I don't own Merlin. (Sadly.)

Just a story that popped in my head. This story will only have a couple of chapters. This story is dedicated to 'TidusGT' Thank you sooo much. :)

This is malexmale. (Eventually.)

I apologise in advance for any mistakes I may have made :)

Merlin was just getting ready to meet his friend Will, for a drink when his phone rang.

"Where are you?"

"I'm on my way Will." Merlin was running late. Again, but Will was used to Merlin being late. "What's the matter? You sound nervous."

"I'm fine Merlin. Just hurry up?"

Thing was, Will wasn't fine. He had been friends with Merlin since they were both five. They were now twenty three and today, Will was going to tell Merlin that he has liked him more than a friend for a couple of months and hoped to date him.

Will couldn't help but laugh when Merlin stumbled into the cafe twenty minutes later and made his way over. "Sorry."

"I'm used to it."

"What was it you wanted to see me about Will?"

"Okay." Will sighed. "I'm just going to come right out and say it."


"I like you Merlin. As a friend, but also hoping that there could be more between us."

Merlin who was resting his elbows on the table at the time, leaned back into his chair and stared at Will who started to look a bit nervous. "Merlin you're making me nervous. Say something please."

Merlin blinked and shook his head. "Sorry Will. You just surprised me is all. I didn't even know you were gay."

"I haven't been for long Merlin."

"What turned you?"

"Arthur Pendragon."


"Don't you know who Arthur Pendragon is?" when Merlin shook his head, Will continued. "He is only the hottest models going."

"I've never so much as looked at one of them model magazines. And if I'm honest Will. I appreciate our friendship too much to risk it by trying a relationship, if a relationship don't work we will never see each other the same way again."

Will sighed and looked down. "I guess you're right."

"I'm sorry Will."

"It's alright Merlin. If I'm honest. I knew it would be a long shot, I'm just happy to get it off my chest." Will gave Merlin a reassuring smile. "What are going to do then? You have been single for far too long. I would have thought that your job would have let you meet someone by now."

"Will I'm a photographer. I take photos at weddings. Who am I going to meet there to go out with? The groom?"

"What about the guests?"

"None that's really caught my eye."

A sudden idea occurred to Will. "Why don't you go on-line? There are plenty of websites where you get talking to people and then agree to meet up. What have you got to lose?"

"Yeah. I think I will." Merlin said, smiling.

"Good. Now. Lets get something to eat."

Two days later Merlin found a website where you could talk to people. You could either talk and keep it at friendship or talk, knowing it will go further. Will helped Merlin set it all up and left him to it.

One hour after signing up, someone clicked on to Merlin's profile.


Merlin heard his computer beep and looked at the screen. Someone wanted to talk.


"Merlin Emrys. Are you new to this site?"

"I am. What's your name?"

Over at Wills' flat, Will was sat on the settee, laptop on his knee. When he saw the question pop up he had to think. What name can I use? Will looked around and saw a magazine opened up and saw Arthur Pendragon posing. Will smiled.

"Name's Arthur." Will knew it was wrong to do this, but he wanted Merlin, his plan was to act as someone else, try and meet up and when Merlin got stood up, Will could be there for him and comfort him, hoping for it to lead to more.

Merlin smiled. "Arthur what?"

"Arthur Penn." Merlin smiled again and started to type back. They had talked for a couple of hours before Merlin logged off and turned his computer off.

The next day Merlin met up with Will. "How did you get on with that site?"

"Great. I've met someone already. His name is Arthur Penn. We talked for a couple of hours last night. We are going to talk again tonight."

"That's great Merlin." Will had to sit and listen to what Merlin had told him about 'Arthur Penn'. Will had to make quite a bit of stuff up but was happy to find Merlin wasn't put off by anything he wrote.

After a few weeks of this going on Merlin picked up the courage to ask if they could meet. Will who was waiting for this to happen said yes straight away. He arranged to meet Merlin somewhere in town.

The day of the meeting when Merlin was getting ready, Will came round. "Hey Merlin where are you going?"

"I'm going to meet Arthur. He said he would meet me just outside of town in this pub so I don't want to be late."

"Do you know what he will be wearing so you will know who he is?"

"Yeah, he said he will be just wearing his jeans and a red hoodie. That's why I'm going like this." Merlin explained, gesturing to his dark blue jeans and black hoodie with his slate grey thin jacket on top.

"I won't stop then. Let me know how you get on."

"Will do."

Meanwhile across town.

Arthur Pendragon had put his jeans and top back on after finishing his latest shoot. "Right then Arthur. You have one more shoot to do and that's with the new photographer. Go easy on him Arthur, this will be his first time. We'll get the room set up and then get off."

Arthur put his red hoodie on and zipped it so far up. "Where will I be meeting him and what does he look like?"

"You will be meeting him in that pub just down the road from here. He is about same height as you, dark hair, skinny. He knows what you look like so he will come straight up to you."

"Right." Arthur said nodding. "And you'll be out of my flat before I bring him back for the shoot?"

"Yes Arthur. We found that the less people there are the least nervous first timers will be." Arthur nodded again. "Okay. I'll give you a ring tomorrow." he said before walking out.

What do you think? Chapter two will be up within ten days.

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