Title: Syncopated Hearts Part 12
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Cenred/Morgana
Character/s: Merlin, Leon, Elyan, Lance
Summary: Cenred confronts Arthur
Warnings: gun violence
Prompt: 372 Bingo Round 1, Forced to rely on Enemy/Rival
The night started like any other night. They had been at the club for a week. The band mingled at the bar before it was time to go on. Merlin and Arthur were the first to go back stage followed by Leon.
"There's a good crowd tonight. Madame will be pleased." Merlin grinned. "As long as we can keep the place full, we have a job."
"I'm glad for that." Leon stretched his fingers. "I need the money."
"Who doesn't?" Arthur sighed.
Suddenly, Morgana rushed backstage. "Arthur, you have to hide. Cenred is coming to kill you. "
Arthur grabbed Morgana by the shoulders. "What do you mean?"
"Did you get my letter? He wants to take over Father's assets. He can only do that if he marries me and kills you and then Father."
"I got it but you weren't exactly clear on the details." Arthur frowned. "All I got out of it was that you were refusing to marry him."
"He's not going to do it the open, surely." Leon went to peek through the door to see if Cenred was in the club. "He's just arrived. Maybe you should go, Arthur."
"I'm not running from him." Arthur looked at Morgana. "Do you know when he plans to kill Father?"
"No." Morgana shook her head. "He has to kill you first. I overheard him talking to one of his goons about the plan. Something about inheritance."
"Leon, slip out the back and go for the police." Arthur looked at Merlin. "This is going to ruin our chances of getting another week out of Madame."
Merlin frowned. "I know but it can't be helped. Let's hope she's understanding."
Leon went out the backstage door at a run.
"Arthur Pendragon! Come out here and face me like a man." Cenred yelled. I know your here. "Your sister led me right to you."
"Arthur, you can't go out there. Please Arthur!" Morgana pleaded.
Arthur pushed Morgana towards Merlin. "Get her out of here."
"Arthur, dont be stupid. Wait for the police." Merlin pulled Morgana out the backstage door with him.
Arthur went out into the club as soon as the door closed.
Elyan and Lance were standing in front of Gwen at the bar.
Arthur moved in front of them. "Elyan, you and Gwen need to leave."
"I'm trying but she won't leave." Elyan.
"I won't leave you here with him." Gwen grabbed Arthur's shoulder. "He has a gun."
"Lance, if you care for her at all, get Gwen out of here. Now!" Arthur took Gwens hand from his shoulder and kissed it. "Go."
Lance and Elyan each took an arm and pulled Gwen backstage.
"How very touching." Cenred pointed his gun at Arthur's chest. "I promised your sister that if she didn't marry me I'd kill you. So here I am to do the deed."
"Don't lie Cenred. You were always going to kill me." Arthur glared at him.
The crowd scattered as Cenred took a step towards Arthur. Arthur grabbed the gun and the two men struggled. The gun went off with a BANG!
Gwen screamed from somewhere backstage. "ARTHUR!"