Title: The King's Quest (Chapter 5)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Summary: Gwen has doubts about being the Queen
Word Count: 537
Prompt: 395 Crimson
Gwen looked at herself in the mirror again. She smoothed out the skirt of the crimson ball gown and sighed.
"Gwen, you look amazing." Elyan said as he pulled at the bow tie around his neck. "I look like a waiter."
Gwen smiled at his reflection in the mirror. "You look like a dashing man in a tuxedo, Sir Elyan. Here let me fix your sash."
Elyan walked over to his sister and stood still as she adjusted the crimson sash over his shoulder with the dragon crest on it.
"There. That's better." Gwen patted his chest and smiled. "You had better go. Arthur wants you in the ballroom as the guests arrive."
There was a knock on the door and it opened slowly.
"Gwen, are you ready?" Morgana asked as she peeked inside.
"Yes. Come in." Gwen looked at Elyan. "Sir Elyan is leaving."
Elyan waved and moved past Morgana as he hurried off to the ballroom.
Morgana smiled. "Look at us!" She twirled in the emerald green ballgown that she was wearing. "It's like a fairytale."
"Hmm." Gwen frowned. "A fairytale we can't escape from."
Morgana laughed. "I know. I wish I had never heard of that damn prophecy. Our lives have certainly changed because of it."
"This time last year, I was working as a nurse in the oncology ward and now I'm days away from being a queen." Gwen picked up her evening gloves and pulled them on. "It's totally mental."
Morgana nodded. "I have magick now. Last year, I didn't even believe in such things. I blame Merlin and his overly enthusiastic father for all of this."
The door opened and Merlin came in. "There you two are! Arthur is fidgeting. We need to get this thing started."
"Merlin, I need to speak to you in private." Gwen looked at Morgana. "Do you mind?"
"No." Morgana patted Merlin on the shoulder. "I'll wait for you downstairs." She left them alone and closed the door behind her.
"Merlin, I have been thinking. I know you have memories of Camelot. I was just wondering…" Gwen walked back to the mirror. She touched her cheek and frowned. "Do I look the same as I did then?"
"Yes." Merlin perched on the arm of the chair. "You look exactly the same. Is that what is bothering you?"
Gwen turned to face him. "It's just after what happened to Elizabeth's grandson's wife, I feel like I won't be accepted as the Queen. I think they expect a fair skinned blonde with blue eyes."
Merlin shook his head. "You have never looked like that. You were a serving girl when Arthur fell in love with you in Camelot. He defied his father and followed his heart. Nothing has changed except that Arthur is even more in love with you this time."
Gwen nodded. "I just feel…"
"Put it out of your head. They will see you as Camelot did. You are a strong beautiful woman who brings balance to the King's life. You are Arthur's strength. They will see that." Merlin stood up and offered her his arm. "We need to go, my lady."
"Yes we do, Lord Emrys." Gwen took his arm. "Take me to my king."