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    Arthur could never remember the exact moment he fell in love with Merlin. Maybe because he always has been. Or maybe it was such a gradual fall, he didn’t even notice until he’d hit the bottom.

    And here he is, Crown Prince of Camelot, pining after his own manservant like a blubbering fool.

    The truth is Arthur had been up for half an hour. But he knows by now, if he waits long enough, Merlin will start tugging on his arm, dragging him out of the bed.

    It’s stupid. It’s a stupid thing to want. It’s a stupid thing to look forward to each morning. A small, nimble hand around his wrist, pulling him into the cold of the day, and usually, onto the floor.

    But Arthur doesn’t get the privilege of touch very often. That’s what it is, isn’t it? A privilege?

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    "Christ, Arthur, do you ever give the boy any personal space?" Gwaine interrupts them, simultaneously amused and scandalized. For a flash of a second, Arthur narrows his eyes, something uneasy in his eyes, but then it’s gone, and he’s laughing – as if the ale has taken ahold of him again, remaining loose and carefree.

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    Arthur Pendragon was simply following orders and the universe decided to smite him for that.

    Exhausted but unwilling to go back empty handed to the king, Arthur picks a fight with a druid and loses. Now he is cursed to be a wolf unless he "grows into the person destiny spoke of." Whatever that means. He has a month to figure it out, all the while hiding from his uncle who's looking to kill him with Uther none the wiser.

    Quite the predicament he's gotten himself into. The cherry on top? a dorky prince of magic insists Arthur be his pet.

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    The thing about memories that nobody really talks about is how you don’t realize that they’re gone until it’s too late. You only start to panic when you can remember having a memory, but not being able to recall the actual thing.

    At year 300, Merlin started a diary. A record of everything he could remember. That way he could protect himself from the greedy hands of time.

    He read those books every year. Once he was done with the last one it would be time to start the first again. Merlin clutched desperately onto the memories of his friends, his family.

    But after 300 years was year 400.

     

    After 400 came 500.

     

    Eventually year 600 rolled around too.

    700…

    800…

     

    And magic can do very little for the mind, when the heart is already broken.

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    “Souls of the past have come back to haunt you for your father’s mistake. They don’t care what you’re going to do. I saw it. Terrible misfortune is clinging on you. I saw it. Should it be a slip from your mount? Should it be a snake thirsty for vengeance? Should it be a sword through your stomach? I saw it,” she babbled, cackling as if she was entertained by this morbid conversation. 

    “But lucky you. Gods have known. That misfortune was never meant for anyone. There must always be a balance. Find the other side of the coin, or you would die.” 

    “Coin?” Arthur asked, confused.

    TML's BBC Merlin Finale 10 Year Anniversary Prompt Challenge: Week 5 - Prophecy, Choices, Magic

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    Arthur's never been able to say no to Merlin, about anything. Not even at 1am.

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    It was supposed to be Merlin waiting for Arthur, not the other way around. At least this was what Arthur had heard at the Lake of Avalon. This was what the Lady of the Lake had told him. But he was here, alive, thriving, breathing, with all his memories and close friends at his side.

    Arthur was here and Merlin was not. Something was wrong.

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    Featuring Merlin, who’s brilliant in every way; Arthur, who’s hopelessly infatuated; and a particularly doting, vehemently protective Gwaine as a big brother.
    Also – some surfing, and a tiny bit of poetry.

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    Where everything was fiction, future, and prediction
    Now, where am I?

    merthur whumptober 2022

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    “Did you boys get into a fight?” Ygraine asked. Arthur heard the frown in her voice. 

    “No. It’s just that…” Arthur exhaled loudly through his nose, the backs of his eyes burning. “Mum, what does it mean when you think about someone all the time? And you miss them whenever they’re not around, even if they’re literally just in the next room over? And when you look at them, you feel like you’re going to be sick, but in a good way, like when you’re on a rollercoaster? And your thoughts get all jumbled up and you end up saying things you don’t even mean to because you’re too scared to say all the things you do mean? Am I losing my mind?”

    Ygraine remained quiet for several pounding heartbeats. “Only you can honestly answer that question, darling. But to me it sounds a lot like love.”


    Arthur resolves to tell Merlin he's in love with him, but not without a little help from his mum.

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    Merlin patted his shoulders and dusted them off, then swiftly placed a chaste kiss on his cheek. As quickly as he kissed him, he jumped back, though. Merlin was sure his face would ignite at this rate, and Arthur didn’t look much better.

    “What was that for?” he asked, and Merlin couldn’t even make eye contact.

    “Um…” Think, Merlin, think! Something believable and not weird! “Just…for good luck?” Nailed it, you fucking idiot.

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    Merlin whipped his head so fast, Arthur wondered how his neck didn’t snap, “I’m not killing a baby!”

    "Well-"

    “As interesting as this discussion is,” Lancelot begins, cutting Arthur short, “I don’t think we’re supposed to let a baby keep crying while laying in the middle of the road,” he points at the bundle that is still emitting sounds like it's being tortured.

    Right, the baby. Him, as a baby, apparently

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    A vengeful sorcerer's spell failed and a wacky accident happened. Now there's a baby Arthur who's supposedly is planning regicide. Arthur is convinced his life is a joke. What else is new?

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    Merlin didn’t have magic. He wasn’t a sorcerer. Sure, Arthur had seen him do all sorts of strange and unexplainable things over the last few years, but that didn’t mean anything.

    “I know you know about me,” Merlin said and shattered Arthur’s world in the process.

    Set in the episode 5x01 Arthur’s Bane: Part 1.

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    He doesn’t notice how the quiet begins to grow around him, nor does he really understand how easily he accommodates the quiet until he can fit himself within it, without ever making a sound.

    ..........in other words, Merlin doesn't know he's loved and the others are doing their best to hold space...well...not everyone...

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    They accidentally take over a castle. Well, Gwaine calls it liberating. Merlin’s not sure what to call it—there was a lord, and now there isn’t.


    (Kanen comes to Ealdor early, and that changes everything.)

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    Merlin was caught protecting Arthur from a fatal blow, not by Arthur, not by the knights, but by a farmhand who reports this to King Uther.

    This is the aftermath.

    Prompt: Spiral, Flames, Ego, Memory, Theft

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    So, Arthur reviews, when he's finally, blessedly alone. It turns out that Merlin doesn't just have magic, Merlin also has sex. Er. Has had sex. With Lancelot, that is. And Gwaine. And with the green-eyed stable boy. And his sorcerer friend Will. And another friend from his village. And the cook's daughter, and Sir Bors and—

    And the point is that Arthur can definitely deal with all of it. In fact, there is nothing to deal with at all.

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    Arthur finally confesses to Merlin, but merlin rejects him because he has a secret that he can't share and he can't start a relationship like that. Cue arthur trying to find out his secret so they can be together

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    Arthur hmmed, crossing another line off his list, before looking up, seemingly nervous about the next question. "Question three: Does he have a secret wife, husband, and or child"

    "No, sire, not to my knowledge.". Arthur visibly relaxed, crossing yet another line off.

    "Question four: is he an agent sent by another kingdom?"

    "This is Merlin we're talking about!"

    "It was a long shot. Besides, any kingdom that chose Merlin as an operative probably isn't much of a threat." Arthur agreed. "Anyways, Question five: Does he happen to be wanted for murder, or generally at large for anything?"

    "No!!"

    Arthur sighed, crossing off the last two things on his list before storing away the little notepad. "Thank you, Gauis. I will be going now."

    Gauis didn't think he had ever had a stranger conversation with Arthur, and that was saying something considering he was the one who gave him the puberty talk.

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    An accidental magic reveal leads to more questions, confessions, and a new force to be reckoned with formed.

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    Arthur yearns throughout the years, as he sees it.

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