Title: The Future is Now (Chapter 15)
Character/s: Merlin, Arthur, Luther (Uther), Gaius
Summary: Some subjects are very sensitive.
Warnings: past character death
Prompt: 319. Sensitive
Merlin walked into the office and looked around. He didn't see Arthur come around the corner.
“Merlin, there you are.” Arthur walked over to Merlin’s desk and tapped the pile of work sitting there. “Nice of you to come by.”
“Morgana was upset. We took Elena too the train this morning. She needed me.” Merlin shrugged.
“Needed you to shag her?” Arthur held up his hand. “Don't answer that. Just because you’re dating my sister doesn’t mean you can show up late to work. Got it?”
“Sorry. Morgana was upset and i didn’t think you would mind. It won’t happen again.”
“Since when is my sister so sensitive?” Arthur sat on the edge of Merlin’s desk. “She always been so…. ruthless.”
“I don't think you know your sister the way that I do.” Merlin sat down at his desk.
“Good thing.” Arthur got up. “Get to work.”
Across town, Gaius walked into a pub and sat down in the booth with Luther. “You wanted to see me?”
“Yes. I need to talk to someone and since you know everything that’s happened, I thought it should be you.” Luther looked up from his drink. “Gaius it’s a very sensitive subject.”
Gaius frowned. “You knew he would find out about his title sooner or later. It seems it was sooner.”
“Arthur told you about Agravaine telling him everything?” Luther scowled.
“No.” Gaius shook his head. “Merlin told me. It seems he and Morgana have become quite close.”
“I didn’t know.” Luther swirled his drink. “Tell me about the prophecy again.”
“Are you ready to listen this time?” Gaius sighed.
“Yes.” Luther put his drink down. “I need to know why you think my son is the reincarnation of King Arthur. When is it supposed to come true?”
“It’s already started. When Arthur was born, he shared a nursery with Merlin. Arthurs Queen was present at his birth.” Gaius hesitated then leaned forward. “Arthur and Merlin brought back magick to the world. Merlin has gifts. They became stronger as soon as he and Arthur were reunited.”
“Next you're going to tell me that my daughter is a sorceress.” Luther scoffed.
“That’s just it.” Gaius took a breath. “She is.”
“I don’t believe you.” Luther picked up his drink and downed it. “I put a stop to it when I stopped using my title. That’s what the seer said to do.”
“I know that seer and she can’t see her hand in front of her face.” Gaius chuckled. “You can’t stop what’s coming.
“Arthur will never be king.” Luther shook his head.
“No but he will reunite Britain and make the world a better place. Isn’t that what Ygraine would want for her son?” Gaius asked.
Luther glared at his friend. “Don't speak of her. She would still be alive if you had warned us.”
I warned her. I told her about the prophecy and she believed me. She didn’t dismiss it like you did.” Gaius sighed. “She knew I was right but she didn't want to upset you. She is gone because she didn’t want to upset you. I know her death is still a sensitive subject but you have to face facts. There is no stopping what will come.”
Luther pulled a couple of pound notes from his pocket and threw them on the table. “I think this is madness and I will not help you.” Uther got up and left the pub.
Gaius sat back. He took a deep breath and started to wonder if he should have ever told Luther about the prophecy.