Title: The Kings Quest (Chapter 13)
Character/s: Merlin, Lance, Percival
Summary: History is repeating itself.
Word Count: 790
Prompt: 411 Deja vu
Gwen had just finished checking everything for the wedding and was just about to pour herself a glass of wine when there was a knock on the door.
The footman stepped inside the sitting room. "My lady, there is a gentleman asking to see you. He gave his name. Lance Dulac."
Gwen let out a sigh. "Inform the King. Say I require his assistance. Mr Dulac can cool his heels until the King arrives."
My lady, he says that he is a Knight of Camelot." The footman shifted on his feet. "He's rather insistent on seeing you."
"I know exactly who he is. That's why I want the King here when I speak to him."
"Yes my lady." The footman bowed his head and slipped back through the door.
Gwen looked at the bottle of wine on the bar table. "I'm going to need something stronger than that." She picked up a bottle of whisky and poured herself a double.
It had been a while since she had seen Lance. Lance just showing up like this bothered her. There was something eerily familiar about the whole thing.
Arthur came through the door with Merlin trailing behind him about ten minutes later. He had a very tense look on his face.
"Have you spoken to him yet?" Arthur asked her.
"No, I was waiting for you. There's something familiar about him just showing up before our wedding. I'm sure it's nothing but still…"
Merlin cleared his throat. "He did the same thing in Camelot. He used magick to lure Gwen to him the night before the wedding. It was a trap to break you up and keep Gwen from being queen."
"In that case, you were right to wait for me." Arthur looked at Merlin. "Have the footman bring him in."
Merlin nodded and went to the door. He said something to the footman waiting there and then came back into the room.
"Merlin, you said he used magick to trap me. Does he have magick?" Gwen asked.
"No." Merlin shook his head. "He was given something imbued with dark magick to use."
The door opened and Lance and another man walked in.
"Gwen, it's been a long time." Lance looked around the room. His gaze fell on Arthur. "Majesty."
"You better not be here to cause trouble." Arthur glared at him. "I won't have it. If you do, you'll be making the acquaintance of the rats in the Tower of London within the hour."
Lance held out his hands in surrender. "I'm not here to cause trouble. I know that I'm a Knight of Camelot and I just want to claim my title." Lance gestured to the man behind him. "This is Percival Mercian. I think he's also a Knight of Camelot."
Arthur looked at Merlin. "Is he?"
Merlin nodded. "Yes."
"Welcome Sir Percival." Arthur gestured to the door. Will you give us a moment, please? Just wait outside in the hall for Merlin. He will take care of you in a few minutes."
Percival bowed. "Yes Majesty." He bowed to Gwen. "My lady." He walked out and closed the door behind him.
"Gwen, could we speak privately?" Lance asked.
"No." Gwen sat down. "I have said all I needed to say to you before you left. There is nothing else I want to hear."
Lance took a step forward. "But Gwen…"
Arthur stepped between them. "You are a Knight of Camelot and she is your Queen. Show some respect or I'll have to teach it to you with my fist."
"Arthur!" Gwen stood up and put her hand on Arthur's arm. "Don't bother. Hell never learn. Let him stay for the wedding. You can send him to the Tower afterwards if you still want to."
Arthur looked at her. "Are you sure?"
"Yes. Gwen squeezed his arm. She looked at Lance. "Whatever we had died long ago. I won't listen to your begging and promises any more."
"Then let me give you this. A wedding present from one old friend to another." Lance pulled a box out of his jacket pocket and held it out to Gwen.
Merlin snatched iit from Lance before Gwen could reach for it. He opened the box then closed it almost immediately. "Where did you get this?"
"A woman sold it to me. She had a shop in York next to a tea shop in York." Lance looked confused. "It's just a bracelet."
Merlin shook his head. "No. It's not. It's full of dark magick. Just like the one you gave her in Camelot." He looked at Arthur. "It wasn't Morgana this time. There's someone else trying to sabotage the wedding."
Arthur looked at Merlin. "Are you sure?"
"Completely." Merlin said firmly.