Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 34)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Character/s: Luther (Uther)
Summary: Luther finally comes clean to Arthur and Morgana
Word Count: 746
Prompt: 348. witness
Arthur and Gwen walked into the tea shop and went up to the counter. Merlin was leaning on the counter talking to Morgana.
Arthur gave Merlin’s shoulder a shove. “Don't you ever leave her alone?”
“Never!” Merlin grinned. “Hello Gwen.”
“What are you two doing up this early on a Saturday?” Morgana turned to get cups for tea. “I'd be lying in if I could but I haven't hired anyone yet to take Elena's place yet.”
“I just wanted to invite you to my ceremony.” Arthur leaned against the counter. “The peerage committee has approved my request. I will be an Earl on Friday and I would like you all there to witness it.”
“And when will you stop being a pompous arse?” Morgana poured tea in the cups.
“Guinevere, do you see how she treats me?” Arthur put his hand over his heart. “Mean Morgana.”
Morgana glared at him. “Go sit down I have fresh scones. None for you Arthur!”
Arthur chuckled. He picked up his cup and followed Gwen and Merlin to the table in the back.
Morgana came around the counter with a plate of scones and a cup of tea for herself. “Now that you're going to be an Earl, you should probably marry Gwen. I can give you the number of a caterer.”
Gwen cleared her throat and took a sip of tea.
“We have been discussing marriage.” Arthur picked up a scone and broke it in half.
“And?” Morgana looked at them both.
“We are waiting until this Prophecy business is resolved.” Gwen glanced over at Arthur. “There's just so much going on right now. We really don’t have time to plan a wedding.”
“Then just go to the register's office and do a quickie.” Morgana stirred her tea. “That's what Merlin and I are going to do.”
Arthur choked on his tea. “What?”
Gwen patted Arthur on the back. “That's not going to work for the Earl and I. He wants a fuss.”
“Of course he does.” Morgana rolled her eyes. “Arthur, she’s waited long enough.”
“Well, my divorce was just finalized so we really just started talking about getting married.” Gwen blushed.
“I get it. Arthur wants the world to witness his love for Gwen.” Merlin smiled. “It will be like a coronation with all the pageantry.” He learned closer to Morgana. “He is the Once and Future King after all.”
“Yes. Yes. I'm aware but we still don't know who Arthur's enemy is or where Mordred is hiding.” Morgana reached for a scone.
The door to the tea shop closed and Luther walked in. Good. “You're all here. I need to tell you something.”
Morgana stood up. “Sit down and I'll get you some tea.” She went to get him a cup.
Luther nodded and pulled another chair to the table then sat down. “I may have an answer to one of those questions.”
Morgana put a cup of tea in front of him and sat down. “Which question?”
“I know where Mordred is. He's at Oxford. Morgana, your mother's sister, Morgause is his mother. At the time she claimed the boy was mine but I wasn’t the only man she was with. He's younger than both of you.”
“Was there a test done to determine if he was yours?” Gwen asked.
“No.” Luther shook his head. “He may have been fathered by Cenred. Cenred was a thug with his hands into all sorts of illegal activities.”
“I haven't seen Morgause since my mother died.” Morgana slid the plate of scones over to Luther.
“We were together briefly after Arthur’s mother died. It was grief.” Luther took a sip of his tea. “There was no love between us.”
Arthur leaned back and folded his arms over his chest. “There's more, isn't there?”
“I have another son.” Luther admitted. “He is mine. There was a test. His mother was a maid. She left with the boy after he was born. I haven't seen or heard from her since.”
“What's his name?” Arthur asked.
“His name is Paxson and his mother is Merrilea Britton. I think they immigrated to Canada.” Luther looked at Arthur. “He is also younger than you. Arthur you are my only legitimate heir.”
“Are there any more of our siblings out in the world?” Arthur asked.
Luther shook his head.
“Well, that’s good to know.” Arthur glared at his father.
“Arthur!” Morgana took a breath then stood up. “I think we will need more tea.”