The Fire on the Horizon by libgysig
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The Worst of All His Tasks

By the light of a pale, cold dawn and as Arthur slept in the chair beside her bed, Gwen slipped softly from the world.

After Thomas's birth, she had sickened quickly but it had still taken a full week for the childbed fever to claim her.

As day crept over the horizon, Gaius pressed two fingers into the side of her throat.

He felt for several moments and when he finally accepted that her thready pulse had vanished completely, the tears sprang into his eyes.

He hated what he must now do: rouse the King to a life rendered unbearable.
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