Here’s the story:
I saw a flea on his belly while I was playing with him. So, Merlin got his first bath.
He did not like it. Not at all.
After I held him under the running water, lathered him with liquid dish soap (carefully keeping it off of his face), I rinsed him off completely. Then I wrapped him in a dry dish towel, and held him while trying to dry him with it. Drying off he liked – he started purring.
Now, he’s still slightly damp, still wrapped in the dish towel, and purring contentedly in my left hand while I one-hand type this note.
I think it worked to get rid of the fleas, though.