Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 25)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Summary: Excalibur is found!
Prompt: 329. "Did you enjoy yourself last night?"
Morgana picked up her mobile and dialed Elena’s number. She had to hear about Elena’s new job at the posh London club.
“Hello?” A sleepy voice answered.
“Elena, were you still asleep?” Morgana chuckled.
“My shift doesn't start for two more hours so yeah.” Elena groaned. “What’s up?”
“I was just hoping to hear how the new job went. Did you enjoy yourself last night?" Morgana asked.
“Well… it's going to pay the bills for now but I’m not planning on a career in it. Viviane what's to know when you’re coming to visit.”
“Hmmm. I'd rather have a boil lanced than go to London.” Morgana laughed. “She wants me to encourage Arthur to come along, doesn't she?”
“I told her Arthur was taken. She didn't believe me. I also told her you were shagging a delicious bit.” She wants to meet him.
“I'm not speaking to him at the moment.” Morgana sighed.
“You don't have to speak to him to shag him.” Elena giggled. “Why are you upset with him?”
“He went on some grand adventure with Arthur and Arthur’s new girlfriend.” Morgana looked at the time. “They should have been back hours ago but they're not and no one has called to tell me why..”
“Morgana, don't be stupid. Merlin likes you. He's probably just lost track of time. I better go and get dress. Ring me later?”
“Yeah. Bye Elena.” Morgana disconnected the call and stared at the time on her mobile.
Merlin was very late. Morgana was starting to worry. He should have been back last night but he didn't come to her place and he didn't call.
In the cavern deep in the ground merlin stood up and brushed the dirt off his clothes. “Arthur? Gwen?”
“I’m here.” Gwen shook dirt out of her hair. “Arthur, are you hurt?”
“No but I’m filthy.” Arthur brushed himself off. “Merlin, you had better be able to get us out of here.”
“I think as soon as we find the sword we will see a way out. At least that’s what the dragon said.” Merlin walked over to the altar. “It has to be here.”
“Did you hear the dragon talk?” Gwen whispered to Arthur.
“No. He must have been hit in the head.” Arthur sighed in frustration. “I’m about to hit him in the head again.”
“Come help me.” Merlin started pushing the top of the altar.
Arthur and Gwen went to help him move the top stone to the floor.
“Is that it?” Arthur looked at the ornate sword handle sticking out of the bottom of the hidden compartment in the altar. “I suppose I’m to pull it free?”
Merlin nodded with a grin.
Arthur reached down and grabbed the pommel and pulled nothing happened. “Merlin?”
“Maybe, if we all pull it.” Merlin suggested.
Merlin and Gwen reached down and helped Arthur pull. The sword nearly flew out of the stone.
Arthur looked at the sword in his hand. “It feels familiar somehow.”
“It should. It’s your sword.” Merlin looked around with his torch. “There has to be an opening somewhere.”
Gwen saw a faint outline in the shadows. She picked up Arthur’s torch to see what it was. “That staircase wasn't there when we came in here.”
“The tremor must have opened up the wall.” Merlin reached out and illuminated the stairs. “It’s safe. Let’s go.”
Arthur put the sword in his belt and took Gwen’s hand. They followed Merlin up the stairs and out an opening in the side of the hill.
Just as all three stepped through the opening disappeared.
“Merlin of Camelot was good.” Merlin chuckled. “I don't think i could have done that. Not yet.”
“Can we go? I would really like a bath.” Gwen shook her hair again. “I have a shift in the morning.”
Merlin pulled his phone out of his pocket when it vibrated. “You had a shift. It’s almost tea time. We have been in there an entire day. Morgana left me a dozen messages. And some very angry texts.”
Arthur pulled his phone out and frowned. “I have some too. We better get going.”