Title: Unexpected Information
Character/s: Merlin, Gaius, Arthur's Spirit
Summary: Arthur comes bearing news.
Word Count: 473
Prompt: 429 "Wake up, genius."
Merlin stumbled to the wash basin and splashed his face with icy cold water. "Wake up, genius! There's a drought in Camelot and everyone is expecting you to fix it."
"Merlin?" Gaius sat up in his bed.
"I'm fine Gaius. Just taking a break." Merlin plastered a grin on his face and turned to face the old man. "I'm just trying to find that just perfect spell to end the drought."
"Merlin, just make it rain. It doesn't need to be perfect." Gaius punched his pillow and settled back down.
Merlin went back to his room and let out a sigh as he shut the door. "I guess I just pick one then." He picked up a book and was about to say the spell when a gust of air blew the candle out.
Arthur's spirit appeared in Merlin's room. "Merlin….. I need you to do something for me."
Merlin rolled his eyes and turned around. "I can't believe you still expect me to do your bidding after you're dead. I thought I told you to move on."
Arthur held up his hands. "I'm going but I want to stay for the birth."
"I know I'm going to regret this but what birth?" Merlin asked.
"My son." Guinevere is with child.
"That would explain the crying….. and the hugging." Merlin chuckled. "There's been a lot of hugging. Why is it that women get so strange when they are with child?"
Arthur shrugged. "I don't know. Ask Gaius. I need you to convince Guinevere to let Gaius examine her. She has to know something is amiss."
"She probably thinks it's her grief over losing you. I'll suggest it in the morning. Why don't you go to her and tell her yourself?"
"I've tried. She can't see me. Only you can."
"Must be my magick." Merlin scratched his head. "I have to do this spell so……"
Arthur nodded. "I'll just go roam the castle, shall I?"
"It is your castle." Merlin smirked. "Behave yourself or I'll get that pretty horn in the vaults to send you back."
Arthur glared at him as he faded into nothing.
Gaius opened the door. "Have you cast the spell? It's not raining."
"No." Merlin pointed to the empty corner. "I was talking to Arthur. He says Gwen is with child."
Gaius thought for a moment. "That would explain her strange behavior and she's gaining weight."
Merlin chuckled. "I wouldn't tell the Queen that she's gaining weight. She might lop off your head."
"She'll lop off your head if you don't end this drought." Gaius turned to walk out of the room. "You better get to it."
Merlin opened the window and spoke the spell. The rain started slowly then turned into a gentle downpour. Merlin shut the window and put the book back on the stack by his bed.