Sunny Days in Camelot
Request: HI! can i please request a ArthurxReader (bbc Merlin) fic canon Era. Where Arthur is in denial about liking her and goes out of his way to annoy her at any chance he gets. Arthur comes up with a plan of some sort along with Merlin to trick her but the plan all goes wrong and she gets hurt, so the truth is revealed of how Arthur and reader feels about each other. Pleeasse and thankk you.
Authors Note: Hey, so here is the requested ArthurxReader one, for @imtakingthemikkieoutofyou 😊 I hope you like it, and please tell me honestly if it’s good or bad and if it’s what you expected and wanted ^^
Living in Camelot wasn’t always sunny. Honestly no day was very sunny for you, having to deal with Arthur annoying you the whole day. It was just nice and relaxing, when he was out and about with his servant Merlin, doing god knows what.
But when he wasn’t, he took any chance he got to play tricks on you, embarrass you in front of the knights and would just not leave you alone when you were near each other. But somehow, even after everything he has done to you, you kind of like him. He is smart, he is handsome and very brave after all. And his smile… But a prat none the less. Which is funny cause Merlin and you have the same point of view concerning that.
By now you spend most of the time in your dorms or outside of Camelot. Sometimes even with Uther. Uther was always very fond of you, so taking you in after your parents kingdom was run and taken over, with your parents dying in the process, was the least he could have done. Uther was very close with your parents and immediately took you in when you were brought to Camelot.
But somehow your day was always ruined when you met Arthur during the day. Today was not different.
“Hey (Y/N)!” he screamed down the hall. You rolled your eyes and just ignored him, knowing very well what was about to happen. He was with the knights so whatever he would do, it would embarrass you.
You heard him running up to you and prepared yourself for the worst.
“Didn’t you hear me? I called you, (Y/N).”
“I’m sorry sire, I must have overheard it.” You said as respectfully as you could, with be best smile you could master.
“Have you had a good day so far, my lady ?” he asked and thats when you knew, he was up to something.
“Yes I had, sire. Thank you for asking. How has your day been so far?”
“Well so far so good. Nothing entertaining yet though.” He said and while saying that, he made the maid, which was on the way to the great hall with a jar of wine, trip causing the wine to be spilled all over you. Arthur and the knights bellowed out into laughter, while the maid apologized over and over again and you just standing there completely shocked. You were dripping red wine, your favorite white dress being ruined and being the entertainment for 10 men. Tears stung in your eyes as you tried to keep your composure. You mumbled a “It’s fine, it wasn’t your fault.” to the maid and glared at Arthur. You turned around without saying another word and made your way towards your dorm.
On your way there you met Merlin who gave you a look of concern.
“What happened?” he asked, trying to stop you from walking away.
“Not now, Merlin. And you shouldn’t ask what happened, but who.” You said, still trying to control yourself and swallowing the lump in your throat. You just walked past him and nearly ran the rest of the way to your dorm.
Arriving there you stormed in and threw the door shut, startling Guinevere.
“My lady, what happened?” she asked full of worry. You looked at her, lip trembling.
“I don’t want to talk about it. Can you prepare a bath for me and try to safe my dress?” you asked, loosening your voice, the tears threatening to fall.
“Yes of course. I will prepare everything immediately.” She said hurrying around already.
You nodded already stepping behind the folding-screen undressing yourself. Soon enough Guinevere was ready and you took the bath, washing off the, by now, dried up wine. Soon you realized that the tears were freely rolling down your cheeks and your breathing turned into sobs. What did you do to deserve all this ? And be not liked by him ?
“My lady, the King had delivered a message, that he would like you to join him for dinner.” Guinevere said, interrupting your thoughts. You weren’t in the mood for it but you couldn’t deny the Kings wishes. So you nodded and got out of the bathtub to prepare yourself. Besides you knew very well, that Arthur would be there, too and you wouldn’t want to give him this satisfaction.
You got ready and put on your most beautiful dress you had and Guinevere helped you with the dress. Soon you were ready and took a last glance in your mirror.
“You look stunning, my lady.” She said smiling at you. You turned around to her and gave her a small smile back, hugging her.
“Thank you, Guinevere.”
She hugged you back and smiled.
“You can go home now, if you want to. I can take care of myself for the rest of the evening.” You said.
She smiled and bowed and left the room with you. You made your way towards the great hall, where dinner would take place. Arriving there you saw Uther standing up coming to you to escort you to your seat. Arthur wasn’t there yet, so you had a few minutes with Uther for yourself.
“How was your day, dear? I heard about an accident in the hall?” he said concerned.
“Yes, Sire. A maid fell and unfortunately the wine she had been carrying spilled all over me and my favorite white dress.”
“That’s horrible, I will have the maid punished. Can your dress be saved?” he asks.
“No, Sire. It’s fine it really wasn’t the Maids fault, she tripped because of someone… And Guinevere is trying her best.”
“But who did it ?”
“I-…” you started, but the doors opened and Arthur came in, accompanied by Merlin.
“I’m sorry for the delay Father. (Y/N), nice to see you.” he said, surprised to see you.
“Nice to see you, too my majesty.” You bowed your head to him as he took his seat opposite of you.
“Arthur I want you to find the person, who made the Maid trip, causing the wine to be dumped all over Lady (Y/N).” Uther instructed. Arthur stifled a laugh but nodded, not wanting to admit, that it was him.
The dinner was spent with you talking to Uther and ignoring Arthur as much as you could. But you couldn’t help but notice him starring at you the whole time.
You left after dinner, excusing yourself and retreated back to you dorms. You got into bed and prayed that Arthur will leave you alone the next day.
Meanwhile Arthur arrived back in his dorm and go ready for bed himself, talking to Merlin.
“I think that I have the most brilliant idea to mess with (Y/N).” he exclaimed.
“You and a brilliant idea? I don’t think so. “ Merlin murmured.
“What did you say, Merlin?” he asked.
“And what kind of a brilliant idea do you have sire?” he asked all innocently.
“You will see tomorrow, but I need you to get me some stuff.” He answered and wrote some things down.
The next day you made your way down the hall to get out of the Castle, when Arthur caught up with you near the steps.
“Lady (Y/N)? May I have a second of your time.” He asked.
“Sure Sire.” You answered fearing the worst.
“I wanted to talk to you about something for some time now.”
“Is that so, your majesty ? And what would that be.”
“I would like you to accompany me for some political tasks, that I have to do soon.”
“Oh, what kind of tasks?” you asked.
“Nothing big, but I need a jester by my side and you will do marvelous.” he said laughing out loud.
You were fuming and turned around and wanting to walk down the stairs but slipped, because you haven’t notice, that Merlin spread some oil on the floor while Arthur distracted you. You stumbled and in the next moment you were falling down the stairs, hitting your head and blacking out.
Arthur and Merlin watched in horror and carefully went down the stairs as you landed there unconscious.
“Merlin check her.” Arthur yelled, his heartbeat ringing in his head and panic taking over.
“Her head is severely bleeding. We need to get her to Gaius.” Merlin said, his voice full of panic, too.
Arthur didn’t hesitate a second and picked you up bridal style and run towards the chambers of the court physician.
Arriving there he gently placed you on the bed as Gaius headed over towards you.
“What happened?” he asked already examining your wound.
“She fell down the stairs.” Merlin said.
“Why?” Gaius asked, already having a dreading feeling about this whole situation.
“It was an accident, we just saw that she fell and hurried her here.” Merlin said, trying to cover Arthur. He was surprised when Arthur answered instead.
“No it wasn’t.. Well kind of was… How bad is it?”
“What do you mean? Was it an Accident or not?” Gaius urged.
“It was a trick I wanted to play. She wasn’t supposed to fall down the stairs. We spread oil on the floor. She was supposed to stumble and land on her butt not fall down the stairs.” Arthur said as Uther entered the room, having been noticed of the terrible accident.
“YOU DID WHAT?” Uther bellowed, making Arthur jump and turn around.
“Father, I-..” he started
“No, so it was you yesterday with the wine, too? And all those other times ?”
Arthur nodded, not being able to look at anything or anyone but the floor.
“Get out!” Uther said you gritted teeth.
“I will deal with you later.”
Arthur nodded and got out of the room.
“How is she Gaius?” Uther asked.
“It’s pretty bad, the head wound is deep and she doesn’t respond to anything. I have to stop the bleeding. I will keep you informed, Sire.” Gaius said, making it noticeable that he need time and space. Uther nodded and left hesitantly. Gaius started to work and stopped the bleeding.
A few hours later, you were brought to your dorm and Guinevere and Merlin looked after you. Later in the evening Arthur was called to the throne room by his father. He was sitting on the throne with an angry face, immediately glaring at his son.
Arthur came to a stop a few feet away from his father, staring at the ground, knowing very well what was about to happen.
“Do you even understand what you did?” Uther said.
Arthur just nodded not being able to talk, knowing that anything he will say, won’t make it better.
“She is in a very bad shape, Arthur. She can die!” Uther yelled making Arthur flinch.
“Father, I never..” he started.
“No, you will not speak now. You will not apologize to me! Pray that she will wake up, so that you will be able to apologize. I thought you would be more responsible and grown up than play a trick on her. Not even one but many. Leave now.” Uther said, turning around and leaving. Arthur stood there blinking, trying to stop the tears and breathing heavily.
Instead of going to his room, he went to yours. He held your hand the whole night and the next day and the day after that. Praying every hour that you will finally wake up.
After 3 days your hand finally twitched. Arthur immediately sat up straight and put a strand of hair behind your ear.
“(Y/N)?” he asked carefully, his voice raw from crying. Yours eyes fluttered open and you blinked a few times to get adjusted to the light in your room.
“(Y/N/N)?” he asked again, caressing your cheek.
You looked at him and what you saw, shocked you. The red eyes and nose, his worried look, his messed up hair. He definitely have been at your side for a while.
“Arthur.” You said, barely a whisper because of your horse voice.
“Thank god, you’re okay. I am so sorry, that was not supposed to happen, and I will make it up to you as long as I live. I am so sorry.” He started to ramble.
“Arthur-“ you tried, but he kept apologizing and rambling on.
“Arthur” you said a little louder making him look at you. You put your hand on his cheek and wiped a leftover tear away.
He touched your hand and closed his eyes, leaning into your touch. He kissed your hand and mumbled a last “I’m so sorry”.
“Arthur, it’s fine, I know you would never want something like this to happen. But tell me, what did I ever do to you, that you always act like that around me?” you said, all serious, taking your hand away and looked at him with a mixed expression of sadness and disappointment.
“I… You… Well…” he started.
“Spit it out, Arthur.” You said.
“You didn’t do anything. I just.. well.. We’ve known each other for so long and I somehow got this idea, that by making fun of you, I’ll be getting your attention. You know I… I like you.” He stuttered.
“You like me ? That’s a weird way of showing it.” You answered.
“I know, but I was in too deep to get out. It ‘s more than just liking you…” he said and started to caress your cheek again.
“I love you and I have been for a while.” He said and you couldn’t believe it. He said those three words, you longed to hear for so long.
“I love you, too. “ you said smiling at him.
“You do ?” he asked, a smile appearing on your face. He leaned in a gave you a mesmerizing kiss, that you would never forget.
You heard someone clear their throat and you two broke apart, turning to the cause of the noise. But it was just Merlin.
“Your majesty the king would like to know about Lady (Y/N)’s wellbeing.” He said, trying to hide his smile.
“Tell him, she is fine and tell him, that she forgave me.” Arthur replied, smiling at you.
You smiled back, knowing that now everything will change and the days in Camelot will be sunny from now on.