'This was the perfect opportunity to come out. These were the people who deserved to know, if anyone did... But what if? Part of him whispered. What if they don’t accept you? What if everything goes wrong?'
Coming out is damned difficult.
Add in a romantic or sexual orientation, or gender, which people are less familiar with, and you not only have to come out, you have to explain what you're coming out as.
I don't think my parents understand what Sexually Fluid actually means, even now.
(Cliff notes version: my sexuality changes a lot.)
And there's that doubt, no matter how loving and understanding your family normally are, that they might not accept you.
Especially since even the sweetest and kindest allocishet family members have usually said something casually offensive within your ear-shot without knowing that they're talking about you.
Aromantic refers to a lack of romantic attraction. Asexual refers to lack of sexual attraction.
They're often shortened to aro, and ace, respectively, and both are part of spectrums related to low levels, or absence of, romantic or sexual attraction.
Aro-spec, Ace-spec, and A-spec all also refer to these spectrums.
'“Really?” The scepticism in Arthur's voice made Merlin's heart sink and start beating harder. “I’ve never heard of it before.”
“Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot that you were the authority on these matters. If you haven't heard of it, that must mean it doesn't exist,” Merlin snapped, hurt.'
This fic has Merlin from BBC Merlin trying to explain to various other characters that he's Aromantic.
This week's fic, then, is:
An Ineffective Spell by Buffintruda