Title: House of Avalon (Part 11))
Pairing/s: Uther/Ygraine, Gaius/Alice
Character/s: Balinor, Vivienne, Nimueh, Sir Kay, Sir Maxwell, Golois
Summary: The brothel known as the House of Avalon holds the secrets of Camelot.
Warnings: sex, prostitution, character death
Prompt: 419 Bingo Round 2, Bodyguards
Author's Notes: July 2020 Bingo Mini Fic
Early in the morning, someone pounded on the door of the brothel. Nimueh went to answer it. She opened the door to find Sir Kay and Sir Maxwell standing there.
"What is it?"
"The King sent us to fetch Vivienne." Sir Kay held out a large pouch. "We have payment."
"Get inside." Nimueh let them in. "I'll see if she's awake."
"The King said…." Sir Kay started to say.
"I don't really care what the King said!" Nimueh snapped. "Stay there and I will be right back." She snatched the bag of gold from Sir Kay and went upstairs.
Nimueh found Vivienne sitting on the bed. "Uther sent you a pair of bodyguards. He must think you're going to flee."
"I should." Vivienne stood up and picked up her bag of belongings. "This is a crazy idea. I birth a child and give it away while my husband stands there looking like a moron. Who is going to think that's normal?"
"He's the King. No one would say a word even if they thought otherwise." Nimueh held out the bag of gold. "What do you want me to do with this?"
"Take half and use it to get the others away from this place. You can bring me the rest after I know where in the castle Uther puts me."
"Promise me you won't linger after the child is born." Nimueh begged her.
"As soon as I can stand I will leave." Vivienne promised. "Golois may be of some use when it's time to leave. He has properties I can flee to. Cornwall sounds nice."
"Are you using the charm I gave you tonight?"
"Yes. I want this overwith as soon as possible."
"I gave the Queen one of those charms. So Uther may yet get her with child. I had double the potency for her."
"Nimueh was that wise? It's dangerous magick." Vivienne frowned.
"The two charms, both used on Uther, will combine into one. If my theory is correct, he will be the one to die. Nimueh explained.
"You have no control over who the Goddess takes. You're just playing with fire. We will all be burned."
Nimueh sighed. She was hoping she was right but Vivienne reminded her of the reality of things. "They're waiting below. I will bring you your share tomorrow."
Vivienne nodded and rushed downstairs to meet her fate.
Nimueh lingered a moment. She needed to think and she needed to plan to get everyone to safety before everything around her burst into flames.