Title: A Surprising Moment
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin, Morgana
Summary:Arthur's shocked at what's happening in his chambers.
Word Count: 689
Prompt: #244, Accidental
Author's Notes: enjoy!
Arthur felt like whistling as he walked off the training field. Naturally he didn’t—princes just don’t whistle. But it had been a good session and now he was energized and ready to tackle the rest of his day.
He entered the steps and strode up the steps and down the corridor to his chambers. He was really looking forward to the hot bath Merlin should have prepared for him. It would feel so good on his nicely worked muscles.
He reached his door and opened it to find Merlin, but oh, he wasn’t alone. In fact, Morgana was there too, and they were standing close. Very close. As close as two people could get without merging into one. And they were kissing. Here. In his chambers, with their arms wrapped tightly around each other. They were so involved with each other that neither had notice Arthur enter.
After Arthur picked his jaw up off the floor, he cleared his throat. The couple in front of him immediately broke their kiss and looked over at him. They jumped apart, looking guilty as sin, which they might as well be doing, according to the rules. This was going to turn out very interestingly.
Arthur immediately closed the door behind him and marched over to the red-faced couple. “Are you two out of your minds? Do you know what kind of rules you’re breaking by even being alone in the same room together?”
“Arthur, you don’t quite understand what’s going on here—” Morgana started.
Arthur turned to face her. “Morgana, you of all people should know better.” He turned to look at Merlin. “And Merlin, how dare you! She’s nobility and you are just a—”
“Lowly manservant. Believe me, I know. You’ve made that clear more than once. But you don’t understand what happened,” Merlin said
“I think it’s pretty clear what happened. I was right when I thought something was going on between you two. And it’s coming to an end as of now.”
Morgana took a step toward Arthur. “But Arthur, if you’ll give us a chance to explain, please.”
“Don’t tell me. It was an accident, right?”
“Actually, it was,” Merlin said. “She came in here to give you something,” he nodded at a book on the floor, “and tripped.”
“I was walking over to him rapidly and stepped on the hem of this new dress,” Morgana gestured at the dress. “Merlin caught me. I was so grateful that I kissed him.” She blushed deeper. “I don’t think either of us expected this to happen.”
“I certainly didn’t,” added Merlin.
Arthur smacked his forehead. “I don’t have any reason not to believe you two. But this is crazy! It can’t happen again.” His gaze swiveled between Merlin and Morgana. “Do you understand?”
Morgana nodded while Merlin looked at the floor. “All right.”
Arthur pointed at Merlin. “I’m serious! If you’re caught doing this again it could mean your head.”
Merlin looked up. “I get it, Arthur.”
Arthur frowned and looked back at Morgana. “You may leave, Morgana.” She glanced at Merlin once before leaving the room. Merlin watched her until she disappeared. Arthur clapped a hand on Merlin’s shoulder. “I get it, I really do. But you’re better off with your head intact.”
“Come on. You can polish my armor while I bathe. You did prepare my bath, right?”
Merlin sighed. “It’s hot like you like it.”
“Great. And hey, it’s not the end of the word, all right? You can always pine from afar.”
“Thanks.” Merlin began pulling Arthur’s armor off.
Merlin was still frowning when he’d finished undressing Arthur. “I know what will make you feel better.” Arthur looped an arm around Merlin’s head and ruffled his hair with the other hand. “There. Better?”
Merlin took a couple of steps back and tried to flatten his hair. “No, but it will be. Thanks.” He gave his friend a halfhearted smile.
“That’s what I like to hear.” With that he hopped across the room and into the bath, not worrying anymore about his manservant nor his foster sister. They’d surely listen to him.