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20 October 2009 @ 07:47 am
[fic] : merlin (gwen/arthur) - There Are Stars In Your Eyes  
Title: There Are Stars In Your Eyes
Rating: PG
Word count: 412 words
Characters: Arthur/Gwen, a little Arthur/Morgana if you squint
Summary: Arthur teaches Gwen to dance. (Sort of...) Written for the VaginaFest, for the prompt Merlin - Arthur/Gwen - dancing

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They're sitting on the curve of ground outside the castle walls, hidden by the dark of night. The night is cold and clear, and in the silence between conversations Arthur and Gwen find they are both looking up at the stars. Arthur's hand is upon Gwen's, warm against the chill grass.

"I used to think," says Gwen, softly, "it was a little like a dance, the way the stars moved across the sky..." she trails off. "Silly, maybe," she says, and looks down into her lap.

"No," says Arthur, "it is. A little." He can't really see much that is dance-like in the way they move, inching across the sky. Dancing can be interminable enough without having it be as slow as Gaius on a cold day.

He's never danced with Gwen, though.

"Have you ever danced?" he asks her.

"No," Gwen says, smiling, and Arthur suddenly realises why.

"You're always serving," he says. She nods.

"Perhaps someday I'll learn," she says, and her voice sounds almost wistful. "I know a few dances, but not the fine courtly ones you and the Lady Morgana..." Before he quite knows what he's doing, Arthur is on his feet and offering Gwen his hand. She stares at it for a moment, as if not quite sure what to do with it.

"Let me teach you," he says. In the space of a smile she's standing before him, her eyes expectant and her hand still in his. Inconveniently, he finds he cannot quite remember a complete set of steps to teach her. He will have to make one up, he supposes. How hard can it be?

The first few steps go smoothly, then a turn, then a few more steps. Arthur feels it's rather convincing, as made-up dances go.

"Then," he says, "I place my hand here," he places her hand at the small of her back, and pulls her towards him, against him, and as she collides with him it is as if he is aware of her every curve.

"Then," he says, his voice made deeper with intent and the distraction of her, "then..." and then he is kissing her and his hands are in her hair and pulling it from its neat arrangement into the curls that flow unrestrained down her back.

"This is no courtly dance, Arthur Pendragon," she whispers accusingly in his ear.

"No," he replies, and she can feel his cheek shift against hers as he smiles, "perhaps next time..."

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end.
 
 
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Denija: merlin || arthur&gwen || happydenija on October 19th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
oh so cute! <3 I need more cute fics after that last angsty episode. Thank you!
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] merlin + arthurlalumena on October 24th, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed it. Looks like the next episode is going to be more cheerful, fortunately...!
there and back againrivendells on October 19th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ooh, this was so beautiful! ♥ Wonderful job. :)
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] arthur/gwenlalumena on October 24th, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)
Thank you!
jazzebellesjazzebelles on October 19th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, adorable!

This is no courtly dance, Arthur Pendragon.

Haha gotta love Seductive!Arthur. Great job!
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] arthur | legendary damagerlalumena on October 24th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Hee, glad you liked it! Arthur is fun to write.
kasie101 on October 19th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
so much for dancing haha. but i think arthur got it right - this is so much better than dancing.

too cute for words fic. :D
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] arthur/gwen | snoglalumena on October 24th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
Thank you!
starry_laastarry_laa on October 20th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
Lol, that was really sweet and funny at the end. Any dance fic is made of win, and when it ends in a kiss, even more so!
Esmeralda: Arthur/Gwen; like nothing beforela_esmeralda_ on October 20th, 2009 08:59 am (UTC)
You so smooth, Arthur. :D

Love the quiet romance here, also, dancing! There isn't enough dancing!fic for the Merlin guys.
mattyroh07: merlinmattyroh07 on October 21st, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
I don't think there can ever be enough dancing!fic in any fandom, lol. :D
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] arthur/gwen | tokenlalumena on October 24th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
You so smooth, Arthur. :D
Heh, you betcha. (Except for the part where he...isn't.)

Thanks for reading!
kePPy: Merlin: A/G soft caresseskepp0xy on October 20th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
hee! I commented on this when I first read it at the Vagina Fest, but it's so good I have to do so again here. I love the moment you've captured here, where there's light between them and the total acceptance of their stations. Your writing style is lovely.
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] merlinlalumena on October 24th, 2009 10:53 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, that's very kind of you to say. :)
Catsariza on October 20th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
"This is no courtly dance, Arthur Pendragon," she whispers accusingly in his ear.


♥omgee i love love this. I kept thinking morgana and merlin were going to see them kissing and morgana was going to say something snarky like "we never danced like that..." and gwen would blush. There should def. be more dancing fic in merlin (like the tudors...)
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] gwen/lancelot | a crush of sortslalumena on October 24th, 2009 10:55 am (UTC)
That would have been amusing! I think I like the idea of them sneaking off like this too, keeping things secret between them.

There should def. be more dancing fic in merlin (like the tudors...)
Forget fic, wouldn't it be lovely to have a secret!dancing Arthur/Gwen scene on the show? :)
Catsariza on October 24th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Forget fic, wouldn't it be lovely to have a secret!dancing Arthur/Gwen scene on the show? :).

That would be beyond amazing. i wish there was a way we could tell the writers our ideas, because that would be so adorable!
fireblazie: [merlin] arthur/guineverefireblazie on October 23rd, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
So cute. I'm a sucker for fics where the main couple dances. ♥ Of course, the whole "This is no courtly dance, Arthur Pendragon" was made of win. Great job!~
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] arthur/gwen | they rule yolalumena on October 24th, 2009 10:56 am (UTC)
Well, I reckon Gwen wouldn't be the type to let him get away with it completely! Thanks very much.
(Anonymous) on October 29th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
diana,australia
hay..i love it very much it amoazing which they put that it...i live in australia and we soo behind.i would like to see more arthur and gwen together hope they start building that relationship soon
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: merlin; arthur + gwendollsome on March 31st, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Oh, lovely! ♥ I love the quiet sweetness of this -- star-watching and impromptu dancing, my heart is thisclose to not being able to handle it -- and I really love the phrasing of "his voice made deeper with intent and the distraction of her". Delightfully done, my friend!
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] arthur/gwen | dip kisslalumena on March 31st, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you kindly! And excellent icon use. My heart may have sighed a little bit.