Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 22)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Summary: Merlin breaks the news to Morgana about the progress on locating Excalibur
Word Count: 548
Prompt:326. "I've been checking you out."
Merlin sat in a booth at the Dragon Egg. He was trying to figure a way to tell Morgana that she couldn't come along on the quest to find the sword.
Morgana glanced over at Merlin as she waited on a customer. She went behind the counter to pour tea and plate a muffin. She looked at Merlin and frowned before she took the food to the customer at the front table.
Morgana walked back to the booth and sat down. “What's up with you, Merlin? You've been here for an hour.”
Merlin grinned. “I've been checking you out.“
“I’ve noticed but I have customers. I can't just go into the storage cupboard and have a shag with you right now. Morgana gave him a hard look. There is something else going on. Tell me.”
Merlin sighed. “I've been trying to find a way to tell you something.”
“Just tell me.” Morgana shrugged. “We don't have secrets from each other.”
“I may have found the location of the sword but….” Merlin hesitated. “You can’t come with me.”
“Why not?” Morgana glared at him. “Is this some ‘boys only’ quest?”
“No. The quest is for three….magick love and hope. If we bring you….” Merlin started to explain.
“The quest could fail.” Morgana sighed. “So it has to be you and Arthur and someone else. Who is the third person?”
Arthur and Gwen walked in and came through to the both where Merlin and Morgana were sitting.
Morgana looked at Merlin. “It’s Gwen, isn’t it?” She got up and went back behind the counter. She glared at Merlin as she cleaned the counter.
Arthur and Gwen sat down opposite Merlin.
Arthur looked over his shoulder. “You told her already? She isn't taking it well, is she?”
“She wanted to be a part of it.” Merlin shrugged. “What do you think, Gwen? Arthur and i have to go. That much is for sure. How do you feel about going with us?”
“I don't see that I have a choice.” Gwen sighed. “I don't know how i can help though.”
“It will make me feel better having someone with some medical training along.” Merlin leaned back in his seat. “This isn't going to be easy. I don't think Merlin of Camelot would have made it easy for us. There are going to be traps and tests.”
“All of that under that hill?” Arthur asked. “Do you even know how to get inside?”
“Not yet. I think I will know once i get there.” Merlin shrugged. “There may be something that reacts to my magick or your blood.”
“When do we leave?” Gwen asked. “I have to arrange for my shifts to be covered.”
“Next week.” Merlin suggested. “I need to get some things together. Climbing gear and such.”
“I don't know how to do that kind of thing.” Gwen looked at Arthur. “I can barely manage to climb a ladder.”
“Don't worry Guinevere. We will make sure you're safe.” Arthur winked at Merlin. “Wont we Merlin?”
“Yeah.” Merlin nodded. He looked over at Morgana. She was still angry wirh him. He could tell by her body language.
Arthur looked over his shoulder. “You better get her calmed down or we are all going to pay for it.”
“Yeah.” Merlin sighed. “Especially me.”