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    Arthur was used to being trotted out by Uther as Camelot’s shiny, young ambassador. Though he didn’t care much for Cenred, he certainly wasn’t afraid of him. No, it wasn’t Essetir that bred knots in his stomach.

    For reasons that Arthur did not yet understand, it was the humble village of Ealdor that loomed specterlike over the journey ahead.

    When a diplomatic visit to Cenred's kingdom takes Arthur and Merlin through Ealdor, Arthur must confront a secret he has kept from himself since Merlin arrived in Camelot.

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    Visiting nobles and knights treat Merlin badly, and Arthur finds out. But his efforts to protect Merlin don't work completely, and with invasions on the way, alliances to be made and laws to change, there's a lot to do, and a long recovery ahead for Merlin.

    Set just before s3e11 onwards.

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    Every mother thinks her son is special. Unfortunately, Merlin really is.

    Just a short little piece immediately pre-series.

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    Hunith kept note of her son’s marvels. If the whispers at his birth were true, then these were only the first of many, mere tricks and trifles compared to his grand future deeds. How could that be? Even now he took her breath away. She could not imagine him in adulthood, his powers in maturity. What kind of man would her boy become? Would it burn up her heart to look?

    He wields the power of countless gods and I taught him to walk.

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    Arthur is the reigning king of Camelot. He spends his mornings training new knights, his afternoons in council, his nights with Merlin, and by all accounts, he should be serenely happy. It's only when his nights grow restless that shadows begin to lengthen in the crevices of his life. Merlin's nightmares jerk them both awake in the hours before dawn, and Merlin's face grows taut and strained with secrets as the days pass by. Arthur tries fruitlessly to get the truth out of him, only to be met with hostility and anger, and turns to frustration himself. It's in the intimate silence of night when Merlin at last tells him the truth, and in the aftermath, Arthur is left to realize that there is no such thing as being unnatural, only what he has seen of human nature, and what he hasn't.

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    When Ealdor suddenly becomes a part of Camelot, the Crown Prince and his royal party arrive in the village. The celebrations bring Merlin closer to the prince than he'd planned.

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    Arthur has always had distant dreams of leaving Camelot. They were never more than a wistful fantasy, at least once he grew up.

    Finding out about Merlin’s magic changes everything though, and not only because Arthur would do more to keep Merlin safe than he cares to admit. What follows are secrets upon secrets, allowing the dreams to slip back in as all his father’s lies unravel around him. Slowly but surely, Camelot feels less like a home and more like a gilded cage, and Arthur isn’t so certain anymore whether he’s the right person to carry this legacy. If he even wants to.

    One final secret, one opportunity, and suddenly the dreams aren’t mere dreams anymore. Merlin wouldn’t be Merlin if he didn’t follow wherever Arthur goes, and as they try to outrun Uther’s manhunt for them, they have to learn to live a life that’s about more than duty, other’s expectations, and a destiny that has never once cared for them.

    Or: Arthur long since expected that one day, he might have to flee Camelot with Merlin. He just never thought that he would be the reason.

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    Arthur feels bad that Merlin is always kept busy and restricted to his duties in Camelot and decides they both deserve a day off.

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    All he could think of was the pain, and the nagging feeling this was somehow the fault of a certain clot pole in the room next door. Not really of course. The blame lay entirely in the hands that were holding the dagger in his back... No pairings.

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    Arthur stared shamelessly as Merlin climbed up the wooden ladder to reach the roof of his mother’s house, and did…whatever he was doing up there. It wasn’t like anyone was around to see, anyhow. He didn’t know how long he’d spent standing there, ogling his manservant, before that voice he dreamt so often of reached his ears.

    “Arthur??”

    “Huh? What?” The prince blinked a few times, snapping out of his daze. He heard Merlin chuckle from his high placement.

    “I said, does it look too bulky from down there?” The sorcerer repeated himself.

    Arthur really had no idea what he was supposed to be looking at, as he’d been rather distracted and knew nothing about roof mending. Yet, he still shook his head. “No, it looks fine!”

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    Merlin takes a summer trip to Ealdor to visit his mother! Arthur tags along.

    Many things happen on this trip—Arthur finds out farming is actually hard, Hunith enjoys mothering the Prince, Arthur pines helplessly for Merlin, Merlin becomes a health hazard for Arthur (the man swears his heart is going to give out if he sees Merlin shirtless in a garden, weeding again), and Hunith genuinely thinks they’ve already gotten together.

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    -~-~-~- 3 Times Merlin Visited Ealdor +1 Time Arthur Joined Him -~-~-~-

    Merlin, Arthur noted, never once spoke about Ealdor. Of course, when asked, he would happily ramble about his dear mother, but when it came to the topic of his village, he would stay oddly quiet. It was almost like, to Merlin, it did not exist at all.

    But after a strange boy a year younger than Merlin showed up, grinning like a mad man and sporting a bruised eye, the small village was forced into conversation.

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    After a jousting tournament, Arthur is back to his royal duties. Both him and Merlin are bearing their own separate burdens and are slowly cracking under the pressure.

    After Gauis and Gwen catch up, they suggest both of them take a break, maybe go for a hunting trip.

    Merlin accepts, but with a catch; he wants Arthur to actually see the lands he will rule one day, and Arthur is equally as excited about it - so he disguises with a commoner's attire while him and Merlin take a trip around the whole Camelot, discovering all kinds of things, including how they feel about each other.

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    The Blue Cloak takes place between episodes 2 and 3 of the second season.

    I hope you'll enjoy :)

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    Merlin is arrested for sorcery in Camelot. He is supposed to be executed at dawn, and he is-- except somehow he survives.
    The only problem is there's a new prophecy this time, one that keeps Merlin away from everyone he knows and loves.

    When the prophecy allows them to reunite again, Arthur and Merlin start on their journey to right a generation of wrongs, and find out what exactly a manservant could mean to his prince.

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    Arthur stared at the map.
    “I think you’re holding it upside down,” Merlin told him, peeking over his shoulder.
    Arthur scowled at him. “I am not.” He was perfectly capable of reading a map, and he didn’t need Merlin telling him that he was doing things wrong because he wasn’t.
    “No, really,” Merlin insisted. “I think you’re holding it upside down.”

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    Merlin, arthur and the knights make an unannounced visit to Ealdor, it ends in heartbreak for Merlin

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    Hunith, a young girl from a small town in Essetir is asked to take care of a wounded man who's smuggled out of the city of Camelot. She welcomes him into her home, and later into her heart.

    Or: What Balinor is talking about when he tells Merlin "I had a life there. A woman. A good woman," in episode 2x13 "The Last Dragonlord".

    Written for Camelove 2021 - Day 6: Always by your side

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    “That was brilliant!” Will crowed, dropping the basket he had snagged and clutching his ribs as he laughed.
    “My mum would have my hide if she knew I was using my magic for silly jokes,” Merlin complained, but he was laughing just as hard as Will, not really concerned about his mum’s ire at the moment.
    “Not silly jokes. Excellent jokes!” Will bumped his shoulder into Merlin’s. “Stupid old bugger deserved it for chasing us with that broom yesterday.”
    “True. That was rather uncalled for. We didn’t even pinch anything.”
    “Only because you knocked over the bloody chair. I would’ve had that bottle of ale if you hadn’t brought him running with all the noise.”
    “Well it really hurt my shin.” Merlin rubbed his bruised shin now to prove the point.
    “Yeah, that’s why you didn’t run away fast enough.”
    “I couldn’t run; I was in agony!” Merlin protested, staggering about it mock pain. It would have been a much more convincing if he hadn’t also been pouting and giggling.

    Some sweet and funny Merlin/Will antics written for Camelove 2021 and Will Appreciation Fest.

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    Arthur has trouble expressing himself. Merlin waits.

     

    or, arthur takes forever to see what's been in front of him all along

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    Merlin is a just common servant in Camelot. Everyone in Ealdor knows it. But then, why are a bunch of very strong looking knights clapping him on the back and sitting around the fire in his mother’s home? And is that a crown embroidered on one of their capes?

    Inspired by That’s His Name by ZiaraA, this story follows Merlin in Ealdor if he were much more careful about revealing his station near the king. The Ealdor episode did not happen in this AU and this is before the last episode’s magic reveal.

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    Merlin wants to go to Ealdor to see his mother. Gwaine is accompanying him. These few weeks in the little village will change many things for them.

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