From his position inside Gaius could see the commotion from a window of the ground floor. He was stood with many other people desperate to help, but desperate to stay safe as well. The badly injured were now in the dining room with others scattered in the throne room. He hoped Gwen would be able to manage for a while as he made sure Merlin, Arthur and the King were still able to fight or even stand. At his side Kadeleigh spoke to him with panic laced in her voice,
"Gaius we need to do something, the knights can't fight forever. The magic of the dragon is far too strong, I'm useless against him. Perhaps we should get some of the knights to find it and kill it in it's sleep."
Her desperation to help was admirable but completely useless in fighting and killing a Dragon but he gave her a small grin of acknowledgement and kindness.
“My dear, you are good hearted, but I’m afraid we cannot fight with sword and sinew alone. A very different way of defeating it is required.”
The physician looked again out of the window turning from the good lady at his side. They were all still very much on edge when the doors slammed shut with the building wind created, no doubt, by one of the fighting Druids. He could just make out the King fighting with a Druid he had a slight recognition of. He was in no doubt they had all visited Camelot at some time or another, for supplies or information without using their magic so as to conceal themselves. The fight was fierce and raging, with swords moving quickly and with power.
Gaius couldn’t see who had conjured the wind though as the chaos it had caused covered all tracks to the perpetrator. It did seem to backfire somewhat when it was then pushed away from the centre of the battle to the oncoming Druid forces. ‘Well done Merlin,’ he thought with a sensation of great pride. Still he was able to use his skills, even when surrounded by those who would kill him for such an act. The wind then seemed to stop abruptly when a despairing woman threw a brick at an attacker heading for the Prince. As she danced in celebration her success the Druid she had somehow struck fell to the floor.
Gaius could see he looked at her intently before falling unconscious and he knew that she would have to extra vigilant from now on. That grave and powerful look from any Druid would mean only one thing; revenge would be his. The physician would have to keep a close eye on her in the future if she is to avoid his wrath. Returning his eyes to Merlin, he looked very concerned. The men with Gaius had managed to prise the door open once more and one had made his way across to where Merlin and the woman were standing. Gaius felt sick in the pit of his stomach. The Crown Prince of Camelot lying on the floor, seemingly injured with a panic stricken Merlin at his side.
He ran out of the doors without a second thought for his own safety and headed straight for Arthur. He heard Merlin call “Gaius!”
as he quickly made his way.
He knelt down beside the Prince surrounded by the man from inside and the newly cursed woman. He leaned over him and forced opened his eyes checking for a strong reaction; which he got and Gaius gave a sigh of relief. He rolled Arthur over slightly and noticed a wound and some blood adorning his chainmail. He stood quickly as he could and looked up again to see the Dragon still holding his threatening position way above them in the fading moonlight.
“He’ll be fine,”
he said to Merlin matter of factly “but he can’t stay out here. He should be strong enough to move, as its only a flesh wound. He’s collapsed from exhaustion more than anything else.”
he said to the man more abruptly than he had meant “help Merlin here support the Prince into the dining room with the others. I’ll need to treat his wound myself. Dear lady, you must come too. You are in more danger than you realise. Come and allow me to ensure you are not injured.”
With that he made his way back inside, turning away from the King who continued to fight with who must be the leader of the assault. The King was in no mood for reason before this, now would be a dangerous time to interrupt. Although, Gaius remembered, the Dragon will no doubt be watching more closely than ever at that particular fight.
(Phewf!! Thats possibly the longest post i've ever made for Gaius!!