Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 41)
Character/s: Merlin, Luther (Uther), Gaius, OC
Summary: Arthur’s investiture day has arrived.
Prompt: 355 Replacement
Arthur stood in front of the mirror and adjusted his tie. It was the day of his investiture and he was nervous. Today was the day he made his claim for the Kingdom.
What if his plan went badly? Would he end up in the tower? Would Queen Elizabeth give him his kingdom without a fight? He had so many questions stirring in his mind.
Gwen walked up behind him in a purple silk dress. “Are you ready?”
“No but we need to get going.” Arthur looked at the ring on his finger. “I need to get the sword.”
“They won't let you bring it inside with you. Not near the Queen.” Gwen picked up her coat off the chair.
Arthur opened the cupboard and took the wrapped sword from the shelf. “I think they expect me to have it with me. Even Queen Elizabeth is expecting me to make my claim.” He turned to Gwen. “She was the one who gave me the scroll.”
Gwen sighed. “I just don't want the sword to be taken and destroyed.”
“I didn't have time to get a replacement made. Besides, no one can touch it but you, me and Merlin. The magick was imbued in it for just that purpose.” Arthur pulled the cloth off the sword. “Magick. Who would have even have believed in magick before all this started?”
“I wasn't even in your life when this started.” Gwen reached out and touched his arm. “All of this has happened so fast.”
“Not too fast, I hope.” Arthur smiled at her.
“No.” Gwen stroked his cheek. “Never.”
There was a knock at the door. It opened and Merlin stood in the doorway. “Good. You're ready. I'm driving. You might want to wrap that back up.”
Arthur nodded. He wrapped the cloth around the sword. “Let's go. Is Morgana in the car?”
“No.” Merlin shook his head. “She's at the tea shop. The new girl started yesterday and she's an accident waiting to happen. Morgana's not happy with her. I think she'll need a replacement before the end of the month.”
“Its my fault Elena left.” Arthur picked up his coat. “She had a thing for me but I never felt the same.”
“That's not what Morgana says. We can discuss that after.” Merlin waved them out the door. “Come on now. We don't want to be late.”
Arthur and Gwen followed Merlin out to the car. They got in and went to the palace. It was a long quiet drive. Everyone one was on edge. If Arthurs plan went wrong they would all pay the price especially Arthur.
When they arrived they were surprised to see Luther and Gaius waiting for them outside
“You didn't have to come, Father.” Arthur said as he got out of the car.
“I know but I wanted to be here for support. Morgana told me she couldn't attend and I thought you should have some family here.” Luther smiled at Gwen as Arthur helped her out of the car. “You must be Guinevere.”
“Yes.” Gwen smoothed her dress. “I know what you're thinking. I should be a blonde.”
Gaius chuckled. “We all know most of the legends were altered in some way. Merlin, your Father wanted to come but he has meetings.”
“I know. He called. We should go in.” Merlin looked at the door. “It's almost time.”
The door opened and a steward looked them all over. “Lord Arthur Drake?”
“That’s me.” Arthur stepped forward.
“Her Majesty is waiting. She has given you permission to bring your own sword for the ceremony. If that it? If you hand it over, I will take it to her.” The steward held out his hands.
“I think not.” Arthur clenched his jaw. “This sword. Is not leaving my possession. As you said, Her Majesty is waiting. Let us pass.”
The steward stepped aside. “As you wish, my lord.”
Arthur took Gwen’s hand and walked into the palace.