A/N: This story is dedicated to my best friend Allthingsmagical.
I hope you have a wonderful Birthday and enjoy all your presents
Note: Ygraine and Balinor are alive, Uther and Morgana are good. Magic is allowed but Uther and Arthur are weary of it.
(MERLIN AND ARTHUR)
Arthur smiled as he saw his husband already in bed waiting for him; quickly Arthur stripped off his clothes and changed into his night shirt before climbing into bed and taking Merlin into his arms.
Merlin rested his head on Arthur's chest while Arthur wrapped his arms around Merlin's stomach.
"You don't know how happy you have made me Merlin." Arthur whispered placing a kiss on Merlin's shoulder.
"I think I have an idea because you have made me so happy Arthur, happier than I thought I could ever be." Merlin smiled and picked up Arthur hand and kissed it.
"Come now you and our child need rest." Arthur smiled.
"Mmm I like that, our child." Merlin muttered as he fell asleep.
Arthur smiled and moved Merlin onto his back and moved to kiss Merlin's stomach.
"Good night our little Miracle, daddy and I can't wait to hold you in our arms" Arthur whispered and leaned back up and took Merlin into his arms, Arthur felt his heart pick up when Merlin cuddled into him.
The weeks leading up to the ball were filled with laughter and few arguments but mostly they were filled with joy.
"Tonight is going to be wonderful." Arthur smiled as sat down on the bed next to Merlin.
"It hardly seems real." Merlin laughed.
"You know about yesterday? I am sorry for snapping at you." Arthur said taking one of Merlin's hands in his.
"I know, it's not your fault. I'm sorry also for, well, you know." Merlin smirked.
"Yes well let's never talk of that ever again." Arthur laughed.
"You did make a cute bunny, shame I had to turn you back." Merlin laughed.
"Why you..." Arthur pushed Merlin so he was on his back and started to tickle him.
"Arthur stop." Merlin laughed.
"Promise you will never turn me into a bunny again and I will." Arthur smirked.
"Okay I promise to never turn you into a bunny again." Merlin smiled.
"I love you." Arthur leaned down and kissed Merlin.
"And I love you too." Merlin smiled. "Now get off me I have to wash and dress and you have to train."
"I'm going, I'm going." Arthur laughed as he got up and walked out the room.
The ball was in full swing later that night; Merlin laughed as Arthur spun him round and danced to the music, Ygraine was filled with so much pride watching her son and Merlin being so happy.
"Arty." Merlin and Arthur stopped dancing and smiled at Freya.
"Hey little one, where is your mama and papa?" Arthur asked.
"Mama not feeling well so papa come with me and Will." Freya nodded pointing to Balinor and a small boy standing next to him.
"Will? Who is Will?" Arthur wondered.
Merlin just smiled watching them; it felt so natural, so normal, like they had been doing it for years.
"Silly Arty, Will my boyfriend." Freya smiled.
"Boyfriend? You have a boyfriend?" Arthur said shocked.
"He make best cake, Tibby not do so well." Freya said as if Arthur should know what she was talking about.
"You're only 4." Arthur shook his head.
"We no kissy kissy, he just holds my hand" Freya replied.
"So do I get to come to the wedding?" Arthur joked.
Freya smiled and clapped her hands. "Ooo you be maid and wear pretty dress."
Merlin laughed at the shocked look on Arthur's face.
"Me go dance now." Freya said running off and grabbing Will.
"So who is Tibby?" Arthur asked looking at his husband.
"She means Timmy but when they met he couldn't really say his name right so it came out 'Tibby'." Merlin informed him.
"I think she's going to be another Morgana." Arthur laughed.
"And just what is wrong with that?" Came a voice from behind him.
"Don't tell me she's standing behind me." Arthur joked.
"Okay I won't." Merlin laughed.
Arthur turned and smiled. "Morgana, you look lovely tonight."
"Hmm, just you wait dear brother." Morgana smirked.
"Okay umm, Merlin would you like me to get you something to eat?" Arthur asked.
"Please." Merlin smiled.
Arthur nodded and walked off.
"So how are you and the baby?" Morgana asked.
"We're well, thank you." Merlin smiled.
"That's good I would hate for Albion to be lost." Morgana winked.
Merlin laughed. "Can't get one past you seer."
"No unlike my thick headed brother." Morgana laughed.
Uther had stepped out for a moment to get some fresh air when he bumped into Balinor.
"Balinor." Uther nodded.
"Uther, you look well." Balinor replied.
"As do you."
For a few moments there was nothing but silence between to the two old friends.
"Balinor?" Uther said.
"I'm sorry, I know I can never take back what I did but I want you to know that I'm sorry, I truly regret what I did." Uther informed him looking out at the night sky.
"I know you do Uther; you forget I know you better than anyone. I never blamed you; Hunith is more scared than angry. You should let go of it Uther. We are both to blame." Balinor patted Uther on the shoulder.
"You're not to blame." Uther said shocked.
"Yes I am, I started it Uther, I got mad and hit you."
"Yes but I'm the one that chose to hurt her not you." Uther sighed.
"I think it's time we both let go. And look forward to the future." Balinor smiled.
"Yes, they do seem very happy." Uther smiled watching his son and Merlin dance.
"That they do, but I do owe you one thing Uther." Balinor smirked.
Balinor lightly smacked Uther on the arm and laughed. "That's for sending my sweet little angel back asking all sorts of questions."
"If it makes you feel any better she did ask me first and I did try my best." Uther laughed.
Soon it came for everyone to stop dancing as Arthur stood up and held his chalice.
"I want to thank you all for coming on behalf of myself and my husband Merlin, it means a great deal to the both of us that you could come and celebrate such wonderful news, news I never thought would be. But I stand corrected and I'm happy about that. I want us all to raise our glasses to my wonderful Husband, I love you Merlin." Arthur smiled and raised his glass.
"Arthur may think me wonderful now but that will sure change when the mood swings kick in." the room filled with laughter. "But Arthur is right, this baby is a blessing and it warms my heart to know that you all came here today to share in this wonderful news." Merlin smiled and raised his glass. "To our blessing, may we thank the gods."
When the night came to an end Arthur helped a tired Merlin to their chambers and into bed, Arthur smiled as he watched Merlin cuddle up to his pillow one hand on his stomach.
"May we thank the gods." Arthur whispered softly before climbing into bed with his husband.
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