Title: Movie Magic
Character/s: Merlin/Morgana, various OC's
Summary:Merlin gets to spend the day watching Morgana do her job- acting.
Word Count: 1008
Prompt: #231, Foreshadowing
Author's Notes: The latest in my Rising Star series.
Today was the day. Merlin had the day off and he would soon be doing something he’d always dreamed about—visiting a movie set. Luckily Morgana knew about his dream and was filming locally. She’d invited him to come for the day to see how the magic worked. She tried to tell him it wasn’t as glamorous as he thought it was, but he had no illusions. He just wanted to see the magic his girlfriend was a part of.
The moment he set foot outside his apartment, he knew this was really happening. At the curb sat a black limo, complete with uniformed driver standing at the side. “Are you Mister Emrys, sir?” the man asked.
“That’s me,” he replied, stepping up.
The man opened the door and ushered Merlin inside. He found Morgana there, holding a mug of something steaming. “Coffee?” she asked with a smile.
“Please,” he replied.
She turned to a cupboard next to her and pulled out a mug and a carafe of coffee. The limo started moving then, and Merlin relaxed back into the pristine leather seat. “Do you go to work like this every day?”
Morgana laughed as she handed him the cup. “No, usually I catch the tube. But today is special.” She leaned over to kiss him right before he tried to take a sip.
“Mmm, thank you.” He’d gotten the mug away just in time. He drank all of it rather quickly in case she decided to surprise him again. “So what am I going to see today?”
“Well, I’ll do hair, makeup and costume in my trailer, then I’m on tap to film one of the last scenes in the movie.”
“What’s happening in it?”
“My character and her boyfriend are at a critical point in their relationship. They’re either going to break up or decide to get married. I’ll let you see which happens.” She grinned.
“Sounds interesting. I can’t wait to see which.”
“You’ll love it, I’m sure.”
At that moment the limo reached the movie lot and pulled as close as it could get to Morgana’s trailer. They both exited the car on the same side and moved through the onlookers as unobtrusively as possible. “You’d think people who work on movies would be used to seeing limos around,” Merlin commented.
Morgana laughed. “Merlin, you’re thinking too much about Hollywood. And even there people don’t arrive every day in limos. It’s just impractical.”
“It’s all right.”
Three women waited near the door of Morgana’s trailer, all of them carrying cases. Morgana unlocked the door and all three followed her and Merlin inside. “You can sit over there and watch.” She pointed to a chair not covered in clothing and Merlin sat obediently.
He watched as the hair and makeup artists went to work. Morgana was transformed from “merely” gorgeous to absolutely stunning in what seemed like no time. Just as the finishing touches were being applied, a knock sounded on the door. “Come in!” Morgana called.
A woman carrying hangers full of chic clothes entered. The hair and makeup ladies began cleaning up their brushes and wands as the costumer carried the clothes to the main level. “Here’s your outfit for this morning,” she told Morgana.
“Ooh,” Morgana crowed as she glanced at the skirt and blouse combination.
The first three women left and the costumer stepped forward. Her eyebrow rose at Merlin’s presence, but Morgana quickly explained, “My boyfriend—he’s with me today.”
The costumer smiled then asked Morgana to undress so she could fit the costume on Morgana. Merlin closed his eyes while she changed. A couple minutes later, Morgana told him to open his eyes. He did, only to view his idea of female perfection. Morgana looked beyond fantastic in the outfit and he had to physically stop his mouth from hanging open in admiration. “Wow,” he said instead.
“Thanks!” Morgana threw her brightest smile at him and he nearly swooned. Like a girl. But he pulled himself together and watched as she twirled around, the skirt flaring wildly.
“So what’s next?” he asked.
“Filming. Follow me,” she replied, leading him out the trailer door and to the set. Once there, she squeezed his hand and said, “See you later.”
“Break a leg.”
Merlin watched as she stepped over cables and around people, greeted by everyone. She replied or waved back as she made her way to the director, who talked with her briefly before she walked onto the sound stage, which was set up as a cute outdoor café. There she greeted her handsome co-star and they talked for a few minutes. At one point he saw her point to him and wave, and he waved back. The co-star also waved and Merlin laughed to himself. All this was so surreal. Here he was on a real movie set about to watch actual filming. Holy cow!
Soon the director called for action and the cameras began rolling. Merlin observed the scene playing before him, Morgana and her co-star arguing. She was amazing to watch and he was entirely taken in by her role. He could hardly believe that this was the same Morgana who hung out with him, watching DVD’s. But there she was and she was amazing.
He watched as the couple finally resolved their argument and kissed. After the kiss ended, Morgana’s character said, “Marry me.”
The other actor looked totally stunned before he agreed to marry her. They kissed again and the director called “Cut!” Lights came up and the crew clapped.
Morgana made her way to Merlin. “What did you think?”
“You were amazing! And at the end there, wow, I didn’t see that coming,” he replied.
“It is a pretty clever twist, isn’t it?” She smiled at him so sweetly he grew suspicious.
“Morgana, you’ve got that look again.”
He folded his arms and frowned. “That look that says you have a plan you’re not telling me.”
“Who, me?” Suddenly the coy look disappeared from her face and she whispered, “Marry me.”