Merthur + all the numbers
1) Who kisses the other on the nose and the one receiving the kiss blushes?
Merlin loves giving Arthur nose kisses!! his mom used to give him nose kisses when he was a kid, so they’re just such a sweet thing that he’s always loved, but the first time he did it to Arthur he looked so completely baffled and taken aback that Merlin had to laugh. now Arthur just gets flustered, cuz he’s still not used to such innocently affectionate gestures.
2) Who sits on their partner’s lap as they wrap their arms around their partners neck?
Merlin fits perfectly in Arthur’s lap, they both agree. he also greatly appreciates the extra height it gives him. they’re almost the same height standing up, so he loves having the chance to tilt Arthur’s face up to get a kiss.
3) Who kisses the inside of their partner’s palm before reassuring them everything is going to be okay?
that’s an Arthur thing. Merlin’s more prone to full body hugs and neck kisses, but Arthur’s a bit more reserved, especially when he’s upset or anxious (and let’s be real, if one of them is anxious, the other one is too). he’ll hold Merlin’s hand, play with his fingers, kiss his palm or the sensitive inside of his wrist. he’ll just press his lips there and linger. it comforts them both.
4) Who initiates the forehead touch™?
they’re both big fans of the forehead touch. it happens a lot tbh. it’s just so close and intimate without either of them having to use their words, lol.
5) Where do they first say “I love you”?
it’s after a big battle, long past when the emotions have stopped running high. Arthur had almost said it before, when he’d been trying to convince Merlin to stay behind, he’d almost blurted it out but he’d stopped himself. they’d both known what he wasn’t saying, but they’d held their tongues because it felt too much like a goodbye in the moment. they rode out and they fought and they saved each other and failed to save others, and they didn’t say it. not until everything was over. Arthur back in his chambers, coming down from the shaky high of battle. Merlin leans in the doorway, watching. he says it first because he doesn’t want it to seem reactionary, like he’s just saying it because Arthur did. he wants Arthur to know he truly means it.
6) Who wraps their arms around their partner who is cooking?
Arthur can’t cook to save his life, but he loves to plaster himself all over Merlin and watch him cook, lol. (and nuzzle his neck and distract him until he abandons the food and they have to reheat everything later.)
7) Who breaks out the first aid kit when the other gets a paper cut?
Arthur is maybe a tiny bit overprotective. just a bit. Merlin just lets him fuss because he knows by now that resistance is futile. also he sort of enjoys the fact that Arthur openly admits to carrying and worrying now. he didn’t used to allow himself to show that kind of vulnerable emotion. so the fussing is worth it.
8) Who cuddles up to the other on the couch?
Arthur is really very tactile and often in need of reassurance, especially if he’s been under a lot of stress at work. he’ll crawl onto the couch and lay himself flat on top of Merlin, burying his face in Merlin’s neck and wrapping arms around him and all but demanding cuddles. Merlin has no objections, even if Arthur is very heavy and might be squashing him a little.
9) How do they hold each other when their partner asks to be held?
Arthur is the little spoon. he doesn’t always want to admit to that for some stupid irrational reason, but when he really needs the comfort, he’ll let Merlin curl around him from behind and wrap him up in strong arms and make him feel safe and cherished and protected from the world, like nothing can get to him while Merlin’s there. for Merlin, it’s best on the couch, curled up sideways in Arthur’s lap so he can hide his face in Arthur’s shoulder and block out everything else while Arthur rubs his back and holds tight to his hand.
10) Who picks up the other fireman style in a playful way?
if you don’t think Arthur throws Merlin over his shoulder every chance he gets (and gets his ass pinched in retaliation every time), then you are very wrong, my friend.
11) Who brings the blanket to wrap them both up in it?
Arthur does because he knows how easily Merlin gets cold.
12) Who falls asleep on who? What is their reaction when the other falls sleep on them?
13) Who likes to be held and who likes to hold?
they’re both pretty clingy. it switches a lot, depending on who had a bad day and what sort of bad day it was. mostly whoever reaches out first gets to be the hugger.