Title: The Future Is Now (Chapter 49)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Character/s: Lord Weatherly
Summary: Parliament has made a decision but its not exactly what Arthur hoped for.
Word Count: 277
Prompt: 378 Paradox
Arthur and the others were ushered into Parliament. Lord Weatherly stood up and walked over to Arthur.
"Lord Cardiff, we have discussed and debated through the night. It's a paradox. As I see it, you are King Arthur but King Arthur was just a myth. A story told to children at bedtime. So what you say can't be true." He took a breath. "But it is true. You have provided the proof of your identity."
"So you will give me my kingdom?" Arthur asked.
"We will allow you to be King but Parliament will still control this kingdom just as it does now." Lord Weatherly informed him. "You will have the same powers as Queen Elizabeth enjoys."
"That's not fair. He is the rightful King of Britain." Morgana looked around. "Power hungry cowards! Arthur, you can't go along with this."
"Who is she?" Lord Weatherly asked as he pointed at Morgana.
"My sister, Lady Morgana." Arthur took a step closer to Lord Weatherly. "You might know her as Morgan La Fay. She is a sorceress almost as powerful as Merlin." Arthur moved around the room. "My sister has a point. I did not come here to be a figure head. I came to rule Britain. Either I rule or I fight." Arthur raised Excalibur in the air. "What shall it be?"
"We will need to debate this further." Lord Weatherly said as he waved the guards over from the door to escort Arthur and the others out.
Arthur swung around and pointed Excalibur at his nose. "I think not." Arthur looked around the room. "Stand with me or leave. That is my first command as your Sovereign."