Title: Not So Secret
Character/s: Merlin, Gwen, Morgana
Summary: Merlin's got a crush and almost everyone knows.
Word Count: 564
Prompt: 207, Crushes
Author's Notes: :)
Merlin watched Morgana from across the table. She was so pretty and so popular he couldn’t imagine her liking him as much as he liked her. But there it was—he had a crush on her. He couldn’t remember when it had set in, not that it mattered.
She smiled when she caught him looking. He felt a little guilty and a little overjoyed. He was glad she was his friend and he didn’t want to ruin that, so he decided he’d never tell her. He hoped she’d never figure it out; he’d be so embarrassed! But he’d been so careful around her he thought there’d be no chance of that.
After lunch, he and Gwen walked to their class together. “So, when did you fall for Morgana?”
Merlin tried not to flush. He would have never guessed that Gwen had picked up on that. “What are you talking about?”
“Oh come on, Merlin, anyone can see that you like her. Even Arthur’s noticed.”
He smacked his head. “Ugh.”
“Want me to tell her?”
“No! No way. You say anything and I’ll—”
“Okay, I got the point. I won’t say anything.”
“Thank you.” They arrived at class then and had to stop talking. In fact, they didn’t talk about it at all through the end of class and after. Gwen waved goodbye as she went off to her next class, and he went to his next one. One he had with Morgana.
He walked into math and sat in his usual seat next to her. They’d recently started doing some problems that his mom told him was pre-algebra. He liked it—it was fun and easy for him. But Morgana struggled a bit with it, and today she ended up on the spot. The teacher asked her to solve a problem on the board and Morgana panicked. Wanting to help, Merlin raised his hand.
“Can I help her please?” he asked when called upon. The teacher nodded and he walked up next to Morgana. “You just solve for z like you solve for x.”
“But I don’t understand how to do that.”
“Subtract five from both sides, like this.” He showed her how to do it and her face lit up in understanding. She smiled; it nearly blinded him. He sat down in a daze and was hardly able to pay attention for the rest of class.
After class, he followed Morgana out into the hall. They moved down toward their lockers. Gwen already stood at hers, reaching inside for something. Morgana turned suddenly to face Merlin. “Merlin! Thank you so much for saving me back there.” She leaned forward and kissed his cheek.
Merlin just stood there, unmoving. His mouth fell open, but Morgana didn’t see it. Gwen did though, and she immediately pulled Merlin to the side. “Merlin! Merlin, snap out of it.”
Merlin blinked up at her. “She—she just . . .”
“Yeah, I know. But you need to chill out. Take deep breaths.”
He did so. “Okay.”
“Smile normally.” He tried. “No, a little more natural.” He tried again. “Good. Now keep that there for the rest of the day and freak out when you get home. You can make it through one more class.”
And even though he had trouble concentrating in that last class, he made it, grinning like an idiot the whole time.