“Just tell me you love me,” Merlin said. “We’ll sort the rest out later, yeah?”
“I love you,” Arthur said without hesitation. “I trust you.”
Merlin exhaled a short, shuddering breath that he hadn’t known he was holding, and he closed his eyes. He’d needed to hear that more than he cared to admit, even to himself, and he bit his lower lip.
“Don’t forget that,” Arthur said. “Just. Don’t. Because no matter what you have to do, remember? No matter what.”