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"Boys' Night Out" (Merlin/Arthur flashfic, PG-13)

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May. 13th, 2009 | 04:20 pm
mood: pleased=D

In which Arthur stole Merlin's food, watched his DVD, took him out to a boring party and manoeuvred him to bed (to sleep).

★ All-in-one beta & Britpicker: lilithilien
☆ The first version won third place at armer_gayms' Bro Code challenge.

☆ 555 words. Or 731. It's all relative.
★ Borrowed the varying flashfic length from b_hallward's Increments (Merlin/Arthur)--am not the genius that came up with it. The 5, 10, 20, ..., 100 words structure fits what I have in mind, didn't mean to steal ^^;;




[1. A Bro should never eat out of another Bro's hands.]

"Merlin, I'm starving. Gimme that."

[2. A Bro should never cry during a movie. In the event that he does, he must under no circumstance admit it to anyone other than a girl he is trying to score with.]

"It's spring allergy!"

"Yes, Arthur, you don't find Titanic sad."

[3. The word "cute" should not be used other than describing a chick they want to bone.]

"Pouting won't make me change my mind."

"Aww, you think I'm cute!"

"No, Arthur. I'm not going to your party."

[4. A Bro should not wear a scarf without a jacket or coat.]

"Do you have to wear your blue scarf? It's old and faded."

Merlin's voice, when he answered, was muffled. "It's comfortable."

"It's ugly."

"It's really soft. Feel it."

"..."

"See?"

[5. No Bro should make a kissing face in a photo.]

"Merlin! What a pleasant surprise!"

"Your brother's a slave driver."

"And yet you put up with him." Morgana's smile was red and knowing. "Here, give us a kiss."

Flash.

"Should I be worried?" Merlin joked.

Morgana grinned. "Here comes Arthur."

[6. You shall honor your father and mother and your Bro's father and mother.]

"Father, you remember Merlin."

"Mr Pendragon." Merlin hoped his smile didn't come across as too deranged.

"Charmed, I'm sure." Uther’s lifted eyebrow belied the statement.

"Merlin's studying medicine in Edinburgh," Arthur's bright tone filled the awkward silence.

Uther's gaze held a spark of genuine interest. "You must be quite dedicated."

[7. At a party you must not go around telling everyone that your Bro is gay and looking for male company tonight.]

"Oh, Arthur? He picked me up in this gay bar. It's tragic, really, he has such a healthy sexual appetite but I'm afraid I don't have the stamina to keep up with him. Speaking of which, we're looking into the possibility of polyamoury. You wouldn't know anyone who'd be interested–"

"Merlin. May I talk to you for a second?"

[8. Never share a bed with a Bro.]

"If I'd known you like to spout outlandish lies when you're pissed, I would have plied you with alcohol a long time ago." Arthur couldn't help but be amused. "Lightweight."

He helped Merlin manoeuvre his way more or less into the bedroom.

"Lies."

Arthur snorted. "You only had a few glasses of champagne. That constitutes a lightweight in my book."

Merlin frowned. "Not lies. I was bored. Started fantash– fantasising."

[9. A Bro should never wiggle out of a pair of pants.]

"Really, Merlin. After informing my father's shareholder that we're interested in a permanent threesome, it's no longer the time to play coy, is it?"

"You try wriggling out of your clothes when you're half-drunk." Merlin sulked.

"Oh, don't be like that," Arthur cajoled, hooking his thumbs at Merlin's belt loops. "If you had dressed in the suit I bought instead of stupid jeans, you wouldn't have this problem."

"Am not your kept boy, no matter what Will said," Merlin slurred.

[10. A Bro should never ever see another Bro naked.]

"Where do you keep your pyjamas?"

"Don't sleep in p'jamas."

"What, don't tell me you usually sleep starkers." Arthur's voice cracked by the end of the sentence, but thankfully Merlin was too drunk to notice.

"I like T-shirts." Merlin's arm was flung over his eyes. "They're comf'table."

A shirt lay crumpled on the bedroom’s sole chair. That shade of bright yellow looked familiar...

"Merlin! This is my 1971 Cup Final shirt!"

A groan answered him.

"You're lucky it's not the signed one. Or I'd be honour-bound to beat you up."

[A true Bro shall follow the Bro Code at all times and never under any circumstances break the rules set by the Bro Code.]

"Arthur? Why are you in my bed?" Merlin wasn't hyperventilating.

"Gnh?" Arthur made a protesting noise that Merlin didn't find cute.

"Are you naked?"

Arthur blearily turned on his side to face Merlin. As the sheets slid down, Merlin noted that he was not, in fact, naked.

Come to think of it, Merlin's wearing his footie shirt. So unless Arthur had some footie-related kink, they probably didn’t have sex last night and defile the Arsenal shirt.

Merlin's wistful thought was cut off when Arthur grabbed his waist and cuddled him.

"Sleep now. Sex later."

Right. He can live with that.



<-- Merlin's pyjamas Arthur's Arsenal shirt. Please credit if taking, etc.

Rambling A/N of sorts:
There's a funny story about this fic. Being obsessed with fic finder communities, I saw a fic search that eeriely sounded like this fic.
lilian_cho: "That's strange. Someone else also wrote a fic about Arthur's 1971 Cup Final shirt. How come I never read this fic?"
"I thought I was the first one who includes this detail, darnit!"
*ponders about collective fandom consciousness*

Three minutes later...

lilian_cho: "Unless...they're actually searching for my fic! Haha...yes that would be a more plausible explanation."

Since the fic was still anon at the time, and the comm. doesn't allow anon commenting, a friend answered the post for me. And balance is once again restored to the fandom world =D

(I'm so used to HP fandom where no matter how seemingly unique an idea is, you can bet at least two other people have come up with the same idea =P)

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Comments {28}

Mordyn

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from: mordyn4
date: May. 13th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
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LILIAN_CHO, YOU ARE A FRAUD.

You say you don't like RPS, but you write Bradlin (yes, Bradlin, stfu) and then replace the names with "Merlin" and "Arthur". AU, my foot.

mwhehehehe *runs away*

ETA: Undoubtedly, there are marvellous, as in "awful", arguments about AU Merlin != or == Bradlin, but I don't care. I am merely taking the piss.

Edited at 2009-05-13 11:59 pm (UTC)

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lilian_cho

Bracoli Bracoli Bracoli Bracoli Bracoli Bracoli Bracoli

from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
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AHAHAHHA I literally LOL'd when I read this comment X-D

I didn't say I don't like RPS, I said I don't write RPS! >=)


Anyway! Colin =/= Merlin because Colin has dark humor! And facial hair! And incomprehensible Irish accent!

Bradley =/= Arthur because Arthur doesn't play frisbee!
*WEAK argument*
Uhh, and Bradley/Angel is totally hotter than Arthur/Gwen! So there!

=P

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lilian_cho

ALSO!

from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 12:26 am (UTC)
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Most important of all: ASH =/= Bradley's dad, although I'm sure Bradley wishes it was trufax!

X-D

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Mordyn

Re: ALSO!

from: mordyn4
date: May. 14th, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
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I would like to know more about Bradley's parents and home life growing up. But I'm trying to not feed my stalkerish tendencies.

:P

I want to run something past you: Do you think fandomers are becoming more multi-fandomed? Because there's a few fandoms I'd rather not see posts about on my flist and as I look for new friends, or consider friending someone, I nearly always find that they are involved in one of these fandoms, and I wonder where all of the monogamous fandomers have gone.

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lilian_cho

Re: ALSO!

from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 01:32 am (UTC)
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Bradley was raised by ponies!

Well, I think TV fandomers are usually multi-fandom. And since lots of Merlin fandomers come from SGA, Smallville, Torchwood, etc., it makes sense that they have a gazillion a dozen different fandoms or so.

Eh. Still makes a lot more sense than H/D-ers switching to Tenipuri or Kyou Kara Maou, IMO. The only thing H/D and Yuri/Wolfraam has in common is brunette/blond O_o (Ditto H/D ~ Merlin/Arthur! No matter what people say!)

I get what you mean about someone having too many fandoms though. If I scroll through 50% of their posts, I would rather stalk them occasionally instead of having them on my reading list.

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silverindie80

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from: silverindie80
date: May. 14th, 2009 12:27 am (UTC)
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LOL at #7! Good times!

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
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*g* Merlin and Arthur has lots of fun sexytiems in Merlin's fantasies.

Thanks for commenting =)

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Eliot Prufrock

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from: srin
date: May. 14th, 2009 12:59 am (UTC)
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Ahahaha, very cute. ...yes, cute. :D

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
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Does this mean you want to bone me?

;-)

Thanks for commenting! =D

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Never give up; it's such a wonderful life.

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from: rane_ab
date: May. 14th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
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This is lovely and cute and it made grin. :o) Also, the 10-100 set-up is difficult to write, and you did it beautifully here - I didn't even notice, it all comes across very naturally and as though it's just the right length.

(And lol about the fic search!)

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
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I didn't even notice, it all comes across very naturally and as though it's just the right length.

Oh, thank you! That's the best compliment you could've given me =D

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from: auroreverlaine
date: May. 14th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
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Awww, this is cute! (I'm not a bro so I don't have to worry about using that word, right? ^_~)
I loled so hard at two, yes, of course Arthur wouldn't find Titanic sad...who the heck are you kidding?? Also no. 7, haha.

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 06:24 am (UTC)
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Thank you <3 (Alright, I'll let it pass X-D)

The first time Arthur watched Titanic, he had to wear a pair of sunglasses when exiting the theater, so that nobody would find out that he cried his heart out over Jack and Rose's eternal love. ;-)

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morrighan

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from: morrighan_sai
date: May. 14th, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
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<i.>"Merlin. May I talk to you for a second?"</i> Ahaha, I don't know why he's getting all indignant about it :D

Thanks for the breakfast reading! I should probably stop drinking while reading, though. Drowning in a sip of tea - that might be embarrassing...

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
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Arthur was indignant. He never even kissed Merlin, and now he found Merlin soliciting his father's shareholder. Rankin was pretty fit for his age, but he didn't have the right to look amused and intrigued by Merlin's offer.


Yw *g*
Hee, I'm sure Merlin will leap to offer you some CPR if you drown in a teacup ;-)

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E McGee

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from: melusinahp
date: May. 14th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
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That was adorable. I'd never heard of the Bro Code before, but you used it wonderfully. xxx

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
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The only Bro Code I knew before this challenge was "Bros before Hos." X-D

Thank you <3

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Cris

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from: duskwillow
date: May. 14th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
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Ha ha ha, this is adorable. :D

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Thank you <3

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archaeologist_d

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from: archaeologist_d
date: May. 14th, 2009 12:13 pm (UTC)
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That was cute. I really liked the headers for each piece and how you worked them into the storyline. LOL on the gay bar one. Classic!

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Thank you <3

I'm not-so-secretly proud of the gay bar one myself *g*

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Profiterole

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from: _profiterole_
date: May. 14th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
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That was great! I love how you dealt with the prompt. ^__^

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: May. 14th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Thank you <3

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: Jun. 5th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
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*basks in your love*

Hee, I was going to summarize my posts while you were gone, but I guess I don't need to do that now X-D

You went on hiatus and came back again and I still haven't finished replying to your comments about slash =O
...
I might just start over with a new post (now Merlin included!) X-D

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synonym spice!

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from: fiercynn
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Eee! I just found this through A03 and it is adorable! OH BOYS.

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah =D

Thank you for letting me know where you found it. Now I'm motivated to put my other Merlin ficlets up X-D

Have you ever tried commenting on AO3, btw? (I have this irrational dislike of posting comments on archives as opposed to journaling platforms).

tl;dr: Glad you like!

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synonym spice!

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from: fiercynn
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I usually do comment on AO3, actually - I'm not exactly sure why I didn't this time! I think it might have been because it seemed unusual to me that it didn't have any comments, and then I noticed there was an LJ link and wondered if it had been posted before, and then wandered over here. So.

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lilian_cho

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from: lilian_cho
date: Aug. 13th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Ahh, gotcha =)

In my past experience people rarely ever comment on archives even if the fic has ginormous hit count. (Skyehawke)
But supposedly AO3's comment threads is more like journaling systems'?

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