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27 September 2009 @ 10:58 pm
[fic] : merlin (RPF) - Waiting For Colin (or, It Was Sad and I Was Tired)  
Title: Waiting for Colin (or, It Was Sad and I Was Tired)
Rating: G
Word count: 540 words
Characters: Colin, Bradley
Summary: While waiting for Colin, Bradley gets a little bit too caught up in some ~emotional music on his iPod. Inspired by this cracktastic comment by thisissirius.

Warning: RPF
Disclaimer: I neither claim this fic to be any more than a product of my own imagination, nor assert it to be truthful beyond (hopefully) a semi-accurate suggestion of the cast's personalities.


Bradley didn’t know why it happened. Not exactly. I mean, you never do, do you? Things just sort of happen to him, and he goes with the flow, he just – sort of – well, anyway. He didn't understand it.

It’s the end of the day, and usually Bradley’s still got energy. Some kind of excited buzz at finishing filming, at being able to finally go to bed probably. Who analyses how they feel? (Girls do. But he’s not a girl.)

But today he’s absolutely. Flat out. Exhausted. Stuffed. He’s lying, limply, across the castle steps. It’s uncomfortable – the step is in exactly the worst place against his back - but he can’t be bothered moving. That’s how tired he is. Why is Colin taking so long? Colin asked him to hang about, wait for him. Said he only had to do a few more shots. Some rant or other he wanted to do over. Oh, honestly. The boy’s a slave to his art! Bradley doesn’t take it so seriously. (Well, he does. Sometimes. Mostly. But the times when he’s running about with a sword? No acting necessary. Like he said in the audition, he’s a master swordsman. He was only sort of joking. Years of fierce warfare with Seriously Well-Sharpened Sticks as a kid has to count for something, right? So he wasn’t really lying.)

Where is Colin?

Bradley pushes himself up off the stairs, leaning against the towering wooden door of the castle instead. It’s a relief not to have something poking him in the back any more. After a minute of foot-tapping and watching the caterers loading trucks, it suddenly occurs to him that his iPod’s in his pocket.

Ah. Right.

On…headphones in ears…shuffle…

He doesn’t even know or care what he’s listening to at first, just lets it thrum in his ears. Hums along a bit.

Every night in my dreams, I see you, I feel you,
That is how I know you go on.

Oh – he recognizes this one. From that movie about the sinking ship that he and Colin sat through. That one time. He can’t remember why exactly, something about you’ve never seen it? and epic and historical. Hell, it was just depressing. Who wants to watch a movie where the guy dies? And the girl has to go it alone? Honestly. Depressing as hell.

The song’s ok, though. Nice. Quite nice. In a girly, emotional sort of way.

You're here, there's nothing to fear,
And I know that my heart will go on.

“Are you crying?” There’s an Irishman standing (looming) above him. Colin bends down, looks closer -

“No,” says Bradley, getting up hurriedly. “Tired. Sleep in my eyes.” He walks down the stairs, leaving Colin to follow after him, protesting.

“No, really,” Colin says, “I’ll swear to it if I have to. One, single, manly tear, on your cheek, just -” Bradley swats his hand away. There’s a short silence as they walk towards the cars. And then,

“You said you didn’t cry during Titanic either,” says Colin. “But I know. I saw you...”

“At least,” returns Bradley, “I wasn’t soaking through tissues when the poor people were getting their bedrooms flooded.” Though, if he was honest, he might have felt a pang. Just a small one.

“It was sad! And I was tired.”



Current Mood: tiredtired
~no one knows you like me~hanabi14 on September 27th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
That was fantastic! To think that Bradley was crying to "My Heart Will Go On" is hysterical.

Thanks for posting!
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] merlinlalumena on September 27th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Haha, in my mind it really was more of a single manly exhausted tear or two rather than any full on sobbing. But, yes. I will not deny that I was amused by the idea also...you know how somehow things can seem sadder and more profound when you're tired? Sometimes.
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Rossella: Merlin/Arthur_seas2sallyna_smile on September 27th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
haha, so lovely *_*
archaeologist_d: BFI Colin and Bradleyarchaeologist_d on September 27th, 2009 01:05 pm (UTC)
That was cute. Poor Bradley. Now Colin would tease him endlessly about it.
dreamflingdreamfling on September 27th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Aww, in-denial emotional boyyys. ♥
Angieancaangie on September 27th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
Soooooo cute!!!!
Thank you for sharing :)
lrndnglrndng on September 27th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
shinodabear on September 27th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Teehee! Cute!
frames_in_aria: Arthur - smileframes_in_aria on September 27th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
lol lol nice fic ♥ Loved their denials XD
Lady Drace: Scruffy!Colinlady_drace on September 27th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
LOL! Great fun!

I can SO imagine Colin and Bradley arguing about Titanic!

C: "It's a classic!"
B: "It's a girly movie!"
C: "It's a historical masterpice!"
B: "So what? it only means I already know the ending..."
C: "...The lead roles are hot..."
B: "... all right, then."
stacey: arthur-valient textroyal4ever on September 27th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
:lol: can so picture this!!!! the watching the film, the comments and the singing!!!
gonna Hulk out on you。: Merlin RPS ♣ look after upada_something on September 27th, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
LOL This is adorable.
cherish4cherish4 on September 27th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
This was cute!

For some reason, the idea of Bradley humming along to "My Heart Will Go On" is hysterical!
Kelselsewhere_kels on September 27th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Aww, that was so cute. Oh, Bradley. XD
{    ♫ siri ♫    }: † + colin&bradley + convention facesthisissirius on September 27th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)

This is the BEST THING that has ever happened, OMG. They are so utterly ridiculous and I love you! ♥!!!
with a dreamy far-off look: [mu] mushulalumena on September 27th, 2009 07:16 pm (UTC)
Haha, yay! I have no idea how it happened, truly...
batmanboxers on September 27th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Aww! Adorable.
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: merlin; arthur + merlindollsome on March 31st, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)

I could seriously read rpf about these dudes all damn day. It is somehow, unfailingly, always delightful!
with a dreamy far-off look: [m] gang | back homelalumena on March 31st, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
I would read more if I could guarantee it would always be PG-styles and shenanigans! This was one of those ideas that just infected my brain, like...a really pleasant disease? UM.