An illustration I wanted to do since almost two years now : young Merlin watching the epic, prophetic fight between the red and the white dragon that were sleeping under the hill on top of which King Vortigern wanted to build his tower. Arthurian legends and Britain’s mythology are an awesome source of inspiration. AND a great excuse to paint over-the-top dragon fights.
I’m a shootin’ star leapin’ through the SKYYYYYY like a tiger, defying the laws of grAviTYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
SO MANY MOAR REQUESTS: I TRIED EDITION This time we got Bill the CFO for @1awb0t10ve (WHO I AM FOLLOWING I could’ve sworn I already was GAH), Splinter for @pumpkinswirls, grumpy old Mr. Bolts, who I am slowly falling in love with, for @pingpongleague, and finally Funky and Pancake for @organic-lure-trees!
I’ve only got three more lined up to do tomorrow and I like to post at least four at a time because of the funky dimensions I’m using… Which is my way of reminding everyone that there’s still time to employ me as your willing art servant. ;D
Ok so what if instead if trying to kill Eggsy's sister while under valintines spell Eggsy's mom kills her self leaving eggsy to take care of the baby and he expects Harry and Merlin to be unsupportive of his sudden father hood. But secretly Merlin always wanted kids
ANONNNNNNNNN WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY FUCKING LIFE??????
*coughs* Sorry for the outburst, but just… YASSSSS
Okay so let’s say Harry and Merlin have been in a relationship for a long long time and while Merlin has always wanted kid, he knew that with their kind of job, there was no way in hell they could get to adopt one, so he never speak of it to Harry. As for Harry… Well he isn’t against the idea of children, but Merlin never mentioned wanting any, so he never gave it more than a passing thought.
Fast forward after V-day. Eggsy gets back to his mum’s only to find her dead and hears Daisy’s cry from behind the bathroom door and of course he’s fucking devastated about his mum, but his sister needs him right now.
Merlin’s definitely the more likely to initiate PDA. Arthur tends to get a little embarrassed by it if anyone’s around, but he always accepts it anyway cuz he can’t get enough of it. He’s just a little too repressed to reach out himself, always a tiiiny bit afraid that he’ll be rebuffed.
2) Big spoon/Little spoon?
ARTHUR IS THE LITTLE SPOON TO MERLIN’S BIG SPOON. IT MAKES HIM FEEL SAFE AND CHERISHED.
3) Most common argument?
They don’t communicate very well. They both tend to make decisions for the both of them without consulting the other, Arthur because he forgets that Merlin’s opinion might differ from his and Merlin because he just assumes he knows what Arthur’s answer will be already so doesn’t need to ask, and that doesn’t usually turn out very well.
4) Favorite non-sexual activity?
Anything that they can make into a competition, lol. They will compete on anything, like monopoly or how far they can skip rocks or who can carry more grocery bags in from the car at once, and make the most outrageous and ridiculous bets on it. The bets are a competition in and of themselves, tbh, just getting sillier and pettier every time (the number of times they have had to literally lick each other’s boots is just stupid). It’s all in good fun, tho, and there’s plenty of laughs all around either way it goes.
5) Who is most likely to carry the other?
Like literally carry? Arthur. He’s got the muscles and he can hoist Merlin up without much trouble. (Merlin can lift Arthur if he really wants to but it’s not a particularly fun or romantic experience for either of them, lol).
6) What is their favorite feature of their partner’s?
Arthur has a thing for Merlin’s hands. They’re long and nimble and gentle and strong all at once. And Merlin, for his part, just really loves Arthur’s eyes. They’re a different kind of blue than his own, a lighter clearer kind, and he loves them a lot. Arthur gets embarrassed when Merlin just wants to stare longingly into his eyes tho, sometimes that’s just too intimate (at least when he realizes that’s what’s happening, lol, other times they just get caught up in each other and don’t notice that it’s been twenty seconds since they last blinked or looked away).
7) What’s the first thing that changes when they realize they have feelings for the other?
They get awkward as fuck. Arthur is normally a very confidence person, but as soon as he’s faced with someone whose opinion he actually cares about, he gets rambly and blushy and drops things and tries waaaay too hard. Merlin’s slightly better off, but he’s twice as likely to trip on air and will cut and run (sometimes mid-sentence) if he thinks he’s making an idiot of himself.
8) Nicknames? & if so, how did they originate?
They’re not really big on nicknames. Occasionally Merlin will take a leaf out of Gwaine’s book and call Arthur princess, but he does so in full knowledge that Arthur will make him pay for.
9) Who worries the most?
Merlin is MADE of worry. It is his natural state of being and nothing can stop it. Arthur worries when they’re in dangerous circumstances of course, Merlin is his top priority then, but Merlin just worries all the time about everything.
10) Who remembers what the other one always orders at a restaurant?
That’s something Arthur makes an effort to learn and remember. It’s one of those things that he sort of considers a Boyfriend Thing, and he always feels warm and fuzzy and accomplished when it makes Merlin smile.
11) Who tops?
They switch a lot. They both have a slight preference for top!Merlin.
12) Who initiates kisses?
Merlin really really really likes kissing. He will kiss Arthur at every opportunity, will make any excuse, would happily forgo sex entirely if he could just keep kissing him. (Not that Arthur minds.)
13) Who reaches for the other’s hand first?
This ties back to that “Arthur has a thing for Merlin’s hands” thing.
14) Who kisses the hardest?
When Merlin gets on a roll, he goes hard. He spends a lot of his time playing himself off as weak, but he’s not. And when he wants something? Really wants it? He will take it.
15) Who wakes up first?
Merlin is much more of a morning person than Arthur is (if either of them can be considered as such. It’s more of a 10am vs noon kind of thing, lol).
16) Who wants to stay in bed just a little longer?
17) Who says I love you first?
Merlin has no trouble saying it. He knows long before he lets the words out of his mouth, and he only holds them back because he knows Arthur isn’t ready to hear them yet. Even after Arthur can accept the words from Merlin, it still takes a little while before he can bring himself to say them back. He just wasn’t brought up with love being an open or obvious thing.
18) Who leaves little notes in the other’s one lunch? (Bonus: what does it usually say?)
Since Merlin’s the one who almost always makes the lunches, the notes are most commonly his. Sometimes they’re sappy. Usually they’re snarky/sarcastic/actual reminders of things he knows Arthur has forgotten he needs to do.
19) Who tells their family/friends about their relationship first?
They’re both a little reluctant at first, if only because of their widely different demographics. Merlin with the working class, Arthur the highbrow crowd. They both worry a bit how their friends will react and if they’ll be assholes about it, and Arthur especially worries about his father’s opinion. Arthur’s friends come first because Merlin refuses to be hidden, and also he’s very outspoken and in-your-face about his social position, which they like. Then come Merlin’s friends (Will thinks Arthur is a posh prick but the rest of them don’t mind him), then Hunith, and then Uther. Later. Much much later.
20) What do their family/friends think of their relationship?
It grows on them. Everyone’s a little wary of it to start with, but they prove themselves to each other’s people before too long. (Except Uther. Uther never quite warms up to Merlin completely, tho he does accept it.)
21) Who is more likely to start dancing with the other?
Arthur will totally do the whole slow-dancing-in-an-empty-room-to-no-music-just-cuz-he-wants-to-be-close thing. Just so he can get his hands on Merlin and also make him smile helplessly cuz it’s so damn sappy.
22) Who cooks more/who is better at cooking?
Arthur is not allowed in the kitchen. Not anymore.
23) Who comes up with cheesy pick up lines?
Arthur really honestly thinks his lines are smooth. Merlin never tells him otherwise cuz it is just too good and so worth the secondhand embarrassment to see Arthur look so pleased with himself.
24) Who whispers inappropriate things in the other’s ear during inappropriate times?
Meeerrrrrrliiiin. He will say anything to fluster Arthur in important meetings and make him go red in the face.
25) Who needs more assurance?
Arthur’s insecurities don’t get the best of him often, but sometimes they sneak up on him. Then he just needs a reminder or two that Merlin really likes him, not his money or his position or what Arthur can do for him. It’s hard for him to believe that anyone can love him unconditionally for him.
26) What would be their theme song?
Is that even a question? A Thousand Years. Duh.
27) Who would sing to their child back to sleep?
Hunith used to sing to Merlin when he was little, so of course Merlin does the same for his kids. Arthur rolls his eyes and says it’s silly, but it’s only a few weeks before Merlin overhears him humming while he rocks the baby back to sleep.
28) What do they do when they’re away from each other?
Pine. A lot. Talk on the phone all the damn time, so much so that it probably irritates whoever they’re with.
29) one headcanon about this OTP that breaks your heart
Arthur has a tendency to distance himself at the first sign of trouble. It’s easier than getting hurt, and it protects him from potential rejection. Merlin can’t leave him if he leaves first, and this way if Merlin does leave then at least it was HIS choice. It only takes two instance of this for Merlin to catch onto what was happening in Arthur’s head, and honestly it just made that particular argument worse because how dare he just give up on this?? How dare he not fight for them?? But after that, when he’s calmed down, he does recognize the insecurity and fear behind it and knows better how to head it off before it reaches the point where Arthur starts withdrawing.
30) one headcanon about this OTP that mends it
Merlin bites his fingernails when he gets nervous or stressed out. Arthur starts pulling his hand away from his mouth whenever he notices him doing it, holding Merlin’s hand against his chest and kissing his fingertips to convince him to stop. It sort of backfires cuz now Merlin starts nibbling on his fingers specifically to get Arthur to be so gentle and concerned with him. It’s all very sappy and sweet and this headcanon will never leave me alone.