Title: Lucky Charms
Character/s: Arthur, Gwaine, Gwen, Merlin
Summary: Arthur finds a magic shop and a pretty woman.
Word Count: 492
Prompt: 383, Hocus Pocus
Author's Notes: Modern AU with magic.
Arthur and Gwaine walked into the fall festival. They checked out the booths, stopping now and then to sample various foods and drinks. Then Arthur saw her—the most gorgeous woman he’d ever seen. His eyes swiveled to the top of the booth where he read “Hocus Pocus.” It was a magic shop. He didn’t believe in that sort of thing, but going up to it would be worth it if he could talk to that woman.
Arthur nudged Gwaine. “I’m going to visit that booth over there.” He pointed.
Gwaine’s nose wrinkled. “A magic shop?” His eyes drifted down and alighted upon the woman. “Oh I see. Well, good luck, mate. I mean, have fun. I’ll be enjoying the beer over there.” He pointed to the booth across the street.
“Fine. Enjoy your alcohol.” Arthur shimmied up to the counter where the woman was waiting.
“Hello there,” she said, “are you looking for anything in particular?”
“You,” he replied. “Tell me your name.”
She blushed. “It’s Gwen. Can I interest you in any of our products?”
“No, but if you agree to go out with me, I’ll buy whatever you recommend.”
Gwen’s smile flagged. Just then a tall, dark-haired man came up behind Gwen. “Hi, I’m Merlin, the owner of the shop. Can I help you?”
“He’s not interested,” Gwen said.
“Let me guess, you don’t believe in magic,” Merlin said.
Arthur was taken aback. “No, I don’t. I mean isn’t it all,” he pointed upward, “hocus pocus?”
“Merlin, show him,” Gwen said.
Merlin rolled his eyes. “All right.” He cupped his hands, lifted them to his face and whispered something into them. His eyes glowed gold for a second. When he brought his hands down, there was a flower resting on them.
“How . . . did you do that?”
Gwen and Merlin grinned at him. “Magic,” Merlin said.
“And your eyes—they glowed.”
“Yes, that is a side effect of performing magic.”
Arthur’s mouth fell open. “Wow, it is real.”
“Of course it is. Now can I interest you in any of our products?”
“But I’m not a . . . magician?”
“Sorcerer. And that’s all right. We have plenty of charms for the average person,” Merlin replied.
“One for good luck?”
“Right here.” Merlin held up a charm shaped like a 4-leaf clover.
“I’ll take it.”
While money exchanged hands, Gwen wrote something down on a piece of paper. When Arthur held the charm in his hands, Gwen handed him the paper. It was a business card for the magic shop, with a phone number on the back.
Arthur looked up at her, ready to question. “It’s my phone number. You know, in case you still want to go out with me.”
“Thank you!” Arthur grinned and waved as he backed away from the counter and made his way to the booth where Gwaine was enjoying his pint.
“Any luck?” Gwaine asked.
“You could say that,” Arthur replied.