Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 21)
Pairing/s: Merlin/Morgana, Arthur/Gwen
Character/s: Gaius, Balinor
Summary: Merlin works out the location inscribed on the tablet
Word Count: 880
Prompt: 325. Donate a prompt pick Merlin’s Hill (Photo by Archaeologist D)
After working for hours on the translation of the tablet, Merlin was still confused about what it meant. He started to pack up his notes. He need to take a break then maybe he could come at it with a clearer head.
From his office, Arthur watched as Merlin pack up his things and head for the lift. He knew whatever that tablet said would bring them closer to finding the sword. He had too many things to worry over these days and finding Excalibur wasn't going to solve them all. He looked back down at the file he was working on.
Merlin sighed heavily as the lift doors closed. Merlin realized that he needed help and there was only one person he could go to.
Twenty minutes later, Merlin was sitting at Gaius’ table sipping tea. “I know I have translated it properly but it still makes no sense. It's like a puzzle but I have no idea how to solve it.”
Gaius frowned. “Read it to me.”
“The Sword of the Once and Future King lies amongst the tears of the Great Sorcerer in the Chamber of Sorrows. Three souls are needed to retrieve it. Love, Magick, and Hope. Only when the three are present will the Lady of the Lake return the Sword to Arthur.”
Merlin looked up. “I think I have an idea who the three are. Arthur, Gwen a,nd myself but the place is confusing me.”
“Gwen?” Gaius raised an eyebrow. “Remember Merlin, touching the sword itself could be lethal. Only you, Arthur and a descendant of the blacksmith that forged it can handle it.”
“Gwen represents love to Arthur just as she did in Camelot. It's a logical conclusion.” Merlin sipped his tea.
“Yes but is she the descendant of the blacksmith that forged it? If not she can’t touch the sword and I doubt that she would be part of a quest to retrieve it if she couldn’t touch it. Maybe it's not Arthur’s love but yours.”
“Morgana was evil in Camelot. I would have never trusted her back then so it’s not her.” Merlin rubbed his head. “It has to be Gwen.”
Gaius nodded. “I see your point. So you, Arthur and Gwen are the ones needed to retrieve the sword. Tears of the Great Sorcerer? Chamber of Sorrows? I have no idea either. Is there anything else on the tablet? Writing? Markings of any kind?”
“I looked at the photos in the file Professor Monmouth sent. The other side of the tablet has a dragon on it.” Merlin pulled a photo out of his notebook and showed it to Gaius. “Probably the original Pendragon royal crest.”
Gaius got up and took a book off the shelf and brought it back to the table. He opened it and flipped through the pages to find what he wanted. “That isn't the Pendragon royal crest.” Gaius showed Merlin the image in the book. “This is the Pendragon royal crest.”
Merlin scowled and looked at the photo again. “Then its a clue. Gaius, what are those marks there on the wing?”
“Those are notches. Coordinates maybe?” Gaius went back to the bookcase and pulled out a large scroll. “Your father and I found this in a monastery in Cornwall. Its an early map of Wales.” He carefully unrolled it on the table.
“There.” Merlin pointed to a spot on the map. “Its there but what is that called now?”
"Carmarthen." Gaius chuckled. “How could I be so blind? That area is called Merlin’s Hill. The legend of the place said that was where Merlin went to mourn Arthur after Arthur was sent to Avalon.”
“So the entrance to the Chamber of Sorrows must be somewhere in that hill.” Merlin grinned. “That's brilliant.”
“Not so fast, Merlin.” Gaius shook his head. “There is more to this quest than it seems. Of that, I am sure.”
“I know but we are so close now.” Merlin sat back in his chair. “I just know Excalibur will be in Arthur's hand again soon.”
“You should go to Arthur and tell him what you've found.” Gaius rerolled the map and took it and the book back to the bookshelf. “You also need to find out if Gwen has a tie to the blacksmith.
“I will but not until tomorrow. I'm tired.” Merlin stretched.
“Its late.” Gaius suggested. Stay here and use my guest room. Morgana will understand.”
“Thanks but I'm just going to go home.” Merlin packed up his notes and the photos. “I will let you know what I find out next. Good night Gaius.” Merlin headed for the front door.
Gaius sighed and sat back down. “Good night Merlin.”
As soon as Merlin left, Gaius called Balinor. He waited impatiently for Balinor to pick up.
“Gaius, why are you calling so late?” Balinor asked impatiently.
“Balinor, they found it….” Gaius laughed. “They found Excalibur!”
“What? Where? Have you seen it?” Balinor sounded very alert
“They have a location but not the sword yet.” Gaius chuckled. “It's not at Tingel like we thought.”
“When are they going to retrieve it?” Balinor asked. “I want to come to see it.”
“Soon that's all I know. I will call you with the details later. Good night. Gaius disconnected and smiled.