Title: The Lord and the Lady's Maid (Part 2)
Summary: Morgana realizes why her brother and her maid are gone.
Word Count: 708
Prompt: 369 "I just want a nice, easy life. What's wrong with that?".
Author's Notes: here's more of this one.
Morgana sat at her dressing table and frowned Gwen was late and she had to dress herself this morning. She pushed her hair off her shoulders and headed down for breakfast.
Merlin saw Morgana leave her room from where he was standing in Arthur’s room. He looked around to make sure everything was done before going down to the servant’s hall. He had three pairs of shoes to clean and a spot to take out of Arthurs dinner jacket.
“Good morning Morgana.” Uther looked up from his paper. “Is your brother on his way?”
“I haven't seen Arthur this morning.” Morgana went to put some food on a plate from the sideboard. Morgana started to put two and two together and realized that Arthur and Gwen had eloped. She sat down at the table and looked at Uther. “My maid didn’t show up this morning. I hope she isn’t ill.”
“If she doesn’t have a reason for shirking her duties then sack her. There are other ladies’ maids out there.” Uther put down his paper and finished his tea. “I better go see what is keeping Arthur.”
Uther patted her shoulder as he left the room.
Morgana put down her fork and got up from the table she took the back stairs down to the servant’s hall and looked around for the one person who can confirm her suspicions.
Morgana found Merlin cleaning a pair of evening shoes. “There you are!” She closed the door behind her as she entered.
Merlin startled and looked up from what he was doing. “What are you doing down here, my lady? Do you require assistance?”
“I require answers.” Morgana leaned against the door and folded her arms in front of her. “Where is my maid?”
“I don't know. Have you checked her attic room?” Merlin put his head down and went back to polishing the shoe in his hand.
“Fine.” Morgana decided to try a different approach. “Where is Arthur? And I know he isn't here because if he were, he would have been at breakfast. He never misses a meal.”
Merlin chuckled then coughed to cover it. “Arthur went on a hunting trip. He left before dawn.”
“Hunting what?” Morgana raised an eyebrow.
“Pheasant, I think. Maybe it was grouse. All he said was that he was going hunting and he wouldn’t be back for a few days.”
“You’re lying for him.” Morgana laughed. “They’ve eloped and you helped them.”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about, my lady. I’m just Arthur’s servant. He doesn’t tell me anything. Please, I just want a nice, easy life. What's wrong with that?".
“Then you never should have become Arthur’s servant.” Morgana let out a dramatic sigh. “I’m not going to tell anyone, but you need to work on your lying. If I can see it so can my father and he won’t be pleased.”
“No, I suppose he won't.” Merlin put down the shoe. “They love each other. What’s the harm?”
“Some things are just not done. It will be the talk of the ton when it gets out that he married not just a commoner but his sister's lady's maid.”
“I don't think he cares about any of that and I'm not so sure he should.” Merlin looked at Morgana. “You do and that's why you and I…”
“Don't Merlin!” Morgana held up her hands! “I've explained my situation and you know yours. There’s nothing to discuss anymore. There's nothing you can say to change any of it.”
There was a knock on the door. “Hello Merlin?” A female voice called through the door. “His Lordship wishes to see you in Lord Arthur's room.”
“Thank you, Sora.” Merlin took a deep breath. “I better go.”
“Merlin, be careful with Father.” Morgana moved away from the door.
“I will be. I promise.” Merlin pushed a dark curl from her cheek. “They’re the brave ones you know. I wish we were as brave as them.”
Morgana looked down. “So do I but were not. I’m not. Go Merlin and guard your face.”
Merlin nodded. He slipped out the door and headed up the back stairs to Arthurs room. He prayed he could keep his face in check as he answered his lordships questions.