Title: The Average Royal
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur
Summary: Modern AU with magic- Merlin has a conversation with the Prince, whose life he'd saved. Part of the same 'verse as my Extreme Snuggling.
Word Count: 491
Prompt: #185, Mischievous
Author's Notes: I just wanted to let everyone know, even if I don't comment on your drabble, I do read every one. :)
Merlin whistled nervously as he was shown the way to the Prince’s formal sitting room. He had the fleeting thought that he should remember the way as he’d probably be traveling this route a lot. But just as he thought this, a voice announced that they were there.
Someone opened the door and showed him inside. There, sitting on an expensive-looking sofa, was Prince Arthur, the man whose life he’d saved the previous night. Arthur stood and Merlin made to perform one of the fancy bows he’d seen on the telly, but nearly tripped over himself. A hand reached out to steady him and Merlin looked up.
Arthur’s face was close and Merlin flinched back, apologizing profusely. Arthur looked at him strangely for a second then smiled and said, “For future reference, you don’t have to bow. A ‘deferential nod’ will suffice in public. Especially since we’re going to see quite a lot of each other.”
Merlin straightened then smiled back. “Oh good. It seems I’m rubbish at it anyway.”
Arthur chuckled for a moment and invited Merlin to sit. He did and Arthur said, “I want to thank you personally for saving my life.”
Merlin flushed a bit and ducked his head. “It was the least I could do.”
“But you don’t—didn’t know me but did it anyway. That shows remarkable character. I’d rather have someone like that around than the most dedicated bodyguard who’s ‘just doing his job.’”
Merlin looked up. “Thank you, your highness.”
“Arthur. Please call me Arthur.”
“All right, Arthur. You’re not at all how I’ve imagined.”
“Yes, Merlin, you shouldn’t believe everything you see on television. I’m really just an average guy like you.”
Arthur chuckled again. “You’ve got me there. I can tell we’re going to get along just fine.”
“I’m pleased. This is all very new for me.”
“Don’t worry about it. I think you’ll do fine.”
“You have a lot of confidence in someone you barely know.”
“Like I said before, I admire your character. And you’re going to be trained by the best.”
“If I survive.”
“Morgana’s bark is worse than her bite.”
“It’s not her I’m worried about.”
“Leon? He looks tough, but he’s the biggest teddy bear you’ll find. Don’t get me wrong, he does his job exceedingly well, but once you see him with his kids you won’t think him so hard.”
Merlin laughed. “That’s good to know.”
Arthur clapped him on the back. “So, the one thing you really need to know is I like to slip past my bodyguards and sneak out to my favorite pub.”
Merlin was taken aback. “And why are you telling me?”
“Because I think I could actually like you enough to bring you along.”
Merlin was stunned. “You know, you’re really more mischievous than you seem.”
“I’ll take that as a compliment. Now, show me some of your more impressive magic, if you don’t mind.”
And Merlin did.