Title: The Future is Now (Chapter 1)
Pairing/s: none yet
Character/s: Gaius, Balinor, Luther Drake (Uther), Arthur, Merlin, Morgana, Elena
Summary: Gaius and Balinor share a secret. They know when the
Once and Future King will return.
Warnings: character death mentioned
Word Count: 876
Prompt: 295 Renewal
Author's Notes: The Future is Now (New Series Modern AU) Royals will be posted on AO3
20 years ago…..
It was a cold winter's day when Arthur Drake came into the world. It was a day of joy and mourning for his father Luther Drake. Due to unforeseen complications, Arthur's mother died shortly after his birth.
Luther went straight to the pub across from the hospital. He needed to drink away the sight of his beloved Ygraine so cold and still.
Luther didn't see the grizzled man sipping ale in the corner and eyeing him intently. He had also just had a son but he knew something that Luther did not.
Balinor Emrys knew the true identity of those two baby boys. Those boys were the Once and Future King and the most powerful sorcerer ever known. Balinor had studied the ancient prophecies and he was sure it was true.
While Balinor was trying to get up the courage to talk to the man at the bar, an older man came in and sat at the table.
“Don't do it.” The older man said. “He won't believe you anyway.”
Balinor looked into his mostly empty cup. “I would want to know if my son was going to rule this country when he grows up. Gaius, he has a right to know.”
Gaius shook his head. “He just lost his wife. I'll keep an eye on them both. You get Hunith somewhere safe with the boy until it's time for them to meet.”
“Hunith won't like it.” Balinor finished his ale and put the cup down. “She thinks we're both mental.”
“We may well be by the end of it.” Gaius chuckled. “Go. Do as I say. The time of magick’s renewal is upon us. We must do what we can to help it along.”
Balinor sighed and stood up. “I hope you're right, Gaius.” He picked up his coat and left Gaius sitting there.
Present day Cardiff
Gaius stood waiting at the train station. He knew he was early but he didnt care. He was there to pick up Merlin.
The train stopped at the station and a tall thin dark haired young man stepped off.
“Merlin!” Gaius called out as soon as he saw him.
“Hello!” Merlin waved and went over to hug his uncle.
“You could have cut your hair.” Gaius tousled Merlins curls. “Luther Drake won't care for the sloppy appearance.”
Merlin tried to fix his hair. “I could have just took the job in London. I don't understand why I had to come here.”
Gaius was suddenly serious. “You know why. It's time, Merlin.”
“If you and my father are right about this prophecy, then magick should have come back the day we were born.” Merlin shifted the bag on his shoulder. “Meeting Arthur should have nothing to do with it. We shared a hospital nursery. Wouldn't that have been enough?”
“You'll see.” Gaius patted him on the shoulder. “Let's get you a nice cup of tea and some biscuits. I know just the place.”
“I could use some tea.” Merlin made one last effort to fix his hair. “That train was crowded and i'm a bit rattled.”
Gaius walked him down to mainstreet to the Dragon's Egg tea shop.
Arthur Drake walked into the tea shop where his sister worked and walked up to the counter. “Morgana? Are you still here?”
“Hello Arthur.” Elena smiled at him. It was no secret that Elena had a crush on Arthur.
“Hi.” Arthur tapped the counter. “Is Morgana here?”
Elena sighed and pointed at the kitchen door. She didn't understand why he never wanted to talk to her.
“I'm right here. What do you want?” Morgana came from the kitchen wiping her hands on a towel.
“What do you know about Gaius’ nephew?” Arthur asked. “Father said he's coming to Cardiff to live with Gaius.”
“Sounds like trouble.” Morgana smirked. “I wonder if he's cute.”
Arthur made a face. “It that all you think about?”
“Yes.” Morgana laughed and glanced at elena. “Wouldn't kill you to think of it too.”
Arthur shook his head. “Yes it would and you know why.”
Morgana glared at him. “She isn't out there, you know. There is no such thing as true love.”
Arthur shrugged. “I know she's out there. I can feel it.”
“Then youre a fool Arthur Drake.” Morgana laughed.
The door opened and Gaius walked in with Merlin.
Morgana smiled when she saw Merlin. “Isn't he just delicious?”
Arthur turned to see Gaius and someone he hadn't met. “Gaius, good to see you. This must be your nephew, Melvin, isn't it?”
Merlin chuckled. “Its Merlin.” He reached out his hand for a handshake.
“I’m Arthur Drake. That's my sister, Morgana.” Arthur took his hand and felt a tingle all over his body.
Merlin pulled his hand back and looked at it then looked at Gaius.
Arthur rubbed his hand. “Must be a bit of static from the cold dry air.”
“Yeah.” Merlin looked at Morgana. “There was a faint shimmer in her eyes as she looked back at him.”
Gaius saw it too. He let go of the breath he was holding and started to relax. He had done what needed to be done.
It was obvious that the prophecy was true and magick had been renewed with a simple handshake. The reaction by the two young men was unmistakable.