A little something I’m working on for @anarchycox (thanks for the all the prompting)
“How long Merlin?”
“How long what Harry?”
“How long have you and eggsy been dancing around one another?”
“I don’t know what yer on about Harry, but Galahad and I have certainly not been doing any dancing.”
“No,you both just happen to stare at each other across the room everytime you think the other isn’t looking, because you aren’t pining away like some bloody Austen heroine.”
Merlin has had about enough of Harry’s pestering over the issue.Harry who less than two months ago had still been presumed dead,who had less than a month ago still not remembered him or Eggsy at all and who now was sat in their bed reminding him of what he was so intently trying to forget.
“Jesus H Christ Harry, will you just let this go? I thought ye were dead,we all thought you were dead.I couldn’t cope with that loss and neither could he.He found a princess and I watched from afar, protecting him in ways that I failed to protect Ye or James. I became invested in his well being in a way that I never thought possible outside of James and you.” Merlin finally let out a long shaky breath.
“Hamish,I don’t care.Why in the world would I care about you and him being happy together? What did you think I would expect you to wait for me? To change who you were just because I wasn’t here anymore? Or was it because it was Eggsy?Because of who he was to me?”
When Harry sees the sheepish look return to Merlin’s face he knows that he has found what he thinks is the crux of the problem.
“He was so like you in the beginning Harry,it was like watching your ghost.He is most certainly his own person now, but that took time.Time we spent together training and working and grieving.He and Tilde had a good relationship and I didn’t want to cock that up.I was content to just stand by and mourn what I had lost in both you and James.”
Merlin decided if they were doing this he’d need tea so he got up and headed downstairs.
Harry decided he wasn’t getting anywhere with this part of the conversation and sent a text to Eggsy telling him to come over to theirs.He promptly received a message with an eta of 10 minutes, the boy living next door truly did help in these matters and he was rather sick of their moping.
They had always had an open relationship one built out of more of a solid friendship and occasional lovers than true romance, but Merlin wouldn’t allow himself to act this time out of some sense of duty to him and for some reason that was making everything terribly awkward between all three of them.
Merlin was pouty and distant and Eggsy was a live wire ready to spark and take the whole building down, and Harry just wanted them all to be happy.
When Eggsy arrived at Harry’s townhome he let himself in like he usually did and headed to the kitchen where he heard movement.He was almost to there when Merlin heard the front door close and he spun around from the cabinet to see Eggsy and nearly dropping his mug at the sight
“Shit. Eggsy, what uh what are ye doing here?”
He really wishes he had taken the time to throw on something other than his robe.
“Dunno, arry said to come over so I did sorry bruv I didn’t know i was interuptin somfin.” Eggsy shuffled his feet a bit trying to not focus on how good the man in front of him looked,He most certainly wasn’t thinking about what was underneath that robe either. “I uh, I’ll just head on back home, let I’m know I stopped by alright?”
“No,Eggsy you won’t. “ Harry said suddenly appearing out of nowhere. “You will sit and have tea with us while the two of you pull your heads out of the sand and actually talk to one another.” They both stared at him with a look that could only be described as pure and utter horror . “Stop looking at me like I have grown a secondary head. The heartbroken, lovesick ,aura of doom that both of you have been projecting since we returned home has gone on long enough.I won’t have it affecting the agency and I won’t have it affecting our relationships any longer.”
“Look Arry I’m sorry yeah? I just need time to get over it that’s all. Didn’t know about youse and all and now that I do I’m out of it but don’t punish someone else, just cause I can’t be trusted anymore.” Harry was gearing up for a response prior to Eggsy’s outburst but what the boy had said almost broke his heart.
Merlin however beat him to it. “Eggsy lad ye have nothing to be apologizing fer.It’s I who have cocked things up, both fer ye and Harry.I dinae remember to separate my feelings from the job and as such have compromised the integrity of it all.”
“Oh for heaven’s sake Hamish, quit being so bloody dramatic that’s my job. Eggsy he is right in one thing however, you dear boy have nothing to be apologizing for. I’m not going to tell either of you again. Sort this thing between you or I’m never sleeping with either of you again.” and with that Harry spun with a flourish of his robe and returned upstairs leaving both Merlin and Eggsy to stand in the kitchen practically petrified and staring blankly at one another.
“Eggsy, lad look, I know that it hasn’t been long since Tilde and ye parted..”
“Merlin" Eggsy tries to interject before the man can continue
“or since that peacock of a man upstairs returned..I know that I canae fix that pain for ye..”
“Merlin” Eggsy tries again with a little more force but the man just keeps going
“But I promise I will nae ever let my feelings for ye interfere with the job again.I promise to be here for you just like I have been. To be here when you need me. I pro-“ but he doesn’t get to finish.
Eggsy had stood up and placed his hand over Merlin’s mouth forcing him to go quiet and look up straight into those sapphire eyes.
“Hamish,I’m not hurting because of Tilde, I mean yeah she’s a wonderful girl and I don’t regret none of it, but her and Rox were made for each other and all I’ve ever wanted since that day with the damn parachutes was you. Harry is a right bit of fun but it ain’t romantic. I want the romance Merlin and I want it with you.So how about it? Dinner tonight,just You and me and you see if it’s something you could possibly want too?.”
Eggsy finally dropped his hand from Merlin’s mouth and stood next to him waiting nervously for a reply.
The only reply he got was the older man crushing their lips together and turning his mind to goo, pinning him to the spot.
“Oh lad,that is pretty much the only thing I have wanted for quite some time.”
“So tonight? I’ll pick you up round 8 yeah?
“Aye, now go home before Harry finds out he’s right.”
Eggsy stole another quick kiss before heading out the way he came.It felt like he was walking on clouds all the way back next door. He didn’t want to come down from this high,he could still feel the warmth of Merlin’s lips on his,but now he had an unforgettable evening to plan and less than twelve hours to do it.
He knew he would need help pulling this off,luckily he knew exactly the two women to call.