Character/s: Merlin, Morgana
Summary: Their engagement is made official.
Word Count: 282
Prompt: #239, Hunger
Author's Notes: Continuation of Rising Star.
The next day, Morgana and Merlin went out together to purchase Morgana’s engagement ring. Morgana insisted on paying for it herself, since she’s the one who did the asking. Merlin protested a bit at this, but finally went along with it. They ignored the paparazzi as well as they could, knowing the news would eventually get out anyway.
Sure enough, the story broke in the tabloids and respectable newspapers that night. The couple wasn’t surprised, but sighed at the inevitability of it all. Morgana called her agent to arrange for a series of interviews so she could legitimize the papers’ claims. She spent the next few days talking to reporters and presenters of television shows. She dragged Merlin to some of them, which he didn’t really care for but was happy to do because hey, it was Morgana and he loved her.
One night they found themselves at a dinner for one of Morgana’s favorite charities. Merlin had no idea there would be so many speeches before one actually got to eat the dinner. His stomach grumbled. Morgana smiled and leaned over to him. “Hungry, darling?”
“Only for you, love,” he whispered back.
She reached her hand to his under the table and gave it a squeeze. She knew he didn’t really care for these types of things, but as long as she was acting and they loved each other, he’d have to put up with them. They’d talked about it at length and agreed that he’d be her date to anything like this she needed to attend, but otherwise he’d stay out of the spotlight, like many celebrities’ spouses. He wanted to continue as normal life as possible and she agreed.