Character/s: Merlin, Morgana, Arthur, Gwen
Summary: Arthur has a bit of fun with Merlin at the reception.
Word Count: 363
Prompt: #264, Promotion
Author's Notes: Continued from last week.
“And now I pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss your bride.”
Merlin lifted Morgana’s veil and leaned down to press their lips together. He was going for a chaste kiss, but Morgana threw her arms around his neck and dragged him closer for something more lengthy and sensual. After several seconds, their audience began to titter. Merlin managed to free himself with a big grin, and he turned them to face their family and friends.
The audience began clapping while Arthur leaned over and said, “Good one, mate.”
Merlin flushed but Morgana smiled proudly. She finally had Merlin all to herself, a man she knew would cherish her, support her and not try to change her. She looped her arm through his and they made their way to the back of the church where a limo was waiting to take them to their reception.
At the reception, Merlin and Morgana circled the room, thanking their guests. Eventually they came upon Arthur, who stood talking to Gwen near the bar.
“That was such a beautiful ceremony,” said Gwen, beaming at her friends.
“Thank you,” Morgana replied.
“So Merlin,” Arthur said, “how does it feel to be a husband?”
“So far so good.” Merlin grinned. “I’d say it was a definite promotion.”
Morgana smiled. “Aw, thank you!”
“No problem, love.”
“You two are disgusting,” Arthur said, pretending to gag.
“Aw Arthur, you just need to find yourself a girlfriend,” Merlin replied.
“Working on it,” Arthur whispered back, with a glance at Gwen.
Merlin laughed, prompting the chatting Morgana and Gwen to look at him. “What is it?” Morgana asked.
Arthur glared at Merlin, willing him to stay quiet. Merlin opened his mouth and said, “Arthur just said something funny, that’s all.”
“I think it’s time you moved on,” Arthur said.
“All right,” Morgana replied. “Come, love, let’s finish the room before the dancing starts.”
Merlin went pale. “Oh. I forgot about the dancing.”
Arthur smacked his back. “Don’t worry, you’ll be fine.” He smiled.
“Um, thanks?”Morgana began tugging his arm. He threw Arthur a wave and walked on with his wife. Arthur snickered behind his back and turned to face Gwen again.