Title: The Lord and The Lady's Maid (Part 11)
Pairing/s: Merlin/Morgana, Arthur/Gwen
Character/s: Gaius, Uther
Summary: Merlins foul mood continues
Word Count: 595
Prompt: 399 You are the one
Merlin slammed the door to the cottage and went to pour himself a drink.
Gaius came out of his room and sighed dramatically. "Morgana, isn't it?"
"Don't! Just don't." Merlin sat in a chair by the dying fire. "I don't know why I bother. She will never change her mind about being with me."
Gaius poured himself a drink and sat in the other chair. "You're the one one that keeps going back for more."
Merlin looked up with tears in his eyes. "I know. I just don't know why I do it." He drained his glass in one gulp.
"I do." Gaius smirked. "You love her. Arthur isn't the only one who wears his heart on his sleeve. Speaking of Arthur, when do you expect him back?"
"I'm not sure but they should be married by now." Merlin put his empty glass on the table in front of him. "Unless they had to go to Gretna Green."
"Let's hope not." Gaius looked into his glass. "I think we both need another. Maybe more than one."
"I have to be at the house early. I'm reorganizing Arthur's cupboards. I don't think Gwen has much but she'll need some room."
"Steer clear of Morgana. She's trouble." Gaius got up and retrieved the bottle. He poured Merlin another drink then sat down.
Merlin picked up the glass and stared into it. "Just once, I would like to get what I want. My magick can't even help me with this."
"You leave your magick out of this. It's not at fault here. Your soft heart is to blame for this one." Gaius took a sip. "Merlin, I'm not so ancient that I don't understand how you feel."
"I know and I'm grateful for you letting me vent." Merlin smiled.
It was near noon when a rider came down the drive with an urgent message for the duke. Uther had him brought into the dining room where he and Morgana were having lunch.
The rider took off this hat and bowed. "Your Grace, I have a message from the Archbishop." He held out a sealed note to Uther.
Uther frowned and took the note. He unsealed it and as he read he became visibly angry. He looked at Morgana and threw the note towards her. "Did you know about this? Did you help him?"
Morgana picked up the note and read it. She put it down on the table and shook her head.
Uther slammed his fist on the table. "Don't lie to me, Morgana. I'm sure you are the one who put the idea in his head. Don't think that I don't see you mooning over Arthur's valet. At least you have the good sense to not act on it."
"Father, he loves her. What's the harm?" Morgana knew the second those words came out of her mouth it would only make him angrier.
"The harm?! Arthur will be a duke one day. His marriage needed to be done with proper thought and planning not a quick trip to the altar with the blacksmith's daughter and a special license." Uther rubbed his face and groaned. "This will be a scandal."
Morgana couldn't keep it in any longer. "I think they're brave. They took the chance on love. Not everyone is that brave. It's not good sense that keeps me from following my heart. It's cowardice." Morgana got up and ran out of the room.
"Damn it!" Uther looked at the footman. "Get this man a meal and give him somewhere to rest then fetch Merlin to me! Now!"