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18 October 2009 @ 09:01 am
[fic] : merlin (gwen/arthur) - Cooking With Gwen  
Title: Cooking With Gwen (or, Because Of The Lady With The Face Of A Toad)
Rating: PG
Word count: 500 words
Characters: Arthur/Gwen
Summary: Arthur gets some cooking lessons from Gwen. Written for the VFest, for the prompt Merlin - Gwen/Arthur - a dare

Disclaimer: Merlin is copyright to the BBC. All Rights Reserved. No copyright infringement is intended, and no money is being made.


He knows they can't be together; her a servant, and him (soon) a king. Arthur knows he should be turning his mind to other things. Another endless patrol with the guards. Or perhaps another conversation about that Lady Something-Or-Other who his father thought might make him an excellent wife, in a few years time.

She's pretty enough, Arthur supposes. But when she scolds (screams at, more like) her servants, the rage curls her face into the likeness of a toad.

No, thank you.

So it is partly Lady Toad-Face that finds him visiting Gwen more and more. Some days he's restless, waiting until the moment when he's free to escape and find her. It is (if he's being honest with himself, which he generally avoids) a little like the time that sorceress bewitched him. Except he remembers things. And Gwen isn't intent on drowning him.


"Stop cleaning, stop working, stop moving for a second, and talk to me!" he implores her. She's cooking dinner, and the delicious smell fills her tiny house. But every sentence she speaks is half-finished, or trails off. And as charming as his voice and his stories are, he does want to hear hers.

"Fine, Arthur Pendragon," she says, spinning around. Her hands are on her hips and her expression is somewhere between malevolent and mischievous. "I will stop moving," she begins to untie her apron, and his mind goes somewhere else, imagines other laces being undone, and - he forces his mind back to what she is saying - "if you will come here and cook instead." His mind still a little befuddled by that onslaught of images, Arthur stutters out something about chickens and clueless and when had he ever needed to cook and not wanting her to starve, thank you very much. (He reminds himself forcefully of Merlin. The thought alarms him.)

"Are you afraid of this chicken, your majesty?"


"I don't think you'd cook it, even if I dared you to," Gwen says, almost to herself. "You're that terrified. More shaken than a young knight in his first joust." That stings Arthur into action.

"Do you dare me, then?"

"...yes," says Gwen, smiling as she turns to sit down. Arthur grabs at her arm.

"No-" he says. “You must stand here,” he places her at his elbow, “and tell me what to do. Otherwise...”

She laughs outright at that, but agrees. She places her smaller hand on his, guiding his knife as he crushes garlic beneath it. He knows how to use a knife, he almost tells her. But he likes the feeling of her hand on his. And if he was to be honest, he might admit that he almost likes her telling him what to do. (But not really. No, of course not...)


The chicken is edible, after all. Arthur tells Gwen he knew it would be excellent all along, really. He should never have doubted himself.

“Next time, you can cook fish,” says Gwen, as he leaves.


Current Mood: worriedworried
starry_laa: Merlin: my everything a/gstarry_laa on October 17th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
Lovely. I loved the Lady Toad-Face a bit, and Arthur's mind wandering when looking at Gwen untying her apron, and the sweet cooking scene.
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] hos before broslalumena on October 17th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Poor Lady Toad Face, she can't help it. ;)
ruby_caspar: face of a bearruby_caspar on October 18th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hahaha I love your icon!!
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] arthur | legendary damagerlalumena on October 18th, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Isn't it awesome? It's by peopleareshapes. She doesn't have an icon journal, so if you want the icon you should just save it from here. :)
Sophie: merlin merlinsophielou21 on October 17th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
HA! I was hoping someone would do a fic where Gwen teaches Arthur to cook or at least would show Arthur trying to cook. Brilliant!

PS: I loved the whole 'Lady Toad-Face' thing!

Edited at 2009-10-17 10:07 pm (UTC)
with a dreamy far-off look: [narnia] lucy + broslalumena on October 18th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Thanks! :) Glad you liked it.
kasie101 on October 17th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
lady toad face as the future queen? i don't think so. can't even compare her to gwen. :D

and gwen is awesome for making arthur cook. very kytue fic! :D
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] arthur/gwenlalumena on October 18th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Well, obviously! And thanks!
Miss Squeenie McPimpalot: merlin not marry a servantchaletian on October 17th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC)
OMG so cute!!
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] arthur/gwen | tokenlalumena on October 18th, 2009 10:50 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it. :)
Marinajavabreeze on October 18th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
Very cute. :D
with a dreamy far-off look: [himym] barney + robinlalumena on October 18th, 2009 10:51 am (UTC)
Thank you!
stacey: team arthurroyal4ever on October 18th, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
awww gwen helping arthur to cook! perfect. nothing better than an arthur/gwen dare and we all know arthur isnt one to turn down a challenge!!!
with a dreamy far-off look: [rh] lucylalumena on October 19th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
ruby_caspar: face of a bearruby_caspar on October 18th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
The lady toad-face thing was hilarious, as was Gwen having to dare him to approach a chicken. And his 'stop moving around and taaaalk to meeeee!' thing was funny and very Arthur... in short, I loved it!
with a dreamy far-off look: [tbmh] dan + charlielalumena on October 19th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Hee, thanks so much!
fireblazie: [merlin] arthur/guineverefireblazie on October 26th, 2009 01:25 am (UTC)
LOL. What's not to like? Arthur's attention-whore-tendencies, and his mind-in-the-gutter-tendencies, and his general endearing prattish self... It was great :)
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] gwen | that's m'girllalumena on April 1st, 2010 01:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! (And sorry for taking so very long to reply!)
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: merlin; arthurdollsome on March 31st, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, gosh, this is joyous stuff. I love how you write Arthur, his inner voice is freaking delightful. Except he remembers things. And Gwen isn't intent on drowning him.! His mind wandering to other laces being undone! His horror at sounding like Merlin! Aadorbs.
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] sophia | sacrificial gleelalumena on March 31st, 2010 11:27 pm (UTC)
Hee! He is so much fun to write, seriously. You probably found the same thing when you wrote that gang fic a while back? (...that makes it sound like something kind of violent.)