Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 37)
Character/s: Merlin, Judy (OC)
Summary: Arthur calls Gwen to tell her about a trip he has to take.
Word Count: 630
Prompt: 351. Romance
At the nurse’s station. Gwen pulled her mobile out of her pocket and looked at the screen. When she saw that Arthur was calling, she smiled and answered it.
“So you miss me already?” Gwen answered with a smile.
“What? Yes. I always miss you. Um... Guinevere, I have to leave for a day or two. I will be back as soon as I can.” Arthur sounded nervous.
Gwen let out a frustrated huff. “Tell your father that he needs to go himself. You're about to be invested as an Earl.”
Arthur hesitated. “It's not shipping business, its sword business.”
“Sword business? Shouldn't I be going with you? I am the queen, you know. You needed me last time you went on a quest.”
“Not this time. I’m sorry. This is something that Merlin and I have to do. I promise that as soon as I get back, you and I will have the most romantic evening that we have ever had. Or we could just go on a romantic weekend to Italy after the ceremony.”
Gwen was beginning to wonder what he was up to. It wasn't like Arthur to be so evasive with her. There was definitely something he didnt want to tell her.
“Bribing me with romance may actually get you forgiven. Maybe. I don't like you going off without me. What if you get there and you find you need me to do whatever it is you're going off to do?”
“I will call and tell you where to meet us if that happens. Merlin doesnt think we need you for this one. I will be careful and ring you as soon as we are done.”
“You had better. About the weekend…. I’ll have to work.” Gwen sighed. “And I'm sure you have things to do to prepare for your first session in the House of Lords. Maybe we could do it next month?”
“Yeah…. Um ….. we will talk about that later. I love you, my queen. I've got to go.”
“I love you too my lord.” Gwen stared at the phone when it disconnected. “Damn him. Having fun without me.”
Judy came from the back. “Who is having fun without you?”
Arthur is off doing something and I'm stuck here. I guess the candles and chocolate cake that I had planned for tonight will just have to wait. Good thing I didn't tell him. He would just feel guilty about going away.”
“Where is he going?” Judy stacked the files on the desk.
“I don't know. He didn't say but I expect he will tell me about it when he gets back.” Gwen looked up at a light on the call board. Mrs. Watson again. Ill go.
“Thanks.” Judy smiled. “Don't worry Gwen. It's not like he's going off to meet some slapper he has on the side.”
“Judy!” Gwen laughed as she walked down the hall. “I keep him too exhausted for side adventures.”
“Good job you!” Judy called after her.
Arthur closed the car door and looked at Merlin. “Are you sure you translated it correctly?”
“Yes Arthur. I checked it three times.” Merlin started the car and pulled out of the car park. “Let’s just get this part over with then we have the other thing to deal with.”
“I don’t think all this is necessary. The Queen is not going to just let me have the crown. She as much as said so.” Arthur looked at the translation. “What if they aren't there, Merlin?”
“They're there.” Merlin grinned. “Stop worrying. You said the Queen believed you were the Once and Future King. She will see sense when the time comes.”
“I hope you're right, Merlin.” Arthur looked out the window as the city turned to countryside. “I hope you're right.”