A/N: So, this will be a collection of fluffy Merlin/Arthur Bromance one-shots :D They take place during the Golden Age, means Merlin is the Court Sorcerer and Arthur the Once and Future King. No slash, unless you wear the pink glasses of fangirlyness ;)
Title: Cloud watching
Summary: Merlin persuades Arthur into cloud watching.
Characters: Merlin; Arthur
Disclaimer: I don't own Merlin, sadly...
"Merlin, that's absolutely pointless!"
The raven haired just grinned at his King from where he was lying in the soft green grass; it was still a little wet from the morning dew. "Come on, join me! I know you want it, Arthur." Merlin called out with teasing wink.
But Arthur just huffed and crossed his arms in front of his chest. He glared down at his Court Sorcerer with slight annoyance. Why was Merlin wasting his precious free time? He always had so manyimportant things to do and when he got a few hours of, he surely didn't want to spend them with pointless cloud watching. Really, that was just something for little kids and idiots. Arthur understood why Merlin would enjoy it.
"Anyway, I'm heading back to the castle now" Arthur declared in the hope that Merlin would just stand up and follow him. Of course, the raven haired never did what Arthur wanted him to. A pale hand with slender fingers suddenly grabbed his leg and Arthur would have stumbled and landed face first on the ground if he didn't have such a good balance.
"Merlin! What are you doing, you idiot!" Arthur shouted down at the grinning warlock who didn't seem willing to let go of Arthur's ankle any time soon.
"How can you know it's pointless if you never tried it out? I promise, it's very relaxing" Merlin tried to persuade Arthur. He really just wanted to spend time with his best friend while doing something he could actually enjoy. They both always had work to do and whenever Arthur had time, he would spend it with Guinevere or something stupid like hunting. Merlin didn't want to admit it but he felt…neglected.
Arthur hesitated but he saw how much Merlin wanted him to do it. Maybe it wouldn't be that bad…
With an exaggerated annoyed sigh, Arthur let himself flop down next to his friend. He made himself comfortable in the grass and let the cool morning wind ruffle through his blond hair. When he turned his head, he saw Merlin beaming at him and instantly looked away again. "So, what am I supposed to do now?" he asked hesitantly as he looked into the sky above them. The sun was currently hidden behind a large cloud, but it he could feel it's warmth on his skin nevertheless.
"You just look at the clouds and try to see things in them. Use your imagination." Merlin explained to a still skeptical Arthur.
"Look! Look!" Merlin pointed one of his pale fingers at a fluffy white cloud. "It looks like a dragon! Can you see it?"
Arthur didn't fail to notice the enthusiasm in his friend's voice, that idiot really seemed to enjoy himself. It still was incomprehensible to the King what could be so great about watching clouds… But then his eyes followed Merlin's finger and as he spotted the cloud the warlock meant, a small smile managed to find its way onto Arthur's face. It did in fact look like a dragon; with a little imagination one could see the wings, the tail and even a head that seemed to spew fire. It appeared to be flying through the sky and just for a little moment, Arthur forgot that it was just a cloud, nothing more than water.
He couldn't suppress a chuckle as he imagined his Court Sorcerer lying here the whole day, just occupied with watching clouds and daydreaming. Suddenly, that also seemed very appealing to Arthur. His eyes wandered away from the dragon shaped cloud and rested on another. It looked a little like…
"A unicorn!" he heard himself shout and instantly regretted it. He just sounded like a little child and not the King of Camelot. While trying very hard to suppress a blush, Arthur heard a chuckle escaping Merlin next to him and turned his head to look at the raven haired. He was watching the sky with a peaceful look in his eyes.
Arthur watched as Merlin's blue eyes widened. "Look, Arthur! That one looks exactly like you!" Slightly frowning, Arthur directed his gaze once more at the sky. What did Merlin mean? None of these clouds looked even in the slightest like him. "Where? I can't see it."
Merlin pointed at cloud that was next to the one that covered the sun. Arthur narrowed his eyes in concentration. Well, one could say that the cloud remotely resembled a human figure. But what made Merlin think that this was him?
"What about that cloud looks like me? " Arthur voiced his thoughts with slight confusion.
Merlin just grinned as he turned his head around to Arthur. "Don't you see it? There's a crown on the person's head…And it seem like they are wearing a cape, right? Oh….and the person is wielding a sword, right there, see?"Merlin once again pointed at the slowly shifting cloud.
Arthur just stared at his friend. He must have a huge imagination if he could see all those things. There was no way anyone would interpret that as a cape.
Or maybe…Merlin had been looking for a cloud that looked like him? Because it just wasn't possible that a cloud looked exactly like one specific person…
With a smile, Arthur's eyes searched the sky. His gaze rested on the cloud that covered the sun.
"This one looks like you" he mumbled and waited for his best friend's reaction.
"Really? Where?" Merlin exclaimed while frantically looking up and down the sky.
"This one" Arthur said and pointed at the hidden sun.
Merlin's eyes narrowed as he examined the shapeless cloud. I didn't even look like anything at all. "Why this one?" he asked, not even trying to hide his confusion.
"Because…" Arthur hesitated. How should he explain this? "…you see, um…" Arthur wasn't that good with words, he'd never been. But this was Merlin and it was always easy to talk to Merlin and Arthur new that the warlock would appreciate it. With a deep breath, Arthur turned his head so he could look at the younger one.
Merlin was currently eying his King expectantly. "Arthur?" he pushed him a little.
"It looks like you…because, you know, at first glance this cloud just looks like any shapeless cloud. But in reality, it's so much more." As the blond haired said this, a light breeze blew the cloud away and revealed the shining sun. "Because when you look under the surface, it's bright and warm. That's why…it looks like you" Arthur finished and tried very hard to not look into the warlock's eyes. Why the hell did he have to say something so embarrassing?! That so wasn't like him; usually Merlin said such girlish things and not him.
When he finally managed to look at Merlin, Arthur was surprised to see a calm smile resting on his friends face. Their blue eyes met for a moment before Merlin looked at the sky again.
"It was a good idea to go cloud watching with you, Arthur."
"I still think it's pointless."
A/N: I hope you liked it :) Reviews are highly appreciated ;) If you have an idea for a cute Bromance one-shot, tell me via review or PM :D
Until next time~