Title: Syncopated Hearts Part 7
Character/s: Lance, Merlin, Elyan
Summary: Gwen's handkerchief goes missing.
Word Count: 550
Prompt: 372 Bingo Round 1
After the band left the club the night before, a man walked into the dressing room and looked around. He picked up a lace edged handkerchief from the dressing table and held it to his nose. He smiled and put it in his pocket.
When Gwen arrived to get ready for the night she started searching everywhere around the dressing table.
Elyan knocked on the door. "Gwen, are you alright in there? I hear you moving around."
Gwen opened the door. "I can't find my handkerchief. I left it on the dressing table. It was the one with the lace that Mum made for me."
"Maybe it's back at the boarding house." Elyan suggested. "I can help you look for it tonight when we get back."
Gwen frowned. "I was sure I left it here. No matter. I need to get ready." Gwen shut the door to change.
Merlin came backstage and saw Elyan frowning. "What's wrong?"
Elyan shrugged. "Gwen lost her handkerchief. She thought she left it here but its probably back at the boarding house. It's just that our mum made the lace on it so it's special to her."
"I understand." Merlin smiled. "I have a scarf my mother knitted for me when I was still at home. Its old and ratty now but I still wear it when its cold out."
"Mum made me a jumper. Its too small now but I still keep it." Elyan admitted.
Behind the bar, Lance set up for the opening. He took a handkerchief out of his pocket and inhaled the perfume on it before putting it back in his pocket. It smelled of her.
Lance knew he would put it back tomorrow before she came in but for tonight he would keep it in his pocket. His secret reminder of the beautiful songbird that had captivated his very soul.
Merlin came to the bar and sat next to Arthur. "Have you nicked Gwen's hanky?"
Arthur shook his head. "No. I dont nick things, Merlin. If she left it in the dressing room, anyone could have taken it. There's no lock on the door, remember?"
"You're probably right." Merlin sighed. "Her mum gave it to her and she's upset about it."
Lance heard the conversation as he checked the bottles behind the bar. He realized he would have to give it up sooner than he anticipated. He didn't want her to be upset. He would slip it back into the dressing room while the band was on stage.
After the first set Gwen went to touch up her makeup. She found her handkerchief sitting on the dressing table where she had left it the night before.
Gwen looked around. Nothing was out of place but she still felt uneasy. Someone had been there and she didn't feel safe there alone.
Gwen came out of the dressing room and held up the handkerchief for Elyan to see. "The thief brought it back."
Elyan frowned. "It wasn't Arthur. He was on stage with us and he'd been sitting with Merlin through the last break."
"Arthur wouldn't do something like that." Gwen shivered. "Promise me you wont leave me alone back here. Ever!"
"I promise. Come on Gwen. Merlin is waiting on us." Elyan took a look around as Gwen walked by him.