Arabella’s yelp of surprise makes Jonathan turn, looking over his shoulder at her from where he is fastening of his boots.
“Jonathan…” Bell stares open mouthed for a moment and then gives herself a shake. “Jonathan why are you naked? And get your boot off the chair! What are you thinking?”
“I’m afraid I… I’m afraid I was talking to William in the pub last night…” Jonathan removes his foot from the chair and stands there with a sheepish look on his face.
Title: An Ungentlemanly Wager
Characters: William De Lancey, Colquohoun Grant, Arabella Strange, Jonathan Strange & Arthur Wellesley
Summary: Some time after Ungentlemanly Warfare ends, Merlin unwisely makes a bet with William
Author’s Notes: Written after a photograph of a naked man in nothing but army boots and a hat appeared on tumblr.