Title: The King's Quest (Chapter 16)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Character/s: Elyan. Leon, Gwaine, Percival, Lancelot
Summary: It's time for a wedding.
Word Count: 506
Prompt: 424 Fighting fit/So close, yet so far
Arthur got out of the carriage and tugged on his suit jacket. Merlin got out and chuckled.
"What is it, Merlin?" Arthur glared at Merlin. "What's so funny?"
"That waistcoat is tight. You should have had the buttons adjusted." Merlin grinned. "You've been at Morgana's biscuits again. Stress eating again?"
"Shut up Merlin." Arthur took a deep breath. "Let's get this done."
"Yes Sire!" Merlin bowed.
"That's not helping." Arthur started to walk into the cathedral. "Not helping at all."
"Are you nervous?" Merlin asked. "You know there's cameras in there. They add weight to your….".
Arthur stopped short and turned around to glare at Merlin. "Merlin, I'm fighting fit."
Merlin laughed. "That's what you used to say in Camelot right before I put another hole in your sword belt."
Arthur sighed. "This is not the time to talk me of Camelot. I'm about to get married."
"To the same woman you married in Camelot." Merlin reminded him.
"Shut up Merlin." Arthur walked into the cathedral. He walked down the aisle to the altar.
Merlin walked down the aisle to stand behind Arthur.
Leon, Percival, Gwaine, and Lance took up positions on the aisle. They stood at attention.
The music changed and Arthur started to turn to look and Merlin cleared his throat. Arthur turned back to look at the altar and sighed.
Merlin grinned. He wasn't about to let Arthur have a peek.
Morgana came up the aisle and winked at Merlin as she walked to the side to wait for Gwen.
The cathedral doors closed then opened again when the music changed a second time.
Elyan bowed to Gwen the presented his arm. Gwen put her hand on his arm and let Elyan lead her up the aisle. As the passed Percival and Gwaine, both of the knights bowed their heads. When Gwen and Elyan came up to Leon and Lance, Leon bowed but Lance looked at her for a moment before he bowed. Elyan glared at Lance as he and Gwen passed by. Elyan brought Gwen to Arthur and put her hand in Arthur's before stepping back into the aisle.
"Nice of you to make it." Arthur whispered to Gwen as the stepped up to the altar together.
"Well, you know there's a party after so…" Gwen whispered back.
"I had heard. I hope there's cake." Arthur winked at her.
Just feet away, Lance watched Arthur and Gwen smile at each other and then Arthur nodded to tell the archbishop to start the ceremony.
Lance never felt so lonely. Gwen was so close but she was so far away from his grasp. He had ruined everything with her and now he had to watch as she married a man that would most likely send him as far as was possible just to keep him away from Gwen.
Lance turned his eyes toward Leon and tried to tune out Gwens voice as she spoke her vows to Arthur. This was a torture of his own making and he had to learn to accept it.