Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 18)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana,
Summary: Arthur tries to deal with this new problem
Word Count:. 498
Prompt: 322.. pity, cope, bleed
Gaius closed the door as the four young people left. He had mixed feelings about telling Arthur about the prophecy. He felt that it could have waited until the sword was found. If the sword could be found, that is.
Between finding out he was an heir to two titles of peerage and a long secret prophecy, Arthur was going to be very busy trying to cope with it all. It was a lot for anyone to process. Gaius didn't know if he should have pity for Arthur or for the ones around Arthur who will have to pick up the pieces if things don't go to plan.
Gaius had given Arthur a copy of the translation. It was up to Arthur to puzzle it out now.
Gwen reached across the backseat of the car to take Arthur's hand and whispered. “Are you all right?”
Arthur glaced at Merlin and Morgana in the front seat and shook his head.
Gwen frowned and gave his hand a reassuring squeeze.
Morgana looked over her shoulder. “Do you want to come with us? Merlin and I were going to get some takeaway and go to my place.”
“Not tonight Morgana. Just drop us at the tea shop and you and Merlin go without us.” Arthur sighed and turned to look out the window. “Merlin, don't be late in the morning. We have meetings.”
“Yes Sire.” Merlin chuckled then caught Morgana glaring at him. “What? I’m joking.”
“You're going to give him the idea that he can treat us like he really is King Arthur.” Morgana smirked. “He’s pompous enough as he is.”
Arthur did not respond. He just kept looking out the window.
Merlin pulled to the curb in front of the tea shop and let Arthur and Gwen out of the car.
Gwen led Arthur by the hand to her car. “Are you staying over tonight?”
“If it's alright with you. I'd rather not be alone.” Arthur opened the car door for Gwen. “It's hard to imagine that this prophecy thing is real.”
“Is that why you asked for a copy of the translation?” Gwen asked as she got behind the wheel.
“Yes.” Arthur went around to the passenger side and got in. “There was something in it that caught my eye. In order to retrieve the sword from the Lady of the Lake, I must show that I am worthy by shedding the blood of my enemy.”
“I saw that too.” Gwen started the car. “How is making someone bleed going to summon a sword? And who is your enemy?”
“Mordred?” Arthur shrugged. “But I don't know anyone by that name.”
Gwen looked at him. “Maybe you do but he uses another name in this life.”
“Anything is possible.” Arthur scowled. “I have to think about it some more.”
“You think and I’ll make us some supper.” Gwen pulled away from the curb and headed for her flat.
Arthur smiled. “Sounds like a good plan, at least for now.”