Title: The Blessing
Pairing/s: past Arthur/Gwen
Summary: Something else she can’t share with Arthur
Warnings: mentions of character death
Word Count: 256
Prompt: 20 leather
Author's Notes: quot;In The Castle Walls" (Canon)
The earlier prompts for “Modern Camelot” are on AO3
The eairlier prompts for “In The Castle Walls” (Canon) are on AO3
Gwen always enjoyed the smell of leather. It reminded her of her father’s blacksmith apron but it also reminded her of Arthur. Arthur would come in from patrol smelling of horses, leather and sweat. She always loved that when he would give her that first hug.
But there would be no more hugs and her father’s apron was long gone.
The smell of leather just made her sad now. It evoked memories of days when she was happy. She wasn’t sure she would ever be happy again.
Now the smell of leather just made her ill all the time. She was sure it was just her grief manifesting itself. But she was standing in Gaius’s chambers and he was smiling at her.
“My Lady, I have a diagnosis for you. You are ‘with child’.” The old physician told her
“I’m sorry, Gaius. You must be mistaken.” The widowed Queen was sure he was wrong.
“Gwen, it’s a blessing.” Gaius took her hands in his. “You will have a part of Arthur and Camelot will have an heir.”
Gwen stood there with tears in her eyes and tried to smile. It was a blessing. They had wanted a child for so long but the timing was cruel.
“Please, tell no one. I need time to ……..get used to the idea.” Gwen requested of him.
“I promise. Now go get some rest. Physician’s orders!” Gaius smiled even bigger
Gwen nodded and went to their empty chambers to try and rest. But all she could do was miss Arthur