Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 31)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana, Balinor/Hunith,
Character/s: Gaius, Professor Monmouth
Summary: The Professor gets to see the sword and brings more than was asked for.
Word Count: 971
Prompt: 341. Coffee
Gaius opened the door at the sound of a knock. Morgana walked in carrying a cake with Merlin on her heels. She handed the cake to Gaius as she walked past.
Gwen smiled as she entered then tossed a look over her shoulder at Arthur as he stood there in the hallway.
Gaius looked down at the bundle Arthur was carrying then raised an eyebrow at him. “Are you coming in?”
“Yes. Sorry.” Arthur walked in with the sword wrapped in red cloth.
Gaius shut the door and went into the kitchen with the cake.
Morgana stood in the doorway of the lounge and looked around. The professor was there already. Hunith was there with a man she had never seen before. The stranger and the professor stood when she and Gwen entered the room.
Merlin walked past her into the room to hug Hunith. “Hello Mother.” He turned to face Morgana, Gwen, and Arthur. “Let me introduce everyone. Lady Morgana Drake, Lord Arthur Drake and Guinevere Dulac, please meet my parents Hunith and Balinor Emyrs.” He tuened to the Professor. “I’m sorry. You must be Professor Monmouth.”
The professor nodded. “Yes. It’s nice to meet everyone. My Ladies, My Lord.”
“I'm not a ‘My Lady’.” Gwen smiled and took a seat in a chair.
“Not yet.” Arthur walked over and sat in the chair next to hers. He put the sword across his lap.
Balinor bowed. “You may not officially be a lady, but you are the Queen. Majesty.”
Gwen shook her head and blushed.
“He's right. You are the Queen. Our adventure at Merlin’s Hill proved it.” Arthur reached out and took her hand.
“Is that Excalibur?” The professor asked. “I brought the sealed box and the tablet. As well as some other items found at the same dig. I was hoping to go over them with Merlin after coffee.”
“Good Idea.” Merlin nodded. “Morgana brought cake.”
Balinor offered Morgana his seat next to Hunith but she shook her head. She pointed to the kitchen. “I'm going to help Gaius with dinner.” She left before anyone could protest.
“Once you get to know her, you'll love her.” Merlin said to Hunith.
“Oh. I stopped by the tea shop earlier today.” Hunith watched as Merlin's face showed his surprise. “We had a nice chat and some excellent scones.”
“The currant ones are absolutely wonderful!” Gwen spoke up. “She also makes spice cake. I've seen Arthur nearly inhale a whole one. It’s his favorite.”
“That's what she brought.” Merlin smiled at Arthur who just glared at him.
Gaius came out of the kitchen. “Dinner is served. This way please.”
Everyone followed Gaius into the dining room and sat down. During dinner the conversation was light. When it was over everyone moved back into the longue to talk. Gaius and Morgana went to slice cake and put the coffee on.
The professor pulled a file box out from behind one of the chairs and started putting archival boxes on the coffee table. “I brought a few more pieces. We weren't able to identify what they were.”
Merlin and Balinor sat on the floor to get a better look at the contents of the boxes. Merlin recognized the sealed box with the bloody cloth in it. There was also a larger metal box with roses worked into the top of it.
The professor noticed Merlin looking at the other box. “We can't get that one open either. I think it must have been sealed by Merlin of Camelot.”
“It’s a crown.” Merlin touched the box. “Guinevere's crown. It was made by her brother, a knight of Camelot. His name was Sir Elyan.” He looked up at the professor. “There should be another box like this with a dragon on the lid. Sir Elyan made one for Arthur as well. They were his gift to you on your wedding day.”
Arthur looked at Gwen. “Your brother’s name is Elyan in this lifetime.”
Gwen nodded. “He's a structural engineer. He plans bridges.”
Professor Monmouth put the box with the tablet on the table then reached in the box again. “This is what you're looking for.” He set the sealed box with the dragon on the lid on the table next to the other. “I also brought all the records we have on the three boxes.” He looked at Arthur. I've done what you asked. “May I see Excalibur?”
Merlin picked up the file box and moved it out of the way.
Arthur picked up the sword from where it leaned next to his chair. He unwrapped the sword and placed it on the table. “I don't think I need to remind you not to touch it. I think your entire class knows that now.”
The professor sighed. “Please forgive me, My Lord. I was excited about the discovery. I shouldn't have shared the information without your approval.”
“You're right you shouldn't have. The son of one of the Lords voting on my title was in that class. It made the meeting at the House of Lords more difficult.”
Gwen touched Arthurs arm. “Arthur, that wasn't the Professor’s intent.” Gwen looked at Merlin. “Can you open the boxes. I want to see the crowns.”
Merlin smiled. He spoke a spell over each box and they opened. Arthur’s crown was gold with two dragons facing each other in the center. Guinevere's crown was a delicate vine of gold with gemstone roses.
Gwen gasped. “They're beautiful.”
Morgana and Gaius came out the kitchen with trays of cake and coffee.
Arthur picked up the sword to give them room.
Merlin put the two boxes with the crowns in the file box next to Arthur and Gwen's chairs. Merlin slipped the box with the bloody cloth into his pocket. He saw the questioning look from his father and just shrugged.