Title: Syncopated Hearts Part 10
Character/s: Lance, Leon, Merlin, Elyan
Summary: Gwen and Lance go on a picnic
Prompt: 372 Bingo Round 1, Picnic
Elyan rounded up Merlin Leon and Arthur after breakfast to reveal his plan.
"You want us to do what?" Leon shook his head. "This is going to be a mess."
Elyan frowned. "She doesn't want to go on her own and it's the perfect solution. We can keep her in sight and have a lovely lunch in the sunshine."
"I have things to do." Arthur picked up his coat. "I'll see you all at the club."
"Come on Arthur. You can give the guy that murderous stare you give all the blokes who show her attention." Elyan chuckled. "It will be fun."
Arthur shook his head. "I have to go." He walked out the door.
"He has a lot on his mind. Morgana got herself in a mess. Hes going to wire his Father on her behalf." Merlin explained. "I can't wait for this picnic. I think it will be hilariously as long as Gwen is in on it."
"She knows whats up." Elyan lied. "So we three are Gwen's overprotective chaperones for the day then?"
Leon and Merlin nodded.
At noon, Lance stood at the oak tree and pulled out his pocket watch. He sighed.
"Am I late?" Gwen asked as she walked up behind him.
Lance turned around. "No you're right…. Uh... what's this?" He nodded over to Leon, Elyan and Merlin standing a few feet away.
"You didn't expect me to come unchaperoned, did you?" Gwen asked. She looked at the blanket and the food all laid out. "Everything looks lovely."
"No. I guess not." Lance frowned again as Elyan waved to him.
Leon spread a blanket then Merlin started to take sandwiches and tea out of a sack.
Gwen sat down carefully. "They are just here to protect my honor. Don't pay any attention to them."
"Of course." Lance sat down and offered her a plate of cucumber sandwiches. "I will be on my best behavior."
"That's good because the last man to step out of line with me was never heard from again." Gwen selected a sandwich. She smiled at the uncomfortable look on his face. "There were whispers of New Zealand or was it Canada." She shrugged. "One of those far off places at any rate."
"I assume a walk after lunch will be totally out of the question." Lance poured lemonade in a glass and handed to Gwen.
"Now you're catching on." Gwen grinned. "Look. I'm here because you went to so much trouble to make up for upsetting me but I'm not really available to be courted right now."
"The bass player who is mysteriously absent." Lance nodded.
"He had family business to attend to." Gwen sipped her lemonade. "His sister is in a bit of a jam. She's a good friend of mine. If he was here, he would be staring daggers at you."
"Thank you for coming in any case." Lance looked over at the three men and waved.
All three of them waved back at him. Elyan raised his cup in a mock toast.
It was officially the worst date Lance had ever been on.