Title: The King’s Quest (Chapter 3)
Character/s: Morgana, Arthur, Gretta (OC)
Summary: Arthur and Morgan have a conversation.
Word Count: 486
Prompt: 391 Gossip. 392 Cookie
Morgana threw the gossip magazine in the bin. She took a deep breath then went back to the batter she was mixing. It wasn’t the first gossip that she had seen in the paper. It seemed she was a constant topic of discussion.
Business had picked up at the Dragon’s Egg tea shop. Lots of people wanted to see the Royal Lady Morgana pouring tea and serving Victoria sponge. It made sneaking out to see Merlin even more difficult.
Merlin had started using the back door for his visits but there were still photos showing up in the tabloids. Cell phones with cameras were the source of some of them.
There was a knock on the back door. Morgana wiped her hands on her apron then went to answer it. Instead of Merlin standing there, it was Arthur.
“What are you doing here, Arthur?” Morgana went back to her batter. “I’m busy. I have a group coming in a few hours.”
Arthur looked around he picked up a biscuit from the cooling rack. “Morgana, we need to talk about this job of yours.”
“Arthur, I thought you weren’t going to be like those stuffy Windsor’s. I enjoy my work here and I don’t want to give it up.” Morgana started to fill the cake pans on the worktable with the batter she had been making. “You promised that I could keep working.”
“I know but you have drawn too much attention to yourself.” Arthur took a bite and raised an eyebrow. “These are good. Got any tea?”
“There’s a fresh pot on the sideboard. Stop eating the biscuits.” Morgana glared at him. She looked up at the door. “What is it, Gretta?”
“Your Majesty.” Gretta bounced a quick curtesy. “Morgana, there’s some Yanks just come in and they’re asking for ‘cookies’. What do I give them?”
“They mean biscuits. Take them a two of each on the cooling racks unless the King has eaten them all.” Morgana smirked.
“Okay.” Gretta moved through the racks and filled a plate then bounced another curtsey. “Sir.” She left them alone.
“Don’t you have some knights to find?” Morgana asked.
“I think we have found one.” Arthur took another biscuit from the rack. “His name is Leon Welsh. He’s a detective here in London. He will be coming to the palace in the morning.”
“Maybe, he and Merlin can combine their efforts to find the others. How many are still missing?”
“Three. Merlin has a lead on another.” Arthur poured himself a cup of tea. “Speaking of Merlin…”
“Don’t start with me!” Morgana glared at her brother again.
“You two need to get off the stick and make an announcement. Gwen and I am going to get married in a few weeks.” Arthur sipped his tea. “It would be nice to have it settled.”
“We will get around to it.” Morgana shrugged.
“You had better.” Arthur bit into his biscuit.