1. Chapter 1 by Merlins_gal
For my best mate Becca or as i call her...Giblet..cos shes small :) Song: Love you till the end – The Pogues
Arthur pushed open the heavy oaken door to the elderly Physicians chambers and looked around, rapping his knuckles roughly on the wood he called out, peering around for the person he had come to see.
"Merlin?" he called stepping inside and shutting the old door behind him firmly.
"In here!" Came the reply.
Arthur's handsome face lit up at the sound of his name on Merlin's lips. He smiled broadly his heart beating excitedly in his chest as he crossed the room quickly to Merlin's door moving with the same lithe grace he always used.
Pushing open the door he entered closing it behind him soundly.
The young man before him paced the room, back and forth, to and fro. His long hand's cradling his swollen stomach protectively as he moved heavily with tiredness , his usual grin lighting up his face as he saw Arthur. His heart raced..
Arthur's handsome features grew shaded with worry as he watched him. His heart leaping to its proffered spot nestled snugly in the back of the Prince's throat.
"Are you alright?" He asked moving forward and wrapping his arm around Merlin's shoulders.
"Oh yes." The young warlock replied with a hearty yawn, Arthur smiled. "Just a little tired. She wont settle.."
Arthur smiled again a flush of pride rising in him as he placed a soothing hand on his lover's ripe stomach.
"Ah well let's see if her father can change that" he beamed steering his towards the small bed and laying him down.
Poor Merlin looked exhausted, the dark rings around his soulful eyes proved it. He was more tired than he would ever admit to anyone, let alone Arthur. He was stubborn, that was one of the many things Arthur loved about him. Tenderly Arthur brushed the stray locks of dark hair from Merlin's tired eyes and smiled again. Merlin always made him smile.
"Close your eyes" He whispered gently stroking his lovers cheek.
A small smile passed over Merlin's full rosy mouth as he closed his eyes.
Feeling a small flutter under his finger's the Prince stroked Merlin's swollen tummy and leant over resting his face against it. He smiled proudly against the soft cloth and the warm skin beneath. Softly he whispered..
"When I was a young babe my nursemaid used to sing this to me to help me sleep..shall I sing it for you?"
The small kick that followed made him grin, he felt Merlin giggle softly as the laughter tickled Arthur's cheek.
Ever so softly he began to sing..his long fingers tracing small circles on the blue cloth beneath them.
"I just want to see you When you're all alone I just want to catch you if I can I just want to be there When the morning light explodes On your face it radiates I can't escape I love you 'till the end
I just want to tell you nothing You don't want to hear All I want is for you to say Why don't you just take me Where I've never been before I know you want to hear me Catch my breath I love you 'till the end
I just want to be there When we're caught in the rain I just want to see you laugh not cry I just want to feel you When the night puts on it's cloak I'm lost for words don't tell me All I can say I love you 'till the end "
Merlin snored softly, peacefully and Arthur's mouth pulled into a cheeky grin against his warm stomach. Kissing Merlin's belly tenderly he smiled once more..his lips grazing the cloth as he whispered.. "I love you." .. a small fluttering kick gave him his reply.