Harlequin's Slash Fic

Season 2: 07 Being a Prince

Title: Season 2: 07 Being a Prince
Author: Harlequin
Universe: Merlin
Characters featured: Merlin/Arthur
Category, Word count: Ongoing story; this part 978 words
Rating: NC17
Summary: A grieving guilt-stricken Merlin seeks comfort from Arthur.
Warnings: Season two spoilers.

Being a Prince

Late that night, Merlin undressed the prince, dressed him again in fresh linens, and got him settled in the bed – and then without a pause, without asking or waiting for an invitation, he stripped off as well, and clambered in after him, got under the covers and pushed into the prince’s arms, pressed all of himself close against the other man, tucked his head in, and clung.

Arthur huffed a little, quietly, as if his default response would be to protest or taunt or tease. But instead he just huffed, and after a moment he settled in, and his arms held Merlin with a gentle kind of comfort.

They lay there awake for a while. Eventually Arthur murmured, ‘How’s Gaius?’

‘All right. Considering…’ Merlin replied, his voice rough and low. ‘I didn’t leave him till he fell asleep.’

‘With everything he’s gone through…’

‘He’s angry and hurting and exhausted.’

Arthur let out a breath that might have been a laugh if any of this left room for laughter. ‘I knew he’d be all right when my father returned from Gaius’s chambers… Merlin, you must never repeat this to anyone – but if an old man can still humble Uther Pendragon, King of Camelot then I hold no fears for him.’

Merlin pressed his face closer against Arthur’s chest, his mouth damp against the linen tunic and below it Arthur’s warm skin. ‘Thank you,’ he whispered.

Arthur’s hand came up to stroke Merlin’s hair, to push his fingers into his locks as if wanting to weave the two of them together. ‘Merlin…’

But from nowhere a great sob welled up within Merlin, and broke – and he gasped, ‘It was my fault! It was all my fault, and he would have died to protect me.’

‘How could it have been your fault?’

‘It was. It was. I’m an idiot. You always said so, and it’s true.’

‘Merlin!’ the prince said, losing the gentleness in exasperation. He tugged at Merlin’s hair until Merlin was forced to shift back and look at Arthur, and then the prince lifted his other hand to run a finger down round Merlin’s jawline to his chin. ‘Idiot,’ he said with a brusque kind of fondness. ‘It was almost completely random, that the witchfinder first accused you. Now we know something of his methods, I can guess at what happened. You were in the wrong place at the wrong time, when that stupid woman imagined she saw something in the wood–smoke. Then it all unfolded from there, with Aredian manipulating things every step of the way. He didn’t care who he accused – it was almost completely irrelevant to him. It didn’t have anything to do with you.’

‘I wish that were true,’ Merlin muttered.

Arthur pressed his mouth to Merlin’s, and murmured, ‘It’s true,’ against his lips.

‘Please,’ Merlin said with soft desperation. ‘Please, Arthur. I want to forget. For tonight. I don’t want to be me.’

Arthur shifted up onto an elbow, but leaning into him so they were still close. He was staring very directly at Merlin, a small frown drawing his brows together. ‘Merlin,’ he said after a while, ‘I want it to be you.’

‘Oh…’ he moaned, overwhelmed. Tears sprang to his eyes, though they didn’t fall.

Arthur bent down to kiss him, and the kiss quickly became an involved thing. After a moment, Arthur broke away, but only lifted far enough to wrench his tunic off over his head – and then they were in each other’s arms again, kissing, holding each other there in the dark, creating a haven of warmth between them, a time and a place in which nothing else mattered but Merlin and Arthur.

They lay there pressed close together, Arthur slightly in the ascendant, thrusting with a slow lack of rhythm against each other’s hip. Arthur’s linen britches had been pushed down his thighs, and otherwise they were completely naked, open to each other, skin against all the sensitivities of skin, communicating in ways that were both obvious and subtle.

Arthur’s hand was trailing slowly down Merlin’s back, tracing the knots of bone, and eventually finding its way between the cleft of Merlin’s buttocks to press a fingerpad against his hole, teasingly not entering but only rubbing against him. Merlin moaned his need, and shifted his upper leg to hook around Arthur’s waist, exposing himself for the prince’s pleasure. For his own. ‘Please,’ he whispered.

And Arthur pressed a finger inside him, gently but surely, and they kept moving against each other like that, thrusting and shifting and kissing. Until it was no longer enough for either of them, and Arthur said, ‘D’you think we could –’

‘Anything,’ Merlin vowed. ‘Anything.’

‘Let’s try…’ Arthur said – and there was no one to tell them it was impossible, and Merlin had never felt more pliant in any sense of the word, he’d never felt more like he belonged body heart mind soul to Arthur – and Arthur lifted his hip up off the bed, reached down to bring Merlin’s lower leg up under him, so that when he settled on his side again Merlin’s knees were crooked around either side of Arthur’s waist – and Merlin shifted back a little, curling up so that Arthur could push inside him where he belonged, and they almost made a circle together, meeting at their mouths as they kissed and their nethers as they fucked – and it was slow and gentle because it could be no other way, because neither of them wanted it any other way, at times they were almost still – but then at last Arthur shifted a hand down to where Merlin’s patient aching hardness waited, and gently triggered the most intense pleasure which rolled through him and then through Arthur and back and forth between them – and Arthur whispered again, ‘I want it to be you, Merlin’ – and then they slept.

Posted in: Merlin, Slash fic

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16 responses to “Season 2: 07 Being a Prince”

  1. avatar needed_beauty says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I always read these, but I haven’t commented as yet.

    I love reading these after every episode!
    Tbh, I look forward to these fics more than the episodes themselves.


    • avatar Harlequin says:

      needed_beauty – Thank you so much! I’m delighted that you’re enjoying this sequence of fics. I am far too bashful to believe that my fics are more anticipated than the actual episodes, but I don’t mind you saying so! :-) Thank you again. I hope you continue to enjoy both the show and the fics!

  2. avatar Midnightmurdina says:


  3. avatar riventhorn says:

    “I want it to be you, Merlin.” Awww, that was just perfect!

    • avatar Harlequin says:

      riventhorn – Thank you so much, hon! I’m glad this one worked for you… I wonder where the show and the slash will take us next week…

  4. avatar Tak says:

    I so want it to be them as well…
    (I know it won’t in the series but…)

    Yeah. Well. He can’t hate his other half anyway, can he? =D

    Next week looks interesting as well =D

    • avatar Harlequin says:

      Tak – Hello, my darling! In our Merlin, it is Merlin/Arthur, and will be until the day they die. Or maybe longer than that, depending on Avalon and all! One of the things I love about the Arthurian legends is that there’s room in there for everyone to have their own stories – even we slashers!

      The next ep looks like it’s going to be a blockbuster! I am a bit overwhelmed, thinking about where all this is going… I mean, they generally save the biggest, most dramatic ep for last, but how can anything top what’s going to be raised next week…? Oh well, I am happy to wait and see what they do next! :-D

  5. avatar tetsubinatu says:

    Lovely. Thank heavens Arthur is becoming less pratly – let’s hope that continues for the rest of the season.

    • avatar Harlequin says:

      tetsubinatu – Thank you for commenting! I’m really glad you enjoyed the fic. I have to admit to enjoying our Prince of Prats – but on the other hand, I hoped all along that this sequence of fics would show both the young men growing in love and kindness, so I hope that you’ll continue to enjoy both the show and the fics! Thanks again. :-)

  6. avatar ew says:

    aww, I have been rushing to read your tag to the ep, before I have even started to watch the ep!
    your fics never fails to make me feels all warm and cozy, so that was a fabulous start for the new week!

    • avatar Harlequin says:

      Ender, my dear! :-) So glad I haven’t failed you yet… :-D I hope you enjoy the ep itself – I think it’s an excellent one. But I am particularly glad to make you feel all warm and cozy – that was pretty much exactly the effect intended with this one! See you again next week, sweetheart. XD

  7. avatar Queen Mab says:

    Ah, you got this one up much quicker than I expected! Nice idea to have the scene set just after the episode, as you know I was really wondering how you were going to work it this week what with the lack of Merlin/Arthur interaction in that episode. Probably what I liked best in this one was actually the oblique nod to Merlin’s continuing secret! Just reading that part made ME feel all guilty inside and sort of “urgh… well this sucks, Arthur has no idea, when is Merlin going to tell him his terrible secret?!”

    No I haven’t read your Romeo/Mercutio fic, though I did rather like the film Romeo + Juliet in its day. But I am a SW and HP fan, so I’ve read your fics for those… though I fear it was some time ago now.

    I’m all on tenterhooks for next week’s episode, though, it does look quite a big one from the previews, so it looks like a great slashing opportunity.

    :) Well I’ve been into reading ever since I can remember, and writing on and off since about the same time, though consistently and seriously for about the past ten years (but I’m only 21). Enough experience in any case to make decent strides in my writing quality and refine a sense of good authorship when I pick up a book…. hah but conversely coming up against all the bad quality writing out there does make me want to bang my head against a desk and wonder if these people ever took a basic writing skills class in their lives. :) But coming across hidden gems of skilled authorship, such as yourself, is a delight to read, and makes me think “now why can’t evey author produce this kind of high quality?”

    • avatar Harlequin says:

      Hey there, Queen Mab! Thank you for commenting. Yeah, I was quicker this time than I expected, too. :-)

      It’s interesting that you focus on Merlin continuing to keep his secret from Arthur. Writing about Merlin as a character has forced a bit of a shift within me. My writing is often about The Big Reveal, where the characters end up sharing everything with each other. One can’t do that with Merlin! (Unless one’s deliberately writing an Arthur Finds Out fic.) And aside from occasional blurts of ‘I want to be seen for who I really am’, Merlin doesn’t seem overly bothered about having to keep a secret. He seems content enough to assume that he and Arthur are friends regardless – I mean, there’s no hint of ‘We can’t be REAL friends until I can finally tell him everything’. Maybe he has such faith in their shared destiny that he knows it will work out all right, whatever happens? Anyway, it’s been interesting to write something a bit different to my usual default.

      Oh, the next ep, my god… It feels like maybe this should be a two-parter as well! So much to cover… So much INTENSE stuff to cover. I am hanging out… :-)

      Thank you again for your kind words about my writing. I really do appreciate them – so very much! Catch you again next week, I trust.

  8. avatar ravenflight21 says:

    I somehow missed this when you posted. Thank goodness I caught up with it!

    ‘Please, Arthur. I want to forget. For tonight. I don’t want to be me.’
    …‘Merlin,’ he said after a while, ‘I want it to be you.’

    I absolutely love this exchange <3

    • avatar Harlequin says:

      ravenflight21 – Thank you so much, hon! I’m really glad you liked this one. And I love that you love that exchange! Oh, those darling boys… :-D

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