Ficlet prompt: Modern AU. Closeted corporate scion Arthur finally defies Uther and comes out to him when Uther is casually arranging another date for him (Sophia, Mithian, etc.). Arthur is quiet, terrified, shaking, but absolutely unyielding, because he's ALREADY dating someone he loves... Merlin.
I loved this prompt and wanted to do something a little different, so here’s an Outside POV for ya.
#Yikes this turned out longer than planned.
Gwen was the personal assistant to the CEO of Camelot Industries, Uther Pendragon. She did like her job, but in her opinion, Mr. Pendragon himself was a god awful man. She planned to stay for a few years and then give over her two weeks’ notice because despite her boss, the position itself was well-paying, had great benefits, and the company itself was well managed.
She put that down to the COO and company VP, Arthur Pendragon. The younger Pendragon was not like his father. The thirty-three year old corporate scion managed the every day-to-day events inside Camelot Industries, and frankly Gwen wasn’t sure how he did it. She jotted it down to the extensive team of employees under his direct jurisdiction.
Arthur did things differently than his father. Although Gwen thought this was a good thing, she knew that it caused more than a few arguments between father and son. Gwen had overheard a lot of these arguments. Scratch ‘overheard.’ Uther Pendragon had never cared much if he reprimanded his son in front of anyone, especially not his PA who he thought not important enough for it to matter. So despite the fact that Gwen didn’t know Arthur that well, she happened to know a lot about his professional strifes.
Like today, Uther had called in his son to discuss the introduction and marketing of a new product. Arthur had wanted to start a new marketing scheme. Uther wanted to keep it the original way. Gwen tried to stay out of the way, but Uther kept her at his side, asking her to bring this file and that document and those references. So despite ‘not being important enough to matter’ she did overhear far more about the company than probably anyone else at Camelot Industries.
But this conversation? She wasn’t sure she should have been privy to.