Title: Poppin' a Squat
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Arthur stops halfway along the hall to observe a very strange sight.
Word Count: 242
Prompt: 253 my shot
Author's Notes: I should have added zombies.
Arthur stops halfway along the hall to observe a very strange sight.
"Merlin, what are you doing?"
Merlin jumps at the question.
Arthur supposes that Merlin wasn't paying attention to the sounds around him and therefore wasn't expecting a voice so near him without hearing footsteps as a warning.
That's nonsense, though, because Arthur is dressed in his usual training gear of chain mail and shoulder armor. He's not exactly quiet when he walks through a stone hallway.
Merlin only stares at Arthur with a look of complete confusion.
Arthur points to the object Merlin is holding. "What is that?" Arthur asks.
Arthur's demand doesn't have the effect he hoped it would. But then, Merlin never does look apologetic and deferential when he ought to.
Merlin's expression is unimpressed. "I would hope you'd know a book when you saw one, sire," Merlin replies. "There are several in your chambers at the moment."
"Speaking of things that are in my chambers, you're supposed to be in there right now straightening my books, dealing with my clothes, tidying up everywhere, scrubbing my floor clean, and polishing my jacket buttons to a shine," Arthur says.
"I finished most of those things, but there was a problem," Merlin replies. "I had to stop. Reading in the hallway just sort of happened after that."
"Oh do tell. What was the problem?" Arthur asks.
"The problem is," Merlin answers "I got a lot of brains, but no polish."