Title: The Lord and the Lady's Maid (Part 6)
Pairing/s: Arthur Gwen
Summary: Gwen wakes up to find Arthur unharmed.
Word Count: 573
Prompt: 376. Head over heels
Gwen opened her eyes and found Arthut looking down at her. "Arthur, where are we?" Gwen reached up and touched his chest. "I thought…"
"We are on the side of the road to London." Arthur told her gently. "You fell from your horse when I fired my gun. You're going to have a headache for a while."
"The bandits?" Gwen looked around. She realized she was laying on Arthurs riding coat on the ground. "Where are they?"
"They're dead. I put their bodies in the river. We're safe. We'll rest here for now. We'll be in London tomorrow."
Gwen nodded and tried to sit up. She took a deep breath as a wave of dizziness overtook her.
Artthur nudged her back down gently. "Stay down. Guinevere, you shouldn't try to move around right now. I know you love me but It gave me a fright when you literally went head over heels."
Gwen laughed then rubbed her head. "That explains the throbbing in my head. I do love you." She smiled up at him.
"And I love you." Arthur leaned down and kissed her. "Head over heels in love with you."
"Arthur, I know I saw the bandit's knife hit your chest but you don't have a mark on you." Gwen ran her hand over his shirt, confused by the lack of a wound on his chest. "Not so much as a scratch. I know I saw it hit you."
"He missed. I'm fine." Arthur smiled as he lied and pushed a stray curl from her face. "He had lousy aim. He hit the gun butt. Bounced right off."
Arthur got up and went over to the horses. He took a water skin from his saddle and brought it back to Gwen. "Are you hungry?"
"No. Thank you." She took the bottle from him. She raised up on her elbow and took a drink. "We should make camp."
"I'll do it. You rest." Arthur moved away and started to clear a space for their bedrolls and a fire.
"I should help you." Gwen started to sit then laid back down as another wave of dizziness hit her. "Maybe I should rest."
Arthur chuckled and picked up the waterskin. "I thought you'd see it my way. I'll be right back I need to get some firewood and more water."
"I'll be right here." Gwen sighed and turned over on her side.
Arthur moved into the trees and disappeared. He walked a short distance to the edge of the river where Merlin was sitting on the bank.
"Is she awake?" Merlin asked.
"Yes." Arthur filled the waterskin. "She kept on about the knife in my chest. I think I convinced her the bandit missed."
"I better get back. Morgana is waiting." Merlin stood up and dusted off. "You know how she gets."
Arthur put his hand on Merlin's shoulder. "You and Morgana still care for each other. It should be you eloping instead of us."
Merlin frowned. "I would have whisked her away but you know how she feels about marrying below her station. I can't convince her otherwise. I collected some firewood for you." He pointed to a pile of small branches.
Arthur smiled and picked up the wood. "Thank you for everything."
"My job. Remember?" Merlin shrugged.
Arthur returned to Gwen and started a fire.
"That was fast." Gwen smiled.
"I had to get back to you." Arthur shrugged. "I'll make some tea."