Title: The Thought That Counts
Characters: Merlin, Hunith
Summary: Merlin sees the perfect gift for Will while he and Hunith are shopping.
Word Count: about 200 (forgot to count)
Prompt: 390, shopping
Author's Notes: This was the second one I started. The first took on a life of its own and had to be scrapped due to length. It will be finished later. ;)
“Mum, can we buy them?” The little boy with ears that stuck out from his head tugged at his mother’s coat.
“We’re not shopping for treats today, and besides, you don’t even like that flavor, sweetheart.”
Merlin smiled up at his mother. “I know, but Will does and it’s his birthday soon.”
“His birthday isn’t for another month. If we bought that now, it would be stale by the time you gave it to him.” Hunith handed Merlin the paper list she always worked from and the pen. “Here. Write it down and we’ll make sure we buy it the next shopping trip.”
Merlin smiled and laid the paper on the nearest open shelf area, carefully writing the name of Will’s favorite cookies. He pulled back, looked at the paper critically, then went back to add ‘for Will’. When he was satisfied, he handed Hunith the pen and the paper, grinning from ear to ear. “Did I spell it all right, mum?”
“It’s perfect, Merlin. Good job. Will will love this present. Now let’s finish up. We still need to get Brussel Sprouts.”
“Ugh. Can we just get the cookies instead?”