Title: Listen and Learn
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin, George
Summary: Arthur prefers Merlin as his servant. George discovers why.
Word Count: 100
Prompt: 320 Eavesdrop
Listen and Learn
He had to eavesdrop. That was the secret behind his immense professional success.
Knowing cook's private stories placed him first in line to procure those tempting dishes his lord suddenly craved. Hearing a master's solitary mutterings enabled him to anticipate the next request.
He'd eavesdropped around Arthur too, obviously, but struggled to make use of what he overheard. Arthur would insist on something, then accept the opposite at Merlin's hands. Merlin's impertinence went unpunished. Exasperated, George eventually realized that what the unpredictable Arthur wanted, was Merlin, the man, not the servant. And only Merlin himself could fulfill that particular desire.