Title: Shades of Camelot Part 3
Character/s: Merlin, Morgana
Summary: Merlin stays the night.
Word Count: 564
Prompt: 382 A Quiet Place
At dinner, Merlin ate like he was starving. Food had never tasted so good. It seemed like all of his senses were alive for the first time in centuries.
Arthur watched him eat a third plateful of food. He looked over at gwen and found her frowning. "Can I speak to you privately, Gwen?"
Gwen nodded and followed him into their room.
Arthur shut the door. "I know you're mad but I still think we should let him stay the night."
"Arthur, I'm not sure. Maybe you should take him to the police now." Gwen sat down on the bed. "Before he eats us out of house and home."
"Wherever he came from, they must not feed him well. We can put him in the box room. He just needs a quiet place to rest."
"Promise me." Gwen looked up at him.
"In the morning, I will take him to the police and they can find out who he is and where he came from." Arthur sat beside her and took her hand. "I promise."
"One night and that is all." Gwen told him.
At the table, Morgana watched Merlin eat. "Does no one feed you?"
Merlin looked up. "I am not as good a cook as the Queen. I do the best I can. Where is your husband, my lady?"
"I'm not married and I'm not a lady." Morgana put her napkin on the table.
"Nothing's changed there it seems." Merlin chuckled.
"You are so rude." Morgana glared at him and folded her arms across her chest.
Merlin chuckled and pushed his plate back. "You're still beautiful."
"Tell me, were you an arse in Camelot too?" Morgana asked.
"I was Arthur's faithful servant and friend. I didn't have time to be an arse."
Arthur and Gwen came out of their room and came back to the table.
"Merlin, you can stay the night. You can sleep in the box room." Arthur told him. "There's an old cot in there. Come." Arthur motioned for him to follow.
Merlin got up and bowed at Gwen then winked at Morgana before following Arthur to the box room.
"I hope that I'm not causing trouble." Merlin said as he sat down on the cot.
"No, but it would help if we knew where you came from and if anyone will be looking for you." Arthur opened the cupboard door in the room and took out bedding. He put them on the cot beside Merlin.
"I have no one looking for me. I rented a room in the inn. I like this place. Its quiet. No loud drunks singing at the top of their lungs." Merlin patted the bed.
"Where were you before you lived at the inn?" Arthur asked.
"A place that no longer exists." Merlin smiled. "I'm tired. I must rest."
Arthur nodded. "See you in the morning. Oh. The loo is down the hall, last door on the left."
"Thank you Sire." Merlin smiled.
Arthur left Merlin to rest, shutting the door behind him.
The next morning, Morgana came out of the bathroom wrapped in a towel.
Morgana stared at the young man standing in her way. "Who are you?"
"I'm Merlin. Don't you recognize me? This is the way I looked the last time I saw you." Merlin gave her a heated look of appreciation.
"Arthur!" Morgana shouted. "Get out here now!"