Title: Pendragon at Sea, part 7
Characters: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Years after his adventure on the high seas, Arthur meets someone very familiar.
Word Count: 281
Prompt: 372, July Bingo, long-lost love
Author's notes: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
The years had been kind to Arthur Pendragon. Certainly, age had brought wrinkles and laugh lines. His hair had a few greys if one looked closely enough, but his natural blond hairs hid them well enough.
The worst that could be said about Arthur was that he was utterly committed to his job. Despite his harrowing experience during his first year at university, or perhaps because of it, he had switched his career path from business to marine biology. The drastic change had, of course, sparked arguments in the Pendragon household, but Arthur had prevailed and embarked on a career that saw him on the ocean much more often than his family would have liked.
One of Arthur’s favorite things to do as one of the scientists at the institute he worked for was to conduct tours of the attached aquarium and rehab facility. There were always some animals rescued that would never be well enough to be released back into the wild, so they lived pampered lives in the aquarium. The children on the tours always asked the most wonderful questions and got such a kick out of the animals the institute had rescued.
He was waiting for the next group to form up when he saw someone who looked vaguely familiar. The man was in profile, reading one of the signs on the tank that held some cichlids from Africa. Arthur watched as the fish swam faster than usual, behaving as if they were trying to escape a predator. The man smiled and turned away from them, meeting Arthur’s eyes as he did. His smile grew wider, and Arthur suddenly got the impression of-
pointy teeth - fins - tail