Title: The Thin Veil (Part 4)
Pairing/s: Arthur/Gwen, Merlin/Morgana
Summary: An old threat brings a promise of chaos.
Author's Notes: The Thin Veil on AO3
The Thin Veil (Part 4)
Merlin looked up just as the ghostly form came at him. It hit him with full force and knocked him on his back.
“Morgana, light the candles!” Merlin choked out before losing consciousness.
Morgana held her hands out to her sides and screamed. All the candles flared up then calmed down. She looked around to make sure she hadn’t started a fire before she went to Merlin.
“What the bloody hell was that?” Arthur asked as he struggled to sit up in the bed.
“It's a lost soul. It’s called a doracha, I think.” Morgana knelt beside Merlin. She gently patted his cheek to bring him around. “Wake up Merlin. I think there's trouble and i need you to wake up.”
Merlin's eyes flickered. He was ice cold and shivering. “Morgana …?”
“I'm right here. You’re freezing.” Morgana caressed his cold cheek. She pulled a throw from the settee and put it over him.
“Nimueh must have torn the veil when she summoned that specter.” Merlin struggled to sit up but Morgana pushed him back down. “We have to close it or there will be chaos. People are going to die.”
“We will do it together but you need to rest a moment.” Morgana said.
Merlin threw the blanket off of him. “We don’t have a moment. We need to close it now.”
“What do you need?” Arthur asked as he struggled to his feet..
“A sacrifice.” Morgana said. She took a deep breath. She knew exactly who that sacrifice should be.
“Morgana, don't even think about it.” Merlin pulled himself up and leaned against the settee. “I can't let you give up your life. It should be me.”
“It's mine to give. I opened the veil once and wreaked chaos on the world. I need to pay for that mistake.” Morgana waved her hand over Merlin’s face and he passed out. “I’m sorry Merlin but I have to do this.” She turned to Arthur and Gwen. “Don't let him follow me.”
Morgana stood in the middle of the room and turned into swirling air. She was gone before anyone could stop her.
Arthur and Gwen got Merlin up on the settee and waited for him to regain consciousness. When he did Gwen helped him sit up.
Merlin looked around the room. “She's gone! Why didn't one of you stop her?”
“She was gone before we could get to her.” Gwen glanced back at Arthur. “Merlin, what did she mean when she said she had to pay for her mistake. What mistake?”
“It was another lifetime. She wasn't the woman we know now. She was evil and ruthless. I … I killed her.” Merlin struggled to his feet. “I have to go after her.”
Arthur got up from the arm of the settee and stood by his side. “I'm coming too.”
“No. You can't come with me.” Merlin staggered into the middle of the room and disappeared in a swirl of air just as Morgana had.
Merlin arrived at the sanctuary moments later and fell to his knees. “Morgana! Wait don't do this!”
“Merlin, you know that I am the best choice for this. The only choice. Arthur needs you. I won't be missed. I am just a woman.” Morgana walked into the abyss. “I love you Merlin.”
“No! No!” Merlin fell back on the floor as the veil closed. “Morgana, why did you do this? Why?”
Then it all went black.
“Morgana!” Merlin sat up in bed and looked down next to him. Morgana was there clutching the covers with a smile on her face. He looked at the clock and it said half past seven.
There was a knock on the door. Merlin got out of bed and opened it.
“Gwen.” Merlin smiled. “What is it?”
“Arthur is waiting in the dining room for you two to come for supper. You and Morgana best hurry. You know how grumpy he gets when he's hungry.” Gwen grinned and waved as she walked back down the hallway.
Merlin shut the door and walked over to the bed. He gently shook Morgana. “Morgana wake up. It’s suppertime. Hurry up now. Arthur is waiting.”
Morgana stretched. “Did you have a good nap?”
“No.” Merlin shook his head. He leaned down and kissed her.
Morgana pulled him closer then looked at him when he pulled back. “I thought you said that Arthur was waiting.”
“Morgana, I love you. Do you know that?” Merlin touched his forehead to hers. “I don't ever want to lose you.”
Morgana laughed. “Merlin, I’m not going anywhere.”
“Promise?” Merlin asked.
“I promise.” Morgana kissed him. “Let me up. I have to get dressed.”
“No. Arthur can wait just a little while longer.” Merlin reached out and locked the door with magick as he kissed her again.