Title: The Long Awaited Day
Character/s: Merlin, Gaius
Summary: The new Prince of Camelot is on the way.
Word Count: 406
Prompt: 432 YOU'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE
Author's Notes: Last one
The Long Awaited Day
After months of lingering, the day Arthur had waited for had finally come.
Merlin and Gaius were sent for by the midwife in the small hours of a wet rainy night. Gwen was in labor and the baby was coming faster than expected.
Merlin put his bag on the table and walked over to the bed. He smiled at Gwen. "You're having the baby then? Don't want to change your mind and wait until morning?"
Gaius gave him a glare.
"Merlin, I'm frightened." Gwen whispered through her tears.
"You'll be fine." Merlin caught sight of Arthur standing in the corner.
"I need to examine you, my lady." Gaius told her.
"No! I want Merlin to deliver the child. Arthur would want that."
"No I wouldn't! He's going to drop it. You know how clumsy he is." Arthur groaned in frustration. "She can't hear me. Merlin, tell her to let Gaius do it."
"Gwen, I'll be right her with you but Gaius has more experience with these things. He should deliver the child." Merlin took her hand and sat on the edge of the bed. "Please."
Gwen nodded then cried out in pain.
"Merlin, can't you do something. She's in pain." Arthur said ffom the shadows. "I command you to use your magick to take away her pain!"
Gaius gave Merlin a smirk as he examined Gwen. "Looks like the child will be here within the hour. I want you to push as hard as you can when the next pain comes."
Almost an hour later after some screaming and crying, mostly from Arthur, the child was just about to be born when Arthur walked out of the shadows.
"Merlin, I have to go." Arthur looked confused.
"The baby is almost in your arms, Gwen." Merlin looked up at Arthur. "Just a few moments more."
"I'll see you in a few minutes, Merlin." Arthur faded from view.
Gaius and Merlin looked at each other then Merlin shrugged. The baby came a few minutes later.
Gaius placed the boy in Gwens arms. "He's strong and healthy Gwen."
Gwen played with his fingers. "He's beautiful. Merlin, isn't he beautiful?"
"Yes he is." Merlin smiled as he looked down into the childs face. "You've been here before, haven't you little prince? He's the image of his father. Wouldn't you say, Gaius?"
"Yes. Very much like his father." Gaius gave Merlin an understanding look.
The Once and Future King has returned…...