Character/s: Merlin, Morgana
Summary: After the premiere, Merlin trips on the red carpet.
Word Count: 494
Prompt: #247, Embarrass
Author's Notes: The latest in my Rising Star series.
Merlin clapped along with the others as the lights came up in the theater. It had been a truly amazing movie, where Morgana had played leading lady to an action/adventure star. He was sure he’d have loved the movie even without all the cars and explosions, but those gave it extra appeal.
“What now?” he asked Morgana.
“Now we wait for the limo to come pick us up,” she said as they walked from the theater.
“And how will we know when it’s out there?”
She reached into her tiny bag and pulled out her phone. “This, you adorkable man.” She kissed his cheek and smiled brightly.
While they waited, different people wandered over to converse with Morgana. He felt like he had before the movie, totally blown away that Morgana knew all these people but still loved him, Merlin the humble barista.
A couple minutes into the conversation with Morgana’s handsome co-star, her phone rang. She fished it out of her bag and looked at the number. “Time to go. See you later, Chad,” she said to the co-star.
Morgana looped her arm through Merlin’s as he held it out, and together they walked out through doors held open for them. Again they walked the red carpet through yelling fans. Merlin remembered to smile, wave and hold onto Morgana. At one point, someone called his name and he turned to face them, but tripped over his own foot. Fortunately Morgana caught him before he went down all the way. Unfortunately he’d twisted his ankle, so he limped the rest of the way to the limo.
As if he wasn’t embarrassed enough, the driver asked if was all right in a very loud voice as he held the door open. Merlin replied “yes” and slid into the car. Morgana followed and watched as Merlin flushed and hung his head. “I’m so sorry,” he said.
“What for?” She raised an eyebrow.
“For embarrassing you like that.”
She scooted closer and lifted his head with her hand. “Merlin, you could never embarrass me.”
“But I just tripped walking down the red carpet. THE red carpet!”
Morgana smiled. “What, you think that hasn’t happened before? I’ve snagged my heels on that thing myself. I don’t even know why I wear these death traps.” She kicked off her extra-high heels. “I’m more worried about your ankle. Let’s see it.”
He reluctantly lifted his foot so it lay across her lap. She removed his shoe and sock. “It looks a little swollen but you were able to put your weight on it, right?”
“Yeah, it doesn’t feel too bad.”
“All right. We’ll see how it is in the morning.” With that, she slid the sock and shoe back on and slid as close to Merlin as she could get. “Besides, I have plans for you.” She again took his face in her hand and pressed their lips together. Merlin soon forgot all about his ankle and the red carpet.