Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 42)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Queen Elizabeth/Prince Philip
Character/s: Merlin, Lord Weatherly (OC)
Summary: Arthur puts his plan in motion
Word Count: 571
Prompt: 356. I'm here.
Author's Notes: This one is almost done. .
Arthur looked around the room. He wasn't the only one there for an investiture. Several others stood in groups looking nervous. He also spotted members of the Peerage Committee. It was going to be a long day if he was last on the list.
The Queen walked into the room with Prince Philip on her heels. Everyone in the room bowed or curtsied.
“Shall we begin?” The Queen looked at the list her secretary held out and shook her head. “Lord Arthur Drake, Earl of Cardiff, where are you?”
“I'm here Your Majesty.” Arthur stepped forward.
Elizabeth waved away the sword from the guard who was offering it. “Shall I do my bit first or will you?”
Arthur let out a breath. “I think I should go first.” He took the cloth off the sword and held it up. “I Arthur, King of Britain, do make claim to my kingdom as it was and ever shall be. I come bearing the symbols of my identity and claim.”
“What the devil?” Prince Philip looked at the Queen. “Is he mad?”
Queen Elizabeth gave her husband a silencing look. “Present your claim.”
“I have the sword of legend, Excalibur. A sword that can only be handled by three people, the true King Arthur, Merlin, and the descendant of the blacksmith that forged it. That would be Queen Guinevere.”
Lord Weatherly stepped forward from the members of the peerage committee. “Forgive me Your Majesty, but how do we know that this is the real Excalibur? It hasn't been seen for millennia. That could be any old sword.”
“Fine.” Arthur presented it to Lord Weatherly. “Take it.”
Merlin gave Arthur a warning look. “Arthur….”
Arthur looked at Merlin and shook his head slightly.
Lord Weatherly stepped up and put his hand on the pommel of the sword then snatched it back. “Damn it! It burned me. This is some sort of trick.”
“No, it isn't.” Arthur showed the Lord his bare hand then took the sword by the pommel. He opened his hand to show that there was no mark.
“Where are Merlin and your queen then to prove this legend?” Lord Weatherly wrapped his handkerchief around his hand. “Well?”
Merlin stepped forward. “I am Merlin.” He took the sword from Arthur then turned to Gwen.
Gwen took a breath and stepped forward. “I am Guinevere.” She took the sword from Merlin and handed it back to Arthur. She turned and showed her hands to Lord Weatherly.
“Arthur, do you have proof of blood?” Queen Elizabeth asked.
“I do.” Arthur took the box containing the bloody bandage from his pocket. “King Arthur’s blood is on the bandage contained in this box. Only magick can open it.” He handed the box to Merlin. “Merlin, if you wouldn't mind?”
Merlin smiled and whispered as he passed his hand over the box. It popped open.
Arthur pulled an envelope from his jacket pocket and held it up. “This is a DNA report and carbon dating report to authenticate the cloth.”
“Arthur, do you have the Seal of Pendragon?” Elizabeth asked.
“I’m wearing it on my hand.” Arthur showed her the ring on his hand.
Queen Elizabeth nodded. You have satisfied all the requirements of proof. By Regal Order, I have no choice but to yield Britain to you. Lands and colonies acquired after your death are still under my control.” She bowed her head. “Welcome back King Arthur.”