Title: Dream Realized
Character/s: Merlin, Morgana
Summary: Morgana has always wanted to go on a sleigh ride. Will Merlin help her?
Word Count: 400
Prompt: 292, Sleigh Ride
Author's Notes: Another prequel to 2 weeks ago.
Merlin and Morgana walked hand-in-hand through the Christmas market. They were shopping for friend and family gifts, but Merlin had someone else on his mind. “What’s something you’ve always wanted for Christmas?”
Morgana stopped and looked at him. “You’re going to laugh. It’s so stereotypical but somehow never seemed to happen despite father’s wealth.”
“What is it? And no, I won’t laugh.”
“A sleigh ride. In an honest-to-goodness sleigh, pulled by reindeer, although I’d go for it pulled by horses too.”
Merlin stared at her. “Your father never did that for you and Arthur?”
“No. But in his defense, I never told him I wanted it.”
“Still though. A sleigh ride, huh?”
“I see that look in your eyes. There’s no way we can afford it and you know it?”
Merlin squeezed her hand. “But what if I know someone who knows someone and can get us a good deal?”
Morgana laughed. “If you really do know someone who knows someone, and we can afford it, then sure. Don’t go way out of your way for a silly childhood fantasy.”
“It’s not silly. I think it would be very romantic.”
“All right, work your holiday magic if you can.” She kissed his cheek and they went on their way.
Two weeks later, Merlin made it home from work late. He rushed inside their house and kissed Morgana. “Get your coat on—we’re going out.”
Morgana just stared. “Out where? And what about dinner?”
“We’ll get something while we’re out, don’t worry.” When he saw that she wasn’t moving, he urged her to hurry.
“All right!” she replied, a little exasperated at his urgency. But it was all erased when they stepped outside their door. There, in front of their house, stood a horse-drawn sleigh, complete with bells, bows, garlands and lights. “Oh, it’s so beautiful!”
Merlin took her hand. “I knew you’d like it. Come on.”
They walked through the freshly-fallen snow to the sleigh and he helped her inside. Once seated, he covered them up with a blanket and told the driver they were ready. Soon they were gliding along the street.
Merlin slid his arm around her. “I hope you like your present. I know it’s early.”
“Are you kidding? This is fantastic! I love it!”
“I’m so glad.” He squeezed her tightly and together they enjoyed the ride all around their neighborhood, snuggling together in perfect bliss.