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    Arthur returns, but the world is not as he remembers it; instead it's full of strange technology and gadgets he just can't work out.

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    Merlin's been alone in the failing remains of Ealdor, lonely and bitter as the years pass around him and Arthur never returns. Traveling to Avalon a last time, Merlin is fully prepared to end his suffering, but is instead finally rewarded for his centuries of waiting. Reunited, Merlin tries to acclimate Arthur to an entirely new life, unaware that Avalon did not bring back Arthur simply for him.

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    The lyrics come around in his sleep, every century, always on Arthur’s birthday. He hears them just as his eyes slip close, a soft yet heartbroken baritone that Merlin just can’t place.

    By the early 1800s, Merlin has assembled them into a song.

     

    (For The Sorcerer's Guild: Quest 1 – Adiós Avalon)

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    Merlin is the most wanted man in town, and agrees to marry the first person who can get the key from his cat to unlock the front door. Men and women alike try to chase the cat to retrieve the key, to no avail. Only Arthur is patient enough to befriend the cat, waiting until the cat allows him to take the key willingly.

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    “I ought to be home by dinner,” Arthur calls as he walks out the door. “Don’t burn the house down while I’m out!”

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    Arthur looks around the house, a wondrous confusion in his eyes. “What the hell happened?”

    “Well, I didn’t burn it down.”

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    Over the years Merlin writes the true tales of his time in Camelot while waiting for Arthur’s return. When he finally returns though Merlin has to deal with feelings he has kept for over 1500 years, teaching Arthur how to live in the modern world, and figuring out why Arthur has returned. And what will happen when Arthur reads the books about Merlin’s time in Camelot and how much his former manservant loves him?

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    Because if there are places where magic survives in the 21st century, one of those places is surely Oxford. Because the fellowship of Camelot deserved happier fates than the show gave them. Because it's hard for a king to save the world, and harder for a prophecy to be broken. And because, though there are many imaginings of what happened to Merlin, surviving into a new world, I wanted to write this one.

    This work is tagged for Arthurian mythology (and related fandoms) because, as some readers may notice, I've borrowed ideas from medieval literature and modern retellings, which will be acknowledged in the respective chapters.

    Weekly updates planned for Wednesdays; begun 10 June 2020. Note as of 20 August: this fic was planned to be finished by the end of the summer; it will not be. It has grown in the telling, and while it is plotted and sketched out to its end, the regularity of updates is very likely to suffer as the academic year begins. Subscriptions recommended to interested parties.

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    He took one last, longing look at the surface of the water, before shaking his head and turning away. He needed to stop. He needed to accept the truth of the matter.

    It’s been fifteen hundred years.

    Arthur’s not coming back.

     


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    Merlin's hope of Arthur's return is dwindling, after 1,500 years of nothing.

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    “Right, okay, just,” he murmured, closing his eyes a moment before looking back to Arthur. “Did I… Did I ever teach you how to—well, how to clear your search history after using the tablet?”

    Arthur’s brows knitted together in confusion and he tilted his head. “What is a… Search history?” He inquired, frowning.

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    It was a rainy autumn afternoon when Merlin drove a familiar route in his car. It was the long, isolated road that ran past Lake Avalon. Repressed memories. A gap that has never been closed. When it was already getting dark, a hitchhiker with a black hood suddenly appeared...

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    An alternate ending in which Arthur returns after 1,500 years.

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    I’m here,” Arthur would say.

    What took you so long?” Merlin imagined himself replying.

    Of course, that’s not actually what he would say. Merlin wasn’t really sure what the hell he would say, but he knew it was better to think about it than the fact that his king wasn’t here with him now. Thinking about how he could be here. Can be. Will be. Not that, when it boils down to it, he just isn't.

    Because that’s what makes it so unbearable, isn’t it?

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    Everything looked different than it had - radically different, frighteningly different. Each and every tree that stood was a black and burnt skeleton, reaching upwards in vain for help, and each tree that did not stand was mere ashes upon the ground. Arthur, loathe as he was to admit it, felt fear shudder down his spine at the sight.

    At long last, Arthur has returned.

    (This is a reupload of an old fic of mine, originally posted on ff.net in 2014)

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    Merlin spends his days wondering the Earth, delighting in the little things; precious pots, vibrant flora, etc. One day he ends up strolling in the wrong patch of forest.

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    His eyes darted around the room again, in horror, taking in the extent of the mess. That box—the television, Merlin called it—was broke, it was making a weird scratching sound and the screen was all fuzzy. Merlin’s favourite vase was shattered, and the…the phone, he thought it was called, was in the fish tank [Arthur still didn’t understand that]. It had made a loud noise while he was trying to examine it and he stumbled back, knocking over the vase, and launched the phone across the room on startled instinct.

    That wasn’t even broaching the topic of the kitchen…

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    There had been a shift in the air that morning, a tug on his magic, almost a—a call… It was strange, and it made him wonder if maybe… Maybe it was time. Nothing had happened, though, and while he still retained hope, he found it dwindling. Perhaps he had been wrong, perhaps he’d not felt a shift. Maybe it was just his wish to see him again, that made it seem as if it were finally time.

    Merlin worried his bottom lip between his teeth and looked over to the clock on the wall. 01:23 A.M.

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    Fifteen hundred years after Camlann, Arthur returns and Merlin is there to welcome him. Merlin has no idea why he's back, no idea if it's pure chance, or destiny, or something even greater -
    All he knows is that the one thing he has spent fifteen hundred years waiting for is finally happening... and he can't do this.

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    “Years ago, you insisted on seeing the good in me before anyone else saw it -- insisted on seeing the good in me before even I, myself, saw it. And now--
    -- Now, Merlin, you won’t even look me in the eye. So, please, I am begging you. Tell me, Merlin. Tell me what’s changed.” 

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    When the Avengers are forced to ask for help to defeat the universe's newest threat, Tony never expects King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to show up at his door. He also never expects his intern-turned-almost-son to go missing within the same week. As the Avengers scramble to both find Peter and deal with the looming threat of Thanos, the Knights realize that one of their friends is also missing: Merlin. Could the two disappearances be connected? And what does any of it have to do with the return of King Arthur?

    [Updates whenever possible.]

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    Note: I've been having a lot of wrist/hand pain associated with my job and typing is pretty tough right now. Rest assured, I've not abandoned this story - I'm still working on this one, but weekly updates might be a little too optimistic while I wait to get seen by a specialist.

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    Based on the news report,  it sounded as though Arthur had woken up in a lake, miraculously healed, with no realization that a significant amount of time - 1500 years, give or take a couple of decades -  and thrown himself and his sword at a car as soon as he’d seen one, likely believing it to be a monster of some kind. Entirely in character for his Arthur, all things considered. 

    If it’s really Arthur, a small, pessimistic voice in his head reminded him. It could just be a concussed, if well-equipped, LARPer or something, remember. Who happened to be swimming around in the lake you laid Arthur to rest in. That you've remained within an hour's walk of for the past 15 centuries or so. Waiting. A total coincidence. Don't get your hopes up.

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    Of all the things to awaken Arthur, it had to be a zombie apocalypse. And of all the ways for Arthur to return, it had to be up through the dirt of the now dried up Lake of Avalon. Just like a zombie would. Great.

    aka. the modern post-canon zombie apocalypse AU that no one asked for.

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    “How do you know so much?” The young girl inquired, looking up to the brunet with wide eyes, an awestruck look on her face, “you talk like you were there…”

    The mysterious man just grinned—a bright, illuminating grin, yet his eyes spoke volumes of sadness and heartbreak.

    “Don’t you worry about that, now, lie back down, I’ve more to tell.”

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    Fifteen hundred years after Camlann, Merlin still waited the return of his beloved.

    Lonely, and his house feeling empty, he drew up paperwork, took the proper tests and did the proper registration, and began fostering children while they waited for someone to adopt them.

    Sometimes, on late nights, when nightmares plague both him and his child at the time, he sits by them and tells stories of Camelot and his King. Tells the stories never written, and corrects the mistakes of historians all over.

    Until one night, mid-storytime with the child he finally adopted, a nine year old girl, there’s a frantic knock at the door…

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