Title: The Lord and the Lady's Maid (Part 12)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Summary: Things start to come together.
Word Count: 408
Prompt: 404 "I daren't stay long. I just had to see you.".
Arthur stretched in bed beside Gwen in the inn. He turned on his side and gently shook her awake. "Guinevere, we should get ready to leave."
Gwen opened her eyes and yawned. "Already?"
"The rider that the archbishop sent to my father will have reached him by now." Arthur sat up. "We should get back before he has time to get too angry."
"I think we won't make it there in time to keep him from getting angry." Gwen sat up holding the blankets up around her. "I'll get us packed. You should see about the horses and provisions."
"I'm sorry that our wedding was so rushed. It should have been a grand affair." Arthur caressed her cheek.
"I told you that I don't mind." Gwen leaned over and kissed him. "Arthur, we should get up before we decide to stay."
Merlin stood in front of the Duke. He braced himself for what was coming.
"Did you know where my son was going?" Uther asked. His anger was obvious.
"I did but only he was about to leave." Merlin admitted. "I would have tried to talk him out of it but I realized he wouldn't listen."
"So instead of stopping him, you helped him, didn't you?" Uther slammed his fist on the table.
"I saddled the horses." Merlin winced.
"The missing mare." Uther shook his head. "You are no longer needed. You will be given the wages you're owed but no reference. Get out of my sight."
Merlin bowed his head and left the room.
Morgana knocked on Gaius' door.
"Morgana, what are you doing here." Gaius held open the door for her.
Morgana walked in. "I daren't stay long. I just had to see you.".
"What is this about?" Gaius closed the door. "If you're looking for Merlin, he isn't here."
"No. I wanted to see you. I need your help. I have made a mess of things and I want to know if I can make it better."
"Morgana." Gaius shook his head. "You pulled and pushed him until he is broken. I think it best to leave him alone. Nothing you say or do will make up for the way you treated him and you know it."
Morgana bit her lip to keep from crying. "But I do love him."
Gaius opened the door. "The best thing you can do is leave him alone."
Morgana ran out the door in tears.