Title: Getting to Know You
Pairing/s: none yet
Character/s: Merlin, Morgana
Summary: Merlin visits Morgana to learn about his new job.
Word Count: 902
Prompt: #179, New Beginnings
Author's Notes: This is a follow-up to my previous drabble, Meet the Press.
A few minutes before noon, Merlin left his room to visit Morgana in her quarters-slash-office. She wasn’t that far away, which could prove interesting.
He knocked on her door and was bidden to enter. Morgana sat at a good-sized desk in a corner of the large room. She was on the phone but waved him over. He closed the door behind him and sat in one of the chairs sitting in front of her desk. She mouthed “sorry”, so he decided to distract himself by looking around the room.
It served as a kitchen-living-dining-workspace. Talk about taking work home with you. He heard her hang up the phone and turned to look at her as she said, “Thank you for coming. Let’s sit at the table.”
He followed her as she walked over to the table and gestured to a set of three take away cartons. Surprised, Merlin asked, “You can get take away at the palace?”
“Of course.” She moved plates and forks over from the small kitchen then sat at the table with him. “I hope you like Chinese. I have broccoli beef, orange chicken and rice.”
Merlin grinned. He’d already liked Morgana; this raised her higher in his esteem. “I love Chinese, thank you.”
They dished parts of all three boxes to their plates and began eating. Morgana spoke between bites. “So you’re getting another new beginning with this job.” Merlin nodded. “You spoke of your strong magic. I assume you know an array of basic offensive and defensive spells.” He nodded again. “Good. You’ll be learning more of those from me.”
“I was a bit worried about that.”
“Understandable. Leon and his agents will handle your practical training. You’ll get a bit of everything there—driving, weapons and physical fitness.”
“Not my strong point.”
“It will be after they finish with you.”
“Great.” He rolled his eyes.
“Oh, it’ll be fun. You’re a new breed here; I’m surprised no one’s thought of this idea before, to be honest.”
“It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time.”
She chuckled at that. “When you did your medical training, did you learn any healing spells?”
Merlin sighed. “I had a whole extra course on healing spells. But for some reason, I am rubbish at them. I was hoping Gaius could help me with that.”
“Looks like your free time just got pinched.”
“Looks like it.”
“Honestly, it would just be nice, since you wouldn’t have to work so hard to treat the Prince. But your conventional healing skills are excellent, so don’t worry overmuch.”
Her jade eyes sparkled like she was amused at something. “So, tell me about yourself. I know what’s in your dossier, so you can skip that information. Just tell me about you.” She leaned forward a little.
He swallowed nervously. This gorgeous woman wanted to know about him. Was she actually interested in him? “Well, a hobby of mine is drawing. I’ve found it a good way to ease stress.”
“Ooh, I’d love to see some sometime.”
“O-okay. My favorite international food is Chinese, though I love Italian and Lebanese too.”
“Yum! You have good taste.”
“Thanks. I also prefer reading over watching telly. Although I do go to the cinema sometimes.”
“What do you like to watch?”
“Mostly sci-fi and fantasy, and I’ve really enjoyed all the superhero films coming out recently.”
She winked at him and put a hand on his arm. “Those are a guilty pleasure of mine.”
He tried not to freak out at the fact she was touching him. “I-I can see you enjoying them.”
“Oh you are too cute!” They’d both finished eating by now and she looked at her watch. “Mm, you’ve got to report to Leon in about ten minutes. Later you get to spend some quality time with the Prince. You have to get to know each other after all.” She smiled.
She arched an eyebrow. “That sounded quite enthusiastic. Do you favor men then?”
He flushed. “No! I mean, not like that anyway.”
“Well I’m glad I don’t have to crush any hopes of yours.” She smiled broadly. “He’s hit on me more times than I can count, poor thing, but I’m afraid there’s no future for us.”
Merlin was taken aback at her bluntness. “Um, okay.” He stood and said, “I guess I’d better get going.”
Morgana also stood. “Oh! Yes. Say hi to Leon for me.” She stuck out her hand for him to shake, and he did so.
“Thank you, Ms. Le Fay.”
“Call me Morgana.”
“I’ll see you at 8 am to begin your training.” She still hadn’t let go of his hand.
“See you then.” He looked down at their hands. “Can I have my hand back?”
“Oh, yes. Sorry.” She let go.
“Thanks. See you in the morning.”
“Goodbye Merlin.” She looked right into his eyes and he was mesmerized by what he saw there.
He shook himself, waved and left the room. He leaned on the closed door for a moment to clear his head. What was that in there? He wasn’t used to a woman being so direct, but found it refreshing. He hadn’t believed in instant attraction before, but what else could explain the vibe he’d gotten from her? Puzzled, he straightened up and started walking briskly to Leon’s office. It wouldn’t do to have a cloudy head his first day on the job.