I just really want some AU where Alfred and Arthur get stuck with each other for one reason or another — some historical/fantasy thing where they’re traveling together; got trapped or lost somewhere; modern school project; roommates; neighbors; half-siblings/cousins at some family gathering, it could be anything — but they don’t speak the same language, or only barely.
(even better if they both speak more than one language, but 8 times out of 10 none of them quite line up well enough to be clear.)
and the whole time it’s just this constant game of charades, gesturing wildly at each other and yelling like maybe saying it louder will make it clearer, or else trying to enunciate everything as best they can, to little or no avail. and they get so damn frustrated sometimes, especially when they’re trying to get something important across and it’s just. not. clicking. how can you not know what this means?! how am I supposed to know what that means, you utter buffoon?!
but other times it’s just so inexplicably hilarious that even Arthur cracks a smile, because the whole thing is so frickin’ ridiculous, and somehow they still end up being friends.
(also, both taking full advantage of the fact that they could say anything without the other ever knowing what it means, probably. all the muttering under their breath. the insults and the compliments and admissions of how they’re feeling. the colorful commentary. the salt.)