Title: Syncopated Hearts Part 3
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Cenred/Morgana
Character/s: Merlin, Leon, Elyan
Summary: Morgana visits the club with an unexpected guest.
Word Count: 604
Prompt: 372 Bingo Round 1, 2x05/06: Beauty and the Beast (not seeing someone's true self)
The band played their first set without a hitch but when they came out for their second set Arthur saw something that upset him. His sister was sitting with one of the most infamous gangsters in the country, Damien Cenred.
Merlin saw them too but he had no right to be upset. He had broken it off with the lovely Lady Morgana Pendragon months ago. He cleared his throat to catch Arthur's eye. He needed his bass player to focus until the end of the set.
Arthur looked at him and frowned. When Merlin shook his head, he nodded. Arthur knew there was nothing he could do until the end of the set.
Merlin let out a breath and signaled to start the first song.
At the end of the set, Arthur lost no time in getting to his sister. He approached the table and stood there with a scowl on his face until Morgana acknowledged him.
"Excuse me dear. It seems my brother wishes to talk to me in private." Morgana smiled sweetly and stood up. She picked up her purse from the table and faced arthur with a questioning look.
"Of course." Cenred nodded as he stood then held out his hand to Arthur. "The name is Cenred."
Arthur looked at the hand offered then grabbed Morgana by the arm. He hustled her up the stairs to the street.
"Arthur, what's wrong with you?" Morgana pulled out of his grasp. "Why are you being so rude?"
"Do you know who that is?" Arthur asked her as he pointed at the door.
"He's a business associate of Father's. I was told to show him a good time." Morgana shrugged. "I think he's very nice and handsome."
"So Father is pimping you out to gangsters now, is he?" Arthur shook his head and sighed. He grabbed Morgana by the shoulders. "That man is a killer and he has his fingers in all sorts of illegal goings on. I'm pretty sure his idea of a good time involves more than a night in a jazz club. Watch yourself, Morgana."
"I will. I have my knife in my purse. If he tries anything I'll just cut something off." Morgana smirked. "The real reason I came here was to give you this." Morgama took a roll of cash out of her purse. "That's going to have to hold you for a while. I'm going to France for two weeks maybe more. Father's idea."
"Got it." Arthur took the cash. "I still have some left from your last gift. Not much to spend it on."
"So you and Gwen…..?" Morgana smiled.
Arthur shook his head. "Nothing to tell."
"Shame. I was hoping to buy her a little something for her wedding night while i'm in France." Morgana teased.
Arthur rubbed his forehead. "Elyan never leaves her alone for more than a minute. It's hard to get time to talk."
"Or anything else." Morgana laughed. "Let's go back in. It's chilly out here. You didn't give me a chance to grab my wrap. Don't worry. I'll be fine."
"Yeah." Arthur walked with her down the stairs and opened the door. He went to the bar while Morgana went back to the table.
"You still look upset. What did she say?" Merlin asked Arthur as he sat down.
"Father is using her but she doesn't know why." Arthur sighed. "It's not right, Merlin. Not right at all."
"Sorry Arthur but your father is a piece of work." Merlin frowned. "I don't think he believes he's doing any harm even when he is."
Arthur nodded. "I know. Believe me. I know."