Title: Syncopated Hearts Part 5
Character/s: Merlin, Elyan, Leon
Summary: Arthur and Merlin have a talk back at the boarding house.
Word Count: 523
Prompt: 372 Bingo Round 1, Sharing a bed
Sometime during the last set, Morgana and the gangster disappeared. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be the last time Arthur would have to watch Cenred try to charm his sister.
The last call bell was ringing when Merlin and the band slipped out of the backstage door. They walked the three blocks to their boarding house in silence.
Merlin took the key from under the flower pot by the door and unlocked it. They went upstairs making as little noise as possible.
The boarding house was small and nearly full when they had arrived. They were only able to get three rooms. Leon and Elyan were sharing the room across from Gwen's and Arthur and Merlin shared the room at the end of the hall.
Arthur and Merlin's room had one bed, a faded upholstered chair, and a wash stand. It was not exactly what either were used to but expenses needed to be kept low on their first time out as a band.
Merlin shut the door. He had something on his mind and he needed to know what was the truth. He hung his coat on the hook by the door.
"Arthur." Merlin bit his lip. "Who was that man with your sister? Is he her intended?"
Arthur threw his coat on a chair. "No. Father is using her to gain his favor. His name is Cenred and hes a gangster. Merlin I'm worried for her."
Merlin nodded. He sat down on the bed and took off his shoes. "So they're not …"
"No." Arhur started pulling off his dress shirt and he sat down and took off his shoes. "Father is going to get her killed. She said she's going to France but she didn't say if she was going alone."
"Do you think she is?" Merlin took off his shirt and pants. He slipped between the covers and faced the wall.
"I don't know. I hope so." Arthur opened the drawer of the chest. He took out a small locked box and set it on top. He took the key from around his neck and unlocked the box. Arthur took the cash from his pocket and put the money in the box and relocked and replaced it in the drawer.
"Morgana brought me more cash. She's going to get caught soon if she doesn't stop." Arthur took off his pants and got in bed. He had his back to Merlin. "Father will punish her."
"Your sister will charm her way out of it. She always does." Merlin sighed. "Goodnight Arthur."
"I hope you're right. If anything happens to Morgana I will never forgive my father." Arthur pounded his pillow. "I might even kill him for it." Arthur shut his eyes. "Goodnight Merlin."
Merlin stared at the wall. Arthur wouldn't be the only one seeking revenge if any harm comes to Morgana. Even though they weren't a couple anymore, Merlin still had strong feelings for his friend's sister.
Arthur didn't go to sleep right away. he ran through the night in his head. Trying to remember when Morgana left but all he could think about was Gwen singing love songs and smiling.