Title: Syncopated Hearts Part 9
Summary: Gwen gets a letter from Morgana that was meant for Arthur
Prompt: 372 Bingo Round 1, Reading Alpud
After the club closed and they had all gone back to the boarding house, Gwen found a letter on her bed. The postmark was France but the handwriting was familiar. She opened the envelope and pulled out the letter. She frowned again when she realized the letter was for Arthur and not her.
Gwen went down the hall and knocked on Arthur's door.
Merlin opened the door just a crack. "What is it, Gwen?"
"This letter was sent to me by Morgana but its for Arthur. I don't know why she did it this way. She sent it from France." Gwen held up the letter so Merlin could see.
Arthur moved Merlin out of the way and took the letter. "She's there on holiday. Thanks Gwen."
"I thought it might be important." Gwen smiled and shrugged. "Goodnight Arthur. Goodnight Merlin."
"Goodnight Gwen." Arthur smiled and disappeared into their room.
Gwen started to walk back to her room.
Merlin glanced over his shoulder. "Goodnight Gwen." He closed the door and turned to Arthur. "What does it say?"
"Let me read it and I'll tell you." Athur took a breath and read to himself.
"Well?" Merlin sat on the bed.
"It doesn't say much." Arthur sat on the bed next to Merlin and read the letter aloud.
Things haven't gone to plan here in France. Cenred showed up as I was getting on the boat. He wants me to marry him while we are here in Francebut I'm stalling.
I heard him talking to one of his men. You are being followed. I have tried to get word to Father but he stopped me from sending a wire. You are both in danger. Please be careful!
"The guy in the pinstripe suit at the end of the bar." Merlin shook his head. "No one nurses one drink all night."
"She doesn't say what he plans to do to me or Father." Arthur turned the letter over and checked the back. "No. Nothing."
"Cenred wants to marry her?" Merlin made a face. "Not that your sister isn't beautiful but she is a handful."
Arthur glared at Merlin. "You weren't complaining when you two were sneaking around last summer."
"I'm just saying it's odd. Didn't she just meet him?" Merlin got up and started to undress.
"Yeah." Arthur frowned. "I should send word to Father. I mean, if we are both in danger, it would be the right thing to do."
"Send him a wire in the morning." Merlin got into bed.
Arthur got up and stuffed the letter in his coat pocket. He got undressed and got into bed. He turned the lamp off and put his head on the pillow.
It didn't make sense to Arthur. Morgana wouldn't let herself be manipulated unless she thought Cenred was a real threat. And marriage? Why would Cenred want to marry her right after they just met.
Arthur sighed and closed his eyes. He would have to wait to talk to Morgana to get his questions answered.
Merlin stared at the wall. If he was honest with himself, he would admit to still having feelings for Morgana. His feelings would help her now. Merlin was genuinely worried about Morgana. It surprised him that he still felt that way.