Title: Secret Valentine
Character/s: Gwen, Merlin, Morgana
Summary: Merlin has a strange plan to give Morgana her valentine.
Word Count: 746
Prompt: #198, Valentine's Day Card
Author's Notes: Enjoy!
Merlin signaled to Gwen from across the room. Luckily she recognized the sign for “meet me in the break room ASAP.” He got up and ambled toward said room and went inside with no difficulty. Gwen waited about two minutes then followed him.
“What’s this about?” She asked as she walked into the room.
Merlin smiled nervously and twirled something between his hands. It was a large, square envelope. When Gwen finally caught sight of the front, it said “Morgana.”
“Ohhh,” she breathed. “So the rumors are true. You are seeing her.”
“Shh,” he prompted.
She put her hands on her hips. “Merlin, no one can hear us in here.”
He flushed a little and said, “I know. I just . . . I want this to go off without a hitch.”
“What do you need me for?”
He held up the envelope. “I want you to put this on her desk after she leaves for lunch.”
“Why don’t you do it yourself?”
“Are you joking? I can’t be seen going into her office!”
“Merlin, half the office already suspects something’s going on.”
“Really?” His face fell. “But will you still do it? And maybe watch her as she opens it?”
Gwen smiled and shook her head fondly. “I guess. But now you’ll owe me one.”
“I can always put in a good word with Arthur.”
Gwen blushed. “Merlin! No.”
“Okay, if you say so.”
She whacked his arm lightly. “Just keep your mouth shut. I’ll think of something.”
“Oh that didn’t hurt.”
“No, it didn’t.”
She stuck her tongue out at him. “Hand it over then.” Merlin passed her the envelope. “Oh, it’s heavy. Is something else inside?”
He flushed again. “Just a little something I got for her.”
“Can I see it?”
“No! I don’t want to open it because the thing could get lost. You’ll see it when she opens it.”
“Thanks Gwen. Um, I guess I’ll leave now. Just wait a few, okay?”
“Riiight.” She didn’t see the need for stealth, but it was Merlin’s “operation” so she let him set the tone.
A couple hours later, Morgana left for lunch at noon on the dot. Gwen waited a few minutes then slipped into her office to lay the envelope on her desk. She made sure it was up and facing the right way then left.
When Morgana came back forty-five minutes later, Gwen followed her into her office with her messages. She closed the door then watched as Morgana sat in her chair and stared at the envelope in front of her. “What’s this?” She asked Gwen.
“Something I was asked to give you,” Gwen replied. Morgana looked up at her, about to say something, but Gwen spoke again. “You should open it.”
“All right.” Morgana slipped a nail under the flap and slid it under until the whole thing was undone. Then she reached inside and pulled out a paper doily with another heart attached, along with a string with a heart-shaped pendant on the end. No, two heart shapes. One had a picture that Morgana quickly covered.
“What is it?” Gwen prodded.
A slow smile came over Morgana’s face. “A valentine.” She held it up so Gwen could see what was on it. It was an old-fashioned card with a cupid, roses and plenty of hearts. It read “To my Lover.”
“Aww,” Gwen cooed. “That’s beautiful!”
“Isn’t it just?”
“What is that other thing there?”
Morgana picked up the pendant by the attached cord. “It’s actually a kind of locket.”
“Do I get to see the picture?”
Morgana blushed. “No, I don’t think I’m ready to show anyone that. Besides, I think you already know.”
Gwen nodded. “Do you like it?”
“Very much.” She carefully put the cord over her head and pulled the twin pendants down carefully. She rearranged her hair over it. “Be sure to tell him thanks for me.”
“I will. But I’m sure you’ll thank him specially later.” She winked at her boss and friend.
Gwen smiled and handed over the messages. Morgana thanked her and turned to her computer. Gwen left the room and sat back down at her desk. Merlin waved for her attention. She smiled at him and mouthed “she loved it.” He smiled back at her then turned his attention to his computer when the sound of incoming mail distracted him.
She just smiled and shook her head. These two really were perfect for each other.