Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 39)
Summary: Arthur tells Gwen where he and Merlin went and what they found there.
Word Count: 533
Prompt: 353 impulse
Author's Notes: this one was a lot late
Arthur laid awake and thought about what he and Merlin had done. It still unsettled him. He had no idea what to make of what happened.
Merlin had taken him to an island off the coast where they went into a creepy temple. There were three crypts there, but he couldn't read the names because they were written in Dragon tongue.
Merlin had read off the names as they walked past each one to find who they were looking for.
Arthur King of Britain.
Guinevere, Queen of Britain.
Amhar, King of Britain.
When Merlin found Amhar, they opened the crypt and took the seal ring that he had been buried with.
Arthur had looked down on the bones of a man that had been his heir and a king. They were just bones wrapped in chainmail to Merlin but Arthur felt a connection, even though they had been parted by centuries. His son had been a king but his son had been the last of their line.
Arthur looked over at Guinevere and gently brushed a curl from her face. If he told her, would she feel the same as he did about those bones in a long-forgotten crypt? He wasn’t sure but he knew he couldn't keep it from her either.
On impulse, Arthur gently shook Guinevere’s shoulder.
“What is it ,Arthur?” Guinevere looked at him with sleepy eyes.
“I need to tell you something. When i left with Merlin, we were going to retrieve the king’s seal. It’s a ring.
“Did you find it?” Guinevere turned over on her back
“Yes. It was exactly where the scroll said it would be.” Arthur hesitated. “It was buried with Arthur and Guinevere’s son.”
“They had a son?” Gwen was awake now. “What was his name?”
“Amhar. Merlin said he didn't have time to have an heir before the overtaking of Britain. He was the last of the line of kings.”
“Then how is it that your DNA matches Arthur’s?” Gwen frowned. “You would have to be a direct descendant for that to have a chance of happening.”
“We had a daughter. The bloodline continued through her. Her name was Bridget. She was taken to Hadrian's Wall and hidden. Merlin said we can find her grave if we want.”
“This is why you didn’t want me to come. You thought this would upset me, didn’t you?” Guinevere asked.
“Yes and it upset me. Seeing us there and our son in that tomb. We were forgotten like …. Like we never existed.” Arthur bit his lip to keep from getting emotional.
“But we did and we do.” Guinevere stroked his cheek. One day Amhar and Bridget will return as well. I wonder which was first.”
“Merlin said it was Amhar. Bridget was an infant when I died.” Arthur ran his hand through his hair. “I didn’t get to see them grow up in that life.”
“You will in this one.” Guinevere smiled up at him
“You can’t promise me that. The Queen may send me to the tower on Friday.”
“Why would she do that? Arthur tell me.” Guinevere pushed up on her elbow.
“Because I will make my claim for her crown.” Arthur sighed.
Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 40)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Summary: Gwen has her worries while Merlin must find a way to come to grips with his part in the Excalibur Prophecy
Word Count: 552
Prompt: 354 All I ask
Guinevere sat up in the bed. “But I thought you weren’t going to challenge her. You said that you didn’t want to be king.”
“I know what I said, and I believed it until I saw us there. We are truly the King and Queen of Britain. It’s our duty to rule this land. She can have everything else. I just want what was once my kingdom.”
“Arthur, if you do this you will be put in the tower. She may even have you killed then and there.” Guinevere put her hand on his chest. “How will you convince them to give you your kingdom back?”
“Our kingdom. I have everything required of the Prophecy. I match his DNA, i have the sword and the seal. I have even found my queen once more.” Arthur put his hand over hers. “All I ask is that you stand with me while I make my claim.”
Guinevere nodded. “I will do that. We'll go to the tower together if it comes to that.”
“It won’t. I promise you. I think Queen Elizabeth wants this. Why else would she give me the scroll that led to the seal ring.”
“That does seem strange.” Guinevere sighed. “If she steps aside, we still have to deal with the Parliament and the Prime Minister to convince.”
“Leave that to me.” Arthur pulled her back into his arms. “Let’s just try to get some sleep.”
“I don’t know if I can now.” Guinevere snuggled against his chest. “This may be the last few nights we ever have together.”
“Don’t talk like that! Have faith that we will prevail.” Arthur kissed her forehead. “We are the King and Queen of Britain after all.”
“Yes, Arthur, but that doesn’t stop me from worrying.” Guinevere listened to his heart beat and closed her eyes. She wondered if her counterpart had the same worry before her Arthur went to his final battle.
Merlin stood at the window looking out into the darkness. Morgana walked up behind him and put her arms around him and rested her head on his back.
“Do you think he will do it, Merlin?” Morgana whispered.
“Yes. I think he will. You should have seen his face when we opened that crypt. Morgana, maybe we shouldn’t have started this quest to make Arthur the King again.” Merlin turned around and pulled her close. “I don’t think that Arthur realizes how much Merlin of Camelot is manipulating us both.”
Morgana pulled away. “You are not him. Don’t feel guilty for something that was done hundreds of years ago.”
“Morgana, I am him and you are Morgana Pendragon. We are them and there is nothing we can do to get away from the things that they did.”
Morgana looked at the floor for a moment then looked back at Merlin. “I am not an evil witch that hates those who love me. That was her life not mine. I will never be her.”
Merlin nodded. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to say that you were.”
“All I ask is that you think about what I said.” Morgana grabbed Merlin’s hands. “Please Merlin.”
“I will.” Merlin smiled. “We should get some sleep.”
“No. I’ll go make tea.” Morgana walked into the kitchen/
Merlin turned and looked back into the darkness once again.