Albion's Coin

Chapter 11 With All My Heart

Gwen gasped, shooting her hands up to her mouth. There he stood, the man she believed to be dead for nine months, was alive. "Arthur?"

"Yes my love, I'm home." Gwen shook her head, "No," she murmured, "No, you're not real, this is a dream. One of my nightmares." Arthur held a bundle of Gilly flowers, remembering they were Gwen's favorite. Placing them on the table, Arthur approached carefully. She let him come, Arthur wrapped his arms around her in a strong embrace. Even if he wasn't real, Gwen hugged him back. Missing those strong arms, a fortress of protection. "Gwenevere, look at me." She did, her gaze studying the face of her husband. His familiar blue eyes struck her, oh how she missed those eyes. Arthur leaned in, pressing his lips against hers. She leaned into the kiss. "Did that feel like a dream?" he asked when they parted. At a loss for words, Gwen shook her head, burying into his shirt.

Arthur picked her up and went over to their bed, sitting on the edge. Gwenevere clung to him tightly, as if he might disappear should she let go. Arthur stroked her hair, whispering words of reassurance. "I'm here, I'm here, its okay now, you're going to be okay." Gwen only cried, all those months of grief had left her. Arthur was home, where he belonged. "Don't leave me" Gwen pleaded.

"Never. I love you will all my heart Gwenevere, I'll never leave you again. I promise."

"How? how is this possible?" she asked once calm enough to ask the question.

Arthur sighed."It's a long story, I'll tell it to you later."

"Does anyone else know?" she asked. Arthur nodded. "Leon and Percival know. I had to tell Leon so he could help me surprise you like this." He gestured to the forgotten flowers on the table.

"How did they handle knowing you were alive?" Gwen questioned. Arthur chucked, "Let's just say I might not even be here if not for Excalibur."

Percival came with Leon into his room, what they saw was something completely unexpected. Arthur and Gwaine sat at the table, alive. Both of them drew their swords. "Really? is this the way to treat old friends after nine months?" Gwaine asked in his cheeky manor. "You are not our friends," Leon was the first to speak. "Who are you? What are you doing here?" he interrogated. "It's us Leon," Arthur said standing up. "Prove it!" Leon lunged. Arthur quickly unsheathed Excalibur, blocking Leon's attack just in time. Leon kept advancing, his blows getting harder each time. Arthur could only defended. Percival was about to attack, Gwaine saw and jumped on the huge man's back. "Percival," Gwaine tried, but was cut off from a narrow miss of his sword. The fight quickly ended with Arthur disarming Leon, the knight stood in shock. "You've gotten slow my friend," Arthur said gripping his friend on the shoulder. Leon chucked and embraced his king.

"Oh Arthur!" Gwen suddenly exclaimed. "How are we going to tell Merlin? He'll be back soon with the sleeping draft."

"Everything will be fine, I was told that Excalibur would be proof enough for him."

"Told by whom?" Gwen asked curiously. Arthur was about to explain Freya when a knock came at the door. Both royals snapped their heads towards the sound. "Quick!" Gwen gave a sharp whisper, "get behind the changing screen." Arthur rushed to the hiding spot, sneaking around as the door opened. Merlin came in.

"I made it a little stronger for you Gwen," he handed the bottle to her. "Thank you Merlin, I'm sorry you had to go through all that trouble."

"It's no trouble at all Gwen, a physician needs to take care of his patients" Merlin said smiling.

"No, that's not what I meant" she began, "I don't think I'll need another draft for a long time."

"What do you mean?" He asked confused.

"Merlin," A new voice sounded. A familiar blond stepped into view. Merlin's eyes grew wide in surprise, but only lasted for a second. "It's good to see you"

Merlin stepped in front of Gwenevere, spreading his arms behind protectively. Cerulean blue giving a threatening glare.

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