Title: Syncopated Hearts Part 4
Character/s: Merlin, Loeon, Elyan, Abner Black (OC)
Summary: An old flame of Gwen and Elyans mother introduces himself.
Word Count: 498
Prompt: 372 Bingo Round 1, Mistaken Identity
Gwen and Elyan watched the interaction between Arthur and Morgana.
Gwen nudged her brother. "I wonder what all that was about."
Elyan sipped a cup of coffee and shrugged. "He's looking after his sister just like I look after you. He must think she's got herself into something."
"Must be." Gwen took a sip of her club soda. "We should be doing our last set soon."
"Yeah. Merlin will let us know." Elyan looked around the room. "Mum must have sung in places like this before she met Dad."
Gwen nodded. "I wonder if she ever sang here."
"Marie?" An elderly man walked up to the bar. "Is that you, Marie?"
"My name isn't Marie." Gwen told him. "It's Gwen."
The man looked disappointed. "Sorry, I thought you were Marie Bennet but I guess she'd be a lot older now."
"Marie Bennet, the singer?" Elyan asked.
"Yes." The man smiled. "She was quite the songbird back when I used to come here in my younger days. I'm surprised that you've heard of her. You're not really old enough."
"Marie Bennet was our mother." Gwen told him. "We were just wondering if she sang here."
"Here and a lot of other places. I had heard she got married and settled down. I'm Abner Black. I was a huge fan of hers. I even courted her for a while. So who did she marry?"
"Tom Leodegrance." Elyan grinned. "Do you know him too?"
Abner chuckled. "Yeah. He punched me in the face when I broke things off with your mum. He was a big guy. Arms like tree trunks."
"Still is." Elyan laughed.
"How's your mum these days?" Abner asked.
"She passed away in the influenza epidemic." Gwen told him. "We just started with the band."
"You'll go far." Abner smiled. "That is if you don't settle down and have babies."
"She better not." Elyan laughed and held out his hand for a shake. "It's been nice to talk to you. I'll tell Dad you said hello. We just got the signal for our last set tonight."
Abner took his hand and grinned. "Tell your dad my ears are still ringing."
"Goodbye." Gwen smiled as she stood up.
Elyan leaned over and whispered as they walked back to the dressing room. "That was odd."
Gwen shook her head. "Not really I do look like her."
"Yeah." Elyan nodded.
Gwen touched up her make up and she and Elyan got on stage.
Elyan nudged Arthur and whispered. "Problem?"
Arthur frowned. "My father sent Morgana on a date with a gangster. Nothing out of the ordinary there."
Elyan looked over at the table where Morgana was sitting with a dark haired man. "Who is he?"
"Cenred." Arthur glared at his sister.
"Wait. The Cenred. The man responsible for those ten people getting murdered on the docks? That Cenred?"
"The one and only." Arthur nodded towards Merlin. "The boss is ready to play."
Elyan picked up his saxophone and gave Merlin a nod.