Title: So it Goes
Characters: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Merlin jinxes himself. Expect the unexpected!
Word Count: 150
Prompt: 368 Pride
Author's Notes: Happy Pride month, even if the prompt took me in another direction.
So it Goes
"What do you think? Pretty good, huh?" Arthur dropped his sword and took a swig from the water-flask Merlin handed him.
Merlin shrugged. "Fighting five knights while blindfold, and winning? That's your usual fare, isn't it?"
Arthur's face fell, and Merlin immediately regretted his dismissal of what in truth was extremely impressive. "I just worry that you'll be needlessly injured, that's all. You don't have to put on a show for me, Arthur."
"Have you had a sun-stroke?" Arthur huffed. "I'm not showing off! Pushing myself is how I earn the knights' respect."
Reaching out, Arthur hefted the heaviest, most vicious mace on the racks. "Now, watch this!"
"Pride goes before a fall," Merlin admonished him emphatically. Shaking his head, he turned to start sharpening Arthur's sword, and accidentally tripped over the swordhilt. The blade swung up, smacking Merlin hard in the face, and knocked him out.