Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 27)
Character/s: Professor Monmouth
Summary: Morgana goes to get the box with King Arthur’s blood.
Prompt:331. S/He kept absolutely still as the footsteps got louder.
Morgana let herself into Professor Manmouth’s office. Turning the lock with a flick of her finger was an easy task but simple breaking and entering wasn't her goal. She needed the box from the antiquities room.
She stepped in front of the entrance to the tunnel and hesitated. This was wrong. She knew Arthur needed the box to prove his identity but stealing it was not right.
Suddenly, she heard footsteps approaching. He first instinct was to hide but there was nowhere she could see that would conceal her. She was caught and she needed to think fast. She kept absolutely still as the footsteps got louder.
The door opened and the professor entered his office. “Ms. Drake? How did you get in my office?”
“The door was unlocked.” Morgana shrugged. “I wanted to speak to you about the excalibur prophecy.”
“The sword has been found?” The old man's eyes lit up. “Where? Will I be allowed to inspect it?”
Morgana smiled at his enthusiasm. “Yes. It was found. I’m sure Merlin and Arthur will let you take a look at it.” Morgana walked over and sat down on the edge of his desk. “Do you remember the sealed box? The one that has to opened using magick?”
The professor nodded. He understood why she was there. “I suppose you want it in exchange for letting me inspect the sword. Make the arrangements and I will bring the box and any notes on the item.”
“I'll give Merlin a call and set it up.” Morgana stood and started to walk to the door.
“You could have just taken it. Why didn't you?” Professor monmouth asked. “I have seen your abilities. I know you are capable of it.”
Morgana decided to be truthful with the man. “I came here with every intention of taking it but I just couldn't bring myself to do so.”
“Ms. Drake, i appreciate your honesty.” The professor walked over to his desk and sat in his chair. “Thank you.”
“What will happen now that the sword has been found? Will Arthur seek claim to the throne?” The Professor asked. “If the DNA of the blood on the cloth matches his DNA then there will be no doubt he is the Once and Future King of legend.”
“I don't know.” Morgana turned and faced the old man. “Arthur is heir to two titles already but he only learned of them recently. Our father has not used his title since Arthur's mother died.”
“I remember when it was announced. Luther Drake caused quite a stir. The Queen was not pleased. I was part of a team cataloging royal treasures found in a long forgotten vault under Windsor Castle.” The professor chuckled. “We could hear her yelling at your father through the air ducts. We thought for a moment he was going to be beheaded.”
“I don't remember any of it. I was a small child.” Morgana looked at her hand on the doorknob. “I just remember being sad.”
“Will Arthur take on the titles or will he shun them as your father did?”
“I haven't spoken to him about it.” Morgana sighed. “There is so much happening right now. We haven't had time to really talk.”
“I understand. Please let me know when the meeting will be. I have papers to mark and another class this afternoon to prepare for.”
“Of course. I will let you know, Professor.” Morgana opened the door.
“Thank you Lady Morgana.”
Morgana had never heard anyone use her title before. She froze in her tracks for a moment then left the office. She pulled out her mobile half way down the corridor.
Merlin picked up the phone. “Drake Trade International. How may i assist you?”
“Merlin, he wants to see the sword in exchange for the box.” Morgana whispered as she left the building.
“I expected that. Arthur has the sword but I don't know where he's keeping it. I’ll ask.”
“Shouldn't you know where it is at all times?” Morgana frowned. “You’re the guardian.”
“Yeah but it's his sword. It's not like just anyone can touch it. They'll die.”
“Right.” Morgana sighed as she reached her car. “Professor Monmouth was really excited to see it. We should do it soon.”
“We'll do it at Gaius’ flat. He wants to see it too. Uh… Morgana... My parents will be here this afternoon. They're staying at the Knights Inn in Cardiff”
“You're parents?” Morgana got behind the wheel. “Do they know about us?”
“Gaius told them. They expect to have dinner with us. My dad is really here because of the prophecy but Mother wants to meet you.”
“Oh lovely!” Morgana scowled. “She is going to hate me, isnt she?”
Merlin laughed. “Mother isn't like that. I better get on. I have a pile of work to do. I'll talk to arthur after he comes out of his meeting. See you later.”
“See you.” Morgana looked at the phone when it disconnected. “She won't hate me. I am not Lady Morgana of Camelot. I am not an evil witch.” She sighed. “Who am I kidding? She's his mother. Of course she’s going to hate me.”