Title: Magick Stirs (Part 1)
Pairing/s: none yet
Character/s: Morgana, Morgause, Lancelot, Merlin
Summary: Morgause brings news from King Lot as Merlin and Lancelot deal with the perils of travel.
Warnings: Canon Era
Prompt: 212 Donate A Prompt From digthewriter Black Leather
Author's Notes: Magick, Destiny and Doom #3a
Magick Stirs (Part 1)
Morgana walked out of the stables and stopped when she saw a rider approaching. She had been expecting the visitor but the arrival was overdue.
Morgause slid off the black stallion and handed the reins to a waiting groom. “Hello sister.”
“I was expecting you two days ago. I knew you had a thing for men in black leather but this is ridiculous.” Morgana folded her arms in front of her. “So what is Cenred up to these days?”
“I have no idea. I wasn’t visiting him.” Morgause pulled a letter from her vest. “I was visiting King Lot. He will give us assistance.”
“Does he wear black leather too?” Morgana took the letter and looked at it.
“Yes. He does but that is not why I went to him. We need an army to take your kingdom from your brother.” Morgause looked at Morgana. “Unless you don’t care about your crown any longer.”
“That’s not the point, Morgause. We will be in debt to him. The letter says that he will expect payment for his assistance.” Morgana waved the letter in the air. “Unless you are going to pay him with sex, we have nothing to give him.”
“You underestimate my skills in the bedroom, sister.” Morgause started to walk toward the tower. “What has you in such a state? Has your bracelet stopped working?”
“I have been having visits by a strange man. I believe he has magick.” Morgana fell in step with Morgause. “He says that Emrys is on his way here.”
“Then that means Camelot and its King will be unprotected. This is the perfect time to strike.” Morgause got an excited smile on her face. “I can send a messenger to King Lot straight away. He can have an army here in less than two days.
“No!” Morgana reached over and grabbed Morgause by the arm. “I want to see what this man is planning first before we spread our resources and you have to spread yours.”
“You think this man is a threat to us?” Morgause asked.
“Not to you but to me.” Morgana shook her head. It’s just a feeling I’m getting. Maybe, you should go see Cenred until I send for you. You could help him count all of his black leather breeches.”
“I am staying. If you are in danger I want to help you.” Morgause pulled away. “Tell me more while I get a bath and something to eat.”
“Fine. You can stay but don’t interfere.” Morgana said as she followed Morgause into the tower.
“When do I ever interfere?” Morgause said cheerily.
Morgana sighed and muttered. “When don’t you?”
Lancelot carried the firewood to the ring of stones that Merlin had put together. “This is the best I can find. Most of the wood is wet from the recent rains.”
“It will do.” Merlin pulled a sack off one of the horses. He brought it over to the camp fire and sat it down. He started to pile wood for the fire. “What are you looking for?”
“I feel like we are being watched.” Lancelot looked toward the woods and sat down on the ground. “There were reports of bandits in these woods.”
“There are bandits everywhere. Between the two of us im sure we can handle them.” Merlin stood up and held his hand over the wood. “Forbearnan!”
Lancelot jumped when the wood caught on fire. “Give a little warning would you, Merlin.”
Merlin just grinned and sat on the ground. He opened the sack and handed Lancelot a napkin with chicken in it.
“It pays to be the manservant of the King, it seems.” Lancelot took a piece and passed the napkin back.
“You have no idea.” Merlin chuckled. Suddenly, he frowned. “Lancelot, did the reports say the bandits were wearing black leather and carrying crossbows?”
“Yes why?” Lancelot looked where Merlin was staring. “What is it that you see?”
“Two men coming this way.” Merlin sighed. “So much for having a nice peaceful trip.”
Lancelot motioned for Merlin to get behind a nearby tree. He took cover behind another.
The two men came running out of the woods and stopped when they saw no one at the campfire. They looked at each other in confusion.
Merlin came out from behind the tree and grinned. “Hello!”
The two men turned and started to raise their weapons.
Merlin held out his hand. “Hleáp on bæc!”
The two men flew through the air and landed hard against a log.
Lancelot came out from where he was and looked at merlin with a grin. “Show off!”
Merlin shrugged. “I’m tired and hungry. I get some rope to tie the up. We can leave them on the road later for the patrols to pick up.”
Lancelot pulled the mask off one of the black leather clad men. “Merlin, these two look like Cenred’s men. What are they doing all the way over here near the western border?”
“We must be close to where Morgana is hiding out.” Merlin looked around. He handed the rope to Lancelot. “Morgause and Cenred are close.”
“Arthur was right to send you with an escort.” Lancelot tied the men up. “I know you can handle yourself but it’s always good to have someone watching your back.”
Merlin nodded. “I think this trip may be a lot more dangerous than I first expected.”