Title: It's Time
Character/s: Arthur, Merlin
Summary: Merlin has something to show Arthur, but it's not quite what the King expects.
Word Count: 474
Prompt: #252, Wait for It
Author's Notes: Threw this together in a short time. I didn't want to fail my CD peeps!
Arthur rushed to his chambers. Merlin had said that he had something to show Arthur after training. Now it was after training, and Arthur wanted to know what Merlin had to show him. It was probably a new technique for polishing armor, if he knew Merlin at all, and he did.
He threw open the door to his chambers and stomped in. “Well, what is it? What do you have to show me that’s so important?”
“Arthur, you’re so impatient. What I want to show you has been waiting for years. It can wait another few moments while you catch your breath,” Merlin replied.
Arthur crossed his arms. “Fine. But this better be important.”
“Oh, it is. I think you’re finally ready to see this.”
Now Arthur was curious. “What’s this all about anyway?”
“You’ll see. Just please have an open mind. I don’t fancy being executed today.”
Merlin took a deep breath. “Wait for it.”
Arthur watched as Merlin held up his hand and whispered a few words which sounded like nonsense. He saw Merlin’s eyes glow golden. But what really amazed him was the grass growing under his and Merlin’s feet. “W-what is happening here?”
Merlin chuckled a short, nervous laugh. “Arthur, I have magic.”
“Apparently you do.”
“What, that’s it? ‘Apparently you do’? You’re not angry?”
“Merlin, I’ve known for some time that there’s something different about you. What you just did confirmed that.”
“So, you’re not going to execute me? You have a living, breathing sorcerer standing in front of you.”
Arthur frowned. “I know that. But Merlin, you’re too good of a person for me to execute. I’ve watched your sacrifices and loyalty over the years and now I see what you must have done for me. Please don’t worry about that anymore.”
“Thank you, Arthur. You don’t know how much this means to me.”
“You’re absolutely welcome.” Arthur sneezed. “Just, please get rid of this grass. You know I sneeze around grass.”
“Oh, of course.” He waved his hand and the grass disappeared. “So, what now?”
Arthur walked over and clapped him on the shoulder. “Now you clean my room. Without your magic.”
“Merlin, we’ve got to keep this quiet until I can change the law. Until I do, you’re to be very careful using your magic.”
“Thank you for trusting me with your secret. That can’t have been an easy decision to make.”
Merlin grinned. “It wasn’t, but now I feel so much better.”
“Good. Now get to work, will you?”
Merlin laughed and got to work as a bemused Arthur sat down at his desk. Merlin’s revelation wasn’t what he’d expected, but it was a good one nevertheless. Knowing that there was at least one good sorcerer in the world put a whole new perspective on his life.