Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 32)
Character/s: Luther (Uther)
Summary: Luther and Arthur have a talk
Word Count: 526
Prompt: 346 No Exit
The Future Is Now (Chapter 32)
It was a few days after the dinner at Gaius flat when Luther called Arthur into his office. There was a serious look on his face when he told Arthur to come in and sit down.
Arthur fidgeted in the leather chair across the desk. Arthur didn't like the feeling he was getting. “What is this about? I have a meeting in twenty minutes.”
“I just wanted you to know the peerage committee contacted me to see if I wanted to challenge your claim.” Uther told him.
Arthur shifted in his seat. “What did you tell them?”
“I told them the truth.” Luther looked at his son. “I have no wish to claim the title and I believe you should have it. You are young and more suited to what the title will require of you than I ever was. This isn't the world of my father or grandfather. It's time to hand things over to younger men with better ideas.”
Arthur smiled. “I will try my best to make you proud.”
“I have no doubt that you will.” Luther leaned forward. “A bit of advice?”
“You may not want to let people know about the Excalibur Prophecy. There are those that will hold that up as proof that you are unfit for your title.” Luther took a breath. “Arthur, it's much harder today to renounce your title than it was when I made the decision to do it. The road you are on has no exit. You are in all the way. There is no turning back. Do you understand?”
‘I do. So many things are changing.” Arthur looked down at his hands. “I'm going to ask Guinevere to marry me.”
Luther nodded. “I felt that coming. She is the queen afterall.”
“My queen at least.” Arthur smiled. “Father, we found the sword.”
“That's it then.” Luther leaned back. He rubbed his forehead and sighed.
“No. There is one more thing. There was a passage in the Prophecy about spilling the blood of my enemies. We thought that meant Mordred but no one knows anyone by that name.” Arthur looked at his hands. “I don't think the Prophecy will be complete unless we compete that last bit.”
“King Arthur had many enemies not just Mordred. You should research the legends. There may be a clue there.” Luther tapped his fingers on his desk. “Unless Mordred is not named mordred in this lifetime.”
“Then it could be anyone. I believe he would have the same name since everyone else has a version of their name now.” Arthur sighed. He glanced at t his watch. “I better be getting on. I have that meeting with the new textiles supplier.”
Luther nodded. “Remember what I said about your title.”
Arthur nodded and got up to leave. “Thank you for your support.”
“It was my pleasure, my lord.” Luther smiled.
Arthur shook his head and grinned as he left the office.
Luther sat for a moment in thought. If Mordred was alive in this lifetime he might have an idea of where to find him. He picked up his phone and swiped through his contacts then dialed.