Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 4)
Pairing/s: none yet
Character/s: Merlin, Morgana, Gwen
Summary: Morgana makes a visit to the hospital
Warnings: Discussion of breast cancer and character death.
Word Count: 853
Prompt: 298 Cure
Merlin and Morgana got off the lift and walked into the cancer ward and up to the nurses’ station. They put two large platters of sandwiches and two large bottles of tea down on the counter then waited for the nurse on the phone to finish her call.
Merlin nodded toward the nurse and whispered. “Is that her?”
Morgana shook her head then smiled as the nurse turned around. “Hello I’m from the Dragon’s Egg tea shop. I thought the nurses on this wing could use a treat for all your hard work.”
“Thank you. The Dragon's Egg tea shop? I was there once. It's quite nice.”
“I’m Morgana Drake. Thank you for saying that. i own it.”
“I’m Judy martin. You have a lovely Russian blend that reminds me of my grandmother.” Judy turned around. “Gwen, come see what these nice people brought us.”
Gwen came out of the supply cupboard and smiled when she saw the food. “Perfect timing. I’m famished.”
Morgana reached over and pinched Merlin. He shot her a glare then realized the Morgana was trying to tell him they had found the Queen.
“This is Gwen Dulac.” Judy introduced her. “They're from the Dragon’s Egg tea shop. This is Morgana Drake and…”
Merlin smiled. “I’m Merlin Emrys.”
“What an unusual name.” Gwen looked at Merlin intently.
Merlin noticed the wedding ring on Gwen's hand and frowned.
“I've never been to the Dragon's Egg tea shop.” Gwen smiled at Morgana. “Do you have a family member in this ward?”
“No.” Morgana shook her head. “I just wanted to do something nice for those who give comfort to others. I hope they find a cure to this awful disease very soon.”
“There are some cures but the cancer must be caught early.” Gwen sighed. “My mother had breast cancer. She was a nurse in obstetric wing for many years. Drake, you said? That name is familiar. Were you born here at this hospital?”
“No. My brother was born here. I was born in Cornwall.” Morgana leaned on the desk. “My stepmother died in childbirth here. My brother almost died too but there was a nurse that kept telling the doctor that there was something wrong. If it wasn't for her ….” Morgana shook her head. “Well, you can imagine. Father said her name was Marie Grant. I don't suppose your mother knew her?”
“That's my mother’s name.” Gwen smiled. “She talked about your family sometimes that's why I remember the name. She was pregnant with me at the time. It upset her because she thought I was a boy until I was born.”
Merlin and Morgana glanced at each other.
“Is your husband in medicine?” Merlin asked.
“No. He's a bum.” Judy rolled her eyes.
“My soon to be ex-husband is a civil engineer. He has a job in York starting soon.” Gwen glared at Judy.
“Not a moment too soon, if you ask me.” Judy looked over the tray of sandwiches. “Her father can't stand the sight of him.”
“Judy…” Gwen looked up as a call signal lit up. “I have to go. I’ll stop in sometime. Maybe you could introduce me to your brother. I’d like to tell him about our mothers.” Gwen waved as she headed off to a patient's room.
“Arthur would love that.” Morgana smiled. “We should go. Here are some coupons." Morgana put a stack of cards on the desk." I hope we see you all soon.”
“Thank you again.” Judy smiled.
Merlin waved as he and Morgana headed for the lift. Morgana was quiet until the doors closed.
“It’s her. That means that you, Arthur, and she were at the same place at the same time.”
“Relatively, yes.” Merlin thought for a moment. “I bet Gaius and my father knew that too. They know a lot more than they have told me.”
You had better make them tell you everything.” Morgana sighed. “If Gwen tells Arthur what happened to Ygraine maybe he won't feel so guilty about his mother's death.”
“It might just cure his heart enough for him to open it to Gwen.” Merlin frowned. “Dulac... That’s Lancelot's name in the legends. She married Lancelot. That's a bit backwards.”
“Well, at least, she won't cheat on Arthur with him. From her tone, she hates him.” Morgana chuckled. “I wonder why her father hates him.”
“I don't care as long as her father doesn't hate Arthur.” Merlin grinned.
“Now we just have to find a way for him to rule the kingdom. How do we do that, Merlin?” Morgana folded her arms and waited for Merlin to explain.
“Simple.” Merlin smirked. “We get him to be prime minister.”
“Please say you’re joking. Arthur in politics?” Morgana laughed. “You will need use all the magick in the world for that to happen.”
“Who says I won’t.” Merlin raised an eyebrow. I am Merlin Emrys, the most powerful sorcerer there has ever been. You have no idea what I am capable of.”
Morgana laughed. “You are so full of yourself.”
Merlin chuckled. He let her believe he was joking but he was serious.