Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 35)
Summary: Arthur has a surprise meeting with the one person he least expected to be on his side.
Word Count: 761
Arthur and Gwen left the tea shop and went to Arthur’s flat to talk about Luther’s confession. They finally went to sleep near midnight. Arthur was still confused and upset when they woke up the next morning.
After Gwen Left for work, Arthur dressed for work and headed out as well. He didn't get far. Waiting for him at the curb was a black car with tinted windows. A man with a suspicious lump in his jacket opened the door.
“Get in Lord Cardiff. We need to have a conversation.” It was a woman's voice.
“Why should I?” Arthur looked at the man next to the car door.
The woman leaned out of the shadows at looked up at him. “Because I am the Queen.”
Arthur raised an eyebrow but slid onto the seat beside her. “This is a little unusual, Your Majesty.”
The door closed beside Arthur and he jumped.
“Let’s just say that I want to make sure that you are who they say you are.” The Queen looked him up and down. “I felt i should be informed of you plans for the kingdom. Lord Cardiff. I know of the Excalibur Prophecy and your claim on my throne.”
“I don't really have any plans. I am just trying to figure out all of this.” Arthur looked at her. “I had never heard of anything about being a king until recently. How do you know about it?”
“There are documents in the archives that tell of king Arthur’s return. You are not the first one to claim to be king Arthur. There were several claims since Camelot fell none were successful.” The Queen looked at her hands in her lap. “They failed because the proof they needed was not found.”
“You mean the sword itself?” Arthur tried to figure out what the Queen really wanted.
The Queen nodded. “You have also found the blood of Arthur. No one has found either of those things before. Not until you. I believe your claim may be legitimate.’
“You think I’m going to make a claim to your crown. That’s it isn’t it?” Arthur chuckled. “Well I’m not going to be riding my knights up to the door of Buckingham Palace and throw you all out. I don’t even know where my knights are. I just found out where Mordred is. Believe me that was a shock.”
“I can imagine.” The Queen looked at Arthur. “There was something that was in the archives. I shouldn’t give it to you but I have a feeling you are who you claim to be.” She opened her pocketbook and took out a scroll. “No one has been able to read it. It’s in a language no one has seen before.” She handed it to Arthur.
Arthur carefully rolled it down just enough to see the writing. “It’s Dragon tongue. Merlin will have to translate it.”
“Merlin? The sorcerer of Camelot? He has returned as well?” The Queen seemed upset to hear Merlin’s name.
“Yes.” Arthur put the scroll in his pocket. “You seem surprised.”
“Tell me. Has magick returned? Does Merlin have his powers in this life?” The Queen asked.
“Yes he does. So does my sister, Morgana.” Arthur watched the Queen’s face carefully. “Some called her Morgan LaFae”.
The Queen grabbed his hand. “You must find your knights. Time is not on your side, Lord Cardiff. Your identity has been exposed. There will be danger ahead.”
“I know what The Prophecy said. I must spill the blood of my enemy but my enemy is at uni and is no real threat.” Arthur put his hand over hers. “What is it you’re afraid of?”
The Queen shook her head. “Mordred was a tool that your real enemy used to kill you. The scroll will give you clues to your real enemy. Be careful, Lord Cardiff, and good luck.” She reached over and knocked on the car window.
“Thank you, Your Majesty.” Arthur bowed his head as the car door opened. “It was a pleasure to meet you.” He slid out of the car and looked the man standing by the car up and down. Arthur turned back to the Queen. “I shall see you on Friday for my ceremony.”
“Yes. Lord Cardiff, I expect Merlin to be present.”
“He will be.” Arthur bowed as the man shut the car door and glared at him.
Arthur watched as the man got behind the wheel and drove away. He put his hand over his pocket and hurried to his car. Merlin had better not be late today.