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27 December 2012 @ 07:42 pm
Belated Anniversary Dinner (Closed to Arthur)  
Everything was just right. She had the day off from the clinic and with the classes not on for the holiday season she wanted to do something special. It had been their one year anniversary on Monday but they had not really had anything proper to eat. She had not given him the romantic meal she had hoped they would have. So after going about the other things she had to do she went to pick up some groceries and set about making their apartment as romantic as possible. She knew when he would be home so she had the timing down just right.

His favourite dinner was just about finished as she lit the candles she had dotted around the apartment. Kept the lighting to only candle light and the open fire they had in their living room. She really was grateful that the room was catered to how they personally felt and what felt normal, and the open fire really added to the feeling of the night. Just as the door began to open she was placing the plates on the table.

"Hello."
 
 
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Arthur Pendragon: cheerfulcouragerising on December 27th, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
Arthur was surprised to walk into a room lit by candles and the fireplace; and, whilst dinner always smelled good, something was particularly making his mouth water-- it seemed that Guinevere had made a special dinner.

"Hello," he said with a smile. "What's all this?"
Guinevere: heedestinywaitsher on December 27th, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
"We did not have dinner as I had hoped for our anniversary. Better late than never I imagine."

She had one of the day dresses she knew he liked on and did not really mind if he did not have the time to change. That didn't matter really. She just had the time to dress up a little more rather than wear the more every day clothing she wore.

"It's just out the oven. Shall we eat before it gets cold?"
Arthur Pendragon: A/G stinking adorablecouragerising on December 27th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
His smile grew at her explanation, and as she kept talking, he wandered over to her. By the time she asked about eating, he was just taking hold of her waist and drawing her toward himself.

"That is incredibly sweet," he smiled at her, then kissed her on the cheek. "Of course, let's eat."
Guineveredestinywaitsher on December 28th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Gwen smiled up at him and accepted the kiss to her cheek happily. But they had to sit and eat so things could move on. She had everything planned perfectly in her head. That didn't stop the nerves of course.

She sat where she normally sat and waited for him to do the same, not wanting to eat until he was settled.
Arthur Pendragon: cheerfulcouragerising on December 28th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
When she took her seat, Arthur did the same. Eyeing the dishes laid out on the table, he was not simply complimenting her when he said enthusiastically, "This looks wonderful."

He had not expected anything like this for their anniversary-- or a bit after it-- but he appreciated that she had done it. And, he knew she would understand that without him having to say it in so many words.
Guinevere: face full of fonddestinywaitsher on December 28th, 2012 01:21 am (UTC)
"I'm glad you think so."

She began to eat quietly, her eyes constantly flickering up to her husband. But she had to act completely normal in case he became a little suspicious.

"How was work?"
Arthur Pendragon: cheerfulcouragerising on December 28th, 2012 02:35 am (UTC)
"And it tastes even better than it looks," he remarked heartily, once they had begun eating.

At her question, he gave a slight shrug. "Not too remarkable. Finally got Albert to stop flinching every time my sword got within a foot of him, so that's something." Glancing up at Guinevere, he asked, "How was your day?"
Guineveredestinywaitsher on December 28th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
Gwen laughed at that compliment, head shaking fondly as she focused on her meal. He would be pleased with most food no matter how it came presented to him.

"That is something then. I am sure he will manage soon enough." Poor man, from what she had seen, had been close to hopeless the last time she passed through to see Arthur.

"Oh fine. The usual, really." Not true at all but it could be true on any other day so she didn't see why he wouldn't believe her.
Arthur Pendragon: cheerfulcouragerising on December 28th, 2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
"Let's hope so. I'm starting to feel almost guilty about taking his money for the lessons." Albert would never be a true swordsman, but Arthur supposed he gave him credit for sticking with it.

At her reply, he asked in amusement, "Did Alcaeus keep you busy?"
Guinevere: heedestinywaitsher on December 28th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
"You are a great teacher Arthur. Just some people take longer than others to develop a skill." After all, Arthur had been training since he was old enough to hold a sword. That wasn't so for everyone.

"He always does," she replied with a laugh, glancing over at the hutch they had. She could see him hopping away and had already had him out for a little while this afternoon. She didn't like keeping him in the hutch. She focused on her meal again in the hope that soon they could settle on the couch. There was still dessert of course.
Arthur Pendragon: quiet smilecouragerising on December 28th, 2012 11:03 pm (UTC)
"Some people simply do not possess certain skills," he said wryly.

When Guinevere looked over at the rabbit, so did Arthur, and he had to laugh a little at himself. Who would ever have thought that he, of all people, would be happy to have a miniature bunny as a pet? And yet, one of his favorite things to do of an evening was play with Alcaeus.
Guineveredestinywaitsher on December 28th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
"Like you with cooking."

That certainly was true. No matter how hard she tried she could not manage to make him cook incredibly well. Not at all. She smiled at Arthur and they finished their dinner with the normal conversations they would have. Once it was finished she picked up the plates and took them through to be washed, but left them for now. She brought back dessert quickly, again his favourite, and sat down his plate in front of him.
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Guinevere: worrieddestinywaitsher on December 30th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
When Guinevere woke that morning she almost immediately sent off a message to Morgana. She hadn't realised how late she had slept until she checked the clock and blamed that on the inability to sleep until very late last night. Her conversation with Morgana hadn't exactly gone to plan and once they finished talking Gwen knew she had to do something to just figure out her own thoughts. She knew Arthur would not exactly abandon her to raise the child but she would not like to see him do this just because of duty.

Oh they should have been more careful.

Gwen wasn't quite sure where she was walking to. She just kept walking. When she had discovered they were expecting she had allowed herself a moment of joy before worry and nerves took over her heart. But now? Now she barely felt that happiness any more.

As it grew darker Gwen knew she had to return home. Arthur may end up wondering where she is after all. So she slowly walked back to their room and when she walked in she stopped in her tracks.

"Arthur?"
Arthur Pendragon: hmmcouragerising on December 30th, 2012 05:26 pm (UTC)
Guinevere was still not in there rooms when Arthur got home; he considered messaging her, but knew he had needed some time alone, and wanted to give her that if she needed it, too.

When the baby furniture got delivered, Arthur realized he may have gone overboard. There was really nowhere to put any of it; the boxes, alone, were taking up a lot of space in the living area. All the same, it was exciting.

There was going to be a child using all of these things. Their child.

They were having a baby.

After moving the boxes around so he could take another look at them all, Arthur retrieved the bags of smaller things he had brought home earlier, and got all of that out to review, as well. He was sitting in the middle of the living area floor, surrounded by baby gear, when Guinevere walked in.

"I think we need to see about moving into a suite," he mused, looking up at her.
Guinevere: unsuredestinywaitsher on December 30th, 2012 05:51 pm (UTC)
Gwen couldn't stop simply staring. What exactly was all this? She slowly closed the door behind her, dropping her bag to the floor and slipped out of her coat all without words. She had no words to say after all. At least for the moment. For now she could only simply stare.

And then he spoke. And it kicked her into action.

"What is all this?"
Arthur Pendragoncouragerising on December 30th, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
"Things for the baby. But, it's not all going to fit in here," he said, glancing around and trying to mentally place whether or not some of it might. Maybe, if they moved the couch...? No. No, he had been right the first time.
Guinevere: worrieddestinywaitsher on December 30th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
"You..."

Gwen shook her head and then stepped closer. But still not close enough to him. Mostly because he was so surrounded by items she would have to step over things to get to him.

"You bought all this for the baby?"
Arthur Pendragoncouragerising on December 30th, 2012 06:09 pm (UTC)
Arthur nodded. "I know it's kind of early. I only meant to look around when I went to the store. But..." he trailed off and shrugged. "I wanted to get them."
Guinevere: unsuredestinywaitsher on December 30th, 2012 06:11 pm (UTC)
"But you..." She couldn't say it. He had been so unenthusiastic about the baby last night. He had almost blanked it all out and they had barely discussed it since. And now this? Now she felt even more confused.
Arthur Pendragoncouragerising on December 30th, 2012 06:25 pm (UTC)
He glanced at her again when she trailed off. "I know I didn't have to; that the village would likely have given us what we needed. But, this is not the village's child; it's ours."

Suddenly, a thought occurred to him. "You wanted to pick all this out, didn't you?" A guilty sensation began in his stomach. "I should have waited, I'm sorry. These are the best things available, though, truly. I read over everything they offer before choosing them."
Guinevere: worrieddestinywaitsher on December 30th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
"No...No it's not that."

Yes she would have liked to be there when they picked out the things for the baby but she wasn't upset that he did this without her. She trusted his choices. Knew he would only let his child have the best and nothing less.

"I just meant you...You weren't happy about it yesterday." He had said it wasn't unhappiness but that really was how it felt to her.
Arthur Pendragon: quiet2couragerising on December 30th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
She put his mind at ease about his purchases, though only about that. He frowned as he waited for her to explain.

And then, she did.

"I told you, I wasn't unhappy. I'm not." Arthur got to his feet and carefully stepped over the piles of baby things to stand with her, taking her hands. "It was a shock, that's all. And, we had very good reasons for deciding against it.

"Yet, the decision was made for us, and part of me is glad that it was." He gave her a small smile and lifted her hands to his lips. "The concerns we had" --and the ones which were solely his-- "are still likely to keep me up at night, but otherwise, I am very happy."
Guinevere: scareddestinywaitsher on December 30th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
Gwen looked down at her hands in his until he spoke once more until he began to explain his reaction. Shock would be understandable, she had felt it since she found out, but it had hurt more to see it from him. It had hurt a thousand times more. And then Morgana's reaction, at first, had really upset her.

"I don't want that for you."

She really didn't want him unable to sleep at night.
Arthur Pendragon: even profilecouragerising on December 30th, 2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
"I do."

His smile went a little crooked. "There would be reason for worry back home, too. I guess that's just part of having children." They would be expected to produce heirs in Camelot; his fear of losing Guinevere and the danger presented by their enemies would have no effect on those expectations.

Gently, making sure to hold her gaze so she could see the truth in his, he said, "We became family when we married, and now that family is growing. I could never be anything but happy about that." Family meant more to him than ever now, after what Merlin had told him, but he was keeping that much to himself. It had been one of the most important things to him before learning the news, too, and Guinevere knew that.
Guinevere: heedestinywaitsher on December 30th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Worry certainly came around children but at least here the medical side of it would be safe. She was just about to look down when his gaze became a lot more intense and she knew that she had to keep looking at him no matter the mass of feelings going through her right now.

And what he said she knew he meant.

For the first time in just over a day she smiled and nodded, relieved to hear that.

"I'm happy to hear that."
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