Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 6)
Pairing/s: Balinor/Hunith, Merlin/Morgana
Summary: Hunith finds out Balinor broke his promise to her
Word Count: 626
Prompt: 300. Unkept Promises
Author's Notes: Heartbreak Month
Balinor walked into the flat that he shared with Hunith to find her crying in the lounge. He hung up his coat and warily approached her.
“Hunith, what's wrong?” Balinor had an idea but he never knew if he was right. Mostly, he wasn't.
“You did it. You sent our boy to Cardiff. You promised me that this nonsense about the Once and Future King would never touch him. You promised me you wouldn't use him to prove your outlandish theories.” Hunith stood up and hit him in the chest. “He had a good job in London waiting for him. A life away from all this nonsense but you couldn't help yourself, could you?”
“Hunith, he wanted to see what would happen if he and the King were reunited.” Balinor said gently.
“Luther Drake's son is not the King and he never will be.” Hunith wiped her face. “He's just a boy like our boy. You and Gaius know that Merlin is different. What if it got out that our son has gifts?”
“He has had gifts in every lifetime. They are there to help the King rise to power.” Balinor reached out for his wife but she moved away. “He knows it to be true. He can feel it in his bones.”
“I don't believe you.” Hunith sighed. “Get out! Just get out of this flat and out of my life. I can't take anymore of this.”
“Hunith, please..” Balinor decided to tell her the truth. “Merlin met with Arthur and magick has returned. That part of the inscription on the tablet has come true.”
“What?!” Hunith rushed at Balinor and tried to slap him. “They will kill him. They will kill my boy. What have you done?”
Balinor struggled to hold her. “Hunith, no one will kill him. He's a smart boy. He will be careful.”
Hunith pulled away and sat on the sofa. “The rest of that damn tablet will never come true.”
Balinor shifted on his feet.
“What?” Hunith glared at him.
“Melin just called me. They found the Queen and the Priestess has gotten her powers back.” Balinor looked at the floor.
Hunith felt her chest tighten. She shook her head. “No! No! This can't be happening. You did this. Get out of my sight.”
Balinor nodded. He grabbed his coat and left. When he was outside he pulled out his mobile and rang Gaius.
“Hello?” Gaius voice answered.
“Hunith knows. Merlin told her about Cardiff and I had to tell her the rest.” Balinor sighed. “What do we do now?”
“You shouldn't have expected the boy to lie to his mum. You know he's a terrible liar.” Gaius paused. Handle her. “She's your wife. Merlin has enough on his plate. He doesn't need his mum upset.”
“She threw me out. I'll try to make her see sense but she needs to calm down first.” Balinor looked into the window and saw Hunith sobbing on the sofa. “I think I had better get a room for the night. She's heartbroken over this. She never wanted Merlin involved.”
“He was involved the moment he was born.” Gaius sighed. “There's someone at the door. Handle her Balinor and quickly.”
Balinor disconnected the call and shoved his mobile in his pocket. He pulled up his color and header for his car.
Gaius opened the door and found Merlin and Morgana.
Merlin walked past him into the house. “I want to show Morgana the tablet.”
Gaius waited for Morgana to come in before he closed the door. He turned and looked at them. “I don't have it. The tablet is in a London bank vault.”
“You have photos of it.” Merlin grinned. “Don't you?”
Gaius walked toward his study. “Follow me and I'll show you”