Title: Have A Ball
Character/s: Merlin, Morgana, Leon
Summary: A ball is announced and all security must attend; Leon gives Merlin an interesting suggestion.
Word Count: 384
Prompt: #214, Dancing
Author's Notes: Continued from previous drabble. :)
The next morning, the security office held a staff meeting. Everyone was present, except for those guarding the royals. Merlin sat next to Morgana, who looked amazing for the early hour.
There were the usual reports, daily activity plans and assignments. Then Leon got a huge smile on his face. “In two weeks’ time the annual Royal Ball will be held. All of you are expected to be there as it’s such a huge event. Assignments will be given in a few days’ time.”
Morgana glanced at Merlin, who looked surprised. “They still have balls?”
She smiled. “They sure do. And this one’s more special than most. It’s a fundraiser for Uther’s and Arthur’s favorite charities.”
“I see. And we’re required to go. I guess those ballroom dancing courses at uni will come in handy after all.”
It was Morgana’s turn to be surprised. “You took courses in ballroom dancing?”
“It seemed like the best thing to fill my physical education requirement.”
“Huh. I would have never guessed.”
“Dancing is a sport.”
They turned their attention back to Leon, who had little else to say before he ended the meeting. But before Merlin could leave, Leon called to him. Morgana waved him off and left as Merlin made his way to the security chief.
“What can I do for you, Leon?” he asked the other man.
“You should have a date for the ball.”
“A date? Won’t I be on duty?”
“Sure, but you’ll be one of several. Besides, I’ve noticed how cozy you and Morgana seem to be getting.”
Merlin’s first line of defense was denial. “What? Us cozy? You’re seeing things.”
“I definitely noticed her distract you yesterday.”
“All right, I’ll give you that. She was making faces at me.”
“Uh-huh, sure. Delude yourself if you want to.”
“Come on, Leon, I can’t ask my boss on a date.”
“Technically she’s not your boss. Arthur is.”
“Still . . .”
“Ask her. I’m guessing she won’t say no.”
“. . .”
Leon clapped a hand on Merlin’s shoulder. Merlin flinched at the weight behind it. “Might as well enjoy your work.” He noticed Merlin’s thoughtful look then said, “All right. Get on to work then.”
Merlin nodded and left. Leon had certainly given him something to think about if nothing else.