Title: Their Story
Character/s: Merlin, Morgana, OFC
Summary: Merlin and Morgana tell their story on a morning TV show.
Word Count: 754
Prompt: #250, Pick up lines
Author's Notes: The latest in my Rising Star series.
The flashy morning show hostess Erin Meyer turned to the camera and said, “Good morning everyone! I’m here with Morgana Pendragon and her fiancé, Merlin Emrys. We’ll get the scoop on how these two got together.” She turned to the couple. “Welcome Morgana and Merlin.”
“Thank you, Erin,” they said together.
“Oh that’s so cute!” Erin exclaimed.
Morgana grinned while Merlin blushed. “I think so too,” Morgana replied.
“So, Morgana and Merlin, you two became media darlings when you announced your engagement six months ago. Well, Merlin did. Morgana’s used to all that. Tell me, Merlin, how did you two meet?”
“Oh, you’ll want to hear Morgana’s version of that story. It’s much more entertaining,” Merlin said.
“Thanks, love,” Morgana replied, smacking Merlin lightly on the shoulder.
“All right, now I definitely have to hear it,” Erin said. “Morgana?”
Morgana grinned. “It’s like this. One day last spring, I was being chased by the paparazzi. I rounded a corner and saw this cute little coffee shop, so I ducked inside. Merlin was behind the counter there.”
“I sense there’s more,” Erin said.
“Oh yes. I could tell he knew who I was. But instead of asking for an autograph or plying me with bad pick-up lines, he offered to hide me. Well, I asked him to and he agreed.”
“Yeah, I was very surprised. Anyway, I hid in the restroom and when the paps left, he let me out. Then he offered me all these things to disguise me—a hat, a t-shirt, his apron, and some glasses. He wouldn’t even let me pay for them, but I left him with my autograph. And my number.”
“That was so sweet of you, Merlin.”
“I couldn’t leave her defenseless, could I? And she was so nice, so down-to-earth,” Merlin said.
“Oh you two, you’re making me blush,” Erin replied. “So what happened next? I bet you thought you’d never see her again, Merlin.”
“I didn’t think I’d ever have a reason to call her. But then I told a few friends about our encounter and they kept bothering me to call her. Things came to a head one week when my friends put together a game night. They pressured me to call her, to get her to come.”
Morgana patted his arm in sympathy. “When I left him my number, I meant for him to use it. He’d seemed like a genuinely nice guy and I wanted to repay him for his kindness. So when he called, I said yes. And naturally his friends were surprised, but very nice.”
“She did me a further favor. At the end of the evening, she kissed me.”
“That must have shocked you,” Erin said.
“Oh I’ll say,” Morgana smirked.
Merlin blushed again. “It did. And she surprised me further by showing up at the coffee shop again one day.”
“In my defense, he hadn’t called me for a while,” Morgana interrupted.
“I hadn’t wanted to presume too much. But she straightened me out rather quickly.”
“How so?” Erin wondered.
“I claimed him as my boyfriend,” Morgana said.
Merlin blushed. “Then I got to meet her half-brother. That’s how I knew she was serious.”
Erin turned to Morgana. “And they got along?”
“Better than I’d planned.”
“So you dated for a while. How did you get engaged?”
Merlin ducked his head while Morgana spoke. “I invited Merlin to a day at my movie shoot. After it was all over, I asked him to marry me.”
“And how did that go over? Merlin?”
“I’m ashamed to admit I didn’t take it well. I invented an appointment and left. Then I didn’t talk to her for a week.”
“She’d surprised me and I got so wrapped up in my thoughts I didn’t know what to do.”
“So how did you come around?”
“Morgana showed up at the coffee shop again. We went on a walk and talked. By then I thought I knew what I wanted but it had been so long I didn’t know how to approach her. She brought it out of me, and the rest is history.”
Morgana held up her left hand, where the diamond sparkled under the lights. Merlin grinned and put his arm around her. They looked at each other for a moment before Merlin bent down to give her a quick kiss.
“Aww,” Erin said. “And there you have it, folks. The story of how the cutest couple in Britain got together. Thank you and have a wonderful day.”