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26 July 2013 @ 11:39 am
Fic: Return  
Title: Return
Rating: PG
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen
Character/s: Arthur, Gwen
Summary: N/A
Warnings: Spoilers through end of S5.
Word Count: 128
Prompt: #52 At Last

The blade rises and falls in a sweeping rhythm that beats counterpoint to staccato breaths. The winter sunlight has been whetted by icy air, and it turns the spray of blood into a shining string of rubies.

Pivot. Slice. Breath. Sweep. Step. Breath. Backhand. Pivot...

Until the breath is arrested, and the dance ends. The magic-burnished sword is no longer weightless but laden with long years of solitary reign. The battle - the world - is swept away in a lost, tumbling sea of blue eyes.

"Gwen?" It is the shivering plea of a lonely child, not a resurrected king.

She drops Excalibur. At last her breath returns. For the first time in almost a decade, she breathes. It impels her forward to brace him when he falters.