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Title: All too familiar
Author: [personal profile] digthewriter
Rating: PG
Pairing/s: Merlin/Arthur
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Arthur goes on a blind date.
Warnings: Modern!AU
Word Count: 345
Prompt: "BLIND DATE" for [livejournal.com profile] camelot_drabble
Author's Notes: Unbetaed.


Arthur looked up from his newspaper when he heard the bell jingle, and the door to the coffee shop opened. It was 7:15 and his supposed blind date was fifteen minutes late. What he saw was not something or someone he wanted to see.

The man, when he saw Arthur, scowled also.

Merlin ignored Arthur and went to the other side of the cafe and sat down. Arthur glared at him for a long while until he finally got up and marched over to Merlin.

"What are you doing here?" he demanded.

Merlin frowned, and looked as though he considered simply ignoring Arthur. "If you must know, I have a date."

"With whom?"

"It's none of your business, Arthur. We're not married anymore."

"Fine, I don't care. I just find it rather peculiar that you have a date in the same cafe where I have a date."

"What are you implying?" Merlin asked, challenge all over his face.

"Wouldn't be the first time for you to stalk me." Arthur didn't wait for a response and returned to his seat, shifting it so his back was to Merlin. A second later, his mobile chimed.

Gwen: So sorry, Arthur. I just talked to my friend, he said he's running late, but I didn't get his message beforehand. He should be arriving any second now.

Arthur: It's no problem, Gwen. What's he wearing? And what's his name?

Gwen: Oh, right. I never told you. Emrys. And he's probably wearing jeans, and a red shirt with a leather jacket. That's what he had on this morning when we met for breakfast.

Arthur stared at his phone for a long while and then slowly turned to look at Merlin, whose nose was buried in his book. He was drinking from a coffee cup, so he must have gone to the counter and ordered while he waited for his date to show up. Merlin. Who was wearing jeans, a red shirt, and a leather jacket.

Merlin. Arthur's ex-husband. Who liked to be called Emrys by his friends. Was Arthur's date.
PART TWO: Leaving the past in the past (LJ / DW)

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