Summary: Merlin gets the chance to walk the red carpet with Morgana.
Word Count: 898
Prompt: #230, Cinema
Author's Notes: Continued from last drabble. Enjoy!
Merlin shivered with excitement. One of Morgana’s movies was soon to be released to cinemas and theaters worldwide, and the premiere was to be held at the uber famous cinema in London where many premieres were held. And he would be walking down the red carpet with her! Him, a humble coffee shop worker, will be walking down the red carpet with his movie star fiancée. He could hardly believe it.
The day of the premiere, two of Morgana’s stylists showed up at Merlin’s flat. They brought a tuxedo, makeup and hair products and went to work on him. Merlin had had no idea that men actually wore makeup, but he supposed it made sense. In today’s world of HD-everything, even the smallest flaws were visible.
After two hours, they pronounced him done and handed him a mirror. Even he had to admit he looked amazing. His usually unruly hair was tamed and stayed in place when he shook his head. The makeup made him look like his best self—flawless indeed.
About half an hour later, a knock sounded at Merlin’s door. He recognized the man as the limo driver from before. He gulped and shivered again. This was for real—he was actually doing this! The man escorted him to the limo and opened the door for him. He saw Morgana sitting there and she gave him a little wave.
Without further ado, he slid inside and over to Morgana. She looked absolutely stunning in a relatively low-cut, sleeveless, emerald-green gown. Merlin found himself having to consciously close his mouth before he drooled all over the leather seat.
Morgana smiled and said, “Cat got your tongue?” She slipped her hand into his and held on tight.
“Have I told you lately how gorgeous you are?” he replied.
She laughed. “Not in so many words. But do go on.”
“I can’t believe that such a stunning creature fell for me, a humble coffee shop worker.”
“Oh Merlin, you charm me so. You made it easy for me to fall for you, love. I am so grateful for that day when you took me in and hid me from the paps.”
He laughed. “Hey, I couldn’t turn down a damsel in distress.”
“That I was.”
They reminisced for several more minutes as the car drove on. When it finally slowed, they looked out the windows to see crowds lining the street. “We’re here.” Merlin said.
“Looks like it. Now we join the queue.”
They moved forward slowly as the limos in front of them let out their passengers. Merlin could see the bright lights of the cinema in front of him, and the flashing lights of cameras. Soon that would be him and Morgana being photographed. He’d gotten used to it over the past couple of weeks, but this was a huge event and he found himself suddenly nervous.
“Are you nervous?” Morgana asked. He nodded. “You know what? The first few times I did this I was as nervous as hell, so I understand.” She squeezed his hand and he smiled.
Just then, the limo stopped. Merlin swallowed while Morgana lifted up his hand and kissed it. “Just smile and wave, love. And stay close to me, of course.”
The door opened and Merlin was temporarily blinded by all the light. The roar of the crowd surprised him a bit. Morgana slid over to the door and held out her hand. The driver pulled her out gently and the crowd’s roar ticked up a notch at her appearance. The driver reached in again and Merlin took his hand. He stood there a moment, taking it all in. The wide red carpet lay before them and it was bordered on two sides. Behind those barricades, huge crowds stood waving and screaming.
He held out his arm to Morgana, who took it with a huge smile on her face. As they walked toward the entrance, he heard people call out Morgana’s name. He even heard his name a few times. He smiled and waved in the general direction of those calls. Too many flashes to count went off in their direction, but he just held onto Morgana and kept walking until Morgana paused, which she did now and then.
Merlin couldn’t hide his relief as the doors opened for them and they went inside. It looked like a regular cinema, but much more upscale. “We made it,” Morgana said, turning to him. She kissed his cheek and began greeting her movie co-stars and other bigwigs. He was introduced to all of them but promptly forgot their names.
Finally the lobby lights dimmed. “Popcorn?” Morgana asked.
“Oh, I’m sure I can’t afford the popcorn here,” he replied.
“It’s complimentary.” She grinned.
They received their popcorn and drinks from the vendor and followed the crowd into the theater. They were guided to their seats by well-dressed men with those fancy lights. As the lights went down, he took Morgana’s hand and turned to her. She smiled at him then gave him a quick kiss. His head spun for a moment as he turned to face the screen. He thought about how truly blessed he was to be where he was now, with the woman he loved. He’d love her even if she wasn’t a movie star, but the added perks made him smile. He really was the lucky one.