Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 23)
Pairing/s: Arhur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Summary: Merlin frinds the entrance to the cavern under the hill.
Prompt: 327. "Why did you scream like that?"
Merlin, Arthur and Gwen walked everywhere over the hill. There was no opening anywhere to be found. They were tired but Merlin didn't want to leave.
“Now what, Merlin? Arthur asked. “There is no way in. I think this may be the wrong place.”
“What?” Merlin scratched his head. “It has to be here.”
“Are you concentrating?” Arthur looked at him. “Or are you thinking about Morgana and how you aren't going to be getting any….”
Gwen cleared her throat and shook her head at Arthur.
“...affection from her.” Arthur shrugged at Gwen.
“No, It's not that.” Morgana understands that my Camelot self and her Camelot self were enemies. We talked about it and she doesn’t like it but she understands.” Merlin turned around. “I think i know where the entrance is. I keep being drawn to this area.”
“Then can we get on with this, please?” Arthur sighed.
Merlin walked over to a slight depression and waved them over. We need to hold hands. He crossed his arms and Arthur and Gwen did the same.
“Maybe a spell….” Arthur jumped when the air around them started to swirl.
Suddenly, they were in a dark cavern. Merlin conjured a ball of light in his hand. “Well we’re here. Wherever here is.”
Arthur pulled his torch out of his pocket and looked around. “There's not much here. Wait! There’s writing on the wall over there.”
They walked over to look at it.
“King. Queen. Sorcerer. And three symbols.” Merlin felt the wall. “It's a release mechanism. We have to touch the word and the symbol then push both all at the same time.”
Arthur nodded. I’m king. So which one?
“Top. Gwen, queen is the next one and sorcerer is on the bottom.” Merlin told them.
“King and the dragon. I was Arthur Pendragon.” Arthur touched his.
“The sorcerer symbol is the star.” Merlin touched them both.
“Queen and the hammer?” Gwen touched them. “That doesn't make sense.”
“She was the daughter of the blacksmith who made the sword.” Merlin explained. “On three. One. Two. Three.”
Everyone pushed and the door lifted. Arthur went to step inside the narrow passageway and Merlin pulled him back.
“There may be traps.” Merlin held out his hand and mumbled some words. Some of the rocks on the floor started to glow. “We should only step on the ones that are glowing.”
“If we don't?” Arthur asked.
Merlin threw a rock on one of the stones that were not glowing and a dart flew out of the wall.
“I'm beginning to think that Merlin of Camelot was a real arse.” Arthur stepped on the first glowing stone. He held out his hand to help Gwen through the passageway.
“That's what Morgana said. Among other things.” Merlin frowned as he followed them. “Your sister has an extremely large vocabulary of profanity.”
Arthur just laughed
At the end of the passageway there was another cavern. Merlin found the next clue on the wall to the left.
“Share the breath of love.” Merlin turned at looked at Arthur and Gwen. “That's for the two of you. Put your hands in the handprints in the wall and ….. i have no idea what.”
“We’re supposed to breathe on each other?” Arthur was confused. “Merlin, did you translate that right?”
“That is what it says.” Merlin pointed to each word. “Breath. Of. Love.”
“Oh! I got it!” Gwen put her hand on the wall. “Kiss me!”
“Arthur put his hand on the handprint on the other side and kissed her.” The doorway opened.
“Kiss. Merlin, it said kiss.” Arthur rolled his eyes. “I thought you knew this language.”
“I've never read romance novels in it.” Merlin sighed. “They don't exactly print Mills & Boon paperbacks in dragon tongue.”
Gwen went over to look through the doorway and she screamed.
“Guinevere! Why did you scream like that?" Arthur asked.
Gwen lifted a shaking hand and pointed.
Arthur came over and lit up the passageway with his torch. At the end he saw what made her scream. “Merlin.”
“What?” Merlin looked. “I see it. Bloody hell!”