Hello fellow Merlin fans! Whoo! Posting another Merlin one-shot! I've just had so many plot-bunnies at the moment I don't know what to do with myself :)
Summary: Modern High school au: Merlin was dating Arthur much to the surprise of their classmates. He knew that Arthur was popular and that he was a nobody. He also didn't realise that Arthur was actually the prince. Arthur/Merlin slash
This is all me so I apolgize for any mistakes in there :) I don't own Merlin! I hope you all enjoy!
Of course he's a prince
Merlin stormed into the house, slamming the door shut behind him. He tossed his bag against the wall by the door and stomped his way to the kitchen. At the table, Hunith looked up from the quilt she had been sewing and rose an eyebrow at her son.
"Bad day?" she asked softly. Merlin spun and glared at her.
"He's the bloody prince!" Merlin yelled and Hunith gave him a confused look. Clearly she was missing some vital information and she approached the subject gently.
"Arthur Pendragon! The stupid dollop head!" Merlin growled and Hunith face twisted into understanding before twisting back to confusion.
"You didn't know that you're boyfriend was the prince?" Hunith asked, her tone a little amused.
"You did?" Merlin whined. "Why didn't you tell me?"
"I thought you knew," Hunith chuckled and Merlin scowled at her. He grabbed a packet of biscuits out of the cupboard and stomped away towards his bedroom. Hunith giggled to herself quietly and went back to her sewing, letting her son sulk for the time being.
Merlin munched on his biscuits lazily, spread eagle out on his bed, feeling utterly embarrassed and stupid. There was small knock on his door and it opened before he could tell his mother to go away.
"Hi Merlin," said a soft voice and Merlin peeked over his shoulder to see Gwen standing in the door way. Gwen had been the first to befriend Merlin when he first arrived to the city. He used to live in a small town in the middle of nowhere before his mother had decided to move to the city. They lived in a modest little house just outside the city. Hunith was a baker and worked long hours and they were just scraping by.
"Hello Gwen," Merlin greeted mournfully and he turned back to his biscuit. He felt the bed dip and Gwen curl against his side.
"You honestly didn't know?" Gwen asked quietly and Merlin huffed.
"I don't own a TV Gwen," Merlin huffed. "We can't afford one. In Elador we never talked about the Royal family. We were too far out."
"You didn't see his picture in the newspapers? Magazines?" Gwen asked. Merlin glared at her.
"No Gwen, I didn't. I know, I'm an idiot," Merlin slumped into his pillows, abandoning his biscuit – they really were delicious. Maybe he would attempt to eat them later when he was feeling so miserable.
"You're not an idiot," Gwen soothed, gently rubbing his back. "A little oblivious sometimes but not an idiot."
"You could have told me," Merlin grumbled, voice muffled by the comforter and Gwen smiled at him.
"To be honest we were surprised you didn't know," Gwen shrugged. "We all thought that you were just being you. Not drawing attention to Morgana and Arthur that they were royalty and that you just treated them as people." Merlin mumbled something but Gwen continued. "We adore you Merlin, especially Arthur. You're the kindest and loyalist friend."
Merlin rolled over onto his back slowly and peered carefully at Gwen. He gave her a small smiled before sighing and rubbing his face. "Thank you."
"It's the truth," Gwen smiled. "Arthur's worried you know."
"About what?" Merlin grumped, pouting.
"That you're going to break up with him," Gwen said and Merlin shot up, eyes wide. Gwen leant back startled but saw real panic in Merlin's eyes.
"I'm not breaking up with him," Merlin cried. "I love him! I don't care that he is a prince. Is he going to leave me?"
"He's not leaving you Merlin," Gwen soothed and Merlin relaxed. "He worried because you seemed very upset at school and left before he could talk to you."
"I was embarrassed," Merlin mumbled, looking down at his lap and fiddling with his shirt. "It's not every day that you embarrass yourself in front of your class."
"Well no," Gwen agreed and they both smiled softly. There was another knock on the door and both Gwen and Merlin looked up to see Hunith standing in door way.
"Gwen, dear, are you staying for dinner?" Hunith asked. "You can cheer Merlin up while you're at it."
Hunith winked at Merlin who rolled his eyes and stuck his tongue out at her childishly. Gwen giggled and Merlin nudged her.
"I would love to stay," Gwen smiled.
"I'll put extra on for dinner then," Hunith nodded and left the two of them alone. Gwen turned to Merlin and they stared at each other.
"So you really didn't know?" Gwen asked and Merlin scowled and flopped back down onto his back.
Merlin was thrilled to go to school the next day but knew he had too otherwise things would be bad between him and Arthur and as much as the prince was a prat, Merlin loved him. As he walked through the halls to his locker he got a few stares and sniggers. Of course news had travelled that Merlin didn't know his boyfriend was the prince.
Merlin sighed and reached his locker, opening it and throwing in his bag in.
"Morning Merlin," A voice came to his left and he looked over to see Morgana leaning against the lockers. Morgana was a beautiful girl but she was fierce and a great princess. She also scared Merlin – not that he would admit it.
"Morning Morgana," Merlin smiled sheepishly. Morgana had been there in the class when Merlin had embarrassed himself with his loud 'You're a prince?'
"We didn't think you would come today," Morgana told him lightly. "I'm glad to see that you have proven Arthur wrong. Again." She smirked at him.
"It was bound to happen," Merlin shrugged and Morgana laughed. Merlin was glad that she wasn't mad at him – he had seen people on her bad side and he really didn't want to be on that side. She was scary when she was angry.
"Gwen tells me you really didn't know," Morgana said quietly as Merlin shut his locker. She linked arms with him and she tugged him towards the art room for their first class together. Merlin groaned and she chuckled lightly.
"None of you are going to let me live this down are you?" Merlin moaned. "Especially Arthur."
"It's funny," Morgana giggled. "Speaking of Arthur you should really speak to him soon. He's not good at waiting and he's never rational when it comes to you." Merlin grinned at this and Morgana laughed. "Of course you would like this."
They headed into art and took their usual seats beside each other, ignoring the stares that followed them.
Merlin found Arthur lounging on the school oval. He was alone and he looked surprised to see Merlin approaching him. Merlin flopped down beside him and began pulling at the grass.
"You really didn't know?" Arthur asked, breaking the silence. Merlin threw his hands up and rolled his eyes.
"Yes, I didn't know. I'm an idiot," Merlin sighed. "I get it."
Arthur smirked at this and shook his head. "You are."
They sat in silence and Merlin peeked at Arthur. Arthur was staring at him intently and Merlin swallowed thickly, barley suppressing a shiver going up his spine.
"I'm not breaking up with you," Merlin blurted out and Arthur's eyes widened with surprise. "Morgana and Gwen said you thought I was going to leave you."
"You're not?" Arthur asked.
"No," Merlin snorted. "I don't care if you a prince, you're still a prat." Arthur let out a bark of laughter and leant forward, grabbing his wrist and tugging him into lap. Merlin sighed contently and leant back against Arthur's chest. They sat like this for a while before Merlin broke it. "Why didn't you tell me?"
"I thought you would treat me differently once you knew," Arthur explained. "That you would treat me like everyone else does because I am a prince."
"Hmm," Merlin hummed. "You'll always be a dollop head to me."
"Good," Arthur said, wrapping his arms around Merlin and holding him tightly. "I want you to be yourself Merlin. I don't want you to change."
"Arthur, how many other people wouldn't know that their boyfriend is a prince?" Merlin questioned. "I think you're safe with me not changing."
"I love you," Arthur said and Merlin's breath hitched. They hadn't said it to each other yet and Merlin turned his head to meet Arthur's gaze.
"I love you too," Merlin breathed and leant up to kiss him. Arthur kissed him back, moulding his lips of Merlin's, deepening the kiss, his tonguing duelling with Merlin's. They pulled away when they could no longer breathe. Arthur gently stroked Merlin's sharp cheek bone.
"Honestly Merlin," Arthur drawled. "How could you not know?" Merlin elbowed Arthur in the ribs and wiggled away from him. Arthur grunted but pulled Merlin back to him, holding him close and not allowing him to escape. "Seriously, how?"
"I don't own a TV Arthur," Merlin cried. "I've only been here for a year."
"So?" Arthur shrugged. "Everyone knows who I am."
"Yeah, a giant prat," Merlin retorted.
They continued their banter, unaware that Gwen and Morgana were watching them with smiles. Both girls were happy that Arthur had found Merlin and that Merlin wasn't going anywhere. At least Merlin would now be more aware of the things they did and Merlin wouldn't quite be as oblivious anymore.
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