England x Canada(Or America x Canada your choice) Matthews a Selike and Arthur(or Alfred) finds his skin. o3o
Alfred doesn’t go on vacation to Massachusetts planning on a summer fling, but if asked he’d have to admit he’s been hoping for some action.
That’s.. not quite what he gets with Matthew.
He meets Matthew on the brown-sand beach in front of his rented house. The other man is half-asleep and naked in the afternoon sun, and Alfred lets himself admire the stretch of pale skin before clearing his throat.
Matthew (though Alfred doesn’t learn his name until later) jumps. “Sorry!” he says, blinking a lot. “I didn’t know anyone was here, sorry, I can go-“
"Don’t worry about it," Alfred says. And because Matthew doesn’t seem body-shy and Alfred has been getting a little lonely, he adds: "Want to come back to the house for a beer?"
Matthew smiles, just a little, and Alfred feels his heart skip a beat.
~ ~ ~
One beer turns into two, one meeting turns into ten. Alfred starts leaving the patio door open, and Matthew brings fresh redfish for supper.
Matthew is delighted with Alfred’s hard drive full of superhero movies, and Alfred starts a marathon of Marvel movies so he can watch Matthew smile; when the Hulk roars Iron Man awake at the end of The Avengers, Alfred presses his lips to Matthew’s, and Matthew threads his fingers through Alfred’s hair and pulls him closer.
~ ~ ~
That’s all before he finds Matthew’s skin on a rock just above the tide line. Arthur has told him enough stories that it only takes Alfred a few seconds to recognise the neatly folded sealskin for what it is. To recognise Matthew’s nocturnal swims and pale skin for what he is.
Alfred’d never heard of selkies on the Massachusetts coast, but there are lots of grey seals so he thinks that he really shouldn’t be too surprised.
He can’t say he’s not tempted. Matthew is awesome, happy to cuddle or roughhouse or play video games after midnight. And if Alfred took the skin, he could have all that and more - Matthew wouldn’t disappear at odd hours, would come back to New York at the end of the month and he could introduce Matthew to the wonders of X-men comics and Alfred wouldn’t have to say good-bye.
Alfred turns around and heads back to the beach house.
The sealskin shines in the sunlight.