren.livejournal.com
Aw, cute.

Date: 2009-02-16 06:00 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] azdaja-dafema.livejournal.com
This is so wonderfully in character!

Date: 2009-02-17 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jade-dragoness.livejournal.com
Protective!Arthur FTW!

Ah, I love how Merlin slowly understood that Arthur was looking out for him. YAY!

Adorable fic!

Date: 2009-04-03 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noonwise.livejournal.com
Awh, that's very lovely of Arthur. Loved how Merlin finally clicked to what Arthur did!

Date: 2009-04-07 04:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] jusmine984.livejournal.com
Aww!! It's so cute!!!

Love it. ^_^

Date: 2010-04-03 04:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] thedeathchamber.livejournal.com
Aw, Arthur! So thoughtful. ^_^ Sweet.

Date: 2009-07-15 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zentiis.livejournal.com
You made me happy-sigh. That was lovely.

Much love. <3

Date: 2009-12-02 03:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] intermezzo
Aww, this is soo cute and perfectly in character. Loved it! thanks for sharing it!

Date: 2010-10-05 11:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rae666.livejournal.com
AWWWW! That was far too adorable! :D Great stuff.
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