❝ "This Fast, Unreasonable Spring" by i_claudia
PLOT: Merlin was looking for something uncomplicated. Arthur was just looking to get paid. Neither of them expected to find the other.
RATING: NC-17 (Arthur/Merlin, modern!AU)
#Word count: 26,792
Some days, Arthur’s job is a little bit worse than others.
He eyes the boy, speculative. Maybe he’s just here to clean something or fix a leaky tap, he thinks hopefully. He ignores the fact that the management would never send anyone up here while he’s working, as well as the fact that it’s a penthouse suite which requires a key to make the lift go to the right floor. “You sure you’re in the right place?”
The kid swallows, nods with a jerk, his eyes fixed on where the top three buttons of Arthur’s shirt are undone, and Arthur sighs internally. He’s lounging artfully in a stately red armchair, arranged exactly right to show himself off, but it’s clearly lost on this punter.
This Fast, Unreasonable Spring