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Monday, February 23rd, 2009 05:20 am
Title: Mothers Always Know
Author: [insanejournal.com profile] lilithilien
Fandom/Characters: Merlin, Bradley/Colin
Word Count/Rating: ~500 words/PG
Summary: Bradley can't tell his mum about Colin.
Disclaimer: LIES! This is completely made up and has nothing to do with the real actor or his family!
A/N: I went to bed thinking about the Merlin cast making their way down to France and suddenly this appeared. It then refused to wait until morning when it could be properly written and betaed. So here it is -- it's just a wee thing, but it wanted to come out, and I hope it amuses you.


"So Bradley," asks his mum the night before he leaves, while folding the crumpled shirts he's turfed into his suitcase, "what are you most looking forward to when you get back to France?"

He knows she only wants to hear about the haute cuisine and the fine wines and the people who were so friendly to him, and she wants to hear that he'll take out the fragile French he's been studying and make himself understood, somehow, without relying on wild gestures and the smile that seems to work no matter what country he's in.

He can't tell her that, most of all, he looks forward to seeing Colin. He can't explain how eager he is to hear that first tentative knock on his door after they've checked into the hotel, or how he wants to see how long it is before that knock becomes a mere formality as Colin pushes his way through, and then disappears altogether. He can't tell her how much he misses going to sleep wound up in tangled sheets and Colin's limbs, and waking up beside him on a cold morning when only his dark tousled hair peeks out above the covers. And he can't tell her how he longs for them to race up to the turrets of the Chateau in the morning's pinky dawn, before the tourists arrive and out of the eyes of cast and crew, just so he can hear Colin say something ridiculous like we really might be in Camelot.

And he certainly can't tell his mum that he even looks forward to the awkward conversation they're bound to have soon after arriving, that are you sure then? and yeah, well, if you're sure... and it was okay before, yeah?, before they slip back into that comfortably unlabelled thing that they had last year when Colin would enter his room without knocking, and sleep beside him like a well-stoked furnace, and wrap the sheets like fishermen's knots around his legs. If he can't explain even to himself why he wants them to both say yeah, no strings and pretend that it's casual when every night they prove that it's anything but, how could he hope she'd understand?

So instead he tells her of the fantastic andouillette sausages that Colin could never taste because of his vegetarian nonsense, and of the flamiche tarts and Picardy chevre that Colin practically lived on instead (and that were really quite good), and about the extensive experiments they conducted to find the village's cheapest drinkable wine, and how Colin thinks his French is much better than it really is. And even though he can't tell his mum that what he looks forward to most is seeing Colin again, when she slips a package of warm scones into his bag and whispers, "they're for that boy you work with," he thinks that she might somehow have figured something out.

~~~ The End ~~~




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[identity profile] kinseymill.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Lovely lovely lovely! :D
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:44 am (UTC)
Thank you!!
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)
Aww, that's so sweet ♥! Bradley/ Colin are fast becoming one of my OTPs, which is so strange because RPS has always weirded me out a little... They're just to cute to resist. :D
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
Tell me about it! I wasn't keen on even reading RPS, and now I can't stop writing it. They really are adorable! (And I just think of it as AU now, really. It helps!)

Thank you for reading/commenting!!
[identity profile] yorkshirewench.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 07:39 am (UTC)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:47 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
haha, okay, this is uncanny because in the fic i'm writing, bradley's relationship to his mum is really similar. huh. anyway, this was just lovely, especially the way you described bradley's and colin's no-strings-but-actually-serious relationship :)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it!

in the fic i'm writing, bradley's relationship to his mum is really similar.
Oh cool! My image of her is such a stereotypical Devon mum, serving up cream teas and raising strapping boys. I'm sure she's nothing like that IRL!
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:52 am (UTC)
i don't have the first clue what a typical devon mum is like, but it fits the purposes of my fic to have bradley have a somewhat distant relationship with his parents. *whistles*
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:57 am (UTC)
Think Molly Weasley.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
oooh. i see. yes, that fits my fic purposes, hahahaha.

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 08:41 am (UTC)
This is really lovely! Mothers definitely know best. ♥
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:58 am (UTC)
Don't they just. ;) Thank you so much!!
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 09:39 am (UTC)
OMG SO SWEET!! I love that she packs scone for Colin!

This little piece was so beautifully written. I love Bradley's memories of Colin with the no-knocking and curled up together in bed. I wish I had the talent that you do to convey so much into so few words. This was a perfect thing to wake up to this morning! :)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 11:01 am (UTC)
*G* Of course! Still warm, and with a little jar of jam so he can eat them on the train, because you know that poor boy needs some meat on him.

Obviously I need to get out of mothering mode so I can go back to perving.

Awww, thank you so much! I'm so glad it could help your morning!
[identity profile] luisadeza.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:20 am (UTC)
And he can't tell her how he longs for them to race up to the turrets of the Chateau in the morning's pinky dawn, before the tourists arrive and out of the eyes of cast and crew, just so he can hear Colin say something ridiculous like we really might be in Camelot.
Awwww! This was so lovely! ♥
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:34 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I like to think of them just being boys like that.
[identity profile] emago.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)
Hee! Something sweet first thing in the morning~ Just what I needed <3
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 10:33 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
awwwwwwwwwww

So very sweet and squishy and just the thing to wake up to.

Altho, we really need to work on the timing of your Bradley muse. Seriously - could he not choose a more decent hour to speak up?
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I know it could have used your beta, but I didn't want to reward the bossy muse by giving him any more time. Seriously, I think the boy needs to learn something about timezones.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
well, considering how much bradley talks about colin, of course his mum would figure it out. :D the undefined relationship between colin and bradley seems so realistic.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 12:16 pm (UTC)
No kidding! I'm sure if she didn't know before, watching the DVD extras would have told her what we all already know. :D And I really can't imagine them sitting down to Talk About Their Relationship. Gah!

Thanks for reading!!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 01:44 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's just so adorable - thank you hon ♥ =)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you, darling! I'm glad you liked it!
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Monday, February 23rd, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Awww! That was so sweet. I love how you captured the flavor of their relationship in 500 words, enough that now I can daydream about the whole thing in detail. ;) The scones bit was presh!
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad that you liked it! Yes, do daydream about them, they like that and will come haunt you as a reward.
[identity profile] nicolasechs.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, this was absolutely darling. I love the way you slowly reveal Colin and Bradley's relationship here. Wonderful.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! I do love the idea that they're confused by the whole thing. ;)
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Monday, February 23rd, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
I'm from LJ... XD Just wanted to say I absolutely loved this little bit. It made my heart go 'squish' and melt and just made me all around happy.

Oh boys. I do adore you!
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! The boys are made of pure joy, aren't they?
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
Awwwww <3

Oh, boys.
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
:) I'm glad you enjoyed it!
[identity profile] sequinedfairy.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love you and thank you so much for all the lovely fic lately!

This is ADORABLE. Bradley's descriptions of Colin are so perfect and sweet, really ♥♥♥
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you, you're so sweet! I'm trying to get it all out of my system before I go on my month-long Internetless trip! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one!
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, boys! ♥
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
*G* I know!
[identity profile] betsyli.livejournal.com (from insanejournal.com)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
I have melted. *is goo on the floor*
Mothers know best, Bradley.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
Hee! Good reaction! And yeah, with as much as he talks about Colin on the DVD extras, his mum surely suspects something!