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[livejournal.com profile] shetiger gave me the prompt "spilled wine" (I mean, I asked her for a prompt, she didn't just randomly command me to write. on this occasion), and I got two ideas from it, one of which was not especially explicit.

This is the other one.

1022 words, NC-17, no spoilers. Huge thanks to [livejournal.com profile] airinshaw for Britpicking and betaing and (unintentionally) giving me the title (always steal from smart people!), and to [livejournal.com profile] shetiger and [livejournal.com profile] celli for cheerleading.

Summary: On the persistence of vision.


Arthur's cup tips over and a measure of wine spatters across the flagstones. Tomorrow morning Merlin will be scrubbing at the stain while Arthur watches from his chair, fingers curled over his lips.

Tonight, Arthur's fingers are curled around Merlin's head, and his lips are covering Merlin's.

For all that they've never done this before, it's strange and sure and wonderful, and Merlin's pushing Arthur back against the table just as much as Arthur is pulling him in. Arthur slips his thigh between Merlin's and drops one hand to the small of his back to urge him closer.

Tomorrow, Merlin will glance up to see Arthur sitting there and remember rutting against his thigh, hard and desperate. He'll drop his eyes and take a slow, deep breath.

Tonight, he breaks the kiss to pant hard against Arthur's neck as Arthur helps him along with a strong hand pressed into the ridge of his cock. Arthur murmurs, "That's it, like that, yes," dragging his teeth over the skin below Merlin's ear. And Merlin will groan, shattered and harsh, as his hips stutter and his vision goes bright. As his release staggers through him like a thunderclap.

He's held upright by Arthur's hand on his hip. The other is still threaded through his hair, fingers teasing through the sweat-damp curls at the back of Merlin's head. He turns to give Arthur a messy kiss, hooking one arm behind Arthur's neck. His other arm is trembling where it's braced against the table's edge, but Arthur is strong and solid for the both of them.

Very solid, he thinks, as Arthur's cock digs into his thigh. Arthur seems in no hurry, content to ravage Merlin's mouth and, with it, what's left of his senses. But Merlin has a very strong sense of fairness and a long-standing desire to commit some very base, ignoble acts upon the body of his royal highness. He finally forces himself to pull away and places both hands against Arthur's chest, exerting gentle pressure until Arthur drops back onto his elbows. Arthur's cup clatters to the floor, but Merlin scarcely notices.

Earlier that day, he'd been the one restive and out of sorts for once, for no reason save perhaps the turn of the weather, the wind rattling through skeletal trees and gathering dead leaves into tiny vortices in the corners of the courtyards.

Arthur had spent the day quietly amused, with an odd look in his eye as he watched Merlin scramble and curse, his fingers unaccountably clumsy. He'd dropped a spoon at dinner, and that was apparently the last straw.

"All right," Arthur said, rising from his chair to lean against the table, gesturing for Merlin to stand before him and then folding his arms over his chest. "I know of two cures for this mood. And I know you don't like fighting."

Merlin stared back at him, an unfamiliar belligerence he couldn't control colouring his voice. "What's the other?"

"You might not like that either," Arthur said, with an odd quirk to his lips, before setting his hands above Merlin's elbows. He gave a quick squeeze and then ran his hands up Merlin's arms, over shoulder and neck, paused for an instant, and then pulled Merlin into a kiss, steady and certain without being insistent. Merlin pushed right into it, pressing Arthur into the table and sending his cup over with the hand he set down to balance himself.

Tomorrow, Merlin will find the cup lying under the table and he'll remember how this all came to pass.

Tonight, he's got Arthur laid out atop the table, watching Merlin with eyes burning hot and lips parted and swollen, and Merlin's only thinking about how to make him moan.

He runs his hands down Arthur's chest, the way Arthur had stroked his arms, feeling the muscles twitch under his palms, through the fabric. He teases Arthur with his thumbs and Arthur's breath hitches, before Merlin slides his hands away to hold Arthur's hips down. He leans in close to nuzzle Arthur through his trousers, breathing out warm and damp until Arthur's bucking against his hands. "Damn you," Arthur says, staring at Merlin, until Merlin grins and lets go with one hand to unlace his trousers. He frees Arthur's cock with gentle fingers and a firm grip and enjoys the way Arthur's eyelashes flutter.

Then he licks a path from base to head and Arthur's whole body jerks. "Better things happen to you when you're not rude to people," Merlin says, and just as Arthur's starting to glare at him, Merlin swallows him down. He gets the moan he's been looking for. Arthur's eyes go hazy and his chest starts to heave.

Tomorrow, Merlin will find himself flushing under Arthur's regard as he kneels on the floor in front of him, the back of his neck growing hot.

Tonight, Merlin watches a flush work its way up Arthur's chest, visible through the gaping neck of Arthur's tunic. His breath is ragged and Merlin strokes hard, hollowing his cheeks until Arthur comes with a sharp cry, dropping his head back. It's the only time he's stopped staring at Merlin all this time.

Merlin's only just wiping his mouth with the back of his hand when Arthur pushes himself up and waves Merlin forward with an imperious flick of his fingers. Merlin rolls his eyes, but he meets Arthur halfway, because Arthur's hands are warm and his kiss is warmer, and he may be a prat but he does have the occasional brilliant idea.

And because he's palming Merlin's cock through his trousers, already half-hard again, and backing Merlin toward the bed. And because his mouth may be curving in an insufferable smirk, but the only thing warmer than his hands and his kiss is the look in his eyes tonight.

Tomorrow morning, Arthur will shove himself out of his chair, haul Merlin to his feet, and disarm him with a twist of his wrist that drops the scrub brush right into the bucket. "Leave it," he'll say brusquely, but his eyes will be bright and he'll pull Merlin into his arms again.

Date: 2009-01-09 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] windrose.livejournal.com
Mmmmm, nice. Thank you for sharing that.

Date: 2009-01-09 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_inbetween_/
Very nice dancing text around a core of eros and warmth.

Date: 2009-01-09 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] carmenamatorium.livejournal.com
That is wonderful.

I thought 'and Merlin's only thinking about how to make him moan.' was such a perfect line because I feel that generally he's thinking of so many things and most of all *his* magic and I love that Arthur can distract him from even that.

I love the way it switches back and forth and you think it will all be forgotten the following day until the final line.

Excellent and definitely going in my memories.

Date: 2009-01-09 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marn-barn.livejournal.com
Wow, that was good. :)

(I wish I could offer concrit but my brain has died from the sexiness)

Date: 2009-01-09 09:15 pm (UTC)
reginagiraffe: Stick figure of me with long wavy hair and giraffe on shirt. (Default)
From: [personal profile] reginagiraffe
Today I think this story is really hot. Tomorrow I'll think so, too.

Date: 2009-01-09 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lupus-malus.livejournal.com
I like how you've written this, the jumping back and forward really works. It's also damn hot!

Date: 2009-01-09 09:38 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-01-09 09:41 pm (UTC)
intermezzo: (Merlin:A/M)
From: [personal profile] intermezzo
Oooh this is beautiful! I...you took my breath away!

Date: 2009-01-09 09:45 pm (UTC)
spikedluv: (sports night: dan - b&w by deppaholic47)
From: [personal profile] spikedluv
Holy moly, that was hot!

and he may be a prat but he does have the occasional brilliant idea.


Love the format here, with the back and forth.

Date: 2009-01-09 09:54 pm (UTC)
bingeling: photo of Aesop Rock, aka the most genius person to walk this earth (merlin - DESTINY!)
From: [personal profile] bingeling
Hee, I love the jumping back and forth between tonight and tomorrow. And the sheer hotness of it all. That too.

Date: 2009-01-09 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] danegen.livejournal.com

The tonight/tomorrow thing was beautifully done.

Date: 2009-01-09 09:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirasymphony.livejournal.com
This is so nice.
I love the structure of it and the hotness and the warmth.

Date: 2009-01-09 10:04 pm (UTC)
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
From: [personal profile] astolat
ohhh, lovely! I really like the interweaving of the present and future.

Date: 2009-01-09 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shetiger.livejournal.com
she didn't just randomly command me to write. on this occasion

LOL. You always ask for it, baby. You know you do. ;)

Also, I am brilliant, because somehow my command caused this to come into being, and it's beyond brilliant. I really, really admire your brain, and pout that I don't share this part of it. *pout* I'm still flailing over what you did with the time structure, how smoothly it flows, how hot each damn tense is. (You couldn't just be satisfied with it being hot in the present, oh, no. *g*)

Arthur seems in no hurry, content to ravage Merlin's mouth Nnnnnyguh. It goes without saying that I love your Arthur, but it's especially hot that he's not in a hurry here. It's not "make me come now because I'm a royal prat"; it's "I want to take my time and cherish you" Arthur.

and a long-standing desire to commit some very base, ignoble acts upon the body of his royal highness. Also nnnnnnnyguh. I love the way Merlin thinks about Arthur. Eye-rolly and worshipful all at the same time.

Merlin will find himself flushing under Arthur's regard as he kneels on the floor in front of him,

Oh, yes. Very yes. (And I love that's where you opened with them. *bites lip*)

and disarm him with a twist of his wrist that drops the scrub brush right into the bucket

This is hot and funny at the same time. But mostly hot. (What? You know how much I like Arthur being all deadly. Rowrrrr.)


Date: 2009-01-09 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fadagaski.livejournal.com
That was delicious, utterly gorgeous. I love the simplicity of the overlay, and how much power it wields.

Date: 2009-01-09 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hackthis.livejournal.com
Oh, that was lovely.

Date: 2009-01-09 10:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] aleathiel.livejournal.com
Oh yes. This is just lovely. The shape of it worked beautifully and it was deliciously warm and tasty.

Date: 2009-01-09 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rahael.livejournal.com
wow! that's all i can say.

Date: 2009-01-09 11:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jemzamia.livejournal.com
This was very lush

Interestingly written aswell :D

Date: 2009-01-09 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarren.livejournal.com

Date: 2009-01-09 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-moonmoth.livejournal.com
That was, yeah, very nice. Erotic, but romantic too - good combo in my book :)

Date: 2009-01-10 12:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] libra-traveller.livejournal.com
Lovely as always.

Date: 2009-01-10 12:08 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] kristiinthedark.livejournal.com
Oh, I liked that! Very lovely and wonderful. *happy sigh*

Date: 2009-01-10 12:40 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] 01100100.livejournal.com
Tonight, he's got Arthur laid out atop the table, watching Merlin with eyes burning hot and lips parted and swollen, and Merlin's only thinking about how to make him moan.

/esplodes/ And I *love* everything that's going to happen tomorrow. Yummy.

Date: 2009-01-10 01:33 am (UTC)
ext_42328: Language is my playground (Default)
From: [identity profile] ineptshieldmaid.livejournal.com

Hot. Adorable. Hot again.

Date: 2009-01-10 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slashybits.livejournal.com
Oooh *happy sigh* that was lovely! Hot and intense and intimate and I loved the way you switched back and forth, it was almost poetic.

Date: 2009-01-10 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stungunbilly.livejournal.com
::happy sigh::

ETA: I just read the other comments and saw the one above mine. I love that other folks had to sigh too!

Date: 2009-01-10 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sffan.livejournal.com
Oh, my.

Beautiful visuals on this one. I loved the way your interwove the next day with the present.

Date: 2009-01-10 06:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] srin.livejournal.com
This is awesome. The imagery is incredible, and I love how the last bit turns it around and proves it's more than just a one-time thing.

Date: 2009-01-10 07:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starrienite.livejournal.com
You know, it is *so* hard (at least I think anyway) to write this kind of piece, where you have two timelines going on, without confusing the hell out of the reader.
You have managed to not ONLY not confuse me (yay! cause really, i'm very easily confused lol) and you have ALSO written a lovely piece of yummy gorgeous smutty goodness *drool*
Really - adored this SO much! *lovelove*

Date: 2009-01-10 11:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nejem.livejournal.com
for a moment there I thought it wasn't going to end well, something like "tomorrow Arthur is going to say it was a mistake and Merin is going to nod his head and accept it", but it ended well! it was both sweet and hot, I loved it *_*

Date: 2009-01-10 01:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] coreopsis.livejournal.com
oh, good stuff. The image of Arthur lying on the table waiting for Merlin do as he wishes will stay with me for the rest of the day, which makes the thought of going to work a bit more pleasant than was just a few minutes ago.

Date: 2009-01-10 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] airinshaw.livejournal.com

As I said before, this is just brilliant. SUch great tone - I love it. :)

ANd I'm happy to have inadvertanly given you the title! I was trying to remember what I said that might have done that and then I remembered and smiled. :D

Date: 2009-01-10 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] owari.livejournal.com
Wow. Your porn is *so* much better than mine. I'm also rather impressed by the sheer quality of your writing. And I see you have more Merlin fic! I must first drink plenty of tea and then get round to reading everything else you've written for this fandom. ♥

Date: 2009-01-10 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] burkesl17.livejournal.com
Yum, that was quite delicious, and the time hoping around was done really well.

Date: 2009-01-10 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] longleggedgit.livejournal.com
Ugh, this was GORGEOUS. Just the fic I've been wanting to read for these two. Thank you for writing it. *_______*

Date: 2009-01-11 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misspamela.livejournal.com
YUM. Very, very hot.

Date: 2009-01-11 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ravenclaw-harpy.livejournal.com
Hot and warm and just marvelous. Loved the juxtaposition between today and tomorrow. Will go and rec while I cool down.

Date: 2009-01-11 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elvinborn.livejournal.com
this is... yes.

Date: 2009-01-14 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-sally.livejournal.com
I don't know whether this is too hot to be so cute, or too nice to be this hot, but it works.


Date: 2009-01-14 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laceymcbain.livejournal.com
This was very nicely done - I like the overlaying of present and future, how things will mean something else tomorrow. Oh, yes, they're going to have lots of memories in that room!

Date: 2009-01-16 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fiercynn.livejournal.com
Mmmm, this is gorgeous and hot, and I love the switches between times.

Date: 2009-02-03 04:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] walkawayslowly.livejournal.com
I like the style of this story, the interweaving present and future. Lovely. :)

Date: 2009-02-06 11:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] venilia.livejournal.com
Oh my. Very nice.

Date: 2009-04-08 03:03 am (UTC)
montanaharper: close-up of helena montana on a map (arthur epic)
From: [personal profile] montanaharper
Gorgeous. I love the threading back and forth through the past and future and present.

Date: 2009-07-16 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zentiis.livejournal.com
Thank you!

That was really something. Something spectacular.


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