Title: The Lord and the Lady's Maid (Part 9)
Summary: Late night meeting in Morgana's room
Word Count: 387
Prompt: 398 Desperation
The house was quiet when Merlin slipped into Morgana's room just after midnight.
"Where have you been? I've been waiting for hours." Morgana stood up from her seat by the dying fire.
"I had to make sure no one would see me." Merlin leaned against the closed door. "Why did you want to see me?"
"Tell me what happened when you went to help Arthur." Morgana pulled at the fringe of the shaw she was wearing.
Merlin frowned. "I knocked out two bandits and healed Arthur. He was stabbed in the chest. I stayed to help him dispose of the bodies."
Morgana nooded. "Did Gwen see you use your magick?"
"No. She had been knocked out." Merlin scowled. "Morgana, why am I in your room in the middle of the night?"
"I… I wanted to speak to you in private." Morgana sat back down. "About Arthur."
Merlin went to kneel by her chair. "Are you sure that's all it is?"
"Yes." Morgana looked down and wouldn't meet his gaze.
Merlin stood up. He could feel the desperation rolling off Morgana in waves. He knew she wanted more than to talk but she was afraid to say it out loud.
"Merlin, what do you think will happen when Arthur comes home married to Gwen?" Morgana pulled at the fringe of her shaw again. "Do you think Father will disown him?"
"No. Your father wouldn't do that to his only heir. He will yell and make life miserable for Gwen." Merlin picked up the poker and stoked the fire. "It's cold in here. Morgana, you should get some sleep and I should get back to the cottage. It's not wise to meet like this. We'll get caught."
Morgana stood up and moved closer to him. "I don't care. I don't want to be alone. Merlin, stay until morning, please."
"No. I won't be played with, Morgana." Merlin put the poker down and took a step toward the door. "You either love me or you don't. You need to decide if your feelings are strong enough to risk everything for us or are they just a way to distract yourself."
Merlin stepped closer to the door then whispered the spell that sent him from the room in a swirl of air.
Morgana put her hands to her face and sobbed.